The Manning Weekly Newsletter

December 14, 2018

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Dear Families,

Well, folks, we made it to the last week of school before winter vacation. Thank you all for such an incredible first semester. The amount of family support at home has allowed us to really challenge our students and hold them to high academic expectations. I've also noticed the amount of effort our teachers and staff put in day after day to support each of our students. We are a team here at Manning where everyone cares about our students beyond the classroom, and it's been an honor to be part of this community.

This semester at Manning has been successful because of our ability to partner with our families in each of our student's education, so thank you!

Have a great weekend.

David / Mr. Luongo

Our Choir is So Amazing ~ They Sound Like Professionals!

Thank You to Everyone Who Brought in New Balls for Recess

We will certainly get good use out of your generous donations. If you wanted to bring something in, but didn't get around to it last weekend, we could still use more. Thank you again!

New Diabetes Support Group

Jeffco Health Services is starting is starting up a Diabetes support group in January. The support group is open for all students with diabetes, their peers, teachers/staff, and parents/family. They will cover different topics each meeting.

2nd Semester Schedules

Schedules are complete for 2nd Semester. If any of you are hoping to make a change in your schedule for the 2nd Semester, unfortunately the process has been completed and most of our classes have been full for a while. Please make sure your students have a copy of their schedule when they come back to school in January.

First Semester Grades will be posted on Jan 9. Honor Roll will be recognized in the Newsletter on Jan 11.

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Reminder to Utilize Tutor Time in the Morning 7:50 - 8:15

We only have one more week of school and it's important for many students to take advantage of extra opportunities to meet with teachers and turn assignments in. Here is a reminder of our tutor time schedule:

  • Monday - Math or Electives
  • Tuesday - Math or English
  • Wednesday - Math or Social Studies
  • Thursday - Math or Science
  • Friday - Math

In 7th Grade English, students dress up and act out characters' roles.

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Students watch videos and then have an online discussion through their comments.

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Achievement Time Change for Next Semester

Next semester, we will only be inviting students to Achievement Time on Wednesday afternoons if they are failing a class. (This is a change from the first semester, when we additionally invited students with a D.) Our intention is to provide more targeted attention to the smaller population of students who have an F. Our first Achievement Time will be on January 23rd.

The PTA is Organizing a Holiday Treat for Our Staff

During this very busy time of year, we want to make sure our amazing Manning Teachers and Staff are not forgotten! Please join the Manning PTA to help our educators celebrate the holidays with treats and lunch. Haven't opened the oven door since your home tour or inspection? No worries, we are accepting donations to support a beautiful holiday lunch! On Monday, 12/17 we will be sharing holiday treats to be enjoyed the whole week. On Wednesday, 12/19, we will provide a scrumptious catered lunch. If you are interested in contributing, please click on the SignUpGenius button below. Thank you so much in advance for your generosity and support!

Ugly Sweater Day was a Hit

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Tanner and Nick Built This Car in STEM Class

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Look at that car go!

Thank you to the tennis coaches who volunteered time during PE. For anyone who wants to continue tennis lessons, see the information below.

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Tournament of Extinction

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7th grade scientists faced off in a bracketed "March Madness" style tournament. Each student had to create their own species and identify the characteristics and traits of their species. In the one-on-one battle, they were presented with a unique situation that could potentially disrupt the species' habitat and hence their existence. These two students had to debate in front of the class why their species would be more likely to survive these conditions.
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New Enrichment Opportunity

On Wednesdays in January, we will be offering new enrichment. "Drone Commander" will begin in on January 16th, and "Video Game Design" will begin on February 27th. Click on the links to register. There are only 12 spots available for each class.

Drone Commander:

Video Game Design:

Enrichment Opportunity ~ "Sticky Fingers"

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Arvada West High School Open House

(Choice Enrollment/8th Grade Parent Night combined)

Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

  • We welcome any family interested in learning more about Arvada West High School to join us for our Open House.
  • Meet our teachers, hear from current students, and see how Arvada West High School’s rich history and traditions are evolving to provide students with relevant real-world learning.
  • The evening will allow all incoming 9th grade students and students interested in choice enrollment at Arvada West to obtain information from representatives from department teachers, activities sponsors/students and athletic coaches/students throughout our building.

In 7th Grade Social Studies, students get to represent a theme from an ancient era by creating a museum where they will display artifacts.

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Reminder ~ Ear Buds

Our teachers have noticed a significant number of students are no longer bringing their ear buds or headphones to school on a regular basis, making classroom activities less efficient at times. Please remind your student to bring these to school. If you have two different sets, it might be worthwhile to leave one set of ear buds in their locker.

