ACT’s Guide to a Successful Sophomore Year

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!

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.

For Future Military Academy Students: PA American Legion Keystone Boys State

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/

Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship

The HACC, Lancaster campus will be hosting one of the inaugural Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship classes starting June 2017! This Apprenticeship program, is the first certified in the Commonwealth. It is a hybrid registered apprenticeship program that provides production workers with the knowledge and competencies needed in the advanced manufacturing environment.

What does this program encompass?

  • 18-month (or 3,000 hour) apprenticeship program, individuals are trained to
  • Set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment
  • Help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements
  • Understand manufacturing as a business system that integrates multiple disciplines, processes, and stakeholders
  • Efficiently and safely manage raw materials and consumables

There is an Information Session, Tuesday, May 9, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the HACC Lancaster Campus, East Building, Room 202. This will be a great opportunity for students and their parents to meet with the program director to learn about this program, and find out about the local companies who are already on board and are ready hire!

If you have any questions, feel free to call or email: Lauren Holubec, Director, Manufacturing and Logistics: lsholube@hacc.edu or 717-736-4212.

 

Summer Employment Program

ATTENTION Students Ages 16-18:
Are you looking for an opportunity to earn money this summer while at the same time exploring career opportunities in a variety of fields, including: general customer service, clerical, medical field, outdoor and general maintenance and warehouse opportunities?

PA CareerLink has a summer employment program that runs from June 26, 2017 – August 4, 2017. Since it is federally funded there is required eligibility criteria that must be met. We will have an information session in the counseling office on April 25th. If you are interested in learning more please stop in and see Mrs. Ostrowski!

If this program is not for you don’t forget you can stop by the Counseling Office and take a look at the Job Board for other possible summer employment opportunities.

Counseling Office Job Board

As the school year starts to come to a close it is time to start thinking about finding a job for the summer. With a large variety of local businesses in the area there are plenty of opportunities to make some money at a job that you will enjoy. If interested in finding out more about possible jobs for summer or earlier stop by the counseling office and check out our job board with all the businesses interested in having Penn Manor students work for them so apply now!

College 101: Tools for all future paths

College101

The 2017 College 101 event is Wednesday, March 29th 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 search, application timeline, and college entrance essay writing, there will be breakout sessions for students and families by grade:

“How to Make the Common App ‘Not So Common”  For 11th graders planning on attending a 4 year college about the components of applying to college, and more details about what and to include in applications.

“Become a Star applicant”  For 9th &10th graders who have a strong idea about what they want to study in college, this session will reveal what college admission reps look for beyond grades and GPA.

“New Economy, New Skills: What Success Looks like in the 21st Century” For 9th, 10th, & 11th graders who aren’t sure of their career path, this session will explore skill-based jobs that are in high demand in Lancaster County and how to get training for the future.

College 101 logoOther opportunities for students to explore career options are Career Seminars (throug-out the year), Financial Aid Night (in the Fall) and FAFSA Completion night for seniors (in the Fall).

 

PACAC College Fair at Millersville University

If you would like to visit and meet with representatives from colleges and technical schools, we have an awesome opportunity for you! Millersville University is hosting a regional college fair with over 150 schools. This event is FREE for Penn Manor students. We will meet at 9:00am in the Cafeteria.

Information on: Colleges, trade schools, military, career options, financial aid, and scholarships

When: March 16th, 2017

Where: On Campus at Millersville University

Students have two options:

  • Go to the fair only from 9:20- 10:30
  • Stay and take a tour of Millersville University’s campus from 10:30- 11:30 – you will need a packed lunch

Even if you have ZERO interest in MU it would be great to take a tour so that you learn what to ask on a tour, and what to look for when taking a tour.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_OJvz7mEnBo3u9rjax2rviALcuhMyGhMh2asjsZOqPU/edit

Review which schools/organizations are attending here: Lancaster Regional College Fair Organizations

 

Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP)

There is a free summer camp, at Point Park University’s campus, available for qualified sophomore, junior, and senior high school students interested in accounting. The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) will take place from SUNDAY, JUNE 25 – FRIDAY, JUNE 30.

The goal of ACAP, which is part of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., is to increase the understanding of accounting career opportunities among high school students in underrepresented minority groups. Through ACAP, students throughout the United States have received educational enrichment experiences and practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting.

The field of accounting has been identified as one of the fastest growing professions according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. Yet studies have shown that there has been declining enrollment in accounting and finance among minority students.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 19, 2017.

Apply here!

 

Lebanon Valley College: Actuarial Science Summer Camp

Do you have an interest in mathematics and finances? Are you a high school senior who wants to learn more about a potential profession using these skills? If so, we have an opportunity for you!

Lebanon Valley College is hosting a one-week Actuarial Science Summer Camp. An actuary is a business professional who uses mathematical and financial tools to help identify and manage risk.

