The Manning Weekly Newsletter

December 21, 2018

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Dear Families,

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank our families for your involvement and support throughout this first semester and helping to make Manning an amazing school. I truly feel blessed to be part of this community.

This is the last Newsletter of the semester, but please take the time to read it thoroughly before the end of the Winter Break. We are sharing some pertinent information to make the transition into the second semester as smooth as possible for all our students.

I want to take this time to wish you all a peaceful holiday season and a happy and healthy 2019. See you all next year!

David / Mr. Luongo

Thank you for all the gifts and treats!

Our staff was moved by the amount of consideration our students and families gave to bringing us gifts and treats for the holiday season. We are very grateful! Also, special thank you to the PTA and all the families who helped cater a lunch for our staff. The food was delicious and the desserts were decadent! We might need to exercise a little bit more now over the vacation, so thank you!

Bell Schedule First Week Back

Wednesday, January 9th: Block Day for Periods 2, 4, and 6. School will get out at 2:20 pm, just like any other Wednesday. (No Achievement Time until Wed Jan 23rd)

Thursday, January 10th: Block Day for Periods 1, 3, 5, and 7. (No Access)

Friday, January 11th: Assembly Schedule - all periods meet with 65 minutes at the end of the day for an assembly.

Change in Achievement Time for Next Semester

Next semester, we will only be inviting students to Achievement Time on Wednesday afternoons if they are failing a class. (This is a change from the first semester, when we additionally invited students with a D.) Our intention is to provide more targeted attention to the smaller population of students who have an F. Our first Achievement Time will be on January 23rd.

2nd Semester Schedules

Schedules are complete for 2nd Semester. If any of you are hoping to make a change in your schedule for the 2nd Semester, unfortunately the process has been completed and most of our classes have been full for a while. Please make sure your students have a copy of their schedule when they come back to school in January, as we will not have hard copies printed out for them.

First Semester Grades will be posted by Jan 11. Honor Roll will be recognized in the Newsletter on Jan 11.

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6th Graders Only Return from Winter Break on January 8th (8:15 am - 11:25 am)

Here is an outline of the Outdoor Lab Orientation on Tuesday, January 8th:

8:15 - Report to Access Teacher

8:25 - Schedule and Journals

9:50 - Core Groups

10:25 - Bunk House Groups

11:00 - Question & Answer

11:25 - Dismissal

* Lunch will not be provided, but students are welcome to bring a snack.

PE Uniforms for 2nd Semester

We have opened our store back up for the gym clothing for next semester until Sunday December 23. If you missed the deadline, please place your orders now. These items will not arrive until after we return from break.

What an Incredible Performance We Had of Elf Jr!

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Reminder to Bring Coats - Our Doors Open at 7:50 am

Statistically, January and February are the coldest months of the year, so this is a reminder for students to bring coats to school. As long as the temperature is above 20 degrees, we will be going outside for recess with or without coats. Also, if you drop your student off early, keep in mind they will have to wait outside until 7:50.

Have you been hearing about "Sources of Strength," but still don't know what it is? Watch this video!

Follow Manning on Instagram! username- manningschool

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Artists Gather around to Learn How to Create Medal Jewelry

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New Diabetes Support Group

Jeffco Health Services is starting up a Diabetes support group in January. The support group is open for all students with diabetes, their peers, teachers/staff, and parents/family. They will cover different topics each meeting.

Scientists Make an Energy Flow Chart

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Increase in Influenza A Activity

Please click the button below to read a letter from the school district regarding Influenza A and ways we can all go about helping our community stay healthy.

In Guitar Class, Students Write Their Own Songs

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Annual Jeffco Writing Challenge & Jeffco's "I Love to Read" Challenge!

Welcome back to the ENC Jeffco Writing Challenge! Last year we had over 1,200 writing entries K-12, from Jeffco Schools! This year 1st place students will again receive a $100 prize and ENC is donating funds to the schools with the highest percentage of writing entries as well. Last year ENC gave away prizes for 1st-3rd place writing entries for every grade and, ENC also added an Honorable Mention category due to such great response.

Manning can also enter the 3rd Annual Jeffco Book Challenge - "I Love to Read," contest and the winning school will receive a donation from ENC in 2019. Students who submit a winning "I Love to Read," statement will be eligible for a gift card as well, as incentive for the entire school to be involved! See our attached flyer for more information.

An eBook will be posted on the ENC website with all the winning entries. The final deadline for all entries for both the Jeffco Writing Challenge and the Jeffco Book Challenge “I Love to Read," contest is February 28, 2019. The final deadline of February 28, 2019 is when all entries for both contests must be received by ENC.

Sponsored by ENC - Education Nonprofit Corporation-

New PE Unit ~ Table Tennis

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Student Brings Feature Article Assignment to Real Life

Students in 7th grade Language Arts just finished writing Feature Articles, based on their readings of fiction and non-fiction about 1933 Mississippi and the Civil Rights Movement. Sophia Leo, a seventh grader, chose to write her feature article on her grandmother who was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, and actually met Martin Luther King. Please read her attached article.

