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Published weekly since August 2017 and now daily during the Coronavirus school shutdown

Monday, March 30, 2020

Today marks the first day that our 6,200 homebound students will be in class online for formalized lessons and instruction -- a key milestone in what Superintendent  Matt Geary is calling "the biggest, widest, fastest disruption of the way we do business" in a lifetime. And kids, please be patient and prepare to help your teachers as they navigate through Google classrooms and other mysterious technological places that some of you know better than they do. Like this newsletter? Click here to subscribe.
The Latest
Another day, another 500ish positive COVID-19 cases in Connecticut. The state has nearly 2,000 now -- including 16 in Manchester, according to a press release from the town yesterday.

RELATED:
  • Gov. Lamont says FEMA has approved Connecticut’s request for a major disaster declaration, meaning more federal assistance for state programs.
  • Pres. Trump has extended the federal social distance guidance through April 30.
There's lots more on the town's webpage dedicated to Coronavirus including information in Spanish.
BoE To Meet Via Video Conference
The Board of Education will met tonight at 7 p.m. using GoToMeeting video-conferencing software and it is scheduled to be broadcast live on Silk City TV (which is Manchester’s government and education television station):
  • The agenda is here and includes looking at a proposed policy regarding credit for Interim Learning Opportunities and revisions to both the school calendar and BoE meeting schedule.
  • You can also watch on Cox Cable Channel 16 or ATT U-Verse Channel 99
School Stuff
Message From The Superintendent
  • If you missed Matt Geary's email to the MPS community yesterday, he notes: "We are moving from brick and mortar school buildings, which have been the way we provide education for over 200 years, to remote interim learning opportunities with life as we know it upended, all in 2 weeks time." You can read it here.
District Resources 
  • We have all the other past emails from the superintendent (in English and in Spanish)
  • This resource hub has tips about Google Classroom, Chromebook troubleshooting info and more.
  • We have a team of people who are helping with tech-related concerns and issues and they can be reached at  Infosys@mpspride.org.
Problems Solved 
Three Bennet Academy Future Problem Solving teams competed last Friday in the 37th annual FPS State Conference (it was suppiosed be held in North Haven but went online instead). We have more photos on the district FB page.
What Learning Looks Like
Waddell siblings and a Bowers' second-grader are among those pictured  on the district Facebook page as they work from home. Have something to share? Email b11jfarr@mpspride.org.
Notably
LOCAL NEWS
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage but monthly free-read limits -- although the Courant has removed the paywall from its main daily Coronavirus story. You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch
Recent stories:
  • Odyssey Community School has extended its application deadline and pushed back the date of its lottery. The JI has the story.
NEWSLETTERS
  • The Manchester Women's Club posted a new newsletter yesterday and it has a reminder that Tuesday is the deadline for those interested in serving on its executive board. 
  • The Historical Society also published a newsletter (last Friday) and it includes a fun crossword puzzle. Here you go.
Meals For Students Now Include Supper
What: Free ‘grab-and-go’ breakfast (8-10 a.m.), lunch (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
and supper (4-5:30 p.m.) for students.
Where: Bennet Academy, Manchester Middle Academy (the former Robertson School building), Waddell Elementary School and Squire Village.
How: Drive up and the meals will be delivered to the car.
Also: People have asked whether they can pick up breakfast, lunch and supper for the day at the same time. Because some meals are not prepared in advance that's generally not possible but we are exploring options. 
OTHER FOOD AVAILABILITY: For info about the MAAC community kitchen, the Salvation Army and the Second Congregational Church food pantry, please click here.
Voices



Humans
Of Manchester


David Stiehl (MHS '15), is home from Northeastern University, waiting for the Coronavirus crisis to pass so he can renew his dream of playing professional baseball.
The  'Humans' gallery can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
RED HAWK WRITING CONTEST
The theme is 'Unexpected' so it should come as no surprise that we've changed the duration of the contest. You can now enter through April 24, but why wait? For details just click here.
POINTS OF VIEW

Kelly Cecchini, head of the English Department of MHS, knows a lot about dealing with the unexpected. And MHS junior Aislinn Gara Grady? She feels as though she is "moving through soggy layers of time and space."
 
Teachers' Pets
Cats And Dogs

... and snakes and fish and hamsters. We asked for pictures and have gotten a lot.
The premise: With everyone teaching from home, and pets so important in our lives, we've decided to feature teachers pets (literally) in OneManchester each day.
How it works: You send in pictures with a little info (as explained here).
Pictured today: A tabby cat that belongs to mom-teacher-at-home
Valerie Vetere and a shih tzu that belongs to a MHS-Spanish-teacher-at-home Marisa Vattana.
What are these adorable creatures' names? Take a guess -- Which one is Xerox? Which one is Rocky? Which one is Iggy? (Yea, we threw in one fake name to mess with you but you can click here to find out.)
Words From The Wise

"When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality."

-- Friedensreich Hundertwasser
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017, is always free, and has not been hacked since Sept. 12, 2019, Want to subscribe? Just click here