Monday, May 22, 2017

Teaching Emotional Intelligence...Why?

Teaching Emotional Intelligence...Why? 

Posted by Julie DeRoche, Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology
A few years ago I learned of the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and its impact on student learning and self-efficacy and I wanted to share this important research and message with our staff.  Our world is changing and our students will face a future in which most careers don't even exist yet.  Which means, our students will need to be not only academically strong, but also more flexible, creative, divergent, and convergent in their thinking.  To me, understanding emotional intelligence means understanding the 'other side of the coin,' when it comes to students and their learning. This approach deals with understanding emotional drivers and how students internalize feelings and behaviors, often times impacting their image, self-worth, and overall educational capacity for academic success.  It makes sense then that we should invest in learning more about educating our staff and students about emotional intelligence and how this 'other side of the coin' factors into our students' everyday lives-both in and out of school! 

Day One! On February 17, 2017, Dr. Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence was the Keynote speaker at Manchester-Essex's professional development day ....Read the full post at Curriculum Happenings!

CAL Division Champs!

The Hornets are playoff bound!  Congratulations to the varsity baseball team for their 4-0 victory over Rockport to win the Cape Ann League Baker division championship for the first time since 2012!  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Manchester Summerstage Update

A Message from Manchester Summerstage:  The show will go on! Manchester Summerstage is proud to present Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins as this Summer’s production. Rehearsals will begin shortly after auditions and will run consistently until the performances which will be at the end of July. Auditions for high school students will be held after school on Wednesday, May 24th in the Manchester Memorial School auditorium from 4:30 to 6:30. High school students who wish to audition should prepare a 32 bar cut of any musical theatre song. Auditionees should also wear sneakers or dance shoes, as there will be a short dance taught at auditions. Please visit our Facebook, @manchestersummerstage, to receive additional info and to complete the audition form. Feel free to email with any questions. We hope to see you there!

The Independent Takes First Place!

Congratulations to the staff of The Independent and Ms. Buckley-Harmon for winning the First Place All - New England Award from New England Scholastic Press!  This is the first time the MERHS student paper has been recognized as best in its class for outstanding editing and publishing. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Parent Advisory - 13 Reasons Why

Over the past few weeks, there has been a good deal of discussion in the media about a new Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why.  Principal Maino and Principal Puglisi have sent out advisories, but inboxes can easily get overloaded, so I thought I would resend the notice and extend the message to include our elementary families as well.   Additionally, I have included a few resources that you may find helpful.

Advisory on 13 Reasons Why:  As you may be aware, and as a result of articles in the news media, your child may be "binge watching" a recently popular Netflix series entitled 13 Reasons Why.  We feel it is important for you to be aware that this series has been rated by TVMA or Appropriate for children 16+ by Common Sense Media.  Common Sense Media describes this as a "very intense, dark story." The Netflix series is based on a popular young adult novel and it follows a group of high school students in the aftermath of a classmate’s suicide. Episodes contain graphic and significant content about suicide, rape, substance use and abuse, and bullying. If you are interested in reading their full review, you may access it here – Review of 13 Reasons Why .  While we are not in the business of telling you what your children can and cannot view, when we have information that is relevant to our kids, we feel an obligation to keep you updated.

Parent Resources

As always, if you have questions or concerns about the social emotional health of your student, please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor or building principal.  

Congratulations to the Staff of the Independent!

Congratulations to the Staff of the Independent & Advisor Ms. Buckley-Harmon!

The Independent received a Highest Achievement Award at the New England Scholastic Press conference at BU last Friday. 

The following students received individual achievement awards for their work:
  • Fritz Spofford: A review of “Big Little Lies”
  • Holly Fossa: An article about featured student artist Randall Doane
  • Emily Clark: Features page design for “Pip’s Closet,” a page that showcased Antonio Gillespie’s fashion sense.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Congratulations to the MERHS Robotics Team!

Congratulations to the MERHS Robotics Team - Team 2084 - Robots by the C for winning the Tesla Division and making it all the way to the finals at the National First Robotics competition in St. Louis! This was an outstanding effort by our team of students and their die hard supporters.