Ms. McLeod's 6th Graders Published their Feature Articles

Ms. McLeod's 6th Grade ELA classes explored their interests through researching and writing feature articles. Students spent a lot of time becoming experts in their fields and would love for others to read their stories. If you find yourself with a little extra time over the break, please peruse our feature articles. Enjoy! Also, a special shoutout to Willaim Burzcyk who did an amazing job designing the sites for our published pieces!

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Design Thinking Students Create a Model of a Second Floor for Our Building

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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
  • Wednesday - Math or Social Studies
  • Thursday - Math or Science
  • Friday - Math

6th Grade Energy Unit

The game 6th graders played in science this week was based off of Colorado, with the game board representing a Colorado map. Students had to work together to power all the cities with as much renewable energy as possible. They found out the challenge of not always having access to renewable sources and had to deal with balancing budgets, revenue and environmental costs.

New Enrichment Opportunity

On Wednesdays in January, we will be offering new enrichment. "Drone Commander" will begin in on January 16th, and "Video Game Design" will begin on February 27th. Click on the links to register. There are only 12 spots available for each class.

Drone Commander:

Video Game Design:

Enrichment Opportunity ~ "Sticky Fingers"

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Arvada West High School Open House

(Choice Enrollment/8th Grade Parent Night combined)

Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

  • We welcome any family interested in learning more about Arvada West High School to join us for our Open House.
  • Meet our teachers, hear from current students, and see how Arvada West High School’s rich history and traditions are evolving to provide students with relevant real-world learning.
  • The evening will allow all incoming 9th grade students and students interested in choice enrollment at Arvada West to obtain information from representatives from department teachers, activities sponsors/students and athletic coaches/students throughout our building.

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.

Interested in Discounted Tickets to the Rodeo?

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If you're still involved at all with an elementary school community, please help your friends and acquaintances understand the Enroll Jeffco process.

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.

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!

6th Grade STEM Students Created Devices to Protect an Egg Being Dropped off the Roof

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.

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.

PLC Update

This past Wednesday, our Math and English departments met to analyze their students growth data according to MAP scores from fall to winter. Meanwhile, our Social Studies, Science, and Electives departments continued their work around vertical alignment and authentic tasks.

Here is the Winning HEART Logo Resulting from our Recent Design Competition ~ Thank you, Emmy Leu!

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

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  • Giussepe is always honest in class and says what he thinks should be done.
  • Saun was honest about his homework and even though the question was wrong and the teacher didn't see it, he told her anyway
  • When Ceci Moran got a question wrong on her Spanish final, and the teacher did not notice, she went in and corrected him. d(^u^)b


  • Cameron Shull worked really hard at guitar for the concert.
  • Isabel Martin is always on task even on Fridays when we are playing silent ball and kahoot in access class.
  • Sierra Roberts works so hard to ask questions and reflect on her progress. Way to go, Sierra!
  • Lief Hansen helps me on my homework every time I have a question, it really helps me with math.
  • Lance is a cool cat.
  • Eliza, Dora, and Triz stayed and helped me clean the band room when others left us to clean, after dress rehearsal.
  • Sydney Hertel is really great at video editing and even took our video home to work on it. She is working hard to help our group complete it even though she has to study for finals. I think our group will do well on this project and we are all trying our best and having fun.
  • Emerie is my best friend. She tries her best every day of the week. She studies hard and works hard. She even has the time to be a great friend. Thank you Emerie!
  • The first half of my day isn´t my favorite, but as soon as I get to Mr. Hovinen´s 5th period class, I completely change my mood, he is so lively and a great laugh. He understands our concerns and is always available to help me out on an assignment I am having trouble with. Thanks a lot Mr. Hovinen!
  • Thank you to Jordan Beecher, Ava Tregembo, Elena Wiletsky, Sean Lann, & Gareth Page-Roth for making tutor time fun every day! Thank you for your assistance in setting up the classroom and for creating fun riddles for your peers.
  • Owen Fulkerson always holds the door for at least 5 minutes when people are going to access, when he easily could just walk away.
  • My friend Anthony Angelino decided to study for finals instead of hanging out with me and I respect his effort and comittment
  • Sammy Dodge (sorry if I spelled your name wrong) went out and said to me (Lilly Baillie) "Good luck on your math test!". She was very outgoing and she is always so nice! You made my day Sammy! Thank you!
  • Since Erin K. puts in the effort she deserve's to win the Heart nomination for effort


