Students, are you looking for part time work? * Alumni, are you seeking Full time employment options? *Parents, are you looking for job options for you or your students? * Employers, are you looking to share your job openings with a great community?
The Counseling Department’s Job Board may be able to help you! There are many opportunities available, and new contacts are added frequently. Scan the QR code below or click this link to view the Google slides document.
Montgomery County System of Care is offering two sessions to help parents. The sessions are free and will be virtual. Sign up is required.
SEPTEMBER 13*- 6:30 – 8:00 PM Protective Power of Parents to Keep Young People Safe and Build Them to be their Best Selves with Dr. Ken Ginsburg- Adolescent Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Director of The Center for Parent and Teen Communication
Millersville University will be doing Instant Admissions Decision Day Wednesday, December 16th. This is where you can apply online, meet with an admissions rep on a virtual call for about 10 minutes to find out if you are accepted!
Applying now through this method means that you don’t have to pay to send your test scores* and you don’t have to do the essay portion of the application. Sign-up now:
*Millersville University is test-optional for students with a GPA higher than 3.2. If your GPA is lower than a 3.2, then please request on the form below for your counselor to send any test scores we have for you (PSAT/SAT/ACT). https://forms.gle/qmewTDJbkCq1a4je7. If you don’t have either, please talk to your counselor to prepare for an admissions interview.
Please Join Us For Education Day November 4th East Gym
Parents and students are invited to attend Penn Manor Education Day on November 4th, 2019. Over 100 admission representatives will be here from two and four year colleges, technical, nursing and business schools in the East Gym. This is a great opportunity to speak to admission counselors and ask questions about the various Career Preparatory Programs and Colleges from around the East Coast. Learn about entrance requirements, financial aid, campus life and academic programs. NEW additions include local workforce sharing career information and job opportunities.
On Thursday October 24th, students, parents and guardians are invited to the high school auditorium at 6:00 PM to learn how to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to determine eligibility for most student aid programs
Plan on attending this informative session sponsored by the PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) and the Counseling office. Topics will include: How to plan and pay for college and career schools Resources available to students and parents Scholarships Upcoming Career and College related events
Please contact your School Counselor with any questions.
Interested in Dual Enrollment options? HACC’s Lancaster campus is offering a Dual Enrollment orientation on April 17th from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm. This is a great way for students and parents to learn more about the educational opportunities available at HACC for Dual Enrollment, as well as meet HACC admissions counselors. Stop down in the counseling office to pick up a flier.
Are you a rising junior or senior, been admitted to HACC for fall 2019, an undecided senior, or interested in dual enrollment? If so, make sure to stop down in the high school counseling office to pick up a permission slip for HACC Experience Day, which will take place on Friday, April 12 from 9am-1pm. Completed permission slips can be turned in up until Tuesday, March 26th in the counseling office. This is a great way to explore the programs HACC has to offer, as well as learn about dual enrollment opportunities. Lunch will be provided, and attending this event can be used as the experiential component of your graduation project!
What? Learn about HACC’s wide variety of educational opportunities, including academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, transferring HACC credits to four-year schools, study abroad opportunities, dual enrollment, and more! HACC will provide FREE food, drinks, and a T-Shirt! Anyone who is interested in attending a HACC campus after graduation or participating in dual enrollment during high school should attend!
Why attend this event? This is a great way to learn more about the programs HACC has to offer, as well as attend a variety of faculty-led workshops in healthcare, engineering, psychology, business, english, and more! You will also learn about dual enrollment opportunities and tour the Lancaster campus. Lunch will be provided. Penn Manor will be hosting a field trip to this event, so stop down in the counseling office to pick up an informational flier and permission slip. Completed permission slips are due back to the counseling office by March 22nd. Attending this event can also be used as the college visit component of your graduation project!
Who? Rising juniors and seniors, students who have already been admitted to HACC for fall 2019, undecided seniors, and students interested in dual enrollment should consider attending this event.
Where? HACC’s Lancaster Campus, East Building, Room 203
Students: Are you looking for some guidance on topics such as choosing a college major and financial aid? Parents: Are you looking for some clarification about what it’s like to have your student go off to college? If so, the Understanding College Series, held at York College of Pennsylvania, may be a great place to start. A financial literacy night will be held on Dec. 6 at 7pm, and will include financial information delivered by representatives from PHEAA and PNC Bank. Topics such as finding private scholarships, opening a checking account, and other financial-related topics a college freshman should know about will be addressed. Academic Possibilities Night will be held on Feb. 28 from 7-8:30pm, and undeclared students or students who don’t have a clear idea of what major they want to pursue yet are highly encouraged to register! Finally, a parent night will be offered March 14 from 7-8:30pm. All programs are free, and are open to any high school student and their family. Visit https://www.ycp.edu/admissions/visit-york/understanding-college-series/?utm_source=Social%20Media%20-%20Facebook&utm_medium=Digital&utm_campaign=Understanding%20College for further information and to register!
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.
Parents/Guardians: The following websites from Help.Org provide up-to-date information on addiction, drug effects, drug background information, and various rehab/treatment options for heroin, methamphetamine, and alcohol addiction:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Acronyms/The Children’s Internet Language
Basic internet safety
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%).
The United States Naval Academy Parents’ Club is sponsoring a bus trip on March 31st to help families learn more about the Naval Academy. Parents and students will have the opportunity to visit the Academy, learn about the application process, and hear from current “midshipmen” at the Academy. The cost is $90 per person. For more information, click NAVAL-ACADEMY or speak to your counselor.