Hambright teacher honors grandmother through book donations

When Lorien Gilbert’s beloved grandmother died September 6, she wanted to honor the woman who had helped raise her and instill in her a lifelong love of reading.

Mary McReynolds, a children’s librarian in Lithonia, Ga., “wanted all children to see themselves in books, regardless of their race, gender, orientation, religion or ability,” said Gilbert, a third-grade teacher at Hambright Elementary School.

On the morning after her grandmother died, Gilbert went to the Hambright library “to be close to some of her favorite books,” including The Napping House, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? and Anne of Green Gables.

Librarian Tara Etzweiler suggested Gilbert purchase a book in memory of her grandmother, and Gilbert seized the opportunity.

“Tara had a list of books on her wish list, and the more I purchased, the more I found that I knew children would want to read,” she recalled.

Gilbert purchased graphic novels, picture books, nonfiction, poetry and fantasy titles.  “It was easy to find incredible stories featuring diverse characters,” she said.

So far, she has donated nearly 50 titles to the school’s collection.

All the books will include a bookplate describing “Miss Mary” McReynolds that includes this phrase: “Remember that you are important, and you have a voice, and we are glad you are here.”

Gilbert’s memories of her grandmother revolve around books, which were everywhere in her home.

“If you sat on the sofa, you were sure to be poked by the corner of a picture book.  She kept a paperback mystery above the stove so she could read while she cooked.  There were books in every closet, every cabinet, under every bed,” Gilbert said. “She always wanted to know what we were reading, even when we grandkids were all grown up.”

To Gilbert, the book donations are “a small way to honor my grandmother, and to remember her inclusive love.”

“I’ve heard it said that when a person dies, so does a library. It’s beautiful that her library is going to live on,” she said.

The books will benefit Hambright students for years to come, said Melissa Mealy, the school’s assistant principal.

“There are some great titles that I know kids are already excited to get their hands on,” she said. “Creating a culture of readers starts with a passion for literature like that of Ms. Gilbert and her grandmother.”

“This is such a wonderful way for Ms. Gilbert to honor her grandmother.”

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Penn Manor HS students participate in MFG Day activities

Nearly 80 Penn Manor High School students participated in field trips to manufacturing businesses Oct. 4 as part of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) activities.

MFG Day is a national event designed to spread the word to the next generation about the benefits of careers in manufacturing.

The Penn Manor students, mainly freshmen enrolled in applied engineering and agricultural education courses, visited High Steel Industries and Ultra Hurley Electronics.

At High Steel, students learned about such job opportunities as machine operator, production supervisor and maintenance supervisor. They also learned which skills—such as problem solving, critical thinking, math, writing, organization and communication —are critical to job success.

The group then toured the plant and saw how steel is processed, from its arrival on site via truck to packaging and shipping.

MFG Day provided students with an opportunity to network and experience industry before they take the next step, such as beginning an apprenticeship or looking for a job in a particular industry.

The field trips were designed to help students as they consider what career paths to pursue, said Jason D’Amico, assistant principal at Penn Manor High School.

“We value our relationship with local business and industry and appreciate the opportunity for our students to explore careers close to home,” he said.

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Four Manor FFA members earn Big E honors

Four Manor FFA members have earned awards at the Eastern States Exposition, held Sept. 15 in Springfield, Mass.

The dairy judging team of Austin Kolb, Alyssa Chalfant, Laurel Barley and Madeleine Denlinger placed third overall.

In addition, Austin placed first and Alyssa placed sixth in the individual dairy judging competition. Austin also was honored as the highest-placing individual for the Brown Swiss Breed.

The students all attend Penn Manor High School.

The dairy judging competition consisted of a 40-question general knowledge test and 10 questions on a Dairy Herd Improvement Association paper.

Participants then had to judge four classes of calves, one class of yearlings and one class of cows. The teams also had to evaluate different scenarios in which a farmer housed his animals, present to a judge the pros and cons of each and discuss potential problems and how they could be corrected.

