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In-school SAT Day for Juniors, e-Learning for Freshmen, Sophomores, Seniors set for Wednesday, March 2
As many of you may know, all junior students will be participating in the school-day SAT Exam on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Attendance for the test is extremely important. A qualifying score on the SAT can also serve as a student’s graduation pathway, and can lead to merit scholarships for trade schools, community colleges, four-year colleges/universities, and more. We want our students to perform well in order to experience these benefits for their future endeavors. In addition, this test replaces the ISTEP to serve as a measure of our school’s accountability. Please review the logistical details below for the modified schedule. Please avoid scheduling student appointments on this date. Make-up testing dates will be limited.
Students in Grades 9, 10, and 12:
March 2, 2022 will be an e-Learning day. Juniors who attend programs such as the EACC, Building Trades, Cadet Teaching, etc. should report for testing. Seniors who attend these same programs should report to them at their regular time. Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up after school on Tuesday, March 1, at Doors A, B, D, K, and L.
Students in Grade 11:
8:00 – 8:25 Students report to assigned room
Breakfast will be available in testing rooms
8:25 - 9:00 Test Instructions, Collection of electronic devices
9:00 – 10:05 Section 1 - Reading Test
10:05 – 10:15 Break
10:20 – 10:55 Section 2 - Writing & Language Test
11:00 – 11:25 Section 3 - Math Test – No Calculator
11:25 – 11:30 Break
11:35 – 12:30 Section 4 - Math Test – with Calculator
12:30 – 12:40 Test Material Collection
12:40 - 1:00 Employability Skills Form Completion
1:05 - 1:35 Lunch
1:41 - 3:17 Study Hall
Students with accommodations for testing will have a slightly different schedule, finishing testing at approximately 2:30 p.m. A sack lunch will be provided to extended time testers.
There will be a make-up opportunity for students who are unable to test on the original date. If you have questions about this schedule or the make-up, please contact the Testing Office. Mr. Hall can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 574-258-9507.
If you are a parent of a junior, please complete this important Consent Form that will allow your student to participate in the Student Questionnaire leading up to the SAT. Also, if you wish for your student to be dismissed at the completion of testing on March 2, please complete this digital Early Release Form. Standard time students can be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. at the earliest. Extended time students can be dismissed at 2:40 at the earliest.
Job Fair for Seniors set for Thursday, March 3
On Thursday, March 3, Penn will host a Senior job fair for the entire senior class. This will happen during 2nd and 3rd blocks and Seniors are required to attend.
Seniors will participate in breakout sessions to prepare you for college, the work force, or the military, whatever your plans are for after graduation. Seniors will also attend a job fair with over 100 local companies where you can find a summer job, a part time job, or a full time job for those going directly into the workforce. It may also give you an idea of companies you could come back and work for after college. We will be providing lunch and a keynote speaker as well. Please read the details below. We do need you to sign up for breakout sessions this week.
Thursday, March 3
Gold 2 & Gold 3
Bring your student ID for attendance and checking in.
PRIZES!!! We have hundreds of prizes provided by the companies.
Check your school email. You must sign up for breakout sessions.
If you have dismiss, career center, internship, work, college courses, etc., during these blocks please communicate with your teacher or boss that you will need to adjust your time or miss that day so you can attend this job fair.
Virtual Interview Option available to apply for P-H-M teaching jobs
A Virtual Interview Option is being offered for certified teachers (or individuals who will be certified teachers by the start of the 2022-2023 school year) who are interested in applying for teaching jobs in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.
Click here to schedule a virtual interview. Submit the form between Feb. 28-March 18 you you will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview at a time that is convenient.
P-H-M anticipates hiring in all areas.
Click here for information about why you should become a P-H-M teacher!
Connect with a Kingsmen tutor
Penn honors Academic Achievement Award winners
Penn High School principal Sean Galiher honored Seniors and Juniors who were named Academic Achievement Award winners for the 2021-2022 school year.
Students earn the Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.5 or better over four or six semesters, without receiving a D or an F.
Click the link for a video presentation honoring the Award winners: https://penn.phmschools.org/main-news/penn-honors-senior-and-junior-academic-achievement-award-winners
Check IMC for Lost & Found
Check the IMC Lost and Found items.
Items include lost coats, shoes, and other clothing items.
Items not claimed will be donated to Goodwill/St. Vincent's before spring break.
FCA hosting 3v3 Basketball Tournament
Covid-19 Health and Safety Overview
Please CLICK HERE for PHM Safety Protocols and an update on contact tracing protocols.
Parents are asked to continue to report Covid-19 positive cases and all absences through Skyward Family Access Reporting Attendance.
