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Principal's Week Ahead Messages - 2017/2018

Feb 20-Feb 23

 

 

Good evening Mann Middle School families, 

This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  I hope you are enjoying your four day President's Day weekend. Just a reminder that tomorrow, Monday, February 19th is also a school holiday and that school will resume on Tuesday at 7:10 am.  We had a wonderful Valentines Day Dance and I was impressed with the behavior of all attendees at the dance - great job ASB and Mrs. Ang. 

We will continue finishing our ELPAC speaking testing and makeups this week.  This short week will also mark the beginning of our Fitnessgram Testing in all our physical education tests.  Students will be tested on their strength, endurance, flexibility and other measures of their physical wellness. Please make sure that students get plenty of rest, go to bed early and eat breakfast.  

Don't forget the Kona Ice fundraiser on Fridays for AVID and a new fundraiser with the CC-BAO Club will begin the following week selling nachos after school on Thursday.  Wednesday is Mann Spirit Day, Thursday is AVID Day and Friday is College Day.

Have a splendid short week.  Go Cougars, Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.

 

 
 
Feb 5 - 9, 2018
 
 
 

Good evening Mann Middle School families,

This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Last week we have fun and festive spirit with oodles of students dressed up in Tie-Dye, as Twins and in flannel.  Thanks for your support.  We also had both an English Learner Advisory Committee meeting and School Governance Team Meeting.  We had two parent events including the joint Grade Connect at Crawford on Wednesday and the Parent University on A-G requirements on Tuesday.  This week I am sending out the Mann Week Ahead message a day early for two reasons.  One is to remind that Sunday marks the last day to pre-order a yearbook online at the discounted price of $27.  Second is to solicit parent input on our budget priorities for the new school year.  In the emails and link on our website is an anonymous survey where parents can indicate their preferences and give input on budget priorities similar to one sent to out in the fall.  This Monday we have a School Site Council Meeting scheduled at 2:30 pm in the library.  We plan to vote on our Title I budget for the next school year and would love to have your input.  

This week we will be having ELPAC testing for our English learner students which is about 40% of our students.  Ms. Herrera our instructional resource teacher, lit academy teachers, and I met with these students last week to let know what will be expected on this test.  This test is given annually to determine their English proficiency level.  This is the first year of the new test which was previously given in October and called the CELDT.  It is very important and the determining factor whether students reclassify or not.  Please make sure that students eat breakfast, arrive to school on time and get plenty of sleep.  Student will be taking the Reading section on Monday, Writing on Tuesday, Listening on Thursday and Speaking on Friday.  There will be a listening practice in all core classes on Wednesday.  

Mrs. Ang and her talent have been working hard on our annual Talent Show with 20 acts this year will be this Thursday at 2:30 pm and again at 6 pm.  Tickets are $3 and will be sold at lunch as well as at the door.  Don't forget the Kona Ice fundraiser on Fridays for AVID and a new fundraiser with the CC-BAO Club will begin the following week selling nachos after school.  In the following week, we will have our Valentines Day dance on February 14th at 2:30 pm.  

 

Have a fabulous week.  Go Cougars, Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School. 

 

 

 
Jan 29 - Feb 2, 2018
 
 

 

Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Monday marks the beginning of a new semester.  I am proud of the efforts of students and teachers in raising grades, taking makeup tests and turning in late work.  We had 54 students attend Saturday School which was a great showing.  Last week, we had a School Governance Team Meeting and a School Site Council Meeting and we will have another SSC meeting to vote on our next year's budget on Thursday at 2:30 pm in the library.
 
On Tuesday from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, we have a Parent University session on College requirements and preparing during high school.  It will be in our A1 room.    
 
To help usher in the new semester, Mann will have a Spirit Week this week.  On Monday, students participating in spirit week should wear flannel.  On Tuesday, it is pajama day.  Make sure it is still school appropriate and we will make an exception to the sandal rule but students do need to have closed toed shoes for PE.  On Wednesday, students wear funky Tie-Dye like the 60s.  Thursday is Twin or more day.  Friday is Blackout or White-Out day.  Have fun students and show your Mann spirit for the new semester.  
 
