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  • 5Essentials Survey

    The 5Essentials Survey (Survey of Learning Conditions) is available for parents, students (6-12), and all certified staff as mandated by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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  • Students at Manual learn about oil spills through STEM activities

    Students in Ms. Massanisso's and Mrs. Daly's Earth Science classes were given a challenge. The students were given a scenario that an accidental chemical spill in a nearby Peoria Factory flooded the Illinois River with oil. This water also infiltrated the underlying aquifer. The students were given a pie tin with blue tinted water and oil spilled in it. They were given a budget and a list of supplies they could purchase to clean up their oil spills. Students had 20 minutes to use the tools to clean up the spills and then evaluate how they did as a team. Students learned that water contamination is very serious and a very difficult task to clean up.

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  • Students Assist with Child Care at Parent University

    Manual Academy service care and learning occupation students had a great time assisting with child care during the Parent University held in February. The students had the opportunity to use knowledge and skills taught in class such as exhibiting ethical practices as defined by the early childhood industry standards and implementing strategies enhancing cooperation among the center, teacher, community, and family. These effective management skills are reinforced to help students become the best in their profession. The students enjoyed helping out with the different activities provided like storytelling, face painting, anti-bullying education, and balloon art.

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    Terrence Heads to Eureka

    Eureka College had the infamous John Carlos to their campus to give a powerful speech about civil rights during Black History Month. On such a notable occasion, they invited Manual senior Terrence Williamson, whose application to the college was recently accepted, to deliver an opening poetry read. Terrence did a phenomenal job of setting the tone for the night and immediately had the entire audience in awe of his abilities. He has proudly represented the Rams and PSD150 on numerous occasions and it is evident he has a bright future ahead of him.

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Upcoming Events

  • 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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