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Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 8/28

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SEL Lessons/Resources offered by Penn

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and mental health are paramount, especially right now. P-H-M is committed to supporting students through weekly SEL lessons so we can intentionally teach students the skills they need to thrive both now and in the future. The SEL lessons also provide a time to help build and maintain social relationships, even in a virtual world. SEL lessons will be delivered by your student's classroom teacher once a week. The SEL lessons will begin with an overview of SEL and the lesson framework. Then, in the coming weeks we will move into discussing some ways to manage stress and practice cognitive flexibility.

For additional information on stress management or hotlines, please review the information and resources below:

  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Coping with stress during COVID-19
  • Anticipatory Grief
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (Call 911 for emergencies): The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. The lifeline can assist with crisis prevention for you or your loved ones.
  • Safe School Helpline-1-800-4-1-VOICE x359: The Safe School Helpline is a 24/7 communication service that empowers school administrators to make proactive decisions as well as creating reporting responsibilities for students, parents and community members to share in the maintenance of a safe learning environment. This is monitored around the clock so reports can be addressed in a timely manner.

2. P-H-M will have a Diversity Superintendent's Advisory (SAC) for the 20-21 school year in order to provide the school constituency the opportunity to provide input toward the achievement of district-wide goals for valuing and celebrating diveristy as well as working to end racial injustices and discrimination. We invite parents/guardians who have a current P-H-M student to apply if they are interested. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 28, 2020 until 4:30 p.m. Please use this link to find out more and to access the application.

3. Due to COVID-19, we understand that family financial situations may have changed. Health and human services information and resources are available in St. Joseph county and available by calling 2-1-1 or (866) 211-9966 or at this website.

Click here for the latest SEL lesson.

DEI Intro to Students

A Message from Penn's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Watch the video for a message from Mr. Derrick White, Penn's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

Virtual Open House for Penn Families

Our Open House for this year will be held virtually. The purpose of our Virtual Open House is to help you become familiar with the standards and assessments for each of the courses that your child is taking this year. Teachers will be emailing links to videos they have created beginning on Wednesday, 8/26 for parents to view. These videos will also be available in Canvas. Please reach out to our teachers if you have questions. This format will allow parents and guardians to view these videos when convenient.

Art Extenction Gallery information

All students who had Drawing Class last Spring need to turn in their project for Extenction to be hung in the first gallery show.

Students must include their name, email address, year in school when they did it, title of piece and a short write up about their piece on the back. They have until the first week back in-person to turn these in, but the sooner the better as we may have to do the first gallery show as virtual. They can pick up their work from Mrs. Miller in Room 154 (or another teacher if did it under another art teacher) after the conclusion of the first gallery show.

P-H-M Education Foundation Zoom for Education

Join us for the Zoom for Education Virtual Fitness Challenge! This brand new event is perfect for the whole family, from the experienced runner to the casual walker. Run solo on your treadmill, with your family around the block, or find a new place to explore! Not a runner? Choose your way to move (swim, bike, hike, row, dance, play a sport, or do cartwheels if that's your thing) to complete a 1 Mile, 5K, or 10K challenge anytime between Friday, October 9 and Sunday, October 11.

Zoom for Education will include exciting contests, fun surprises, PLUS...the top FIVE schools with the most participants (% of enrollment) will win $1,000!!! Grab your friends and family from across the country to join you in this exciting virtual movement that promotes healthy lifestyles and supports your P-H-M community. Price is $10 per person.

Please visit for more information and updates.

Powder Puff cancelled

Penn's Powder Puff Football Game, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23, has been cancelled.

If the game is rescheduled for the Spring, it will be announced in the #KingsmenNation student newsletter.

Freshmen Mentoring schedule

Freshman Mentoring will be on Thursday, Sept, 3, and Friday, Sept. 4.

Chromebook Insurance available until Friday, Sept. 18

All students 9-12:

  • Optional Chromebook insurance is available for $25 and is due on Friday, Sept. 18. Insurance can still be purchased after this date, but it would require a Chromebook inspection by the technology department.

  • The insurance form and payment should be submitted to the bookstore. If you mail a check, please make sure to have the student name and ID# in the memo line. In addition, please address the envelope to:
    Attention: Bookstore
    Penn High School
    56100 Bittersweet Rd
    Mishawaka, IN 46545

  • Please review the Chromebook Use Agreement & Guidelines.

Kingsmen Court applications now accepted

Attention all students interested in becoming a member of Kingsmen Court!

For those interested in representing their team, activity, club, or academy, please fill out this form: Club Reps 2020-21

If you're a Freshman, and you have not been able to find the right club, team, or activity for you, please fill out the Freshmen exclusive form to represent the Freshmen Academy: Freshmen 2020-21

Please note: if you were a representative on Kingsmen Court last year and want to represent the same club, you still need to talk to your club sponsor and fill out the form.

