Thursday, April 27, 2023

HONK if you like student theater. The Illing Drama Club has been hard at work and for the next three nights will be on the Bailey Auditorium stage performing ‘Honk! Jr.’, the musical tale of the ugly duckling. We have details below as well as more from our middle school including spring sports photos. This is also Rebuilding Manchester weekend and there’s a big teacher-recruiting event scheduled for a week from tonight at MHS.

Yesterday was the dress rehearsal for ‘Honk! Jr.’, which opens tonight at 7 p.m. at Bailey Auditorium ....
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There are additional performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. Below are photos from Tuesday's baseball game against Sage Park. Illing scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning win its season opener 9-6.
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  • Zoe Callahan (left), a seventh-grader at the middle school, is the latest addition to our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery, which you'll find on both Facebook and Instagram.
  • There's a can and bottle drive on Saturday to support the National Junior Honor Society at Illing. Click to see the flier.
  • For the latest episode of the Illing News, click here.

Want To Be A Teacher?

The district is holding a teacher recruiting event on Thursday (May 4) from 5-7 p.m. at Manchester High School. Among the presenters will be teachers in various stages of their careers including Konatsu Sonokawa (inset), the teacher of the year at Martin Elementary. Click for event details and here to see a video of Illing teacher Mary Franco sharing her thoughts on the profession.

  • Manchester Public Schools Teacher of the Year Jason Daniels talks about the important role of a teacher in young people's lives in this inspiring video.
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A Month Filled with Music

The district music department has a busy month of May planned with seven concerts at Bailey Auditorium and we have the schedule here.

In other news:

  • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education is offering a fee-based STEAM camp for school-aged students from July 31 to Aug. 18. Here's the flier.
  • 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.
  • Online enrollment for MELC's summer program is under way; 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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Youth Service Commission Seeking Students

The Manchester Youth Commission is recruiting students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. The application to serve on the MYC has been extended to May 20. Find more info on this flier and apply here.


  • At Monday's BoE meeting Dr. Kaitlin Levesque (right) gave an update on work being done in the School Counseling Department at MHS. You can watch a replay here (and read all about it in the JI). The next BoE meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 8.
  • District administrators shared their greetings via video last week on Eid al-Fitr.
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Near And Far

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MHS offers endless options: Yesterday a career fair gave students a chance to meet with dozens of local business people and others (at far left is Christine Rosinski from the U.S. Navy); April vaca brought a different level of exploration as a contingent of 40 traveled to Spain -- a journey chronicled on both Facebook and Instagram.

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Fundraisers Etc.

There will be an ice cream social on the MHS track on May 16 from 4-6 p.m. to support Project Graduation. Click here for details ... The 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.
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Help Is Available In Different Ways

  • Are you worried about supporting your child's mental health this summer? You can attend a virtual session offered on May 23 by the Healing Springs Wellness Center and you can click for details.
  • The Manchester Community Service Council has scholarship money available for students going to college in the fall. Click here to find out how to apply.
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Representatives of Adelbrook Academy will be at Mary Cheney Library tonight for a program on understanding autism; Saturday is Rebuilding Together day in town.

The Week Ahead

Thursday, April 27
2:30 - 6 p.m. -- Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.
6 p.m. -- Hospice Care: Get the Facts, at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Haynes St.
6:30 p.m. -- Just Keep Stimming - Understanding Autism at Mary Cheney Library.

Friday, April 28
10 a.m. - noon -- Preschool playgroup at Mary Cheney Library.
3:30 p.m. -- Arbor Day celebration at 330 Bush Hill Rd.
7:30 p.m. -- Minnesota singer/songwriter Peter Mayer solo concert at Unitarian Universalist Society, 153 Vernon St.

Saturday, April 29
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The Illing National Junior Honor Society is holding a can and bottle drive fundraiser in the Illing Middle school parking lot.
9 a.m. - noon -- Rebuilding Together in Manchester.
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. -- Civil War Drill Day at Wickham Park.
10 a.m. - noon -- Polish food sale at St. John’s Catholic Church, 23 Golway St.
7 -8 p.m. -- Angelia Gadeliya Concert at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church St..

Monday, May 1
10:30 a.m. 11:15 a.m. -- Storytime at Whiton Library.
7 - 8 p.m. -- Can and bottle drive at World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, 16 Brainard Place.

Tuesday, May 2
6:30 - 7:15 p.m.. -- Storytime at Whiton Library.

Wednesday, May 3
10 a.m. - 3p.m. -- ‘Alcohol Inks’ workshop at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- Toddlers, Trucks & Trains at Whiton Library.
12:30 - 6 p.m. -- Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.
2:15 p.m. -- Brandon Kienle’s 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament at Wickham Park.
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. -- R.E.A.D to a Dog at Mary Cheney Library.
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Down the Road:

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From left that's Beth Stafford, Tamara Womack-Speaks and Kelly Ray, who were honored at yesterday's 122nd annual meeting of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
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Also In The News


  • Better Manchester Magazine: the summer program and event guide; updates on the town’s Bicentennial celebration, community voice stories and more.
  • Manchester Adult & Continuing Education: Meet Rome, the newest addition to the Adult Ed family, who posed for a pic with Dr. C-K just a few hours after entering the world.
  • Manchester Historical Society: a big thank you to those who volunteered to help clean up the Cheney Homestead, more about Trolley Day, etc.
  • Manchester Matters: Job openings, info on water and energy assistance programs and more. Click here for a free subscription.
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Thayer Redman Named New Road Race Director

MHS teacher Thayer Redman has been named the Director of Race Operations for the annual Manchester Road Race, succeeding Jim Balcome, who held the post for the past 43 years. Here's the story.
More Sports:

  • Manchester Knights football and cheerleading registration will be held May 1-5 at Illing Middle School from 6 - 8 p.m. Click here for details.
  • Manchester Little League's second Opening Day will be held on 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.
  • Manchester Soccer Club is holding travel tryouts for the 2023-24 season in June. Click here for details.
  • And if you are looking into summer soccer camps, you can register for one-week sessions in July and August by clicking here.
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On Tuesday, the MHS Young Men’s Leadership Group spent the day at the Manchester Ropes

Challenge Course on Hillstown Road working on team building skills.

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