The Manning Weekly Newsletter

September 14, 2018

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Dear Families,

Well, we made it through a mid-September heat wave! While there have been reports across the country of schools releasing students early due to excessively high temperatures, here at Manning we kept plugging away. I suppose it helps that our air conditioning works. :) But for real, our teachers and our students maintain a high level of energy every single day for all seven periods. It's a fantastic thing to watch and an honor to be a part of.

This week's newsletter gives you a glimpse of what's going on inside and outside our classrooms here at Manning. Enjoy!

David / Mr. Luongo

Please Take a Minute and Watch This Interview with 6th Grader Noelle Jefferson, who is Trying to Inspire YOUR Student ~ It Will Be Worth It! ~

We Need Parent Volunteers for Vision & Hearing Screening

We are in need of four or more parent volunteers to help with the vision and hearing screening on Wednesday, October 10th at 8 am. The whole process should take about two hours. If you are interested in helping us out, please contact Bertha, our clinic aide. Thank you!

Bertha Heesacker

Clinic Aide


Art Club

We are offering a new after school activity, and it's the Art Club! The Art Club will meet after school every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, beginning this Tuesday, September 18th.

Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength's campaign this month is Mentors. We asked all 675 students at Manning to fill out a sheet telling us whom their mentor is and why. The sheets are displayed in the main hallway. Our kids are amazing! Thank you Peer Leaders for launching this campaign and working hard to get our display done!!
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Parents Inside the Building

We value our relationships with all Manning parents, but for purposes of safety and security, we ask all visitors to follow the following procedures when visiting the building for any purpose:

  • come to the main office
  • sign in the visitor's log
  • get a visitor's pass if you'll be going anywhere other than the main office

Parent Portal Login Directions for Checking Students' Grades

Go to Manning school website

Go to the Family Resources tab

Choose the Family Portal option

Click on the Infinite Campus link

Type in your username and password

If you forget your username or password, e-mail Melaine:

6th Grade Element Exploratorium

Next Thursday will be the 6th grade celebration of the end of our first unit on Atoms and Elements. Please join us on Thursday, September 20th, from 3:30-4:30 pm in the cafeteria. Students are very excited to create and showcase their projects! Snacks will be provided.

Friday, September 21st Will Be an Early Release Friday - School Will Get out at 12:25 pm and There Will Be No Lunch

8th Graders Hard at Work on their Element Model Projects

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A Parent Appreciated What Ms. Hughes Did for Her Son and Bought Her Flowers!

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For Intro to Business, These Students Filmed a Commercial ... in Their Teacher's Truck!

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West Woods is Inviting Manning Students and Families to Their 5K Fundraiser

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Update from Our PLC Wednesday Afternoon

This past Wednesday, our teachers continued developing authentic tasks for their classes, which we would like to offer our students at least once a quarter. We consider an authentic task any project or activity, which incorporates some or all of the following:

  • is real-world relevant
  • is challenging and rigorous
  • resembles what professionals in the field do
  • integrates modern technology

Teachers also spent some time considering the professional goals they would like to set for themselves this school year. The goals will be based on measurable student growth data.

Thank You, Parents, for Improving Parking Lot Traffic

The traffic flow in the afternoons has drastically improved since the beginning of the school year, so thank you to all the parents who have made adjustments picking up your students.

Students Measure How Far They Shot Their Rockets

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6th Grade Scientists Measure Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

October 3rd is our Big Day!

October Count is coming! Please be aware that October Count for this year is Wednesday, October 3rd. Please refrain from making appointments or family vacations on this day. It is imperative that all students are in attendance for this day, as this is how we get our funding for the year. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Math Tutoring Every Morning

Our wonderful math department is opening their doors every single morning Monday through Friday before school starts during Tutor Time (7:50 to 8:20). If your student would like to meet with their math teacher and ask questions, they are available every day. The teachers are willing to take questions during this time, but it can also be a place to have some quiet time.

Outdoor Lab Open House

If your child is in 6th grade, you may want to attend the Outdoor Lab Open House on Saturday, September 15th. There are two different locations for Outdoor Lab, and we are sending students to one or the other based on their Access Class. Make sure to check this list before deciding which open house to attend.

