The Manning Weekly Newsletter

September 7, 2018

Dear Families,

We are starting to get into the swing of things. For students and staff, much of the anxiety, which naturally comes with the beginning of a new school year, has given way to a subtle confidence in the vision of what this year has in store for us.

Over the course of these first few weeks, our students have gotten to know their teachers and their teachers' expectations of them - both academically and behaviorally - and they are high all across the board. These clear school expectations complemented with the support they receive at home from you have directly influenced the excellent behavior we have noticed so far. Our students are amazing! They will do whatever we ask of them!

As our "honeymoon" phase starts to blend into the bulk of our school year, it is important we make a concerted effort to keep our bar high. If we maintain lofty expectations, then students will realize we truly do expect the best from them.

We appreciate all the support you are giving our students.

David / Mr. Luongo

A Writing Exercise in Sensory Detail

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Ms. Keodonexay's Creative Writing class spent some time outside on Wednesday during an hour-and-a-half block class, listening to sounds, feeling the wind, touching the grass, smelling the air, etc. Research shows that when writers take a moment of silence to tune in to their five senses, their written depiction of sensory images becomes more vivid, making their story more enjoyable to the reader.

Parents Inside the Building

We value our relationships with all Manning parents, but for purposes of safety and security, we ask all visitors to follow the following procedures when visiting the building for any purpose:

  • come to the main office
  • sign in the visitor's log
  • get a visitor's pass if you'll be going anywhere other than the main office

Achievement Time

Achievement Time is our weekly accountability system established to prevent our students from digging themselves into such a deep hole it's hard to get out of. If they find themselves on the D/F list Thursday morning, it does not mean they are in trouble, and we certainly do not think any less of them.

If your student gets an Achievement Time slip on Thursday afternoon during Access class, it's because they had at least one D or F as of Thursday morning when we run the D/F list, and they are expected to be at Achievement Time the following Wednesday. Sometimes parents login to Parent Portal after school on Thursday and see that their son or daughter actually has a passing grade. That's great! It means either the student submitted an assignment or the teacher added something in the grade book to make the grade go up. If their grade is up to at least a C, then they can get out of Achievement Time. All they have to do is get a signature from that specific teacher indicating they are passing the class with a C.

Parent Portal Login Directions for Checking Students' Grades

Go to Manning school website

Go to the Family Resources tab

Choose the Family Portal option

Click on the Infinite Campus link

Type in your username and password

If you forget your username or password, e-mail Melaine:

Design Thinking - Break Out Box Project

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Design Thinking classes created "Breakout Box Puzzles" in order to build creative, interpersonal, and sequential planning skills. They designed a system of clues for others to get through their lock system. Students (and adult staff including myself) struggled to solve the clues as they required some deep thinking and reasoning.

6th Grade Element Exploratorium

Element Exploratorium will take place on Thursday, September 20th from 3:30-4:40 pm in the cafeteria. Sixth grade scientists will be showcasing their Element projects. Everyone is invited to come and support our scientists. If you have questions please contact your student's science teacher.

Monday 9/10 Last Chance to Donate 2-Liter Soda Bottles and Cereal Boxes

As a tight Manning community, we are reaching out to all our families to collect 2-liter soda bottles and cereal boxes. Our 6th grade STEM class is in need of empty, rinsed 2-liter soda bottles for an upcoming design project. If you have any and could donate them to us we would love it. Have your student bring them in to Mrs. Cahill or Mrs. Burg starting on Tuesday after Labor Day weekend. We will collect them up until Monday, September 10. Any 2-liter soda bottles work, but the Coca-Cola ones that have a distinct shape (as shown in the picture to the left) work best! Ms. Burg is also trying to use cereal boxes as a classroom organizer for learning journals. Thank you so much!

~Mrs. Burg, Mrs. Cahill, and the Students in 6th Grade STEM

Friday, September 21st Will Be an Early Release Friday - School Will Get out at 12:25 pm

Update from Our Staff Meeting Wednesday Afternoon

This past Wednesday, we met as entire Manning staff. The bulk of our time together was spent learning about student health protocol, focusing on how to ensure the safety of students with diabetes and how to handle an EpiPen in an emergency situation. Our district nurse, Denise Kaufholz, gave an excellent presentation.

We also had a couple teachers demonstrate their strategies for "brain breaks" - ways to incorporate some brief physical activity to recharge our students' brains so they can recharge their energy levels and get their brains focused for the rest of the class. This is particularly useful on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when we have hour-and-a-half block periods.

New Class Pet: "Toothless"

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Welcome the newest addition to Mrs. Moore's 8th grade science class, Toothless, the bearded dragon! Toothless is a juvenile "beardie", a species native to Australia. The kids are thrilled to have a new class pet to love on and learn from.

October 3rd is our Big Day!

October Count is coming! Please be aware that October Count for this year is Wednesday, October 3rd. Please refrain from making appointments or family vacations on this day. It is imperative that all students are in attendance for this day, as this is how we get our funding for the year. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Ms. Putnam Turns Her 6th Grade Science Classroom into a Crime Scene Investigation

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Don't worry - nobody actually died. However, Ms. Putnam wanted to create a lesson where her students felt like they were in the real world, trying to use observations and reasoning to solve a case. There was a mystery substance left at the scene of the crime and, as you can see in the pictures below, students had to work in groups to apply various chemical tests to the substance, record their observations, and put their heads together to figure out what the substance was.

