Penn Manor HS welcomes 52 students into National Honor Society

The Penn Manor chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 52 new members during an induction ceremony Sept. 20 in the high school cafeteria.

To qualify for NHS, the Penn Manor High School juniors and seniors had to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.85 and demonstrate strong leadership, service and character traits.

The 2017-2018 inductees include:

Gabriella Abreu, Ricky Knapp, Ivy Barley, Nicole Krahulik, Robert (Mitchell) Barr, David Kramer, Raj Bhattarai, Brandon Le, Gabby Bitts, Evan Lyon, Elise Borys, Madison McCanna, Billy Briegel, Charlotte Molitoris, Peyton Cassel, Chanel Musser, Shauna Charles, Riley Neuman, Emma Deberdine.

Hannah Nguyen, Erin DeVitry, Gurleen Pal, Kyle Echterling, Lisa Schaefer, Emily Flexman, Matthew Schaefer, Ray Gerner, Annie Shepherd, Ryan Glenn, Mark Smith, Logan Graves, Haide Sorial, Alexandria Harnish, Emma Spearing, Joshua Heckman, Erik Starry, Madison Henry, Jared Stephan.

Rebecca High, Joel Stoner, Aydan Hinkle, Anna Sugra, Chad Hoglund, Tabitha Swope, Sameeha Hossain, Arilyn Tegtmeier-Oatman, Kara Huber, Elise Thyrum, Diane Imboden, Natalie Whiteside, Anna Katherine Kirk and Julia Young.

Congratulations for earning this distinguished recognition!

Photos courtesy of LifeTouch

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Conestoga to celebrate reopening at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24

You’re invited to celebrate the reopening of Conestoga Elementary School.

The school will host an open house and re-dedication ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 24, in Conestoga’s new multi-purpose room.

State Rep. Brett Miller will address the audience, and Conestoga students and staff will cut a ribbon to mark the re-dedication of the school, which was closed for renovations for 2016-2017.

The $11.7 million project added a new entrance and lobby, media center, Academic Commons, kitchen, playground and instructional space, HVAC systems and communications and security systems. Other areas of the school received comprehensive renovations.

Visitors will be able to tour the upgraded facility until 4 p.m. Sunday. Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us in celebrating the rebirth of Conestoga!

 

Board members honored for years of service

Penn Manor school board members Dr. Rich Frerichs, Chris Straub and Jeff Lyon were honored Monday by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for their years of service on the board.

Frerichs has served for 20 years; Straub has been a board member for eight years; and Lyon has served for eight years.

Nathan Mains, PSBA executive director, presented Honor Roll of School Board Service certificates to Frerichs and Straub at Monday night’s school board meeting. Lyon was not in attendance.

Mains praised Frerichs for helping mentor him when he transitioned to the executive director’s post while Rich was president of the PSBA board of directors. Mains also pointed out that Penn Manor school board members have a cumulative 101 years of experience serving the Penn Manor community — an incredibly high number.

Frerich’s daughter, Melissa Mealy, and granddaughter, Addy, were on hand to witness the presentation.

Congrats, gentlemen, and thanks for your service!

 

Board member holding grandchild.
Dr. Rich Frerichs, left, with granddaughter Addy Mealy and Nathan Mains, executive director of PSBA.

Kickoff Classic draws enthusiastic crowd at Comet Field

Many thanks to all who came out Aug. 31 – despite the threatening weather – to celebrate a new season of Penn Manor athletics at the Kickoff Classic at Comet Field.

The annual event introduced the 2017 fall sports teams and coaches and featured performances by the Penn Manor Marching Unit and cheerleaders. Participants enjoyed chicken dinners provided by the athletes as a scholarship fundraiser.

Penn Manor fall sports include field hockey, football, girls’ and boys’ cross country, girls’ volleyball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, coed golf, girls’ tennis and cheerleading.

New coaches this year are girls’ soccer head coach Jacob Marino and JV coach Danielle Landis, football assistant coaches Matt Schuck and Jon Boxleitner, boys’ soccer assistant varsity coach Mike Cortez and JV coach Danny Schmidt, and cheerleading junior high coach Kara Eshleman.

Printable schedules for Penn Manor sports teams are available by clicking here.

Online schedules are available here.

Fall sports calendars also are available on the Penn Manor cellphone app, which can be downloaded free from Google Play or the App Store.

Let’s go Comets!