The Exposition, known as the Big E, brings together FFA members from across the eastern United States.

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54 PMHS students join National Honor Society

The Penn Manor chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 54 new members during an induction ceremony Sept. 19 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 2018-2019 inductees include:

Kyle Ament, Grace Bibus, Janae Beiler, Tomas Bonnici, Victoria Brody, Ryan Buchwalder, William Burke, Ian Carper, Lucas Charles, Liban Chibssa, Rachel Collison, Ryan Dang, Angela Frola, Justine Fry, Aaron Gale, Jolie Haertter, Bassam Hattar, Jackson Heiney, Tim Hermansen, Shannon Hertzog.

Jadyn Hess, Dylan Jacyszn, Malcom Jones, Matt Julian, Devon Keene, Brady Lehman, Isaac Leshok, Daniel Mader, Neel Pariket Mahapatra, Stephen Marquette, Alexandra Martino, Connor Mayers, Catherine McMahan, Izabella Miller, Sonja Mowery, Gavin Neuman, Kaden Peart, Emma-Li Peters.

Bethany Pettis, Audrey Ritchie, Juan Lucas Gustavo Rizo-Patron, Dominic Roma, Ashley Sanchez, Ashley Seiger, Briana Shyver, Fikir Simegn, Hannah Smith, Madison Stallings, Kaitlyn Stauffer, Kailey Stoner, Jordan Stum, Austin Thomas, Aliya Trussell and Mary Anna Vozzella.

Congratulations for earning this distinguished recognition!

Photos courtesy of LifeTouch

National Honor Society inductees

 

Input sought from students, parents on special education services

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is interested in feedback from students and parents about the special education services provided by Penn Manor.

All parents of students receiving special education services and all students 14 years of age or older receiving special education services are encouraged to fill out an online survey. The feedback will be evaluated as part of a periodic review of Penn Manor’s special education program being conducted by the Bureau of Special Education.

Parents may access the online survey here.

The link for students is here.

Parents and students must complete the survey no later than Sept. 21, 2018, for the results to be included in the special education monitoring review process.

If you do not have a computer, most public libraries have equipment available for public use. You may also request to use a computer at your school or Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 facilities.

The survey is easy to complete and should take 15-20 minutes. An outside agency will tabulate the results and provide the school district with a report of parent and student responses on an overall basis. Names will not be used, and no one is identified.

Below is the formal notification to parents about the survey:

Special education survey letter

Parent feedback sought on Back to School Night changes

Penn Manor School District is seeking feedback from parents on the changes we made to Back to School Night events this year.
We kindly ask that you complete this four-question survey. We intend to use this information to determine the effectiveness of the changes we made to Back to School Night.
Thank you for your participation!

A sunny start to a successful first day for Penn Manor schools

Penn Manor welcomed more than 5,000 students back to its schools Thursday on a beautiful, sunny day that marked the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

The students were greeted by familiar faces, along with several new ones, as 24 new professional staff members began their new year at Penn Manor schools.

For the first time in several years, no new or renovated schools opened for the new year, but an $87 million project to renovate and rebuild Penn Manor High School will get under way later in the year.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter visited schools Thursday and reported smooth sailing on the first day.

“We were glad to have a beautiful day to welcome everyone,” he said. “The students who fill our schools are full of potential, and we are excited to see where they lead us this year.”

Many thanks to our Penn Manor staff, students, families and community members for making the first day such a success.

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Wellness is focus of Opening Day for 400 Penn Manor staff

More than 400 district staff members participated in Opening Day activities at Penn Manor High School on Monday, in advance of the start of the new school year on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Attendees enjoyed a hot breakfast before superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter and school board president Ken Long talked about the important role they play in supporting and inspiring students. In his talk, Leichliter cited the example of Mr. Rogers, who always made children feel comfortable, even when discussing difficult topics.

