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Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 3/5

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Prom, currently scheduled for Saturday, May 15, is under discussion with guidance from the St. Joseph County Department of Health. If we are given approval to host prom safely, we will communicate these plans as details become available. We hope to make a decision before Spring Break as to whether or not we will be able to host prom.

School Day SAT pre-administration dates set

The School Day SAT will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (Black Day).

Pre-administration Information: All juniors who signed up for the school day SAT must attend one pre-administration session.

Pre-administration dates: March 16-17, 2021.

Location: LGI-B (also Room 138 for Gold 3 and Room 242 for Black 3).

Time: Blocks 1, 2, 3 & 4, as well as before school (8 a.m.) and after school (3:25 p.m.)

Please contact Mr. Hall via email at if you are not able to attend one of these sessions.

  • There will be a Pre-administration session for Virtual students in LGI-B at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, March 15.
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FAFSA support available on Sunday, March 7

Sunday, March 7, is the College Goal Sunday FAFSA Assistance Event (CGS) from 2-4 p.m.

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – enables college-bound high school seniors to apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans. Your college uses your FAFSA data to determine your federal aid eligibility. Many states and colleges use FAFSA data to award their own aid.

The St. Joseph County Public Library is opening its LaSalle & Tutt branches during this time for assistance and increased computer access. The LaSalle Branch is located at 3232 Ardmore Trail, South Bend, and the Tutt Branch is located at 2223 Miami St., South Bend.

Seniors must complete their FAFSA forms by April 15th to maintain 21st Century Scholar status.

  • The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) announced last month that “due to the ongoing disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Entrance Exam (SAT/ACT) activity of the Scholar Success Program (SSP) will not be required for senior 21st Century Scholars graduating in the spring of 2021. This is for class of 2021 only and if possible, CHE is still encouraging students to take an exam.

  • Other activities include Quick Start grant application process open for YOUR 21st Century Scholar enrollment or SSP activities (up to $2,500), communications audit documenting how we’re all currently communicating about 21st Century Scholars, SSP event planning (more info to follow), and expanding resources available online. For more info, visit our website.

Click here for FAFSA support information.

Applications available for MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab programs

Applications for MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab’s Spring Semester and Summer programs for high school students are open here until March 31st.

The project-based curriculum caters to students with diverse backgrounds and interests, allowing students to explore the intersection of AI and law, education, healthcare, and more.

If you have any questions or want to know more about our events and programs, please contact Adeesh Goel, Program Head, Inspirit AI -

Purdue STEM students will meet with Penn students on Monday, March 8

Here is an opportunity to learn something new from Purdue STEM students during the end of B3 (1:20 p.m.), Monday, March 8.

Why: Interested in majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math? Have questions for current STEM College Students?...Or if you just want to be more educated as a person.

What: STEM Student Panel with students majoring in STEM at Purdue.

When: Monday March 8th 1:20-2:20 pm.

Where: Virtually via zoom...Please email if you are interested and Mr. Gensic will send you the link to the STEM Student Panel.

Want to submit a question for the student panel? In preparation for the STEM Panel, here is an anonymous, fairly straightforward, form; the only requirement is that students submit a question, followed by optional demographic information. The form can be found here:

P-H-M Education Foundation seeks student volunteers for Phone-a-Thon

P-H-M Education Foundation is holding its annual Phone-a-Thon from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 24.

If you’re looking for volunteer hours or a way to give back to P-H-M Schools, please consider helping out. Make calls to fellow P-H-M families, follow a script and earn money for your P-H-M schools. Dinner & fun provided! Register online at

  • P.S. - Do you have an innovative idea that needs a few bucks to grow? Our Spring Grant Cycle is open and we want to hear from you! Complete the online application at PHMEF Grants | PHMEF by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 and let us know how we can help you.
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Summer School 2021 information

Click here for information on how to sign up for Summer School courses.

EACC returning to five days of in-person instruction

The Elkhart Area Career Center is returning to five days of in-person instruction beginning Monday, March 15. Penn will provide bus transportation from Penn to the EACC and back if needed, Monday through Friday.

Cosmetology program available through Penn

Current Sophomores and Juniors . . .

Are you interested in a career in Cosmetology and have Penn High School cover the tuition? The Penn High School Advanced CTE CC Program is a way for high school students to earn their Cosmetology license and prepare for a career.

Cosmetology is a two-year program so if you start it as a junior, Penn will cover the entire cost as long as you are in good standing with the school. If you start as a senior, you will be responsible for covering the second year.

If you are interested in learning more, please see Mrs. Ball in Room 251 or email her with questions at

Ceramics pick-up deadline is Friday, March 5

Any student who had a Ceramics class, if you think you might have a project in the showcase or that Mrs. Brown kept for you, please come to Room 160 to pick it up by Friday, March 5.
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Art Gallery features student work

The first student Kingsmen Art Gallery show is now open. You can come see it any block. This show will have voting for people's choice. Please only vote one time for on piece. Voting slips are by the gallery desk.

  • See Miss Miller in Room 154 if you want to volunteer to serve as a docent in the Art Gallery Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

No fast-food deliveries allowed at Penn

Due to health and COVID-19 safety mandates, fast-food deliveries are not allowed at Penn.

Job opportunity for students

Modineer of Niles, South Bend and Elkhart has job opportunities for welders.

Modineer will train students so no previous requirements are needed.

Click here for the job information.

Here are a few videos about the company. These would be great for virtual days.

Modineer is open for Work Based Learning, summer jobs, or jobs after graduation.

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Yearbook Senior Quotes accepted until April 12

SENIORS! It's time to submit your senior quotes for the Yearbook via Google Form!

Submissions will be accepted until APRIL 12th!

Click here to submit a Senior Quote for the Yearbook.

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Students parking on campus must have registration on file

All students parking on campus need to have a registration on file in Student Services.
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Penn Cafeteria offers new menu items.

Click here for information on new menu items being served up in the Penn Cafeteria.
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Free and Reduced Meal Application information

Click here for Free and Reduced Meal Application information.

Secondary Students Return Plan

Please CLICK HERE for information about Dr. Thacker's Secondary Return to Learn Plan.

Peer Leadership class offers opportunities

Do you like to help others? Are you interested in teaching? Do you need to beef up your experiences for college applications?

Try Peer Leadership for an elective next year. This course is designed to give high school students the opportunity to interact with and learn about people with disabilities. Students will provide five blocks over two weeks of in-class and/or community based instruction to students with moderate and severe disabilities under the personal supervision and direction of the course instructor or classroom teaching staff.

Are you already a peer leader? We have a new opportunity for the 2021/2022 school year where Peer Leaders may work with students at the Young Adult Program located at Schmucker Middle School.

Applications have moved online and you can fill it out here. If you have any questions, please direct them to Mrs. Shafer, the Academy Leader for Exceptional Education at
List view in Canvas

Watch the above video for simple changes in CANVAS that can help with Organization

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Spectrum on sale now in the bookstore

The Fall edition of Penn's literary magazine, Spectrum, is here! Check out what your friends have been writing and creating. Copies will be available in the bookstore for $5.

Chromebook camera or mic help offered

Any students who are having webcam and/or microphone issues with their Chromebooks are encouraged to email to set up an appointment to get the device repaired free of charge.

P-H-M seeks bus drivers

P-H-M is in need of Bus Drivers.

All drivers begin as Sub Drivers and are guaranteed four hours of work a day at a rate of $19.75/hr. Once a driver is elevated to a route driver they will continue to be guaranteed four hours of work per day. Their pay will be increased to $21.61/hr and they will have opportunities to drive field trips, and athletic events. Trip pay is $13/hr with a minimum pay on a trip being $30. After 60 days of work they will be elevated to a rate of $22.33/hr. These wages are effective 1/1/2021 and all training is provided by the Penn-Harris-Madison Transportation Department.

Please apply at the link below.

Yearbook seeking feature images

If you'd like to be featured in the yearbook, we have some images we're looking for!

Specifically, if you have any cute pictures with your friends, family, pets, or by yourself from this summer, please email them to Branigan Thomas at along with a short summary on what you were doing, your name, and your grade level!

