Penn Manor introduces Continuity of Education plan

Penn Manor has introduced a comprehensive Continuity of Education plan, which is available for viewing here on the district’s remote learning website.

The plan explains in detail how teachers will provide learning activities for all students to access by grade level or subject area. The current level of activities will continue through April 9, and the school district will begin transitioning to more robust learning activities the week of April 13.

Beginning April 20, all teachers will move from reinforcement and review of material previously taught to the introduction of new material.

Teachers will keep track of student participation and reach out to encourage all students to participate. Learning activities will not be graded, but student participation is expected.

Given the current unprecedented circumstances, Penn Manor has tried to be intentional about transitioning to online learning and its impact on our students, families and staff. We want to be mindful of the stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased demands on parents working from home. 

Throughout this process, we will continue to evaluate our Continuity of Education plan and make adjustments as needed. 

Thank you for your support in these challenging times, and please stay safe!

Penn Manor online learning resources now available

Penn Manor educators have developed continuity of education plans to help students continue learning from home while our schools are closed. 

Here is a link to the resources.

These are ungraded learning activities that students can complete from home. The resources have been developed to meet a variety of students’ needs and may not be the same across our school district. 

Teachers will be accessible to students and parents and will respond to any questions about the learning activities in a timely manner.

Currently, schools are closed indefinitely, but that may change, depending on Governor Wolf’s orders.

Thank you for your support of your child’s education in this challenging time.

School closures extended indefinitely

Updated March 30, 2020 — Schools are now closed indefinitely.

Updated March 23, 2020 — The state Department of Education has announced that all schools will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and save lives.

Under the new timeline, schools would reopen on April 7 for two days to allow school administrators, teachers and other staff time to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return to school on April 9, unless the closure is extended in response to the situation involving the virus.

April 9 and April 13, which were previously snow make-up days, will be used as school days. There will be no school on April 10 (Good Friday).

While school is closed, Penn Manor plans to implement optional at-home student learning plans for grade levels and subjects. Teachers and administrators will be meeting this week to formulate details on delivering these activities to families beginning Monday, March 30.

The district also will continue to deliver meals to students at their regular morning bus stops this Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Details and updates regarding the food delivery program are available here.

Please check back for updates later this week regarding the optional at-home learning plans, and please stay safe. 

Meal distribution continues for Penn Manor families

Penn Manor has implemented a meal distribution plan for students that utilizes their morning bus stop locations. The free, bagged meals will be delivered by school buses and will include lunches and breakfasts comprised of foods that meet school nutritional standards. Complete details on this effort, which will be in effect during the current COVID-19 shutdown, are available here.

Important updates for parents regarding our schools

Penn Manor schools are closed through March 27 in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is unclear whether that status will change or when we may be able to resume normal operations. As we all deal with this unprecedented challenge, we want to share some important information with parents:

  • The education of children is on hold as we consider options moving forward under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • We have decided not to pursue online learning for our students at this time. We would not be able to fulfill our legal and ethical obligation to serve every student appropriately via this means, and many of our students lack access to the internet at home. 
  • Buildings will be open to teachers and the public by appointment only beginning Wednesday, March 18. Visitors should call the school office to arrange a visit or to pick up student medications or other important belongings. School contact information is available here.
  • March 13 is now officially the end of the third marking period. Students’ grades will reflect assignments and assessments completed through that date. 
  • We are working to establish a system to provide breakfasts and lunches to Penn Manor families, especially those with children who qualify for free- or reduced-price meals, beginning Wednesday, March 18. More details will be released as they become available.
  • All buildings are undergoing a deep cleaning, including all carpeting, fabric surfaces and touch points.
  • Essential school district personnel, with minimal exceptions, will begin working from home Wednesday.

Penn Manor schools to close March 16 to March 27

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all schools in Pennsylvania to be closed for the next two weeks, from March 16 through March 27, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. All school activities are cancelled.

