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







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!


Manor: AMC 8 Results!

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom learned skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.  In 2016, more than 130,000 students from more than 2,000 school nationwide participated.

Congratulations to our school participants and our top place finishers.

First Place and a and Honor Roll Certificate Winner for finishing in the top 5% Nationally:  Jordan Photis

Second Place: Andrew Ament

Third Place: Luke Braas, Andrew Glenn, and Colin Kligge

Other School Participants: Everett Barry, Noah Donaldson, Eleanor Helm, Gabe Hill, Tommy Hockenberry, Jace Hoffer, Adaira Hufford, Audrey Jachimowicz, Kaylee Jackson, Tebelechi Ketema, Ella Kratz, Elizabeth Lebo, Katie Mackey, Olivia Nicastro, Curtis Rabatin, Emily Riggs, Jordan Schucker, Emma Shenk, Jack Shipley, Kyler Stigelman, Gavin Switzer, and Evelyn Weaver.


Shank’s Mare Field Trip

Last Friday the 6th grade Discover students to their annual trip to Shank’s Mare to celebrate both the end of the elementary years and the excitement of going to middle school in the fall. It was lovely to meet our new Manor families and give an overview of Manor Middle and how gifted support works in the middle school. As I said Friday, please email or call me with any questions you may have.

We started our day with a morning kayaking trip. The water was calm, and the scenery was gorgeous. It was fun to see so many kids who hadn’t had the opportunity to kayak before really enjoy the experience.








The trip was got very exciting for the Manor group as we were within 20 feet or so of a Bald Eagle eating his breakfast on our way back to the launch site. I had my iPhone and snapped some shots. They aren’t top quality because of the zoom, but I still got some and a video.





…and he’s off with his fish breakfast – he did not leave that behind



video of the eagle:     IMG_7271

After lunch, we were able to participate in the stream study in Fishing Creek. The kids didn’t care that it was cold (and some parents even jumped right in.).  The seine nets were a big help in trapping the macroinvertebrates.



Looking for any larvae, bugs, or crayfish that could be found.


Colin had proof that the stream was healthy.


Nigel checking out what was found.


What a fantastic group of kids.  So super excited to have this bunch next year!



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.

Walker is returning

Manor & Hambright Parents:

Please read the attached letter from Dr. Edwards.  Although Manor students will see Walker on a regular basis, there is also a chance that my Hambright students will see Walker when they visit each cycle.  I just wanted to make you aware.

Have a wonderful weekend.



walkerHello Manor Middle School Parents, Students & Staff,

My name is Walker, and I’m so excited about the great news I have for everyone.  I have been at Manor Middle School for the last 10 years and am looking forward to begin working once again this school year.  I will be in the building a few days a week for the remainder of the year.  I was born in April of 2005, and I have been training in the New Life Assistance Dogs (NLAD) through United Disabilities Services program all my life.  I can turn lights off and on, open doors, retrieve and return things like books, back-backs, etc.  I’m also a very good listener and can’t wait for the students to read to me.  Other note worthy characteristics about myself include: a gentle and willing temperament.  In addition, I am in excellent health and fully socialized.  My primary service will be working with the academic support team.  Nonetheless, some of you may see me in the hallways, library and other places throughout the building.

I will be wearing a red vest to indicate that I am a fully trained service dog.  This is different from that of my fellow canines who are still in training.  My friends’ vest will state that they are Dogs In Training “Please Do Not Pet.”  My friends are so jealous of me because my human friends can pet me.  Although I love human interaction and attention, please, please ask my Master for permission before petting and/or giving commands, for this could confuse me and I would not want to be a distraction in the educational process.  I will have several trained faculty members who will help me be successful in my placement here at Manor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Edwards or Mr. Kramer.

I am so happy to finally get use my gifts with so many great people at Manor Middle School.  It will also be great to go to work with my human daddy, Mr. Kramer (Health & Phys. Ed).  Can’t wait to see some of my old friends and make some new ones.

Thank You,walkerpaw  Walker

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, Manor and Hambright students!  I am so happy that I’ve been able to see so many of you.  You’ve grown, you’ve had wonderful, fun-filled summers, and now it’s time to start another year in your education journey.

I have some information for you that is divided by school.  Please read over and email me with any questions.


I sent a letter home with each student on Thursday detailing our schedule for the year, our curriculum, and a permission slip.  Parents – please sign the permission slip as soon as possible and have your child return it to their teacher.  If you need a new copy, let me know.  Classes will be starting next cycle; our first date will be Thursday, September 17th.


I am using Google Classroom to communicate with the students.  I have posted questions, a survey and some other items.  If your child hasn’t accepted the invite to the Discover Google Classroom, please have them do so ASAP, and complete the survey.  I am trying to set-up our first meeting of the year with the information the survey provides; we will be talking about Gifted Services this year.

Hambright & Manor Parents: Presentation

Lancaster County PArtners for Gifted Education invites members and prospective members to:

The Essential Brain: 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know about the Brain

Nationally renowned speaker and Gifted Guru Lisa Van Gemert will share this presentation with parents and children of the Lancaster County area.

Thursday, March 19, 6-8 PM

IU13, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA

What are the most vital things everyone needs to know about what research has to say about the brain? Mensa’s Youth & Education Ambassador will share ten key things you need to know to be in the know. Discover why kids under stress can’t learn and how to help. Uncover the science behind giftedness and what it has to tell us about typical learners, too. Learn the key structures of the brain important in learning (and why one of them is causing fights on campuses and in families). 

While this program is free to all comers, space IS limited.

Please RSVP by Monday, March 16. To RSVP and/or ensure your question is covered: contact Alrica Goldstein at 569-5265 or Current members will be entered in a raffle.


Manor & Hambright: Fulton Theater Opportunity

Fulton Theater: Teen Lounge Performance

Grades 6-12

Teen Lounge

Ten people. A mysterious recording.

Nine murders. ONE killer.
How do we do it?

 Join us on Thursday, February 5 to hear from Properties Designer Katelin Walsko!

Learn the tricks of the trade before seeing the show.
  • Session from 5:15PM to 6:15PM.
  • Dinner is on your own.
  • Participants return for the 7:30PM show.
  • Following the performance, a 20-minute post-show Q&A session between actors and the entire audience.

$20/program Fee includes cost of ticket. Grades 6-12 ONLY

Register today by calling the box office at 717-397-7425!

 Mark Your Calendar for Future Teen Lounge Sessions!

The Producers:  Assistant Stage Manager Meg Friedman Thursday, March 19

The Full Monty:  Sound Designer Jacob Mishler and Costume Designer Anthony Lascoskie Thursday, April 30

The Wizard of Oz:  Master Electrician Josh Schlader and Managing Director Aaron YoungThursday, June 11

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!