The Manning Weekly Update

Friday October 15, 2021

Manning Community,

Happy Friday!

I want to thank Ms. Shawna Mendez, Ms. Babette Norton, Mr. Connor Page, and our incredibly talented students for an amazing two nights of joyful and beautiful music! We had sold out shows both nights and it was so neat to see our students perform again in a live venue. We have taken feedback over the past few days around ticket sales and we will be making adjustments to improve the process prior to our winter music collage shows in December.

We had our parent partnership (school accountability) meeting on Tuesday night and a few things were discussed, including traffic and upcoming student events.

As for traffic, I'm asking that parents don't turn left into our 32nd bus loop when heading west. It is creating congestion on 32nd and confusion within the bus loop. We are working on ordering and putting up a "No Left Turn" sign on 32nd for those traveling west. Until then, I ask that you modify your drop off and pick up plans if this applies to you. If you are traveling west on 32nd, please turn left onto Alkire street and use one of our two loops on Alkire to drop off your student.

Regarding student events, we are not hosting a Halloween dance due to the increase in Covid numbers, still being in outbreak status with the Jefferson County Health Department, and the fact that a 1/3 (6th grade) of our population has not had a chance to get vaccinated yet. I will be open to a spring dance once our entire population has had a chance to get vaccinated and in hopes that we will be out of outbreak status, with decreasing Covid numbers in our community. In lieu of the dance, and in the spirit of inclusivity and something our students can look forward to, we are going to have a "Spirit Week" Monday, 10/25- Friday, 10/29. Student Council will unveil the theme of each day during announcements on Monday afternoon, with Friday, 10/29 of course being Halloween dress up day! The regulations are pretty easy to follow for an acceptable Halloween costume at school:

  • Must follow our dress code
  • No full masks
  • No weapon fascimile

Finally, Jeffco Schools has required that all schools administer a battery called the SSIS-SEL from Pearson. Essentially, this battery evaluates the social emotional skills of your student and then gives our staff data on how to further support your student in further building their social emotional skills. A very important detail to note is that students DO NOT take this assessment, so instructional time is not impacted. Instead, your students teachers assess the students social emotional skills in several different categories including self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. The teachers will complete this assessment 3 different times/year and the hope is that this data will support our social emotional learning and teaching efforts at Manning and further support your student. We already completed the first assessment last Thursday during our staff development day. I've posted the link below if you would like more information. Also, our social emotional learning specialist, Ms. Kari Gray, would be more than happy to speak with you if you have further questions. She can be reached at

If for any reason, you would like to opt your child out of this assessment, please email me and I will be sure that your student is taken off the list.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Better Together,

Christian Ramaker

What's happening Next Calendar

  • Thursday 10/21- NJHS Induction Ceremony 6pm ** new time**
  • Thursday 10/28- PTA October Meeting 8:30am at Manning
  • Thursday 10/28- Prospective Family Tours 4pm- more information below
  • Thursday 11/04- Prospective Family Tours 4pm
  • Tuesday 11/9- Parent Partnership 5:30pm
  • Tuesday 11/9- PTA's Next fundraising restaurant night November 9th at Chipotle, 3294 Youngfield, Wheat Ridge. Bring your hungry family and friends!
  • Thursday 11/11- Prospective Family Tours 4pm
  • Thursday 11/18- PTA Meeting 5:30pm Zoom

  • Monday 11/22- Friday 11/26- Thanksgiving Break

PTA News


National Junior Honor Society is here!

Manning is hosting an Induction Ceremony for all 8th grader students (and parents of students) that met last year’s requirements for NJHS membership next week on Thursday October 21st at 6pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early and head straight to the auditorium. Student’s that met the NJHS and Manning requirements including the GPA requirement, teacher recommendation, and personal essay, have all been invited to the ceremony.

National Junior Honor Society is an essential part of our student leadership here at Manning. We are excited to acknowledge those that put in the hard work and perseverance to meet eligibility requirements. We want to thank you all for your support and involvement with our community to continue to pursue great character and dedication. Due to the nature of last year, we wanted to honor our 8th graders this Fall in-order-to get them involved in our community as NJHS members this year. Moving forward, we will be inviting our current 7th grade students who meet the GPA requirement to complete all requirements for our Spring Induction ceremony. Last names A-L Last names M-Z

Manning Mustang Spirit Wear NOW AVAILABLE

Do you want some new cold weather gear? Look good in red & black? Or just need a cool gift for the Holidays? The Manning Mustang Shop is Up and Ready for your orders! Orders must be in by November 1st. Click link below:

Manning Spirit Wear

If you get breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria, a couple of important reminders:

  • Every student may have one free breakfast and one free lunch meal. All other items including extra entrees, chips, cookies, ice cream, juice, and water must be paid for. Every meal must be counted at the cashier station, so you must wait in line and put your code in prior to leaving the cafeteria line.

Prospective Parent Tours & Information

Manning is offering informational tours for enrollment next year. They start Thursday October 28th, and go every Thursday after until November 18th, 2021. Tours run from 4:00-4:30pm.

Manning will also have two parent information nights coming, December 1st and 2nd from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. So save the dates!

If you are interested in attending one of the tours, please RSVP at the link below!

For more information, please refer to our website at The Manning School, or feel free to email our enrollment secretary,

Does your student need "The Homework Zone" ?

Afterschool Homework Help and Group Tutoring - CLICK HERE

Sea Camp Information

June 6-10, 2022 -CLICK HERE

The Manning School of Academics & 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.