Thursday, February 13, 2020

Save the Date - World Cafe!

Vision of the Graduate and Strategic Planning Community Engagement


The Manchester Essex Regional School District continues to be recognized as one of the highest performing school districts in Massachusetts. I am very proud of the wonderful work our dedicated faculty and staff do every day to support the social, emotional and intellectual growth of our students, and I am very excited about MERSD’s future.

Looking to build upon the success of our program and to prepare students for the workplace of tomorrow, MERSD has begun a two-year strategic planning process to define our roadmap for creating a future-focused education program.  

Phase one focuses on developing a Vision of the Graduate.  Following the blueprint from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), this process seeks to define what students should know and be able to do as a result of a Manchester Essex education and examines the question - What are the skills and dispositions students will require to find success? 

In phase two (Spring 2020), the profile will serve as the driver for the development of a multi-year plan that establishes a set of goals and strategic initiatives to achieve the Vision of the Graduate 2033.  We will be engaging the community in a conversation about our future needs during February & March 2020 and will present the plan in the Fall 2020-2021 school year.

Watch your email for our survey starting February 24th!


World Café Focus Groups 

March 30th at 3:30pm & 7:30pm
 March 31st at 8:45am
Middle High School 



Friday, February 7, 2020

MERMS Is Looking for MERSD Graduates!


The Middle School - School Council is working on developing a Career Day for the April 8th  half-day, and they hope to have a panel of MERSD graduates.  

If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in our Real World Connections Fair, please let us know by completing the following form: https://forms.gle/6eVraSZNMz7y8A9L6

The time commitment is from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8. Presenters will set up in the cafeteria. Guidelines and materials will be provided.




Friday, January 31, 2020

Vision of the Graduate & Strategic Planning


Vision of the Graduate and Strategic Planning Community Engagement



The Manchester Essex Regional School District continues to be recognized as one of the highest performing school districts in Massachusetts. I am very proud of the wonderful work our dedicated faculty and staff do every day to support the social, emotional and intellectual growth of our students, and I am very excited about MERSD’s future.

Looking to build upon the success of our program and to prepare students for the workplace of tomorrow, MERSD has begun a two-year strategic planning process to define our roadmap for creating a future-focused education program.  

Phase one focuses on developing a Vision of the Graduate.  Following the blueprint from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), this process seeks to define what students should know and be able to do as a result of a Manchester Essex education and examines the question - What are the skills and dispositions students will require to find success? 

In phase two (Spring 2020), the profile will serve as the driver for the development of a multi-year plan that establishes a set of goals and strategic initiatives to achieve the Vision of the Graduate 2033.  We will be engaging the community in a conversation about our future needs during February & March 2020 and will present the plan in the Fall 2020-2021 school year.

Watch your email for our survey starting February 24th!

World Café Focus Groups will be held the week of March 30th
Date/Time Coming Soon!





Friday, January 24, 2020

2020-2021 Preschool Program Screening


Manchester-Essex Regional School District
2020-2021 Preschool Program Screening

Friday, February 7, 2020
At Manchester Memorial School
43 Lincoln Street, Manchester, MA



This is a combined screening to assess three and four-year-olds from Manchester and Essex who present with possible developmental delays and may require Special Education or who wish to be considered a Preschool Peer Pal for 2020-2021.

To schedule an appointment, call Student
Services at 978-525-6060

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Fall 2020 Kindergarten Registration


Fall 2020 Kindergarten Registration will be held on Wednesday, February 26th in the front lobby of your respective school.
  • Manchester Memorial 7:30am - 3:30pm
  • Essex Elementary School 8am – 1pm


Children who are five on or before September 1, 2020 are eligible to register. 

Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate, your picture I.D. and your proof of residency letter (see below for more information)

Prior to registration, you must establish proof of residency.  Please visit the  MERSD RESIDENCY PAGE for instructions. 

If possible please do not bring your child to registration.  We look forward to meeting them at our upcoming kindergarten screening. 




Please feel free to call with any questions. 

ESSEX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ~ MAGGIE MORRISS 978-768-7324

MANCHESTER MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ~ CINDY DODGE 978-526-1908 


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Eagle's Nest Replacement Input Session


Eagle's Nest Replacement: FIRST Community Input Session

This community discussion is an early opportunity to share your thoughts about the timing for an Eagle's Nest replacement and how we can involve the Essex community in the design and construction of the new playground.  Join us and be part of the discussion!

Monday, January 27, 2020
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
EES cafeteria

Hosted by the Essex PTO, and facilitated by Essex parents Jake Foster and Jess Yurwitz.

I can't attend but would like to submit your thoughts? Email Jake Foster at fosterjg@verizon.net.


Monday, January 20, 2020

FY 21 Budget Hearing

Public Hearing on the FY21 Budget
January 28th  @ 7:00pm 
Essex Elementary School Cafeteria

Please join us for the presentation of the FY21 Budget followed by public input. This is an opportunity for the community to learn, ask questions, and provide feedback about our FY21 MERD Budget.

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.   

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 FY21
  • 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.