Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 9/17
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.
Back-to-School Bash set for Friday, Sept. 17
DON'T MISS OUT ON THE FUN!
The Silver Mile Back-to-School Bash, hosted by the P-H-M Education Foundation, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17. It is a super fun event and every school that has at least 20 percent participation with advanced registrations will receive a grant from PHMEF to use on anything your school might need.
PHMEF supports programs and grants for innovation in all 15 P-H-M schools and we are excited to get our school families together at this outdoor event taking place at TCU Freed Field and Jordan Automotive Baseball Stadium. Plus, you get free admission to the Penn/Elkhart football game following the event with your entry in the Silver Mile. Don't miss out!! Register today at www.phmef.org under the events tab. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
PHM DVT/Planetarium to present Escher's Universe & Microcosm on Wednesday, Sept. 22
The PHM DVT/Planetarium will be showing ESCHER’S UNIVERSE & MICROCOSM on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 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. The DVT is located inside Bittersweet Elementary.
Escher’s Universe is based on the life and work of the multi-faceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. Was he an artist, an astronomer, a mathematician, a traveler? This show will take us to the artist’s studio where his most iconic works are displayed. From this intimate and emotional place, we’ll visit Escher’s particular universe and we will be surprised by his ability to join science and art. He uses mathematics, astronomy, optics, crystallography, and geometry in his creations to artistically explain very complex concepts addressed by cosmology.
Microcosm takes place at the Center of Miniaturized Medicine in the year 2053. You’ll shrink down to the size of a microbe and be injected into a patient who is suffering from a mysterious viral infection. As you piece together the clues found along the way, you’ll race against time to save the patient on a roller-coaster ride through the heart, lungs, brain, eye, ear, and circulatory system in general. Laser battles, genetic weapons, and lots of surprises along the way make this show an exciting experience.
Kids Club needs workers
Times: these can be flexible. 2-5 days per week.
2 p.m.-6 p.m. (if you have Work-Based Learning or early dismissal; Gold/Black Day schedules can be accommodated)
Contact Ms. Shah at 574-258-9514
- Bittersweet Elementary School, 55860 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545
- Elm Road Elementary School, 59400 Elm Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544
- Elsie Rogers Elementary School, 56219 Currant Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545
- Horizon Elementary School, 10060 Brummitt Road, Granger, IN 46530
- Mary Frank Elementary School, 13111 Adams Road, Granger, IN 46530
- Meadow's Edge Elementary School, 16333 Kern Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544
- Moran Elementary School, 305 N. Beech Road, Osceola, IN 46561
- Northpoint Elementary School, 50800 Cherry Road, Granger, IN 46530
- Prairie Vista Elementary School, 15400 Brick Road, Granger, IN 46530
- Walt Disney Elementary School, 4015 N. Filbert Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545
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.
Senior Night for Volleyball Thursday, Sept. 30
Senior Night for the Kingsmen is set for Thursday, Sept. 30.
Click here for the schedule.
Student Lunch Delivery Policy
Chromebook insurance available
If you wish to purchase Chromebook insurance, please make a $25 payment at the Penn High School bookstore or online at phm.revtrak.net (click “Chromebooks” then “Penn High School” ). Online payments are only accepted until Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. If you purchase insurance after Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, your Chromebook must pass an inspection by the Technology Department and the fee can be paid in the bookstore.
Please reference this document for additional insurance information.
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.
Penn seeks Robotics Volunteer Coordinator
The Volunteer Coordinator finds volunteers from the St Joe County and surrounding areas, as well as the FIRST Robotics community, places volunteers into positions, connects volunteers to any training required, schedules and coordinates the volunteers for the three-day event (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in March of 2022.
The FIRST Robotics Michiana District Event hosted by Penn High School is fun, high-tempo, exciting high school competition for robotics teams across the state and the greater region. With more 5,000 participants, spectators, coaches, and mentors it will showcase some of the most dedicated, smartest, passionate, and innovative high school students.
- The Volunteer Coordinator duties will star in November/December and run through March
- The Volunteer Coordinator must be willing to communicate with local agencies, businesses, volunteer groups, and other stakeholders to sign-up volunteers
- The Volunteer Coordinator will work within Indiana FIRST Robotics volunteer system
- The Volunteer Coordinator will conduct 1-2 meetings per month to begin and then weekly meetings (virtual/phone)
- This is a volunteer position. It is a great way to network and do some event planning.
- Co-Volunteer Coordinators or Volunteer Coordinator Assistant are also options
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!
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
Book Club to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 21
We will be selecting titles for each month and signing up for snacks.
If you cannot attend or you have title suggestions, please email email@example.com.
Gardening Club to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 21
If anyone has any questions they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at Instagram @phs_gardeningclub
Key Club Welcomes New Members
Attention all freshmen or new members interested in joining Key Club this academic school year:
Please fill out this Google Form to be added to Key Club's email list and receive all of our emails about general information, upcoming meetings, and current volunteer opportunities.
If you were a member last year and received emails, there is no need to fill the form out. But if you feel that you did not receive our emails last year when you should have, please go ahead and fill out the form above.
Questions or concerns? Please email email@example.com
Thanks for your interest!
Freshmen Mentoring scheduled for Thursday (Sept. 23) and Friday (Sept. 24)
Kingsmen Court applications now open
Kingsmen Court applications are now open! Kingsmen Court is Penn’s student council, and it's made up of about 40 representatives from clubs, organizations, and our freshman class.
If you are a freshman looking to be a freshman rep, here is the Freshman Application.
If you would like to be a club representative, here is the Club/Organization Representative Application. Make sure to reach out to your club sponsors before applying!
If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due September 10th by 11:59 p.m.
GSA meetings scheduled
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:
Sign up for Girls Who Code Club
Girls Who Code is a club that will begin meeting after school later this year. If you are interested in more information, and/or joining the club, please complete the below form.
Penn Athletics All-Sports Passes on sale
All-Sports Passes are on sale for students and adults. Passes may be purchased in the Athletic Office from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-through-Friday.
Click here for details on purchasing All-Sports passes for Penn Athletics.
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 email@example.com.
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 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.