The Manning Weekly Newsletter

January 18, 2019

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Dear Families,

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an agent of radical change in our country and arguably the most prominent figure of our civil rights movement during the 1960's. As we observe MLK Day this Monday, we should reflect on his statement about the goal of true education:

"Intelligence plus character."

In my humble opinion, I believe we at Manning do a great job of building both of these attributes in our students. In terms of developing intelligence, our focus on the higher levels of understanding (creating, evaluating, and analyzing) teach our students to be able to think critically in a multitude of different life situations. Meanwhile, our amazing school culture and the norms we have set for behavior make it easy to continue to develop young men and women of exceptional character.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. challenges us as educators to think big picture as we mold our students today into the citizens we wish to see in our society tomorrow.

Have a great three-day weekend.

David / Mr. Luongo

Our 6th Graders Had a Blast at Outdoor Lab This Week

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Thank you to our upperclassmen who volunteered to unload the gear buses in the snow.

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Please Order a HEART T-Shirt to Help Spread School Spirit!

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Manning families please help us support our new HEART Logo that was created by our student Emerson Leu who won the contest. We will be selling a black short sleeve tee shirt that will have our HEART logo on them if your student or someone you know is interested to purchase one to help show your school spirt. You will have a short window of time to complete your order form and pay for the shirt.

We will be taking orders from January 19 to January 31. Don’t miss out! There will not be another time to purchase these if you miss the deadline.

You have two options to place your order: You can pick up an order form in the main office or click here to print one and bring it to the front office.

For payment, you can log onto your JeffcoConnect to pay the fee or you can bring in cash or check. The price of each shirt will be $10.00 regardless of the size.

Yoga & Mindfulness at Manning

We will continue to offer yoga as an enrichment activity after school on Wednesdays beginning on January 23rd.

YMCA Supervision

The YMCA will not be offering supervision of students before school any longer, due to such a low number of students taking advantage of the before school program. They will, however, continue to provide supervision after school.

The Grub Club Needs Your Cans

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Superintendent Dr. Glass Recorded a Video on E-Cigarettes

Manning Spelling Bee

The spelling bee will be Wednesday, February 13th at 1:45 in the auditorium. If students are interested in participating, they can sign up with their ELA teachers or Ms. Pouliot.

STEM outreach program for girls at Colorado School of Mines

Registration is OPEN for our spring 2019 sessions of DISCOVER Tech for girls in grades 3 - 6, and EXPLORE Tech for girls in grades 7 - 9. These programs take place on School of Mines campus and are developed and facilitated by female Mines students who are both passionate about their subjects of study, and sharing this passion with the next generation!

Students Brand Their Name Tags

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Team Building

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8th Grade Families, Consider a Well Wish in the Year Book

8th Grade Well Wishes are an optional addition to the purchase of a yearbook.

If you are interested in adding a Well Wish for your student in the yearbook, you should purchase a 1/4 page advertisement add-on. Cost is $10 extra.

The deadline to purchase a well wish is February 15, 2019.

For more information and specific directions visit the Manning Website--> Family Resources-->Yearbook page.

Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp

Dinosaur Ridge Camps are an unforgettable adventure! Our camps keep kids moving and discovering in the incredible setting of our National Natural Landmark. These experiences are designed to foster excitement and wonder for science, art, and the outdoors while engaging in our hands-on educational curriculum.

Our small group sizes give every camper the opportunity to play, explore, and expand their knowledge. Each camp offers exploration of the Dinosaur Ridge fossil sites, hands-on science projects, as well as expert guest presenters in the fields of paleontology, geology, art, earth science, survival skills, and local plants and animals.

2019 Summer Camp Sessions

  • June 3-7: Fossils & Fun (Ages 6-10)
  • June 10-14: Rock Stars (Ages 10-13)
  • June 17-21: Junior Scientists (Ages 8-11)
  • June 24-28: Nature Trekkers (Ages 6-10)
  • July 8-12: Fossils & Fun (Ages 6-10)
  • July 15-19: STEAM Week *NEW!! (Ages 8-11)
  • July 22-26: Junior Scientists (Ages 8-11)
  • July 29-August 2: Nature Trekkers (Ages 6-10)
  • August 5-9: Fossils & Fun (Ages 6-10)

Summer Camp Details

  • 9 weeks of camp (June 3-August 9) (9 am-3 pm*)
  • Early-bird registration starts January 14--TODAY! Save $25 off each camp with registration before February 15.
  • $300/week for FODR members OR $325/week for non-members
  • 6-13-year olds
  • *Post-camp program available
  • Click here for more details on our summer camps.

