Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 3/12
Changes made to School Day SAT pre-administration schedule
The School Day SAT will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (Black Day).
Important Changes have been made to the SAT pre-administration to better follow social-distancing guidelines.
All juniors who signed up for the school day SAT must attend one pre-administration session in person.
Pre-administration dates for students attending school "in-person": March 16-17, 2021.
All students attending school "in-person" should attend a pre-administration session either before school or during their study hall.
- Report to LGI-B before school at 8 a.m. or during your study hall (Blocks 1, 2, & 4).
- Mr. Hall will come to the junior study halls in Room 138 for Gold 3 and Room 242 for Black 3.
Pre-administration dates for students attending school "virtually": March 15-17, 2021.
All students attending school "virtually" should attend an after-school pre-administration session on their assigned day.
- Enter at Door A and report to LGI-B at 3:45 p.m.
- Monday, March 15: A-G Virtual students
- Tuesday, March 16: H-M Virtual students
- Wednesday, March 17: N-Z Virtual students
If you cannot attend one of these sessions, contact Mr. Hall - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney Domal receives NCWIT award
Daylight Savings Time goes into effect on Sunday, March 14
Please remember to set your clocks one hour forward this weekend.
Virtual Students materials pick-up scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 & Wednesday, March 17
Students must enter Door A. All P-H-M and St. Joseph County Health Dept. COVID protocols must be followed.
STEM learning opportunity set for Monday, March 22
Why: Interested in Biotech/RNA Research? Have questions for current RNA Researcher? ... Or if you just want to be more educated as a person. RNA is the basis for many of the current COVID vaccines.
What: STEM Learning Lunch about Biotech and RNA Therapeutics
When: Monday, March 22, 1:20-2 p.m.
Where: Virtually via zoom...Please email email@example.com if you are interested and Mr. Gensic will send you the link to the STEM Learning Lunch about Biotech and RNA Therapeutics.
Freshmen Mentor applications available now
FRESHMAN MENTOR APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE (2021-22)
Do you like helping others? If you answered yes, Freshman Mentoring might be a great opportunity for you!
Mentors are good role models, welcoming friendly faces who want to help freshmen make a smooth transition to Penn during the first semester. You will go through a training to learn leadership skills that will help you teach the lessons on a variety of topics relevant to freshmen. Mentoring happens during your study hall, student assistant, Kingsmen Tutor, Cadet Teaching, BBBS or dismissal.
We are hopeful that we will be meeting in-person next year, instead of virtually as we did this year.
Freshman Mentor Application (students in grades 9-11)
Application deadline is Wednesday, March 24, by 3:15 p.m.
Mrs. Cronk & Miss Watt
(Mentor Boss Ladies)
South Bend Cubs hiring for guest services
With less than 60 days to Opening Night at Four Winds Field, the South Bend Cubs are looking for detail-oriented and guest service-minded individuals (age 16-and-older) to fill open GameDay positions. Those interested can visit SouthBendCubs.com and complete the online application or fill out an application at the South Bend Cubs main office.
There will also be an open job fair on Tuesday, March 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Pepsi Stadium Club at Four Winds Field. This event will follow the State of Indiana’s guidelines set by the CDC. Applicants will be asked to keep at least six feet away from those they do not know. Hand sanitizers will also be placed throughout the stadium club.
The online application has been designed with mobile devices in mind, making it accessible and easy to complete. All applications will be reviewed by the South Bend staff and those whose qualifications match the desired needs will be contacted to set up an interview. Those attending the job fair can fill out a paper application on-site.
Some of the available positions for the 2021 season include box office attendant, custodial services, Fun Zone employee, GameDay ambassador, parking attendant, concessions stand leader, venue server, and more. Most positions require a person to walk and stand for extended periods of time and may occasionally be asked to lift or move up to 25 pounds.
The 2021 season kicks off at Four Winds Field on Tuesday, May 4, as the South Bend Cubs host the Quad Cities River Bandits for a six-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Applications available for MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab programs
Applications for MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab’s Spring Semester and Summer programs for high school students are open here until March 31.
