COVID case reported at Marticville Middle School

Penn Manor School District has become aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

May 5, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that a member of the school community at Marticville Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual will not be in school until he/she has recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with this person in the school setting have been notified.

    As a result of the positive case, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individual who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected person and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about an individual who tests positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to this member of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

 For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases because only those involving individuals who were physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

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

COVID cases reported at Marticville and Central Manor

Penn Manor School District has become aware of members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

May 4, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Central Manor Elementary School and Marticville Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected persons and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about individuals who test positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

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

Eshleman Elementary hosts Plant Week

   When Eshleman Elementary School was closed last year, students were unable to work on the school’s community gardens – one of the most popular hands-on learning activities that was lost to the pandemic. 

   So when it came time to replant the gardens this school year, Eshleman third-grade teachers decided to expand the activity into a full week of lessons tied to the gardens, biology and ecology.

   Held April 12 through 16, Plant Week included lessons on the life cycles of plants, germination, photosynthesis and pollination. Students also got to dissect and identify plant and seed parts and observe the daily progression of lima bean seeds growing in bags taped to the classroom windows.

   Teachers Caitlan Tran and Kim Garvey incorporated language arts into the week’s activities by reading and discussing Wangari’s Trees of Peace, a true story of how environmentalist Wangari Maathai helped reverse deforestation in Kenya.

   As a tie-in to the book, they challenged students to build the tallest free-standing trees they could, using only pipe cleaners, tape and paper.

   “It was an amazing week filled with tons of hands-on activities and a lot of content learned,” said Tran. “Our biggest motivation for doing this was that we wanted to get the kids outside and working hands-on. This year has been hard on everyone, and we all needed to have a little fun.”

   The garden beds got a much-needed rehab after a year of neglect.

   Students weeded them, added soil and fertilizer and planted spinach, lettuce and radishes. They learned how to read seed packets and plotted out estimated germination and harvest dates on a calendar. They also planted green beans and carrots in the classroom to be transplanted to the garden beds in mid-May.

   In Garvey’s classroom, students dissected daffodils and built terrariums.

   “One student told me after the activity that they did not realize that every part of the plant was important and that the plants had babies,” she said. “This is what hands-on learning does for kids.”

   The garden project will culminate later in the school year with the sharing of garden-fresh salads and spinach smoothies.   

“Even though we live in Lancaster County, some kids have never planted anything or gardened before,” Tran said. “Seeing how excited they were to experience the process was eye-opening.”

  • Plant Week activities at Eshleman Elementary School
    Eshleman students check the progress of their lima bean seeds.


COVID cases reported at Manor, Letort, Hambright and high school

Penn Manor School District has become aware of members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

May 3, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Hambright and Letort Elementary Schools, Penn Manor High School and Manor Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected persons and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about individuals who test positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

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

Penn Manor honors outstanding employees, retirees at takeout dinner event

Penn Manor recognized its 2021 retirees and longtime employees, along with its Outstanding Educators and Employee, during a “Dinner for Two” event at Penn Manor High School Thursday, April 29.

School district administrators congratulated the employees and handed out takeout dinners for two and employee awards in the high school lobby. The menu included stuffed chicken breast, steak medallions, salmon and vegetable ravioli.

The event was in place of the annual Employee Recognition Dinner, which could not be held this year because of pandemic restrictions.

The retirees who were honored Thursday have more than 400 years of combined cumulative service to Penn Manor.

They are Janice Adams, Doug Anderson, Tamara Baker, Mary Barnett, Trasee Bleacher, Beth Corl, Patricia Duff, Allan Dutton, Lori Graham, David Hess, Doris Long, Skip Reddig, Teresa Reisinger, Melany Rios and Kimberly Weit.

Also honored were the Outstanding Employee and Educators for 2020-2021.

Richard Bodde, Eshleman sixth-grader teacher, was named Outstanding Elementary Educator; Kimberly Braun, head nurse at Penn Manor High School, is the Outstanding Secondary Educator; and Mary Jacoby, Letort Elementary secretary, was named Outstanding Employee.

Penn Manor’s 2020 retirees also were honored Thursday. They include Kathy Ashworth, Carol Purzycki, Rebecca Cotich, Sherilyn Hess, Barry Geyer, JoLynn Drexel, Deb Falk, Jodie Henderson, Dani Myers, Candy Steiner, Richard Kilby, Tom Wainman and Beth Wagner.

In addition, longtime employees were recognized for their years of service. They are:

30 Years: Diana Calender, John Matusek and Mary Snyder.

25 Years: Jill Almoney, Aron Basile, Lisa Bitler, Jon Boxleitner, Holly Fiorillo, Sue Hamer, Dawn Janssen, Nancy Jo Johnson, Chris Johnston, Lori Longenecker, Chris McKnight, Curt Snelbaker, Jen Sugra, John Wealand, Steve Weidner and Amy Wiggins.

20 Years: Brenda Bauman, Sharon Bower, Chris Deibert, Doug Eby, Shelby Foster, Joey Garrett, Scott Hertzog, Maureen Klingaman, Carly McPherson, Kerri Miller, Mark Schettler, Michelle Semple, Daryn Vinson, Michelle Wagner and Julie Yost.