Check out the FODR website for more details or to register.

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Artists Create "Wearable Sculptures"

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You are invited to a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, January 30th, at 1:50(ACCESS) to learn more about Golden High School. Mr. Gill (your future counselor) and Mr. Shellard (your future assistant principal) will be bringing registration materials to Manning to hand out to you. We will also answer any questions you may have about Golden High School.

You will take the registration materials home to your parents to look over. The following week, on Wednesday, February 6th, we will return to collect the registration forms that are completed so we can create a schedule for you when you come to Golden in August.

We look forward to chatting with you. If you have any questions before the 30th, please contact me at

Rob Gill
Guidance Counselor for Class of 2019
Golden High School

A Message from Chess Master Jesse

January 19th Chess Tournament

This Saturday is our next tournament.

You can sign up HERE

Also - I have changed the date of my final tournament from 4/27/2019 to 5/4/2019 because of the all girls scholastic championship.

State Scholastic Championship and ALL GIRLS Championship.

The State Scholastic Chess Championship is coming Februrary 23rd and 24th. I HIGHLY recommend playing in this tournament for anybody who has enjoyed playing in the regular monthly tournaments. This is an amazing once a year opportunity to play some amazing chess and for a select few to become state champions for their grade group.

You can sign up and find all information HERE

Also, for the first time ever - Colorado will have an ALL GIRLS State Scholastic Chess Championship is going to happen April 27th. This is a long time dream in the making and we're hoping to get enough attendance to justify making it a regular event. This purpose of this event is to empower girls in chess. It's not always easy being a girl in the male dominated sport of chess. Keep a lookout for more details to come!

Snapology - Enrichment Option on Wednesdays

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:

A Hands-on Understanding of Longitudinal Waves

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7th Grader Margaux Dempsey Publishes an Article Again!

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Snow Football is the Best Football!

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Rehearsal for Our Next Musical

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Our Spanish Teacher, Mr. G, Invited Friends from Costa Rica

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Anyone Want to Coach Boys Basketball?

I have some updates from last week regarding the 6th/7th grade Manning boys basketball team starting practice next week.

There are now enough Manning students on the waitlist to form a 2nd 6th/7th grade team (teams of 9 and 10 players). My goal for all of the middle school teams is to allow as many students to participate as possible. In this situation, there are two issues with adding a 2nd team: number of coaches and gym space.

Currently, I have one coach assigned to coach the initial 6th/7th grade Manning team. In order to accommodate a second team, I would need at least one additional coach. Unless something changes over the next couple of days with one of my other teams, this second team would need at least one parent from this group to help out and coach. The coaching position can be a paid (at $11.78/hour) or volunteer position, and would be for Tuesdays and Thursdays for 8 weeks from 1/15-3/14 from 3:30-5:00pm for practices at Manning and a slightly longer commitment on game dates (~3:30-5:30 or 6:00).

If someone is able to coach and we can accommodate that second team, the other piece is managing the gym space with three teams sharing (including the one 8th grade team). Manning has an outdoor, blacktop court that can be used as long as the weather is safe. If someone can coach the second team, I would have one team practice outside each day with the other two teams inside. That setup would rotate each practice so every team gets ~equal indoor and outdoor practice time.

Please let me know if you are interested in coaching the team, and I’ll walk you through the application steps and get you setup for next week. We already have 2 great boys coaches for the two current teams, so you’d be joining some great coaches already.


Brandon Altenburg

Athletics and Fitness Coordinator

Office Phone: (303) 231-1306

Follow Manning on Instagram! username- manningschool

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Please follow us on facebook, too! @themanningschooljeffco

Looking for Something Fun?

Apex Park holds an event called Teen Take Over once a month at their Secrest facility. It is a night for kids to hang out and do things like dodgeball, Fortnite, swim, air hockey and much more.