Please note that it is still a federal requirement that everyone (staff and students) must wear a mask while riding on a school bus (even if fully vaccinated); this federal mandate is set to expire March 18, 2022. That means that students who are transported to and from school or for any other purpose must have a mask with them and wear it for the entire bus ride. Bus drivers do keep a small supply on buses in case a student forgets one, but please make sure your child has one.
P-H-M to host COVID Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Penn-Harris-Madison will host a COVID Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
The vaccine is now available for children 5 - 11 and everyone age 12 and older. We are providing an opportunity for any P-H-M student, parent/guardian, and staff member eligible to be vaccinated with their first dose, second dose, or booster shots to those already vaccinated.Click here for information.
DVT/Planetarium features Laser Music shows
On Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, the PHM DVT/Planetarium will be hosting its second of FOUR weekends of LASER MUSIC SHOWS! This weekend's shows will feature iPOP, Mania, Queen, and Tribute!
All tickets are $5 and seats can be reserved by visiting the DVT webpage (Select “Community” and then “DVT & Planetarium”) on the PHM Schools website or tickets can be purchased at the door with cash, check, or card 30 minutes before the show starts. The DVT is located inside Bittersweet Elementary.
Come and join us for a professional-quality laser music show, featuring intricate patterns and characters and a (water-vapor) haze machine.
LASER iPOP - February 25 Friday 6:30 p.m.
Baby, All the Way Up, Naturally, Can’t Be Tamed, ABC, Telephone, The Grid (Tron), Halfway There, Freak the Freak Out, Masquerade, I Gotta Feelin’, Rocketeer, Firework
LASER MANIA - February 25, Friday 8 p.m.
Mortal Kombat Theme, Blue, Smooth, Men in Black, Man, I Feel Like a Woman, That’s the Way It Is, Time Warp Melody*, Desert Rose, Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters, Mixed Bizness, Under the Milky Way Livin’ La Vida Loca, All the Small Things
LASER QUEEN (NEW SHOW) - February 26, Saturday 6:30 p.m.
We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions, Bicycle Race, Don't Stop Me Now, Another One Bites The Dust, I Want To Break Free, Under Pressure, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Gaga, Princes Of The Universe, The Show Must Go On
LASER TRIBUTE - February 26, Saturday 8 p.m.
Michael Jackson - Beat It, Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze, Ronnie James Dio - Neon Knights, Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock, Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire, Freddy Mercury - Bohemian Rhapsody, John Lennon - Imagine, David Bowie - Space Oddity, Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance, Jim Morrison - Break On Through, Prince - Let's Go Crazy
"Earthquake: A Restless Earth & Dynamic Earth" scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at the DVT/Planetarium
The PHM DVT/Planetarium will be presenting a double showing of EARTHQUAKE: A RESTLESS EARTH & DYNAMIC EARTH on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and seats can be reserved by visiting the DVT webpage on the PHM Schools website, or tickets can be purchased at the door with cash, check, or card 30 minutes before the show starts. The DVT is located inside Bittersweet Elementary.
EARTHQUAKE combines geology, plate tectonics, and Earth history into a sweeping geological journey exploring the forces that transform the surface of our planet. Fly along the San Andreas Fault before diving into the planet's interior. Journey back in time to witness the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago, as well as the sites of historical earthquakes from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth's story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have shaped our planet over eons, and how geological activity influences the course of human history. Learn how scientists and engineers collaborate to help society create a safer environment — and a safer future.
The award-winning DYNAMIC EARTH explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.
I-Ball returns starting March 1
We will have two regular season dates of March 1 & 3. The double elimination tournament will take place March 7-10.
You must sign your team up by Sunday, Feb. 27, at midnight.
All players must be registered on registermyathlete.com.
To sign your team up, go to the Iball link (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e858UhiyORy0f5PPbdTYGZriEiCYhA8H7dHCXfb4eSQ/edit)
Regional Scholastic Awards on display at South Bend Museum of Art
Click here for information.
Summer School information available
2022 Penn Summer School Registration Information
Online Summer School Courses
Students must have approval and sign-up through their counselor. No exceptions!
For questions and registration, please contact your Penn High School counselor.
Penn Football 2022 season Cheerleader Tryouts set for March 28-30
Penn Football Cheerleader Tryouts for the 2022 season will be held March 28, 29, 30th at Penn High School.
If you are interested, please email Varsity Coach Rita Szweda at email@example.com before March 25 and she will provide the tryout information and your name will be added to the tryout list.
As of now, guest capacity will be at 75 percent (5,040) and all guests, graduates, and platform party members will need to be masked at all times while indoors.
