Planet Penn Manor

August 14 2020

Penn Manor Cross Country

Revised Varsity Cross Country Meet Schedule

Varsity Cross Country
2020-2021

Day Date Opponent Place Time

Thursday Sep. 24 PM XC Meet Penn Manor 4:45PM
Monday Sep. 28 @ McCaskey H. S. McCaskey H. S. 4:45PM
Thursday Oct. 01 @ E-town E-town 4:45PM
Tuesday Oct. 06 @ Lebanon Lebanon H.S. 4:45PM
Tuesday Oct. 13 PM XC Meet Penn Manor 4:45PM
Thursday Oct. 22 @ TBA (LL League Championship@ Ephrata)TBA 4:00PM

Note: “Opponent” does not reflect all team attending meet

Middle School Schedule is not the same as varsity schedule

tomecker

Penn Manor School District

JULY 2020 TREASURER’S REPORT

Judy Duke

Kindergarten with Mrs. Kinser

Kindergarten Kick Off

Kindergarten Kick-Off on August 19th

August 13, 2020

This is a message for incoming kindergarten families. Mrs. Kinser and Mrs. Glenn are offering an opportunity for their kindergarten students!

Due to Covid-19, this is a modified event. There are two options for your family: attending physically (with guidelines set in place) or virtually.

Please click on the link below to view the digital form with more information!

Kindergarten Kick-Off

ckinser

Mrs. Glenn's Kindergarten Blog

Kindergarten Kick-Off on August 19th

This is a message for incoming kindergarten families. Mrs. Kinser and Mrs. Glenn are offering an opportunity for their kindergarten students!

Due to Covid-19, this is a modified event. There are two options for your family: attending physically (with guidelines set in place) or virtually.

Please click on the link below to view the digital form with more information!

Kindergarten Kick-Off

lglenn

August 13 2020

Mrs. Piatt's Blog Site

Welcome to our 4P Family

Hi Everyone! I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying the last few weeks of summer! We are very busy preparing for our year together! I’m SO excited to meet you! If you are in the process of buying school supplies, here are some things that we will use this year:

*LOTS of dry erase markers and an old sock or eraser

*Headphones labeled in a bag with your first and last name

*Scissors

*A SMALL pencil box or pouch with pencils and eraser

*Colored Pencils

*Glue Sticks

*Also, many students prefer to have their own calculators, we use them A LOT in 4th grade! The recommended calculator is the Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS model. This calculator is used in grades 4-6 and into middle school. It can be found on sale in many stores right now. Students will use a calculator for in school and at home learning.

More information will come in the next few weeks! Keep enjoying summer, smiling and making memories! I’m so excited that you are in OUR class, and I can’t wait to meet YOU!

hpiatt

Jr. High Cross Country

Updated Cross Country Schedules

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

Here is the updated schedule for our meets. The Iron Bridge Championship Meet has been cancelled for this year as a result of COVID-19. I will continue to update news regarding the PIAA as it becomes available.

Thank you and GO COMETS!!!

Coach Kramer

akramer

Penn Manor School District

Health information sessions offered on COVID-19 and schools

Free webinars on dealing with the pandemic in a school setting are being offered to school employees and community members by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health on Aug. 17, 19 and 21.

Registration is not require to participate in these online Zoom sessions. Here are the sessions:

Aug. 17
12 noon: “Strategies to Keep Calm in Difficult Times”
1 p.m.: “Dealing with Uncertainty”

Aug. 19
12:30 p.m.: “COVID-19 and Schools”

Aug. 21
9:30 a.m.: “COVID-19 and Schools” (same content as Aug. 19 session)

In addition, an earlier presentation, “COVID-19 101,” is available for viewing
here.

To participate in the upcoming sessions, click on the Zoom links listed here at the time of the session.

Many thanks to Penn Medicine LGH for providing these timely resources to the community.

Brian Wallace

5H Family

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

I am so excited to welcome you to fifth grade at Hambright Elementary! This will be a year unlike any other, full of new learning and new ways of exploring our world. In fifth grade, one concept we learn about is how animals adapt to their surroundings in order to thrive in their new environments. We will get the opportunity to do the same this year!

I will be working hard to ensure that your student feels safe, loved, and happy while at school. We will be following all health and safety recommendations, but I’ll also be making sure that my students will be able to be kids, too. That will mean movement, play outside, and opportunities to safely interact with peers while at school.

I’m hoping that we’ll be doing lots of learning outside in the fall! As you prepare for school this year, please know that your child may be sitting in the grass or walking in a slightly muddy area from time to time. Fancy shoes and nice clothes are not needed for this school year 🙂 You may want to consider sending an old pair of sneakers to school in a plastic bag for “hiking days”.

Please make sure you follow our Hambright blog to stay up to date and informed about any news regarding school events and procedures. Our school blog and website are also great resources for questions about lunches, Title I, health-related policies and procedures, and other information.

