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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.

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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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manson schoolMANSON SCHOOL DISTRICT

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.

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Matt Brown, Manson High School’s music teacher has been selected as the Regional Teacher of the Year. Nine ESD’S regions across the state each select one teacher to be considered for the State Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Brown will compete against the other eight nominees with the winner announced in September of 2018.

Todd Smith, Manson Middle School Principal, wrote in his nominating letter: “Matt Brown is a consummate professional and whether he is honored with this award or not, he will continue to provide outstanding instruction and, indeed, a visionary presence for students who will become better human beings for having learned the art of musicianship.” We could not agree more.

Congratulations and best of luck to Mr. Brown!

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Manson School District Says Goodbye to Middle and High School Principals Don Vanderholm and Todd Smith and Welcomes Dr. Heather Ireland as the New Middle School Principal.

Manson Middle and High School Principals, are both moving on to new endeavors…

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High School Principal, Don Vanderholm has accepted an offer to serve as Lind-Ritzville School District’s new Superintendent. Don has worked for the Manson School District for the past 11 years as the high school principal and recently completed his superintendent certification.  

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Todd Smith, Middle School and Options Principal who came to the district in 2013, will be moving to California. Todd will continue working in the education field while his family pursues higher education and entertainment career opportunities.

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Dr. Heather Ireland who has been with the District for 10 years, most recently serving as Director of Learning/Special Education Director, will become the new Principal of Manson Middle School.

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On Tuesday, May 1st, Manson School District hosted a Cultural Celebration, honoring 16 different countries.  In conjunction with the district’s annual Dia Del Nino celebration, over 400 students, parents, staff and community members came together in the Manson High School gym to celebrate children and embrace cultures from around the world. 

The evening was kicked off by an inspirational welcome given by Mrs. Aurora Flores, Manson School District Board Member. Families enjoyed delicious food while viewing beautiful artwork created by Manson Elementary students.  Multiple songs and dances were showcased by elementary students at each grade level, including: El Toro Mambo, Folklorico Ballet, the Heel Toe Polka, “De Colores”, the Troika, the Tarantella, “Sur Le Pont D’Avignon”, and a West African scarf dance.

The 2018 Cultural Celebration was truly a collaborative effort, highlighting the strong relationship between Manson Schools and community.  Elementary teachers and students invested countless hours creating art, learning about new cultures, and practicing performances to highlight important traditions from other countries.  Many hands went into making the event a success and we look forward to joining together for another rich and beautiful celebration next year!

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Manson School District Board of Directors announced the 2018 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its April board meeting. Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community members. Award recipients were: Elementary teacher Diana Soliday was the certificated winner. In the classified area there was a tie with Robin Hanson, head cook at the middle/high school and Jane Pratt, Paraeducator.

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DIANA SOLIDAYone co-worker shared, “She is a Goddess Warrior in education, and Manson Elementary is so fortunate to have her. With her superpowers of wit and determination, she engages student learning creatively.

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ROBIN HANSON

Robin works to make quality meals and have options for staff. She keeps a well-stocked salad bar offering great healthy options to HS/MS students and district staff. She is always involved in any way she is able to support the district with food items. Robin has gone out of her way to make so many events happen that include food in the district - family fit and fun night, STEAM night, Manson Inc and many others

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JANE PRATT

One co-worker stated, “I have known Jane for many years now and am always impressed with her commitment to the students she works with. She is always looking for new activities for them to try that will challenge them, keep them interested in learning, and help them grow.”

Big congratulations to others nominees: Alicia Alexander, Cassie Williams, Katie Sorenson, Susan Sears, Phil Fournier, Kendra Farnsworth, Jared Mumley Mark Nichols and Brittany Sivertson.

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Ben and Ella District Champ

Manson School District held its annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 22nd.

Our 2018 District Spelling Bee Champion was 6th grade student, Ella England with the winning word "gargoyle". The runner-up was 6th grader Ben Cullison, with the winning word "pastures.”

The District Spelling Bee, held February 22nd, had 13 participants from 4th-8th grade.   The participants were:  Isabella Aburto, McKinly Glasow, Yuli Cesar, Afton Torgesen, Stephen Bercier, Zahyr Sanchez, Carter Lyman, Ella England, Ben Cullison, May Crist, Oashan Sanchez, Caber Boyd and Eli Willard.  

Ella and Ben will be advancing to the NCW Collaborative Spelling Bee in East Wenatchee on March 14th.

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