Week Of Sept. 9-13 
More than 6,000 students returned to classes last week and next week we hope many of our parents and guardians will also go 'back to school' -- as adult learners. On Monday nights starting Sept. 16, we are offering an eight-session 'parent leadership' class that is designed to give insights into the education system and promote personal growth. This flier has more information including registration information. I encourage all of our parents and guardians to consider taking part.
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
Helping Hannah

She should be an eight-grader at Illing this year but instead is being tutored from home as she is treated for bone cancer. Hannah and her family could use our support, and one way is by taking part in an upcoming 5K road race.
In Case You Missed it:
  • This document outlines what it might look like when students are struggling to exhibit expected behavior.
  • We have a new Transportation Handbook that provides critical information around transportation policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Click here to learn for  a letter from our Coordinator of Health Services
  • Learn how to apply for free or reduced priced meals and more.
It's Elementary
Buckley teachers flipped burgers at the school's welcome-back cookout.

Teacher Rita Donovan (and Verplanck colleagues) rode school buses last week to help the school's young scholars get used to the routine.
Best Of Bennet

The first week at Bennet -- and throughout town -- shifted from introductions to instruction pretty quickly.
Check out our weekly Bennet newsletter by clicking here.
Inside Illing

Their bright shirts made eighth-grade LIFT leaders stand out as they helped seventh-graders get acclimated last Tuesday.
Keep tabs on life at the middle school by checking out this weekly newsletter.
MHS Report
Humans of

Cassie Wilson, the teacher of the year at Manchester High, is the latest addition to the 'Humans of Manchester' gallery.
The gallery  is on both Facebook and Instagram
Also: Manchester High has a weekly newsletter (you'll find it on the school website) as well as tons of student-produced journalism.
Events of Note
  • Board of Education meeting: The next one is Monday night at 7 at Lincoln Center, with topics including a District Improvement Plan update and professional development highlights. Here's the agenda and more.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18 -- Early release for students; full day (PD) for staff
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2 -- Early release for students; full day (PD) for staff
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 -- Early release for students; full day (PD) for staff
  • Monday, Oct. 14 -- No school (Indigenous Peoples Day)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 -- Early release for students; full day (PD) for staff
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5 -- No school for student; PD for staff
Half-Day Schedule  Alert: Our first early-release day is coming up (Sept. 18) and please note that the elementary dismissal time will be 12:40 p.m. (compared to 1:17 pm last year).
OneManchester Newsletter
Ready ... Set ... Go!
The school year is a marathon, not a sprint, but either way these Bennet students had plenty of energy at the outset. We have more opening-day photos on the district Facebook page.
'MPS This Week' is published by the District Communications Office in cooperation with members of the district media team. Please direct questions to Communications Director Jim Farrell at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377.