Thursday, June 13, 2019

Memorial School Groundbreaking!

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate this exciting next step in the process of making the vision of the new Memorial school a reality.  Through the support of the residents of Essex and Manchester, the MSBA, our state and local officials, and the collaborative efforts of the entire project team, next week the Phase 1 of construction will begin with the goal of having students in the new academic wing by the Fall of 2020!

June Issue of the Independent!

The June issue of the MERHS Independent is now available on the MERHS website. In this issue...Class of 2019 Graduation, SCORE Project, DECA attends International Career Development Conference, Green Team Scholars recognition, and more...

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Memorial School Groundbreaking Ceremony!



MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 ~ 10:30 AM

Thursday, May 30, 2019

MERHS Awarded NEASC Accreditation!

New England Association of Secondary Schools (NEASC)

NEASC Excerpt of Site Visit Summary Letter:  The Committee on Public Secondary Schools, at its April 7-8, 2019 meeting, reviewed the report from the recent Collaborative Conference visit to Manchester Essex Regional High School and voted to award the school continued Accreditation in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Committee was impressed with many of the programs and services and wishes to commend
the following:
  • the school's safe, positive, respectful, and inclusive culture that ensures equity and
  • honors diversity in identity and thought
  • the commitment of the faculty and principal to school improvement and growth to
  • support learning and the best interests of students
  • the new master schedule including the U Block directed study period, which
  • prioritizes student learning, achievement, and well-being
  • the development and implementation of effective student support programs such
  • as Bridge, the Academic Center, U Block, and the Teacher Assistance Team to
  • meet students' individual needs
  • the authentic, project-based courses and experiences, offered at the school, that
  • emphasize real-world learning, especially the SCORE extended learning program
  • required for all students
  • the inclusive, co-teaching special education delivery model that supports access to
  • the school's challenging curriculum for all students
  • the community and district support for the school's curriculum, co-curricular
  • activities, and programs

The Committee was pleased to note five of the six Foundational Elements in the Standards for Accreditation have been met by the school. The Committee noted that the following
Foundational Element has not been met by the school and has been included as a Priority Area for Growth:
  • the school has a written document describing its core values, beliefs about learning, and vision of the graduate (1.2a)
The Committee was also pleased to see that the Collaborative Conference visiting team
confirmed the following Priority Areas for Growth. These Priority Areas for Growth should be
used by the school as the basis for its School Improvement/Growth Plan:
  • development of a district-wide vision of the graduate (1.2)
  • increase the focus on the use of data throughout the school (3.3)
  • increase built-in time for interdisciplinary collaboration, collaboration with
  • special education, and opportunities for lesson planning with co-teachers (3.2)
  • expand the curriculum to ensure students make real-world connections (2.3)
  • develop social and emotional supports for students through the implementation of the Yale Ruler program (4.1)
The Committee congratulates the school administration and faculty for completing the first
phases of the Accreditation program: the Self-Reflection and the Collaborative Conference visit.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Green Team News!

The MERSD orchard behind the Middle High School is now complete. Green Team students under the direction of Nils Taylor and Lars Birkeland have completed the installation of fruit trees and berry bushes. The orchard will supply the cafeteria with fresh fruit and berries starting in the spring and fall of next year. The initial concept was to have a zero-emissions source (Zero Carbon) of fresh food, grown onsite, for the students and faculty to have incorporated into the lunch offerings by the Cafeteria staff. The Manchester arborist, Tom Henderson, has already done one seminar to show students how to properly take care of the trees. The planted fruit trees range from a variety of apples, pears, and plums. The berries are several blueberry varieties, thorn-less blackberries and raspberries. All of the plants were supplied by Wolf Hill garden Center and Corliss Brothers Nursery. All funding for the orchard was through the Spaulding Education Fund. Through the generosity of the community partners and the efforts of the Green Team students, this project is now complete.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Green Team Members Honored at State House!

Congratulations to our Green Team Members being recognized at the State House on Friday, May 10, 2019. The National Green Schools Society will be recognizing three MERHS projects and five MERHS students.  Our students will be awarded Citations for the insight they have shown in creating a sustainable and green community.  

Green and Healthy Schools
Catherine Staid & Eliza Woodward - Making A Difference with Plants
Manchester Essex High School Green Team

Outdoor Learning and Exploration
William Kenney & Josef Vytopil
Manchester Essex High School Green Team 

Honorable Mentions
Kyle Khani
Manchester Essex High School Green Team