The Manning Weekly Update

September 17, 2023

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Dear Manning Families,

I hope you’ve had a great weekend! We’ve been hearing about an increase in many of our students crossing against stop lights along 32nd, particularly at 32nd and Zinnia. Please remind your students to watch for traffic and only cross when they have the walk sign. We want to keep all of our students safe!

Next, just another friendly plug that we have our annual Fall Fest coming up on Friday, October 6th. This is an incredible event and fundraising opportunity to support our PTA in supporting our students! If you haven’t already, please be sure to RSVP and consider donating to our silent auction as well. Lastly, I wanted to share with you a few important updates and events coming up as we’re half-way through the month of September!

  • Sixth Grade Outdoor Lab Meeting - All of our sixth graders will be attending Outdoor Lab in November. If you’re not familiar with Outdoor Lab, it is an incredible experience and something our sixth graders look forward to every year! We are hosting a parent information meeting this Tuesday, September 19 beginning at 5pm in the auditorium. We hope to see our sixth grade parents there!

  • September PTA Meeting - Our first PTA meeting of the year is coming up this Thursday, September 21st beginning at 3:45 in the library. This is a great opportunity to hear about the great work of our PTA and how you can get involved!

  • Friday, September 22 - This Friday, September 22, is a non-student contact day! School resumes on Monday, September 25th.

Have a great week,


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Dear Manning parents and community:

This year’s Manning Fall Fest, which includes a Chili Cook Off and a Silent Auction, will be held on Friday October 6th. This evening of fun and community spirit is the PTA’s largest fundraising event of the year. Fundraising from last year’s Fall Festival enabled the PTA to fulfill our amazing teacher's wish lists, purchase new security cameras, provide college scholarships to Manning alumni students, and fund memorable 8th grade continuation ceremonies and picnics. The success of the event depends on the generous tax-deductible donations of our Manning families and community. Please think about how you might help, as you ponder your resources, talents, hobbies, and abilities!

Donating is easy, just complete the Auction Donation Form and deliver the items to the school by September 22nd.

We thank you in advance for your time, consideration and generosity in supporting our school. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Click to Purchase Tickets

Tickets are available now until 9/15 and cost $20 each. After the 15th the cost will be $25

Click to Enter Chili Cook-off

Do you have an award-worthy chili recipe?

We are so excited to invite you to our first performances of the 2023-2024 school year!

Band concert - Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Orchestra concert - Monday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Resonance at Lakewood HS - Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m.

Choral concert (Both Resonance and Images) - Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Link to the Performing Arts Newsletter

Link to purchase tickets after 10/1

Manning will complete a universal screening tool, the SSIS SEL

In an effort to proactively identify and assist in the area of overall social, emotional and behavioral skills (SEB) Manning will complete a universal screening tool, the SSIS SEL. This strength based tool is designed to identify growth over time.

The SSIS SEL is a 6 question survey completed by your student’s Advisement teacher. It is simply an indicator of overall strengths and needs in the area of social, emotional and behavioral skills. It is neither prescriptive nor evaluative.

As a school community, we are using the overall school data and individual results to inform the support we provide to students in our school in the area of social, emotional and behavioral skills.

If you would like to learn more about the SSIS SEL, opt out, or what you can do to support your child’s social, emotional and behavioral growth please contact Kari Gray at

Achievement at Manning

What is Achievement Time?

Achievement Time is Manning’s way to keep students aware of their grades and help them repair grades if they fall to an “F” in any one class. This is meant to be a supportive weekly program, not meant to be a punishment. Staff will be available during Achievement time to help provide extra support to help students improve their grade(s).

Below is a brief outline of the Achievement process, please review the Achievement procedures on our website for more details and to familiarize yourself with the program.

  • Friday: Grade report is run in the morning, students with an "F" will be notified of required Achievement time.
  • Wednesday afternoon: Due date to turn in teacher signed Achievement slip confirming student has improved his/her grade. If a student turns in his/her Achievement slip by the deadline, they will not be required to attend Achievement.
  • Thursday 3:30-4:15pm: Achievement Time. Required for students who were unable to improve their grade.

