Welcome YPAS Counselor Kevin Fowler

Kevin FowlerI recently reached out to our new counselors, Kevin Fowler and Amy Meeron, and asked them to share a bit about themselves. From Mr. Fowler:

I am so excited to have the chance to serve the duPont Manual community as the new counselor of YPAS. While I am new to the role at YPAS, I am not new to the Manual experience. I have a son who graduated from the piano magnet and another son currently in the band magnet at YPAS. I will certainly draw on my experiences as a Manual parent as I support students and their families in this outstanding high school.

As a “Louisvillian” my entire life, I am also a proud graduate of the Jefferson County Public Schools. I graduated from Pleasure Ridge Park High School where I participated in the band program and performed in three musicals: Grease, West Side Story, and Camelot. While performing in the role of King Arthur, I had a fantastic meeting with Richard Harris who just happened to be starring in the role of King Arthur for the Broadway production when it made a tour stop in Louisville. Mr. Harris allowed our cast to meet him back stage after his performance – an incredible WOW moment in my life.

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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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#ThankATeacher Win For Manual

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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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2016-17 Kentucky PTA Reflections Winners

Each year, the National PTA Reflections program offers local, regional, state and national opportunities for young artists in PreK through Grade 12 to be recognized for their creativity in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts. This year’s theme was What Is Your Story?. See our prior post / photo gallery of the school level winners or the video announcement on Manual AM (starts at ~6 minute mark).

Fifteen Manual students received awards at the 15th District PTA Reflections ceremony in December, and the students listed below were recognized at the state level by the Kentucky PTA for their submissions. Alexandria Kinard’s entry was selected to advance to the national level. Click here to view the national winners from the 2016-17 school year.

Akwelle Quaye Youth’s Snapshots High School Literature
Alexandria Kinard Life Behind a Number High School Dance
Jamia Croft My Story is His Story High School Dance
India Smith Recipe for my Story High School Film
Gabrial Smith My life:  An Interview Special Artist Film
Ryan Kline The Rubik Perspective High School Photography
Alyssa Brand Missing Pieces Special Artist Photography
Morgan Betsill Scraps High School Visual Arts

 

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Manual Students Win Derby Art Contests

Ashton Jones won first prize (click for story) in the High School Division of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest, presented by The Fillies, Inc. As a first place winner, she receives a 2017 framed Festival Poster by 2017 Official Poster Artist Ron Jasin, as well as a chance to appear in the 2017 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. All winners receive a medallion, certificate, T-shirt, and a Student Art Contest winner’s pin. Their teachers received special recognition at the awards ceremony. The Festival has offered this opportunity for area students to showcase their creative skills since 1977. The original artwork by area students will be on display at the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2.

Ashton Jones Derby Art

Congrats to the following students who were also recognized:

  • 2nd Place: Jill Gries
  • Honorable Mention: Amy Kim
  • Honorable Mention: Emma Stephens
  • Honorable Mention: Lake Steurer

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We Need YOU! PTSA Seeks Board Members

Our PTSA is completely volunteer driven and our success is due to those who generously give their time and talents to our organization. If you take a minute to view the video produced by J+C junior Olivia Evans here, and the slide show produced by HSU Senior Austin Kline here, you will begin to understand the vital role we serve within the Manual community.

We have two positions left to fill for next school year:

Communications Chair

  • Attends monthly PTSA meetings OR reads minutes to learn about school-related news, activities, events, etc.
  • Coordinates (with content contributors) obtaining information from magnet programs, school staff, etc. and writes/edits/formats content as needed
  • Alerts volunteer photographers of PTSA/school events and ensures photos are stored on PTSA drive and accessible to Historian/4th VP
  • Assists Digital News and Social Media Coordinators as needed
  • This position is strongly supported by the 4th VP (Executive Board) and will hopefully transition into that role the following year

Social Media Coordinator(s)

  • Works closely with Communications Team to post/re-post updates to PTSA social media channels (can choose Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or multiple)

Email Trish Kline of your interest.

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