News & Events

Information will periodically be sent home via email or letter. These communications will often also be posted on the page below, with the newest/most current notice at the top of the page.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Dear Parkside Families,

In the upcoming month the Parkside PTSA will hold our yearly election for board members for the 2020-2021 school year. However, we are looking for committed and caring individuals to fill the open positions we have . If you are interested in joining our team to support our school and your child please reach out to us so that we can include your name on the election ballot. You can email us at:

The open positions are:


Vice President

Donation/Box Tops Coordinator

Teacher Representative

A list of job descriptions can be found on the Middle School at Parkside website. From the home page menu bar click on the "Our Families" tab. Then click on the "Parkside PTG" tab. Finally, click on the "News & Events" tab.

The deadline for nominations is March 27, 2020. We will be voting at the April 8th PTSA meeting. This meeting is at 6:30pm in the school library and we encourage all to come. If you have a questions please don't hesitate to reach out to us at the above email or we would love to see you at our next meeting ...March 11, 2020 at 6:30pm in the school library.

Thank you,

Parkside PTSA

NH Healthy Families Vision Van

Coming May 13th and 14th.

See the flyer for more information!

Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Good morning. We wanted to send a message out to all families to inform you that students are not allowed to access the playground in the afternoon until after 4:00 pm on any school day. The 21st Century after school program utilizes this playground as part of our school day, so this playground does not become public until after 4:00. No students will be allowed to be on the playground at dismissal time. They will be required to leave school grounds. This is effective immediately.

Thank you for your understanding and support in this area.

Also, our Project Based Learning team is collecting consent forms for students to be able to take surveys on their PBL experiences. Please check your email and take a few minutes to fill out the consent form so your student is able to participate! We are hoping to have as many students take the survey as possible.

PBL consent form link:


Mr. Puglisi, Mr. Hebert and Mrs. Fields

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

** Due to technical issues, REPORT CARDS will be distributed on MONDAY (11/18/19), not today as previously expected.**

Fri, Nov 8, 2019


Just a reminder that all order forms and payments must be turned in by Tuesday November 12th. We will be picking the doughnuts up in Saco, ME. Monday November 18th. They will be available for pick up between 2-6:30pm at the school if you have opted for the order to not go home with your child. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at

Thank you for your support,

Parkside PTG

Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

After almost 8 years proudly serving as the Principal of Middle School at Parkside, the time has come for me to look to other challenges and opportunities. It is certainly with mixed emotions I make this announcement. In some ways similar to what brought me to Parkside in 2012, the district has asked me to assume the leadership of Hallsville Elementary for the remainder of this year. I have agreed to this request and look forward to a new and unique challenge in my professional career.

Due to the hard work and focus of the many staff who work with and care about your children on a daily basis, Parkside is a much different place than it was seven and a half years ago. I am proud of the accomplishments of the students and staff over the time I have been honored to be a part of Parkside. Student academic focus has increased. Student achievement has improved. As an example, each of the last two years, the reading proficiency of our students has improved by an average of 2+ years over the course of each school year.

I know you all can count on all of the staff to continue to build upon the successes and help your children continue to grow and strive for the future they deserve.

Mr. Keith Puglisi (Assistant Principal at Memorial High School) has been selected to serve as the Acting/Interim Principal at Parkside for the remainder of this year. Mr. Puglisi will do a great job carrying on the traditions and culture at Parkside while bringing his own perspective to continued growth.

As to the future…. It awaits us all and sometimes we are not able to anticipate what it will bring but everything happens for a reason.

With Parkside Pride

Forrest Ransdell

Wed, Oct 23, 2019


The PTG is excited to announce the "You buy, We fly Krispy Kreme Fundraiser". Your child will be bringing home an order form this week to place orders for their delicious Original Glazed Doughnuts. The deadline for this fundraiser will be November 12th. The delivery date is November 18th.

Please make checks payable to: Parkside PTG. Your child can turn order forms into their Period A teachers or you can drop it off in the office. Please fill in the information needed and include all payments when turning in the order form. If you have any questions please contact us at:

Kristpy Kreme Order Form.pdf

Link to Delivery Instructions

The PTG will be using the money raised to fund Teacher Appreciation Events, 8th Grade Graduation and School Dances.

Box Tops Submissions are due this Friday the 25th. Your child can drop them off in the collection boxes located in the front vestibule or in the cafe. You can also drop them off in the office.

