Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023

MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL'S BAILEY AUDITORIUM was the site of this morning's Convocation, the ceremonial kickoff to the academic year for school staff. District Teacher of the Year Josh Curzan was among those who shared inspiring words, after which everyone returned to the business of preparing for the return of students next week. We have it all covered below and also our calendar of events -- the most complete such listing as you will find anywhere in Manchester.

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Yes, Bowers will be ready for students on Tuesday -- but workers will be busy all weekend as they close out the renovation that started more than a year ago. The official ribbon cutting is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.

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  • The first day of classes for students in grades K-5, 7 and 9, and Adult Ed, is Tuesday, Sept. 5.
  • Students in grades 6, 8 and 10-12 (also all grades at MRA, Bentley and MMA) begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
  • The first day for Head Start and our integrated preschool classes is Monday, Sept. 11.
  • To see the 2023-24 school calendar, please click here.
  • Also, note that students in grades PK - 12 will again follow an early dismissal schedule on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 4 and ending June 5, 2024.

Schedules, Login and Transportation Information, Annual Registration Verification

  • Schedules & teacher assignments are available through the MPS app.
  • Bus routes & real-time tracking are available too; Check your email for MPS Pride App/Website login details.
  • Ensure you're using parent/guardian login (one login should allow you to view all your students). Again, check your emails.
  • Contact schools for questions about schedules & 860-647-3476 for bus routes.
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Administrators returned in force on Aug. 21, new teachers began orientation on Aug. 23, and the full staff has been back since Monday for professional development that led to this morning's Convocation. That's District Teacher of the Year Josh Curzan above while below is Superintendent Matt Geary congratulating Dr. Dave Brysgel, who last year finished his 50th year of service in the district

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Board of Education

Superintendent Geary gave an 'opening of school' update at Monday's BoE meeting, which you can watch here. The next BoE meeting is Thursday, Sept. 14 and will feature an update through the first week-plus of school.

The Week Ahead

Thursday, Aug. 31
9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Connecticut author Connie Bombaci will speak at Whiton Library.
6:30 - 8 p.m. -- Overdose Awareness Vigil at Northwest Park.

Saturday, Sept. 2
8 a.m. - noon --
MACC Manchester Farmers Market at the Forest St. parking lot. Rain or shine through Oct. 28.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. -- Farm Day at Fish Family Farm, 20 Dimock Lane, Bolton
10 a.m. - 2 p.m -- Old Manchester Museum is open, 126 Cedar St.

Monday, Sept 4
7 - 8 p.m. --
Can and bottle drive at World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, 16 Brainard Place.

Tuesday, Sept 5
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. --
Teen Crafternoon at Mary Cheney Library.
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Manchester Youth Commission meeting at 41 Center St.
7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, Sept. 6
5:30 - 8 p.m. --
Cellphone photography with Peter Glass at Whiton Library.
4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Northwest Park Farmer’s Market 2023 Opening Day Scavenger Hunt at 448 Tolland Tpke.

Registration opens tomorrow at 5 a.m. for the Manchester Road Race, which is Nov. 23. This flier has lots of dates and deadlines right through the Ray Crothers Blood Drive on the day after the 87th running.


  • Town offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.

  • The Let’s have a ball! Senior Center Bicentennial Picnic at Northwest Park Pavilion is next Thursday.

  • Before and after school programs are available through the Manchester Early Learning Center. Click here for more info.

  • Celebrate Manchester’s 200th anniversary with three days of food, crafts, music and more at the Hilliard Fest on Sept 15-17.

  • Labworks for Teens is a free program for students in grades 9-12 that begins on Sept 25.

  • The Teen Center at YSB (63 Linden St.) is open Monday - Thursday from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Click here for details.

  • First Aid and CPR courses are being offered in town this summer. Click the link for dates and registration info.

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Down the Road

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Down the Road:

NOTE: Our 'OneManchester Planner' has more listings through the end of the year. Click here to check that out.
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  • MACC Minutes: Elvis visits MACC (thank you very much...); meet the kitchen's 'Delivery Duo;' Crop Hunger Walk in October.
  • Manchester Matters: New jobs, Holiday schedule, Farm Day and more! Click here to subscribe.

Red Hawks Revving Up

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MHS student-athletes teams have been working out all summer with official practices now underway and we have more preseason pictures on the OneManchester CT FB page. In addition to what you see here (football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer), fall sports also include cross-country, girls swimming and cheerleading. For the complete Red Hawk schedule, click here.
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  • The Manchester Knights have flag, tackle and cheer spots still available. Click the link for details.
  • The Hartford Shockers Academy focuses on basketball fundamentals for boys and girls ages 5 -18 and you can learn more by clicking this link.

In martial arts, check out programs offered by:

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The Silk City Fest on Purnell Place last Saturday drew an estimated 2,000 people and featured art, food and craft beer vendors along with lots of music,. Among nine performing groups were a rap act of (from left) dregottheblues (real name Andre Blue), Bonzoraps (Ric Medina) and Joey Batts (full last name Battaglia, he's a teacher at Manchester High).

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