HACC Health Careers Day

Are you interested in a health-related career after high school? HACC is holding a Health Careers Exploration Day on October 12th from 9am-1pm (lunch is provided). The location is East 203 on the Lancaster campus. This annual event is designed for high school students who are truly interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. You will learn about various health-related careers including: Cardio-Vascular Technology (both Sonography and Invasive), Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Nursing (both LPN and RN), Radiologic Technology and Radiology Informatics, Surgical Technology, and Wellness and Health Promotion (for students interested in working as Health Educators or Wellness Coaches). 

You will also have opportunities to speak directly with the program directors and participate in interactive demonstrations in HACC’s state-of-the-art labs! This has been a popular event in the past, so RSVP as soon as you can! Please RSVP to Marcia Waters by October 3rd. You can reach her at 717-358-2997 or mswaters@hacc.edu. You will need to coordinate your own transportation, as this will not be a field trip through PMHS. Please get an excuse from your parent/guardian if you plan to attend. This event can also be counted towards your shadowing day for graduation projects!

TeenHope Screening 9/27/18

Students in grade 9 who have Health/PE this semester will have the TeenHope Depression/Anxiety screenings during class on Thursday, September 27th  along with their height, weight, and vision screenings

Below is a copy of the letter that was sent home with every 9th grader in PE this semester.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Your child’s emotional and physical health is a key factor of how well they function in school and engage in relationships with others.  Penn Manor High School is fully dedicated to supporting your child in being healthy and successful in their lives inside and outside of school.  We are partnering with Samaritan Counseling Center to offer the voluntary TeenHope Emotional-Wellness screening. TeenHope will use the PHQ-9 and GAD screening tools to identify risk factors related to depression, anxiety, and thoughts of self-harm.  These screenings and the questions included are easily available to view online. The screening is of no cost to you, is voluntary and confidential.

Not every screening will indicate a problem.  In fact, it is likely that the screening will confirm that your child is experiencing normal teenage transitions.  If there are problems that your child is facing that he or she needs support to deal with, TeenHope will assist in identifying those issues.  The program then works with identified teens and their parents to link them with resources in the community, where they can obtain a complete mental health evaluation.  We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for your child. Again, it is absolutely confidential.

The screening will be done for 9th grade students who have Health and PE this semester as part of the wellness screening process on September 27.  It is done in a manner that assures that only your child and the mental health professional see your child’s response. All screening results are kept confidential.

These steps are followed as part of the screening process.

  1. Students complete a 5-minute questionnaire about symptoms of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thinking and behavior.
  2. Teens, whose answers reveal a potential problem or ask for help, meet with a trained mental health professional in private to determine if further evaluation would be helpful.
  3. Teens, whose answers show they probably do not need help, meet briefly with other program staff to ask any questions they may have about the program or ask for help with any other concerns the screening did not cover. These students are encouraged to identify and reach-out to supportive adults in their life whenever they have concerns.  
  4. A recent survey of young people throughout Lancaster County schools found that about 1 out of 6 reported seriously considering attempting suicide at one point in the last year.  With this in mind, TeenHope gives every student they see the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). We encourage you to put this in your contacts and use it if you suspect that a teenager you know is suicidal.
  1. Parents are contacted by program staff only if your teen is recommended for further evaluation.  If this is the case, Samaritan staff will discuss ways you can get your teen help. Contact is made the day of the screening, and one week and one month following the screening.  Parents are not contacted if your teen is not found to need additional mental health services.

The school district provides this screening at no cost, but does not provide further evaluation or treatment services.  It is up to you to decide if you want to obtain any additional services for your teen. Samaritan Counseling Center provides referral information directly to parents.  In addition, Samaritan Counseling Center is available to provide assistance and financial support to parents interested in pursuing mental health services for their child.

We believe this screening opportunity is valuable for our students, so we plan to make this available this year to all ninth grade students.  However, if for any reason you do not wish your student to participate, you may opt out by completing and returning the form.

Please do not hesitate to call the school at 717-872-9520 ext. 1821 or Samaritan Counseling Center at 717-560-9969 if you have any questions.


Request for my student to be excused from the

TeenHope Screening Program

Administered by the Samaritan Counseling Center, Lancaster, PA

I understand that my child is invited to participate in the TeenHope Emotional-Wellness screening as described in the letter from the school.  However, I do not want my child to participate in this wellness screening. My signature below certifies that I do not give permission.  

I understand that the screening involves the completion of a short questionnaire about symptoms of depression, anxiety, and thoughts of self-harm.  I also understand that all screening results are kept confidential.