We want to thank everybody that donated tissues and hand sanitizer during the Student Led Conference Nights. We are still looking for more donations. If you can help us out please drop it off in the office.

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Parents and Guardians....

Are you looking for local after school programs or activities for your kids? Join us on Friday, October 18 for our first Youth Organization Fair! Come check out all the youth programs Manchester has to offer. All attendees have a chance to win a FREE 3-month family membership to the YMCA and can sign up and receive a free membership to the Boy's and Girl's Club on the spot!. Stop by and enjoy free food, snacks drinks and learn how your child can get involved in local organizations.

The fair runs from 5:00 pm. until 7:00 p.m. at Parkside!

With Parkside Pride,

Forrest Ransdell

Wed, Oct 9 , 2019



The PTG is collecting hand santizer and tissues to distribute out to teachers at Parkside. Any donation is welcome!

We will be collecting the donations during your child's Parent/Student Conference Night. We will have a table set up all 4 nights that you can drop it off at. Help us show support by donating these items that aren't in the budget and the teachers pay for themselves.

October 7th - 8th Grade

October 8th - 7th Grade

October 9th - 6th Grade

October 10th - 5th Grade

Thank you so much,

Parkside PTG

Sun, Sept 15, 2019

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

What a great first two weeks here at Parkside! Students and staff have done a tremendous job getting the year off to a great start with the big changes we prepared for. As we begin the year there are things you need to be aware of and good news that must be shared. With that in mind, I plan to send out a monthly communication. I hope you find it helpful.

New Students, New Staff, New Building

Parkside added grade 5 this year and a great deal of preparation was undertaken to ready ourselves for this addition. Construction was completed in time to open the year. Thanks to The City of Manchester, Schroeder Construction Management, Aramark and Parkside staff for all the hard work and attention to important details. We will hold a site walk on Tuesday as part of our Principal’s Fall Information Night to show them off. You may have noticed the exterior of the building also changed drastically. The playground was expanded with new play items, a new basketball court and soccer pitch (to open in the Spring) were also constructed. The fencing in the field is the beginning of the Community Garden. More information will be available in the Spring about how your family can use a garden plot!

50% of our students are new to Parkside this year as both our 5th and 6th graders started a new school. Orientations went well and the year began very smoothly. Students were quickly orientated to their day and the building. We are making some adjustments to planned procedures as we begin. Lunches have gone very smoothly and we thank our district food service for their attention and dedication. All lunches have been on time and all students have had plenty of time to eat in an unhurried way as we moved from accommodating two lunches per period to three lunches per period.

About 25% of the staff are new to Parkside this year. This includes 5th grade transfer teachers, other district staff who requested to come to Parkside as well as new hires replacing retirees and staff who departed. They are all doing a great job and are a welcome addition to Parkside. As your children get settled in ask them to tell you a little about their teachers.

Principal’s Fall Information Night

Parkside will hold its annual Principal’s Fall Information Night on Tuesday September 17th at 6:30 p.m. This is a chance to hear about programming for the year and school wide information and processes. As noted above a school tour will be included. (This is not Back to School Night)

Calendar Information

Parkside Maintains a calendar of events on our website. If there is a category of information you feel you need that is not there please let us know. Here is our web address

PTG Meeting

The first PTG Meeting of the year will be this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (everything in the evening at Parkside begins at 6:30 p.m.). The meeting will be held in the Library. Everyone is encouraged to attend!

Schoolwide Fundraiser

Each year Parkside undertakes one school wide fundraiser to support general school activities. Field Trips, Buses, Special Materials, and Assemblies are just some of the things these funds support. Our goal is to limit the number of things we ask families to provide funds for. We will hold our kick off assemblies on Monday the 16th. 5th and 6th grade students will be bringing home a packet with information. 7th and 8th grade students will be bringing home information specifically designed to promote online access.

All participation can take place on line and we truly hope you can support the activities that fill out your child’s school experience. Every little bit helps. Here is information regarding our fundraiser.


We Need Your Help This Year!

Only with the help of caring parents, like you, will our school raise the extra resources we need.

If every family can sell or purchase just 2-3 items or $20 worth of products from

the Charleston Wrap catalog, we should be able to hit our fundraising goal.

Thank you for doing your part and sharing your time to help our students!

This year’s campaign will go toward:

· Field Trips

· Enhancement Programs and Supplies

Our Goal: $13,000

How can I do my part? …Participate!

Order Deadline September 30th

No door-to-door sales without adult supervision – Safety First!

