AP Exam Volunteers Needed

AP Exams

AP exam testing is right around the corner – Monday, May 7th through Friday, May 18th. Did you realize that duPont Manual administers over 3,200 exams during this two week time frame? MANY adults are needed, since for each exam, there is a certain ratio of volunteers to students that must be met. If we do not have enough parent volunteers, the school must use funds needed elsewhere to pay additional people to come in and help. Please consider signing up to proctor one or two exams. No experience is necessary.

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Orchestra Receives Top Honors at NYC Festival

NYC Heritage Festival awards

Twenty-three YPAS/Manual orchestra students took part in the 2018 New York Heritage Festival in NYC from April 4-8. The orchestra received several top honors, including a Gold/1st place award in their division, the Adjudicator Award for their overall score, and Outstanding Orchestra Group for the best orchestra overall. Senior Megan Wang and junior Molly McInnis were also awarded the Maestro Award for their solo performances, which was only given to 10 students in the entire festival (about 1,000 students total).

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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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Debate Club Fares Well at State Championships Despite Seeding & Bracketing Errors

dMHS Debate Teamssubmitted by Leslie King and Erica Cooper, Debate Coach

The Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL), through the director of the competition and chair of the League, has admitted significant errors in seeding and bracketing during the Kentucky Debate State Championship, Senior Division on March 8-9 in Lexington. The KHHSL Board Chair has apologized and communicated that they are currently seeking legal representation for guidance on the issue and remedy. duPont Manual High School filed the formal grievance after discovering the unexplained errors, including three of our top debaters being unfairly, in error, shut out from competing in the brackets due to a “walkover” situation – Riti Pathak, Mark Raj, and Mihir Kale. All competitors in the divisions of Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas were seeded incorrectly and three of the divisions were bracketed incorrectly.

Despite errors disfavoring our debaters and school points, we do not want to delay further announcing the team and individual “bittersweet” successes at the state championship pending corrected placements and scoring:

School Results

duPont Manual High School – Reserve State Champion School

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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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Safety Committee Meeting Rescheduled

Safe School Zone

Snow canceled our first meeting on March 21st; but we are not deterred from working together to make Manual as safe as possible!

Our new Safety Committee will meet for the first time next Thursday, March 29th at 6 PM in the Manual Auditorium.

Thus far we have:

  • The results of a safety audit by a retired Secret Service agent who consults with schools 
  • Two pledges of financial support
  • ALICE safety procedures

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Spotlight: Advanced Certamen

dMHS Advanced Certamen

Manual’s Advanced Certamen team recently won the State Championship for the fifth year in a row. This year they defeated Covington Latin School and Louisville Classical Academy in the final round. “I especially enjoy it when they beat teams with ‘Latin’ in the school name,” said Ms. Shiroma, sponsor.

The freshman team placed 2nd in their division, so the win streak will hopefully continue!

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Inside Tips On Highly Selective College Application Essays

Ryne Cannon, U Chicago

Ryne Cannon, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago, provided valuable insight into the role of essays in college applications at College 101 Night. Mr. Cannon talked about the Personal Statement essay (required on the Common Application, so it goes to all colleges using the Common App) and the Supplemental essay (required by some colleges, so specific to that school). He explained the objective of each and provided advice.

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New Engineering Pathway Program To Be Offered


A new engineering elective will be available with the 2018-2019 academic year. A 4-year pathway program will expose students to engineering and prepare them for engineering and technology courses in college. The elective courses will provide students with hands-on projects in engineering design, mechanics, robotics, computer integrated manufacturing, civil construction and design, alternative energy, bioengineering, and aerospace engineering.

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