Monday, September 16, 2019

Annual 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 of 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 Todd Fitzgerald and Paul Francis about the dangers of vaping and 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
October 24th @ 6:30pm 

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.




Check out the 2019-2020 Parent Education Series!

Parent Education Series:  MERSD offers helpful workshops for parents and guardians. Topics range from college planning and curriculum nights to informational presentations about bullying and mental health. Parent Education Series Page

Mark your calendars for two of our Fall Spotlight Presentations.

Dr. Elizabeth Englander, October 9, 2019@ 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.

Minding Your Mind, November 21, 2019@ 7:00pm – MERMHS 
Sponsored by meHUB & The Spaulding Education Fund
Minding Your Mind’s primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens, and young adults, as well as parents, teachers, and school administrators. We strive to encourage conversations about these issues that may be inspired by our presence yet continue long after our programs have taken place. The programs we have developed meet a variety of needs, all of which support our overall goal of reducing the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health challenges. These efforts move away from crisis-based response to prevention through contact-based education in a school or community setting.

This 90-minute program opens with a Minding Your Mind clinician discussing the signs and symptoms of the mental health issues most prevalent in adolescents through young adulthood, and to know the difference from typical teenage behavior. The Young Adult Speaker adds a real-life story that illustrates the information from our clinician, transforming it all into relatable experiences.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Introducing meHUB!


 Check out this great new resource brought to you by our Community Partner meHUB


meHUB seeks to educate and empower Manchester and Essex youth and families by providing resources and tools that promote social-emotional well-being and positive youth development. 


We also seek to build and encourage a strong support network throughout our community through collaboration and engagement, with town boards and services, regional agencies, and recreational and youth organizations. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Off To A Great Start!

We are off to a great start, and it is going to be an exciting and busy year for MERSD!  I encourage you to stay involved, and I thank you for your ongoing support of our students and of our schools.  As we transition into the new school year, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher, counselor or building Principal with any questions or concerns you may have.  Additionally, I welcome and value your input so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a suggestion or need assistance with an issue.

Here are a few updates and planning resources for the year ahead:

Memorial Building Project Update: Construction is underway at the Memorial School and we are on track to be in the new academic wing at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Principal Willis has been working cooperatively with the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School group, the Manchester Bike and Pedestrian Committee, MERSD Administration Council, the MBTS Police Department, and the MBTS Fire Department to create new evacuation plans, recommended pedestrian routes, and remote “park and walk” locations.  An SRTS map with their suggested “park and ride” locations and a map of suggested pedestrian routes to school are available on the Memoria Site Information page.

Parent Education Series:  MERSD offers helpful workshops for parents and guardians. Topics range from college planning and curriculum nights to informational presentations about bullying and mental health. Parent Education Series Page

Mark your calendars for two of our Fall Spotlight Presentations.

·         Dr. Elizabeth Englander, October 9, 2019@ 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.

·         Minding Your Mind, November 21, 2019@ 7:00pm – MERMHS 
Sponsored by meHUB & The Spaulding Education Fund

Minding Your Mind’s primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens, and young adults, as well as parents, teachers, and school administrators. We strive to encourage conversations about these issues that may be inspired by our presence yet continue long after our programs have taken place. The programs we have developed meet a variety of needs, all of which support our overall goal of reducing the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health challenges. These efforts move away from crisis-based response to prevention through contact-based education in a school or community setting.

This 90-minute program opens with a Minding Your Mind clinician discussing the signs and symptoms of the mental health issues most prevalent in adolescents through young adulthood, and to know the difference from typical teenage behavior. The Young Adult Speaker adds a real-life story that illustrates the information from our clinician, transforming it all into relatable experiences.

Meet the New Faculty 
We are very fortunate to have a fantastic group of new faculty and staff joining the MERSD Team.  Their talents and student-centered outlook will certainly make our team stronger.  Meet the Newest Members of Our Faculty.

District Calendar:  The District Calendar has been updated over the summer, and the most recent version is available under the Parents & Students Section of the district and school homepages.  Please note that the last day of school, if all snow days are used, will be June 23rd, without the use of snow days, we are scheduled for the last day of school to be June 16th. Should we exceed five snow days, additional make-up days will be added to the end of the year through June 30th.

Fall Open Houses

  • Essex Elementary Open House:  September 12th @ 6:00 pm
  • Memorial School Open House: September 11th @ 6:00 pm
  • High School Open House: September 19th @ 7:00 pm
  • Middle School Open House:  September 26th @ 6:00pm






Thursday, September 5, 2019

2019-2020 Parent Education Series!

Check out the 2019-2020 Parent Education Series!



Welcome to Our New Faculty Members!

Meet the New Faculty 

We are very fortunate to have a fantastic group of new faculty and staff joining the MERSD Team.  Their talents and student-centered outlook will certainly make our team stronger. 




Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Welcome Back!


I can hardly believe summer is over and tomorrow is the first day of school! Our meetings are complete, our classrooms are prepped, and we are ready for the students!  While the summer recess provides much needed time for planning and organization, a school always feels lonely without kids. 

We have a lot of exciting work on our agenda for the year ahead, and I encourage you to get involved with the many opportunities available to volunteer and serve on committees. Later in the week, I will be posting some updates about what is on the agenda for the year ahead. If you have questions or suggestions, I invite you to contact me.  I value your input so that, together, we may continually improve the social, emotional and academic experience of your children to make their school experience the best it can be. 

Communication is important so please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher, counselor or building Principal with any questions or concerns you may have.  Additionally, I welcome and value your input so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a suggestion or need assistance with an issue.



I am looking forward to another great year for MERSD! 

Have a great first day!