Friday, January 20, 2023

2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration

2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration

Children who are age five on or before September 1, 2023, are eligible to register for the 2023/2024 school year

PRIOR TO REGISTRATION, please log on to WWW.MERSD.ORG and select the “about us” tab to complete the Residency & Enrollment paperwork. Once residency is approved, Parents/Legal guardians are invited to return all Kindergarten registration materials, also found in the “about us” section, during the week of January 30, 2023, via email or by contacting the main office of their respective school to arrange an in-person registration.


Essex Elementary School
   

Maggie Safrine/ Safrinem@mersd.org                    Phone: 978-768-7324      


Manchester Memorial Elementary School 

Maria Schmidt/ Schmidtm@mersd.org                    Phone: 978-526-1908

 

 








Thursday, January 19, 2023

8th to 9th Grade Transition Night!

Please Join us for the MERHS 8th to 9th Grade Transition Night!

Incoming ninth-graders and their families are invited to learn more about Manchester Essex Regional High School at the annual Transition to High School Night. 

The program will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, beginning at 6 p.m. at the High School. 

School administrators will share details about the academic program, along with course selection and scheduling. Students and families will learn about the high school curriculum, opportunities for greater learning, and elective offerings which include the arts, business, technology, music, and more. 

High School students will share their experiences. Ample time will be available for audience questions. 

“The Transition Night allows MERHS to showcase our programs for current MERSD families and those considering returning to MERSD. We invite students and parents to join us in learning about our innovative and student-centered offerings,” Principal Puglisi said. 

The program will be recorded and posted on the District website for those who are unable to attend. 

All information pertaining to the transition process can be found here. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Anyone with questions about the program may contact Principal Puglisi at PuglisiP@mersd.org. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

FY24 Budget Hearing

FY24 Budget Hearing 

January 24th @ 7:00 pm 

Essex Elementary School Cafeteria

Virtual Via WebEx - Click Here for Link

Please join us for the annual FY24 January Budget Hearing.  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 FY24 budget development. 

In December, the MERSD School Committee approved a tentative budget. This version of the budget represents our initial assessment of needs for the following fiscal year.  The FY24 budget presents both a challenge and an opportunity - to address a structural funding problem by reducing our reliance on reserves and increasing revenues received from towns to support a level services budget.  A level services budget provides funding for the same program scope, class size, course offerings, and services from one year to the next and allows for the resources needed to support the priorities of the MERSD Strategic Plan.  

Throughout January, MERSD will gather input from stakeholders through public meetings and work collaboratively with the towns to refine projections and determine the final budget request. 

Resources for understanding the budget can be found on the MERSD Budget Page 

I welcome your participation and input as we navigate the budget process and work to deliver a budget that supports our mission and maintains excellence in our schools. 

Please visit our Finance & Operations page for information about our budget process, budget documents, a complete budget season calendar, and a link to our strategic plan.

 

Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology Search

I am excited to announce that MERSD has launched its search for our next Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology!  The Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology provides focused leadership in the development and implementation of the school system’s educational programs.  As the chief academic officer, the Director of Curriculum & Instructional technology plays a pivotal role in the development, implementation, and fulfillment of MERSD’s Strategic Plan, improvement goals, and initiatives.  Primary responsibilities include administering all aspects of the curriculum, instruction, and assessment programs; supervising, analyzing, and reporting all system-wide and state accountability measures; developing and administering the program development budget including preparing and coordinating grants related to curriculum, instruction, and instructional technology; facilitating the integration of instructional technology; and overseeing the district’s professional development program.

Timeline

  • Posting OpensJanuary 13th
  • Feedback SessionsJanuary 24th – January 27th
  • Paper Review - Begins January 31st
  • Initial Interviews – Begin Week of February 6th
  • Finalist InterviewsBegin Week of 2/27
  • Appointment Anticipated Week of March 13th    

How to Get Involved

Search Committee:  If you are interested in serving on the search committee, please email Amy LeJeune (lejeunea@mersd.org) for details about the schedule and time commitments and to indicate your interest in volunteering.  Please know that if we have more volunteers than the available seats on the committee participants will be chosen by lottery.

o   Composition of the Search Committee

§  A teacher representative from each school

§  A parent representative from each school

§  A Representative from the District Leadership Team

o   During the finalist extended interviews, there will be time allotted for meetings with all constituent groups.


