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President's Message
President's Payday Reminder 6/1/2016:

Dear Members:

Thank you for another successful year for the Penn Manor Education Association!  I will send out a separate e-mail with the summer contact numbers for the officers.

Membership Information Needed:   If you have not responded to Karen Hallett's e-mail verifying your membership contact information, please do so immediately.  

Also, she would like to remind you that payroll deduction forms and payment by check information will be distributed by your building reps at the end of August.  

Health Care Reminders:  Please remember that if you have a qualifying event (marriage, birth, adoption, divorce, spouse's job loss) occur over the summer months, you have 30 days to enroll him/her/them in our health care plan.  No exceptions are made.  If you miss that 30-day window, the next time you would be able to enroll him/her/them is during our Open Enrollment period in December.  Below are some additional reminders from Health Care Chair Mindy Rottmund's May Report

1.  REMEMBER:  Our vision fund does not carry over

If you have not used your $300 in the fund, you have until June 30.

Other health care deadlines include Hearing aid fund – by June 30.

2.  Vacation Plans?  Remember to research the closest Urgent Care

Facility before you leave and may need to use it!!

The Urgent Care Facilities are on the PMEA website.  To have this accessible immediately, take a picture with your cell phone and you will have access in an emergency!!

3.  Traveling out of the country?  YES, we are covered outside the United States, but

there are restrictions/stipulations:

a.  It must be deemed a traumatic injury:  broken limb/back; head wound; profuse bleeding (artery), etc.  They will not cover stomach virus; migraine headaches, other common illnesses or minor injury.


b.  Foreign countries will NOT bill insurance companies out of their country.  You will need to obtain a bill at the time of care and submit to HA when you return home!


Should you need true emergency care and need to return home, this would also be at your own cost.  

However, there are companies like Jet ICU, which would personally fly you back to Lancaster, with a medical team on board.  This however, costs well over $10,000- depending on miles flown.  This is usually only for life/death situations.


4.  Clarification for 3D Mammograms.  YES, we are now covered for preventative mammos.  Should a diagnostic mammo be necessary, this one would be part of the deductible plan, as other testing is applicable.  Should you reach your $400/$800 amount, then it is covered.

Prior Approval for Grad Courses:  Please remember that you must submit the Prior Approval form for Graduate Credits before you begin any course or you will not be eligible for reimbursement after the fact.  These forms can be found on CometNet.

Suicide Prevention Self-directed In-service:  Below is the information from the Googledoc that Dr. Shaffer sent out previously regarding our self-directed in-service requirement for Suicide Prevention.  Please note that this assignment must be completed and the certificate turned into your building secretary by August 28th.

Professional staff may complete these modules prior to this date.  (Act 71 compliance) Professional staff members in Grades K - 12 must participate in four (4) hours of training on the topic on youth suicide awareness and prevention every five (5) years.  The district will retain the hours of training for professional staff members.


         The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) provides a free, online, interactive training entitled, “Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention: Act on Facts (National).”

  • · Access this link to participate in a two-hour, independent training:   


  • Go to the Educator tab. Click On-line Training. You will need to create an individual account with a log-in name and password. Record your log-in name and password. Proceed through the modules in order. The website includes:

-        Pre-evaluation, Introduction, Modules 1 – 5 and Post-Evaluation

  • When you have finalized the training, you will be able to print the certificate. Please save the certificate as a pdf file and forward the file as an attachment to your building secretary by August 28th.  Name your file: your last name, first name  Example: eganjerry.pdf or shaffercheryl.pdf     

Paycheck Schedule for the Summer:  As per Chris Johnston's reminder:
Every 7 years or so, we run into a situation where we have to alter the pay schedule over the summer in order to keep of the schedule of having 26 pays in a year.  As noted in the current PMEA negotiated agreement, 2016 is such a year.


Please note the schedule of summer pay dates listed below:

Wednesday, June 15th

Friday, July 1st

Monday, July 18th

Wednesday, August 3rd

Wednesday, August 17th


For salaried staff:  Your paycheck was calculated by dividing your salary by 26 pays – nothing will change with the amounts, just the pay dates.

Adopt A Board Meeting: Thank you Central Manor members for covering the May Board meetings!  

The June 6th Board Meeting is Martic Elementary!  Get together with your friends in the building and go to dinner first, then head to the Board Meeting!  Thank you, in advance, for helping your Association be seen as an active participant in the decision-making process of our district.

If you attended a Board Meeting and I did not note your name below, please e-mail so I can add it to our list!

School Board meeting dates and coverage:

All meeting are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

September 8, 2015 (Tuesday) – Manor; Dell Jackson

September 21, 2015 – Manor; Travis Masten

October 5, 2015 – Marticville Middle; Dell Jackson (Manor)

October 19, 2015 – Marticville Middle - Diane Kreider; Dell Jackson (Manor); Jill Almoney

November 2, 2015 – High School; Erick Dutchess and Matt Fox; Dell Jackson (Manor); Jill Almoney

November 16, 2015 – High School; Donna Brady, Melissa McMichael, Sallie Bookman,Maureen Klingaman, MaryAnn Saylor, Melissa Ostrowski; Dell Jackson (Manor)

December 7, 2015 – Pequea; Elizabeth Raff

January 4, 2016 – Hambright - Megan Szentesy; Dell Jackson (Manor)

January 19, 2016 (Tuesday) – Hambright; Peg Murr, Kristen Bock

February 1, 2016 – Eshleman -  Wendy Lutz-Terry; Dell Jackson (Manor)               

February 16, 2016 (Tuesday) – Eshleman; Theresa Nimo; Dell Jackson (Manor)

March 7, 2016 – Conestoga - Maribeth Zurn; Alison Witmer, Heather Fellenbaum, JennyFisher; Dell Jackson (Manor)

March 21, 2016 – Conestoga -  Jill Almoney, Lisa Collins, Nancy Nadig; Dell Jackson (Manor) 

April 4, 2016 – Letort - Tanya Johnson, Jenna Moyer, Sandy Ulmer; Dell Jackson (Manor)

April 18, 2016 – Letort - Tanya Johnson, Lisa Sudyam, Liz Binkley, Kara Sangrey, Julie Yoder, Sandy Ulmer, Joyce Wright, Michelle Henry, Kathy Houck; Dell Jackson (Manor)

May 2, 2016 – Central Manor

May 16, 2016 – Central Manor - Sarah Repkoe, Kim Garvey - and more!; Dell Jackson (Manor)

June 6, 2016  - Martic

June 20, 2016 – John Matusek

PMEA Website:  Erick Dutchess will be posting items on the "Buy and Sell" section of our website (  Please send him an e-mail at  Don't forget that you can access our current contract and health care documents on our site.

Mary Kay

Mary Kay Fair
Penn Manor Education Association
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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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