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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 -

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Sydney Domal receives NCWIT award

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) announced that Penn High School Senior Sydney Domal is receiving its Aspirations in Computing award. Sydney has excelled in her technology classes and plans to attend Purdue to study Aerospace Engineering in the Fall.

Daylight Savings Time goes into effect on Sunday, March 14

Daylight Savings Time goes into effect in Indiana at 2 a.m. 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

Virtual Students will have an opportunity to pick up materials on Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 17, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The materials pick-up will be in the IMC.

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

Penn High School students have an opportunity to learn something new from a UMass RNA Researcher during the end of B3 (1:20 p.m.) 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 if you are interested and Mr. Gensic will send you the link to the STEM Learning Lunch about Biotech and RNA Therapeutics.

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Prom, currently scheduled for Saturday, May 15, is under discussion with guidance from the St. Joseph County Department of Health. If we are given approval to host prom safely, we will communicate these plans as details become available. We hope to make a decision before Spring Break as to whether or not we will be able to host prom.

Freshmen Mentor applications available now


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 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.

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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 -

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

  • 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.

Summer School 2021 information

Click here for information on how to sign up for Summer School courses.

EACC returning to five days of in-person instruction

The Elkhart Area Career Center is returning to five days of in-person instruction beginning Monday, March 15. Penn will provide bus transportation from Penn to the EACC and back if needed, Monday through Friday.

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
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Art Gallery features student work

The first student Kingsmen Art Gallery show is now open. You can come see it any block. This show will have voting for people's choice. Please only vote one time for on piece. Voting slips are by the gallery desk.

  • 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

Due to health and COVID-19 safety mandates, fast-food deliveries are not 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.

Students parking on campus must have registration on file

All students parking on campus need to have a registration on file in Student Services.
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Penn Cafeteria offers new menu items.

Click here for information on new menu items being served up in the Penn Cafeteria.
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Free and Reduced Meal Application information

Click here for Free and Reduced Meal Application information.

Secondary Students Return Plan

Please CLICK HERE for information about Dr. Thacker's Secondary Return to Learn 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
List view in Canvas

Watch the above video for simple changes in CANVAS that can help with Organization

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Spectrum on sale now in the bookstore

The Fall edition of Penn's literary magazine, Spectrum, is here! Check out what your friends have been writing and creating. Copies will be available in the bookstore for $5.

Chromebook camera or mic help offered

Any students who are having webcam and/or microphone issues with their Chromebooks are encouraged to email to set up an appointment to get the device repaired free of charge.

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 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

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

Free school meals offered

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.

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 Lunch!

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 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.

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

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

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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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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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New Club, Girl Up PHS, to meet on Wednesday, March 17

The Girl Up Club will meet from 8:10-8:35 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17. The meeting will take place in Room 200 and on Zoom. To join the Email list, please fill out the Google form: "
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Contact Mrs. Adkins for FCA Senior Cord

Any SENIORS who attended FCA the last three years and would qualify for a purple cord must contact Mrs. Adkins via email ( by March 15 with your full name as it would appear on your diploma.

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:

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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Boys Lacrosse seeks manager

Are you interested in earning a Varsity Letter for Boys Lacrosse? We are looking for Team Managers and Videographers for our home games. You do not need to know anything about lacrosse! We will train you! Please email Dan Hogan ( if you are interested.


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

Football cheer tryouts for the 2021-2022 season will be Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, March 22-23-24 at Penn High School from 4-6:30 p.m. Enter through Door D.

Email Varsity Coach Rita Szweda for the tryout information at:

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 currently closed to community

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

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.
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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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CLICK HERE to read the plan for Penn High School to return to our Hybrid schedule beginning 1.19. Parents need to complete the questionnaire for students.