Friday, March 23, 2018

Manchester paraprofessional named LifeChanger of the Year

Gail Dubois, a paraprofessional at Highland-Goffe's Falls Elementary School, is a
2017-2018 "LifeChanger of the Year," as named by National Life Group.  Dubois received the award at a surprise ceremony during school-wide assembly. The prize includes $3,000 to be split between a $1,500 individual cash award and a $1,500 donation to her school.

Dubois was selected as a LifeChanger of the Year winner out of more than 825 teachers, administrators and school district employees nominated for the award from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. She was nominated by principal Susan Matthews for her many contributions to the students and atmosphere of the school.

Dubois trains an English Cream Golden Retriever named Remington, who she brings to Highland-Goffe's Falls with her every Friday to serve as a therapy dog. Each week, Dubois and Remington travel throughout the school visiting students and staff who need a little extra love and care. They have helped a little boy with cerebral palsy walk with confidence and have even assisted with student’s behavioral issues. Students also read to Remington, which helps them improve their reading skills. National Life Group recognized that the calming presence and positive attitude that Dubois and Remington bring to school is inspiring.

LifeChanger of the Year is a national program sponsored by National Life Group that annually recognizes and rewards K-12 school district educators and employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership.
LifeChanger of the Year nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, or any member of the school district's staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students.

Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

  • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  • An ability to positively add to the development of the school's atmosphere
  • A leader in his or her activities at the school and/or district level
  • A proven record of excellent performance at the professional level
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
Congratulations, Mrs. Dubois and Remington! Thank you for all you do!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Memorial senior wins national scholastic art awards

Manchester Memorial senior Madison Elgner is one of only 6 students from New Hampshire to be awarded a National Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Awards competition. She received the honor in the design category for a piece called "Bert McCracken." 

Madison also received the National Silver Key in photography for "Fake."

 There were over 2500 entries in this year's New Hampshire regional Scholastic Art
Awards competition from all over the state, about 235 of which received a regional Gold Key. All regional Gold Keys are sent to NYC for national adjudication. 19 works from NH received National Silver Keys, only 6 received National Gold Keys. 

Madison will receive her Gold Key award at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. Only National Gold Key winners are invited to the ceremony. In addition to the ceremony at Carnegie Hall there is an exhibition of all Gold Key winning works at the Parson's New School in New York. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NHIAA names Manchester's 2018 Scholar Athletes

Congratulations to the high school seniors recently named scholar athletes by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association! Students qualify for nomination by their schools based on criteria that includes a minimum B+ GPA, participation in at least two NHIAA-recognized varsity sports, and being a positive role model who participates in community service.  

Dominic Girard
McKenzie Asprey 
Lejla Hodzic 
Favour Alejo 

Lan Bui
Melanie Presseau
Sydney Robinson
Zoe Stamoulis
Hannah Trottier
Gresham Connors
Eric Langley
Connor Lyons
Jordan Trombly

Abigail Conrad
Gabriella Leonard
Victoria Roy
Morgan Tanguay
Nathan Duplessis
Matthew Gilroy
Connor Hamel
Devin Jones
Declan Knieriem
Aiden McGahey
Andy Vo

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Booked for Summer fundraiser at Shorty's

Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse is helping us raise funds for our 2018 Booked for Summer literacy activities.

Please join us at Shorty’s on Bicentennial Drive in Manchester on THURSDAY, MARCH 15 from 11:30 am until closing.

Dine in or take out lunch or dinner, and Shorty's very generous Fair Share program will give Booked for Summer 15% of the total sales!

Please be sure to tell your server that you’re there to support Manchester School District.

Kindergarten and new first grade registration dates announced

Manchester's elementary schools will be accepting registrations for kindergarten and new first grade students in April. Students currently attending MSD's pre-school programs do not have to register for kindergarten at their neighborhood school; those records will be transferred. 

Not sure which is your neighborhood school? Find it HERE.

The dates and times for children and parents to register in person at each school are listed belowPlease 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. 
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.

District-wide registration 
April 3, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Registration for all schools will take place at Parker-Varney Elementary School 

April 10, 2018
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Beech Street
April 4, 2018
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Gossler Park
April 17, 2018
8:30 am - 11:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Green Acres
April 11, 2018
9:00 am - 11:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

April 16, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Highland-Goffe’s Falls
April 5, 2018
8:45 am - 2:30 pm 

April 11, 2018
8:30 am - 11:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

April 5, 2018
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

April 18, 2018
8:30 am - 11:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

April 3, 2018
9:00 am - 11:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Smyth Road
April 11, 2018
8:30 am - 2:30 pm 

April 4, 2018
8:30 am - 11:30 am 
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

April 5, 2018
8:30 am - 11:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

April 11, 2018
8:30 am - 11:30 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Monday, March 12, 2018

UPDATED Redistricting forum schedule

Please note changes below from the original schedule of redistricting forums. Two have been postponed for weather and added later this month. There also is a new time for the forum at Wilson Elementary School, a change from an evening forum to an afternoon session before dismissal.

March 19: School Safety Forum

Friday, March 9, 2018

A message about student-led protests

Dr. Vargas emailed a letter to families and staff in the school district outlining expectations for any anticipated student-led protests in Manchester as part of a national call for awareness of gun violence in schools.

In his message, Dr. Vargas states that while the school district is not sponsoring or organizing these events, we recognize schools have a role in managing procedures and safety.

At this time, the superintendent is not aware of definite plans by our students to organize a walk-out.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Get Moving Manchester 2018 for Grades 3-5

Get Moving Manchester 2018
Get Moving Manchester is an optional 4-week nutrition and physical activity journal program for Manchester students in grades 3-5, potentially impacting over 3000 students. The program begins on March 19 and ends April 13. Students will be given a log at school to keep track of healthy habits based on the concept of 5-2-1-0. The concept focuses on eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day, 2 hours of screen time or less, 1 hour of physical activity and drinking 0 sugar based beverages. The goal of the program is to increase an awareness of healthy lifestyle habits.

The elementary school with the highest and second highest percentage of student participation will receive Get Moving Manchester trophies presented by the mayor and superintendent of schools. Last year's winning schools were McLaughlin Middle School and Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary School.

Incentives and raffles include Palace Theatre tickets, Fisher Cats tickets, gift cards to Dick's Sporting Goods and more. At the end of the 4 weeks, students will be entered into a raffle to win a bike donated by Bike Barn (pictured here). Click on the kickoff video link featuring the Fisher Cats mascot, Fungo. This video was made possible through our partnership with the Fisher Cats and Catholic Medical Center.

Get Moving, Manchester schools and fill out those logs to be eligible for some great raffles and incentives! Most importantly, be a winner of health!

Special thanks to Get Moving Manchester program sponsors: Catholic Medical Center, Manchester Dartmouth Hitchcock, Fisher Cats, Palace Theatre, Anagnost Companies, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bike Barn and Indian Head Athletics.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Important notice from Dr. Vargas

Dear Manchester School District staff and families,

I am writing because a Memorial High School student was arrested yesterday for
making threats via social media related to school shootings. The Manchester School
District and the Manchester Police Department were made aware of those potential
threats and the Manchester Police Department took immediate action.

According to the information we received about the investigation, there was no
imminent threat to any of our students at Memorial or in the district. We are
working closely with the Manchester Police Department to ensure the safety of our

As a community, we need to be vigilant and work together to keep our students safe.
We urge you to talk with your children to encourage them to share anything they
hear or see that causes concern regarding their safety or that of others.

Dr. Bolgen Vargas
Superintendent of Schools