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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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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2017-18 Registration Information

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Mark your calendars:

Aug 2
8:00-9:00am Sophomores A-L
9:30-10:30am Sophomores M-Z
12:00-12:45pm Juniors A-L
12:45-1:30pm Juniors M-Z
2:00-2:45pm Seniors A-L
2:45-3:30pm Seniors M-Z

Aug 3
8:00-9:00am Freshmen A-F
9:30-10:30am Freshman G-L
12:00-1:00pm Freshman M-R
1:30-2:30pm Freshman S-Z

August 10 is the makeup day for ALL GRADES, 9:00 am-noon in the Senior Cafeteria  (only for students that are out of town on assigned date)

Students must adhere to assigned days and times; however, parent(s)/appointed person may register student.

Senior Parking Pass Pickup will be August 10 9:00 am-noon in the Senior Cafeteria

Crimson & Ram Cards will be for sale at Manual during all class registrations. Below are the specific details about each.

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Manual Legend Skip Zwanzig Retiring After 32 Years

Skip Zwanzig's Quantum Leap

It is hard to imagine MST without Mr. Zwanzig. He is known for his dedication to and impact on MST, Manual, and his students. All are invited to Mr. Zwanzig’s Retirement Celebration on Tuesday, May 23 from 6:00-7:30pm in the auditorium. Donations are suggested to enable Mr. Zwanzig to “make the leap” and return part-time next fall. Please feel free to share this link with those who want to be part of the celebration and congratulate him.

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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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Are You The One? Now Seeking SBDM Candidates

SBDM Graphic

Want to use your voice for the benefit of our Manual community?

There is an opening for Parent Representative on the SBDM Council. We have two SBDM Parent Representatives who each serve a 2 year term; the terms are staggered so there is an opening and election held each year. The nominee for the upcoming election must have a child enrolled at Manual for the 2017-2018 AND 2018-2019 school years. Nominations for the Parent Representative (2017-2019) are due April 11, 2017. Please visit our SBDM page for more details or click here for the nomination form.

Read what Shannon Evans, SBDM Parent Rep wrapping up her term this year, has to say about her involvement: 

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Senior Prom Information

Manual’s 2017 senior prom will be Saturday, May 13 from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM at The Olmsted (3701 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40207).

Ticket sales are Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 28th and will cost $45 for Manual seniors if purchased by April 21 and $50 after that. Tickets are $50 per person for any NON-SENIOR or NON-MANUAL GUEST (regardless of when the ticket is purchased). You MUST purchase guest tickets at the time you buy your own ticket.

All obligations (unpaid fees, etc.) have to be paid; your ILP and senior survey must be completed before purchasing prom tickets. The LAST day to purchase tickets is Friday, April 28.

See Q & A below:

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