Anne Frank Field Trip

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 February. 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!

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-

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

Lakewood High School Showcase Night

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

For any interested and prospective incoming freshmen, please join Principal Dan Bock and many representatives from Lakewood's activities and athletics for an informational evening on February 5th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Students and families will have the opportunity to tour the school and ask questions of sponsors, coaches, teachers, administrators and student leaders about Lakewood and all it has to offer.

Interested in being a Boy Scout?

One of our students would like to invite other boys to consider joining Troop 999, and has created an informational flyer. If being a boy scout is something you're interested in, click the button below.

Any 6th Graders Who Like to Dance?

The Golden High School dance team is holding a clinic on Saturday, February 9th. Click on the button below for more information and to sign up.

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.

Current Jeffco Student Enrolling at Expected School

*Expected school = either the school the student is currently attending (if in non-transition grade), OR neighborhood school (if in a transition grade)

STEP 1 Parent goes to and clicks on “Enroll Now”

STEP 2 Using their Jeffco Connect username and password, parent logs in to EnrollJeffco system

STEP 3 Parent clicks “Let’s Get Started” button next to student’s name

STEP 4 Parent validates all parent and student information (this data has been pulled from Jeffco Connect)

STEP 5 Parent is presented with “Intent to Enroll” page, asking if their student will attend their expected school; Parent clicks “Yes” button

STEP 6 Parent is asked two survey questions and is then taken to enrollment confirmation page

Current Jeffco Student Choice Enrolling

*Wanting to apply at a school other than where they currently attend, both at grade transition or simply changing schools

STEP 1 Parent goes to and clicks on “Enroll Now”

STEP 2 Using their Jeffco Connect username and password, parent logs in to EnrollJeffco system

STEP 3 Parent clicks “Let’s Get Started” button next to student’s name

STEP 4 Parent validates all parent and student information (this data has been pulled from Jeffco Connect)

STEP 5 Parent is presented with “Intent to Enroll” page, asking if their student will attend their expected school; Parent clicks “No” button

STEP 6 Parent selects one or more schools to which they want to apply, answers additional questions (about siblings, etc.), agrees to terms and conditions, and clicks the “Submit” button

STEP 7 Parent receives email confirmation of application received

STEP 8 On or around February 25th, parent receives emails/text messages about student’s status at each school (offered enrollment or waitlisted)

STEP 9 Using their smartphone, laptop, or computer, parent may accept no more than one enrollment offer (offers expire 5 days after date of issue)

STEP 10 Parent is presented with two survey questions and is then taken to enrollment confirmation page

Student New to Jeffco Choice Enrolling

STEP 1 Parent goes to and clicks on “New Parent/Guardian” button

STEP 2 Parent establishes Jeffco Connect account, including creation of username and password

STEP 3 Parent clicks “+ Add New Student” button and completes record for student

STEP 4 Parent goes to and clicks on “Enroll Now”

STEP 5 Using their newly-established Jeffco Connect username and password, parent logs in to EnrollJeffco system

STEP 6 Parent clicks “Let’s Get Started” button next to student’s name

STEP 7 Parent validates all parent and student information (this data will have just been pulled from Jeffco Connect)

STEP 8 Parent is presented with “Intent to Enroll” page, asking if their student will attend their neighborhood school; Parent clicks “No” button

STEP 9 Parent selects one or more schools to which they want to apply, answers additional questions (about siblings, etc.), agrees to terms and conditions, and clicks the “Submit” button STEP 10 Parent receives email confirmation of application received

STEP 11 On or around February 25th, parent receives emails/text messages about student’s status at each school (offered enrollment or waitlisted)

STEP 12 Using their smartphone, laptop, or computer, parent may accept no more than one enrollment offer (offers expire 5 days after date of issue)

STEP 13 Parent is presented with two survey questions and is then taken to enrollment confirmation page

Students With IEPs

IEP requires Mild / Moderate Supports:

Family may follow standard processes: Current student → Enrolling at Expected School Current student → Applying to Choice School New to Jeffco → Enrolling at N’hood School New to Jeffco → Applying to Choice School

IEP requires more intensive supports (e.g. Center Program):

Student will be directly placed at an appropriate school or program by a member of the Special Education department.

