The Manning Weekly Newsletter

December 7, 2018

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Dear Families,

This week flew by and it must be because we're having fun... and learning at the same time, of course! This is crunch time as there are only two more weeks left in the semester. We appreciate your support at home helping our students stay organized and turn in any missing assignments before the grading period closes on Friday, December 21st.

Have a great weekend.

David / Mr. Luongo

Looking for Generous Donation of Recess Equipment

Our supply of recess equipment is dwindling and the balls we still have are in rough shape. If anyone is willing to donate a ball they have in their garage and never use or buy a brand new ball and donate it to the school, our kids will get a lot of use out of it! Your students can bring in any donated balls to the front office and we will make sure it gets out there for recess. Some of the items we could use are:

  • footballs
  • basketballs
  • soccerballs
  • volleyballs
  • kickballs
  • frisbees

Thank you again!

This is Our Current Supply of Recess Equipment

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Vocabulary Bowl Winners

We have some winners! The following students are Manning's top scorers in the Vocabulary Bowl for November:

  • Lilly Baillie
  • Anton McCray
  • Curren Stukey
  • Wyatt Johns
  • McKenna Merz and
  • Mercer Clark

Congratulations. And, thanks for making The Manning School of Academics and the Arts #4 in our Division and #5 out of all the middle and high schools participating in Colorado! We slipped from #1 last month, but that's okay!!!! Logon, learn some words and earn us #1 again. Stay tuned for December's top scorers!

Ugly Sweater Day - Friday December 14th

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

These last two weeks of school are important for many students to take advantage of extra opportunities to meet with teachers and turn assignments in. Here is a reminder of our tutor time schedule:

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

Fun Way to Review for a Test

Students in 6th grade were able to review for their Density Test this week by using Breakout boxes! Students had to collaborate, calculate and use their knowledge of density to break into the boxes. Thank you PTA for helping our school have access to such a unique and fun way of learning.

The PTA is Organizing a Holiday Treat for Our Staff

During this very busy time of year, we want to make sure our amazing Manning Teachers and Staff are not forgotten! Please join the Manning PTA to help our educators celebrate the holidays with treats and lunch. Haven't opened the oven door since your home tour or inspection? No worries, we are accepting donations to support a beautiful holiday lunch! On Monday, 12/17 we will be sharing holiday treats to be enjoyed the whole week. On Wednesday, 12/19, we will provide a scrumptious catered lunch. If you are interested in contributing, please click on the SignUpGenius button below. Thank you so much in advance for your generosity and support!

New Enrichment Opportunity

On Wednesdays in January, we will be offering new enrichment. "Drone Commander" will begin in on January 16th, and "Video Game Design" will begin on February 27th. Click on the links to register. There are only 12 spots available for each class.

Drone Commander:

Video Game Design:

Good Work, Robotics Club

Now that we are done, we would like to thank you for all of your hard work and creativity! Next semester we will share information regarding a competitive Manning Robotics Team for fall of 2019. We are looking for a parent leader to guide the competitive team. Please contact Mrs. Burg or Mrs. Putnam if interested.
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Interested in Being a Scout?

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Enrichment Opportunity ~ "Sticky Fingers"

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Reminder ~ Ear Buds

Our teachers have noticed a significant number of students are no longer bringing their ear buds or headphones to school on a regular basis, making classroom activities less efficient at times. Please remind your student to bring these to school. If you have two different sets, it might be worthwhile to leave one set of ear buds in their locker.

7th Grade English Answers 30,000 Questions!

Ms. Claussen's English classes received this certificate from IXL -- the online grammar program that we are using in 7th-grade ELA -- so far we have answered 30,000 Language Arts questions this year!

6th Grade Bill Nye Experience

6th Grade Science Classes have been working very hard on their Bill Nye DIY videos explaining Density concepts. Each student had a specific job title (Director, Producer, Art/Costume Director, and Screenwriter). We brought in guest speaker actress Audrey Walters to speak about her education, experiences, and tips for auditioning for roles.

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Friday, December 21 is a Flex Day for students whose teachers still need them to make up work. We won't know which students need to be here on that last Friday of the semester until the day before. Please keep this in mind while making travel plans. Students can come into school by request to make up work between 8:25 and 12:25.