Congratulations to these dedicated employees, and best wishes to our retirees!

  • Kimberly Braun, Secondary Educator of the Year
    Penn Manor High School head nurse Kimberly Braun is the Secondary Educator of the Year.

COVID cases reported at high school, Manor Middle and Hambright

Penn Manor School District has become aware of members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

April 29, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Hambright Elementary School, Penn Manor High School and Manor Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected persons and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about individuals who test positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

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

COVID cases reported at Central Manor Elementary and Penn Manor HS

Penn Manor School District has become aware of members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

April 28, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Central Manor Elementary School and Penn Manor High School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected persons and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about individuals who test positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

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

COVID cases reported at Letort and Central Manor Elementary

Penn Manor School District has become aware of members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

April 27, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Central Manor and Letort Elementary Schools have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected persons and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

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

Penn Manor High School ranked No. 2 in county by U.S. News

   Penn Manor High School has been ranked the No. 2 high school in Lancaster County, based on academic and enrollment data, according to U.S. News & World Report.

   Penn Manor improved upon last year’s fifth-place ranking among the county’ 18 public high schools, and improved in the statewide rankings to 71st out of 678 high schools in Pennsylvania.

    This is the seventh year in a row that Penn Manor High School has earned a ranking of sixth or higher in Lancaster County.

  “All of the stakeholders in the Penn Manor community care deeply about our school,” said Baron Jones, high school principal.  “Our students want to achieve at high levels, and our faculty and staff want to provide wonderful learning opportunities for our students to unlock their full potential.” 

“With all of the uncertainty in the world, it is good to know that our community has a solid foundation that will continue to propel us forward through these unprecedented times.”

   The 2020 standings, published this week, are based on each school’s graduation rate; students’ math and reading proficiency and whether those scores met expectations; the participation level and performance of students on advanced-placement tests; and the performance of “underserved” students, including low-income and minority students.

    The U.S. News rankings can be viewed here.

 Congratulations to Penn Manor High School students and staff on this well-deserved honor!

COVID cases reported at Central Manor, Hambright and Letort

Penn Manor School District has become aware of members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

April 26, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school communities at Hambright, Central Manor and Letort Elementary Schools have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected persons and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

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

COVID cases reported at Penn Manor High School

Penn Manor School District has become aware of members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

April 22, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school community at Penn Manor High School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at the high school at this time.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected persons and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

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

High school hosting livestreamed concerts in coming weeks

   (Please note: This schedule has been updated ) Penn Manor students will perform in concerts in the coming weeks that the public can view via livestreaming. 

   The high school will host the following musical performances, which are open only to family members who receive tickets. The public may watch the concerts live or after the performance here.

  • Monday, April 26, 7 p.m. – High School Honors Recital.
  • Tuesday, May 4, 7 p.m. – Middle School Concert assisted by high school performing ensembles.
  • Monday, May 17, 7 p.m. – High School Instrumental Ensembles (Band/Orchestra) Concert.
  • Tuesday, May 18, 7 p.m. – High School Vocal Ensembles (Chorus, Manor Singers, Girls’ Chorus) Concert. 

COVID-positive cases reported at Central Manor Elementary

Penn Manor School District has become aware of members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

April 21, 2021

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that members of the school community at Central Manor Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with them in the school setting have been notified.

    We are not making any instructional changes at these schools at this time.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected persons and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about the individuals who tested positive is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

For additional information, including an updated count of cases at all Penn Manor schools, visit Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Information, Resources & Updates page. Most cases we report to the public are not active cases. Only those cases involving individuals physically in the school setting during the infectious period of their illness are considered “active,” according to the PA Departments of Education and Health.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

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

Penn Manor to host outdoor commencement June 3

Commencement for the Penn Manor Class of 2021 will be held outdoors at Millersville University’s Biemesderfer Stadium on Thursday, June 3. The rain date is Friday, June 4.

Two back-to-back ceremonies will be held to allow for social distancing. The first will begin at 5 p.m., and the second at 7:30 p.m. Students will be assigned to a ceremony based on their last names.

Each senior will receive five tickets to commencement, and parents, friends and family members will sit on both the home and visitor sides of the stadium to accommodate social distancing.

In addition, the graduates and high school faculty members will be spaced out on the field, and masks will be required for all participants and guests.

Student speakers will address the audience at both ceremonies, and commencement will be live-streamed on the Penn Manor YouTube page here.

We will be announcing the 2021 commencement speakers at a later date.

Penn Manor seniors also have been invited to participate in an outdoor Promfest from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Comet Field.

A post-Promfest event will be held from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at the high school, featuring  food, games/inflatables, entertainment, and prizes.

Many thanks to Millersville University for making the stadium available for this year’s commencement!

Boys’ tennis team wins first Section 1 title in school history

Congratulations to the Penn Manor boys’ tennis team, which defeated Elizabethtown, 6-1, on Monday to cap off a perfect 11-0 regular season record.

The victory also secured the Section 1 title for the team, the first such title in the history of Penn Manor High School.

On Monday, April 26, the team will play in the Lancaster-Lebanon League team championship and host the semifinal round at 4 p.m. at the Manor Middle School courts.

Best wishes, and congratulations to team members and coaches!

(Photo courtesy Ken Scheper, Lifetouch)