The Manning Weekly Newsletter

August 17th, 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,

The following is a true story.

On Thursday after our first day of school, a Manning mom met her son outside our front doors and asked him, "How was your first day?" His response: "Today was legitimate."

Our hope is that the majority of our students felt similarly and left school feeling that Manning will be a good place for them. As a staff, we wanted to use these first two days to accomplish a few things:

  • orient the students to a new environment
  • help them understand our rules and norms
  • show them that we are a friendly and welcoming place

We did this through an orientation schedule, an end-of-day assembly, and ice breaker activities throughout the day. It's nice to have these first couple days to settle back into the routine of school, and then come back on Monday ready to go.

One thing I learned these first two days is ... Your kids are great! Thank you for sending them to us!

David / Mr. Luongo

On the First Day, Students Get a Tour of the Building

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Chrome Books

7th and 8th grade students will be receiving their Chromebooks during Access on Monday Aug 20.

6th graders will be getting their Chromebooks during their Language Arts class on Tues/Wed Aug 21-22.

Parents, make sure your student has a Sleeve Case with zipper – for 11.6” Chromebook to keep it from getting damaged when transporting it in between classes and school to home.

Please review with your student Device Care and Manning Systemic Practices.


We have a long day with only one lunch, so we are going to offer snack time during Periods 3 and 7 for any students who feel they could use some extra nourishment to get them through the day. It is up to the teacher as to how that will look in their classroom, but their will most likely be a time limit to snack time. Despite the expression, "Sharing is Caring," students who bring a snack are not allowed to share their food. So feel free to pack a snack in addition to lunch.

Traffic Tips

Our flow of traffic will naturally improve as we work out kinks, but a couple things to consider:

  • 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. In the mornings, that loop had fewer cars.
  • 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, so feel free to come anytime between 3:25 and 3:45. Staggering our arrival times will help a lot with the flow of traffic.

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.

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! Our first meeting time is Tuesday, August 21st at 3:30. 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 (

Thank You to Everyone Who Brought in Tissues and Other Office Supplies!

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StuCo Welcomes Students to Our Assembly

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A Fashion Show Demonstrated What NOT to Wear to School

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

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This goes to Ms. Claussen for speaking up when she believed that students should be able to bring their backpacks to Access at the end of the day. Now we have a new rule! You're welcome.


This goes to:

  • Ali Carpenter for helping a 7th grader just recovering from surgery carry her materials and set up her locker and get to class.
  • Noah Sisk and Keiton Abeyta for holding the doors for everyone after recess two days in a row without being asked to do so.


This goes to the entire Student Council for putting together a rockin' assembly for the first day of school. Thank you for giving up some of your summer vacation to make the first day a good one for the rest of our students.


This goes to:
  • Trenton Steeves. After winning the tug of war with his 6th grade team, Trenton went over to the 7th grade team and shook hands with each member of their team.
  • Charlie Labbo. Another student dropped his binder, and all of his papers fell out. Charlie stopped to help this student reorganize his things.
  • Payton Linseman for holding the door for a whole group of students entering the building first thing in the morning.


This goes to:
  • Rory O'Brien for starting out the year with a compliment. Kindness makes everyone start the year feeling good! THANKS
  • Jacob Dehm for picking up an empty water bottle off the floor and throwing it out even though it wasn't his trash. It takes teamwork to keep our school clean.

Getting Assigned Seats in Math Class

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Meet a Stranger in the Ball Pit

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PE uniforms are to be ordered by August 26th for 1st semester and 2nd semester

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.

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

Ms. Agard Encourages Rich Conversations... in MATH Class!

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More Ice Breakers - Two Truths and a Lie

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I Love How Many Students Bike to School!

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Chess Club Starts This Monday

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