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4:00 @ Manor Middle School

February 24th, 2015

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President's Message
President's Payday Reminder 4/8/2015:

Dear Members:

As we have begun the fourth marking period, and PSSAs are just around the corner (as are Keystones!), and SLOs are due, it is normal that frustrations may be beginning to mount.  I ask that if an issue arises with a colleague, please go to that colleague, or your PMEA building rep or officer, or another colleague before going to Administration.  We have been very successful in the past working out situations, with greater satisfaction for all of the members involved, without going to Administration.  Being able to resolve things "in-house" just makes us stronger as an Association!

Master's Equivalency Reminder:  I want to remind those of you who have a Master's Equivalency that you have until next June 30, 2016 to earn credits and move columns without getting your Master's degree.  After June 30, 2016, those with Master's Equivalency will only be able to move columns if they earn a Master's degree.  Keep this in mind when planning out your graduate course work for this summer and next year.  Please see the applicable contract language below in green

Also, if you are eligible to apply for a Master's Equivalency (hired on or before July 1, 2011), you must make the application to PDE yourself.  The District does not do that automatically for your.

X.  Professional Compensation

H.                  To be considered for granting of a “Master’s plus” increment, a teacher must have earned credits subsequent to receipt of the Master’s degree or to receipt of a Master’s equivalent certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  Although courses used to qualify for a “Master’s plus” increment must normally be at the graduate level, under special circumstances undergraduate courses may be approved by the Superintendent for consideration for the Master’s plus increment. Bargaining Unit Members who do have a Master’s Equivalency shall be limited to not more than two (2) horizontal column movements on the salary schedule.  Bargaining Unit Members who have a Master’s degree or are enrolled in a Master’s degree program as of April 4, 2011, that is leading to the receipt of an actual Master’s degree shall not be subject to the aforesaid limits on column movement.  Bargaining Unit Members hired on or after July 1, 2011, are not eligible for the Master’s Equivalency endorsement recognition and placement on the Master’s column. Column movement for those solely possessing a Master’s Equivalency will expire on June 30, 2016.  Subsequent to June 30, 2016, all “Master’s plus” column movement would require a Master’s degree.

XXV.  Professional Development and Educational Improvement

For those teachers who have not yet attained a Master’s degree (including those with a Master’s Equivalency), the Board agrees to reimburse each teacher for tuition fees to a maximum of the cost of twelve (12) graduate credits per year at the average cost of the graduate tuitions at three universities (Millersville University, Penn State University and Temple University) for the term of the contract.  Tuition fees shall include the amount of additional charges at Millersville University which are required to be paid by the teacher.  For example, a fee per credit of $18.00, would be equal to reimbursement of $54.00 for a three-credit course.  A teacher taking graduate level course work at an accredited provider would be eligible for reimbursement for any related fee at a rate to match the academic fee at Millersville.

D.                  Horizontal movement across the salary schedule will be limited to one column per year.

E.                  All credits to be used for column movement (with the exception of three (3) graduate credits per year) shall have the prior approval of the Superintendent, which approval may be withheld and which approval or disapproval shall not be subject to a grievance or subject to the grievance procedure.

Negotiations Committee:  Amy Wall and I have scheduled a Negotiations Committee meeting for Wednesday, May 13, at 4:00 p.m. in the Manor Middle Faculty Room.  If you are interested in being on the Negotiations Committee, please attend.  The purpose of this meeting (as it is an "off" year for negotiations) is to go over the list of items that members have sent Amy, as well as discuss any issues that might have arisen during this contract that we want to address in our next round of negotiations.  Attendance at this meeting is not a commitment to being on the committee, so please feel free to attend even if you are not sure you want to commit to being on the committee full time.

PMEA Election Timeline:  It is that time of year for PMEA Election of Officers and Building Representatives.  Below is the timeline.  Frank Dell'Estate will be serving as Election Chair.  The offices of President, Vice President At-Large, and Secretary are up for re-election.  I will send out the Call for Candidates on Monday.

