Spartan Herald May 2019

Building Community Empowering Learners Inspiring Creativity

ILEARN In Full Swing

Hello Schmucker Families,

We are in the second week of ILEARN and everything continues to go smoothly. I have been so impressed with how hard our students are working and the dedication they have shown to do their very best! I am so proud of our Spartans!

As we move into the end of fourth quarter, we have many events planned for our SMS community! We will be recognizing our 8th grade students and third quarter 4.0 students. More details about these events will be coming soon. Our 8th grade students will soon either be heading off to Washington DC or traveling around our local community to extend their learning. Our sixth grade class will dive into the history of medieval times during their field trip in June. Lastly, our whole student body will have the opportunity take part in our Star Card celebration at the end of the year. Students can earn a pass into this celebration by filling a Star Card with teacher signatures. Mrs. Martin and Mr. Fry will be sharing more details about this event on WSMS.

When looking forward to summer, please keep in mind that P-H-M offers many opportunities for students, and you can check out the details here. One wonderful opportunity is the Learn a Foreign Language Academy. This three-week academy runs from July 8-26 and is open to current P-H-M 6th and 7th graders. Taught by Penn High School language teachers, students will learn how to read, write, and speak in one of the offered languages this year: German, Spanish, or Chinese! Click here for more details about this opportunity.

With your child in mind,

Lavon Dean-Null


Silver Mile Bubble Bash

In just a few short days (May 4th), the P-H-M Education Foundation will be hosting Silver Mile Bubble Bash. This event is sponsored by both Dr. and Mrs. Thacker and is designed to raise funds to support our students through teacher grants, scholarships for students, staff development, and other initiatives designed to give our students the very best of everything in education.

Our own Schmucker Spartans have spent the last three weeks participating in a variety of fundraising events to support this community wide event. Students and staff alike have been donating funds all month to show their Schmucker Spartan Pride. This year we raised over $2,000.

The Silver Mile Bubble Bash will take place on Saturday, May 4th, and you can find more details about the event here.

Thank you for your continued support of our children and our school corporation. You can still register for this event by visiting this link.

Athletic Physicals

Penn High School is offering athletic physicals on Tuesday, May 21. The cost is $25.00, checks made payable to Penn High School or cash is accepted. This opportunity is for incoming freshmen (current 8th graders) and current high school students/athletes only. This is a good deal for all athletes and the physicals will be good for the 19-20 sports season. IHSAA physicals are available online and pages 1 and 3 need to be filled out and signed by the athletes and parents and brought with them to the physical.

Important Dates

May 1-3 - Math Ilearn

May 2 - PTO Meeting

May 6-10 - 6th Grade Science ILEARN

May 15 - End of the Year 4.0 Breakfast

May 15 - DC Parent Meeting

May 21 - IHSAA Sports Physical

May 22 - 6/7/8 Orchestra Spring Concert

May 23 - 6/7/8 Spring Band Concert

May 22 - 6th Grade Field Trip

May 24 - 8th Grade End of the Year Party

May 27 - Memorial Day Recess

May 28-June 1 - 8th Grade "Washington DC Trip"

May 30 - 6/7 Spring Choir Concert

June 4 - 6th Grade Field Trip

June 5 - Last Day of School

Check out all events on our Website calendar: SMS Calendar


NJHS News!

The final meeting of the 2018/2019 NJHS was held on May 3rd. We celebrated the accomplishments of our outgoing 8th graders and welcomed our new executive board. On May 4th, 34 of our members volunteered their time at the Silver Mile Bubble Bash. Their efforts were appreciated by the PHMEF! Our final service project of the year will be held on May 10th. All members will be spending 2 hours working at Merrifield Park in Mishawaka. We will be planting, weeding, mulching, and helping to beautify the parks for opening day! We will finish off our time at the park with a picnic lunch. This is a fun service project that was started last year, and we are excited to offer our help again!

In August next year, our returning 8th grade members need to be sure to check their email for back to school service hour opportunities! There are always a few events (schedule pick up, and envelope stuffing) that could use volunteers! Thanks for an awesome school year!

VEX Robotic 2019-20 Information

Current 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students, along with their parents, that are interested in joining Schmucker’s VEX Robotics Competition Team 775 for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30- 6:30PM at Schmucker in room 247.

