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!
Where? All HACC Campuses. To register, visit http://www.hacc.edu/Admissions/Connect/Open-House.cfm
When? April 17th from 6-8pm
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
When? Friday April 12, 2019 from 9am-1pm
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)
(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
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
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.
High Steel Structures- Block 4 February 12th, 2018
Preparing for Entrance into the Workforce and careers at High Steel
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
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
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. 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.
Are you a sophomore student confused about what you should be doing this year to prepare yourself for life after high school?
If your answer is yes, please check out ACT’s ebook, “Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize“. This book includes helpful information and tips about:
- scheduling courses
- how to be successful in your classes
- importance of extracurricular activities
- college and career planning
- ACT activities
As a reminder, on October 11th all sophomore students will be taking the Pre-ACT at Penn Manor High School. The Pre-ACT provides students with the opportunity to become familiar with college entrance testing as well as gives students an idea on how they would do on the actual ACT. In addition, the Pre-ACT includes an interest inventory which will align students’ interests to college and career paths.
If you have any questions, please stop by the guidance office or email your counselor!
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, 2017
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, 2017
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.
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.
- Dress clean and professionally on the day of the event to meet with the admissions reps
- 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.
Pennsylvania American Legion Keystone Boys State is a unique week long summertime educational program that does not emphasize classroom lectures and textbook learning. Instead, it focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governing bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective state government.
This is a one-week leadership summer program from June 18 – June 24 which helps to develop leadership and pride in American citizenship. Students eligible to participate in this program should have completed their junior year.
If you are a student interested in the military academy this is one of the best opportunities to enhance your application.
You can find application procedures and additional information at https://pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/keystone-boys-state/. The application is due in mid-may.
Also, Look for PA Girls State next year, applications are due in April; if interested, visit the link here: https://www.pagirlsstate.com/