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Principal's Week Ahead Messages - 2017/2018

Nov 13 - 17, 2017

Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  We hope you had a wonderful three day weekend as we honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans.  We have one week of school this week and will be off all of next week for the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
We had the first half of our Seismic Shake Table Outreach to UCSD on Thursday and Ms. Rammel and Mr. Beck will be taking the other half of eligible sixth grade students on Tuesday.  On Thursday, we will be having our Annual Turkey Trot in P.E. classes as students will be running a cross-country mile all across campus and around construction to settle the question of who will be the fastest long distance Cougar.  If parents would like to volunteer, please contact Ms. Swallow or Ms. Smith, our P.E. Department Chair.  Thursday also is the date of our regular School Site Council Meeting at 2:30 pm in the library.  At 5 pm, there will be a Crawford Area Cluster Meeting at 5 pm in the Fay Elementary library.  The first half of the meeting will be a planning meeting for future cluster meetings and the second half will be a LCAP presentation by the district budget department.  We encourage you to attend this important meeting.  
 
Monday marks the last day to fill out a school choice application for the 2018-2019 school year.  Information can be found on our website under "Neighborhood School and Enrollment Options."  PIQE parent workshops continue this Tuesday at 9:30 am and 6 pm.  Rehearsals hit crunch time as our Fall Mann Drama Production of Stinkyman is set to premiere on Thursday November 30th.  Don't forget Wednesday is Mann Spirit Day and Friday is college day.
 
Have a thankful week. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 

Nov 6 - 9, 2017

Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Last Thursday, we had our joint SGT/SSC to get input on the district's budget. We had Saturday School on Saturday.  Last night marked the end of Daylight Savings time, so I hope we hope Mann students were able to fall back and get an extra hour of sleep as we start a new week.  Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour maybe less if you have trouble getting to school on time. This is also a short week this week as Friday is a school holiday in honor of Veterans' Day; our PASS mentors will be doing a lunch activity to recognize and honors the sacrifices of our Veterans. 
 
On Wednesday, 6th grade students will have a townhall meeting during 4th period to discuss expectations and behavior in our progress term 2 and ahead of our first gradewide field trip.  On Thursday, half of 6th grade students who have returned their permission slips and are eligible (no all day detentions or suspensions to be on our non-participation list) will be trying out their earthquake proof structures that they have been working on in their science classes.  They will visit UCSD and utilize the universities Seismic Shake Tables that are used to model architectural and engineering design for real life structures.  
 
Our new Area Superintendent Monika Hazel begins her position this week.  A reminder that next Thursday, November 16th will be our second Crawford Cluster Meeting at Fay Elementary library at 5 pm.  The first 45 minutes will be a planning meeting and the second half will involve a budget presentation around our district's Local Control Accountability Plan and is a great opportunity to give input into district priorities. 
 
The choice window for the 2018-2019 school year closes on November 13.  Information can be found on our website under "Neighborhood School and Enrollment Options."  PIQE parent workshops continue this Tuesday at 9:30 am and 6 pm.  Rehearsals hit crunch time as our Fall Mann Drama Production of Stinkyman is set to premiere on Thursday November 30th.
 
Have a honorable week. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 

Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2017

Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Last week was a busy but wonderful week.  We had our first spirit week for Acceptance and Tolerance and Red Ribbon Week.  Pictures can be found on our Twitter and Facebook accounts linked on our website.  Students that participated and checked in with our PASS Mentors at least 4 of the 5 days can get ice cream on Tuesday.  On Thursday and Friday, we also hosted over 500 of our feeder elementary students from our 8 feeder elementaries, I am proud of our student leaders who led the tours and mentored our potential incoming students; our band, orchestra, AVID, technology and theatre students also did a tremendous job presenting the Mann experience.  
 
On Monday, San Diego Unified is sponsoring a districtwide spirit day for Breast Cancer Awareness and students are encouraged to wear pink on Monday to support.  On Tuesday, ASB Leadership has asked to allow students to dress up as long as it is not a distraction to class, it does not violated our dress code, contains no weapons, violence or gore and no masks.  If students make it a distraction, costumes may be confiscated and students asked to change to PE clothes.  
 
We will be having a joint SGT/SSC meeting next Thursday Nov 2 to give feedback on the LCAP plan for the district.
 
The choice window for the 2018-2019 school year closes on November 13.  Information can be found on our website under "Neighborhood School and Enrollment Options."  PIQE parent workshops continue this Tuesday at 9:30 am and 6 pm.  Don't forget Kona Ice on Friday.   
 
Have a cool week. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
 
Oct 23 - 27, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  We had good attendance for our first Saturday School - over 40 students working hard to catch up for times they had missed because of absences. You should be receiving end of progress term 1 grades this week in the mail.  On Wednesday, Crawford Connection in conjunction with Crawford and Mann will be hosting a Grade Connect meeting with translation in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese and Swahili from 4-6 pm at Crawford High School in Room 513. Mr. Lewis, one of Mann's counselors will be available along with translators and Crawford counselors to answer any questions about grades or answer questions on student progress.
 
This week is Acceptance and Tolerance Week and also Red Ribbon Week.  One of the phenomenal parts of Mann is its incredible diversity with over 30 languages spoken and students from Latin American, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. To help celebrate, our PASS mentors will have activities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Each day has a different color theme to represent our student's commitment to unity while celebrating our differences and commitment to being drug-free.    
 
Monday-White (No Hate)
Tuesday- Yellow (Cultural Pride)
Wednesday- Green (One World/Healthy Habits)
Thursday- Black (No Violence, Support Equality)
Friday- Mix Match (Celebrate Diversity)  - Friday is one of my favorite days. I would challenge students to mix it up.  Look for quiet kids or someone who is different than you - introduce yourself, sit next to them and get to know them.  We will be playing Bingo to sit with someone who we don't normally sit next to.  
 
Monday and Tuesday are expected to be warm.  If it is over 93 degrees, our school goes into our hot weather plan where PE classes move indoors or are very limited and we limit physical activities and exposure to the outdoors during lunch.  All of our classrooms are air conditioned at Mann.  Please dress your children appropriately for the weather also keep in mind that tanktops or shirt showing midriff do violate our dress code.   
 
On Tuesday, we have our School Governance Team meeting at 2:30 pm in the library.  On Thursday and Friday, we are excited to host Mann W.E.B. Days for our eight feeder elementary schools for incoming 5th grade students.  Sixth and 7th grade students have been preparing to lead student tours and our elective teachers and sixth grade teachers are ready to give incoming students a taste of Mann.  The band and orchestra will perform and Mr. Lara's technology class has been preparing video drone flights.
 
Wednesday is our second club day which is four Wednesday of the month.  All students are invited to come participate from 12:45 - 1:30 pm in a range of clubs from Science, Badminton, GSA, math or others.  Students can also come for free tutoring the library during this times, especially those struggling on their progress reports.
 
The choice window for the 2018-2019 school year closes on November 13.  Information can be found on our website under "Neighborhood School and Enrollment Options."  PIQE parent workshops continue this Tuesday at 9:30 am and 6 pm.  Don't forget Kona Ice on Friday.   We will be having a joint SGT/SSC meeting next Thursday Nov 2 to give feedback on the LCAP plan for the district.
 

 

Have a cool week. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.

 

Oct 16 - 20, 2017

Good evening Mann Middle School families,

This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Hopefully, you've been able to see the steel beams go up for our new building.  It is an exciting time as we eager await our new design which you can see on the Mann website or in our front office.  The Mann Student Store opened on Friday and will remain open on Fridays at lunch in the 300 building. We played music on our Fun Friday at lunch.
 
For this week, Tuesday is Makeup Picture Day if students, especially 7th graders, missed the original picture day.  On Thursday, our School Site Council meets at 2:30 pm in the library.  This Saturday will be our first Saturday School of the year to make up attendance for students that have missed days of school.  Counselors will be sending out notice this week.  It runs from 8 am - 12 pm and includes a snack break.
 
The choice window for the 2018-2019 school year opened last week and closes on November 13.  Information was mailed to your house and can be found on our website under "Neighborhood School and Enrollment Options."  PIQE parent workshops continue this Tuesday at 9:30 am and 6 pm.  A quick construction update, last week Soltek Pacific laid seven feet of concrete foundation for our new building and within the next couple of weeks, you will start to the steel frame go up and some expanded parking.  
 
Weekly clubs include Circle of Friends that meets during lunches on Mondays in library, Youth Group with Mr. Muehleman in Room 603 Tuesday after school, Japanese Club meets Wednesdays at 12:45 and Thursdays at 2:15 in Room 412. STINKYMAN rehearsals will continue this week until the show on November 16.   Don't forget to purchase Kona Ice for the AVID fundraiser on Fridays after school.  A reminder that Wednesdays are Mann Spirit Days and students with Mann black spirit shirts can cut to the front of school lunch lines.  Fridays are college days and students with college gear can also cut. Our next Monthly Club day will be next Wednesday, Oct 25 and we encourage students to participate or get tutoring in the library.  Our first Spirit Week for Red Ribbon and Tolerance Week is planned for next week, so look out for details.
 
Have a wonderful week. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.

Oct 9 - 13, 2017

 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Thank you for all the families that returned your Federal Survey Cards last week and went home on Wednesday, if you may have not returned them yet, please return them to the office this week - they do help our schools receive federal funding.  I invite all parents to our cluster meeting on Monday; it will be at 5 pm at Fay Elementary School.  It is an opportunity to participate in clusterwide decisions and ask questions of any cluster principals. I will be presenting along with Dr. Lawrence, the Crawford High School principal about our choice options.  
 
The choice window for the 2018-2019 school year opened last week and closes on November 13.  Information was mailed to your house and can be found on our website under "Neighborhood School and Enrollment Options."  PIQE parent workshops continue this Tuesday at 9:30 am and 6 pm.  A quick construction update, last week Soltek Pacific laid seven feet of concrete foundation for our new building and within the next couple of weeks, you will start to the steel frame go up and some expanded parking.  
 
Weekly clubs include Circle of Friends that meets during lunches on Mondays in library, Youth Group with Mr. Muehleman in Room 603 Tuesday after school, Japanese Club meets Wednesdays at 12:45 and Thursdays at 2:15 in Room 412, Chavistas meets in Room 109 on Thursday at 2:15 pm.  STINKYMAN rehearsals will continue this week until the show on November 16.   Don't forget to purchase Kona Ice for the AVID fundraiser on Fridays after school.  A reminder that Wednesdays are Mann Spirit Days and students with Mann black spirit shirts can cut to the front of school lunch lines.  Fridays are college days and students with college gear can also cut. 
This week will mark the official 2017-2018 opening of the Mann Student Store.  Students earn Cougar Grit Cards for showing the Mann 5 Rs of Responsibility, Respect, Readiness, Resolve and Resilience and can spend their cards for Otter Pops, Cougar Spirit Wear and other prizes in Room 301 on Fridays.  We will also begin Fun Friday music at lunch.
Have a wonderful week. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
Oct 2 - 6, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  We sold out our first dance with 200 students in attendance!  We had picture day on Tuesday and will be having with makeups on October 17th.  We had our first club Wednesday.  Students can receive free tutoring with teachers in the library or join a club on the 4th Wednesday of the month; I encourage students to participate, they just need to have a parent permission form which are available in the front office.  The Parent Institute for Quality Education or PIQE began last Tuesday and we had over 50 parents attend to learn about how better to support your students at the middle school level!  These workshops will continue each Tuesday at 8:30 am and 6 pm; please contact Ms. Herrera if you are interested in joining. TKF Conflict resolution training began on Friday during 8th grade PE classes and will continue to 10 weeks.  On Tuesday, selected science students who have returned their permission slips will be attending the field trip to U.S.S. Midway to learn about force and motion. STINKYMAN rehearsals will continue this week until the show on November 16.   Have a awesome week. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
Sept 25 - 29, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  We had an awesome club rush this year with over twelve different clubs in attendance as well as some community groups and Primetime.  We still have room in our Primetime Program - if you would like free afterschool care until 4:30 - 6 pm; visit our website to enroll.   
 
