Air Quality Update

Dear Central Manor Parents/Guardians:

We want to provide you with an update on the status of our investigation into the source of odors reported in recent months inside classrooms at Central Manor Elementary School.

An extensive examination of the school’s heating and cooling system has revealed the presence of mold below the individual HVAC units, which is exacerbated by condensation from the system’s heating and air conditioning coils.

Despite these findings, Central Manor continues to be safe for both students and staff, based on air quality testing.

We are currently working with our insurance carrier and restoration companies on a plan to do a thorough cleaning of the impacted areas and eliminate the condensation associated with the heating and cooling coils in the HVAC system. The work will be completed during the summer. We also will complete an extensive cleaning of all Central Manor classrooms.

After these projects conclude, we will continue to closely monitor the building with the goal of eliminating the growth of mold and offensive odors entering classrooms.

We believe that the work done this summer will keep Central Manor a safe environment for learning. We appreciate the patience and flexibility shown by our students and staff as we have investigated this issue.

Thank you for your continued support. We hope you have a safe and relaxing summer.

Dr. Philip Gale

Dr. Carly McPherson

Congratulations Class of 2024!

May 28, 2024

Central Manor halls were filled with excitement today! Congratulations 2024 Senior graduates. We are so proud of you.

4th Grade Visits the Zimmerman Center for Heritage

May 17, 2024

This week our entire 4th grade visited the Zimmerman Center in Columbia, PA as part of a year long watershed project. During the trip students participated in a scavenger hunt at the waterfront pavilion. Then they went on a guided hike to Native Lands County Park and saw the site of a former Susquehannock Indian town. Finally, they took part in a field stream study and learned about how people affect the health of rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay. The Zimmerman Center is part of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, a national destination for cultural discovery.

Fulton Theater Trip

May 10, 2024

Today Central Manor students in grades 1-3 visited the Fulton Theatre in downtown Lancaster to see the musical Junie B. Jones. Central Manor teachers wrote a Penn Manor Education Foundation grant to take their students to the Fulton. For many of the students it was the first time they were ever in a theater for a live musical or play. After the musical students were able to ask cast members questions. Thank you PMEF for making this amazing experience possible for our students!

One final time...

This past Tuesday evening Mrs. Repkoe and Ms. Almoney lead the Spring Concert for one final time!  It has been a pleasure and an honor watching Central Manor students share their love of music as it has been poured into them from these two very special ladies.  

HUGE thank you to this Dynamic Duo for all of their time and dedication spent with our students and building the music program.  

Solar Eclipse

April 3, 2024

Solar eclipses are wondrous natural events, and we want to ensure that Penn Manor students and staff have a safe and enjoyable experience on Monday, April 8. During the eclipse, we will experience a period of diminished light, similar to twilight, beginning at 2:06 p.m. and peaking at 3:22 p.m. before ending at 4:34 p.m. 

Penn Manor is not altering school schedules on April 8 and is not providing special eyewear for viewing the eclipse. It is important to emphasize that students must never look at the sun directly, even while the eclipse is under way. 

Teachers may want to consider creating a safe pinhole camera to view the crescent sun indirectly during the eclipse. This simple technique projects the image onto the pavement or sidewalk. Here's how: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera/

We also encourage staff members and students to safely watch the eclipse live via NASA's live video stream: https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/live/. Additional eclipse educational resources are available here: https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/

Thank you for helping to make this historic event a safe and enjoyable experience for our students.

CM Culture Night

March 1, 2024

On Thursday evening, we celebrated our first Central Manor Community Culture Night. Family and friends joined us for a night of celebrating the richness and diversity of our community. Various worldwide cultures were represented. Families were invited to walk through the Central Manor gym to view student created culture displays, listen to an array of diverse music and taste the flavors of delicious cuisine prepared by CM families representing their home country. A special THANK YOU to Mrs. Houck, our ELD Specialist, for planning and organizing this event with our PTO. 

Central Manor Kids at Work Day

February 23, 2024

What a great representation of future careers our students may have! We saw lots of doctors, nurses, police officers, football players and teachers. 

