February 5th News

Posted February 5, 2024

Hello Manual Families, 

I cannot believe that it is half way through the third quarter already and this is a very important stretch of the school year. It is essential for student success that students are on time and present at school as much as possible for the remainder of the year. Manual has the best teaching staff in the city but students cannot learn or access the supports they need to thrive if they are not at school. 

Did You Know: 

  • If students miss just two classes per week they are considered chronically absent and their chances of being on track to graduate on time go down significantly. 
  • If a student is 10 minutes tardy each morning they miss over 30 hours of learning during the course of the school year. 
  • Missing an average one class each week is the like of missing 33 school days over the course of the year. 

Attendance matters for student success. It is essential and we need to improve our attendance as an entire school community.

Celebrating Black History Month:

Manual is and has been the home of Black Excellence for generations. This month our Black Student Alliance (BSA) will be helping Manual students celebrate and understand the importance of Manual in this history of Black Excellence in Denver and across our nation. We will be celebrating Black History Month in our daily announcements, with activities hosted by BSA and with an all school meeting celebrating Manual’s place as a source of Black History in Denver and beyond. 

Upcoming Events: 

  Monday, 2/5: Girls Basketball @ Fort Lupton.

  Wednesday, 2/7: Boys Basketball vs. Adams City at Manual. 

  Friday, 2/9: Late Start – Classes Start at 10:00 a.m. for students. 

  Tuesday, 2/13: PSAT Practice Test #2 – Early Release for Students.

  Friday, 2/16: Student Day for Manual – There is school at Manual on 2/16.

  Monday, 2/19: No School – Presidents Day 

  Thursday, 2/22: Quarter III Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 – 6:30.

Important Links and Resources: 

DPS Community Hubs – DPS has a number of community hubs where families can access food, clothing and other important resources. 

Achieving Excellence Academy – Summer opportunity for current 9th and 10th grade students to develop their leadership and academic skills. 

Manual can and will accomplish great things when students, staff, parents and families come together. It will take all of us to move Manual to a place of consistency and health. I appreciate your support and your trust. 

In Community, 

Dr. Chris DeRemer


Manual High School