A Tradition of Excellence since 1963.

Manzanita Elementary School

To provide students with an educational foundation for life-long success

Principal's Message

Welcome to Manzanita Elementary School, Home of the Dragons! 

The staff and I would like to thank you for taking time to visit our website. Manzanita is an all-day kindergarten through 5th grade school with an established team of outstanding educators who are committed to our 770 students.  We have been named an Excelling or “A” school for the past six years. We are also a proud member of Kingman Unified School District #20 in Kingman, AZ. Manzanita has a 51-year tradition of educating and developing well-rounded students in a safe and welcoming environment. Curriculum is based on the Arizona Career and Readiness Standards. We offer many rigorous academic programs designed to address the individual differences and needs of our students including accelerated classrooms in first through fifth grade and a magnet program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Students and staff utilize a variety of technology resources including Beyond Textbooks, Reading Eggs, Study Island, and Accelerated Reader. KUSD #20 believes in developing the whole child through the Four “A’s”’-- Academics, the Arts, Athletics, and Activities. 
As you navigate around our website, you will see students developing their talents and skills through participation in choir, drama, 5th grade band, Art Masters, student council, in-school interventions, after-school tutoring, chess, yearbook, sign language, and computer clubs. We believe that every child can learn, but only with a strong partnership with the student’s family and school can children realize their full potential. We encourage parents to develop a relationship with their child's teacher by accessing student grades on the internet, attending conferences, concerts, Fall Festival, recognition assemblies, and various fundraisers. When parents attend school functions, they demonstrate to their children that they value education and support their child’s efforts towards academic excellence. We look forward to working with parents and families to ensure another successful and rewarding year! 

Principal                 Assistant Principal 
 Joyce Pietri            Barb Thofson    

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News and Announcements

If your student is not returning to Manzanita this July, please stop by the office and see Miz Susan for withdrawal processing. If you are moving but your student is not switching schools, please see Mrs. Higbee for an address update form.
NEW 45/10 SCHEDULE FOR 2015-2016 (Click here for more information.)
Our new 45/10 schedule begins this summer! First day of school for the 2015-2016 school year will be Thursday, July 30.
TUES. MAY 5: 6:00-7:00 p.m. KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2015-2016 (Click here for more information.)
Come join us on May 7th for an evening of special events! 5:00-6:30 Open House! 5:30-6:30 Talent Show! 6:30 Band/Choir Concert!
Grades 3-5 will be taking their AzMERIT writing, math and reading tests from April 1 through May 4. Please see the Upcoming Events section of this website to see which dates your student's class will be in testing. Note: There are multiple testing dates for each class.
We will award your student up to 10 Dragon Dollars for any copy paper donations!
Manzanita Facebook Page!
In addition to this website, our monthly newsletter and our one calls, you can also read about Manzanita events on our new Facebook page!
Are You Trying to Call Us?
When you call the office, please listen to the short announcement in order to reach the staff member who can best address your needs.
April DragonGram! (Click here for this month's newsletter.)
P.A. DAY CONTEST.....Has Your Class Won Yet? (click here)
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Upcoming Events

2nd Grade Math/Reading Testing
Date: 4/28/2015
AzMERIT TESTING: Mr. Taylor/Mrs. Fondren
Date: 4/28/2015
Choir Rehearsal
Date: 4/28/2015, 3:25 PM 4:15 PM
Band Rehearsal: Woodwinds
Date: 4/28/2015, 3:30 PM 4:15 PM
Pokemon Club
Date: 4/28/2015, 3:30 PM 4:30 PM