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


Monday, May 7, 2018

Get Moving Manchester winners announced

Congratulations to this year’s winning schools for best participation in the Get Moving Manchester physical activity and nutrition program! 

Highland-Goffe’s Falls Elementary School had 96% of its grades 3-5 students participate in all four weeks, while Jewett Street Elementary School was tops in the city with 98% student participation.
Dr. Vargas and Mayor Craig attended today’s trophy presentations, along with representatives from our sponsoring organizations, including Catholic Medical Center and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Mascot Slider showed up to announce the team was giving every student two tickets to go to a baseball game this week!

Thank you to all of the sponsors who made Get Moving Manchester possible: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester; Bike Barn; Palace Theatre; Anagnost Companies; and Indian Head Athletics.