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Get Your Free 8x8 Photo Book

Reminder if your student purchased school pictures this year, don’t forget to take advantage of your free 8x8 Photo Book from Lifetouch and Shutterfly. This offer expires 12/20/18. Go to to place your order.

Interested in Discounted Tickets to the Rodeo?

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Enroll Jeffco is Coming!

Jeffco Public Schools is rolling out a new student enrollment system called EnrollJeffco for the 2019-20 school year. This new enrollment system has two components. First, a tool called School Finder, which is a searchable database of information about all Jeffco Public Schools. Second, an online enrollment system where all current and incoming students will indicate where they will go to school next year. Families with new preschool students and those who want to participate in choice enrollment to attend a school other than their current or neighborhood school will apply for their school of choice through this system.

Starting December 17: Go to to learn about the schools near you.

January 22 - February 8: Enroll in your current or neighborhood school (K-12), or apply to another Jeffco school (choice enrollment & preschool) at

Late February: If choice enrolling, you will receive notification of next steps via email.

Check out now or watch the video below for information about this user-friendly system that will help families plan ahead and provide schools with enrollment information to prepare for the next school year.

Dress Rehearsal of Elf

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Manning Musical Theater Students and Parents,

Our theater cast will be having one more dress rehearsal on Monday, Dec 17 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Students should bring a snack, water bottle and costume. Thank you for your flexibility and support!

Winter Performance Tickets Now Available

ELF THE MUSICAL JR!-tickets are $3

December 17, -Dress rehearsal for Elf from 3:30-6:00

December 18, -5:30 pm performance and 7:00 pm performance

NOTICE: We have pushed the play back two weeks.

WINTER CONCERT-tickets are $3

Dec. 11, 2018- 5:30 p.m. performance and 7:00 p.m. performance

Dec. 12, 2018- 7:00 p.m. performance

Tickets can be purchased from:

***Families are encouraged to only attend one performance so ALL families can watch their student perform***

Musical Auditions

On Friday, December 21, 8th grade musical theater students will have their High School Musical auditions. Students will receive a schedule from Mrs. Mendez regarding which roles should appear at what time. All audition information is available at the following website.

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!

Hello Manning 6th Grade Families,

We wanted to provide you with some important reminders and dates regarding our 6th Grade Outdoor Lab. If you are participating in the King Soopers fundraiser, you have until March 23rd to use those cards to help contribute towards your student's $350 Outdoor Lab fee. After March 23rd, you will be responsible to pay any balance remaining by April 5th.

For those of you not participating in the King Soopers card fundraiser, the deadline to have the $350 fee paid is April 5th. If it would help you to make your payments in increments, please feel free to do so by contacting our financial secretary Jade Zentz at 303-982-6226. You can make payments over the phone with a credit card. You may also log onto Jeffco Connect and pay the $350 in full at any time.

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Outdoor Lab Spirit Wear!

  • Purchasing Spirit Wear: Spirit Wear is available at Families can also purchase items at the Foundation office, although they should call ahead as our hours vary:

3000 Youngfield St., Suite 167

Wheat Ridge, CO 80215

(Call ahead at (720) 403-8241)

  • Pricing:
    • Hoodies $35
    • T-shirts $16
    • Ball caps $20
    • Beanies $15
    • Water bottles and Sunglasses are each $5.
  • School Delivery Deadline: Families have until January 6, 2019 to place their Spirit Wear order if they’d like it shipped to the school. We deliver all “ship to school” orders the week before they are scheduled to attend Outdoor Lab.

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!

Manning Yearbooks & 8th Grade Well Wishes Are on Sale Now

2018-19 Manning Yearbooks are on sale from fall until March 8, 2019.

Packages and A la Carte prices: click here
Purchase all yearbooks online at
Manning yearbook code is: 12208119
Yearbook Purchase Deadline: March 8, 2019.

