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.
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.


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!

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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.

The Manson School District Board of Directors announced the 2020 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its April board meeting.  Nominations were submitted by staff, students and community members.

Award recipients were:  High school teachers Steve Nygreen and Kate Sorenson, elementary teacher Cassie Williams and elementary classified employee Maria Zaragoza. 

The Manson School District Board of Directors will officially recognize the award winners at a future board meeting. 

The recipients will also be recognized this fall at the Night of Excellence sponsored by the Manson Chamber of Commerce. 

A big congratulations to others nominees: Bill Thompson, Heather Teague, Eric Sivertson, Dane Johnson, Anita Johanson, Carmen Fretwell, Sarah Wiggum, Kari Petersen, Michelle Rogge, George Valencia, Angel Gosvenor and Trista Walters.

Cassie Williams -  “Cassie is a highly skilled educator that puts multiple hours in after school planning and prepping her lessons.  She is respected by her colleagues and has taken on a leadership role in our school.”

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Maria Zaragoza - “Every day I am impressed with Maria’s attentiveness to student needs.  She treats each student with true compassion, respect and nurturing and makes them feel safe in her care.  She truly loves kids and works hard at establishing a positive relationship with them.”

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Steve Nygreen - Students stated, he just makes math easier, I didn’t like math until I had Mr. Nygreen.”

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Kate Sorenson - “Kate is a powerhouse of an educator and advisor.  She has created several new clubs and programs that enhance Manson School District.”

Manson Learns logoThe Manson school Board invites you to attend a community forum via ZOOM to meet the five candidates that have applied for the position of School Superintendent.

Manson parents and community have an opportunity to meet and greet applicants on Thursday, May 7, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and then provide feedback at the conclusion of the forum.

There are two ways you can join the meeting either online or by I-Phone. Please use the following link to access ZOOM: Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +12532158782,98679780854# or +13462487799,98679780854#

At the end of the forum you will have an opportunity to provide feedback via a survey by accessing the following link:

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Manson School District
Superintendent Interview Timeline/Process Update

The Manson School Board approved invitations to interview for the open Manson School Superintendent position.

Five candidates have been invited to participate in the next step in the process scheduled for May 5, 6 & 7.

  1. Jennifer Kindle, Executive Director of Student Learning, Selah School District

  2. Guy Kovacs, Principal, Kalles Junior High, Puyallup School District

  3. Jose De Jesus Melendez, Director of Languages & Equity, Franklin Pierce School District

  4. Paul Peterson, Interim Superintendent, Silver Falls School District, Oregon

  5. Yvonne Walker, Principal, Post Middle School, Arlington School District

On May 5th

4:00-6:00PM an opportunity for Manson staff members to observe each candidate as they answer questions created by staff members. Zoom link

On May 6th

The Manson School Board will interview each candidate

8:00a.m. Jennifer Kindle

9:30a.m. Yvonne Walker

11:00a.m. Guy Kovacs

12:30p.m. Lunch

1:15p.m. Paul Peterson

2:45p.m. Jose De Jesus Melendez

4:30p.m. Board Meeting – Executive session followed by open meeting announcing finalist(s)

On May 7th

7:00p.m. - An opportunity for Manson parents and community members to meet final candidate(s) answer questions.  (Zoom link will be sent out next week) Board meeting scheduled to follow community meeting – Executive session to discuss qualifications – any action will be made in open meeting with vote of board.

The new Superintendent will begin serving in the role on July 1st 2020.


May 5th – 4:00 p.m. - 6:00p.m.Working Session - via ZOOM
Observing staff Zoom with Superintendent Candidates

May 6th – 8:00a.m. -4:30 p.m. -Working Session – via ZOOM
The Board will conduct Superintendent Candidate Interviews.

May 6th – 4:30p.m – Special Board Meeting - via ZOOM
Open meeting followed by an Executive Session to discuss candidates for superintendent position (no action to be taken). Any action will be made in the open meeting.

May 7th – 7:00p.m.– Executive Session - Special Board Meeting to follow - via ZOOM
Board will observe Community Forum – then enter into an Executive Session to discuss candidate qualifications – any action will be made in open meeting..

wa school recognition progrThe State Board of Education, the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC), and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction have identified 20 North Central Washington schools to be honored as part of the Washington School Recognition Program.

Manson Middle School was recognized for closing gaps for one or more student groups and for growth for students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program, students identifying as Hispanic, and students identifying as White.

Manson High School was recognized for growth for students who receive special education services.

"The Special Services staff at Manson High School have worked hard to empower students and instill confidence. Students are now more willing to try and less worried about failing. The staff have also made our building a positive place to be. Students enjoy being in the classroom!"  Joey Johanson – HS Special Education Teacher

Manson Middle School Teacher Heather Teague shared:

"When your goal is to make positive connections and support socio-emotional health, kids thrive! This team loves kids first and that creates space to make gains!" Heather Teague – MS ELA Teacher  

Recognized schools receive a banner for display.

To learn more about why schools were recognized, and to see the data behind the recognition framework, visit




The Manson School district has been providing meals in the community for 25 days since the shutdown and has now served over 20,000 meals to kids in our community.  A team of 20+ staff works to prepare and deliver meals throughout our community using our existing bus routes.  Last week the staff and students took part in dress-up days to show our school spirit. For weekend meal service

THRIVE Chelan Valley is changing their weekend food support for students from a pick up process to a delivery model beginning May 1st. Families need to register by clicking the link below.

Additionally, an anonymous donor has donated $7,500 to the Manson Volunteer Firefighters Association for Manson families in need. Gift cards for use at Manson Bay Market in the amount of $100 will be mailed to 75 families that have had a financial loss due to the COVID 19 Virus