This is a rapidly changing situation.  The district will provide further updates as information is available.  

Penn Manor COVID-19 announcement

March 12, 2020 update: Penn Manor is continuing to monitor the situation involving the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Pennsylvania. While there currently are no confirmed cases in Lancaster County, it is increasingly possible that the outbreak may affect our schools, and we are advising parents to take steps to prepare for the possibility of disruptions to field trips, cocurricular activities and school schedules. Superintendent Mike Leichliter plans to issue an update to parents later in the day on Friday following a conference call with Pedro Rivera, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education. Please check back for more information.

March 2 post: Penn Manor School District has sent a letter to all parents of district students regarding coronavirus COVID-19 and our efforts to closely monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the CDC and the school district physician. Here is a link to the letter from superintendent Mike Leichliter, along with a fact sheet and action steps from the Department of Health.

The text of the letter is below in multiple languages:

March 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Penn Manor School District is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. The school district is closely monitoring health information regarding Coronavirus COVID-19. As we do in all health-related cases, we are working closely with and receiving additional guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our school district physician. 

Please note: There have been no cases of the coronavirus reported in our school district.

We are providing this information to you so that you are aware of this issue and are assured that our district has plans in place to monitor, prepare for, and respond to any health or safety issue that may impact us. We also encourage you to use the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) as trusted resources on the latest updates and guidance concerning this health issue.

It is the school district’s desire to do all that is possible to help prevent the spread of the virus in the event of an outbreak in the area, and we need your help to do this.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has shared the following tips on its website to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19: 

 • Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.  Do not use your hands.

 • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

 • Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas. 

 • Contain the potential spread. If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.  Avoid people who are already sick. 

Penn Manor School District is closely monitoring the situation (not only the coronavirus but also this year’s strain of the flu) and is cleaning and disinfecting schools daily as part of ongoing custodial services. In the event that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area, the school district will follow guidance provided by health professionals regarding any additional measures that are necessary.

If your child becomes ill, please follow these guidelines regarding student illnesses: 

  1. Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school. 
  2. Children with vomiting and diarrhea must be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode. 
  3. Children with suspected infectious diseases (i.e. pink eye and any unknown rashes) should be kept home until verification from your health care provider can be obtained.
  4. If your child is sick, keep him or her home, regardless of field trips, parties or other special events that may be held at school that day. 

It is important right now that we work together to remain focused on what we can control. We will remain vigilant in monitoring the status of all illnesses that could present a threat to our staff and students.

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our staff, and our students.

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Marzo 2, 2020

Estimados Padres y Tutores,

El Distrito Escolar Penn Manor está comprometida con la salud y seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal. El distrito escolar está monitoreando de cerca la información de salud con respeto al Coronovirus COVID-19. Como hacemos en todos los casos relacionados con la salud, estamos trabajando estrechamente y recibiendo orientación adicional del Departamento de Salud de Pensilvania (DOH), los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), y nuestro médico del distrito escolar.

Tenga en cuenta:  No se han reportado casos de coronavirus en nuestro distrito escolar.

Le proporcionamos esta información para que esté al tanto de este problema y tenga la seguridad de que nuestro distrito tiene planes para monitorear, prepararse y responder a cualquier problema de salud o seguridad que pueda afectarnos. También le recomendamos que utilice los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC) y el Departamento de Salud de Pensilvania (DOH) como recursos de confianza sobre la últimas actualizaciones y orientación sobre este problema de salud.

Es el deseo del distrito escolar de hacer todo lo posible para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del virus en caso de un brote en la zona, y necesitamos su ayuda para hacer esto.

El Departamento de Salud de Pensilvania ha compartido los siguientes consejos en su sitio web para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de virus respiratorios, como COVID-19:

  • Cubre cualquier tos o estornudos con un pañuelo de papel y luego tire el tejido a la basura; si los tejidos no están disponibles, tose o estornude en el interior del codo. No use las manos
    • Lávese las manos a menudo con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos. Use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol si no hay agua y jabón.
    • Limpie las superficies con frecuencia, como encimeras, interruptores de luz, teléfonos celulares y otras áreas con frecuencia tocadas.
    • Contener la propagación potencial. Si está enfermo, quédese en casa hasta que se sienta mejor. Evite a las personas que ya están enfermas.