I am honored to work with your child and your family through this time and will do my best to make this year a happy one for your child. Please know that I’m always available to listen, advise, answer questions, or talk through concerns. I’m so excited to get this adventure started!

With gratitude for this year together,

Katie Harnish

Mrs. Harnish

Penn Manor Volleyball

August 13- Thursday Volleyball Tip

defense

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Coach Miller

megan.miller@pennmanor.net

Mrs. Miller

Mr. Mattern's Sixth Grade

Welcome to Sixth Grade

If you happen to be visiting my blog for the first time as we are now only a few weeks away from the start of school, welcome to sixth grade!  It is my intention to make sure your child makes great progress this year while enjoying the learning process.  Our classroom is all set up for our new blended schedule, and Mr. Schettler and I are ready for the school year.

You should have received a letter in the mail from me earlier in the week.  This letter provides some important information for the upcoming school year.  Please remember to sign up for the updates to my blog by clicking on the subscribe button on the right hand side of the screen.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns that I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I may not have all of the answers, but hopefully I can guide you in the right direction.  I know the situation we have all been put in is far from ideal, but we will make it through by working together!

Mr. Mattern

tmattern

August 12 2020

PM Elementary Instrumental Music

Video sharing!

Ms. Almoney is looking forward to hearing and seeing you play! Look in the new (2020-2021) google classroom for band or strings with these class codes: Band – 4pau2cp, Strings – bmcvynd

Under the “please submit” topic, there is a new opportunity to try flipgrid. I have asked for a 30 second video of you playing something you learned in June, July, or August. Please share!

Ms. Almoney

PM Elementary Instrumental Music

Only a few students are practicing…

Please keep practicing and submitting your minutes to our total… As of today, August 11, we are at 11963 minutes. We need everyone to make music and include their minutes!!!!

Here is the form, please fill it out regularly! PM Practice Record 2020
https://forms.gle/d6FDTRhNQYk9DUXj6

If you need assistance with tuning or solving a technical issue, please send an email to jill.almoney@pennmanor.net. I will be happy to Google Meet with you! Enjoy summer, stay safe!!!

Ms. Almoney

August 11 2020

Fellenbaum`s Forum

Two IMPORTANT UPDATES

Image important-update - West Carrollton

As you know, things are changing rapidly during this challenging time. I will do my best to keep you informed when changes and/or updates are made. Your patience and understanding are appreciated as we navigate hurdles presented by the pandemic. Here are two very IMPORTANT UPDATES that recently came out after my welcome brochures were printed and sent:

First, I realized that I neglected to list a face mask under materials needed for the school year in the brochure. Please be sure your child has a clean face mask each day.

Second, information about which group students are in for our blended reopening plan can be found in your child’s Sapphire account. If you need help accessing your account and/or setting this up, you can email our secretary, Carol Ragland (carol.ragland@pennmanor.net). Along with letting you know whether your child is in Group A or Group B, there have also been modifications to the schedule for the first two weeks of school as follows:

Due to the Labor Day holiday, modifications to the Blended Learning schedule will be made for the first two weeks of school:
Week of August 31, 2020:
Group A will attend school on Monday (8/31/20) and Wednesday (9/2/20).
Group B will attend school on Tuesday (9/1/20) and Thursday (9/3/20).
NOTE: Thursday (9/3/20) is an early dismissal day. Secondary schools will be dismissed at 12:30PM and elementary schools will be dismissed at 1:30PM.
Week of September 7, 2020:
Group A will attend school on Tuesday (9/8/20) and Wednesday (9/9/20).
Group B will attend school on Thursday (9/10/20) and Friday (9/11/20).
The normal blended schedule will resume the week of September 14, 2020.

hfellenbaum

Penn Manor School District

Penn Manor welcomes 12 new teachers for 2020-2021

Penn Manor welcomed 12 new teachers for the 2020-2021 school year during New Teacher Orientation, held Aug. 5 and 6 at Manor Middle School.

The new hires, pending school board approval, include:

Penn Manor High School
Amanda Swords, learning support teacher; and Jennifer Elder, Spanish teacher.

Hambright Elementary
Erik Ballard, fifth-grade teacher; and Ay’Shia Gaston, fourth-grade teacher.

Central Manor Elementary
Gabrielle Shemonski, learning support teacher; Trent Soto, fourth-grade teacher; and Lacey Winder, fifth-grade teacher.

Martic Elementary School
Mara Tate, sixth-grade teacher; and Meredith Miller, fifth-grade teacher.

Pequea Elementary
Maxleen Gutierrez, special education teacher; Julia Kepple, special education teacher; and Lauren Walker, second-grade teacher.

To all our new staff members, welcome to the Penn Manor family, and best wishes for the 2020-2021 school year!