The project-based curriculum caters to students with diverse backgrounds and interests, allowing students to explore the intersection of AI and law, education, healthcare, and more.
If you have any questions or want to know more about our events and programs, please contact Adeesh Goel, Program Head, Inspirit AI - firstname.lastname@example.org
P-H-M Education Foundation seeks student volunteers for Phone-a-Thon
P-H-M Education Foundation is holding its annual Phone-a-Thon from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 24.
If you’re looking for volunteer hours or a way to give back to P-H-M Schools, please consider helping out. Make calls to fellow P-H-M families, follow a script and earn money for your P-H-M schools. Dinner & fun provided! Register online at www.phmef.org.
- P.S. - Do you have an innovative idea that needs a few bucks to grow? Our Spring Grant Cycle is open and we want to hear from you! Complete the online application at PHMEF Grants | PHMEF by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 and let us know how we can help you.
EACC returning to five days of in-person instruction
Cosmetology program available through Penn
Current Sophomores and Juniors . . .
Are you interested in a career in Cosmetology and have Penn High School cover the tuition? The Penn High School Advanced CTE CC Program is a way for high school students to earn their Cosmetology license and prepare for a career.
Cosmetology is a two-year program so if you start it as a junior, Penn will cover the entire cost as long as you are in good standing with the school. If you start as a senior, you will be responsible for covering the second year.
If you are interested in learning more, please see Mrs. Ball in Room 251 or email her with questions at email@example.com.
Art Gallery features student work
- See Miss Miller in Room 154 if you want to volunteer to serve as a docent in the Art Gallery Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
No fast-food deliveries allowed at Penn
Yearbook Senior Quotes accepted until April 12
SENIORS! It's time to submit your senior quotes for the Yearbook via Google Form!
Submissions will be accepted until APRIL 12th!
Click here to submit a Senior Quote for the Yearbook.
Secondary Students Return Plan
Peer Leadership class offers opportunities
Do you like to help others? Are you interested in teaching? Do you need to beef up your experiences for college applications?
Try Peer Leadership for an elective next year. This course is designed to give high school students the opportunity to interact with and learn about people with disabilities. Students will provide five blocks over two weeks of in-class and/or community based instruction to students with moderate and severe disabilities under the personal supervision and direction of the course instructor or classroom teaching staff.
Are you already a peer leader? We have a new opportunity for the 2021/2022 school year where Peer Leaders may work with students at the Young Adult Program located at Schmucker Middle School.
Applications have moved online and you can fill it out here. If you have any questions, please direct them to Mrs. Shafer, the Academy Leader for Exceptional Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the above video for simple changes in CANVAS that can help with Organization
Spectrum on sale now in the bookstore
Chromebook camera or mic help offered
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook
If you'd like to purchase the 2020-2021 yearbook, you can place your order any time at Jostens.com !
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 email@example.com
Free school meals offered
Students can stop into the IMC or Door K to collect these meal packages.
Virtual student free meal pick-up moving to Door K
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.
Thanks to a USDA waiver, all meals served to students at P-H-M will be free when there is in-school learning 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 in the IMC or Door K. The package will contain three breakfast and three lunch meals. Items will be frozen if possible and bags will have heating and storage instructions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Report student COVID-19 related symptom information to Penn
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
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.
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.
New Club, Girl Up PHS, to meet on Wednesday, March 17
Contact Mrs. Adkins for FCA Senior Cord
GSA meetings now virtual
If students are interested in joining, they should reach out to Mr. Coffee: email@example.com
Connect with Kingsmen Court
Follow Kingsmen Court !!!
Information about how to apply to your student council is coming soon!
E-mail us with any questions @firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mrs. Weaver with any further questions you may have. We are very excited for this year and hope you are too!
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 (email@example.com) 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!
Boys Lacrosse seeks manager
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.
Football Cheer tryouts March 22-23-24
Email Varsity Coach Rita Szweda for the tryout information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Bittersweet Railroad Crossing Alert
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
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
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.