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  • Skin: Holding it All Together

    Anatomy and Physiology is an elective science class that offers high school students a glimpse into how the body works and is geared toward those students who want to pursue a career in the medical field. Students in Mrs. Daly's class at Manual Academy are working hard utilizing inquiry to discover how the human body maintains homeostasis. Students are studying the integumentary system and learning about the skin, skin disorders, and the body's response to external stimulus. Throughout the lab they are also discovering how the body's largest organ helps to maintain homeostasis.

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  • Pileup in Veggieville

    Pileup in VeggieVille Illinois leaves 10 pickles dead. Student's in Mrs. Daly's Anatomy and Physiology Enriched class perform Autopsies on pickles to learn anatomical terms and anatomy terminology. Following the Next Generation Science Standards, students use inquiry to glean information from their specimens, just as a real pathologist or coroner would use. Students enjoyed the activity and were able to use their learned terms to analyze injuries and discover cause of death.

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  • CAAR Brightens the First Day

    Manual Academy’s school year is off to a terrific start with the help of Concerned African American Retirees Inc. (CAAR). On the first day of school students had the pleasure of receiving their class schedules and words of encouragement from CAAR volunteers. The CAAR group has adopted Manual Academy and the volunteers are eager to support students, parents, faculty and staff this year.

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  • Manual Teacher Grows Connection with ADM

    A couple weeks before school started, Manual Academy’s Industrial Technology Teacher Andrew Rice took part in a one week Job Shadowing experience at ADM’s Peoria facility. Starting out the experience Rice attended a contractor safety class that educated him on basic factory safety standards that would help him throughout his weeklong visit. Teamed up with a specific location superintendent, the shadowed areas of interest where: Quality Lab, Feed House, Maintenance department, Alcohol department, Mill, IT/Automation, Elevator, and Powerhouse. At the conclusion of the week Rice had a better understanding of what ADM produces and the careers and steps it takes to make all of that happen. Rice along with the collaboration of ADM wants to better educate and prepare his students helping them chose the classes that will better equip them in pursuing a career in this field. ADM also will donate $500 to Rice’s Industrial Technology classes and offer a $1000 scholarship to one of his college bound seniors.

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  • Manual Academy graduate sets gaze on giving back

    (From CINEWSNOW.COM) It's a big moment in the lives of the 2015 graduating class from Manual Academy. One student is no longer worried about the senior year grind, but now has his future on the brain. Jamanni Gibson is an Illinois State Scholar soon to attend the University of Illinois in Chicago. He's ready for change in Peoria; change he'd like to be a part of. "I think that we need something that will keep us younger kids in Peoria," said Gibson, "because it seems so many of us want to go off to Chicago or New York, Atlanta, and do great things there, but we have a great community here." He wants to major in Public Affairs and Urban Planning and Development. He's even sought an internship with the city to get a feel for the business before he heads to UIC. But these aspirations don't come from thin air. Success fuels his educational flame.

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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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  • 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
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