Mt. Evans: Garcia-Lee, Putnam, Hughes (Zamora's Access Class), Molinare, and Sawyer

Windy Peak: McLeod, Burg, Agard, Johnson, and Mendez (Student Council kids)

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

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  • Tamryn Klatt let her teacher know about a grading error on her test that would make her have a lower score. I appreciated the honesty.

  • Sidney Joy found a grading error on a test in her favor and let the teacher know (who didn't take the points away - whew!)


  • A sweet young guy called Spencer Jensen made an extra effort to push in chairs at the tables around where he was sitting when he left the library one morning. (We ask all the kids to push in their chairs when they leave - some do; some don't.)
  • Ms. Agard puts so much effort into building relationships with her students so that her classroom is a positive learning environment. She is always willing to go the extra mile for a student.

  • Ms. Putnam is a great team player and always works hard to make sure lessons are crystal clear for students. She always does the work the students do, so she can know what they will think and how she can better support them.

  • Lilou LeParis asks when she needs help or is confused about a topic, accurately checks her completed work, and monitors her grades in Campus.

  • Jacob Skwarek puts 110% into everything he does. He holds himself to a high standard as a student and a friend.

  • Maggie Nelson works hard to advocate for herself if she is unsure of expectations. She respectfully asks questions and prioritizes her learning.

  • Mercer Clark always puts 100% effort into his ELA assignments and class work. He is always happy to share his ideas and thoughts with the class and consistently has a positive attitude.


  • Mercer Clark made a connection with science class and real life. While learning about the elements, he noticed that people in Golden have bumper stickers with Au. He realized that the Au stands for gold and was very excited to see the real life connection. His teacher liked the comment so much, she included a question in the do now the next day to share that wonderful real life connection with all of the 6th grade! Way to share your real life connections with others Mercer!

  • Wolfgang LeRoux studied hard to get a great grade on his math test!

  • Matthew Rayburn worked hard to earn great grades!

  • Cora Larson saw a sign in the hallway that was written in Morse Code. She was so curious about what the sign said, that she spent some time teaching herself Morse Code so that she could translate it. Her curiosity led to her learning something new!


  • Avry Holley is always friendly and goes out of her way to say hello and/or have a friendly comment alway willing to help.

  • Noelle Jefferson (and friends to help) stayed after school Wednesday to encourage others with inspirational quotes. She spent a lot of time over the weekend creating over 300 different quotes to inspire others. Love the thoughtfulness and way to spread kindness. <3

  • Jasmine Collins goes out of her way every day to make her classmates and teachers feel special and appreciated. She has an enormous positive impact on the culture of our school.

  • Owen Fulkerson shows kindness daily toward other students and the staff.

  • Ms. Zentz treats everyone she meets (staff, students and parents) with respect and kindness.

  • Ily Herrera is a quiet leader in our classroom. She works hard, asks questions, and respects the learning of herself and her peers.


  • Ashley Rathburn takes her time to help peers in math. Instead of working ahead, she works at the pace of her partner, coaching and explaining the math as they work.

  • Hunter VanZee stayed after school to help hang Sources of Strength mentor sheets. Hunter isn't a Sources of Strength peer leader and still volunteered his time! Thank you so much Hunter for being an amazing kid!

  • Lauren Rossano is a leader in our classroom. She is hardworking, caring, and humorous. She works with integrity and encourages others to follow suit.

  • I love how Ms. Burg and Ms. Putnam work so well together to create amazing and exciting lessons for their students. I am excited to check out their students' elements projects!

  • Ally Ricketson helped Mrs. Templeton and I pick up the jackets and balls left on the field after lunch. Thanks Ally!!

  • Ms. Edoff was quick to jump on teaching students how to cite information and how to choose a good source. She lead a research class for 6th grade science and nailed it! Thanks for the support and teamwork Karen. <3

  • Mrs. McLeod is a collaborator. She shares ideas and resources with teachers, even outside of ELA, to ensure subjects are integrated, consistent, and engaging.

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.