Penn Manor: CLOSED for Friday, Jan. 7th

The Penn Manor School District is closed for Friday, January 7th due to inclement weather. Please stay safe out there!

PSSA 2021 Results

By now, the Spring 2021 PSSA Assessment Results have been uploaded to each student’s individual Sapphire account.  You should be able to access your child’s report through the parent portal; if you have difficulty, please contact the principal for assistance.  Here is an accompanying letter from PA Secretary of Education, Noe Ortega. Message-from-Secretary-of-Education-for-Parent-LettersDownload

The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides schools with reports on individual student performance by Reporting Category and Assessment Anchor. Assessment Anchors represent categories of subject matter (skills and concepts) that anchor the content of the PSSA. For the ELA PSSA, there are four Assessment Anchors that are the same across Grades 3-8: Key Ideas & Details, Craft & Structure, Vocabulary, and Language. Grades 4-8 have one additional Assessment Anchor: Text Dependent Analysis.

For the Math PSSA, the Assessment Anchors differ by grade-band. For Grades 3-5, the Assessment Anchors are: Numbers & Operations in Base Ten, Fractions, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Geometry, and Measurement & Data. For Grades 6-7, the Assessment Anchors are: The Number System, Ratios & Proportional Relationships, Expressions & Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. For 8th grade, the Assessment Anchors are: The Number System, Functions, Expressions & Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. 

For the Science PSSA, the Assessment Anchors are the same for both 4th grade and 8th grade. There are several Assessment Anchors, which can be grouped more neatly into the following Reporting Categories: The Nature of Science, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Earth & Space Sciences.

Students receive a raw score, a scale score and a performance level rating (Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, or Advanced) that is associated with a specific scale score range. The scale score associated with each performance tier differs by grade-level and subject area. For a deeper breakdown, you can consult the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Performance Level Descriptors and Cut Scores.

Correction to KDG Dates

CM KDG Families – our apologies – CORRECTION for Nov. 22nd & Nov. 23rd:

Monday, November 22nd – PM KDG in session all day from 9:00-1:30 PM. (No AM KDG)

Tuesday, November 23rd – AM KDG in session all day from 9:00-1:30 PM. (No PM KDG)

Week of November 22nd

CM Families – here are some important reminders for you this week:

Monday, November 22nd – 1:30 PM Early Dismissal. (AM KDG in session all day)

Tuesday, November 23rd – 1:30 PM Early Dismissal. (PM KDG in session all day)

No school from November 24th through November 29th. School will resume on Tuesday, November 30th. We wish your family a wonderful Thanksgiving Vacation. Please encourage your child to READ, READ, READ over vacation!

Back to School Night

CM Families – we were disappointed that the weather did not allow us to hold our Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 1st. Our CM staff created wonderful videos, so we hope you get a moment to click on your child’s teacher and learn a little more about him or her. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Teacher Name Grade/ Dept.
Lorena GlennKDG
Connie KinserKDG
Emily Mattern1st
Karen Devenburgh1st
Casie Saxton1st
Patti Shover1st
Becca Eichler2nd
Shelly Kyle2nd
Shawna Showalter2nd
Beth Mader2nd
Emily Wise3rd
Megan Collins3rd
Laura Stephan3rd
Johanna Treier3rd
Heather Piatt4th
Amy Wiggins4th
Beth Neumann4th
Trent Soto4th
Josh Nolt5th
Jen Loreto5th
Lacey Winder5th
Lauren McNeely5th
Stacey Brinkman6th
Karli Feaster6th
Matthew Kersic6th
Beth Schoelkopf6th
Paige MartinLS
Gabby ShemonskiLS
Sarah RepkoeMusic
Jill AlmoneyInstrumental Music
Mark AndrewAE
Steve SellersGifted support
Kathy HouckESL
Emily TracySpeech
Shannon MadaraCounselor
Emily ComptonArt
Danielle GentileSchool Psychologist
Grace PainterLibrary
Jason BinkleyPE
Patrice O’BrienAST
Amy FloresAST
NancyJo JohnsonAST

District Update on Face Coverings

Penn Manor School District is providing an update on the required implementation of the Acting Secretary of Health’s face covering order, which took effect September 7, 2021. After meeting with legal counsel and listening to public comment, the school board approved the following action at its Tuesday, September 7, meeting:

The district will extend until September 21, 2021, the need for a physician’s note to provide a mask exception for students or staff without consequences and has directed the administration to seek legal counsel regarding the requirements for a medical exception.