Design Thinking Students Create a Sound Booth Background

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Jeopardy is Always a Fun Way to Review for a Test

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Actors Warm Up by Showing Their Angry Body Language

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Friday, December 21 is a Flex Day for students whose teachers still need them to make up work. We won't know which students need to be here on that last Friday of the semester until the day before. Please keep this in mind while making travel plans. Students can come into school by request to make up work between 8:25 and 12:25.

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Get Your Free 8x8 Photo Book

Reminder if your student purchased school pictures this year, don’t forget to take advantage of your free 8x8 Photo Book from Lifetouch and Shutterfly. This offer expires 12/20/18. Go to to place your order.

Interested in Discounted Tickets to the Rodeo?

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Enroll Jeffco is Coming!

Jeffco Public Schools is rolling out a new student enrollment system called EnrollJeffco for the 2019-20 school year. This new enrollment system has two components. First, a tool called School Finder, which is a searchable database of information about all Jeffco Public Schools. Second, an online enrollment system where all current and incoming students will indicate where they will go to school next year. Families with new preschool students and those who want to participate in choice enrollment to attend a school other than their current or neighborhood school will apply for their school of choice through this system.

Starting December 17: Go to to learn about the schools near you.

January 22 - February 8: Enroll in your current or neighborhood school (K-12), or apply to another Jeffco school (choice enrollment & preschool) at

Late February: If choice enrolling, you will receive notification of next steps via email.

Check out now or watch the video below for information about this user-friendly system that will help families plan ahead and provide schools with enrollment information to prepare for the next school year.

Manning Musical Theater Students and Parents,

Our theater cast will be having one more dress rehearsal on Monday, Dec 17 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Students should bring a snack, water bottle and costume. Thank you for your flexibility and support!

Winter Performance Tickets Now Available

ELF THE MUSICAL JR!-tickets are $3

December 17, -Dress rehearsal for Elf from 3:30-6:00

December 18, -5:30 pm performance and 7:00 pm performance

NOTICE: We have pushed the play back two weeks.

Tickets can be purchased from:

***Families are encouraged to only attend one performance so ALL families can watch their student perform***

A Behind the Scenes Look at How our Musicians Prepared for the Concert - They Sounded Great!

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Musical Auditions

On Friday, December 21, 8th grade musical theater students will have their High School Musical auditions. Students will receive a schedule from Mrs. Mendez regarding which roles should appear at what time. All audition information is available at the following website.

Know Anyone Interested in Manning?

Our StuCo leaders and Ms. Templeton will be leading tours every Wednesday afternoon during Access Time beginning on November 7th. If anyone you know would like a tour, tell them to arrive at 1:45 on any Wednesday. Please help us spread the word! If any current students have a younger sibling who plans on attending Manning, they are welcome to join a tour!

Hello Manning 6th Grade Families,

We wanted to provide you with some important reminders and dates regarding our 6th Grade Outdoor Lab. If you are participating in the King Soopers fundraiser, you have until March 23rd to use those cards to help contribute towards your student's $350 Outdoor Lab fee. After March 23rd, you will be responsible to pay any balance remaining by April 5th.

For those of you not participating in the King Soopers card fundraiser, the deadline to have the $350 fee paid is April 5th. If it would help you to make your payments in increments, please feel free to do so by contacting our financial secretary Jade Zentz at 303-982-6226. You can make payments over the phone with a credit card. You may also log onto Jeffco Connect and pay the $350 in full at any time.

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Outdoor Lab Spirit Wear!

  • Purchasing Spirit Wear: Spirit Wear is available at Families can also purchase items at the Foundation office, although they should call ahead as our hours vary:

3000 Youngfield St., Suite 167

Wheat Ridge, CO 80215

(Call ahead at (720) 403-8241)

  • Pricing:
    • Hoodies $35
    • T-shirts $16
    • Ball caps $20
    • Beanies $15
    • Water bottles and Sunglasses are each $5.
  • School Delivery Deadline: Families have until January 6, 2019 to place their Spirit Wear order if they’d like it shipped to the school. We deliver all “ship to school” orders the week before they are scheduled to attend Outdoor Lab.

Manning Yearbooks & 8th Grade Well Wishes Are on Sale Now

2018-19 Manning Yearbooks are on sale from fall until March 8, 2019.

Packages and A la Carte prices: click here
Purchase all yearbooks online at
Manning yearbook code is: 12208119
Yearbook Purchase Deadline: March 8, 2019.

