Admission Decision Day 2018

 Penn Manor Counselors have coordinated Admission Decision Day with Millersville University

Millersville University Admissions Decision Day: Wednensday, October 24th

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Deadline to apply to MU online, October 17th *Select “fee waiver” and enter code JBFWID19

Deadline to sign up with PMHS Counseling office by October 17th

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.

What is Admissions Decision Day? 

Admissions Decision Day means that a student will meet one-on-one with an Admissions rep here at Penn Manor High School. During this one-on-one meeting the student will find out if he/she got into the university. *Art and Music Majors will require an additional review process. In that case, the Admissions rep at the event will explain the process to the students and provide feedback on their application. Dress nicely for the event, you will be meeting with the admissions representatives. Dress to impress!

Application Tips:

  1. Dress clean and professionally on the day of the event to meet with the admissions reps
  2. Bring a copy of your first marking period report card and/or letters of recommendations if you need that additional competitive edge or need to supplement for low grades in the past.

Test Scores: If you already have your test results, the PMHS Counselors will provide it if you have signed-up online. If you are schedule to take them in the future, please request your SAT through www.collegeboard.org and/or ACT scores through www.act.org

Transcripts: If you have signed up online, the PMHS Counselors will provide it to the college if you have signed-up online.

Parents- Release of 13 Reasons Why, Season 2

Statement on the upcoming release of 13 Reasons Why, Season 2

Last spring the Series, 13 Reasons Why, captured the attention of many youth globally and created countless discussions among teens and between teens and their families. Following the recent school shootings, an increase in online violence and with concerns regarding the upcoming release of 13 Reasons Why Season 2, organizations from around the world have asked Netflix to cover the many issues in the series responsibly. We hope that they do this because research demonstrates that depictions of violence and self-harm can increase the likelihood of copycat behaviors. Adolescents are a vulnerable group and are highly impressionable, frequently copying others’ behaviors or reacting in response to things they have watched.

While we are not certain what the exact content of Season 2 will be, nor how Netflix will present it, we know that it will be released on Friday, May 18th. Based on how Season 1 ended and from the pre-release trailers, cast interviews and pre-release statements from Netflix blog posts, we can assume that topics in the series might include: suicide, school violence, online and in person bullying, sexual assault and substance abuse. Given the gravity of these issues, we believe it is important to convey our concerns to parents, educators and professionals working with youth in advance of the series release in an effort to help reduce the risk of a tragedy.

  1. We discourage watching Season 2 among vulnerable and at-risk youth (for example those living with depression or an anxiety disorder) because of the triggering impact it could have on them. The content could be quite disturbing to them and result in them needing additional care, monitoring, support and/or treatment.
  2. If you do watch the series, make an effort to watch the second season of 13 Reasons Why with your child(ren). We know that while this isn’t always possible, but when you can it is a good practice. Watching it together will allow you the opportunity to monitor the impact each episode has on your child. You can stop and take time between episodes. It also affords you the opportunity to talk with your child after each episode and ensure that they are stable enough to continue watching the series.
  3. If you are not able to watch season 2 with your child, ask them if they have seen it or not, talk with them about their thoughts and reactions, as well as their feelings about the content. Make sure they know that they can come to you with questions or worries if they have them about themselves or their friends and that you will be there to listen and help guide them.
  4. Monitor youth who might be vulnerable to some of the story lines in the series and, if they might be at risk, suggest they do not watch the series until a later date. Make sure to check in with your child more than just one time over a couple of weeks after the show is watched, as sometimes it takes a few days before emotions really impact young people, and as they talk with peers about various reactions to the show.
  5. Reassure youth that fiction and reality are not the same thing. Help them understand that what they see and hear on television is not their life, but rather it is a made up story.  Even though they might believe that what they have seen is or feels like their reality, it is critical that you help them understand it is not and that the outcomes from the series do not have to be their outcomes.
  6. Know resources in your local community for where you can find help, if needed.  In the Penn Manor Community, you can reach out to your local school counselor for referrals for therapeutic & transition counseling. If it is after school hours or an mental health emergency, contact the Lancaster County Crisis Intervention 717-394-2631. Knowing who you can reach out to for support is a good prevention strategy.

This statement is provided by SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. To see the full statement, resources, and organizations providing resources for suicide prevention, read the statement in its entirety here: 13-Reasons-Why-Pre-Release-Statement_SAVE

Camp Summer Job Opportunity

The Lancaster YMCA Camp Shand is accepting applications for the following positions.

Working at a summer camp can be great experience for college applications and future job applications!

