Welcome to the Manning! Located in the quiet residential “Moss Hill” neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, the Manning Elementary School grounds include a new playground, a basketball court, Slocum Brook, and a forest that is home to a flock of wild turkeys. Inside the building, our cafetorium serves as lunchroom, performance venue, and before- and after-school program location. We have a terrific library, and a science and technology center that is home to many animals and computers.
We begin each day with a morning pledge in front of the building, setting our intentions to do our best and work together before entering school for the day. Our instructional focus is on higher order thinking skills with an inclusion program that supports success for all of our children. Our small size allows us to develop meaningful relationships with students so that we can individualize our instructional strategies and students’ social development. We are supported by an active Parent Council and powerful partnerships with the Responsive Classroom, Playworks, and the Faulkner Hospital, among others. The weekly academic program includes science, library, art, and music.
During the year, the Manning hosts special events such as Birthday Book assemblies, the Winter Festival, Walk for the Arts, and Discovery Day. We go on field trips to the Science Museum, the State House, Paul Revere’s House, and many other places. Each week, one student receives our “Turtle Award” and one is named “Player of the Week,” for displaying good character and sportsmanship.
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