Thanksgiving Food Collection


Dear Parents and Guardians,                                               

Every year Penn Manor School District assists families in need with Thanksgiving meals.  We would like to make this process more uniform across the district.  We will be collecting the food listed below between Monday, November 1st and Thursday, November 11th.  If you have a child in one of these grades, please consider donating to help our community. 

Kindergarten-boxed mashed potatoes

1st grade-boxed stuffing

2nd grade-canned corn

3rd grade-canned black beans

4th grade-white rice

5th grade-apple sauce (NO GLASS)

6th grade-canned gravy (NO GLASS)

7th and 8th-Cornbread or Muffin mix-water based

If your family is able and willing to provide more than what is listed above and would like to make a monetary donation, please send the amount you choose by check to your child’s school secretary by November 11h.  Make your check payable to the Loft Community Partnership and on the memo line write “Holiday Food Basket.” 

Penn Manor middle and elementary schools, including Letort, earn U.S. News honors

Five Penn Manor schools, including Letort, have been ranked among the top 10 public schools in Lancaster County and among the top 25 percent of public schools in Pennsylvania by U.S. News and World Reports.

Manor Middle School was ranked No. 3, and Marticville Middle was ranked No. 7 of the 22 public middle schools in Lancaster County, according to U.S. News, which released the rankings October 12.  

Manor was ranked 151st of the 939 Pennsylvania middle schools included in the report, and Marticville was ranked 235th.

In addition, three Penn Manor elementary schools ranked in the top 10 countywide in the U.S. News report.

Conestoga Elementary was ranked seventh, Central Manor was ranked ninth, and Letort was ranked 10th of the 71 public elementary schools in the report. Statewide, Conestoga was ranked 147th of 1,752 schools, Central Manor was ranked 223rd, and Letort was ranked 225th.

The other rankings for Penn Manor elementary schools are: Martic — 12th in Lancaster County, 256th in Pennsylvania; Eshleman — 13th and 261st; Pequea — 15th and 289th; and Hambright — 37th and 890th.

U.S. News ranked the schools based on students’ math and reading proficiency and each school’s socioeconomic demographics. Any school scoring in the top 30 percent in each state is considered “high achieving.”

The rankings are the latest accolades for Penn Manor, which has earned seven straight Best High School awards from U.S. News. In 2021, Penn Manor High School was ranked No. 2 in Lancaster County and 71st out of 678 high schools in Pennsylvania.

Penn Manor superintendent Mike Leichliter said Penn Manor has been able to maintain high academic standards, despite recent challenges related to the pandemic.

“The core mission of Penn Manor is to provide an outstanding education for our students,” he said. “While it has been necessary to focus on other areas beyond our control recently, our teachers remain committed to ensuring that our students leave our schools with skills necessary to succeed.”

“This news provides continued evidence that Penn Manor excels at providing a high quality education to our students.”

Congratulations to our staff members, students and families for making this possible!

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-up Coming Home

Here is a quick Youtube video to explain how to sign-up for our parent-teacher conferences. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO FIRST BEFORE SIGNING UP!

This year, parents will sign up for a parent-teacher conference EITHER IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL. By Friday, October 22nd, you will get a link from your child’s teacher that you will use to log in and secure a timeslot that works for you.

Conferences will be held on Monday, November 22nd from 1:45-8:00 PM and on Tuesday, November 23rd from 1:45-3:45 PM.   Depending on availability there might be dates/times that are out of those two days available.  

Please note that face coverings are required in school at this time. In order to attend a face-to-face conference, all individuals MUST wear a face covering. If this is not possible, we will arrange a phone or virtual appointment.

To plan ahead for conferences:

  • Look at your calendar, select dates/times that will work best for your family.   Please remember we only host one conference, so it is very important that blended families coordinate this in advance.   
  • A Gmail account must be used to schedule an appointment.   If you have one, I would suggest you use that.   (Please sign up for the conference and include your child’s name in some way as well as if you prefer VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON.)
  • If you do NOT have a Gmail account, you will use your child’s log in information to sign up for the conference. It would be helpful if you recorded your child’s log in information somewhere. ( and password=this is specific to your child) 
  • After you sign up for your conference, an email confirmation will be sent to the Gmail account of the teacher and also to the account you used to sign up.   
  • A parent tip:  If you sign up using your child’s account, please hold on to their log in information, because you will need it the date/time of the conference to log back in for the Google Meet conference.  
  • If you are unable to sign up for a conference using your child’s computer, please contact our building secretary at 717-872-9530 to schedule your appointment. 
  • Deadline to sign up for a conference is November 4th.  

