First Day of School

The 2012-13 school year got off to a strong start today.  The day started with a class meeting with each of the classes.  The following is important information that was shared with the students during the meetings:

  • In homeroom each student was provided with a handout from the counseling department that updates students with important information that is pertinent to what the students will experience this year.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education has changed the state assessment process.  Beginning this year, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen will take the Keystone Exams in Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.  Juniors will be taking the three exams in December as part of the state’s process for determining Adequate Yearly progress (AYP).  Those juniors who do not score proficient on any of the exams will have the opportunity to retest in May.
  • Freshmen and sophomores will be taking the three exams when they complete the course that prepares them for the exam.  This could be at the  end of the first semester in January or in May if the student has the class in the spring semester.  Similar to juniors, freshmen and sophomores who do not score proficient on an exam will have the opportunity to retest in the future.
  • More information about the Keystone Exams will be shared with parents during the opening presentation at Parents’ Night on September 14 at 6:45 p.m. in the auditorium.
  • To prepare for the Keystone Exams, all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take a reading and math benchmark assessment on September 6 and 7.  Seniors will be permitted to arrive at school at 8:40 a.m. on those two days.  These assessments will provide us with data that indicates a students’ preparedness for the Keystone Exams. It is important that each student applies himself or herself on these assessments.
  • Significant upgrades have been made to the Parent Portal for the Sapphire System.  All parents are encouraged to open their own account that is separate from their students’ account.  Progress reports and report cards will no linger be mailed home since this information will be available through the Parent Portal.  If a family does not have internet access and needs to have report cards or progress reports mailed home, please contact the high school main office at 872-9520, ext. 1809.  To create an account in Sapphire, parents can access the Penn Manor School District website ( and under the “PARENTS” tab select the “Sapphire Parent Portal Help and Instruction” subtab.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Fall Kickoff Classic that is held Thursday, August 30 at 5:15 p.m. at Comet Field and at our Fall Parent’s Night on September 14.