Election Timeline 2015


Call for Candidates:  April 13 – April 15


Candidates announced:  April 16


Meet the Candidates:  TBD – if necessary


Ballots distributed:  April 30 (Building Reps will receive at 4/23 PMEA mtg.)


Ballots sent to Committee:  May 4


Results announced:  Week of May 4


Senior Citizen Dessert Social and Dress Down Day:  Just another reminder that our annual Dessert Social will be held prior to the High School Spring Concert this year on Tuesday, May 19.  Dr. Leichliter has approved a Dress Down Day on Friday, May 1st so that we can cover the costs of the desserts and drinks for the senior citizens.  We did not have a dress down day last year as everyone was so generous the year before, we had enough funds to cover two years!  Please mark your calendar to join us to serve our community!

PMEA Website:  Our Webmaster, Erick Dutchess, will be posting items on the "Buy and Sell" section of our website (  Please send an e-mail to  Don't forget that you can access our current contract on our site, as well as the current prescription drug lists.

April Representative Council Meeting:  The March PMEA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the Manor Middle Faculty Room.

Mary Kay

Mary Kay Fair
Penn Manor Education Association
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PMEA Spotlight

Penn Manor Guidance Department recently present information as a school board meeting about programs and functions of the guidance department on career readiness. Thanks Melissa Ostrowski for presenting and providing us with information.

PMSD Counseling Department K-12 College and Career Readiness



Grade 5—4 Lessons—PA Career Education and Work Standards


Grade 7—Career Day,

                  Career Exploration Lesson


Grade 8—Career Day,

                  Two Career Exploration Lessons,

                  Career Shadowing


Grade 9—Importance of 4-Year Planning/HS Success Lesson,

                 Graduation Project Lesson

Grade 10-10th grade Academic Success,

                 Intro to PSAT testing,  PSAT results interpretation

                 CTC Cluster Information,

                 Dual Enrollment Workshop,      

                 CTC Tours,

Grade 11- College Application Process Assembly,

                 Financial Aid Workshop,

                 PSAT Testing-Pre and Post Testing instruction and interpretation,


                 Dual Enrollment Workshop,      

                 Stevens Program Presentation and tour,

                 SAT and ACT site administration,

                 CTC Presentation, CTC Tours,


                Individual 11th Grade Interview—late winter/spring of Junior Year

                        Includes making sure on target with all planning-credits, NCAA, Honors

                        Make sure transcript is accurate/updated with activities,

                        Guide course selection decisions,

                        Identify goals, outline process for steps needed to work toward goals,

                        Teach/Model/ how and where to locate information on post-secondary                                  options,

                        Advise on school visit, selection and entrance requirements,                 

                        Provide supporting website, printed materials,

                        Information sent home to families


Grade 12- FAFSA PIN Sign -ups,

                  Parchment Lesson,


                  Undecided Senior Meetings and Tour options,- HACC,           Stevens, CareerLink,                                     CTC Adult Education,

                  Senior Interview: Goal Setting with student post-secondary plan,

                                               Clarifying options, deadlines, requirements for application,

                                                Ensuring transcript is up to date and submitted,

                                                NCAA deadlines met,

                                                Scholarship information shared,

                                                FAFSA assistance



Provided to grades 9-12—Education Day, Career Seminars, Course Selection Presentations and Advising, Parchment Electronic Transcript Service, Updated PMHS Counseling Blog with significant Scholarship page,  on site ACT, SAT, PSAT, AP testing, Financial Aid Night, Community Service Resource List,



9-12 Career Oriented Graduation Project: 

Grade 9          Complete Career Matchmaker interest inventory,

                        Create a Resume,

Grade 10       School Comparison activity,

                        Informational Career Interviews,

                        Update Resume,

Grade 11       Career Shadowing,

                        Community Service,

                        Update Resume

Grade 12       Reflection Paper




Parent Offerings:

Education Day

Financial Aid Night

My Smart Borrowing Workshop

FAFSA Completion Workshop

Planning meetings as requested



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