Thursday, December 13, 2018

Parent Resources on Vaping

As you have probably heard, vaping is growing in popularity among MERMHS students as well as among students across the country.  Through our health curriculum, students are taught the dangers of vaping; however, as with the original smoking epidemic, it will take a full community effort to reinforce the message that vaping is as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.  As “E-cigarettes recently surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, it is critical that parents, educators and other adults who work with youth understand what these products are and the potential risks of using them." (MDPH)

The following advisories have been provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  I hope you find them to be helpful for learning about and addressing the dangers of vaping with your child.

The New Look of Nicotine Addiction 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

FY20 Tentative Budget Hearing!

FY20 Tentative Budget Hearing 
December 12th  @ 7:00pm 
Manchester Essex Middle High School Learning Commons

Presentation of the FY20Budget followed by public input. This is an opportunity for the community to learn, ask questions, and provide feedback about our preliminary budget for FY20. 

Manchester Essex Regional School District (MERSD) is committed to a collaborative approach to budget planning.  Throughout each budget season, we work cooperatively with the Boards of Selectman and Finance in both Essex and Manchester meeting regularly to provide on-going progress reports on our planning process and multi-year outlook.  

Budget Goals for FY19
  • Develop and deliver a fiscally responsible budget that maintains educational quality, supports District goals, and recognizes the confines of Proposition 2 ½. 
  • Manage Enrollment
    • Strive to meet School Committee class size guidelines
    • Serve increasingly diverse student educational needs
  • Exercise fiscal responsibility
    • Seek internal efficiencies to offset growth needs when possible
  • Meet local, state and federal responsibilities while controlling growth

Please visit our Finance & Operations page for information about our budget process, a complete budget season calendar, and links to our strategic plan which outlines the work going on in the district. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Giving Thanks to SEF!

Many thanks to the Spaulding Education Fund for its continued support of MERSD!  For over 25 years this private, community-based non-profit organization has been committed to advancing educational excellence in the Manchester Essex Regional Schools. Programs funded by SEF advance and enrich learning and bring excitement and enthusiasm to our classrooms. Supplementing the district’s budget, SEF’s grants continue to strengthen core subjects such as math, reading, writing, and science as well as foreign language, music, art and physical education in grades K-12.

Spaulding has been a valuable partner in our efforts to continuously improve the quality of our academic program.  We sincerely appreciate SEF’s ongoing support to help us attain our goal of reaching all learners. 

Spaulding will soon be launching its annual campaign, so please keep an eye out for the SEF mailer!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Big Weekend Ahead for Girls Soccer & Field Hockey!

The MERHS Girls Soccer Team, who won with authority against Minuteman, will take on Mystic Valley in the Division 4 North Semifinals at Manning Field in Lynn at 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.  Next stop...finals!

                  Lady Hornets roll into semifinals with 12-1 win over Minuteman  

After a shootout victory against Gloucester,  the MERHS Field Hockey Team advances to take on the winner today's semifinal match between Watertown and Lynnfield - Saturday in North Andover High School at 11 a.m.  

This is their ninth trip tot he Division 2 North Finals in the last 12 seasons. This is the year!

Good Luck Hornets!

Thank You to the MERSD Community!

Thank you to the residents of Essex and Manchester for supporting the Memorial School Project. I am thrilled at the outcome and thankful to the members of the School Building Committee and Vote Yes for Kids who contributed their time and energy to the development and communication of the plan to the MERSD Community. From value engineering and design review to hosting coffees and holding signs in the rain, the expertise and commitment of our community volunteers were critically important to the successful vote on the Memorial Building Project.   

The communities of Essex and Manchester have a strong reputation for their commitment to high-quality schools. On behalf of the faculty and staff of MERSD, I extend my sincere appreciation to the residents of the communities of Manchester and Essex for your continued investment in education and your unwavering support of our students and of our schools.

For more information, including drafted architectural designs for the proposed building, budget information and Memorial Project FAQs please visit the Memorial School Building page.

Updates on next steps coming soon! 

Friday, November 2, 2018


It’s SHOWTIME!  Get your tickets today for Spaulding Education Fund’s “Night of Stars” Talent Show coming up on Sunday, November 4th at 3pm in the Manchester Essex High School Auditorium.  
This year’s extravaganza features over 40 performers with students from Kindergartener to High School seniors, even parents, playing music, singing, dancing and much more!  The talent-packed show will be led by Masters of Ceremonies Jia Mulvey and Breno Santos.  
Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for a performer who would like a seat to watch others.  Purchase tickets online:

The “Night of Stars” Talent show is one of SEF’s biggest fundraisers of the year. With the generous support of citizens and businesses, Spaulding Education Fund helps to fulfill the most basic promise of a community — to provide excellent public education for everyone

Monday, October 22, 2018

Middle High School Crisis & Safety Preparedness Roundtable

Learn about the ways Manchester Essex Middle/High School is proactive on school safety and get a more in-depth picture about how school administration and staff work with public safety departments and community resources to help ensure the safety of Manchester Essex students and staff.  

Also included during this discussion will be a presentation by Police Chiefs Ed Conely and Pete Silva about the dangers of marijuana use by students and types of substances police are encountering in the community and beyond.

Middle High School Crisis & Safety Preparedness Roundtable
Information Sharing/Question & Answer Session for Parents & Community Members
Middle High School Learning Commons

Share your concerns and ask questions of a broad panel of school staff and public safety officers.  Participants include school administration and safety officials from both Manchester and Essex.