Penn Manor will continue to require all students and staff to wear a face covering while in school. This applies to all students, unless a parent/guardian has submitted a written request for an exception.

The school board action does not impact the federal requirement that masks be worn by all students on school buses.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this matter. The district will provide more guidance as it receives further clarification. Please reach out to your child’s building principal if you have any questions regarding the mask order and/or the exception process. 

Important – Face Coverings Required In School Starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an order that requires the wearing of face coverings at schools starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The order is issued pursuant to authority granted to the Department of Health under the Disease Prevention and Control Law, 35 P.S. Section 521.5, and requires that all teachers, students, staff, and visitors wear a face covering indoors at school. Furthermore, the order states that it does not impact the obligation of schools to comply with CDC requirements concerning masking on school buses.

As a public school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Penn Manor School District is required by law to comply with this order.

Penn Manor will use the same procedure followed during the 2020-2021 school year in considering face covering medical exception requests from parents/guardians. Parents/guardians will need to provide documentation from a medical provider by completing a Face Covering Order Exception Request Form from their child’s school and submitting it to the building principal.

The Penn Manor Board of School Directors will meet on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Penn Manor High School. At the beginning of all school board meetings, there is a public comment period. If you are interested in speaking during that time, the school board respectfully requests that  you pre-register here so that an appropriate amount of time can be allocated for public comment. The school board will be accepting comments regarding the face coverings order during the meeting; however, the school board is not scheduled to take a vote on the order.

The school district is obligated to comply with the provisions of the face coverings order, including during school board meetings, unless or until a court of competent jurisdiction issues an injunction against the Acting Secretary of Health regarding the implementation and enforcement of the order.

The school board agenda will be posted to the school district website by the end of the day on Friday, September 3, and will be available here: board/agenda/ 

The timing of the face coverings order is unfortunate and disappointing, coming as it does with the 2021-2022 school year already under way. It creates a new challenge for community members, students and our school employees. That being said, it will not deter Penn Manor from making this school year the best that it can be, and we will continue to adjust as needed in order to provide an outstanding educational program for our students.

For more details about the face coverings order and Penn Manor’s Health and Safety Plan, please click on these links:

Early Dismissal for Wed. 9/1

Due to the impending storms with the potential for flooding Penn Manor School District will be dismissing today (September 1) at 12:20 p.m. for secondary and 1:30 p.m. for elementary. No afternoon kindergarten. All evening activities, including Back to School Night, are canceled. 

Morning kindergarten will dismiss at the normal time. There are NO YWCA Wrap Services being provided.

District Food Services Update

Dear Penn Manor Families,

We wanted to inform you of an update concerning the upcoming breakfast and lunch menus. Feesers, the Penn Manor School District’s main food distributor, is currently experiencing labor and product shortages.  Many products we use are not currently available to us. Unfortunately, our food orders through Feesers are not being filled completely, are arriving later than scheduled, and/or are being cancelled altogether.  Published menus may not match what is served in the cafeteria for the upcoming weeks. Our school food services department is working hard to prepare nutritious and delicious meals for our students utilizing the products we have received. Please bear with us during these challenges, and know that we will do our best to get the products we need so our menus are accurate. 

Thank you for your understanding.

The Penn Manor School District

Penn Manor Job Fair

The Penn Manor School District is holding a Job Fair on August 3rd & August 4th. Many job opportunities throughout the district.

Job Fair