The Manning Weekly Newsletter

August 24th, 2018

Our Vision

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.

Dear Families,

Well Folks, we made it through our first full week! If your children are tired after school today, that's a good thing - they should be! They are on the go all day long for seven periods, and as you can see, our teachers keep them busy.

Ms. Templeton and I made it into every teacher's classroom this week, and we couldn't be more proud of how inventive our teachers are with their lesson plans as they create activities centered around our Colorado Academic Standards, which are fun and engaging for our middle school students. The ultimate judgment of any school is deciding whether or not you would send your own son or daughter to learn there. With that being said, after visiting all the classrooms and feeling the positive energy, I can say Manning is definitely a school I would love for my own daughter to attend some day.

We hope to see all of you at our Back to School Night this Thursday evening. Until then, have a great weekend.

I have a feeling our teachers are going to use this weekend to finally rest as well!

David / Mr. Luongo

Traffic Tips

To help improve our afternoon flow of traffic, please consider the following:

  • Those of you who pull into the old bus loop on the north side of the building off of 32nd Avenue, keep in mind you can also keep going past the bus loop and pull into the one way loop in front of the school where it tends to be less congested.
  • You do not need to pick up your student exactly at 3:25. It will take them a few minutes to pack their bag and leave the building. We will provide supervision outside until 3:45. If some of you plan on meeting at 3:40, the staggering of arrival times will significantly reduce congestion.
  • For safety purposes, please have your students get in and out of your car on the passenger side.
  • We encourage carpooling! As students make new friends that live nearby, consider swapping who drives the kids to school. This will help our traffic situation and the environment as well!
  • Some families have arranged to meet their student after school in a nearby area that is off campus and it has worked out well.
  • Drivers, please stay in your vehicle in case we need to move you up.

Back to School Night - Thurs Aug 30th 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Now that we have three grade levels at Manning, we would like to be proactive about avoiding pedestrian congestion in our hallways. We are asking:

  • 6th grade families to enter near the auditorium
  • 7th and 8th grade families to enter through the main front doors
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PTA Could Use Help Feeding Teachers on Back to School Night

Thank you to those who attended the PTA meeting this week! We had a great turnout and we are looking forward to a fun year. If you were unable to attend, we would love for you to get involved with Manning PTA as much (or as little) as you like. For example:

Back to School Night at Manning is next Thursday evening. Please help PTA feed our incredible teachers on their super long day by signing up to contribute. Thanks! See you Thursday!

Hey Kids, Quit Throwing Paper Airplanes! Oh... It's for STEM?! Nevermind!

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6th Grade Scientists Create Skits to Make Their Classroom Rules Come Alive

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Students Go on a Zombie Hunt and Learn How to Read a Map at the Same Time

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Our Teachers Create Emotionally Safe Learning Environments where Students Feel Comfortable Posting Their Ideas and Are Open to Critique

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7th Graders Learn the Importance of Following Procedures Correctly by Making Play-Doh Sculptures

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JeffCo Security was Impressed with Our First Lock Down Drill

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Whoever is Posting These Random Acts of Kindness, You Are Making Someone's Day!

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Culture Cakes Share Personal Values

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Don't Worry, Parents - Mr. Fulton Has It TOTALLY under Control

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Enrichment Programs for Wednesday Afternoons (Currently there are 3 options to choose from)

A New Wednesday Enrichment Activity... Rock n' Roll!

Middle School Sports Program

Here's your chance to sign up for fall sports. This season, we are offering flag football, cross country, and volleyball. Each sport is coed and includes 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The cost is $55 per sport. Flag football and cross country start next week so sign up now using the button below! Volleyball will start in October.

Join Running Club!

Manning is now offering Running Club to all students every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:15. This is in addition to the opportunity to run cross country, so you can participate in one or the other or both. We hope to utilize Manning’s track and get some neighborhood runs in! It is not too late to join. Meet with Mrs. Pouliot and Ms. Agard in B3 (Ms. Agard’s classroom) after school.

If you would like to join, please read our Running Club Letter to Families and send your child with our signed Running Club Permission Slip to our first meeting.

Please send any questions to Ms. Agard (

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

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  • Everett Douglass was honest about being unsure of his expectations. He advocated for himself to understand further and clarify his questions, which is a difficult thing to do.


  • Brayden Bergren persevered in solving a puzzle and keeping his team engaged in their work. He made sure, even when their problem solving was frustrating, they were able to work together and try their best.
  • Addison Samter quickly volunteered to help me out by picking up textbooks being used by students at the end of an activity. It was a great help for her to collect half the room while I collected from the other half. Great effort!!
  • Jake Lowrie participated in class without worrying about being incorrect or being challenged.
  • Sadie Powers always participates and puts a lot of effort into her work. Her "Emperor of the World" essay had a lot of evidence and she took her time editing.