Warren Tech Update, Trip September 27th

Warren Tech Parent Update

For the past couple of years, Warren Tech Middle School Tours have been changing at Manning. This year we have had an overwhelming response and amount of students wanting to attend the Warren Tech Field trip. This was not the case the past few years. During the 21-22 school year, Manning had approximately 35 students return permission slips and even fewer students attended the field trip. Last year, we had slightly over 40 students return permission slips and again had less than 40 attend the field trip. This year, we have had well over 40 students return permission slips. Next year, Manning plan on offering the Warren Tech field trip to all 8th grade students

Due to the overwhelming response a team will review the permission slips and divide field trip attendees equally between the two classes receiving the ICAP/Warren Tech presentation. The team will do their best to take 20 students from Mr. Hughes' classes and 20 from Mr. Crawford's classes.

During the school year, Warren Tech offers an Open House to potential students and/or parents. This year’s Open House will be December 6th from 5-8pm at all campuses. Students apply to Warren Tech during their sophomore year and junior year and attend the school during junior and senior year. There is still a lot of time to explore this option. Check out their website here

Summit Jeffco!

Register Today! Summit Jeffco for Families!

We are excited to invite you to our first-ever Summit Jeffco event! Designed to bring families together with district and school staff and other experts, families will learn new ways to support their student’s educational journey. Join us on Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood.

To get a sneak peek of what Summit Jeffco has in store for you, watch this video in English | Spanish and visit our Summit Jeffco webpage. There, you'll find details about our keynote speaker, Dr. Jessica Hawks, Clinical Director of the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado. Dr. Hawks will discuss the current youth mental health crisis and equip families with strategies to support your student’s social and emotional well-being so they can thrive.

Register now!

Go Fund Me for Babette Norton

Our wonderful friend, Babette Norton, was in a terrible car accident on May 25, 2023. Her ankle was severely injured and after three surgeries and twelve weeks of non-weight bearing status, she is now faced with even more time as non-weight bearing. She is currently living in an assisted living facility because her home is a tri-level and she can't maneuver the stairs safely. There is no specific end in sight for her recovery and she has a long road ahead. Please donate to help Babette make the accommodations such as stair lifts, ramps and safety rails to her house so that she can return home. Thank you so much for your generosity and we will update as Babette continues to heal.

Link to Go Fund Me

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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Manning Yearbook Code: 12208124

Order Deadline: Monday, April 1st, 2024

Confirm you purchased the 2023-24 Yearbook

Attention 8th Grade Families: If you would like to purchase an Well Wishes message for your 8th grader, you need to purchase a Yearbook AND an "Advertisement for My Student".

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September 21 - First PTA Meeting

September 22 - deadline for Fall Fest Silent Auction donations

October 6 - Fall Fest

October 27 - Halloween Dance

PTA Meeting | The first PTA Meeting of the year is this week! The PTA is ready to reignite some past faves and brainstorm some new ones too. Come learn what we have planned and how you can get involved. We’ll be in the library at 3:45PM this Thursday, September 21 or join us virtually or enter this code: wwx-qtvd-hkc into Google Meet.

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Extreme Robot Challenge! Friday, September 29

Learn how to operate robots and compete in challenges! No experience with robots is necessary. This after-hours event is for the 12 – 18 crowd. It's a lot of fun and there's always something entertaining happening when the library shuts down! See the complete description

Lakewood Library


10200 W. 20th Ave
Lakewood CO 80215

Droning On! October 5-6

We are excited to announce that the FAA, in collaboration with Aims Community College, is hosting a fall drone event in Greeley, Colorado. Our goal is to highlight the societal, economic, and educational benefits of drones for the general-public, through a series of events focusing on different audiences.

Droning On: Northwest Mountain Edition will take place October 5-6, 2023, at Aims Community College, 4901 W. 20th Street Greeley, CO 80634. There is no cost to you and the event consists of 2 days of activities.

Click for more info

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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.