High School and Middle School Orientations for 2013-14 School Year

Orientation for incoming freshmen at Penn Manor High School will be held on Thursday, August 8th. Students and their parents can attend at either 9:00 AM or 6:30 PM. The orientation program will begin in the high school auditorium. After a brief introduction, students and their parents will participate in three short breakout sessions. One session will be with a high school counselor who will address class schedules, developing a four-year plan and career planning. An administrator will review expectations and guidelines for high school, and a teacher will lead a breakout session on academic and classroom expectations. Students will have the opportunity to explore the layout of the high school and find their classrooms after the program, which will last one hour.  If you have any questions, please contact the school office at Penn Manor High School (717) 872-9520.

Orientation for all seventh grade students attending Marticville Middle School this fall will be held on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Parents are encouraged to attend the program with their child. You will meet with Marticville Middle School’s principal, guidance counselor and other faculty. Students and their parents will have a chance to travel throughout the school and hear important information about Marticville Middle School. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the school at Marticville Middle School (717) 284-4135. Marticville Middle School is located at 356 Frogtown Road, Pequea.

Orientation for all seventh grade students attending Manor Middle School this fall will be held on Friday, August 16th from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Parents are encouraged to attend the program with their child.  Parents and students will each rotate through various sessions designed to provide information about middle school education. Students will have the opportunity to meet some of the teachers as well as receive information to make the start of the year successful. Parents will learn about the transition to middle school for their child. In addition to meeting representatives from the district office, parents will learn about the team concept, how to stay involved in middle school, and other aspects of middle school education. If parents are unable to attend, they are still encouraged to send their child; students will benefit from the program and feel more prepared for middle school. Please call the school office with any questions at Manor Middle School (717) 872-9510. Manor Middle School is located at 2950 Charlestown Road, Lancaster.


Penn Manor Military Night Football Game Scheduled for August 30th

The Penn Manor football team, marching band, and cheerleaders will host our Military Night celebration at the August 30, 2013 home football game.  The event will honor the men and women who serve our country, area veterans and those lost in the line of duty.  The Comets invite all members of the community to attend the game against Solanco High School at Millersville University’s Biemesderfer Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the military will be recognized throughout the evening. All military, past and present, will be admitted free with military identification. During the marching band’s performance prior to the game, individuals representing each branch of the armed services will be honored on the field. In addition to the activities throughout the evening, the Comets will be honoring the military in several ways that extend beyond the event.

Biodegradable balloons representing local individuals who are currently serving in the military will be released by the Gold Star Moms. Two special Gold Star Moms will participate, with their families, in the balloon launch; Denise Torbert, mother of Eric Torbert, Jr., a Penn Manor graduate and Marine killed in Afghanistan December 18, 2010 and Barb Benard, mother of Brett Adams, a Hempfield graduate who was killed in the line of duty on December 1, 2005 while serving in Iraq.

The Military Night Committee organizing the event asks that names of those serving or lost in the line of duty be submitted to PMMilitaryNight@gmail.com. There is no limit to the number of names you can submit.

Monetary donations collected throughout the August 30th event will be donated to the Pennsylvania Keystone Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that supports returning soldiers through counseling, education, physical recreation and support.

There will also be an opportunity to donate to the scholarship fund created by the Torbert Family and the scholarship fund created by the Adams Family in memory of their sons. These scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors each year.

The Comets are also asking attendees to donate items for the Victory House. The Victory House is an organization in Lancaster that provides short term housing for homeless veterans. The items needed include shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, tissues, body wash, toothpaste, tooth brushes, disposable razors, and shaving cream.

Penn Manor Summer B.R.E.A.K. Program Held June 10-14

Penn Manor’s Summer B.R.E.A.K. (Brain Riveting Enrichment Activities for Kids) program ran from June 10 to June 14 at Central Manor Elementary. This is the 18th year for the program which is open to students entering kindergarten through sixth grade. 250 students participated in 33 different classes such as Art Riot, Flag Football, Spanish, Theater, Interesting Insects, Science from the Kitchen, Top Chef, Chess, and Jewelry. The students pictured were in the Dodgeball class, the most popular of the Summer Break offerings. Have a fun and safe summer!

Manor FFA Earns Gold at State Event

At this year’s FFA Activities Week held at Penn State University in June, twenty-three Manor FFA members competed in five Career Development Events – Poultry Evaluation and Technology, Agronomy, Floriculture and Small Animal/Vet Science. The teams competed against other FFA members from across the state. Manor FFA’s Poultry Evaluation team and Agronomy team earned first place finishes and a trip to compete in the National FFA Poultry Evaluation competition during the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY in October.

The Vet Science team competed in the largest contest of the day where they finished 9th as a team in a field of over 107 contestants. Taylor Lefever and Kylee Myers competed as individuals in Floriculture. Katrina Reiff represented Manor FFA as a delegate to the Pennsylvania State FFA Association. The delegates represent FFA chapters from across the state and are involved in committees where recommendations are made for policy changes in the FFA.

In addition, Manor FFA completed the Chapter Evaluation Award application that includes FFA activities on the national, state and local levels. This application is completed by a committee of students and is evaluated by a team of Agriculture teachers and Penn State University personnel. Manor FFA earned a gold award in this category and the application will be submitted for competition at the national FFA level.


Congratulations to the Class of 2013

The Class of 2013 graduated on Tuesday evening, June 4 in front of family and friends at the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Sports & Fitness Center with hundreds more watching the live webcast.  381 graduates were presented with their diplomas and recognized for their achievements by Penn Manor High School principal Dr. Philip Gale.  Senior Kelsey Fulton welcomed everyone to the commencement. Valedictorian Lake Heckaman and Salutatorian Jillian Heckman gave inspiring speeches to their fellow graduates. Class President Alex Quinn passed the torch to Alissa Herr, president of the Class of 2014. Lindamarie Olson wrapped up the farewell address. Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Class of 2013.

Approximately 550 online participants viewed the live 2013 Commencement Webcast. DVDs of the 2013 Commencement will be available at https://www.penguinproductionsllc.com/id18.html. DVDs of the 2012 and 2011 commencement are also available.

Watch the 2013 Commencement Video

Transcript of commencement speeches:

Welcome – Kelsey Fulton
Class President – Alex Quinn
Valedictorian – Lake Heckaman
Salutatorian – Jillian Heckman
Farewell – Lindamarie Olson

Goodbye and Thank You to Retirees

Eighteen members of the Penn Manor family have retired or will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. We thank them for their service to Penn Manor and wish them the best.

From left to right: Paula Howard (executive secretary to the superintendent), Judy Ruth (librarian at Manor Middle and Marticville Middle), Angie Stiklaitis (high school math teacher and department coordinator), Vickie Usciak (5th grade teacher at Conestoga), Drema Huber (learning support aide at high school), Barry Smith (head custodian at Eshleman), Leslie Schmucker (learning support teacher at Pequea).  Not pictured are Doug Bloom (groundskeeper), Jim Frederick (custodian at Hambright), Bonnie Gambler (1st grade teacher at Central Manor), Carol Horst (food service manager at Manor Middle), Carol Hostetler (2nd grade teacher at Martic), Mike Kaufhold (English teacher at high school), Linda Kramer (district receiving), Paul Milot (chemistry teacher at high school), Linda Sauer (learning support aide at Letort), James Spackman (custodian at Marticville Middle), Betty Van Arsdale (food service at Pequea), Janice Bofinger (learning support aide at high school), Nancy Shenk (learning support aide at Conestoga), Bob Michael (custodian at Marticville MS), Susan Ziegler (learning support aide at Manor MS). Best wishes to our retirees!

