The Manning Weekly Newsletter

November 2, 2018

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Dear Families,

It was another whirlwind week here at Manning with a lot of amazing things happening! Time flies when we're having fun. Our teachers continue to impress us with their creative lesson plans, but more importantly, with how much they continue to put our students first! Please check out some of the pictures from this week to get a glimpse inside our building, but realize it's only a fraction of what we are up to!

Have a great weekend. Don't forget to set back your clocks...

David / Mr. Luongo

Thank You from the PTA

The Manning PTA would like to give a huge thanks to everyone who came to Fall Fest! Whether you brought an amazing chili, bought something fun at the auction, volunteered your time, or came to try the chili (not to mention the delicious desserts!), we’re grateful for your generosity and support! With a record number of attendees, the event was a great success, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

8th graders perform a dry ice lab to learn about sublimation and thermal transfer across big temperature differentials.

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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!

Also, our next info night is on Wednesday, November 14th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

7th Grade Field Trip in March

Parents of 7th-grade Students: In conjunction with the reading of The Diary of Anne Frank in Language Arts class, all 7th-grade students will be attending the Arvada Center's production of Anne Frank in March. The cost of student tickets is $14 per student; the PTA graciously covers the cost of the buses. Please visit Jeffco Connect to pay your student's ticket fee by the end of this semester. 7th-grade Honors Language Arts classes will see the play on March 5; 7th-grade Traditional Language Arts classes will see the play on March 19. The performance time is 10:30-12:30. Thank you for your support of this enrichment opportunity for your student!

7th/8th Grade Educational Trip to SEACAMP

7th and 8th Grade Parents,

If your student is interested in attending SEACAMP San Diego this year with our Manning trip the end of this school year from Monday, May 27th through Friday, May 31st, 2019, please let us know by completing our interest form ASAP (no later than Wednesday, November 14th). For more information check out this flyer with a sample schedule of activities for the week.

Design Thinking Students Create a Catapult

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On Halloween, Generous Students Handed Out Candy as They Greeted People in the Morning

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They Didn't Even Plan It...

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New PE Unit - Volleyball!

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Students Get a Sense of the Proportional Timeline of Our Geographical Eras

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The #webelong Campain Genuinely Makes Students Feel Connected as a Source of Strength

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Guitarists Learn to Play by Watching Video

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8th Grade Social Studies Students Interviewed 6th Graders for Their Desired Roles at Outdoor Lab

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And They Took the Interviews Seriously!

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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.

Lakewood High School Open House for 8th Graders and Families

Lakewood High School will be hosting an 8th Grade Open House on November 13th from 6-7:30 p.m. Any prospective 9th grader who is interested in attending LHS next year is encouraged and welcome to attend. Please arrive by 6pm to meet Principal Dan Bock in the auditorium, followed by visiting representative from Lakewood’s athletic teams, activities, clubs and academic departments. There will also be student let tours during which interested students can ask questions of our seasoned LINK students. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Jennifer Gonzales at

If you are an 8th grade parent, we encourage you to be on the lookout for other information sessions at our local high schools.

Girls & Boys Basketball Registration

Registration for basketball opens on November 7th. Registration is $55, plus $10 for a Manning t-shirt if the student does not already have one from a prior MSSP sport at Manning. Registration can be done online at, by calling the Rec Center at 303-231-1300, or by stopping in in person at the Rec Center.

For girls there will be a 6th-8th grade league, with 1 or more teams at Manning, and will have practices and games on Mondays and Wednesdays from January 14th-March 13th. Practices will be after school for 90 minutes, and games will start between 3:45 and 5:15pm (Mon and Wed as well). Home games will be at Manning, away games will be at other Jefferson County middle schools.

For boys there will be a 6th/7th and an 8th grade league, with 1 or more teams at each age group at Manning. Boys will have practices and games on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 15th-March 14th. Practices will be after school for 90 minutes, and games will start between 3:45 and 5:15pm (Tues and Thur as well). Home games will be at Manning, away games will be at other Jefferson County middle schools.

If any parents are interested in coaching we are looking for additional coaches in paid or volunteer roles, and they can contact Brandon Altenburg at the Rec Center for more information.

Upcoming Enrichment Opportunities

Guitar, Sticky Fingers Cooking, and Yoga are coming up soon. Please click on the button below for more information regarding this enrichment programs.

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.

Watch Manning alumnus Yul Moldauer win 4th place on the floor and 12th all around at World's for the USA in gymnastics.

PLC Update

This past Wednesday, our teachers got together in their subject area departments and worked on:

  • Creating the next unit's authentic task.
  • Analyzing the department's authentic tasks for both authenticity and vertical alignment around this question: Do our grade level assessments get more rigorous over time?
  • Bringing student work to calibrate grading. Looking for an advanced, a proficient and an almost student example to create exemplars for future classes.
  • Determining what patterns of error we identify in student work in order to create re-teach/re-learn instruction.

