• MHS Hybrid Learning Model

    Posted by Julie Riley on 1/22/2021 12:00:00 PM

    MHS Hybrid Learning Model

    • Manchester Essex Regional Schools' overarching goal for remote/hybrid learning is to create a structure that is accessible, accountable, and engaging for all students so they receive the necessary instruction and supports to thrive during the most unprecedented of times.  Our goal is to match a typical school day in an effort to run our complete program with appropriate time-on-learning.

      In anticipation that the year ahead may require that we periodically move between models, the operational goal of our move to the hybrid schedule is to provide an opportunity for students to return to school while still maintaining a solid foundation of remote learning so that we are prepared to toggle between hybrid and remote as conditions warrant.

      Objectives of the Hybrid Transition

      ~Reunite students with the school environment to provide social-emotional support, relationships, and connections for students in grades 6-12 in support of in-person and virtual instruction of new content knowledge and skills.

      ~Engage students in teacher-directed learning to enable in-person students and remote students in the cohort to participate in the school day.

      ~Balance on-screen and off-screen activity and in-person and remote activities in alignment with the developmental level of students and learning objectives.

      The hybrid model utilizes the hyflex method which allows the cohort of students in school to interact virtually and in real-time with the cohort that is learning from home. It also allows for the implementation of the full academic program in both hybrid and remote only modes. We’ve chosen a challenging model to implement, but one we believe is in the best interest of students and one that allows us to maintain continuity of schedule and expectations.   There is no one way to structure the hybrid day. Each educator will use his or her expertise to design lessons that balance virtual instruction, online activities, independent learning, and traditional paper and pencil activities.  

      MERMHS Cohorts

      The Manchester Middle/High School students have been designated into two cohorts, Green and White.   Below are the two cohorts for hybrid learning:

      • GREEN [In-Person Tuesday & Wednesday]
        • Students in the Green cohort meet in school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays  and last names:  Adams-Jacobson
      • WHITE [In-Person Thursday & Friday] 
        • Students in the White cohort meet in school on Thursdays and Fridays and last names:  Jobe - Zschau


      Hybrid School Schedules

      The middle and high schools will follow their typical bell/day schedule. The school schedule for the hybrid model will be our typical school day schedule as shown below:


       Remote School Schedules


      Synchronous Learning - HYFLEX 

      Synchronous learning refers to instruction that happens in real-time, with the teacher and student(s) interacting with one another in the same “place” at the same time. The most straightforward example of synchronous learning is a lesson conducted through a video conference such as Zoom. Students would log into the video conference at a specified time and receive instruction from their teacher and potentially have the opportunity to interact with their classmates through Zoom. This example is oftentimes referred to as “live streaming” a lesson

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  • Getting Started with Remote Learning September 2020

    Posted by Julie Riley on 9/15/2020 7:00:00 PM



    Welcome to our MERSD Remote Learning Page!

    Starting September 16, 2020, our schools will begin remotely. Our goal is to support you through this process! We realize that some of this may be new to you. We are sharing the following resources to support you. This post will cover an overview of the "Big Three" modes of communication and collaboration between teachers and students. Additionally, below you will find information on our Parent Help Desk created to support families as we transition into remote learning.

    Getting Started with the "Big Three"

    As we begin school, our classrooms will use three major systems to deliver instruction and communicate with students: 

    • Zoom-for daily communication and collaboration with students and sharing of lesson materials in grades K-12
    • Seesaw-for collection and sharing of student work and lesson materials in grades K-2
    • Google Classroom-for collection and sharing of student work and lesson materials in grades 3-12

    Links to Information and Video Tutorials on the Big Three:


    Seesaw: K-2

    Google Classroom: 3-12

    Additional technologies teachers will use to work and collaborate with students:

    Additional technology supports and tutorials for parents

    The following information is related to our Parent Help Desk designed to support parents and caregivers in the transition to Remote Learning:

    Parent Help Desk Support 

    Hours of Operation: 7:30AM to 5:00PM

    Email: MERSDhelp@axiscomputernetworks.com

    Phone: 978-463-2112 

    Parent call in procedures:

    • Calls to the helpdesk will be answered by MERSD’s technology partner, Access Computer Networks.
    • When calling in, parents should inform the help desk operator (or voicemail if you leave one) that they are calling from Manchester Essex schools
    • Please be aware that you may also receive incomings calls from Axis Computer Networks if they are following upon your prior inquiry

    Home Wifi 

    A good Internet connection is important to your child’s ability to access remote learning. Please be aware that home use of the following may impact Internet speeds: online streaming apps, video gaming, streaming music, Netflix, and/or any type of downloadable content. 

    Student Devices  

    MERSD has a web filtering program for our devices while they are on campus in our school buildings.  However, when these devices are home and attached to an external Wi-Fi/Internet source, devices will not be connected to our district Internet and therefore, all student devices must be monitored by parents for proper use. We will retain the ability to push out apps to our Ipads and through our G-Suite program and our Student Learning Systems, but we ask that parents monitor students’ Internet usage on school-owned devices. 

    Julie M. Riley, Ed.D.‚Äč

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