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)


Where:  Manchester Memorial Elementary School
When:   Thursday, February 16, 2017

This is a combined screening to assess three and four year olds from Manchester and Essex who:
  1. Present with possible developmental delays and may require Special Education
  2. Wish to be considered as PEER Pals for the 2017-2018 school year.


Please call the Student Services Office  at 978-525-6060 to schedule the screening.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

December Issue of the Independent!

The December issue of the  MERHS Independent is available now on the MERHS website. It's another packed issue!  It includes information about the plans to pilot a proposed four-by-four schedule, an update on the improving WiFi situation, a look at preparations for Career Day, an opinion piece on graduation gown changes, and more! 

Perception of Youth Risks Survey!

Perception of Youth Risks:  The towns of Gloucester, Beverly, Essex, Ipswich, Manchester and Rockport are working together with community leaders and residents to help create safer environments for our youth.  Your participation in this survey will help support the healthy development of our youth. 
Please take a few minutes to complete this voluntary survey. Your responses are anonymous and confidential. If you don’t want to answer a question, just skip it.  
Adult Attitudes Survey:

Monday, December 19, 2016

Debate News!

Debate News  - Submitted by the Debate Team

The Manchester Essex debate team had a strong showing at their first tournament of the winter season, the Princeton Classic hosted by Princeton University.  Four teams represented Manchester Essex in Public Forum debating the resolution: Resolved: The United States should end Plan Columbia.

The PF division was comprised of over two hundred entries from all over the nation. The team of Kahle and Larson finished with a record of 4-3, Bonaccorso and Benali 3-4, Brzezinski and Shan 3-4, and Fitzgibbon and Shaw 3-4.

Princeton was the first national tournament for four freshman members competing in Lincoln Douglas.  The novice students were debating the December resolution: Resolved: The United States ought to limit qualified immunity for police officers. Bridget Miller, Lars Arnsten, Whitney Johnson, Paige Swanson finished with the respectable record of 2-4.

Senior Meehan Irose competed in Varsity Lincoln Douglas achieving a record of 3-3. Seniors Will Heslop and Noah Smith supported the team by judging Novice Lincoln Douglas.