Congratulations to Rebecca Benedict, one of the winners of the Peoria Reads essay contest with the theme, "What I Would Carry." Peoria Reads is an annual “one city, one book” project to encourage Peorians to read and discuss a significant book. The featured 2016 book was The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, an award-winning fictional memoir of the author’s time served in Vietnam, which Rebecca read and analyzed in her AP English Literature class. Rebecca received special recognition at a Peoria Reads event on April 21st at the Lincoln Branch Library where she received a signed copy of the book by author Tim O'Brien and a Barnes and Noble gift card. Congratulations Rebecca!
On April 15th, Ashley Owen, Ciana Hudson, Patty Vasquez, and Skyler Bailey attended West Peoria Government Day. The students began their day at city hall. They listened to presentations from the mayor of West Peoria, the city clerk, and 2 of the alderman representing the city. The students then held a mock city council meeting and discussed a real-life issue that is currently being discussed by the city leaders of West Peoria. The students held discussion on the matter, received input from residents, and passed a resolution to act on the issue. Following lunch, we moved to the West Peoria Township building. Here, the students were exposed to the workings of township government. They listened to presentations from the township supervisor and several trustees before they then participated in a township caucus meeting where members were nominated to serve the township in various capacities.
Manual Academy staff and students took a close look at the daily challenges faced by people with disabilities. Each day during advisory, teachers and students explored online resources to learn about various learning disabilities. On Tuesday, students wore blue for Autism Awareness Month. Advisory classes collected donations for Easter Seals during the week, bringing in total contributions of $602.00 in just four days. Top fund-raising honors, Ms. Mary Newman-Evans’ advisory class, won lunch from The Olive Garden, donating $6.82 per student. Ms. Gloria Meachem’s advisory class was a close second, donating $6.69 per student. Katie Van Cleve of the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HIRSA) gave students in PE classes a chance to try their skills at basketball wheelchair. HISRA sponsors the only wheelchair basketball team between Chicago and St. Louis. The team of high school and middle school students travels throughout the country to compete. Thanks to teachers Ms. Brown, Mrs. Daly, Ms. Olson and Ms. Pell for organizing a great learning experience!
The current Manual Top Ten were honored on Thursday April 14th at the Golden Coral by the South-West Kiwanis of Peoria. Manual alum Mrs. Bernice Gordon-Young was the keynote speaker. Mrs. Gordon-Young who is currently in the process of completing her doctorate degree is currently employed as a Psycho-Therapist and also is the founder of "It Takes a Village" support program. The future Dr. Gordon-Young talked to Manual's top ten about building a community, overcoming failures and finding their passion in life. The future Dr. Gordon-Young shared many of the obstacles that she overcame to get to where she is today. She credited having a positive circle of friends as being a major factor in her successes. Congratulations to Manual's current Top Ten students. Thank you to the South-West Kiwanis and to Mrs. Bernice Gordon-Young for honoring these fine students.
On Saturday, February 27, the Manual Academy robotics teams had the privilege of competing in the FIRST FTC robotics Illinois State Finals competition. Manual hosts two teams (FTC team #9788 and #8648). Both teams performed well enough in the regular season to move on to the state finals. The finals consisted of the top 36 of 164 active teams in Illinois. Since August, the teams have been designing, building, troubleshooting and driving robots to compete in this year's FTC challenge which involved collecting debris from a playfield, and climbing mountains. After playing 5 preliminary matches with randomized opponents, both Manual Academy teams performed well, placing 7th and 9th overall. This puts both teams in the top 5% of team rankings in the state.
In order to further their understanding of area and perimeter, Mrs. Johnson transition algebra class, at Manual Academy, combined their literary, mathematical and creativity skills. In honor of National Read Across America Day, students in all four classes worked with partners on a given word taken from Shel Silverstein’s “Listen To the MUSTN’T, Child”. They had to create the word using centimeter gird paper, trace the word onto plain paper, and then find the area and perimeter of each letter. Students were then given the chance to color their word to make it stand out in the poem. When completed the words were put in order in the hallway, giving the entire school a chance to view the creativity of the TAM class. Student enjoyed the hands on approach to learning and the opportunity to see their part in the big picture of the project.
On Friday, February 12, Mrs. Clore’s and Ms. Tripod’s English II classes were visited by the “Three Weird Sisters” from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Mrs. Clore, Ms. Tripod, and Novice teacher Megan Fasig first caught students’ attention by being dressed alike, in all black. As class progresses the 3 set a table with a black cauldron, and donned witches hats to read Act I, scene i, for each of their classes. The scene was set through an audio/visual track of a thunderstorm played on the smart board. What a fun way to start a difficult read.
Sharon Flake, winner of 3 Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, presented at Bradley University on February 17th, 2016. In Dr. McBee Orzulak's introduction of Sharon Flake that evening, she gave a shout out to our Manual students and thanked them for participating in the cooperative book chat with her students. She also made mention that after the first book chat, all of Sharon Flake's books had been checked out of Manual's library. So, they took up a collection, and someone else matched it. They will be giving Manual the money, so they can purchase more of Flake's books for their library. Flake has also turned her book into a screenplay, and Tyrese Johnson participated in that evening's performance. The students really enjoyed meeting her and having their books signed. It was a great night!
Manual student, Erica Anaya was recognized at the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Awards Program today. She was recognized with 18 other high school seniors from schools in the Peoria area. Deja Monae Dennis was recognized from Peoria High and Lydia Eman was recognized from Richwoods
The chapter meets on Thursday's after school and does many activities including portfolio building, team building, setting goals, and engineering activities. The chapter has voted on Skyler Bailey as President, Cameron Little as Vice President, Ciera Yarbrough as Marketing, and Patricia Vasquez as Secretary/Treasurer. The chapter has been going strong for 8 weeks now. The students had been working on designing and building cardboard boats to hold two people. Their only supplies were cardboard boxes, duct tape, and box cutters. The students held the race on February 4, 2016 in the Manual Pool. One boat made it across the pool and back! The blue boat was designed by Patricia Vasquez and her team of engineering students from Bradley! What a fantastic experience and fun time for all involved. The next engineering activity is the Bradley bridge building contest! Let's all cheer on the Manual Team!
4:00 PM Track - Varsity - Girls
9:00 AM Soccer - Varsity - Girls
10:00 AM Baseball - Varsity - Boys
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Prom
3:30 PM Tennis - Varsity - Boys
4:00 PM Baseball - Varsity - Boys
4:30 PM Soccer - Varsity - Girls