The Manning Weekly Update

February 6, 2023

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Hello Manning Parents,

Here is some news for you...

*Our 2023 Poetry Cafe was a big success. It was great to see so many parents and guests attend this fun event. Our 8th graders did an outstanding job with their poems. We want to thank Mrs. Keodonexay and Mr. Hovinen for putting the Poetry Cafe together. Thanks to all the parents and guests who donated to this event.

*This Wednesday, Feb. 8th, is a big day for our STEAM students who will participate in NASA's "Critical Design Review" at the Jeffco Ed Center. NASA uses this process to select the teams that will travel to the Johnson Space Center in April to exhibit their design to a broader NASA review team to eventually have their design manufactured and sent to space! Good luck STEAM students!

*Our Math Counts team will attend their competition this Friday at Front Range Community College. Go Math Counts team!

Thanks for all your support! Mike Collins

Mike Collins, Principal

Parent/Teacher Conferences:

  • Thursday, February 23rd, 4:00-7:30 p.m. (In-Person Only)

    • Manning teachers will be holding conferences with families on an “invite only” basis. Teachers will be reaching out over the next two weeks to schedule these in-person conferences with you and your child.

Please note: If your student has a teacher for both a core class and an elective, you will only have the one time slot to meet with them to discuss both classes.

  • In addition, please continue to monitor your students' attendance and grades in our online grading/attendance system, Infinite Campus. Of course if you have any questions, please feel free to email your students' teacher or counselor.

School Safety

As we are settling into the second half of the school year, we thought this would be a good opportunity to remind you and your students about safety. Student safety is always our top priority. Please be sure to discuss and check in with your student(s) about the following:

  • Situational awareness - it's important that your student is aware of what is going on around them whether in school or outside of school
  • Remind your student to always walk with a friend and be aware of his/her surroundings when off school grounds

  • Strangers - discuss different situations that may occur with a stranger; remind students if approached by a stranger to yell or shout, run away, and tell a trusted adult what happened immediately

  • Impress upon your student the importance of going straight to school in the morning and coming home immediately after dismissal

  • If your student sees anything suspicious around the neighborhood or school, report it immediately to a trusted adult, staff member or local law enforcement

We appreciate our school community keeping us informed of incidents that occur at school or outside of the school day. Together we can help protect the well-being of our school community.

Virtual Reality IS a Reality!

Many of you may have already heard a rumor from your students about Manning receiving and using some (V)irtual (R)eality headsets. We are excited to see how this will add to an already incredible and fulfilling experience for your Manning student! Click here to learn more!


Danelle Yocum

Assistant Principal

Grub Club- what is it and how can I help??

Manning will begin collecting for Grub club starting February 1st. Items and money donated will support the Action Center's Grub club which helps feed Jeffco students. Manning's PTA will be sponsoring a competition between grade levels for the most items donated. The grade level who brings int he most items will get n access recess and treat provided by PTA. There will be a collection box near the main office for each grade level to bring in items. Parents wishing to make monetary donations please scan the QR code on the flyer, make sure to put MANNING when asked for school name. CLICK HERE

The items collected are very specific please see flyer for the items assigned to MANNING (and the other schools in our area).

We will be collecting items the entire month of February!

Thank You!

Cheri Cahill

Math Teacher

The Manning School of Academics and Arts

Career Day in our Science, Social Studies and STEAM classes

Manning is planning a Career Day in our Science, Social Studies and STEAM classes on Tuesday April 18th! We are looking for a variety of parents from the Manning community who are interested in spending a day talking to our students about their career, for 20-30 minutes at a time. This is a fantastic way to expose our students to a wide array of opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form on the link below by Monday, February 13th.

We are looking forward to putting together a broad and engaging set of experiences for our students and will be in touch with interested parents by the 22nd of February.

Career Day Interest Form

8th Grade parents, buy an ad to honor your 8th grader in the 2022/23 Yearbook. Spots are limited! Buy yours before March 17.

8th Grade parents!

You can buy an ad to honor your 8th grader in the yearbook.

Spots are limited!

Deadline to order your ad is 3/17!

Yearbook link- click here

Click the link above, enter the Manning code 12208123,

and then click "Purchase advertisement for your student"

Deadline to order a yearbook is April 3, 2023

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$500 PTA scholarship X 2

Calling all past Manning students that are graduating high school in 2023! Once again, The Manning PTA is offering two $500.00 scholarships. Spread the word! The application process is now open and will close on April 14, 2023.

Use the attached link and feel free to call Kris at 303-319-9219 with any further questions.

Link to Google application:

Thank you!

Manning PTA scholarship committee

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PTA News


February 8 | Skate City & Restaurant Night at Homegrown Tap in Arvada

February 16 | PTA Meeting

February 17 & 20 | No School Presidents Day

2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Roller Skating Party | Wednesday is the day! Take your middles for a social night on wheels at Skate City Arvada this Wednesday, February 8 from 6pm to 8pm. $7 admission and $4 skate rental. The more Manning skaters we have, the more Skate City will donate back to our school! Students can bring additional money for snacks, arcade games, etc. Please reach out to with any questions. Skate City has asked us to remind parents arranging rides to have all students picked up promptly. Current Manning students only, please!

February Restaurant Night | While the kids are wheeling about at Skate City, pop over to Homegrown Tap in Arvada and enjoy a nice dinner while earning Manning a little extra cash. Too busy to dine-in, no sweat - the offer applies to all dine-in or carry-out orders from 11AM-9PM on February 8. Remember to use code Manning23 when placing your order!

Chaperones needed | Parents we need you! We are looking for 4-6 parent volunteers to assist our Manning staff chaperones at Skate City this Wednesday. Volunteers should plan to arrive at 5:45pm and stay until 8:30pm. If you are only able to stay for a portion of the event, please make a note in the comments. Please sign up via Sign Up Genius:

Mabels Labels Fundraising Opportunity | New this year, Manning PTA is fundraising with Mabel’s Labels now through May 16. Shop for durable, personalized and waterproof labels for your kids’ stuff! Label gear and supplies to keep them out of Lost & Found OR get planning for summer camps. Go to and search for Manning Middle School PTA. The school will receive a check monthly based on 20% of all sales attributed towards the campaign - Let’s get organized, Manning!

Volunteer at Manning | The PTA community is currently looking to fill volunteer gigs for the 2023-24 school year. The options vary greatly and we’re certain we can help you find a good fit! If you are interested in hearing more about current offerings, or have a new idea to bring to the table, please send a note to

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Middle School Solar Car Club

Manning STEAM Solar Car Club!

Following popular demand, Manning will be running a second STEAM Club for the rest of the spring semester, for 8th graders only. Ms. Maud, Ms. Schwindt and Mr. Fulton will be working together to lead students in designing, constructing, testing, and racing their own model solar- or battery-powered cars as part of the NREL Middle School Car competition.

The club will meet on Wednesdays starting February 15th in Ms. Maud’s room until 4:30pm. There will be a $30 fee per student to cover the costs of materials, t-shirts and any other expenses.

The club will culminate with the regional NREL competition in late May. 8th grade students who are interested should go to Ms Maud’s room after school on February 15th for more information. Competition details can be found on NREL’s website:

Golden Junior Baseball

Play ball with Golden Jr. Baseball!

Hurry and register -- Golden Junior Baseball Registration is now open for spring 2023! Kid pitch teams are being formed now for kids up to 14 years of age.

  • Practice: 1-2 practices per week
  • Games: 12-14 regular-season game held on weekdays
  • Season:
    -Indoor batting practice February-April
    -Regular Season: April-June
  • No tryouts for rec. level teams
Please visit for more information and register today!

Click here for more info

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Wheat Ridge Parks & Rec Middle School Night Hangouts!

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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.