The Manning Weekly Newsletter

August 10th, 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,

I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting so many of you this week during our Open House sessions. I accepted my position here at Manning already anticipating a strong partnership between staff and parents, but my experience this week exceeded my expectations! You were lined up at our front door early, with adolescents eagerly waiting to see their official schedule, move in to their locker, and locate their classrooms.

The range of emotions I saw in our incoming students brought me back to my own 6th grade orientation as an 11-year-old growing up in Connecticut. In addition to excitement, I noticed a whole lot of anxiety and even some tears. While it's exciting to set up your locker and figure out where your friends are, for many, it's hard not to ignore the butterflies in your stomach as you wonder:

  • What if my locker gets jammed and I can't get my notebook for class?
  • What if I can't remember how to find my math classroom?
  • What if I forget my locker combination?

Please assure your sons and daughters they are not alone! Two thirds of our student body is preparing for their first day as a middle school student. These questions are most likely going through their heads... Please tell them everything is going to be fine! Our teachers and staff are extremely friendly and will help our students out.

Thank you again for showing up to Open House this week and helping your kids get ready for the first day of school. I hope they are as excited as we are!

David / Mr. Luongo

Students Organize and Decorate Their Lockers (Thank you to parents and siblings for your help!)


We forgot to mention on our supply list, but please send your kids to school with a pair of headphones. It's important to have headphones to go along with their Chromebooks, so our students can watch instructional videos and engage in activities without disrupting their neighbor. They can be little ear buds or huge BOSE headphones or anywhere in between - it doesn't matter to us!

First Day of School

Thursday, August 16th - ONLY 6th and 7th graders. It will be a full day for both grades levels, and we will be on an assembly schedule (which you can find by clicking the button below). Lunch will be served for both grade levels. Students may enter the building at 7:50 am and 1st Period will start at 8:25. Students will go to each of their classes in order, and each teacher will have a brief orientation activity in addition to their own "First Day Spiel." At the end of the day, we will have an assembly led by our Student Council.

Friday, August 17th - first day for 8th graders. All three grades will be on a normal bell schedule, but the 8th grade will go to the auditorium at the end of the day for an abridged version of the assembly during Access. We would like our BRAND NEW 8th GRADERS to attend Tutor Time at 7:50 in Ms. Cahill's room (first door on the left down the main hallway) so that they can have a brief orientation before school begins.

** If you have a 6th or 7th grader who is on a special schedule because they are an athlete, we encourage you to make an effort to come to the entire first day of school so they can receive all the Orientation information. If they can't make it for the whole day, please let our front office know so we can make sure to give them all the information they miss.

Achievement Time on Wednesdays (2:25 pm - 3:25 pm)

Achievement Time will be held in our cafeteria every Wednesday afternoon after school lets out. The only students who need to attend Achievement Time will be those who have a D or an F in one or more of their classes. We will run the D/F list every Thursday morning, and counselors will notify all students on the list as well as their family before the end of the day. Students then have until Tuesday afternoon during Access to improve their grade(s) to a C or better, but if they still have a D or an F, they need to be here for Achievement Time on Wednesday. If your student has successfully improved their grade, you will hear from us on Tuesday afternoon that they are excused from Achievement Time that week. Students who fail to attend an Achievement Time they have been assigned will be expected in detention after school the following Tuesday as well as Achievement Time the following Wednesday.

Traffic Flow for Dropping Off & Picking Up

Depending on which direction you approach the building from, please choose from one of the two options depicted below. This will help ensure a fluid flow of traffic in the morning and afternoon.
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Where Can Your Student Go at 7:50 am?

School starts at 8:25, but please don't show up at 8:24! Allow yourself time to get here early, do some studying, visit with friends, or simply take a deep breath. Beginning at 7:50, there are three options for your student:

  1. They can go to the Library to study quietly.
  2. They can go to the Cafeteria to hang out with friends.
  3. They can attend Tutor Times (offered by the following teachers in their own classrooms each day of the week):
  • Monday - Electives
  • Tuesday - English
  • Wednesday - Social Studies
  • Thursday - Science
  • Friday– Math

Christine Dempsey (PTA President) in a Booth at Open House

If you would like to get involved or find out more about how the PTA has an amazing effect on our students, please contact Christine at
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Open House - Tues Aug 14th from 9:00 to 2:00

For those of you who missed Open House, we are offering another opportunity on Tuesday. Come anytime between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. We have compiled a list of important items for you to take care of into one comprehensive document. Please take a look and reach out to our front office if you have any questions.

6th Grade English Supply List

We apologize - for some reason, the list of supplies for 6th grade English class was left out of our original communication. For English class, 6th graders will need:

  • a composition book
  • a two-pocket folder
  • 100 index cards

PE Uniforms & Lockers

If your student has PE either first or second semester, please order a gym uniform (if you haven’t already) by clicking the button below. If you already own black shorts and a red tee-shirt, please change into them for gym class until your uniforms arrive.

Our PE teacher, Mr. Beaty, will provide locker combinations to all students by the third day of school. The locks are built in, so no need to bring your own padlock.

The YMCA Is Offering Before and After School Activities

Are you trying to figure out what to do with your kiddos outside of school hours? The YMCA might be a good solution. To enroll in their program, you can click the button below or contact the program director, Abby Kenner at 303-422-4977 ext. 241 or email her at