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Photo L-R Blake Cochran, Teresa Venegas, Delia Lysiak, Cody Fitzpatrick, Bryanna Harris (in front) Zane Mericle, Ryan Gildersleeve, Gunnar Rasmussen, Michah Petersen, Raeauna Mogan

The Manson Grange was the site of the District #7 FFA Apple Judging Career Development Event (CDE). There were over 88 contestants from 19 area schools. The contest was put on by Marty Cochran with help from Nathan Coggins, Travis Schoenwald, Devon Griffith, and Carol Peters. Each

Each contestant had to figure Fruit Maturity days from full bloom, take a 25-question test from the pesticide applicators handbook, identify 20 different insects, judge trays of golden and red delicious, show the proper way to pressure test apples, identify 25 varieties of apples and pears, grade 25 different red delicious and golden delicious apples, and identify 50 different blemishes.

Manson FFA had 11 members competing, they were led by Cody Fitzpatrick who came in first place, followed by Blake Cochran in 11th. Additional members were Teresa Venegas, Delia Lysiak, Bryanna Harris, Raeauna Mogan, Zane Mericle, Micah Petersen, Gunnar Rasmussen, Sam Richmond, and Ryan Gildersleeve. Manson first team placed 5th just missing a trophy by 10 points, Manson second team ended up in placing 8th. Individual members now have their sights set on bringing home some hardware at the state contest to be held in Wenatchee on Dec 11th.

A big “THANK YOU” to Manson Growers for suppling us with all the apples for this year’s contest.


The Manson FFA apple judging team along with the shop team travelled to Tonasket to compete against other schools in two fields.

The shop team of Zane Mericle, Micah Petersen, Gunnar Rasmussen, competed in various arc and gas welding competitions.

Micah Petersen and Gunnar Rasmussen took the top two spots in the best bead competition with Micah first place and Gunnar coming in second.

The 12-man Apple Judging team practiced Variety Id, Entomology, Blemish Identification, date and maturity, and grading of apples.

Manson will host the next competition on November 19 at the Manson Grange.

Manson shop students will be host their next contest on Dec 18th.

Many activities were held at Manson elementary, middle and high schools on Friday, November 8th!

The day got off to a great start by honoring our veterans with a special breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs and a perfect cup of coffee all prepared and served by Manson high school students. Assemblies were also held at both schools where many veterans were in attendance. Students had an opportunity to thank each Veteran with a hand shake and a hello!

During this month of honoring our Veterans, a school-wide Penny War was also going on to benefit our friends at the Tatley Outpost build 3 tiny homes on their Veteran run farm. The class that earned the most gets to take a field trip to the farm, do some yoga therapy, do some work and help with the tiny home project. A total of $2,125.17 was collected by all our students. As a nice surprise, local business “Chelan Fresh” also donated $1,000 to Tatley Outpost making the total donation of $3,135.17.

Thank you for your service Veterans!

thankyouflag300All local veterans are cordially invited to attend a breakfast in their honor on Friday, November 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Manson High School in the student center.

Students will be preparing and serving pancakes, eggs, bacon and coffee.

Please join us as we honor those who have served.

manson schoolThe Manson School District in coordination with the Chelan Co. Sheriff and Chelan County Fire District #5 will be conducting an emergency exercise. The purpose of the drill is to help prepare for possible emergency situations.

The exercise will occur on Friday, November 1, 2019. We are not sharing the exact nature of the incident so as to better prepare our students and staff for a real emergency should one occur.
brightarrow logoThe district will be using its BrightArrow messaging system to communicate with parents prior to the drill and during the drill.

Each message you receive will begin with the words “THIS IS A DRILL” as to alert you that this this is only a drill.

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact the district office at (509) 687-3140

teacher with kidsARLINGTON, Va. – September 26, 2019. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards unveiled today a program that recognizes school districts across the country that work hard to promote student learning through accomplished teaching. The National Board Accomplished Districts program will initially honor 81 districts in which at least 20% of its teachers have achieved National Board certification, encouraging teachers to be their best and effectively driving student learning. The 81 Accomplished Districts come from ten states including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington.

Manson Schools are proud to be among the top districts nationwide being recognized as National Board Accomplished Districts. We know that teachers drive student learning. One of the ways we work to assure students have access to the best teachers is to encourage teachers to become National Board certified.