  • Senior Day Camp Counselor Supervise a group of day-campers in activities such as environmental education, group games, and other activities (can live at camp, can drive themselves daily, or can take a bus from the Lancaster YMCA City Center).
  • Cabin Counselor (Resident) Spend 6 days a week at camp supervising and a resident counselor for campers 1st-6th grade. Be a positive role model for campers and help with camp activities, games, and programs.
  • Camp Counselor (Resident) This is almost like a ‘junior’ counselor. Work with the younger day-campers during the day, but live on camp with the resident campers in the evening.
  • Life Guard  needs current lifeguard certification. Can live at camp, or commute, or take the bus from the Lancaster City YMCA.
  • Food Service Assistant live at camp and help with the kitchen and food service.  Help make a difference in the lives of kids without the regular supervision of kids.

Check out this Video about Summers at Camp Shand: https://youtu.be/J_dfN_xhffU

Full Job Descriptions and Salary range: 2018-Camp-Shand-Job-Openings

Dual Enrollment for Fall 2018

The dual enrollment meeting for students interested in taking a class in Fall 2018 will be April 3rd  during homeroom in the library.  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 Fall 2018. 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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College 101 March 14th, 2018

Everything you need to know about the admissions process from college reps and school counselors

The 2018 College 101 event is Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm in the High School Library.   

Everything you need to know about the admissions process from college reps and school counselors for grades for students grades 9th, 10th, and 11th. After the general college information about the college searchapplication timeline, and college entrance essay writing, and interviews. 

“How to Make the Common App ‘Not So Common”   Components of applying to college, and details about what and to include in applications.

“Writing a Stand-out Essay”  Where do I start in writing my college application essay? What do admissions reps want to read about?

“How to Rock the Interview” Many small, competitive colleges require an interview as a part of the admissions process. Learn about this process and how to present yourself in these interviews.

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Upcoming events:  There is a field trip open to juniors to a regional college fair on March 15th. Stop by the school counselors office to get a permission slip. 

IU13 Hosts Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media and the Internet

IU to host KEEPING KIDS SAFE SYMPOSIUM

March 20, 2018  Two identical sessions: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Registration required at iu13.org/safekids

Information from the IU13.org/Safekids website:
Times have changed. Technology has become a monster that many parents and educators are struggling to keep up with. Kids (and adults) of all ages are glued to their mobile devices. Most communication has become digital. So how do we actually know who our kids are interacting with? Are they giving out too much information such as their names, schools, friends, and, more importantly, their location? Predators are lurking around every corner and have become very skilled in the use of social media and mobile applications, such as Snapchat, to reach out and communicate with kids.

Join us on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, for the 2018 Keeping Kids Safe Symposium. This is a Free Cyber Security Forum on Social Media & the Internet, which will be held at the The Conference and Training Center at IU13 (1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601).  

Everyone is welcome to attend this event, specifically parents, educators, and community members.

Featured speaker Michele Stuart, from JAG Investigations, Inc., will be addressing five areas of concern:

  • Child victims/human trafficking
  • Cell phones/app security issues
  • Cyberbullying
  • Acronyms/The Children’s Internet Language
  • Basic internet safety

Workshop Topics

This class will cover numerous applications and social media platforms commonly used by kids. It is important to know that apps come and go almost daily. Parents need to stay proactive in trying to keep educated on new apps coming out.

Objectives: Discuss bullying, sexual harassment, predatory behavior, pornography exposure

  • Learn how to set mobile privacy settings
  • Discover the most current apps being used for social media
  • Find out what current apps being used for “secret” communications/sexting
  • Hear how bullying happens and can ruin lives

Potential Risk of Online Predators

  • 71% of teens have online profiles (including Facebook, Friendster, and Xanga), up from 61% from the previous year.
  • 69% of teens regularly receive personal messages online from people they do not know and most of them do not tell a trusted adult about it.
  • Teens readily post personal info online. 64% post photos or videos of themselves, while 58% post info about where they live. Females are far more likely than male teens to post personal photos or videos of themselves (70% vs. 58%).
  • One in 10 teens has posted their cell phone number online.
  • Overall, 19% of teens report they have been harassed or bullied online, and the incidence of online harassment is higher (23%) among 16- and 17-year-olds. Girls are more likely to be harassed or bullied than boys (21% vs. 17%).

Career Seminars: High Steel & LCSWMA

High Steel Structures- Block 4  February 12th, 2018 

Preparing for Entrance into the Workforce and careers at High Steel

Auditorium 1:45-2:40

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Ronnie Medlock, VP of Technical Services for High Steel Structures will present about his journey and how he landed in his role at HighSteel, as well as the positions that they generally recruit for at Steel in particular. In addition, staff from the HR department will present on soft skills required for a solid interview experience, an idea of compensation and benefits for the roles discussed.

Following the Career Seminar, individual students will have an opportunity to sign up to tour the facility in the future.

