November 13th News

Posted November 13, 2023

Hello Manual Families, 

We continue to have so much to celebrate at Manual and there have been significant gains at Manual that we all must celebrate as a community. This has been a very, very successful year so far and I am so thankful for being able to lead at this incredible school. 


   1. Manual is still meeting its attendance goal of 85% which is an 8% increase from November of 2022. 

   2. 100 Students at Manual had a GPA of 3.3 or above. That is almost 1/3 of the school being on honor roll. 

   3. Manual has reduced chronic absenteeism by 20% since year to date last year. That means a lot more students are coming to school more often. 

Please see the attached PDF that provides and overview of these data celebrations and please share them with your community so they really know what is happening at Manual! 

Quarter 1 Celebration Data.pdf 

Looking Ahead:

  Friday, November 17th: Late Start for Students. Class starts at 10:00. 

  November, 20th – 24th: Thanksgiving Break for Students. 

  Wednesday, November 29th: Parent/Guardian Conferences 4:00 – 7:00. Drop-in conferences, not scheduled appointments needed. 

  Friday, December 8th: Posada and Winter Showcase and Posada 4:00 – 9:00. All families invited and dinner provided. 

  Wednesday, December 13th: Blue Day Final Exams. Regular schedule for students. 

  Thursday, December 14th: Red Day Finals and Last Day for students. Regular schedule for students. 

  Friday, December 15th: No school for students – staff work day. 

Important Links:

Tu Voz Survey: Please take 10 minutes to provide feedback to DPS about your experience as a parent or guardian at Manual and in DPS. 

Principal Feedback Form: Please take five minutes to fill out this form and to provide me with some feedback on how I can improve as the leader at Manual. 

Touring Manual: Do you know of families who are interested in touring Manual for a prospective student? Please have them visit to schedule a tour. 


Preparing for Inclement Weather: As we get into the winter be reminded that, on snowy days, DPS may call a two-hour delayed start or cancel school completely. As soon as I know the decision by DPS I will communicate to parents and guardians via email and text. Please see the inclement weather schedule on page two of this document.

I am so thankful for you all, your hard work and focus on the growth and development of our students. Have a wonderful and restful weekend. 

In Community, 

Chris DeRemer