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Events for Kids at Manchester City Library & West Library

The Manchester City Library and the West Library are offering a number of fun events throughout the month of February. Get a copy of a printable PDF HERE.

Safe Sports Network Offers Free Physicals for Athletes Ages 11 - 18

Athletes ages 11 - 18 are eligible for FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS on March 18th from 5:30-7:30pm at the NH Orthopaedic Center, 9 Washington Place, Bedford. The practice is donating their clinic space for the evening physicals. These physicals meet the requirements of school athletic programs. Athletes are encouraged to pre-register. Complete and submit a form before Thursday, March 11th to be pre-registered. Pre-registered athletes will be moved ahead in line. The form is available at and at area high schools. 

The form can also be found on the Manchester School District web site:

For more information visit the Safe Sports Network web page ( or call 627-9728.

Building on ideas with FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead

The learning has begun for Manchester students taking part in the city’s inaugural FIRST®Junior STEAM Ahead program. After several months of planning, Beech Street School, Green Acres and Jewett Street School are bringing the popular FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) program into fourth grade classrooms. FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead is expected to enhance science and math curriculum like never before. The creation of FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead happened with support from FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international not-for-profit public charity based in Manchester that motivates young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. FIRST has been encouraging young people's interest and participation in those subjects for more than 25 years, since it was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989.
As part of the FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead program, each fourth grade classroom will participate in FIRST LEGO League w…

Information session at Manchester Central High School for the incoming Class of 2019

All incoming freshman who will be attending Central High School are invited to an informational session and tour on February 18, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
6-6:30 - Organizations will be in the cafe for students and parents to explore.

6:30-6:45 - Principal welcoming and introductions in McAllaster Hall located in the Professional Arts building.  

6:45-8:30 - Parents and students meet in the gymnasium with teachers, guidance counselors and representatives from our Special Education Programs.  

~Tours will be given by Central’s  student leaders~
Here at Central we highly encourage all students to participate in extracurricular activities to fully benefit from a top notch educational experience.  We feel this only enhances PRIDE and a sense of belonging in our school community.  We look forward to meeting you!

MST Open House set for Saturday

The Manchester School of Technology is hosting an open house on Saturday, January 31, from 10am-1pm.

Current 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students and their parents are welcome to spend a day at MST exploring future educational possibilities! Talk to our teachers and learn more about our four year innovative high school and our career and technical programs!

Sophomores from the following high schools will have the opportunity to spend their junior and senior years in a program of their choice at MST (visit our website for details on each program):


Applications for the 4-year MST-HS program are due by February 13.

Jewett Street students care for troops

More members of the NH Army National Guard are set to deploy next month, but not without some care packages created with love and respect at Jewett Street Elementary School.

Students donated toiletries, games and other personal supplies to make the troops' time away a little more comfortable.

We're proud of our students' giving spirits! Job well done!

Vote for Parker-Varney in the Follett Challenge!

The students of Parker-Varney School took the #FollettChallenge! Help them win the grand prize by voting for their video. You can vote one time per day, and voting closes January 30 at midnight. Share this link and ask your family and friends to vote, too!

The Follett Challenge showcases and rewards educators who are aligning their curriculum and approach in order to teach the skills needed in the 21st century, and who are implementing a collaborative program with others in their school. In order to enter, applicants must demonstrate how the program is preparing students for the demands of the 21st century and complete the entire online application, which includes a 3-5 minute video about the program.

Art show begins January 20

Student art work will be on display in the library at West High School starting Tuesday January 20. 

Members of the community are invited to attend an event on Friday January 23 from noon to 3:00 p.m. with food, music and conversations with the artists. 

Our young artists look forward to meeting you and sharing their creativity and hard work!

Parker-Varney grade 5 students thank you

Dear Manchester School District Employees,

We, the Parker Varney 5th Graders, would like to say thank you for the support that you have given us for our project based learning unit -- a fundraiser for the Liberty House transitional shelter for Veterans. The district-wide Employee Jeans Day raised $4,000. 
We presented our donations to the Director of the Liberty House at a holiday luncheon, which took place at Manchester School of Technology. The veterans who were in attendance were overwhelmed with the support and especially liked the homemade snowmen filled with daily care items. WMUR broadcast coverage of the celebration of our collective efforts.
Thank you for showing us the strength and power that we have as part of this community.
Sincerely, 5th Grade Student Leaders Parker-Varney Holiday Helpers

Mangos and rutabagas and yams. . .oh, my!

