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Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 12/18

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Four Penn Class of 2022 students named Rising Stars in Indiana

Principal Sean Galiher announced that Parnasi Bandyopadhyay, Salem Fitwi, Shelley Shen and Matthew Zhang have been named Rising Stars of Indiana for the Class of 2022 by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

Students across the state were nominated based on their academic achievement.

Click here for details.

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Binion and Pogue win national FFA honors

Principal Sean Galiher and Penn FFA sponsor Mel Lenig announced that Penn students MacKenzy Binion and Georgia Pogue were both named national winners in the National FFA Organization's Supervised Agricultural Experience Grant Program.

Each student has earned a $1,000 grant to expand their SAE programs.

Binion is studying the nutritional needs of small reptilian companion animals and Pogue is studying the effects of selection on the genetics of Hereford cattle.

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Key Club delivers in service to community

Penn High School's Key Club delivered 459 Cards to various extended care facilities in the community, and 351 teddy bears to Ronald McDonald House.

Above, from left, Cora Robison, Madeline Calvin, Shelley Shen and Key Club sponsor Amanda Bates display a few of the teddy bears.

Softball Team brings winter spirit to Ronald McDonald House

Penn's Softball Team brought winter spirit to the Ronald McDonald House with blankets, cookies and other essential items.

Click here for a Photo Gallery.

Penn Hockey lights up the winter lamps with Service Projects

The Penn High School Hockey Team catered a meal to the Ronald McDonald House in November, and collected funds for the Salvation Army in December as part of their monthly service projects.

Click here for a Photo Gallery.

Social-Emotional Supports & Building Resilience through COVID & Crisis Prevention

Social Emotional supports

As we head into the holiday season, in light of the pandemic, we wanted to provide parents/guardians with a video resource regarding coping with COVID-19 stress and building resilience, especially through self-awareness and self-regulation. Additionally, the video has information regarding crisis prevention and some community and crisis resources.

Please check out this video resource using this link.

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Startup Moxie applications now being accepted

Applications are now open for our Startup Moxie 2020-2021 class! Students can apply via:

The deadline for submissions is February 19, 2021.

What is Startup Moxie?

Startup Moxie is a four-credit high school class and a 16 dual-college credit Ivy Tech class open to all junior and senior students in the South Bend area. Classes run from 7:30-9:00 am Monday to Friday, where students have the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial spirit and learn from leaders in our community about their business ventures, life experiences, and their perspective on the South Bend – Elkhart region.

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for dynamic, energetic, and curious students from all subject areas who like to create and make stuff happen, who are willing to fail fast and fail forward, and would like to make impactful change in our community.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Corpe at or visit

Artists work at home

Students in Mrs. Hope's Art class are creating art during Virtual Learning. A few pieces of the artwork are showcased above.

Mandatory Curriculum Permission Slip

Indiana law requires that all schools provide age appropriate and research based instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Penn-Harris-Madison has partnered with the Family Justice Center, Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County and the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit to provide this instruction for our students.

Next week, a video created by the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit will be presented about ways youth can prevent, respond to and report all forms of child abuse, dating violence and sexual assault. By talking openly with students about what constitutes healthy and respectful relationships, we prepare young people to better recognize and resist all forms of mistreatment.

Please fill out this electronic permission form to notify us of your wishes for your student(s) to participate in this curriculum. You can sign the form using a mouse or a touch pad screen.

*PLEASE NOTE, if you have more than one child in P-H-M, you must fill out a form FOR EACH CHILD.

PNN Show #17 for 12-18-20

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.
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Free E-Learning Lessons offered to children in P-H-M community ages 1-10

The Penn High School Early Childhood Education Classes are offering free E-Learning Lessons to children in the P-H-M community within the age ranges of 1-10 years old.

Children can participate at home with a caregiver, or during the school day via Google Meet with the student facilitating the lesson.

Fill out the Enrollment Form in order to participate by Jan. 15. Contact Kylee Wetzel at for any further information.

Plumbers & Pipefitters internships available

The Plumbers & Pipefitters trade union is offering an apprenticeship programs that can help students get training, a good paying job, and may even link to college. The window for applications is January 18-29.

Click here for the internship application.

Click here for WorkKeys Test info.