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Students without immunizations to be turned away from schools

If your child does not have the required immunization records, he/she will be turned away from school beginning Thursday, August 31. Please take steps to assure this does not happen.

On Wednesday, August 30, parents whose child/children were not in compliance were notified via a letter from Penn Manor superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter.  A total of 126 students were included. Here is the message:

To the Parents/Guardians of: _________________________________

     As you are now aware, the Pennsylvania Department of Health made changes to immunization requirements for children who attend public schools. You are receiving this letter because, as of today, Penn Manor School District’s records indicate that your child is not in compliance with state immunization requirements.  Unfortunately, the district is forced to exclude your child from school beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 31, until documentation is provided.  Please do not send your child to school unless documentation has been provided.  Your child’s absence will be listed as unexcused.

     It is important that you immediately provide documentation of your child’s updated immunization records, or documentation from a physician’s office of a scheduled appointment for these immunizations, for compliance. Please contact the nurse at your child’s school if you have any questions.  Thank you.  

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

Parents must have their children immunized or provide a letter from a doctor’s office verifying they have made an appointment for the required immunizations before they can be admitted to school.

An information sheet on the new immunization requirements is here: Vaccine requirements

Additional information is available here

A free immunization clinic is being offered by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health for children who are uninsured or have medical assistance. Registration is required, and parents must bring their child’s immunization records to the appointment. Call 1-800-LGH-INFO (544-4636) to register.

The clinic will be held: Wednesday, September 6, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. LGH Suburban Pavilion, Wellness Conference Room, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

 

Kickoff Classic Thursday, August 31, at Comet Field

Comet Field will host Penn Manor’s 2017 Kickoff Classic beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Chicken dinners will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by performances by the Penn Manor Marching Unit and cheerleaders and introductions of Penn Manor’s fall sports teams. Athletic schedules are available here.

Dinners are $10 and include a half chicken, potato, apple sauce, roll and drink. Tickets can be purchased in advance from student athletes or at the the Penn Manor Athletic Office. Proceeds benefit Penn Manor athletic scholarships.

Come out and support our talented student athletes and musicians!

 

A sunny, smooth start to the new school year

Penn Manor School District students returned to classrooms Thursday under clear, sunny skies to start off the 2017-2018 school year.

Conestoga Elementary students and staff were back at their newly renovated school after a one-year hiatus. The building was closed last year for an $11.7 million renovation project that added a new kitchen, playground and instructional space, HVAC systems and communications and security systems.

Also new this year is a pilot 1:1 Student Laptop Program for sixth-graders at Eshleman and Martic elementary schools and fifth-graders at Central Manor and Hambright elementary schools.

Thirty new professional staff greeted students at Penn Manor’s 10 schools for the new year. (Learn more here.) In all, about 5,300 students and more than 600 staff were back at schools Thursday.

Superintendent Mike Leichliter reported a smooth opening.

“Buses were nearly on time at all buildings, despite drivers learning new routes,” he said. “Students were mostly happy to be back in the classroom on a gorgeous summer day, and teachers are excited to be back working with students to help them succeed.”

We’re looking forward to a great year!

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Penn Manor celebrates MU partnership at Opening Day

Penn Manor School District celebrated its longstanding partnership with Millersville University during Opening Day activities Monday, Aug. 21, to mark the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Nearly 375 professional employees took part in the daylong event, which also included presentations by 20 industry representatives designed to help teachers better prepare students for entering the Lancaster County workforce.

All attendees who earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from Millersville received an MU penant and posed for a group shot with university officials. In all, 239 Penn Manor teachers and administrators have degrees from the neighboring university.

Vilas Prabhu, MU Provost and Dean for Academic Affairs, talked about the university’s strong partnership with Penn Manor. Also attending from MU were Brian Hazlett, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and George Drake, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

Opening Day ended in a most memorable way — with teachers viewing the solar eclipse.

Many thanks to all our presenters and participants!

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2017-2018 school year begins Thursday, August 24

The 2017-2018 school year will begin on Thursday, August 24, for all students in Penn Manor School District. We will be operating on a regular schedule that day.

Parents are urged to make sure their children have up-to-date immunization records, or they may be barred from attending school under stricter state requirements that take effect this school year.

Parents whose children lack complete immunization records have been contacted by the school district by phone. You can find out more about this topic here.

District staff will begin their year with Opening Day activities on Monday, August 21, in the Penn Manor High School cafeteria. Breakfast and a bagged lunch will be provided.

