Support Second Annual Pi Day for Manual and YPAS Staff

The MST Parent Group, The Catalysts, is sponsoring Pie for Pi Day for the teachers, staff, and administration. On March 14th (3.14), pie will be served during lunch in the library for dessert. All Manual families are invited to participate so there is enough pie for all of the Manual and YPAS staff to enjoy. To … Read moreSupport Second Annual Pi Day for Manual and YPAS Staff

Science Fair Judges Needed!

Science fairIt is time to sign up as a Judge for the 2017 the Dupont Manual Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  The Regional Fair will be held on March 11th, 2017 at the Health Sciences Building at Jefferson County Technical and Community College (JCTC). Your service as a Judge in this Regional Science Fair is critical to our efforts to promote independent research and inquiry by our students. If you have not done this before, you will be in for a good experience as you listen to young minds and their explorative interests.

Last year we had about 250 students at the Regional Fair. We sent 15 students to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AR. Additionally we also had 50 students who qualified to participate in the State Science Fair in Richmond, KY. Our students won several category awards and Special Prizes. One of our students secured the Second place in the prestigious Siemens competition and received an invitation to the White House to participate in the Science Fair.

The fair provides an excellent opportunity to showcase their research and passion for science. Participation in the Science Fair opens the doors for our students to work outside their curriculum, pick an area of interest, and conduct scientific inquiry to seek answers to their research questions.

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Club Spotlight: Mu Alpha Theta

 Teacher Sponsors: Mr. Tim Salkeld and Mr. Eric Purvis 

What is the Mission of the Club at Manual? Inspire keen interest in mathematics, develop strong scholarship in the subject, and promote the enjoyment of mathematics.

What are the requirements to becoming a member? When do they meet? Members must hold at least a 3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA in math classes and a 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA overall, attend all meetings and tests, and complete at least eight math-related service hours. The club meets on Fridays.

How many students can be in the club? We have no cap on the number of members.

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Spotlight: Beta Club

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Manual Mentors help at Cochran.

betaThe Manual Beta Club is part of the National Beta Club organization whose mission is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership. At Manual, members are able to fulfill their volunteer requirement by volunteering at any nonprofit organization of their choice either at school or in the community. In addition, every member of Manual’s Beta Club is expected to volunteer at Cochran Elementary. The club sends Manual Mentors daily to assist Cochran students with math, reading, and other tasks in the classroom.

Ryan Kline, a three year Beta Club member finds, “being part of a service organization like Beta Club lets me immerse myself in the Louisville Community. I get to meet new people, help out at events, and have a great time. Beta Club lets me spread happiness and wellbeing to all kinds of people.”

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Club Spotlight: PTSA Alumni Service Corps

The PTSA Alumni Service Corps is a group of parents whose kids have graduated from Manual. They stay active at Manual by assisting the PTSA. The Corps assists on PTSA committees, at Manual registration, at Open House, and with the PTSA membership drive. The goals of the group is to stay connected to the Manual PTSA, support Manual, Crimson Mission, and  the PTSA, and to have fun.

PTSA Alumni Service Corps member Pinky Jackson believes that, “teaching students takes an intergenerational village” and Manual parents of graduated students can fill a vital role in continuing the success of the Manual students. Ms. Jackson wants to raise awareness that parents of Manual graduates can continue to volunteer at the school.

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JCPS School Board Candidates’ Forum

The 15th District PTA is hosting a School Board Candidates’ Forum on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Since duPont Manual High School is a magnet, Manual has students from all seven JCPS districts. Three districts will be having elections and the results may impact Manual High School. Please consider attending the forum and on election day supporting the candidate who shares your ideals. The Forum will be held at VanHoose Education Center located at 3332 Newburg Road in Stewart Auditorium. The districts electing representation are Districts 2, 4, and 7.

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Spotlight: Debate Team

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Manual Debate Team at banquet

Where: Freshman Cafeteria

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm

Open to: All students. Our team always welcomes new members! If you missed our interest meetings at the beginning of the year and are still interested in joining our team, don’t worry. Just stop by one of our meetings and let us know you want to join!

The Manual Debate Team competes in both Public Forum (PF) and Lincoln-Douglas (LD) styles of debate at local, regional, and national levels. The club’s mission is to create discourse that educates, informs, and inspires. The debate team does not hold tryouts and is always looking for new members. Members are expected to come to at least half of our practices and put some work into debate outside of the school building. We also very strongly recommend that our debaters compete in at least one debate tournament per semester.

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Spotlight: Winner’s Circle Robo Jockeys Robotics Team

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Student Leadership: The team is led by 5 engineering captains and 5 entrepreneurship captains, determined by the beginning of the team’s winter competition season.

Teacher Sponsors: Alisia McClain and Glenn Zwanzig

What is the mission of Winner’s Circle Robo Jockeys at Manual? To provide real-world hands-on learning to high school students in engineering, technology, business and communications. This is done by exposing students to career-enhancing skills through mentorship from professionals in engineering, business, and other fields. This team is working to build a community of STEM champions – sponsors, mentors, parents and students — who help teens build a foundation for a future in STEM and related fields.

What are the requirements to become a WCRJ member? Membership on the team requires a commitment to attending regular practices, plus parent support to help run the volunteer-managed team (volunteers spent over 2500 hours mentoring and supporting the team last year). The team has two components – engineering and entrepreneurship.
• Membership on the engineering team requires a higher level of commitment, including attending 6-12 hours a week of weeknight and weekend practices, especially during the team’s winter build season.
• Membership on the entrepreneurship team is less demanding – attending practices every other Friday after school to help with business, marketing, social media, game strategy, etc.

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duPont Manual Regional Science Fair Fundraising Dinner

Mark your calendars for the annual duPont Manual Regional Science Fair Fundraiser. This year, the event will be held on Thursday, September 15th at the Mellwood Art Center from 6:00-9:00pm. Tickets may be purchased online. Early bird pricing available through September 1st.

This fundraiser enables us to host the Regional Fair, cover the cost for students to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), and to attend others similar Fairs like ISweep. Without the support of the community and parent body, Manual students would not have the ability to participate and excel at National and International level science events. We urge you to attend! It’s a great night and your support is needed.

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