  • Reina Klatt has the biggest heart this school has ever seen.
  • Jasmine Collins has been working really hard to get her grade up in science. She finally brought it up by 7%! Great job keep up the good work!
  • Mr. G is always making Spanish class fun! He makes us laugh and always keeps the learning fun so I don't feel any pressure. I have learned a lot in his class and can't wait to take another class with him.
  • Dustin Hendrix went above and beyond in Language arts and helped me with my book report, while also working on his own
  • Avery Schuster is always trying her best every single day. She is amazing company and makes me laugh everday. I love carpooling and speaking with her by my locker every single day. If I forget what I am supposed to do, then I know I can ask her. Aside from being a great student and friend, she is also a great classmate. I believe everyone should want her in their class.
  • Thank you Mrs. Edoff for answering our technology questions with creating videos!!
  • Thank you Mr. Mo for teaching 6th grade staff about video games, dragons, wyverns, magic, etc. You keep us cool!
  • Emma Bougher had to do a lot of work to get ready for her math final. She went in to see her math teacher every day to get ready for the test. She even had some of her friends quiz her. She put in a lot if time into her school work. I am sure this payed off.
  • What an incredible job Graeme Ferguson did as the lead role in our play Elf Jr! It took a lot of work to memorize all those lines and he pulled it off! He was hilarious and really made the whole production a huge success.


  • Stringer helped pick up stuff I dropped.
  • The Sass Squad (Aka Rebecca, Raginia, Alisha, Camila, Beonca, Becky, Aliqua, Cheniqua, and Stacey) are so nice and help out when ever.
  • Friday after map testing had been taken, Jasmine Collins brought donuts in for her access class, not only to celebrate their success, but also to help everyone relax.
  • Jasmine Collins wrote christmas cards to all her teachers telling them thank you and that she wished them a safe and happy holidays and can't wait to finish out what has been a great half of the year!
  • August Yousse is always super nice and positive! He is very respectful and is a great freind!
  • Oliver Yousse is awesome and so full of energy, he is always kind and respectful!
  • Both Casey Hume and Bella Kim are the best friends one could have. They always make you feel better when you are sad, and they make you happy 24/7.
  • Clara Lillie is always trying her absolute best and she is so considerate and hard working. She is constantly wearing a smile and showing kindness and respect towards others!
  • Liam Noble-Rudolf is always a great friend and his respectful to all, especially teachers.
  • Sophia Nickel is an amazing friend and is so nice. She is always there for people and never has a bad attitude. She is so nice to other people and has some really funny jokes.
  • Anna Sweeny is super nice to me and is super supporting of what I do
  • Karla Soto is always ready to complete things and when she does Karla is proud of herself without rubbing it in other people's faces.
  • Spencer Jensen always cheers people on in football and is really respectful
  • Anais is always respecting me and my privacy no matter what and she never asks questions, and Tara always helps me with my homework


  • The Sass Squad worked together to form a squad and treat each other nicely.
  • The Sass Squad always having great teamwork skills and having fun at Recess and being kind to each other.
  • The Sass Squad all make the school more positive and cheer my day up.
  • Shayne Whinn, Sabrina Hendry, Emily Ziporin, Liam Morten, and Niki Catnie - they are awesome.
  • Sass squad (you know who you are) - We all help each other when we are down, and are always caring and kind to each other.
  • Liam Mapes was helping a team get their work all together so they had extra time.
  • Teddy and Timothy McCarthy were good friends
  • Cameron Ricketson, Gareth Page-Roth, and I are in a group in 21st century skills, and they are one of the best groups I have worked with. We always get things done, and we have gotten a good grade on each and every project. We are on our final project, and they are going above and beyond to make sure we get an A.
  • Jasmine Chang is a great team member when working on group projects and always works hard to make sure the project is complete and organized.
  • Riley DeJesus is very kind and she always helps me out me out when I am confused and when I need it, She such a great friend, classmate, teammate, person, girl, and student!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Noelle Jefferson is always helping me and other people. She is very caring and a GREAT friend. :-)
  • Mrs. McLeod's 7th period class is always a class that I look forward to. The class makes me laugh, and I always enjoy myself there. I think that they deserve the award for teamwork, because they work as a team to make everybody's life better.
  • Keria Davis is a really good friend and she works really well with other people she helps teachers sometimes and she is just a great friend!
  • MY water bottle ruined my lunch and I did not have enough money to afford pizza so Colin Fritz bought me some pizza.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Templeton and Mrs. Norton for being the most hilarious people at Manning. You bring laughter and smiles to all at Manning!
  • Thank you to the front office (Mrs. Haas, Mrs. Heesacker, Mrs. Heesacker, and Ms. Zentz) for helping with Outdoor Lab. We appreciate you greatly!
  • I am always comfortable in Ms. McLeod's Access class and I feel like everybody respects and knows each other. The teacher and people are really fun!
  • I have known Anais LeParis for a long time, she as always been such great friend. I never realized this, but she is a furry and just recently told me. I could not be prouder
  • The Sass Squad always cheers each other up and other people that they might not know
  • Ethan Wheeler had a great poster with a great picture.
  • Makenna Mertz and Aevry Green help me all the time in many ways.

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.