Nominees sought for 2024 Outstanding Employee & Educator Awards

February 2, 2024

If you know of a teacher or other staff member who goes out of his or her way to help students and support our schools, please consider nominating them for an Outstanding Educator/Employee Award. The school district will present the 2023-2024 awards for Outstanding Elementary Educator, Outstanding Secondary Educator and Outstanding Employee later this year. You can nominate candidates for these awards from January 19 through February 29. Nominations can be submitted by parents/guardians, students and colleagues of Penn Manor staff members. Nominations will be accepted online only.

Last year’s honorees were Brian Wimer, head custodian at Martic Elementary, the Outstanding Employee of the Year; Julie Yoder, academic support teacher at Hambright Elementary, the Outstanding Elementary Educator of the Year; and Kimberly Frey, math teacher at Penn Manor High School, named Outstanding Secondary Educator

Please note that honorees from previous years are not eligible this year. Here is the list of past winners.

Here are an explanation of the awards and nomination guidelines.

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.

Outstanding Employee Awards should be based on a 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.

Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge the hard work of our employees!

CM 5th Graders Participate in JA Biztown

January 26, 2024

Central Manor 5th graders have been participating in a Junior Achievement program called Biztown since the beginning of December.  JA BizTown combines daily lessons with a day-long visit to a simulated town. During the classroom lessons, students learn about financial literacy, community and economy, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. The students even participated in the election process to elect our town Mayor and District Attorney. Each student completed a job application and resume to learn about the job hiring process. They went through the interview process to be hired for their specific job within a business. The interviews were conducted by Penn Manor administrators and parent volunteers. On the day of our visit, our 5th graders will be responsible for operating 15 different businesses and will need to work as a team to pay off their loans, create services and goods, and provide quality customer service to their peers. This program teaches students about life skills in a unique and engaging way that we hope they never forget! Our simulation day will be on February 12th and we are so excited to bring Biztown to life with our 5th graders.

Farewell Mr. Malek

January 18, 2024

Thank you Mr. Malek for all of the years you have given to CM. We will miss you!

2nd Grade Native American Presentation

January 5, 2024

This week we had a former Central Manor parent and current Central Manor grandparent, Mr. Charlie Douts, visit our second grade students. Mr. Douts went to college to be an archaeologist. His presentation for the second graders involved students learning about the daily life of Susquehannock Native Americans, along with showing students replica artifacts. Our second graders had many inquisitive questions for Mr. Douts! Thank you for spending your morning teaching our eager second graders, Mr. Douts!

Mrs. Neumann's 4th Grade Robot Projects

December 7, 2023

This week Mrs. Neumann's 4th grade class continued to work on their robot animal projects. First students learned about different types of animals and the habitats they live in. Then Mrs. Keller, our district technology consultant, visited on Tuesday for computer science education week and taught the class how to code robots. Students constructed animal robots out of items brought from home and began to code them to move their head or tails and even... light up their eyes! The final part of the project will include students creating a video showcasing their animal robot to share with their family. 

American Pride Laser Light Assembly

November 16, 2023

A huge thank you to our wonderful PTO that helped bring an "American Pride" laser light show to Central Manor on Wednesday.  Both primary and intermediate grades learned more about how lasers work, the science behind laser light, and then were treated to several laser light shows that displayed patriotic symbols, landmarks, historical dates, and American heroes.  Be sure to ask your child about it!

2nd Grade Pumpkin Projects

November 2, 2023

Our 2nd graders once again decorated our halls with their pumpkin projects! Students picked a favorite book, wrote a report and decorated their pumpkin as a character in the story. This yearly fall tradition is one everyone looks forward to. Great job second grade! 

Oh what a fun day we had! Central Manor FUN RUN...

Happy 10th Anniversary CM Garden!

September 29, 2023

This week we celebrated our garden anniversary. Students dressed in all green, ate their fruits and veggies, dressed like farmers and bees. We all came together for ShineTime and honored our past and present garden helpers. It was so nice to see our former garden friends! Today we wrapped up the week enjoying garden smoothies! Thank you to all our parent volunteers that helped make our smoothie celebration a HUGE success.

