Virtual College Info Session

Many, many schools are offering virtual college information sessions, chats, and visits. We are keeping an updated resource for you on the counseling blog under College and Career Planning. This new announcement from Thaddeus Stevens just came through and is for this week! Check it out and then check out more on our blog!

Thaddeus Stevens College Facebook Session Friday, April 10th 12:00 to 1:00pm Tune in to our Facebook Live video this Friday, April 10th starting at 12 PM as one of our College Recruiters, Sam Weitzel, takes over to answer questions about admissions and life as a Thaddeus Stevens College Bulldog!

Instagram Session Thursday, April 9th 1:00pm to 4:00pm View our Instagram stories Thursday, April 9th starting at 1 PM as one of our College Recruiters, Sam Weitzel, takes over to answer questions about admissions and life as a Thaddeus Stevens College Bulldog!

Dual Enrollment Updates during COVID-19 and Fall 2020

Current Spring 2020 Students:
Dual Enrollment classes are online for all colleges. Current students in college classes should have gotten an email from Ms. Wile with a video message. There will be office hours for current dual enrollment students on Wednesday, March 8th from 1:00-2:00. You can also email your counselor. Contact details found on the staff page.

Signing up for Dual Enrollment for Fall 2020
If you are interested in signing up for a college class for next school year, please check out the video and instructions posted Below. More details about Dual Enrollment can be found on the College & Career page> Dual Enrollment of the school counselors website here: https://blogs.pennmanor.net/pmhscounseling/college-planning/dual-enrollment/
Sophomores and Juniors also got an email from Ms. Wile with this information. If you still have questions Ms. Wile will have Dual Enrollment office hours on Thursday from 1:00-2:00. Save this appointment in your calendar by clicking here.

  1. WATCH Video of Dual Enrollment Meeting/Instructions: https://www.loom.com/share/e62ee7b9a14e416db96d18fed2cb3e87
  2. Attend office hours. If you still have questions Ms. Wile will have Dual Enrollment office hours on Thursdays in April from 1:00-2:00. Class of 2022 and 2021 students can find the link in their email.
  3. APPLY Online for the college. Details are on the video above and the slides from the presentation found here.
  4. Fill out Penn Manors Application for Dual Enrollment Link: https://forms.gle/fkQpFB7sZGbJbXpC8 This will need to be filled out for each course you are applying to.

Students can take Summer courses at colleges, but they will not count for High School Credit. We would still like to know that you are taking the course, so please fill out the Penn Manor Dual Enrollment Application (#4) above.

Weekly Twitch livestream for Students interested in game art, programming, esports and more!

Join us on Twitch!


I am reaching out to you to about a fun High School “OutReach” program we have created to help High School students (and others of all ages) stay engaged during these challenging times. The goal of the OutReach program is to provide weekly fun (and educational) online (via Twitch) livestreams, hosted on Becker College’s Twitch.tv (@BeckerCollege) channel.  These livestream events are being led by professors, and others, from the School of Design & Technology, and include tips and tricks in game art, programming, esports trends, virtual job shadowing, and other topics of interest to high school students with a passion (or potential interest) for making and playing video games and other areas.  Simply put we are looking to pay it forward and get students engaged, similar to the WHO’s #playaparttogether. Please feel free to forward to others who may have interest in this program!

Short Overview:
What: The HS OutReach program is an interactive event for High School students in and around Interactive Media (Game Design, etc.), esports, and other areas of interest
Who: High School students
When: Weekly 30 minute livestreams (see:https://beckergame.academy/?p=1824)
Where: Twitch – @BeckerCollege

For more information checkout the schedule at:
https://beckergame.academy/?p=1824  and the full story:https://www.becker.edu/becker-college-outreach/

When is the next livestream:
Tuesday April 7th@ 2PM via @BeckerCollege Twitch

What is the next livestream about?
The next High School OutReach event will be Professor Ezra Cove, on the following topic: 
Prof. Cove will be interacting with students about his professional career as a 3D artist and animator and demonstrating techniques in Blender. Blender is a free and powerful 3D modeling and sculpting package , which HS students can try out themselves RIGHT NOW e.g. while so many people have time on their hands, are home-bound, and looking for ways to fill their days. Prof Cove is presently working on a personal project – a character – completely done in Blender. Has he has been pushing Blender to see what it can do, so, as time allows, he will be able to demo some aspects sculpting, re-topology, UV layout, texturing, and real-time rendering. He will use his original character design to point out how he created the various parts, highlighting not just Blender’s capabilities, but also giving people a better idea of the full 3D production art process.
 

NEW 2020 AP Exam Schedule

12 p.m.2 p.m.4 p.m.
Monday, May 11US Govt & Politics
Tuesday, May 12Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Wednesday, May 13Physics 2: Alg BasedEnglish Lit & Comp
Thursday, May 14ChemistryPhysics 1: Alg Based
Friday, May 15Art History
Monday, May 18BiologyEnvironmental Science
Tuesday, May 19Psychology
Wednesday, May 20German LanguageMicroeconomics
Thursday, May 21World History
Friday, May 22Comp. Govt & PoliticsStatisticsSpanish Language

Start Working on College Essays!

