Manitou Springs Middle School

March 5th, 2021

Dear Mustang Families,

It is hard to believe how quickly spring break is approaching. I am inspired by the deep learning that is occurring in our middle school classrooms every day. Students are working hard to finish the third quarter on a positive note.

School Instructional Strategy - Teach Students What to Say Instead of “I Don’t Know”

As a school, our teachers have a common strategy to help students solve problems when they don’t know an answer. This strategy helps create a school-wide expectation of accountable conversation. You can use it at home with your middle school student as well.

Here’s how it works: We provide a poster for students that lists alternatives to saying “I Don’t Know.”

  • May I please have some more information?

  • May I please have some more time to think?

  • Would you please repeat the question?

  • Where could I find more information about that?

  • May I ask a friend for help?

This instructional strategy, coupled with our school-wide expectation that students speak and write in complete sentences, helps our students develop strong communication skills.

Upcoming Schedule

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8th Grade Continuation Photos

Dress up in your formal attire! Lifetouch photography will be hosting sittings for Grade 8 formal continuation photos on Tuesday, March 9th in the gym. Photos can be pre-ordered at with order code EVTB362PX. Hard copy order forms were distributed Thursday this week. Additional forms are available in the office. These photos will be published in the Yearbook as well.


Haven't bought this year's yearbook yet? No problem! Go to MySchoolBucks to purchase today! If you have any pictures of COVID-safe activities with students or at-home learning, please email them to Ms. Fodrie ( for consideration.