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

Are you trying to reach 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.
Mon. 4/6: Spring Holiday
Enjoy your final school holiday of the year!
Tues. May 5: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Kindergarten Enrollment for Next Year! (Click here for more information.)
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.
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!
Please Bring Your Identification
You may have noticed that we are requesting identification whenever you pick up your student from the office. We have almost 800 students now and office staff who are new to Manzanita. While we try to memorize as many names and faces as we can, we appreciate your patience when we check identification as safety is always our first priority.
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Upcoming Events

P.A. Day Winners: Mrs. Huling, Mrs. Prather, Mrs. Uhles and Mrs. Taylor!
Date: 4/1/2015
Disc Golf: 2nd/3rd Grade
Date: 4/1/2015, 3:20 PM 4:20 PM
Choir Rehearsal
Date: 4/1/2015, 3:25 PM 4:15 PM
Band Rehearsal: Brass
Date: 4/1/2015, 3:30 PM 4:15 PM
Full Band Rehearsal
Date: 4/2/2015, 3:30 PM 4:15 PM