March 18th News

Posted March 18, 2024

Hello Manual Families, 

I sincerely hope that all of you stayed safe and warm during the snow days and over the weekend. While I certainly missed being with students over the past few days, I know that they will return next week ready to engage, learn and grow. This is our last week before Spring Break so this letter will serve to align our week and make sure we all know our priorities for this week and for the weeks ahead upon our return from Spring Break.

Our Priorities this Week:

1. Attendance: Keeping our average daily attendance above 85% means that we need students at school each period, all five days this week. 

2. Engagement: Having all students engaged in an additional activity outside of school ensures higher engagement. Here are a list of our clubs that meet during the week: 

  • StuCo Meets Wednesday in the Library at Lunch .
  • Trading Card Club meets at 4:00 on Thursday in room107. 
  • Black Student Alliance meets Thursday in room 108 at lunch. 
  • Queer Student Alliance meets on Friday in the Library at lunch. 
  • Creative Club is on Friday in the library at 9:00 a.m.  
  • E-Sports meets Friday at 9am in room 127 

Upcoming Priorities:

OUR DRIVE TO 95%: State testing season will begin shortly after Spring Break. In order to get off of the State Accountability Clock, 95% of 9th – 11th Graders have to take the PSAT on April 18th and 95% of 11th graders must take the CMAS test on April, 23rd. If we can have the majority of students grow on these two tests then I am confident that Manual will exit the State Accountability Clock when our school rankings are released in August. It will take all of us to do this together to make sure students are both present and try their hardest on these upcoming assessments. 

Coming Up at Manual: 

Monday, 3/18: 

  • Girls Soccer vs. Denver West (Home) @ 4:00 

Wednesday, 3/20: 

  • Premier of Six in the Dr. Joyce Marie Davis Auditorium at 7:00. 

Thursday, 3/21: 

  • Show #2 of Six in the Dr. Joyce Marie Davis Auditorium at 7:00. 

Friday, 3/22: 

  • Late Start Friday – Classes Start for Students at 10:00 a.m. 
  • Girls Soccer vs. Bruce Randolph (Home) @ 4:00 p.m. 
  • Show #2 of Six in the Dr. Joyce Marie Davis Auditorium at 7:00. 

Saturday, March 23rd – Monday, April 1st: No School – DPS Spring Break 

Tuesday, April 2nd: Students and Staff Return from Spring Break. 

Looking Ahead:

April, 18th: PSAT/SAT for 9th – 11th Graders – Early Release for Students once they Finish Testing and No School for Seniors. 

April, 23rd: CMAS for 11th Graders – Early Release for 11th Graders once they Finish Testing. 

April, 27th: Manual Prom from 7:00 – 11:00. Details to be Released Soon. 

Important Links:

1. Principal’s SAT Challenge – PrincipalsSATChallenge.jpg: Student can enter this competition and win a number of different prizes for learning, growing and participating. 

2. Family Resources through DPS Community Hubs – These amazing resource hubs provide needed resources for families and students in our neighborhood. 

3. Apprentice of Peace (AOPYO) is celebrating the opening of their new building at 2245 Curtis Street Suite 200, Denver, CO 80205. Developing students through a whole-person approach by integrating mentoring, enrichments, and career pathway programs. Offers Tai Chi, Young Adults Council and many other youth activities. 

4. Urban Sanctuary on 2745 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205. This all-inclusive and diverse yoga studio provides space for BIPOC teachers to provide healing and wellness to underrepresented students and communities. Check out their schedule for free/donation based BIPOC + Queer community classes. 

Thank you so much for your continued support of your student and of our community. I cannot wait to see students again this upcoming week. 

In Community, 

Dr. Chris DeRemer