The Manning Weekly Newsletter

April 5, 2019

Dear Families,

My heart was filled with joy on Monday, as I was surprised to see so many smiling faces and realized how much our kids really enjoy coming to school. While Spring Break served as a refreshing change of pace in the middle of a busy semester, it was nice to have everyone back together again.

We have a big week coming up - an opportunity for our students to demonstrate to the world how much we have learned at Manning! Our staff has worked so hard this year since the first day of school to prepare meaningful and thought-provoking lessons, aligned with standards and differentiated to support the learning needs of each of our students. Now is the time to prove what we're made of.

David / Mr. Luongo

Logistics for Next Week's CMAS Testing

  • Please do your best to avoid absences during this week.
  • Please help our students remember to charge their Chromebooks overnight. We don't want their Chromebooks to die on them in the middle of a test.
  • We encourage you to pack a healthy snack, which can be eaten during the 10-minute brain break between testing sessions.
  • There will be little to no homework next week, so students can focus their efforts on doing their best during each testing session. (If they tell you they have no homework, they are probably telling the truth! :D)
  • Achievement Time is cancelled on Wednesday after school.
  • Mon, Tues, Wed - all students will take English and Math Units 1, 2, and 3 beginning at 8:25 am.
  • Thursday afternoon - 8th graders will begin Science testing and the Silhouettes (featured on America's Got Talent and starring three Manning students) will perform.
  • Friday - FLEX Day - the only students who need to come in are 8th graders to finish the Science testing from 8:25 to 11:45. We will also ask 6th and 7th graders to come in if they need to take make-ups. (You will receive a phone call and an e-mail by Thursday afternoon as notification.) No lunch will be served on this day. Theater students are also asked to come in for extra rehearsal. See below.

We are getting excited for our "Passion Week" April 15th- 19th (AKA Dr. Glass's Challenge Week)

At the beginning of this school year, Dr. Glass, our Superintendent, extended a challenge to every school in Jeffco. He asked:

What if...a school, or an articulation area, or the entire school district chose one week when all students and teaching staff were engaged in performance tasks/projects?

· No bells.

· No schedule.

· Teachers serve as the advisors.

· The student projects are approved by panel of teachers.

· At the conclusion, students put on a public demonstration.

What would it take?

The staff at Manning are excited to answer that challenge and have worked hard to create a week of learning (April 15-19) that is rigorous, relevant, and student-driven-- aligned to each of our students’ individual passions and designed to draw out their inherent and abundant potential.

6th Graders will begin the week researching a topic they’re eager to learn more about in order to submit a proposal on what they intend to learn throughout the week. After completing their rigorous research, they will create a project to showcase their learning and share their passion. They can choose any project format-- from fundraising for a cause to writing and producing a play. This student-directed week will culminate in a showcase that’s similar to Walt Disney World Epcot Center. Students will entertain, inform, and inspire their community members as well as develop a sense of pride, accomplishment, and confidence from their projects and their learning. They will be researching and learning from their teachers and peers as well as building new or deeper friendships with those who share similar interests. We will celebrate our students' achievements on Friday, April 19th from 11:30 am - 2:50 pm at the Manning School. Please join us for our Epcot Showcase. For a detailed schedule for the week, including what time your student is presenting, CLICK HERE!

7th Graders will work with The One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign-- an international global citizens' movement designed to tackle the most important problems facing our planet. This organization “started with a simple idea…Everyone matters. Everyone can make a difference. And together, we are unstoppable.” In conjunction with core 7th-grade curriculum, students will become active participants in this international campaign; they will choose a focus area from the 10 described on the website, research the topic, design an “act of peace,” create a display or presentation for their act, and post their ideas on the website. This student-directed week will culminate with a written reflection on their learning and an Open House of Projects at The Vista at Applewood Golf Course from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19; families and the public are invited to attend.

8th graders will spend the week answering this question: “What drives me?” With the guidance of a teacher advisor, students will study and learn more about a purpose or career path they are passionate about. By the end of the week, they will create a product or portfolio that demonstrates why they love that work, that proves why/how they can be great at it, that details how they could get paid for it, and lastly (but maybe most importantly) that illustrates how their passion will make the world a better place. On Friday, we will celebrate students’ work by having them present to and seek feedback from a panel of experts in a field related to their purpose as well as a larger audience of community members, families and peers. On Friday, April 19 in classrooms throughout Manning, students passionate about Sports, Performing Arts, or Travel will present from 9:30-noon. Students passionate about Visual Arts, STEM, Public Service and Solving Social Problems, Animals and the Natural World, or Health Sciences will present from 12:45-3:15. Students will share a more exact presentation time with you as their projects proposals take shape.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating the thinking, passion, problem-solving and creativity that our students will showcase. Although we are nervous to undertake something so different than what we typically do, I am certain we will all be captivated and awestruck by the incredible things students discover and invent when we allow them to direct their own learning.