From left, Amanda Swords, Julia Kepple, Trent Soto, Lauren Walker, Meredith Miller, Ay’Shia Gaston, Erik Ballard, Mara Tate, Joshua Rosenbaum, Lacey Winder, Gabrielle Shemonski, Maxleen Gutierrez and Jennifer Elder. (Note: Joshua Rosenbaum accepted a position with another school after this photo was taken.)

Brian Wallace

August 10 2020

Fellenbaum`s Forum

Welcome to third-grade!

Can you believe the start of another school year is just THREE weeks away?! Welcome letters are being put into the mail this week. I’m excited to get to work with a new group of third-graders this year! We will be talking a lot about GRIT and RESILIENCE, now more than ever, as we dive into another year of learning. Enjoy your last few weeks of summer! Here is a copy of the welcome letter in case you just CAN’T wait!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cyvWYfFwqqBYyf4K_Ns-P4NP45gkIPvu/view?usp=sharing

15 Uplifting Quotes for Positive Vibes | SUCCESS

hfellenbaum

August 7 2020

Jr. High Cross Country

PIAA AND SCHEDULE UPDATE

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

The announcement from the PIAA regarding Fall sports can be found here: https://www.piaa.org/

I have also attached an updated August/September practice schedule. I currently do not have any practices listed for Wednesdays, as many of our team members will be doing remote online learning from home. We understand that the blended school schedule and family work schedules may conflict, so if there are days your child cannot come to practice please communicate that with me at andrea.kramer@pennmanor.net. Our goal is to accommodate all of our athletes as best we can.

We are currently waiting for the revised meet schedule and I will pass that along as soon as I am able to.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility!

Coach Kramer

akramer

August 6 2020

The Peart Post

Back to school choices

Dear Letort families of mine from last year and this coming year! 🥰After much research and planning, our district is going with a Hybrid opening… to start. The school board MAY vote to bring all students back in the future🤞 OR we may need to go all online as our country still battles the Covid spread. I know the Hybrid model to work with/plan/coordinate is overwhelming. I truly hope we can all find a workable plan with this and we will see your kiddos back at Letort! I support and truly believe this is the best option we have for our students right now. Bottom line is…WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!! Hybrid involves Letort teachers in person AND Letort teachers online through our online programs Seesaw (TBA) and Google Classroom. FYI- it is important for you to know that our Hybrid online programs are NOT the same programs if you choose the ALL online model. If you choose to go ALL online, it is NOT with Letort teachers. It is through third party teachers with a PA approved program. I am sure it has great merit and great teachers. More info on that online option is below. If you haven’t read about our back to school plan (what Letort routines will be like.), below are some links to check it out. It is VERY helpful to read! I tried to attach 3 ways below because attachments are touchy through my blog! My heart is excited to see those sweet faces soon 😍and I’m hopeful we can be back fully in 2021. IF IF IF we end up online again, at least I will have had some time with the kids 🤗and we will teach them OUR K-2 online platform called Seesaw👍 that we are busy getting ready for just for K-2. I know….so confusing…so PLEASE don’t hesitate to email me ANY questions ANY time😎. megan.peart@pennmanor.net

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NeC0NF4RqFV5oNk8E9b8jfhNVRw_iz2hCFEwoZnirJk/edit

https://www.pennmanor.net/blog/2020/08/04/full-details-of-districts-blended-learning-reopening-plan/

Penn Manor Virtual School – Total Remote Learning

  • Instruction provided by third-party teachers
  • Third-party teachers prescribe and deliver curriculum designed around PA Core Standards.
  • Students will be issued a laptop and other resources for learning; parents are responsible for reliable internet access.
  • K through 6 requires parent/guardian supervision.
  • Families are asked to commit for the entire semester.
  • Information about PMVS can be found here.

mpeart

Dr. Garvey's Blog

Materials for School

  • Plastic pencil box (8″ x 5″) with pencils and erasers
  • Small personal pencil sharpener
  • 24 pack of crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Yellow highlighter
  • Pack of colored pencils and markers
  • Dry-erase markers with your child’s name on each marker
  • Clean sock for erasing mini whiteboards
  • Box of tissues and/or hand sanitizer for the classroom

kgarvey

Penn Manor Volleyball

August 6- Thursday Volleyball Tips

This is the most exciting part of the game of volleyball, however, it can be the most difficult because of the coordination that is involved with the timing. This week has a lot of videos to watch because attacking has many complicated stages.

Work on your approach everywhere that you go. It should be as easy as riding a bike, you don’t have to think about it. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Coach Miller

megan.miller@pennmanor.net

Mrs. Miller

August 5 2020

Jr. High Cross Country

Season update from the Lancaster-Lebanon League

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

This morning, the Lancaster-Lebanon League voted to delay the start of the Fall season.

The official season for Jr. High will now begin on Tuesday, September 8th. The league’s athletic directors will meet in the coming days to discuss our revised meet schedule for the season.