If you have anything like the above but for autumn, you can email those pictures and that information to Paige Parker at

Purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook

If you'd like to purchase the 2020-2021 yearbook, you can place your order any time at !

The sooner you order, the lower the price, so order ASAP!

Shipment price is built into the cost of the book, so make sure you give a shipment address that you want the book to be shipped to next fall!

For yearbook related questions, you can email Mrs. Pfernere at

Free school meals offered

FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR HYBRID STUDENTS: On Wednesdays and Fridays each week, students who are on a hybrid schedule can pick up three free meals before they leave for the day.

Students can stop into the IMC or Door K to collect these meal packages.

Virtual student free meal pick-up moving to Door K

Free Meal pick-up for virtual students will be moving to Door K on the south side of the school.

Dates and times will remain Wednesday and Friday from 4-6 p.m.

Door K is off Jefferson next to the playground on the practice football field side.

Free Lunch!

Thanks to a USDA waiver, all meals served to students at P-H-M will be free when there is in-school learning until further notice.

Student accounts will be charged for any ala-carte sales.

Penn High School will offer pre-packaged breakfasts. Students will select pre-packaged meal components in the cafeteria.

Penn will also be offering take-home meals for students. The meals will cover the days when students are learning from home. Meals will be given out at the end of the day on Wednesday and Friday in the IMC or Door K. The package will contain three breakfast and three lunch meals. Items will be frozen if possible and bags will have heating and storage instructions.

Parents who do not want their student to have a free meal may donate the money to our fund for students who do not have money for meals. Contact Jill Riggs at to donate. We are able to do the free meals due to a temporary waiver from the USDA. This will most likely last no longer than this semester. Money currently on student accounts will remain for their later use.

Community events open to P-H-M students and families

Click here for a list of non-school activities and events made available to P-H-M students and families by area organizations.

Return to Learn safety protocols

This document outlines our Return to Learn safety protocols as it relates to arrival and dismissal procedures, passing periods, lunch and classroom instruction.

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Report student COVID-19 related symptom information to Penn

As we anticipate the return of students, Penn High School students will need to be screened at home each morning for symptoms of COVID-19 before reporting to the school for learning.

If a student presents one or more COVID-19 related symptoms, this information must be communicated to the school attendance office - 258-9501.

The following list shares those symptoms.

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by the mouth

  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever

  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing

  • Sore throat

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain

Any student with one or more COVID-19 related symptom must stay home. If the student is at school, the student must be picked up within one hour of the parent being contacted. An additional conversation will need to take place with school officials to determine the correct plan of action. The student showing symptoms of COVID-19 could be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

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PTO introduction, update

The Penn PTO welcomes you to join us for the 2020-2021 school year. While this year may look diferent, the purpose of the PTO is still vital.

Over the past 3 years, the Penn PTO has provided grants to teachers, student groups, clubs, and organizations who apply during our fall grant cycle. The PTO also assists with volunteer opportunities, hosts the annual Snowball Dance, which is open to all grade levels 9-12, provides monthly teacher/staff appreciation events/recognition, and meets monthly to keep lines of communication open between parents, students, and administration. Come see what Penn PTO is about!

Click here to read this week's edition of PTO Corner, which includes important dates & information.

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In-person Black Student Union Meeting set for Wednesday, March 10

The first in-person Black Student Union Meeting is scheduled for 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, in Room 118. New members welcome!!

Contact Mrs. Adkins for FCA Senior Cord

Any SENIORS who attended FCA the last three years and would qualify for a purple cord must contact Mrs. Adkins via email ( by March 15 with your full name as it would appear on your diploma.

The Penn Republican Club recognizes the significant contributions of Republican women

The Penn Republican Club recognizes the significant contributions of Republican women in the past and the present. Here are three:

1. Nikki Haley - Nikki Haley was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to a family of Indian Punjabi Sikh immigrants. She graduated from Clemson University and joined her family clothing business, which had been started by her mother. Eventually she was elected the first female governor of South Carolina and served from 2011 to 2017. From 2017 through 2018 she served as the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

2. Condoleezza Rice - Condoleezza Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1954. Her father was a Presbyterian minister. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Denver and her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame. Spending much of her early adulthood in academia, she eventually became the first black woman to serve as the United States National Security Adviser, as well as the first black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.

