Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 11/26
Mandatory Curriculum Permission
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.
In early December, 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 below to notify us of your wishes for your student(s) to participate in this curriculum. Please complete this for by December 1.
Thanksgiving Recess set for Nov. 24-25-26
When classes resume, Monday, Nov. 29, will be a Gold Day.
NHS conducts induction ceremony
The Penn High School Chapter of the National Honor Society conducted its induction ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Click here for the link for NHS inductees and a Photo Gallery.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was Jim Conklin, who created Cultivate, the not-for-profit organization devoted to ending the cycle of hunger in the local communities of northern Indiana by providing a food rescue service. Since its creation, Cultivate has rescued over 1.7 million pounds of food, made over 350 thousand frozen meals, and filled over 60 thousand backpacks. Through 2020 and 2021 over 5,000 hours were donated with an average of 336 volunteers a month, through its significant change in size, Cultivate has been recognized both locally and nationally such as receiving the Nonprofit of the Year Award from Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce and being featured on the Rachael Ray Show.
NHS meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 1
Girls Track & Field Call-Out Meeting set for Wednesday, Dec. 1
All girls interested in going out for the Girls Track and Field Team please attend our callout meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria!!
If you have practice for another sport, please stop by to just sign in and pick up the handout with information about our upcoming season.
I look forward to seeing everyone! - Coach Danner.
Kingsmen Holiday shirts on sale
The Penn Boosters are selling a holiday shirt. Any student who purchases the shirt will be able to get into the basketball games on Dec. 16, Dec. 17, and Dec. 21 for free, if they are wearing the shirt. Short sleeve shirts are $15 and long sleeve shirts are $20. They can be bought at the following link: https://www.gottogettees.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=146
They are for sale through next Tuesday, Nov. 23. The shirts will then be available for pickup in the Athletic Office beginning Dec. 9. Help support the boosters and purchase one today!
Unclaimed Lost & Found items to be cleaned out during Thanksgiving Break
If you have lost something, please check in the IMC before then.
2021 Penn Showcase set for Monday, Dec. 6
The 2021 Penn High School Showcase will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6.
The Showcase allows incoming Freshmen (current Eighth Graders) and their families the opportunity to tour Penn, meet with staff and students, hear about the opportunities that one of Indiana’s top high school has to offer.
All prospective Penn students and current Penn 9-11 graders and their families are also welcome to join us!
- Student Last Names A-L: Enter through Doors B, C, D.
- Begin in the CPA to hear a presentation from counselors at 6 p.m.
- Student Last Names M-Z: Enter through Doors A, M, L.
- Begin by touring the building, visiting open classrooms, talking to staff & students, then hear a presentation from counselors at 7 p.m.
Click here for details.
Penn Boys Lacrosse registration underway
P-H-M pilots voluntary COVID-19 walk-up testing clinic
The Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation considers the health and safety of our school community as a top priority. As such, we are piloting a voluntary COVID-19 walk-up testing clinic. If a student, teacher, or staff member is symptomatic or quarantined due to exposure, they may receive a free BinaxNOW rapid antigen test for the COVID-19 virus. This program uses Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW tests provided by the federal government.
- The walk-up clinic will take place at the P-H-M Bank Locker Room Building located on the corner of Bittersweet and McKinley Hwy (U.S. 20) just north of Penn High School. Parents and staff should enter off McKinley Hwy.
- The clinic will be open when school is in session on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. No appointment is necessary.
- We will only test a student accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please bring the completed consent form to the clinic at the time of testing. Students or staff electing to participate in testing should plan to quarantine following the test until results are received.
Click here for details/consent form/map.
DVT/Planetarium features holiday shows
The PHM DVT/Planetarium will be decked out as a Winter Wonderland during the entire month of December, so come enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland along with every holiday show!
We begin our holiday shows with Season of Light on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m.! Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and can be pre-ordered by visiting the DVT webpage on the PHM Schools website, or they can be purchased at the door with cash, check, or card 30 minutes before the show starts. Ordering online allows you to reserve specific seats! The DVT is located inside Bittersweet Elementary. Tickets will go on sale one week prior to the event.
SEASON OF LIGHT, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. AND Thursday, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.!
This show traces the development of many of the world's endearing holiday customs, and how they involve lighting up the winter season-from the burning of the Yule log and sparkling Christmas tree lights to the lighting of the Menorah and luminarias. In addition, we will be detectives trying to solve the mystery of the Star Over Bethlehem.
LASER HOLIDAYS 1, Sunday, Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m. AND Sunday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m.!
This is a professional laser light show, containing 12 holiday songs, including Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Silent Night, Frosty The Snowman, and accompanying laser animations.
LASER HOLIDAYS 2, Sunday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., AND Sunday, Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m.
This is another professional laser light show, containing 12 holiday songs, including Up on the Housetop, Feliz Navidad, The Chipmunk Song, and All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, and accompanying laser animations.
Prom 2022 seeks student volunteers
Are you interested in helping to plan and organize prom? You must be a junior and be able to attend meetings, and some outside work is required. You also are committing to setting up before and briefly helping to take down decorations after prom. There are perks! (Come to the meeting to find out.)
