Thursday, June 28, 2018

District names new transportation coordinator

Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has named Kelly O’Brien-Hebert the new transportation coordinator for the Manchester School District. O’Brien-Hebert’s nomination was approved by the Board of School Committee this week, and her appointment is effective immediately.

O’Brien-Hebert arrives at the central office from her most recent position as administrative assistant for student services at Manchester High School West. Some of her duties in that role included preparing transportation requests and coordinating adjustments.

“My experience in the student services office gave me the opportunity to learn a great deal about the transportation of our students and the challenges that go along with it,” said O’Brien-Hebert. “My desire to grow with the Manchester School District while continuing to provide services for our students made this job a natural choice for me.”

The district-wide transportation coordinator is responsible for managing all aspects of school transportation, including routes, schedules and special requests. O’Brien Hebert will work closely with the Manchester Transportation Authority and Easter Seals Special Transit Services, which provide the school buses for Manchester students, as well as all of Manchester’s schools.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Open coaching positions

The athletics department is currently hiring coaches for the next school year. Click HERE for the list of positions and online application.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Parental Involvement: Input requested by June 30, 2018

The Board of School Committee Special Committee on Parental Involvement recently surveyed all stakeholders of Manchester School District to plan the further work of this group to engage parents, grandparents and the community in becoming more involved in our schools. 

The top two responses included the creation of a program to educate parents on what is needed at home to help educate their child(ren) and a platform for parents to share information.

Your feedback is very important to help us better understand what programs/opportunities already exist in our schools and to provide and opportunity for you to share your ideas on these topics to help plan our work. 

Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual. 

Please take a few minutes to complete this SURVEY by June 30, 2018. 

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: Monday, July 9 - Thursday, August 9 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