Spartan Herald June 2020

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Have a wonderful summer Spartans!

Greeting 6/5/20

SMS Families,

For many of us, this school year has been especially challenging and I’m not just talking about for our students. As an SMS Community, we’ve all had to step up in order to better support our Spartans. So, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for working with us to provide a top flight education in a digital format. While we continue to navigate these uncertain times, I'm confident we will overcome what the future brings, as long as we continue to work together.

For our 8th graders, I wanted to thank all of you for an amazing three years. While this year didn’t end the way we would have hoped, I know that you’ll represent us well at Penn High School.

Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all in the future!

Mr. Fry

"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." -Albert Einstein

What incredible opportunities the past few months have brought to our Schmucker community. While our situation has not been ideal, I was and continue to be amazed at how our families and our staff worked together to create the best possible environments and opportunities for our students. Thank you for playing such a pivotal role in your student's education and overall wellbeing during this time. We miss our students deeply and are looking forward to when we can all be together again. Until then, please have a wonderful summer, Spartans!

-Mrs. Martin

Message From PTO

Please check out the link below for Gym Clothes! Orders may be placed until June 15th!

Report Cards

4th Quarter Report Cards are on Skyward now! Here's how to access them:

1- Login to Family Access

2- Click on the Report Card folder for your student

3- Click on the download button to download a PDF of the Report Card

4- Once the Report Card has been downloaded, you may print a copy

If you have more than one student, you will need to follow the steps for each child. If you are experiencing a technical difficulty please send an email to and we will assist you.

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Survey for Parents

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is partnering with Panorama Education to provide each school district 1) a Parent/Caregiver Community Needs Survey, and 2) a Staff Remote Learning and Well-Being survey. These surveys are anonymous. The purpose of the survey would be for Penn-Harris-Madison and the IDOE to use this data to help create plans to address the needs noted by respondents, particularly due to COVID-19. Please note that these surveys are optional. If you would like to complete this optional survey, please go to this link . Then, please click on the appropriate survey (either “Staff” or “Parent & Caregiver”), find “Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp” in the drop down option, and then click the “Take This Survey” button.

Thank you in advance for your time and valuable input.


All 6th Grade Field Trip Refunds were issued and mailed this week. All 7th Grade Refunds will be issued and and mailed by the end of next wek!

Chromebooks Over the Summer

All students continuing on to a PHM school should keep their Chromebooks over the summer.

Current 8th graders must turn in their SMS Chromebook and charger to the Penn tech department in August in order to receive their new Chromebook for 9th grade.

If a Chromebook needs repair over the summer, please email List the Parent's Name, the Student's Name, the Student's School, the Student's email, and describe the issue or problem with the Chromebook.

If your student is not returning to PHM in the fall, please be sure to notify us immediately and we will give you details about how to return the Chromebook and charger to the school.

8th Grade Parents

Please read this letter for parents of 8th Graders. It has important immunization information for next year!

Note from the Counselors!

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR CURRENT 8TH GRADERS: You MUST register for 21st Century Scholars by June 30th of your 8th grade year to receive any benefits in the future! ANY student can register and even if you do not qualify at this time, your registration will allow you to be eligible in the future if your family situation (ie, income) changes in the years ahead. Register TODAY!

Free $$ for college!

The 21st Century Scholars program is need-based assistance which will help students have the ability to go to college who otherwise may not be able to afford it. The program can save you and your family thousands of dollars on higher education past high school, as well as connect you and your student to other great resources.

The deadline for this opportunity to enroll is JUNE 30 of a student's 8th grade year. Once this date has passed, students cannot enroll while at the high school. Please take the time to visit to learn more about the program and enroll your student right away before this opportunity is no longer available. Email or call your child's school counselor if you have further questions.

Please see picture below for Summer Food Service Programs!

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Summer Activities

Please click here for a listing of non-school Summer activities and events made available to P-H-M students and families by area organizations. Due to the COVID-19 national crisis, many of the community activities and events listed on this page may have moved to a virtual format, postponed or even canceled. The events outlined in black are not P-H-M sponsored programs. Please reach out to the appropriate organization to double check the activity’s status.

PHS Cheerleading Tryouts Information

Please click here for information regarding Penn Cheerleader Tryouts

SMS Academic Competition Summary

These Schmucker Academic Groups deserve praise! See the summary below for the details!


Schmucker's Spell Bowl team was at Purdue after making State Finals. At the end of the competition, they were 4th in Class A, successfully spelling 67 out of 72 words from a list of over 1600 hundred words that they learned throughout the season.

VEX Robotics:

3 teams, 775S, 775Y, and 775Z qualified to participate in the State Championships in Indianapolis on March 7th.

Fluid Power

The competition was called Challenge Day and it was organized by Daman Products, a manufacturing company in Mishawaka. We had four teams from Schmucker that competed.


3 teams traveled from SMS to Trine University for the state competition.

Team B placed 2nd in State, Team C placed 3rd in State, and Team A placed 6th in State!

Math Counts:

Schmucker Team got 3rd in the Chapter Competition (Regional).


5 students from SMS are competed in the Individual Academic Super Bowl Online Competition during the last week of April. One SMS student received a 1st place award in Science and one SMS student received a 3rd place award in English.

ELearning Accolades

Mrs. Hartford had her 6th and 7th Grade Social Studies Students complete an end of the quarter project. Check out these amazing submissions from our 7th graders!