Thursday, March 23, 2023

SPRING. SPRANG. SPRUNG. Technically (well, grammatically) the latter two words are past tense verb forms but it’s just a fun phrase to say as we welcome and enjoy these mild days. This winter wasn’t much as far as snow but it is good to put it behind us anyway, and great to see our parks are busy again. One reason to stay inside: ‘Footloose’ opens tonight and the MHS spring musical is always entertaining. Scroll down for a cast photo and ticket info. And Ramadan has begun -- and we have information below.

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District News

  • The Board of Directors held another budget workshop with the BoE last night. You can watch a replay here.
  • There's a public hearing on the town budget set for March 28 in Lincoln Center. The BoD is expected to adopt a final budget on April 11 and for more on the budget development process and timelines click here.
  • The next BoE meeting is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Center and the agenda will include a technology update.


The district has scheduled a teacher recruiting event for May 4 at MHS and we have more information here.

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In Our Classrooms

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Top: Miss Sonokawa and her first graders discuss a book they read during equity time; bottom left, a student strikes a pose during the school's red carpet event and the Martin PTA's first-ever 'Book Swap' has been a big hit this week.
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Checking 'The Pulse' On The West Coast

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Manchester High School's Pulse program successfully competed at the Student Television Network (STN) Convention in Long Beach, California this past week. MHS was the sole New England recipient of a Broadcast Excellence award, and MHS students won an Honorable Mention in the High School News Story contest and took 3rd place in Personal VLOG contest. Students also had the opportunity to meet up with online pen pals from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Lilhe, Hawaii, and took a studio tour at Warner Brothers in Burbank, California.

Watch The Pulse on location in Long Beach over the weekend.

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School Fundraisers Etc.

  • The MHS Class of '23 is selling fun novelty socks to help keep the costs down for students to attend the prom and Senior Class picnic; the details are here.
  • Purchase your lawn sign to honor an MHS senior by April 30 by clicking here.
  • Pink Flamingos in the yard are a fun, positive way to celebrate high school accomplishments. Click here to "flock"a friend from the Class of ‘23.
  • Project Graduation will hold a fundraising pasta dinner for the Class of ‘23 at the Elks Club on April 14.

  • Silk City Coffee is sponsoring a Give Back Day for Project Graduation on April 21, 1-6 p.m. 20% of all sales will support this year's Project Graduation party- that includes merch, beans and gift cards.
  • Verplanck School’s can drive to benefit MACC Charities runs through March 31. Click here for details.


  • Three townwide concerts showcasing large musical ensembles from MPS will be held at Bailey Auditorium on April 3, 4 and 12. Click here for details.

  • Manchester High’s class of 2023 graduation will be held on Memorial Field on June 14 (rain date: June 15)
  • Online enrollment for MELC's summer program starts April 3. This is for children currently in grade K-6 and runs from July 3 through Aug. 11. For details click here.
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Road Trip To UConn

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Illing Middle School’s music department traveled to UConn yesterday, playing for and learning from professors Cara Bernard, Jamie Spillane, Janet Kim, John Mastrioanni, and graduate assistant and doctoral candidate Meredith Neumann. They also had the unique opportunity to learn from -- and help teach -- UConn students who are studying to be music teachers. In addition to masterclasses and clinics, students got a little taste of college life -- and the UConn dairy bar. Also: the E.O. Smith high school Drumline took a quick break from rehearsal to share their music with the Illing students as they waited for their buses. Here's the clip.

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The Week Ahead

A crescent moon sighting signaled the start of the holy month of Ramadan sending many of the world’s approximately 1.9 billion Muslims into a monthlong fast from sunrise to sunset. Read more here.

