Show your support. Celebrate our schools.

Happy New Year Champions.  We’ve got lots of updates for you.

Save the date. Show your support.

We will present our plan to the Board of School Committee (BOSC) on Feb. 20, 2020 – and then ask the board to adopt it. Invite family and friends and join us at Memorial High School at 6 p.m.

It’s important we have a strong showing of  community support for our schools, students, and city. 

RSVP here. 

See the plan Jan. 28, 2020

Our Community Planning Group (CPG) is finishing up its draft of the plan. We will share it on Jan. 28 on our website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. We will also email it to all subscribers. Join our list by emailing

Here’s how Liz MacDonald, principal of Weston Elementary, described her experience as a CPG member: 

“I have been amazed with the dedication and caliber of individuals I have had the privilege of working with on the Community Planning Group. Each one has brought experiences and perspectives that have helped me evolve as a more inclusive and global thinker. As a 43-year resident and a long time principal in the Manchester School District, I have found our community work during the validation sessions invaluable.  The willingness of the community to listen, question, discuss and give feedback to the topic at hand has been engaging and insightful.” 

Collaborating with BOSC

We recently had two productive workshops with the new BOSC. Our partner 2Revolutions shared with the board what community members told us graduates need to know and be able to do to be successful. We showed them how our plan aims to support that vision. Additionally, board members worked with 2Revolutions to identify the characteristics of an effective school board and the changes they can make to improve their board’s culture and productivity.

We look forward to an ongoing partnership.

Next up, Board of Mayor and Alderman

We will update the Board of Mayor and Alderman on our work to date and next steps at its next board meeting on Jan. 21. 

Did you catch us on the airwaves?

  • Dr. John Goldhardt joined Manchester Proud Coordinator Barry Brensinger for a recent spot on Manchester Public Television’s Channel 16. 
  • Kimiya Parker-Hill, one of our student Community Planning Group (CPG) members, shared her reasons for joining Manchester Proud on the Morning Show.
  • Two other CPG members, Diane Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, and community organizer Deo Mwano also visited the Morning Show with updates on our work.

Cool news

  • Students at the Manchester School of Technology are defining innovative education.
  • Manchester Little League is one of our inclusivity heroes. The league has expanded its adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities. Last year, they introduced Challenger, open to students ages 4-18 or up to age 22 if they are still enrolled in school. Now they’ve added Senior Challenger for people of any age. For more information, contact Nick Sullivan, Challenger director, at or 603-851-0892.