Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
Graduation and Promotion
A total of 26.6 credits is required for graduation:
1) Four credits in English
2) Three credits in Social Studies
3) Two and a fifth credits in in Health and Physical
4) Two credits in Science (one must be a Lab
5) Two credits in Mathematics
6) Plus twelve credits earned in elective sequences
in Foreign Language, Industrial Arts, Business
Education, Home Economics or other areas in the
7) Vo-Tech students will receive (3) credits in
Vo-Tech curriculums plus 1/2 credit for Career Math
8) Successful completion of the 12 grade Social
Any student receiving a falling grade in the third
marking period and the fourth marking period (in the
same discipline) will automatically fail the
discipline for the entire year.
The School Day
A typical day at Mt. Penn may
consist of as many as 6 or 7 major subjects out of
the 8 forty-two minute classes. There are no study
halls, with the exception of an activity period.
This is scheduled as 9th period 2 days a week. The 3
remaining days of the week, the students are
dismissed at the end of the 8th period, and the 9th
period time is used for make-up work and individual
In the areas of math and science which reports show ore
being neglected, we offer...
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Time at Mt. Penn is not being wasted.
Students here are getting an education,
if they want one.
- Stephanie Rosenthal
Recently two articles were written in
the Reading Eagle about Antietam School
District, which this paper feels
presented an unfair image of our school
and our students.
The reporter, Daniel B. Hoffman, had few facts
on which to make his statements. One
particular comment in his second article
claimed: �Youngsters in the Antietam
School District are being turned loose
in the world at the end of 12 years with
scholastic accomplishments that are
inferior to the hip school graduates of
Another inaccurate statement was made about our
computer technology: �However, as
student population shrinks, marginal
studies are discarded in the interest of
keeping budgets within bounds. So, to
cite just one field strictly as an
example limited instruction in computer
technology is offered.�
This page of the paper was prepared to give facts and
figures to refute Mr. Hoff�man�s
ANTIETAM SETS THE
Interview with a Journalist
Because the staff of the Penn Post was
extremely concerned about the tone and
content of Mr. Hoffman�s article, they
asked to be allowed to interview Mr.
Hoffman, and 4 representatives were
invited to attend a meeting with him,
Dr. Darlington, Mr. Orlando,
Mr. Bruchak, and Mr. Cox.
Most of the meeting was spent informing
Mr. Hoffman about our program. The
following are just a few of the
questions and answers during this
Penn Post: What was your basis for
writing that our students were turned
�loose in the world at the end of 12
years with scholastic accomplishments
that are inferior to the high school
graduates of larger districts?�
Mr. Hoffman: I was not comparing Mt.
Penn to larger school districts but was
thinking of small schools in general.
PP: Inferior to what?
Mr.H.: I don't know.
PP: Where did you get your
Mr. H.: The father, a fellow employee of
the newspaper, of a pregnant woman
living in the Antietam District told me
that his daughter was planning to move
from the area because she felt that the
no good. The daughter is a teacher in
another school district.
PP: Did this father know that his
information was going to be used for an
Mr. H.: Yes, he did know.
PP: Did you consider this a
Mr. H.: Yes.
PP: Do you feel that you had the
right to judge us as inferior?
Mr. H.: Why should anyone listen to me?
I�m not an educator.
Mr. Orlando: (After
familiarizing Mr. Hoffman with our
computer program) I can take you over
and show you our computer room
facilities if you like.
Mr. H.: No, don�t bother. I wouldn�t
know what I was looking at anyway.
Mr. 0.: We have no study halls.
Mr. H.: Do you think that is a good
Mr. 0.: Yes, the only way students
can learn is through student-teacher
contact. Our SAT�s are an indication of
that. Besides study halls are a breeding
ground for discipline problems.
PP: Do you still feel that our
school is inferior?
Mr. H.: No, I can see from the evidence
that it is definitely not inferior.
PP: Will you consider writing a
Mr. H.: Well, I certainly would want to
clear up any misunderstandings, but I
don�t know how I could write that you
are superior because I am not an
educator and not in a position to judge.
Comments from a College Administrator
This reporter�s task was to find out if
the area colleges felt that the
graduates of Mt. Penn High School were
receiving an inferior education. After
calling several colleges and receiving
the response, �I�m not qualified to give
that information,� I talked to John A.
