Manchester School of Technology & MST High School
MST will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Please direct any questions directly to teachers, or to email@example.com for assistance.
The Freshmen Parent Orientation Meetings for the Class of 2024 that were scheduled for May 13 have been cancelled. These meetings will be held in a virtual/remote forum. More information regarding the new meeting forum will be shared in the next few weeks.
Quarter 4 will begin on April 13, 2020 and continue until the end of the school year. There will be no final exams.
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Today's News & Announcements
MST Yearbook Update
Progress on the 2020 yearbook continues, and we are getting super creative. This book will truly be one of a kind. Here is the link to order your personal copy:
We still have a few pages to fill and would LOVE photos of you during this time at home (remote learning, washing your hands, rocking a face mask, participating in a google hang-out session, etc.)
We are experiencing a very unique situation, and may as well capture it. For years to come, you can be reminded of your strength and adaptability during this challenging time as a high school student. Send photos to Ms. Weiss or Ms. Strout.
Chromebook Technical Support
In the event that you suspect your Chromebook may be malfunctioning, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and explain in detail the trouble you're having. An agent from the Manchester School District IT Department will contact you. In the event that the Chromebook needs to be replaced, the IT Department agent will instruct you on the next steps.
**For a listing of additonal community assistance sites, please scroll down to the bottom of this web page.
**Please be sure to call first to ensure locations are still open and/or active because of all the recent closings.
YMCA Providing Meals
The YMCA of Downtown Manchester’s Teen Center at 42 Stark St. will provide bagged breakfast and lunch around midday each weekday. Watch our Facebook page for a daily update that food is available. In addition, the Teen Center is distributing grab-and-go dinners every evening from 4:30-5:30 pm to children 18 and younger. Curbside pickup is available, so you can stay in your car.
**Meals will continue through April Vacation.
Weekend Meals by SNHU
We have three main locations and two secondary locations. At the main locations, the buses will be there for the full two hours. At the secondary locations, the buses will be there a shorter time. We suggest bringing a bag to transport food back home. REMEMBER: Social distancing is essential – keep six feet between you and others. Here is the schedule for pickups:
- Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way: 9:30-11:30 am
- Manchester Police Athletic League, 409 Beech St.: 9:30-11:30 am
- Parkside Middle School, 75 Parkside St.: 9:30-11:30 am
- Smyth Road School, 245 Bruce Road: 9:30-10 am
- Crystal Lake Park, 679 Bodwell Road: 10:30-11 am
Please remember social distancing – when waiting for meal pickup, it’s very important to make sure you’re standing 6 feet away from others.
Boys & Girls Club Grab and Go Meals
The Boys & Girls Club, 555 Union St., also provides grab-and-go meals for families every weekday from 2:30-4 p.m. You can get meals by driving up on the Walnut Street side of the building (bus stop side).
Remote Learning Materials & Food Distribution
Some MSD bus stops removed: We continue to deliver meals using our bus routes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Beginning Monday, May 18, we will remove several stops that were not being used. We will share the updated routes later this week. You can find the updated delivery routes at www.mansd.org.
We are delivering five days worth of meals – on Monday and Wednesday, we will do double drops. We will do a single drop on Fridays. You can find a link to the bus routes at www.mansd.org. Please remember social distancing – when waiting for meal pickup, it’s very important to make sure you’re standing 6 feet away from others. When picking up food, you may want to bring a bag to more easily transport food home.
Please remember social distancing – when waiting for meal pickup, it’s very important to make sure you’re standing 6 feet away from others.
All Manchester School District students can access physical remote learning materials and food by meeting the bus at their regular stop, or the stop nearest their home if they are not a bus rider. Families have been or will be contacted by their schools or teachers to provide information and support as we initiate remote learning. This contact may be in the form of a phone call, e-mail, Google Classroom or other electronic format. In the case of a phone call you may see a blocked caller ID. Please answer blocked caller IDs in case it is your child’s teacher calling. This family contact is one way we are recording student attendance. It is important to remember school is not cancelled, these are not “snow days.”
To determine where and at what time the bus will be in your area please Click here to go to www.mansd.org for the Bus Route Schedules. (**Bus routes have changed! Please click the link to see the new schedule.) Please be patient and allow for buses to be late as we expect the addition of the material delivery to extend our route stop timing.
Please use this link to access the Elementary Remote Learning Materials Online.
Parents, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the school with any questions about assignments. If you need technical support from the school district, you can call our Help Desk at 413-3420.
