Learn more and tour Lancaster General Hospital’s Surgical Operating Rooms on Sunday November 6th 2016

 Lancaster General Hospital’s Perioperative Services Department will hold an Open House on Sunday, November 6th

Tours of the operating rooms and recovery room will be held at 1, 2 and 3pm

The Open House is for anyone ages 12 and older interested in a surgical nursing or other health related career. Students under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences will be present and information will be available.

Call 717-544-7888 to reserve a tour time for the Perioperative Surgical Open House held at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 North Duke Street, Lancaster PA on Sunday November 6th 2016 at 1,2 and 3pm. Please RSVP by November 1st.

FREE parking is available on Lime Street Parking Lot B or if lot is full use the James Street Parking Garage. Tour begins at the information desk on the second floor of the Orthopedic Center.

For general questions regarding this event, please call # 717-544-5758 Monday thru Friday from 9am-2pm




Common Application essay prompts for 2015-16 applicants

The Common App (Application) is an online college application used by over 500 colleges and universities.

Website:  (you can subscribe for updates here).


Here are the essay prompts for the Common App next year (this is relevant for current juniors!)

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Current juniors could spend some time this summer working on college essays to distribute the senior year workload which is heavy in the fall, considering their coursework plus college applications. Also, juniors could ask several teachers for letters of recommendation this June to be written over the summer. Teachers get inundated with requests for letters of recommendation in the fall and winter.


NCAA Updates


The requirements are changing for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016.

Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.  If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.

For more resources regarding these changes, visit or the Division I Academic Requirements Guide.

Millersville Summer Camps

MU Summer Art & Design Camps for Grades 8-12

Posted on March 18th, 2015 by hsgifted

This summer, young artists can join the fun on MU Campus! New Art & Design Camps will be offered for students in grades 8-12 as portfolio building opportunities for high school students. These camps are offered in the same vein as the Technology & Engineering Camps that have been so popular throughout the past 20 years and are sure to inspire budding artists. The sessions will all be held in Breidenstine Hall, conveniently located right next door to Osburn Hall, just in case students and their siblings want to mix & match.

MU Summer Tech & Engineering Camps for Grades 3-12

Posted on March 18th, 2015 by hsgifted

Throughout the summer months, the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania offers a variety of technology camps for children and teens from grades 3-12. The camps offer participants the opportunity to receive exciting hands-on experience with fascinating technology, while stimulating creative minds-on learning. Technology & Engineering Camps are normally half-day, 15 hour per week sessions.


SAT Prep Course Information

Sylvan Learning Center


Offers SAT/ACT prep classes


Call: 717-293-0300

Schedule a Free Full Length Practice Exam:


Kaplan SAT Prep Courses, Online and at Locations around PA

Princeton Review

Self Paced Online SAT Prep

Math, Verbal, or both


Abbey Harris

Lancaster Area SAT Prep Instructor

Offering Spring Session at Lancaster Mennonite

Offering Summer Session at Janus School


PREP Books

Students can prepare by buying and using a prep book (B&N, Amazon)

Popular Review publishers:

  • ·      College Board
  • ·      Princeton Review
  • ·      Kaplan


Free SAT/ACT Prep Apps:

  1. The Official SAT Question of the Day By The College Board
  2. IntelliVocab for SAT
  3. SAT Up
  4. SAT Connect
  5. iPredict
  6. ACT Question of the Day
  7. ACTStudent
  8. SATLadder

Summer Opportunities

If you are interested in a career in Health or Biomedical Sciences please stop in the counseling office to pick up information about a one week summer opportunity at Lebanon Valley College.  You will get hands on experience in the fields of pharmacology, biochemistry, medical ethics, immunology, and molecular biology.  Make the most of your summer and set yourself apart from the crowd by participating in programs like this.

The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a wildlife/fisheries focused program for HS students.  If you are interested in a career in this area please stop in the counseling office to pick up information about summer programs where you can get intensive field experiences in wildlife and fisheries biology.  This is a fabulous chance to get to know experts in the field and find out if this is a potential career area for you!

