The following newsletter was distributed Friday by Manchester School District, a round-up of recent news and a look ahead at summer and fall.
This has been another long and difficult year. I want to thank every one of you for coming together to help get across the finish line. After a glorious few weeks of graduations, shows, promotions and ceremonies, we’ve now reached the summer break. I hope you’re able to take some time to relax – you’ve earned it.
If you’re looking for something to do this summer, there’s lots happening. Starting today, all of the city’s pools and splash pads are open 7 days a week. The Bookmobile will be making the rounds, and there’s lots to do at the Library, too. During the month of July, you can catch free movies every Wednesday night in Veterans Park. You can find information on all of these activities on our Facebook page.
Finally, I’d encourage you to check out the Manchester Proud Compass, a tool that makes it easy to find community services: https://manchesterproudcompass.org/. While our schools are closed, our District office staff is already hard at work preparing for the next school year – you can find our contact info at the bottom of this email.
Again, I hope you all have a truly great summer.
Superintendent of Schools
Saturday was a day of celebration. A day of wall-to-wall smiles and boundless pride. Graduation Day.
- This was the first time since 2019 that we held graduation ceremonies for all four of our high schools in one day, all at the SNHU Arena. With no limits on tickets, families filled small sections and filled the whole arena with cheers when their grad’s name was called.
- Central High School
- Memorial High School
- Manchester School of Technology
- West High School
On May 31, we held a ceremony to recognize our graduating seniors entering military service or attending a military academy. At least 14 of our graduates are planning to serve – as of this writing, some have already shipped out to basic training.
Among the speakers at the ceremony were New Hampshire’s Adjutant General, Major Gen. David Mikolaities (a Memorial graduate), Mayor Joyce Craig and Superintendent Jenn Gillis. Of the graduates, four will serve in the Army, three in the Army National Guard, three in the Marines, one in the Navy, one in the Coast Guard, one in the Air Force Reserves, and one will attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Continue reading on our website.
At the Board of School Committee meeting on Monday, June 13, we paused to recognize School District staff members who retired during the 2021-22 school year. We’re happy for our retirees, but at the same time, we’re sad to be losing them. While they are all moving on, their impact will continue to be felt.
If you combine the service time for the 63 retiring staff members, it totals 1,557 years!
Each one of those staff members touched countless lives. We are thankful for their years – often decades – of dedication to our community. To each of you, we truly hope you enjoy your well-earned retirement.
On June 2, Bakersville School held its inaugural Career Day. The event, which was organized by Bakersville staff and Hope NH, gave 3rd and 4th graders a chance to explore a wide variety of career opportunities.
Community members representing different careers – including radio, photography, real estate, business – set up shop in the gym, while students milled about. Each student was tasked with talking with the visitors, using questions they’d worked on in class.
Students learned first-hand about career options, but more importantly, they did so using soft skills they worked on in class, including asking questions and interviewing. The students did a great job, and we appreciate all of the community members who took time to participate.
You can find more photos from the Career Fair here.
As we head into the summer, we want to make sure students and families know that FEV Tutor is still available, even outside of the school year. Whether you need help in a particular subject or want to prepare for the SATs, FEV Tutor is here for you. Get free, live, online tutoring on your schedule, all summer long.
Support is available for students in Grades 2-12 in Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies. Tutoring is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, and more languages can be added as requested.
You can find more information and sign up at www.mansd.org/for-families/fev-tutor.
This summer, the Board of School Committee will meet Monday, June 27, but it will not meet during the month of July. The full board will reconvene in August. Looking a little further ahead, make sure you mark your calendars for the 2nd CelebratED MHT!
June 27: Board of School Committee regular meeting
August 8: Board of School Committee regular meeting
September 6: First day of school
September 17: CelebratED MHT!
2022-23 School Year Calendars: