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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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    AVID students turn into role models

    One requirement for all AVID students is to complete 10 hours of community service. Half of the hours we earn together as a class; the remaining five hours students earn independently. Once again the 215ers have chosen to work with the Headstart Class in Room 105 at Manual. The AVID members read stories to the children and put together crafts that coincide with the theme of the story. It sometimes takes up to two hours of their own personal time to prepare for the 25 minute lessons. In addition to all of the fun the students and children are having, the students quickly learn that they are now role models.

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  •  Science club

    Science club makes skin care products

    What do lipids and vitamin E have in common? They are the key ingredients in skin care products. The three main categories of lipids are fats, oils, and waxes. Vitamin E helps hydrate and retain moisture in the cells as well as being a powerful antioxidant. Members of the club made lip balm and supper moist skin lotion. With a few key ingredients – coconut oil, bees wax, vitamin E, and essential oil of spearmint, we made lip balm. Coconut oil, baby lotion, and vitamin E cream were our ingredients for super moist lotion.

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  •  Manual Band Students

    Manual Music and Industrial Tech Students Collaborate

    Members of the Manual Academy introductory band course have been perfecting a musical selection written for PVC tubes. Manual Academy’s industrial technology classes, led by Mr. Andrew Rice, actually constructed the tubes and the holder in accordance with the specifications outlined by the music. This type of department collaboration has become commonplace at Manual Academy and the students truly appreciate the experience. The Blue Man Group inspired ensemble has had a blast not only playing on such a unique musical instrument, but also expanding their rhythmic understanding and ability to decipher written musical notation. Please come out and see these fine young men and women in action at the Winter Concert on Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Manual Auditorium.

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  • CAT hosts Weld Camp at Manual

    Weld Camp was hosted by CAT at Manual Academy on December 5, 2014. Ten metal students from Mr. Rice's class were invited to participate in the 1st CAT sponsored Weld Camp. CAT weld Trainer Chad Young and 6 Sigma Black Belt Tony Rice was in the building for the entire school day to work with students instructing them on the practices and certifications they would participate in if they were to be hired by CAT as a production welder. Students were able to weld from 1st period through 8th period.

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  •  ISU

    Manual Visits ISU

    Manual Academy students had the opportunity to attend “You Can Do ISU”. Our students along with other students from Illinois high schools were given a tour of the campus, listened to experiences of current ISU students, attended sessions on financial aid, application process, and preparing for college. Our students and staff had a great time and received a wealth of information during this college visit. We were also selected to receive transportation funds from ISU for the trip. This was another great opportunity for our students to learn something new and continue to develop an appreciation for higher education.

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  • Alumni Pep Band
    Manual Vs. Notre Dame
    February 6, 2015
    Alumni Band

    Here’s your chance to rekindle old memories, visit with old friends, and “JAM WITH THE MANUAL BAND!” Mr. George Graves Jr. will again be participating as honorary director!

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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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