Monday, August 15, 2016

MERHS Athletic Advisory Board

The Athletic Department of Manchester Essex Regional School District is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Athletic Advisory Board beginning in the fall of 2016. The goal of the board will be to engage key stakeholders in a discussion about the direction of the athletic program . This advisory board will meet on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 3 PM at MERHS. The board will consist of the athletic director, parents, coaches and students. Interested individuals should contact the athletic department in writing indicating their interest and why they would like to serve. Please e-mail  Paul F. Murphy at by September 14, 2016.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer!  Below is a quick recap of key items from over the school year. 
See you in August - First Day for Students is August 31st! 

Recognition:  In case you missed this piece of good news along the way, during 2015-2016 MERSD was ranked 16th in the state by Boston Magazine, and MERHS was ranked as a gold medal school in the 2016 US News & World Report Best High Schools Issue.  MERHS National Rank is 312 / National STEM Rank is 208 / State Rank is 12

FY17 Budget & Memorial Feasibility Study Approved:  At the spring town meetings the residents of Essex and Manchester gave near unanimous support to both our FY17 Budget proposal and our request to conduct the Memorial School Feasibility Study.  With a solid budget in place for next year, we are in a good position to continue our work in balancing achievement and whole child needs.

Program & Department Reviews:  This year the School Committee heard presentations and updates on the district programs and departments listed below.  Next year the focus will be on spotlighting the individual school programs.
Singing Sands Sister City Initiative:  Through Caroline Kennedy, the Memorial School was connected with Kyotango a city in Japan that also has a Singing Beach.  Over the year the elementary schools exchanged letters and gifts.  This summer we will be welcoming our new friends from Japan for a cultural exchange visit.  They will be visiting Manchester, Essex and Cape Ann to visit singing beach and to learn about tourism in the region.   The hope is to develop a long-term partnership.

New Hornets:  Welcome to Julie DeRoche, Director of Curriculum & Instruction Tech. & Joanne Maino, Middle School Principal.  They will be on site after the July 4th weekend.  Watch your email for open office hours and a meet and greet.  I know they’d love to meet as many people as possible as they transition into their new roles.
New Website:  Thanks to the hard work of Technology Team, this summer we will be rolling out a new modern MERSD website complete with mobile app. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MERHS Class of 2016 Slideshow

Congratulations Class of 2016 
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passions to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony!

Manchester Essex Regional High School 
Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony 
June 3rd ~ 4:30 ~ Hyland Field!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MERSD School Committee Appoints Memorial School Building Committee!

The MERSD School Committee recently appointed a team of Manchester and Essex residents to serve as the Memorial School Building Committee (MSBC).  The MSBC will carry out all phases of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) building process, including feasibility, design, and construction, complying with proscribed MSBA procedures and policies and maximizing the District’s reimbursement application for renovations, additions, and/or construction of a new school.  Through this process, the MSBC will work to find fiscally responsible, forward-thinking solutions for the Manchester elementary school building that meet the needs of the District’s current and future curriculum, is mindful of future maintenance and the impact on the environment, serve the school community, and is supported by voters in Manchester and Essex, as well as the MSBA.

The MSBA requires the school building committee to be made up of town representatives with backgrounds from construction, architecture, landscape, and education, as well as the district superintendent of schools, a school committee member, the school principal, district schools' facility management director, at least one teacher from the school, a member of the finance committee or local budget official, and a representative from an office authorized by law to construct school buildings. Manchester and Essex residents will serve on the committee.

Memorial School Building Committee
MERSD SC Representatives
MERSD District Representatives
Town Board Representatives

Ann Cameron
Alva Ingaharro
Caroline Weld

Pam Beaudoin
Jay Pagliarulo
Avi Urbas
John Willis

Lisa O'Donnell
Andy Oldeman

Gordon Brewster
Remko Brueker
Sarah Creighton
George Scharfe
Tyler Virden
Adam Zaiger

For more information about the Memorial Building Project please visit Quick Link: Memorial Building Project.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Middle School Principal Search Complete!

I am pleased to announce that we have concluded the Middle School Leadership Search, and Ms. Joanne Maino will be returning to MERSD as the next principal of MERMS.
Throughout the process Ms. Maino impressed me with her energy, intellect, professionalism, knowledge of curriculum and instruction, and experience.  Ms. Maino brings a collaborative approach and proven track record in instructional leadership as well as a vision of excellence, student-centeredness and continual improvement

Thank you to all who took the time to participate in the process. 

I am very excited about the future of MERMS!

Friday, May 13, 2016

MERSD's Music Department Presents...

The XXVII Annual


Monday, May 16th at 7:00pm
MERM/HS Auditorium
Middle School Jazz Band
High School Jazz Band
& special guests

The guest artists’ visit is funded by a grant from the Spaulding Education Fund