Seniors: Now is the time to apply for PTSA Scholarships

Did you know that the duPont Manual PTSA awards several scholarships each May? This year, up to four one-time gifts of $600 each will be awarded to seniors who are continuing their education at the college level. To be eligible for these scholarships, please complete the application here. The deadline is March 16, 2018 and recipients will be notified in May 2018. 

Additionally, up to one No Barriers scholarship will be awarded by the PTSA to a Senior in the ECE program. This one-time $600 award may be used for continuing education, vocational training, or steps toward independent living. The application deadline is also March 16, 2018. For more information and the application, please contact the ECE teachers.

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Manual KYA Titled Outstanding Delegation

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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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2017-18 dMHS Reflections Award Winners

2017-18 Reflections Entries

Thank you to all of our students who participated in this year’s PTSA Reflections Art Contest. We had so many wonderfully creative and impressive projects turned in. Our judges truly had a tough time judging between these quality projects to determine who would be moving on to district.

Entries were judged on October 12, 2017, by volunteer judges from around our community who have expertise in each category. All projects were scored using a rubric provided by the district. All entries were separated and given their awards based on category, grade, and the rubric totals.

The arts categories are as follows: Literature, Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Film/Video Production, and Music Composition. There is also a Special Artist Division (for our ECE students). We had a total of 94 projects submitted. There were a total of 66 projects who received awards in different categories. Only the 1st Place winners moved on to district for judging. The awards categories and total number of students receiving awards in those categories are as follows. 1st Place/Creative Interpretation (25), 2nd Place/Award of Excellence (13), 3rd Place/Award of Merit (13), and Honorable Mention (15).

Congratulations to the following awards winners:

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Advocacy Update

Please be aware of these upcoming opportunities:

1. The State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education will meet this Wednesday, November 15 from 9 am to 3 pm ET in Room 514, 300 Sower Blvd, in Frankfort. See news release for more information and agenda, and please consider attending. Note: Manual has more GT students (1518 – 80% in 2016/17) than any other school in the state – including Craft and Gatton – combined, actually! We should have representation on the Council. In spite of this statistic, we’ve had just ONE teacher with an EPSB endorsement for teaching GT: Mrs. Strohmayer, ECE department chair. The GT endorsement provides additional training in instructional design and how to meet the needs of talented students – including social/emotional. Under state law, GT students are technically ECE students.

2. Charter Schools. A public hearing on the following proposed administrative regulations will be held on November 21 at 10 am, Room 116, 300 Sower Blvd, Frankfort. Individuals interested in being heard at this hearing shall notify this agency in writing by 5 workdays prior to the hearing, of their intent to attend. If no notification of intent to attend the hearing is received by that date, the hearing may be cancelled. This hearing is open to the public. Any person who wishes to be heard will be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed administrative regulation. See KDE’s website for more info.

3. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on proposed Bible Literacy Standards. See news release for further information.

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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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J+C Students In The National Spotlight

Break Your Silence

Congratulations to our J+C magnet on this well-deserved recognition by the National Scholastic Press Association and the international Columbia Scholastic Press Association:

NSPA finalist for Multimedia Story of the Year, Multimedia Feature
RedEye staff, “Red/White Week 2016,” Manual RedEye

NSPA finalist for Story of the Year, Opinion
Lucy Calderon, “Break Your Silence,” On The Record

NSPA finalist for Story of the Year, News
Harper Carlton, “You’re testing my limits,” On The Record

NSPA Design of the Year, Illustration
Emma Stephens, Opalescent illustration, One Blue Wall

Students will be honored at the national high school journalism convention next month in Dallas. On the Record was the first Manual publication to earn a coveted 2016 Pacemaker – the highest award given to student publications by the NSPA.

CSPA Crown Finalist, Literary Magazine
One Blue Wall

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Good Clothes Good People Seeking Paint Donations

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Good Clothes Good People (GCGP) Corporation is a Louisville-based non-profit organization founded by former and current Manual students working to provide adequate resources to those in need.

With the help of our VA students, GCGP aims to use artistry to reinvent old, donated dumpsters to create colorful, reflective, and attractive bins to collect clothing donations for the benefit of both our school (in partnership with the PTSA CAP committee) and our local community.

According to senior Zebeeb Nuguse, they are seeking donations of paint for the bins. Acrylic paint is preferable, but house paint is welcome as well, so if you have any partially-used cans sitting around that you would be willing to donate, please contact Zebeeb to arrange drop off. 

They hope to begin the project next Wednesday, Sept 27, so please respond by then if possible; however, donations will be accepted any time. 

If you don’t have paint to contribute but would like to support this wonderful cause, monetary donations or gift cards to a paint store are welcome as well!

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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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