The Manning Weekly Newsletter

August 31st, 2018

Our Vision

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.

Dear Families,

It was great having you here yesterday evening for Back to School Night. Our teachers were looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible so that we can continue to work together as partners in your children's education. Hopefully last night was informative for you and allowed you the opportunity to get to know some teachers. We truly value how devoted you are to your children's lives and involved in their education.

Thank you again to the PTA for buying our teachers dinner after school, as well as all the parents who signed up to bring in food and drinks! It was a long day for our staff, but the catered meal provided a nice "pick-me-up" as we headed into the evening.

As you can see in this week's newsletter, teachers have really been using their hour and a half block periods on Tuesday and Wednesday to dive deep into some really cool learning experiences. Certain activities are simply implausible to do in 45 minutes, especially when you need time to set up at the beginning and clean up at the end. We're proud of our teachers for using the block periods to their advantage as well as our students for staying engaged for that long.

Have a terrific Labor Day weekend!

David / Mr. Luongo

Enrichment Programs for Wednesday Afternoons (Currently there are 3 options to choose from)

A New Wednesday Enrichment Activity... Rock n' Roll!

Middle School Sports Program

Here's your chance to sign up for fall sports. This season, we are offering flag football, cross country, and volleyball. Each sport is coed and includes 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The cost is $55 per sport. Flag football and cross country start next week so sign up now using the button below! Volleyball will start in October.

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.

Manning Ultimate Frisbee Team

6th, 7th and 8th grade co-ed team will play a season of approximately

6 weeks in September and October vs. other area middle school teams.

No experience necessary. Love of teamwork, running on field, and throwing and catching Frisbees preferred.

Coach – Mr. Gordon

Practices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:45pm

Games – After school days, as scheduled with other schools

Cost - $20 (payable to parent coordinator at 2nd practice)

1 day tournament in early November will cost approximately $30 more.

First Practice/Initial Meeting

Tuesday, September 4, 3:30-4:45pm

Meet at track behind school

Questions? Contact Betsy Angelino (parent coordinator) at betsyfanton@comcast.netor 303.550.7292


Mr. Gordon at or 303-982-6277

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.

6th Grade STEM

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Our 6th grade STEM students have been designing and building models of satellites which can travel to the moon and take pictures of the moon's surface. The challenge is to work together in teams to create a satellite that can fly above the ground for a distance of 5 meters. I was impressed with how well they problem-solved together through trial and error and made revisions to their design until they found success. Check out the videos below.

Please 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

Duck... Duck... GOOSE! Still a favorite at recess.

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His Math Teacher Made Him Change His Shirt

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21st Century Skills Students Present a Marketing Plan for a New Product

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Our Band Can Play Well Together in Just the 2nd Week

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Can You Find Your Student's Self Portrait?

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Our Teachers Create Fun and Engaging Activities for Students to Collect and Graph Data

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Nice Carpool!!!

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Join Running Club!

Manning is now offering Running Club to all students every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:15. This is in addition to the opportunity to run cross country, so you can participate in one or the other or both. We hope to utilize Manning’s track and get some neighborhood runs in! It is not too late to join. Meet with Mrs. Pouliot and Ms. Agard in B3 (Ms. Agard’s classroom) after school.

If you would like to join, please read our Running Club Letter to Families and send your child with our signed Running Club Permission Slip to our first meeting.

Please send any questions to Ms. Agard (

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

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  • Timothy Sanchez found $5 on the ground during lunch and turned it in to the front office
  • Ryder Williams for reflecting on the differences between having fun and making fun and he was honest when he wasn't sure if he crossed the line in between the two.
  • Noah Sisk corrected a mistake his science teacher made grading his paper even though it made his grade lower.


  • Ms. Burg is reflective about her practices and has student learning and growth at the forefront of the decisions she makes.
  • Nicholas Schweiker tries every day in science class and as a TA to complete his work to the very best of his ability. If at first his work is not the best, he will work to improve it until it is.
  • Ms. Ritschard is implementing the use of Khan Academy in her classroom to better meet her students' needs and provide resources to support their success...even when her SMART board isn't working! :)


  • Matthew Rayburn is organized, on time, and very thoughtful in his ideas he presents in Sources of Strength. He clearly has a mindset to do well this year!
  • Tommy Reddinger has been doing a phenomenal job leading his table in discussions and group work. Additionally, he is making in-depth connections between various civilizations and citing evidence as to how they are similar and different from one another. Good job, Tommy!
  • Jasmine Collins is extremely motivated and positive. She works hard to turn in high quality assignments and is always a step ahead. In addition to that, she wants to make a difference at Manning which I think is commendable.
  • Addison Helms strives to grow and learn by asking questions about atoms. She uses her resources and always goes above and beyond. I am very proud of her!


  • Ryder Williams was walking down the hall and noticed a classmate's locker was standing open. When he tried to close it, it wouldn't close because of something being in the way. Instead of touching the person's stuff, he came to get an adult to help get it closed to protect the student's property. Ryder was respectful of the other student's belongings and space! Well done!
  • Ying Lieu goes out of her way to make sure her friends and teachers are happy.
  • Ali Carpenter is a TA at Maple Grove and has reported back how Manning teachers' students are adjusting well in their new school. She went out of her way to observe them and comfort teachers at Manning.


  • Elaina Roboff for standing at the ball cart at the end of recess and asking all kids to pass her their balls and frisbees so she could put them away
  • Adan Marquez is so focused, positive, and willing to help anyone. He offered to show another student how to submit work through Schoology.

  • Cam Shull works hard to balance building friendships with teammates while also getting work done.
  • Sean Lann holds the door every day for 6th grade theater as all 60 of them file into the auditorium.
  • Audrey Rice was helping her peers with an assignment. She did an excellent job explaining the expectations and how to find the answers.
  • Keiton Abeyta competes with Mrs. Pouliot each morning to see who can greet the most students by name. He is working hard to learn every student's name and to make each student feel welcome to school.

Lost and Found

Please remind your students to check the lost and found, which is on the table in the cafeteria. Currently, the table is overflowing with lunch bags, back packs, sweatshirts, water bottles, planners, etc. All items in the Lost and Found will be donated to a local thrift store next Friday after school, so if you want to reclaim a lost item, make sure to pick it up.

Manning Girl Scout Troop

The new Manning Girl Scout Troop will meet at 3:45 on Tuesday, September 4th in the cafeteria. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are welcome to join. Contact Catherine Bendl at 303-242-1669 or for more information or just show up at the meeting.

Traffic Tips

To help improve our afternoon flow of traffic, please consider the following:

  • Those of you who pull into the old bus loop on the north side of the building off of 32nd Avenue, keep in mind you can also keep going past the bus loop and pull into the one way loop in front of the school where it tends to be less congested.
  • You do not need to pick up your student exactly at 3:25. It will take them a few minutes to pack their bag and leave the building. We will provide supervision outside until 3:45. If some of you plan on meeting at 3:40, the staggering of arrival times will significantly reduce congestion.
  • For safety purposes, please have your students get in and out of your car on the passenger side.
  • We encourage carpooling! As students make new friends that live nearby, consider swapping who drives the kids to school. This will help our traffic situation and the environment as well!
  • Some families have arranged to meet their student after school in a nearby area that is off campus and it has worked out well.
  • Drivers, please stay in your vehicle in case we need to move you up.

Proactive Presentations

These optional presentations provide adolescents and their parents tools to navigate safely through the complexities of the 21st Century.