Overview of Financial Aid- All students who will be applying for college loans or grants should read this post!

If you are going to apply for any kind of loans or financial aid for the 17-18 school year it is time to begin preparing to complete your FAFSA!  One of the first steps is to create a FSA ID

Overview of Financial Aid:  https://youtu.be/kbJ55UWMEFE

Creating an FSA ID:    https://youtu.be/jPq_KYf0YMM

Filling out the FAFSA  https://youtu.be/jPq_KYf0YMM

Admissions Decision Day 2016-2017

Penn Manor has partnered with two colleges to provide on-site admissions events here at the Penn Manor High School. Apply online to these  schools a week before the event.  On the day of an event the colleges will present to students who applied and meet with them one-on-one to discuss the status of their application! You could be accepted

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Millersville University: Tuesday, October 25thMU Logo

Deadline to apply to MU online, October 18th, 2016

Deadline to sign up with PMHS Counseling office and request transcripts & SAT/ACT scores by October 18th

You do not need to pay the application fee.  Check off the “waiver” box to waive the application fee. Signing up online with the PMHS Counseling office for this event serves as your waiver.

York College: Tuesday, November 1st

Deadline to apply to York College, October 25th, 2016York College Logo

Deadline to sign online up with PMHS Counseling office and request transcripts by October 25th

No fee to Apply.

What is Instant Admissions/Admissions Decision Day? 

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Spring 2017 Dual Enrollment

The dual enrollment meeting for students interested in taking a class in Spring 2017 will be October 27th in the auditorium.  Students should be excused from clubs to attend this meeting. Students who have already taken a dual enrollment course need to attend this meeting if they are applying for a course for Spring 2017. This meeting will go over any updates to the dual enrollment process.

Students, please sign up to attend by filling out the google form or stopping by the counseling office.

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Dual enrollment is an opportunity for academically college-ready students to take a college class. Typically the college credit counts for  high school elective credit in an area which complements the course offerings at Penn Manor. Several schools offer dual enrollment credit at a reduced rate to local students.

Healthcare Volunteer Opportunity

If you have a genuine interest in the healthcare field then the Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine Winter Student Volunteer program is for you!  The program allows students to experience first hand day to day activities in a professional healthcare setting.  Students are given the opportunity to work side by side with an LGH clinical staff member who will mentor you throughout the program.  Applications are being accepted now!  The deadline to apply is October 21st.  Stop by the counseling office for more information or download the application at www.LancasterGeneralHealth.org

TEDxYouth Event Coming to Lancaster— Get Involved….

On September 10, 2016, TEDxLancaster hosted a sold-out, professionally produced event at the Ware Center. Many adults passionately shared “ideas worth spreading,” and younger speakers also took center stage to share their passion. Building on the success of TEDxLancaster and in order to support student creativity, intellect and 21st century skill development, an Inaugural TEDxYouth@Lancaster is in the early planning stages. To clarify, a TEDxYouth event is a TEDx event created for youth and by youth with the help of adult mentors. Because of your connection to this community, we need you!  And there is only ONE chance to be part of an Inaugural TEDxYouth event!

If you are an adult or student (grades 6-12) interested in the following things, the TEDxYouth planning team is for you:

  • Representing your school, community or industry in a positive way
  • Supporting youth in our community who have ideas worth spreading
  • Connecting with people who are motivated, driven, passionate, and committed to creating something special for our community
  • Working with a team to hone real world skills that include marketing, budgeting, building partnerships, and effective communication
  • Putting into practice authentic 21st century skills such as critical thinking; creative problem solving through collaboration; and effective interaction with community partners, that will enhance your ability to succeed in whatever path you choose
  • Completing volunteer hours for school in a way that can build your skills for the future
  • Being an important part of a TED experience that is new and exciting!


