There is a 21st Century learning focus for the students at IKM-Manning as faculty and staff are spending these final days of the break preparing for their return on Thursday, Aug. 23. Superintendent, Trevor Miller, says that for the elementary students, this includes new, bright paint colors and different room set-ups at the Irwin building. In Manning, students will see new welcoming sayings on the wall and outlines of the expectations as they introduce a new initiative he calls PBIS.
Rewards include movie tickets, trinkets such as pencils or other little prizes, ice cream socials and more. Miller says the team has been training a couple of years already on this work-in-progress, and they will be holding all-day training for staff on Aug. 22. The district has received their second STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Best grant and it will be used to develop a special learning area for the middle school and expand programs for high school students.
Miller says they are offering transitional kindergarten classes this year for kids who are not quite ready to move into kindergarten. They already have 14 children enrolled in the class that will be limited to 15. And, like many other schools in the area, IKM-Manning has brought in more new staff members than in the recent past.
As the last few days of the summer wrap up, Miller says he is really looking forward to a continuation in building a culture of forward-thinking programs and initiatives in an environment of excitement.
An open house at the Irwin building will be on Tuesday, Aug. 21 and in Manning it will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Both will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. More information about the district, important dates and upcoming activities can be found through the link included below.
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