Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 3/19
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.
Evening of Jazz wins Martin's One School at a Time grant
The "One School at a Time" program aims to help teachers provide better education to students. According to Griesser, one of Penn's jazz band parents, Clare Roach, was instrumental in completing the grant application.
The grant money will be used to purchase sound equipment for the Penn jazz ensembles, including professional-level microphones and mic stands. This will allow a more enjoyable listening experience for families at Penn's annual "Evening of Jazz" concert, which is one of the biggest events for the Penn band program. The grant will also further our mission of providing musical entertainment to the community with new sound equipment for performances.
"Evening of Jazz" will be presented on Thursday, May 13, at 6 p.m. at Central Park in Mishawaka.
Penn students to perform at Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition
Penn High School students Caden Miller (Trumpet), Michael Forry (Trumpet), Anna Voros (French Horn), Pete Sullivan (Trumpet) and Wilson Shrout (Tuba).
These students were recently selected to perform in the Junior Division of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. This takes place annually in May on the Notre Dame Campus.
Penn Speech students excel
Penn High School students Tasneem Ahmed (United States Extemporaneous), Andy Dunn (Broadcasting) and Claire Laffin (Poetry) competed in the Speech State Tournament.
Claire Laffin reached semi-final round, placing in the top 12 in the state.
Matt Chapple qualified for the National Tournament in the United States Extemporaneous at the District Tournament.
Penn e-Sports shines in competition
The Penn e-Sports Team turned in impressive efforts in recent competition.
Super Smash Brothers team defeated Ben Davis, 15-4.
Rocket League Team defeated Anderson High School, 3-1.
Overwatch Team defeated Munster High School, 3-0.
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.
U.S. Naval Academy hosts STEM Camp and Summer Seminar
The U.S. Naval Academy is holding its world-class Summer STEM Camp and Summer Seminar this coming June in a virtual format, and we would love to have more students from your school join us!
Summer STEM (https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/STEM.php) is for current eighth, ninth and 10th graders, while Summer Seminar (https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/NASS.php) is for current 11th graders. Both are amazing experiences! I'm attaching a flyer that has information about the programs.
Click here for a flyer on the USNA Summer programs.
There is a fee associated with each - but we have scholarships available (depending on the family's individual circumstances). The fee includes USNA apparel and program materials.
DOUBLE your impact in the PHMEF Phone-a-thon
Every year Penn High School students volunteer to make more than 3,000 calls to community members to ask for participation in our annual PHMEF Phone-a-thon.
This year we are extremely grateful to have a dollar-for-dollar match!
Dr. Jerry & Donna Thacker will match donations up to a total of $10,000 during the Phone-a-thon on March 23 & 24.
Please #answerthecall and DOUBLE your impact when our student volunteers call you! Help fund innovative and inspirational classroom grants, before, after and summer school programs, and projects that help all students in our 15 P-H-M schools.
Students to receive Suicide Prevention information
At Penn-Harris-Madison, safety is our number one priority, which includes students’ physical safety as well as psychological safety.
Currently, the topic of mental health is more important than ever and we want to equip students with the information and resources they need to feel supported and access help if needed. Additionally, Indiana schools need to share information with students about suicide prevention.
In the past, Penn High School has gone about this in various ways, such as Yellow Ribbon week activities or Lifelines curriculum, to help students become aware of the warning signs of suicide and resources for anyone who is having suicidal thoughts.
However, given the unique circumstance of having virtual learners this school year, as well as the need to socially distance, our students will be receiving a modified and applicable version of suicide prevention adapted from the Lifelines curriculum, coupled with information on self-care, healthy coping strategies, and appropriate ways to help a friend who may be in need. The information will be shared during the advisory lesson the week of March 22, 2021. Material for the lesson was created by the mental health crisis team at Penn-Harris-Madison.
If you would like more information, please check out this video that was created as a resource to support parents and guardians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFvOKOjmWjs&ab_channel=JenniferSears. School counselors will be available to students throughout the day, both in-person and virtually, for any students who need additional support.
Please take the opportunity to visit the Lifelines section of the District website at www.phmschools.org/parents/lifelines. You will find a wealth of resources to help you talk to your student; contact information for local, state and national organizations/providers; and hotline phone numbers (see below).