The Manchester City Library has shared some of the following ideas for families to do online:
You can also sign up for a library card online and will get a card number within 24 hours so they can access all of our online resources- books, movies, television shows which can be read/viewed on smartphones and tablets. The cards are good for 30 days and will be extended if closures continue. The information is up on the Manchester City Library website and blog with quick links to how to sign up.
Lessons on Manchester Public TV: Our friends at Manchester Public Television have partnered with us to broadcast video lessons from MSD staff. The lessons are airing on TV on Channel 16, and are also available streaming at https://www.manchestertv.org/16 and on YouTube by clicking here.
Exercise with Fortitude Health: Students and families can take part in a fun fitness class courtesy of Fortitude Health of Manchester. Classes will be streamed live on Instagram at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you miss the live class, you can access the recording afterwards. You can find the classes by searching for @fortitudehealthandtraining on Instagram.
Granite YMCA has help for families: The Granite YMCA has responded in a big way to help the community during the COVID-19 crisis. As you may know, they are distributing meals for children each weekday, but they are also offering child care for essential personnel, online fitness classes and also keeping the elderly community in mind. You can find all of the resources they’re offering at www.graniteymca.org/covid-19.
Multilingual COVID19 Resources: The state has a great deal of multilingual resources on COVID19, which you can find here.
End Distracted Driving
Webinar for students on Tuesday: EndDD.org, a nonprofit working to reduce traffic accidents caused by distracted drivers, is offering a webinar for students on Tuesday. The hour-long webinar will take place on Tuesday, May 12, at 1 p.m. You can register by clicking this link: bit.ly/2Sr1oOg. This topic is especially important as more businesses open up, leading to more drivers on the road.
The Manchester Health Department has set up a hot line starting today through Friday (03/20) for the following:
- Manchester residents who do not have a health care provider and need an assessment for testing are to call the Emergency Operations Center hot line number at 603-668-1547.
- Manchester residents with symptoms and who do have a health care provider, should contact their health care provider.
- Anyone in the NH surrounding community calls for information, and does not have a health care provider should call NH-211.
*Surrounding towns are: Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Deerfield, Goffstown, Manchester, New Boston and Londonderry.
The Emergency Operations Center will be operating Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., or until further notice.
COVID-19 FAQ has been updated: We’ve updated our frequently-asked-questions document related to COVID-19 on our website (click here to view). For additional COVID-19 questions, please email email@example.com.
Reminder about social distancing: We need to reinforce the need for social distancing during this crisis to slow down the spread of COVID-19. How do you practice social distancing? First, stay away from social gatherings larger than 10 people. Second, keep a distance of six feet from other people. Third, avoid touching other people, and that includes shaking hands. Closing schools is an important part of social distancing, but we need to practice it outside of schools, as well.
If you are sick, you should NOT leave your home except to seek medical care. BEFORE YOU DO THAT:
New Hampshire Public Radio Article
Giving Back to Our Community
Dr. Jill Brinkman reached out to state CTE leaders regarding her desperate need for N95 masks to conduct emergency surgery in West Lebanon, NH. Mr. Roberge had contacted Ms. Machado about the masks we have for Collision Repair, and gave her several boxes of these desperately needed masks, which were donated to Manchester hospitals a few weeks ago. Luckily, a lone box of masks was discovered, accidentally left over in Ms. Machado's trunk....and just in the nick of time! Check out this story here:
Starting March 24, the Manchester School District would love for you to share your #caughtlearning moments with your students. Send a photo with a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Caught Learning” any time, and they'll share on social media!
Thank A Staff Member
Show some love: We’re incredibly proud of the work our staff have done since schools closed. We wanted to create a way for families to thank MSD staff, which can include teachers, nurses, bus drivers – any staff member. If you have a staff member you’d like to thank, you can submit a thank-you note here. We’ll share that on social media (after checking with the staff member).
Who Would You Thank?
Share your gratitude: You can brighten someone’s day just by saying thank you – even if you don’t know them. Let’s show our gratitude as a community and deliver some much-needed thank yous. You can thank anyone you’d like: family, teachers, bus drivers, food service workers, nurses – it’s up to you. We’ve made a template that you can download and print here, and we’ll also send some out with buses next week as well. We encourage you to take a picture and share on social media and post the thank yous in a window or on a door. ___________________________________________________________
Higher Education Opportunity
Introducing Project Aspire: Manchester School District has partnered with Southern New Hampshire University to help train our next generation of teachers through Project Aspire. This new program is a great opportunity for graduating seniors who have an interest in teaching. Students can potentially earn a paycheck and a degree and potentially graduate tuition-debt free.