The ManchesterSchool District participates in the grant funded USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program at 12 elementary schools. Part of the requirements for participation in this program is that students are exposed to different fruit and vegetables as snacks to help students develop lifelong healthy eating habits. 
The snacks are offered free of charge to students in schools with 50% or more of students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Some of the fruits and vegetables offered are melon, sugar snap peas, rutabaga, zucchini slices, oranges, mango, grape tomatoes and yellow beans. They are not necessarily intended to replace a child’s snack on a given day. 
The schools that participate in the program will be posting the monthly snack menu, which includes some nutrition information about the featured items, on their web sites. Please note that the menu might change occasionally due to product condition or availability. Parents are encouraged to review the menu and plan…

Memorial's Mr. Adamakos is NH Principal of the Year

Arthur Adamakos, principal at Manchester Memorial High School, received the 2015 Charles A. Napoli Principal of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Association of School Principals. The annual award recognizes one outstanding secondary school principal in the state.

The nomination for Adamakos included high praise from Memorial’s faculty members, including one who wrote to the selection committee, “(Adamakos) is the epitome of a high school principal. He’s not afraid to get involved in students’ lives. He listens to their problems and teaches them life lessons they often do not receive at home.”
Adamakos is a 36-year veteran of Manchester School District, beginning in 1979 as a social studies teacher at Hillside Middle School. He spent nine years teaching in the classroom before accepting his first administrative position as assistant principal at West High School in 1988. Since then, he has served as principal of Hillside, took on his first stint as Memorial’s principal in 1995, spe…

Manchester student wins statewide art contest

Congratulations to Nikita Bhat, fifth grader at Webster Elementary School, whose painting won first place in the 33rd annual New Hampshire Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition arts and writing competition. More than 100 entries were submitted by students in grades five through eight across the state, responding to this year's theme, "The time is always right to do what is right."

The judges felt that Nikita's art piece best honored the life and words of Dr. King. It expresses an understanding of the power of standing together to "grow" from negativity. The depiction of the flower with incomplete petals indicates that Nikita understands that the work is not done, that today's children must create a positive environment, in spite of historic negativity. 

Nikita and the other contest winners in the writing and art categories will be recognized at the NH Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition's community celebration on Monday, January 19 at St. George Greek Orth…

The holiday story you haven't heard

The following is excerpted from a letter written by Manchester School of Technology guidance counselor Laverne MacInnis.
Fairpoint giving didn't go on strike

As the Christmas holidays approach, most generous people's thoughts immediately turn to young children. No one wants to think of a young child finding nothing or very little under the Christmas tree. All but the most hardened of hearts is willing to reach into their wallet to ensure a young child will know Santa has remembered them. After all, there is tremendous joy in seeing the eyes of a young child light up when their heart’s desire is fulfilled in the form of a much wished for toy! 

However, as the innocence of childhood is lost and adolescents no longer believe in Santa Claus, teenagers can sometimes be forgotten – even though their yearnings for Christmas presents can be quite like those of a young child. We at Manchester School of Technology are quite blessed to have a “Santa” of our own for many of our students. Fo…

WANTED: 1,000 Mentors for Manchester

Superintendent Debra Livingston has announced a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University and the National Center for Competency-Based Learning to launch the 1,000 Mentors program for high school students in Manchester. The initiative aims to connect community members, businesses and organizations directly with the schools, expanding the number of ways students can earn academic credit outside of school.  “Collaboration is essential for growing the extended learning opportunities we currently offer our students,” said Dr. Livingston. “We’re excited to work with organizations that support the concept of competency-based learning and want to help us reach our goals.”

Founded by Fred Bramante, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Board of Education, the National Center for Competency-Based Learning (NCCBL) seeks to help all students succeed by advocating for nontraditional options for learning.
“We can create a customized learning plan for every child,” Bramante said. “But that…