The Manning Weekly Update
September 3, 2021
I wish you could see your students during the day, as they are thriving! They are truly embracing, "leading with courage and kindness." Students are realizing that they are part of a community that cares about each other and they are putting aside the teenage drama that you sometimes see in a school, for friendship, fun, and learning.
I hope you can all make our Back to School Night/Community night next Thursday, September 9th. I want to thank our PTA for putting together our first community night, which will directly follow our Back to School Night! We will have four food trucks, two dessert trucks, and of course time to connect with each other! Thank you PTA!!
We are asking that only ONE parent comes to the back to school night portion with their student to limit our numbers in the building. Of course, everyone is required to wear masks. You are more than welcome to invite the rest of your family to the community night portion that will directly follow back to school night. I've included a link to the schedule below for the evening.
Until then, have a wonderful holiday weekend!
Coming in September!
- Monday 9/6 Labor Day- No school for staff or students
- Thursday & Friday 9/9 & 9/10 ELA MAP testing
- Thursday 9/9 Back to School/Community Night 5-8pm
- Tuesday 9/14 Parent Partnership Meeting 5pm, Manning Courtyard
- Wednesday 9/15 Gifted & Talented Information Night 6pm, see info below
- Thursday 9/23 PTA Meeting 5:30pm, ZOOM
- Friday 9/24 Lifetouch Picture retakes
National Junior Honor Society
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 last year's eligibility requirements. We want to thank you all for your support and involvement with our community to continue to pursue great character and dedication. Manning will be hosting an Induction Ceremony for all 8th grader students that met last year’s requirements for NJHS membership. Over the next 2 weeks, eligible students will be receiving an invitation letter.
Please stay tuned for more information regarding the format, and date & time of this important evening, along with more information surrounding NJHS for all eligible students for our 21-22 school year. If you have any questions please email Keith Wall or Jill Shulsinger.
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Social Emotional Learning is for Everyone
We all learn aspects of who we are, how to manage ourselves, interact with others, and a framework for decision making. This week I will focus on self-awareness. There are many ways we can know ourselves.
Before we dive into self-awareness, let’s talk about CASEL. CASEL is the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. They are a non-profit organization focusing on the evidence-based practices around Social and Emotional Learning, especially as it relates to academics. A key word in CASEL’s definition is accurately.
Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
This means that we have a sense of our best self as well as where we struggle. We can barely move into self-management if we don’t have an accurate sense of self. When people tell me that they don’t know what led to an outburst, it’s an indication of an area of low self-awareness. If after an outburst the person can reflect on its origin, then we can move into self-management. Or, when someone expresses what gives them joy and motivation, they are displaying an area of greater self-awareness.
Self-awareness can be grown through reflection. Reflection happens in deep, meaningful conversations, in daily journaling, therapy, mindfulness practices, setting goals, monitoring goals, and reflecting on the outcomes. Writing, reading, art making all can be used in the development of self-awareness. Whatever practices you choose, aim to be intentional. Intentionality tells our mind that this is something important and to pay attention. There is usually room for growth. We wouldn’t be people if there wasn’t.
Kari Gray, LSW; MA ed., MSW
EdTech Digital Citizenship for September
This month’s digital citizenship topic is Digital Footprint & Identity.
Students consider the benefits and risks of online sharing and explore how a digital persona can affect one’s sense of self, reputation, and relationships.
Motto: We define who we are.
Guiding question: How can I cultivate my digital identity in ways that are responsible and empowering ?
Manning Middle School
Digital Teacher Librarian
This family-friendly 5k run/1k walk is the PTSA’s annual fundraiser to help raise money for West Woods Elementary
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Become a Guest Teacher at Manning!
NEW: Guest Teacher License/Fingerprint Reimbursement
Do you know someone who would make a great guest teacher? For the 2021-22 school year, Jeffco will reimburse new and returning guest teachers for their CDE licensing and fingerprint fees in order to support the community in working with our students. Spread the word. Learn more about the guest teaching hiring process. Contact - Karie Yenter