Weekly Update

week of January 18, 2016

We believe...

  • School Mission Statement: ALL students will be challenged to obtain the skills necessary to realize their highest personal potential.
  • District Vision: Educational Excellence in a Caring Community
  • District Purpose: Manchester students are provided the stepping stones for success.
District and School Improvement Goals:

Goal 1: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in their literacy skills.

Goal 2: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in critical thinking.

Goal 3: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in mathematical skills.

Goal 4: All staff will engage in the district-wide continuous improvement process.

Kindergarten Round UP

We are jumping into the Kindergarten Round Up folder to get ready for this amazing event. Thus far we have dates for information night, Roundup, and the preschool visit. Unless we hear of a major oops you forgot, we plan to host the Kindergarten Information Night on Wednesday, February 17, from 6:30-7:30 pm. The Kindergarten Roundup will be April 20, 4:00-7:00 pm. We have set a date with the MECC preschool to visit on May 26, 9:30-10:30 am. We will extend an invitation to the Co-Op Preschool. The kindergarten packets will be ready for pick up on April 11, in the office.

I know that several people signed up for the Round-Up Leadership team, and we will be meeting soon. If you would like to share a date that works for you before Jan 29th, let me know otherwise we will set the meeting for Wednesday, Jan. 27th from 3:15-3:45 pm.

Tune Up with Tina

Tina Maly and I trying to create several ten to fifteen-minute tune up sessions after school. Our first session will focus on Google Calendar. She will show us the basics and then if we want we can sign up for one on one training at our pace.

The sessions will be created by conversations and upcoming technology needs. We looked at skills like Google Drive; tabs and browsers; importing and saving in Google Drive; updating our web pages; report cards on Power school; Smore; YouTube; Facebook from the web page; or Prezi.

These sessions are meant to be a brief overview. We are always looking for topics. These are not mandatory, and if you feel like you already understand the topics presented you could volunteer as a peer tutor for more in-depth one on one training.

The hope is that we all feel comfortable with the topic listed above, and can use the ideas as we move forward.

As soon as I hear from Tina we will share the dates.

Coffee with the Superintendent

Mrs. Vannatter is inviting the community to come and discuss any topic related to Manchester Community School-Technology, Assessment, Building configuration, etc.

She will meet at the following locations and times:

February 10th, 2 pm, at Frank's

March 9th, 7 pm, in the Ackerson Board Room

April 13th, 10 am, at Frank's

May 12th, 2:00 pm, at Frank's

June 8th, 7 pm, in the Ackerson Board Room.

You are welcome to share these dates and times in your newsletters and conversations with families.

NWEA Reading Make Ups

Mrs. Rickert and I will begin the Reading Make-ups on Wednesday. We may also add math if the lists are manageable. If you are Testing on Tuesday, please let me know so we do not pull your students. Thanks in advance for the heads up!

MCSF Trivia Night

If you haven't come before, this might be a great time to join the trivia buzz and check out the Feb. 6th Trivia night at the Freedom Township Hall. Doors open at 6:30 and trivia starts at 7 pm. You can sign up at manchestertrivia@gmail.com

Title 1 paras and afterschool

We are very close to starting the daily math support through Title 1. We have two candidates that are going through the final process for hire. They will work half time, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We will likely be pulling several of the Title students who qualified for math support in the next week. We plan to use the Key Math protocol for intervention. This works best when the students are given the full pre-assessment. That being said the assessment takes over an hour to administer. We really hope to target the students with the greatest needs.

Suzanne Birgy and Sarah McCaffrey with the support of Charlene Mangi will facilitate the afterschool Title 1 Reading support. They will be working with students four days a week after school. The start dates and student list will be published this week. They will be meeting to finalize the intervention protocol and divide the students. We have had a wonderful response from families willing to have their students participate.

Super gentle reminder

Please help our energy conservation efforts as we use the computer lab this week. Please help by turning off the computers if you are the last class of the day. We so seldom use the lab that I had forgotten to think about reminding of this earlier.

Upcoming Dates

  • 1.18.16-Half Day
  • 1.18.16-New Friends Lunch-11:30-Media Center-Please send students from the list with their end of the day gear.
  • 1.18.16-Board meeting-Energy Audit for Klager/School Board Appreciation presentations
  • 1.21.16-District Faculty meeting
  • 1.25.16-Leadership Workshop-Gratitude
  • 1.28.16-Principals Advisory
  • 1.29.16-Half Day
  • 1.29.16-ASO Assemblies
  • 1.30.16-Daddy Daughter Dance

January Birthdays


1.13.16-Carrie W.

1.15.16-Bob S.

1.20.16-Dana S

From the Villarreal's

We are still trying to get the Christmas decorations down at our house. I am trying to get in the Valentine's/love spirit. One more week of snow decorations, then I am switiching to full on Love and happiness.