On March 26, those participating in the Action for Africa talent show came together for rehearsal. The show will be on Friday, March 30. On that day, the other side of Mr. Wooldridge will be revealed as he sings and play on his guitar.
The show has been in the planning process for weeks. “We had to deal with dress rehearsals, getting the right outfits, the right music, the mics, the model casting, and dealing with possible issues during the show,” Vice President Micah Walker (12) said.
Among those performing is Diane “Nila” White (9). This isn’t the first time she has been on stage. She had previously performed alongside her fellow Crimson Beats members to celebrate Black History Month. Although she said there were issues at the Black History Month show, she keeps a positive attitude for her next performance. “I thought it was time for the school to see me at my best. Something that I know I can handle and to grow a reputation for the rest of freshmen,” White said.
The list of performers includes Mr. Larry Wooldridge (Principal), Ms. Nicole Finley (English), Dr. Greg Rash (Math), Mr. David Wright (English), Mr. Bryan Crady (Assistant Principal), Emma Scott (9), Emily Redden (9), Nila White (9), Sterling Crayton (9), Ebonie Jackson (9), Clare Hagan (10), Zachery Willman (10), Morgan Loy (12), Merryll Loy (10), Michael Brown (12), Sophia Crowder (10) , Allison Bray (10), Griffin Cobb (10), and Jacob Vittitow (11). Acts varies from flute playing to gangster rapping.
Manual’s Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) committee met on March 7 to discuss a proposed name change for the Communications and Media Arts (CMA) program to take place at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The program would be taking the title Journalism and Mass Communications to better reflect the focus of the program as a whole.
The change came in response to a recent video produced by JCPS that highlighted the CMA programs at Ballard, Fern Creek, and PRP. Though the programs share similar names, the CMA programs at other schools are known as Communications Media and the Arts, including visual and performing arts as well as the media arts.
“I think CMA changing their name is a positive thing because it helps maintain CMA’s individuality and uniqueness while more ‘Communications Media and the Arts’ programs come up in JCPS,” Morgan Profumo (11) said.
Though the new name would veer from the history and tradition of the CMA magnet, it would serve as a way to distinguish the program from the similarly named programs at other schools.
“I like this; I think it is a great idea,” Principal Larry Wooldridge said. “I like that we are going to make ourselves a little different.”
On Dec. 2, the unofficial Hiking Club had its first hike at Bernheim Forest.
On Monday, October 24, the JCPS School Board gave recognition to students at duPont Manual High School for becoming National Merit Semifinalists and National Achievement Semifinalists.
The students were announced at Monday night’s meeting although not every student who received recognition was able to attend. “I was honored to be presented this award and was glad I had the opportunity to attend the school board meeting. It made becoming a National Merit Semifinalist feel more official,” Mallory White (12), who was present at the meeting Monday, said.
The students recognized at the meeting had their picture taken with Principal Larry Wooldridge and with District One representative Diane Porter. “It’s always rewarding and energizing for me to see students’ success. I am proud and excited for the students that were recognized,” Ms. Porter said.
The School Board presented the Manual students with certificates for their achievement. For more information about the National Merit Scholar program, please visit www.nationalmerit.org.
On September 14, it was announced that 43 Manual students are semifinalists for National Merit. Manual is ranked first in the state for National Merit scholarship in public schools, and 14th in the nation.
There are about 22,000 high schools whose students take the PSAT, but only 1% of these students end up being National Merit scholars.
To qualify, students had to take the PSAT, a nationally standardized test, in October of their junior year. Doing well on this test determined whether students would qualify for scholarship.
Administrators weren’t surprised that so many students were National Merit scholars this year, because at Manual, the number consistently stays about this high. But they were still proud of students who qualified.
“Every day when I walk into Manual I am stunned by the surrounding students, and that day I was extremely proud to announce the National Merit scholars,” Mr. Larry Wooldridge (Principal) said. “So much about Manual is a legacy, and we make our school more impressive when we have 43 National Merit scholars attending our school. It makes the incoming students want to come to Manual even more.”
“These students that are National Merit scholars have to want to qualify, as well as their parents, and all of these students have worked hard to get their scores up to par,” Ms. Amy Medley (Counseling) said.
The benefit of National Merit status is that students have a chance at getting National Merit scholarships to colleges and universities, though not all schools provide these scholarships. This can change some students’ options for colleges.
“I took a PSAT class at the beginning of junior year, and that helped me improve my score for when the real test came along,” Bennett Heine (12) said. “My parents were happy because being a National Merit scholar helps out with college scholarships.”
For some semifinalists, a benefit of their scores was their parents’ reactions.
“I was excited when I found out that I had qualified to be a National Merit scholar, because my sophomore year my score wasn’t necessarily high enough to qualify. My parents said that they had always believed that I was capable of achieving this goal,” Maggie Heine (12) said.
Manual’s goal for next year, according to Ms. Medley, is to have 50 National Merit scholars at Manual. She feels that even more students have the capability to reach National Merit status, though 43 is itself a high number.
Erian is a junior at duPont Manual in CMA and a staff writer for RedEye.
With the ACT fast approaching and last year’s ACT Plan scores mailed out, both Counselor Marti Johnston and Principle Larry Wooldridge urged the juniors to make use of the TCA/ACT prep provided on the school website, because it has proven beneficial for students in the past.
Wooldridge attributed the 1.2 point increase of this year’s school ACT average to the TCA program, leading to Manual having the top ACT score in Kentucky with a composite 26 (the highest in school history).
The TCA prep helps students improve by using a detailed analysis of each student’s personal performance and pinpoints the areas that need test preparation.
“[Another] of the key factors in the TCA prep’s effectiveness is its availability everywhere. Just click a red button and you’re there. Students can study on their own in their own pace,” Mr. Wooldridge said.
“Taking the practice test so close to the ACT itself gave me an estimate to what my real score would be and which sections needed work,” Kyeongran Jang (12) said.
“The TCA hasn’t been in use for long. But it’s helped a lot. We really want the juniors to get even better scores,” Ms. Johnston said.
The TCA prep is not the only measure the administration has taken to ensure complete preparation for the soon-to-be testing juniors. An ACT countdown timer has also been placed in Center Hall and the Senior Cafe as a reminder of test day.
Mai Nguyen is a contributing reporter. She is an avid writer, both in creative and professional means.
The duPont Manual SBDM (Site-Based Decision Making) council met September 7 to discuss new decisions and policies.
Among the issues discussed were the rationale behind the use of graduation cords, presented by Ms. Elizabeth Palmer (CMA); revisions to the YPAS audition adjudication forms by Mr. J.C. Reedy (YPAS); a request for the implementation of an ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) as a co-curricular club by Mr. Todd O’Bryan (Technology) presented by Ms. Allison Hunt (Social Studies); as well as the effectiveness and use of Parent Portal by all involved parties.
The proposal for the new ACM co-curricular club by O’Bryan (Technology) would give students the use of premier scientific computing technology that could potentially aid them in their future career. “[The ACM program] seems like it will bring a lot of good technology to our school. As a member of the MST magnet, I think that newer, better technology will make our school stronger,” Clare Grady (11) said.
According to SBDM board member Allison Hunt (Social Studies), “[SBDM] began as a part of KERA (Kentucky Education Reform Act) in the ‘90s as a system where the district had less control over the policies of the school,” Ms. Hunt said. “They believe it is important to have stakeholders at the school involved.”
According to its mission statement, the Manual SBDM council was established to “exercise its responsibility to set school policy in the areas specified in the law.” The committee members, headed by Principal Larry Wooldridge, meet approximately once a month to discuss current and future policies to be instituted by the school.
The next SBDM meeting will be held on October 5.
Kelsi White is a junior in the Communications department. She is a part of the 2011-2012 Crimson Yearbook staff, as well as a member of the varsity field hockey team, Y-Club, Action for Africa and Beta Club.
Storms may have delayed the first day of school, but the adjusted first day schedule will simply shift to the next day.
In the administrative calendar released by school secretary Ms. Beverley Meng, the first day will have the following schedule, which will occur on a white day class schedule should school open on Tuesday as announced Sunday afternoon.
1st Block (8:15-9:15)
8:20-8:40 Senior class meeting
8:55-9:15 Junior class meeting
2nd Block (9:20-10:50)
9:25-9:45 Sophomore class meeting
10-10:20 Freshman class meeting
3rd Block (10:55-12:45)
4th Block (12:50-2:20)
Homeroom class time will be devoted to distributing new schedules and portrait information, and will also provide time for teachers to ensure they have an accurate student count for district purposes, along with other administrative tasks. Homeroom class assignments are posted throughout the building hallways.
Bus riders will be released early at the end of the first and possibly the second school day to ensure that buses depart on time, Mr. Larry Wooldridge said in a staff meeting.
Mr. Larry Wooldridge (Principal) has issued a reminder that finals are still to take place on schedule this week, and that Tuesday will be a white day.
Finals and class schedule:
Tuesday: W1 and W4 finals, normal schedule
Wednesday: R1 and R4 finals, normal schedule
Thursday: W2 and W3 finals, 2-1-4-3 schedule
Friday: R2 and R3 finals, 2-1-4-3 schedule