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901, 2020

Manchester Proud Newsletter: Jan. 9, 2020

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

2012, 2019

Vote! Your voice matters.

Miss our community forums? Weigh in on online. Manchester Proud believes the great work Manchester’s nonprofits are doing with kids and families, and the resources of our business and cultural communities, would be even more beneficial to our kids and schools if their services were better aligned and coordinated.  That’s

1612, 2019

The Manchester Inclusivity and Equity Committee seeks Committee Coordinator

NOW HIRING: Committee Coordinator, Manchester Inclusivity and Equity Committee  Position Overview: The Manchester Inclusivity and Equity Committee seeks a Coordinator in order to build meaningful relationships with community members from groups historically underserved and underrepresented in citywide public and civic engagement initiatives. The Committee Coordinator will lead from behind by

1312, 2019

New ideas for financing schools, electing school board

Can Manchester better finance schools, improve school board efficiency? How are Manchester schools identifying students for special education? Should the school board focus on policy decisions and leave district management to school administrators?  These were some of the questions community members considered and voted on at a Manchester Proud forum

412, 2019

Voting is open

Help us choose the best ideas Should Manchester schools expand project-based learning or offer universal Pre-K? Is there value in limiting elementary classes to 20 students? These are a few of the questions community members and educators discussed and voted on at our first workshop to finalize our plan for

412, 2019

50 ideas for our future schools

Short list of ideas for rethinking education in our schools Below are our Community Planning Group's short list of ideas in five categories, in this order: Teaching and Learning, Finance, Governance, Community Partnerships, and Operational Effectiveness. Teaching & Learning Transform & Support Professional Learning Adopt a Restorative Justice Approach to

2511, 2019

Come see our Plan! Give us feedback!

It's here and you're invited! After more than a year and a half of community outreach and research, we're ready to share our plan for remodeling education in the Manchester School District. We need one more thing before we present our ideas to the Board of School Committee in mid-February:

1811, 2019

Manchester Proud shares emerging ideas with school committee members

Current and newly elected school committee members pick their top ideas   MANCHESTER - Manchester Proud and its partner 2Revolutions held a two and a half hour session with current and new Board of School Committee members on Nov. 18, 2019 to share our early ideas for remodeling education in Manchester

511, 2019

We asked New Americans to define student success

New Americans: Manchester students should be team players, problem solvers Manchester Proud asked a group of Manchester New Americans how schools can best prepare students for success. Like many parents we’ve heard from, they want their children to be critical thinkers, team players, and problem solvers. They’d like our schools

2810, 2019

We want to hear from New American families

An invite to Manchester's New American families Manchester Proud is inviting all New American families in Manchester to a conversation about education and student success. Please join us to share what you think students should know and be able to do to be successful. This free event will be held

2510, 2019

Celebrations and other news

Manchester Proud Newsletter: October 25, 2019 Connecting with the school board Our first workshop with the Board of School Committee was well-received and well-attended. In our three-hour session, board members got their first look at our community engagement findings and school district research.  In a Visioning Session with board members,

310, 2019

Manchester Proud shares findings with Board of School Committee

Manchester Proud shares findings with Board of School Committee October 16, 2019 Media contact: Barry Brensinger, Manchester Proud coordinator, 603-493-5201 MANCHESTER - Manchester Proud and its partners Reaching Higher NH and 2Revolutions held a three-hour workshop with the Board of School Committee last night to share findings from our partners’

2609, 2019

Manchester schools get additional $15 million in new state budget

State budget gives Manchester schools an additional $15 million over two years The Manchester School District will receive an additional $15 million in the state budget signed today by Gov. Chris Sununu. The increase will be spread over two years. Manchester is slated to receive about $3.5 million more in

2509, 2019

Manchester Chamber remains committed to Manchester Proud

Early survey responses We were back before the Manchester Chamber Board of Directors, one of our earliest supporters, this week with a progress update and an invite: We asked board members and their employees to complete a two-question survey that asks: What do students need to know and be able

2309, 2019

How can afterschool providers and Manchester schools partner to help kids?

Strengthening the connection between our schools and Manchester's youth-serving agencies There are many nonprofits in Manchester supporting kids, but no easy way for parents, students, and teachers to know them all or what each agency offers. Hoping to change that, Manchester Proud recently asked staff at those non-profits how we

2908, 2019

Our work is guided by local and state data

Manchester Proud has reviewed a number of local and state reports and other data sources to better understand the opportunities and challenges within the Manchester School District. Some of the most detailed resources are below. The Manchester School District and student achievement Reaching Higher New Hampshire compiled an in-depth profile

2208, 2019

Are you getting our newsletter?

Manchester Proud Newsletter: August 22, 2019 News Back to school We are gearing up for the start of school in September. We plan to be at open houses across the city to welcome families and educators back to school. And, in an effort to include more parent voices in our

2108, 2019

We’re proud to be part of Manchester’s Renewal.

Manchester is making news - for the right reasons. We were thrilled to be included in Business NH Magazine's recent story about Manchester's renewal, alongside the city's top-notch health care providers, innovative business start-ups, vibrant downtown, arts scene, and 11 colleges, universities, and trade schools.  We encourage you to read

508, 2019

New to Manchester? Enroll your students this month.

Three chances to enroll new students before school starts The Manchester School District is enrolling new students this month on Aug. 13, Aug. 15, and Aug. 24. This is an opportunity to take care of enrollment before the first day of school, which is Sept. 4 for all but pre-school

208, 2019

We’ve updated our timeline. Check out what we’ve done.

Where we've been, where we're going The easiest way to get up to speed on our 13 months of work is to visit our updated timeline. We've added the story that started this work, links to news articles about us, evidence of our commitment to include all of Manchester in

108, 2019

Our international community shares its ideas for our future schools.

