Spartan Herald


Hello Spartan Families,

In an effort to keep you informed about the events of the next few weeks, I wanted to communicate with you our schedule. Please read through the information below.

Starting Tuesday, April 20, all in-person students will be taking the ILEARN test. As a reminder, ILEARN is the the Indiana state standardized test that all students must take each year. The testing window range for in-person students is from April 20-April 30. Please be aware that on testing days from 9:35-11:35 am there will not be live Google Meets for virtual students. Instead, they will join all of the classes in the afternoon. (See the schedule below.)

Then on May 3 and May 4 students that are currently virtual will come into the building to complete their ILEARN test. During these two days (May 3 and May 4) all in person students will do eLearning at home.

Attendance is very important during this testing window. Please be sure your child is in attendance each day.

We also want to make sure our students are prepared for the assessment, so they need to bring the following items to each testing session:

- PHM Chromebook (they cannot test on personal devices)

- Chromebook charger

- Headphones (ones that plug into their Chromebook)

- A pencil

- A book

It is important that students DO NOT have a cellphone or smartwatch in the classroom. We encourage students to leave these items at home during the testing window.

I have encouraged all students to enter this testing season with a sense of confidence. It is an opportunity for them to shine and to show all that they have learned!

If you have any questions about ILEARN, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Have a wonderful weekend!

With your child in mind,

Dr. Lavon Dean-Null

Testing Schedule

  • April 20-23 all in-person students will work on the Language Arts portion of the test.
  • April 27-29 all in-person students will work on the Math portion of the test.
  • May 3-4 all virtual students will take their assigned test at Schmucker Middle School (in-person students will be at home completing eLearning).
  • May 5-6 all 6th grade in-person students will work on the Science portion of the test.
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ILEARN Testing Schedule 4/20- 4/30

6th Grade

Testing (in 3rd Period) 9:35 - 11:35 (No Google Meet)

Period 1 11:35- 12:11

Period 2 12:14- 12:50

Lunch 12:50- 1:20

Period 3 1:23- 2

Period 4 2:03- 2:38

Period 5 2:41- 3:17

Period 6 3:20- 3:56

7th Grade

Testing (in 3rd Period) 9:35 - 11:35 (No Google Meet)

Period 1 11:35- 12:14

Period 2 12:17- 12:53

Period 3 12:56- 1:32

Lunch 1:32- 2:03

Period 4 2:06- 2:41

Period 5 2:44- 3:20

Period 6 3:23- 3:58

8th Grade

Testing (in 3rd Period) 9:35 - 11:35 (No Google Meet)

Period 1 11:35- 12:17

Lunch 12:17- 12:47

Period 2 12:50- 1:26

Period 3 1:29- 2:06

Period 4 2:09- 2:44

Period 5 2:47- 3:23

Period 6 3:26- 4:00

Student Reminders for ILEARN

Book Talk

Since students will need to have a book available to read after ILEARN assessments, Dr. Dean-Null shared the books she read over spring break in a book talk on WSMS. Ms. O'Brien is also accessible the IMC and she always has great reading suggestions for students. Happy reading!

Dough Boys by Paula Chase

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Once Upon an Eid by S.K. Ali

Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley

All He Knew by Helen Frost

Jo: A Graphic Novel by Kathleen Gros

Chance: Escape from the Holocaust by Uri Shulevitz

Partnership for Drug-Free St. Joseph County 2020-2021 Youth Prevention Video Contest

Sometimes no one can say it better than a student ... Schmucker Middle School student & WSMS "TV" crew member put together a great TikTok video to encourage her classmates to #StayStrong. Please watch her video below:
Stay STRONG!!!

Follow us on Twitter! @SMSSpartanPride

Checking Grades & Report Cards

Parents, when you are checking on your child's grade, please be sure to check Skyward. Canvas does not always have all the assignments and assessments listed. For the most accurate grades, Skyward is best. Remember you can always email your child's teachers if you have any questions.

The grades you see on the Classes screen are “live” from the teacher's grade book and will typically match what you see on the report card. At the end of each marking period, the grades are finalized and then the Report Card is shown on Skyward.

Attention 8th Graders!! High School Scheduling Information

Please note, this information is subject to change.

School counselors are finalizing all high school course requests. If you have any questions about high school scheduling, please contact your child's school counselor.

    • August 2021: Become a Penn Kingsman!

    • May 2025: Graduate from Penn High School!

    Mrs. Eck, School Counselor for Last Names A-K --

    Mrs. Hoover, School Counselor for Last Names L-Z --


Families of 7th and 8th graders, please consider applying to 21st Century Scholars to obtain FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE. You must apply by June 30th of your 8th grade year, otherwise you will not be eligible. To apply for 21st Century Scholars, you want to go to the website at and you can apply from there. This website is full of helpful information. Below, you will find step-by-step information on the application process.

On the main page, right around the middle of the page, there will be a link to "enroll" into the program (pictured below). This will take you to information about the 21st Century Scholars scholarship and eventually the application.

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Once you select "Enroll in the Program" you want to go about half way down the page to the ScholarTrack link (pictured below). You have to create an account with ScholarTrack in order to apply.

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Once you create a ScholarTrack account, you will then need to apply. Please note these are TWO different steps. Creating the ScholarTrack account DOES NOT mean you have applied for 21st Century Scholars. When you get to the application process after creating your ScholarTrack account, you will want to have your financial information (salary info. and taxes) handy, because you will have to provide that type of information.

Please let your child's school counselor know if you have any questions.

Community Events

Click on the link below to see community events.

Safety Update: How Can Parents Monitor On-Line Activity


Starting this school year, families have the option of receiving weekly emails outlining your students online activity while using Chromebooks. This online service is free and it gives parents an opportunity to maintain a safe learning environment at school and at home. Please click on the attached links to learn more about how Securly can help you.


If you see something, hear something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at any P-H-M school or building. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

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PHM Open Positions

Please help us increase the size of our non-certified applicant pool. The link below will take you to the HR page in Frontline for all current PHM vacancies. Please encourage people you know who would be a great fit for our Schmucker community to apply. Thanks!

School Counselor Supports

All students are enrolled in a course named "Class of (Graduation Year)" in Canvas and Skyward. This is not an in-person class, but counselors will use this course in Canvas, as well as emails to parents and students, to communicate important information and availability for counseling services. Students can contact their counselor individually by using the School Counselor Appointment Request Form under the Guidance tab on the Schmucker website. Parents can contact counselors via email or school voicemail.

Technology Details

Technology Login Information: Please use the following instructions for students to access their email, Skyward, and Canvas.

  • Email Login Information:
    Username: first initial + last name + last 3 digits of ID number (example:
    Password: Passwords: ID number + phm (example: 123456phm)
  • Canvas/Skyward Login Information: Username: first initial + last name + last 3 digits of ID number (example: jdoe456)
    Password: ID number + phm (example: 123456phm)

For Parents and Students who need Tech help:

Logging in: If parents are having trouble getting into Canvas or Skyward please direct them to email

Chromebooks: If families are having issues with their Chromebook, they should send an email to

Other information for parents:

Bus Drivers Needed

PHM 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.


Penn-Harris-Madison utilizes the School Messenger® alert notification service to distribute emergency messages, such as school closings, delays and student attendance (for unexcused absences).

Parents are encouraged to visit today to create an account and set up your preferences for receiving emergency messages from the District.

Visit the PHM website for more information.

Helpful Contacts