 

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority- Block 2 February 20th, 2018 

Interviewing, Soft Skills, and Careers at LCSWMA 

Auditorium 9:30-10:21

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The LCSWMA is one of the leading employers in Penn Manor School District.  They employee in a variety of fields from skill labor jobs to advanced scientists and business staff. They will present on Careers at LCSWMA and also highlight  interviewing and soft skills to help students prepare to enter the workforce.

Following the Career Seminar, individual students will have an opportunity to sign up to tour the facility in the future.

 

If students would like to attend, but their whole class isn’t able to come, students can individually sign up here:https://goo.gl/forms/7KfOO1lktWzO9Gh33

Career Seminar Criminal Justice and Emergency Management

Next Thursday, December 14th, we will have a career seminar during block 1.  

Trooper Bertrum A. James, Pennsylvania State Police. 

Trooper James is a recruiter for the State Police and will be sharing about the role of the State Police as well as the process to reach that career. ***He will be bringing a Penn Manor Alumn along with him!***

Lee Zelewicz,  Innovative Emergency Management, Inc.   Bachelors Degree was in: Sociology

IEM works with government agencies and private sector organizations around the world to improve protection and security for lives and infrastructure, and to help states, regions, and communities recover more quickly from disasters. They integrate science, technology, and real-world experience to provide each customer with solutions that work and outcomes that matter.

Related Career Interest/Majors: Criminal Justice, Sociology, Statistics/Math, Psychology, Business, Civil Engineering, Homeland Security, Computer Science, Engineering, International Studies, Emergency Management, and more! 

If you are interested, Check to see if your teacher is bringing your class to the auditorium for this presentation.  If your block 1 teacher is not bringing your class, but this is a topic you are interested in and you have a good grade in the class, you can sign up to attend the career seminar from 8:00am-8:55am.  Sign-up online here:  https://goo.gl/forms/QoxnVHaJpjQcG0gV2.

Early Enrollment at Thaddeus Stevens

What is Thaddeus Sevens Early Enrollment Program? With the early enrollment program, students simultaneously complete their senior year of high school while also completing their freshman year major courses at Thaddeus Stevens College on a full time basis. Academic eligibility is determined by students taking the COMPASS placement test. ThaddeusStevens(1)Students must score at the college level to pursue early enrollment. Early enrollment
students are charged a reduced rate for tuition and are not required to pay the application fee. One year after enrolling, students graduate from Penn Manor high school with a diploma while also having completed one year of an associate degree.

Tuition is 50% off for early enrollment and students may be eligible for financial aid

Interested students need to attend the information session on Tuesday November 7th  2017 at 10:30am (homeroom) in the Penn Manor guidance office.  Sign-up is required. Students, sign up here or at button below. Parents of 11th grade students interested in the program are highly encouraged to attend with their student.

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Dual Enrollment- Spring

The dual enrollment meeting for students interested in taking a class in Spring 2018 will be October 18th in the library.  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 2018. 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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Skilled Women get STEM Jobs (Field Trip Opportunity)

9th grade-12th grade Girls at Penn Manor, you are invited to TWIST with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology on Thursday, October 5th, 9 a.m. – 1:30p.m. (Field Trip leaves from 8:30 and will return by 2:00).

Ever wonder how a product was made? Do you want to help the environment? Do you like to troubleshoot and problem solve?  Did you know that 63% of Associate degree holders in STEM jobs earn more than bachelor’s degree holders in non-stem occupations?

 Learn about amazing opportunities for females within the tech & trade fields!

This exclusive campus visit will include keynote speakers, interaction with current female students, lunch, and a tour of campus. Seniors who attend will get a free application to Thaddeus Stevens, a $60 Value!

Programs at Thaddeus Stevens include Business Administration, Architectural Technology, Graphic Communications & Printing, Water and Environmental Technology, Computer & Network Systems Administration, and over 30 other trade programs.

Please see stop by the school counselors office for a flyer and permission slips. Permission slips need to be returned by Thursday, Sepember 26th to the School Counselors office.

College Board Account- Email Changes

Did you set up your Collegeboard account with @student.pennmanor.net email address? Student email address are now just @pennmanor.net.  The deadline to sign-up for the October SAT is this friday, September 8th 2017. To change the email address associated with your college board account:

To update your personal information, including your email address:

  1. Go to the College Board homepage and sign in to your account.
  2. Click Account Settings. For security, you may be asked to sign in again.
  3. When you’re done updating your information, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Update.

If you forget your password:

  1. Click “Forgot Password” and use the security questions to change your password,
  2. Follow the steps above to change your email address

If you forgot your password and don’t know the answers to your security questions

  1. Call the student help line 1-866-756-7346
  2. As the agent on the helpline to change your email address
  3. You can then get online to reset your password using the updated email address or you can ask the agent for a temporary password.