At the meeting you will be introduced to the new robot game for 2019-2020, Tower Takeover. We will also discuss an overview of the robotics season and team member responsibilities. If you have questions, contact Matt Reininga at

P-H-M SILVER MILE - Bubble Bash

Remember the bubbly fun of car washes and bath time? The Silver Mile 5K run is changing into a Bubble Bash – welcoming runners of all experience levels while blasting through foam bogs along the course. It is a non-timed 5K Run/Walk that incorporates bubble stations for participants to travel through during the event. Those not wanting to run/walk a 5K, there will be an option to take a shorter loop.

The Silver Mile Run for Education will also include our amazing Silent Auction, Health & Fitness Expo, free health screenings by Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Talent Showcase! Our Talent Showcase will be expanded this year so we can include more of our incredibly talented students throughout P-H-M.

This fun-filled, family friendly event will take place on Saturday, May 5, from 8:30am to noon at Penn High School. Register by Friday, March 30th for Early Bird prices ($15 students/$25 adults) and come out with your friends and family and enjoy a morning of fun and bubbles! Register at (also found on website).

For questions or more information, visit or contact Amber Kennedy at

8th Grade Washington DC Information

Attention all 8th grade students going on the Washington, DC class trip: There is a mandatory meeting for you and your parent/guardian on Wednesday, May 15th at 6pm in the SMS cafeteria. We will be going over student behavioral expectations, the travel itinerary, answering questions, and handing out your tshirts, luggage tags, and travel bags. Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

There will also be a mandatory parent chaperone meeting from 5:30 to 6:00 pm that same night, May 15th, for our parent chaperones. The parent chaperone meeting will be in the IMC. We will be going over chaperone expectations and duties and answering questions. You will also find out which bus you're on, who your roommate is (unless you paid for a single room), and which students you will be escorting on the trip. After the parent chaperone meeting ends, we will move to the cafeteria for the big student/parent/guardian meeting.

Please email Ms. Scarbeck ( if you have any questions or concerns.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on May 15th!


In April's bulletin, we informed you of the transition from Raptor Visitor Management to the SafeVisitor Management System. In an effort to constantly improve and enhance school safety and security, P-H-M uses the SafeVisitor system in all school offices.

Visitors/Guests include:

  • Classroom Guest Speakers
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Classroom/School Special Events (example: Grandparents Day)

Pre-registration is available to make the check-in process at the school run faster. Click here to utilize SafeVisitor’s Online Pre-registration process.

What to expect when you arrive at the school:

  • All visitors will now be required to present a valid photo ID, which may include a driver’s license, State issued photo ID, or passport every time you enter as a school visitor.
  • All approved visitors will have a picture taken at each visit and receive a temporary badge that must be visibly worn at all times.
  • All visitors must return to the main office and check-out at the front desk, returning their badge.


  • Important Information from the Health Office

    • Notifications will be mailed out in May reminding an adult to pick up medication that was stored at school for your student. Daily medications and emergency medications will be disposed of by the end of the day on the last day of school unless other arrangements are made with the health office. Other medications (cough drops, cold medicine, Advil, Tylenol etc.) will be disposed of on Friday, May 31st, unless other arrangements are made with the health office.

    • If your student has an Individualized Health Plan, copies of that plan will be mailed home. Please look it over and make any revisions for school year 2019-2020. Please make sure that this is returned to the health office by the start of school year 2019-2020 so that we can adequately care for your student.

    • If your student will require any additional vaccines, you will be notified via a letter. Please make sure that those are taken care of as soon as possible in order to prevent any interruption of your student’s education in the fall of 2019.

    Please note:

    • Current 5th grade students: to enter the 6th grade in August, you must have a Tdap, a meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine, and 2 Hepatitis A vaccines BEFORE the first day of school August 21, 2019

    • Current 11th grade students: to enter 12th grade in August, you must have a meningococcal (MCV4) booster and 2 Hepatitis A vaccines BEFORE the first day of school August 21, 2019. It is a recommendation that you also have two doses of Meningococcal B vaccine

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month. The flyer attached has important information about ways to increase mental health based on the themes this year for Mental Health America.

Keeping mental health as part of the discussion helps to normalize it, reduce the stigma, help others find needed resources and communicates our priority regarding the topic.

IHSAA Sports Physical

Schmucker Middle School is happy to announce that we are offering sports physicals for incoming sixth grade students and current 6th and 7th grade students this spring. IHSAA rules state that any physical completed on or after April 1 of that year is acceptable for the following school year's sports participation. Our physicals at Schmucker will take place on Tuesday, May 21st starting at 4:00. The physicals will be performed in the boys and girls locker rooms at Schmucker Middle School by Dr. John Graham of River Valley Orthopedics. He will conduct the physicals on the male athletes, while a female doctor from his office will conduct the physicals on the female athletes. The cost of the physicals is $20.00. You may pay by check or cash. If you pay by check, please write the check out to Dr. John Graham.


