MPS End of Year Update
Monday is the last day for students after what has been an eventful, productive and exciting academic year. Graduation ceremonies follow -- Manchester Regional Academy Monday night, MHS on Tuesday and our Adult Education students Thursday (times and sites listed below). Congratulations to all of our graduates. As for those who will be back with us in the fall, the first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 3 (with students in grades 6, 8 and 10-12 starting the following day). Enjoy the summer break!
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
Seniors in The Spotlight
We have lots of photos from last week's 'graduation walks' on the district Facebook page and also added two more Seniors to our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery -- Matt Barnwell (who is class valedictorian) and Marriana Echevarria. The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.
More End Of The Year Stuff!
Highland kindergartners are stepping up while at Washington (which is closing), fourth-graders gathered for a class photo.
Nickname News
There's a movement at MHS to drop 'Indians' and choose a new mascot.
These slides summarize the case made by a group of student activists; the Board of Education is expected to have the matter on its June 24 agenda -- and could vote that night to make a change.
Other Scenes From Our Schools
On Friday afternoon prior to its talent show, the Martin School community dedicated a portable music center to the memory Darrell DeWayne Lawhorn Jr. (DJ), a 10-year old Martin student who passed away last summer,
Bennet fifth-graders enjoyed a day at Charter Oak Park that included special end of the year activities.
Illing had team award assemblies last week, with Tufts (left) following up with a talent show. At right is a photo from the UConn event.
Scenes from a recent Literacy Night at Verplanck.
Helping From Home
  • The district Curriculum and Instruction Department is providing Summer Math Calendars for students entering K - 4 as well as a grade 5-8 Summer Math Challenge. You will find it all here.
  • Also: Click here and you'll see tips from past weeks.
Calendar, Etc.

Monday  -- Last day of school. (This was pushed back after snow days on Feb. 12 and March 5).
Monday (7 p.m.) -- Manchester Regional Academy graduation at MRA
Tuesday (10:30 a.m- 1:30 p.m.) -- First Day of Summer at Charter Oak Park
Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) -- Manchester High School graduation at the Connecticut Convention Center
Wednesday (8:15 a.m.- 3 p.m.) -- Summer Has Begun Celebration at Riverside Park sponsored by YSB
Thursday (6:30 p.m.) - Manchester Adult Education graduation at MHS' Bailey Auditorium

Tuesday, September 3 -- First day of school for grades K-5, Grades 7 and 9
Wednesday, September 4 --  First day of school for grades 6, 8, 10-12

Block Party Fun
We have coverage of the end-of-the-year 'Block Party' on the district Facebook page.
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