The Manning Weekly Newsletter

October 19, 2018

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Dear Families,

This week brings us to the conclusion of the first quarter! Where did the time go? It’s hard to believe we’ve been in school for nine weeks. In many ways, it still feels like the beginning of school. Some of our kiddos have barely broken in their back-to-school shoes. They are still eager for our teachers to take the reins and lead them through an amazing school year, which they certainly will!

We hope your students enjoyed their fall break as much as our teachers did, whether relaxing, playing, sleeping in, or getting ahead on work. The field of education - both for teachers and students - is extremely demanding and time consuming, making it so important to take some time for yourself and reset, so that we get to see the very best version of everyone come Monday morning!

We are pleased with the school culture this year, both at the staff level and student level. Our culture is evident in our open lines of communication, mutual respect, examples of HEART, and fun things we do together, such as... SPIRIT WEEK starting on Monday with Pajama Day and ending on Friday with the dance and Fall Fest for parents! (So yes, if your kid tries to wear pajamas to school on Monday, they actually are allowed to!)

Until then, have a great weekend.

David / Mr. Luongo

Spirit Week Dress Up Themes

Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: Pink Day

Thursday: Decade Day

Friday: School Spirit Day

We will declare a winner each day from each grade!

Manning Incoming Family Information Night

For families interested in Manning as a middle school for their child, we are holding an information night on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested.

Upcoming Enrichment Opportunities

Guitar, Sticky Fingers Cooking, and Yoga are coming up soon. Please click on the button below for more information regarding this enrichment programs.

Thermal Energy Transfer Lab

In 8th grade, our scientists conducted a lab where they investigated the transfer of energy between hot water and cold water. They worked in pairs to record the temperature of each container every 15 seconds, and then created a line graph showing the change in temperature over time with the two lines merging at the point of homeostasis.

The following Manning students made the All County Choir, and will perform the Friday before Thanksgiving! Congratulations to these singers:

Ali Carpenter

Maddie Weiser

Noah Sisk

Sean Lann

Audrey Rice

Chloe Flannigan

Clara Lillie

Freya Nagy

Macy Yates

Andrea Hernandez-Koeneke

Eva Keevan

Sami Dodge

Melanie Darr

Alec Mendez

Teddy Sopkin

William Perrone

Gavin Watson

Ross Tully

Kids Loved the Performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the Parking Lot!

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Please Help Us Fill Our Access Baskets for the Silent Auction PTA Fundraiser

Access classes are creating baskets of goodies (each with a different theme) to sell at the silent auction on Friday night. Please ask your child what the theme is for their Access Basket, and if you are able to make a contribution to the basket, it would really help our fundraiser!

PE Uniforms for 2nd Semester

Our clothing store is now open and accepting orders until December 16th. If your student's schedule reflects gym class for next semester, please make sure to place an order for your his/her gym uniform if you have not already done so. Uniforms are mandatory for PE Class. Orders will arrive when we return from winter break.

NJHS Induction Ceremony

The induction ceremony for the National Junior Honor Society will be Thursday, October 25th beginning at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. It will last roughly 45 minutes and then will be followed by an optional social gathering. The entire evening should wrap up by 8:00 pm.

We're Looking for a Volleyball Coach

Manning is still looking for at least one more coach for the Manning volleyball teams this season. Coaching the Mon/Wed 6th/7th grade or Tues/Thur 8th grade team.

Hours would be 3:30-5:00pm on the associated days for practices, and home and away games on the same days of the week starting between ~4:00 and 5:00pm. The work can be paid or on a volunteer-basis. Please contact me if you are interested. Brandon Altenburg 303-231-1306

-All practices will be from 3:30-5:00pm at Manning this season. For the first week of the season (next week 10/22-10/25) the coaches were hoping for all of the students participating to attend all four days of practice (Mon-Thur 3:30-5:00pm each day).

7th Grader Margaux Dempsey Gets Her Article Published in "ColoradoKids" (pictured below)

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Outdoor Lab Information Night Monday October 22nd at 6:00 pm

6th Grade Parents,

We are looking forward to seeing you Monday evening at 6:00 pm for the Outdoor Lab Parent Information evening! At the meeting we will be going over schedules, classes, medications, payment, appropriate clothing, packing items, and any questions you may have.

In order to save space in the auditorium and accommodate the large number of parents we expect on Monday, feel free to leave your 6th grade students at home. They can come if you would like, but they will have already heard the same information during Access class on Monday.