JOIN US at the Conference and Training Center at IU13 (Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster) from 7PM – 8PM on Tuesday, October 4. Also, complete this short surveyso we can build a powerful, committed team of volunteers to make this event happen (probably in June 2017). RSVP through survey by September 29.
Also, feel free to forward this message to those in your world who you feel could make a positive contribution to the team. We are looking for a variety of backgrounds, passions and experience! TEDxYouth@Lancaster needs you! We hope you’ll join us and invite others (adults and students) to do the same!

 The TEDxYouth@Lancaster Planning Team

Janice Estabrook, Coordinator of Gifted and Enrichment Services

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

Instructional Services

1020 New Holland Avenue

Lancaster, PA  17601

Phone:  717- 606-1732

Fax:  717-606-1774

Cell:  717-413-4662

Twitter: @IU13GiftedNet

Interested in an Art Degree…

Are you interested in pursuing a degree in Studio Art, Art Education, or Interdisciplinary Digital Studio? Do you like the idea of attending a small art school within a Big Ten University with an outstanding reputation? If so, then the Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) may be the place for you.

A small school of art and design, situated within a large research university, SoVA is pleased to provide students a unique opportunity to work closely with outstanding faculty, access to abundant learning and student support resources, and a caring community of creative thinkers, makers, and educators. SoVA’s students participate in intimate studio courses (approximately 20 students per faculty), complete a number of minors and concurrent majors, study abroad, and are engaged in various student organizations.

To learn more about SoVA, we invite you to attend our Portfolio Day, Monday, October 10, 2016. During this campus visit you will have the opportunity for an individual portfolio review with our faculty, learn about our various academic programs (Art Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Interdisciplinary Digital Studio) and tour our facilities and studios with current SoVA students.

SoVA’s Portfolio Day event will coincide with the College of Arts and Architecture’s Visit Day events running from 8:30am to 4:00pm that same day. Click here to register.

For more information about SoVA, please contact sovainfo@psu.edu or (814)865-0444.

Class Meetings, 11th & 12th grade updates

Presentation to Seniors (<click to view slides)

At the Senior meeting, Thursday, September 15th, Ms Wile presented relevant information to seniors and the 2017 class officers updated the class on prom and fundraisers.  It included about the college application timeline, distribution of the Senior College Planning Check list (grade12checklist), Information about Admissions Decision Days, how to request transcripts, financial aid events, and more.  Please check out the presentation linked above.

Seniors: When you are entering teacher and counselor emails for the Common App or other digital recommendation platforms, please use the firstname.lastname@pennmanor.net email address for the staff member, not the firstname.lastname@student.pennmanor.net email address (each teacher/counselor has both which forward to the same email; however, the online accounts for common app and others are only set up with the @pennmanor.net account).

Presentation to Juniors (<click to view slides)

At the Junior meeting, Wednesday September 14th, Ms. Ulmer presented to the students about the importance of the PSAT’s for 11th grade students and the graduation project.  The PSATs will be given October 19th at the high school to all Penn Manor 11th graders for free.  Please see the presentation linked above for more information.  Students who took the PSAT last year as a 10th grader have online access to practice on the collegeboard website and Khan Academy. It is beneficial to practice because this exam for 11th graders opens the doors to National Merit Scholarships.

Ms. Ulmer also presented about the graduation project.  Graduation projects will be due before the end of the 2016-2017 school year.  Students can present anytime before April to their counselor.  If they do not present before April, they will be assigned to present to a panel of teachers.

Junior interested in CTC for senior year will get more information October 11th during homeroom and will have an opportunity to sign-up for at tour.  Juniors interested in learning about attending Thaddeus Stevens senior year need to sign-up to attend an information session November 3rd during homeroom at Penn Manor. Thaddeus Stevens recommend that parents attend this information session as well because they will go over the tuition information.

9th and 10th grade class meetings will take place in October. 


Reminder: Financial Aid night is September 26th at 6:30pm in the PMHS auditorium. This is recommended for 11th and 12th grade parents; however, all parents are encouraged to come to start to understand the college financial aid process.

Regional College Fair information and dates