Tom Baldridge of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry will address employees, who also will hear from representatives of several industries in the county. The sessions are designed to help teachers and administrators better prepare students to enter the workforce.

We’re looking forward to a great year!

Penn Manor parents being notified of need for immunizations

The school district this week is notifying parents of Penn Manor students whose immunization records are incomplete. If you receive a call, you need to take action now so your child/children’s education is not interrupted as a result of stricter immunization requirements from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Below is the text of the call that is going out Thursday, August 17.

This is Mike Leichliter, Superintendent of the Penn Manor School District. Today is Thursday, August 17, 2017.  Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health made changes to immunization requirements for children who attend public schools. 

You are receiving this telephone call because, as of today, Penn Manor School District’s records indicate that your child is not in compliance with state immunization requirements. It is important that you provide documentation of your child’s updated immunization records, or documentation from a physician’s office of a scheduled appointment for these immunizations, for compliance. 

Please provide this documentation by the first day of school, Thursday, August 24. If documentation is not provided by August 30, Penn Manor School district will be forced to exclude your child from school until documentation is provided.    

More information on the new requirements is available on the district website. Please contact the nurse at your child’s school if you have any questions. Thank you.

Here is an information sheet on the new immunization requirements. Vaccine requirements

Additional information is available here

 

 

Practices under way for Penn Manor sports teams

Penn Manor student athletes hit the fields, courts, trails and golf course this week as practices officially began for the fall sports season.

Middle school athletic team practices begin next week.

Fall high school sports include field hockey, football, girls’ and boys’ cross country, girls’ volleyball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, coed golf, girls’ tennis and cheerleading.

Fall middle school/junior high sports include football, field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, cross country and cheerleading.

The Penn Manor Marching Unit also has been practicing since Aug. 7 and will continue every day from 9 am to 5 pm until the first day of school. The band plays at football games and has its first competition Sept. 16.

New coaches this year are girls’ soccer head coach Jacob Marino and JV coach Danielle Landis, football assistant coaches Matt Schuck and Jon Boxleitner, boys’ soccer assistant varsity coach Mike Cortez and JV coach Danny Schmidt, and cheerleading junior high coach Kara Eshleman.

The golf season begins Friday, and the tennis team begins season play next week. Other sports begin their seasons in September. Printable 2017-2018 Penn Manor sports schedules are available by clicking here.

Online schedules are available here.

Fall sports calendars also are available on the Penn Manor cellphone app, which can be downloaded free from Google Play or the App Store.

Go Comets!

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Penn Manor welcomes 30 new staff members

Penn Manor welcomed 20 new teachers for the 2017-2018 school year during New Teacher Orientation Day, held Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Manor Middle School.

In all, 30 professional staff members have been hired for the coming year. Some of the teachers previously served in long-term substitute positions at Penn Manor schools, but the others are completely new to Penn Manor. The new staff, pending school board approval, includes:

Conestoga
Krista Eby, grade 1.

Central Manor Elementary
Aliza Becker, grade 6; Cristen Appel, grade 1; Paige Martin, learning support; Anna Raneiri, learning support; Emily Tracy, speech and language impaired.

Conestoga/Eshleman
Kailey Brennan, music; Morgan Fasnacht, art.

Hambright
Megan Binkley, kindergarten; Ashley Brubaker, music; Brandon Leinbach, grade 1; Morgan Stepanchick, learning support; Kathleen Myers, grade 1.

Martic
Vicki Fafel, grade 6; Jeb Thompson, grade 2.

Pequea
Caroline Lovett, grade 4; Grace Painter, grade 2; Danielle Zook, learning support/life skills, grades 1-3.

Manor MS
Courtney Heiser, mathematics.

Marticville/Manor MS
Brittney Anderson, school nurse.

High School
Julie Knauss, English; Katherine Ream, math; Leomery Silva-Tavarez, Spanish; Kayla Starry, social studies; Christopher Vrabel, biology; Mary Wittemann, biology; Thomas Bechtel, social studies; Joel Ernst, science; Beth Reburn, learning support/English; Mitchell King, math.

To all new staff members, welcome to the Penn Manor family, and best wishes for the 2017-2018 school year!

