MPS Newsletter

  • MPS This Week: Nov. 13-16, 2018

    Veteran's Day appreciation goes out to all of those who have served and are serving in our Armed Forces. Included are many members of our school community including staff, members of our students' families and even students themselves, notably in our Adult Education program.

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  • MPS This Week for Nov. 5-9

    Tuesday is Election Day, which means no school for our students -- although district staff will be working on various professional development activities. We want all of our students to become, as our mission statement says, "contributing members of society" and as adults we can model that goal by exercising our right to vote. Also this week, our school renovation conversation resumes with a meeting at Buckley Elementary School on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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  • MPS This Week: Oct. 29-Nov. 2

    This week we reach the 40th day of the school year and will be sending letters to the parents and guardians of students who have been absent four or more times so far (excused or unexcused combined). Anyone missing that much school is on pace to miss more than full month of classes this year, which takes a significant toll academically. We know kids get sick and that other things come up, but urge families to make regular school attendance a top priority.

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  • OneManchester for Friday, Oct. 26

    The town's new, bi-weekly pink bag pickup of textiles and home goods "is going gangbusters," says a driver for Simple Recycling. "People have big hearts here in Manchester."

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  • MPS This Week: Oct. 22-16, 2018

    Children spend far more time at home than they do in school, and we always encourage parents and guardians to look for opportunities to support their children's learning and academic growth. Each week this newsletter includes tips for parents and there are more on our website. Working together gives us the best chance to ensure all students develop into lifelong learners and contributing members of society.

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  • OneManchester for Friday, Oct. 19

    Their leaves are dropping, waiting to be raked and bagged or swept to the curb in time for the vacuum truck. Yes, all throughout Manchester trees not only taunt us from above but even tease us at many turns.

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  • MPS This Week: Oct. 15-19

    One of the many things that make Manchester High different and special is its Homecoming Parade, which is coming up this Friday afternoon. This is a great community event and I encourage everyone (even those with no current 'connection' to MHS) to check it out. Incidentally, last week renowned sculptor Michael Keropian (MHS '78) was at the school working with students. And on Sunday MHS students were participants during the annual Chef's Challenge.

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  • OneManchester for Friday, Oct. 12

    There are lots of beautiful homes throughout Manchester and six are being featured in a House Tour to benefit the Manchester Sculpture Project, with docents available to share information about each home and its history and local musicians adding to the ambiance.

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  • MPS This Week: Oct. 9-12

    Exciting news: Illing Middle School student Micaela Arenas was one of the Golden Ticket winners in the Roahl Dahl Imaginormous National writing contest this summer. She will be flown to Los Angeles to work with the famous Henry Winkler and turn her idea into a short published story e-book.

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  • OneManchester: Friday, Oct. 5

    SMARTR2 meetings this week are being held at the Senior Center, Highland Park and Verplanck (at the Robertson building).

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  • MPS This Week: Oct. 1-5

    There were lots of fun back-to-school barbecues, ice cream socials and so forth in September (including ones at Highland Park, left, and Bowers) and as October begins students are settling into routines that should include engaging, rigorous, relevant instruction. This week also brings the start to a series of meetings to get input from residents about upcoming elementary school building renovation projects. I hope to see lots of people at those events.

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  • OneManchester: Friday, Sept. 28

    Big week for community forums. Monday night alone a resident could be at Robertson at 6:30 p.m. as part of a focus group discussing how to make Manchester more inclusive, or at Whiton Library at 7 p.m. to opine on our next Police Chief, or at Washington at 7:30 p.m. for a school renovation info session and forum.

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  • MPS This Week: Sept. 24-28

    Open House was held at Manchester High School on Thursday night and there was an excellent turnout of parents, guardians and family members -- and plenty of positive energy. Other schools throughout the district have Open House coming up and I encourage your participation. Also coming soon: meetings seeking public input on school renovations and for a town-led "inclusion" initiative.

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  • One Manchester: Friday, Sept. 21

    Alfresco dining is not new to the Downtown area but Bistro on Main took it to the next level this week, as three parking spaces were converted into a 'pop-up' patio.

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  • MPS This Week: Sept. 17-21

    Saturday was a special day as we had the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Waddell Elementary School. Earlier in the week, the Board of Directors and Board of Education together agreed to seek public input on plans for Bowers. Buckley, Keeney and Martin. Our goal -- appropriate and sustainable educational facilities for the next generation that ensure equity including racial balance. As you'll see below, we are even seeking public input on how we can increase public input on this important discussion.

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  • One Manchester: Friday, Sept. 14

    The 29th session of the Manchester Police Department Citizens Police Academy begins Wednesday, Oct. 3  with applications due by Sept. 27.

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  • MPS This Week: Sept. 10-14

    Our opening days of school were busy and the pace will only pick up as students settle into classroom routines that frequently will include opportunities to be creative while problem solving and collaborating. We have information inside on how families can support children from home as well as lots of news and notes from around the district.

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  • OneManchester CT: Friday, Sept. 7

    There is a special BoD/BoE joint meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to continue the SMRTR2 discussion about Bowers, Buckley, Keeney and Martin.

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  • MPS This Week September 4-7

    As part of our commitment to working as partners with families, we will again send this weekly newsletter with news and photos from our schools, and this year have an added dimension: We will regularly share grade-by-grade tips and insights on how parents and guardians can support their children from home. We hope this information is beneficial as we work together to support all students.

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  • One Manchester: Friday August 31

    Where did the summer go? Schools reopen on Tuesday after one last long weekend that locally includes the Lutz-sponsored Farm Day (which is actually in Bolton) and another Doggie Dunk at Globe Hollow.

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  • One Manchester: Friday August 24

    The latest BMM is out and has a story about the remarkable rejuvenation of Manchester High as well as the town's fall programming guide.

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  • MPS Weekly: June 25 & 26

    Congratulations and best wishes to our graduates -- both from MHS and from the Adult Ed program -- and to retiring staff members and, well, to everyone in the Manchester Public Schools system. It's been an exciting and productive school year. I hope everyone enjoys the summer and that those rejoining us in September are rejuvenated and ready to learn as we work together to ensure that all students become lifelong learners and contributing members of society

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  • MPS This Week: June 18-22

    The last full week of the school year includes Tuesday night's commencement ceremony, which this year is at the Connecticut Convention Center, starting at 6:30. On Wednesday, our Adult and Continuing Education Department holds its graduation in Bailey Auditorium, also at 6:30. Congratulations and best wishes to all involved.

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  • MPS This Week: June 11-15

    Congratulations to Kelly Shea, who has been named the district's teacher of the year for 2018-19. You can read about Kelly below. MHS colleague Eric Larson -- who two years ago was the district's teacher of the year -- is also in the spotlight, as he will be honored Wednesday as the Manchester Elks' 'Citizen of the Year.' Kelly and Eric are both outstanding educators, as are so many others who work in our district.

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  • OneManchester: May 31

    Twenty seven years. That's how long the town has held a celebration known as Pride in Manchester, which started way back when (thanks Joe Negri) as a one-day event and has evolved into what it is today, a week-plus of free, fun community events that remind us how good we've had it -- and have it -- around here. Yep, Pride in Manchester is, well, something to be proud of. So, btw, is this newsletter.

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  • MPS This Week: June 4-8

    Graduation is still two weeks away and the summer break starts in three weeks but all of June is filled with special events and milestones. On Monday night, for example, we have a ceremony for those involved in our parent leadership program as well as a special 80th anniversary concert for our Roundtable Singers. There's more information on those events down below in addition to news and photos capturing the excitement of the past week

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