The Manning Weekly Newsletter

April 12, 2019

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Dear Families,

This past week, our students had the opportunity to demonstrate how much they have grown academically under our teachers' guidance and dedication to one of the toughest professions in the world! Regardless of how they scored, we are proud of our students for how seriously they took the tests.

Big thanks to Ms. Pouliot and Ms. Edoff for all their work behind the curtains to make the testing experience as smooth as possible for everyone. Also, thank you to the entire staff for being flexible and willing to help out in any means necessary.

Now that we made it through CMAS week, it's time to look forward to a fun "Passion Week." We really are eager to see what incredible things our students are able to produce when given some freedom to explore their deepest life interests!

Have a great weekend.

David / Mr. Luongo

"Passion Week" is Here Already! (AKA Dr. Glass's Challenge)

At the beginning of this school year, Dr. Glass, our Superintendent, extended a challenge to every school in Jeffco. He asked:

What if...a school, or an articulation area, or the entire school district chose one week when all students and teaching staff were engaged in performance tasks/projects?

· No bells.

· No schedule.

· Teachers serve as the advisors.

· The student projects are approved by panel of teachers.

· At the conclusion, students put on a public demonstration.

What would it take?

The staff at Manning are excited to answer that challenge and have worked hard to create a week of learning (April 15-19) that is rigorous, relevant, and student-driven-- aligned to each of our students’ individual passions and designed to draw out their inherent and abundant potential.

6th Graders will begin the week researching a topic they’re eager to learn more about in order to submit a proposal on what they intend to learn throughout the week. After completing their rigorous research, they will create a project to showcase their learning and share their passion. They can choose any project format-- from fundraising for a cause to writing and producing a play. This student-directed week will culminate in a showcase that’s similar to Walt Disney World Epcot Center. Students will entertain, inform, and inspire their community members as well as develop a sense of pride, accomplishment, and confidence from their projects and their learning. They will be researching and learning from their teachers and peers as well as building new or deeper friendships with those who share similar interests. We will celebrate our students' achievements on Friday, April 19th from 11:30 am - 2:50 pm at the Manning School. Please join us for our Epcot Showcase. For a detailed schedule for the week, including what time your student is presenting, CLICK HERE!

7th Graders will work with The One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign-- an international global citizens' movement designed to tackle the most important problems facing our planet. This organization “started with a simple idea…Everyone matters. Everyone can make a difference. And together, we are unstoppable.” In conjunction with core 7th-grade curriculum, students will become active participants in this international campaign; they will choose a focus area from the 10 described on the website, research the topic, design an “act of peace,” create a display or presentation for their act, and post their ideas on the website. This student-directed week will culminate with a written reflection on their learning and an Open House of Projects at The Vista at Applewood Golf Course from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19; families and the public are invited to attend.

8th graders will spend the week answering this question: “What drives me?” With the guidance of a teacher advisor, students will study and learn more about a purpose or career path they are passionate about. By the end of the week, they will create a product or portfolio that demonstrates why they love that work, that proves why/how they can be great at it, that details how they could get paid for it, and lastly (but maybe most importantly) that illustrates how their passion will make the world a better place. On Friday, we will celebrate students’ work by having them present to and seek feedback from a panel of experts in a field related to their purpose as well as a larger audience of community members, families and peers. On Friday, April 19 in classrooms throughout Manning, students passionate about Sports, Performing Arts, or Travel will present from 9:30-noon. Students passionate about Visual Arts, STEM, Public Service and Solving Social Problems, Animals and the Natural World, or Health Sciences will present from 12:45-3:15. Students will share a more exact presentation time with you as their projects proposals take shape.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating the thinking, passion, problem-solving and creativity that our students will showcase. Although we are nervous to undertake something so different than what we typically do, I am certain we will all be captivated and awestruck by the incredible things students discover and invent when we allow them to direct their own learning.

Don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions, and thanks for sharing your kids with us. It is our honor to serve them!

Last Call for Volunteers to Serve on a Panel on Friday 4/19

The 8th grade team at Manning has narrowed down the time frame for the Passion Week presentations on Friday, April 19th. There will be two sessions (an AM session and a PM session). Each session will have three rounds of 45 minutes. You can sign up for one round or all six, or how ever much time you are generously offering our students. If you would like to serve on a panel, please send Mr. Luongo an email ( and let him know which time slot(s) you plan to attend and which category you would prefer. If you are willing to serve on a panel for any topic, that would be fine, too. If you can serve only during the 45-minute round your son/daughter is presenting, we can certainly make that happen. Thank you so much for supporting our students!

AM Session (Sports, Performing Arts, Travel)

  • Round 1 9:30-10:15
  • Round 2 10:20-11:05
  • Round 3 11:10-12:00

PM Session (Visual Arts, STEM, Public Service/Social Problems, Animals/Natural World, Health Sciences)

  • Round 1 12:45-1:30
  • Round 2 1:35-2:20
  • Round 3 2:25-3:10

Manning is a Network Partner with!

Sponsored by 14 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, the One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign is an international global citizens' movement designed to tackle the most important problems facing our planet. Becoming a Billion Acts Network Partner allows our students to help our community, while tracking all of our own Acts of Peace. Please visit for more information, and add your own "acts of peace" -- the campaign's goal is 1 billion acts by 2020!

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Student Council!

