Friday, August 28, 2015

School Day Start & End Times

school day start and end
The school day start and end times are posted. This nformation is also available in the following languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Nepali, Spanish, Vietnamese.


What Parents Should Know About Our Food & Wellness Policy!

thumbs up for health!
Parents are encouraged to visit the School Food and Service blog for up to date information on the District's Nutrition and Wellness policy:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Luke Capistran Memorial event set for October 3

Registration is now open for the annual Luke Capistran Memorial 5K Run, 3K Walk & Kids' Fun Run! Join friends and family for this event at Derryfield Park on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:00 am.

All proceeds of this race is put towards sending kids to YMCA summer camps. This year, 11 kids attended various camps for two weeks. Every child who applied for financial assistance through Luke Capistran funding received it!

More details about this year's race and registration information is available HERE and HERE.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Manchester community leaders announce unprecedented initiative

Local community leaders in Manchester gathered at Gossler Park Elementary School to announce an unprecedented collaborative initiative that will strengthen child, adult and community capacities. This collective effort, known as the Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy (NHIS), is a fresh approach to addressing barriers to family and community success.

“Each of the groups involved in this effort is committed to working together to solve complex issues in this community.  We are targeting areas of the city that demonstrates a complex pattern of community need,” said Patrick Tufts, President and CEO of Granite United Way. “Our partners have been working together to craft this plan for the last two years and we are thrilled to see Granite United Way’s investment and action items taking shape throughout the fall.”

Nearly $2.8 million has been committed to the implementation of the plan, including $1.5 million dedicated over a 3 year period by Granite United Way’s locally volunteer-led Community Impact Committee.  Additional funding sources include the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the Endowment for Health, Elliot Health System, The Dartmouth Institute, the HNH Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Prevention Partnership Awards Program through the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

“The Foundation is very pleased to be joining with the NHIS Leadership Team and other funding partners like Granite United Way on this important initiative.” said Dick Ober, president and CEO of the NH Charitable Foundation.  “This work, undertaken collaboratively by partners from across the Manchester community, promises to impact the well-being of Manchester’s children and families, and indeed the entire community, for generations to come.”

Granite United Way’s investments will empower teachers to help students build resiliency and coping skills for the unique challenges they face; training for teachers will begin in the next 30 days. The investment will also work to connect families who have it hardest with resources to improve their situation, with additional social workers in place to start the school year with staff and students. Local community partners engaged with this work will begin building a collaborative model of services on site at local elementary schools  to help families, including parenting education, employability, resident engagement and financial skill building, with programming beginning this fall. Granite United Way’s commitment to this important work will span the next three years.

To implement the action items in the plan, Granite United Way convened local non profits and public departments, including the Manchester Health Department, Manchester School District, Easter Seals New Hampshire, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, Manchester Community Health Center, Mental Center of Greater Manchester and Granite YMCA.

“The Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy is the community’s plan to support children and families by working together. Watching funders and local community organizations take ownership of action items and begin to collaboratively address challenges are exciting steps in moving this plan forward.” said Tim Soucy, Public Health Director at the Manchester Health Department.

This innovative, integrated model will support children and families in the Beech Street and Gossler Park communities with the potential of expansion to neighborhoods in the future such as the Bakersville area.

“The strategy encourages a coordinated approach to the multi-faceted needs of our poorest residents. The rising rate of poverty in Manchester may be concentrated in these targeted neighborhoods, but as a resident of Manchester, I know its prevalence affects every resident or person connected to this community, whether we realize it or not.” Robert Tourigny, Executive Director of NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire.

“Child and Family Services looks forward to partnering with other non-profits in the City of Manchester as part of the Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy.  We will work together to strengthen families and ensure a brighter future for our children.” Borja Alvarez de Toledo, President and CEO of Child Family Services.

“Easter Seals NH is excited to join with our public, for-profit, and not-for-profit partners to build a new way forward to address the complex challenges that individuals and families in our community face. I believe working together will be help us make meaningful, impactful change for those most in need.” Said Larry Gammon, President and CEO of Easter Seals New Hampshire.

“We are humbled by the show of commitment from each of our current partners, and we also know there is room in this work for everyone,” said Tufts. “This is an opportunity for the Manchester community to embody the true spirit of working together and bringing about real change.”

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Beech Street School registration next week at JFK Coliseum

Because the school is still undergoing some renovation work and isn't open, registrations for new students attending Beech Street School will take place next week, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm at JFK Coliseum. Use the Beech Street entrance.

Don't forget to bring your completed forms and documents to save time!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

School transformation chronicled by national organization

2Revolutions partnered with Parker-Varney Elementary School two years ago, to offer resources and consultation on improving education -- with a focus on innovation and personalized learning. The 2Revs team put together an interactive brochure to highlight Parker-Varney's Future of Learning journey.

You can read P-V's story HERE.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Donation from Ellot Health System keeps school children's health in focus

Depicted left to Right:  Alayna Cuarvoo, Dr. Debra Livingston, Superintendent, Mayor Ted Gatsas, Jim Woodward, President & CEO, Elliot Health System, Tim Soucy, Director of Public Health , Christine Brennan, Principal, Beech Street School, (front right)Brandon Bustillo and Sophia Bustillo.  
Elliot Health System proudly announces a partnership with the City of Manchester in support of the Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy.