Career Seminar: Humankind and Water Management

Do you know what the world’s #1 crisis is right now? It is water!  Clean drinking water changes lives forever. Come hear more from Humankind Water and Thaddeus Stevens Water Management program at this unique career seminar from two different perspectives on helping change the global water crisis.

Humankind is a social entrepreneurship company that sells “products with a purpose”.  They sell water to bring exactly that, clean drinking water to others around the world.  Their purpose is simple, get people around the world the most basic of human needs – clean drinking water. By purchasing Humankind Water, customers have helped to install wells and filters in several countries and communities worldwide. We’re making a world of a difference, one bottle at a time.  Every bottle of water bought, provides 100 days of clean drinkingVisit Site water to another individual in the world.  

TJ and Megan Foltz did not go to high school or college seeking out how to change the world, through their jobs and life experiences came the foundation for this amazing company.  Come learn more about how the company came to be and how lives are being changed around the world and how they are promoting not only to Buy Humankind, but to Be Humankind
Professor Katie Surra from Thaddeus Stevens will be joining this career seminar to talk about careers in water management and the connection of clean water to the ecosystem and the economy.

This career seminar will run during block 2 at 9:30 and homeroom.  If you block 2 teacher isn’t bringing your class, sign up to attend the seminar during homeroom. Block 2 teachers, email Dana.wile@pennmanor.net to RSVP.

 

Admissions Rep Meetings

In addition to the college fair at Education Day on November 6th, Penn Manor Counselors have coordinated Admission Decision Days with three colleges and Admission Rep visit with two other colleges.  Dates and Sign-up below:

Millersville University Admissions Decision Day: Monday, October 30th

Deadline to apply to MU online, October 25th, 2017MU Logo

Deadline to sign up with PMHS Counseling office by October 25th

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: November 6th

Deadline to apply to York College, October 30th, 2017York College Logo

Deadline to sign online up with PMHS Counseling office and request transcripts by October 30th

No fee to Apply.

PA College of Health Science Admissions Decision Day November 6th

Students must apply online by October 30th.

Students should also sign-up with the PMHS School Counseling office by October 30th

Fill out the Sign-up sheet to get the code for the fee waiver.

West Virginia University Admissions Rep Visit November 6th

 

Sign-up Online to meet with this Division 1 University of West Virginia

Rensselaer Poly Tech Admissions Rep Visit November 14th

Sign-up Online to meet with a rep from one of the countries oldest technological research university.

Click here 12th graders sign-up for Admissions Decision Days

Click here 9th-12th graders sign-up for presentations or meetings with reps

 

 

What is Admissions Decision Day? 

Admissions Decision Day means that a student will meet one-on-one with an Admissions rep here at Penn Manor High School. During this one-on-one meeting the student will find out if he/she got into the university. *Art and Music Majors will require an additional review process. In that case, the Admissions rep at the event will explain the process to the students and provide feedback on their application. Dress nicely for the event, you will be meeting with the admissions representatives. Dress to impress!

Sign online up with the PHMS Counseling office at the link  at least a week before the event (see deadlines above). You only need to sign up online once and mark all schools you will be applying to.

Application Tips:

  1. Dress clean and professionally on the day of the event to meet with the admissions reps
  2. Bring a copy of your first marking period report card and/or letters of recommendations if you need that additional competitive edge or need to supplement for low grades in the past.

Test Scores: If you already have your test results, the PMHS Counselors will provide it if you have signed-up online. If you are schedule to take them in the future, please Request your SAT through www.collegeboard.org and/or ACT scores through www.act.org

Transcripts: If you have signed up online, the PMHS Counselors will provide it to the college if you have signed-up online.

Manufacturing Week-Career Seminar

On Monday, October 2nd during block 4 Penn Manor will be hosting employees from the Wildcat Point Generation Facility at 1:30pm.

This new power plant in Cecil County, Maryland will be a combined-cycle power plant expected to generate sufficient electricity to provide for 390,000 homes a year. The presenters will teach students about careers in energy, share their own journeys, and talk about the opportunities for students to learn more.  One of the presenters, will be Kirk Reiner, a parent of Penn Manor alumni.

Teachers can RSVP to bring their 4th block class by emailing Dana.Wile@pennmanor.net

Students, you can sign-up here: https://goo.gl/forms/0jaoCrRbH7UDow302

This is an activity for the first day of Manufacturing Week, which runs October 2nd-October 6th. Other activities for Manufacturing Week include a field trip for girls to Thaddeus Stevens, an industry field trip for 9th grade students, and other classroom based activities.   Learn about this high-demand field https://mfgweek.dced.pa.gov/