At Manheim Township School District, there are many reasons to be celebrating at this time! My blog highlights several of these reasons.
Celebrating a Great Start to the Year
The month of September is behind us, and it feels as if these past several weeks have been the most “normal” month of school since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. In my visits to several of our schools since the start of the year, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with students about their back-to-school experiences – and the comments have been extremely positive. They are excited to be back at school learning, playing/socializing with friends, and participating in extracurricular activities. Hearing students share such positive comments about their teachers, school staff and friends, warms my heart. Although we provided in-person learning as an educational option to our K-12 students last school year during the pandemic, this current year (2021-2022) shows that most of our students (98%) have returned to school in order to receive in-person learning. Thus, the wonderful sounds of students busy at work in all nine of our schools are so greatly welcomed!
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
We continue to embrace the growing diversity of our district. Of the 5,957 students enrolled this school year (as of October 4), approximately 15% are Hispanic/Latino; 9% are Asian, 7% are Multi-Racial, 6% African American/Black, and less than 1% are American Indian (listed by enrollment using PDE ethnicity subgroups). The remaining 63% are Caucasian/White.
Given that the district’s North Star this year focuses on “creating an inclusive learning environment where all students and staff feel a sense of belonging,” we are dedicated to celebrating our growing diversity. September 15 – October 15, 2021, is Hispanic Heritage Month, so our Director of Communications and Marketing, ShaiQuana Mitchell, worked with staff members to put together a video featuring several of our middle school students and their different Hispanic cultures. The video was shared through our social media and can also be found HERE.
Celebrating our September Employee of the Month
A special Congratulations goes out to Ms. Tammy Sweeney, the Manheim Township Employee of the Month for September! Ms. Sweeney has been a member of Manheim Township High School’s Social Studies Department for the past seven years; she is currently teaching United States History and Advanced Placement World History courses.
She is also the advisor of National Honor Society and coordinator for our International Baccalaureate Community, Action, and Service. Ms. Sweeney is always willing to assist students and colleagues with additional clubs and programs, such as Quiz Bowl and Link Crew.
In reflection of her recognition, Ms. Sweeney’s colleagues share the following collaborative statement:
“Hands down, Tammy Sweeney deserves this honor. She always exceeds the expectations of a teacher. She has taken a unique approach to teaching in so many ways. She demonstrates a great deal of compassion and kindness to students and their families, always creating strong and lasting relationships. Each and every day, Tammy goes far above and beyond simply teaching students. She creates lessons that are dynamic, seamlessly integrates best practices, and creates memorable experiences for her students. Tammy is one-of-a-kind, and the high school is so lucky to have her as an educator! Her creativity and thoughtful approach to teaching is an inspiration to her peers. Tammy is so supportive of fellow staff, offering assistance when needed.”
Ms. Sweeney will be recognized at the October 14th Board of School Directors Meeting.
Celebrating our Class of 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony
Additional Congratulations go out to our Class of 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees! Due to last year’s pandemic, the Class of 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony was postponed to the Fall of 2021. We had a wonderful evening on Friday, October 1, listening to the heartfelt comments and stories about these five highly accomplished alumni athletes:
- Dave Ammon (89’)
- Jon Benchich (91’)
- Ashley Warner Evans (94’)
- Cam Gallagher (11’)
- Tom Legath (96’)
The stories shared that evening exemplify the significant impact that our coaches, teachers, and the overall athletic program have on the growth and development of our student athletes. These stories also reminded me of the important role that athletics and extracurriculars play in many students’ lives. They contribute greatly to the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of students; character development is an essential part of those experiences.