I realize that I have the right to inquire about the results of this screening program by contacting the Samaritan Counseling Center 717-560-9969.

_____  NO, I do NOT give my child permission to participate in the TeenHope screening.


Parent/Guardian Printed Name and Signature

Student Name (please print) Student Grade

RETURN TO your student’s PE/Health teacher before September 24, 2018 TO OPT your student out of mental health screening.

Depression Workshop


Depression is a disorder that can strike anyone at any age. It strikes across all barriers, making its sufferers miserable and robbing them of joy and satisfaction. Join Kelly F. Dennis MS LPC and Millersville Community Church for a discussion of the various types of depression and how to deal with them. Kelly is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an office in Millersville. She has experience in helping individuals and families work through mental health issues including, eating disorders, anxiety, & depression.

Kelly incorporates a faith-based perspective in her clinical work, using an approach that combines genetic, cognitive, social, and cultural factors in assessing behavior. Participants will learn about various forms of depression, including Major Depressive Disorder and Persistent Depressive Disorder. During our time together, we’ll learn how to moderate the effects of depression through mindfulness meditation, loving kindness, cognitive therapy, and breathing.

Relief from depression begins with understanding its causes and resulting behaviors. Equip yourself to cope with depression, either in yourself or in someone you care about. Our workshop will convene at Grace Campus on Saturday, September 29 at 9 am. Gather for a light breakfast in the Family Life Center before making your way to the Sanctuary for Kelly’s presentation. The workshop should wrap up around 11:00am. Admission is free, but we are asking that you register in advance by contacting Bruce Heydt at bruceheydt@gracemillersville.org, or by calling 717-872-4571.

Kutztown University Application Fee Waivers

If you are interested in attending Kutztown after graduation, now is the time to apply! You have until  November 15, 2018 to use a fee waiver to complete your application; this will save you $35! At the end of your application, you must insert the application fee waiver code GOLDEN. Visit https://www.kutztown.edu/admissions/apply-today.htm to apply. KU can typically provide a decision within a week of receiving your transcript and test scores. 

In addition, more than 80% of Kutztown University students receive financial aid. They offer more than 500 awards, and there is no separate scholarship application.  All students who are admitted are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.  These scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to take advantage of KU’s rolling admissions process and apply early! For a complete listing of scholarships, please visit https://www.kutztown.edu/scholarships

Make sure to also visit https://www.kutztown.edu/admissions/visit-ku.htm for information on tours and Fall Open Houses.

September Career Seminar

Careers in Food Manufacturing
Preparing for Entrance into the Workforce (Food Industry)     
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018   
Auditorium: 9:20-10:20

  • The counseling department will once again be sponsoring Career Seminars throughout the school year and the date for our first offering is fast approaching.   
  • The theme for the September Seminar is Careers in Food Manufacturing.
  • A representative from Turkey Hill will present to our classes and I look forward to having you there.  If you plan to attend or have questions please fill out and submit the google form.

Career Seminar Sign Up Link


Fall ASVAB Information

Juniors & Seniors,

The fall ASVAB will be held on Wednesday, October 10th. The test will be administered at Penn Manor High School and will begin at 7:40 am. You do not need to bring anything with you to the exam room, all testing materials will be provided. Please listen to announcements for the ASVAB room location.
The ASVAB is a test used for military entrance as well as for further career development. The ASVAB has eight test areas: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto and Shop Information and Mechanical Comprehension. The test will help you identify your skills in various areas and link them to careers of your interest. 
Please sign up using the following link  if you would like to take the fall ASVAB: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsdnloVwmbtdRQroQgjV7oIvOzU-Q4HKny-Pd_a7lNOGQXkA/viewform
If you have any questions, please contact your school counselor.

Coping Kids & Teens Family Support Series

The Pathways Center for Grief & Loss understands that loss impacts the entire family. Held in the 
Bob & Joy Allen Coping Kids & Teens wing at the Pathways Center, the program provides a series for children, teens and adults who are coping with the death of a loved one. Families gather for a light supper prior to each session before breaking into age-specific groups to provide peer support. 
The next series is:

Thursdays, October 18–November 29 (excluding November 22)
6:00–7:30 p.m.
(Registration deadline: October 5)

Families meet with a Coping Kids & Teens counselor to determine if the group would be the best support option for them. Call (717) 391-2413 or (800) 924-7610 by October 5 to schedule anappointment.

Click here for more information about the Coping Kids and Teens program.