8th grade Well Wishes: $10 (1/4 page advertisement)
Well Wishes Due Date: Feb 15, 2018

8th Grade Well Wishes

8th Grade well wishes is a $10 1/4 page advertisement add-on to the price of a yearbook. Be sure to submit a photograph and dedication to Lifetouch by February 15, 2019 in order to be included in the yearbook, follow the instructions below:

Your 8th Grade Well Wish must be submitted online at:

Community Image Upload Site Access Code: ALAZBC

1. Upload your Image. (Please only submit 1 image for your student) Images must be at least 300 dpi and only jpg or tiff images are accepted.
2. List your students name under the Keyword
3. Type your dedication under the description
4. Change category to 8th grade Well Wishes
5. Press Submit.

6th Graders Return from Winter Break on Jan 8

Please be aware for your vacation planning: 6th Graders' first day back from break will be on Tuesday, January 8th for Outdoor Lab Orientation. More details about that day will come soon.

PE Uniforms for 2nd Semester

Our clothing store is now open and accepting orders until December 16th. If your student's schedule reflects gym class for next semester, please make sure to place an order for your his/her gym uniform if you have not already done so. Uniforms are mandatory for PE Class. Orders will arrive when we return from winter break.

PLC Update

This past Wednesday, our teachers met in grade level teams to identify individual student concerns and collaborate to come up with ways to support those struggling students. We also spent some time filling out a feedback form for our principal.

At Manning, we strive to live our core values every day.

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  • Aidan Owens noticed that I made a mistake in the gradebook. He calmly told me that I put the scores for a major writing assignment into Campus as worth 100 points instead of 80 points and it was negatively affecting his grade. Thanks to him, the whole class cheered and one student even said, "Thanks! You saved our grades!" I am always happy to admit I made a mistake and even happier when a student respectfully tells me about it. Thanks for being awesome, Aidan!
  • Maddie Stubenrauch always gives honest feedback about ways to make Manning equitable.
  • Saun was honest about how he felt about school


  • Ily Herrera always works hard in class. She did a great job for her project. Nice work, Ily!
  • Caden McNew is always working hard on his assignments even when he has already met the requirement he keeps working and goes above and beyond .
  • Sadie Powers always comes to class prepared and ready for instruction. She gives a great effort all the time and is a pleasure to have in class.
  • I was trying to talk to Finn Smith during math and he decided to stay on task and get all his work done. Hes very hardworking and deserves to be noticed.
  • Charlie Labbo holds doors for people and he picks things up at recces
  • Mrs. Putnam works hard every day to keep her classes working hard. She never is in a bad mood and she puts 110% effort into everything she does.
  • Caden is always putting in his best effort to make sure everyone in having a good time including me and making sure I'm not sad!
  • Ms. Burg always tries her best to teach us everything and make us have an enjoyable class time.
  • I nominate Mr G because he shows a lot of effort to help us learn Spanish and pushes us to get good grades in his class and other classes. I wish I could have his for another semester.
  • Mr Jonson helped me and a friend hang our origami ballons on the celling
  • Ms. Putnam takes good care of Leo and makes sure he is doing okay.
  • Bailey in 5th period gym class is the nicest person she is always there to help and she is censor and amazing
  • Connor Allison continuously tried his best throughout the day even when it got hard. He also helped me when I got stuck.
  • When I shared with students that I would be creating a way for us to read each other's feature articles, William Burczyk went ahead and created a google site for our class to link our feature articles and share with each other. He went above and beyond to format the site and make it easy to use so that all students can add their stories. I might use it in my other ELA classes, too! Thanks, Will!!!
  • Lief Hansen is really nice to me and helps me get all my work done even when he needs to get his done
  • Jacob Skwarek held the door for ten minutes today
  • Mr. Metcalf is always playing really treacherous music and it never stops. He keeps going and tries to get us into the Christmas spirit.
  • Charlie Labbo opens doors for people and he picks up balls across the field at recces
  • Cameron Shull was working hard in the guitar class so he could do even better in the concert.
  • Kiran McDonald bought me a lunch when I did not have any lunch money.


  • Karly Allen - for always helping me get my work done and resolve problems.
  • I loooove Mrs. McLeod. She is an amazing teacher and has taught me a lot. Her classroom is a great environment. She is so cheerful and helpful. Now, her class in 7th is really fun and great. We have fun and discover new things. I am in honors and she challenges me but still keeps us happy. By that I mean that she plans great lessons. The kids all incorporate to my happiness.
  • Mila is my friend and after I became friends with her and she introduced me to her friend so now I have another friend.
  • Mrs. Mendez and Mrs. Norton worked very hard and put together and amazing collage concert. They did so much and the end result was beautiful. Mrs.Mendez has so many things on her plate but still made this awesome and we sounded so good. Mr.Miller has so many classes and still manages to have everything go smoothly. Good job Mrs.Norton for everything you have done!


