Wednesday, June 14, 2017

EOY Curriculum Update!

May - June 2017

Posted by Julie DeRoche
What a fast, amazing, and wonderful year this has been! Thank you to all who have helped me transition into my role this year as the Director of Curriculum and Technology. We have many plans for this summer and even more for next year!  We have many plans for this summer and even more next year.  

Visit the the Curriculum Happenings Blog to learn about our upcoming summer work and plans for next year including...

  • Summer PD with Del and Jenna!
  • District Professional Development Calendar for 2017-2018
  • Parent Information Series for 2017-2018
  • Social-Emotional Education at MERSD & YALE: Center for Emotional Intelligence
  • Alignment to Massachusetts Standards 2017-2018 in English and Mathematics
  • 2017-2018 Mentoring and Induction Program

Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology

MERSD Parent Resource Page

As we head into summer, I wanted to share that, in response to a few inquiries about parent resources for navigating the world of social media, Dr. DeRoche, Dir. of Curriculum & Instructional Technology, has rebuilt our Parent Resource page and updated it with helpful articles and websites for parents.  The resources on this page are aligned to our K-12 curriculum initiatives and support a balanced approach to technology.   Additionally, we have added a parent resource section to MERSD Weekly that will also include timely articles and tips on social media and a wide range of student related issues.

Mark Your Calendar!

Dr. Elizabeth Englander, October 19, 2017 @ 7:00pm – MERMHS

Dr. Englander is a professor of Psychology and Founder and Director of The MA Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources, and research for the state of MA. She was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox because of her work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general.

As a school district, the Manchester-Essex Regional School District is proud to work with The MA Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) through student, faculty , and parent trainings on social awareness and anti-bullying. In addition, MERSD participates in Second Steps, YALE's RULER Social Emotional Training, and MARC's student workshops focusing on anti-bullying curriculum development programs.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June Edition of the Independent!

The June issue of the MERHS Independent is now available on the MERHS website. It's another packed issue!  It includes a recap of graduation, several articles on "what's next for the Class of 2017", a piece on the Robotics Team, and an opinion piece reflecting on the recent graduates' experience in journalism!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Notice of MERSD Fees Increase for 2017-2018

If you followed this year’s budget development, you may know that there was discussion about the need to adjust athletic and transportation fees to keep pace with inflation.  The fees have been flat for three years, and this increase is primarily driven by the increasing cost of transportation. As such, at its May 16, 2017 meeting the MERSD School Committee voted to raise athletic, student parking, and bus fees for the 2017-2018 school year.  This adjustment is aimed at covering a portion of the cost of existing programs and maintaining the distribution between taxpayer and user contribution.  User fees currently cover approximately 40-45% of the athletics program with the remainder covered by the taxpayer funded budget.  We will be undertaking the next in our series of extensive biannual Athletic Program reviews in the coming year, which will allow us to examine the quality and scope of the program.  Transportation fees cover less than 10% of the cost, with the remainder split between the taxpayer funded budget and state reimbursements.

Athletics Fees – The MERSD School Committee voted to increase fees and maintain a payment schedule based on the number of sports in which a student participates.  Athletes are required to pay the full fee prior to beginning each season.

Athletics Fee Schedule 2017-2018

1 Sport
$460 HS
$370 MS

$1,550 HS
$1,200 MS

2nd Sport
$290 HS
$230 MS

3rd Sport
$115 HS
$95 MS

Transportation Fees – The MERSD School Committee voted to continue the transportation fee for all bus riders who live less than 1.5 miles from the school they attend.   This is in accordance with the district transportation policy and Mass General Law governing the provision of transportation for regional school districts.   Students are required to pay the full fee prior to beginning ridership.

Bus Transportation Fee 2017-2018

Students living less the 1.5 miles from the school which they attend.

$225 Annual Bus Fee

HS Student Parking – The MERSD School Committee voted to increase the student parking assigned space fee.  Student parking is available to Seniors on a first come first served basis beginning on August 14, 2017.

HS Student Parking Fee 2017-2018

Senior Assigned Parking

$135 Annual Assigned Parking Spot

Please watch your email for additional details about registration periods and methods for fee payment. Fee schedules are also available on the mersd website -

Friday, June 9, 2017



Please join friends and neighbors for a Master Plan Open House focused on options for assuring a well-maintained public infrastructure. This drop-in interactive event will include a brief presentation as well as a series of stations to share ideas and solicit feedback from residents. Light refreshments will be served and babysitting will be available on-site.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Teaching Emotional Intelligence...Why?

Teaching Emotional Intelligence...Why? 

Posted by Julie DeRoche, Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology
A few years ago I learned of the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and its impact on student learning and self-efficacy and I wanted to share this important research and message with our staff.  Our world is changing and our students will face a future in which most careers don't even exist yet.  Which means, our students will need to be not only academically strong, but also more flexible, creative, divergent, and convergent in their thinking.  To me, understanding emotional intelligence means understanding the 'other side of the coin,' when it comes to students and their learning. This approach deals with understanding emotional drivers and how students internalize feelings and behaviors, often times impacting their image, self-worth, and overall educational capacity for academic success.  It makes sense then that we should invest in learning more about educating our staff and students about emotional intelligence and how this 'other side of the coin' factors into our students' everyday lives-both in and out of school! 

Day One! On February 17, 2017, Dr. Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence was the Keynote speaker at Manchester-Essex's professional development day ....Read the full post at Curriculum Happenings!

CAL Division Champs!

The Hornets are playoff bound!  Congratulations to the varsity baseball team for their 4-0 victory over Rockport to win the Cape Ann League Baker division championship for the first time since 2012!