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EL students stand out on scholarship night

Several Central High School graduates who received scholarships this year were current or former English Learners whose first languages were something other than English when they arrived in Manchester schools. The students' achievements are a testament to their own hard-working efforts and the support provided by the faculty and staff in their education. Congratulations to all!

Beele Naomi Elinga won the Sam & Dora Dunn Memorial Scholarship ($750)Hamida Hassan won the Richard & Irene Sanborn Scholarship  ($1500) and the Carolyn L. Chase Scholarship  ($1000)Cynthia Jearue won the Nate & Sadie Friedman Scholarship ($750)Edgar Garcia Nolasco won the NH Higher Education "IAm College Bound - I Applied" Scholarship  ($500)

Full Schedule for Redistricting Plan Selection and Presentations

On June 30th and July 19th the Special Committee on Redistricting will present ten plans to the public. Throughout the summer additional meeting will take place to narrow down the top choices. After several round table discussions between the superintendents, principals, and transportation, a session will take place on September 8th to gather input from teachers and the public. Additional public forums will be scheduled in October:

Preliminary Redistricting Plan Presentations on June 30 and July 19, 2016

The Special Committee for Redistricting has set two dates  to present proposals that have been brought forward by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Livingston, Mayor Gatsas, and several members of the Board of School Committee.

On June 30 and July 19, 2016 plans will be presented to the public between 5:15 PM and 7:15 PM. The presentations will take place in the Community Room of the Manchester Police Department.

The order in which plans will be presented was determined via random selection:

Updated 6/28/2016

CHAaD all-star football game features best high school players

The top football players in the state are meeting up for one more high school gridiron contest to raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).  The 2016 NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game, powered by Bedford and Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers, is June 25 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Anselm College. In four years the game has generated over $1 million through sponsorships, ticket sales, donations, and fundraising by the game’s players.

Kick-off is 5:30 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

Team West features four Manchester players – Central’s Kolten Slater, Jacob Stanko, and Nick Tyler, and Memorial’s Clay LeGault.  In all, more than 80 players represent 35 New Hampshire high schools, including at least one from every division in the state.

Proceeds from the event go directly to CHaD services and the Kristen’s Gift endowment, the pediatric oncology fund at CHaD.

WHAT:                 CHaD NH East…

ISO: Southside Middle School history

Southside Middle School is turns 50 this year! The anniversary committee is looking for information and artifacts that will help bring the school's history to life. 

If you have Southside memorabilia (report cards, sports trophies, photos, yearbooks, student handbooks, shirts, etc.) or items from the late 1960s (toys, clothing, household objects, political souvenirs, etc) that the school may borrow for its 50th year celebration, please contact Anne Nichols ( or call the school at 624-6359.

Extended School Year 2016 begins July 5

Extended School Year (ESY) runs July 5 - August 5, Mondays through Thursdays
All preschool students will be serviced at Smyth Road School
Grades K-5 at McDonough Elementary School Grades 6-12 at Hillside Middle School
Please call Jen Freitas at the Office of Student Services with any questions at 624-6300 x197.

Community forums set for superintendent search

HYA Associates, the firm hired to by the Board of School Committee to conduct the search for the next superintendent, would like to hear input from community members regarding what they are looking for in a leader for the school district.

The public is invited to attend any of the open forums scheduled for next week: Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.

All forums will be held in the conference room of the School Administration Office, 195 McGregor Street, Suite 201. 
Community members may also participate in this process by completing a survey, available online June 17-June 27, 2016:

Teachers show their commitment to learning at MIT

Our teachers are always learning! Manchester is proudly represented by 36 teachers who are participating in a two-day "Coding Across the Curriculum" training led by the Scheller Teacher Education Program at MIT.

Today, Dyn Inc. founder Jeremy Hitchcock addressed the teachers and stressed that students need to learn code as they prepare to meet the workforce needs of companies like his. 

NH Community College Chancellor Ross Gitell spoke about how this project meets one of the key recommendations of the Governor's STEM Taskforce and that this training could serve as a model that could be brought to the entire state.

MIT hopes that this program could spread across the country as they partner with the business community and school districts to teach these essential skills.

Teachers' participation in this project is funded by Dyn, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Granite United Way in partnership with STEAM Ahead NH.

Summer Food Service Program Available June 10 - Sept. 2

Manchester Summer Food Service Program Sites  Open June 10 – September 2nd
Free Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner available to anyone 18 years and younger at the following
locations. The Summer Food Service Program is a community partnership between United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Education (D.O.E.) and Southern New Hampshire Services (SNHS). We look forward to seeing you out and about this summer!

Breakfast Sites:

Elmwood Gardens Apartments 9:00 ‐ 10:00am

Lunch Sites:
Elmwood Gardens Apartments 12:00 – 12:30pm
Center Park Beech Hill Apartments 12:30 – 1:30pm
Hunts Pool 12:45 ‐ 1:45pm
Rock Rimmon / DuPont Pool 12:45 – 1:45pm
Harriman Park 12:15 – 12:45pm

Dinner Sites:
Sweeney Park 3:30 – 4:00pm
Maple St. Apartments 3:30 – 4:00pm
Adventure / Skateboard Park 4:30 – 5:15pm
Kelly Falls Apartments 4:30 – 5:15pm
Beech Hill Apartments 5:30 – 6:00pm
Beach Street School Park 5:30 – 6:00pm

USDA, D.O.E. & SNHS are equal opportunity Providers.

Bakersville Elementary School to welcome new principal

Kate Josef is the new principal of Bakersville Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016. Board of School Committee members last night approved Superintendent Debra Livingston’s recommendation of Josef for the position.

