Welcome back! We are excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year!
The Manchester Essex School District is working to construct a K-8 literacy plan with help from Dr. Darci Burns from the Hill for Literacy. Over the summer, district literacy team members met and aligned goals in a multi-year action plan. This year, our focus will be geared toward teacher professional development around best practices in the science of reading, implementing research-based instructional practices, and determining assessments and tiered instructional supports. Please check back for updates!
Encore Magazine: Our newest edition of Encore ME is available for parent and student viewing!
Learn more about our amazing specialist programs: art, engineering, health, music, technology, physical education foreign language, and more!
MERSD Summer Reading Program…Stay Tuned for Details!
Date: October 4, 2018
Location: MERSD High School Auditorium
Audience: ALL parents and guardians welcome!
For parents and guardians of children of ALL ages! Learn more about social media and children’s use of technology. Since 2009 Josh Gunderson has become an educational force to be reckoned with. His award-winning programs have been presented at hundreds of schools across the United States and Canada, educating over 1 Million students, parents and educators along the way. Josh highlights the pros and cons of the social media world, helping parents and students better understand the real-world consequences. Using examples ripped from today's headlines, Josh tackles topics surrounding internet safety, bullying, sexting, digital citizenship and much more! To learn more about Josh’s work, visit: http://www.joshgunderson.com/programs.html
MERSD and North Shore YMCA Summer Literacy Program
This summer, MERSD partnered with the North Shore YMCA to offer a summer literacy program to rising second and third grade students. Our program was generously funded by EBSCO Publishing. MERSD is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with these two amazing organizations!
The summer literacy program was a two week program that provided MERSD students with instruction in literacy focused on building skills in self-selected reading, small group guided reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.
Our program ran from Monday July 9th to Friday July 20th. Each morning, our program began at 9:00 am and the day ended each afternoon at 4:00pm. Students spent the morning engaged in literacy learning and in the afternoon, students participated in enrichment activities that supported the morning instruction. Additional afternoon activities included arts and crafts, music, character development, swimming and much, much more at Camp Dory.
Please click below to see the highlights of our great partnership, the fun our students had building literacy skills and at Camp Dory. To see more, click on the showcase link!
MERSD is proud to present many of the wonderful things that are happening throughout the year in our specialist programs: Art, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Library, STEAM, and Foreign Language. This blog, Encore ME, has been created to showcase the Arts, Culture, and Movement of MERSD. We hope you enjoy all of the amazing work your children and our teachers are doing!
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We are excited to announce a partnership this summer with the Manchester-Essex Regional School District to offer a summer literacy program to rising second and third grade students.
What is the Summer Literacy Program? It is a 2 week program that provides your child the opportunity to participate in morning literacy instruction which focuses on spelling, grammar, vocabulary, self-selected reading, and small group guided reading. Your child will then spend the afternoon engaged in enrichment activities that support the morning instruction. Afternoon activities include arts and crafts, music, character development, swimming and much, much more!
The program is sponsored by the YMCA of the North Shore – Ipswich Family YMCA in collaboration with the Manchester Essex Regional School District. This program will start on Monday, July 9th and end on Friday, July 20th. The program will begin each morning at 9:00 am and end each afternoon at 4:00pm. The program is Monday through Friday for the 2 weeks. Students are eligible to attend as early as 8:30am and stay as late as 5:00 pm. Students will need to commit to both weeks of the program.
What do I have to do? We believe that family involvement is the key to the positive development and academic success of any child. So, in order for your child to participate in the program we need your participation, too. Your family involvement will include attending the initial parent/caregiver orientation meeting, reading nightly with your child and participating in all parent/caregiver workshops. Please fill out the attached consent form and return it to the main office by June 8, 2018.
There are no fees associated with this program – it’s Free!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Rob Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-356-9622.
We look forward to working with you and your child this summer!
Director of Operations
Ipswich Family YMCA
**RESCHEDULED FOR Wednesday April 4th**
MERSD Proudly Presents Guest Speaker
Dr. Robert Brooks
When: Wednesday, APRIL 4, 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: MERSD High School Auditorium
Q&A and Book Signing After Speaking Engagement
Title: Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents
Description: Join us as we welcome Dr. Robert Brooks, Ph.D. a Harvard Medical School faculty member and author of fourteen books, who will outline an approach to help children and adolescents deal more effectively with stress and pressure, in order to become more resilient.
In his presentation Dr. Brooks will highlight factors that help children and teens deal more effectively with challenges in today’s stress-filled world. He will describe (a) why some youngsters from birth have a more difficult time developing resilience than others, (b) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child’s “islands of competence,” and (c) specific strategies for nurturing caring, responsibility, hope, and resilience in our children and teens.
Dr. Robert Brooks is one of today’s leading speakers and authors on the themes of resilience, motivation, school climate, a positive work environment, and family relationships. During the past 35 years, Dr. Brooks has presented nationally and internationally to thousands of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people. His talks are filled with practical, realistic suggestions and he is renowned for the warmth and humor he uses to bring his insights and anecdotes to life.
Summer Music Institute Mission Statement:
By beginning a week-long summer music camp for MERSD elementary and middle schoolers’, we hope not only to jump start the school year by getting students back into their practice on their instruments, but also provide valuable learning experiences that students would not get in a larger school year setting. We will provide opportunities for small group and solo performances, promote independence and leadership in young musicians, and allow young students to interact with and be inspired by their older peers. This more intimate setting will also allow for finely tuned individualized instruction for each student. Finally, we hope that this program can provide students with a fun enrichment of their musical experiences at MERSD, and motivate them to become leaders and role-models for their fellow musicians throughout the school year.
Music students are encouraged to register online at the following link :
Read More This Year with the 2018 Reading Challenge
Yes, it's time for the 2018 Reading Challenge! Make a promise to read more books this year. Goodreads makes it easy to set your own reading goal, track your progress, and celebrate your success with our annual Reading Challenge.
Last year, more than three million readers joined the Challenge and collectively finished more than 43 million books. In a recent survey of Goodreads members, 82 percent said they wanted to spend more time reading. So…what are you waiting for?