8th grade Well Wishes: $10 (1/4 page advertisement)
Well Wishes Due Date: Feb 15, 2018

8th Grade Well Wishes

8th Grade well wishes is a $10 1/4 page advertisement add-on to the price of a yearbook. Be sure to submit a photograph and dedication to Lifetouch by February 15, 2019 in order to be included in the yearbook, follow the instructions below:

Your 8th Grade Well Wish must be submitted online at:

Community Image Upload Site Access Code: ALAZBC

1. Upload your Image. (Please only submit 1 image for your student) Images must be at least 300 dpi and only jpg or tiff images are accepted.
2. List your students name under the Keyword
3. Type your dedication under the description
4. Change category to 8th grade Well Wishes
5. Press Submit.

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.

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.

PLC Update

This past Wednesday, our staff all met together in the auditorium to do celebrations and hear some announcements, and then our teachers broke off into content area meetings to discuss any business pertaining to their department.

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

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  • Jack Kent is so reflective. He knows his strengths and his struggles, and he honest about both those things when working with a team. His math group works so well together because they know how to support each other! Way to go!

  • Adan Marquez sang Christmas carols with me in 6th Period Spanish. Even though every one was staring at us, he kept singing. He has so much perseverance everything he does including his friendships, peers, teachers, and schoolwork.


  • Mrs. Garcia-Lee works hard to ensure that all students get the support they need to be successful.

  • Ms. Whitacre is continuously reflective about her teaching and always strives to do what is best for her students.

  • I admire Ms. Cahill for how diligent she is with planning ahead for school wide functions such as the upcoming flex day. In a profession that moves so quickly and chaotically, she is still able to plan weeks and months in advance.

  • Gavin Archer is diligent about his school work. He checks in regarding ways to improve academically and always follows through on assignments. Keep up the great work Gavin

  • Carly Brandes always puts her learning first. She took her time to complete MAP testing without fearing being the last student done and without losing confidence in her work! Nice job, Carly!

  • Jack Robinson is always ready to learn and has a positive attitude! Gives great feedback about class and what he's learning!

  • Seeley Beecher helped me put craft penguins together to hang on people's lockers. Thanks Seeley, for being part of another round of random acts of kindness!

  • Noah helped his friend by giving them laughs and made their day even brighter.

  • Maizy Hoffman taught the class about the Maya game pok-a-tok and shown mastery of the topic by pointing out details even Mr. Molinare didn't notice.

  • Auden is a great friend.

  • Adan Marquez is very nice and he always helps me study for tests. He puts in effort to help me study by making flash cards. He will always put in his greatest effort to make sure I understand the words. Also he is very kind. Also he showed me that he had an 103.86 percent in a class and instead of keeping the grade he went to the teacher and told her about his incorrect score. I admire him and he is just a great person all around.

  • Will Ruhl worked vary hard on video even though he kept encountering problems.

  • Tero Cook came into Design Thinking class and had an idea he wanted to work on. He spent the entire 90 minutes of class making a very creative and engaging Adobe Spark video that described his process and then proceeded to begin his prototype design. Great job.

  • Mr. Rubin is so kind and welcoming to every student that enters his class. He helped me when I wanted to better understand a concept check and is always explaining things to the best of his ability. I love how he is always telling us to work our hardest and to always enjoy our weekend which lifts my heart. I think he is the nicest math teacher.

  • Niki Cattany has always been a great friend and she makes my class so much fun

  • Ms. McLeod is always making us push ourselves so we can create the best work. While she is pushing us she is letting us have a fun time. I love my classmates and my teacher, so thank you period 7 ELA.

  • Ms. Burg is so kind to all of her students and never gets mad. She is always bubbling with energy and laughing along with her students. Even in volleyball she cheers us on even if we makes a mistake and makes us try harder, practice, and make mistakes which makes us succeed. She is here every volleyball game and practice, congratulating us as the game goes on. She is my favorite teacher.

  • Sean Karchner was very on task when others weren't and helped others.

  • Sean Karchner was working on task, getting his work done, and helping others when they asked for help

  • Sean Karchner was quiet in class and helping others in class while others were off task.
  • Mr G would qualify for all of these categories but most of all effort. He is always working really hard to make sure that all his students are effectively learning and making his class fun. He will always acknowledge how hard each and every student works. He will never call out or embarrass anyone if they have a late or missing assignment. He always puts aside everything he is doing to help a student. He is a great role model and I cannot wait to see ho many lives he will change through Spanish. He is an amazing teacher I hope to see him again next year in Spanish 101. Thank you Mr G for all you do to help everyone in your classes. Thank you.