On Monday, ballots for parent representatives will go out to students in first period classes.  Parents please choose who will represent you this year on the important SSC budget committee.  Tuesday is Picture Day, so please make sure you are in your school appropriate best.  You will be taking pictures during PE classes.  On Tuesday, we will have our first School Governance Team meeting of the year in library at 2:30 pm, please email mswallow@sandi.net or call 619-582-8990.
 
Our first club Wednesday will be held this Wednesday, in order to participate, parents, please sign the permission form that they should have received at Club Rush or can get from the front office.  As it says on the form, students should check into Primetime in Room 651 before attending their club.  Clubs on these fourth Wednesdays of the month will run from 12:45 - 1:30 pm. 
 
This Thursday is our first ASB student event- Our Fall, Back to School Dance/Party. It will be in the cafeteria from 2:15 to 3:30. Tickets are on sale at lunch for $2.00. It is $3.00 the day of the event. Drinks and snacks will be on sale at the dance for $1.00.
All students are encouraged to auditions for the school play, STINKYMAN, are this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday right after school in the auditorium. Rehearsals are after school and the show is November 16. Students need no prior experience and there are all types of roles big, small and backstage.  It is great experience and Ms. Ang is fabulous theatre teacher.
 
Pro Kids Golf will be doing demonstrations during Picture Day on Sept 26th. If you are interested in working with ProKids Golf or doing Golf, contact Ms. Pino or Mr. Lewis. The TKF foundation begins working with 8th grade students in PE on conflict resolution on Friday, Sept 29th.
 
It is a busy week, so let's be ready and responsible!  Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
 
Sept 18 - 22, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Thank you to all the families and students who came to Back to School Night last Wednesday.  We had a great turnout and even if you were not able to attend; we recommend that you follow your student's grades in Powerschools and keep in touch with teachers.  We have been having some difficulty with our voicemail system; if you need to leave a message for school, dial x2206 for Patricia Swallow and x2209 for Teri Smith.  Here is a link to a video on how to create a Powerschool Parent Account.  If you have not already, please return the signed enrollment forms.  It is most important that you sign the back side of the emergency card after verifying your address.  On Thursday, we have our first School Site Council Meeting. This is the committee that helps decide on the school's budget.  We are still looking for some parent representatives if you are interested. Please email mswallow@sandi.net or call 619-582-8990.  This Friday, we are having a Club Rush.  This is opportunity for students to learn about Clubs on campus.  Please encourage your students to participate on Friday at lunch.  Our first afterschool club day is Wednesday September 27 afterschool from 12:45 to 1:30 pm.  ProGolf Kids will be doing demonstrations during Picture Day on Sept 26th. The TKF foundation begins working with 8th grade students in PE on conflict resolution on Sept 29th.
 
Have a wonderful week!  Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
Sept 11 - 14, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Last week, we passed out textbooks; with our increased enrollment, we backordered books for some 6th graders which should arrive from the district office.  This week, we are looking to collect forms from students who not turned in all their school permissions.  Those will be going home with their first period teachers on Monday.  Please return as soon as possible.  Monday is September 11th, and history teachers will be reviewing the events on that tragic day.  Having visited the 9/11 Memorial over the summer and seeing the response to the recent hurricanes, I believe in the memorial motto that "in darkness, we shine brightest."   On Wednesday, we have Back to School Night.  It runs from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.  From 5:00 to 5:15 pm, I will be doing a brief introduction in the auditorium.  From 5:15 - 5:30 pm, science teachers will be available to answer questions about our sexual health units in 6th and 8th grades which parents are free to opt out of for their students.  Teachers will be in their rooms from 5:15 - 6:30 pm to go over their syllabus, course descriptions and classroom policies.   We will continue to enforce dress code and tardy policies. Just a reminder, if you are dropping off and picking up, please use the white zones on 54th St - walkers need to come in and out of 54th street.  PE began last week.  PE uniforms can be purchase with cash in our finance office from 6:30 am - 2:30 pm for $15; locks are $6 and important to secure personal possessions. 
 
