Four Manson High School students applied for and were selected to attend the 2020 Legislative Conference held in Olympia at the State Capitol earlier this month. Louis Sanchez, Parker Schoenwald, Zoe Thomas and Luca Westfall traveled with Board Members Aurora Flores, Greg Neff and Superintendent Charlton to the State Capitol.

The students appreciated meeting with Representative Keith Goehner and learning about the legislative process. They also received a tour of the Capitol and Temple of Justice. A hi-light of the trip was watching 18-year-old Louis Sanchez register to vote with the Secretary of State.

On March 3rd and 4th, Manson High School seniors participated in their annual mock interview program. 

Ten community members from the valley participated: Lake Chelan Community Hospital, Mountain View Lodge, Chelan County Sheriff Department, Chelan County P.U.D, Manson Fire District, Wapato Point Cellars and BBQ in the Vineyard, Manson School District and the Manson Parks Department. Members from each business interviewed seniors from the class of 2020.

The purpose of the mock interviews is to prepare students for real-world interviews, gain potential employment and to prepare for career pathways in their chosen field.  Students prepared cover letters, resumes and completed job applications for their preferred interviewer. 

After the seniors interviewed with the community, they then interviewed Manson freshmen. The freshman class of 2023 prepared mock interviews for Slidewaters.  All students completed resumes, cover letters and applications for the local water park. The participating seniors then interviewed the freshmen for the position as kitchen staff (the starting position for Slidewaters employees).  Prior to both the senior and freshmen interviews, there was a high level of anticipation and expectation of preparedness for all Manson students, all of whom did a great job. 

Manson High School is so thankful for our valley’s community members who pour time and support into our students.  Thank you so much for all who contributed to this beneficial and significant program. 

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On March 3 and 4 Manson High School seniors and ten Chelan Valley businesses will participate in the 12th Annual Mock Interview program in the old gym at Manson High School. The Mock Interview program has proven successful over the years providing students important life skills.  Not only do they learn the art of interviewing, they also learn how to write cover letters, resumes, thank you letters and networking; all important life skills.

Over the past few months students have been educated on several life skills that will give them a definite advantage when they hit the job market. Lead teacher Jen Koth schooled students on how to write a cover letter and resume that will lead to an interview. Students learned the importance of first-impressions and the art of networking. And to bring it all together they learned how to interview.

Learning to interview well is not a skill just to find a job but rather a skill that can be used throughout one’s entire life. Students learn that being prepared is the key to a successful interview. Many of the students at this year’s mock interviews will be offered summer jobs and several students will follow up with perspective employers.

This week Mrs.Koth contacted Mock Interview participating employers with the following information:

“Students are in preparation for the March 3rd and 4th mock interview’s at MHS.  Students are currently putting their final touches on their resume, cover letters and applications which I will mail to you early this week.  When you receive the packet, please peruse them prior to the interview as the written piece should be part of the interview overall.

Please arrive at the main office and check in with Mr. Little, our secretary, at 8am.  You will then be led to the old gym where light refreshments and further instructions await.  Again, depending on your interviewing strategies, each student takes about 15-20 minutes.”

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The 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. The Manson School Board hopes to receive nominations from parents, students, former students, and community members who have been involved in our schools.

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 will be accepted until March 25, 2020 at noon. Winning nominees will be announced at the Manson School Board meeting on March 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Nominations forms are available online at the school district website www.manson.org, in both English and Spanish.

If you should have any questions, please call the Manson School District office at 687-3140.

The American Legion was founded in 1919 on four pillars: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children and Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens.

On January 13 the Manson American Legion, Post 108 made special presentations of two 4x6 foot American flags, one for Manson High and the second Manson Elementary, addressing two of the four pillars. Post 108 was recognized in 2019 by the Manson Chamber of Commerce with a Community Recognition Award for their assistance in the Lake Chelan Valley, helping youth and programs in our community.

Commander Clyde McCullough represented Post 108 at Manson Elementary School. Receiving the flag were Elementary Principal Ben Riippi with a group of elementary students.

Vice Commander Brian Strausbaugh and Post Service Officer Norm Manly took the lead at the High School. Manson High Senior Class President Parker Schoenwald, Manson Schools Superintendent, Matt Charlton and Principal Dr. Heather Ireland received the flag, representing all students, staff and teachers.

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Manson High School is launching a coed high school tennis team in the spring of 2020.  In the fall of 2019 the district met with parents, students and community members to determine the viability of a tennis program and found strong interest from all parties. “At least 20 students have indicated strong interest in the program” said Athletic Director Eric Sivertson.   The district is very excited to partner with Harmony Meadows as our home court. 

The next step in launching the program is hiring a Head Coach.  In discussing the program in the community we have identified a number of individuals willing to help with the program or even be assistant coaches, but at this time we have not found our Head Coach. We are looking for an energetic leader that can help us recruit student athletes into the program and can also teach the fundamentals of tennis.  If interested, please complete an application packet at www.manson.org

If you have questions about the position contact Eric Sivertson at 509-687-3140 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Manson High School Post-Secondary Coordinator Addie Grageda could not be more proud of the Internship Program she leads.

Ms. Grageda recently learned her efforts to renew and expand a grant from a private non-profit foundation, The Discuren Foundation, has been awarded.

Manson School District will receive $177,000 in funds over the next three years to provide valuable opportunities to high school students. The funding will also expand the program and allow middle school students to participate in training and career activities.

Addie shared “one of my favorite things is hearing the senior students speak of their internships experiences at their senior presentations and tell their families, friends and teachers how it has helped them discover a career path they would like to pursue, as well as given them an opportunity to meet someone in our community that has motivated them to follow their dreams.”

These programs would not be possible without the support of individuals, businesses and agencies in our Valley. The partnership in providing authentic career experiences to students and future employees to businesses is truly a “win-win.”

JAVESJaves Escalera, Director of Marketing at Coldwell Banker LCP shared “As an alum from Manson High School (class of 2014), I can first-hand say that it would have improved my awareness of the career path that I wanted to take if I had the opportunity to have had an internship. It’s easy to get the education you need, but it’s equally important to understand what you’re working towards. And that’s what internships are, the application of everything you’ve learned in a hands-on setting.”

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Manson School District was the lucky recipient of the “Change for Charities” program sponsored through 12 Tribes Colville Casinos.

ASB President Parker Schoenwald, Superintendent Matt Charlton and Middle/High School Principal Heather Ireland were presented with a check from Tony Posey, General Manager of Mill Bay Casino in the amount of $2,658.71.

This donation will be used with the intention to help students to participate in extra-curricular, clubs, field trips/camps etc. where fees or equipment might prevent them from doing so. These funds will be available for student’s kindergarten through 12th grade.

Thank you Mill Bay Casino!

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