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

GCGP

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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Spotlight: Manual Achievement Center

MAC MAC

The Learning Lab and AEMS programs have been combined into a state of the art facility called the Manual Achievement Center (MAC). MAC will be REPLACING both AEMS and the Learning Lab, which will no longer exist.

The mission of the MAC is:

Fostering the study skills and personal success habits that enhance learning and encourage the highest level of scholarship. Providing highly qualified teachers who assist students in reaching mutually established goals. Supporting students in achieving College and Career Readiness through individualized instruction, mentoring, and peer tutoring.

Some of the benefits are:

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CCC Spotlight: College Rep Visits

Manual’s College & Career Center – also known as the CCC – is hopping these days. Did you know that during the months of September and October we will have over 100 colleges visit our school? College representatives from large and small schools, public and private, across the United States, visit Manual each year hoping to attract our students to their universities. It is a fabulous way for our kids, particularly our juniors and seniors, to connect with admission reps – ask questions, learn about their campus, inquire about scholarships and financial opportunities, etc. We already have schools like Yale, Duke, USC, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, UK, and WKU scheduled to visit. Interested in the Military? U.S. Naval Academy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Army personnel typically pop by too. Check out the CCC calendar to see when your favorite college will be here. 

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National PTA Reflections Contest Now Open

Theme: Within Reach

Your entry and artist statement must support your interpretation of the theme.

Categories are: Literature, Photography, Film Production, Music Composition, Visual Arts, Dance Choreography and (504)Special Artist Division.

Entries Due: October 4th in the front office. You many enter as many times as you like.

Official rules and entry forms: kypta.org/programs/reflections

Email questions to: manualreflections@gmail.com or click here for more info.

***Manual had a National Winner in 2015-16 who won a trip to Disney!!!!***

Within Reach Graphic

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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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