All future snow days will be virtual instructional days

Due to the cancelation of school on December 17 and February 1 and 2, all scheduled weather make-up days for the 2020-2021 school year have been exhausted.  

As a result, any additional weather-related school closures will be virtual instructional days (also known as “cyber snow days”) which have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Teachers will post assignments to their Google Classroom, Moodle or SeeSaw pages for students to access on these days. Students will receive thorough instructions and a description of expectations for what they are to complete during the virtual snow day. 

Secondary teachers will post assignments by 8 a.m., and elementary teachers will post assignments by 9:30 a.m.

Students are expected to submit completed assignments by midnight of the virtual snow day.  Student attendance will be based on the submission of assignments. 

Teachers will schedule two office hours during which they will be available to students for questions and/or instruction — one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon within the school day.

As a result of the school closures so far this winter, the previous snow make-up days of March 19, April 1 and April 5 are now regular instructional days. 

Public input sought on PM superintendent’s performance

Penn Manor is seeking input from parents and community members on the performance of superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter so the school board and superintendent can assess his strengths and areas in need of improvement.

The online survey is available here via the Survey Monkey tool, which is easy to use and includes an open-response area where community members may share their opinions directly with the superintendent and Penn Manor board of school directors.

All nine school directors will review the comments and summary scores.

Even those who do not feel they have had enough interaction with Dr. Leichliter to fully evaluate his performance are urged to take this survey to share their overall impressions of Penn Manor School District.

Surveys should be completed no later than February 19.

Thank you for your participation!

Outstanding Educator/Employee Nomination 2020-2021

Nominations are now being accepted for the Penn Manor 2020-2021 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 26, 2021, from Penn Manor parents/guardians, students, and colleagues of district staff members.

Last year’s honorees were Julie Yost, K-12 special education coordinator for the school district — Outstanding Elementary Educator; Shawn Maxwell, physical education department coordinator and teacher — Outstanding Secondary Educator; and Mike Szafran, senior groundskeeper — Outstanding Employee.

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.

Holiday Collection

Dear Parents and Guardians,                                 snowflake               

In order to support Penn Manor families during the holiday season, we will be collecting the below items at each school throughout the district.  If your family is able and willing to donate, we would very much appreciate your generosity!  We will be collecting the items listed below between Monday, December 7th and Friday, December 11th.  

Kindergarten – toothbrushes

1st grade – toothpaste

2nd grade – bars of soap

3rd grade – combs/brushes

4th grade- bottle of shampoo

5th grade – bottle of conditioner

6th grade – deodorant

7th and 8th grade – NEW socks (all sizes)

High school – NEW drawstring bag

If your family would like to provide more than is listed above or would like to make a monetary donation, please send the amount you choose by check to your child’s school secretary by December 11th.  Make your check payable to the Loft Community Partnership and on the memo line write “Holiday Gifts”.  

STEM Tower Challenge

The Blue 7 science students participated in the Team PumpKING/Queen STEM Tower Building Challenge.  Students were challenged to design and build a tower that would hold a pumpkin, utilizing the following materials: 3 pencils, 1 ruler, 12 inches of tape, 6 pieces of paper, 1 pumpkin and 1 coffee filter.  Attached are the champions for each class period. 

Meal Distribution

Penn Manor School District plans to provide meals to students every day that school is in session. Please click this link for more information.

Navigating a School Year Like No Other

Families are in the middle of what is an unprecedented start to the school year. Click on the link for information about a virtual series designed to help navigate the start to the new year. There are sessions for families with K-12 grade students. They will be held every Wednesday in September via Zoom. Register at this link.