Central Manor Garden

September 15, 2023

This week marked the 10 year anniversary of the Central Manor garden. Our garden was created by a group of amazing individuals, all of whom we could not have completed this project without their hard work, love and support. Over the years, the Edible Classroom was formed, and they graciously support our garden now. Every year in the spring and fall, teachers are able to sign up for garden lessons and students learn about planting and harvesting garden crops. Mark your calendars as we will be having a week long Garden Celebration the week of September 25th. Be on the lookout for more information to come home with your student in the upcoming week. 

Summer Reading Challenge Reward Day

September 8, 2023

Today we celebrated all our summer reading challenge winners. Participating students were invited by grade level to the gym to play Minute to Win it games. It is safe to say fun was had by ALL!!

CM Summer Reading Challenge 2023

June 5, 2023

Are you ready to READ? One thousand minutes-to-win-it summer reading challenge has started, NOW! The 1,000 minutes may be earned by parents reading to or writing with children, children reading to parents/other children/pets/stuffed animals... or children reading to themselves. Students were given summer reading calendars last week. If you need another copy, please click on the link below. Students are asked to complete 50 boxes on the calendar, for 20 minutes at a time to equal 1,000 minutes! Return your signed calendar to your Central Manor 2023-2024 teacher during the first week of school. Papers must be submitted by Thursday, August 31 in order to join the minute-to-win-it fun on Friday, September 8th. Have a great summer Central Manor!


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week Central Manor!

May 10, 2023

Thank you Central Manor teachers and staff for going above and beyond everyday! You may be teaching a new concept, tying a shoe, mending a broken heart, settling a debate, grading papers..... You are invaluable and we appreciate everything you do, all day, everyday. 

Olympic Day

May 5, 2023

Today Central Manor students and staff participated in Olympic Day! Everyone rotated through 12 stations and played games students learned in gym class. Thank you Mr. Binkley for organizing this fun event. 

Spring Band/Orchestra Concert

April 18, 2023

Thank you Ms. Almoney and Central Manor band/orchestra students for the wonderful Spring Concert performance. Central Manor students and staff were treated to a preview on Tuesday afternoon. Students worked hard during the school year practicing before school for this performance. All their hard work paid off, it was a wonderful night celebrating their musical talents.

Staff vs 6th Grade Students Basketball Game

March 31, 2023

What a fun way to close out celebrating spring during our month of March Gladness! After taking a 3 year break we were excited to bring back the staff vs students basketball game. The staff may of had the height advantage, but the students energy won out in the end. Thank you to all our staff players, student players and parent spectators.

Day of Caring

March 29, 2023

Last Saturday Penn Manor High School students participated in a Day of Caring. Thank you for coming to Central Manor to help prepare our school garden for spring planting. It was a cold, rainy, windy day but students worked hard and got the job done! 


March 22, 2023

Thank you Mrs. Krosen and the high school Civitas Club for once again hosting our Read-a-Thon events. Students in K-2 grades had the opportunity to participate on March 6 and March 21 here at Central Manor. They played games, read books and did crafts. 

Tech Talk with Charlie

March 16, 2023

This week our PTO hosted a tech talk evening with our district Chief Information Officer, Charlie Reisinger. Charlie was on hand to talk to parents about internet safety, online security and safeguarding your passwords. His message was clear, technology is constantly changing and parents you need to be informed! He also discussed how popular apps such as Snapchat and TicTok have age limits (13 years and older) and ways parents can monitor usage based on student's age. He urged parents to learn more about ChatGPT, an AI program that students can visit similar to a website like Google. It operates as a chat bot, you can type in a questions and it conversationally produces an answer. To learn more about ChatGPT click on the link below to watch Charlie's interview on WGAL In Focus with Susan Shapiro. 


CM Community Update

March 14, 2023

Dear Central Manor Community,

Today at 12:30 PM, an odor was detected in our lower lobby bathroom area. The odor was isolated to a heater in the 5th/6th grade girls bathroom. District staff immediately diagnosed the situation and turned off the heater for inspection. This smell did not cause the firm alarm to go off and did not significantly disrupt building operations.  

