Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Spaulding's 2nd Annual Winter Beach Blast!

Are you done with the cold and snow? Then dust off your flip-flops and come warm up at the 2nd annual Winter Beach Blast to benefit the Spaulding Education Fund at the Manchester American Legion on Friday night, March 10  featuring the acclaimed local band, The Runaround Sound.   

Tickets on sale now at www.spauldingeducationfund.org  Hope you can join us! It is going to be a FUN night for a GREAT cause - our KIDS and their EDUCATION!  Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Please note, tickets are limited.

Can’t make the party… don’t worry as you can still support Spaulding Education Fund by purchasing a RAFFLE TICKET for the chance to win 4 fabulous fun summer themed prizes including a Surf Package from Surfari, a fun Beach Bike from Seaside Cycle, a Coolest Cooler or a Beach Bootcamp Bash by F.I.T.- Fitness Inspired Training.  Tickets are $50 - a limited number being sold, for better chances to win!  email: spauldingeducationfund@yahoo.com for tickets. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Elementary Special Education Program Review

Tuesday evening February 7th, Student Services Director Allison Collins, along with Colleen Dolan, from the EDCO Collaborative, will be presenting the Elementary Special Education Program Review Report to the School Committee. The report was generated from an elementary level district-wide assessment performed during the fall of 2016. The program review consisted of surveys, observations and focus groups with parents, faculty, and staff.   This report is intended to help identify strengths and weaknesses of our program to inform our district and school improvement planning.  As part of our continual improvement process, we will be conducting similar reviews at the Middle and High School level over the next two years.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Public Hearing on the FY18 Budget 1/31/17

January 31st  @ 7:00pm 
Essex Elementary School Cafeteria

Public Hearing on the FY18 Budget

Presentation of the FY18 Budget followed by public input. This is an opportunity for  the community to learn, ask questions, and provide feedback about our proposed budget for FY18. 

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 mulit-year outlook.   It is important to keep in mind that the ultimate goal of our budget is to support our school and district goals.

School Committee Goals 2016-2017
  • Target resources to support the social/emotional needs of students and foster creativity and innovation across the District.
  • Support the implementation of programs that enhance our organization’s cultural proficiency and promote respect and appreciation for individual and cultural differences.
  • Continue to focus on strengthening the Middle School as a separate entity and addressing its large class sizes.
  • Develop and deliver a fiscally responsible budget that maintains educational quality, supports District goals, and aligns with our multi-year budget commitment to work within the confines of Proposition 2 ½.
  • Begin Feasibility Study module of the MSBA process for the Memorial Building project and develop a capital plan to maintain Essex Elementary.
  • Continue ongoing review of all District policies, updating existing policies and job descriptions where needed, and researching new recommendations. 
Budget Goals for FY18
  • Position MERSD for continual improvement of educational program and student achievement 
  • 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. 

Monday, January 23, 2017


     Tuesday evening January 24th, Principal Joanne Maino, along with Lyn Healy, from the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS), will be presenting the NELMS Report to the School Committee. The NELMS report was generated from a whole school assessment performed during the fall of 2016. The NELMS program review tools were developed based on the research that can be found in Turning Points 2000 and This We Believe-Successful Schools for Young Adolescents.  Through surveys, observations and focus groups with students, parents, faculty, and staff, NELMS assessed how well MERMS performed against key standards:
  • Relevant, standards-based curriculum
  • Instructional strategies appropriate for young adolescents
  • Opportunities for middle level professionals
  • Organization of students and teachers
  • Building governance
  • School climate
  • Parent and community involvement
   The findings will be used to inform strategic improvement planning for the Middle School. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

MERHS Named DESE Commendation School!

·    Congratuatlions to the MERHS faculty and students for being  named a DESE Commendation School!  This recognition is awarded to schools  with the highest relative performance on the Progress and Performance Index(PPI) for both the aggregate and the high-needs sub-groups.  These indicators include percent warning/failing on MCAS, percent advanced on MCAS, annual dropout rate, and 4& 5 year cohort graduation rates. MERHS ranks within the top 10% of like schools as well as performance in  aggregate and the high needs subgroup in both English language arts and mathematics.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January District Update!

Happy New Year!  Here are a few documents that provide an overview of our progress on school and district goals and student achievement. If you haven’t been able to join us at meetings, it is good way to catch-up on what we have been doing as district.   

In addition to hearing annual progress reports, the school committee operates on a three cycle of features and reviews. 
  • FY16 Year 1: District Program and Financial Reviews
  • FY17 Year 2: Individual School Spotlights
  • FY18 Year 3: Vertical Program Reviews

We are currently in year two of the cycle - School Spotlights.  These are site based presentations at which principals provide a “state of union” for his/her building, highlighting the overall program, a day in the life of students, and the unique qualities of each school.   I hope you’ll consider coming out to an upcoming School Committee meeting to learn more about our schools and K-12 program!

October 18th
December 6th
Memorial Spotlight - Cape Ann TV
March 7th
Middle School Spotlight
March 21st
High School Spotlight

MERSD Integrated PreSchool Open House!

Come see MERSD’s beautiful preschool classroom and learn about the integrated model and play based curriculum!

Thursday 1/12/17 3:00-4:00 PM
(Snow date: 1/18/17 4:00-5:00 PM)