Mask Information for March SAT

Effective with the March 2022 SAT weekend administration, The College Board requirement that staff and students wear masks remains in place for 2022; however, centers where local policy or practice does not require masks during school may opt out of this requirement for the March SAT administration.           

Therefore, Penn Manor will not be requiring masks for the March 2022 SAT weekend administration.  A student that wants to wear a mask at a center that has opted out of the mask requirement will be permitted to do so.  College Board will ask students who are experiencing symptoms of illness to postpone taking the SAT at no cost.

If you have any questions, please contact Gail Ulmer at gail.ulmer@pennmanor.net.

Mini-THON says Thank you!

On behalf of the Penn Manor mini-THON club, we wanted to thank all of YOU!  Without your support, time, talents, donations, and encouragement, our event would not have been possible AND Penn Manor’s incredibly generous donation to four diamonds would not have been attainable. PM’s mini-Thon club smashed their goal and raised an astounding $45,710.39.

TeenHope Screenings for 9th grade

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Your student’s emotional and physical health are key factors in their school performance and how well they engage in relationships with others.  We are fully dedicated to being a part of students’ success in and out of the school setting.  This year we are partnering with TeenHope (under the Samaritan Counseling Center) to offer the voluntary TeenHope Emotional-Wellness screening.  TeenHope will use the PHQ-9 and GAD screening tools to identify risk factors related to depression, anxiety, and thoughts of self-harm. The screening is at no cost to you, is voluntary and confidential. Based on Pennsylvania law, students 14 years of age and older must sign a consent for TeenHope to discuss recommendations with parents/guardians and school counselors.

Below is the link to TeenHope resources and copies of the tools used during the screening process.

https://scclanc.org/mental-health-wellness/teenhope.

Often, the screening will confirm that your student is experiencing normal teenage transitions.  If your student does screen at risk, or requests additional support, TeenHope will assist in identifying resources to share with your student, and with consent from students 14 years of age and older, TeenHope will share the recommendations with the family and school guidance counselor. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for your student.

The screening will be done for students in grade 9 during their PE 9/Health class. It is done in a manner that assures that only your child and the mental health professional see your child’s response.  All screening results are kept confidential and discussions with your student are general mental health conversations, not therapeutic in nature. 

These steps are what your teen will experience the day of the screening:

●       Students complete a 5-minute questionnaire about symptoms of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thinking and behavior.

●       Students who score at risk, or ask for help, meet with a trained mental health professional in private to discuss further recommendations.

●       Students who do not score at risk briefly meet with program staff to discuss general mental health concepts and ask related questions. Each student is given the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling. 

●       We also encourage you to put this in your contacts and use it if you suspect that a teenager you know is suicidal.

●       Parents are contacted by program staff only if your teen is recommended for further evaluation.  If this is the case, TeenHope staff will share the overall results with you and discuss ways you can get help for your teen.  Parents are not contacted if your teen is not found to need additional mental health services.

The school district provides this screening at no cost to families but does not provide further evaluation or treatment services.  It is up to you to decide if you want to obtain any additional services for your student.  TeenHope provides referral information directly to parents. In addition, Samaritan Counseling Center is available to provide assistance and financial support to parents interested in pursuing mental health services for their student.

We believe this screening opportunity is valuable for all students, so we plan to make this available this year to all students in grade Nine.  However, if for any reason you do not wish for your student (under the age of 14) to participate, you may opt out by completing and returning the opt out form within the time frame listed on the form.

Please do not hesitate to call the PM School Counseling office at 717-872-9520 ext. 1822  or Samaritan Counseling Center at 717-560-9969 if you have any questions.

Nominees sought for 2022 Outstanding Educators/Employee Awards

  • Outstanding Educator and Employee- We believe we have Outstanding Educators and Employees at Penn Manor High School. Think so too? Please take a moment to nominate someone special from PMHS. Nominations are now being accepted for the Penn Manor 2021-2022 Outstanding Educator/Employee Awards program.
  • The school district will present the awards later this year to teachers and staff members who go above and beyond in serving our students, parents, and staff.  Nominations are being accepted until February 28, 2022, from Penn Manor parents/guardians, students, and colleagues of district staff members.
    • Please click here to submit a nomination. Use one form for each nominee.
    • The Outstanding Educator Awards should be based on a teacher’s ability to promote academic growth in her/his students and for outstanding pupil-teacher relationships.  A person may nominate one elementary teacher, one secondary teacher or one teacher on each level.  The nominee must currently be employed by Penn Manor School District.
    • Nominations for the Outstanding Employee Awards should be based on the staff member’s ability to support the educational program and the quality of his/her relationships with staff and students.  A person may nominate one elementary staff member, one secondary staff member or one employee on each level.  The nominee must currently be employed by Penn Manor.
    • Below are an explanation of the awards, guidelines, and a list of previous recipients, who are not eligible for awards this year.

January Students of the Month

Congratulations to the January Students of the Month! They were nominated and chosen by the teachers and staff of Penn Manor for exhibiting outstanding educational traits.

This month’s winners are

Freshman:  Julian Torres, Sophomore:  Carly Railing, Junior:  Benedict Flinchbaugh and Senior:  Cecily Charles


Congratulations to this month’s winners!

Course Selection Night

Course Selection Night

Penn Manor High School 

Thursday, February 10, 2022      6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

All Penn Manor High School students and parents/guardians are invited to attend this year’s Course Selection Night.  Course Selection Night is an opportunity for students and parents/guardians to hear a presentation on the Course Selection process and to meet with members of academic and elective departments to ask questions and to gain an understanding of course offerings.  This evening is extremely beneficial for incoming freshmen and new students.  

Incoming freshmen and new students should plan on attending a short presentation in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m.  Following the presentation, students entering grades 9-12 and their parents/guardians will have the chance to tour the new high school building to meet with faculty members at the following locations:

Agriculture – Main level outside of room C245

Art – Lower level outside of the Art Studio (Room C117)

Counseling – Lower level outside of the Counseling Office

English – Upper level outside of room C309

Family and Consumer Science – Upper level outside of room C343

World Language – Lower level outside of room C110

Gifted – Lower level outside of Gifted Suite room B133

Applied Engineering, Technology, & Business – Main level in the STEM lobby

Learning Support – Main level outside of room C209

Library – Main level in the Media Center

Math – Main level outside of room C210

Music – Main level outside of room B218

Physical Education – Main level outside of the auditorium

Science – Main level in the STEM lobby

Social Studies – Upper level outside of room C346

The course selection window will open on Friday, February 11th. Check out the information under the Students Tab to learn more about the course selection process.

Penn Manor seeks public input on how to use pandemic funds

Penn Manor School District is seeking feedback from parents, students, staff and community members to help determine how the school district should best utilize funding made available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding is available through the ARP to Penn Manor for one-time or short-term expenditures to address the impact of the pandemic on our students and schools.

We invite you to complete a brief survey to help the district prioritize how this funding should be used.

Click here to take the survey, which will be open through Friday, February 11, 2022.

Winter Formal Dance 1/29

The Civitas club is hosting the Winter Formal dance this Saturday, January 29th from 7-10pm at the Penn Manor High School cafeteria. If you are interested in attending you must buy your tickets at lunch or before school on either Thursday, January 27th or Friday, January 28th in the cafeteria. Tickets are $10. If you wish to bring a guest from another school you must also turn in a guest verification form. We hope to see you at this fun and charitable event. All proceeds go to scholarships and charities in our community.