  • Dylan Kemper greets other students every morning as they come into the building. She helps make Manning and warm and welcoming place for all students.
  • Ryan Schlegelmilch gave a classmate a tissue during a test when they were sneezing and struggling. Thank you Ryan!
  • Cael Charlson is a great friend who helps people overcome things, he sticks with people when they need it most, and when they are in need of someone to talk to. I recommend Cael to anyone who needs a friend, he is the person to go to.
  • Baylee Wagner is always trying her best to be a good friend. She is so respectful to her teachers and loves making new friends. I like when she talks to me at my locker. She is always making my day so much better.
  • Zennyth Gray is always caring about others and checking if they are okay, she is also always really kind to me, and has stuck with me since the first day of school! Thank you!
  • Kiran McDonald bought me a lunch when I did not have any money.
  • Audrey Patton is always nice and supportive of those around her.
  • Riley DeJesus always help me when I am confused about something and she always makes sure I understand my work or what were doing, and she cares about everybody and she is a great friend.
  • Whenever I feel a little down, Maya Marfil Smith is always there to help me. She can always make me laugh and she helps me with work and other things when I need her.
  • The whole class was talking when the teacher was and Caden McNew stayed quiet and helped quiet down the class. Thanks Caden for being a role model.
  • Neveah Abeyta always gives me a hug when I need it and she can always make me laugh.. She also stands up for what she believes in with me.
  • Jacob Skwarek opens the door for everyone coming in and out of the temps. In my social studies class he opens the door for me and soem of my friends too.
  • Ms. McLeod's Access respected other people's time by staying quiet
  • Beccket Vallin is always so nice to me. He is always friendly in the halls and says hi and asks me questions. Also he holds the door and has amazing manners.
  • Josie Mintken has always been a great friend to me. When I'm feeling down she's there to cheer me up. She's really kind and just overall a great person.
  • Ms. Claussen recognized that many students have enough work, so she let her Word Wonder classes relax!
  • To everyone Keria Davies is really nice and she wanted to help everyone she can and she just makes me happy.
  • Riley DeJesus is such an amazing person, friend, and everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Noah Anderson cleaned up Mrs. Agard's room as a vacuum. Thank you Noah
  • Noah cleaned up Ms. Agard's room using his own shirt.
  • Maddie Best is always so nice and always follows the rules in class when other kids in math are playing games on there computer she is doing her concept checks.


  • Logan Dickerson was a "real friend" to a classmate!
  • Sean Karchner always help his friends trying to get stuff done and is super helpful.
  • Julia Kaufholz worked really hard when we did the breakout box challenge is science. She was a valuable asset to our team.
  • Liam Morton and Alexis Paliga brought in decorations to make our classroom festive for this winter. Many students were involved in helping make our classroom look cheerful and joyful. Thank you all for making our classroom beautiful. <3
  • Ella Yancey, Maizy Hoffman, Camille Miller, Audrey Patton, Liam Morton, Alexis Paliga, Haley Bergren, Camden Byrnes - Thank you film and editing team who volunteered to put all the Bill Nye videos into one class video. We all can't wait to see the final product!
  • Allie Neal helped me with my math homework when I was stuck on a problem, therefore showing respect and teamwork.
  • When my chrome book was dead, Caden McNew let me borrow their's for a little. It was really nice because I had stuff to do and it was important.
  • Thank you Nile Ricotta and Ava Tregembo for setting up science labs for your 6th grade peers!
  • Sydney Kitchens had no idea who I was at the beginning of the year, but since we sat together in social studies, we are best friends. It was all because she was such a nice person (also, cheer her on in the musical! She is Shwanda!!!)
  • Gannon Smith helped me make a google slide
  • Ben started the Mr. Luongo donation foundation. None of his buddies wanted the food that he didn't want. So instead of wasting it he gave it to Mr. Luongo.
  • The people at our table left a mess and Hogan Dewell helped me clean it
  • Shoutout to Ms. Zentz who helped scan paperwork for Outdoor Lab.
  • Olivia Kennedy offered to help me get my grades up after she walked me to achievement.
  • Mrs. Mendez and Mrs. Norton demonstrated teamwork, achievement, and effort by working so hard on the concerts for choir, images, band, and orchestra, and always giving as much effort as possible. They work so hard, and never seem to get a proper thank you, so I wanted to say thanks for being such good teachers, and working so hard. We all think your AMAZING!
  • Ben Bizarro helped in science.

The Manning School of Academics and Arts

The vision of The Manning School of Academics and Arts is to challenge all students to work to their highest potential and encourage student responsibility as they develop intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally and creatively.