Concerns and hopes from our international community When we talked with former refugees and immigrants at the International Institute of New England in July, nearly 50 people attended and they participated in a variety of languages, including Swahili, Spanish, Arabic, and French. We asked attendees three questions: What do they

2407, 2019

What have we done in 13 months? A lot and it’s all here.

Our Progress Report recounts our first 13 months It is fair to say that Manchester Proud’s work over the course of these 13 months has been an extraordinary mix of challenging, deeply meaningful, exhausting, and awesome fun — much as we all would hope it would be. Manchester Proud Progress

1507, 2019

Our new superintendent says all students deserve a quality education

Dr. John Goldhardt: Every Student Should Be Guaranteed a Quality Education We are thrilled our new superintendent, Dr. Goldhardt, has joined our Community Planning Group. We certainly share his views on education. Read what he has to say about education and Manchester Proud in a recent interview with the Union

107, 2019

What is Manchester Proud?

Manchester Proud: What we do. Why we do it. As Manchester Proud moves ahead with its work, it seems like a good time for a quick look back. Earlier this year, Parenting New Hampshire took readers inside Manchester Proud, from the conversation that inspired it to the core belief that

805, 2019

Thank you to the city’s teachers and schools

A note of thanks on teacher appreciation day May 7, 2019 Manchester School District RE: Teacher Appreciation Day To Our Teachers and Schools: During the past year of Manchester Proud’s Community Engagement, we have met many of you and have experienced firsthand your hard work and dedication to our students.

2904, 2019

Meet Manchester Proud’s Community Planning Group

In February, Manchester Proud conducted a city-wide application process, seeking volunteers to join its new Community Planning Group. The work of this group will ensure the development of Manchester School District’s new strategic plan is driven by the community and responsive to its feedback. An independent Selection Committee was tasked

2304, 2019

Join Manchester Proud’s Walk to End Hunger Team

Join Manchester Proud's Walk to End Hunger Team Manchester Proud invites you, your friends and family (and even your dog) to join its team for Families in Transition-New Horizons' annual Walk to End Hunger on May 19. The 5K walk though Manchester raises money to help Families in Transition-New Horizons

803, 2019

Manchester Proud wraps up listening sessions across the city

Manchester Proud recently wrapped up listening sessions across the city with a wide range of participants who wanted to have a voice in the effort to develop a new strategic plan for the Manchester School District. These sessions were crucial to the overall work of crafting a comprehensive and impactful

3001, 2019

Manchester School District announces RFP for Superintendent Search Firm

Just passing along this information from the Manchester School District! The Manchester School District (MSD) through the Superintendent Search Committee (SSC) is seeking requests for proposals for a professional services firm to assist the district in a search for a Superintendent. Inquiries should be directed to Angela Carey by emailing

2801, 2019

Here’s what happened at last week’s town hall

Last Wednesday, we held a town hall gathering at Memorial High School to update community members on what Manchester Proud has accomplished, introduce our new partner, 2Revolutions, and examine how the initiative’s next phase of work will unfold. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts and perspectives.

2201, 2019

Community Planning Group Applications are Open Until Feb 5

Manchester Proud is a community movement working to better understand, appreciate, and support our public schools. Central to our mission is the creation of a new, comprehensive strategic plan for the Manchester School District.   In order to ensure that the new strategic plan is truly by and for our

512, 2018

Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and supporters!

A big thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters who helped prepare and participate in walking with us in Manchester’s Annual Christmas Parade this weekend! The parade has been a long-standing tradition in the city for over ten years and is run by InTown Manchester, who selected us

2910, 2018

Manchester Proud to hold listening sessions across the city

Manchester Proud wants to hear directly from you about your experiences in Manchester! We will be holding listening sessions across the city to hear from students, families, teachers, and district and support staff on what’s important to them, the challenges and opportunities they see, and

1910, 2018

Commitment to schools is key to maintaining city’s growth

Manchester Ink Link’s Ben Dion highlighted new businesses in the city in a recent column, all with the common mission of uniting the community and bringing people to Manchester. Like these businesses, investments in our public schools will help families, professionals, and new businesses make the decision to come to

1610, 2018

Mayor Craig kicks off community office hours

Mayor Joyce Craig is holding community office hours where members of the public are invited to stop by for informal conversation and to share ideas about the city. Each event will include a department head from the city, who will also be available for conversation and to answer questions.

1510, 2018

Currier hosts educator workshop with artist Ethan Murrow

The Currier Museum of Art is hosting an educator workshop, “Making marvels: an interdisciplinary educator workshop with Ethan Murrow,” on Friday, October 18. The workshop is designed for K-12 art, science, history, and English teachers, though all teachers are welcome.

1110, 2018

Why we support Manchester Proud: A Principal’s Perspective

Bill Krantz, Principal of McLaughlin Middle School, and Scott Szuksta, Assistant Principal, recently joined Manchester Proud to canvass neighborhoods in their school district. Bill shared with us why he joined Manchester Proud and why he’s encouraging others to do the same.

910, 2018

Why we support Manchester Proud: A family perspective

We recently met Alicia Parker, a longtime resident of Manchester, and her daughter Kimiya, a student at West High School. They joined Manchester Proud last month to canvass their neighborhood. Below, they share about the experience, and why they are part of the Manchester Proud effort. 

1009, 2018

Manchester Proud hosts first town hall

Manchester Proud hosted its first town hall on Thursday, August 28 at the Manchester Public Library on Pine Street. Attendees learned more about Manchester Proud, the community-based movement led by the people of Manchester, and what comes next.