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Opt-in for SchoolMessenger notification texts

posted Nov 29, 2017, 2:17 AM by Angela Berg   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 2:17 AM ]

Dear Manchester School District families:

The Manchester School District is committed to effective communication between our schools and families. As part of our efforts, we are using an automated notification system called SchoolMessenger. This system allows us to call, text and email thousands of parents and guardians quickly for emergency situations and weather-related school closures.

SchoolMessenger is dependent on the accuracy of the contact information you provide.  It is important to keep all of your phone numbers and email addresses up-to-date.  Any adjustments to your contact information can be made any time, directly to your child(ren)’s school(s).  SchoolMessenger continually syncs with our contacts on file; all new phone numbers and email addresses will be included in notifications after they are added.

When you answer a phone call from SchoolMessenger, you will hear a recorded message.
  • The caller ID will be Manchester School District's main number: (603) 624-6300.
  • If you are unavailable to answer the phone, SchoolMessenger will leave a voicemail. Please listen to the entire message.
  • Do not call the school or the school district office. If it is an emergency notification, the message will include instructions.
  • If SchoolMessenger encounters a busy signal, no answer or a failed call (such as a disconnected number or downed lines), the system will retry that number three times in 15-minute increments.

If you have provided a cell phone number as one or more of your contact numbers, that phone number is eligible to receive text messages in addition to the phone call. SchoolMessenger is a free service, but you must opt in to receive text notifications, because standard message and data rates charged by your mobile provider may apply.
  • If your cell phone number is in our database as an emergency contact number, you may request text notifications from SchoolMessenger by texting YES to 67587.
  • If your cell phone number is in our database and you have not already opted in from your device, SchoolMessenger will send you a text on Friday, December 1 at 10:00 am.
    • To OPT-IN, respond to the text from 67587 with either Y or YES.
    • To OPT-OUT, respond to the text from 67587 with STOP or ignore the text.

If you decline to receive text messages, you will receive only phone call notifications from SchoolMessenger to your cell phone. Any new cell phone number that is added to our SchoolMessenger contacts database will automatically receive the opt-in text, even after December 1.

SchoolMessenger is one more valuable communication tool and does not replace any of the Manchester School District’s current methods of communicating. We will continue to report critical information -- including school closings due to weather -- on radio and TV stations, on the MSD web site, our social media pages, and through Nixle.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

Bolgen Vargas, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Register your child for school!

posted Jul 27, 2017, 9:45 AM by Katherine Josef


Booked for Summer!

posted Jun 1, 2017, 10:49 AM by Angela Berg

The Manchester School District is kicking off a summer reading and learning initiative throughout the city of Manchester to raise awareness about the importance of summer reading and learning. "Booked for Summer" (#Booked4Summer) will offer elementary, middle, and high school students a variety of activities appropriate to each age group and encourage students to achieve reading and learning goals. Community partners will support the initiative and outreach efforts.

SBAC "Opt Out" Information

posted Mar 27, 2017, 2:54 AM by Angela Berg   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 2:56 AM ]

"While the Manchester School District is prohibited from encouraging non-participation in the accountability process, rather then keeping your students home during the administration of testing, upon written or email notification by the parent/guardian, the student will be relocated and provided alternative programming during the applicable testing period." Bolgen Vargas

View the letter from Superintendent Bolgen Vargas with information about opting out of the Smarter Balance Assessment...

Bakersville Embraces Literacy

posted Jul 20, 2016, 12:26 PM by Katherine Josef   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 7:59 PM by Angela Berg ]

Literacy Collaborative: Building Teacher Expertise

The Literacy Collaborative is a comprehensive school improvement model based on the extensive work of literacy experts Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. The focus is on building in-district and in-school capacity for improving the literacy achievement of all students. The rigorous curriculum is based on a comprehensive language and literacy framework that includes a wide range of individual, small-group, and large-group reading, writing, and word study instruction guided by ongoing assessment.

Bakersville School embraces this model through the following:

  • Tiered instruction meeting the requirements of Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • A comprehensive instructional literacy framework that includes readers' workshop, guided reading, writers' workshop, and language and word study.
  • Training for a school-based literacy coach who will provide professional development and coaching to teachers at the school site. Through ongoing professional development and coaching, teachers learn to differentiate instruction to meet the individual needs of students, improve their teaching practice, and create a more cohesive professional community and student learning environment.
  • Development of a school leadership team that supports and facilitates the school improvement process. The team analyzes student achievement data, monitors program implementation, evaluates program results, and communicates with the greater school community.

Community Eligibility Provision to be Offered at Bakersville School

posted Dec 23, 2015, 1:02 PM by ‎[ARCHIVE]‎ Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 7:59 PM by Angela Berg ]

At their meeting on October 26, 2015 the Manchester School District, Board of School Committee voted to allow Bakersville School to participate in the National School Lunch Program’s Community Eligibility Provision. Under this program all students attending Bakersville School are eligible to eat school Breakfast and Lunch for free regardless of their current meal benefit eligibility status. We will implement this program beginning on January 4, 2016.

We are excited to be able to offer this program as a pilot program with the intention of expanding participation to other eligible schools in the next school year if this venture proves to be a success.

There is no paperwork to be completed by parents for participation in this program. Siblings of Bakersville students who attend other Manchester Schools will not be affected by this and their current meal eligibility status will still be in effect. Families will still be able to file a new benefits application on behalf of their non Bakersville students if their current financial situation changes during the year.

Upon written request any funds in a Bakersville student’s account can be refunded or transferred to the account of a sibling at another Manchester school.

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