Thursday, May 26, 2022

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND marks the beginning of the beginning of summer and will be followed by the meteorological (always June 1) and astronomical arrival (this year the solstice is June 21). Of course there's also the psychic start of summer (either the last day of school or the Fourth of July) and for some summertime is mostly a temperature thing. Whatever the case, we have you covered and if you want OneManchester sent to you by email each week, just click here.

Coming Together

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MHS has a robust English Learner program and students including sisters Thu and Thuyen Giang enjoyed a cultural celebration yesterday to share stories and more. Also at MHS yesterday, students browsed and gathered information from a wide range of industries at the 3rd Annual Career and Education Opportunity Fair. Check the district FB page for more photos.

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Scholarship On Display

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Aysa Dunne, a 2018 MHS grad pursuing a doctoral degree in Environmental & Civil Engineering, will be the keynote speaker at a symposium tonight in Room 293 that includes student research projects, senior presentations and more. Doors open at 5 and for more information (including abstracts that are by themselves wholly impressive) click here.
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Calendar Notes

  • JUNE 8 AND 15 ARE FULL DAYS: Wednesday has been an early release day for much of the school year but that's ending after June 1. The following two Wednesdays -- June 8 and 15 -- will be full days. (One exception: June 15 is an early release at MHS only because graduation is that evening.)
  • TWO MORE HOLIDAYS: This Monday is Memorial Day and there's no school. There also will be no school on Monday, June 20 for Juneteenth.
  • THE FINAL WEEK: All schools will have early release (using emergency dismissal schedule) every day starting Tuesday, June 21. The last day for all schools except Illing is Thursday, June 23. IMS will have classes on Friday (with an emergency dismissal schedule) because they were closed one day earlier this year due to a staffing shortage.
  • THE FIRST DAY of classes for the 2022-23 academic year is Tuesday, Sept. 6 for grades K4, 5, 7 and 9 with students in grades 6, 8 and 10-12 also reporting the following day. Head Start's first day is Sept. 12.
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School Concerts

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The photos above are from last week's MHS (left) and Bennet concerts, and the last of the spring concerts is Monday, June 6 featuring the MHS Chorus and an Alumni Chorus from the Ed Tyler years. It'll start at 7 p.m. at Bailey Auditorium. Tyler, who is retiring, is shown at left during a holiday concert.
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Board of Ed News

  • The BoE on Monday unanimously approved its $119 million spending plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year. You can watch a replay here. The next meeting is June 13 and will feature an update on Adult Education and recognition of Manchester Teachers of the Year.
  • Board of Education meetings are broadcast on Silk City Television and streamed live on the district Facebook page. Members of the public are able to submit questions remotely both before and during the meeting and can participate in public comment sessions either in person or remotely. For more information please click here.
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Project Graduation Information

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Project Graduation, the annual supervised, substance-free night for MHS grads, could use more volunteers. Interested? There's a meeting tonight at 6 in the Senior Lot (Brookfield Street side).

  • Graduation is on Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p;m. on the football field and the celebration at Manchester Community College starts at 9 p.m. and runs to 3 a.m.
  • Volunteers need to be 18 or older and “jobs” include decorating, serving food, bag check, sign in, clean up, security/door monitors, etc. For more info call Nancy at 860-424-7477.

Click here for other important graduation-related news and events.

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Head Start Enrollment Underway

Manchester Head Start is currently enrolling preschoolers for the 2022-23 school year. A federally funded program that has been supporting Manchester's preschool children’s growth and development for over 20 years, Head Start offers a variety of services, including early learning and development, health, and family well-being, helping children get ready to succeed in school and in life through learning experiences tailored to their current needs and abilities. Click for registration info.

In The News

  • Last week Manchester police officer Ryan Karabetsos was sent to the home of a pregnant mom and, well, the story is on the department FB page.
  • As the town prepares to review new development proposals for the Broad Street Parkade site, the property’s former developer is suing the town to continue the project. So begins Austin Mirmina's latest JI story, which you can read here.
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Other Newsletters

  • Manchester Matters: The town has a number of employment opportunities; on May 31 there will be a Trade Fair at MHS as well as a Repurposed Schools Task Force meeting at Mahoney; 5th and 6th grade social at YSB (June 3); 70th birthday party for MARC Inc. (June 11).

