April 6, 2020

Important information from Penn Manor School District:

Hello Penn Manor community,

Penn Manor School District has introduced a comprehensive Continuity of Education plan, which is available for viewing here on the district’s remote learning website.

The plan explains in detail how teachers will provide learning activities for all students to access by grade level or subject area.  The current level of activities will continue through April 9, and the school district will begin transitioning to more robust learning activities the week of April 13.

Beginning April 20, all teachers will move from reinforcement and review of material previously taught to the introduction of new material.

Teachers will keep track of student participation and reach out to encourage all students to participate.  Learning activities will not be graded, but student participation is expected.

Given the current unprecedented circumstances, Penn Manor has tried to be intentional about transitioning to online learning and its impact on our students, families, and staff.  We want to be mindful of the stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased demands on parents working from home. 

Throughout this process, we will continue to evaluate our Continuity of Education plan and make adjustments, as needed.

Thank you for your support in these challenging times, and please stay safe!

– Penn Manor School District 

Please click on the link below for Hambright’s BLOG on directions on how to access 3rd marking period report cards on Sapphire…

THANK YOU for all that you are doing at home.  Stay safe and well.  ~Mrs. Groff

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April 1, 2020

A New Video from the Hambright Team

April 1, 2020

Sports teams have been posting videos of themselves passing baseballs, lacrosse balls, soccer balls, etc. We wanted to create our own video from the Hambright team! Check out what our Hambright educators are passing along! We MISS you all!

Thanks to those students who have been able to work on the optional activities on
Penn Manor’s Remote Learning website. Don’t forget to check out the other activities
on the site too for some more optional activities…
Art, Phys Ed, Library, Music, Applied Engineering, and more!


Thank you all and be safe and be well! ~Mrs. Groff

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March 30, 2020

From Penn Manor School District…

Penn Manor educators have developed continuity of education plans to help students continue learning from home while our schools are closed. 

Here is a link to the resources.

These are optional, ungraded learning activities that students can complete from home. The resources have been developed to meet a variety of students’ needs and may not be the same across our school district. 

Teachers will be accessible to students and parents and will respond to any questions about the learning activities in a timely manner.

Currently, schools are scheduled to reopen April 9, but that date may change depending on Governor Wolf’s orders.

Thank you for your support of your child’s education in this challenging time.

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March 26, 2020

On Monday, Penn Manor will have OPTIONAL learning activities posted for students on a new website.  I will include the link to that site below.  Please know that these will be optional activities at this time, and may involve 5-10 hours of optional work per week.  Thank you so much for supporting your child during this difficult time.  I am here to help.  Please reach out to me, or have your child reach out to me, with any concerns or questions.  Please do not stress over the optional work/activities.  We don’t want to burden families at this time, but just want to provide options for those who would like them. 

*This is the link for the remote learning opportunities.  It is not set up completely yet.  Students/Families may begin using this starting on Monday, March 30th.  Here is that link…


*Mr. Howe and Dr. Mealy have been updating and posting important information on their Hambright BLOG.  This will be their primary form of communication.  Here is that link…

*Here is Penn Manor’s main website link…

*Here is the link to my Google Classroom.  This is something that we have used many times in my classroom.  I have quizzes/games/etc for students to practice skills on there.  In the future, I will be adding new things on there as well as an option if you’d like your child to do more.  


I have a MATH and ELA Links Page at the top of this BLOG, if your child would like to use any of them.  I will try to add more educational links as I come across them to provide you more options, if you should choose to use them. 

*Optional:  Google Slides- Before school ended, students were making Figurative Language Google Slides on their Chromebooks in class.  Students are free to continue to create more Google Slides on a subject/topic of their choice.  Please have your child share those with me, if they’d choose to do that!

If you haven’t already, you may want to SUBSCRIBE to the BLOG(s) posted above.  On the BLOG pages, you will see a place to SUBSCRIBE (usually on the right side of the screen).  Simply enter your email address, and you will receive a notification every time the blog is updated.

I hope you find this helpful, and not overwhelming.  Please reach out to me if I can be of any help.  I may not have the answers, but will try to help you if I can.  And please feel free to allow your child to email me to say HI!  I very much MISS the kids and miss teaching them.
Thank you again…and please stay safe and take care.  I will continue to be in touch. 🙂


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Important Update! March 25, 2020

Hi 4th grade parents and students! I hope that you are all safe and well. Just a quick update to let you know that I will be calling you in the next day or so (Thursday or Friday) to check in. Please know that if you receive a call from a “No caller ID” or an unknown caller, it could be me. I just wanted to let you know and I look forward to talking with you!

