Help us in our final PTSA membership push! 

We are just 23 memberships away from having 100% faculty and staff participation – which is a benchmark for recognition by the state PTA.   Please show your support today by sponsoring a faculty member for only $10.  Please login to your MySchoolAnywhere account and select “Sponsor a Faculty Membership” from our online store (there are no fees … Read moreHelp us in our final PTSA membership push! 

Daily announcements now available by email

There is always a lot going on at Manual and it can be hard for busy parents, teachers and students to remember to check the daily announcements on the school website. Due to popular demand, the PTSA is now providing a service to email you the announcements each day.  School administration will continue to post the … Read moreDaily announcements now available by email

Open House and PTSA General Meeting Thursday

Thursday, September 6 is Manual’s school wide Open House. 5:30pm:   Doors open (this gives staff & teachers time to clean/set up after the school day ends) 5:30-5:45pm:   Information about clubs, athletics, & PTSA available in back of auditorium; PTSA will be selling meals for those who wish to purchase (See menu be(low/) 5:45-6:00pm: General Meeting … Read moreOpen House and PTSA General Meeting Thursday


Parents, students, faculty: Have you signed up yet to be a member of the PTSA? We need EVERY Manual supporter to join. Only $10 per member. Manual PTSA provides support to events such as College 101, Red/White week, Project Graduation and much more. But we can’t provide all these fabulous programs without your support. Join now … Read morePTSA Membership: PRICELESS!

PTSA Perspectives: Alana Alford, (T)eacher

Alana Alford

Layers, Textures, Richness

Alana Alford
Textile and Design Teacher
Visual Art Magnet Chair
duPont Manual HS, VA Magnet Graduate, Class of 1992

There are many layers and textures in my world, all that have been graciously accepted.

As art can be, life is full of layers and textures, and if you are one of the fortunate ones, richness too.

I come from a family who takes pride in creativity, detail, craftsmanship and tradition. My grandmother sewed and quilted. My grandfather restored a historical old floor loom from our family and taught himself to weave on it. My family collects handmade quilts covered in embroidery details. Our homes are nests for objects that are infused with the spirits of those lost or experiences fleeting. From these relationships and objects, layers of experience are born and intertwine.

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2015-16 PTSA Budget Review

The Manual PTSA presents the proposed budget for the 2015-2016 school year. We are funded almost entirely through the memberships and donations of our dedicated parents, students, faculty, and alumni.  With your help, we support the Manual community with programs as diverse as College 101 Night, Red/White Week and Staff Appreciation. Please review the proposed … Read more2015-16 PTSA Budget Review

PTSA Perspectives: Trish Kline, (P)arent

Trish Kline

PTSA has made such a tremendous impact on my life. I first jumped into PTA at Dunn Elementary; what an incredible experience right from the get-go! For a new parent at a new school, it can be difficult to navigate. With my son entering kindergarten, I was nervous about the whole experience…from taking the bus the first day, to having all the right school supplies and lunchbox, to figuring out the carpool line in the afternoon. I wanted him to have the best experience possible. Thankfully, members from the PTA were there to lessen my worries, answer my questions, and help me feel more at ease with this big step in my child’s life. It was so reassuring to interact with other parents who knew what I was going through and reached out to help. From there, I was hooked. I joined Dunn’s PTA Board to get connected, learn more about the teachers and the school, and to meet more fantastic parents.

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PTSA Perspectives: Leslie Fowler, (P)arent

After eleven years, this will be my last year as a Manual parent. During these years I have helped out with the Field Hockey Boosters, and with YPAS and VA activities. My involvement with the PTSA, however, has been on the fringes; helping out with Project Graduation and volunteering in the College and Career Center. … Read morePTSA Perspectives: Leslie Fowler, (P)arent

PTSA Perspectives: Delene Taylor, (P)arent

Delene Taylor

As I think back to this time last year, I remember being excited about my daughter starting her freshman year at Manual, but I also felt overwhelmed and unprepared. Information did not seem as accessible to parents as it was in elementary and middle school, and I realized too late that many club and sports activities were already well underway mid-summer, before Crimson Day or school registration even began.

As I searched for information online, I stumbled across a Facebook group for the Manual PTSA, posted a question about an event that I was having difficulty getting details about, and mentioned my frustration. Right away, I received a response from the President and a “Be careful or you will end up on our communications team!” comment. Being extremely busy with a professional career, a teen in competitive sports and clubs, elderly parents in poor health requiring ongoing help, a side job keeping books for a couple of small companies, and several volunteer commitments already, I knew there was no way I should be taking on another role. However, I agreed to help out with social media, as a way to stay more in the loop.

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