Coincidentally, shortly after the heater was diagnosed, the building lost power for a few seconds. This brief outage was not connected to the heating issue. Shortly after 1:00 PM, the building resumed normal procedures and the 5th/6th grade girls bathroom remained closed for the day.

Penn Manor School District



Preschool Lunch & Learn

March 8, 2023

This past Wednesday we hosted our second preschool lunch and learn for this school year. Future students and parents visited Central Manor library and kindergarten classroom, they even got to eat lunch together! Our next event is on April 5th. Please contact the office at 717-872-1401 if you would like to RSVP. Our final event will be on May 17th at 6 PM and is for incoming kindergarten students only. 

Dr. Gale Visits Central Manor

March 1, 2023

Central Manor was very fortunate to have Dr. Gale spend Wednesday afternoon with us. It was a great opportunity for him to spend quality time in the classrooms and witness first hadn all of the amazing learning that takes place each and every day. The students asked Dr. Gale many interesting questions as he was told he is the President of Penn Manor. Thank you for visiting with us, Dr. Gale!!!

Maberry Visit

Feb. 23, 2023

Today was a great day Central Manor! Mr. Maberry brought the boys back for a visit. Students were treated to him greeting them as they arrived this morning with Calvin and Hobes, K-Pets certified therapy dogs. For those of you who do not know him, Mr. Maberry used to volunteer at Central Manor 2 days a week. He would bring the boys to school and teachers would sign up for time slots that students could read to the dogs. He recently moved out of the area to be closer to his grandchildren. It was so nice to see him and the boys at school again today!

Preschool Lunch & Learn

February 15, 2023

Last Wednesday, February 8th, we hosted the first of 4 lunch and learn sessions for preschool aged students, 3 yrs and older. This was a time for preschool/incoming kindergarten students to visit Central Manor, check a book out of the library, read a book and do a craft with our kindergarten and AST teachers and have lunch! Our next session is Wednesday, March 8th. If you would like to attend please contact the office at 717-872-1401. 

Sinkhole at Central Manor

February 9, 2023

A sinkhole has formed in the rear of Central Manor Elementary School on the playground. The area has been fenced off. The school district is currently developing a plan to repair the damage. Appropriate measures have been taken to keep people away from the site. The sinkhole has not affected the operation of the school.

Central Manor First Grade Celebrates the 100th Day of School! 

Miss Gutierrez, Mrs. Saxton, Miss Winder and Mrs. McArdle were almost unrecognizable!  

On Tuesday, February 7th Central Manor 1st grade celebrated 100 days of school. Students, and staff, dressed up older to celebrate. What a fun day! 

It is ALMOST time!

Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year opens this coming Friday, February 3, 2023. If your child will be turning 5 on or before September 1st and you are ready to register them for kindergarten, for next school year, please click on the link below.


Thank You Mr. Andrew!

January 27, 2023

Applied Engineering for students in grades 1 through 6 has wrapped up for the 2nd marking period at Central Manor. An explanation of each unit project and example pictures can be found HERE by selecting the grade level tab at the top of the page. It has been a pleasure working with each grade level of students!  Students never cease to amaze me with their designs! Thank you for your hard work, engineers!

** Library Instruction with Ms. Painter started this week.

Central Manor students featured in Google CS First video 

January 12, 2023

Students and staff at Central Manor Elementary School are among the “stars” of a new video created by Google to promote its CS First software, which helps students learn coding.

The 3½ -minute video, “CS First: Unlock Opportunities for Students with Computer Science,”  was released to the public on January 3. View it here.

Over the summer, Google reached out to Judy Keller, a Penn Manor technology trainer, to see if Penn Manor would be interested in participating in the project, which showcases how three schools use the software. Judy is a certified Google trainer and has helped implement CS First in all our elementary schools.

On October 12, a film crew came to Karli Broomell’s fifth-grade Central Manor classroom to film a science lesson that utilized CS First.