This is a great career for students who are strong mathematically but who are not necessarily interested in teaching. It’s also great for students who like business and have a strong understanding in math.

The application deadline is March 15th, 2017.

For more information about the Actuarial Science Camp, click here

For application details, follow this link

If you are interested in financial aid for this program, click here

Check out what the summer camp schedule would look like by clicking here

 

 

Penn State Mini-Medical School

Are you interested in a career in the healthcare field or do you have a general interest in health related issues? If so, check out the Penn State Mini Medical School. This program is held every Thursday evening in March from 6-9 in the Edward P. Junker III Auditorium at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. There is no cost for this event, but enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Stop by the counseling office to receive more details.

March 7: Problem-Based Learning (PBL) In Medical Education

  • Hear from several medical doctors
  • Observe students working on PBL

March 14: Addiction

  • Hear from several medical doctors
  • Learning about substance abuse disorders in the hospital setting
  • Treatment and challenges that come with addiction
  • Advocacy and Partnerships with addiction

March 21: Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

  • Hear from several medical doctors.
  • Learning about the science revolving around HPV
  • Studies on HPV
  • Clinical changes and new insight revolving around HPV

March 28: Healthy Living

  • Hear from several medical doctors
  • Helping people make changes to their lifestyle that may be difficult
  • Looking at the question, “Can Exercise help prevent cancer?”

Pre-registration information: https://pennstatehershey.tfaforms.net/230

  • Place yourself on the registration “waitlist” if they are over capacity

(Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness 

A new way to find SUCCESS after high school!
Are you interested in learning about the true path to career readiness? If so, on Wednesday February 15, at 6:30pm, there is a FREE event designed to help students gain a competitive advantage in the new economy. This event will be held at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

In this FREE presentation, “(Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century,” national career strategist Dr. Kevin Fleming offers clear steps that will give you a competitive advantage. Technical skills are the new currency. Do you have a plan to acquire them without breaking the bank? Get on the path to success in the new economy!
⇒ The event is FREE and open to the public.
⇒ Parents and students in Grades 7-11 are encouraged to attend. All ages are welcome.
⇒ Come for a chance to win 1 of 3 Full Tuition Scholarships to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology!

Thaddeus Stevens will also be drawing names for 3 full tuition scholarships. Winners of either the Tuition Scholarship must be in attendance at the event to redeem the prize!

NEW! HACC and Lancaster CTC Adult Programs will also be giving away scholarships!!!

Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/redefining-the-goal-true-career-readiness-tickets-31135581362

See the website below for more information on the event: http://www.stevenscollege.edu/fleming

 

Job Shadowing Panel

The Lancaster Workforce Investment Board is sponsoring FOUR Career Shadowing opportunities for Lancaster County Students. 

Why a panel?

  • These panels include those occupations that are difficult to shadow due to safety or confidentiality concerns.
  • The job shadowing panels include a group of industry professionals that will share their experiences and answer questions about their occupations.

When?

All panels run from 9-11 AM

The Human Services panel will meet on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in room 3 at Liberty Place; 313 W Liberty Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

The Police/Firefighter/EMT panel will meet on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Lancaster County Public Safety Center; 101 Champ Blvd, Manheim, PA 17545

The Construction panel will meet on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Association of Builders and Contractors; Rapho Business Park 135 T-801 Shellyland Rd. Manheim PA 17545 exit 772 off of 283

  • After the panel students will observe apprenticeship classes

The Industrial/Production/Logistics panel will meet on will be held in room 101 at 1020 New Holland Ave on Friday, March 10, 2017.

What do you need to do to register?

See Mrs. Ostrowski in the counseling office if you plan to attend one of the above sessions.  She will submit your name so you are registered.  You will need to arrange your own transportation and you will need to submit an excuse from your parent/guardian upon your return to school.

Email Melissa.ostrowski@pennmanor.net with questions.

2017 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences

Current juniors have an exciting summer experience they can attend! The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences is a month long intensive science experience that immerses students in classes and research. Students will be paired with a research mentor and partnered with their peers on an intensive research experience. Students will hone their content knowledge along with enhancing their critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and collaboration skills.

The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences is held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on July 2, 2017 through August 5, 2017. The application deadline has been extended to February 15, 2017.

Follow the link below for the application:

Pennsylvania Governor School’s student application

The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences website provides greater details about the experience for students, educators, and families

For more information call (412) 268-6669 or email pgss@cmu.edu.

Understanding 2016-2017 PSAT Results for Parents

All students in Grades 9-11 had the opportunity to take the PSAT here at the High School in October.  All scores are currently available electronically through College Board.  Below are two publications (one for 9th graders and the other is for 10th and 11th graders) that can help interpret and give meaning to the scores.

Understanding PSAT 9

Understanding PSAT NMSQT