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2017/18 academic calendar approved

The Board of School Committee has approved the calendar for the 2017/18 school year.

Some dates to note:
First day of school for grades K-12 -
Tuesday, September 5, 2017First day of school for preschool -
Friday, September 8, 2017Vacation weeks -December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018February 26 - March 2, 2018April 23-27, 2018Last day of school -
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Revised schedule for redistricting forums announced

Three more opportunities for the community to weigh in on a school redistricting proposal in Manchester have been scheduled. Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and Board of School Committee member Leslie Want are presenting the components of the first phase of redistricting to address some of the school district’s enrollment and space utilization challenges.
Public forums are being held over the next two weeks at the schools where many families would be impacted if the changes are implemented. Hallsville, Weston and Wilson elementary schools have been added to schedule of dates on April 3 and 5.
The Manchester Board of School Committee voted last November to approve several parameters to guide Dr. Vargas in the redistricting process: ●Use a phased-in approach that starts with a feeder pattern; ●Be mindful of budget implications; and ●Consider external and internal community engagement
The proposal includes a revised feeder pattern among Manchester’s schools, determining which middle and high scho…

Memorial High School artist wins statewide student contest

Congratulations to Memorial High School Sophomore Nhi Pham, who won the New Hampshire Art Educators' Youth Art Month Student Competition!

Her pottery piece, "Nature’s Reflection," earned top honors in the high school division of all statewide entries. Nhi received a cash award and her pottery teacher, Lori Sweeney, received $300 in art supplies for the students at Memorial.

Student work from across New Hampshire will be on display this month at Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts. A public reception is on March 26, 1-3 pm.

MST High School’s FIRST Robotics team takes top honors

Manchester School of Technology’s FIRST Robotics team came home victorious from the New England District Greater Boston competition, just weeks after the first-ever team at MST was established. Team 6763 placed third on its own, then captained the alliance team that won first place in another part of the competition. In addition, Team 6763 received the Rookie Highest Seed Award for scoring the highest points in a match and the Rookie All-Star Award.
A generous grant from the FIRST Foundation helped get Team 6763 started in January. 2 Mentors and a few parents volunteered to coach the 25 students, and several MST staff members are helping out as well. The team then faced a February 26 deadline to create a working robot for its debt competition on March 3. Coming in 21st place but excelling in certain functions and learning lessons along the way earned the team the Rookie Inspiration Award.
MST’s Career and Technical Education program allowed Team 6763 to make use of its many resources in…

"Get Moving, Manchester" helps kids learn healthy habits

For the 16th year, schools are participating in Get Moving, Manchester to encourage students to establish and maintain healthy lifestyle choices. The voluntary program for children in grades three through six focuses on nutrition and physical activity now through April 14.
Students use a Get Moving, Manchester log to keep track of eating, exercise, and screen time based on 5-2-1-0 goals.  Following 5-2-1-0 guidelines means: eating 5 fruits and vegetables a dayspending 2 hours or less on the computer, watching TV, playing video games, or texting getting at least 1 hour of physical activity a day drinking 0 sugar-based beverages.“We know that healthy bodies in school are as important as healthy minds,” said Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas. “This a great way to help our children learn exercise and eating habits that will serve them well through life.”
Participating Get Moving, Manchester students will have a chance to win prizes when they complete their we…

Central student wins prestigious art award

Congratulations to Central High School senior Jenna Ryan, who has been named a National Scholastic Art Award winner for her illustration "Talkin' 'Bout My Generation."

Under the guidance of teacher Corey Doherty, Jenna's work received a gold key award at the state level, then a silver medal in the drawing and illustration category among all state winners across the nation. National Medalists are recognized in part at the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Past winners of this prestigious award include Andy Warhol, who was also a winner in high school.

Parking changes on and around South Jewett Street go into effect on March 27

Public forums on redistricting scheduled

Registration dates announced for 2017-18 school year

The dates and times for children and parents to register in person for the next school year are now available. Please note that one evening date and time has been scheduled, and students across the city can register there, regardless of their home school.Teachers will be on hand during daytime hours to give your child a literacy screening, which is a simple tool that asks your child to complete some kindergarten and first grade level tasks. No appointment is necessary. 
Students currently attending MSD's pre-school programs do not have to register for kindergarten at their neighborhood school; those records will be transferred. 
The required forms are available for downloadFilling them out before your registration day will save you time. Please be aware that some schools might require additional forms specific to those schools.
Not sure which is your neighborhood school? Find it HERE.