Thursday, March 23
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. --
Shake, Rattle & Roll for ages 2-5 at Mary Cheney Library.
2:30 - 6 p.m. -- Manchester Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- FY24 Budget Workshop #6, at Lincoln Center.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- ‘Overcoming Adversity Thriving After Wrongful Conviction’ - the stories of Felipe Rodriquez and Jeffrey Deskovic at Manchester Community College.
6:30 p.m. -- Perler Bead Flower Keychain Craft at Mary Cheney Library.

Friday, March 24
4:30 - 6 p.m. --
Manchester Art Association’s newest exhibit ‘The Poetry Project’ opening at Town Hall.

Saturday, March 25
9 a.m. - noon -- Knights of Columbus can and bottle drive to support council charitable events at St. James Church, 896 Main St.
10 a.m. - noon -- Polish food sale at St. John’s Polish National Church, 23 Golway St.

Sunday, March 26
10 a.m. --
Hot Cat Jazz at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St.
1 -3 p.m. -- MARC Inc’s Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser at Silver Lanes in East Hartford.

Monday, March 27

6 - 8 p.m. -- Songwriters Group meeting at WORK_SPACE, 901 Main St.

6 p.m. -- Family Game Night at Whiton Library.
7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, March 28
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- FY24 Budget Workshop #7, at Lincoln Center.
7 p.m. -- FY24 Public Hearing at Lincoln Center - rescheduled from March 14.

Wednesday, March 29
12:30 - 6 p.m. -- Manchester Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. -- R.E.A.D to a Dog at Mary Cheney Library.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- Boy Scout Troop 25’s meeting for new scouts at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St. Click here to learn more.

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  • Let Boy Scout Troop 27 egg your house -- it's not what you think...Click the link for details.

  • The Youth Services Bureau has a bunch of programs for kids of all ages. Click here to find out what, where and when.

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Further Down the Road:

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End of an era: The sun is setting on a Manchester landmark as the Gerich's Garage building on the corner of Adams St. and Tolland Tpke. is being prepared for demolition.
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News and Newsletters

Manchester Historical Society: The Genealogy Group is back and will meet on April 12; artist are wanted to help commemorate Mancjhester’s 200th anniversary; read about a pizza oven fire from a 1958 Manchester Herald; check out a very crisp John Knoll photo with an award-winning Manchester home the background and lots more.

Manchester Matters: The Town of Manchester has several job openings; budget workshop and public hearing schedule; curbside yard waste collection has resumed and will be picked on normal refuse/recycling collection day; Lions Club bowling fundraiser; Manchester Art Association opening on Friday; Parent Cafe and more. Click here for a free subscription.

The MACC Minute: Meet Bee and John - two of MACC's amazing volunteers; Homelessness education and awareness forum on March 30; check out ‘Undies Sundays’ and learn how you can be part of MACC’s volunteer team.


  • Get the FACTS: The Change Collaborative of Manchester shares monthly updates on substance use prevention efforts happening in the community and our schools – including events, youth peer-to-peer supports, and resources for families. Click here to get updates.

  • The Manchester Brotherhood in Action (BIA) is fundraising to help two local families with medical bills for children who have serious health issues. Click here to learn more.
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The boys and girls track & field teams warm up under the sun on Memorial Field Tuesday. The weather has been ideal for the first week of practices for spring teams.
  • Calling on kids of all ages to work on your basketball skills with Tylon Smith Jr. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Verplanck School starting April 4. Click here for details.
  • The Newington co-op hockey team lost to Masuk 6-3 Monday night in the DIII championship game. Congrats to the team on a great season and two-year run that included a 43-7 record and the 2021-22 DIII title.
  • Spring teams will be scrimmaging next week and start playing for keeps starting on April 1 when the MHS girls softball team visits Rocky Hill. Here's the complete MHS athletics spring schedule.

"Everybody Cut Footloose'"

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Owen Austin has the role of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy who moves to a small town that has banned dancing. It's Manchester High's production of Footloose, which debuts tonight on the Bailey Auditorium stage with shows on Friday and Saturday night, too. Tickets are $12 and available at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m. each night.

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