With this new date for our official season, there will be modifications to the practice schedule I sent out last week. I will update that as soon as I can.

If you have any questions, please contact me at andrea.kramer@pennmanor.net

Thank you and GO COMETS!!!

Coach Kramer

akramer

August 4 2020

PMHS School Counseling Department

Penn Manor School District

Full details of district’s Blended Learning reopening plan

The Penn Manor board of school directors on August 3 approved a Blended Learning approach to reopening schools. Below are the details of the plan, along with alternatives and general information on the health and safety measures that will be in place at Penn Manor schools when they reopen on August 31.

The August 3 presentation to the school board is available for viewing here.

Blended Learning plan

Students in kindergarten, first and second grade, certain special education classes, and students attending the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (CTC) will attend school every day. The district will reconfigure classroom space to maintain appropriate social distancing for kindergarten, first grade, second grade and special education classes.

Students in grades 3 through 12 will be divided into two groups to attend school two days a week — Monday and Tuesday (Group A) or Thursday and Friday (Group B) — in small classes. All students in a household will be grouped together. Student group assignments will be posted to the Sapphire Community Portal by the end of the day August 12. In addition, a letter will be mailed home to parents/guardians.

Parents of students enrolled in select special education programs will be notified by the district regarding their students’ schedules. 

For the days that students will attend in person, they will follow the regular school schedule.

On the two days they are not in school, students will work independently online on classroom assignments provided by their teachers. On Wednesdays, all students will participate in live online instruction led by their teachers (please see schedule below).

All instruction will be developed and delivered by classroom teachers. Students should expect to work 45 minutes to an hour per subject area/class per day. Attendance for the online days will be based on the completion of assignments.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, modifications to the Blended Learning schedule will be made for the first two weeks of school. 

  • Week of August 31: students in Group A will attend school on Monday and Wednesday. Students in Group B will attend school on Tuesday and Thursday. 
  • Week of September 7: Group A students will attend school on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Group B students will attend school on Thursday and Friday. 

Wednesday schedules

Grades 3-6
8:20-9:00: Planning; teacher office hours by appointment
9:00-9:15      Check-in
9:15-10:15    ELA
10:30-11:30  Math
12:00-3:45    Collaborative planning; teacher office hours by appointment.

Grades 7-8
7:25 – 10:45: Collaborative planning; office hours by appointment.
11:15 – 11:45   Period 1
11:50 – 12:20   Period 2
12:25 – 12:55   Period 3
1:00 – 1:30   Period 4
1:35 – 2:05   Period 5
2:10 – 2:40   Period 6 

Grades 9-12
7:25 – 10:40:  Collaborative planning; office hours by appointment
11:10 – 12:00   Block 1
12:05 – 12:55   Block 2
1:00 – 1:50   Block 3
1:55 – 2:45   Block 4

The blended approach will reduce capacity in our school buildings to assure that appropriate social distancing occurs. This plan will permit teachers to re-acclimate students to a new classroom learning environment that utilizes the safety measures. In addition, the blended approach permits students and teachers to utilize all three learning modes (in-person, live teacher-led online, and student-paced online) to prepare  for any possible future changes in schedule.

The administration plans to re-evaluate the blended plan with the school board during its meeting on Monday, September 21. At that time, the administration may recommend either continuing with the blended approach or making adjustments that may include bringing more students back for in-person instruction. Action by the Governor or the state Department of Health may require us to modify this plan. 

Virtual School Alternative

For parents who are not comfortable with sending their children back to the classroom, we are offering Penn Manor Virtual School to students in kindergarten through grade 12. 

This program, which has been in operation for eight years, allows students to remain a part of the Penn Manor Community by participating in co-curricular activities and school events. Students work toward a Penn Manor diploma and can get assistance from Penn Manor teachers and utilize the district’s counseling services. 

A link to more information about Penn Manor Virtual School is here: https://blogs.pennmanor.net/pmvs/

Parents requesting to enroll their students in PMVS should complete the PMVS Interest Form by Wednesday, August 12.  

Home Education

The parent/guardian serves as the child’s teacher and establishes educational objectives and a curriculum that follows Department of Education guidelines. Parents must register their children with the district as home school students and file the appropriate paperwork. Learn more here: https://www.pennmanor.net/home-education/ 


Universal Health and Safety Measures for Penn Manor Schools

Penn Manor’s full health and safety plan is available here: https://www.pennmanor.net/covid19/

When school reopens, we will be instituting a variety of measures designed to make the school environment safe for all students, staff and parents. These measures include: 

General precautions

We will follow guidelines for social distancing in all areas of buildings. Schools will adhere to the guidelines to the maximum extent possible. This will include minimizing shared materials, increased use of student laptops and limiting/eliminating large-group activities. 

