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Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 5/20

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Penn to return to traditional lunch programs

The Penn-Harris-Madison will return to its standard lunch programs (pre-COVID) as the Federal waiver that provided free lunches to all students is set to expire. P-H-M will process applications for free and reduced student lunches using traditional eligibility requirements.

Click here for information about how to apply for free student lunches.

Penn honored as PLTW Distinguished School

Principal Sean Galiher announced that Penn High School's Project Lead the Way Program (Computer Science, Engineering, Biomedical Science) has been named one of 191 high schools in the nation to be honored as a 2021-2022 PLTW Distinguished High School.

Jim Langfeldt, Tara Pieters, Evan White, Kyle Marsh, Daniel Vogelgesang, Steven Sinish, Nancy Duncan, Kelsey Weaver, Amy Tiebout and Polly Corpe are Penn's PLTW instructors this year.

PLTW Distinguished Schools are honored for their commitment to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in PLTW programs. PLTW students are empowered to engage in problem-soling and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills and explore career opportunities.

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Penn English Team repeats as State Champion

The Penn High School English Language Arts Academic Super Bowl Team, coached by Candice Beelaert, repeated as the Indiana ASB State Champions.

Eden Hartford (captain), Olivia Nijim, Maria Goffinet, Ashley Mead, Grace Wang represented Penn at the State Championship event.

"I am so proud of this amazing accomplishment for the English team," Beelaert said. "They worked so hard this year to defend their state title from last year and it all paid off. This tight knit group works so well together and they are one another's biggest cheerleaders. Their determination to make this happen has been so much fun to watch. I can't wait to see what happens next year when the majority of our team returns again for next season. We will definitely be trying for a third state title!"

AP Literature/Composition Summer Reading Task for 2022-2023

Students registered for the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course (0329) should receive their Summer Reading task as a shared document via email from Mr. Coffee. It is also available at the Penn High School website.

Click here for detailed information on the Summer Reading Task for AP Lit./Composition.

Return textbooks to Penn Bookstore

Textbooks are to be returned to the Penn High School bookstore at the end of each school year when the class is done using the book. Your teacher will bring your class to the bookstore - please return your book at that time. All books are to be returned no later than the last day of school. Failure to return textbooks will result in additional charges.
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Sign up for Senior Parades

Seniors in the Class of 2022! Sign up for your senior parade to your elementary school on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 OR Thursday, June 2, 2022. You’ll celebrate your achievement, thank your teachers, and inspire elementary children!

A light breakfast will be served in the north end of the cafeteria starting at 8:20 a.m. Buses will leave Penn door C at 9:00 a.m. and return by 10:45 a.m. (seniors cannot drive themselves due to safety concerns and lack of parking at the elementary schools)

Wear your cap and gown and cords!

You will probably want to take photos with a favorite teacher, but check with the elementary teachers and principal about permission. Don’t post pictures of elementary students on social media due to privacy rights. (If the student is your little sibling, of course you may!)

If you did not attend a P-H-M elementary school, you can “adopt” one and go with a friend.

Wednesday, June 1 (gold) schools: Bittersweet; Elsie Rogers; Horizon; Madison; Meadow’s Edge; Mary Frank; Moran; Walt Disney

Thursday, June 2 (black) schools: Elm Road; Northpoint; Prairie Vista

You will attend ONE day only.

Sign up for the Parade at

IMC End of Year Reminders

IMC End of the Year Reminders-

  • Please return all library books to the IMC no later than Friday, May 27. If you need extended time, let the library staff know and they will make arrangements with you, if possible. This is extremely important for students who are graduating or leaving as you will be expected to pay the replacement cost if you do not turn in the book(s) before you leave.
  • Loaner chromebooks are to be returned to the IMC at the end of each day so they can be charged and ready for the following day. Unless you are given special permission, you should not hold on to a loaner beyond the day that you checked it out.

Penn Dance Classic set for Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20

The Penn Dance Classic is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19, and 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 20.

Performances will be held in the CPA.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at starting on May 9.

Employment opportunities, community resources listed on P-H-M Community Resources page

Click here for employment opportunities and community resources listed on the P-H-M Community Resources page.

Cap and Gown pick-up in the Main Office

Seniors who did not attend the Senior Meetings can pick up their cap, gown and regalia in the Main Office.

COVID-19 home test kits

The Indiana Department of Health has provided PHM with COVID-19 home test kits. Each kit contains 4 tests. To ensure the safety of our students we are making these kits available to Penn parents/guardians for pickup at the high school. If you would like a kit (up to one kit per Penn student) please come to Door A at the high school during open office hours. School days 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. You will need your valid ID and your student's ID number. We have a limited number of kits so these will be distributed first come, first served.

Final Art Gallery show underway

The last gallery show for the year is due to open. It features work from the Graphics Design, Introduction to 3D, Painting and Sculpture classes. The Gallery will close on May 25.

Co-Ed Volleyball scheduled

Co-Ed volleyball intramurals:

START DATE: Monday, May 16. Games will be on May 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25.

TIME: 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Registration for teams has been completed.

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Yearbooks available for purchase

Penn Yearbook Update

Volume 64 of the Bittersweet, Penn High School's yearbook, is available for purchase right now. Get your piece of the Kingsman tradition by ordering at the Penn High School store at The book will be shipped right to your door.

Things are moving fast in Penn publications. Pages are getting wrapped up, sections are being finalized, and the overall design is emerging. The cover and theme of the 2022 yearbook will be revealed to the world on the last day of school before spring break!

