News and Information

  • Social Media Safety

    Student safety is our top priority in our district and here at Manual Academy. We encourage parents to educate yourself on social media (Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, Kick, Whisper, etc.), have discussions with your child about the dangers and consequences of social media, and set rules and guidelines including keeping your computer in a common area of your home and frequently checking the privacy settings on your child’s accounts. We appreciate your assistance and patience in this matter, as we continue to work to keep our school a safe place to learn for all students.

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  • Manual Assistant Principal Celebrates Upcoming Retirement

    Manual Academy's assistant principal, Cheryl Ellis, celebrated her upcoming retirement with staff, friends and family at a reception at the school's library on May 13th.  The staff gave her a standing ovation as she arrived honoring her thirty-one years of service to Peoria Public Schools.

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  • Center for Prevention of Abuse Awareness Rally

    Rachel Boudreau from The Center for Prevention and Abuse hosted a Sexual Assault Awareness Rally for Manual Academy Juniors & Seniors. The rally included a discussion on vulnerability, instincts, and bystander intervention to prevent sexual assault. The students also participated in a “In her shoes” activity where they can experience how different choices in a dating relationship could lead to a variety of outcomes. This is one of the many programs The Center of Prevention of Abuse has provided to Manual and other District 150 schools. Programs have been delivered in both large and small groups with topics like healthy relationships, social and academic skills, violence prevention, and many more. They are a valuable community partner and continue to help reinforce the idea that it takes an entire "village" to educate a student properly.

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  • A Visit From Forest Park Nature Center

    What a fantastic day for Manual students. Two naturalists from Forest Park Nature Center came to teach Ecology in Biology, and Global Climate Change in Earth Science! Kelsey Ernst and Kristy Shoemaker were funny and entertaining and kept the students engaged, who proved they knew the material and could apply what they had learned! In Earth Science the students put on layers of coats to demonstrate how increasing our greenhouse gases warms the Earth. The students then played limbo based on how they would decrease their carbon footprint. In Biology the students demonstrated relationships between organisms by creating food webs and acting them out! The naturalists came to Manual at the request of Mrs. Daly and Ms. Massanisso to enrich student understanding of local environmental issues that have an effect on their own lives. The naturalists can be reached at Forest Park Nature Center by calling 309-686-3360.

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  • Student made Adirondack chairs for sale
    The Manual Industrial Technology Department is selling Adirondack style chairs that have been constructed by students. They are $75 each. A two seat version is  being sold for $125. All proceeds go to materials for future projects. These are perfect for the porch or patio! Please contact teacher Andrew Rice with any questions or ordering information at andrew.rice@psd150.org.
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