Tips for Manual Registration

Crimson Crew Registration Tips

Registration for high school is a yearly event. Even though I’ve done it numerous times, there is always a way to make it go more smoothly for my family. I talked to some other families to ask what advice they would give to someone attending registration for the first time. So take what you need and leave the rest!

Before You Go

  • Know what date and time your child needs to be there. Your schedule will only be available during your registration time.
  • Register and pay for your PTSA membership. It’s easier to do in advance online but can be done during registration.
  • Print and fill out your registration information before you arrive (check Manual website for documents required)
  • Have your freshman or new student be prepared to take a photo for their ID.
  • Seniors only – for a parking pass, driver’s license, and know your license plate number! If you are awarded a pass, you will be given instructions on when and where to pick it up.

What to Bring

  • Bring a pen or two.
  • Bring your checkbook, you will need multiple checks. (More on this later.)
  • Bring address labels, if you have them.
  • Bring your pre-filled registration information. (This is not yet available, watch in the Facebook group and via email for more information.)

 

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#ThankATeacher Win For Manual

#ThankATeacher graphic

Thanks to a submission by Min Jiang, Manual was selected as a 1st place winner in the National PTA #ThankATeacher Contest sponsored by Google Express. We received credits worth up to $2,500 to order goodies to stock our teacher lounges. Among the things we were able to add to both the Manual and YPAS lounges:

  • Keurig coffee maker, storage drawers, and large supply of K-cups
  • Toaster oven
  • Sandwich grill
  • Electric kettle
  • Handheld vacuum
  • Charging station
  • Boxes and boxes of snacks, some of which are pictured below

The PTSA is separately working on getting the carpet replaced in the main teacher’s lounge as it is aged and needs replacing.

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2017 PTSA Scholarship Award Winners

2017 PTSA Scholarship Awards

In 2015, the PTSA established a program to offer scholarships to graduating seniors; this year the amount was $600 each. There is an application process and a review panel that evaluates the applications. The students who apply are judged on their service to the PTSA and involvement in the Manual community, along with academics and teacher references. 

The PTSA also awards a scholarship to a GAP or ECE student. To be considered, the student must be a graduating senior and member in good standing of the duPont Manual PTSA. There are no requirements (grade point average, etc.) other than having overcome significant obstacles on the path to graduation!

The awards are given annually at the Senior Scholarship Night. This year the recipients of the scholarships were: Sydney Blocker, Caroline Hawk, Richard Wilson, Austin Kline, and Savannah Brooks (not pictured).

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EOC Exam Snacks Needed

CheezIts

We would like to support the students by helping to provide snacks to be given to those taking end of course (EOC) exams. You simply buy from the Amazon list and it gets shipped straight to Manual!

From Ms. Lete: “Students will take End of Course Assessments in Algebra II, Biology, English 10, and U.S. History. Snacks are requested to ensure all students have eaten and are hydrated before tackling exams. The score each student receives is calculated into student’s final grade and overall scores are part of the Kentucky State Accountability System for Manual.

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Bill Jackson Named to Advisor Hall of Fame

Coach Jackson Advisor Hall of Fame

This year Coach Bill Jackson was inducted into the Kentucky YMCA’s Advisor Hall of Fame. To even be qualified to be nominated you have to have been an advisor for more than ten years and nominated by a Y-staff member, current student, teacher or alum of the program. Coach Jackson has spent more than ten years working with Manual students for both three-day conferences: the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA), a mock state government conference; and the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), a mock United Nations.

The conferences are held in local hotels and include hours and hours of debate and meetings each day, with students running in many directions. This includes the formation of a Global Village for KUNA, and a trip to Frankfort, KY to debate in the actual House and Senate Chambers, not to mention simply moving one hundred fifty students around swiftly and easily.

One of the neatest things was that this award is a surprise. The lead up to the award ceremony was a hilarious list of missteps. Coach Jackson’s wife and family had been invited to surprise him and he still didn’t catch on because of some quick thinking on the part of his wife. Once it came time to announce the Advisor Hall of Fame winner, Coach Jackson, slipped out to grab something and we had to bring him back in.

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Manual Enjoys Another Successful Mock United Nations at KUNA

Manual KUNA 2017

The Kentucky YMCA (KY YMCA) holds it’s annual mock United Nations (UN) assembly, known as KUNA, every year in the spring. KUNA is one of the two multi-day events that Manual’s Y Club has attended for many years. The KY YMCA actually hosts six of these events, three for middle schools and three for high schools, from around the state. Each host between 1,000 and 1,200 students.

The preparation for KUNA begins well before the three day, two-night event held at an area hotel. The students are assigned countries, and begin to prepare a resolution, cultural attire, a global village, a sign, and a performance for their country. Manual represented eight countries this year. This work begins shortly before winter break and lasts for months as teams within each country tackle each of these areas, meeting at least once a week to work on their projects.

One of the unique things about KUNA is that it is completely student driven. The prior year, there is an election and the students elected serve as presiding officers. At the 2016 KUNA, Lydia Mason was elected Secretary General, the highest position at the conference. Mason is also one of four in the conference’s history to serve as Secretary General at both the middle and high school level. Also representing Manual was Kayla Payne, who served as a Justice in the International Court of Justice portion of KUNA.

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Advice for Incoming Freshman and Those Who Love Them

Going off to high school can be so exciting! That doesn’t mean you aren’t worried about all the things that high school brings, positive and negative. The good news is that there are other people to help you, and plenty of other high school parents to help your parents. Here are some things other duPont Manual … Read more