Millersville College Fair

Millersville University is hosting a large College Fair on Thursday, March 12th and the Penn Manor Counseling Department will be taking advantage of this event being so conveniently close.  Juniors who are interested in learning about how to get the most out of a college fair and who would like to research colleges, technical schools, and military programs are encouraged to pick up a permission form and return it to the HS Counseling Office by Monday, March 2nd in order to attend a morning session at the College Fair.   College visits can be time-consuming and expensive.  Please encourage Juniors to capitalize on this valuable experience.


In addition– From 5-7 pm parents, guardians, families and students are invited to attend the College Fair so mark your calendar.


For additional information on the event visit MU Admissions at


Classes for Students interested in Careers in the Law Field

Classes for Students interested in Careers in the Law Field


CSB will offer a class from 5-7pm on two Wednesdays a month, the 2nd and 4th week, of March, April, and May, and is no cost to the student.


The classes will introduce the students to a variety of legal fields including Tort law, Criminal law, Family law, The Bill of Rights, and the Pennsylvania Legal System.

Guest speakers who are employed in the legal field will be invited to speak to the students about the law.

Interested students should contact :


Cherie Taylor, Esquire

Academic Liaison

Consolidated School of Business

Service Academy Information Session

Students interested in attending one of the Military Academies should attend an informational meeting on February 4th at 9:30 at PMHS.  Mary O’Conner from Congressman Pitts’ office will be at Penn Manor HS to talk about the application process and to review the different academies.


If your son or daughter is interested in attending this session, please have them stop in the counseling office to sign up or email Mrs Marsh with your interest. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Service Academies. Students in grades 9-11 should attend!


HACC-Financial Aid Night and scholarships

Now that the 2015-2016 FAFSA is available, HACC will be hosting a financial aid night. The Office of Financial Aid of HACC welcomes future college students and parents to join us at any of our five campuses on Thursday, February 19th to learn more about financial options. I have attached a flyer that you could share with your students.

HACC is also very happy to announce that applications for our scholarships will be available starting February 2nd and are due April 3rd. We will be offering over 200 scholarships for the Fall 2015 semester along with a new full tuition scholarship. Students can apply at


PA Governor’s School for Technology

We just received notice from the PA Governor’s School for Science and Technology that the deadline for application is January 16! This is a four week summer program at Lehigh University. Governor’s Schools are rigorous, selective, and prestigious. If your son/daughter is accepted, the program is FREE! It is a great introduction to college. Many students say it is life-changing to attend a Governor’s School!


Here is the website:


Attached is the application. Your son/daughter must have his/her guidance counselor submit the application for him/her. If interested, they should start the process tomorrow!

If they need help, see me, and/or school counselor.

Below is the email I just received from the Counseling Dept announcing the school and application deadline:


Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology

June 28, 2015 – July 25, 2015

Lehigh University | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology (PGSE&T) is a four-week summer residential program for talented high school students of science and mathematics. Sponsored by the Team PA Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Education, PPL and hosted by the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University, PGSE&T offers an enrichment experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory experiences.

The goal of PGSE&T is to encourage young talent to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. The PGSE&T academic program comprises four components:

  • Core courses are selected to provide a glimpse into the grand challenges of modern engineering such as energy, healthcare/bioengineering, cybersecurity, transportation/infrastructure, environment/ sustainability, manufacturing/additive manufacturing, personal electronics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, and military technology.
  • Laboratory courses engage students in hands-on laboratory experiences
  • Team research projects
  • Guest lectures by experts in various STEM-related fields will broaden each student’s awareness of the importance of science and engineering to industrial and societal progress.

PGSE&T faculty are recruited from Lehigh University and other leading regional institutions. The program of formal instruction and team research is conducted entirely at Lehigh University.

Sponsored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and

Corporations and Friends of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology

  • Guidance counselor should submit application on behalf of student
  • Questions: email –

Another Summer Camp Opportunity


Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp (1 week camp)

Lebanon Valley College

$900  (this all-inclusive camp fee covers room and board, laboratory supplies, lecture supplies, evening activities, guest speakers, camp T-shirt, etc.)

Online Scholarship Application: (Deadline 2/15/15)

Online Application: (Rolling admissions; best to apply early)

Program Description: 
The Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp provides high school students a window into the scientific basis of human health. Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics. Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health, and they will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems. In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, genetic counseling and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences camp will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional.