Thursday, April 6, 2023

‘FLOWERS ARE THE MUSIC OF THE GROUND …’ That’s a line of poetry that’s fitting these days, what with buds blossoming outdoors while in Bailey Auditorium student musicians gather to share their work honed over months of practice. We have photos below from the two town-wide concerts held earlier this week and a reminder that the town-wide chorus concert is next Wednesday night and there are a lot more student performances coming after the April break.

Mock Interviews at MHS

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Last Friday at MHS the class of '23 shared their Senior Stories (check out this video recap) and this week has featured a special initiative for juniors, who were given a chance to have a practice job interview. Dozens of local business people and others volunteered for the project, giving students feedback for when the stakes are higher.
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Kindergarten Registration Under Way

The kindergarten registration window for the 2023-2024 school year is now open. Parents/guardians of children whose fifth birthday falls on or before January 1, 2024, may begin the registration process by visiting the registration page of the district website.


For the past two years, the district offered summer programming for any student interested in attending, with the experience designed to help ease the transition out of the pandemic. This summer, we are returning to our typical summer programming which will be by invitation only for students who are below grade level in reading and currently in grades K-3. Invitations have already been sent out.


  • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education will also offer a fee-based STEAM camp for school-aged students from July 31 to Aug. 18. More information on that is coming soon.
  • We will continue to run credit recovery courses at Manchester High School. Again, more information to come.
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Professional Development

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Peter Liljedahl is the author of ‘Building Thinking Classrooms’ which is regarded as a landmark work in contemporary education. Built on 14 key practices, he advocates getting students “up on their feet, collaborating and thinking through challenging problems on a daily basis.” He was in Manchester yesterday working with district math teachers. A math professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Liljedahl was also an Olympian, competing for Sweden in 1992 in canoeing.

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Paraprofessional Praise, BoE News, Hiring Events

  • Yesterday was Paraprofessional (aka Paraeducator) Day but staff members as valuable as they are deserve a full week of recognition -- and much more than that.
  • The next BoE meeting is scheduled for April 24 at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Center and the agenda will include an update on school counseling.


  • The district has scheduled a teacher recruiting event for May 4 at MHS and we have more information here.
  • MELC has a hiring event on April 18 (1-4 p.m.) at 80 Waddell Road in Manchester. Click for details.

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In Our Classrooms

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Last week at Verplanck School, Ms. Sims' third graders visited Ms. English's kindergarten class to help them with opinion writing.
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Ten Students Advance in Invention Convention

Ten students from the school district have advanced to the semifinals of the Connecticut Invention Convention. You can see the list here. Project judging will be done by the end of April and finalists will be invited to attend an in-person event on June 10th at UConn. Those who advance to nationals will be invited to compete in Michigan next spring.

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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.
  • 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.


  • 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 started 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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Earlier this week we shared a video of Illing eighth-grader Gabe Forde talking about autism awareness month. You can see it here. We are also midway through Ramadan and thought we’d also share this video -- posted a year ago, it features Nurun Nahar explaining the history of and traditions associated with this, the holiest month for Muslims. Nurun was at Bowers then but now is with the district's Department of Race and Equity.

In Full Swing

Tuesday was the nicest day of the year so far and at MHS student-athletes including Leah Nurse and Angel Rodriguez took full advantage.
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The Week Ahead

Thursday, April 6
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- Shake, Rattle & Roll for ages 2-5 at Mary Cheney Library.
1:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Manchester Arts Commision Presents: The State of the Arts 2023 at Manchester Country Club.
6 p.m. -- Eid card craft at Mary Cheney Library.

Friday, April 7
10 a.m. - noon -- Preschool playgroup at Mary Cheney Library.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- The Future’ exhibit opening night at WORK_SPACE, 901 Main St.- runs through May 31.

Saturday, April 8
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- 2nd Saturday Open House,at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.
1 p.m -- History Walk #7 of 23 in 2023: Porter Street and reservoirs, starting at 395 Porter St..

Monday, April 10
6 - 8 p.m. -- Songwriters Group meeting at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

Tuesday, April 11
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at Great Path Academy on the MCC campus.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- Teen Escape Room at Mary Cheney Library.
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- Smartphone Photography Basics - workshop at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.
7 p.m. -- FY24 Budget Adoption at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, April 12
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- Manchester Art Association field trip to NYC to see the American Watercolor Society Exhibit.
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Anime/Manga Club for 7-9th graders at Mary Cheney Library.

7 p.m. Town Wide Chorus Concert at Manchester High’s Bailey Auditorium.
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Further Down the Road:

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In Case You Missed It

  • The winners have been announced for the 2023 Black Joy Youth Poetry Contest -- which was created through a partnership between the Department of Race & Equity and the town’s Neighborhoods & Families Division. To see the winners and read their work, click here.
  • TLC, the Transitional Living Center, is a residential facility for Manchester children and youth who, through no fault of their own, cannot live at home. A private, non-profit institution, TLC is looking for volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors. For information click here.

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News and Newsletters

D. S. Fahmeed Hyder, who was one of the keynote speaker at the district's International Mother Language Day event in 2022, has been appointed the next Head of Trumbull College at Yale.


  • Fentanyl has now become deadlier with the addition of Xyalazine, an animal tranquilizer that does not respond to NARCAN. Just a tiny bit of fentanyl, usually found as a white powder or a pill, can be deadly. This flier has more.
  • 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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More Sports

  • Check out the MHS Baseball instagram page for a cool Chris Flics vid from the team's Media Day.
  • Manchester Little League will have two opening days this year - this Saturday and May 6. Click the link for details.
  • Manchester Travel Basketball is sponsoring a Mini Ballers spring session at Bennet Academy for Manchester students in grades 1-4. Click here for dates and sign-up info.
  • Here's the complete MHS athletics spring schedule.
  • And for more Manchester sports pics, check out OneManchester CT sports on fb.
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Monday's town-wide orchestra concert featured performance by Bennet sixth-graders, Illing eighth-graders, the MHS orchestra and a 6-12 rendition of 'Twinkling Stars.' On Tuesday it was a town-wide band program that featured a similar format. Next Wednesday at Bailey Auditorium -- the town-wide chorale concert.
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