When you arrive at 6:00, please first go to the cafeteria and pick up a packet with your child's name for you organized by ACCESS teacher. We will start the information meeting in the auditorium promptly at 6:15. Thank you for your support of your child and Manning!

Unfortunately, vaping is an activity on the rise among teenagers and adolescents. It's important for us as educators and parents to be informed as to what vaping is as well as the dangers and how it can be done so discretely.

Safe 2 Tell

The State of Colorado has a resource to help keep our communities safe. It's called "Safe2Tell" where anyone can make an anonymous tip about anything that seems unsafe. Information may be provided either online or by calling the phone number and it will end up in the hands of the Sheriff's Department as well as our school level administrators. We encourage parents to have a conversation with our students about when and how to use this resource when they want to share information without any link to their identity. We also welcome students to speak with the teachers in our building directly whenever there is a concern, but understand Safe2Tell might be a more comfortable option.

Meet Our New PTA Vice President

Shannon Clifford is the mom of two sons, one is a 7th grader at Manning and the other is a 5th grader at Hackberry Hill Elementary. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 15 years. Shannon has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and is currently the executive director of the Denver Center for International Studies Foundation. She is passionate about education and has been a volunteer with the PTA for years. When not working, Shannon enjoys traveling with her family, cheering on her sons in their extracurricular activities, camping, reading and volunteering for multiple organizations. She is thrilled that her 7th grader was accepted to Manning and looks forward to serving as the Vice President of the PTA this year.

City Strings Guitar - Winter Session

Wednesdays 2:30 - 3:30 pm, beginning on Halloween!

Dates: Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, (no class Nov 21), 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23 Celebration & Performance

Guitar and Songwriting: Music is a birthright! Our mission is to share that we are all creative beings with the capacity to make music. In this class, students will learn how to play basic chords on the guitar, listen to each other as an ensemble, and write original songs. It is open to students who have good strength and dexterity in their fingers and who are willing to play during the week outside of class, as we believe that practice makes progress. Students must bring their own acoustic guitar.

Investment: $250


Jen Pastalo Dacpano



A Message from the School Health Room

As we have entered the cold and flu season we want to remind everyone of our district guidelines regarding when to return to school after having had an illness. If students have had gastrointestinal illness such as vomiting and/or diarrhea they should not return to school until it has been 48 hours since their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. Students should also be free of a fever ≥ 101 F (without having taken fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or ibuprofen) for 24 hours. Thank you for helping us keep Manning healthy and preventing the spread of infection this winter!

Outdoor Recess Policy

At Manning, we try to get our kids outside everyday, because it's good for them to get some exercise and get their energy out. The only times we keep our kids inside during recess are:

  1. If it is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or
  2. If it is actively precipitating.

As the weather gets colder, please keep this in mind and send your students to school with the proper outdoor attire. Thank you!

PLC Update

This past Wednesday, our teachers met in grade level teams to discuss:

  • Outdoor Lab logistics
  • CMAS Accommodations
  • Individual students who are struggling academically

New PE Unit - Archery!

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Our Musicians Played Great on Tuesday and Wednesday Nights

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Our New Recess Equipment Is Still a Hit!

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An Improvement to Achievement Time

National Honor Society members and Manning Alumni from Golden High School will be joining us on Wednesday afternoons to provide tutoring to Manning Students during Achievement Time! Thank you!

Student Tickets to the Dance $10 - Buy in Advance Please

Student tickets to the Fall Fest Dance on Friday, October 26th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm are now available for $10. Parents can log into Jeffco Connect and pay this fee. The more who pay up front instead of at the doors, the easier it will be to place our Qdoba order. $10 includes a ticket to the dance and Qdoba dinner, however some of the extra activities and food/desserts/drinks may be an additional cost, so it might be a good idea to send your child with some cash. Thanks in advance!

Please know that the student tickets to the dance are separate from the adult tickets to the fall fest! The former goes to the Student Council account, whereas the latter goes to the PTA account.

Adult Tickets for Fall Fest

  • Buy them here on the Manning PTA website. Tickets are $10 each if purchased by midnight Wednesday, October 24th. They will be $15 at the door.

  • Buy tickets for parents, siblings, other family, and friends, but not your Manning students. Manning student tickets for the dance are purchased through your Jeffco Connect account.

  • The Chili Cook-off and Silent Auction together are Fall Fest. One ticket will access both events!