Board Policy JFBA Summary

1) Only one enrollment offer per student may be in “accepted” status at any given time

2) Enrollment offers expire after 5 days (expiration may be waived by school)

3) “Siblings” defined → Siblings by birth, step-siblings, adopted, and foster siblings. Also included are children subject to legal guardianship or other children related by blood or marriage living with the currently enrolled student’s family in a regular parent-child relationship and who are dependent upon the current student’s parent/guardian(s) for support.

4) “Child of Staff” defined → Solely defined as first-degree children by birth, step-children, adopted children, and foster children.

5) Accommodation will be made for siblings applying together (once one has been offered enrollment, the other is bumped up to sibling status)

6) Once a family has accepted an enrollment offer, the new school is considered their “home” school (to enroll in neighborhood school, they‘ll need to submit a Round 2 application, and enrollment is not guaranteed)

7) Once a student attends a school, they may continue to attend until their grade level is no longer served (choice application required to stay)

Know Anyone Interested in Manning?

Our StuCo leaders and Ms. Templeton will be leading tours every Wednesday afternoon during Access Time. 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!

PLC Update

This Wednesday, our teachers met in grade level teams to continue planning a special week in April after CMAS testing, where students will engage in authentic learning experiences, focusing their passions. This idea came from our Superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass, and his challenge is below:
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A Message from the PTA

Would you like an easy way to support Manning? Buying a King Soopers gift card and using it for groceries and gasoline is a way to do just that. Please contact Deborah South at to get yours, and thank you for participating in this fundraiser!

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

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  • Someone had their phones out and Kohei Shimada told them to put them away because they were not allowed even though they were his friends.


  • Oliver Hughes caught upon all of his work in one class after he changed his schedule.
  • The janitors give their best effort each day to clean the school
  • Mrs. Sawyer is amazing! She makes her lessons interesting so that we do not get board. She jokes with her students and understands of better than a lot of our teachers. She knows when it is time to work and when we can have fun again. She teaches things beyond the classroom that will help us outside of school and for the rest of our lives. She really cares about her students and makes sure they know she cares. Mrs. Sawyer is so supportive it is unreal. Thank you Mrs. Sawyer for making everyday better than the last.
  • Our Nurse is so kind towards every kid who walks through her door. Every time you come in your greeted with a smile. She will take care of you and always check up with you after you leave her office. Thank you for checking up with us.
  • Ms. Jacobs has worked very hard to cover for Mrs. Moore since she had her baby early, and she is working even harder to understand us and the rhythm of this school. She is also a great teacher for my science class, and does her very best effort to learn the concept as quick as she can. Go Mrs. Jacobs!!!!


  • Freya Nagy is the hardest-worker. She gets all A's, and always turns her homework in on time. She works hard for her part in musical theater, and always lends a helping hand. She also helped lead the tour of Manning! She is such a help to everyone.


  • Graham Trusedale is a friend of mine. He is always supper positive every where. Also at lunch when he goes to get a napkin or something he always asks are table group if we needed anything. In all he has a great attitude to everyone.
  • Gwyn, Sydney Madlock, Clayton, Stella Meyer, Audrey, Eliza, Elizabeth Swanson, Melin, Norah, and Lauren Hack are always amazing friends to every one, and will find someone sitting alone at recess, and walk to say hi and invite that person into any game they are playing. They respect each other, while still being fun and kind.
  • Nora Bendl is an amazing friend! She has a great sense of humor and is kind to everyone around her.
  • Jordan Chang is very nice and is always joking around with us. He is very funny and nice. And I am glad to have him as a friend.
  • Alex Reese has been very supportive and a great friend to everyone around her. She brings a smile to everyone's face, and is the kindest person I know.


  • Mr. Crawford makes social studies "great again!" He allows us to learn through playing games. He has the best jokes like "don't be sorry be better." His enthusiasm is fantastic! He really tries to connect with his students and help us to succeed in every way possible. Thanks for being such a great role model Mr. Crawford.
  • Miette Jandreau is always respectful to her teachers, always finds a new way to solve her problems, and always helps those who need it. She is a joy to be around, and is always encouraging her friends. She also bought a lunch for me when I had no money. She is friendly face when you need it.

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.