Paula Howard (executive secretary to the superintendent), Judy Ruth (librarian at Manor Middle and Marticville Middle), Angie Stiklaitis (high school math teacher and department coordinator), Vickie Usciak (5th grade teacher at Conestoga), Drema Huber (learning support aide at high school), Barry Smith (head custodian at Eshleman), Leslie Schmucker (learning support teacher at Pequea)

UPDATE on AlertNow Notification Regarding Suspicious Vehicle in Millersville

UPDATE – The Millersville Borough Police investigation of the SUV incident reported this morning has been successfully resolved. The individual in question was located and is working for the International House in Millersville. He was asking for help in setting up the yard sale when he approached the child. Police are satisfied that he is not a threat to the community. Student safety is always our top priority. Thank you for your help in keeping all children safe.


Millersville Borough Police contacted the school district this morning regarding a man who attempted to lure a child into a vehicle at the International House Field at the intersection of Leaman and Manor Avenues in Millersville.  This incident was reported to police today, but actually occurred at approximately 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 29th.

The vehicle is described as a dark blue Isuzu SUV.  The driver is described as a darker complected, middle-aged male with a salt and pepper mustache.  The investigation is ongoing.

You are encouraged to contact the Millersville Borough Police or your child’s school if you observe this vehicle and/or driver.  Eshleman Elementary School, the Penn Manor staff, and school bus drivers have also been alerted to this situation. Thank you for your help in keeping all children safe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the principal at your child’s school.

Senior Awards Presented to the Class of 2013

On Monday, May 13, the 14th Annual Senior Sports Award Social was held in the Penn Manor High School cafeteria. Students were recognized for their contributions to Penn Manor athletics. Check here for a complete list of sports awards presented.

On Thursday, May 23 the Senior Awards Ceremony was held in the Penn Manor High School auditorium. There were 215 awards presented representing $490,015 in scholarship money. The top award recipients are pictured above. In the back row from left to right are Mark Hutchens (College of William and Mary), Alex Quinn (appointment to West Point Military Academy), Austin Rineer (Drexel University), Matthew Fritz (LaSalle University). In the front row from left to right are Jessica Hanner (Fairleigh Dickinson University), Lindamarie Olson (University of South Carolina), Kelsey Fulton (University of Delaware), Jillian Heckman (Emory University). Check here for a complete list of awards presented.

pdf files – Senior-Sports-Awards  PMSeniorAwards2013


Class of 2013 Graduation – Tuesday, June 4.

Commencement for the Class of 2013 will be held at the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center of Franklin and Marshall College, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for seating.  With the exception of a reserved section for handicap seating and honored guests, seating is on a first come basis.  Everyone in attendance must present a ticket in order to enter the ceremony.  Tickets are distributed to students at the end of commencement practice on June 3. Please refer to the F&M Event Parking map of the campus of Franklin and Marshall College for parking information.  Lots I, K and the Armstrong Parking Lot are the main lots available that evening.  There is on street parking and other lots on campus that will be available.  Please give consideration to traffic and parking arrangements when planning your departure time.

The graduation ceremony is a formal ceremony that marks an important event in each student’s life.  In order for this to occur, we need the cooperation of every member of the Class of 2013 and each person in attendance.  For most, the highlight of the ceremony is the presentation of the diplomas.  During this time, it is important that everyone present refrain from making any cheers or noises that will distract from a student’s names being heard.  Once all students have received their diploma, a time of celebration will be included in the program.

The commencement ceremony will be webcast live for the 13th year. The link will be available at 6:00 PM on the district website at www.pennmanor.net.

DVDs of the 2013 Commencement will be available at https://www.penguinproductionsllc.com/id18.html. DVDs of the 2012 and 2011 commencement are also available.

2013 Elementary Math Bowl Results

May is the time for the annual Elementary Math Bowl. On May 3 at Letort Elementary, Central Manor’s 4th grade Math Bowl team of Preston Meadors, Jordan Schucker, Andrew Glenn and Reed Lawrence came out on top. On May 9 at Hambright Elementary, Central Manor’s 5th grade team of Ryan Dang, Jackson Wagner, Anna Aston and Brennan McFall took top honors. On May 17 at Martic Elementary, Pequea’s 6th grade Math Bowl team of Erica Shaub, Stephen Albright, Sean Moore and Chris Keller (pictured with Pequea’s principal Mrs. Murray) earned the first place trophy  for 6th grade. All seven elementary schools field teams for the Math Bowl which includes three rounds of competition –  a team round, individual round, and lightning round. Congratulations to all the mathletes who competed!