Don't miss that announcement. Follow us on Instagram @PennYearbook to catch all our announcements, our Throwback Thursday segment, sneak peaks at pages, and more!

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Purchase Senior recognition ads in the Yearbook

Parents, you can celebrate the achievement of your senior by purchasing a recognition ad that will appear in the back of the book. You can get started at the Penn High School store at For $35, you can design your own ad with images and text to commemorate the accomplishment of your Penn Kingsman. Or, if you prefer, the design team in the Yearbook class can help you craft just the right message for your member of the class of 2022. For more information about student design services, please reach out to the publications teacher, Kevin McNulty.
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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.

Summer jobs available at Penn

Summer Maintenance/Grounds Support Staff

1. Pay - $10 - $15/hr (Pay will be based on experience)

2. Work Hour - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) [8 hours/day - 40 hours/week]

3. Summary - provide needed assistance to the Maintenance & Grounds Team.

4. Essential duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist Trades & Master Trades as needed.
  • Routinely help trades & Master Trades deliver maintenance services.
  • Routinely help the grounds crew with the following:
    • Lawn Maintenance
    • Lawn Mowing
    • Power-washing
  • Provide general labor skills as needed.

5. Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be able to drive a corporation vehicle.
  • Operate mowers & lawn Equipment.
  • Operate power-washer equipment.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Excellent work habits, attendance record and successfully complete and pass all criminal history & child abuse clearances.
  • Shall remain free of any alcohol or nonprescribed controlled substance abuse in the workplace throughout his/her employment in the corporation.

7. Physical Ability - Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • Tasks involve the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderate physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and or pulling of moderately heavy objects & materials. (20 - 80 lbs)

8. Environmental Factors - Tasks are regularly performed with potential exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as temperature, noise, and humidity.

Contact Joe Winters at or 574-258-9540 for information about a summer job at Penn.

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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.

Click here for current openings.

Please check out the infographics below regarding employment with P-H-M.

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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 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.

21-22 Booster Membership Form

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Connect with a Kingsmen Tutor

If students want to meet with a Kingsmen Tutor for academic assistance, they need to see their counselor for a pass.

Counseling Center Staff Directory

Click here for the Counseling Center Staff Directory and contact information.

Scholarship list

Click here for the current scholarship list.
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Meet the PTO

CLICK HERE for PTO updates, calendar and more.

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 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

Join AmazonSmile

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

Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

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

We appreciate your support!

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Writers' Guild meeting set

Our final Writers' Guild meeting will be Friday, May 20 after school until 4:30 p.m. in Room 239. We look forward to sharing our writing!

Crochet Club to meet First Black Day of each week

The Crochet Club will meet after school on the first Black day of each week in Room 179.

The purpose of this club is to teach crochet to fellow students, allow students a place to talk about their interest in crochet, and donate projects to people in need.

The Crochet Club advisor is Jodi Mejia.

Esports team seeks players for Valorant, Rocket League, Overwatch or Super Smash Bros

Anyone interested in playing Valorant, Rocket League, Overwatch or Super Smash Bros for Penn's Esports team should contact or stop by the Esports room, Room 258 any day after school.

Science Academic Super Bowl meetings held on Thursdays

Science Academic Super Bowl meetings will be held every Thursday afternoon from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 266. Contact Mrs. Tiebout at if you have questions.

Interested in joining?

Do these 3 things:

  1. Join our email group list by emailing Mrs. Tiebout.
  2. Transportation fees ($10) are due by the end of the month in the bookstore.
  3. Go to 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:

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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:

Apply to be on our executive board with this link:

Quiz Bowl meets Mondays/Wednesdays

What is Quiz Bowl?

Quiz Bowl Practice Info

Quiz Bowl meets on Mondays/Wednesdays from 3:30-4:15 pm in Room 136

Interested? Email Mr. May ( or Mr. Conner (

Connect with Kingsmen Court

Follow Kingsmen Court !!!

Instagram: @pennkingsmencourt

Twitter: @courtkingsmen

E-mail us with any questions

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Join Kingsmen 100

Join the winning team, the Kingsmen 100.






CLICK HERE for details.

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.


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.
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Student Lunch Delivery Policy

If a student forgets their lunch, only a lunch from home will be able to be dropped off at Penn. In order to support P-H-M’s Wellness Guidelines, we ask that food from outside vendors not be dropped off at school. Services such as Door Dash, Uber Eats or Grub Hub are not permitted on campus.

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.

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.

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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 8:05 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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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.

See Something, Say Something ... Call PHM's Safe School Helpline App

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


Mobile App: Download the FREE app from the GOOGLE PLAY STORE and the APPLE APP STORE

  • 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.

Return loaner Chromebooks to the IMC

Please return loaner Chromebooks to the IMC.

Loaner Chromebooks are due the same day they are checked out.

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.

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.

Fitness Center currently closed to community

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

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.

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 as we get ready to start the school year.
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Update address changes in Skyward

If you have changed residences, you can update your address in Skyward in order to receive important communications from Penn High School.

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

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.

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.

Community Resources list

Click here for a listing of non-school community resources available to Penn students and families by businesses area organizations.

Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required to view the pdfs on this page. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please visit Adobe’s website, at this link, to download your free version. Or you can stop by the Educational Services Center at 55900 Bittersweet Rd., Mishawaka to pick up a copy.

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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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,, if you are interested.