“High quality teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student learning. The districts that measured up to be included in the National Board Accomplished District program understand the value of accomplished teaching and support teachers to be their best. We encourage state and district leaders to support National Board certification because NBCTs have a measurable impact on student learning – and what parent anywhere doesn’t want the best possible teacher for their children?” said Peggy Brookins, a National Board Certified Teacher and the president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

“Manson School District is proud of all of our professional staff. We are happy to highlight our exceptional group of Nationally Board Certified teachers who have earned this additional rigorous credential.”

Congratulations to our 2018-19 Nationally Board Certified Teachers:

Amy Anderson, Philip Fournier, Jay Fox, Anita Johanson, Steven Nygreen, Andrea Olson-Whitney, Brandy Samson, Susan Sears, Kathryn Sperling, Heather Teague, Cassandra Williams and Keitlyn Watson.

Currently, one additional teacher is working on her certification

About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (

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Manson 5th grade student Didier Chavez helped officially open a new ADA ramp at Manson Elementary. He was surrounded by his classmates and gave high fives as he drove down the ramp.

The project was funded by a grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) after Eric Sivertson, Operations Director for Manson School District wrote the $110,000 grant.

The project was completed by John Lodwig, Clearwater Construction.

This week 11 members of the Manson FFA attended the Chelan County Fair.. Some of the accomplishments as a group were FFA took first in garden judging, with Bryana Harris placing 1st overall followed by Jude Petersen 2nd, Reanna Mogan 3rd and Katie Gosvener 4th. The group also took second in poultry judging and third in livestock judging. Manson FFA earned a first place ribbon for barn decorations.

In swine FFA took 1 reserve grand champion, 3 call back ribbons, 17 blue first place ribbons, and 1 second place ribbon. In goats FFA took a reserve grand champion, 1 call back ribbon, 3 blue first place ribbons, and 1 red second place ribbon. In the FFA art and gardening entries they received 3 grand champion ribbons, 2 reserve grand champion ribbons, 6 first place ribbons, and 2 second place ribbons.

Freshman- Jude Petersen (pictured) received 1 reserve grand champion ribbon for fitting, showing, 2 call back ribbons, and 2 blue ribbons for his market hogs. He also received 8 blue ribbons 3 for woodworking, 1 for dried fruit, 1 for knitting, 1 for his metal art, and 2 for his art work.

Sophomores- Natalie Solorio got a blue ribbon and in fitting and showing. Katie Gosvener received a call back and blue ribbons for fitting and showing and market hog. She also received a reserve grand champion for her concord grapes, a first place ribbon for metal art, a first and second place ribbon for plants, and a second place ribbon for crafts. Lauren Soliday received blue ribbons in fitting and showing and for market hog. Paige Schoenwald received 2 red ribbons for her market hogs and 1 blue ribbon for fitting and showing.

Juniors- Zane Mericle got a blue ribbon for his market goat and a call back ribbon and a blue ribbon for fitting and showing. Gunnar Rasmussen (pictured) received blue ribbons for his market hog and for fitting and showing. He also received a grand champion ribbon for his metal art. Allison Adame got a red ribbon for her market hog and a blue ribbon for fitting and showing. Bryanna Harris received a reserve grand champion ribbon for her market goat, and blue ribbons for her market pig and for fitting and showing. She also received a grand champion for her painting, 2 blue ribbons for metal art and artwork, and a blue ribbon for tomatoes.

Seniors- Bryce LaMar received blue ribbons for his market hog and for fitting and showing. Raeauna Mogan received blue ribbon in market hogs and in fitting and showing. In the arts she received a reserve grand champion and a blue ribbon.

manson schoolManson School District will hold a certificated substitute academy, on August 21, 2019 beginning at 12:00 p.m. – 3:30p.m., lunch provided, at Manson Elementary School located at 950 Totem Pole Road.

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher this training will give you the information you need in order to become qualified. If interested, please RSVP to the Manson School District office at 687-3140.

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The Lake Chelan Multisport Foundation recently granted the Options program with a generous sum of money for a new science kit for the Options first and second graders.

The Solids and Liquids kit explores these two phases of substances, their properties and characteristics, and how to run tests to distinguish what those characteristics are.

The kids are absolutely loving it! The hands-on science hones their observations and writing skills and really makes science fun.

Over the years the Lake Chelan Multisport Foundation has been so generous in supporting Options. To date they have helped fund 4 science kits and other endeavors for our program.

The Manson School District wishes to thank them publicly for their generosity!