The Manning Weekly Newsletter

November 30, 2018

Dear Families,

We hope everyone was able to enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday with a chance to rest and feel refreshed both physically and emotionally. Our teachers certainly returned to school feeling rejuvenated after a full week off. Observing classrooms this Monday, I noticed there was no down time! Returning from break, teachers and students hit the ground running with high academic expectations.

Given how limited and precious our time is together, our Manning staff is making a concerted effort to ensure each of these next three weeks count. Our students truly deserve the best instruction we can offer, intentionally planned to challenge each one of them to their fullest potential until the semester finally comes to a close.

David / Mr. Luongo

Lillian Young Wins Reflections Contest

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Lillian Young's beautiful water color painting that she entered in the 2018/2019 Reflections contest was given one of five Awards of Excellence (the highest award) in the category of Middle School Visual Arts during Jeffco district-wide judging that took place November 10. Visual Arts received the most entries - by far - and this award recognizes her stand-out talent among all middle school student entries in Jeffco.

There is an open house at Red Rocks Community College on December 2 from 11:00 - 3:00 where Lillian's work will be displayed with other district-wide winners. It will be on display there until December 10th.

Enrichment Opportunity ~ "Sticky Fingers"

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Students in Design Thinking Do a Silent Walk, Looking at Each Other's Problems and Contribute Ideas via Sticky Notes

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Oh, the Power of Brainstorming and Collaboration!

4 Square is the New Recess Fad

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Cross Country Coaches Say "Thank You"

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Reminder ~ Ear Buds

Our teachers have noticed a significant number of students are no longer bringing their ear buds or headphones to school on a regular basis, making classroom activities less efficient at times. Please remind your student to bring these to school. If you have two different sets, it might be worthwhile to leave one set of ear buds in their locker.

Short Story Contest Update

Unfortunately, the CCIRA Young Writers Contest was discontinued this year, so the Language Arts Department will not be entering our winning stories into this particular contest. However, we are looking into entering winning stories into other contests, if possible. We thank you for the support, and a special thank you to all of our students' exemplary work for the Manning Annual Short Story Contest this year!

New School Lanyards for Sale

The Manning PTA will be selling our new school lanyards on Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4 before school from 7:50am to 8:25am just inside the main entrance. Make sure not to miss out- we only have 100 for sale. Once these items are gone, we will not have more until after the New Year. These lanyards make great gifts for the Holidays! The cost is $5.00 each. Cash only please.
Thanks for supporting the Manning PTA!

Friday, December 21 is a Flex Day for students whose teachers still need them to make up work. We won't know which students need to be here on that last Friday of the semester until the day before. Please keep this in mind while making travel plans.

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Scientists Experiment with the Transfer of Energy

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Artists Paint Their Clay Containers

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PE Class Fits FIVE Badminton Games in This Small Gym

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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.

Manning Musical Theater Students and Parents,

Our theater cast will be having two dress rehearsals- one on Monday, Dec. 3 and the other on Monday, Dec 17 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Students should bring a snack, water bottle and costume. Thank you for your flexibility and support!

Winter Performance Tickets Now Available

ELF THE MUSICAL JR!-tickets are $3

December 3 and 17, -Dress rehearsal for Elf from 3:30-6:00

December 18, -5:30 pm performance and 7:00 pm performance

NOTICE: We have pushed the play back two weeks.

WINTER CONCERT-tickets are $3

Dec. 11, 2018- 5:30 p.m. performance and 7:00 p.m. performance

Dec. 12, 2018- 7:00 p.m. performance

Tickets can be purchased from:

***Families are encouraged to only attend one performance so ALL families can watch their student perform***

Sean Wants His Measurements to be Exact!

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Students Measure Mass and Volume to Calculate Density of Various Objects

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Our Volleyball Team Huddles Up during a Time Out

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Students Match Embryo Images With 5 Different Animals

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If you have an 8th grader going to Golden HS next year, please read this letter from the principal regarding technology.

Know Anyone Interested in Manning?

Our StuCo leaders and Ms. Templeton will be leading tours every Wednesday afternoon during Access Time beginning on November 7th. If anyone you know would like a tour, tell them to arrive at 1:45 on any Wednesday. Please help us spread the word! If any current students have a younger sibling who plans on attending Manning, they are welcome to join a tour!

Math Students Celebrate Their High Growth on the MAP Test

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Hello Manning 6th Grade Families,

We wanted to provide you with some important reminders and dates regarding our 6th Grade Outdoor Lab. If you are participating in the King Soopers fundraiser, you have until March 23rd to use those cards to help contribute towards your student's $350 Outdoor Lab fee. After March 23rd, you will be responsible to pay any balance remaining by April 5th.

For those of you not participating in the King Soopers card fundraiser, the deadline to have the $350 fee paid is April 5th. If it would help you to make your payments in increments, please feel free to do so by contacting our financial secretary Jade Zentz at 303-982-6226. You can make payments over the phone with a credit card. You may also log onto Jeffco Connect and pay the $350 in full at any time.

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Outdoor Lab Spirit Wear!