Our first meeting is December 8th at 8 a.m. in Room 264 (Mrs. Weaver's room next to the Fitness Center upstairs). Please email Mrs. Tiebout, firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
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.
Message from Food Service
Thank you for being patient with the food service staff at lunch.
We are working hard to hire more people to speed up the process.
Please do not come into the serving area if you are not purchasing food this will reduce the congestion and allow faster service.
Art Gallery new show now open
It is Dust and Mud: pastel painting by Catherine McCormick and ceramics by Kari Stieglitz Black.
Anyone may come see the show during study hall any day or after school on Wednesday or Thursday (3:30-4:30 p.m.). Teachers are requested to sign up to bring a class, but stopping in the gallery and filling in the class and date in our appointment book or calling the gallery during classes to request a time slot be filled in by one of our docents. (20199).
If anyone needs gift ideas for the holidays, not only is the artwork for sale in the gallery, but we have jewelry, cards and buttons/pins for sale and a portion of the money goes back to support the Gallery. Come check it out!
Ski Club sign up underway
Penn Ski Club is a go this year. You must be signed up and paid by Friday, Dec.3.
Students may pick up information in the bookstore and on the door for Room 160.
Also students may download the information and print it themselves. There are 3 sheets to be printed and returned, and there is a bus information form for you to keep.
In addition, Ski Club members must be registered in Register My Athlete.
Student fees now uploaded in Skyward
If you do not know how to log in to Skyward, please click HERE for directions.
To review student fees, click on Fees in Skyward Family Access.
- Student fees must by paid by Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.
- An invoice will not be mailed out.
- If you feel that you may qualify for textbook assistance, please go to www.schoolcafe.com and complete an online application. Parents/guardians qualifying for textbook assistance are still responsible for the supply portion of student fees.
- For information on how to pay student fees online, click HERE.
Parent(s) can either pay for fees with exact cash or a check at the Penn Bookstore OR mail a check to Penn High School, attn.: Bookstore. All checks should be made payable to Penn High School and note their child’s name and student ID number on the check OR pay fees online through phm.revtrak.net.
School Fees are due by November 1, 2021.
Parents who need to arrange a payment plan can click here to fill out the 2021-22 Fee Agreement Form. All payment plans must be paid in full by February 28, 2022.
SEL Lessons set for November & December
For the months of November and December, the SEL Lessons will continue to focus on taking care of yourself. Specifically, students will learn about emotions, and gain an understanding that emotions are normal in that they are biologically based and experienced in a variety of ways.
When we are aware of our emotions, that helps us to be ready to manage our emotions in healthy ways, including managing stress. In addition to learning some ways to manage stress in order to help them be successful in school, students will also focus on gratitude and joy. If you would like more information regarding the lessons or to view the slide decks prepared for students to view the lessons with their teacher, please refer to this link.
November & December, 2021 - SEL Lessons for 21-22 SY
November 29, 2021
Take Care of Yourself:
Managing emotions and stress
Students learn and discuss stress and the brain’s response. The “Hand Model” of the brain is used to show what happens in our brain when we feel stressed. Students also learn about the “Window of Tolerance” and ways to be in the optimal window where one is regulated, present, flexible and reasonable. Finally, students discuss ways to help calm our brain so we can take good care of ourselves and help promote optional learning.
December 6, 2021
Take Care of Yourself:
Students focus on joy-what it is, the brain and joy, and ways to choose joy.
No SEL Lesson the week of December 13, 2021
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.
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.
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.
Work Permits no longer required
The State of Indiana is creating an Employer Registration system for any employer that employs five (5) or more minors.
Effective 7/1/2021, Indiana will no longer require work permits for minor employees. Employers will no longer be required to complete the “Intent to Employ” form, and schools will no longer issue work permits.
Employers will be responsible for maintaining an accurate list of all minor employees. If an employer has four (4) or fewer minor employees, registration will not be required. This registration does not have any impact on the work hour requirements for minors. All employers must still comply with the Teen Work Hour Restrictions.
Student Lunch Delivery Policy
P-H-M offers free breakfast and lunch to students
P-H-M will be supplying free breakfast and lunch to all P-H-M students for the upcoming school year.
A Free lunch consists of:
- One serving of an entree
- 2 fruits (one only may be a juice box)
- 2 vegetables
- 1 milk
Any additional entrees will cost $2 per entree
Click here for detailed information.
FREE MEALS will be available to children 18 years of age and under, or persons more than 18 who are determined by a state or local public education agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in a public or non-profit private school program established for the mentally or physically disabled.
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.
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 http://www.get.adobe.com/reader/www.get.adobe.com/reader/, to download your free version. Or you can stop by the Educational Services Center at 55900 Bittersweet Rd., Mishawaka to pick up a copy.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate your support!
Random Acts of Kindness Club to meet on Thursday, Dec. 2
The first meeting of the year for the Random Acts of Kindness Club will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2, in Room 104. The meeting will be from 3:30-4 p.m.. All are welcome to attend. Please bring some great ideas to share! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brazeau at email@example.com
Writers' Guild to meet on Friday, Dec. 3
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.
Freshmen Mentoring scheduled for Dec. 2-3
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.
Sign up sheet:
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
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
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
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.