Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

BAILEY AUDITORIUM is a busy place and the site of so many special performances and events. A crowd gathered there Tuesday night for the town's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and last night it was high school's mid-winter concert. We have photos from both events below and a look ahead to a weekend that includes Saturday's 'Winter Fire and Ice' program at Northwest Park.

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38th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration

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The accompanying quote from Dr. King was the theme of the town’s 38th annual Martin Luther King Celebration, which was held Tuesday night at Manchester High.
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Among those honored were Mrs. Gatmaitan's fourth graders at Waddell who raised money for their school's Family Resource Center.
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At left are Masters of Ceremony Brianna Wallen and Marshia Ahsan; in the middle is Tai Phillippe-Harris, who sang the Black National Anthem, ' Lift Every Voice and Sing'. And at right is Tracy Patterson, secretary of the Board of Education, who was among the featured speakers. We have more photos on the district FB page. And click here for the JI story.
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Stories of Student Success

Our series spotlighting stellar students at MHS rolls on, with the latest additions being senior Paris Bazemore and junior Hanan Rana. You can read all about them on the district Facebook page and other MPS social media sites.
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Board Of Education Budget

  • The second of three workshops examining Superintendent Matt Geary's proposed 2023-24 school budget will be tonight at the Lincoln Center. Geary presented a plan on Jan. 9 that would increase spending by 4.38 percent to $125 million. Tonight's workshop will cover long term financial planning, salaries, benefits and other potential reductions.
  • The next regular BOE meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 23 with Humanities and STEM K-12 updates on the agenda.
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In the Classroom

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Kindergarteners in Mrs. Westbrook's music class at Verplanck sing and dance their way around a musical circle Wednesday afternoon. (Photos by MHS senior/Verplanck alum Ky'Lynn Monts.)
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Other School Notes

  • FirstView, our new bus tracking and parent communications app, lets you track where your child’s bus is in real-time and has a multi-stop view if you have multiple students on different buses. Click for details.

  • Winter weather can take a toll on school attendance so please consider these steps to keep your children healthy and in school.
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From Denmark To MHS

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Last Friday the Clementones, a Danish quartet, visited Manchester High to perform for the Performing Arts & Communications Academy on the first stop of a U.S. tour. They are a member of the Society of Nordic Barbershop Singers, which -- fun fact -- goes by the acronym SNOBS.


  • The Guardians Big Band, a component of the United States Coast Guard Band, will perform a free concert at Manchester High School on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Audience members can expect to hear a wide range of jazz tunes designed for music lovers of all ages. There's more information here and direct any questions to Keith Berry at

  • Plus, scroll down for pictures from last night's midwinter concert.

The Week Ahead

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An ice carving demonstration will be one of the highlights of a special program at Northwest Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 19
6 p.m. --
BOE Budget Workshop at Lincoln Center

6:30 p.m. -- Backyard Maple Sugaring at Mary Cheney Library.

Friday, Jan. 20
7 p.m. --
Are Ghosts Real? Featuring a renowned paranormal investigator at Cheney Hall.

Saturday, Jan. 21
8:30 a.m.--
CPR classes for the general community, new parents and child care providers at 75 Center St.
9 a.m. -- Knights of Columbus food drive to benefit the MACC Food Pantry at St. James parking lot, 896 Main St.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Enrollment Saturday at Manchester Community College.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Family Wellness Day at Manchester Elks Lodge, 30 Bissell St
11 a.m - 1 p.m. -- Winter, Fire & Ice at Northwest Park.
2 p.m. -- Valentine Day Celebration at Mary Cheney Library.

Monday, Jan. 23
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. --
Osteoporosis and You at Mary Cheney Library.
7 p.m. -- BOE Meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 24
6 p.m. --
Let’s Talk: Menopausal Years, at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Haynes St.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Noon --
Lunchtime Lecture discussing LTM’s upcoming production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Comedy at Cheney Hall.

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. -- Boy Scout Troop 25 open house at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St.


  • Little Theatre of Manchester has stipend production positions available. Click here to learn more.

  • Registration for CAST children’s theatre Winter/Spring programming is underway and spaces are filling fast. Click here for details.

  • Manchester Little League signups are ongoing through Feb. 25. Click the link to find out more.

  • Manchester Art Association’s latest exhibit is entitled “Etcetera” and can be seen at Town Hall during normal business hours through March 22.

  • Taxes due Jan.1 2023 must be paid on or before Feb. 1, or the tax will become delinquent and subject to interest at the rate of 1.5% per month, back to the original due date. Click here to pay online.

  • YSB’s Teen Center at 63 Linden St. will be open to all youth (5th - 12 grade) from 12:30 - 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. And on every third Monday YSB will host a Boys 2 Men program .

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In The Newsletters

Better Manchester Magazine: Read about the U10 Red Hawks’ magical football season as well as an announcement from Cruisin’ on Main, the latest LFR newsletter, a story on combating food insecurity and the Boyz II Men program is looking for role models.

Manchester Adult & Continuing Education: An inspirational message for the new year from Dr. C-K, a call for artists to help celebrate Manchester’s Bicentennial Year, learn a little about BellyRobics and three ways to win a free gift basket and a lot more.

Manchester Historical Society: The History Center is looking for volunteers to work on a couple of interesting projects and is also in need of greeters; Manchester’s 200th anniversary celebration is underway with 23 hikes planned for 2023, with more events in the planning stages, plus some fun stuff from a 1958 Manchester Herald, including Earl Yost’s sports column..

Manchester Matters: Info on a homeowners assistance program plus reminders for the food drive on Saturday, the last day to pay tax bills without penalty (Feb. 1) and the Winter, Fire & Ice event and Elks Club Family Wellness Day, both on Saturday. Click here to subscribe.


The Transitional Living Center, a private, non-profit Manchester institution since 1981, is looking for volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors. TLC is a residential facility for Manchester children and youth who, through no fault of their own, cannot live at home. Click here for more information.

Security! A Security Guard Certification course is being offered by Manchester Adult & Continuing Ed on Jan. 28 and 31.Click here for registration info.

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Red Hawk Hoops

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Coach John Reiser's MHS team has a record of 7-3 after Tuesday's victory over Berlin. Standouts for the Red Hawks include Damian Sanchez (1) and Jared Lindstrom. For more photos check the OneManchester Sports Facebook page.


  • The Redhawks Baseball Boosters fundraising pasta dinner is on Jan. 22 at the Elks Club and here’s all the info.

  • The 35th Buzz Wooldridge Invitational Basketball tournament will be held at Illing Middle School Jan. 26 - 28. Click here for the schedule.

  • Support Manchester High School hockey players by donating items for their Hockey Fights Cancer fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 28. Click the link for more info.

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The Chamber Orchestra, Roundtable Singers, Hand Bell Choir, Jazz Choir and jazz and percussion ensembles all performed last night and we will have more photos soon on the district Facebook page.

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