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Penn Animal Outreach Holiday Photo Contest

Help local shelter Animals this Holiday season by entering the Penn Animal Outreach Holiday Photo Contest. Spread some holiday cheer with a cute photo of your pet on their favorite holiday or even just frolicking in the snow! Winners will be voted for on our Instagram. Participation is open to anyone from Dec. 10-Jan. 10.

To participate all you need to do is complete this google form:

Happy Holidays, Penn Animal Outreach

School Day SAT sign-up deadline is Friday, Dec. 18

Attention Juniors: Sign up now for the School Day SAT on March 24, 2021

The Test: SAT with Essay

The Cost: $68 (Payable by a check made out to Penn High School - please put School Day SAT, Student Name and Student ID on the memo line)

Registration Deadline: December 18, 2020

* Students must participate in a Pre-administration session the week of March 15-19

Due to the virtual schedule, students must register by one of the following methods:

1. Dropping your payment off at Door A in an envelope marked Bookstore / School Day SAT

2. Mailing your payment to the address listed below

Penn High School

Attention: Bookstore

56100 Bittersweet Road

Mishawaka, IN 46545

It is the student responsibility to make sure that their payment has been received and that they have been added to the test list

For verification, students should contact the Testing Office after January 4. Please contact Mr. Hall via email at or Mrs. Callender at

Graduation information needed

Seniors, please provide Penn with your legal name the way you want it printed on your diploma, and how your name is to be pronounced at graduation.

Click here to access the Graduation Information document.

School picture pick-up, ordering information

Students who had pictures taken on picture re-take day can now pick those pictures up at Penn in the Main Office.

School pictures for Hybrid students were distributed at school. If Hybrid students did not receive their school pictures at Penn, they can be picked up in the Main Office.

Students who had pictures taken on picture re-take day can now pick those pictures up at Penn.

School pictures for Virtual students must be picked up at Penn.

All St. Joseph County COVID protocols/mandates (masks, physical distancing) must be followed for visitors to Penn High School.

To order school pictures please go the the following website:

Order Code: 50231FB


Due to school closures and COVID plans, gathering pictures for events is more necessary than ever!

If you have any photos from any of the below events, please email them to the respective yearbook staff member. BE SURE to indicate your name, grade, and what level or team you were playing on (girls jv volleyball, boys varsity soccer, etc).

We need pictures and interviews from the following groups--

Color Guard--

Marching band--
Girls golf--
Boys tennis--
Boys V soccer-
Boys JV soccer-- asalas349@phm.k12

Girls V soccer--

Girls JV soccer--

V Volleyball--

JV & Freshman volleyball-- asalas349@phm.k12
V Football--
JV & Freshman Football-- asalas349@phm.k12

Yearbook seeking feature images

If you'd like to be featured in the yearbook, we have some images we're looking for!

Specifically, if you have any cute pictures with your friends, family, pets, or by yourself from this summer, please email them to Branigan Thomas at along with a short summary on what you were doing, your name, and your grade level!

If you have anything like the above but for autumn, you can email those pictures and that information to Paige Parker at

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Virtual Learning two-hour delay schedule

Click here for the Virtual Learning two-hour delay schedule.

Penn moving to Virtual Learning through Jan. 15

Penn High School will begin Virtual Learning for all students starting on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The decision to move to Virtual Learning is based on a recommendation by the St. Joseph County Health Dept.

The first day back to Hybrid Learning (In-Person and Virtual Learning) is Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The First Semester will end on Friday, Jan. 15. Click here for the First Semester Exam Schedule. The Second Semester will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

School Schedule

Monday (White Day)

G1: 8:25-9:00

B1: 9:05-9:4)

G2: 9:45-10:20

B2: 10:25-11:00

Lunch: 11:00-11:40

G3: 11:40-12:15

Advisory: 12:15-12:45

B3: 12:50-1:25

G4: 1:30-2:05

B4: 2:10-2:45

Office Hours: 2:45-3:17

Tuesday - Friday (Gold/Black Days)

Office Hours: 8:25-8:50

1st Block: 8:55-10:15 (80 minutes)

2nd Block: 10:25-11:45 (80 minutes)

Lunch: 11:45-12:25 (Lunch)

3rd Block: 12:25-1:45 (80 minutes)

4th Block: 1:55-3:15 (80 minutes)

Virtual student free meal pick-up moving to Door K

Free Meal pick-up for virtual students will be moving to Door K on the south side of the school.