El Distrito Escolar Penn Manor está monitoreando de cerca la situación (no sólo el coronavirus, sino también la cepa de la gripe de este año) y está limpiando y desinfectando las escuelas diariamente como parte de los servicios de custodia en curso. En el caso de que haya casos confirmados de COVID-19 en la zona, el distrito escolar seguirá las instrucciones proporcionadas por los profesionales de la salud con respeto a cualquier medida adicional que sea necesaria.

Si su hijo se enferma, por favor siga estas pautas con respeto a las enfermedades de los estudiantes:

1.  Su hijo debe estar libre de fiebre durante 24 horas, sin medicamentos, antes de regresar a la escuela.

2.  Los niños con vómitos y diarrea deben permanecer en casa durante 224 hor después del último episodio.

3.  Los niños con sospecha de enfermedades infecciosas (es decir, ojos rosados y    erupciones desconocidas) deben mantenerse en casa hasta que se pueda obtener la verificación de su proveedor de atención médica.

4.  Si su hijo está enfermo, manténgalo en casa, independientemente de las       excursiones, fiestas u otros eventos especiales que puedan celebrarse en la escuela ese día.

Es importante en este momento que trabajemos juntos para permanecer enfocados en lo que podemos controlar. Permaneceremos vigilante en el monitoreo del estado de todas las enfermedades que podrían suponer una amenaza para nuestro personal y estudiantes.

Gracias por su apoyo a nuestro distrito, nuestras escuelas, nuestro personal y nuestros estudiantes.


Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendente de Escuelas

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Biz size bu bildirimi güncel sağlık konusunda hakkında bilgi edinmeniz için ayrıyetten bölümümüzün izlemlerini hazırlıklarını ve tedbir aldığımızı görmeniz için sunuyoruz ve ayrıyetten eyaletimizin sağlık bakanlığı bölümünden de bu bilgilere ulaşabilirsiniz.

Ümidimizdir ki okulumuzda böyle bir virüsün yayılmamasını en iyi şekilde engelleyebiliriz ve bunun için sizin yardımınıza ihtiyacımız var.

Aşağıda madde madde alınması gereken tedbirler sıralanmaktadır;

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Head Start has openings at Martic, Millerville University

Head Start’s preschool program has openings at Martic Elementary School and Millersville University for the 2019-2020 school year and will soon be accepting registrations for the 2020-2021 school year.

The program is for children up to age 5 whose families meet income eligibility guidelines. Homeless children, foster children and families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) funds for disabilities are eligible, regardless of family income.

Head Start provides early childhood education that emphasizes language, math, science, art, physical activity and social skills to prepare children for school success. Special services are available to ensure that all children can fully participate in the program.

Head Start also offers family support services, nutritious meals and health screenings.

To learn more about the program, including income eligibility guidelines, click here.

(Head Start operates independently of Penn Manor School District.)

47 middle school students attend ‘Women Rock STEM’ event

Forty-seven girls from Penn Manor middle schools learned about STEM careers from two female professionals during the recent “Women Rock STEM” event at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

Thirty students from Manor and 17 from Marticville middle schools attended the March 2 program, which featured Christine Ferreira, a meteorologist at WGAL-TV, and guest speaker Andrea Shirk, general manager of Rock Lititz.

Shirk talked about her experiences working in live event production, a fast-paced and creative technology-oriented industry. After her talk, she fielded questions from students, who also learned about other careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Having women in the STEM field present to an all-female audience is super empowering,” said Lori Orihuel, a gifted support teacher at Marticville who accompanied the students.

