Career Speaker Seminar – Captain David Shipley

Work hard and keep your options open; that was the motto from today’s Career Seminar Speaker.  Captain David Shipley visited Manor to share his life and career experiences with the 7th and 8th graders who chose to participate.  The Seminar covered a wide variety of topics including the education and training to become a pilot, the day in the life of a pilot, and career prospects.

Captain Shipley talking to students

Captain Shipley earned a degree from Embry-Riddle, an aeronautical university, then made his way to the Air Force where he was an Pilot flying a variety of aircraft including the F-117 Stealth Fighter.  Serving in combat situations mainly in the Middle East was a part of his in the military service.  Currently, he is a Pilot for American Airlines flying many Trans-Atlantic flights (he left us to fly to Paris – what a great field trip opportunity that would be!)

Captain Shipley demonstrating paperwork generated during flight

Captain Shipley detailed the amount of work that pilots must complete prior to even getting into an aircraft.  The pile of paperwork generated from a single flight rivals a teachers!

Although many of the aircraft systems are automated, pilots need to know a great deal about all of the systems and procedures.  They go through specialized training for each and every type of aircraft they fly.

Captain Shipley demonstrating flight patterns using globe

During the portion of the talk that detailed the technical aspects of flight, we discovered The Great Circle Route.  It explains the curvature of flight paths and how this can make flight time shorter.  Then we discovered what the contrails behind an airplane actually are composed of (it’s cloud like material – not pollution or toxins).

Colin trying on flight suit

Learning about being a combat pilot was also a highlight.  Students had the opportunity to try on a real flight suite and flight helmet.  Above, Colin is learning about the pressurized legs in a flight suit.

Students also loved learning how to prevent G-LOC (Gravity Induced Loss of Consciousness) when flying in extreme conditions with the practicing of the Anti G Straining Maneuver.  Ask your child to demonstrate and teach you.

There was so much more to this wonderful talk – ask your child to share what else they learned.  Flight lessons may be a birthday present request for some.

Thank you, Captain Shipley, for spending time with us today.  All of the students learned a great deal from your experience and expertise.

Captain Shipley and his daughter, Erin.

Captain Shipley and daughter Erin







Roman trying on flight helmet

Roman and Elena tried on the flight suit too.

Elena trying on flight suit and helmet







Exploding Dots!

Hambright students have been working on The Global Math Project ‘s Exploding Dots activities this week and last week with over 1.4 million other students from 84 countries.  Exploding Dots allow students to explore numbers, place value, number systems, and standard algorithms.  All of the classes seemed to enjoy deepening their understanding of math, “exploding” the dots, and loved the idea that they were playing with other students from around the world.

We have our very own link to calculate our KAPOWS! (which add to the US KAPOWS which add to the KAPOWS total score)  Check it out:


Manor Middle kiddos have the link in Google Classroom to try it for themselves.

Mark Your Calendars! LC PAGE – Super Saturday

What is Super Saturday?

Super Saturday is Lancaster Partners for Gifted Education’s signature event, designed to excite children’s interest in learning.

Participants choose three 45-minute kid-sized seminars from a diverse
selection of topics. Past programs have included robotics, animation, theatre, Chinese language, reptiles, creative writing, LEGO machines, the
cardiovascular system, and electricity, to name but a few. There is something for everyone. A parent presentation is also offered.

A nominal fee is charged to cover expenses and help fund future LC PAGE

Check out this article from LNP about our 2013 event:
In 2017, nearly 300 gifted elementary students from Lancaster County and the surrounding area attended Super Saturday. The event filled in less than a week.

The next Super Saturday will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9 am to noon at Franklin & Marshall College.

Details, including online registration information, will be posted in early
January at and on Facebook at

For more information, email

STEM Sisters Launch Party at Rock Lititz

STEM Sisters Launch Party at Rock Lititz

October 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the start of the 2017-2018 STEM Sisters programming year at the STEM Sisters Launch Party at Rock Lititz Pod 2 (100 Rock Lititz Blvd, Lititz, PA 17543).  Girls in grades 6-12, their parents/guardians, and female STEM professionals are welcome to join us in the unveiling of new program opportunities and the discovery of STEM all around us in Lancaster!

Activities at the Launch Party include:

  • Navigate Rock Lititz Pod 2 with a STEM scavenger hunt
  • Explore STEM professions through hands-on activities
  • Learn about the 2017-2018 STEM Sisters events
  • STEM Education presentations for parents
  • Enjoy light snacks and drinks provided

Participating Organizations:

  • Land Studies will be giving tours of Floodplain Restoration surrounding Rock Lititz
  • Make slime with Elizabethtown College
  • Screen print your event t-shirt with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Operate robotics with the Girl Scout STEM Mobile
  • Learn about Pyrotek Live Events Special Effects
  • Participate in an event design activity with Atomic
  • Engage in demonstrations with DuPont Pioneering
  • Lancaster Farmland Trust will be presenting a GIS demonstration, including drone monitoring of farmland
  • Visit PPL Electric Utilities electricity module
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Lancaster Conservancy
  • Johnson & Johnson
Free for girls 6th-12th grade, parents and STEM Sisters Mentors

Register for the Launch Party 

What is STEM Sisters?

