The Manning Weekly Newsletter

October 23, 2020

Manning Community,

I hope you had a great week! We had a very busy week here at Manning and are now ready to rest and relax this weekend, and await our first significant snowfall of the year! The snowfall projections are still uncertain, but I'm hoping to take out our snow sleds and snow boots sometime Sunday!

As election day is upon us November 3rd, I wanted to share some ballot information from Jeffco Public Schools (see below).

Ballot Measure Information: Below are talking points about the three ballot questions potentially impacting school funding as well as the Public Education Advocacy website and a link to the recent Facebook Live event.

November Ballot Initiatives Talking Points

Public Education Advocacy Website

Facebook Live Recording

As always, lead with courage and kindness!

Stronger Together,

Christian Ramaker


We are busy checking each student schedule for quarter 2 to ensure they are correct. Schedules will go live in the parent portal beginning at 5pm SATURDAY night.

Please log on and print your schedule for Q2 to be sure you are headed to the right place on Monday, just in case there were any adjustments.

You can find the Google Classroom Course codes in the button below.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Quarter 1 Grades will be available on the portal on Friday 10/30/2020
  • October 26th- PTA fundraiser at Bob's Atomic Burgers, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • October 26-30 - Spirit Week
  • Monday - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday - Tie Dye Day
  • Wednesday - Winter Wonderland Day
  • Thursday - Sports Team Day
  • Friday - Western Day
  • October 27 & 28 - School Picture Retakes 7:30-10am
  • October 30 - Virtual Choral Concert @ 7pm
  • November 3 - Election Day
  • November 9 - 20 - Learning Style Survey for Semester 2 open
  • November 10 - Town Hall (Semester 2 information)
  • November 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 9-January 15 - Enroll Jeffco Window Open for selecting Manning to return to for 21-22


Manning will open its doors for entry beginning at 8am, so please plan accordingly with the cooler weather and dress appropriately to wait outside until then.

Also, please remember that we MUST maintain social distancing regulations of 6 feet, even in line to enter the building. We know it is very tempting to get almost to the doors and just sneak in out of the cold, but we must keep those distances. Thank you!

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Please join the Student Council's Spirit Week celebration and dress up this week! Teachers will be judging those outfits each day, awarding prizes to our best dressed students! If you are remote, use the grade level Google classroom that you used to complete your MLP and click on the link to upload a photo of yourself in your spirit wear!!

  • Monday - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday - Tie Dye Day
  • Wednesday - Winter Wonderland Day
  • Thursday - Sports Team Day
  • Friday - Western Day

Semester 2 learning selection changes?

Are you looking to change your student's learning preference selection for NEXT SEMESTER (beginning in January)?

In order to accommodate the needs of our students, families may make a change to their learning model preference - remote-only or in-person/hybrid - during the open windows specified below.

Semester timeline to request change: November 9 - 20
Second semester begins January 6

Manning will send out and post our survey for families who wish to change their learning style choice on November 9. You will only need to fill out this survey if you intent to change from one to the other. As with the previous survey, there will be a deadline and this decision will hold for the semester.

Hybrid A schedule breakdown

Please note there are multiple schedules, please take note of the correct week you need

Hybrid B schedule breakdown

Please note there are multiple schedules, please take note of the correct week you need

Mobile Mustang Information Corral

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we wrap up the 1st quarter, we teachers are busy grading and regrading work that has been done. Report cards will be coming out in the next few weeks, but please have a conversation with your child about their progress. Grades are available in Infinite Campus so you and they know what will be coming on the reports card. Please discuss the concerns, if any, but also remember to highlight the hard work and effort that applies to the successful grades.

We have heard from you that navigating the mobile school is challenging for you. Please remember that when we introduce online resources, we expect the kids to understand how to get to these, not you. However, here is a resource that might help you to understand when your kid uses website names in conversation and you think they may as well as be speaking Greek. It's hard enough to keep up on all the phone apps and sites they use, so we hope this will help.

Mobile Mustang Remote Parent Cheat Sheet

Please give us your feedback of anything else that could help you support your child or what is working well. Thank you for your support of your child and the Mobile Mustangs!

Mobile Mustangs schedule breakdown

Please note there are multiple schedules, please take note of the correct week you need

Quarantine Process Updates: (direct from the district)

In collaboration with Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and observing Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) updated guidelines, we are revising our quarantine process effective immediately. This will continue to ensure a comprehensive health and safety process while also potentially reducing the number of quarantined students and staff. The revisions modify the identification process for middle and high school students and staff enabling a more precise targeted identification process.

Updates include:

  • Elementary schools will have minimal changes.
  • Middle and High Schools will use Targeted Contact Identification which can be used in classrooms under the following conditions:
    • when there is a documented seating chart,
    • documented identified small group participants every day,
    • desks separated and at least 6 feet apart,
    • desks facing the same direction,
    • and students are seated long enough to make seating charts applicable.