Josef is not new to Manchester schools. She’s currently assistant principal at Jewett Street Elementary School, a position she’s held since January of this year after serving in the same post at McDonough Elementary School since 2013. Before that, Josef was a guidance counselor at Gossler Park Elementary School for nine years while also taking on some assistant principal duties during that time. She also has planned and directed Manchester’s extended school year program services the past two summers for all pre-k through grade 12 students.

 “Kate is a great match for the children and staff of Bakersville,” said Dr. Livingston. “Her experience and enthusiasm make me confident she will be an asset to every aspect of the school community.”

Josef succeeds Judy Adams, who …

Manchester to launch citywide, cross-sector effort to help students seek college financial aid

The National College Access Network (NCAN) has announced that it will award Manchester a FAFSA Completion Challenge grant. Manchester is one of 22 cities across the U.S., and the only one in New England, selected to receive the award.
Co-principal investigators, school district superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston and Kathleen Mullin, vice provost for partnerships and strategic initiatives at the University of New Hampshire, said the $48,590 grant will be used to support efforts to raise the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rates among the class of 2017 by at least 5% over the class of 2015.
FAFSA completion is strongly associated with postsecondary enrollment and successful postsecondary student outcomes — 90% of high school seniors who complete the FAFSA attend college directly from high school, compared to just 55% of FAFSA non-completers. Millions of students who are eligible for aid fail to file the FAFSA each year, leaving billions of unclaimed dollars t…

Community invited to meet finalists for Bakersville principal

Parents and teachers will have a chance to meet and hear from the finalists being considered for the top post at Bakersville Elementary School. The school district is hosting a community forum to introduce the two candidates and offer an opportunity for the public to ask questions. Both candidates currently work in the Manchester School District.
The invited candidates are Cynthia Courounis, an assistant principal at the Middle School at Parkside; and Kate Josef, assistant principal at Jewett Street Elementary School.
“When we have two strong candidates for a principal position, forums like this have proven to be a wonderful way to further involve our families and faculty in selecting the best leader for their school,” said Superintendent Debra Livingston. “It’s also a valuable part of the interview process for the candidates to meet members of the school community.”
The incoming principal will replace Judy Adams, who is retiring after 13 years as the head of Bakersville School, and many…

Meet a few of the graduates from the Class of 2016

On this, the day before Manchester's four high school graduation ceremonies, we are celebrating all that our students have accomplished. Every graduate has much to be proud of when they look back on their high school years and what it took to reach this important milestone. We want members of our community to meet some of the students who will cross the stage tomorrow to received their hard-earned diplomas. These are the stories that we hope will inspire others in the goals they set and the choices they make. It's our annual reminder of why the pomp and circumstance really matters.

The Blackhawks flew so low, he could feel the wind from the chopper blades as they went by. Then he watched in awe as air assault trainees jumped into the Hudson River.
That was just part of Jarrod Broussard’s introduction to life at West Point that cemented his decision to complete the application.  The Summer Leaders Experience last year w…

Summer School 2016: Registration is Now Open!

Summer School will begin July 1st and end on July 29th. Summer School will be held at Manchester High School West located at 9 Notre Dame Ave. in Manchester, 03102. Manchester School District Summer School runs Monday through Friday. There will be no school on Monday, July 4th.

Visit for complete details and to download a registration form.

Mail Registration forms to:

Manchester West High School
Attn: Alisha Hansen-Proulx, Summer School Director
9 Notre Dame Ave.
Manchester, NH 03102

Registration can also be done in person at West High School: Friday, 6/24  9:00 am - 12:00 pm  and Thursday, 6/30  9:00 am - 11:00 am.

West High School
9 Notre Dame Ave.
Manchester NH 03102

QUESTIONS? For more information or any questions, please call the director of summer school,
Ms. Hansen-Proulx at 603-624-6356, ext. 211 or at

Suspected threat leads to emergency response

Several schools took safety precautions today while police investigated a report of a student displaying a gun near the Memorial High School campus. A teacher who witnessed a car passing by on Weston Road and a student inside the car holding a gun immediately told a school resource officer. Memorial High School was placed in lockdown within moments of the incident being reported, and as a precaution, three nearby schools – Manchester School of Technology, Southside Middle School, and Jewett Street Elementary School – were put into secure campus status. Police identified and located all of the vehicle’s occupants and were able to determine that the suspected weapon was an airsoft gun found in the trunk of the car in question. The airsoft gun never entered the school building. “We are extremely pleased with the response of the Manchester Police Department, as well as the faculty and staff at all of the affected schools who made the safety of our students their first priority while h…

School board forms special committee for superintendent search

Board of School Committee vice chairman Arthur Beaudry has named members of the board to serve on a special committee to search for Manchester School District’s next superintendent.  They are: ·Debra Langton, Ward 2, chair of the subcommittee ·Mary Georges, Ward 3 ·Lisa Freeman, Ward 5 ·Arthur Beaudry, Ward 9 ·Richard Girard, at-large

The special committee will meet on Monday, June 6 at 6:00 pm at the school district office to select a search firm to help identify qualified candidates for the position. The special committee will manage candidate interviews and recommend a final superintendent candidate to the full board.

Your Opinion Counts - Redistricting Survey for Parents/Guardians is Open!

A message from the Superintendent of Schools:

As you may know, the Manchester School District is currently planning to redistrict at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. A special committee of the Board of School Committee has been appointed to alleviate overcrowding in some of our schools.

What does this mean for your family and child(ren)? The special committee’s goal is to finalize a redistricting plan by October 1, 2016. We don’t know yet how many students or schools will be affected. Right now the committee is gathering facts and community input.

The special committee is committed to keeping the public informed about the process and welcomes your input. Information is available at our website under the Redistricting tab at the top of the page.

We also invite you to participate in a survey. It is available on our website. If you do not have access to a computer, you may ask for a paper survey from your child’s school office. The paper surveys must be returned t…