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NewTech@Mann Information Nights for Families of 2016-2017 Rising 9th Graders

Tuesday, January 26 – 6:30 p.m. in the J. L. Mann Auditorium

Monday, February 8 – 6:30 p.m. in the J. L. Mann Auditorium

Tuesday, March 1 – 6:30 p.m. in the J. L. Mann Auditorium


NewTech@Mann Applications
NewTech@Mann applications for 2016-2017 are available on the NewTech@Mann site. The deadline is March 4.


Patriot Community Book Read

For most students, school is a time for friendship, creativity, sports, dances, first kisses, and college, but unfortunately for some students, it is a time of fear and feelings of inadequacy.  This February, students, faculty, and staff at J. L. Mann will read Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco. While many of her contemporaries were happy at school, Blanco was busy trying to figure out how to get from class to class without being taunted.  An activist and youth advocate, Blanco has inspired a movement against bullying in our nation’s schools and has committed her life to turning her pain into purpose.  She tells students that she suffered at the hands of bullies as she grew up and survived to become a stronger person.  But bullying is painful, and no student should have to experience it.  Publisher’s Weekly describes Blanco’s book as “a courageous and honest memoir of the years she spent as the victim of her contemporaries that points smartly to the inability of adults to deal with issues of serious bullying.” 

In her book, Blanco describes her parents as caring people who just did not understand the magnitude of her situation.  She tells about how she was shunned and even physically abused by classmates and what it means to be an outcast.  She discusses the worry and helplessness of her parents, the inability of her schools to prevent the situation, and the mishandling of her problem by the mental health community. 

It is our hope that students and adults who read Blanco’s book will come away stronger  and more enlightened, with a greater understanding of bullying and armed with the tools to stop it.    


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