Now is a great time to begin writing a first draft of your college essay for current Juniors. Check out the essay requirements of any schools you are looking into. You can also use the essay prompts used by the Common Application. These would be great starter topics for you. Feel free to share your essay draft with your school counselor!

Mental Health Crisis Line

Mental Health and Crisis Line: We’re in an unprecedented time for everyone. It’s uncertain and very scary. This fear is completely understandable, and the indefinite timeline is likely creating a lot of anxiety during a time where we may be or feel more removed from our support networks. But social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and we want people to know that even as we all face this difficult period, no one is alone. Beginning at 6 p.m. on April 1 the Center for Community Resources will offer a 24/7 mental health and crisis support line for people dealing with anxiety or other difficult emotions. Callers will be able to speak with staff who are trained in trauma-informed principles and will listen, assess the person’s needs, triage, and refer to other local supports and professionals as needed. The Mental Health Support Line can be reached toll-free, 24/7 at 1-855-284-2494.

Transcript Update

In this increasingly complex and ever-evolving crisis, our commitment to be available to students and alumni is as strong as ever. Our team is currently working remotely, you should feel free to call or email us if you have questions. For Transcript requests, details can be found at blogs.pennmanor.net/pmhscounseling/transcript-requests. Some things to keep in mind, current students should request transcripts to be sent to NCAA or colleges via Xello. Alumni transcripts and scholarship transcripts can be requested via the Transcript Release Form at the above link. Due to institutions working remotely, please provide the email address of the admissions office or scholarship committee.

Updated ASVAB Information

Due to school closing, the spring ASVAB was cancelled. If you’re still interested in taking the ASVAB, there are two ways that you can do so.

  • If you are a current junior student, the ASVAB will be offered next year in October 2020 and March 2021. The sign-up form for the test will be emailed to you once the test date is near. In the meantime, you can start preparing for the ASVAB by taking practice tests online or by contacting a recruiter for a practice exam.
  • If you are a current senior student and wish to take the ASVAB, you will want to contact one of our military recruiters. They will be able to assist you through the testing process at their recruiting sites.

To access military contact information and practice websites, please click on this link: https://blogs.pennmanor.net/pmhscounseling/2296-2/2017/ which will direct you to the ASVAB section of the counseling blog. For any additional questions, please email Mrs. Snyder (rhoda.snyder@pennmanor.net).

Updated ACT Information

April ACT cancelled, students can reschedule for June 13 test

Message from ACT: The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

For more information, please visit ACT’s website. Click here for frequently asked questions and answers.

Virtual College Visits

Colleges across the country have announced opportunities for virtual visits, chats with students in various majors, and admissions information sessions as a result of schools being closed. We will add links, information and opportunities for you to make the most of virtual college visit opportunities. Check back for updates!

As you conduct your virtual visits please use this form to compare schools: https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/CollegeComparisonWorksheet.pdf

  • Individual College Information: ( Updated Regularly)

Thaddeus Stevens College Facebook Session Friday, April 10th 12:00 to 1:00pm Tune in to our Facebook Live video this Friday, April 10th starting at 12 PM as one of our College Recruiters, Sam Weitzel, takes over to answer questions about admissions and life as a Thaddeus Stevens College Bulldog!

Instagram Session Thursday, April 9th 1:00pm to 4:00pm View our Instagram stories Thursday, April 9th starting at 1 PM as one of our College Recruiters, Sam Weitzel, takes over to answer questions about admissions and life as a Thaddeus Stevens College Bulldog!