Masks

All students, staff and visitors must wear a face covering (cloth mask or face shield) that covers their nose and mouth inside the school and while outside when physical distancing is not possible.

Transportation

  • Face coverings must be worn on the bus
  • Students will be assigned seats
  • Windows will be opened for increased ventilation (weather permitting)
  • Students will load the bus from back seats to front and unload from front seats to back
  • Maximum of two students per seat

 Arrival

  • Students will be dismissed by bus upon arrival
  • Students are to report directly to their class or cafeteria for breakfast to avoid congregating in the halls or cafeteria

 Dismissal

  • Students will be dismissed to buses by staggered time intervals
  • Students are to report directly to their bus or car to avoid congregating in hallways and cafeteria

 Classroom Organization

  • Student desks and workspaces will be 3 to 6 feet apart, or to the maximum extent feasible
  • Student desks will face the same direction
  • Students will be assigned seats
  • Fabric/cloth furniture of any kind (sofas, pillows, cloth chairs, cloth-topped stools, etc.) must be removed and stored at home  

Classroom Cleaning

  • Every classroom will be issued spray bottles, microfiber rags and paper towels
  • Shared surfaces and materials will be cleaned after each use
  • Classroom desks and instructional tables will be cleaned nightly by custodians
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for each classroom
  • Teachers will encourage students to use hand sanitizer and/or wash their hands frequently 

Building Cleaning

  • High-touch areas — doorknobs, light switches, and handrails — will be cleaned daily
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned every evening and before and after lunch
  • Building offices will be cleaned each evening, and high-touch surfaces cleaned after student arrival
  • Drinking fountains will be turned off. Bottled water will be supplied, and students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottles
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available in cafeterias, main entrances, and at highly trafficked secondary entrances
  • Main entrance vestibules will be cleaned every evening and after student arrival
  • Cafeteria
  • Face coverings will be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking
  • Reduced number of lunch and snack choices (no a la carte)
  • Social distancing will be practiced to the maximum extent possible
  • Tables will be wiped down after each use
  • Additional and extended lunch periods will be added to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria at one time
  • Additional areas will be used for seating
  • Cash transactions will be discouraged; we will encourage families to set up online accounts
  • We plan to provide meals to students for all five days each week 

Visitor restrictions

  • The number of adults coming into and out of school buildings will be minimized
  • Individuals who provide a direct service to students are permitted in buildings
  • Parents/guardians should call ahead to school to pick up student(s)
  • Parent meetings will be held virtually to the maximum extent possible

How Penn Manor will respond to positive COVID-19 tests

If a student, faculty or staff member tests positive

  • Penn Manor will follow the “decision tree” (see below) developed by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health regarding positive COVID-19 students and staff as well as exposure to positive COVID-19 students, staff, or household members. All notification of affected students, staff and family members will be handled by the PA Department of Health.
  • A child or faculty/staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must immediately isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of symptoms. This person cannot be released from isolation at home until improved symptoms and no fever (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours prior to release from isolation.
  • If a child or faculty/staff member has an asymptomatic positive test, then isolation is 10 days from the date of test.

If a student, faculty or staff member had close contact with someone who tests positive

  • “Close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet for a period of 10 minutes or more of a COVID-19 positive person. It does not matter if a person was masked or not.
  • A student/faculty/staff member who has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must stay home and immediately quarantine for a minimum of 14 days from the last contact and monitor for symptoms.
  • If during the quarantine period this person does not become symptomatic, he/she must complete the 14-day quarantine time period.
  • If during the quarantine period this person becomes symptomatic, he/she must be tested for COVID-19. If the test is positive, he/she should follow the “Tests Positive for COVID-19” requirements listed above.

If a household member tests positive

Key question: Can the COVID-positive household member be isolated in the home?

If yes, then the exposed student/faculty/staff member:

  • Must stay home and immediately quarantine for a minimum of 14 days from last contact and monitor for symptoms.
  • If the student/faculty/staff member becomes symptomatic during quarantine, he/she must be tested for COVID-19. If the test is positive, he/she should follow the “Tests Positive for COVID-19” requirements listed above.
  • If during the quarantine period this person does not become symptomatic, he/she must complete the original quarantine time period.

If no, then the exposed student/faculty/staff member

  • Must stay home and immediately quarantine for a minimum of 14 days AFTER positive household member is released from quarantine and monitor for symptoms.
  • If the student/faculty/staff member becomes symptomatic during quarantine, he/she must be tested for COVID-19. If the test is positive, he/she should follow the “Tests Positive for COVID-19” requirements listed above.
  • If during the quarantine period this person does not become symptomatic, he/she must complete the original quarantine time period.

Notification procedures

When a student or school employee has tested positive, they will be notified by appropriate public health personnel and instructed on an isolation protocol.  Close contacts of the person who tested positive will also be contacted by medical personnel and receive quarantine instructions. The only time Penn Manor will communicate a medical diagnosis with families in a school is at the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

COVID-19 Decision Tree 

Questions or concerns?

