Back to school: registration, new teachers, building updates

Back to school: registration, new teachers, building updates

The 2019-2020 school year is just a few weeks away but Manual has already announced several updates to the building, new teachers and registration details for all grade levels.


Similar to last year, parents will need to pay class fees on Parent Portal and complete various forms and paperwork before students come to registration. Registration will take place in the main YPAS building at the following dates and times, organized by grade:

Aug. 6 – Freshmen
○ Last names of A – L: 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
○ Last names of M – Z: 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 8 – Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
○ Seniors: 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
○ Juniors: 10:00 – noon
○ Sophomores: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The senior parking pass lottery will be setup during senior registration. Students must meet the criteria listed on Manual’s website. Seniors will also be able to place cap and gown orders from Balfour.

More information about registration, including a list of everything that will be available for purchase, is included in the PDF below.

Seniors are expected to email their counselors a completed copy of both the Senior Questionnaire and Parent Questionnaire by Aug. 1. These can be found on Manual’s counseling website.

New faculty

Mr. Darryl Farmer released a list of new faculty in an email sent to faculty and staff earlier this week. These individuals will join the Manual faculty for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Dwyana Garrett – ECE Implementation Coach
  • Carrie Thomas – ECE Instructional Assistant
  • Josh Gillespie – Health/P.E.
  • David Robinson – Health/P.E. 
  • Kenneth Stovall – Math
  • Megan Alvey – Math
  • Dawn Roy – Math
  • Dujuana Wilson – English
  • Julie Clinkenbeard – Art
  • Christina Causey – Librarian
  • Elise Christensen – Mental Health Practitioner

Stay tuned for more information pertaining to the new staff as the school year begins.

Building updates

In addition to releasing the new faculty list in an email to Manual’s staff, Mr. Farmer also provided updates on the status of the building renovations. They currently plan to be able to access the building on Aug. 6.

“According to renovations, they are on schedule to finish before the start of school,” Mr. Farmer said. “This means that it will go right down to the wire.”

All of the classrooms that were renovated over the summer will now have drop ceilings, covering up the previously visible wires and cables. Throughout the summer, JCPS Facility Planning and Manual’s administration provided updates of the progress on Twitter.

The picture on the left is a classroom on the practice football field side of the third floor at Manual.

Additionally, some renovations were made to Manual’s athletic landscapes, including a ramp to access the lower part of the gym and a repair to the rod iron gate at Rachel Baker Field.

Featured image courtesy of @duPontManual on Twitter.

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