The tragic events surrounding the Boston Marathon certainly
cast a long shadow on our return to school from Spring break. As expected, our
staff did a wonderful job of providing a welcoming and supportive environment
for our students’ return. Elementary Principals reported that, while the
younger children were business as usual, our upper elementary students did want
to engage in some discussion. This was handled through the Responsive Classroom
morning meeting routine.
At the Middle High School, the Social Studies Department
developed and delivered a lesson on terrorism and its roots, and student
leaders stepped forward to plan a day of remembrance event. Junior Fiona Davis
took the lead in organizing a very respectful remembrance. She wrote and
delivered a very thoughtful piece on the meaning of the marathon, and the
Soundwaves sang a beautiful rendition of America. Click
here for pictures of the ceremony and to read more about the event.Please join us for an Evening of Jazz to benefit Boston's The One Fund - May 23rd ~ 7:00pm in the Middle High School Auditorium.
Seniors are off on SCORE! SCORE Senior Choice of
Related Experience (SCORE) is a five-week internship program that releases
seniors from regular classes to carry out hands-on learning projects in the
career fields of their choice. It is a bridge between the familiar world
of school and peer group and the largely unknown world of work and adulthood.
Through SCORE, seniors have an opportunity to learn by doing, to assess
possible careers, acquire job skills, clarify what further training they need,
and finally put to use what they have learned in their years of schooling.
You can learn more about the work they are doing by
following them on the SCORE Blog http://scorehornets.blogspot.com.
Seniors are responsible for posting a 250-word reflection three times a week
during SCORE. Y
Core Value Spotlight– Whole Child Education: We
believe schools must establish a safe environment conducive to the development
of the whole child, which extends beyond the academic core to include
experiential learning, the arts, cultural awareness, and physical and emotional
Essex Regional School District is being awarded the HealthierUS School
Challenge (HUSSC) bronze award for Memorial and Essex Elementary. The HUSSC is
a recognition award for schools that have demonstrated a commitment to
excellence in both nutrition and physical education to promote a healthier
school environment for children. It is a wonderful accomplishment for the food
service department, the students, and the district.
student enters schoolhealthyand learns about and practices a
healthy lifestyle. Our school supports, promotes, and reinforces healthy eating
patterns and food safety in routine food services and special programming and
events for students and staff.
The Manchester Essex Regional School District (MERSD) is
committed to a collaborative approach to budget planning. Throughout the budget season, we have been
working cooperatively with Boards of Selectman and Finance Committees in both
Essex and Manchester in order to provide one another with on-going progress
reports on our planning process and outlook.
The FY 14 Budget represents what the district believes
is needed to maintain quality and position the schools for continual
improvement of the educational program and student achievement. These needs are balanced each year with a
commitment to fiscal responsibility.
In recent years, the state has responded to MERSD’s
multi-year trend of rapid enrollment growth with significant increases in state
aid. As enrollment growth now begins to
slow, increases in state aid have also declined. While this has caused budgeted town operating
assessments to increase more noticeably in 2014, the average annual operating
increase to taxpayers over the past three years has been just 2.2% - more than
50% lower than seen in the prior four years.
At the same time, the district continues to invest in staffing and
programming to address enrollment growth and the increasingly diverse student
population we serve.
Please visit the MERSD Budget Page for details about our FY14 budget proposal and goals and
to review additional budget documents.
Manchester Town Meeting: April 1,
2013 ~ Memorial Elementary School
Essex Town Meeting:
May 6, 2013 ~ Essex Elementary School
The Manchester Essex Regional School District is a
high achieving community committed to educating all students, inspiring a
passion for life-long learning, and developing local and global
citizenship. Its success is a community
effort. On behalf of the faculty and staff of MERSD, I extend my sincere
appreciation to the residents of the communities of Manchester and Essex for
their unwavering support of our students and our schools.