Diamond, Associate Director of
Admissions at Albright College. He gave
me the qualifications needed to be even
considered for entry to Albright. A
student must have 1100 or more on his
SAT�s, approximately 525 verbal and 575
math. The SAT scores from MPHS are well
over 1100; on the verbal we average 660
and on the math, 740. Mr. Diamond stated
that he was �more than pleased with the
Mt. Penn High School graduates.�
- Dawn Hill
at Mt. Penn
Since our limited instruction in computer was
specifically cited in Mr. Hoffman�s article, this
reporter called the guidance counselors of several area
schools to inquire about the computer courses offered at
Responsible journalism does not permit me to print
names, but of the 4 area schools Mt. Penn offers
comprehensive computer work. Of the 3 other schools, one
offers computer 1 & 2, 1 semester each; another offers
business and academic computer, 2 semester each; the
third offers computer literacy, 1 semester, BASIC 1-3, 1
year each, and advanced programming, 1 year.
Computer Courses at MPHS
* Computer Literacy - 1 semester (includes word
* Programming 1-6 - 1 semester each (includes BASIC
* Computer Physics - 1 year
* ITB Intro to Business 1 year (includes 1/4 of year in
* Beginning with the year 1985, all graduates must have
at least 1/4 credit in computer science.
* The computer room in the high school is used 7 our of
8 periods every day.
* Mt. Penn Elementary School now has a micro-computer in
- Sam Heizmann
A dream is not something
merely to be taken lightly and casually tossed away in
some dark, desolate corner of the mind.
No matter how poor or how rich, if you hold on to your
dreams, you�re never left with nothing.
In some cases a dream is worth far more than any dollar
value could ever be.
A dream is yours; it is given to you to work with and
It is there if you�re willing to fight for it, and once
you�ve obtained it, it�s yours forever.
|So Let's Hear It --
The basketball season did pretty good this season, and
we�re proud of them. However, this article isn�t for or
about only the players. This article is for you the
student body. You deserve praise and congratulations for
the spirit you provided during the season. Whether you
did it for fun, because you wanted to, or whatever the
- you did it. Any team can go farther with fans behind
them. Take the first Central game, for example � that
won�t be forgotten for a long time. Not one second
passed without the sound of �Mount Penn,� �we want two,�
or �defense� echoing through the gym. Not one basket
passed without confetti flying everywhere. And then
those last seconds � the ball in the air, the buzzer
sounding, and whoosh! All Mount Penn fans poured onto
the court as the Cardinals sat and watched. The spirit
was overwhelming. Hopefully it will continue, not only
during basketball season, but throughout all the sports
seasons. A spirited school makes things much more fun.
Good job � keep it up!
- Jenny Miller
Antietam Has Something
The Antietam School District has something to offer
consolidation, despite its small size. Most obvious is
the Stony Creek Middle School, a new and beautiful
building that is now unused. Our Mt. Penn Elementary
School is modern and well equipped, and Mt. Penn
High-School is still an adequate facility.
In addition to the buildings, the Antietam District has
some of the best and newest equipment available (see
computer article). Textbooks and other instructional
materials are kept up to date; audio-visual equipment is
readily available. Our high school library now
overflowing with materials, is especially well equipped
It is what goes on inside the schools, however, that is
most important. And those of us at Mt. Penn have much to
be proud of. The teachers here are experienced and
dedicated to their profession. Finally, we can offer
students who are willing and able to achieve. We would
not go into a merger empty-handed.
- Stephanie Rosenthal
By randomly interviewing this year�s new students at
Mt. Penn, this reporter was able to make a solid
conclusion: Mt. Penn is academically harder than most
Karel Frymoyer and
Moyer both come from a nearby school, and
in comparison, both feel that Mt. Penn is definitely
more difficult academically. Theresa Goodbred
from Newport, Virginia, also finds Mt. Penn more
difficult, as does
Ketcher from Maryland. Another new
student, Sam Heizmann, feels that MPHS is more
demanding than his old school. Finally, from my own
experience, I would agree with all the students.
Most of these students agreed that our small size
allows students and teachers to know each other better,
and students here are more likely to get individual
Our guidance counselors work with incoming and outgoing
students. It has often been their experience that a
student leaving here places much higher than his grade
or section level at Mt. Penn. For example, a student
leaving here in the middle of 9th grade was placed in
10th grade in the new school in another state.
Conversely, students coming in with a high class
standing often can not handle the work in our top
section. Most students moving into the district are
placed at least one section lower than their present
Unimed, Inc., a small New Jersey company, could be the
only company with a license in the United States to
produce tetrahydrocannabinal (THC), the active
ingredient in marijuana.
Approximately 30 states have made legal provisions for
cancer patients to use marijuana to alleviate nausea
associated with chemotherapy. Although these states
don�t say how the patients should buy the drug, Unimed
Inc. wants to solve that problem. When the company
receives the FDA approval, they will market THC under
the brand name of Marinol.
The Penn Post staff is attempting
to put together a list of graduates who are now
professionals or who are outstanding in their field,
Anyone having in formation on our outstanding graduates,
please send It to the Penn Post, Mt. Penn High School.
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