Red Jacket Monthly Newsletter
A Newsletter from the Manchester-Shortsville CSD
Message From the Superintendent
Dear Manchester-Shortsville School District Family,
As we gather around tables filled with warmth and gratitude this holiday season, I want to take a moment to express my deepest appreciation for each member of our incredible school community.
Gratitude is a powerful force that weaves the fabric of a positive school culture. In recognizing and being thankful for the dedication and hard work of our staff, we cultivate an environment where excellence and support flourish. Our teachers, administrators, support staff, and everyone in between play an instrumental role in shaping the educational journey of our students.
This holiday season, let's reflect on the collective impact we have on the lives of those we serve. Your commitment to the success and well-being of our students not only shapes the future leaders of tomorrow but also brings our entire community together. It is through your efforts that the Manchester-Shortsville School District stands as a beacon of inspiration and hope for our school community.
As we give thanks for the blessings in our lives, I am truly grateful for the passion, resilience, and collaborative spirit that defines our school community. Your contributions resonate far beyond the classroom, creating a lasting positive impact on the lives of our students and the vibrancy of our District.
Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with joy, gratitude, and the warmth of community.
With Red Jacket PRIDE,
Christopher J. Barnard
Superintendent of Schools
Thank You Veterans!
On November 9th, the Manchester-Shortsville Central School District welcomed local veterans who spoke with our students. At Red Jacket Elementary, the school held its annual Veterans Day assembly to honor those who currently serve, or have served, our country.
Students in grades 3-5 were given the opportunity to submit a personal essay on the importance of veterans and why we should honor them for their service. Four student essays were selected to be shared at the ceremony. Congratulations to Kylie-Rae Helstrom, Cecelia Mencucci, Katie MacGeorge, and Candace Montanez-Santana! The elementary school chorus and band also put on performances for our veterans.
In the Middle School, veterans from our community and staff spent the entire school day sharing stories with students. The halls were decorated and our students wore red, white, and blue as they welcomed the veterans. The district had veterans from nearly every branch of the military, including army, navy and the air force. At the end of each class, students were also able to ask questions.
The district would like to thank all of our local veterans for the sacrifices they have endured to secure our freedoms as Americans.
On the Campaign Trail
The Red Jacket AP US government and politics class was able to participate in its first Washington meet and greet. Four of our seniors, Alex Krenichyn, Ava Krise, Ella Lohr, and Katie Penird, launched their campaign for President of the United States!
Students are running campaigns based on candidates from past American elections and have been doing a great job of getting into the spirit of their character. All our students are playing key roles in the campaign process, serving as the media, campaign managers, and party leaders.
Students met in the district library with High School Principal Mr. George and Superintendent Mr. Barnard as they talked to key members of their campaign team about the issues, their views, and what they wanted to see from the candidates.
The festivities were kicked off by Mr. Knapp’s chorus performance of the national anthem. The highlight of the event was each of our respective candidates giving their first stump speech to the crowd.
We'd like to give a special thanks to our wonderful wait staff, Grace Maslyn, Cheyanne Denny, and Olivia Black who prepared and served the snacks and drinks provided by our AP students and their families.
Several classes at Red Jacket Elementary celebrated Thanksgiving. Ms. Jenkins' and Ms. Pietropaolo's 3rd grade class made their own parade balloons and even got a shout out from Macy's ahead of the parade!
The kindergarten class had a Friendship Feast. Students made little turkeys out of a fruit cups while enjoying snacks with friends. We hope our community had a fantastic thanksgiving break!
- 12/6 - Elementary School Early Release/Parent-Teacher Conferences
- 12/7 - Elementary School Winter Concert @ 7PM
- 12/12 - Middle School Winter Concert @ 7PM
- 12/13 - High School Winter Concert @ 7PM
- 12/13 - Board of Education Meeting @ 6PM (Moved to the Elementary School Cafeteria)
- 12/19 - Tuesday Town Hall @ 6PM
- 12-25-1/1 - Winter Holiday Break (No School)