  • When introducing herself to the class, Ella Yancey shared that she thinks education is important, not only because it will help her to be successful, but because it will allow her to one day help other people who may be experiencing problems.


  • Rory O'Brien was very kind to her teacher, Kelly Garcia-Lee.
  • Olin Ferguson is one of the most positive students I've ever worked with. He approaches every situation with enthusiasm and willingness. Olin further shares this mentality with his classmates. (~ Ms. Agard)
  • Eva Pollard stopped on her way to lunch to help another 7th grader who had dropped all of her pencils and pens in the hallway. Everyone else rushed by to get to lunch as quickly as possible.


  • Kaitlyn Mitchel for noticing another 6th grader trying to get into her locker for a long time with no success and then asking permission to leave the lunch room to go help her.
  • Peter Lasell volunteered and helped pass out math workbooks to his class.

  • Dagny Colle overheard her teacher talking about a new student from Germany (Tim) and came over to say that she would love to introduce him to her brother and show him around. She was kind and enthusiastic!

  • Charlie Labbo ran all the way across the field to pick up a soccer ball one of his classmates had left behind at that end of recess!

  • Mr. Fulton takes time out of his day to help others with technology or anything that they may need. He's a team player for sure!

Lost and Found

Please remind your students to check the lost and found, which is on the table in the cafeteria. Currently, the table is overflowing with lunch bags, back packs, sweatshirts, water bottles, planners, etc. All items in the Lost and Found will be donated to a local thrift store on Friday after school, so if you want to reclaim a lost item, make sure to pick it up.

PE uniforms are to be ordered by August 26th for 1st semester and 2nd semester

If your student has PE either first or second semester, please order a gym uniform (if you haven’t already) by clicking the button below.

Chess Club Starts This Monday

We're happy to announce National Master Jesse Cohen is back for another great year of chess at our school. Summit School of Chess club is for ALL AGES and SKILL LEVELS (no experience required). We will be meeting on Mondays in the library from 3:30-4:30 PM. This club will fill up quickly. Get a spot while they're still available.

Manning Girl Scout Troop

We are forming a new troop at Manning for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 4th at 3:45 at Manning. Contact Catherine Bendl for more information. 303-242-1669 or

Proactive Presentations

These optional presentations provide adolescents and their parents tools to navigate safely through the complexities of the 21st Century.

A Message from Your PTA


For more details, note that all meeting minutes and financials can be found on the Manning PTA website.

  • Vice President’s position is still available!

  • Back to School Night – August 30th – PTA’s Hospitality Committee will be providing dinner for all teachers and staff. Please look out for a signup genius

  • PTA will continue to have meetings every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am

  • Manning’s fundraising goals this year will be put towards replacing the auditorium seats.

  • King Soopers’ cards will continue to be sold through out the school year for $5 each. Manning’s King Soopers’ card is a fundraiser for the school and not Outdoor Lab.

  • Committees that still need a Chair, please consider volunteering:

    • 8th grade picnic

    • Continuation

    • Talent Show

    • Well Wishes


VP nominations are still open! All candidates must submit a bio by Friday, September 14th. We will be announcing the candidates at our next PTA Meeting on Wednesday, September 19th. We will then be voting for this position at our October 17th meeting. Reminder, 3 requirements for this position are the following:

  • Must be a PTA Member and a 6th or 7th grade parent

  • Will be President for 2019-2020 school year

Please send a brief bio of yourself to the PTA email:

Should you have any questions, please email Christine Dempsey at


Please consider becoming a PTA Member! PTA membership will be $10 per person.

  • Reminder – Manning PTA encourages a $100 donation per student each year to support The Manning School.

  • For reference, the Manning PTA spends $150 per student on average every year in classroom support, technology & enrichment.

Please go to the Manning PTA website to access our one stop Registration Form where you can join PTA, donate, purchase Chili Cook-Off tickets, and volunteer your time and talents!

MANNING FALL FEST – Chili Cookoff & Silent Auction - Friday, October 26th

This event has been a Manning favorite! Our auction and chili cookoff team have been working hard to put on a spectacular fundraising event. If you have a favorite chili recipe, please consider signing up for the cookoff, signup genius will be sent out the first week of September.

Don’t miss out on this fun event -- Please purchase your Fall Fest tickets online:

Should you have any questions in regards to the Chili Cookoff, please contact Kim Suman at

If you have an auction item to donate or would like to offer your help for this event, please contact Erin Perrin at FINAL silent auction donations are due no later than Friday, September 14th! Our auction team will need help to pull off this event, please watch out for the signup genius to come out middle of September.


Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form at school during National Arts in Education Week, September 10-14, 2018 and return your entry to school by November 2, 2018. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at Look for more details coming soon!