Survey & Feedback Groups: I hope you will take the time to fill out our brief survey and consider attending one of the community focus group sessions to share your feedback.

o   Survey

o   Feedback Sessions

§  EES Focus Group: January 24th @ 3:30 / Teacher’s Room

§  MHS Focus Group:  January 25th @ 2:30 / MHS Learning Commons

§  Memorial Focus Group: January 26th @ 3:30 / 1st Floor Project Room

§  Community Focus Group:  January 27th @ Noon – Hybrid / MHS (Please RSVP Here)

The Essex Elementary Search timeline will be announced in late February and follow a similar process including opportunities for the EES community to provide feedback.   This is an exciting time for MERSD, and I hope you will consider lending your voice to the process of filling two key leadership roles in our district. 

Friday, December 23, 2022

MERSD December Update!

Earlier this year MERSD completed its Strategic and District Improvement Plans. The Strategic Plan consists of a district Mission, Vision and Core Values, and Vision of the Graduate. It forms the construct for the development of the district and school-based Improvement Plans and, ultimately, the framework for the development of teacher goals and objectives. The overarching goal of our plan is to increase our professional capacity to support and nurture all learners. The District Improvement Plan is based on the model of continual improvement, and it is intended to be a living document that provides a district road map for growth. 

Fall Reports Below are the annual fall reports to School Committee. They provide an overview of our progress toward and plans for meeting school and district goals.  

School Improvement Plan Updates & Outlooks

Reports & Presentations

The Fiscal Year 2024 Budget In December, the MERSD School Committee approved a tentative budget. This version of the budget represents our initial assessment of needs for the following fiscal year. Throughout December and January, MERSD will gather input from stakeholders through public hearings and work collaboratively with the towns to refine projections and determine the final budget request. This year the focus is on addressing a structural funding problem by reducing our reliance on reserves and increasing revenues received from towns to support a level services budget.  A level services budget provides the same program scope, class size, course offerings, and services from one year to the next. 

Resources for understanding the budget can be found on the MERSD Budget Page 

I welcome your participation and input as we navigate the budget process and work to deliver a budget that supports our mission and maintains excellence in our schools. 

FY 24 Budget Hearing
January 24th ~ 7:00pm ~ Essex Elementary Cafeteria


Program & Department Spotlights – MERSD and the School Committee have a three-year program and department review model. Year one (this year) focuses on site-based sessions, at which each of the principals provides a “state of the union” for his/her building, highlighting the overall program and the unique qualities of each school. In year two, the focus is on K-12 academic programs. Year three has a financial focus and features student services, facilities, athletics, and student activities. The goal is to help build an understanding of the high-quality programming we offer, vertical alignment, and the complex work that goes on in schools.   Please consider attending the presentations.

Tuesday, February 7th

Memorial School Spotlight Presentation

Tuesday, March 7th

Essex Elementary Spotlight Presentation

Tuesday, March 21st

Middle School Spotlight Presentation

Tuesday, May 16th

High School w/ ASR Reception

 

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Winter Community Concert Schedule!

Please join us as we celebrate the Season at our Winter Concert Events:


MERHS Winter Concert

December 15th @ 7:00PM-9:00PM

Featuring our High School Band, Chorus, and Acapella Group the Sound Waves!

Manchester Essex Middle High School Auditorium

 

EES Winter Concert

December 16th at 8:45 AM-9:15 AM

Featuring all grades performing for parents!

Essex Elementary School


MMES Winter Concert

December 20th at 10:00AM-11:00AM

Featuring all grades performing for parents!

 Manchester Memorial Elementary School

 

EES and MMES Rock Band and Chorus Concert

December 22nd at 7:00 PM-8:30PM

Featuring our Essex and Manchester Elementary school Rock Band and Chorus!

Manchester Essex Middle High School Auditorium

 

Monday, December 12, 2022

Hornets Season Winter Athletics Ticket Info!

MERSD Winter Athletics Ticket Information: 

The Athletic Department will be charging admission to all home varsity basketball games this winter. The price of admission is $7 for adults, $5 for Students, and $5 for Senior Citizens. All tickets can either be purchased online in advance via GoFan or with cash at the entrance to the Gymnasium. 



For students and families planning to attend multiple home basketball games this Winter, we are offering official Hornets season passes online via GoFan! One season pass will provide individuals access to ALL home boys and girls basketball games this winter. Adult Season Pass: $75/Student & Senior Citizen Season Pass: $40 


For our indoor track families, the Cape Ann League will be charging a price of admission to all CAL indoor track events held at the New Balance Center. Tickets are general admission priced at $7. All tickets must be purchased online in advance via GoFan. There is no cash or season pass option for indoor track events. 


INDOOR TRACK TICKETS
BASKETBALL TICKETS
SEASON PASS BASKETBALL TICKETS 

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