Dates and times will remain Wednesday and Friday from 4-6 p.m.

Door K is off Jefferson next to the playground on the practice football field side.

Free school meals offer to Hybrid students

FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR HYBRID STUDENTS: On Wednesdays and Fridays each week, students who are on a hybrid schedule can pick up three free meals before they leave for the day.

Students can stop into the IMC or Door K to collect these meal packages.

Free Lunch!

Thanks to a USDA waiver, all meals served to students at P-H-M will be free until further notice.

Student accounts will be charged for any ala-carte sales.

Penn High School will offer pre-packaged breakfasts. Students will select pre-packaged meal components in the cafeteria.

Penn will also be offering take-home meals for students. The meals will cover the days when students are learning from home. Meals will be given out at the end of the day on Wednesday and Friday. The package will contain three breakfast and three lunch meals. Items will be frozen if possible and bags will have heating and storage instructions.

We will have meals available for the 100 percent virtual learners from all schools and the community. Meals will be distributed at Penn High School Door C from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. It will be the same type of bag with only four meals on Wednesday and six on Friday. Students do not need to be present for the parent or guardian to pick up meals. Student ID’s will not be required.

Parents who do not want their student to have a free meal may donate the money to our fund for students who do not have money for meals. Contact Jill Riggs at to donate. We are able to do the free meals due to a temporary waiver from the USDA. This will most likely last no longer than this semester. Money currently on student accounts will remain for their later use.

Applications now open for Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County

Students interested in applying for a scholarship from the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County can click here to apply online. The deadline is Feb. 15, 2021.

Click here for details.

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.

Return to Learn safety protocols

Penn High School began its Hybrid Return to Learning plan on Monday, Sept. 21.

This document outlines our Return to Learn safety protocols as it relates to arrival and dismissal procedures, passing periods, lunch and classroom instruction.

Report student COVID-19 related symptom information to Penn

As we anticipate the return of students, Penn High School students will need to be screened at home each morning for symptoms of COVID-19 before reporting to the school for learning.

If a student presents one or more COVID-19 related symptoms, this information must be communicated to the school attendance office - 258-9501.

The following list shares those symptoms.

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by the mouth

  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever

  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing

  • Sore throat

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain

Any student with one or more COVID-19 related symptom must stay home. If the student is at school, the student must be picked up within one hour of the parent being contacted. An additional conversation will need to take place with school officials to determine the correct plan of action. The student showing symptoms of COVID-19 could be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

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Purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook

If you'd like to purchase the 2020-2021 yearbook, you can place your order any time at !

The sooner you order, the lower the price, so order ASAP!

Shipment price is built into the cost of the book, so make sure you give a shipment address that you want the book to be shipped to next fall!

For yearbook related questions, you can email Mrs. Pfernere at

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PTO introduction, update

The Penn PTO welcomes you to join us for the 2020-2021 school year. While this year may look diferent, the purpose of the PTO is still vital.

Over the past 3 years, the Penn PTO has provided grants to teachers, student groups, clubs, and organizations who apply during our fall grant cycle. The PTO also assists with volunteer opportunities, hosts the annual Snowball Dance, which is open to all grade levels 9-12, provides monthly teacher/staff appreciation events/recognition, and meets monthly to keep lines of communication open between parents, students, and administration. Come see what Penn PTO is about!

Click here to read this week's edition of PTO Corner, which includes important dates & information.

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Key Club seeks Carolers for service project

The Key Club is seeking Key Club members to participate in a Caroling outing on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 12:30 p.m. at the East Lake Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, 3109 E Bristol St., Elkhart, IN 46514.

Dream Commission Society hosts GroupRaise night at Cold Stone Creamery on Dec. 30.

Dream Commission Society will be having a GroupRaise night at Cold Stone Creamery on Edison Road! It will be on Wednesday, Dec. 30, and 20 percent of Takeout, Delivery, and pick-up sales will be given back to support the club!

GSA meetings now virtual

GSA meetings will be virtual until further notice. Mr. Coffee will email the link to members the day before or the day of.

If students are interested in joining, they should reach out to Mr. Coffee:

No Ski Club at Penn this year

Penn Ski Club will not have a club this year.

