Blue & Gold

In this time of uncertainty, it’s clear that Penn Manor has an amazing community. Let’s show our PM pride by wearing blue and gold or other Penn Manor attire on Wednesday, March 25th. You are welcome to share your photos with the #PMProud tagline via Twitter or any social media account.

Penn Manor School District-Update

Penn Manor schools are closed through March 27th in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is unclear whether that status will change or when we may be able to resume normal operations. As we all deal with this unprecedented challenge, we want to share some important information with parents:

  • The education of children is on hold as we consider options moving forward under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • We have decided not to pursue online learning for our students at this time. We would not be able to fulfill our legal and ethical obligation to serve every student appropriately via this means, and many of our students lack access to the internet at home. 
  • March 13th is now officially the end of the third marking period. Students’ grades will reflect assignments and assessments completed through that date. 
  • We are working to establish a system to provide breakfasts and lunches to families with children who qualify for free-or-reduced price meals, beginning Wednesday, March 18th. More details will be released as they become available.
  • All buildings are undergoing a deep cleaning, including all carpeting, fabric surfaces and touch points.
  • Essential school district personnel, with minimal exceptions, will begin working from home on Wednesday, March 18th.
  • Buildings will be open to teachers and the public by appointment only beginning Wednesday, March 18th. Visitors should call the school office to arrange a visit.

47 middle school students attend ‘Women Rock STEM’ event

Forty-seven girls from Penn Manor middle schools learned about STEM careers from two female professionals during the recent “Women Rock STEM” event at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

Thirty students from Manor and 17 from Marticville middle schools attended the March 2 program, which featured Christine Ferreira, a meteorologist at WGAL-TV, and guest speaker Andrea Shirk, general manager of Rock Lititz.

Shirk talked about her experiences working in live event production, a fast-paced and creative technology-oriented industry. After her talk, she fielded questions from students, who also learned about other careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Having women in the STEM field present to an all-female audience is super empowering,” said Lori Orihuel, a gifted support teacher at Marticville who accompanied the students.

“Young girls need to know they possess unique skills that are needed in STEM careers that only women can bring to the table,” she said. “It is also important for girls to know they can enter STEM fields after earning a 2 year degree from Thaddeus Stevens or other institution.”

Following the field trip, the students were encouraged to explore the Xello career exploration site to learn more about STEM careers.

Volunteers needed – please sign up by April 15th.

PDE Announcement: Stakeholder Feedback Session on Act 158 for Graduation Requirements

Dear Pennsylvania Parents and Community Members:

On behalf of the Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera, I’m pleased to invite you to participate in a Stakeholder Feedback Session to discuss Act 158, which establishes Pennsylvania’s new statewide graduation requirements.

These graduation requirements will be in effect for the graduating class of 2022. This critical stakeholder engagement opportunity allows you to help shape the application of Pennsylvania’s five pathways to graduation.

You are encouraged to join us by registering for one of our convenient virtual sessions. You can view the presentation and participate in comment/question periods simply by logging-on from your computer.

Please register in advance using the links below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thursday, February 6th, 12:00—1:30 PM

Thursday, February 6th, 5:00—6:30 PM

Thank you for your interest and support. If you have any questions about this virtual session, please contact my office at If you have questions about registration, please contact Sadie Hetrick at<>.

Safe2Say Something Reporting System

Penn Manor School District is participating in a statewide effort to prevent school violence called Safe2Say Something.

The program enables students and staff to anonymously report information about individuals they suspect may be about to hurt themselves or others via a phone app, website or 24-hour crisis center.

To submit a tip or link to the Safe2Say app, click here.

To submit a tip by phone, call 1-844-5-SAYNOW (1-844-572-9669)

Trained Safe2 Say staffers will review the tips and immediately contact school officials and, if necessary, law enforcement, to respond to the information they receive.

Penn Manor has established a team of school staff members to respond to tips. In addition, students and staff will receive training on reporting tips and identifying behaviors that could indicate a student is intent on causing harm.

We encourage students and staff members to use this new tool in reducing school violence.

Parent Forum

I apologize for the late notice, the Digital Citizenship & Cyber Safety, parent forum that was slated for this evening is now canceled. We are planning to reschedule in the near future.

Dr. Edwards, Principal

Student Assembly & Parent Forum

We are pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting Janie Swinehart, Assistant District Attorney & Sarah Fritz, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Community Outreach Coordinator here at Manor Middle School on Wed., Nov. 13th to lead our students in a discussion specific to Digital Citizenship & Cyber Safety.There will be no schedule revision…we’ll call the students down to the auditorium via the PA system. The time for each assembly will be:

  • 7th Grade @ 8 a.m.
  • 8th Grade @ 9:15 a.m.

In addition, similar topics will be addressed during a Parent Forum on Thur., Nov. 14th (6 p.m. – 7 p.m.) @ Marticville MS.

Dr. Edwards

Construction Wars

Thank you to Mrs. Rogers (school counselor) for taking 20, 8th grade students from Manor Middle School who are interested in construction trades to Constructions Wars held at American Builders and Contracts – Keystone Chapter
Construction Wars is a middle school career exploration event where the students hear directly from construction professionals about the value of a career in the industry.
A special surprise…State Representative Brett Miller met with students from Manor Middle School and had pictures taken for his media site. He also spoke to students about the importance of education and jobs in the construction industry. See picture below.
Over the course of three days, 200 area middle school students from Lancaster, York, and Lebanon Counties attended this year’s Construction Wars, an interactive career exploration event to experience hands-on activities with the help of construction professionals. Students participated in 5 sessions:
1. Safety – learned basic CPR2. Sheet Metal – made a tool box3. Plumbing – made an airtight plumbing fixture4. Carpentry – made a step stool5. Tool Demonstration – hands-on with a variety of tools6. Electrical – wiring circuits to turn on a light switch

This field trip is part of Manor Middle School’s focus on supporting students in exploring our Career Education and Work (CEW) Standards. Below are pictures taken of our students at the Construction Wars.