  • Purchasing Spirit Wear: Spirit Wear is available at Families can also purchase items at the Foundation office, although they should call ahead as our hours vary:

3000 Youngfield St., Suite 167

Wheat Ridge, CO 80215

(Call ahead at (720) 403-8241)

  • Pricing:
    • Hoodies $35
    • T-shirts $16
    • Ball caps $20
    • Beanies $15
    • Water bottles and Sunglasses are each $5.
  • School Delivery Deadline: Families have until January 6, 2019 to place their Spirit Wear order if they’d like it shipped to the school. We deliver all “ship to school” orders the week before they are scheduled to attend Outdoor Lab.

7th Grade Field Trip in March

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 this semester. 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!

Manning Yearbooks & 8th Grade Well Wishes Are on Sale Now

2018-19 Manning Yearbooks are on sale from fall until March 8, 2019.

Packages and A la Carte prices: click here
Purchase all yearbooks online at
Manning yearbook code is: 12208119
Yearbook Purchase Deadline: March 8, 2019.

8th grade Well Wishes: $10 (1/4 page advertisement)
Well Wishes Due Date: Feb 15, 2018

8th Grade Well Wishes

8th Grade well wishes is a $10 1/4 page advertisement add-on to the price of a yearbook. Be sure to submit a photograph and dedication to Lifetouch by February 15, 2019 in order to be included in the yearbook, follow the instructions below:

Your 8th Grade Well Wish must be submitted online at:

Community Image Upload Site Access Code: ALAZBC

1. Upload your Image. (Please only submit 1 image for your student) Images must be at least 300 dpi and only jpg or tiff images are accepted.
2. List your students name under the Keyword
3. Type your dedication under the description
4. Change category to 8th grade Well Wishes
5. Press Submit.

Medication Reminders

Should your student need Advil, Tylenol or Aspirin during the school day, they can complete a medication agreement form found on our school web site. This form will also need to be signed by your physician. You will then need to drop off the medication and form to our Health Aide in the clinic for your student’s needs. Your student is allowed to carry a daily dose as long as it’s only a daily dose in its original container and the container has not expired. We have found the travel sizes tend to work best for the student’s needs. Should you have any additional questions, please contact our school Health Aide, Bertha Heesacker.

6th Graders Return from Winter Break on Jan 8

Please be aware for your vacation planning: 6th Graders' first day back from break will be on Tuesday, January 8th for Outdoor Lab Orientation. More details about that day will come soon.

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.

PLC Update

This past Wednesday, our teachers met in subject area departments to have a conversation around the Rigor and Relevance rubric with the goal of tweaking our upcoming authentic assessments in order to make them as real world and thoughtful as possible.

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

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  • Parker King got a problem wrong in math, but the teacher did not mark it wrong, so he told the teacher that he got it wrong, therefore showing honesty.


  • Cooper Daugherty - for playing his guitar in the cafeteria in the morning before school. The kids enjoyed it.
  • Chloe Meldahl always does her classwork and does extra. she even helps other classmates when needed.
  • Joslin Baxter has been helping Nora Bendl, who is on crutches, during band class.
  • Hailey Kelley and Owen Fulkerson stayed after school to help move furniture in a classroom.
  • Mr. G puts in effort for each and every student. He puts in the effort to make sure we Learn the spanish words and we dont just think about it and then forget everything we had learned. He engages with the kids and is also respectful to all.


  • We agree that Mrs. Pouliot is a GREAT role model! She always respects our opinions and accepts our weirdness. She knows how to joke around and is the only adult who doesn't think we are completely crazy. She is extremely kind and considerate and I think that she deserves this award for many reasons.
  • Lisl Gidlund is the greatest friend someone will ever have. The positive energy she brings to a table will change your mood fast. I love hanging out with Lisl because she always makes an effort to include everyone and listens too! Count on Lisl to make you happy very fast!


  • Ms. McLeod's 7th Period Class - We always have so much fun together. These people feel like my family and we have made a happy safe environment to learn and laugh in. I know I will leave the class thanking Ms Mcleod and life long friends with the people in this class. Thank you!!!
  • Ally Ricketson, Aevry Greene, and McKenna Merz always ask me what is wrong and they cheer my up when I cry and they wipe away my tears.
  • I was upset and Casen Dobbs came over, made a funny joke and made me feel better.
  • Margot Mulhern is a very kind person who always can cheer you up! She makes everyone's day. She is very funny and always makes you laugh.
  • Cali DeVries always puts up with me when I'm not being nice to her. She's been a great friend and is always chill.
  • Tatum Marsh, Riley DeJesus, Hayden Noyes, and I always have lots of fun and get assignment done while having a good time.


  • August Hazel has one class with me and every time I go to that class he is there and he is usually talking to someone but then he comes and talks to me and he makes me feel better if something had happened in another class. He always has something to say and I always find myself laughing t something he said. I think August should get the award for teamwork because he has never let me down. ever
  • A student had a question about the exchange rates and wasn't sure how to explain the correct answer. Ella Yancey offered to help out so that he could understand why the answer he had chosen was incorrect. She was very quick to offer help!
  • Kellen Lindberg took care of our class pet, Ember, over Thanksgiving break. Ember had a great time with Kellen's other bearded dragon! Kellen was quick to help out and gave Ember a relaxing vacation, which helped out all of my classes!
  • Eva Pollard is so nice and has helped me so much this year. She's so sweet, and has been one of the kindest people at this school to me.
  • Anton McCray is a focused student who is always prepared, joins class discussions, and often helps others. He is a "quiet" leader in both classes that I see him in. Thanks for your effort, Anton!

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.