Hambright Groundbreaking Kicks Off Construction of New Building

The official groundbreaking for the new Hambright Elementary School along Charlestown Road was held on Thursday, May 2. All students and staff from the current Hambright Elementary were bussed to the site to witness the groundbreaking of Penn Manor School District’s first new elementary school in over fifty years. Pictured left to right – Hambright Elementary principal, Dr. Jerry Egan; Penn Manor School District superintendent, Dr. Mike Leichliter; Penn Manor School Board president, Mr. J. Kenneth Long; current Hambright students, Conner Schlegel (4th grade) and  Solymar Soders (6th grade) helped to kick off construction of the new school. Residents will see work begin on the site in the next week or two.

Spring Fling – Friday, May 17, 2013

Spring Fling, the annual community carnival, will be held at Comet Field on Friday, May 17 from 3 pm to 9:00 pm. This event is planned by Penn Manor High School students for the enjoyment of the entire Penn Manor community. Everyone is invited!  High school bands and soloists will be taking to the stage to provide live entertainment from 4 pm to 9 pm. High school sports teams and extra-curricular groups will have booths with carnival games and lots of different types of food. Amusement rides and inflatables will also be featured. New this year – a hot dog and a watermelon eating contest, a car smash and a make-your-own sundae bar! Fireworks will close the event and will begin at 9:00 pm. There is no charge to attend this event and the parking is free. The event will be held rain or shine.

Pictured from left to right – senior class coordinators Adam Hess and Savannah Blake; junior class interns Alissa Herr and Brad Seiger.


SCORE Lancaster Presents Award to Open Campus PA

At the SCORE Lancaster Open House held on Thursday, April 25, Dr. Mike Leichliter, Penn Manor Superintendent, Dr. Brenda Becker, Hempfield Superintendent, and Dr. Gene Freeman, Manheim Township Superintendent were awarded the Lancaster SCORE Business Development Award for the Open Campus PA initiative. SCORE Lancaster has been collaborating with Open Campus PA since its inception. Retired businessman, Thomas Burgum, serves as the mentor on this project. Mr. Burgum is the Vice President of Member Services for SCORE Lancaster.


Pictured from left to right: Dr. Freeman, Dr. Becker, Dr. Leichliter, and Mr. Burgum.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Freeman, Dr. Becker, Dr. Leichliter, and Mr. Burgum.

PM Comet Trot – Saturday, April 20

The Penn Manor Comet Trot, a leisurely walk/jog and wellness experience for all ages, will be held on Saturday, April 20 from noon to 2:00 pm at the Penn Manor High School track. Events planned include a Track Challenge for students age 9-14 to try to qualify for the Hershey Games. Students must have a copy of their birth certificate and a registration form (available at all elementary schools). Races and field events will start promptly at noon so plan to arrive early.  First place winners in each event advance to the district meet. There will be a FitKidz Challenge Course, trail mix and a chance to meet Crunch the Apple and CometMan! A participation trophy will be given to the school with the highest percentage of participation so be sure to register.

There is no cost but donations of cleaning supplies for the Penn Manor Cares Fund are welcome. Come out and enjoy a chance to get healthy and have some fun! The event will be held rain or shine.

Southern Regional Police Officer Reads to Kindergarten Class

Corporal John Michener of the Southern Regional Police Department took time to stop by Pequea Elementary recently to read to Mrs. Drexel’s kindergarten class. The students listened to the humorous story of Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann and asked Corporal Michener questions about his job. The Southern Regional police officers have been visiting Pequea, as well as Conestoga Elementary School, frequently this year reading to students, visiting classrooms and joining the students for lunch. The school visits help students to build connections with the police officers.