Principal’s Desk

Welcome to Central Manor Elementary School!

Central Manor Elementary School is rurally located just a stone’s throw away from Millersville University in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  We are a K-6 building that houses approximately 600 students.  In fact, we have the second largest enrollment in the Penn Manor School District behind the Penn Manor High School.  We value the interconnected relationships between our students, teachers, parents, and Penn Manor community that help make our school an exciting place to learn.

From the Desk of Mr. Malek:

These are exciting times for those who work in education.  We are living in perhaps the biggest paradigm shift of the last fifty years.   Our world is getting flatter.  Central Manor students can connect with students in India with just the click of a mouse.   The skills many students needed to graduate fifty years ago are vastly different from our 21st Century students, who many come into kindergarten knowing how to work a tablet or smartphone just as effectively as an adult.  While much of our school content has changed, as we work to align our curriculum to the PA Core Standards, some skills remain timeless.  During the 2011-2012 school year, our school adopted a Leadership theme.  We promote Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  Our teachers stress critical life skills such as “Be Proactive,” “Put First Things First,” and “Seek to Understand, Then Be Understood.”

I understand that parents send us their most precious possession each and every day.  Our school strives to ensure that each child learns in a safe environment, gets treated with dignity and respect, and of course receives a quality education that provides rigorous challenges.

Our school vision is “Growing Leaders for Life.”  We realize that a child doesn’t have to be the solo star on stage to be a leader. Leaders come in all forms.  While one student may stand in the Broadway stage spotlight, there’s several students backstage working the sound system, controlling the lighting, creating the costumes, and directing the action.  That Broadway show is a perfect example of Central Manor on a daily basis. The students, the teachers, the staff, parents and volunteers….all synergizing (Habit #6) to create an atmosphere where children are put first and given the opportunity to excel.

I consider it an honor and a privilege to get to work with the children of Central Manor every day.


Mr. Malek

P.S. – “Here we go Steelers, here we go!”