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

manson schoolThe Manson School Board is asking our community for nominations of Manson School District Staff Members who have made a significant contribution to the lives of students and/or the greater Manson community. Recipients of this year’s award will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500 from Aaron England of England Chiropractic. They will be recognized by the Manson Chamber of Commerce “A Night to Remember” held next fall.

Selection criteria is as follows: one certificated employee (grades P-12) and one support staff employee (secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, para-professionals, food services, coaches, etc.)

Nominations have been extended until April 23, 2020 at noon. Winning nominees will be announced at the Manson School Board meeting on April 27, 2020.

Nominations forms are available online by using the following link: (English) and Spanish .

Food- Childcare and more (PDF)

Lunch Delivery Locations and Times (PDF)

Manson Food Delivery

manson schoolMarch 13, 2020

Manson Staff, Families and Community,

We have kept our schools open as long as possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. At 1:35 p.m. today, Governor Inslee issued an executive order closing all schools until at least April 24. All Manson School District schools will close to students, effective Tuesday, March 17. Monday, March 16 is the last day of school, including athletics, activities and clubs. School offices will remain open through Friday, March 20 so families can pick up their student’s medication.

We know some families will want to keep their children home on Monday March 16, however we encourage students to attend as we’ll be preparing them for some aspects of the distance learning that will follow in the coming weeks. Staff will also be prepared to support students who have questions or are experiencing anxiety with these dramatic events.

The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people and we understand that extended school closure will create hardship. Children count on the reliable routine that a school day offers. Families, too, count on that routine and the knowledge that their children are cared for during the day.

Contemplating weeks without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through this time.

Our school district staff are committed to helping our community’s families through this challenging time. Even as I type we are developing plans and thinking how we can help families with issues like food, childcare and of course continuing educational programs for of our children. As these plans are developed we will share how they will be implemented. Our goal is to begin at least some of this support by March 23rd. If we can begin sooner, we will.

The Manson School District will be sending frequent updates with information and resources via text messages, website and social media channels. Another update will be provided on Monday, March 16th. We are so grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. Please contact your child’s school or the Manson School District Office if you have any additional questions.

Thank you,

Matt Charlton, Superintendent
Manson School District

manson schoolClick below for PDF document with coronavirus updates from Manson School District:

COVID-19 Update English

COVID-19 Update Spanish


Manson School District hosted several staff from Chelan and Orondo School District to participate in a course that teaches immediate responders to administer lifesaving treatment to themselves or to others that have sustained life threatening injuries. The training provided instruction and practice on life threatening bleeding scenarios and the strategies and tools used to save lives.

Instructors Jennifer Foreman and Shaun Kelly from Combat First Aid ( provided this high quality instruction