Shop online and invite friends, too!

Invite friends and family (even if they’re out of town)

Step 1: REGISTER your student at (use school ID- Our School ID: z-11331 )

Step 2: Use our Easy-Email-Invite Generator to invite out-of-town friends & family to shop and support! Plus, share your unique invite links via text and social media.

Step 3: WIN A PRIZE TOMORROW when you send out 10, 15, and 20 email invites!

*Online orders are subject to shipping and sales tax. *FREE shipping available, see online for details.

Wed, May 29, 4:55 PM

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

The late bus at Parkside will stop running for the year on Thursday May 30. Academic Support offered by staff will continue as scheduled through June 6.

As we reach the end of the school year I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the support of your children and their learning.

With Parkside Pride

Forrest Ransdell

Mon, May 13, 5:02 PM

The PTG meeting scheduled for May 15 has been rescheduled to May 22 at 6:30. We are moving the meeting to allow us all to attend the Superintendent Search Public Forum at Memorial High School on Wednesday. Sessions are at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 with one of the sessions for each candidate. We hope you will attend this event. At our May 22nd meeting we will be wrapping up a few things for the end of the year and brainstorming new ideas for for the next year. If you are interested in joining the Board, please come to this meeting and we can answer any questions you may have. This is the last meeting for this school year.

Thank you!

Middle School at Parkside PTG

Wed, May 8, 5:02 PM

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

The end of the year is rapidly approaching. Much has taken place this year deserving recognition and celebration. The end of the year traditionally brings these activities. Below is a calendar of events. Please note the culminating event is the promotion ceremony scheduled for June 12th at 6:30 p.m. End of the year activities are for students who have met academic and/or behavioral qualifications. Field trip and various activity qualifications have been shared with students. Students must be qualified for promotion to grade nine (passing a minimum of 3 of the 4 core courses for the year) to participate in the promotion ceremony. The following are significant dates.

5/29- Music Boosters Dance (Open to all Music Department Performing groups)

6/4 - Language Arts Essentials Incentive Field Trip (Invited Program participants) (Rain Date: 6/6)

6/7 - Promotion Dance 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (8th Grade - Must be qualified for promotion)

6/10 - Freedom Trail - 8th Grade - Must be qualified for promotion and meet behavioral qualifications (Rain Date 6/11)

6/10 - Field Day - (Grades 6 and 7) (Rain Date 6/11)

6/11 - Promotion Practice (8th Grade) -practice on 6/10 if Freedom Trail rains out

6/12 - Promotion Practice (8th Grade)

6/12 - Promotion Ceremony 6:30 p.m. (8th Grade - Flyer to be sent.

6/13 - Last Day for Student Attendance

  • Grade Level Assemblies
    • 6th Grade Recognition Assembly - 8:00 a.m.
    • 7th Grade Recognition Assembly - 9:00 am.
    • 8th Grade Recognition Assembly - 10:00 a.m.
      • Followed by 8th Grade Slideshow
  • 8th Grade Lunch - 12:30 p.m.
  • Student Dismissal 2:20 p.m.

Parents are invited to attend the grade level recognition on June 13th. Report cards,final promotion status letters as well as summer learning activities will be reviewed and sent home with students on the last day of school. Students must have turned in all school materials and cleared any charges for lost materials to receive their report card.

It is shaping up to be a great year end and we are proud of the many accomplishments of your children throughout this year.

Dear West Side Families,

As you may know, Parkside is currently preparing to add grade five this coming year (2019-20) and become a grade 5-8 school. This will support the district redistricting efforts and assist in providing smaller class sizes at elementary schools on the west side. We are seeking family participation in our planning for this change. Below you will find a link to a survey form allowing you to volunteer to join our team. We are recruiting a family representative from each of the five schools on the west side of Manchester. Please use the link below to access the survey if you are interested in participating in the Steering Committee. The selected representative for each school will be a valued voice as we continue the preparations for this change.

With Parkside Pride, Forrest Ransdell

Principal, Middle School at Parkside

Feb 18, 2019 4:55 PM


Please bring in all your Box Tops by: Thursday February 21, 2019

Enter our raffle to win 2 day passes with rental gear to Vertical Dreams Climbing Studio.

For every 10 Box Tops you submit your name will be put in the drawing. The more Box Tops you have, the more chances of winning. So ask friends and family to collect for you. The collection boxes are located in the School Lobby and in the Cafeteria.