“We are donating $125,000 to support the establishment of a childhood obesity program at the Beech Street School,” explained Jim Woodward, President & CEO, Elliot Health System.  “After reviewing the city’s formal study of the population in our neighborhood and the strategy to involve community partners to help alleviate the serious issues afflicting our local children, we felt this was a necessary step in the right direction. One element of our donation will include a fitness playground at the Beech Street School where we plan to initiate educational programs geared toward children to help inspire healthy physical fitness habits at a young age."

“Elliot Health System’s gift to the children and families of Manchester truly celebrates the collaborative work behind the Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy and furthers the City’s goal of creating neighborhoods of opportunity for all residents,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas. “We thank such an influential leader in healthcare for its investment into a healthier future for our community”

Construction of the Beech Street School fitness playground has begun and plans to open the area to children will coincide closely with the start of the school year.

Principal, program directors among district’s new faces

Superintendent of Schools Debra Livingston has named the next principal of Hallsville Elementary School, as well as the director of student services, and the director of adult and community learning. The Board of School Committee officially approved the new hires at last night’s regular meeting.

Hallsville’s new principal is Bonnie Skogsholm, most recently assistant principal at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy in Brookline, New Hampshire. She was an elementary classroom teacher in kindergarten through grade five for more than 20 years prior to becoming an administrator in Brookline.

Skogsholm describes one of her strengths as being able to lead and facilitate support for every child’s learning needs. Her resume highlights many qualifications related to math and literacy curriculum, special education and school improvement.

“I am excited to start the school year in Manchester and help Hallsville continue its efforts toward high achievement,” said Skogsholm. “The students, staff and parents have a lot to celebrate. They are committed to success, and so am I.”

The newly appointed director of student services comes to Manchester from the same position in Candia. Nash Reddy will be responsible for the school district’s special education program, maintaining and monitoring the records of all students receiving services. She will supervise special education staff across the district and serve as advocate for the needs of Manchester’s special education students at the state and national levels.

"As an educational leader, I believe the unique learning needs of one child spur the solutions to meeting the learning needs of all students,” Reddy said. “I look forward to providing Manchester School District professionals with the support they require to help every student reach his or her potential."

Reddy has a master’s degree in education and has a post-master’s education specialist degree in educational administration supervision. Her previous professional experience includes time as an assistant principal in Newport, New Hampshire, and a special education teacher in Contoocook and Weare.

Barbara Gardner is the new director of adult and community learning, charged with managing all of the educational programs offered to non-traditional students in the district. Those include adult basic education, citizenship, adult English learners, and adult high school. Gardner will collaborate with members of the business and higher education communities to develop and promote resources for learning.

“I am aware that barriers exist for some of our students,” Gardner said. “My goal is to ignite a passion that creates an environment to make learning a top priority and promote high achievement.”

Her educational philosophy includes the belief that educators must maintain high expectations and give students the opportunity to maximize their potential to excel.

Gardner has worked for the school district in other roles since 2012, most recently as the Academy of Finance instructor at Manchester School of Technology. Part of the Running Start program, the Academy of Finance exposes high school students to various business careers, offers paid internship opportunities, and provides college credit for those who successfully complete the course.  

“Manchester is fortunate to welcome these talented new leaders to the school district,” Dr. Livingston said. “Their contributions to education in our city will support the work we do every day to reach the high quality standards we’ve set.” 

Pre-school and kindergarten students start school on September 8

The official first day of school for pre-k and kindergarten is on September 8. 
Among the benefits, schools will be able to offer a kindergarten orientation prior to the first day, process new registrations, and take more time to thoughtfully create classroom assignments. Overall, our goal is to provide a smoother transition for our youngest students arriving at school for the first time. 
Families will hear from their schools in the next couple of weeks with information about what they need to know. 
If your child is new to Manchester schools and you haven't yet registered him or her, please do so before the first day by going to your neighborhood school. The necessary registration forms are available online and can be filled out ahead of time. Administrative assistants are back at work on August 18.

Monday, August 10, 2015

2015 school day start and end times unchanged

Manchester public schools welcome students in grades 1-12 back
on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. 

*Preschool and kindergarten students will start
on Tuesday, September 8.*

    Elementary schools  K-5     
8:10 a.m.   Arrival Time
        8:35 a.m.   Instruction Begins
2:35 p.m.        Dismissal

             Half-day preschool            
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Full-day preschool at Smyth Road and Highland-Goffe's Falls
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Middle schools  
   7:20 a.m.        Arrival Time
           7:35 a.m.        Instruction Begin
2:00 p.m.        Dismissal

High schools   
              7:45 a.m.        Instruction Begins
2:42 p.m.        Dismissal

School calendars will be distributed to all students.  Should you not receive a school calendar please visit the District website at or request one from your child’s school.

For your child’s safety please ensure that your child does not arrive at school prior to the arrival time indicated above.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Student Accident Insurance Plan for 2015/16

The Student Accident Insurance Plan brochure for 2015- 2016 can be found online. This brochure contains the enrollment form and instructions for completion and submission. It also contains a claim form so that parents who enroll their child can access the form at any time. Please direct all inquiries in regard to insurance coverage directly to the insurance provider.

The brochure can be found on the Manchester School District website under Quick Links > For Parents or For Students. Look in the top left corner for Quick Links at