Manheim Central High School

Students and staff at Manheim Central High School have a way of getting things done. People are in motion, from watering the tomato plants in the school greenhouse to digitally recording music compositions. Student test scores are consistent and above the state average. And now, school administrators in the district are educating themselves about change and how to make it happen in a town committed to tradition.
Students and staff at Manheim Central High School have a way of getting things done. People are in motion, from watering the tomato plants in the school greenhouse to digitally recording music compositions. Student test scores are consistent and above the state average. And now, school administrators in the district are educating themselves about change and how to make it happen in a town committed to tradition.

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Taking Initiative through Technology


Manheim Central teachers and administrators know the value of technology for their students.

Technology is integral to student experiences at Manheim Central High School.

Technology is not yet part of life for everyone in Manheim Borough. Yet as they grow out of their position as a traditional farming community, Manheim is feeling the impact of the global economy. Initiatives at Manheim Central High School are ushering the community into the 21st century.


Chris Gantz, Director of Technology


As in many schools, the faculty at Manheim Central vary in their use of technology. And while you would be hard-pressed to find a teacher who wasn’t using email, internet, and word processing skills regularly, visitors to Manheim Central would also see teachers reaching beyond the basics. Louise Anderson is one of those teachers.


Louise Anderson, Music & Humanities Teacher


Math teacher Rod Brenize is a big believer in using technology to reach students. For him, the future of educational technology includes online math courses—some of which he is beginning to design for Manheim Central. But for right now, he is integrating multiple modes of technology into his math classes. The Clicker Personal Response devices he assigns to students keeps them engaged while providing formative assessment data for Brenize.


Rod Brenize, Math Teacher

 

Working in Agriculture


Innovation meets tradition in the Manheim agriculture program.

Students plant tomatoes at the Manheim Central greenhouse.

According to agriculture teacher Deb Sieber, the county surrounding Manheim Central High School contains the richest farmland “on planet earth,” so rich it doesn’t require irrigation. A portion of it lies beneath a local shopping mall. Despite changes like this, the Manheim Central agriculture program is vital and supports more than 700 students. Siebert takes students out of the four-walled classroom and into hands-on learning labs.

 


Deb Sieber, Agriculture Teacher


Manheim sits among some of the biggest food manufacturers in the country, which makes it a haven for food science and bioengineered foods. Ag teachers at Manheim have embraced this trend. They are working technology and science standards into their curriculum in hopes this knowledge will help their students in a competitive job market.

 Increasing Cultural Exposure

A rich curriculum encourages appreciation for the local and global communities.

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Globalization is changing everyday life in the Manheim area.

Teachers and administrators at Manheim Central are quick to mention the community influence on their school. Relationships with students’ families, local farms, and industry provide rich resources for the school. But the leadership at Manheim works hard to develop programs that expose students to life outside their corner of Lancaster County.

Demographic information for Manheim Central High School

A growing humanities course helps Manheim Central widen its scope of cultural knowledge. The cross-curricular course offers students opportunities to see, hear, and discuss philosophers, musicians, politicians, and artists that have long influenced Western culture. Social studies teacher Rob Kreider and music teacher Louise Anderson team-teach this elective class.

Manheim Central’s course descriptions, including Humanities (p.61)


Arlen Mummau, Principal – Benefits of the humanities class [dial-up OR broadband]

Studying the Medieval Period may not be every high school student’s idea of a good time, but humanities students raise no objections to hearing the Gregorian Chant and polyphonic music that this lesson highlights. During her lecture, Anderson moves from mp3 player to PowerPoint slideshow, to the piano, and back. The shared lecture hall allows Anderson’s lesson to carry over into Kreider’s related discussion of Medieval philosophy.



Humanities teachers Rob Kreider and Louise Anderson

The team teaching experience [dial-up OR broadband]