MHS Digest:

Friday, Feb. 17
What a Win!

MHS players celebrate after a thrilling 42-39 victory over highly-ranked South Windsor on Thursday night -- capping a memorable Senior Night that began with seven team members honored before their last regular season home game. This photo was taken by MHS junior Garrett Pilney. We also have video of the Senior Night ceremony and a gallery of pictures from the game.

This Week's Schedule:

Monday-- B Day: 1-2-4-5-PH-6-8 (Drop 3-7)

Tuesday -- C Day: 1-3-4-5-PH-7-8 (Drop 2-6)

Wednesday -- D Day: 2-3-4-6-PH-7-8 (Drop 1-5)

Thursday -- A Day: 1-2-3-5-PH-6-7 (Drop 4-8)

Friday-- B Day: 1-2-4-5-PH-6-8 (Drop 3-7)


Enter to win a free book! Each Friday, one lucky winner will win a book. Simply complete THIS GOOGLE FORM. Winners will be announced each Monday.

Spirit Week At a Glance

Here are the rules and the themes each day:

Monday February 13th - Sweatpants Day
Tuesday February 14th - Twin Tuesday
Wednesday February 15th - College Apparel Day

Thursday February 16th - Tacky Day
Friday February 17th - Flannel Friday

A Survival Story Story

The winner of the Papyrus & Quills survival story competition, Greta Westfall, weaves a tale of primordial survival, enthralls the audience, and takes the prize. Members of the after-school creative writing club gathered Thursday in room 230 to hear original tales of daring written by members who braved the "survival story" challenge. Competing authors included: Elizabeth-Anne Gammeter, Jillian Murphy, Nicole Rybka, Dylan Ward, Greta Westfall, and Tyler Greene. When the dust settled, Greta was victorious, and she graciously accepted her DQ gift card prize. Poetry will be the genre for the March competition. During the next 4 weeks, participants will learn a variety of poetry forms, leading to a poetry throw down on March 23. The winner will enjoy the thrill of Papyrus & Quills bragging rights and a gift card prize. Come play with words at the weekly Papyrus & Quills creative writing club meetings, after school on Thursdays in room 230.


Blue is new and we try to run things for a day or two... but check out our MHS Digest archives for things you might have missed (and use this link to submit stuff).

Yearbook Deadlines: Last day to buy a yearbook is February 17th! Here is the link to purchase a yearbook. Seniors: Last day to buy a parent ad for the yearbook is February 17th! Here is the link for making a parent ad.

Guidance News/Notes

Blue is new. For complete info click here to go to the guidance page on the MHS website:

There will be a field trip to visit UMass Amherst and Amherst College on March 8th! Permission slips are available in the main office, 108, 119 and 211. This trip is open to sophomores and juniors. See Ms. Batista in the main office with questions, or email her at

ASVAB Testing - MHS will have ASVAB testing on 4/20/17.  Sign up on Naviance, under college visits, or in the Guidance Office, room 117.

Joe Lieberman CT Scholarship - U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident, high school senior who is a CT resident & attending high school or a home school in CT, academics and community service. Apply online - Deadline 4/1/17.

Lou Irvin Scholarship - Student of color Manchester High School senior with a commitment to further his/her education. Applications are available in the Guidance Office, rm 117. Deadline - 5/8/17.

What's for Lunch?

Click here for a whole month of lunch menus (scroll down for February).
And click here to see what's cookin' in the Silk City Cafe.
Recent Notes of Interest
  • Click here to see the Core Values survey that Ms. Iacobellis wrote to students about.
  • Click here to see the note seeking volunteers to help with 5th-grade leadership conferences.

Student Journalism

The 'Red Report' returned Thursday and 'The Pulse' will be back next Friday. Click here for the links.

Be sure to check the Harbinger every day and note that there's now a box to submit stories/ideas titled 'Harbinger Story Ideas' in the Cafeteria by the Student Activities Office. 

To see the latest 'Red Report' and "Pulse" just click here

Sports Stuff

Did you see the photo gallery from Wednesday's girls' Class LL meet? It's right here, and here are the MHS student athletes who qualified for Monday's State Open meet:
  • Israel Adesina ranked 8th overall in the Long Jump
  • Joe Pearl ranked 5th overall in the 1000m run
  • Boys 4x800 relay (Kyle Smith, Tim Rowe, Tom Kropp and Joe Pearl) Ranked 12th overall
  • Liz Lodge Ranked 1st overall in the High Jump
  • Cameron Wesoloskie ranked 8th overall in the Long Jump
  • Hannah Sullivan ranked 18th overall in the 1600m run
  • Anna Watson ranked 10th overall in the Pole Vault
  • Sprint Medley Relay (Jenna Kellie, Morgan Smith, Julia Pardi and Kate Hedlund) ranked 12th over all.
Fightin' Words
Gerry Navarra's email notice to MHS staff excusing wrestlers for Friday's tournament is in itself inspiring:

"Lo, once again the north wind blows and Lord Odin sounds his horn of battle, summoning the resolute to the front. Few brave souls have answered his call. Please excuse the following warrior-poets from class tomorrow as they leave for the L tournament and Ragnarok in faraway Bristol at 1:30 p.m."

There are lots of sports photos on the athletic department's Facebook page. You can see it here. Also, if you are looking for the MHS sports schedule it's  right here.

(You can submit them here)

Swimming -- South Windsor defeated Manchester 88-63
South Windsor is a very strong team. Colin Zorger was our only event winner. 200 free & 2nd 100 butterfly;  Noah Luby 2nd 100 backstroke & 4th 100 free; Devin Sullivan 2nd 50 free & 3rd 100 free; David Mazzotta 3rd 50 free; Andy Weekes 3rd 100 breaststroke & 4th  200 Individual medley;  Owen Atzbach 5th 100 breaststroke & 200 free; Riley Clark 5th 100 backstroke.
Our next meet is Friday against Hartford Public at Manchester 3:45 pm


Mon-Fri, Feb. 13-17 -- Spirit Week
Friday, Feb. 17 (7-9:30 p.m.) -- GSAFE Coffee House
Mon/Tues, Feb. 20-21 -- No classes
Saturday, Feb. 25 -- History Day
Friday, March 3 -- Murder Mystery fundraiser
Wednesday, March 15 (2:30 p.m.) -- Student/staff basketball game
Tuesday, March 21 -- Down Syndrome (Crazy Sock Day)

Thursday, June 15 -- Last day of school (adjusted after Jan. 24, Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 snow days)

ABCD Calendar (adjusted after the aforementioned three snow days)
Mrs. Wabble's February activities calendar

Social Media

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The Rotating Schedule Breakdown

Regular schedule
Start End Length A DAY
(Drop 4/8)
(Drop 3/7)
(Drop 2/6)
(Drop 1/5)
7:30 8:24 54 min 1 1 1 2
8:28 9:21 53 2 2 3 3
9:25 10:18 53 3 4 4 4
10:22 11:15 53 5 5 5 6
11:15 12:15 Power Hour
12:15 1:08 53 6 6 7 7
1:12 2:05 53 7 8 8 8

The special Tuesday/Thursday schedule

(To allow time for 'The Red Report')

The Delayed Opening schedule


We keep 'back issues' of the MHS Digest in this archive.

We also produce 'MPS Today' (a district e-newsletter).  You'll find it here.
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