This is THE last week to pre-order a yearbook for the discounted price of $27.  The price goes up next week.  We only have a limited number of yearbooks over what is ordered so if you don't pre-order you might miss out.  Last year we ran out.  Anyone who pre-orders can attend the yearbook signing party at the end of the year.  Pay with cash at the finance office or order online at jostensyearsbooks.com
 
Have a spirited week.  Go Cougars, Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Last week, we held study halls for students behind in Language Arts and Science.  This is the last week of the semester and students have until Wednesday to make up any work before permanent semester 1 grades are put on student transcripts.  
 
This week, we have a School Governance Team Meeting on Tuesday.  On Thursday, we have a School Site Council Meeting.  On Thursday, counselors from Crawford High School will be on campus during 8th grade Science classes to start articulation and course selection from high school.  On Friday, theatre students will be going to the Old Globe to see a play.  We have Saturday School this Saturday for those student who have absences to make up.  
 
Our next Crawford Cluster Area meeting with all area principals will be February 2nd at 5 pm at Fay Elementary library.  Don't forget that Wednesdays are Mann Spirit Days and Fridays are College Days.  Show your Cougar Pride!
 
Have a super week.  Go Cougars, Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.

 

Jan 22 - 25, 2018

 

Good evening Mann Middle School families,

This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  We had a wonderful but short week back from school.  On Thursday, we reviewed expectations and upcoming opportunities for student leadership - we were thrilled that a little less than half of our students currently take advantage of some Mann student leadership opportunity and we look forward to offering more opportunities including the No Place for Hate Group that was trained on Thursday and Friday.    

On Tuesday, we have an ELAC Meeting at 5 pm in Room A-1.  All of our PIQE parents and any other parents are invited to attend to discuss issues involving English learners at Mann.  We have about three more weeks until permanent semester grades and students need to focus on maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA in Academics and Behavior, no suspensions and not more than 30 unexcused periods of absence.  We offer Saturday School to help makeup attendance.  Our next Saturday School with Ms. Rammel and Ms. Vazquez is offered from 8am - 12 pm in our library with breakfast served free.  Anyone with missed attendance is welcome to attend, see our counselors if you have questions.     

Have a wonderful week. Go Cougars, this is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School. 

 

Jan 16 - 19, 2018
 
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Just a reminder that tomorrow will be a non-school day in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. We had a great turnout for Saturday School and will be having a study hall intervention on Tuesday for students that need extra support in the English language arts classes.  We have only two weeks until to raise semester grades before they become permanent.  We have over 19 acts try out for our Mann Talent Show.  Practice begins next week for those who have been selected.  On Wednesday, parents are invited to the District Equity Coalition event at Scripps Ranch High School from 5 - 6:30 pm.  Our next Crawford Cluster Area meeting with all area principals will be February 2nd at 5 pm at Fay Elementary library.  We will be holding our Instructional Retreat with Staff on Thursday.  Our School Governance Team Meeting and School Site Councils will be meeting on January 23rd and January 25th.  Don't forget that Wednesdays are Mann Spirit Days and Fridays are College Days.  Show your Cougar Pride!
 
In honor of Dr. King, one of my personal heroes along with Horace Mann, I would like to end with a quote, "People don't get along because they fear each other. People fear each other because they don't know each other. They don't know each other because they have not properly communicated with each other.  We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Go Cougars, Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
Jan 22 - 25, 2018
 
 
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  We had a wonderful but short week back from school.  On Thursday, we reviewed expectations and upcoming opportunities for student leadership - we were thrilled that a little less than half of our students currently take advantage of some Mann student leadership opportunity and we look forward to offering more opportunities including the No Place for Hate Group that was trained on Thursday and Friday.    
 
On Tuesday, we have an ELAC Meeting at 5 pm in Room A-1.  All of our PIQE parents and any other parents are invited to attend to discuss issues involving English learners at Mann.  We have about three more weeks until permanent semester grades and students need to focus on maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA in Academics and Behavior, no suspensions and not more than 30 unexcused periods of absence.  We offer Saturday School to help makeup attendance.  Our next Saturday School with Ms. Rammel and Ms. Vazquez is offered from 8am - 12 pm in our library with breakfast served free.  Anyone with missed attendance is welcome to attend, see our counselors if you have questions.     
 
Have a wonderful week. Go Cougars, this is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School. 