Prior to the filming, students completed a unit on cells, organelles and the roles they play. Mrs. Broomell then challenged students to create a skit using CS First in which a cell’s organelles have conversations with each other describing their functions.

Students broke into small groups to write a script for their skit and then worked on their own using CS First to complete their project, putting their own unique touch on it, Mrs. Broomell said.

“In the end, one student was on her way to producing a rap song about cells utilizing the skills she had learned in the CS First curriculum.”

That student was among several who were interviewed for the video, along with Mrs. Keller and Mrs. Broomell. The video also features footage of students at work on the project in the classroom and a shot of the Central Manor playground.

“It was such a neat experience to watch a film crew at work right within the walls of our classroom,” said Mrs. Broomell. “The students loved the video.”

Many thanks to our students and staff, as well as Google, for making this opportunity possible.

Winter weather notification procedures for 2022-2023

As we enter the winter season, we want to remind parents/guardians of the procedures Penn Manor will follow in announcing changes to our school schedule caused by inclement weather.

School closings and delays will be posted on the district website and Twitter feed and shared with Lancaster Newspapers and local radio and television stations before 6 a.m., whenever possible. You can also call the inclement weather hotline at (717) 872-9500, ext. 2333, to check on the status of Penn Manor schools.

When inclement weather conditions develop during the day, resulting in an early closing, parents will be notified via automated phone call. Phone calls will NOT be made for closings/delays announced before the school day begins.

During an early dismissal for inclement weather, high school and middle school students will generally be dismissed first, followed by elementary students.

During two-hour delays with modified kindergarten, all school-related functions, including transportation, will begin two hours later than normal.

Modified kindergarten schedule: AM Kindergarten will start at 11 a.m. and run until 12:45 p.m. PM Kindergarten will run from 1:45 p.m. until the regular dismissal time.

Snow days: There are four weather makeup days built into the 2022-2023 district calendar, and if schools need to close because of inclement weather, school will be in session on these days. Once the weather makeup days have been exhausted, students will have virtual school in the event of additional school closings.

Sapphire notifications: Penn Manor uses the Sapphire phone and text communications service for rapid notifications. The system uses contact information from the Sapphire student information system. To assure you are contacted, please make sure your email address and phone information are updated in your Sapphire Community Portal account. For instructions, please see this guide.


Central Manor is feeling festive thanks to Mrs. Repkoe and our chorus. Friends and family were invited to enjoy a holiday concert this past Tuesday evening. 


It was so nice to have live music back at Central Manor this holiday season! 

Ag in the Classroom 

December 2, 2022

Central Manor third grade students participated in the district wide Ag in the classroom program prior to Thanksgiving break. Local farmers from across the district visited and presented brief lessons about farming. At the conclusion, our third grade students went on a walking field trip to the Harnish Farm and got to see first hand how a working farm operates. Thank you to all our local farmers and high school students who volunteered their time to this program. 

Art Club WELCOMES Everyone to Central Manor 

November 16, 2022

We are pleased to unveil our beautiful newly painted full wall mural! Special shout out to Mrs. Compton, her art club students, and staff for creating this masterpiece consisting of student artwork from this school year. The art club met before school to determine what the mural will look like. Students and staff worked hard last weekend to complete the project! The finished project will put a smile on everyone's face as they enter the halls of Central Manor. Please stop by to see it when you are here for conferences.  Thank you Mrs. Compton and all those who helped to bring this wall to life!

November- Character Education Trait-Growth Mindset & Positivity

November 2, 2022

This month’s character education trait is Growth Mindset and Central Manor students are hard at work! Having a positive growth mindset means being willing to learn from your mistakes, never giving up, overcome challenges with effort, being determined to do your best or simply embracing the power of YET! Soon you will have an opportunity to sit with your child’s teacher for your conference to learn more about the classroom and your child’s academic growths. If you have not done so already please make sure you are signed up for a parent/teacher conference

Central Manor X-Factor Fun Run Fact Sheet.pdf

From left, (front row) Dr. Jerry Egan, assistant superintendent, elementary; Dr. Phil Gale, superintendent; Dr. Krista Cox, assistant superintendent, secondary; (back row) Charlie Reisinger, chief information officer; Dr. Peggy Anastasio, director of student support services; and Chris Johnston, chief financial officer. 