3. Jeane Kirkpatrick - Jeane Kirkpatrick was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, and was the daughter of an oilfield wildcatter. She started her academic career at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, (where Mr. Schaetzle got to meet and speak with her) and then earned a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. She was very good at languages, being fluent in both French and Spanish. Her grandfather started the socialist party of Oklahoma, and she was a Democrat into the 1970s. Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern's platform and the foreign policy of President Jimmy Carter, however, convinced her to switch parties. A foreign policy advisor to President Ronald Reagan, he would eventually appoint her to be the first woman to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Penn Republican Club Collecting Teddy Bears

The Penn Republican Club is conducting a teddy bear drive to support the Mishawaka City Police Department and the St. Joe County Police Department. Officers use these stuffed bears in domestic disputes to calm and comfort upset children. The bears provide the children with soft, warm companions during a difficult time.

If you would like to donate a new teddy bear or donate money to buy a bear, please stop by Mr. Schaetzle's Room, 241 or pass the bear on to a club member. Key Club is also helping to collect the items.

All donations must be made by Friday, March 12.

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GSA meetings now virtual

GSA meetings will be virtual until further notice. Mr. Coffee will email the link to members the day before or the day of.

If students are interested in joining, they should reach out to Mr. Coffee:

TEAMS registration now open

If you are interested in participating in TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science), e-mail Ms. Hullinger at

Connect with Kingsmen Court

Follow Kingsmen Court !!!

Instagram: @pennkingsmencourt

Twitter: @courtkingsmen

Information about how to apply to your student council is coming soon!

E-mail us with any questions

Kingsmen Community Care Club

We are so excited to be back! Our club, Kingsmen Community Care, is still happening this year.

Kingsmen Community Care is a partnership with the Center for the Homeless in South Bend.

In the past year we hosted many donation drives and hosted two events for the children that live there, a Fall Festival and a Movie Night. Although we cannot be in person for quite some time this year, we do have many exciting things planned.

Our meetings will be on an Instagram live for followers or anyone else that would like access. We then will be saving the livestream and emailing it out so that the information can be watched at your convenience. To share your email and to be put on our email list please email either or or contact Mrs. Weaver with any further questions you may have. We are very excited for this year and hope you are too!

Thank you!

Eva Henderson and Chloe Perkins

Kingsmen Community Care Co-Presidents

Writers' Guild meets first and third Friday of each Month

Writers' Guild meets on the first and third Friday of each month after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 239 for in-person students that day and virtually for those working from home. E-mail Mrs. Morton ( to learn more! We will discuss upcoming writing contests, online writing conference opportunities along with our usual activities, writing time, and Author's Chair. We look forward to writing with you!

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Pennant Info Blast 3.4.2021

Boys Lacrosse seeks manager

Are you interested in earning a Varsity Letter for Boys Lacrosse? We are looking for Team Managers and Videographers for our home games. You do not need to know anything about lacrosse! We will train you! Please email Dan Hogan ( if you are interested.


St. Joseph Health System Sports Medicine, Beacon Medical Group Sports Medicine and the South Bend Clinic notified Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation and other St. Joseph County high schools that they would not be able to continue the practice of their physicians providing school-based "on-site" pre-participation physical examinations for student-athletes.

Click here for more information.

Softball Tryouts scheduled for Monday, March 8

Penn Softball Tryouts are scheduled for Monday, March 8, from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym.

Any student-athlete who is planning to try out for Penn Softball must attend Open Gym on Tuesday, March 2, in the Auxiliary Gym from 4-6 p.m. Part of Open Gym on Tuesday, March 2, will be a mandatory pre-tryouts informational meeting.

Please contact Coach Zachary with any questions about Softball tryouts: or 574-254-2844.

