Red Hawk Update

Manchester High School: June 24, 2022

From The Principal

Dear MHS Red Hawk Community,


Yesterday was the last day of classes for Red Hawk students and today was the last day for teachers and other staff members and it was spent as you would expect, with packing up, planning meetings and farewells.


This is always a bittersweet time of year, especially at the high school. There is always a great deal of excitement and emotion among the seniors as they experience the milestone events that they’ve anticipated for so long leading up to graduation. We have photos below capturing some of those highlights, such as their return to our elementary for ‘grad walks’ and the car parade.


There is a lot of attention ‘down the stretch’ on the senior class but meanwhile our underclassmen are busy learning about themselves and their interests through classes and activities and all the while our staff is in overdrive with planning for the year ahead, as we are constantly challenging ourselves to find ways to make the Red Hawk experiences the best it can be for all members of our community.


So, yes, it’s the end of the year but we are never done with our work and I want to express my appreciation to everyone -- families, staff and especially our students -- for your contributions.


To the class of ‘22, all the best! We look forward to seeing where your journeys lead and will follow along with great pride. To our underclassmen, have a fun, safe summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall. (Tuesday, Sept. 6 is Freshman First Day with grades 10-12 also reporting the following day.)


In the meantime the high school will be busy with summer classes and lots of work on the building (including the continued installation of solar panels on the roof) as well as planning for the fall.


Finally, please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns but otherwise rest, relax and enjoy the summer.


Sincerely,

Katelyn Miner

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Class of '22 Leaves MHS In Style

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GRADUATION IS SPECIAL anywhere and under any circumstances but ending your high school years on your own football field makes the occasion all that sweeter.
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Spring Traditions

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Check the district fb page for more graduation related photos.
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Manchester High's Teacher of the Year: Julie Dumeer

The words of a long-time colleague of Ms. Dumeer gives us a sense of how committed Julie is to engaging students and showing them how amazing chemistry is. "Have you ever sacrificed a gummy bear? Or exploded potassium in water? Or measured calories of different snack foods using a soda can? Or used a 60 year old vacuum pump and bell jar (named Bertha) to boil water without heat? Grown trees made of silver in a beaker? Escaped from a (fictional) potential nuclear disaster? Made aspirin? Speed dated as an element? Or used the word effervescent in an actual sentence? If you haven’t, that’s because you haven’t had Ms. Julie Dumeer as your chemistry teacher. " Ms. Dumeer has spent 10 years connecting with students and staff in a variety of ways - in the chemistry classroom, on dance team or through personal tutoring. She is a leader in many ways, most recently taking on the role of Chemical Hygiene Officer, but also sharing creative ideas as PLC leader, Medical Careers Academy teacher leader and curriculum author. Ms. Dumeer is also a true hype girl. While students are working on labs - Ms. Dumeer dances her way around the room. She brings her positive energy to students and staff alike and is also a member of the MHS Climate Committee. In addition to focusing on engagement and believing in all students, Ms. Dumeer builds relationships one person at a time. The words of her former student say it best, "Every student felt as though they were her favorite- and they were. She felt a connection to every young adult that walked through her door. Whether they were struggling in school, at home or both, she made it her job to help them succeed, in and out of her classroom."
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K-12 Art Show Was A Big Success

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The Manchester High School cafeteria was filled with color on June 7 when the district celebrated K -12 artists with its first art show in three years. For more photos check out the district Facebook page.
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Attention Class of 2023

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Looking back at the year that was

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Manchester High seniors came together on Friday, June 3 for yearbook distribution and signing.


It was a wholesome moment seeing the faces of the seniors, as they check out the pages in the yearbook.

-SOMANHIS yearbook staff

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Wellness Conversations

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Only a few spots left.

Click here to sign up for the Tuesday session and here to sign up for Wedsnesday's session.

We will be adding a session in Spanish for the Fall.
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Thanks for the Memories, Ed!

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More than 100 former Manchester High students returned to perform with an alumni chorus at a special Round Table concert celebrating the career of Ed Tyler, who is retiring after 33 years. WFSB-Channel 3 was there and aired this terrific story and we also have lots of photos from the event on the district Facebook page.
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NHS Throws a Party for marc

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Approximately 150 guests attended the National Honor Society's Luau dinner/dance for the MARC, Inc community on May 25. The MHS chapter raised funds during the school year for this service project that was enjoyed by all.
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Take a hike

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The class of 2024 hiked Case Mountain and Risley Park on May 24 and June 4respectively, and by all accounts, it was "super fun."

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Multi-Cultural Celebration

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Students and staff experienced different cultures through music, food and games at the Manchester High Student Equity Advisory Team's multicultural night in the courtyard at MHS on Friday, June 3.
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Sports

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On Thursday, June 9, Manchester High celebrated the student athletes from the Class of 2022 who will be continuing their athletic careers in college next year. For a closer look at the event, go to OneManchester Sports CT on FB.
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