Congratulations to Central High School's mock trial team, which won the state championship last Friday in Concord against Pinkerton Academy. The team qualifies to attend the national mock trial championship in Hartford, Connecticut, in May.
The team is in its third season since starting competition in the fall of 2014. The students have two advisors, teacher Margaret Burke and retired principal John Rist. They are coached by attorneys Ashley Scott of McLane Middleton and Jamie Myers of Bianco PA in Concord.
Thank you to the Central Pride Foundation, which funds the program for our students!
Two years ago, a couple of ducklings
hatched in Marguerite Hopey’s kindergarten classroom at Weston Elementary
School. They went home to live with a friend of the school, and she has
maintained the Weston connection, bringing the ducks – named Plumpty and Pierre
– to visit the children several times since then. This year’s kindergarten students
decided Plumpty and Pierre should get married. Once the idea was. . .well, hatched, Mrs. Hopey and the children
threw themselves into planning the event and embracing learning opportunities
at the same time. During interactive writing lessons,
the children designed invitations, wrote the wedding vows, and created a
reception menu. Math skills helped the students determine the timing of the
event, calculate how much food is needed, and make seating arrangements.
Weston’s music teacher is working with the students to prepare music for the
ceremony, and the art teacher is guiding the children on decorations and
wedding favors. Principal Liz MacDonal…
The music and physical education
teachers at Jewett Street Elementary School joined forces this winter to
combine lessons in rhythm and movement that culminated in a school-wide
dance-off. Students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade have been exploring the
relationship between music, dance, and physical activity, as well as practicing
music timing, footwork, and motor skills for coordination. Each lesson started with warm-up
exercises, which included jumping jacks, leg stretches, toe touches, and running
in place. The teachers introduced different types of music with dance steps and
choreography to go with them. Some familiar line dances – the Macarena,
Cotton-Eye Joe, and the Cupid Shuffle – were on the list, along with traditional
square dancing and some freestyle. The students also used drum sticks to learn
about beat patterns. At the same time, the 45-minute sessions served as good
cardio-vascular workouts to build endurance.
The end of this cross-curriculum
unit was celebrated…
Manchester High School West’s 46th annual inspection of the ROTC took place on February 15.
This year Captain William F. Malloy, USN (Ret) inspected the cadets with family members, other special guests, Manchester Board of School Committee members Mary Georges, Leslie Want, Lisa Freeman and Arthur Beaudry in attendance, as well as Manchester West High principal Richard R. Dichard.
Captain Malloy’s detailed inspection included all administrative, supply and academic areas concluding with a demonstration from the Marksmanship Team. The program included a personnel inspection, awards presentation and concluded with a pass in review. There was also a performance by the exhibition drill team.
The NJROTC Cadet Command Group consisting of CO Bradley Ewing, XO Joseph Parent, COS Brandon Sullenberger, CMC Kevin Scannell, Admin Justin O’Rourke, OPS Alica Talbot, Supply Alana N’Tapalis, Special Teams Anahi Bracero, Commo Samantha Durand, Senior Chief Michael Anglin, and Desmond St. Felix made a…
As you might already be aware, there was some kind of technical glitch when we put out the Nixle alert about today’s delayed opening. Some people received multiple texts; some people received an email but no text. We also hear that most people who didn’t get the texts early this morning eventually received them after 10:00 am. Too little, too late, right? We have contacted Nixle and will report back when we find out what happened.
In the meantime, we want to offer a reminder about how we communicate weather-related announcements. Any closing or delay will be announced before 5:30 am. Official Manchester School District updates are available on:
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: Usually the first and fastest notifications.
MSD web site: The alert will always be at the top of the home page in red.
Nixle: Sign up HERE for an account to receive text notifications. If you already have an account,
check your settings to make sure you are subscribed to “public schools” alerts. You can als…
Goffe’s-Falls Elementary School’s newest staff member is a three-year-old
golden retriever and a certified therapy dog. Since he started his duties once
a week, Remington has been a welcome addition to the school community. “Earlier
in my career, I was a reading specialist,” said principal Susan Matthews. “I’d
researched the benefits of using therapy dogs in education, and it was always a
dream of mine to pursue it.” A
fortunate coincidence brought the opportunity to Highland this year. One of the
school’s paraprofessionals, Gail Dubois, is Remington’s handler. The dog has
taken obedience and other training classes to earn various certifications,
including membership in Therapy Dogs International. Dubois agreed it would be a
great idea to include sessions with Remington in some of the work she already
does with students. It costs the school nothing.
get the program started, the parents of students in the classrooms where Dubois
provides assistance were asked permission to all…