Girls Tennis meeting set for Monday, March 8

There will be a Girls Tennis meeting at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 8, on zoom

Boys Lacrosse seeks managers/videographers

Are you interested in earning a Varsity Letter for Boy's Lacrosse? We are looking for Team Managers and Videographers for our home games. You do not need to know anything about lacrosse! We will train you! Please email Myra Sweeney ( if you are interested.

Football Cheer tryouts March 22-23-24

Football cheer tryouts for the 2021-2022 season will be Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, March 22-23-24 at Penn High School from 4-6:30 p.m. Enter through Door D. If interested please sign up at

Email Varsity Coach Rita Szweda for the tryout information at:

You must be registered on before March18 to participate.

Students must register online to participate in Athletics

Anyone interested in participating in athletics or a club must complete the online registration at Click here for the Code of Conduct.

Student-Athletes must be picked up at Door D after practice

Student-Athletes who are getting picked up at the main Penn High School building must be picked up at Door D after practices.

Parents/Guardians are asked not to pick up student-athletes at Door E due to safety concerns.

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Bittersweet Railroad Crossing Alert

The railroad tracks at Bittersweet Rd. (just north of McKinley) are active, but do not have warning lights or crossing arms. Please use caution approaching these tracks.

Stop signs have been installed on Bittersweet Rd. (north of McKinley) at the railroad crossing. Stop signs have also been added on Cedar Trail, Birch Road, Apple Road, and Ash Rd. (County Line). Please use caution and be aware of the new stops on routes to Penn.

Student may only ride on assigned bus

Students may only ride on their assigned bus. Students are not allowed to ride the bus home with their friends.
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Student before-school drop-off procedures

The designated student morning drop-off at Penn High School is in the Jefferson Rd. Student Parking Lot (south of the football practice field). All entrances will open for students at 8:35 unless there is a previously scheduled appointment. Students must then report to door A.
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Student after-school pick-up procedures

The designated after-school student pick-up areas include the Jefferson Rd. Staff Parking Lot and the Jefferson Rd. Student Parking lot. Left turns are not allowed into the Jefferson Rd. Staff Parking Lot.
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Fitness Center currently closed to community

The Penn High School Fitness Center is currently closed to the community.

Important School Information

Click on the following links for IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION:

School Messenger, the alert notification service:

Parent FAQ on Emergency Preparedness:

12th-grade Immunization Requirements:

Skyward and student progress

All parents and guardians are encouraged to review Skyward information for your student. General directions are listed below to access Skyward. Please take some time to review student progress and encourage your student to develop a plan for any missing work.
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Join the Kingsmen Team as an employee

Join an institution committed to excellence. P-H-M is looking for prospective employees in a number of areas.

Click here for the jobs board.

Penn High School app now available

A Penn High School app for I-Phones and Android devices is now available on the Apple Store and Google Play Store.



The app was developed by Penn Sports Journalism Class interns Riley Clauss and Micah Focht.

The app provides quick links for students to the Penn website for the following categories:

  • School news
  • Google Calendars (Black-and-Gold Day Calendar, Athletics Calendar, Fine Arts Calendar)
  • Student resources, including links to HAC and Canvas
  • Counseling
  • Clubs
  • Fine Arts/Performing Arts
  • Contact us/Staff Directory search engine
  • The Pennant Sports News website
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Contact Independent Study at

Independent Study has a NEW email account.

If you are enrolled in Independent Study, please use the following email address for all questions and help:

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Click the link for information about reporting absences and late arrivals:

Penn High School Calendars

Download Penn High School Calendars for your phone by visiting You can download a Penn High School Calendar that lists Gold and Black days, as well as important dates. There is also a Fine Arts Calendar and an Athletics Calendar. You can also print out a Gold/Black Days Calendar.

Check out P-H-M's Community Events webpage

Click here to check out the P-H-M Community Events webpage for listings of non-school activities and events made available to P-H-M students and families by area organizations.

ebooks now available through Penn High School

Did you know ebooks are available to you to check out 24/7? Go to, type in Penn High School, and then use your full email address for your username and your ID number for your password. Email if there is a title you want or if a password isn't working.
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CLICK HERE to read the plan for Penn High School to return to our Hybrid schedule beginning 1.19. Parents need to complete the questionnaire for students.