Thursday, May 4, 2023

MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION: What tests will MPS students in grades 3-8 be taking this month? Is it A) CMT; B) SAT; C) ACT or D) SBAC. Yep, it’s D) and it stands for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Illing had practice test sessions yesterday as did Bennet, which first held grade-level pep rallies to pump up students. The actual assessments are coming soon and we have more below. Also coming up -- a teacher recruiting event tonight at MHS and the annual Downtown Butterfly Stroll a week from Saturday.

Taking One For The Team

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Bennet Principal Megan Thompson handed pies to two students who gleefully gave good-natured AP Reggie Tucker a playful face full of whipped cream during a spirited pep rally designed to hype students as they prep for SBAC testing.
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Want to know more about the SBAC? This website has lots of information including practice tests anyone can take at different grade levels. The photo at lower left was taken at Illing yesterday during a practice session.
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ALSO and interestingly:

  • In 2001 the "No Child Left Behind' educational reform included expansion of state-mandated standardized testing then in 2015 the federal "Every Student Succeeds Act" mandated steps to reduce such testing. Learn more here.

Teacher Recruiting Event is at MHS Tonight

The district is holding a teacher recruiting event tonight from 5-7 p.m. at Manchester High School. Among the presenters will be teachers in various stages of their careers including Konatsu Sonokawa, 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 High paraeducator Mike May interviewed MPS Teacher of the Year Jason Daniels for the Community Voice Channel in Bolton. Click this link to watch.
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A Month Filled with Music

The district music department is busy this month with Bennet fifth-graders taking to the stage at Bailey Auditorium tonight and much more coming soon; 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.


  • The next BoE meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 8 with an Adult Education update on the agenda.
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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.


  • 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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Teachers are deservedly in the spotlight next week and all month is dedicated to "paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success." Here's more.

The Week Ahead

Thursday, May 4
9 - 10 a.m. -- National Day of Prayer service at Salvation Army, 661 Main St.
9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.
2:30 - 6 p.m. -- Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.
5 - 7 p.m. -- Future teacher discussion panel at Manchester High School.
6:30 p.m. -- Snakes of Connecticut with Ginny Apple at Mary Cheney Library.

Friday, May 5
7 p.m. -- Laurel Canyon, a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at Cheney Hall.

Saturday, May 6
7:15 a.m. -- 2:15 p.m. -- Community cleanup and shred event at Transfer Station, 311 Olcott St.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- Free Comic Book Day at Mary Cheney Library
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- Memorial Disc Golf Tournament at Wickham Park.
7 p.m. -- Yale Whiffenpoofs at Cheney Hall.

Sunday May 7
Noon - 2 p.m. -- First open house of the year at the Woodbridge Farm, 495 Middle Tpke.
12:30 p.m. -- Colossal jelly bean egg hunt, at Woodbridge Farmstead 495 Middle Tpke. followed by a guided tour of the farmhouse at 1p.m.

Monday, May 8
10:30 a.m. 11:15 a.m. -- Storytime at Whiton Library.
6 - 8 p.m. -- Songwriters Group meeting at WORK_SPACE, 901 Main St.
7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, May 9
10 a.m. -- Tea Talk Tuesday at Wickham Park.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- Teen Crafternoon at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 - 7:15 p.m.. -- Storytime at Whiton Library.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Preschool Bingo Blast at Mary Cheney Library.
7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center

Wednesday, May 10
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- Toddlers, Trucks & Trains at Whiton Library.
12:30 - 6 p.m. -- Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. -- R.E.A.D to a Dog at Mary Cheney Library.
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Animi/Manga Club at Mary Cheney Library


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Down the Road:

Chamber Of Commerce Changes In Spotlight

The Hartford Business Journal writes about the spate of high-profile chamber of commerce leadership changes in recent months, including Millie Texidor-Maffucci taking over as president of the Greater Manchester Chamber.


  • The Journal Inquirer has the sad epilogue to Tuesday's scary situation on Tuesday that prompted a lengthy secure-the-school at Bowers.


Manchester Historical Society: The Old Manchester Museum is open on Saturday and Woodbridge Farmstead on Sunday; Trolley Day is May 13, more history hikes to celebrate Manchester’s Bicentennial, etc.

Manchester Matters: Job opportunities with the town, board meeting schedules, Manchester Bicentennial program and events guide and more. Click here to subscribe.

Twins And Doubles

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Sophomore twins Jaica (left) and Jaima Cabonita won their doubles match on Wednesday to help the Red Hawks girls tennis team beat Bristol Eastern 7-0.

More Sports:

  • The final Hartford Shockers regular season home will be Saturday at 3 p.m. against the NOVA Bulls at East Catholic.
  • Manchester Little League's second Opening Day will be held on Saturday. 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.

Fourth grade student leaders at Highland Park School held a coin drive and raised enough money to purchase a maple tree to replace an old oak tree that had to be cut down last year.

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The tree was planted last Friday on Arbor Day and dedicated to the fourth grade class of 2023. Bob’s Discount Furniture donated the plaque.
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