December 2, 2022


For 27 years, Penn-Harris-Madison Education Foundation has been dedicated to supporting #PHMExcellence by providing access to innovative classroom grants available to all P-H-M teachers and staff to apply. PHMEF grants provide funding for programs that fall outside schools’ budgets.

The application window for the Fall 2022 grant cycle was October. The PHMEF Grants Committee awarded more than $15,000 in this grant cycle. Executive Director Jennifer Turnblom visited schools this week to surprise teachers with the news that their grants were being awarded. Click here to watch the video to see the joyful reaction of teachers and students. Click to learn more about PHMEF grants and see the full list of grants awarded in the Fall 2022 grant cycle.

Want to help support the Education Foundation and #PHMExcellence? The Education Foundation‘s Annual Drive is underway. As a registered 501(c)3 organization, donations are tax deductible. Click here for ways to support the P-H-M Education Foundation.

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Community Fitness Opportunities

As the weather quickly shifts from fall to winter, the school district is happy to pilot free fitness opportunities for the P-H-M community. This will take place four (4) days per week at the sites listed below.

Who is eligible to participate: The P-H-M Adult Community and Staff (no students). This includes residents of the school district and non-resident parents/guardians of attending students.

What: Access to walking/jogging tracks, open gym/basketball courts, and weight room.

When: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the sites listed below. Note: The fitness centers will be closed during designated school recess dates.

Weekly Schedule:

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Questions? Please see the assigned staff at each site to help answer your questions.


P-H-M teachers and staff are known for excellence. As a way to say THANK YOU, consider a

donation to the P-H-M Education Foundation’s Grant Fund. This tells your child’s “Special Person” that you honor him/her and value education at P-H-M. Your contribution to the Grant Fund will be returned to the schools in the form of TEACHERS GRANTS for programs and projects that cannot be funded through school budgets.

Your child’s “Special Person” will receive a special note with your message, a pin for their lanyard, and name of the donor (not the amount given). The first 100 employees to be recognized will receive a free Gold Carwash at Drive & Shine ($17 value)! We will also be doing weekly drawings for a chance (for nominees) to win gift cards!

A “Special Person” can include a teacher, aide, librarian, bus driver, custodian, or any other

P-H-M employee.

All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible, please contact the office if you would like a tax receipt.

Ski Club

The snow has started and so has the SMS Ski Club sign-up window. Our club will go to Swiss Valley for four Tuesdays beginning January 10th. Please click this link for more information and instructions for signing a student up. Do you want to come ski with us on Tuesdays in January? We will be able to offer parents and elementary students the option to purchase just the ski club punch cards or a season pass and meet us at Swiss Valley on our club nights. Click here for more information for parents and elementary students.

Mrs. Ludwig

COVID Home Tests

The state has provided COVID home tests free of charge for students. Limit 1 kit (2 tests) per student. Interested parents/guardians should pick them up from the office while supplies last.

Boys Basketball Schedule

Schmucker Boys Basketball HOME Games

* Students must go home after school and return for the game.

* $2.00 per ticket

* Doors open to the game 30 minutes before start.

* 7th grade plays at time shown. 8th grade plays after 7th grade game.

Thursday, Oct 27 vs Northridge - 5:30

Monday, Nov 7 vs Northside - 5:30

Thursday, Nov 10 vs Northwood - 5;00

Tuesday, Nov 29 vs Jimtown - 5:00

Tuesday, Dec 6 vs Concord - 5:00

Thursday, Dec 8 vs Concord - 5:00 * BIG 11 Tournament Game

Order Your Yearbook Now

Click here to order a yearbook. You can also share your photos here, enter schumucker for the school code.
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Pay School Fees Online

Click the button below for more information.

PTO Members & Volunteers

Please see the PTO Newsletter for the month of December.

Join the SMS Team

Interested in joining the SMS community not only as a family member but also as a team member? Please see below for two opportunities we currently have available:

Educational Assistant: If you or someone you know has a passion for helping students succeed and feel yourself to be a life-long learner, problem solver and collaborative team member, then this is the position for you! Please reach out to me ( if you would like to talk about the details regarding this position.

Universal Substitute: If you or someone you know loves being in the classroom, and collaborating with teachers and students, then please reach out with interest or questions to me at ( The daily rate for this position is $115 and there is flexibility within the schedule.

Other Subbing Opportunities

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Elementary School Employment Opportunity: Select elementary schools are in need of staff members who have a passion for working with students through our Kids Club After School Care from 2:00-6:00 pm. Please note that there is allowance for flexibility with days and hours for those who are interested in working. Additionally, if you are interested in the position and have an elementary school student in the same building you're working, your student may attend Kids Club for free. For more information, please contact Binti Shah at: or (574) 259-5231 ext. 43204. Thanks for your help!