New Manual POST Format

New Manual POST Format

Our weekly email newsletter has a new look and format, thanks to incoming 4th VP-Communications Jim Cabral and his awesome tech skills!

One of the standing rules of our PTSA is that we will not proceed or continue with any program or initiative unless the resources are in place to do it properly. Publishing a weekly newsletter has required a big time commitment in past years, and has been an obstacle to recruiting new communications team leadership, so much so that we considered discontinuing the POST, even though it is a valuable resource and benefit for our community.

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First dMHS School Safety Meeting Summary

Safe School Zone

In response to the recent gun violence in Florida and Marshall County high schools, the first Safety Committee meeting was held at Manual on March 29. Principal Mayes and Asst. Principal Kuhn facilitated the meeting. A handout was distributed which included specific recommendations from a retired Secret Service Agent. The meeting attendees commented on these suggestions, and also made recommendations of their own.

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Safety Committee Meeting Rescheduled

Safe School Zone

Snow canceled our first meeting on March 21st; but we are not deterred from working together to make Manual as safe as possible!

Our new Safety Committee will meet for the first time next Thursday, March 29th at 6 PM in the Manual Auditorium.

Thus far we have:

  • The results of a safety audit by a retired Secret Service agent who consults with schools 
  • Two pledges of financial support
  • ALICE safety procedures

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Spotlight: Latin Honor Society

dMHS Latin Honor Society

The Latin Honor Society has a unique mission: to enrich classical study with community service.  The Latin Honor Society was established in 1988 to honor the achievement of high-achieving Latin students, and has chapters in nearly every US state, and around the world.  To be eligible for Latin Honor Society, students must have a 4.0 … Read moreSpotlight: Latin Honor Society

Manual KYA Titled Outstanding Delegation


The Kentucky Youth Assembly, better know as KYA, is the fall conference for the Manual Y Club. After months of writing, research, and debate, the club took over 100 students to attend this mock state legislature held at both the Kentucky State Capitol and the Crowne Plaza hotel on November 9-11th.

Each of the students assumes the role of a senator or representative, with a few students taking specialized roles, such as lobbyists, media, candidates, or as a part of the judicial portion.

The seven bills that we took to KYA did exceptionally well. Legislation is the primary focus of the conference, and our success in this area is one of the main reasons that we won the title of “Outstanding Delegation.”

The following bill sponsors deserve many accolades:

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Crimson Hour a Huge Success

Crimson Hour

A survey among students and teachers indicated that 92% think that Crimson Hour – an unstructured lunch hour held Friday, 11/3 – should be repeated. Students used the hour in a variety of ways. The top 5 student activities were:

73% studying / research
33% group work
32% meet with teacher
32% work on a project
30% socializing

Feedback from teachers included:

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Knock The Socks Off Male!

The Red/White Week annual collection challenge between Manual and Male has begun! We are collecting NEW SOCKS for the JCPS 15th District PTA Clothing Assistance Program (CAP). All sizes and styles of socks from infant to adult sizes are needed. Young children and adolescent/adult sized no-show style socks are especially needed.

Please place new sock donations in specially marked boxes located at entrances to the main building, YPAS and YPAS annex. Good Clothes Good People will also have bins (marked ‘CAP’) to collect socks at certain entrances. CAP has been providing new and gently used clothing to JCPS children in need for over 40 years, with a mission to reduce absenteeism by ensuring that students have appropriate school clothing. The program is run almost solely by volunteers, who sort, tag and hang clothes throughout the year. Our next Manual service date is 11/21 but volunteers are always needed; contact our CAP Chairs for more info.

Send socks in from now until Game Day on Friday, Oct. 20. Let’s knock the socks off Male!

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