New Penn Manor teachers
New Penn Manor teachers include, (front row, from left) Megan Binkley, Katie Ream, Mary Wittemann, Kailey Brennan, Grace Painter, Kayla Starry, Paige Martin, Morgan Stepanchick, Cristen Appel, Krista Eby, Leomery Silva-Tavarez (back row, from left) Brandon Leinbach, Chris Vrabel, Julie Knauss, Danielle Zook, Anna Raneiri, Morgan Fasnacht, Aliza Becker, Caroline Lovett and Ashley Brubaker.
From left, new teachers Vicki Fafel, Joel Ernst, Mitch King and Jeb Thompson.
From left, new teachers Vicki Fafel, Joel Ernst, Mitch King and Jeb Thompson.

Nominees sought for PM Alumni Wall of Honor

Do you know of a Penn Manor alumnus or alumna deserving of recognition? Nominees are being sought for Penn Manor’s Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor.

The selection committee is interested in individuals who have brought recognition, honor, distinction and excellence to Penn Manor through their postgraduate accomplishments. Please complete the nomination form below and return it to Penn Manor High School principal Dr. Phil Gale by Nov. 1, 2017.

A new group of inductees will be honored in 2018.

Thanks for your input!

Wall of Honor nomination form 17-18

 

Penn Manor resumes five-day weekly schedule

All Penn Manor schools and offices have returned to a five-day-a-week work schedule.

District office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Penn Manor High School office is open from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; and Marticville and Manor middle schools are open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Elementary school hours vary, so please call the office before visiting a school.

Here are the phone numbers:

Central Manor ES– 872-1401
Conestoga ES — CLOSED
Eshleman ES — 872-9540
Hambright ES — 872-9503
Letort ES — 872-9530
Martic ES — 284-4128
Pequea ES — 464-3831
High School –(717) 872-9520
Marticville MS — 284-4135
Manor MS — 872-9510
District Office — 872-9500

 

PMHS teacher publishes book tracing family’s 400-year history

When Scott Hertzog was in the eighth grade, he interviewed his grandmother and created a family tree for a school genealogy project that sparked an interest in his family’s centuries-old farm outside Ephrata.

Now, 30 years later, Hertzog has published an ambitious 330-page book that traces the history of the historic property, from the late 1600s to today, called “My First 250 Years: The Story of the Hertzog Homestead.”

The Penn Manor High School English teacher decided to write the book following the death of his father, an amateur historian who had amassed detailed records of the Hertzog, Metzler, Buch, and Meyer families that built and/or lived on the homestead.

When Kenneth Hertzog passed away unexpectedly in 2012 prior to an anniversary celebration of the Metzlers’ arrival in America, Scott stepped in to take over his research.

“He gave me a foundation to build on,” Hertzog says. “I wanted to solve the mysteries of the unknowns.” That led to the book project – Hertzog’s first – which involved four years of intensive research at area historical societies, on the Internet, and through interviews with relatives and neighbors.

Along the way, he uncovered some interesting facts. For one, Hertzog learned that he is a descendant of Martin Luther, founder or the 16th century Protestant Reformation that led Anabaptists – among them Hertzog’s ancestors – to flee Europe for the uncharted land of America.

One of those settlers, Elias Meyer, acquired the homestead property directly from William Penn’s sons in the mid-1700s. Meyer’s son, Peter, built the barn that still stands on the Hertzog Homestead from 1765 to 1770. The original farmhouse was constructed five years later and expanded in 1840.

The book chronicles the challenges and triumphs of Elias, Peter and those who came after them and their roles in the larger community. Dozens of colorful illustrations, historic photos and rare documents and maps help tell the story across the generations.

“Writing a book forced me to not get lazy in my research; it forced me to be a little more diligent,” says Hertzog, who is the eighth generation of his family to live on the farm, which now includes a bed & breakfast. “It was fascinating to learn the tie-ins to what was happening in America at the time.”

During the Civil War, for instance, three Metzler brothers living on the farm followed much different paths. One was a conscientious objector; another was exempt from military service by marriage; and the third served in the Illinois Cavalry. He did not violate his pacifist beliefs, however, because he served as a veterinary surgeon removed from direct combat.

Hertzog learned that most of his ancestors had to pursue outside jobs to keep the farm solvent, and they relied heavily on neighbors and family members to survive. He hopes readers take away from the book how interconnected people in a community truly are.

“It’s important not to forget that what we do in our lives has an impact on the people around us,” Hertzog says. “The idea of preserving the history of the farm is important to me, and I want to pass this on to my children.”

The book is available from Amazon.com; the publisher, Masthof Press (www.masthof.com); and at the Hertzog Homestead Bed & Breakfast (http://hertzoghomestead.com/).

Congratulations, Scott, on the publication of your book!

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