Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

THE THREE BIGGEST SCHOOLS in the district are Manchester High, Illing and Bennet and to ease the transition for newcomers only the youngest students attend on the first day of classes. We have coverage below as students returned to buildings yesterday as well as lots more as the 21-22 academic year begins. Like OneManchester? Click here to subscribe …
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The Latest News

  • Students in grades Prek-5, 7 and 9 started classes yesterday, as well as Adult Ed.
  • Today they are joined by students in grades 6, 8 and 10 through 12.
  • Full day HEAD START begins Sept. 13.

  • Click here for the full-year calendar.

  • The BOE meets Monday night at the Lincoln Center at 7 p.m. and will an include an update on the opening of the school year. The meeting will be streamed live on the district FB page and broadcast on Silk City TV.


  • Remote Learning: The state has decreed that instruction must be in-person except in cases involving quarantine.
  • Masks: The state also is requiring that masks be worn in schools by all students, staff and visitors through Sept. 30.
  • Visitors: Will be allowed again with masks required and names, dates and locations recorded in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
  • Sports: Fall sports are back as usual except masks must be worn indoors.


LET’s Talk: Latasha Easterling-Turnquest, the district’s Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement, is sharing reminders related to attendance as well as general town happenings and you can see her latest video here.

Adult Ed: Classes began yesterday and the new department website has all the information you need. Also, you can check out this enrollment information (and here’s a Spanish version). And the latest department newsletter is here.

Before- and After-school Programming: It’s offered in partnership with MELC (the Manchester Early Learning Center) at Bennet / Bowers / Buckley / Highland / Keeney / Martin / Odyssey / Verplanck and Waddell and online registration is ongoing. Click here for information.

Our Paul Ofria made the rounds yesterday and you will find some of his pictures below and more on the district facebook page.
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At MHS, Freshman First Day activities were designed to give ninth graders a chance to meet staff and one another before upperclassmen arrive today.
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At Illing, new Principal Idelisa Torres (left) greeted seventh graders who later gathered and began bonding with academic teachers and classmates.
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At Bennet, fifth graders got right down to work and teacher Tracy Pietkevich was in mid-year form.

Coming Friday

A special newsletter just for families with students in PreK through grade 4 with a look back at the first week and a look ahead to the new school year.

Little League in the Spotlight

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The Little All-Stars enjoyed an evening with the Yard Goats earlier this week and their season will be celebrated tonight at Dettore Field in a 6:30 p.m. ceremony. Click here for details.
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Manchester youth football Red Hawks were practicing at Washington School Tuesday night but look forward to games at MHS where a new scoreboard was recently installed.
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Downtown will be busy day and night Saturday and the details are below.

The Week Ahead

Thursday, Sept. 9

6:30 p.m. -- 12U Little league All-Stars celebration at Northwest Park.

Saturday, Sept. 11

9 a.m.-12 p.m. -- The Elks Club Annual Golf Tournament.

10 a.m. on - Second Saturday Downtown Main Street

2 p.m. -- Pinata making craft at Mary Cheney Library.

4-8 p.m. -- Third Annual Songwriters Association Concert in Memorial Park.

8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot.

Sunday, Sept 12

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- 41st Annual British Motorcar Show at Wickham Park

Monday, Sept. 13

6-8 p.m. -- Manchester Songwriters Group - in person, at Mahoney Rec.
7 p.m. -- Legal presentation by Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS).at Whiton Memorial Library.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

6:30 p.m. -- Grief Share at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpk.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Farmer’s Market at Northwest Park.

Down the Road

Also of Note:

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Today's rain follows a decent stretch of weather further brightened by seasonal flowers all over town.