Monday, December 9, 2019

Introducing Friends of ME Performing Arts!

Introducing our newest Community Partner 

Shining Light On Performing Arts In The Manchester Essex Regional School District. Advocating For And Supporting The Growth And Development Of The Student Performer.

Our Purpose

We believe that all students should experience the power of performing arts and should have the opportunity to participate in robust performing arts as a vital part of their k-12 education. We celebrate the student performer. The Friends of the Manchester Essex Performing Arts works to make performing arts an essential part of our students' lives.

As parents, family, and community members, we want to support our children by fostering their passion for performing arts and giving them every opportunity to succeed. The primary purpose of the Friends of Manchester Essex Performing Arts is to make sure that performing arts are a vital part of the Manchester Essex Regional School District as well as the communities of Manchester-by-the-Sea and Essex, MA as a whole.

Friday, December 6, 2019

MERHS Chorus Performs with Cape Ann Symphony

Congratulations to the MERHS Chorus on their outstanding performance with the Cape Ann Symphony.  

MERSD is proud to have an outstanding music program, and we invite you to join us for our festive winter concerts. 

December Concert Schedule

December 12th  ~ HS Winter Concert ~ MERHS Auditorium

December 19th 
~ Elementary Winter ~ MERHS Auditorium

January 23rd ~ MS WInter Concert ~ MERHS Auditorium

Other Area Performances

December 6th ~ Essex Holiday Festival ~ Essex Shipbuilding Museum 6:00 pm

December 8th ~ Manchester Tree Lighting ~ 3:30 pm

December 19th ~ Ledgewood Rehabilitation Facility ~ Beverly, MA 3:15pm

FY21 Tentative Budget Hearing

FY21 Tentative Budget Hearing 
December 11th  @ 7:00pm 
Manchester Essex Middle High School Learning Commons

Please join us for the annual presentation of the FY21 Tentative Budget.  The budget overview will be followed by public input. This is an opportunity for the community to learn, ask questions, and provide feedback about our preliminary budget for FY21. 

Manchester Essex Regional School District (MERSD) is committed to a collaborative approach to budget planning.  Throughout each budget season, we work cooperatively with the Boards of Selectman and Finance in both Essex and Manchester meeting regularly to provide on-going progress reports on our planning process and multi-year outlook.  

Budget Goals for FY20
  • Develop and deliver a fiscally responsible budget that maintains educational quality, supports District goals, and recognizes the confines of Proposition 2 ½. 
  • Manage Enrollment
    • Strive to meet School Committee class size guidelines
    • Serve increasingly diverse student educational needs
  • Exercise fiscal responsibility
    • Seek internal efficiencies to offset growth needs when possible
  • Meet local, state and federal responsibilities while controlling growth

Please visit our Finance & Operations page for information about our budget process, a complete budget season calendar, and links to our strategic plan which outlines the work going on in the district. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Great Fall Sports Season for the Hornets!

Congratulations to our fall athletes on an outstanding season.  We are very proud of our student-athletes.  They have put in long hours of practice, competed hard and demonstrated sportsmanship in their pursuit of a winning season.

MERSD loves to celebrate a winning season, but more important than wins and losses are the lessons learned on the field of competition:  you have to work hard and practice to be the best you can be; you don’t always win the game, but you do always conduct yourself with dignity; and, even though you are an individual, you work as a team.  No matter the generation, athletics continues to be a major "player" in the development of the whole child.  Regardless of the sport, the level or even the amount of playing time,  the benefits to the development of young adults far surpass athletic skill and game strategy.  Athletics fosters character development and leadership training. 

MERSD is very fortunate to offer over forty interscholastic teams at MERMHS.  From sailing to skiing, our program strives to provide our students with opportunities to compete at a variety of levels in a variety of sports.  These activities are key components of our comprehensive education program and complement the lessons we deliver in the classroom!

Many thanks to theME Boosters and the entire MERSD community for the support you give our athletes. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Go Hornets!  What a great weekend for MERHS Athletics!
Congratulations to all our Fall Athletes – every MERHS varsity team made it into some level of post-season play with Football, Girls’ Soccer, and Boys’ Soccer still in pursuit of Division Champion Titles. 

I hope you will come out to cheer them on this coming weekend!

Hornets take on Burke Academy, Sunday at 11 a.m. at Manning Field in Lynn, for a chance to be crowned Division 4 North Champs.

The Hornets will take on top-seeded and two-time defending Division 4 North Champion Amesbury on Sunday at Manning Field (1 p.m.) in the Division 4 North Finals.

Manchester Essex moves to 7-1 and will take on No. 2 Greater Lawrence (6-3)  Friday night at Hyland Field (7 p.m.) in the Division 7 North Finals.

Memorial School - Making Progress!

As of the October Construction Report, the Memorial School project is proceeding on time and on budget.  The steel is going up quickly, and the WT Rich Construction Team is on target to have it wrapped and ready for winter work by mid-December.

Here's the latest ariel view of the progress. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

MERSD School Resource Officer!

MERSD is pleased to announce that Officer Andrea Locke has been appointed to the role of MERSD School Resource Officer (SRO). 

As a result of strong collaboration between the towns of Essex and Manchester and the District, this position has been established to support students, faculty, and staff of MERSD.  The School Resource Officer (SRO) serves the Manchester Regional School District as a teacher, a counselor, a role model, and an advocate for students, families, faculty, and staff. The SRO is not the school disciplinarian, nor does she supplant any other staff function. The SRO brings full service, personalized support to members of our community.   Although the SRO will maintain an office in the Middle High School, she will also visit the Manchester Memorial School and Essex Elementary school on a regular basis to build relationships with our younger students.  With a full-time presence in the schools, she will be an easily recognized and approachable resource.

The work of the SRO is grounded by three pillars:
  • Education:  Collaborate with faculty and staff to foster and support student education in drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, personal safety, bullying, harassment and their related consequences. 
  • Counseling: Support and mentor students, and collaborate with school personnel, by providing a trusting, relationship-based environment in which students are free to ask questions and seek help with problems related to school, home, and the community at large.
  • Security:  Support an ongoing and growing need to have an active and regularly reviewed safety and crisis management plan to ensure the physical and social-emotional well-being of students and staff.
Officer Locke has completed the National Association of School Resource Officers certification, and she has worked for the Manchester Police Department in various capacities since 2006 becoming a full-time officer in 2018.