The Manning Weekly Update

September 12, 2022

Principal's Message

Hello Manning Parents,

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Here are a couple items for you...

*We had to go on "secure" status on Wednesday of last week because of police activity in the area. Our students and staff did a great job.

*Please remind your child to be a good neighbor to our local Starbucks. Many of our students head over to Starbucks after school on Friday and we have had reports of disrespect, vandalism and theft. We are working with the managers, as well as our PTA to make sure we keep this relationship a positive one!

*Students no longer need a pass if they need to come in to school at 7:50 am for "tutor time" at Manning.

Thanks for your support! Mike Collins, Principal

Mike Collins, Principal

Important Dates! Looking into October

  • NJHS Meeting- 09/13/2022 3:30-4:00
  • Manning Move Night!- Friday, 9/16 6-8pm
  • Weekly Achievement starts- Friday, 09/16/2022 2:25- 3:25
  • First day of Hispanic Heritage Month- 09/15/2022
  • Outdoor Lab Parent Meeting- Monday, 9/19 5-6
  • Lifetouch Picture Retakes- 09/21/2022
  • PTA Restaurant Night- 9/21/2022 Bobs Atomic Burger
  • 1st PTA MEETING - 09/15/2022- 8:30AM -9:30 in the library
  • Teacher Development- NO SCHOOL for KIDS- 09/23/2022

NJHS meeting September 13th

This NJHS meeting is for the 8th grade students who were inducted in the spring. We will go over the purpose of NJHS, our meeting schedule, expectations, meeting times and community service.

Tuesday Sept. 13th. from 3:30 until 4:00 in the auditorium. Students only. Thank you!

Traffic Update - I-70 over 32nd Avenue Bridge Replacement

Traffic Update for the Colorado Department of Transportation's I-70 over 32nd Avenue Bridge Replacement project in Wheat Ridge.

Please be advised of a traffic shift on westbound I-70 next week followed by removal of the old westbound bridge resulting in a full continuous closure of 32nd Avenue under the bridges from Sept. 22 to Sept. 25. An alert will be sent to all subscribers about this extended closure.

Sunday, Sept. 11 to Thursday, Sept. 15

  • Single overnight lane closures in both directions of I-70 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday and Monday for detour paving
  • Single lane closures (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) switching to double lane closures on westbound I-70 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday for moving barrier for new traffic alignment
  • Variable message boards are present on I-70 alerting motorists to the upcoming traffic shift and new alignment
  • Alternating lane closures on eastbound/westbound 32nd Avenue during overnight hours (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.) Sunday to Thursday for overhang, striping and slope protection work

Work includes surveying, resetting barrier, striping, placing slope protection, stripping overhangs, and implementing a traffic shift on westbound I-70.

Pedestrian & Cyclist Sidewalk Access Advisory

  • There will be NO pedestrian access to the south sidewalk on 32nd Avenue under the I-70 bridges permitted from Sept 20 through Sept. 25.

  • There will be access to the north sidewalk from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22 (during daytime hours) with detour signage in place.
  • No access at all during the demolition as it is too safety critical.
  • Please be mindful of ongoing construction activity and exercise extreme caution

Come join us for our Fall Manning Movie Night! Friday, September 16th

We will showing The Minions!

Manning students only-6:00-8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Please pick up your students at 8:00 p.m.

$5 Donation accepted for Student Council event

Snacks and Drinks $2 each

Please enter through the auditorium doors only.

Outdoor Lab Parent Q & A

Parents of 6th grade students, please join Ms. Pearce and Ms. Schwindt for an informative meeting regarding Outdoor Lab Monday, September 9/19 from 5-6pm, in the Manning Auditorium.

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Outdoor Lab 2022/2023 Apparel

Outdoor Lab will be November 29th- December 2nd for all 6th graders!

Visit their shop to get gear early!

STEM Club 2022: Future Cities

Calling all students who would love to make the world a better place! This year’s STEM Club will be designing Future Cities! Students will be working to design innovative and sustainable cities of the future as part of the Future Cities program. Students will be able to choose to do this work as part of a competition against other schools, or without competing. STEM Club will meet in Ms. Maud’s room, W107 every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30pm and will be led by Ms. Maud and Ms. Schwindt. Our first meeting will be this week, September 14 and we will continue our work through January. For more information, email Ms. Maud or Ms. Schwindt, and feel free to learn more about the program at See you there!

Weekly Achievement begins Friday, Sept. 16th

Weekly Achievement is an opportunity for any student that has a "F" in a class to repair their grade. Achievement is a requirement at Manning. Parents cannot call in to excuse their student from Achievement time. If a student does not attend their required Achievement time, they will be required to attend the next scheduled Detention (Thursdays 3:30-4:15) and next scheduled Achievement time.

Please review the Manning Achievement Time document to familiarize yourself with the process.