Kingsmen Tutors available to assist with academic progress
Prom committee to meet on Wednesdays
Prom is April 30 in the Century Center from 8-11pm. This committee consists of juniors who are interested in planning prom. Please contact Mrs. Tiebout, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Weaver, email@example.com if you have any questions.
Free breakfast & lunch for students to continue to be available second semester.
Free breakfast and lunch will continue to be available second semester.
Please make sure to give your ID number to a cashier before leaving the serving area.
Thank you for your patience as we take numbers so we can continue this program.
Learn about Math competitions opportunity
SEL lessons for January-February
Additional Kingsmen Spirit Gear now available
Troop Town Project underway
Troop Town hopes to break ground in May of 2022.
Visit https://www.mishawakatrooptown.org/ to learn more about the project and to donate.
Attendance reasons can now be reported through Skyward/Family Access
Parents/Guardians now have the ability to submit attendance reasons - for full-day absences, early dismissals or late arrivals - for approval by the school - through Skyward/Family Access, instead of calling Penn High School.
Requests can be entered on the day of the absence (i.e. a student is ill) or scheduled in advance (i.e. - a student has a doctor appointment).
Click here for instructions on how to submit attendance reasons through Skyward/Family Access.
Help build a bright future as a P-H-M employee
Parents, guardians, grandparents and community members can help build a bright future as an employee of the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.
Who would work better in P-H-M schools than those with a vested interest in the success of P-H-M schools? It's a unique way to give back to the community.
In addition to the many benefits of working in P-H-M schools, it offers parents/guardians the opportunity to be on the same schedule as their children in terms of start and finish times to the school day, as well as winter break, spring break, etc.
Please check out the infographics below regarding employment with P-H-M.
Become a Penn Booster !!!!
We truly appreciate your dedication and support of Penn High School. The Penn Booster's main function is to enhance the overall educational experience for the students here at PHS, and we couldn’t do it without you. The Boosters provides resources for our PHS athletic and student groups through various fundraising efforts, including events, sponsorships, donations, concession stand income, and most importantly through our memberships.
Memberships are $10 a year and are open to anyone interested in supporting Penn. Becoming a Booster Member does not mean you have to be on the Booster Board. You can be a representative for your respective athletic or academic team and be the liaison to the Board, or you can just support the Booster program by becoming a member with your $10 donation.
We are also excited to have launched our new Booster website. Please visit us at http://www.pennboosters.org as we continue to connect with the PHM community.
If you are interested in sharing your gifts or talents with the Boosters, we would very much enjoy finding an opportunity for you to do that. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and talk about how you can help our group continue to provide the “Gold Standard” that we are accustomed to here at Penn.
Click here for details.
Student Lunch Delivery Policy
P-H-M announces new transportation routing platform
The Penn-Harris-Madison Transportation Department is excited to announce our transition to our new transportation routing platform, 3DEZRouting, for the 2021-22 school year.
This will allow for streamlined communication with Transportation that enables you to view bus information, make requests, and receive regular correspondence directly from the Transportation Department.
The Parent Portal will provide frequently updated information, so please be on the lookout for emails from the following addresses allowing you to create your Parent Portal Account beginning in July.
Safe School Helpline now available as an app
The Safe School Helpline® is a confidential way to report student concerns about threats, suicide, drugs, bullying or anything that threatens the safety of our schools. It's Available 24/7. Click to watch a video on how to get in touch with Administration anonymously 24/7/365.
Four Ways to Report to the Safe School Helpline®
Call: 1-800-418-6423 ext 359
Text: TIPS to 66746
- The app makes it easy to anonymously report a safety or mental health concern using your mobile device to text, call, or submit an online form.
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.
Meet the PTO
Penn PTO is a group of devoted parents and volunteers who work hand-in-hand with administration to support our students, staff and teachers through events that bring together community and show appreciation.
The PTO provides grants to our teachers, clubs and student groups.
We also coordinate Snowball (an event your student will not want to miss), teacher appreciation week and monthly appreciation events for teachers and staff, as well as organizing and funding things such as Freshman Frenzy.
We have meetings once a month and would love for you to join us and learn more. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our meeting invite list for a virtual meeting option or check the calendar and join us in person.
Support the PTO through Amazon Smile
Help support your Penn High School PTO!
Simply follow the directions below and search for: Penn High School PTO Incorporated. Every time you order eligible items, a percentage at no extra cost to you, will automatically go to PHS PTO.
How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app
If you’re not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select your favorite charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you.
Get the app
Turn on AmazonSmile
Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com
We appreciate your support!