7th Graders

Jordan Beecher

Addison Helms

Maizy Hoffman

Mathis Joens

Julia Kaufholz

Abbey Morrissey

Gareth Page-Roth

Ryder Williams

Mariella Franklin

Alexis Paliga

Caitlyn Shull

8th Graders

Jake Bochow

Margaux Dempsey

Jake Lardie

Peter Lasell

Margot Mulhern

Lauren Rossano

Karla ) Andres) Soto

Sophia Stockham

Mary Weekley

Maddie Weiser

Harrison Pina

Panorama Grade Level Pictures

This is a reminder that we will be taking grade level Panorama pictures outside on Monday. If you would like to place an order for your own copy, please bring in your order form Monday. Students may dress nicely if they wish.

Congratulations to our Manning Students Whose Art Was Exhibited

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Reminder to 8th Graders

On Monday, April 22, please bring your class novel! For Traditional, that's S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders; for Honors, that's Sir A.C. Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Attention Manning 8th Graders Attending Ralston Valley Next Year

If you are currently taking Algebra or Geometry at Manning, you will need to take Ralston Valley's placement exam. This is not a timed test so you can leave as soon as you are finished. There are two more opportunities to do this.

At Ralston Valley on Wednesday April 17 or April Wednesday April 24 at 3:30 pm

Incoming Ralston Valley HS Spanish Students

Students attending Ralston Valley in the fall and wanting to take Spanish II or III need to take the placement test at Ralston Valley on Thursday April 18 or Tuesday April 23 starting at 3:30 or as soon as you arrive.

Message from the PTA

Our Manning team is so lucky to have a group of parent volunteers that are enthusiastic about celebrating Teacher and Staff Appreciation week (May 6-10). Our volunteers would appreciate the help of the entire community and ask that you please take a look at the Sign Up Genius (link below) to find out how you can help in the preparation for this special week. Thank you!

The Manning PTA needs you! We are in need of a Treasurer for the 2019-20 school year, and chairs for both the silent auction and chili supper in the fall.

The role of a middle school PTA Treasurer is easy! Really! If you can balance or checkbook - or let your bank balance it for you - you can do this work! The job takes only a few hours each month during most of the year. It is a bit busier at the beginning of the year, but still not as much as you're likely thinking :-)

The silent auction can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like- we have often done a very simple event, and as a chairperson you would be able to go bigger if you want, or not The chair for the chili supper will help organize a committee to set up the chili cooks and the cafeteria.

Please contact us at with any questions.

Manning Presents "Angst" Screening!

Join us for a screening of the new Documentary, Angst, Raising Awareness around Anxiety. Hosted by The Manning School of Academics and Arts Sources of Strength and Lakewood High School Sources of Strength.

Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Lakewood High School Auditorium

9700 W. 8th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215

Do you know a 7th grader with great potential?

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) is a fun, exciting and life-changing summer experience available for students.

WHEN: July 21-July 26 OR July 28-Aug. 2

Denver Mile High Rotary is sponsoring 2 students for this amazing opportunity. If you would be interested in applying, please check out:

To apply online go to

Make sure you select "Denver Mile High" from the dropdown, so you your application gets assigned to the right club. The Application is due in April and there will be an interview in May.

For 8th Graders Interested in Cheering at Golden HS Next Year

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Acting Opportunity

Golden's award-winning theater, Miners Alley Playhouse, is currently offering their spring after-school theater classes. Miners Alley Playhouse is known throughout the region for presenting professional, top-notch work, and their classes and summer programs are no exception. Please click below for details about enrolling your children in these after-school adventures!

Talk to the Camera

Talk to the Camera is excited to announce their casting call for our official TTTC Ambassador Program!

Date: Friday, April 12 & 13

Time: Friday 3:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: AEC Studios, 2828 Speer Blvd.#103, Denver, CO 80211

Follow Manning on Instagram! username- manningschool

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Please follow us on facebook, too! @themanningschooljeffco

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

Don't fall behind! Come get extra one-on-one attention with your teachers before school.

  • Monday - Math or Electives
  • Tuesday - Math or English or 6th Grade Science
  • Wednesday - Math or Social Studies
  • Thursday - Math or Science
  • Friday - Math

PLC Update

This past Wednesday, our teachers met in grade level teams to prepare and work out all the details for Dr. Glass's Challenge Week. We are excited to begin on Monday!

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

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  • We are proud of Jake Lowrie for not only owning up for a mistake he made, but for going up to a stranger and apologizing for it. The person's reply was that she has more respect for him now than before he even made the mistake! It was a good learning moment.


  • Mrs. Templeton is such a great role model and an amazing person. She is at recess almost everyday, actively participating in the Manning community. She always smiles and waves at me whenever I see her, brightening my day. Thank you so much for being so incredibly wonderful, Mrs. Templeton.


  • Nice job, Manning students! This week was stressful with all the testing and it wasn't exactly the most fun we've had at school, but we all made it through. :D


  • Audrey Patton is always so kind to me. She tries her best at everything she does. She is an amazing friend and peer.
  • Maizy Hoffman helped me in orchestra when I was doing the assignment. She is so kind and always helps anyone if they need it. Nice job, Maizy!
  • Samantha Kruger is nice to everyone.
  • I left my water bottle outside and I had to go home. Ali Walters got it for me and washed it. The she filled it up for the next day of CMAS. Ali is always trying to be kind and helpful.


  • Emily Ziporin and Niki Cattany offered to stay after class to help me clean up the classroom after my access class left without pushing their chairs in. I really appreciated their help!
  • Sydney Knoll, Ella Dammen, and Macy Yates are all super nice and they always know how to make me laugh or cheer me up. They help me when I don't understand an assignment, and they are always there for me when I need them. Thanks for being such great friends and making eighth grade such a fun year!

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.