School for Manheim Central starts on Monday

By on August 22, 2018

In this photo, taken as students arrived for the first day of school at Doe Run Elementary last fall, faces run the gamut of emotions most of us felt on back-to-school day. This year, school in the Manheim Central district starts on Monday, Aug. 27. (Photo by Missi Mortimer)

Students in the Manheim Central School District will be starting the 2018-19 school year on Monday, Aug. 27.

“My vision for our learners at Manheim Central is they would be wildly excited about coming to school each day,” said Superintendent Peter Aiken in a letter sent to parents earlier this month. “I realize we are not there yet. Yet, we will keep battling, striving to meet the needs of every student who comes to us. I look forward to seeing our 3,000 learners in a few weeks.”

A few notable upcoming events for students and parents include:

  • New Students: A meet and greet for new students and freshmen will be held Aug. 23 at 6:40 p.m. at the high school.
  • Closures: School is closed Aug. 31 and Sept. 3 for the Labor Day holiday.
  • Back-to-School Nights: Back-to-School nights are scheduled on the following dates, from 6 to 8 p.m., Middle School –
  • Sept. 6; High School – Sept. 11; Elementary buildings, Sept. 13.

Questions about student busing and transportation should be addressed to 717-664-8527.

Other information about the district can be found at


Members of the Manheim Central Marching Band practice their performance “Eclipse” at Manheim Central High School on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.


Marching Barons prepare for season

Here’s some details about the Marching Barons’ upcoming season:

Director: John Brackbill

Assistant director: Stephanie Smith

Key personnel: Chelsea Smith, sideline percussion instructor; Stephanie Smith, sideline percussion instructor; Kayla Noll, visual instructor, field technician, low brass instructor; Jim Zuercher, battery percussion instructor; Alaina Herbst, color guard instructor; Jess Kling, color guard instructor; Evyn Kahl, field technician

Instrumentalists: 116

Color guard: 18

Performance details: “Eclipse.” The four-part movement will feature music from “Jubilateo” by Samuel Hazo, “Eclipse” by Matt Browne, and “Black Hole Sun” by American rock band Soundgarden.

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