  • Adam Ly has been working very hard lately to improve his grade in ELA. He checks in with me to make sure he understands expectations. His hard work is really starting to pay off! He met his mid-year goal for MAP testing! Keep up the hard work, Adam!

  • Alex Erger is so studious and takes everything with an everlasting humor. He's supportive and kind.


  • Mr. Molinare and Mr. Johnson coordinated all of Young International Towne and it was a huge success.
  • I love having Mr. Richardson because of all the fun things he lets students do in science class to learn about science.
  • Sophie Wong worked super hard and achieved her highest MAP score ever in both ELA and Math.
  • James Carpenter applies what he has learned in STEM, science, and robotics to real life. He strives to create new inventions that can help people outside of school. We are proud of you James!
  • Lilly Baillie, Anton McCray, Curren Stukey, Wyatt Johns, McKenna Merz, and Mercer Clark were top scorers for Manning in the National Vocabulary Bowl!
  • Wyatt Johns, James Towle, Houston Gilcrease, Lillian Baillie, Jackson Kent, Sean Lann, and Jack Stringer deserve accolades for being Manning's top scorers for the Vocabulary Bowl in October!
  • Tero Cook didn't have his chromebook and was able to find other ways to complete classwork without help, and went above and beyond the expectations of the assignment.
  • Ms. McLeod is my favorite teacher and she makes every class I have with her more exciting. I am always excited to come to English and access every day
  • Thank you Noah Witte for setting up our 6th grade science Break Out Boxes. We appreciate your hard work and for catching mistakes!
  • Thank you Abby Crespin for making a quizlet of our 6th grade vocabulary for every unit. We appreciate your hard work and your peers appreciate your dedication to helping us learn new vocabulary words!


  • Beckett and Hudson Vallin-Serwinowski always stay after school to stack chairs and clean up my room. I really appreciate them spending the extra 5 minutes to make our school a better place!

  • Ryder Williams held me accountable when I'd mistakenly entered an incorrect grade into Infinite Campus. He brought this mistake to my attention respectfully. Thank you, Ryder.

  • Ben Bizzaro did not have enough of an appetite to finish is snickers bar and instead of throwing it away and wasting it, he gave it to Mr. Luongo and Mr. Luongo savored it.

  • Ben Bizzaro was not very hungry and he had a snickers bar. Instead of Ben throwing the chocolate bar away he gave it to Mr. Luongo.

  • Miss Agard and her 1st period TA went around making little penguin ornaments and with a penguin pun as random acts of kindness. I love how Miss Agard and her 1st Period TA do this sort of thing every month.

  • Sophie Christiansen noticed some vandalism in the school and helped clean it up.

  • Alex Erger is an amazing friend

  • Mr. G has always been so supportive, kind and nice to everyone in his classes. He's really inspiring and I have always felt so close to him. He's by far one of the best teachers in Manning.

  • Mr. G is always nice and he teaches us a lot in ways that help us.

  • Kiran McDonald bought me a lunch when I did not have any lunch money in my account.

  • Mr. Miller always plans the best activities to do in class and sometimes even changes the lesson plan based on what his students want to do. He GETS what it is like to be a middle schooler and sometimes it even feels like he is one: he can make the whole class laugh. He always has a positive outlook on things and makes us all come out of the class happier then we were before.

  • Isabel Martin always respects me and Is always helping others in class or even outside of class.

  • Camy Ricketson helped me pick up my book when it feel out of my hands and asked if I was ok and she held the door for me.

  • Ms. Putnam always strives to help students when they are in need. For example, when I was struggling with my Bill Nye Video project, and did not think that I would get it done on time, Ms. Putnam helped me through it with lots encouragement and helpful tips. Also, when my group and I did not understand how to edit our video, Ms. Putnam explained it to us and helped us through every step, until we understood completely how to do everything on the editing website.


  • Ms. Burg, thank you for being student-centered and kind to everyone!

  • Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for working hard on Outdoor Lab. We appreciate it!