Don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions, and thanks for sharing your kids with us. It is our honor to serve them!

Last Call for Volunteers to Serve on a Panel on Friday 4/19

The 8th Grade class could use your help. We are looking for volunteers from the community (not restricted to 8th grade parents) who would be willing to come in and either serve on a panel and provide feedback to students on Friday, April 19th, or share your expertise at any point throughout the week in the form of a presentation. If you would like to contribute to this exciting week, please fill out the form below, and forward the link to anyone else who might like to join.

Teachers Become Students for a Day

Pictured below, Mr. Crawford (AKA "Adam") instantly became one of our most popular 8th graders, when he assumed the role of a random student and followed their schedule all day. Our Instructional Focus Team wanted to gain more insight as to what it feels like to be a student at Manning in terms of rigor, cognitive demand, discipline, structure, etc. The other teachers who participated were Ms. Putnam and Mr. Hageman. We will take their feedback in order to make possible tweaks for next school year.
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Message from the PTA

The Manning PTA needs you! We are in need of a Treasurer for the 2019-20 school year, and chairs for both the silent auction and the chili cookoff in the fall.

The role of a middle school PTA Treasurer is easy! Really! If you can balance a checkbook - or let your bank balance it for you - you can do this work! The job takes only a few hours each month during most of the year. It is a bit busier at the beginning of the year, but still not as much as you're likely thinking :-)

The silent auction can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like- we have often done a very simple event, and as a chairperson you would be able to go bigger if you want, or not. The chair for the silent auction will help organize a committee to set up the chili cooks and the cafeteria.

Here is information about the new King Soopers fundraising system:

Your group members and supporters can enroll their King Soopers Loyalty Cards online at our secure website, We are listed as The Manning School PTA (UY407). Starting April 1, 2019 every time an enrolled member of your group shops at King Soopers using his or her enrolled King Soopers Loyalty Card, your organization will earn rewards. In addition, once a household member enrolls his or her card, all linked King Soopers Loyalty Cards within that household will begin earning funds for your organization. Thank you for supporting the Manning PTA!

Please contact us at with questions about a PTA position or the King Soopers cards.

A Business Student Takes Questions from the Audience

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Musical Theater Students and Families,

High School Musical is coming fast and we have a lot happening in April! Unfortunately, that means we have missed rehearsal time and all casts will need some extra rehearsals. We are going to start with an extra rehearsal on the flex day, next Friday, April 12, 2019. We may need a Saturday rehearsal at some point, but I feel like a school day is a better option right now. The students will need to be at rehearsal at the following times on April 12.

6th grade: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

7th grade:10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

8th grade: 1:30 p.m .- 3:30 p.m. (lunch will be provided to 8th grade students since they will remain at school after testing)

If for some reason transportation is an issue and your student needs to stay at school all day, please contact me and make arrangements. We really need all students at the extra rehearsals to make them worthwhile!

In addition, tickets to the musical will go on sale Friday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. at Thank you and please let me know if you have questions!

Shawna Mendez

6th Grade Scientists Collect Data in Nature

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Traffic on Alkire Street

We have received some feedback about traffic congestion near the parking lot exit along Alkire Street. Please observe the traffic sign posted at that exit indicating no left-hand turns. If all vehicles only turn right out of the parking lot, it will help traffic flow efficiently.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Our Manning team is so lucky to have a group of parent volunteers that are enthusiastic about celebrating Teacher and Staff Appreciation week (May 6-10). Our volunteers would appreciate the help of the entire community and ask that you please take a look at the Sign Up Genius (link below) to find out how you can help in the preparation for this special week. Thank you!

Volleyball is Back at Recess - YESSSSS!