Have a stellar week!  Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
Sept 5 -8, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  We had a great first week and just a reminder that tomorrow is Labor Day, a school holiday.  We will resume school on Tuesday at 7:10 am.  Just a reminder, if you are dropping off and picking up, please use the white zones on 54th St. All students walking to and from school should go through the 54th street opening under the marquee.  During the first week, we sent home an LCFF form, thank you for all the parents and students who have returned it; if you have not, students can return it to the attendance office.  For the second week, we will begin enforcing dress code and enforcing our tardy policies.  Please help your child develop the habit of being on time by setting a regular bed time, wake up time and morning routine.  If we do not have excessive heat, PE will begin this week.  PE uniforms can be purchase with cash in our finance office for $15; locks are $6. Students can also bring their own gray T-shirt and black athletic shorts and combination lock.  As forewarning, students will be getting all their books at once and can keep them at home but bringing them home can be a chore.  Seventh grade textbooks will be checked out through English classes on Tuesday, sixth graders with Cooper or Blaylock will be bringing home textbooks on Wednesdays, eighth graders will be on Thursday and those that have Weathers, Hang, Fernandez, or Rawson for English will checkout on Friday.  A reminder that Back to School Night is Thursday September 13th beginning at 5 pm.  
 
Have a splendid second week, Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.  
 
August 27, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
We are so excited to begin the new school year.  We are grateful that you entrust your precious children with us and we make safety our first priority for families.  It was wonderful to see all the new Mann families who came to our New Student Orientation on Monday; we went over tips for the new year and I have posted the Powerpoint to our website (linked here.)  Please pardon our construction, the crew has gotten everything ready to open the parking lot for the first day.  We tend to have more traffic the first week, please be patient and safe.  If students are walking to school this year, they need to come in through the 54th street entrance and walk under the electronic marquee - there is no longer a walkway through the parking lot.  If you are dropping off, use the white zones on 54th St or please make a U loop coming in and out on the Trojan St. entrance to our parking lot.  We recommend getting here early by 6:45 am if you intend to walk your child in or come by to ask questions.  We recommend all students come by 7 am the first day to get their schedule as there will be long lines.  School releases at 2:12 pm.
 
All students will come in to our quad and line up by grade level to receive their schedule; we also provide them a planner, binder, pencil pouch, paper, and two pencils for the first day!  If you have questions, visit our information booth at the front of the school.  If you are new to our school and do not come from Euclid, Fay, Ibarra, Rolando Park, Oak Park, Clay, Carver or Marshall, visit our attendance office to enroll.  Fifth graders from our 8 feeders are automatically enrolled and can just get a schedule even if you did not come to orientation.  If you are receiving this message and do not plan to attend Mann, please visit our office or call Teri Smith at (619) 582-8990 x 2209.
 
Parents, two things you can do to help the school.  First, on the first day, students will receive an important LCFF Form with their name, it is very important that it is bubbled with income, signed and returned the following day.  Second, please make sure students are on time.  Our attendance figures for the first 3 periods as well as the LCFF forms are used to make determinations on staffing and funding.  Other school papers to return and textbook check will begin the second week.  On Wednesday, we will be having townhall meetings at all grade levels to welcome back students, go over expectations and kick off the new year.  Rules, school calendars, and important dates can be found in the student planners and also on the student handbook under policies on our website (link here.)  Don't forget every Wednesday is a minimum day with students getting out at 12:40 pm.
 
The district put out an advisory that our first week is suppose to be hot, please dress your student accordingly keeping our dress code in mind (no tanktops or short shorts.) Students will not dress out for PE the first week to allow them to purchase clothes from our financial office with $10 or $15 cash.  Locks are also required for PE lockers and can be purchased for $6 or students can bring their own.
 
Thank you to student leaders: Jennifer, Aniah, Michelle, Kellonna, Nicholas and Isabella for coming in to help put together binders last week, you rock!  We have some wonderful things planned this year for Mann and we can't wait to get started.  Have a outstanding first week Cougars!  We'll see you bright and early at 7 am on Monday morning.