Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 summer reminders

We hope your summer is off to a great start. There are many things going on over the next couple of months that we want to remind you about, and we also want to make you aware of some important dates to plan for at the start of the school year.

Our partners at Southern New Hampshire Services are providing meals to youth in our community every weekday through August 31, except July 4. The full schedule of times and locations for the summer food service is available online. We encourage you to share this information with families who need a hand this summer.

"Booked for Summer" is our district-wide reading and learning program. We have posted several resources for children and families, such as an event calendar, grade level suggested reading lists for elementary and middle schools, and this year's passport program for students entering preschool through grade 8. In addition, high school students have required summer reading. All students entering grades 9-12 are expected to read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass. The English departments of Memorial and Central high schools also have selected at least one book for each grade to read.

New to our Booked for Summer initiative is the Manchester Bookmobile. We have stocked the donated van (Thank you, Granite State Plumbing & Heating and Sousa Signs!) with books of all grade and reading levels. Our inventory includes copies of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass for high school students who need them, as well as other books older readers will enjoy. The Bookmobile will stop at six locations across the city every week from July 9 to August 10. Unlike traditional bookmobiles, ours is not a lending library. Every child who visits may choose one book to take home and keep. They can bring books back to swap for something new, but that is not required. Children are welcome to visit any stop as often as they wish.

The school district is once again hosting new student enrollment days in August. This is where families can come register their children for school if they are new to our district, including kindergarten students or incoming first graders who didn't attend kindergarten in our schools, and students of any grade who recently moved to Manchester. Incoming kindergarten students who attended preschool with us and children transferring from one Manchester public school to another do not need to register.

All of our school buildings are running on a summer schedule until two weeks before school starts in most cases. If you need assistance when your school is not open, please call the Manchester School District central office at 624-6300.

The 2018/19 academic calendar is available online.
  • The first day of school for students in kindergarten through grade 12 is on Wednesday, September 5.
  • The first day of school for all preschool students is on Monday, September 10.
  • Tuesday, September 11 is city primary election day and a professional learning day for teachers: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS.
Other important dates for the school year are listed on the calendar and highlighted on our website.

We wish you all a safe, healthy and fun summer. We are looking forward to seeing you back at school in September!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Recycled Percussion supports Booked for Summer

Ticket purchases for the upcoming Recycled Percussion show at Veteran's Park in Manchester will help support "Booked for Summer," the school district's summer literacy initiative to keep Manchester public school children reading and learning during the summer months.

The show is set for Saturday, June 30 at 7:00 pm. For each ticket purchased using the promotional code KJ-104, Recycled Percussion will donate $10 to Booked for Summer. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Booked for Summer 2018 is driving kids to read

City schools are kicking off this year’s “Booked for Summer” initiative to keep students of all grades reading and learning during the summer months. New for 2018, a bookmobile that will stop at several city locations in July and August.

“We were very pleased with student and family participation in Booked for Summer’s inaugural season last year,” said superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas. “This summer, we’ve come up with even more ways to encourage learning outside the classroom.”

The Manchester School District, in partnership with the Manchester City Library, will run a bookmobile this year. Made possible through generous donations from local businesses, community organizations and volunteers, the van will stop at city parks, pools and schools. The five-week schedule will run two sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from July 9 to August 10. Regular stops include Livingston Park, Beech Street School, YMCA of Downtown Manchester, Steven’s Park at Manchester Cal Ripken field, Elmwood Gardens, and Kelley Falls.

The bookmobile will be staffed by MSD educators, city librarians and other community leaders and volunteers. The team will organize read-a-louds and activities for each session. Any child who attends a session with the bookmobile will be given a book. Free food also will be available during every stop. All Manchester children are welcome to attend any scheduled stop. 

“We are very excited to add this opportunity for kids to our summer program because it’s such a natural fit for the district,” said Wendy Perron, director of English learner instruction, who was able to secure the van and coordinate the bookmobile planning committee. “There has been a lot of enthusiastic feedback just talking about the concept because it brings back great memories to those of us who remember bookmobiles from our own childhoods.”

The Booked for Summer website provides learning resources, including recommended reading lists by grade level, goal trackers, and event calendars. The information covers pre-k through grade 12.

Current preschool, elementary, and middle school students through grade seven can participate in the Booked for Summer passport program, an ongoing activity in which children can visit various sites around Manchester and get their “passports” stamped for completing a goal.

The district also has coordinated efforts at the high school level. All students entering grades 9 - 12 will be reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass.  In addition, each high school’s English department has created a recommended or required reading list for students. They can be found on the Booked for Summer website.

Several public story times throughout the summer will be hosted by the Manchester City Library, Brookside Church, Bishop O’Neil Center, and educators at Stark Park. The full calendar of events is available online.

