Thursday, August 9, 2018

Essex Late Bus Back for 2018-2019

Essex Late Bus Back for 2018-2019:  I am pleased to announce that we were able to find the resources to run the Essex Late Bus for the 2018-2019 school year.  

  • The late bus will run Monday thru Thursday & depart the Middle High School @ 3:30. 
  • The bus will not be available on Fridays or Early Release Days.



Stay Tuned…full bus registration information will be coming out within the next few days.



MERSD and North Shore YMCA Summer Literacy Program

MERSD and North Shore YMCA Summer Literacy Program

This summer, MERSD partnered with the North Shore YMCA to offer a summer literacy program to rising second and third-grade students.  Our program was generously funded by EBSCO Publishing. MERSD is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with these two amazing organizations!
The summer literacy program was a two-week program that provided MERSD students with instruction in literacy focused on building skills in self-selected reading, small group guided reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.  
Our program ran from Monday, July 9th to Friday, July 20th.  Each morning, our program began at 9:00 am and the day ended each afternoon at 4:00pm. Students spent the morning engaged in literacy learning and in the afternoon, students participated in enrichment activities that supported the morning instruction.  Additional afternoon activities included arts and crafts, music, character development, swimming and much, much more at Camp Dory.
Please click below to see the highlights of our great partnership, the fun our students had building literacy skills and at Camp Dory.  To see more, click on the showcase link!


MERSD and YMCA Summer Literacy Showcase!

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UPDATED: MERSD 2018-2019 District Calendar

UPDATED: MERSD 2018-2019 District Calendar

Please note the added early release days of September 19th, October 31st, & April 3rd 

Now available on the MERSD site!Click Here!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Memorial School Building Project Essex Community Meeting!

Please Join Us for the Memorial School Building Project  Essex Community Meeting!

June 28th ~ Essex Elementary School ~ 7:00pm


On the Agenda
MSBA Process 
Design & Cost Estimate Update
Timeline Update
Q & A 




Thursday, June 7, 2018

Memorial Building Project Update!



The Memorial School Building Committee is the final phases of Schematic Design. From March to June, JCJ Architecture has been working to develop a robust schematic design of sufficient detail to establish the scope, revised budget, and schedule for the proposed project. Upon completion and approval by the SBC and School Committee, the design will be submitted to the MSBA for approval. Once approved by the MSBA, the project is then brought to the community for local approval. The overall goal of Schematic Design is to develop a project that is both cost-effective and aligned with the needs of MERS D ’s educational program


Community Input: To date, the Memorial School Building Committee has hosted four community meetings at Memorial School to keep both the Manchester and Essex communities up-to-date on the process and to gather feedback. 

Community Meeting Topics Reviewed
MSBA grant program process and schedule
Review of existing conditions of Memorial school
Site selection decision making
Feasibility phase building options
Evaluation of design options
Preferred Schematic Design Updates
Project timeline

Upcoming Building Committee Meetings 
June 12th - Review Cost Estimates
June 26th - Initial Approval of Schematic Design
July 11th (6:00pm) - Approval of Schematic Design
     Meetings @ 7:00pm MERHS Learning Commons unless otherwise noted


Timeline: In October 2017, representatives from MERSD met with the Finance Committees and the Boards of Selectmen in both towns to review progress on the Feasibility Study and to ask for their support of a November 2018 town vote to fund the Memorial School building project. Both the Manchester and Essex Boards of Selectman voted unanimously to support this effort. This puts us on a pathway to hold a special town meeting in October 2018 at which we will seek local approval for the project with the ballot vote to be held on November 6, 2018.

A Look Ahead
June - July 2018        Schematic Design & Cost Proposal Development
October 2018             Town Meetings Held
November 2018         Town Votes



Just learning about the Memorial Building Project and want more information
Review the History of the Project on our Project Updates Page!





Congratulations Class of 2018!

Congratulations Class of 2018!


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