As of now Swiss Valley will be open for business.

Please visit their website for more information on hours and cost:

TEAMS registration now open

If you are interested in participating in TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science), e-mail Ms. Hullinger at

Connect with Kingsmen Court

Follow Kingsmen Court !!!

Instagram: @pennkingsmencourt

Twitter: @courtkingsmen

Information about how to apply to your student council is coming soon!

E-mail us with any questions

Kingsmen Community Care Club

We are so excited to be back! Our club, Kingsmen Community Care, is still happening this year.

Kingsmen Community Care is a partnership with the Center for the Homeless in South Bend.

In the past year we hosted many donation drives and hosted two events for the children that live there, a Fall Festival and a Movie Night. Although we cannot be in person for quite some time this year, we do have many exciting things planned.

Our meetings will be on an Instagram live for followers or anyone else that would like access. We then will be saving the livestream and emailing it out so that the information can be watched at your convenience. To share your email and to be put on our email list please email either or or contact Mrs. Weaver with any further questions you may have. We are very excited for this year and hope you are too!

Thank you!

Eva Henderson and Chloe Perkins

Kingsmen Community Care Co-Presidents

Writers' Guild meets first and third Friday of each Month

Writers' Guild meets on the first and third Friday of each month after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 239 for in-person students that day and virtually for those working from home. E-mail Mrs. Morton ( to learn more! We will discuss upcoming writing contests, online writing conference opportunities along with our usual activities, writing time, and Author's Chair. We look forward to writing with you!
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Girls Track pre-conditioning to start after Jan. 15

Attention all girls going out for and those interested in going out for Girls Track and Field ...

We will begin pre-conditioning after Jan. 15. In the meantime, Coach Danner will post voluntary workouts on our Girls Track Canvas page. If you were not out for track last year, you will just need to register on Register My Athlete (Fill out the Health History Questionnaire, make sure your physical is up to date, and sign up for Girls Track) in order to be added to the Girls Track Canvas page. If you think you have done this, but don't have access to Girls Track and Field Canvas page, email Coach Danner at to let her know.

Please remember to wear your masks and social distance when not at home. These precautions will help us to have a safe and healthy track season.

E-mail Coach Carroll to compete in Boys Track in the Spring

If you are interested in participating in Boys Track in the spring, please e-mail Coach Jon Carroll @

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.

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Bittersweet Railroad Crossing Alert

The railroad tracks at Bittersweet Rd. (just north of McKinley) are active, but do not have warning lights or crossing arms. Please use caution approaching these tracks.

Stop signs have been installed on Bittersweet Rd. (north of McKinley) at the railroad crossing. Stop signs have also been added on Cedar Trail, Birch Road, Apple Road, and Ash Rd. (County Line). Please use caution and be aware of the new stops on routes to Penn.

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.
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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 8:35 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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Fitness Center closed at least until Feb. 1

The Penn High School Fitness Center will be closed to the community at least until Feb. 1.

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.

Also, we recently realized that Skyward has not been sending out notifications to parents/guardians for missing assignments or low grades. This will be fixed next week. Parents will then be able to set individual preferences for future notifications.

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School fees available to pay through Skyward

Fees for the 2020/2021 school year are now available in Skyward. Please log into your Skyward Family Access Account to see your student’s fees. These fees will not change through the school year, even if your student drops or adds courses.

You have several options as to how you may pay this bill. Your payment options are:

1. You may send your payment with your student to the Bookstore. We accept check, money order, or cash.

2. You may mail your payment to:

Penn High School Bookstore

56100 Bittersweet Rd

Mishawaka, IN 46545

3. You may pay with a credit card by using our online payment system via your Skyward Family Access Account or the PHM website at Please note: There is a 3.49% fee for this service.

4. You may contact the treasurer and make arrangements for a payment plan prior to 10/30/20. Payment plan forms are also available on the PHM web page.

If you feel you may qualify for Free/Reduced meals with Textbook Assistance please go to and complete the online application. Parents qualifying for textbook assistance are still responsible for the supply portion.

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.

Check out P-H-M's Community Events webpage

Click here to check out the P-H-M Community Events webpage for listings of non-school activities and events made available to P-H-M students and families by area organizations.

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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