December Update


Dear Hallsville Families,

As we approach winter break I would like to give a couple of updates and school happenings. It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of 2020 and that we will be breaking for the winter holiday soon. Please send me an email with any questions or concerns you may have.

Starting next week we will have our Hallsville Holiday Spirit Week. Please see below for the schedule.

Hallsville Holiday Spirit Week:

Monday: "It''s cold outside!" Bundle up in your favorite holiday scarf or hat

Tuesday: "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" Wear green to cheer up the Grinch!

Wednesday: "Jingle Bells" Show off your favorite holiday bling!

Thursday: "Deck the Halls!" Get decked out in your favorite Holiday shirt/sweater

Friday: "Happy Holiday, From the Family" Wear Hallsville colors/pride gear to celebrate with your Hallsville Family!

Monday: "Frosty the Snowman" Dress as a snowman!

Tuesday: "Polar Express Day" Wear your coziest PJs!

Iready Incentive Program:

We will be starting an incentive program for Iready Usage. Below are the listed categories for prizes. All students who meet the required minutes will also receive a prize. Pleases remember that i-Ready is a great adaptive, supplemental learning tool. Its main strength lies in the way it diagnoses students' needs, then targets personalized practice and instruction for each individual. We will look at the data at the end of trimester two for the winners. Please reach out to teachers if there are technology issues at home.

Iready Incentive Program

Students can do Iready whenever they want in addition to when it's done in class. There will be prizes for students:

Top 10 students in the school

Top 10 students in each grade level

Top 3 classrooms

Top grade level K-2

Top grade level 3-5

*This will be done by percentages as some classes are larger than others.

Hallsville McIntyre Ski & Snowboard Club

Please also reach out to Mrs. Auger if you are interested in the Hallsville McIntyre Ski & Snowboard Club. Please email for more information.

Important Dates

Report Cards will go out the week of 12/21

Holiday Break 12/24/2020-1/1/2021

Happy Holidays

Hallsville Elementary School

Grade Level Return Dates

Kindergarten: Sept. 10

1st Grade: Sept. 10

2nd Grade: Week of Oct. 12

3rd Grade: Week of Oct. 19

4th Grade: Week of Oct. 26

5th Grade: Week of Nov. 2


Ms. Culity and Mrs. Auger's husband Bill.

Thanks for all you do!!!

Hallsville's Virtual/Hybrid Celebration Week 10/5-10/9

Dear Hallsville's Families,

We will be having a virtual/hybrid celebration week starting 10/5 to celebrate all our K-5 hybrid and remote students' hard work. Below is the schedule of theme days. There also might be a few other surprises thrown in there as well for both our hybrid and remote learners. This will not be the only celebration week, as we will have lots more to celebrate as more students come back to school. Please make sure all attire is appropriate for school on each day. Below is the list of theme days.

Monday: Crazy Hat Day

Tuesday: Mix & Match Day

  • Wear two different colored socks or plaids with flower prints. Wear your hair half neat/half spiked.

  • There will also be a social distance dance party for kindergarten and grade 1 cohort A. Grade 1 Wood and Kindergarten Lambert will join virtually.

Wednesday: PJ Day at home

Thursday: Sports Day/Hobby Day

  • Wear your favorite sport team/player apparel, team uniform, or hobby apparel.

Friday: Hallsville Pride Day

  • Wear your Hallsville apparel or our Hallsville colors (royal blue)

  • There will also be a dance party for kindergarten and grade 1 cohort B. Grade 1 Wood and Kindergarten Lambert will join virtually.


Mr. MacDonald

Preparing for the next phase of grade levels to return to Hallsville in the hybrid model


Dear Hallsville Families,

A survey was sent to families in grades 2-12 asking them to indicate their choice to continue with remote learning or change to the hybrid model. Below is that email. If you have not filled out the survey, please do so by end of day today.

Thank You,

Mr, MacDonald

Original message from the Manchester School District:

Important – please complete survey: As we prepare for the start of the school year at Manchester School District, many students will be in remote status. However, we are working to make in-person (hybrid) learning available to all families who want it. In order to plan for expanded hybrid learning, we need to know if you plan to send your child to school if that option becomes available. We are asking all families to complete a quick survey for each of their children in the school district. Note: for families who already filled out a previous survey, we are asking you to fill this out as well as it includes additional questions on food, busing and technology. The survey is translated into multiple languages - you can select from available languages at the top right of the survey window.

Survey Link: You can access the survey here.

State Assessment Opt-Out Form


Dear Parent/Guardian:

Pursuant to Manchester Board of School Committee policy, specifically INSTRUCTION 150: State and District Assessment and Parental Opt Out, we are writing to notify you that the Manchester School District, as required by state and federal law, will soon be administering the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Students in grades 4-8 are scheduled to take the NHSAS in October 2020.

Students in 12th grade will take the SAT on October 14, 2020.