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

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  • When I looked in the grade book, I had a 300% on a assignment. I realized that this grade was wrong, so I went to talk to Mrs. Sawyer about it. She said that she made a mistake, and the total points was wrong. She respected me by admitting to her mistake, and was honest, by fixing it, and saying to me that she was wrong.


  • In the beginning of the year, Ella Matheo only knew a few people, and we quickly made friends even though we have a lot of social anxiety about meeting new people.
  • I am nominating Mr. Metcalf because he tends to make science a little more interesting, especially on Fridays.
  • Robert Martin never stops trying to learn more in science, and is very kind.
  • I dropped all my stuff on the floor and out of everyone walking Sofia Aguilar offered to help.
  • During Mrs. Mendez's 5th Period class, a lot of people wanted to help, during script reading, passing out papers, and just helping in general.
  • Nathan Maddox has been consistently working hard and seeking support to improve his grade and to grow as a writer.
  • I feel like Lea Coggins always is contributing to the group and sharing her ideas. She is not afraid to speak out and be heard. Her strong sense of wanting to do her best is admirable. Lea is a great classmate and student.
  • Ms. Keodonexay puts in effort to make all of our creative writing activities fun and interesting. I always look forward to her class!


  • Weather McElhaney got over her nerves and did really well for the Musical Theatre monologue.
  • Mrs. Sawyer is by far the best teacher I have had. She makes sure that we understand what we are learning. She makes our notes easy to take and easy to keep them organized. She stays super late after school to make sure she can make our lessons better for us. Mrs. Sawyer does her job well and she deserves to win! Thank you for being such an amazing teacher.
  • Mrs. Pouliot is an amazing teacher. She always tries her best everyday to fit the needs of each individual student. With that, she teaches every student differently. She teaches her material exceptionally well, going above and beyond the criteria. In doing this, she makes sure that no student is left behind. When I first had her as a teacher, I was a student. When she stopped teaching me, I was a responsible young woman, who wanted that A for me and a leader. She helped/taught me so many more things than that, there are too many to name. She deserves all the HEART nominations, but especially achievement and a Thank you.
  • Addison Helms is the owner of a quotes document, that is currently shared with 78+ people. She told people to pass it on and called it the Inspiration Station. It is sooo amazing and suppose to help make the world a better place. Personally, I am already touched. I think that I could go on and on but it is just a touching concept and it turned out amazing. We are still working on it now and so many people of contributed to just one persons idea! I love that Addison did this and you should add on to it too! Good job Addison, what a great idea!
  • Eva Keevan is always so happy and energetic. She is an amazing singer and I am lucky to have her in my Algebra class and in Images. She is kind to everyone and makes everyone feel happy.


  • Gianna Bergren is super sweet and she makes me smile when I'm in a bad mood.
  • Ella Klinger has a bottom locker and when the girl above her drops her stuff on Ella on accident she helps her pick it up instead of being mad.
  • Reina Klatt cares about everybody and she is a good friend!
  • River Bochow helps me in my classes and he always reminds me to do my homework.
  • Gunnar Tande always understands if I'm going through a hard time. At recess he always helps me understand the rules if we are playing a game. At lunch he talks to me when nobody else will. Thanks Gunnar!
  • Soli Fico, in musical theater made me feel better about messing up on my audition by saying that she didn't have a personal favorite audition. Thank Soli!! <<33
  • Every time I see Soli Fico in the hallways, she always smiles at me or, is already smiling.
  • Graham Truesdel was kind and held the door for others during passing period.
  • Ally Ricketson noticed another 6th grader was having a hard time getting her locker closed. Instead of going to lunch/recess she helped her reorganize her locker over the next 10 minutes. By putting the needs of others first Ally demonstrated true HEART.


  • Liam Mapes always makes sure that I am on task and doing my homework.
  • Ms. McLeod's 7th Period class always make me laugh and cheer me up.
  • Olivia Eakins always helps me out when I need it in all of my classes. She pays attention and always reminds me to do my homework
  • Vincent Ma helped Student Council decorate for the Halloween Dance, even when he isn't on the council! His help really made the dance better, and thanks to him, it was better than we thought it would be!
  • Abby Clawson and Addi Samter always help me with my locker when we are going to lunch, if everyone else has gone, they wait for me to finish putting my stuff away, and even offer to help me with my locker! I am very lucky to call them my friends.
  • Ms. Wendy Leach-Flusche is a great teammate! I consistently see her pursuing what is best for her students by teaming with other teachers to work together to determine what would best meet their needs.

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.