What a great day!

It was wonderful to host Laps for Letort again after an almost 3 year absence. All students had an opportunity to run/walk, enjoy a freeze pop, and dance to lots of fun tunes. Thank you, Letort PTO, for the celebration. We all truly enjoyed it!

4th graders getting ready to run!
6th graders enjoy their last Laps
Go 2nd grade!
Enjoying a special treat!

Great News!

Today, Letort Elementary School received $400.00 from Weis Markets from the Weis 4 School Program. Thank you to all who participated by shopping at Weis Markets. It is my hope that next year, Letort will earn even more funds.

Congratulations, Letort!

Dr. McPherson receives $400 from Manuel Gonzales, General Manager of Weis Markets at Manor Shopping Center.

Phone Issues and Temporary Numbers

Penn Manor Community-

On Thursday 09/16, Penn Manor School District’s phone vendor began suffering a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) network attack. The cyber attack is overwhelming the vendor’s systems and creating problems with district phone lines. Today, phone service is still intermittent as the vendor continues to repel the ongoing attack and restore service to our main phone numbers.

As a temporary solution, we have added three dedicated lines for the community to call schools and district offices. Please use these numbers until the problem is resolved:

District Office: 717.876.6577
Penn Manor High School: 717.876.6635
All other schools: 717.876.6627

Note: Other Penn Manor communication tools, including email, school websites, and Sapphire, are operating normally.

Thank you for your patience as we work with our vendor to restore service.

What a turn-out!

Thank you for sharing the news with your child about breakfast. This morning we served over 85 students at breakfast, which is the most ever at Letort!

James Mather (Mrs. Beighley’s class) shared this sentiment with me, “Dr. McPherson, it is like the line at Chick-Fil-A. What a great laugh to start the day!

Check out the photo below!

Free and Reduced Lunch Eligiblity

As all of you know, breakfasts and lunches are free this year. This is an extension of the United States Department of Agriculture’s response to COVID and family needs. Although this is amazing for all of our students to be able to take advantage of healthy and free meals, it has also reduced the completion of the free and reduced meals application.  The task of signing up for free and reduced meals actually helps our school for various funding sources.

As a family who qualifies for FREE or REDUCED lunch, you are eligible for discount services such as reduced internet through COMCAST. I am inviting you to take a look at the income eligibility document at the bottom of this post.

You are welcome to complete the form on your own. Please follow this LINK. 

It’s important that we have families apply before September 30, 2021. Please contact Dr. McPherson or Mrs. Strosser if you have additional questions or need further assistance. 

Image of income guidelines

Back to School Night Videos

We were all disappointed that we did not get to host our annual Back to School Night. To allow you the opportunity to learn more about your child’s classroom, we created these videos for you to view. This is quality information.

Please click here to visit your student’s teacher and classroom.

A message from our new art teacher, Mrs. Harnish

Hello families,  

My name is Laurie Harnish and I am so excited to be your child’s new art teacher.  I am sending home a letter from me, so please be on the lookout.  Included in this letter is information about me and a wonderful program I would like to offer for you and your family called Artsonia. You can use the login information included with the letter that is specific for each child to create a parent account and this will allow you to see all of the projects we are making in your child’s digital art portfolio. 

In addition to creating a parent account on Artsonia, Penn Manor would like parents to complete a COPPA form so students are able to use the website to add titles and written artist statements about their art.  We will not use the site for every project but on occasion.  Thank you very much for supporting your child and the arts.

Any questions please let me know at

Here is the link to complete the COPPA permission which is a requirement for student participation in class. 

Looking forward to an amazing year creating and making in the art room!!!


Laurie Harnish