  • Manchester Historical Society: ‘Manchester Then & Now’ exhibit continues; Selfies with Joe McCluskey on June 4; “Spring in Concert’ has been rescheduled to June 9 at the Bicentennial Bandshell and the May television show is “The World of Charles Adams Platt” with Keith N. Morgan.

  • Better Manchester Magazine: Spruce Street Farmers Market starts June 1 and runs on Wednesdays through Aug 11; Juneteenth celebration will be June 18; Learn to swim this summer info.

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Sprayground Opens Saturday

The Sprayground adjacent to Verplanck Elementary opens for the season on Saturday and will be open until Labor Day from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

The Week Ahead

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Just ahead: A Cheney hall opening; middle school track; veggies galore

Thursday, May 26
9 - a.m. - 3 p.m. -- The Manchester Land Trust’s tag sale at 330 Bush Hill Rd. continues through Saturday.

Friday, May 27
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Red Cross blood drive at Buckland Hills Mall.
7:30 p.m. -- Over the River and through the Woods opens at Cheney Hall - through June 12.

Saturday, May 28
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Last day for the Manchester Landtrust Tag Sale at 330 Bush Hill Rd.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.- Opening Day at the Verplanck Srayground - open daily through Labor Day.

9 a.m. - noon -- Polish food sale at St. John’s National Church, 23 Golway St.
9 a.m. -- 14th Annual Connecticut Middle School Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Manchester High School.

Sunday, May 29
9 a.m. -- Memorial Day Flag Garden at Lutz Children’s Museum.
7 p.m. -- Project Choir ONE Concert at 60 Church St.

Monday, May 30
9:30 a.m. -- Memorial Day Parade starting at the Army & Navy Club at 9:30 a.m.

Also: Town offices and libraries will be closed in observance of Memorial Day - curbside collection will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, May 31

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- Blood Drive at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Haynes St.
4 - 7 p.m. -- The First Annual Trade/Construction Career Fair at Manchester High School.

6:30 p.m. -- Repurposed Schools Task Force meeting at Leisure Labs at Mahoney Rec, 110 Cedar St.

Wednesday, June 1
4:30- 7:30 p.m. -- Spruce Street Farmers Market season opener at 153 & 163 Spruce St. (Wednesdays through August 31)

6 - 8 p.m. -- Middle School Nights at Mary Cheney Library.

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Down The Road


  • Celebrate Manchester starts on June 2 and runs through June 11 with music, art, dance, duck race and other activities. Click here for a schedule of events.

  • Manchester Youth Services Bureau is hosting a 5th - 6th grade Social at 63 Linden St.on June 3.

  • The Manchester Woman’s Club Town-Wide tag sale will take place on Saturday, June 4 (rain date June 5) - $20 for sellers/buyers free!

  • Rec on the Run, the town’s pop-up creative arts, sports, and games vehicle offering programs and activities in neighborhoods and parks around our community is back in action starting the week of June 6

  • Cub Scout Pack 47 will be fundraising at Jersey Mike’s in June. Click here for details.

  • Youth Service Bureau’s ‘Family Circle 2022’ will be held on Wednesdays from June 1 to July 20. Space is limited. Click here to register.


On The Run

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The MHS boys took place first in Randy Smith Journal Inquirer Invitational Track meet held at Manchester High over the weekend and the girls finished fourth in the 18-school field. Shown above are Cain Gara Grady awaiting the baton from Christian Woodson and hurdler Kara Peynado and we have more photos on our OneManchester Sports FB page.


  • Registration is open for the Manchester Running Company's summer series at MHS. It starts July 7 and there's more info here.

  • ‘Together We Tee’ is a six-week golf program offered this summer at Manchester Country Club to local Black and Brown youth of all genders and their parents/guardians. Click here for more information.

The Dream Support Network was back in the district this week with its ‘Ice Cream for a Dream’ program where K-4 students trade written dreams for ice creams.
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That's a Martin kindergartener above and Highland Park students below and in truck the network's executive director, Matthew Rivera. Click here for more information on the Dream Support Network.

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OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office; he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017 and features the photography of Paul Ofria. Want to subscribe? Just click here.