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MPS This Week: Nov. 4-8

Tuesday, which is Election Day, is a day off for students, but staff will be busy with professional development activities. Next week includes the Veterans Day holiday as well as early-release days when we hold parent/guardian conferences. Students react differently as routines change, and this is an especially good time to have extra reading materials around the house to help fill any idle hours.
-- Superintendent Matt Geary
From Our Photo Albums
We have individual photo albums for each of our schools on the district Facebook page and here is some of what you will find there:
Waddell STEM club students learned from NASA engineers while at Highland Park, fun on Book Character Day.
At Bentley, community meeting raffle winners -- and some of the storybook pumpkins that were submitted to the Verplanck Library's Pumpkin Patch.
Members of the Girl Power group at Bowers display their self esteem portraits; spirit week at Manchester Middle Academy included a red carpet walk.
Above: Manchester Preschool Center students pose with a scarecrow they made; at Keeney, Zumba on Family Fun Night. At left, busy Buckley students.
Around The District
Need To Pick Up Your Child Early?
It happens -- and we understand. But when it's not an emergency, we ask that parents and guardians who need to pick up their children for dismissal before the end of the school day contact the school at least 30 minutes in advance. This note from Superintended Matt Geary explains this district-wide process.
BoE Meets At Buckley on Monday
Substitute Teachers Wanted

We have another Substitute Teacher hiring event scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 2:30-3:30 at Central Office. Please email to sign up and please plan for the entire hour (as it includes a presentation and brief group interview). Anyone with a Bachelor’s degree in any subject can apply
Bennet Academy

It was all smiles at the recent fifth-grade social.
Check out our 'Best of Bennet' newsletter for that and lots more.
Illing Middle School

The boys' soccer team had a great season -- making it to the championship game.
Manchester High School
'The Nest' has a story about a MHS grad with a new business on Main Street, and Kate Hedlund's third-place finish at the State Open. Check it out.
District Calendar
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5 -- No school for students; PD for staff
  • Monday, Nov. 11 -- No school (Veterans Day)
  • Wed/Thurs, Nov. 13-14 -- PreK-12 conferences (early release)
  • Friday, Nov. 15 -- PreK-6 only conferences, early release
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27 -- Early release
  • Thurs-Fri, Nov. 28-29 -- No school (Thanksgiving recess)
  • Monday, Dec. 23 -- Early release starts holiday recess
  • Thursday, Jan. 2 -- Classes resume
Also: Click here to see the complete 2019-20 district calendar; the last day of classes is scheduled for Monday, June 15
Around Town
Hay, Hay, Hay!
Nothing beats a hay ride, as these Keeney kindergartners learned on a field trip to Foster Farm.
'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 or 860-268-6377.