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







Speaker Seminar – Dr. Hugh Smith

Hugh SmithOn Friday, December 11, 2015, Manor and Marticville students attended a Speaker Seminar given by Dr. Hugh Smith ( to learn how to interpret their dreams.    Dr. Smith opened the presentation with the different stages of sleep and the various parts of the brain.  He then allowed the students to share their dreams.

Students seemed to enjoy the sharing – many of the dreams were silly and fun to hear.  Our students have some very vivid dreams — amazing what goes on in their brain during the night.  We had one that we entitled “The Skittles Theory” due to the rainbow colors and the candy that was present in the dream.

Dr. Smith helped the students classify all or parts of the dream under four categories: wishes, conflicts, feelings, and other stuff from their day. He was able to guide the students to find the metaphors, associations, emotions, but not necessarily the logic of the dream.

At the end of the seminar, each student was given a dream journal to record their dreams if they wished.  A follow-up session will be forthcoming to allow students to share and analyze dreams that they recorded in their dream journal.

Manor: Guest Speaker Seminar

On Wednesday of this week, fifteen Manor students traveled south to join our Marticville friends for our second Guest Speaker Seminar of the year.  Our speaker was Dr. Hugh Smith,a local licensed psychologist.  He presented on the topic “I had the weirdest dream last night! Understanding our dreams through psychology and creativity.” He gave an overview of the types of psychology there are in the field, explained the dream cycle and brain anatomy when awake and asleep, and lead the class in analyzing and interpreting dreams.

Students asked questions throughout the presentation about shared consciousness, lucid dreaming, and the idea that reality may in fact be a dream.  The depth of student questions was impressive! Dr. Smith instructed students to focus on 4 areas when interpreting dreams; wishes, conflicts, feelings,and other details from the day. Two brave students volunteered to share details of one of their dreams  for the group to interpret. It was fascinating to hear the connections students made.



Ultimately, Dr. Smith said the “correct” meaning and interpretation of a dream can only be know by the dreamer. The workshop  concluded with Dr. Smith giving each student a dream journal and a challenge  to record the details of their dreams over the next few weeks. He will be offering a follow-up dream interpretation session for those who are interested in early February (information will be sent out to those students who participated in this seminar.)

The day ended with students eating lunch together and discussing the ideas shared during the workshop. A special thank you to Dr. Smith for offering his time to teach middle school students about the field of psychology and how to learn more about our dream worlds!


Manor: Our First Guest Speaker Seminar

Our first Guest Speaker Seminar occurred right before Thanksgiving.   Our presenterMr. Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director for Penn Manor School District, presented to many of our 7th and 8th graders from Manor and Marticville.  Mr. Reisinger’s topic was Careers in Technology & Learning to Code.  He discussed careers in the field of technology and conducted a hands-on activity where students explored the Linux command line as an introduction to computer programming.

It was a lot of fun to get to have our two schools together not only for the presentation, but we also ate lunch together and had the opportunity to meet new friends.  If your child attended, ask them to explain what an Easter Egg is in the programming and coding world.  Here are a few photos of our day:




















Guest Speaker Seminar

Our first Guest Speaker Seminar is only a week away!   The first topic of the year is Careers in Technology & Learning to Code.  Our presenterMr. Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director for Penn Manor School District, will discuss careers in the field of technology and conduct a hands-on activity where students will explore the Linux command line as an introduction to computer programming.

Students from Marticville Middle School will be joining us, and we are looking forward to the collaboration.  Please make sure you turn in your permission slip ASAP if you have not already done so.  Remember, this is limited to the first 20 students who turn in a completed form to me.

** Parents, please remind your child to pack his or her lunch for the day.