Applications are due Monday, Aug. 31.

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

Virtual Learning

Students will meet virtually with their classes to start the 2020-2021 school year. Teachers will communicate with students via their school e-mail account and through Canvas on how to access the teacher’s live classroom.

Virtual Learning schedule

Here is the daily schedule for Virtual Learning, which begins on Wednesday, Aug. 19, the first day of the 2020-2021 school year:

Click here for a downloadable Google Calendar of the 2020-2021 Gold-Black Calendar.

Click here for a PDF of the 2020-2021 Gold-Black Calendar.

8:05 - 8:25 a.m.: Office Hours

8:25 - 9:25 a.m.: Block 1 (60 minutes)

9:40 - 10:40 a.m.: Block 2 (60 minutes)

11 - 11:30 a.m.: Lunch

11:30 - 12:30 a.m.: Block 3 (60 minutes)

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.: - 30 minutes for Advisory during first Gold day each week; non-Advisory days will be used for club meetings and small group sessions with students and occasional live messages from administration. Clubs can meet on Thursdays during this time.

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.: Block 4 (60 minutes)

2:15-3:15 p.m.: Live office hours for teachers, correspondence, asynchronous learning and small group work for students

Homework Helpdesk established

In order to provide students with after hours academic support during virtual learning, we are piloting a P-H-M Homework Helpdesk.

We have assembled a team of elementary, exceptional education, and content specific secondary teachers who will be available via email from 7-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

These Helpdesk teachers will be responsive to student and/or parent emails, providing specific academic support as needed. This might include responding to an email or even an interactive Google Video Hangout to provide academic guidance.

Additionally, the Helpdesk teachers will communicate back to the student's regular teacher related to what supports were provided so we can work collaboratively, creating the best possible virtual learning environment for our students.

Students and/or parents can contact the after-hours Homework Helpdesk by emailing starting on Monday, August 24.

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New student assignments for Counselors announced

New student assignments for the Counseling Center staff have been announced.

Click here for the list of Counselors, student assignments and contact information.

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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/staf 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 for important PTO dates and additional information.

Click here to read this week's edition of PTO Corner.

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All Academic Teams meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3

Penn Academic Teams will have an informational meeting next Thursday, Sept. 3, at 3:30 via Google Meet. Click here for the Academic Teams slideshow.

The Google Meet Link is included on the first slide.

This meeting will be for all Academic Teams (Spell Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Academic Super Bowl, and TEAMS).

DECA to meet on Thursday, Sept. 3

The first DECA meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 3rd, via Google Meets.

There will be optional time slots for 12:35 p.m. and 2:35 p.m.

This meeting is for all returning members and any new members seeking information. Please contact Kyle Berres ( for any questions.

Model U.N. meeting

Model U.N. is inviting any interested freshmen or first year members to attend a zoom meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Interested freshman please click this link.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 975 0686 6260
Passcode: JnEbi4

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. For anyone interested, our first meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 10. Our meetings will be on an Instagram live for followers or anyone else that would like access. We then will be saving the live 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

Quiz Bowl Virtual call-out meetings set for Sept. 8 & Sept. 9

Quiz Bowl is similar to the game show Jeopardy,

  • Meets after school (3:30-5:00) Mondays and Wednesdays in Room 136
  • We maintain a relaxing atmosphere and focus on learning new information
  • Everyone who attends practice and matches will play at least one round
  • Varsity spots are reserved for those who perform well at practice
  • Anyone who enjoys answering trivia-style questions should come check it out!
  • Virtual call-out meetings: Tuesday, Sept 8, and Wednesday, Sept. 9

*** If you are interested in participating in Quiz Bowl, please email Head Coach Brian May at

Additional details - including Virtual meeting links - will be shared in the upcoming weeks

You do not need to be a know-it-all to do well in Quiz Bowl. If you are knowledgeable in any subject (history, math, science, fine arts, pop culture, sports, literature), we would love to have you.

Writers' Guild to meet on Friday, Sept. 5

Writers' Guild will hold its first meeting on Friday, Sept. 5, beginning at 3 p.m.

If you are interested in writing with us, bring your great ideas, a notebook, and a pen. We have a lot stored up to write about! Our first meeting will begin with a Writers' Marathon.

Email Mrs. Morton at by Thursday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m., and she will send you the meeting link.

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All-Sports passes on sale

Click here to purchase season tickets to Penn Athletic events for the 2020-2021 school year.

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.

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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:

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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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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.

Fitness Center Guidelines/News

  • The Fitness Center will be closed at least until Oct. 1.

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.