Students in grades 3-8 are scheduled to take the NHSAS between March – June 2021.

Students in 11th grade are scheduled to take the NHSAS Science between March – June 2021.

Students in grade 11 are scheduled to take the SAT from March 24, 2021 – March 26, 2021.

While the Manchester School District is prohibited from encouraging nonparticipation in this accountability process, upon receiving notification by the parent/guardian on the required form, the student will be provided alternative programming during the applicable testing period.

English Form:

Spanish Form:

There will be no penalty to parents or students who do not participate in the assessment. If you have any questions about the assessment or need more information, please contact your child's principal.


John Goldhardt, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools


Hybrid Option 9/24

Hybrid Option: MSD will determine this Friday, 9/25 whether we can begin to expand in-person learning to grades 2-12. If certain conditions are met, we will begin to expand in-person learning. Families can choose to remain fully remote. If we are able to expand hybrid right away, the schedule would be:

  • Week of October 12 (on the 13th due to the Monday holiday): 2nd grade; 6th grade at Hillside, McLaughlin, Southside; 5th grade at Parkside; 9th grade

  • Week of October 19: 3rd grade; 7th grade at Hillside, McLaughlin, Southside; 6th grade at Parkside; 10th grade

  • Week of October 26: 4th grade; all other 5th grade; 8th grade at Hillside, McLaughlin, Southside; 7th/8th grades at Parkside; 11th/12th grades

You can find more detailed information in our re-start plan.

21st Century Online Program


Dear parents/guardians,

We are excited to provide students with academic support and enrichment activities during the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program Session One (September 28 through November 24). We are starting this year with an all-remote program. As students begin to return to in person we will work with schools to provide in person programming.

Click here to register your child/children for our Remote Session One. Please submit registration on or before September 21st. Our enrollment is limited by staff availability. Students that cannot be accommodated will be placed on a waiting list.

The daily schedule for our online programs is as follows. Students will rotate through three groups per day. The schedules at different schools may vary slightly from this example:

Elementary School

2:45 - 3:00 Meet online

3:00 - 3:45 Group 1

3:45 - 4:30 Group 2

4:30 - 5:15 Group 3

Middle School

2:15 - 2:30 Meet online

2:30 - 3:15 Group 1

3:15 - 4:00 Group 2

4:00 - 4:45 Group 3

Our goal is to provide students with extra academic help and enrichment activities to help them grow and succeed in school.

Once your child has enrolled, you will get an email confirmation. Space is limited and students may be placed on a waiting list.

If you have any questions please reach out to your student’s site coordinator:

Bakersville: Parker Varney:

Kristen Shimer Sarah Niazi

Beech Street: Wilson:

Norma Gonzalez Jamie Suarez

Gossler Park: Hillside:

Jessica Ireland Laura King

Hallsville: McLaughlin:

Shauri Gilot Jake Garland

McDonough: Parkside:

Alexa DiBenedetto Alex Proulx

Northwest: Southside:

Dan Concannon Ann Marie Hetzel


Tom McGee

Program Director

21st Century Community Learning Centers


School Opening Forms

School Opening Forms

Dear Hallsville Families,

Please fill out the MSD Opening of School Forms. These forms are for all families. The link is below. Families should follow the link and select Hallsville Elementary School under each form.

Thank You,

​​​​​​​Mr. MacDonald


Remote Learning Meal Pick Up


Food Services For Remote Learners

Lunches will be made available at each school site by Food Service Staff for non-in-person students on a daily basis from 9-11. Below is the Hallsville procedure for this. This starts Wednesday 9/9.


  1. Parents will enter through the Jewett Street Gate and head to the playground equipment.

  2. Follow the arrows and stay along the building until you get to the 2 gym doors.

  3. Enter the 1st door when it is your turn and a staff member asks you to enter.

  4. Exit through the 2nd gym door.

  5. Follow the arrows along the fence.

  6. Exit through the Jewett Street Gate.

*There will be a staff member out there to help.

*You will need a mask to enter the gym to pick up the meals.

*Please remember to keep social distancing, especially when entering and exiting the Jewett Street Gate and while in line.



Dear Parents,

I am writing to share with you what the first several weeks of school will look like as we settle into Hybrid and Remote learning and what you can expect.

*** Please note that our first day of school is Wednesday the 9th which is a remote day for everyone. Teachers will be taking attendance and grades 2-5 will have their Unified Arts classes. Some fun “get to know you “activities may be pushed out to the students by their teachers for that day.

Typically, at the start of the year, each grade level focuses on developing rituals and routines in the classroom for the first 3 -4 weeks. We also review previous learning as we assess where each child is after summer break. Hybrid and remote learning will be no different.

Front loading and practicing rituals and routines allows the class to run smoothly with clear expectations for the remainder of the year. Students need clear expectations and an environment/community they can rely on.


