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  • Robo-Rams competed in a regional FIRST Tech Challenge tournament

    On Saturday, February 6 the varsity and rookie teams from the Manual Academy Robo-Rams competed in a regional FIRST Tech Challenge tournament at Hope Academy in Decatur. The both Robo-Rams teams performed well in a competition against 26 other teams who each built a robot to perform in a challenge. Both teams scored well enough to be drafted into the alliance that would go on to win the regional tournament. This victory ensures that both the varsity and rookie teams will go on to compete in the State Finals Tournament held in Elgin on February 26th and 27th. In the picture, the two Robo-Rams teams share the stage with their alliance partner who helped them earn victory at the qualifying tournament

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  • Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Awards

    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

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  • Thinking Maps Training

    Manual Academy’s English Department takes full advantage of 2-day, in-house training with Thinking Maps specialist, Melba Johnson. This all-hands-on-deck training session included the 8th -12th grade English teachers and members of the special education department. “Thinking Through Reading/Writing Prompts” was the topic and focus of this workshop that was conducted as part of an on-going thinking maps training. Basically, the team reviewed previous lessons by applying techniques that are meant to teach students how to better utilize thinking maps in drafting short answer and analytical essay responses. These are skills that students must master in order to achieve the best possible scores on assessments like PARCC and ACT, as well as assist with college admission essays. During this training, teachers assume the role of student. Mrs. Johnson models strategies as small groups followed her directions to read, discuss, analyze, plan, and draft responses to multiple part questions. In essence, teachers actually used multiple maps to organize writing and worked with assigned team members to draft and share writing samples. Ultimately, the skills gained during this experience lead to a deeper understanding of the frustration and confusion that some of our students experience as they prepare to write. This new insight and the thinking map strategies for writing short responses and analytical essay add valuable techniques to our tool kit. Thus, providing us with strategies that we can immediately use to help students improve their writing.

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  • College Night

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  • The Bradley University chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has created a SHPE Jr. chapter at Manual Academy

    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!

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  • Biology Classes Dissecting Frogs

    Students in Mrs. Daly's and Ms. Massanisso's Biology classes at Manual Academy discover how homologous structures are evidence for evolution through dissection. Students had a fantastic learning experience dissecting frogs looking for structures that are similar in structure and function as compared to structures in the human body to show common ancestry. Students gained more insight into the topic of homologous structures through inquiry and hands-one experience than just through lectures.

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  • First Robo Challenge

    On Saturday, December 5th, the Manual Robo-Rams hosted a First Tech Challenge regional qualifying tournament at Manual Academy. The RoboRams played host to 22 robotics teams from central Illinois, all of whom competed in 5 preliminary matches. The Manual rookie team ranked highest of all rookie teams in attendance, earning them the "Highest Ranked Rookie" award at the end of the evening. In addition, the rookie team went on to be a member of the finalist alliance taking 2nd place overall, while the veteran team made it to semifinals to be a part of the 4th place alliance.

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  • Congratulations to Manual Student

    Congratulations to Manual Academy sophomore Jahdzea (Jazzy) Rice for being accepted into the 2015 Bradley Freshman/Sophomore Honor Band. She represented Manual by participating in an event that included students from all across the state of Illinois. The performance took place on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Bradley’s Dingledine Music Center. The Bradley Symphonic Winds opened the performance.

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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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