Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Congratulations Class or 2025!

Congratulations to our eighth graders and their families for successfully completing Middle School!  Next stop High School!

Middle School Virtual Art Show!

Middle School Virtual Art Show!

GRADE 8 Virtual Art Show 2020-2021



GRADE 7 Virtual Art Show 2020-2021



GRADE 6 Virtual Art Show 2020-2021



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Happy Summer Break - We Made It!

Well, we’ve almost made it!   As the 2020-2021 school year draws to a close, I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their patience, flexibility, and resilience throughout the year.   I am very proud of our MERSD community, as it always strives to put students at the center of decision making.   Our educators have shown heart, professionalism, and creativity in their efforts to make teaching and learning amid a pandemic accessible, innovative and exciting.  Our School Committee has provided sound and thoughtful leadership during an unprecedented time, often making difficult decisions, in order to provide our students with the best learning opportunities.  Our parent community has shown flexibility, patience, and support.  The communities of Essex and Manchester have a strong reputation for their commitment to high-quality schools, and our continued success is a community effort!  

It has been wonderful having all of our students back on campus this spring and a welcome pleasure to once again celebrate our traditional end-of-year ceremonies in person with you all.  Our entire community should be proud of how our students have preserved throughout this unique challenge. 

I am excited for next year!   At this time, we believe that we will be able to eliminate social distancing constraints and return to a traditional school day set-up.  Masks remain a question, but I am optimistic that as vaccinations become available for younger students, the state will relax requirements for masking in school.  Although we are excited to return to a normal beginning of the school year, our equity goals and our experience with innovative teaching and learning methods throughout the pandemic will play a prominent role in our planning efforts.  With the help of our Strategic Planning Steering Committee, we’ve been able to evaluate community input, and over the summer the leadership team will be working on a District Improvement Plan to guide our work going forward.  

I wish you all a very restful summer filled with family outings, leisurely days at the shore, and time to get back in touch with friends. 

Happy Summer!

Congratulations Class of 2028!

Congratulations to our fifth graders and their families for successfully completing elementary school.  I am so proud of the grit and resilience they exhibited throughout this year.  Next stop Middle School!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

June Issue of the Independent

The latest issue of the MERHS Independent is now available on the MERHS website.  

Spring 2021 Edition of The Inkling!

Spring 2021 Edition of The Inkling

The MERHS Creative Writing class is proud to share the latest issue of their literary magazine The Inkling.  

Friday, June 4, 2021

Congratulations Class of 2021!

Class of 2021, your adventurous and adaptable spirit allowed you to meet the challenge of completing your senior year amid a pandemic.  Through it all, you managed to make the best of things by maintaining cohesiveness and class spirit.   Over the course of your academic careers, you have made MERSD proud with your many artistic, musical, charitable, environmental, civic, and athletic accomplishments, but above all, we are proud of the way you have conducted yourselves in times of challenge.  You are an innovative and resilient group of young women and men.  The post-COVID world awaits you, and I have no doubt the class of 2021 will make its mark.