“Young girls need to know they possess unique skills that are needed in STEM careers that only women can bring to the table,” she said. “It is also important for girls to know they can enter STEM fields after earning a 2 year degree from Thaddeus Stevens or other institution.”

Following the field trip, the students were encouraged to explore the Xello career exploration site to learn more about STEM careers.

Letort celebrates reading with community ‘Books & Breakfast’ event

Letort Elementary School celebrated Read Across America week by hosting a “Books & Breakfast” event for the school community March 3.

More than 240 students, parents, grandparents and siblings attended the free pancake breakfast, which included a reading activity and a book raffle, prior to the start of the school day.

Staff members dressed up as characters from Dr. Seuss stories, and all participants were encouraged to spread out blankets in the multipurpose room and read with their children. “Books & Breakfast” concluded with the giveaway of 20 books, which were selected by the faculty to appeal to different age groups.

Letort principal Carly McPherson said the event was held to “encourage a love of reading and to enable community members to spend some quality time together.”

 “We were overwhelmed with the turnout and hope that next year’s festivities bring even more families together,” she said.

  • Parents read to their children.

$21,000 state grant to help bring plasma cutter to Penn Manor HS

Penn Manor has received a $21,154 state grant to purchase a plasma cutting table to be used by students in agricultural mechanics and welding classes.

The school district received the grant through the Ag Youth Grant Program of the Pennsylvania Agriculture Department, which distributed $500,000 statewide for ag-related projects and equipment. Penn Manor was the only grant recipient in Lancaster County.

The district plans to provide matching funds to purchase a Torchmate CNC Plasma Table to provide students with advanced skills used in the welding industry. The equipment will enable students to use a CAD program to design projects, create blueprints and program the plasma table to cut out intricate shapes and replacement parts for projects from metal.

The new equipment will be installed in the STEM wing in the agriculture shop of Penn Manor High School, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in the fall.

Students will begin using the plasma table in Agricultural Mechanics, Welding I and Welding II classes in the 2021-2022 school year. About 150 students enroll in those classes each year.

The equipment also could be used by agricultural education students completing their supervised agricultural experiences as part of the curriculum.

“This dynamic piece of equipment can be used in many classes and will impact many students each year, providing them with 21st century skills,” said Meagan Slates, Penn Manor’s ag mechanics and welding instructor.

Penn Manor students place first and second in SkillsUSA competitions

   Congratulations to the seven Penn Manor career and technology center students who placed first or second in regional SkillsUSA competitions of technical skills and knowledge, held Jan. 17 and Feb. 14.

   Ashley Burkett placed first in the Medical Assisting competition. She attends the medical assistant program at Mount Joy Career & Technology Center.

Shea Lefferty placed first, and Aiden King placed second in the Welding competition. They attend the welding program at Mount Joy.

   Frank Pannell was on a team of students that placed second in the Welding Fabrication competition. He is enrolled in the welding program at Mount Joy.

   Madison Higgins and Eduardo Contin were on a team of students that placed first in the Health Knowledge Bowl. They are enrolled in the advanced health careers program at Willow Street Career & Technology Center.

   Melissa Weaver placed second in the Medical Terminology competition. She attends the medical assistant program at Willow Street.

   The first-place finishers qualified to compete in the state-level SkillsUSA competitions scheduled for April 15-17 in Hershey.

2020-2021 Penn Manor school calendar approved

The Penn Manor board of school directors has approved the school calendar for 2020-2021. Opening day for students is Monday, Aug. 31, and the last day of school is June 4, 2021.

Here is a printable version of the calendar.

26 Penn Manor students qualify for state TSA conference

Twenty-six Penn Manor students have qualified to compete on the state level after their strong showing at the Technology Student Association Region 2 Conference, held Feb. 8 at Conestoga Valley Middle School.

Twelve students from Marticville and Manor middle schools and 14 Penn Manor High School students competed against their peers from Lancaster, Berks and Lebanon counties in more than 40 events, ranging from biotechnology design to music production.

