Land Purchase Update

The Penn Manor Board of Directors conducted a public meeting on October 12th, 2010 at 5:30PM at Manor Middle School to review matters related to the purchase of land owned by Christian Willis Herr, II. The land is adjacent to Manor Middle School, is located in Manor Township and identified as Property I.D. No. 410-70753-0-0000. Approximately 35 residents attended the public meeting.

The Board of Directors appreciates public comments related to the purchase of this land. Penn Manor invites the community to review documents related to this land purchase along with information related to the district’s Master Facility Planning Study. Please visit the Master Facility Study page for details.

Public Hearing: Proposal to Purchase Land

Please take notice that a special public meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the Manor Middle School Auditorium located at 2950 Charlestown Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  The meeting is being held to review all relevant matters relating to the acquisition of approximately 44.48 acres of land currently owned by Christian Willis Herr, II.  The land is adjacent to Manor Middle School and is located in Manor Township and identified as Property I.D. No. 410-70753-0-0000.  The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss and solicit public comment about this proposed site acquisition related to the future use or construction of the property for school district facilities including but not limited to future elementary and secondary schools, as well as future athletic fields and facilities.

A Night at the Hop

On October 22nd, the Comet Chorus will be hosting ‘A Night at the Hop’. You can expect to find a 50’s style café serving the famous café burgers, fries, and even milkshakes. The chorus will be performing hits from the 50’s throughout the night. Cost is $25 per person over the age of 5. Young children are not recommended due to the busy atmosphere, but are welcome to come. All proceeds go towards the Chorus trip to Hawaii, were they will be singing at the 70th Anniversary for Pearl Harbor. Tickets can be purchased from any chorus student or by contacting Mrs.Telesco at So come on out and enjoy ‘A Night at the Hop’.

By Lyta Ringo

Welcome to “Student Voices”

Penn Manor is experiencing some new changes this year, one of which is the change to the district website. Though the site has been renovated and re-launched some adjustments are still being made. One thing that is in the process of being added is a  “Student Voices” section. This district news and writing section will let students in the district, who are not on the school paper, voice their opinions, write articles or contribute create works for the website. Students in all grade levels are welcome to submit stories and articles. All articles must be edited and approved before being posted. The articles can be submitted to the office, or to the Student Voices Editor, Lyta Ringo at We look forward to seeing what creative minds Penn Manor is truly made of.

By Lyta Ringo

Alumni Association on Facebook

Join the PMAA on Facebook to network with fellow alumni. Our goal is to support alumni facing career/education issues. Your initial contact will be with Dr. Jan Mindish, recently retired HS principal after 37 years in PMSD. After determining the support you need, she may put you in contact with a fellow PM alumni who is experienced in your field and has volunteered to serve as a mentor. The district’s official Alumni Association website is also available at:

Opening Day for Teachers

While students are enjoying the last few days of summer break, Penn Manor staff are already in high gear as they prepare for the first student day. Wednesday, August 25th was Penn Manor’s official opening day event for teachers and professional staff. The district team was treated to several outstanding speakers and presentations on the theme “Telling our Story”.

Penn Manor staff gathers in the auditorium
Penn Manor staff gathers in the auditorium
Mike Leichliter give opening remarks
Mike Leichliter gives opening remarks

  Staff addresses teaching staff Penn Manor staff member, Pat, addresses 2010 staff

Students Visit France

This past July, 11 Penn Manor High School World Language students were hosted by families in France for an exchange of language, ideas, food and culture. The students, 2010 graduates Sarah Frank, Katy Morgan, and Jenn Stumpf and rising seniors Taylor Breidenbaugh, Mikah Farbo, Robin Green, Samantha Hershey, Allison Herr, Kaitlyn Imel, Katie Maisel and Sophia WuShanley, were able to experience the country and culture first hand.

PMHS French Teacher, Mrs. Maureen Klingaman, tells the story:

Last October, Penn Manor hosted 30 students from La Roche sur Foron, France.  Their principal, Brigitte Siran, had contacted Maureen Klingaman, after finding Penn Manor website’s foreign language page.  Madame Siran has arranged numerous exchanges for her high school’s students with schools in the United States, and was looking for one in the Lancaster area. Those students stayed here for two weeks and traveled to Philadelphia, Hershey, Harrisburg and New York, besides visiting numerous Lancaster county sites.  From July 5-16th, eleven PM students completed the exchange.  We stayed in and near La Roche, which is in the Alps, 20 minutes from Geneva. Families took us to local points of interest such as the United Nations in Geneva, Lake Geneva, Annecy Lake, Chamonix and Mont Blanc.  We also took a two-day trip to the second largest city in France, Lyon.  There we saw many sites such as Roman ruins, cathedrals, traboules (tunnels originally built to protect silk workers; used in WWII to hide from German soldiers), ancient courtyards, etc.  The group also took a four-day trip to Paris. We visited the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Pere Lachaise cemetary, Sacre Coeur, and saw many other sites.  The highlight for many of the Penn Manor students was the nighttime cruise of the Seine and seeing the monuments beautifully lit. The students also learned how to navigate the Metro (subway), and use the train system (including the high-speed TGV).  The students really enjoyed staying in French homes and learning a lot about the French culture.  Especially striking was the value placed on good food, and taking time to enjoy meals.

Below is a gallery of photos from the cultural exchange:

You may also read more about the exchange at Lancaster Online:

June 2010 Treasurer’s Report

Financial Reports

Balance Sheet June  2010
Revenue Detail June 2010
Expenditure Detail June 2010

Bill List

General Fund Checks
Cafeteria Fund Checks
Capital Reserve Fund
Technology Capital Reserve Fund
2006 Construction Fund Checks
Athletic Fund Checks

Student Activity Fund Checks

Cafeteria Management Report
Management Report June 2010

Portfolio Summary
Statement from PA School District Liquid Asset Fund June 2010

Budget Transfers
2009-2010 Transfers

Rocket Team Scores International Win

Penn Manor’s Rocket Team captured 1st place in the Third Annual Transatlantic Rocketry Challenge at the Farnsborough Air Show in England on Friday, July 23. They competed against the top rocket teams from the United Kingdom and France. Pictured with their trophy (from left) are Brian Osmolinski, advisor, Brendan Stoeckl, Nate Bernhardt, Tyler Funk and Jordan Franssen.

Read more about about the Rocket Team’s outstanding victory via Penn Points online or the PR news wire. Lancaster Online has additional coverage.

PM Rocket Team Champs

Website Renovations

After several months of planning and preparations, the new Penn Manor School District Official Website is now online. The previous site design was nearly 5 years old and it was time for a change. We expect the new site design will make it easier to find information and help connect you to Penn Manor via our various social feeds such as Twitter and district blogs. Please feel free to provide feedback on the new site!

Commencement 2010

On June 9, 2010, 458 high school seniors graduated in the Penn Manor High School gymnasium. Valedictorian, Grant Elledge, Salutatorian, Jonathan Shue and Class President, Adrienne Herr led the graduates into the gym. High School principal, Phil Gale, welcomed his first graduating class and praised them for excelling academically, athletically, and artistically. 76% of the class will be furthering their education and earned $1.4 million in financial aid. A number of students will also be joining the military.

The 2010 Commencement was broadcast live on the Internet. The broadcast marked the 11th consecutive webcast of Penn Manor High School’s graduation ceremonies. An archive of the live broadcast is available.

Penn Manor Summer B.R.E.A.K.

Penn Manor’s Summer B.R.E.A.K. (Brain Riveting Enrichment Activities for Kids) program ran from June 14 to June 18. Nearly 250 students participated in 38 different classes such as Topsy-Turvy Art, Flag Football, Spanish, Theater, Hip Hop Dance and Dodgeball. The students pictured were in the Zany Zoologists class and had the chance to meet and study, King, a king snake. Have a fun and safe summer everyone!

Summer B.R.E.A.K. Zoologists

Rocket Teams Excel at Competition

Penn Manor had an unbelievable finish at the 2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge. The high school team of Brendan Stoeckl, Jordan Franssen, Nate Bernhardt and Tyler Funk placed 1st in the nation and will have a chance to compete in England in July against teams from the UK and France. The Marticville Middle School team of Wyatt Shiffler, Tom Sowers and Jesse Stoner kept Penn Manor on the podium by taking 2nd place.

PM Rocket Team 2010
PM Rocket Team 2010

Starry Night Mosaic Taking Form

For the past three years, art teacher, Teri Hay, and her ceramic, commercial art, and fine arts students have been working to beautify the courtyard outside of the high school auditorium. Using broken pieces of glass, the students are slowly putting together a mosaic of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Completion of the mosaic is scheduled for the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

Adopt-A-Pilot Program at Conestoga Elementary

Conestoga Elementary fifth grade students participated in Southwest Airlines’ Adopt-A-Pilot program. For four consecutive weeks, Captain Guy Brubaker, visited once a week to educate the students on the fundamentals of flying. They learned about the effects of gravity, lift, thrust, and drag, what it takes to keep an airplane in the air, and had a chance to design paper airplanes using the lessons. The students also researched airports across the country and used their artistic ability to design a tie for Southwest pilots.