FYI: Student Tech Support

“The Penn Manor Technology Team is here to help the transition to online learning. IT staff will do their best to return phone and online support requests within two school days. If your child has a technology or laptop problem, please call 717-872-9500, x 1776 or 717-8424-519. Students may also open a support ticket by emailing:

For help accessing a Google Classroom or Moodle website, please reach out to your teacher directly. We also encourage students to keep apprised of teacher updates by checking their Penn Manor student Gmail account daily.

If you are having trouble with home internet connectivity, reach out to your ISP for assistance.”

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Remote Learning Opportunities (4/13-4/17)

New learning activities are now available in our “Remote Learning Opportunities” site. Also, beginning this week, as a part of our district “Continuity of Education Plan,” students’ completed work will now be recorded in Sapphire.

I ask that students submit their work in Google Classroom (when possible). If your child has submitted work via another method, that’s fine. They can simply submit it on Google Classroom next time, or resubmit this week’s work there now.

My “office hours” will be from 1:30-2:30. I will be available throughout the day, however, I will be available for immediate feedback during this time.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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Let’s “Hangout” today!

It’s been too long since I’ve seen the faces of the students in the class! I wanted to invite each student to join me in a whole-class Google Hangout video chat today at 2:00pm. It won’t be anything formal, but simply a way for us to connect during this time. I ask that each student take a look at the prepared presentation (click here) explaining how to accept an invitation to the “Hangout” and the rules/etiquette associated with this type of interaction.

See you at 2!

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3-2-1 Challenge!

New remote learning opportunities will be released on Thursday of this week. Until then, I’d like to issue my class a “3-2-1” challenge! Watch the video for more details. Students can submit their “3-2-1” on Google Classroom or through email.

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Stay connected!

Visit the CM blog, and click the “COVID-19 & Online Learning” tab to access all information related to our school during this time.

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Coming soon…

Dear families,

The district is collectively working to provide some optional structured learning activities for students starting Monday, March 30. Teachers will be working over the next several days to contribute to the roll-out of this. We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this situation.

Please take a moment to fill out a brief, one-minute survey by clicking here. Your responses will help me gain a better idea of the access students will have to the created materials.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. I will do my best to answer them.

Mr. Birch

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“I’m bored…”

I just wanted to share a resource I’ve found helpful.

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Message from the 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Staying sharp!

Hello families!

I understand there may be questions surrounding any expectation for students to complete work/assignments during the two-week closure. At this point, I will hold off on communicating anything specific until I receive more information about any district plans.

In the meantime, I would recommend students take the opportunity to read and possibly spend time on web-based learning sites we often use (i.e. Prodigy, Khan Academy, Fog Stone Isle, Newsela, BrainPoP, Discovery Education, and CS First – Scratch ).

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. I will do my best to assist in any way that I can.

Mr. Birch

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