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Shoes for Schools will benefit Manchester children

The Currier Museum of Art and Webster Elementary School are teaming up to host a shoe drive timed with the Currier’s upcoming exhibition, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. 

All donations of NEW, closed-toe shoes, sneakers or boots will be distributed to elementary- and middle school-age children in need across Manchester. Sizes requested range from toddler 10 to adult men's 12. Community members may bring shoes to the Currier Museum of Art at 150 Ash Street between December 1, 2015 and January 15, 2016.

Special thanks to the student council members at Webster for representing Manchester School District in the effort and for helping to make sure all of our schools benefit. 

Middle school cross country recap: Two Manchester teams reign supreme

This year, two of Manchester's middle school cross country teams excelled at the biggest meets of the year. Hillside coach Michelle Leonard led her Hillside Hawks girls team to an undefeated season, bringing the program back to the top, where it once was for decades.  
After a great early part of the season, the Hawks finished off their tremendous year with titles at the Division 1 Tri-County League meet and another title in the Large School Division of the Middle School XC State Championships. While the entire Hillside team was outstanding all season, special recognition goes out to her "A" team consisting of twins Katelyn and Keegan Pepin, Ella Tartsa, Erin Flurey, Emma Krantz, Alexandra Topic, and Fiona Doherty.  
McLaughlin Middle School's girl's cross-country team took home the Division 2 title at the Tri-County League meet, helping Manchester to a sweep of the events in the top 2 divisions. McLaughlin also came in 2nd place at the State Championships, givi…

Smyth Road accepting Hall of Fame nominees

Smyth Road Elementary School has installed its Hall of Fame and is inviting former students to share their success stories so that they, too, can be recognized!

Smyth Road graduates who are featured include Manchester mayor, Ted Gatsas; two Broadway performers, Kaleigh Cronin and Max Clayton; and current Smyth Road teachers.
If you'd like to be showcased in the Smyth Road School Hall of Fame, please share with the school:

a short biography or memory of your time at Smyth Roadan artifact from your school years or current careerinclude the year you graduated from Smyth Road a photo of yourself now or when you attended Smyth Roada short description of what you are doing now 
Mail your submission to:
Smyth Road School Hall of Fame
245 Bruce Rd Manchester, NH 03104

Contest open for high school tech innovators

All high school students in Manchester who are at least 13 years old are invited to participate in the 2015 Congressional App Challenge

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives, this 10-week competition aims to encourage high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEAM education. By recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

Students may work as individuals or in teams of up to four to design and submit an app idea. Winning students will have their apps featured on a display in the Capitol Building, and will be honored by their member of Congress. Congressman Frank Guinta is hosting the challenge for high school students in New Hampshire’s First District. 

“The object is to inspire greatness in our next generation of science and business leaders, many of whom live right here in the Granite …

District Smarter Balanced assessment results released

Manchester School District has released the results of the 2014-15 Smarter Balanced assessment. Students in schools citywide took the assessment for the first time last spring.
New Hampshire is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), a group of states which worked together to develop a new tool to assess English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The Smarter Balanced assessment replaces the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) in the same subject areas.  Students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 took the SBAC assessment, which establish a new baseline for academic progress.
“Assessments are like academic check-ups,” said Superintendent Debra Livingston. “Smarter Balanced results provide a picture of where a student is excelling and where a student needs some extra help. Over time, a student’s success and progress can be measured.”
SBAC scores are provided in levels:  ·Level 4 = thorough understanding ·Level 3 = adequate understanding ·Level 2 = partial understandi…

Employee Wellness Challenge Starts on November 23

The next employee wellness challenge is starting on November 23! 

During this challenge, all employees are encouraged to fit in minutes of exercise during the busy holiday season. The goal is for the district to record as many minutes of exercise as you can — even if you are only exercising 5-minutes at a time. Every minute counts!
To sign up for the challenge CLICK HERE
To record your exercise CLICK HERE

Visit to read Wellness news and more!

Reminder and details about the November 30 school hours change

On November 30, the school day hours will change. The new school day hours listed below apply to all schools except Manchester School of Technology.

•The hours for MST will remain the same.
•Elementary students who eat breakfast served at school may arrive at 8:15 am.
•The drop-off times for before school care provided by our partner organizations, New Morning, 21 Century, Manchester Boys & Girls Club, and the YMCA, will not change.
•On early release days for elementary schools, dismissal remains 11:15.
•Delayed openings for weather will be two hours later than the new arrival time.

The anticipated last day of school, if we don’t have more than three snow days this winter, is Thursday, June 9, 2016.

                                         Students arrive       Class begins       Dismissal Elementary schools            8:30 am                  8:45 am             2:50 pm Morning preschool             9:05 am                  9:15 am           11:45 am Afternoon preschool         12:35 …

Free Parent Forum on Cyberbullying and Social Media - Nov. 30: Save the Date!

A free forum designed for parents and community partners is being offered as part of this year's Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference here in Manchester! The presentation will provide a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including cyberbullying and social networking sites. 
This informational session is presented by Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University.
The presentation takes place on Monday, November 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. For more information and to register please visit: