The Manning Weekly Newsletter

February 1, 2019

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Dear Families,

Tomorrow, a little groundhog will come out of his hole. If it’s sunny enough, the groundhog will supposedly see his own shadow, and winter will persist another eight weeks until the CMAS window opens. If the sky is too cloudy for the groundhog to see his shadow, as the folklore goes, then we will experience an early spring. Either way, the CMAS window is still opening in eight weeks!

I'm actually looking forward to that one week in April when our students will have the opportunity to demonstrate how much they have grown over the course of this school year. It’s amazing how quickly our time together is flying by. As educators, it is easy to feel discouraged at how little time we have to cover all the standards in our curricula. Keep in mind that the CMAS measures our students’ ability to think critically within the disciplines of math, language arts, science, and social studies, rather than their ability to recall dates and facts.

Considering our real mission is to produce critical thinkers for these tests (and more importantly for real life), in these next couple months, our focus will remain on the higher levels of questioning and thinking, which we have observed in our classrooms. If we can emphasize our learning objectives to be around evaluating, analyzing, and creating, then we will be teaching our students the important skills they need to be successful on the upcoming tests as well as in life.

Have a great weekend.

David / Mr. Luongo

Electives Sign Up Process for Next School Year

Next week during Access Time, our current 6th and 7th graders will indicate interest in the elective classes they would like to take throughout the 2019-2020 school year. They will choose four 1st Tier classes and four 2nd Tier classes for a total of 8 classes. There are no guarantees we will be able to schedule them in their top choices, but we will certainly try. Please click the button below to view all of our elective course offerings and begin having conversations with your student about which classes they would like to sign up for. Next year, 7th and 8th graders will be able to take online classes through the Jeffco Virtual Academy. Online options are listed in the second button below.

Day Without Hate - April 26th

Day Without Hate is a student led organization that promotes nonviolence, unity, and respect in our schools. After the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, students at Standley Lake High School asked their classmates to wear white in order to show a commitment and trust in each other to make their school a safer place. Since then, students across Colorado and the nation have taken this incredibly positive day to their communities to say that we will not tolerate violence or hate, and we will reach out to friends and acquaintances and say, "We're all in this together."

This year, our Manning Student Council is encouraging students to participate in our Day Without Hate on Friday, April 26th by wearing this T-shirt to school. If you decide not to purchase the shirt, we still encourage you to where white on April 26th, but T-shirts are only $5!

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Manning Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students who made it through the written test round to participate in the Spelling Bee at 1:45 on Wednesday, February 13th in the auditorium! Parents and families, we would love for you to attend and cheer our students on!

Ben Barron

Joe Dixon

Macy Gardner

Laif Palmer

Allie Neal

Luke Dempsey

Preston Baker

Matthew Clifford

Sean Lann

Meilin Wienke

Margaux Dempsey

Anthony Angelino

Soli Ficco

Mathis Joen

Max Trujillo

Emmy Leu

James Roll

Amelia Denoell

Gavin Watson

Jordan Beecher

Audrey Patton

Eva Keevan

Sophie Christiansen

Dylan Mead

Harrison Pina

Grace Feicht

Sydney Kitchens

Sam Larson

Gus Moser

Jason Hakim

Savannah South

Leila Keyes

Avery Schuster

Madeline Yoder

Liya Brunfon

Maya Marfil-Smith

The 8th Grade Poetry Cafe was a Huge Success!

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Thank you to all the families who donated food for the cafe.

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Students Learn How Topography Maps Work by Creating One on Their Hands

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Wheat Ridge Boys Basketball Host a "Youth Night"

Wheat Ridge High School Boys Basketball invites you to come watch them play their cross county rivals Golden High School on February 14th at 7:00 pm. This is their "youth night" so all middle school and elementary students get in for free!

STEM Students Proud of Their Satellite

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Some 8th Graders Love our Lunch Lady Jean so Much, They Made Her a Special Apron

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Girl Scout Cookies

If you're interested in supporting our Girl Scouts and getting some yummy treats at the same time, our Manning Girl Scout Troop 68240 will be selling cookies after school on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 2:20 - 4:00pm. They will accept cash or credit cards.

English Students Analyze Writing Pieces and Sort Them Based on Quality

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7th Graders Draw What They See through a Microscope

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6th Grade Geology

Our 6th grade science students took on the role of geologists this week. They had to gather data and argue evidence for each rock station. This culminated in presenting results to the other students by debating via four corners and convincing peers to agree with their argument.
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Costa Rica Summer Trip!

This opportunity is open to all Manning Students! Come join us for a parent information meeting on either Thursday, January 31st or Thursday February 7th at 3:45 pm in Mr. Grenawalt's classroom (cottage C5).

Come and see what the trip offers and what your child could learn. Bring your child as well!

Language Programs Abroad contact me anytime.

Anyone who can't make it, can email me or call 303-877-5237

Jonathan Grenawalt (Spanish Teacher)

Anyone Looking for a Job? Jeffco's Food & Nutrition Department is Hiring

CrossFit Kids is Coming to Applewood

There is an exciting new program starting at the CrossFit gym in the Applewood neighborhood that is for kids. If you have any questions, feel free to email

~ Chelsea Canda

Artists Work Exhibited

Please congratulate Manning Artists, Lisl Gidlund and Savanna Scriptor who have artwork exhibited at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, at the POWER OF PROCESS show. Artist celebration night was Thursday, Jan 24 at 6:00 pm, but the show will be up for a couple more weeks.

Any Girls Looking to Play Softball?

Golden Girls Softball registration is open for the 2019 spring/summer season! We are a recreational league with teams for girls from ages 5-18. We play against other teams in Jefferson County, so travel is limited! Practices start in April with games May-July.

Register online today at:

Yoga & Mindfulness at Manning

We will continue to offer yoga as an enrichment activity after school on Wednesdays beginning on January 23rd.

STEM outreach program for girls at Colorado School of Mines

Registration is OPEN for our spring 2019 sessions of DISCOVER Tech for girls in grades 3 - 6, and EXPLORE Tech for girls in grades 7 - 9. These programs take place on School of Mines campus and are developed and facilitated by female Mines students who are both passionate about their subjects of study, and sharing this passion with the next generation!

8th Grade Families, Consider a Well Wish in the Year Book

8th Grade Well Wishes are an optional addition to the purchase of a yearbook.

If you are interested in adding a Well Wish for your student in the yearbook, you should purchase a 1/4 page advertisement add-on. Cost is $10 extra.

The deadline to purchase a well wish is February 15, 2019.

For more information and specific directions visit the Manning Website--> Family Resources-->Yearbook page.

Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp

Dinosaur Ridge Camps are an unforgettable adventure! Our camps keep kids moving and discovering in the incredible setting of our National Natural Landmark. These experiences are designed to foster excitement and wonder for science, art, and the outdoors while engaging in our hands-on educational curriculum.

Our small group sizes give every camper the opportunity to play, explore, and expand their knowledge. Each camp offers exploration of the Dinosaur Ridge fossil sites, hands-on science projects, as well as expert guest presenters in the fields of paleontology, geology, art, earth science, survival skills, and local plants and animals.

2019 Summer Camp Sessions

  • June 3-7: Fossils & Fun (Ages 6-10)
  • June 10-14: Rock Stars (Ages 10-13)
  • June 17-21: Junior Scientists (Ages 8-11)
  • June 24-28: Nature Trekkers (Ages 6-10)
  • July 8-12: Fossils & Fun (Ages 6-10)
  • July 15-19: STEAM Week *NEW!! (Ages 8-11)
  • July 22-26: Junior Scientists (Ages 8-11)
  • July 29-August 2: Nature Trekkers (Ages 6-10)
  • August 5-9: Fossils & Fun (Ages 6-10)

Summer Camp Details

  • 9 weeks of camp (June 3-August 9) (9 am-3 pm*)
  • Early-bird registration starts January 14--TODAY! Save $25 off each camp with registration before February 15.
  • $300/week for FODR members OR $325/week for non-members
  • 6-13-year olds
  • *Post-camp program available
  • Click here for more details on our summer camps.

Check out the FODR website for more details or to register.

Snapology - Enrichment Option on Wednesdays

On Wednesdays in January, we will be offering new enrichment. "Drone Commander" will begin in on January 16th, and "Video Game Design" will begin on February 27th. Click on the links to register. There are only 12 spots available for each class.

Drone Commander:

Video Game Design:

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Please follow us on facebook, too! @themanningschooljeffco

Looking for Something Fun?

Apex Park holds an event called Teen Take Over once a month at their Secrest facility. It is a night for kids to hang out and do things like dodgeball, Fortnite, swim, air hockey and much more.

Anne Frank Field Trip

Parents of 7th-grade Students: In conjunction with the reading of The Diary of Anne Frank in Language Arts class, all 7th-grade students will be attending the Arvada Center's production of Anne Frank in March. The cost of student tickets is $14 per student; the PTA graciously covers the cost of the buses. Please visit Jeffco Connect to pay your student's ticket fee by the end of February. 7th-grade Honors Language Arts classes will see the play on March 5; 7th-grade Traditional Language Arts classes will see the play on March 19. The performance time is 10:30-12:30. Thank you for your support of this enrichment opportunity for your student!

Annual Jeffco Writing Challenge & Jeffco's "I Love to Read" Challenge!

Welcome back to the ENC Jeffco Writing Challenge! Last year we had over 1,200 writing entries K-12, from Jeffco Schools! This year 1st place students will again receive a $100 prize and ENC is donating funds to the schools with the highest percentage of writing entries as well. Last year ENC gave away prizes for 1st-3rd place writing entries for every grade and, ENC also added an Honorable Mention category due to such great response.

Manning can also enter the 3rd Annual Jeffco Book Challenge - "I Love to Read," contest and the winning school will receive a donation from ENC in 2019. Students who submit a winning "I Love to Read," statement will be eligible for a gift card as well, as incentive for the entire school to be involved! See our attached flyer for more information.

An eBook will be posted on the ENC website with all the winning entries. The final deadline for all entries for both the Jeffco Writing Challenge and the Jeffco Book Challenge “I Love to Read," contest is February 28, 2019. The final deadline of February 28, 2019 is when all entries for both contests must be received by ENC.

Sponsored by ENC - Education Nonprofit Corporation-

Reminder to Utilize Tutor Time in the Morning 7:50 - 8:15

Don't fall behind! Come get extra one-on-one attention with your teachers before school.

  • Monday - Math or Electives
  • Tuesday - Math or English or 6th Grade Science
  • Wednesday - Math or Social Studies
  • Thursday - Math or Science
  • Friday - Math

Lakewood High School Showcase Night

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

For any interested and prospective incoming freshmen, please join Principal Dan Bock and many representatives from Lakewood's activities and athletics for an informational evening on February 5th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Students and families will have the opportunity to tour the school and ask questions of sponsors, coaches, teachers, administrators and student leaders about Lakewood and all it has to offer.

Interested in being a Boy Scout?

One of our students would like to invite other boys to consider joining Troop 999, and has created an informational flyer. If being a boy scout is something you're interested in, click the button below.

Any 6th Graders Who Like to Dance?

The Golden High School dance team is holding a clinic on Saturday, February 9th. Click on the button below for more information and to sign up.

If you're still involved at all with an elementary school community, please help your friends and acquaintances understand the Enroll Jeffco process.

Current 6th and 7th Graders must indicate their intention to return to Manning in 19-20 or they will lose their spot.

Enroll Jeffco Is Coming!

Jeffco Public Schools is rolling out a new student enrollment system called EnrollJeffco for the 2019-20 school year. This new enrollment system has two components. First, a tool called School Finder, which is a searchable database of information about all Jeffco Public Schools. Second, an online enrollment system where all current and incoming students will indicate where they will go to school next year. Families with new preschool students and those who want to participate in choice enrollment to attend a school other than their current or neighborhood school will apply for their school of choice through this system.

Starting December 17: Go to to learn about the schools near you.

January 22 - February 8: Enroll in your current or neighborhood school (K-12), or apply to another Jeffco school (choice enrollment & preschool) at

Late February: If choice enrolling, you will receive notification of next steps via email.

Check out now or watch the video below for information about this user-friendly system that will help families plan ahead and provide schools with enrollment information to prepare for the next school year.

Current Jeffco Student Enrolling at Expected School

*Expected school = either the school the student is currently attending (if in non-transition grade), OR neighborhood school (if in a transition grade)

STEP 1 Parent goes to and clicks on “Enroll Now”

STEP 2 Using their Jeffco Connect username and password, parent logs in to EnrollJeffco system

STEP 3 Parent clicks “Let’s Get Started” button next to student’s name

STEP 4 Parent validates all parent and student information (this data has been pulled from Jeffco Connect)

STEP 5 Parent is presented with “Intent to Enroll” page, asking if their student will attend their expected school; Parent clicks “Yes” button

STEP 6 Parent is asked two survey questions and is then taken to enrollment confirmation page

Current Jeffco Student Choice Enrolling

*Wanting to apply at a school other than where they currently attend, both at grade transition or simply changing schools

STEP 1 Parent goes to and clicks on “Enroll Now”

STEP 2 Using their Jeffco Connect username and password, parent logs in to EnrollJeffco system

STEP 3 Parent clicks “Let’s Get Started” button next to student’s name

STEP 4 Parent validates all parent and student information (this data has been pulled from Jeffco Connect)

STEP 5 Parent is presented with “Intent to Enroll” page, asking if their student will attend their expected school; Parent clicks “No” button

STEP 6 Parent selects one or more schools to which they want to apply, answers additional questions (about siblings, etc.), agrees to terms and conditions, and clicks the “Submit” button

STEP 7 Parent receives email confirmation of application received

STEP 8 On or around February 25th, parent receives emails/text messages about student’s status at each school (offered enrollment or waitlisted)

STEP 9 Using their smartphone, laptop, or computer, parent may accept no more than one enrollment offer (offers expire 5 days after date of issue)

STEP 10 Parent is presented with two survey questions and is then taken to enrollment confirmation page

Student New to Jeffco Choice Enrolling

STEP 1 Parent goes to and clicks on “New Parent/Guardian” button

STEP 2 Parent establishes Jeffco Connect account, including creation of username and password

STEP 3 Parent clicks “+ Add New Student” button and completes record for student

STEP 4 Parent goes to and clicks on “Enroll Now”

STEP 5 Using their newly-established Jeffco Connect username and password, parent logs in to EnrollJeffco system

STEP 6 Parent clicks “Let’s Get Started” button next to student’s name

STEP 7 Parent validates all parent and student information (this data will have just been pulled from Jeffco Connect)

STEP 8 Parent is presented with “Intent to Enroll” page, asking if their student will attend their neighborhood school; Parent clicks “No” button

STEP 9 Parent selects one or more schools to which they want to apply, answers additional questions (about siblings, etc.), agrees to terms and conditions, and clicks the “Submit” button STEP 10 Parent receives email confirmation of application received

STEP 11 On or around February 25th, parent receives emails/text messages about student’s status at each school (offered enrollment or waitlisted)

STEP 12 Using their smartphone, laptop, or computer, parent may accept no more than one enrollment offer (offers expire 5 days after date of issue)

STEP 13 Parent is presented with two survey questions and is then taken to enrollment confirmation page

Students With IEPs

IEP requires Mild / Moderate Supports:

Family may follow standard processes: Current student → Enrolling at Expected School Current student → Applying to Choice School New to Jeffco → Enrolling at N’hood School New to Jeffco → Applying to Choice School

IEP requires more intensive supports (e.g. Center Program):

Student will be directly placed at an appropriate school or program by a member of the Special Education department.

Board Policy JFBA Summary

1) Only one enrollment offer per student may be in “accepted” status at any given time

2) Enrollment offers expire after 5 days (expiration may be waived by school)

3) “Siblings” defined → Siblings by birth, step-siblings, adopted, and foster siblings. Also included are children subject to legal guardianship or other children related by blood or marriage living with the currently enrolled student’s family in a regular parent-child relationship and who are dependent upon the current student’s parent/guardian(s) for support.

4) “Child of Staff” defined → Solely defined as first-degree children by birth, step-children, adopted children, and foster children.

5) Accommodation will be made for siblings applying together (once one has been offered enrollment, the other is bumped up to sibling status)

6) Once a family has accepted an enrollment offer, the new school is considered their “home” school (to enroll in neighborhood school, they‘ll need to submit a Round 2 application, and enrollment is not guaranteed)

7) Once a student attends a school, they may continue to attend until their grade level is no longer served (choice application required to stay)

PLC Update

This Wednesday, our teachers met in subject area departments to work on the following items:

  • Continue to craft/refine authentic tasks

  • Consider: How much support is enough support for students?

  • Partnerships-- review student work on common assessments with these questions in mind:

    • What are our kids deeply understanding?

    • What are our kids missing?

    • How might we extend/reteach?

  • Vertical alignment: do our units of study get more rigorous over time?

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

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  • Alex Erger is a great friend and he's always there for you.
  • Thank you Milo Messina for telling your teacher when an answer didn't make sense for a question in your assessment. I like that you always provide evidence for your claims. Keep up the great work!
  • Alex Nevelo helps people and she makes sure that evereyone is happy


  • Elaina Roboff is really nice and helpful all the time. She is a good friend and considerate person, and she always makes me laugh or smile.
  • Sophie Wong always wanted to get her work done on time and she kept me focused when we were working.
  • Abby Inglee always works so hard to get her math done in class. She works super hard in access too so she doesn't have as much homework.
  • The Math teachers are always putting in a ton of effort to help their students get the best education they can. They stay after school almost every day to grade our papers.
  • Nora Ambro always works super hard to get her work done on time. she is always putting in the extra work to have the best possible outcome.
  • Mr. Crawford is always working hard to make his classes fun and interactive for the students.
  • Sydney Joy and Adelaide Joy - These two spend a lot of time working on homework and studying together to make sure they get the best possible grade in every class.
  • Ms. Retke always tries her hardest to help you, and always has a good attitude.
  • Aiden always helps me with homework
  • I am grafeful that Ms. Edoff runs the library
  • Mr. Miller was sick and still came to school and teach.
  • Ms. Claussen helps me catch up with my missing assignments and makes ELA so much fun!
  • Montana Joy worked very hard and did her part in our group project
  • Mr. Hovinen is always willing to help with whatever questions we have.
  • Emily Meineke always has the effort to ask how I am and no matter what happens she is always there for me when I'm down. She is always caring about other people no matter what time it is, or their age.
  • The janitors always put in extra effort to keep our school clean
  • Cole Svuba kept trying on our Photoshop assignment even though he was having technical difficulties.
  • Mr. Hughes explained the assignment deeper to a couple of people who were struggling with the directions.
  • Mr. Hageman got outside in the cold before first period and shoveled every cottage's walkway.
  • Valerie Marchitto is always a person that I can turn to when I need help with anything. Weather if its homework or just being there for me when I am sad. She has also been by my side for 9 years now.
  • Hannah Gribnitz is always so positive and willing to help.
  • Thank you for turning in your pre-arraged absence form complete and on-time! Way to go Jackson Plicta!
  • Clara Bailey cleaned up all the spilled UNO cards even though she hadn't spilled them , and all the trash left on the table.
  • Mrs. Burg always works hard to create a fun and educational environment for all of her students. She is so positive (I have her for STEM first period) and she makes my day so much brighter! Thank you!!!!
  • Maddy Best has always been my best friend. She is always there for me when I need her. If I was absent a day she always makes sure I get caught up. Whether it's helping me with it or making sure I have all the information to complete it. She always reminds me of what homework I had so I don't get bad grades. In my worst times of the day, like doing homework, she always motivates me to get it done and always try my hardest.
  • Thank you Kahler Cardone for always volunteering to help your teacher and peers. We love your positive manner in our classroom.


  • Mrs. Sawyer is really nice and funny. She makes sure people feel good and she is always making the whole class laugh.
  • Thank you Camy Ricketson & Gareth Page-Roth for providing academic feedback on a lesson. Your feedback will help create a lesson that is more challenging & it will help students understand the concepts at a deeper level. I appreciate you both!


  • Reina Klatt has the absolute biggest heart that Colorado has ever seen! Even if she is having a bad day, she always puts others needs in front of her own. Never once have any bad words come out of her mouth. She is so nice, and would do anything to make someone happy! I could keep going on, and on, but this question asked for a quick blurb, and I already went on to long! Reina is the best at making anyone smile! She really deserves this paragraph of why she is amazing. If anyone should get this win, she does.
  • Mr. Hageman inspires me to read everyday I have him
  • Mrs. Mendez and Mrs. Norton took a shot on me by making me a roll in the play High School musical! I am so excited to play this person and can't wait for show night!
  • Ansley Summerall always cares about the people around her and is so nice. She deserves this because she has been going through a lot and keeps fighting through it, these past few weeks she has only been caring about the people she cares about.
  • Mrs. K is an amazing teacher and she respects everyone
  • Nick Friedman is kind and respectful to students and teachers.
  • Jackson Hughes shared his Halloween candy
  • Mrs. Putnam is always so nice
  • Ms. Burg is always awesome and nice and never gets mad.
  • Lindsey is a really good friend and she always makes me feel good and she is really nice.


  • Cael Charlson, Quinn Lucraftca, Ruby Lucan, and Zoe Miller are great friends. They always help each other up when they fall down, and they always get back up. They are funny and encouraging, and great friends overall. I recommend every single one of them to people who want a friend. Thank you Cael, Quinn, Ruby, and Zoe.
  • Max Seigal always knows how to make you laugh and is always there for you.
  • Roman and Trey were very helpful when they helped make an excellent project that we got 100% on.
  • Maddie Weiser is such a great friend! She is always there when you need someone to talk to and makes life so much better. She is also so kind and just an amazing friend overall!
  • Anneke Powell always helps me with my homework and helps me when I am in a stressful situation.
  • Jackson and Trey both helped me make a great presentation in business
  • Maddy and Devyn got me though a very difficult time by helping me out. Devyn and Maddy always help me and always reach out to me and make my day brighter!
  • I couldn't open my locker and Mr. Luongo helped me open it. I really appreciated this act of kindness.
  • Alec is always very nice and he helps me with business class
  • Devyn is one of my friends and she worked with me to finish my work in business
  • Isabel Martin always helps my brother take his things to his next class even if it means she'll be late because she's an amazing friend and an even better person.
  • Kori Mayfield is amazing friend and always helps me when I need it
  • Thank you Aubrey Pasquale for taking the initiative to organize and clean the lab stations on your own time. I appreciate you!
  • Thank you Sean Lann for reaching out to a peer and for helping them by answering their questions.
  • Tatum Marsh always makes me laugh, even if the thing she is doing isn't funny at all!!!! (For example; "Ummmmm.....")
  • Logan Wynes volunteered to help a peer in his access class with their homework. He also gave his supplies to a student who needed it. Thank you Logan for being aware of others' needs.
  • I was gone for three days because I had a really bad flu. But when I came back, Skylar Mercer was helping me all throughout the day, and helping me get caught up with the work that I missed. Thanks Skylar!
  • I think that Dean Tobin deserves the award of teamwork because after school he helped me pick up my books when I dropped them.

The Manning School of Academics and 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.