Students can now see the earnings Parkside is making towards our $1,000.00 goal for the year with the new Box Tops Board in the cafeteria. The PTG is looking forward to treating the students to an Ice Cream Party for making that goal.

Happy Clipping,

Parkside PTG

Feb 11, 2019 5:59 PM

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Members of the Parkside Community. The PTG will meet at Parkside this Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. It is hoped all will attend!


Please bring in all your Box Tops by: Friday February 15, 2019

Enter our raffle to win 2 day passes with rental gear to Vertical Dreams Climbing Studio.

For every 10 Box Tops you submit your name will be put in the drawing. The more Box Tops you have, the more chances of winning. So ask friends and family to collect for you. The collection boxes are located in the School Lobby and in the Cafeteria.

Students can now see the earnings Parkside is making towards our $1,000.00 goal for the year with the new Box Tops Board in the cafeteria. The PTG is looking forward to treating the students to an Ice Cream Party for making that goal.

Happy Clipping Parkside PTG

Feb 5, 2019 4:25 PM

Dear Parkside Families and Members of the Community,

The Manchester School District will hold and informational budget forum here at Parkside on Wednesday, February 6th in the Library at 6:00 p.m.. All are invited.

In addition, the Parkside PTG will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday February, 12th at 6:30 p.m. All are encouraged to attend.

With Parkside Pride

Forrest Ransdell

Jan 1,2019 4:55 PM

Happy New Year!

Parkside hopes this finds your family well as we begin the new year. It is hard to believe the year is almost half over. The second quarter ends on January 25th and report cards will go home on February 1st.

Parkside will be holding our school spelling bee during the month of January to determine our representatives to both the city spelling bee as well as the state bee. Each team will hold a bee within the team to determine the top two spellers from each team. A school bee will be held on January 23rd to determine our school champion who qualifies for the state bee as well as the top finishers who qualify for the city bee. This has always been a fun and challenging event. Last year our school winner placed within the top 15 at the state bee.

Parkside received some terrific news from the state of New Hampshire regarding our students’ performance on the statewide assessment. Parkside students made significant growth in reading last year. Our students as a whole were in the 60th percentile for growth last year. That tells us that our students out performed 59% of all of the students in the comparison group. We have never seen numbers like that before. When we look at the students who were assessed, we have some great examples of this growth. For example, last year’s 8th grade: 47% of our students were proficient or proficient with distinction last year compared to 31% of them the previous year. That is tremendous growth over the course of a year! All of our subgroups exhibited strong growth last year. Our EL students were particularly strong performing in the 62nd percentile. In math our overall growth percentile was the 53rd. This compares very favorably with the other middle schools in the district. On the reading side Parkside performed 10-15 percentile better than other schools in the district. On the math side the difference was between 6 and 16 percentile points. As we focus on continued reading and math improvement for all students, the consistency of your child’s use of both Reading Plus (for reading) and IReady (for math) must be emphasized. Most of our students have significant gaps in these areas and these individualized learning platforms are helping to rapidly close these gaps. As of Monday December 31st. Parkside’s overall reading proficiency has increased by 1.5 grade levels since the beginning of the year. Please ask your child to show you Reading Plus and IReady at home in order to see first hand the progress being made.

With Parkside Pride,

Forrest Ransdell

Dec 6, 2018 9:23 AM

The Manchester School District’s primary responsibility is the safety of our students. Therefore, when any type of threat regarding our school district is made, we evaluate the circumstances and take the appropriate measures.

As students were arriving at the Middle School at Parkside this morning a parent reported seeing an adult with a weapon arguing with a child on a street near the school. Both Parkside and Gossler were put into a brief reverse evacuation and secure campus, meaning that children arriving at school were escorted inside and brought inside to ensure their safety. Police responded, detained the individual and are continuing to investigate.

Upon detainment of the individual, the secure campus was lifted and the school day resumed on a normal schedule at both schools.

Dec 4, 2018 5:02 PM

Dear Parkside Parents and Members of the Community

The PTG is sponsoring a free holiday movie night for Parkside students and their families. Movie night for Parkside students will be on Friday, December 7th at 6:30pm. In celebrating with the holiday spirit, we will be showing "Home Alone"! Admission is free and we will have popcorn, hot chocolate, and bake sale snacks available for .50 each. We are asking parents and staff to sign up to volunteer for the event, bake some goodies, etc. The sign up genius can be reached through the link below.