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STEM Students Analyze Their Race Car Results

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The Entire Guitar Class is Playing a CCR Song

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Vocabulary Bowl Update

Manning students have been doing a great job with this year's Vocabulary Bowl, and currently, we are 5th in our Division, 7th out of all Colorado middle and elementary schools playing, and....drum roll, please....11th in Colorado! This is the last month of competition, and we'd love to break Colorado's Top 10! Last year, we ended up 37th in Colorado, so great job, students! Thanks again for voluntarily participating, and stay tuned for final results.

And congratulations to last month's

top scorers:

Avery Schuster

Chase Krol

Addison Helms

Kalani Bausazus

Makayla Pedraza

Sammy Kruger

StuCo Put Together Jeopardy for the Assembly

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It's Amazing What Students Make out of Clay

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Nice Weather Inspires a New PE Unit - Lacrosse!

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Margaux Dempsey gets published on the front page of "Colorado Kids"

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Manning Presents "Angst" Screening!

Join us for a screening of the new Documentary, Angst, Raising Awareness around Anxiety. Hosted by The Manning School of Academics and Arts Sources of Strength and Lakewood High School Sources of Strength.

Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Lakewood High School Auditorium

9700 W. 8th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215

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Manning Ultimate Frisbee Team

Manning’s Ultimate team is looking for players for the Spring season – effective immediately. The co-ed team will play several games vs other area middle schools on various days. Players should be dedicated to the team but do not need to make every game. Practice will be at Manning on Mondays, 3:30-4:45. If your 6th, 7th or 8th grade girl or boy is interested, please contact the coach, Mr. Gordon ( or 303-982-6277) or parent coordinator, Betsy Angelino ( or 303-550-7292), or have the student attend practice on Monday, April 8.

For more details or with any questions, please contact Betsy at or 303-550-7292.

The Children's Hospital Needs Help with a Research Study - Click below for more details

Attention Manning 8th Graders Attending Ralston Valley Next Year

If you are currently taking Algebra or Geometry at Manning, you will need to take Ralston Valley's placement exam. This is not a timed test so you can leave as soon as you are finished. There are three opportunities to do this.

At Manning on Wednesday April 10th beginning at 2:45 in Room 101.

At Ralston Valley on Wednesday April 17 or April Wednesday April 24 at 3:30 pm

If you will be taking this exam here at Manning please fill out the google form so we know how many students to expect.

Ralston Valley Placement Testing SIGN UP LINK

For 8th Graders Interested in Cheering at Golden HS Next Year

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FREE Career Days for 8th Grade Girls - Due TODAY

Here is a summer opportunity for female students that are interested in exploring transportation or construction career pathways. Applications due by April 5th.

The HOYA Foundation sponsors a FREE opportunity for girls to explore career pathways in transportation and construction industries. Over one week, girls – ranging from eighth grade to 20 years old – make five stops to engage with women, ask questions and tour work sites. Each company puts together a day long insight into their company and into the industry.

Please visit the HOYA Foundation's website for more information.

Reminder about Special Drinks

The only drink students can bring to their classrooms is water. If you send your kids to school with a special drink from Starbucks, that's fine, as long as they take it to the cafeteria and finish it before the first period begins.

Acting Opportunity

Golden's award-winning theater, Miners Alley Playhouse, is currently offering their spring after-school theater classes. Miners Alley Playhouse is known throughout the region for presenting professional, top-notch work, and their classes and summer programs are no exception. Please click below for details about enrolling your children in these after-school adventures!

Talk to the Camera

Talk to the Camera is excited to announce their casting call for our official TTTC Ambassador Program!

Date: Friday, April 12 & 13

Time: Friday 3:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: AEC Studios, 2828 Speer Blvd.#103, Denver, CO 80211

Follow Manning on Instagram! username- manningschool

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Please follow us on facebook, too! @themanningschooljeffco

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

PLC Update

This past Wednesday, our teachers met as an entire staff to celebrate some great things happening at Manning and to prepare for CMAS testing.

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

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  • Liam Farrow and Jack Ruhl found a wallet that had been left in the auditorium and returned it to the office.