 

Jan 8 - 12, 2018 

Good evening Mann Middle School families,

This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  We hope you had a wonderful and restful winter holiday.  Just a reminder that school will resume bright and early on Wednesday at 7:10 am.  Wednesday is our regular minimum day and Thursday we will be having townhall meeting to remind about classroom and school expectations.  There are only 3 and a half weeks until permanent grades for first semester so now is an opportune time to check grades and work on improving them.

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

Dec 11 - 15, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Last week, we had nearly 100 parents attend our parent conferences and 36 parents graduate from the 8 week PIQE program on middle school parenting.  Thanks for your support. We had Google Expeditions come in with their augmented reality system in 7th and 8th grade science classes and Scripps Birch Aquarium came in to do a timely lesson on the Power of Wind with 6th grade science.    
 
This is last week before our Winter Break which runs from December 18th until January 3rd.  Second progress term grades are in Powerschools and should be available for parents who did not pick them up during conferences.  We only have 6 school weeks until the permanent semester 1 grades are finalized so it is important that students monitor their progress, turn in missed assignments and retake tests if offered.
 
On Thursday of this week, we have our Mann Music Department Winter Concert with both beginning and intermediate students performing at 5:30 pm.  Please support our music fundraiser by purchasing chocolate to help raise funds for the competition trips.  On Friday, we have our student versus staff football game pitting the Primetime and Lunch champions against staff during 6th period. 
 
Have a wonderful and safe holiday break.  We'll see you back after the new year on January 3rd.  Go Cougars, this is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School. 
 
Have a great week back. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
Dec 4 - 8, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
 
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  Last week, we had our Stinkyman production on Thursday.  Ms. Ang's students did an incredible job running everything from on-stage to off-stage direction, acting, music, lights and sales.  I am very proud of all their hard work.  We also had Monday study hall, a Wednesday math test retake and Saturday school to support students.  It was great to see the GSA Club students who went ice skating with Ms. Cancilla last night.
 
This week, we have our Parent Conferences this Thursday from 1 - 3 pm.  Sixth grade teachers will be available in the cafeteria and 7th and 8th grade teachers will be in the library.  You can pickup progress reports from counselors near the 100 building and translators will be available in Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Vietnamese, Karen, Burmese and Swahili.  We will have community groups with resources for parents, a list of which we also sent out with parents via Peachjar.  On Friday, 8th graders who have returned their permission slips by tomorrow will be making their third college field trip, this time to SDSU to meet the women's basketball team and visit the campus.  
 
I encourage parents, especially those already in Primetime to take advantage of the free afterschool academic support in English, Math, History and Science on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:35 to 3:35.  Inquire with Primetime, teachers or the front office.
 
PIQE graduation is this Tuesday at 6 pm; it was great having the dialogue with you last week and it will be exciting to see those 36 parents graduating from the 8 week commitment.
 
Have a great week back. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.
 
 
Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2017
 
Good evening Mann Middle School families,
This is Principal Allen Teng, with a look at the week ahead.  We hope you had a restful Thanksgiving week vacation and got some time to reconnect with family.  We have a busy three week stretch until the winter holiday break from Dec 18 - Jan 2.
 
This week, some families will be receiving calls for those invited to our Parent Conferences on December 7. We are prioritizing students who may need extra support and we will have a study hall session on Monday and a Math Test retake on Wednesday.  Students should really be keeping track of their grades in Powerschool as Progress Term 2 ends this Friday and students only have six more weeks after that for the permanent grades for Semester 1. History and Math teachers have done binder, planner and grade checks and English teachers and Literacy Academy teachers will be doing the same this month along with some goal setting.  
 
All students are invited to stay for free tutoring this Wednesday to catch up or get help in the library.  Wednesday is also our club day after school where students can do science, learn about the finer things, play ping pong or badminton, or join GSA among other activites.  Primetime afterschool academic support has started and students can receive help in English, Math, History and Science on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:35 to 3:35.  Inquire with Primetime, teachers or the front office.
 
PIQE parent workshops continue this Tuesday at 9:30 am and 6 pm. On Thursday, the Mann Drama Production of Stinkyman is set to premiere.  There will be 2:30 and 6 pm performances.  Tickets are only $2.  Don't forget Wednesday is Mann Spirit Day and Friday is college day.  Wear your gear!
 
Have a great week back. Go Cougars!  This is Principal Allen Teng, Mann Middle School.

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.