Southside Middle School

Home of the Spartans

Character ~ Citizenship ~ Community ~ Courage

Milligan’s Family Message

Please encourage your children to read, read, read over the summer!

Below is the link to our Summer Learning Website. It is never too late to participate.

Back to School Plans

At this point Manchester School District has not announced the plan for reentry in the fall. We are working tirelessly to consider all of the options and details involved. The Manchester Board of School Committee will vote on the proposed plans on August 10th. At Southside we are working on ordering supplies, hiring new staff, and scheduling students for any scenario. We miss our students and cannot wait to see them in the fall in whatever form that may be, remote or in person. Stay tuned for more information once the BOSC vote is taken.

Letter from District Office

Since the spring, district staff have been working on reopening plans with many different groups, including parents, teachers, and the Health Department to name a few. As we work to fine tune our plans before we present them to the Board of School Committee for its Aug. 10 meeting, we have scheduled a live stream on Monday, Aug. 3. You can read more and find out how to submit questions for the event below.

One thing should be made clear: we will all need to be as flexible as possible as we move forward. Regardless of what the Board of School Committee chooses, we will continue to evaluate our learning models as the school year progresses depending on the situation at hand.

Here are our updates for today:

Town hall forum for families: We will hold a virtual town hall forum on school reopening at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. You can watch live on our Facebook page or on our YouTube channel. Families can send questions ahead of time by emailing We will take live questions as much as possible. Please note that we are holding separate listening sessions for district staff – MSD staff should check their work email for this update.

The Board of School Committee will meet remotely on Monday, Aug. 10. You can submit comments at prior to the start of the meeting (comments should be limited to 400 words). You can watch the meeting at After the School Committee finalizes plans for the upcoming school year, Manchester School District will host another live stream event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Special education listening session: In addition to the events listed above, Mary Steady, Equity Director for the school district, will host a virtual listening session for families of special education students at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7. This session will be held on Zoom, so families are asked to RSVP. You can do so by clicking this link – we will send a link to the Zoom video call the day before the event. If you would like to send questions ahead of time, you can email them to

Revised School Calendar for 2020-21