Esports team seeks players for Valorant, Rocket League, Overwatch or Super Smash Bros
Science Academic Super Bowl meetings held on Thursdays
Interested in joining?
Do these 3 things:
- Join our email group list by emailing Mrs. Tiebout.
- Transportation fees ($10) are due by the end of the month in the bookstore.
- Go to www.registermyathlete.com and select Academic Super Bowl - Science to sign up.
Girl Up Club seeks members
The Girl Up Club is seeking members. The club seeks to inspire girls in the Penn High School community to become leaders, change-makers and discover their true voices.
Here is the sign-up google form:
GSA meetings scheduled
Volunteer at the Humane Society
On Saturday mornings, Penn Animal Outreach Club will be volunteering a small group of members to take care of cats at St. Joe Humane Society (2056 Grape Rd.).
Any students are welcome to sign up! The dates are listed in the Google sheet below. Each session is from 9 a.m. to noon and sign up is first come first serve.
If you are under 16, you must fill out the waiver and code of conduct attached below and bring it to the event. Also, we must have one parent chaperone per event, so if your parent can volunteer their time please let us know in the google sheet. The parent must also fill out the waiver attached below and the sign up sheet.
The center also requires that each volunteer have a written note saying that their parents allow them to be chaperoned by the volunteering parent. Since we are taking care of cats, please do not come if you are allergic in any way.
Click here for the Humane Society Code of Conduct form.
Click here to sign-up.
Penn Dance Marathon seeks members
Are you interested in joining Penn Dance Marathon? Dance Marathons are held in hundreds of high schools and colleges around the nation and they benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all around the country. We raise money for Riley Children's Hospital throughout the school year. This is through various means of fundraising such as restaurant giveback nights, canning at sporting events, and individual fundraising on DonorDrive. We also interact with fellow Riley Families and hold a multi-hour fundraising event in April where we reveal our earnings. The club is open to everyone and there are no dues or fees.
To sign up go to this link:https://forms.gle/yWFw6XKuAnUbRNWMA
Apply to be on our executive board with this link: https://forms.gle/3Nz39wRG7f3G9gEv9
Girls Tennis meeting set for Thursday, March 3
Students must enter at Door A.
Mandatory Softball Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 3
Penn Athletics All-Sports Passes on sale
Penn Kingsmen All-Sports Passes are now $30 for students and $50 for adults for Winter/Spring Sports.
They can be purchased online at: https://phm.revtrak.net/Student-Athlete-Fees/Athletic-Passes/#/list
Join Kingsmen 100
1. GET AN ALL SPORTS PASS
2. SHOW THE STRENGTH COACHING STAFF
3. ATTEND PENN ATHLETIC EVENTS
4. SHOW STRENGTH COACHING STAFF ROSTER FROM EVENT
5. CHEER ON THE KINGSMEN
CLICK HERE for details.
Student-Athletes must be picked up at Door D after practice
Parents/Guardians are asked not to pick up student-athletes at Door E due to safety concerns.
PHYSICALS FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT PENN
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.
Student may only ride on assigned bus
Student before-school drop-off procedures
Student after-school pick-up procedures
Fitness Center currently closed to community
Important School Information
Click on the following links for IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION:
School Messenger, the alert notification service: https://www.phmschools.org/parents/schoolmessenger
Parent FAQ on Emergency Preparedness:
12th-grade Immunization Requirements:
Skyward and student progress
Update address changes in Skyward
It's very easy to update your address if you've moved. You can take two pieces of mail, like a utility bill, mortgage/lease statement, etc,...and either drop them off at Penn's Counseling Center or scan or photograph them and email them to Wendy Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to include the student's name and grade, and if there needs to be a bus change form completed for a new route.
Penn High School app now available
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
- Fine Arts/Performing Arts
- Contact us/Staff Directory search engine
- The Pennant Sports News website
Contact Independent Study at email@example.com
If you are enrolled in Independent Study, please use the following email address for all questions and help: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penn High School Calendars
Community Resources list
Click here for a listing of non-school community resources available to Penn students and families by businesses area organizations.
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ebooks now available through Penn High School
Certified Lifeguards needed
Penn needs certified lifeguards to work during after school hours.
Pay: $10 an hour.
Times: Monday-through-Friday 3:30-6 p.m. and/or 6-8 p..m.; Saturdays 7:30-10 a.m. and/or 10 a.m.-Noon.
Email Mrs. Crist, email@example.com, if you are interested.
e-Learning for Grades 9, 10, 12 on Wednesday, March 2; SAT for Juniors on Wednesday, March 2
Students in grades 9, 10 and 12 will have an e-Learning day on Wednesday, March 2.