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Showing posts from August, 2015

School Day Start & End Times

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!

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

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.

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 …

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!

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.

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

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…

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 pare…

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.

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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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