As they did last year, many community organizations and businesses are helping to promote Booked for Summer. Some have agreed to be passport locations, such as the Millyard Museum, SEE Science Center, Amoskeag Fishwways, Massabesic Audubon, and the Currier Museum of Art. Students and families also can check the Booked for Summer website for information on learning activities and various summer reading reward programs like those sponsored by the Manchester City Library and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, among others.

“We appreciate when our partners use their influence to support education in Manchester and supplement our efforts,” said Dr. Vargas. “Working together, we can make a greater impact on our students and have a better chance of success in making summer reading a priority.”

Students and families are encouraged to use the #booked4summer hashtag on social media or email to share with the community what they’re reading and

Monday, June 4, 2018

Summer program overview

The following is the schedule of dates, times and locations for various summer programs offered by the Manchester School District. Please contact your child(ren)'s home school(s) with questions or to get additional information.

**Watch this page for updates**

  • Title I Summer Academy Date: July 9 - August 3 Time: Mon-Thu 8:30-11:30 Locations: Bakersville, Beech, Gossler, Hallsville, Jewett, McDonough, Northwest, Parker Varney, Weston, Wilson (Note: Wilson grades 2-5 times are 8:30-1:00)
  • Green Acres Camp Cricket Date: July 9 - August 3 Time: TBD
  • Gossler Park YMCA Summer Camp Date: July 2 - TBD Time: Mon-Fri 8:30-2:00 Summer Science Camp Date: July 9 - July 27 Time: Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30
    Middle School
  • Power Scholars Date: July 5 - August 17 Location: Parkside Time: Mon-Fri 8:00-2:00 High School
  • Credit Recovery Central Date: July 9 - July 17 and August 6 - August 23 Time: Mon-Thu 8:00-10:00 & 10:00-12:00 Memorial Date: August 1 - August 31 Time: Mon-Fri 8:00-10:00 & 10:00-12:00 MST Date: TBD Time: Mon-Thu 8:30-11:00 West Date: July 5 - August 2 Time: Mon-Thu 9:00-11:00 & 11:00-1:00 21st Century Date: July 9 - August 3 Time: Mon-Fri 8:00-2:00 Locations: Elementary - Bakersville, Beech, Northwest Middle - McLaughlin English Learner Summer School Date: July 9 - August 2 Time: Mon-Thu 8:30-12:00 Location: Beech
  • Special Education Date: July 9 - August 3
  • Preschool Location: Jewett Time: Mon-Thu 9:00-11:30
  • Elementary (K-5) Location: Green Acres Time: Mon-Thu 8:30-12:00
  • Middle/High Location: McLaughlin Time: Mon-Thu 7:45-11:15

Friday, June 1, 2018

City, school district honor Manchester's youngest heroes

In a ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Joyce Craig and the Manchester School District honored 13 members of the Class of 2018 from Central, Memorial and West high schools who have enlisted in the United States military or will attend a military academy. 

Pictured here are:
Alderman Dan O'Neil; Arthur Stauff CAPT USN (Ret); Gabriella Leonard; Emmanuella Sadia;  Eliot Lawrence; Mayor Joyce Craig; Kyle Gauthier; Superintendent Bolgen Vargas; Joshua Burpee; Michael Anglin; Cameron Bergeron; Renee Champagne; and Executive Councilor Chris Pappas

The full list of students who were recognized and their branches of service:
From Central High School -
Kyle Gauthier, Marines
Idris Khenchil, Marines
Gabriella Leonard, U.S. Naval Academy
Dilip Tamang, National Guard
Emmanuella Sadia, Army
Jeremyah Rivera, Navy
Eliot Lawrence, Army

From Memorial High School -
Emmett Winbourne, Army
Renee Champagne, National Guard
Shawn Pike, Army

From West High School -
Michael Anglin, Marines
Cameron Bergeron, Air Force
Joshua Burpee, National Guard

Friday, May 25, 2018

NJROTC cadets get VIP tour of USS Manchester

On May 23, the Manchester West High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps toured the soon to be commissioned USS Manchester (LCD-14) in port in Portsmouth New Hampshire.. 

2017-18 NJROTC Commanding Officer Anahi Bracero-Miranda and 2018-19 NJROTC Commanding Officer Josh Moser lead the procession with the Senior Naval Science Instructor Captain Arthur W. Stauff, USN (Retired). The crew provided an extensive tour answering all the cadets' questions of this very high tech ship.

“I am am so excited about see the new ship named after our hometown," said Cadet Bracero-Miranda.
Upon completion of the tour the cadets were able to meet and talk with the ship's Commanding Officer CDR Emily Bassett, USN, who graciously posed for pictures.

Many cadets from West High School will be attending the commissioning ceremonies on Saturday.