The North Museum’s STEM Sisters program inspires, empowers, and ignites young women’s passion for STEM Careers. Through engaging programs, activities, and industry site visits, the STEM Sisters program offers young girls an opportunity to meet professional women in  STEM fields and discover new potential career paths.  All STEM Sisters events are provided at no cost to the mentors, parents and girls in grades 6-12.

Visit our STEM Sisters webpage!

October LC PAGE Events

There are two events this month for LC PAGE:

Parent Presentation:   

Screenmasters Guild: How Families Can Best Manage Today’s Digital World”

Do you worry that virtual reality is becoming your child’s reality? Do you struggle to balance your children’s desire to play video games with other pursuits? How much is too much? This session shares a close-up view of what the research is telling us about best practices for families in the digital age. You’ll learn the tips and strategies you need to hack parenting the digital native.

LC PAGE is pleased to present nationally-known gifted education speaker, Lisa Van Gemert, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7 pm at Lancaster-Lebanon IU13,1020 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601.

The program is free but space is limited. Registration is requested.  Register here:

From her website,

Who is the Gifted Guru?

My real name is Lisa Van Gemert (pronounced “gammert”). I’m an educator by training, and I’m a Giftedland native – I was a gifted student, I’ve raised three gifted kids, and I’ve taught gifted students. The gifted trifecta! I’ve been a teacher, a school administrator, a homeschooling mom, a paralegal, an Army Intelligence Analyst (yep), and a cheerleader. Not in that order.



After Hours at the
Lancaster Science Factory  

Wednesday, October 27
5:30 – 8 pm
(drop in)

$7.50 per person
(discounted from the regular rate, but memberships will not be honored)

Join us for an evening of hands-on science. Lancaster Science Factory volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. LC PAGE board members will have information and resources for your burning questions. Pizza available (while it lasts!)

Friends and family are welcome. Pre-registration is not necessary but helps us plan for refreshments and speeds registration.
Register here:

Help Needed – Speaker Seminars

Hello, families!

I am currently looking for parents that would be willing to be a participant in our Speaker Seminars at the middle school.  Speaker Seminars allow you to share your education and journey to explain how you arrived at your current employment.  This helps students to understand that there isn’t always a direct and clear cut path to your future endeavors.

During the 60-90 minute presentation you are asked to share your education history and what your day to day responsibilities are for your job.  Then you present an activity that students could do.  This could be an activity that simulates something from your job (I will gladly help you with planning, and it doesn’t have to be complex) or you can share hands-on materials from your job.  If travel is involved, you could even bring in any photos, souvenirs or items that tie in.

I usually allot 60-90 minutes for your presentation, activity and questions + answer time.  Please email or call me if you think you might be interested.  The kids love the Speaker Seminars!

Please email or call me if you are interested or want to know more.

Thank you for considering,


Discover / Gifted Seminar

Hello, families.

We started Discover at Hambright and Gifted Seminar at Manor over the last few weeks.  Students are settled into a more structured day now that all of the Back to School information and meetings have finished.  The kids are busy meeting new friends – especially at Manor – and strengthening prior friendships.

Your child should have brought a letter home to you (yellow for Manor and green for Hambright) with a general overview of the year.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.  Thanks to those of you who have subscribed to the blog.

Hambright is starting with the book Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun to discuss the differences in all of us and what makes each of us unique.  We’ve enjoyed some insightful conversations about why we need differences in the world.  Day B students can share more about our story and Day D students can share more after tomorrow’s classes.

The elementary kiddos have also had time to break out some of the new STEM equipment and work together to construct a new robot.

Manor has started with some team building fun!  We are working on forming strong cohorts in Gifted Seminar.  I happy to see the 7th graders expanding their friendship circles since there are four elementary schools coming to Manor Middle.  The 8th graders are also catching up with each other and forming new bonds because I mixed up their cohorts from last year.  You can see they still love to be silly together.  It’s good to have people in your tribe that understand you.

The 8th grade ladies are already checking planners to make sure they stay on top of their work.

Be on the lookout for another blog post tomorrow about our Speaker Seminars.  I would love your help!


Back to School

Summer’s over … it was fun
Now it’s time to get things done
Catch the bus and be on time
Standing straight in all those lines

Getting homework every day
Do it quick and then go play
Early nights and days so full
Following those school time rules

Do your best and you will see
Life will go by so quickly
For one day when you are grown
Your lessons written all in stone

You will know that in the end
These the best days you will spend
Sharing knowledge doing well
Your future has a lot to tell.

~ Francine Pucillo

Hambright: Grade 3 Guest Blogger Kara M.

by: Kara M.

We read The One and Only Ivan in Gifted Support. We also do painting and drawing.  Mrs. D’Amico is teaching me lots of cool stuff! We use the S.T.E.A.M. activities and equipment from our Penn Manor Education Foundation grant. In Gifted, kids can use creativity and look at the visual perception posters around the room.  So that’s the gifted room  in third grade.