SNHU will be hosting an informational Zoom video call on Project Aspire on Tuesday, April 28, at 4 p.m. (click here to participate). If you have questions or cannot take part in the Zoom calls, you can send an email to email@example.com.
The health and safety of educators and students is the AP® Program’s highest priority. As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we will support AP students in two major ways:
2. At-home AP testing
Communications with Students and Families
- Students, teachers, and AP Coordinators have been emailed important updates
- Schools who are able to do so, can help by letting students know that the College Board is committed to providing students with opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they’ve developed in AP classes this year. During this extraordinary time, we have launched daily video lessons, taught online by AP teachers, as well as AP Exams that can be taken at home.
- Some schools are planning to put in place a ‘check-in’ process to communicate with their students immediately before the exam to confirm students are ready to test.
- Coordinators who plan to actively manage the exam administration process can:
- communicate the importance of taking the exam to students and parents
- help students identify exam conflicts
- remind students about exam dates and requirements.
- Exams will be given from May 11–22.
- Students will take exams at home or in school, if they reopen.
- Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
- Students should test on the main testing dates as the May exam weeks were designed to have no exam conflicts.
- Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.
- View the full testing schedule.
- Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately.
- Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to — computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.
- For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading.
- Students with approved testing accommodations will be able to use them on the exams. Details will be shared closer to the exams.
- Tips for testing on specific devices will be available in late April.
Confronting the Digital Divide
- If a student needs mobile tools or connectivity, please have them contact us directly to let us know by April 24.
Remote Instruction and Practice
- On March 25, we began offering free live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.
- The courses have been viewed more than 3.2 million times since they became available.
- On-demand lessons are now available for Art and Design, AP Capstone™, and Computer Science Principles.
- Starting April 13, you'll see a new Optional Student Practice section that includes free-response questions to help you practice the concepts and skills that will be tested in May 2020.
Exam Scores and College Credit
- As usual, work will be scored by our network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1–5 scale.
- We anticipate releasing scores as close to the usual July timeframe as possible.
- We're confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past.
- Like many college-level exams, this year's AP Exams will be open book/open note.
- The exam format and questions are being designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online; however, you may not consult with any other individuals during the testing period.
- For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, we have a comprehensive and strict set of protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating. While some of these practices are confidential to maximize their effectiveness, you can learn more about our security measures.
- Those attempting to gain an unfair advantage will either be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled, and their high school will be notified as will colleges or other organizations to which the student has already sent any College Board scores (including SAT® scores) and they may be prohibited from taking a future Advanced Placement® Exam as well as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests™, or CLEP® assessments.
- We've added a frequently asked questions section to the site so you can find answers to important topics including information for students with accommodations, details about exam fees and cancellations, credit and placement, calculator policies, and more.
- We'll continue to make updates on the site and share them with you through email and social media.
- For more information, please visit: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/
We're working to ensure that students will have opportunities to take the SAT® to make up for this spring’s lost administrations. Today we're sharing with you that we've added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons will be on September 27.
Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.
Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. Please note we'll only move forward with the administrations if it's safe to do so from a public health standpoint.
If you have questions, call Customer Service at 866-756-7346 (domestic) or +1-212-713-7789 (international). We'll also regularly update our webpage with information.
COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
This is a great resource to apply for state benefits such as food stamps, cash assistance, and emergency services. You can also contact the Department of Health and Human Services directly via phone at 1-800-852-3345
This is a website that allows individuals to apply for unemployment due to the virus
This is a pantry that is working closely with the community to serve hot meals as well as provide food through their extensive pantry. Currently the hours are irregular due to the virus so be sure to contact prior to arrival
A friendly reminder that students can look up the closest bus stop/designated bus stop to their home utilizing the district's website. The district will be providing bagged breakfast and lunch to each student in the district regardless of income. Students must be present at the designated stop and time to receive these services
Directions to download the free xfinity hot spot app. Xfinity is currently offering free access to hot spot locations for those individuals who are unable to access the internet at home
This is also a great resource to receive possibly free and reduced internet services. To be eligible for this program a family must meet the requirements which are the same for free and reduced lunch. You can also call spectrum directly at 1-844-488-8398
A great telephone resource that acts as a "middle man" to connect to a variety of resources in your community including food pantries, health services, etc.