Schools will be implementing classroom modifications to ensure targeted contact identification.

How sick is too sick to stay home from school?

At Jeffco Public Schools, we follow the recommendations from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on when is too sick actually too sick to go to school, work, or child care.

During Colorado's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and staff who have been exposed to a positive case or who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 listed below, must follow the Guidance for Cases and Outbreaks in Child Care and Schools.


  • Feeling feverish, having chills or temperature of 100.4° F or greater
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New or unexplained persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Diarrhea

There are five main reasons to keep sick children and adults at home:

1. Someone who the child lives with or the staff lives with (or has had close contact with) has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has symptoms of COVID-19.

2. The child or staff member does not feel well enough to take part in usual activities. For example, a child is overly tired, fussy or will not stop crying.

3. A child needs more care than teachers and staff can give while still caring for the other children.

4. The symptom or illness is on this list, and staying home is required.

5. Someone who the child lives with or the staff lives with is being tested for COVID-19.

Remember, the best ways to stop the spread of infection is through good hand washing and staying home when sick.

To read the full information please see this link:

Picture Makeups...

Make-up pictures will be on Oct 27 & 28 from 7:30-10am

Mobile Mustang students can come to either of these they wish to.

Please see fliers below for ordering information.

picture code: EVTZG87RQ

If you ordered for the first round and don't want to keep those shots, just bring them with you when you do picture retakes and turn them in. No need to pay twice!

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A Message from the PTA

RESCHEDULED!! - Please join us for an all-day fundraising event on Monday, October 26, 2020 between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm at Bob’s Atomic Burgers at 1310 Ford Street in Golden. Order in store or online at . No special code is needed. They will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the ENTIRE DAY! Grab food anytime that day to participate!

Thank you to Kari Gray for speaking at our last meeting! In case you missed it, we recorded her presentation:

Outdoor Recess Policy

At Manning, we try to get our kids outside everyday, because it's good for them to get some exercise and get their energy out. The only times we keep our kids inside during recess are:

  1. If it is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or
  2. If it is actively precipitating.

As the weather gets colder, please keep this in mind and send your students to school with the proper outdoor attire. Thank you!

Notice to 8th grade Families from Lakewood High School

Please see below PDF for information regarding the IB program at Lakewood High School!

SEL Corner....a place to fill up your bucket

Parents in today's world have a whole new way of interacting and engaging with their children than in earlier generations. The word “parenting” didn’t exist until the late 1950’s and wasn’t commonly used until the 1970’s (etymonline). The way we think about raising, caring for, and education youth has changed as this word has become more commonplace. In many ways we have become coaches. We train them, give them pep talks, problem solve with them, and then when game time comes, they’re on the field and we’re on the sidelines. Coaches can’t go on the field- coaches don’t go in to win the game for their players. And, like coaches, taking time to celebrate, encourage, process, and reflect with our students is vital to their future successes. Taking this idea into school will support your student while slowly off-loaning the responsibilities of school and life from you to them.

Mining the Middle School Mind and Executive Functions for Students in Middle School provides educators and parents alike ideas on methods to be students’ coaches.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is a common neurologically based experience, affecting roughly 15-20% of people. People with dyslexia have a range of strengths and limitations. While people with dyslexia can find school quite challenging, due to the need to problem solve, these students can be quite strong in divergent thinking- watch this short clip to learn more about divergent and convergent thinking.

View Dyslexia Fact Sheet

This link will bring you to our Social Network form, please share the link with your student(s).

We are now collecting 6th grade student interest in lunch bunches. I will be collecting referrals from the 6th grade team as well and other referral sources, coordinating the data, and inviting students. Click here to express your interest

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

Student Shout Out for Honesty

Avery Bard: Thank you for sharing your wonderful poetry with me, and gifting me "A Celebration of Poets" where your poem is published! Sincerely, Ms. Claussen

Student Shout Out for Effort

Stephanie Castro: Thank you for your enthusiasm in Language Arts!

Taylor Kelley: Thanks for raising your hand and leading discussions in Language Arts!

Alexa Estrada: Thank you for all your hard work staying caught up in Language Arts!

Ms. Claussen's Language Arts Students: Wow! I am so impressed by everyone's participation and diligence in working through the deeper levels of Witness. I am VERY proud of you all!

Student Shout Out for Achievement

Wyatt Brockmeyer: You did a great job taking on so many parts while reading Witness!

Student Shout Out for Respect

Abby Morrissey: She always brings a good attitude and a great work-ethic to class. Her hard work and participation makes class a lot better.

Student Shout Out for Teamwork

Kellen Caskey: Thank you for helping the class understand Witness! Your insights were valuable.


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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.