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

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  • The math teacher took 4 points off Ella Schein's test, and only marked 2 off. She corrected it and took a worse score.
  • Me and Kaylee Gilbertson were walking in the hall she saw somebody's glasses on the floor and picked them up because she didn't want anybody to step on the glasses and break them. After, she gave the glasses to a teacher so she wouldn't be late to class.
  • Soli Ficco is a wonderful, and vibrant person who makes everyone's day better. No matter what is happening in her life she makes sure everyone is doing ok and is always there to lend a helping hand


  • Mr. Molinare - For always being understanding and helping people out in class.
  • Mallorie Eckelberg puts in as much effort as she can to make sure her art project is worthy of turning in
  • Noah Morrison switched math periods in the middle of the semester and has done a great job of building strong relationships in his new class.
  • Ella Matheo was out sick for a good chunk of time at the beginning of the year. She has worked tirelessly to keep herself on track in all subjects.
  • Avery Mercer studied for her vocabulary test super hard and made sure she knew all the words.
  • Curren Stukey was asking very deep analysis questions and was incredibly focused all class period.
  • Mr. Hovinen is fun and gives people second chances. For example, when someone was messing around in class, he did not hold a grudge, he kept lighthearted and gave that person another chance to get back on track.
  • Brayden Bergren always puts a smile on my face! His happiness and willingness to be challenged is contagious!
  • Beate Taylor holds the door after recess every day so kids can come in even if it's freezing outside.
  • Seeley Beecher taped peppermints to lockers as encourage"mint". She is awesome for spreading random acts of kindness!
  • Delsey Stringer and Jack Stringer are independently motivated to sharing new ideas for creating a better experience in the classroom. They are great at motivating their peers and helping others.
  • Mr. Hageman always is fun and happy - I always look forward to his class; furthermore, he always makes sure we are not stressed out and he immediately apologizes if he thinks he did something wrong.
  • Mr. Metcalf is fun and full of energy and I always look forward to his class. His songs are maybe not the best but they make people laugh.
  • Mrs. Sawyer is nice and helps people out when they feel they are not doing well.
  • Ms. Mary tries really hard to make her classes interesting and fun.
  • Mrs. Templeton is an amazing principal who makes running the school seem effortless. She is interactive with us and makes us seem comfortable; furthermore, she is outgoing and positive, making me feel confident.
  • Karly Allen gave her best effort and even though some teachers were being strict, she still gave them respect and her best effort
  • Mrs. Hughes' 5th period went through the lost and found and found all the stuff that had names on it and out it in a pile for people to find better. Also after they did that mrs. hughes TA Ananias paris sorted through it all.
  • Jasmine Collins is a great friend, and she is the best of leaders. She always is a great person to go to about anything and someone to go to for help if needed. Also, if she puts her mind to something like the bullying project it definitely will happen and as we can see, she did follow out on her word and even got on the news! Way to go Jasmine you are awesome!
  • Maisie Jaworsky always puts in a lot of effort in her 21st century skills projects. She always works great in our group projects. She always checks in with her classmates on what materials she needs to bring in or what she needs to work on.
  • Miss Agard and her 1st period TA went around the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade hallways doing random acts of kindness by printing out notes that say you got this and encourage"mint" and then taped "mints" onto peoples lockers with the note.
  • Mrs. Pouliot is so great she always gives an effort to help us in french. Also she is always so nice and she always includes us in discussions.


  • Mr. Luongo is great a putting kids first. He reminds me this in all of his work and is an important role-model in our community.

  • I am always looking forward to Mr. Jonson's class because he is fun and exciting.

  • Mrs. Templeton is a great principal who has done a great job running the school. Thank you!

  • Mr. Jonson's 6th Period Design Thinking Class came in, got their materials, and got straight to work. There was so much great design activity, that it felt wrong to stop them for the mini-lesson. They maintained this energy and production for the entire 90 minutes.


  • Mr. Rubin is helpful and nice.

  • Bridget Allison always comes to school with a positive mindset. She cheers people up in the hallway. She respects all of her teachers and peers. She is quick to help out her classmates. She is a great friend!

  • Makena Hammer is so respectful and nice. She always helps me and keeps me focused on what I need to do. She helps me in math all the time and makes sure I never forget to do my homework. Shes kinda like my personal planner.

