PTSA General Meeting & Proposed 2018-19 Executive Board

2018-19 Proposed PTSA Executive Board
The PTSA will hold a general meeting next Wednesday, May 16, at 8:30am at duPont Manual. The proposed slate of 2018-19 Executive Board officers will be presented for a vote at the meeting.
 
All PTSA members are, as always, welcome to attend and are eligible to vote.
 
The candidates are:
  • President: Robin Weiss
  • Treasurer: Lynn Deveaux
  • Recording Secretary: Beth Brown
  • 1st VP Programs: Tammy Ackerson
  • 2nd VP Membership: Serena Hirn
  • 3rd VP Ways & Means: Ann Schwartz
  • 4th VP Communications: Jim Cabral

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SBDM Election Update

After much research, consideration and discussion, we moved to an online voting system to elect our SBDM parent representative, in order 1) to encourage stronger participation by providing a more convenient method, since we had almost no voters physically showing up in person to vote with the paper ballot system in prior years, and 2) to be more eco-friendly.

Recent input from Dr. Shawna StentonSBDM Specialist with JCPS, has led us to revisit this choice for the current election. Therefore, we are extending the voting period, and reverting to in-person paper ballots

Ballots will be accepted at the following times/locations:

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Nominations Are Now Open for SBDM Parent Representative

School-based decision-making (SBDM) was mandated by state law in 1990 to promote shared leadership among those who are closest to the students. The council is the governing body for duPont Manual High School. It determines school policy for curriculum, staffing, discipline, scheduling, instructional practices, extra-curricular activities and other matters pertinent to the operation of the school. The council usually meets once a month. Meetings have historically been held the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm.

The council is made up of the principal, 3 teachers and 2 parents. To ensure a staggered two-year term, this year’s parent member election will be for one parent representative who will serve a two-year term from July 2018 to June 2020.

Nominations are due April 16, 2018 and the election will be held online April 17-22.

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First dMHS School Safety Meeting Summary

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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NASA Engineer Sophia Mitchell Visits Manual

Sophia Mitchell

Manual alum Sophia Mitchell spoke with WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) members about her work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an Aerospace Engineer in Pasadena, California. Sophia says she spends her days “getting to play” with robots like the Mars Rover.

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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

Spotlight: Latin Club

dMHS Latin Club
The mission of Latin Club is to hand on the torch of classical civilization in the modern world. In the first week of March, Latin Club will be going to the Kentucky Junior Classical League State Convention to meet fellow JCL members and to compete in written assessments and Latin Quick Recall.
 
Latin Club is looking for students who are passionate about the Classics, wish to join the community, and represent Manual as part of the Junior Classical League. Students currently taking a Latin course may join Latin Club. There are 40 student members, and we meet 1 Friday each month in Room 226.
 

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Be “In the Know” On The PTSA Communications Team

Are you interested in serving, but your schedule doesn’t allow you to physically attend meetings/events on campus, or be available at specific times during the day? Do you wish you knew more about what is happening at Manual/YPAS? We have several open positions on the PTSA Board:

Communications Chair

  • Attend monthly PTSA meetings OR read minutes to learn about school-related news, activities, events, etc.
  • Coordinate (with content contributors) obtaining information from magnet programs, school staff, etc. and write/edit/format content as needed
  • Alert volunteer photographers of PTSA/school events and ensure photos are stored on PTSA drive and accessible to Historian/4th VP
  • Assist Digital News and Social Media Coordinator(s) as needed
  • This position is strongly supported by the 4th VP (Executive Board) and will hopefully transition into that role the following year

Digital News Coordinator(s)

  • Monitor PTSA E-news Gmail account for submissions and create draft blog posts in WordPress app
  • Compile weekly draft of Manual POST e-newsletter in MailChimp

Social Media Coordinator(s)

  • Work with Communications Team to post regular updates to PTSA Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram channels in accordance with communications strategy
  • Monitor school/club social media posts and share/re-post as appropriate
  • Respond to questions posted in Facebook group when possible, or tag appropriate people

No experience is necessary other than a willingness to learn and some level of comfort with technology. If you would like to discuss any of these roles, please contact Delene Taylor.

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Manual students found STEM-focused nonprofit organization

STEMY Flyer

Over the summer, Manual students founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called STEM + Youth. STEM + Youth, or STEMY for short, gradually expanded from a club called the Manual Science Review, which helped Manual students conduct their science fair projects. Officially founded two months ago, STEMY is the result of club members’ desires to change lives by engaging all local students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

STEMY team members are on a mission to foster curiosity, learning, and innovation in the local community by engaging students of all backgrounds, genders, and means in STEM education. Through their programs, they aim to break established gender and ethnic barriers in STEM fields.

On Thursday, September 14th, STEMY will participate in Give for Good Louisville, an online day of giving hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville. Funds from Give for Good Louisville will be used to run STEMY’s programs during the 2017-18 school year, including STEMY Academy, a two-pronged, long-term elementary school workshop initiative designed to cultivate scientific curiosity and critical thinking skills in local middle school students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds. This program aims to spark passions for STEM and encourage students to pursue STEM throughout school and into a career.

During Give for Good, donors can make tax-deductible donations by searching for STEMY on the event’s website (giveforgoodlouisville.org). Individuals or organizations who donate $200 or more to STEMY will be listed as a sponsor on STEMY’s website, newsletter, scientific journal, and all other STEMY publications for the next year.

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