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Manson Middle/High School Principal, Dr. Heather Ireland announced today that Grant Torgesen has been names a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

''Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. ''These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.

We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

This year has truly been filled with opportunities that have and continue to allow us to grow, adapt, and overcome. The Chelan Valley continues to put students first in supporting student endeavors and education, both in a classroom setting and out. Thirty-seven 4-H and FFA students between Manson and Chelan will be selling their sheep, goat, and pigs through the 2020 Chelan County Virtual Livestock sale, which runs September 14th through 17th. These student projects would not be possible without the continued support our community has provided over the years.

That being said, the Okanogan County Fair auction has been extended due to the fires. As a result, both Chelan and Okanogan County Fair auctions will run through Thursday, September 17th. There are many ways to support these students: bidding on animals, providing add-on support, or simply sharing this to others who may wish to help out. The link to both auctions is https://soldbybestbid.hibid.com/, while fair websites are https://www.chelancountyfair.com/ and https://okanogancounty.org/fair/. At this time, any questions, etc. may be best answered by reaching out to the specific fair or an advisor. 

If I have missed any Manson students, I sincerely apologize. Please feel free to reach out so we can make sure they also are highlighted for their hard work and dedication to being some of the best young people this world could hope for.

Thank you again for being the best support system these young entrepreneurs could ask for!

The Manson School District is off to a great start.

Staff are on-site delivering engaging lessons via Zoom and our new, easy to use, learning platforms.

Students in the elementary are also receiving one on one conferences with their new teachers.  They are learning about their new classroom and practicing with the technology that has been checked out to them.

Thank you to all of our families for sticking with us and helping us make this a stellar year for the students of Manson.

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Manson Schools plan to start the school year with remote learning.  Read More by clicking above.

manson schoolMANSON SCHOOL DISTRICT

PUBLIC NOTICE

BOARD WORKING SESSION

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1-4p.m.Via ZOOM

The Manson School District Board of Directors will be hold a board working session on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 1-4p.m. via ZOOM.

Topics of discussion to include equity, back to school, and school budget.

No action to be taken.

manson class of 2020NOTICE FROM MANSON SCHOOLS - June 3, 2020

Dear Students and Families,

We are writing today to share information on two topics:
* The graduation events occurring this week and changes to Saturday’s graduation ceremony.
* A committee we are forming to plan for the start of school year 2020-2021.

Next week will send another update on topics like:
* Checking in equipment, picking up classroom/locker items, last day of school process
* Summer food program information
* Summer school opportunities

Graduation 2020
The guidance we have received from the Chelan Douglas Health District (as recently as of this morning), and the State Department of Health has caused us to alter our graduation plans. We even delayed this decision hoping Chelan County would transition to Phase II but sadly this did not happen in time for this day.

We have kept the senior class request of holding an in person ceremony vs. virtual ceremony at the front of our thinking. Though we won’t all be able to be together as Manson, each graduate and their family will get to experience walking across a stage, hearing their name and receiving a diploma in person.

Manson families and community members are invited to help celebrate our 2020 graduates in the following ways:
* Friday June 5th
 o We will release a pre-recorded Senior Awards and Slideshow event at 7:00PM on social media and our website. Help us celebrate 2020 senior accomplishments and awards “golden globe” style.
* Saturday June 6th
 o At 9:00AM watch a pre-recorded release of speeches and addresses on social media and our website.
 o From 11:00AM - 3:30PM tune into Manson’s Facebook Live account and watch each senior cross the stage and receive their diploma. A special thanks to Aaron England who will be broadcasting live.

2020-2021 School Year
A statewide committee is currently working on recommendations for school starting up next year. Many things are unknown at this point. Will students be allowed to come to campus? What protections will we need to have in place?
Manson School District will be utilizing the state committee guidance (expected in mid-June) and creating a local plan for our students. We want student and parents to assist in this work. We are forming a committee to create our local plan.
* For those interested in helping
 o We expect committee members to meet 3-4 times between June 29 and August 14.
 o The meetings will be held via Zoom or in person (if allowed) using appropriate health precautions
* Please contact Janice Stewart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 509.687.3140 and leaving a message.

The committee will update its progress as the summer progresses and will share a final plan for Manson School District’s 2020-2021 School Year in the third week of August. The plan will include information on schedules, transportation, any changes in school day or start times, health protections/considerations and many other important details.
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As I sign off this week I want to offer a question I’ve been chewing on.

Different generations of citizens have been challenged with wars, natural disasters, economic upheaval, civil unrest, pandemics, famine and other events. When we are living through these periods, I’m sure people don’t realize the historical significance. We just keep on living the best we can.

I doubt people born between 1910-1930 knew they would someday be labeled the “Greatest Generation” having survived the Great Depression and two World Wars.

I wonder if someday our children will be known for their resilience and ability to overcome difficult times? Are we raising future leaders who will take our country to a new level? Knowing the quality and character of our kids…I’m betting yes!

Stay healthy everyone,

Matt Charlton, Superintendent Manson School District

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Community members and civic leaders Fred Barkley, Ron Trickett, and Dale England rally together with high school students, High School Principal Dr. Heather Ireland, and High School Office Manager Josh Little to hang senior banners in downtown Manson.

Please take time to drive through downtown Manson and honor this year’s seniors who are the first graduating class from Manson to have their senior pictures displayed downtown.

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Aaron England, Manson community member and local chiropractor to donate $500 to each recipient of the Manson School District Blue and White Excellence in Education award winners for a total of $2000. Steve Nygreen, Cassie Williams, Kate Sorenson and Maria Zaragoza will receive these funds to support their work with kids.

Thank you to England Chiropractic for your continued support of Manson School District students and staff. Local businesses like England Chiropractic help make Manson a great place to work and learn.

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Manson Seniors have completed their culminating senior presentations that are now posted on YouTube.

Please join us as we celebrate a unique, group of individuals who have shown so much PRIDE, PASSION and GRIT, especially these last few months of their high school career. 

Seniors were tasked to prepare a video presentation of their high school highlights, achievements, internships, post high school pathways, community service and gratitude. 

Congratulations class of 2020; we are so very proud of you and how you have represented the Manson community!

Yvonne Walker

The Manson School District Board of Directors is excited to announce that Yvonne Walker will be our new Superintendent. 

Her last seventeen years have been spent in the Arlington School District where her experience in a variety of roles has been exemplary. 

She is a self-described lifelong learner and a collaborative leader who will focus her attention on continuing the many areas of success that makes Manson an outstanding School District.

Her husband Nick, son and daughter are excited to become involved in the many community activities that Manson offers. 

Current Superintendent, Matt Charlton will provide guidance to ensure a seamless transition for our new superintendent.