  • Thank you to Kindred Alvarado for staying after class to put up chairs, set up labs, and clean up messes!

  • Noah and Roman Anderson are a tag team! They hold each other responsible and also make sure they're both having a good time.

  • Lizzie always makes me happy and in orchestra she always helps me to understand music and get organized

  • Thank you, Sophie Leo, for sharing your grandmother's experiences working with Martin Luther King -- during the Civil Rights Movement -- with our class! It really added to making the novel we are reading "real world."

  • Karly Allen, Aimee Allen, and Skylar Mercer are in my carpool and when we get to school they help me and I help them study for tests. They make it fun, funny, and we all learn from it. These girls have helped me get A’s on my tests and have helped me learn a lot about friendships. so I would like to say thank you.

  • Mrs. Agard and Lauren worked together to find a lost school item that fell under a desk. Thank you Lauren.

  • Lauren helped Ms.Agard find a pen.

  • Lauren Rossano and Ms. Agard had to fish out a pen cap that had been dropped behind Ms. Agard's desk. they had to tell each other what to do to retrieve the cap. This was quite a glorious moment. Thank you both for all you have done.

  • Shout out to the 6th Grade Team for totally bombing the special classes sign up and then working together to try again.

  • Kohei Shimada is a great amazing friend and help me say cool beans in japanese.

  • Our table helps each other out and Spanish is super fun because of Kaylee Gilbertson, Auden Schroeder, and Alex Erger.

  • Thank you very much, Rory Frank, for helping me fix the computer problems at the start of MAP testing. You are always willing to help, and it is greatly appreciated!

  • Tessa Steinke took care of our class pet Leo Banana. She even sent updates with pictures of Leo's vacation! Thank you Tessa for taking such great care of our classroom friend.

  • I think that Mr. G works well with kids and has good teamwork. He keeps students to stay engage them in spanish.

  • Mr. G is a great teacher who teaches us in a fun ways were we learn. He also is my favorite teacher and makes me enjoy Spanish and makes me want to keep learning on

  • I think that Mr. G works well with kids and has good teamwork. He keeps students to stay engaged in spanish.

  • Mr G has taught me so much Spanish that I dont think I would have learned as much if he were not my teacher.

  • Everyday we have spanish and we have to study, Baylee Wagner always wants to help me and make sure I understand. She is fantastic and tries her best to help. She always jokes around she inrtoduces new ideas.

  • I think that Mr. G works well with kids and has good teamwork. He keeps students to stay engage them in spanish.

  • Anabelle Kenney-Murray is a good friend and shes always trying to make the school a better, happier place. She fills the room with sunshine and happiness when she smiles.

  • Jordan Chang is super supportive and helpful in gym rooting everyone on

  • I would like to thank Ms. Garcia-Lee for supporting our students in the Reading class; 7th-grade students in her class showed great growth on the recent Reading MAP test, and as a 7th-grade teacher, I am thankful for her support!

  • The class was challenged to go out of their comfort zone and share with people in the class that were not their buddies, or people that they would not normally talk to. Sarah Lilienthal didn't hesitate to go across the room and sit with students that normally wouldn't partner with her. She shared her ideas and allowed them to challenge her ideas.

  • Ella Yancey is pretty tech saavy and loves to challenge herself and use technology in the classroom. However, whenever other classmates are struggling, Ella is more than willing to stop what she is doing and helping others with their technology.

  • Excellent work Mrs.Putnam's 6th period class! You had the fastest time to breakout of our Density box. The record time was 18 minutes.

  • Thank you Mr.Mo for creating the Sign up Genius forms for Outdoor Lab and putting all of their names into a spreadsheet for us! YOU ARE THE BEST!

  • Thank you Ms. Agard and Mr. Hughes for organizing the High School Leaders for Outdoor Lab. We appreciate your hard work!!

  • Thank you Mrs.Garcia-Lee for organizing name tag logistics for Outdoor Lab. We appreciate everything you've done for our 6th graders.

  • Thank you, Mrs. Burg, for helping with Outdoor Lab logistics. We love how positive you are! Thank you for always being the first to volunteer to problem solve.

  • Madame Pouliot, merci pour votre aide avec le laboratoire en plein air. Nous t'aimons!

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.