Penn Manor middle school teams placed first in the categories of Biotechnology, Mass Production, Medical Technology, Prepared Speech, Tech Bowl and Safety Illustration. High school students placed first in Prepared Presentation and Extemporaneous Presentation.

Here are the students who qualified to compete at the state conference April 15-18 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, PA.

High School
Prepared Presentation:
Isaac Leshok, 1st place; Jordan Schucker, 3rd place.
Extemporaneous Presentation: Isaac Leshok, 1st place.
On-Demand Video: Joshua Gillenwater, Kyle Smith and Audrey Ritchie, 2nd place.
Biotechnology Design: Mitchell Jackson, Kaylee Jackson and Isabella Price-Dubble, 2nd place.
Music Production: Kieran McFall, 3rd place.
Technology Problem-Solving: Audrey Jachimowicz and Jordan Schucker, 3rd place.
PA-Safety Illustration: Ryan Buchwalder, 3rd place.
Board Game Design: Morgan Cooper, Bernie Eckman, Kaylee Jackson, Isabella Price-Dubble and Audrey Ritchie, 4th place.
Forensic Science: Audrey Jachimowicz and Jordan Shucker, 4th place; Kayla Lineberry and Kieran McFall, 5th place.
Technology Bowl: Audrey Jachimowicz, Isaac Leshok and Jordan Shucker, 4th place;  Kayla Lineberry, Kieran McFall and Ryan Buchwalder, 10th place.
Technology Bowl, Written: Audrey Jachimowicz, 9th place.

Middle School

Biotechnology: Kaleb Kabakjan, Aman Shaik, Ben Thomas and Derek Thomas, 1st place.
Mass Production: Suren Clark, Ben Hickey, Logan Johnson, Aman Shaid, Noah Reen and Cole Troop, 1st place.
Medical Technology: Suren Clark, David Groff, Matthew Neumann, Noah Reen and Cole Troop, 1st place.
Prepared Speech: Suren Clark, 1st place; Cole Troop, 2nd place.
Tech Bowl: Suren Clark, Kaleb Kabakjan and Cole Troop, 1st place.
PA-Safety Illustration: David Groff, 1st place; Ben Hickey, 2nd place; Ethan Lama, 3rd place.
Challenging Technology Issues: Suren Clark and Ben Hickey, 2nd place.
Forensic Technology: Kaleb Kabakjan and Aman Shaik, 2nd place.
Problem Solving: Matthew Neumann and Noah Reen, 2nd place; Logan Johhnson and Derek Thomas, 6th place.
Digital Photography: Logan Johnson, 4th place; Derek Thomas, 6th place.
Dragster: Ben Thomas, 11th place; Matthew Neumann, 13th place.

Congratulations to these students for representing Penn Manor so well, and best of luck in the state competition!

Middle school TSA students with Alisha Gerhart, applied engineering and technology teacher.

PM MiniTHON raises $40,000 to fight childhood cancer

Many thanks to the Penn Manor students, staff, community members and businesses who helped make the 2020 Penn Manor MiniTHON such a success!

The fund drive, which ended Friday night, raised $40,062 for Four Diamonds, an organization that provides support to pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Students and staff participated in MiniTHON activities, including dancing; karaoke; basketball, dodgeball and floor hockey tournaments; sumo wrestling; an obstacle course; a photo booth and other games and activities.

This year’s event also featured a Community Hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday during which members of the public could enjoy carnival games, inflatable rides and food.

Throughout the school year, MiniTHON funds were raised through a variety of fundraisers, including a dodgeball tournament, bake sales, car wash, bingo, pancake breakfast, “man pageant” and other activities.

Students also solicited donations from area businesses, who generously supported the cause.

Thanks again to everyone who helped raise funds for Four Diamonds! #FTK

Many thanks to PMHS senior Alex Detter for the photos!

  • MiniTHON T-shirts: "FIGHT CANCER because no kid should fight alone."