Parents of elementary students, please contact Dr. Jerry Egan, assistant superintendent for elementary education, at jerry.egan@pennmanor.net

Parents of secondary students, please contact Dr. Phil Gale, assistant superintendent for secondary education, at philip.gale@pennmanor.net

Brian Wallace

August 3 2020

Jr. High Cross Country

Tonight’s practice 8/3

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

I am planning to have practice this evening, however, I do ask that parents stay close to the area in case it starts to storm and we need to end early.

Thank you!

Coach Kramer

akramer

Penn Manor School District

August update on school reopening options and recommendation

The following is an update from Penn Manor superintendent Mike Leichliter on plans to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year on Aug. 31:

Dear Penn Manor Families & Staff,

Since our last update on July 20, the school district has refined both our health and safety plan for reopening as well as the three potential modes of reopening for the school year. At 7 p.m. tonight, the board of school directors will meet to discuss and vote on these plans.

Tonight’s school board meeting will be broadcast live on the Penn Manor YouTube channel. You can watch the meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, here. The agenda for the meeting is accessible here.

The board will select one configuration from these options:  

Total reopening for all students and staff  — Students and staff would return with social distancing and health and safety precautions in place. Some students/families may opt to enroll in the Penn Manor Virtual School elementary, middle school, or high school program out of safety/health concerns.

Blended reopening — A balance of in-person and online learning for all students based on alternating days each week. Families may also select the Penn Manor Virtual School program out of safety/health concerns.

Total remote learning for all students — A greatly enhanced version of online learning from what students experienced at the end of the 2019-2020 school year delivered by Penn Manor teachers.


The administration will be recommending the blended reopening approach to the school board. Under this plan, students in kindergarten, first and second grade, certain special education classes, and students attending the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (CTC) would attend school every day. The district will reconfigure classroom space to maintain appropriate social distancing for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Students in grades 3 through 12 would be divided into two groups to attend school two days a week (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) in small classes. All students in a household would follow the same schedule. On Wednesdays, all students would participate in live online instruction led by their teachers. On the two days they are not in school, students would work independently on assignments provided by their teachers. 

This recommendation is being made to reduce capacity in our school buildings to assure that appropriate social distancing may occur. Because children have not been in a school setting since March 13, this plan also will permit teachers to re-acclimate students to a classroom learning environment in smaller groups.

If this option is selected, the administration would re-evaluate the blended approach with the school board during its meeting on Monday, September 21. At that time, the administration would recommend either continuing with the blended reopening or making adjustments that may include bringing more students back for in-person instruction.

As we continue planning for the 2020-2021 school year, the key word is “flexibility.” All schools must be prepared to switch to any of the three modes. As we have learned, action by the Governor of Pennsylvania or state Department of Health may require us to modify our plans. 

To keep you informed on the school board’s decision, we will provide further information tomorrow, August 4. This communication will outline the board’s final decision on how to reopen schools on August 31 with additional details. You can expect to receive the update via email (also posted on the district website). We will also begin to provide updates on a weekly basis for the next four weeks.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we plan for a safe and successful reopening of our schools for 2020-2021.

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Full links

School Board Meeting Live Video:
https://www.youtube.com/user/pennmanorschools

School Board Meeting Agenda
https://www.pennmanor.net/board/agenda/

Brian Wallace

August 1 2020

Jr. High Cross Country

Clarification for dates and times

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

I know there are some changes with dates and times for the next few weeks, so I wanted to make sure to clarify those for you. Here they are:

Monday (8/3) 6:00-7:30 pm

Wednesday (8/5) 6:00-7:30 pm

Friday (8/7) 8:30-10:00 am

Monday (8/10) NO PRACTICE

Wednesday (8/12) NO PRACTICE

Saturday (8/15) 8:30-10:00 am

Thank you and GO COMETS!!!

Coach Kramer

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July 31 2020

Jr. High Cross Country

Official Season Schedule

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

It has been a fast and hot few weeks since our optional practices began. Coach Taylour and I are impressed with the number of athletes that have been in attendance. There is a lot of positive energy that surrounds us during the workouts and we’ve seen so much improvement in our team already!

NOTE: FINAL PRACTICES BEFORE OFFICIAL SEASON BEGINS WILL BE ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS: 8/3, 8/5, 8/7 (8:30-10:00 AM), 8/15 (8:30-10:00 AM) *I will be away the week before our official season begins, so there is NO practice on 8/10 or 8/13.

As August rolls around, I wanted to give you the plan for our official season. We will have practice Monday through Friday from 4:00-5:30 pm until school begins on August 31st. I am aware that many of you also have children on the Varsity team. For the days we are at separate locations, we will wait to start practice until everyone arrives. It will take us a few minutes to do our COVID-19 screenings, as it is.

All paperwork is due on Monday, August 17th in order to be eligible to participate. Required forms include: PIAA Physical Form, Code of Conduct, Drug Screening Release Form (voluntary for 7th and 8th graders, mandatory for 9th graders). All forms may be accessed through the 2020 Penn Manor Athletic Registration Packet at the top of the page. If you have any questions about any of these forms, please contact me as soon as possible.

I have updated the 2020 August Schedule (see link at the top of the page) with dates and times for our official season. I have also included them on this page. We will follow this schedule unless otherwise directed by the PIAA. Please note that our parent meeting will be on Friday, August 21st at 5:30 pm. We do ask that you wear a mask in compliance with the directions from Governor Wolf.

This will be a unique season and we will do our best to make it a memorable one for all of the athletes. Thank you for your continued patience as we move forward into our Fall sports season.

GO COMETS!!!

Coach Kramer and Coach Taylour

akramer

July 30 2020

Penn Manor Cross Country

Cross Country – Official Practice Requirements

Pre-season training officially starts on Friday, Sept 4th. A copy of the time and location for the first 3 weeks of practice has been posted. Students interested in joining the Varsity Cross Country team are expected to attend practice during the pre-season.

Registration Forms:

Student must submit a completed PIAA physical form on or before September 4th. Please submit this form when it is available to reduce paperwork on the first day of practice.

Additional forms required by Penn Manor are provided in the Penn Manor Athlete Registration Packet. A link to those documents is provided are the top of this site. These document can also be submitted upon completion.

Practice – Early August:

Off- season training will continue according the the schedule at the bottom of this site.

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Penn Manor Cross Country

XC – Official Practice Schedule

Details regarding the official practice schedule will be posted later in August.

Official practice is scheduled to start on September 4th

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PMHS School Counseling Department

Parent/Student Seminar: Together at Home: Back2School

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Mr. Bodde's Blog

August Resources

Thank you for taking the time to check out a few of the resources I’ve put together for your child as we head into the last month of summer. Below you’ll find a link to each of the resources I mentioned in my back to school letter. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to meet in a Google Meet so that I can help you and your child access the resources, do not hesitate to email me at richard.bodde@pennmanor.net.

Move Up Day/ Meet Mr. Bodde Video

2020/2021 Parent Survey

2020/2021 Student Survey

August Reading Challenge

Khan Academy

How to Get Started with Khan Academy

Over the next two weeks my blog will be getting a significant facelift as I work to update resources and organize it in such a way as to help both you and your child have access to everything you need to be successful this year.

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Penn Manor Volleyball

July 30- Thursday Volleyball Tips

Everyone needs to know how to set the ball, regardless of your “position”.

Focus more on the second method to shift the weight to the forearms by keeping your fingers from turning down. This can often help younger players, or players with weak wrists, to power the ball with the forearm strength.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Coach Miller

megan.miller@pennmanor.net

Mrs. Miller

July 28 2020

PMHS School Counseling Department

July 27 2020

PMHS School Counseling Department

PMHS School Counseling Department

Counseling Service Financial Assistance

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Penn Manor Volleyball

July 27-31 – Home Drills & Skills

Coming into the last week of July. Continue to work on the other at home workouts.

If you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to me.

Coach Miller

megan.miller@pennmanor.net

Mrs. Miller

PMHS School Counseling Department

Virtual Tours with Attollo

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July 26 2020

Ms. Painter’s Library

Welcome

Welcome to your new library website. Click your specific library page above to find out more information on what is happening in the library.

Check back for updates on in person and virtual resources.

I look forward to meeting you all in August and January!

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July 24 2020

Penn Manor Nurse Information

Temporary Suspension of Immunization Requirements for Start of School Year.

UPDATE FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR:  Please note the current time period of 5 days for completing immunizations set by the PA Department of Health and PA Department of Education has been suspended for a two-month period after the beginning of the school year in response to the impact of the COVID-19 disaster emergency.  At this time you have 60 days from the first day of school to complete the required immunizations.

The Department of Health continues to stress the importance of immunizations. Childhood immunizations are essential to individual and population health. Immunizations protect children against the potentially devastating effects of vaccine-preventable diseases. The specified regulations are being suspended temporarily only in response to the impact of the COVID-19 disaster emergency on the availability of immunizations before the start of the school year.

For more information please visit the Department of Health website.

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Mrs. Garpstas 2nd Grade

GUESS WHAT JUST ARRIVED?

Throughout our school year we often took time to read news articles about events around the world. Last school year we were saddened to read and learn about the Australian bushfires and the vast devastation on forests, animals and human homes.

While we were following the Australian bushfires we learned about a little boy named Owen who was devastated over the bushfires and wanted to help. He started out with a goal of raising $1000. Well, he ended up raising $296,960. You can read his story here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/owen039s-australian-creature-rescue

We were so inspired by Owen’s story, that we donated towards his cause.

