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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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  •  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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  • Service Clubs Ring in the Holidays

    Manual Academy's Key Club and Builder's Club students, accompanied by their sponsors Sean Flauter and Jill Tully, spent this past Saturday, December 6th, ringing bells for The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign at Northwoods Mall. The program uses the money to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide. The students brought the holiday cheer to the busy shopping complex with their bright greetings and holiday songs. There was even an impromptu appearance by some step team members that put on a little show for onlookers. The school and district are lucky to have these students providing such a positive image and modeling such a service-minded attitude.

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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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  •  JROTC

    Manual JROTC Participates in Competition

    Manual Academy’s Army JROTC program competed in an online academic and leadership bowl this past November. The academic team which competed against 1,491 teams consisted of Rebecca Benedict, Kathryn MacDougall, Bridget Meier, Alicia Miller, Denazisha Walker and Esmeralda Vargas. The leadership team which competed against 1,302 teams consisted of Austin Motsinger, Luis Flores, Charlie Bennett-Barker, German Morales, Malik Nellum-Jones and Taylor Hudson.

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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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