Monday, September 12th will be the first official Achievement week, and an email will be sent on this day if your student has a D or F in a class.

We suggest checking your student(s) grades in Campus Parent Portal frequently, so you and your student(s) can discuss options before achievement occurs.

Jeffco Athletic/Activity Pass

The Jeffco Activity Pass cost is $60.00 and it includes entry to all REGULAR season high school sporting events at all of our Jeffco Facilities (stadiums & home school sites).

Playoff Events are NOT included. Please contact Jade Zentz at to pay and get your pass.

NASA HUNCH to pilot at Manning!

We are excited and honored to announce (many of you have heard) that the Manning School of the Academics and Arts has been selected to pilot the NASA HUNCH program to middle school students. This is a program that has been operating in high schools, including several in Jeffco, for two decades. Our STEAM 3 students will be working for NASA on selected projects to design and create new products that have been requested by NASA engineers and astronauts. Our teams will compete with their designed products at the high school level, and if selected could have their products sent to the International Space Station or the new lunar base that will be part of the Artemis program.

Students who complete this will be able to carry it with them to their college applications and beyond.

We will make arrangements to showcase the student’s work in the spring semester.

If you would like to learn more about the program, visit or contact Ms. Maud or Ms. Yocum.
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PTA Happenings


Restaurant Night | September 21

Manning continues to strive to lessen the dinner burden for you. Join us at Bob’s Atomic Burgers (1310 Ford St in Golden) 11am-9pm on September 21. Bob’s will give Manning 15% of sales all day. No flyer needed - just show up, mention Manning and enjoy a delicious burger prepared for you!

Fall Fest | October 28

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, our PTA is once again hosting its Fall Festival and Silent Auction to benefit our school. This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 28th with the Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction at Applewood Golf Course and the Halloween Dance at the school. You can contribute to this event by donating an item or service for our silent auction or sponsoring the event itself. Fundraising from previous Fall Festivals enabled the PTA to raise money to purchase textbooks, novels, microscopes, electronic scales, LCD Projectors, SMART Boards, computers and numerous other items for our classrooms. Donating is easy; complete this Auction Donation Form before October 14th, 2022.

Reflections Art Competition | December 12 deadline

Art takes time. Monet grew his gardens before he painted them. Now is the time for your creative child to get started on their Reflections entry! This year’s theme is Show Your Voice and we cannot wait to see all those voices in action! They can enter in one or multiple of these categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. Entries will be judged at Manning and winners will move onto the JeffCo competition. Love the idea, but not sure where to start? Learn more here.


Special thanks to Ophelia McKenzie for stepping up as this year’s PTA Treasurer! She has committed many hours (and many more to come) to ensure the PTA can successfully pull off all of our goals this year. She exudes positivity and patience like no other. Thank you, Ophelia!


PTA Meeting | The first PTA Meeting of the year is this week! After a lengthy hiatus from many programs and events, the PTA is ready to reignite some past faves and brainstorm some new ones too. Come learn what we have planned and how you can get involved. We’ll be in the library at 8:30AM this Thursday, September 15.

Join The PTA | Can’t commit to volunteering or meetings but want to help? Please consider joining the PTA! The PTA is integral in supporting our kids, teachers and staff. Membership is only $10 for the year and gives you the opportunity to vote. We will put your membership dollars to good use. The more voices we have, the stronger our school!

Volunteer Opportunities | This year’s Fall Fest will take a Herculean effort to pull off! Please reach out to if you are interested in making this event a success. Chili and Silent Auctions aren’t your thing? No problem, let us know what your jam is here.

Free Money for Manning | Seriously, it’s quick and easy. If you haven’t done it yet, take a minute to help raise some extra funds for our school by linking your King Sooper's rewards to The Manning School PTA, and Amazon Smile account to Manning PTA!

Need more Manning? Follow us at our Facebook Group or ManningPTA for the latest and greatest.

Did someone say "Halloween Dance" ???

Yes! Save the Date! Friday, October 28th 6-8:30pm.

While your parents are attending the PTA Fall Fest Chili Cook & Silent Auction at Applewood Golf course, Manning students can get groovy at a Halloween Dance at school.

More Info to come.

Memo from Jeffco’s Health Services Team

We will no longer be posting school-level COVID-19 case numbers and we encourage parents and staff to refer to the CDC's COVID-19 Community Level tool to help determine personal prevention measures for themselves and their family. Should the CDC COVID-19 Community Level be raised to level RED, Jeffco Public Schools will continue to work with Jefferson County Public Health and CDPHE regarding any potential updates to our protocols and guidelines.

  • Positive Test = Isolate at home for 5 days; may return to school days 6-10 with masking strongly recommended.

  • Return to school only if fever free for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication, and if symptoms are improving.

Manning School of Academics & 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.