  • Tessa Steinke always is happy and energetic. Even when something might be bothering her. It must take a lot of effort to do that everyday. Sometimes when I am upset it just makes me happy to see her so happy. So thank you Tessa for always being a ray of sunshine.
  • Lief Hansen helps me do my homework and gets out of his way to help me and I would be failing with out him
  • Mrs. Burg always helps us when we need it and even helps us with thing you might not even need
  • Charlie Labbo picked up trash that was laying in the halls
  • Sensei Jonson lets us learn about the coolest things. In business class we are learning about this thing called Game Theory and how connects to business decisions. I never thought business would make me think so much. I like it.
  • Mrs. Zamora is my favorite teacher because she always helps us if we don't understand. She always tells us what we need to do and what our homework is so we aren't confused.
  • Austeja Busenaite always puts time into her school work, and helps people when they need help.
  • I feel like Maddie Wiser always is trying to do the best that she can. She is a leader and is not afraid to volunteer. I love her positive energy towards everybody and she always does her part, and does it well.
  • Personally, I always see Allie Neal with a smile. I have noticed that she shares valuable things often and is alway engaged. Allie is a front seat driver that is not bossy, and is a fabulous leader. It is clear that she is very knowledgeable and is not afraid to share, I love that!
  • The past week or so Mr.Miller had his students do chair auditions. I thought that is was really kind of him to donate a whole class period to people who had not started/finished/or needed help. Mr. Miller also purposely set a due date so that students would have the chance to come up to him if they had an issue. As you can see Mr.Miller is really putting a lot of effort into helping his students and making sure they can do the best.
  • Jordan Beecher is a very focused learner. She always asks questions and loves to share. I think it is amazing how much effort Jordan puts in, into understanding a topic and helping other understand. I know she is never afraid to help or clarify.
  • I would like to thank each of these girls: Maizy Hoffman, Julia Kaufolz & Addison Helms. Not only are they kind, funny, smart, and talented. But they are very caring toward others, I spend each day in access with them and I could not be more thankful. I am so happy that I get to end every day with laughter and a smile thanks to them.
  • Lynessa Perez is always working on a certain project in access and researches for it all the time she has really put her effort and valuable time into this!!
  • Mr. Beaty tries everyday to make sure everyone gets exercise but most importantly has fun. he does this by splitting up basketball and lacrosse games into competitive and recreational groups ensuring everyone can play at their level and get involved. Mr. Beaty is also a very nice, helpful, funny and the worlds greatest access teacher.


  • Sammy Kruger, you are the greatest person alive i don't know how I would have survived 8th grade without you being the greatest friend ever, you make me laugh and smile. Thanks for being you


  • Mrs. Burg is always helping us with stuff not much people can, THANK YOU!!!!!
  • During recces, my friends and I were playing football, one of my freinds have gotten hurt and bolth Sam Larson and Erland Harris were making sure he was okay and defending him from somebody who was calling him "Fragile" becasue he got hurt. They made him feel better through support and respect. Thank you Erland an Sam.
  • Mrs. Norton always is a great substitute and makes her anger funny
  • Aidan Whitney always supports me in what I do and cares about the things I do
  • Makena Knop always helps me when I am down and I can talk to her about anything.
  • Whenever she sees someone walking into her classroom that doesn't seem well, Ms. Burg makes sure that she gets that person out of the classroom to talk, to make sure that he or she gets the privacy they need.
  • Mr. Luongo always stands outside in the cold every morning just to say good morning to everybody. It really cheers up my day and gives me a fresh start every morning.
  • Addison Helms is always very kind and caring to everybody. She is honest and always full of energy. I love how she always tries her best and it always there for her friends.
  • From what I have seen Kemply Wellman is always a great worker. In groups, she works hard but is respectful to others. When in the whole classroom she is always fun to be around and does her work the best that she possibly can. I'm never negative when working with her in a group project, mostly because she is so respectful to me, the things we are working with, and the ideas.


  • I was sick for a week, and Ryder Williams was my partner for my project. He made sure the project was going smoothly while i was gone, and we got an A
  • Sam Larson helped me understand and learn how to use code, and what he tought me was really helpfull because I can understand what to do
  • I have just really noticed how Greta Runge strives to do her best. She always does her part when working in a group project. I really admire how many of her ideas she incorporates, but also is a great listener to others who speak. It is really impressive.
  • Addison Helms was showing lots of teamwork in E.L.A. She worked with me to peer edit our writing. She was very intenfull and helpful. In class, she also is good at sharing and giving input. I love how she will stop what ever she is doing to help. Addison shows true teamwork.
  • Delsey Stringer always tries hard and does her best and gets everything she needs to do done while helping everyone else in the group as well. One time while in a group with her, I felt a little left out and she helped me get into the group and work together. I am thankful for that and that is why I am nominating her for teamwork!

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.