In grades 2-5 the students will have many lessons on how to use and navigate the technology. They will also learn online classroom etiquette. Much of the academic work will be reviewed during this time. We ask that your student have a quiet area to work and that the computer stays charged. Students need their work materials readily accessible. It is important that you as the parent discuss the importance of the online instruction with your child. Students should check into their class between 8:30 and 8:45. Attendance will be taken. There will be live instruction and independent or group work sessions from 8:45 to 2:50. Unified Arts will be daily. Your classroom teacher will share their specific class schedule. Teachers will provide students with brain breaks throughout the day and there will be a scheduled lunch/recess break. Please support your student’s attendance/participation and have cell phones put away during class time. Wednesday’s are independent learning days. Students will complete unfinished work and will have their Unified Arts classes at the usual times. Teachers will have specific office hours for students and parents on Wednesday. Teachers will be sending home important “at home” materials for your student to use during remote.


In grades k-1 students in the hybrid cohort will be in the building 2 days and remote 3 days.

Cohort A (Monday/Tuesday in person)

Cohort B (Thursday /Friday in person)

On remote days, Hybrid students will participate virtually.

Full Remote students will join class virtually Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

We are very aware of the challenges we all face teaching 5 and 6 year old’s remotely. Lessons will be designed and implemented in small, developmentally appropriate, chunks of time. Not all students will be ready to last an entire day and parental judgement will be needed as to appropriate screen time.

We ask that your student have a quiet area to work and that the computer stays charged. Students need their work materials readily accessible. It is important that you as the parent, guide and support your child through remote learning. The first 4 weeks will be focused on teaching the students rituals and routines and I am very sure there will be a great deal of redirecting students on wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing and how to be in school.

Students should check into their class between 8:30 and 8:45. Attendance will be taken. There will be live instruction and independent work/activities from 8:45 to 2:50. Unified Arts will be daily (except Wednesday’s). Your classroom teacher will share their specific class schedule. Teachers will provide students with brain breaks throughout the day and there will be a scheduled lunch/recess break. If your child is on a remote day, there will be times during the day when the on-site students will be engaged in an activity that cannot be duplicated remotely; this will be a time when you and your child will engage in an independent activity.

Thank you parents for taking the time to read this. We are all part of a team working to make Hybrid and Remote learning effective and engaging for our children.

Be Well,

Mr. MacDonald

HALLSVILLE HAWKS UPDATE #2 Instructions for ASPEN Portals


Dear Families,

Today, the Manchester School District opened up the Student and Parent Portals in ASPEN. This means students and families are now able to log into the portals and view student schedules at the middle and high schools and the homerooms of elementary school students. Any information currently viewable is subject to modification as final changes and adjustments are made to staffing and student assignments.

Because there are usually a large number of accounts that have not set up password recovery or where the password has been forgotten over the summer, all passwords have been reset. New login credentials (user name and password) has been sent to each student's School District email account. Students/families should log into this account using the information from last year to access the ASPEN login information.

Please look for information from individual schools regarding opening information and plans.

You can find an information sheet with directions for accessing the ASPEN Student Portal using the new information at the following link: CLICK HERE FOR LOGIN DIRECTIONS.



Dear Hallsville Families

I am so happy to be back at Hallsville and to continue the great success we had academically that past year. It was truly incredible. Below you will find some very important information. Please read the letter very carefully and if you have any questions, pleased don’t hesitate to send me an email. This is the first of many updates to come. I am trying to limit my updates to only concrete information that will not change and the final board approval for the hybrid model was just past this Monday.

#1 On September 3rd: Your child's teacher will start sending emails to their student accounts. All emails should be sent by Friday, September 9th. So please be on the look out for this email. Right now, teacher assignments are fluid as we consider the variables impacting placement. September 3rd is the final placement date.

Kindergarten and new students: Teachers will call you. Please be patient. A great deal of information is not readily available. As we determine how remote learning will play out, your child's teacher will begin to give you all of the information necessary in order to successfully start school on September 9th.

#2 We will be attempting to have virtual Meet and Greets on September 9th. There will be assigned times where you will be able to interact with your teacher. More details to come.

#3 Families in need of chrome books will be allowed to pick one up soon. Date TBD. We will keep you posted. If you already have a chrome book, you may hold on to that computer for now. We may be swapping them out at a later date. More info to come.

#4 Please check our website for Supply Lists for at home or in school for academic use. We will attempt to supply necessary items as needed and each grade level will be handing out a packet of necessary items at the start of the year. Date TBD..

#5 K -1 parents: We will have face masks available as needed. We encourage you to purchase one for your child that you can hand wash daily.

#7 New Students: If you are missing any enrollment documents (including updated immunizations and physicals), we must receive them before the start of school in order to officially enroll your student in school.

Thank you for being so patient with us. This is a lot of information to sort through so that we establish a safe building, safe routines and the best remote education possible.


Mr. MacDonald