  • HACC will be conducting virtual Open Houses. During our virtual Open House, you will: Learn about the admissions process, Be able to speak with faculty,See a sample of an online class, and Hear from a current virtual learning student. Sign up at this link: https://www.hacc.edu/Admissions/Connect/Open-House.cfm
  • Penn State York is offering Virtual Events for prospective students during the months of April and May. You can find information about a virtual Zoom session on April 25 and many other opportunities on the following website: https://apply.psu.edu/portal/yk-vr-pr
  • Talk with a student tour guide about Kutztown University and various majors at https://www.kutztown.edu/admissions/talk-with-tour-guides.html
  • Millersville University Conduct virtual tours, information sessions and more https://www.millersville.edu/admissions/undergrad/visit/index.php?fbclid=IwAR0WEkHhdqNhB-Fqxya3ojdKDKQaJX-RKbaIWLnQob_JyAgjMfq2axf3_Lg
  • Point Park’s Admission Office will assist students via phone, email, live chat and web to help keep you on track.  Click on the link to set up a conversation?
  • Wilkes University: Juniors and sophomores may have originally planned this spring for visiting campuses and finding out more about their top schools. We have a solution! We’ve created a virtual experience just for underclassmen to learn more about Wilkes, without ever leaving their home. Students can even schedule one-on-one virtual meetings with counselors, in addition to learning about campus life, current students, academic offerings, and more!
  • Bowdoin: As your students start to identify their college wish lists, they may be searching for ways to better understand a college.  They can begin with a number of virtual options, including short live information sessions,  virtual tours, and plenty of video content on  social media.  
  • Harcum College is are offering students one-on-one meetings with admissions counselors. These can easily be arranged at our website. They are also offering virtual information sessions by major. The next information session is for prospective Nursing students and will take place on Thursday, April 9th at 10am
  • University of Alabama Virtual Information Sessions: In lieu of on-campus visits, we have a virtual information session available. Many of the individual colleges also offer virtual sessions for students who are interested in learning more about Arts & Sciences, Business, Communication, Engineering, Honors, Human & Environmental Sciences, and Nursing. Students and families interested in participating can click this link to sign up.
  • Norwich University You and your students are invited to join us for our weekly webinar series, “Norwich AMA” (Ask Me Anything). We will be covering a variety of topics! Be sure to check the full listing to find the right topics for each student.
  • Williams College Exploring Campus Campus will be closed to the public until at least May 4, but we’ve developed a number of ways to explore Williams from where you are, including virtual tours and information sessions, and opportunities to connect with current students and admission and financial aid staff. If you’re interested in arranging a virtual group session, we can do that, too. All of the details can be found here.
  • DREXEL Drexel’s  Undergraduate Virtual Experience. This online opportunity is a great way for students and their families to get answers to their questions and learn about everything Drexel has to offer through live chat sessions with admissions representatives, virtual information sessions and tours, videos, student stories, downloadable brochures, and more.
  • West Virginia University Virtual Junior Preview Day is scheduled for Monday, April 13. Registration is open.
  •  Moravian College we are offering virtual visits for students who wish to speak with an admission counselor, current student, faculty member, or coach. 

Updated SAT Information

The College Board is cancelling the May 2nd SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Students who already registered for the May 2nd test date will receive refunds. The College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations.

They have not yet cancelled the June 6th SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status with the health and safety of students and educators as their top priority.

Updated AP Information

Due to the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having throughout the nation, the College Board is offering some support for AP students.

  1. They are providing free remote learning resources.
  2. Developing a new at-home testing option.

Please click on the link for further information and free AP resources available now.  https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes

More information will be released on April 3rd about the new testing schedule.

There are some changes for specific courses that have already been released highlighted below:

AP Art and Design Drawing–  3 works required (instead of 5) to be submitted digitally.  Sustained Investigation: 10 images required (instead of 15) to also be submitted digitally.  The portfolio due date has been extended for all students to May 26th at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Computer Science Principles- No end-of-course exam.  Explore task and Create task only.  No multiple-choice exam.  Digital Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26th at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Seminar- No end-of-course exam.  Individual Research report and Individual Written argument only (no team or individual presentations or end-of-course exam).  Digital Portfolio due date has been extended for all students to May 26th at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Instant Decision Day with MU-CANCELED

UPDATE 3/12/2020 Millersville University has suspended this event. Students may still apply using the link and fee waiver below. Please contact your school counselor to send your transcripts and SAT scores to Millersville University after you apply. If you have any questions or want to try to set up a video chat conference with an admissions rep, please see your counselor.

Penn Manor Counselors have coordinated Admission Decision Day with Millersville University on March 19th.

Millersville University Admissions Decision Day: Thursday, March 19th

MU Logo
MU Logo

Deadline to apply to MU online by March 12th *Select “fee waiver” and enter code: FR2020 on the Millersville Application (recommended not to use the Common App for Admissions Decision day to use fee waiver).

Deadline to sign up with PMHS Counseling office by March 12th

What is Instant 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.

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 current grades or letter of recommendation 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 scheduled 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.

Lancaster General Health Student Volunteer Program

Applications are open for the Lancaster General Health Student Volunteer Program.

Lancaster area high school juniors, at least 16 years of age, with a sincere interest in health care and a commitment to volunteering a minimum of 50 hours throughout the program are encouraged to apply.

Students may apply for the 2020 summer session (which runs June 8 – August 30) from March 2 – March 11, 2020. Application packages must be received in the Volunteer Office by March 11, 2020. Your graduation date must be 2021.

Summer student application will be available for download from March 2 – March 11, 2020.

Deadline for application packet submission in the Volunteer Office is March 11, 2020.

Interested students can begin working on student requirement steps 2, 3, 4 and 5 prior to downloading the application.

See the website for more information:  https://www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/about-lancaster-general-health/volunteers/opportunities-for-students

  1. Completed student volunteer application
  2. Documentation of immunization records
  3. Copy of recent high school transcripts to support the educational requirements of the selected health care career
  4. One-page essay explaining your interest in pursuing a career in the health care profession
  5. Letter of recommendation from a health care professional, high school guidance counselor, or other professional (not a relative) that speaks of your ability and dedication to serving others
  6. Signed parental consent on application