John Baker, safety and security officer for Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, addressed the group on school safety strategies. And after lunch, staff members participated in workshops and activities with a focus on wellness.

Activities included Zumba, mindfulness training, healthy cooking strategies, juggling, CPR training and personalized workouts.  Participants also could get health screenings and advice on nutrition, healthy food choices, finances, health insurance and other topics in the high school library.

Thank you to all the staff members who attended, and best wishes on a successful 2018-2019!

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Penn Manor begins 2018-2019 school year August 23

Thursday, Aug. 23, is the first day of school for all students in Penn Manor School District for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Penn Manor professional staff will begin their year with Opening Day activities at Penn Manor High School on Monday, Aug. 20.

All students will have an early dismissal on Thursday, Aug. 30. School will not be in session Friday, Aug. 31, and Monday, Sept. 3, for the Labor Day holiday.

Back to School Nights will be held at:
Penn Manor HS — 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20
Manor and Marticville MS — 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21
Martic ES — 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 28
Eshleman, Pequea, Central Manor, Letort and Hambright ES — 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 29
Conestoga ES — 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

Check the school’s website for additional details.

We look forward to a safe and successful start to the new year!

 

Five Penn Manor students earn national FFA recognition

Four recent Penn Manor graduates and one returning senior have earned national recognition from the FFA for completing projects in vegetable, dairy and crop production, ag sales and animal systems.

Kenny Barley, Jonathon Eshbach, Clara Hess and Damian Kreider, all 2018 graduates of Penn Manor High School, earned medals for proficiency, and Penn Manor senior Arilyn Tegtmeier-Oatman earned a medal in animal systems from the national FFA.

All are members of Manor FFA, the local chapter of the organization.

Kenny earned a National Silver Medal in proficiency in the category Ag Sales Entrepreneurship for his experience in owning and running a business, Walnut Hollow Mulch.

Jonathon earned a National Bronze Medal in proficiency in Special Crop Production for his experience growing and processing tobacco as a fourth-generation farmer.

Damian earned a National Bronze Medal in proficiency in Vegetable Production for his experience owning and operating a tomato sales business.

Clara earned a National Bronze Medal in proficiency in Dairy Production for her experience caring for calves on her family’s dairy farm.

Arilyn earned a National Bronze Medal in the Animal Systems Division for her research on the nutritional impact of raw food blends versus commercial feeds in small animals.

The national awards went to the top students from schools across the country, based on recent judging at the National FFA headquarters in Indianapolis.

The awards “truly recognize the students’ growth and mastery,” said Diane Glock-Cornman, a Penn Manor agricultural education teacher. “I am really proud of this crew.”

Congratulations to all these students, and best wishes on your future endeavors!

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Penn Manor hires 24 professional staff for 2018-2019

Penn Manor welcomed 17 new teachers for the 2017-2018 school year during New Teacher Orientation Day, held Aug. 7 and 8, at Manor Middle School.

In all, 20 teachers and four other professional staff members have been hired for the coming year. Some of the teachers previously served in long-term substitute or other positions at Penn Manor schools, but most of them are completely new to the school district. The new hires, pending school board approval, include:

Hambright Elementary
Melissa Mealy, assistant principal; Taylor Miller, learning support; Sarah Santos-Jagroo, grade 1; Jenna Ioannidis, academic support.

Central Manor Elementary
Matthew Kersic and Karlie Feaster, grade 6.

Penn Manor HS
Angelika Koerner, French and German; Chloe Hartung, earth science; Kyle Lainhoff, special education/School to Work; Caleb Smith, art; and Christine Donahue, school psychologist.

Marticville Middle School
Ken Webster, dean of students; Rachel Oler and Danielle Croft, reading; Brittany Patterson, social studies; and Courtney Bussard, math.

Martic Elementary
Jeb Thompson, grade 4; Glenn Wolfe, grade 4; Amanda Davis, grade 1.

Pequea
Courtney Wagner, learning/life skills support, grades 4-6.

Letort/Martic
Maria Anderson, art

Letort/Conestoga/Eshleman
Ashley Zook, school nurse.

Districtwide
Jason Mattern is the district’s new athletic director, replacing Jeff Roth. Allison Mattern is the district’s new English curriculum supervisor.

To all new staff members, welcome to the Penn Manor family, and best wishes for the 2018-2019 school year!

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Volleyball team named to Academic Honor Roll 2 years straight

For the second year in a row, the Penn Manor girls’ volleyball team has been named to the Academic All-American Honor Roll by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The 2017 team qualified by earning a cumulative grade-point average of 4.11, which ranks among the top 25 of girls’ high school teams in the United States.

“I’m really proud of our girls for winning this recognition two years in a row,” said head coach Tim Joyce. “This accolade is a great testament to their attitude, character and efforts.”

Eight of 13 Penn Manor varsity players earned a GPA of 4.0 or higher – seniors Emily Cummings, Ava Dunford-Groves, Tiana Ferko, Sydney Leichliter and Mikiah Sangrey, juniors Nicole Krahulik and Erica Shaub and freshman Jordan Schucker.

“Led by a strong group of seniors, the team members always put their studies first,” Joyce said. “Our athletes often were seen before matches or in between games at tournaments with textbooks out, working diligently on course work.”

Congratulations, ladies, on this terrific accomplishment!

Penn Manor girls' volleyball team
The 2017 girls’ volleyball team

 

Manor FFA members earn state honors

Manor FFA students placed in the top 10 in several categories at the Pennsylvania FFA Convention, held June 12-14 at Penn State University, with several students earning the right to compete regionally and nationally.

The Penn Manor High School students competed in career development and leadership development events to demonstrate their skills in several areas. Here are the results:

Poultry Evaluation – The team placed first and will compete in the National FFA Convention and Expo in October.

Team members were Sarah Bleacher (3rd place gold award), Morgan Harnish (4th place gold), Renee Eshbach (5th place gold) and Jolene Fields (9th place silver). Individuals who competed were Megan Reen (1st place gold), Berklee Perry (8th place silver), Brianna McMichael (11th place silver), and Jordan Arms (14th place bronze).

Dairy Cattle Management and Evaluation – The team placed second and will compete at the Big E Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September.  Team members were Austin Kolb (6th place gold), Alyssa Chalfant (8th place gold), Madeleine Denlinger (12th place silver), and Laurel Barley (43rd place).

National Chapter Award – Manor FFA placed 10th (gold) and will move on to national competition.

Employment Skills – Emily Aukamp, 5th place silver.

Horse Evaluation —The team placed sixth. Team members were Amanda Baker (14th place silver), Hannah Ile (33rd place), Darby Conrad (39th place), and Rebecca Roland (47th place).

Floriculture – Melodie Garrett, 11th place bronze.

Veterinary Science – Angela Frola (14th place silver) and Brenna McDevitt (16th place silver).

Scrapbook – The chapter scrapbook placed 14th and earned a silver medal.

Proficiency Awards – The following students received their state proficiency:  Kenny Barley (ag sales entrepreneurship), Jonathon Eshbach (specialty crop production), Clara Hess (dairy placement) and Damian Kreider (vegetable production).

State Officer Nominating Committee – Rebecca High served as a member of the committee to select state FFA officers.

State officer candidates – Kenny Barley and Samantha Garrett spent two days in the state officer selection process.

Congratulations to these students for representing Penn Manor so well!

Poultry evaluation team
Poultry Evaluation team members, from left, Berklee Perry, Jordan Arms, Sarah Bleacher, Renee Eshbach, Megan Reen, Jolene Fields, Morgan Harnish and Brianna McMichael.

 

 

PMHS teacher Mealy publishes fifth book

 Congratulations to Penn Manor history teacher Dr. Todd Mealy on the publication of his fifth book, “Glenn Killinger, All American: Penn State’s World War I Era Sports Hero.”