If you or your student would like to talk with a Penn High School counselor during school hours, please do not hesitate to reach out via email or phone (574-258-9502). Please be advised that if you have an emergency, please do not email as the email may not be seen in time. Instead, please call 911. For concerns, you can also reach out to the following:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Someone to talk to 24/7/365 - suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Safe School Helpline is a 24/7 communication service for parents, students and staff to make reports of safety concerns. - Call: 1-800-418-6423, ext. 359; Text: TIPS to 66746; or Online: SafeSchoolHelpline.com
Panera's hosting fundraiser for Penn Dance Marathon & Riley Children's Hospital
Click here for the flyer.
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!
Thank-a-Teacher program underway
IT’S THANK-A-TEACHER TIME AGAIN!
P-H-M teachers and staff are going above and beyond…Here’s a fun way you can say THANK YOU!
A donation to the P-H-M Education Foundation Grant Fund tells your child’s “Special Person” that you honor him/her and value education at P-H-M. Your contribution to the Grant Fund will be returned to the schools in the form of TEACHERS GRANTS for programs and projects that cannot be funded through school budgets.
Your child’s “Special Person” will receive a thank you greeting, a special pin telling him/her the name of the donor AND a Be Our Guest Chick-fil-a breakfast card. A “Special Person” can include a teacher, aide, bus driver, custodian, librarian, or any P-H-M employee for $20 per special person. Forms can be downloaded at www.phmef.org and must be returned to your child’s school by April 30.
Click here for details.
Thanks for your continued support for the P-H-M Education Foundation where our mission is to support excellence in education in ALL 15 P-H-M schools! Questions can be emailed to email@example.com
Jeneane Arter Award nominations open
JENEANE ARTER AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN
The Jeneane Arter Teaching in Excellence Award is given to a current P-H-M staff member that exemplifies excellence in education. Students may nominate a staff member that has influenced their educational experience by downloading guidelines and submitting a one-page essay to the P-H-M Education Foundation. The winner will receive $2,000, underwritten by Darla and Jason Lippert.
Click here for information on the Jeneane Arter Award.
Essays are due to the ESC by April 12 and the winner will be announced on June 1. Guidelines can be found at www.phmef.org. For additional information or questions, contact Jennifer Turnblom, PHMEF Executive Director, at (574) 254-2893 or firstname.lastname@example.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 4pm on March 31 and let us know how we can help you.
Freshmen Mentor applications due Wednesday, March 24
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)
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 - email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
Penn Republican Club honors Reagan, McCarthy
In honor of Irish-American History Month, the Penn Republican Club recognizes the significant contributions of Irish-American Republicans in the past and the present. Here are two.
Ronald Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He was the great-grandson, on his father's side, of Irish migrants from Tipperary County, Ireland, who came to America via Canada in the 1840s. As president, Reagan lowered tax rates and deregulated parts of the economy. Over his two terms, the economy saw a reduction of inflation from 12.5 percent to 4.4 percent and an average real GDP annual growth of 3.6 percent. His administration saw the longest period of economic growth in peacetime American history up to that point, lasting 92 months. In foreign affairs, he denounced communism. In June 1987, four years after he publicly described the Soviet Union as an “evil empire”, Reagan challenged the Soviets to tear down the Berlin Wall while giving a speech at that location. When Reagan left office on January 20, 1989, he held an approval rating of 68 percent, matching those of Franklin D. Roosevelt and later Bill Clinton as the highest ratings for departing presidents in the 20th century.
Kevin McCarthy serves as United States Congressman from California’s 23rd District. He is currently the Republican Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. The great grandson of Irish immigrants from Cork, in southwest Ireland, Congressman McCarthy was first elected to Congress in 2006. He is a native of Bakersfield, Calif., where his grandfather was a cattle rancher and his father is a firefighter.
GSA meetings now virtual
If students are interested in joining, they should reach out to Mr. Coffee: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 @email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
Spring All-Sports passes now on sale
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are enrolled in Independent Study, please use the following email address for all questions and help: email@example.com.
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
Freshman Academy honors students
House 1: Johnathan Pletcher and Brook Braunsdorf
House 2: Zoe Bishop and Gavin Przybysz
House 3: Brooklyn Bauer and Phoenix Harris
House 4: Nikos Medlin and Ellie Stabnik
House 5: Ashley Mead and Channing O'Connor