Meet the Penn Manor leadership team on Nov 10 & 14

October 26, 2022

Community members are invited to meet Penn Manor’s new superintendent, Dr. Phil Gale, and the district’s leadership team during community meetings scheduled for Thursday, November 10, and Monday, November 14, at Penn Manor High School.

In addition to introducing themselves to participants, district staff members will share important information about Penn Manor School District and meet informally with community members after each session. The content for both sessions will be the same.

The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. both nights in the large group instruction room at the high school. Prior to each session, participants will be invited to take self-guided tours of the high school beginning at 6 p.m.

This is an opportunity to meet the district’s leadership team and learn more about what makes Penn Manor such a great place for teaching and learning.

Reservations are not required, and light refreshments will be available.

We hope to see you there!


October 19, 2022

This week is bus driver appreciation week and we want our drivers to know how much we appreciate them each and every day! SCHOOL BUS DRIVER: You are sometimes the first smiling adult a child sees each morning and the last before they get home. You always brave the weather to get our kids safely where they need to be. Thank you for going the extra mile.

APEX Fun Run 

October, 13 2022

Last Thursday, October 6, 2022, the students of Central Manor participated in the Apex Fun Run. It was a momentous day full of fun, sunshine, bright orange, and physical activity. Thank you to the many parents who came out to cheer on their children and our students. Thank you to those who supported this event in helping fundraise money for our school. This was a wonderful culmination to two weeks of learning various leadership skills---X FACTOR. The official earnings have not yet been announced; however, it appears we have reached our goal. Once Apex finalizes their calculations, the grand total will be announced.

Central Manor Embraces Apex

October 5, 2022

Over the last two weeks Central Manor and Apex have worked together to promote our Fall PTO Fun Run. We kicked it off with an exciting whole school assembly! Throughout this week Apex athletes have been visiting our classrooms teaching students about the X-Factor in preparation for our Fun Run on Thursday, October 6th. Students have learned to be Fearless, to Adapt, to Care for Others, to Talk Positive and to Be Original. Students have also been encouraged to share information with family and friends about how they can support our school. Classes have been working as a whole to earn rewards throughout the week. Tr. Soto's 4th grade class won the most shares and were able to duct tape Mr. Malek to the wall! Apex encourages students to remember...  I REALIZE I AM FEARLESS…  I REALIZE I CAN ADAPT… I REALIZE I CARE…. I REALIZE I SHOULD TALK ‘EM UP…  I REALIZE I AM ORIGINAL… AND I REALIZE I AM THE X-FACTOR!

Welcome Mrs. Warfel

September 16, 2022

Central Manor is pleased to welcome Caryn Warfel to the office as our second full-time secretary. Caryn previously worked here in our library. She is very familiar with the building, students and staff. We are so excited that she has joined our office team. Please say HI next time you stop by! 

Summer Reading Reward

September 9, 2022

Today, students who completed their summer reading calendars enjoyed a Rita's Italian Ice treat.  We give a huge shout out to our amazing PTO who sponsored this event!

Congratulations CM Reader Leaders!

Central Manor Open House
August 26, 2022

All are welcome to attend Central Manor's Open House on Wednesday, August 31 from 4:00-6:00 PM.  This is a drop in event. Please feel free to stop in to meet your child's teacher and visit the classroom.  There will be various community organization tables set up for you to visit and learn more about in the gym.  There will also be a laptop station set up in which parents will have access to enroll for various items.  We look forward to seeing our students and families.  

We can't wait to see our students on the first day of school-Monday, August 29, 2022.  

Pops on the Playground
August 16, 2022

We hope your schedule permits you to come out to the CM Playground on Tuesday, August 23rd for a PTO event, "Pops & Positivity!" CM teachers and PTO will be out on the playground between 2:00-3:00 PM.  Your child can enjoy an ice pop and we will have sidewalk chalk for anyone who would like to write a wonderful "Back to School" message!