I have attached the links to our Hambright Blog main page and to the Penn Manor School District main page for future reference and information…



I will be in touch! Stay safe and stay well!

~Kelley Groff

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Two messages from all of us to all of you! March 24, 2020

The Hambright family got together online and created some special messages for all of you! A huge thank you to Mrs. Foster and Miss Gilbert for the organization and execution of our videos.

We all MISS you 4th graders!!! Enjoy! ~Mrs. Groff

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March 23, 2020- An update from PMSD

Updated March 23, 2020 — The state Department of Education has announced that all schools will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and save lives.

Under the new timeline, schools would reopen on April 7 for two days to allow school administrators, teachers and other staff time to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return to school on April 9, unless the closure is extended in response to the situation involving the virus.

April 9 and April 13, which were previously snow make-up days, will be used as school days. There will be no school on April 10 (Good Friday).

While school is closed, Penn Manor plans to implement optional at-home student learning plans for grade levels and subjects. Teachers and administrators will be meeting this week to formulate details on delivering these activities to families beginning Monday, March 30.

The district also will continue to deliver meals to students at their regular morning bus stops this Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Details and updates regarding the food delivery program are available here.

Please check back for updates later this week regarding the optional at-home learning plans, and please stay safe. 

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March 18, 2020

Hi Families and Students,

Here is an important message from Dr. Leichliter regarding Penn Manor’s current status:

Penn Manor schools are closed through March 27 in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is unclear whether that status will change or when we may be able to resume normal operations. As we all deal with this unprecedented challenge, we want to let students and parents know that the education of children is on hold as the district evaluates options moving forward. Penn Manor continues to follow direction from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Please understand that teachers will not be instructing students, grading assignments, or corresponding on instructional matters during the current 10-day closure. While teachers may have resources for students such as active Google Classrooms for their lessons, there is no expectation for student attendance or submission of assignments between March 16 and March 30.

As Dr. Leichliter stated, there is no expectation at this time regarding instruction, assignments, or lessons.

Until we learn more, students may continue to use the many websites and tools that we have been using in school this year…as well as read, read, read!

I hope that you are all well and please stay safe and healthy!

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Penn Manor is implementing a meal distribution plan for students beginning Wednesday, March 18, that utilizes students’ morning bus stop locations. The free, bagged meals will be delivered by school buses and will include a lunch and breakfast for the following day comprised of foods that meet school nutritional standards.

For elementary students, meals will be delivered by buses at students’ regular bus stops each morning at times that roughly correspond with their regular school pickup times.

Meals for high school and Marticville and Manor middle school students will be delivered each morning to their regular bus stops, but the drop-off times are not the same as their morning school pickup times.

Please see the dropoff schedules for those schools here:

HS meal drop-off schedule
Manor MS meal drop-off schedule
Marticville MS meal drop-off schedule

Buses will stop if someone is visible at each stop. A volunteer onboard each bus will assist with meal bag distribution.

Meals for students who WALK to Penn Manor High School or Eshleman Elementary School may be picked up from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning at Eshleman Elementary School.

At all locations, students need not be present for a family member to pick up their meal bag, and family members may pick up meal bags for all members of their family who attend Penn Manor schools from a single location/stop. Meals may not be picked up for more than one day at a time.

This distribution plan is subject to change in response to the needs of our families/bus drivers.

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Important Updates for Parents Regarding our Schools- March 17, 2020- From Penn Manor School District

Penn Manor schools are closed through March 27 in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is unclear whether that status will change or when we may be able to resume normal operations. As we all deal with this unprecedented challenge, we want to share some important information with parents:

  • The education of children is on hold as we consider options moving forward under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • We have decided not to pursue online learning for our students at this time. We would not be able to fulfill our legal and ethical obligation to serve every student appropriately via this means, and many of our students lack access to the internet at home. 
  • Buildings will be open to teachers and the public by appointment only beginning Wednesday, March 18. Visitors should call the school office to arrange a visit or to pick up student medications or other important belongings. School contact information is available here.
  • March 13 is now officially the end of the third marking period. Students’ grades will reflect assignments and assessments completed through that date. 
  • We are working to establish a system to provide breakfasts and lunches to families with children who qualify for free- or reduced-price meals, beginning Wednesday, March 18. More details will be released as they become available.
  • All buildings are undergoing a deep cleaning, including all carpeting, fabric surfaces and touch points.
  • Essential school district personnel, with minimal exceptions, will begin working from home Wednesday.

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