Math Tutoring Every Morning

Our wonderful math department is opening their doors every single morning Monday through Friday before school starts during Tutor Time (7:50 to 8:20). If your student would like to meet with their math teacher and ask questions, they are available every day. The teachers are willing to take questions during this time, but it can also be a place to have some quiet time.

Outdoor Lab Open House

If your child is in 6th grade, you may want to attend the Outdoor Lab Open House on Saturday, September 15th. There are two different locations for Outdoor Lab, and we are sending students to one or the other based on their Access Class. Make sure to check this list before deciding which open house to attend.

Mt. Evans: Garcia-Lee, Putnam, Hughes (Zamora's Access Class), Molinare, and Sawyer

Windy Peak: McLeod, Burg, Agard, Johnson, and Mendez (Student Council kids)

Below, Social Studies Students Create a Map to Scale of Their Classroom Including a Grid System to Find Objects' Location

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Ty (Air) Jordan Believes Learning is More Fun Upside Down

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

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  • Jackson Plichta found a cell phone in the hallway that was dropped by a student and he made sure to pick it up and hand it to a teacher so they could start the process of getting the phone back to the owner.


  • Nevaeh Abeyta comes into tutor time every day. She works hard to advocate for her learning and continues asking questions and trying her best despite being discouraged at times.

  • Amelia Pennell and Dora Rubin for picking up trash during recess to make our field look nice

  • Chris Suitt and Spencer Jensen came to tutor time to ask questions about homework, worked together to figure it out, and then taught another student that needed help. Loved seeing them teach something that they didn't understand themselves at first!


  • Trey Fry makes sure he uses his math class time efficiently to ask questions about homework and finish as much of his assignments as possible.


  • Keiton Abeyta selflessly held the back door open and waited for every kid to go through on the Friday release of Labor Day.
  • Kori Mayfield actively recognizes peers and students who are meaningful to her. She makes sure they feel valued and loved.


  • Nevaeh Abeyta for standing at the front door for five minutes on Tuesday morning and opening it for every student who came in

  • The Math Department has each others' backs. They make sure everyone is heard and respected, which optimizes their ability to make instruction rigorous and engaging.

  • Micah Zahn for helping Katy get her lunch when she was on crutches

  • Ms. Austin for helping us brainstorm ideas for our 6th grade lab. We appreciate your creativity and ideas for materials to use to help us achieve our overall goal!!

A Message from Your PTA


VP nominations are still open! All candidates need to submit interest in the position along with a bio by Friday, September 14th. We will be announcing the candidates at our next PTA Meeting on Wednesday, September 19th. We will elect the new VP at our October 17th meeting. As a reminder, the 3 requirements for this position are the following:

  • Must be a PTA Member

  • Must be a 6th or 7th grade parent

  • Be willing to act as President for 2019-2020 school year

The role of the VP for this year will be to attend meetings and familiarize yourself with the Manning PTA, so that you have a good understanding of what is happening at Manning and in the PTA. The time commitment for this school year is not huge. If you would like to be involved in what is happening at Manning, this is a great way to do that! Please send a brief bio to the PTA email:

Should you have any questions, please email Christine Dempsey at

REFLECTIONS - Updated Information!

Do you have an interest in writing, producing films, or taking photos? Or do you enjoy art, writing your own music, or choreographing dance? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me”, calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. You can download official program rules, submission guidelines, and entry forms from You also can pick up student entry forms and rules from the Manning front office starting August 30, or from Manning PTA Reflections representatives at Back to School Night August 30. Reflections representatives will be at school on the morning and afternoon of October 19 to accept student entries. Final deadline for entries is October 19. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at For more information please contact Denise Saxon ( We hope this will be the best year yet!

MANNING FALL FEST – Chili Cook-off & Silent Auction - Friday, October 26th

This event has been a Manning favorite! Our auction and chili cook-off team have been working hard to put on a spectacular fundraising event. If you have a favorite chili recipe, please consider signing up for the cook-off, signup genius will be sent out the first week of September.

Don’t miss out on this fun event -- Please purchase your Fall Fest tickets online:

Should you have any questions in regards to the Chili Cook-off, please contact Kim Suman at

If you have an auction item to donate or would like to offer your help for this event, please contact Erin Perrin at FINAL silent auction donations are due no later than Friday, September 14th! Our auction team will need help to pull off this event, please watch out for the signup genius to come out middle of September.


Please consider becoming a PTA Member! PTA membership will be $10 per person.

  • Reminder – Manning PTA encourages a $100 donation per student each year to support The Manning School.

  • For reference, the Manning PTA spends $150 per student on average every year in classroom support, technology & enrichment.

Please go to the Manning PTA website to access our one stop Registration Form where you can join PTA, donate, purchase Chili Cook-Off tickets, and volunteer your time and talents!

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.
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