Penn High School is offering athletic physicals at Penn on Tuesday, May 21. The cost is $25.00, checks made payable to Penn High School or cash is accepted. 6th/7th grade can not participate. It is for incoming freshmen (current 8th graders) and current high school students/athletes. This is a really good deal for all athletes and they will be good for the 19-20 sports season. IHSAA physicals are available online and pages 1 and 3 need to be filled out and signed by the athletes and parents and brought with them. Please call 574-258-9574 with any questions

7th (Going to be 8th) Grade Schmucker Cheerleading Tryouts

2019-2020 Football and Basketball Squads

Practice Dates and Times:

Monday, May 14th 4:00-5:30

Tuesday, May 15th 4:00-5:30

Wednesday, May 16th 4-5:30

*Students should report to the LGI

Girls will learn an individual cheer, group cheer, fight song, jumps and practice their spirit runs. Attire: athletic shorts, shirt and shoes are required. Pull hair back in a ponytail.

Selection: A maximum of 28 cheerleaders per grade level, minimum of 24 cheerleaders per grade level will be chosen, 12-14 for football and 12-14 for basketball. Candidates may choose to try out for a specific squad if they participate in another sport. For example, if someone runs cross-country or plays volleyball, they would try out for the basketball squad. We need to know if you parti sport prior to you trying out, so we can place you on the correct squad if you are selected. Otherwise, you will try out, and if selected, will be assigned to a squad for either football or basketball.

Everyone must have a physical on file and also the code of conduct form completed and on file. If you participated in a sport this school year 2017-2018 then you already have a physical you get now will count for tryouts AND next school year 2019-2020 sports. You will not be allowed to participate in practices or tryouts without a physical.

Congresswoman Walorski visits SMS!

April 18th was no ordinary day at SMS. We were honored to host Congresswoman Walorski! NJHS students had the opportunity to tell her about our wonderful school as well as hear her thoughts from a special speech.

All students had the opportunity to hear her answer questions on a memorable addition of WSMS. "One person can make a difference" -- Congresswoman Walorski


Our boys and girls track teams are in full swing and doing very well this season. They are running meets every Tuesday and Thursday with one team home and the other team away. Make sure you check out our schedules and come out and support our Schmucker Spartan track teams! The Big 11 Track Prelims for boys and girls will be held at Concord High School on Tuesday, May 7th with the rain date being on May 8th. The Big 11 Track Finals will be held on Friday, May 10.


Open Gym is still being held until further notice! Students in every grade are invited to attend Open Gym on Tuesday mornings before school 7:30a,-8:50am. Students should enter door L. There is Open Gym Thursday's right after school until 5:30pm.

21st century scholars

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.

How Your Child Can Connect to Schmucker Happenings

We have many ways Schmucker Spartans can find out about school happenings.

1. Each morning students produce a newscast on WSMS that highlight upcoming events.

2. Every Monday students are emailed a Student Newsletter. This publication includes the weekly menu, important dates like athletic events and clubs, and important announcements and reminders.


Check out the P-H-M website for an online listing of non-school events & activities agencies have asked us to share with P-H-M families:

Lunch Menus

The May menu is available online at

Homework Requests

When a student is absent, we urge the student or parent to check Canvas and/or Home Access Center for homework information. If a student has been absent three days, and you still feel the need for a formal homework request, you may call the office to do so and then pick up their work at the end of the next school day.

School Messenger

The corporation uses a School Messenger tool to announce snow days and delayed start days. Our plan is to utilize School Messenger this year as an additional communication tool from our administrators to parents and students. Please make sure that your student's emergency card contains your most current, preferred email address to facilitate our use of this communication.


Canvas is a LMS (Learning Management System) that is used in PHM. Teachers can put content online for students, make announcements and provide assignments. All parents are enrolled in the Canvas course of their students as observers. As observers, you can see the content, but are not able to interact with it. Please access the links below to learn more.

To keep you organized, you can also download the Canvas app for your phone or tablet.

Student Hours

8:50am - Bus Arrival

9:00am - First Bell

9:05am - Classes Begin

4:00pm - Dismissal

4:10pm - Bus Departure