  • Keileigh Gorman is just so nice and funny. Everything she says no mater how stupid they are makes everyone laugh. She is so funny and nice. She helps me with things and always finds a way to make my day better.

  • When someone was making fun of my weight, Mathis Joens stepped in and told him to stop

  • Austeja Buzenaite helps and is a good friend to me and is kind to people.

  • Every morning Lydia York holds the door for everyone.

  • Mrs. Haas treats everyone with respect. She does the very best she can, and usually goes out of her way, to help others achieve.

  • Charlie Gupta can talk football rivalries with anyone in a humorous yet respectful way. He's a Cleveland Browns fan, so I'm nominating him for his respect to peers, but also for his loyalty to the Browns.

  • Campbell Traylor is one of the funniest person I have ever met. She is so funny and every time I see her she makes me laugh. She isn't fake with me like some people. She is a genuinely nice and thoughtful person and I can always talk to her when I am mad or upset.

  • Maya, Dalton, and Keaton have been nice and have been helping out a lot of teachers and helping people

  • Cali DeVries and Carlie Jeffries have been really good friends to everyone, and are always kind and respectful. They always are nice to everyone they meet and never let anybody have a bad day. Both of them are extremely kind and great people.

  • Luke Henry has always helped his peers

  • Brooke Gothard is always so kind and funny, and she always makes me smile!

  • Aimee Allen went through rough times when one of her teachers was not respecting her.

  • Ms. Putnam is always there for me and i a kind encoring person I look up to.

  • Finnegan Hart is a good friend.

  • Zennyth Gray took me in as a friend when I knew no one at this school Manning, ever since, we have been friends since the first day of school!

  • I nominate Mrs. Zamora because even though I'm behind on my homework she does whatever she can to help me

  • Ms. Agard is very kind to all her students. She cares about what she does and she is a great role model to all kids and other staff members.

  • Even though I do not always get the best grades, Mrs. McLeod is always there and is willing to help.

  • Ms. Putnam came to the beginners concert and supported all the students who performed.


  • Mariella Franklin grabs my lunch for me everyday without asking, and always helps people in need.

  • Lisl Gidlund always makes my days better... she makes me laugh and always helps me when I need help. Everyone loves her and i don´t think anyone can say bad things about her. She is someone I can talk to about anything and always know she will be there for me.

  • Sarah Driscoll always helps me and our friends when we need help on our work and tries her best in everything she does

  • When I was kicked out of my group for not having a certain book, Hailey Kelley came to me and offered to be my partner.

  • Whenever I have gym class Mr.Beaty is always trying to make the games we play fair. I am a girl and he always makes sure everyone is included and trying their best. He also chooses fun activities for us that help us learn the health componits and the skill components of sports/games.

  • I got a flat tire on my bike on they way to school. Avery Peterson tried her best to help me get it pumped up again.

  • Mr. Johnson helped me to think of ways to try to find my Chromebook when I lost it.

  • Mr. Johnson has been a great role-model to me for 12 years now! (Does that give away who's writing this??) I am still learning from him, especially about how to balance independence and collaboration on big projects involving lots of people.

  • Olivia Darrow helped me study for my vocabulary test that I was a little nervous for.

  • Noah Anderson was walking behind me when class was really soon and my calculator fell out of my hand and my batteries fell out and the back fell off and instead of making sure he would be in class on time he stopped and helped me pick my stuff up and we where both able to make it to class on time.

  • Ms. Agard wrote me a very kind, positive, and encouraging note to get my week started off in the right way! It made me feel motivated and ready for a week of work with this awesome staff and amazing students! :)

  • Meilin Wiencke is a good friend and stays with me no matter what.

  • Hannah Gribnitz helped out on a group project,

  • Josie Mintkin and Miette Jandreau always hold the doors open at recess, and they do the same every day! They are super awesome for doing this, and they also always offer to take the door for someone else!

  • Audrey is always helping me when i need it and she is really nice!

  • Ms. Burg let me turn in a redo of my science project that got lost somewhere in the classroom and gave me all the points and even said she would use it as an example for next year.

  • Maria Carrasco went out of her way to help a classmate. Maria was willing to help when her classmate needed it and none of her other classmates were willing to help.

  • Anika Powell saw a student drop his belongings and turned around to go help him. She seemed to be in a hurry, but when she saw a student struggling, she was willing to turn around to help him out.

  • Mrs. Hughes is a friendly, positive, and easily approachable staff member that is always willing to stop and help others.

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.