With Parkside Pride

Forrest Ransdell

Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Visit to order yours today! Yearbooks must be pre-ordered, as there will be NO extras for sale at the end of the year!!!

Nov 26, 2018, 5:02 PM

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

All of us at Parkside hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was restful and you found much to be thankful for. As we begin the holiday season, we know there are children here at Parkside in need. The simple things such as food, shelter and clothing are things they are truly thankful for. This year we are sponsoring The Parkside Giving Tree. Parkside Staff and Families can select an ornament tag from our Giving Tree located in the main office. Each ornament includes the gender, age, clothing and shoe sizes, and gift wish of a student in need of holiday help.

Please note that applications have been given to families that fall within one of the following criteria:

  • Homeless/Displaced;
  • Severe Economic Difficulties;
  • Residing within a foster home

While applications have been provided to all families that meet the above referenced criteria, participation is not mandatory. As such, some families have opted out of the program as they feel their situation has stabilized to the point where they no longer require outside assistance.

If you wish to help make the holiday season a positive one for a child in need, stop by and take a look at the needs demonstrated on the ornaments (Many have already been claimed). Or you can visit our website beginning December 4th to see a comprehensive list of needs. Should you have any questions or concerns, please free to contact me.

Thank you, once again, for helping our Parkside Families.

With Parkside Pride,

Forrest Ransdell - Principal

Saidell Jimenez - Social Worker

Nov 13, 2018, 4:55 PM

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Members of the Parkside Community.

The PTG will meet at Parkside this Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Library at Parkside.

Here's the Scoop

Box Tops for Education

A big thank you to all that submitted Box Tops for this past submission. You helped raise

$150.10 for Parkside. That brings our total for the year so far to $291.90 toward our goal of

$1,000.00 and an Ice Cream Party! ! Congratulations to the student who won the Chunky's movie passes and free popcorn. We hope you enjoy the movie.

With the holiday season fast approaching and all the cooking that comes with it, make sure you keep clipping and saving Box Tops for the next submission in February. We will be

announcing the next drawing for that submission soon!

Happy Clipping,

Parkside PTG

Oct 15, 2018, 8:11AM

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

Students were given their first progress report of the year to bring home to you on Friday. Please take the time to review this with your child and congratulate him or her for the successes and reinforce your expectations where the current grade may fall short. Each team has required a parent signature be returned. There is either a team form or an extra copy of the progress report for your signature. Students are required to return a parent signature. First Quarter Report Cards will go home on November 16.

If a student is failing two or more classes on this progress report, Academic Support has been assigned. This is a required additional class after school Monday through Thursday lasting until 3:15 p.m. If this is the case you will be notified in a separate message with the details and your child has been provided a letter with the progress report explaining the situation.

The improvement and maintenance of reading abd math skills is a primary focus here at Parkside. Beginning next week students will be expected to complete 100 minutes per week in Reading Plus or IReady (for reading improvement) and 100 minutes of IReady or Moby Max online instruction (for math). 108 minutes of regular class time are provided for all students for each area each week. Other opportunities are often available such as Enrichment time or Academic Support, providing sufficient time for students to meet this weekly expectation. The programs can also be accessed from home to allow additional time and also family review of student progress. Your child can show you their results when they are logged in. Student results and growth are monitored weekly here at Parkside and will be shared with the community on a regular basis.

Parkside has begun the implementation of our Project Based Learning activities. This week the 8th grade has begun the development of their animal classification and taxonomy project. One of the goals is to define characteristics of living things as well as where humans fit into the natural world. Ask your 8th grader about this project.

Our next PTG meeting is Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Parkside Library.

With Parkside Pride,

Forrest Ransdell

Oct 15, 2018, 8:08 AM

Dear Parkside Community,

On Friday, all students were given an opportunity to bring home the Kids Stuff Coupon Book fundraiser. All sales from this fundraiser will be used to help provide new resources for the Parkside library. Parkside will earn 50% of all sales for this fundraiser.

If you would like to purchase the coupon book, simply send in $25 with your student, or you can set up an account to pay for your book online. To set up an account: Go to and create your account using our School Code: MID797289. Of course, you can also sell additional copies to friends and family as well!

If you are not interested in purchasing the book, simply send it back to school with your student. All unsold books and book sales must be returned to school by October 29.

INCENTIVE - all students that participate in the sale will have an opportunity to win a $50 VISA gift card. Details are in the attached flyer.

Thank you for your support!

The Parkside PTG

Kids Stuff Fundraiser.pdf