“This is a unique and historic opportunity for our cadets to be part of,” said Captain Stauff.

The USS Manchester is set to be commissioned on May 26. Manchester West’s NJROTC program is now 47 years old and a respected and appreciated program for Manchester's high school students.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Scholastic, first lady donate books to Manchester school

Many thanks to New Hampshire First Lady Valerie Sununu and Scholastic for bringing 500 new books to Northwest Elementary School! The students are excited to borrow them during school library hours this summer.

Mrs. Sununu spent time with a class of second graders, reading two stories and sharing her love of books.

Joining her at today’s book delivery were Mayor Craig, Dr. Vargas, assistant superintendent Amy Allen, and principal Shelly Larochelle.

Kindergarten Orientation dates

2018 Dates & Times

May 31, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Beech Street
May 30, 6:00-7:15 p.m.
Gossler Park
May 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Green Acres
June 7, 6:15-7:00 p.m.

To be held in September
Highland-Goffe’s Falls
To be held in September
Jewett Street
August 30, 9:00-11:00 am

May 23,  5:45-7:15 p.m.
May 31, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
May 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Smyth Road
May 30, 6:00 p.m

May 30, 6:00 p.m.

June 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for parents only
To be held in September

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Parental involvement survey

At the March 14, 2018 parental involvement forum of the Manchester Board of School Committee, the discussion included possible topics for the work of this committee to engage parents, grandparents, and the community in becoming more involved in our schools.

Please take a moment to complete the following survey to provide feedback to the Special Committee On Parental Involvement that will help planning to increase engagement in our community in our schools. Please complete by May 23, 2018.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gillis named assistant superintendent

Superintendent of Schools Bolgen Vargas has named Southside Middle School principal Jennifer Gillis the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Her appointment was approved by the Board of School Committee at last night’s meeting.

Gillis has served as principal of Southside since July of 2014, when she arrived in Manchester after six years as assistant principal at Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown.  In addition to her experience as a building administrator, Gillis has spent nearly 15 years teaching, mentoring, coaching and advocating for students in public education. Previously, she worked in the field of brain injury rehabilitation.

“Mrs. Gillis has been a tremendous asset to the Southside community in working with faculty, students and families to reach academic and developmental goals at the middle school level,” said Dr. Vargas. “Her leadership in this area will be valuable as we continue to improve student achievement across the district.”

Gillis will use the rest of the school year to transition into her new role full time next month. A new principal of Southside Middle School will be named soon.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hillside Middle School athletics receives grant support

Congratulations to Hillside Middle School physical education teacher Steven Burns, a 2018 recipient of the Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty. California Casualty partners with the National Education Association to sponsor the grant. Mr. Burns was awarded $1,000 to fund sports equipment.

Pictured here are Sue Hannan, President of MEA; Steven Burns; Hillside Middle School assistant principal Sara Loughlin; and Scott McKenna, California Casualty representative.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Summer Food Program schedule announced

2018 Manchester Summer Food Service Schedule
Southern New Hampshire Services is helping kids stay connected to nutrition all summer long.  All meals are free for any youth 18 years and younger. Meals will be offered over summer vacation June 18 – August 31, but not on July 4.  Hope to see you out and about this summer!

Summer Food Service Locations
Free for Kids 18 & Younger
Elmwood Gardens 83 Trahan St.
9:00am 10:00am


WIC Office 40 Pine St.
8:30am -10:00am

M-P.A.L.  409 Beech St.  (June 25 -  Aug 31)

12:00pm -1:00pm

Harriman Park Lake Ave & Hall St.


Center Park 22 Beech Hill Dr.  

Prout Park  Jewett St. & Young St.


Hunts Pool 297 Maple St.


Rock Rimmon Pool 249 Mason St.


Adventure Park 324 Lincoln St.

Sweeney Park  132 Walker St.

Kelly Falls Apts. 463 Kimball St.

Maple St. Apts. 138 Maple St.

Beech St. School Park 275 Beech St.

Beech Hill Apts. 120 Beech Hill St.

Breakthrough Manchester
Derryfield School  (June 25-Aug 3)
2108 River Rd.

UNH-Manchester EXCELL Program
88 Commercial St.  (July 9- Aug 1)
8:30am -  900am

International Soccer Camp
Gill Stadium
Session 1  July 10-14
Session 2 July 24-28

ROCA in the Park (July 23 – 27)
222 Cedar St.

Safari Youth Camp (July -23 – Aug 31)  
333 Beech St.
8:30 – 9:00am

9:00 – 9:30am
12:00 – 12:30am

12:00 – 12:30pm

Manchester HS Foot Ball Try Outs
Runs August 20 - 31 

Central High School
207 Lowell

12:00pm– 12:30pm

West High School
9 Notre Dame Ave


Memorial High School
1 Crusader Way