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.

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