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All Manson School District Staff recently participated in an ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training which better prepares school staff to more proactively handle the threat of an armed intruder or active shooter event. The training is a part of an overall “layered” approach to improving student safety in which many different proactive and real time responses are being added. 

“As violent attacks have evolved our approach on how to best protect our students and staff has changed” says Superintendent Matt Charlton. We are teaching staff and older students option-based tactics vs. the traditional lockdown only approach. We believe these strategies will give our staff the tools they need to keep our students as safe as possible.”

On October 12th all staff were led through a series of training scenarios by two Manson staff members, Brad Soliday and Michelle Rogge who are ALICE Certified Instructors. Manson Elementary teacher Brandy Sampson shared “Upon completing the program, not only did I feel more empowered and knowledgeable, but also more confident about the safety all Manson staff can provide for our students.”

Chelan County Sheriff Deputy/Resource Officer Nigel Hunter assisted in the training as did community member (and former CCSD Deputy) Dale England. Charlton shared “Dale England served on our safety committee and offered to help our District. He understands the importance of preparedness and training.”

The District will next look to train students and put the recent staff training to the test with a district-wide drill on October 26, 2018. Parents and the community will also be offered an opportunity to learn more about student safety improvements on November 8th at a Manson Inc. parent night.

For more information about ALICE go to www.alicetraining.com.

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Two new machines made their debut in the weight room this week at Manson High School.

Sarah Wiggum and Kami Kronbauer, both teachers at the high school, submitted a proposal through the CWU GEAR UP program to purchase ergometers (commonly known as rowing machines) for the Manson Secondary School.

"We are incredibly excited to find an avenue to integrate math and physical education," says Mrs. Wiggum. "Not only will students be able to learn about kinesthetic awareness and timing while they are challenging their cardiovascular system, but they will also be diving into a unit embedded with subjects like rate, power, and momentum."

The mind-body connection can be incredibly powerful when it comes to recall of knowledge, and for some students, being able to make these connections both mentally and physically helps solidify and expand their learning. Wiggum states, "they won’t just be able to remember the process but FEEL the process."

manson schoolManson School District is forming a facilities review committee and would like to invite any resident of Manson to join in this work. The committee is charged with:

  • Reviewing previous committee recommendations

  • Reviewing enrollment (past, current and projected)

  • Reviewing current facilities

  • Reviewing staff and community input

  • Making recommendations to the Manson School Board

Our first meeting is October 15th at 6:30PM at the Manson District Office.

Please call Janice Stewart at 687-3140 to RSVP

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Titus Petersen, Manson High School student, is among eight local finalists nominated for the “Future Technology Leader of the Year” award sponsored by the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA) for individuals who developed inspirational technology projects.

Titus was nominated for researching and conducting experiments on atmospheric/wind patterns using cutting edge technology and video capabilities to learn about a topic he was interested in. Back in May he launched his first ever weather balloon which traveled over 90,000 feet about the earth. Titus document his project and it is available for viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU1h5tdO1js&t=1s

The awards ceremony will take place on September 26th at the Wenatchee Convention Cetner – Good Luck Titus!

 

“On to State Mr. Brown! Good luck as you complete with nine other finalists from all over the state for “Teacher of the Year”  What a great send-off from all your coworkers and students…you got this!”

manson schoolManson School District is holding Open House Monday, August 27 from 5:30-6:30 in each building followed by a Community Dessert Potluck!

BBQ hot dogs provided…just bring a dessert! 

Stay for the our annual Movie on the Big Screen beginning at 8pm (or dusk) on the football field!

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The Manson School Board has approved the hiring of Mr. Shawn Thurman to fill the position of Manson High School Principal. Don Vanderholm served as Manson High School Principal for eleven years prior to accepting the Lind/Ritzville Superintendent position for the 2018-19 school year.

Mr. Thurman comes to Manson from the Yakima School District with 20 years of experience.  He began his educational career as a para-educator for two years at Sunnyside School District where he then became a teacher and taught for six years. He received his administrative certification in 2012 and has worked as a curriculum and assessment coordinator, special programs director and assistant middle school principal. He currently serves as Yakima School District’s Title One Chief Officer.

Shawn, his wife Kristy, son Scott and daughter Jessica are excited to join Manson School District and the Manson Community.

manson schoolThe Manson School District will be hosting a surplus sale from 9:00 to 2:00 on Friday, July 31, 2018 at 1210 Totem Pole Road, Manson, WA.

Items for sale include: cabinetry, textbooks, technology equipment, lockers, commercial oven and other miscellaneous items.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Call for Bids

The Manson School District hereby calls for bids on two Blue Bird school buses: a 1985 diesel Type D, 72 passenger and a 1999 diesel conventional 19 passenger/wheelchair.

Specifications and Vender Bid Proposal forms are available from the Manson School District Office at 135 S. Hill St, Manson, WA (509) 687-3140 or at www.manson.org.

Bids should be emailed to Operations Manager, Eric Sivertson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 17, 2018 and will be opened at 4pm.

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The Manson High School FFA held their annual Awards Banquet. Apart from beautiful banners and a wonderful dinner prepared by the Manson High School kitchen staff, new officers were also signed into office. The new Manson FFA Officers for 2018-2019 are: President Blake Cochran, Vice-President Payton Stevens, Secretary Bryce La Mar,Treasurer Henry Armstrong, Sentinel Cole Cochran and Reporter Bryanna Harris. This year we had four Green Hands added to the team. Cody Fitzpatrick, Bryanna Harris, Gunner Rasmussen and Ricardo Escoto with Bryanna Harris awarded as Greenhand of the Year.

We are very thankful to our honorary Chapter Farmers this year, which consisted of Matt and Shelly Charlton, Brett and Bev La Mar, Chad and Kelly Gosvener, Travis and Megan Schoenwald and Mary Amsden.

We would also like to give a very big thanks and all our appreciation to Jennifer Harris, Don and Teena Vanderholm, Dan and Janet Krumm, Adam and Cindy Rasmussen, Travis and Megan Schoenwald, Mary Amsden, Craig and Annette Stevens and Bev and Brett LaMar.

Overall it was a wonderful year full of lots of great memories and we can’t wait for the next one.