Penn Manor hosts 2019-2020 Opening Day for staff

Penn Manor welcomed back more than 500 staff members for Opening Day activities at Penn Manor High School Monday, formally marking the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Students begin their academic year on Wednesday, August 21.

Teachers and staff enjoyed a hot breakfast before superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter and school board president Ken Long discussed the important role that district employees play in supporting and inspiring students.

Nikole Hollins-Sims of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network discussed the need for educators to provide equity for all students, regardless of their abilities, backgrounds or cultural differences.

Jordan Steffy, of Children Deserve a Chance Foundation, talked about what makes Penn Manor stand out from other school districts and how it led the way in implementing Attollo, a leadership and college prep program targeting minority students, at Penn Manor High School.

Attollo has been expanded this year to include a Leadership Academy for Penn Manor sixth-graders.

The morning activities concluded with a special treat — milkshakes for all participants.

Thanks to all the staff members who attended, and best wishes on a successful 2019-2020!

  • Dr. Mike Leichliter
    Dr. Mike Leichliter talks about "the stand in the schoolhouse door," an attempt to prevent integration at the University of Alabama, in 1963.