Changes to school calendar proposed

Changes to school calendar proposed

Superintendent Mike Leichliter is recommending changes to the 2013-14 school calendar that would retain the current graduation date of June 3 and move the last student attendance day to June 9.

The changes are only proposed at this point and are subject to approval by the state Department of Education and Penn Manor School board, which plans to vote on the proposal April 14. Future cancellations or delays would impact the changes.

The revised schedule would require Penn Manor High School seniors to participate in graduation practice on three Saturdays. Those dates and times have yet to be determined.

Here are the proposed changes:

  • March 28: School in session (weather make-up day)
  • April 17: School in session (weather make-up day)
  • April 21: School in session (weather make-up day)
  • May 6: Student day (previously in-service day)
  • June 3: Commencement at Franklin & Marshall College
  • June 9: Last student day

School Year Extended

Due to the recent weather cancellations, school will now be in session for all students on April 21 and June 9. The school year has been extended by one day and will continue to be extended in the event that school must be canceled again because of weather conditions.

Here is the complete list of weather-related calendar changes:

*Friday, February 14 – School is in session for all students.

*Friday, March 28 – School is in session for all students.

*Thursday, April 17 – School is in session for all students.

*Monday, April 21 (for missed day on January 21) – School is in session for all students.

*Monday, June 9 (for missed day on January 22) – School is in session for all students.

Penn Manor Gifted Services Change

Dear Parents,

Penn Manor School District’s K-12 Gifted Services Program was audited this spring by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our district received many positive comments and was recognized for “putting kids first”.  One change that the district must address is the number of students on each teacher’s caseload as teacher caseload may not exceed 65 students.  As a result, staffing changes have been made at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, I will be assigned to Hambright Elementary and Manor Middle Schools.

Please read the “official” parent letter below to learn more about the specific staff changes for each of Penn Manor’s schools.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Amy D’Amico


Parent Letter

Parenting a Gifted Teen: Social and Emotional Issues

Ephrata Area School District

Secondary Gifted Parent Night

Parenting a Gifted Teen: Social and Emotional Issues


When:             Wednesday, April 3, 6-7 p.m.

Where:            Ephrata Area Middle School Media Center

957 Hammon Ave. Ephrata PA 17522

Format:          Presenter: Angel Eshleman, Ephrata School Psychologist


 Parenting a Gifted Teen: Social and Emotional Issues

 Description:  If you are the parent of a gifted student, you already know about the joys and challenges of raising your child. This presentation will highlight the social and emotional challenges of gifted students with a focus on secondary-age issues. Gifted students are a diverse group of individuals with considerable strength and resilience but also with unique challenges.  Often these challenges are overlooked or misunderstood, and students’ needs go unmet.   We’ll be talking about ways that you can be supportive to your gifted teen and help them to use their strengths to reach their full potential.

Please RSVP to Lori Hatt 717-721-1150 Ext 0

or email at  by March 28, 2013


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact:

Susan Summers-Steffy  (721-1150)

Coordinator of Student Services

Ephrata Area School District.




Important Calendar Changes for Students and Parents

Due to the missed days of school on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30, school will now be in session on Monday, November 5 and Friday, February 15.
The end of the second marking period day has also changed. School is now in session all day on January 18, 2013 for all students.
There is  NO SCHOOL for ALL students on Monday, January 21, 2013. Students in Grades 7-12 will be off on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  ELEMENTARY STUDENTS are in session on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 with an EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:30 PM.  There is NO AM Kindergarten.