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Message from Dr. Michael Newman

New Principal at duPont Manual High School

Dear Crimson Families,

It is a great honor to begin my 21st year in education as the Principal of duPont Manual High School. It is one year ago today that I left my previous position, the Principal of Western High School Early College and Academies of Louisville, to serve our Commonwealth as the Commissioner of Professional Licensing. While I am grateful for the experience it afforded me, my passion for education brought me back to JCPS and to Manual High School. I will officially begin my new role on February 22, 2021. My education experience includes working in the high school setting for 20 years. I have served in multiple schools representing various ranges of diversity as well as serving in both rural and urban settings. In each school, I have learned much about my students and their needs. I look forward to bringing my experience, energy, and passion to this position. Please know, I am a father and husband. My oldest attends Manual and is in the HSU program, and my twins are currently attending Meyzeek Middle School. My wife, Sienna Newman, is the incoming president of the 15th District PTA. Together, we are truly committed to living out our passion for education. As I begin my leadership at Manual, I want to acknowledge and thank Principal Farmer for his service to Manual. As we now start to look forward, I plan to begin my work focusing on the safe return to in person classes and the evaluation of the immediate needs this pandemic has created for our students. I will also begin to increase communication from the principal’s office to ensure you are aware of our return to school plans and critical announcements to close the year successfully. Additionally, my vision for Manual includes focusing on unity within the building, ensuring equity and diversity throughout our programming, and continuing to improve the student experience. I will work hard to ensure everyone knows our goals, is appreciated for their uniqueness, and understands they have a voice in the process. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead our school. I will ensure my passion of empowering students and the school community to be models of growth and leadership is seen daily. Together we will work hard to maintain Manual as an exemplary school and continue to provide the best learning experiences in the state. Our work will continue Manual’s great history of Excellence, Diversity, and Tradition.

Sincerely, Michael S. Newman, Ed.D.

Counseling Office Updates

February 15 - Parent/Teacher Conference Day

Coming in March - 2021-2022 Scheduling will Begin

Coming in March - Club Con Event (virtual room introducing all Manual clubs/organizations)

Coming in April - College Conference Sessions (College essays, Financial Aid, Selective Admissions, HBCU schools, Honors Colleges, Scholarships/Interviews, and Navigating College Applications)

April 13 - ACT for all Juniors

duPont Manual's 20th Annual Black History Month Program

Student Spotlights

Neveah Hughes came in first place and Annabelle O'Neal came in third place for the High School Division for the Kentucky Derby Museum's Horsing Around With Art contest!

If you would like to Spotlight a Manual/YPAS Student, please complete the Student Spotlight Google Form.

Mental Health Tips: Self-Care Guide for Teens During COVID-19

These tips are found in the guide.

Graduation Keynote Speech Competition

We will be continuing the great tradition of The Graduation Keynote Address Competition that was kicked off in 2014 by the first winner, Christopher Bird. All students interested in being the voice of the class of 2021 are encouraged to create an audition speech video. We are looking for creativity, character, and charisma. Here are some of the details:

-Join the Graduation Speech Competition Google Classroom (code: m5nf4ji) to access the guidelines and resources. https://classroom.google.com/c/MjQ2ODQ1NzAyOTUx?cjc=m5nf4ji

- Speeches must remain within the 5-to-6-minute timeframe. Speeches may be delivered by an individual or by partners.

- We encourage students to think outside the box and be creative with the choices they make about the content, rhetoric, and delivery.

- Upload a copy of your speech to the Google Classroom assignment by Friday, March 19th or you will be disqualified.

- Upload your video to the Google Classroom assignment by Friday, March 19th or you will be disqualified Email Ms. Williams to let her know you have submitted the 2 required elements of the Google Classroom assignment (upload the a copy of your speech and the video of your delivery). alesia.williams@jefferson.kyschools

Listen to "Who I Am" by Wyn Starks while reflecting on how far you've come. As you listen, you'll hear the following lyrics: I gotta be me, Gotta be I, Gotta be who I know I am inside I'm stronger than ever before - It's so true! You are learning and growing every single day. Today and every day, you are finding ways to be the person that loves and gives to so many others. Take a bow. Be proud of yourself and know that who you are is enough.

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