Please stop by our classroom this fall to see our little koala displayed on our window planters.

I miss you second graders!

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July 23 2020

Penn Manor Volleyball

July 23- Thursday Volleyball Tips

The second most important skill is passing. Check out these videos with some tips to make you a successful passer.

We do a variation of this drill often.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Coach Miller

megan.miller@pennmanor.net

Mrs. Miller

July 22 2020

Jr. High Cross Country

Wednesday practice 7/22

Hello again Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

Practice for this evening is cancelled as a result of another heat advisory plus the chance for strong thunderstorms.

We do want to get the team together for practice so are looking to hold another optional practice tomorrow evening, Thursday 7/23, from 6:00-7:30 pm.

We would also like to invite all team members to write down a cheer to share at practices in the coming days. It’s our way of giving each other a pat on the back for all of our effort and hard work to get ready for the season!

Here is a list of upcoming practices:

Thursday, 7/23, 6:00-7:30 pm

Monday, 7/27, 6:00-7:30 pm

Wednesday, 7/29, 6:00-7:30 pm

Monday, 8/3, 6:00-7:30 pm

Wednesday, 8/5, 6:00-7:30 pm

Week of 8/10, TBD

Stay cool and GO COMETS!!!

akramer

July 20 2020

Jr. High Cross Country

Monday Practice 7/20

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

Today’s Heat Advisory, which is in effect until 8 pm, has temperatures feel like they are over 100 degrees. As a result of this high heat and humidity and for the safety of our athletes, we are going to cancel practice for today and hope to see many of you Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.

Thank you and GO COMETS!!!

Coach Kramer

akramer

Penn Manor Volleyball

July 20-24- Home Drills & Skills

A new week and some new drills. Grab a ball and try these drills (a few times) this week.

If you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to me.

Coach Miller

megan.miller@pennmanor.net

Mrs. Miller

July 16 2020

Jr. High Cross Country

Additional Sports Physical Date and Update from PIAA

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

Penn Manor will be hosting physicals for students on Tuesday, July 21st from 4-6 pm at the field house at Comet Field. You do not need an appointment. We do ask that students bring their PIAA paperwork, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. Cost is $20 and checks can be made out to Dr. Timothy Weaver.

The PIAA announced they are moving forward with the normal start of fall sports unless otherwise directed by the Commonwealth. This means that we will proceed with optional practices and look to start our official season on Monday, August 17th. At that time, all paperwork is due (PIAA Physical Form and Code of Conduct).

GO COMETS!!!

Coach Kramer

akramer

Penn Manor Volleyball

July 16- Thursday Volleyball Tips

The two most important touches in JV volleyball is serving and passing. Watch the videos on serving tips.

If you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to me.

Coach Miller

megan.miller@pennmanor.net

Mrs. Miller

Comet Co-Curricular Committee

PMC3 Grand Funding Window Now Open!

PMC3 is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Fall 2020 round of funding. The deadline to submit grant requests and supporting documentation is Wednesday, August 5th, 2020.

PMC3 has approximately $35,000 available to award in this round of funding.

Grant request applications are available online here.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at pmc3.cca@gmail.com

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Comet Co-Curricular Committee

2019-2020 Year in Review

Below is a breakdown of the 2019-2020 school year grants to PMC3.

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Jr. High Cross Country

Practice time change

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

We have had an amazing start with 21 athletes attending our optional summer training this past week. Coach Taylour and I are excited to watch our returning, as well as, new runners grow and develop throughout the season!

As of Monday, we will move the start of practice to 6:00 pm and finish by 7:30. Our COVID-19 screening process is moving smoothly and there are a number of families (mine included!) with siblings on the Varsity and Jr. High teams to help better accommodate schedules.

Thank you and stay safe!

Coach Kramer

akramer

July 13 2020

Penn Manor Volleyball

July 13-17- Home Drills & Skills

Here are a few drills you can do at home to work on your footwork. Continue to work on the other drills from the previous week.

If you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to me.

Coach Miller

megan.miller@pennmanor.net

Mrs. Miller

July 12 2020

LeTort's Sixth Grade Blog

Scientific Calculators On Sale at Target

As you begin to think about shopping for school supplies for the upcoming school year, you might want to consider purchasing a calculator.  In sixth grade, students are highly encouraged to use a calculator during math class, when completing math homework assignments, and on most math assessments.  The calculator we require our students to use is the Texas Instrument TI-30XIIS.  (The TI-30XIIS calculator is used for math in grades 6-8).  Students are not required to purchase this calculator; students who do not have their own calculator will have the option to borrow one from the classroom teacher.  


If you are considering purchasing the Texas Instrument TI-30XIIS calculator, Target currently has them on sale for $8.99 (regular price is $15.99).   Please be aware that in previous years, this calculator had a tendency to sell out quickly.    

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