    The book tells the story of Killinger, who grew up in Harrisburg and was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Penn State. He went on to serve in the military during World War I and later was a college coach and athletics director.

    Mealy uses Killinger’s story to examine how American culture during the “Great War” focused on heroism, masculinity and athletics to create national icons promoted by the military and the media.

    The book covers the implementation of college sports at military installations across the country in 1918 and the creation of the Student Army Training Corps, which made athletics a requirement for college students. After the war, businessmen capitalized on using the media to manufacture heroes in the form of celebrities to sell products.

    Mealy said the book should appeal to readers with an interest in sports, military history and American culture.

    “Glenn Killinger” is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg.

    Mealy’s other books include “This is the Rat Speaking”; “Legendary Locals of Harrisburg”; “Aliened American,” a biography of William Howard Day; and “Biography of an Antislavery City,” about anti-slavery advocates, Abolitionists and the Underground Railroad in Harrisburg.

Students receive numerous awards at Manor FFA banquet

Manor FFA members earned multiple awards at the chapter’s 58th annual banquet, held recently in the Penn Manor High School cafeteria.

Pennsylvania FFA State Secretary Taylor Halbleib spoke at the event, which celebrated the hard work of chapter members during the school year.

Members received the following awards:

Proficiency – Kenny Barley, agriculture sales; Arilyn Tegtmeier, agriscience research (animal systems); Kyle Bushong, dairy production; Melodie Garrett, diversified livestock production; Jonathon Eshbach, specialty crop production; and Rebecca High, swine production.

SAE Start-Up Grants – Arilyn Tegtmeier, Megan Reen, Maddy Denlinger, Cody Hurlburt and Brenna McDevitt.

SAE Expansion Grants – Arilyn Tegtmeier, Colin Smith, Marshall Ebersole, Angie Frola, Rebecca High, Alyssa Chalfant and Austin Kolb.

Scholarship Awards – Clara Hess, Ben Raifsnider, Joe Allman, Becky Barley, Abigail Reiff, Emily Aukamp, Kyle Bushong, Arilyn Tegtmeir, Rebecca High, Alyssa Chalfant, Kenny Barley and Ben Raifsnider.

Leadership Awards – Michael Brumbaugh, Emily Aukamp, Elizabeth Broderick, Kenny Barley, Melodie Garrett, Rebecca High, Jonathon Eshbach, Arilyn Tegtmeier, Austin Kolb, Becky Barley, Renee Eshbach, Sarah Bleacher, Bobbie Ditzler, Emma French and Rebecca High.

Rebecca High and Melodie Garrett were recognized for receiving Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships for a week-long conference this summer.

Katey Bleacher, Bradley Groff and Sammy Bleacher were recognized for receiving the American Degree, the highest degree in the FFA.

Star Chapter recipients – Austin Kolb (agribusiness) and Maddy Denlinger (placement).

Star Greenhand recipients – Laurel Barley (placement), Berklee Perry (production) and Jolene Fields (agrisicence).

Honorary Degree recipients were recognized for their continued support. They are Rosalind Cowan, Brian and April Eshbach, Kaleb Long, Carroll Herr, Scott Kreider, Ellis Kreider, Dave and Starla Hess, Jay and Bonni Bauman, Erin Deamer, Missy and Larry Eshbach and International Harvester Collector’s Club, Chapter 8.

This year’s Blue & Gold recipients are Ken and Nancy Witmer.

At the close of the banquet, Manor FFA officers were installed for 2018-2019. They are Rebecca High (president), Arilyn Tegtmeier and Melodie Garrett (vice presidents), Lauren Sensenich, Maddy Denlinger, Cody Hurlburt, Jolene Fields, Renee Eshbach, Alyssa Chalfant, Sarah Bleacher, Darby Conrad, Michael Brumbaugh and Laurel Barley.

Congratulations to the award recipients, and many thanks to all the banquet sponsors.

 

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