Spartan Herald November 2018

Building Community Empowering Learners Inspiring Creativity

Curious Learners Sharing Their Accomplishments

Dear Schmucker Students and Families,

October was a busy month here at Schmucker! Thank you to all our families that came out to Student Led Conferences. Students had much to celebrate! From class reflections to ISTEP scores, students reflected on their progress and shared their successes. We are eager to see how students will continue to Set The Bar High and accomplish many great things this year!

In addition to students sharing their academic success, we had many other events happening during conferences. Thank you to the National Junior Honors Society for running the bake sale and pumpkin sale. They raised close to $600. I know many of you took advantage of technology support offered in the IMC and stopped by to learn more about 21st Century Scholars. Our Young Adult Program also displayed their talents at their fall sale. We were also happy to announce our raffle basket winners this week on WSMS. Again, we appreciate all of the work that went into Student Led Conferences. It was a great way for our Schmucker community to celebrate.

We hope all of you have a wonderful Fall and enjoy time with family and friends over Thanksgiving Break!

With your child in mind,

Lavon Dean-Null


State Mandated Curriculum


Due to an new Indiana law all schools are required to provide age appropriate and research based instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in grades kindergarten through 12th. We are working with the Family Justice Center, Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County and the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit to provide this instruction for our students. We need all parents/guardians to complete the online permission slip form. This must be completed for each child. This will only take a few moments of your time. Please complete this as soon as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any SMS administrator.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sparty Party!

We appreciate everyone’s contributions to our school fundraiser! On Thursday, October 25, we hosted the annual Sparty Party to acknowledge students who contributed to the Mrs. Fields fundraiser. Throughout the first quarter of the school year, students sold baked goods to raise funds supporting a multitude of events at SMS. A bonus was that those students who sold at least three items were invited to attend the Sparty Party. In the days leading up to the party, Craig Tornquist, the fundraiser representative, worked with us to award students with prizes for their sales. Students with the highest number of sales had increased opportunities during lunch to pull the prize envelopes out of a hat. These students won various amounts of money, as well as a chance to silly string Assistant Principal Mr. Fry.

For one hour after each grade’s lunch on the day of the party itself, qualifying students went down to the gym. Students enjoyed racing each other in inflatables! The photo booth was a big hit as well and students have many pictures by which to save these memories. The Sparty Party was a huge success in both raising funds benefiting student activities throughout the school year and providing a time for students to have fun with their peers. Thank you families for all your support!

Important Dates

Nov 2 - 6th Grade Dance, 4pm.

Nov 3 & 10 - Intramural Open House, 11am - 1pm

Nov 6 - General Election at SMS

Nov 7 - 6th Grade Band concert, 7pm

Nov 7 - 7th Grade Band concert, 8pm

Nov 9 - Veterans Day Program, 9am - 1pm

Nov 14 - Fundraiser Delivery Date

Nov 14 - 8th grade Band concert at Penn called Kaleidoscope

Nov 15 - PTO Fundraiser at Chipotle

Nov 21-25 Thanksgiving Recess

Check out all events on our Website calendar: SMS Calendar

Please read our November PTO newsletter by clicking the link below!

PTO Fundraiser

Help support the SMS PTO by joining them Thursday, November 15th at Chipotle! Mention or show the flyer next to this message, and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Schmucker PTO!

Important Action Needed by ALL Families

Indiana law requires that all schools provide age appropriate and research based instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Penn-Harris-Madison has partnered with the Family Justice Center, Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County and the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit to provide this instruction for our students. P-H-M School Corporation will be utilizing the Teen Lures Prevention curriculum to educate middle and high school students on a variety of safety issues. In November and early December, staff from the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit and Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County will present about ways youth can prevent, respond to and report all forms of child abuse, dating violence and sexual assault. By talking openly with students about what constitutes healthy and respectful relationships, we prepare young people to better recognize and resist all forms of mistreatment. The presentations will be given either convocation style or via video to individual classrooms.

For additional information about the curriculum, please visit

To learn more about the program, an optional parent information night will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 5th at Schmucker Middle School, 56045 N Bittersweet Rd.

Please sign and return the permission form below to notify us of your wishes for your student(s) to participate in this curriculum. You can also fill out an online version of this permission form on your school’s website under the NEWS section.

Click here for a printable version of this letter:

English Language Learners Family Night

Come join the PHM ELL Program community and learn about…

  • Meet the ELL Teacher

  • The services the English Language Program offers

  • English Language Development standards

  • The English language assessment WIDA

Date: November 8th, 2018

Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM

Where: Walt Disney Elementary cafeteria

4051 Filbert Rd. Mishawaka 46545

Learning more about our Schmucker Family

We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Mannor, a SMS mother, and Laney Fry, Mr. Fry’s daughter. We appreciate them sharing their personal stories as students learn more about Down Syndrome. Thanks to Mr. Snoeyink for organizing this SMS community learning event!

"Life Coach" in Careers Class

Click the link below to read about Notre Dame's Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Ryan Humphrey, giving Mrs. Deithrich's Careers class a "life lesson".

A message from our Gold Star Counselors

Parents of 8th Graders!

It's almost time to schedule the Class of 2023 for Penn High School! Here are some important dates to have on your calendar for the upcoming months:

November 27 - 8th graders visit Penn during school 12:30-3:00 p.m.

December 4 - Penn Counselors meet with 8th Grade Parents 6:00-7:00 p.m.

December 10 - Penn Showcase (Plan to attend to see classrooms and learn about electives and activities at Penn)

January 11 - Early College Scheduling with Penn Counselors (appt time will be emailed to you before Winter Break)

Jan 18-25 - Register for Summer PE Lottery on PHS website

(Summer School Dates: Dates are June 10-28; July 8-26)

February 14 - Confirm registration and pay for Summer PE if chosen for lottery

Early February (date TBD)- Have electives chosen and pink sheet turned in to SS teacher to create final Penn Schedule with SMS Counselors

August 2019 - Become a Penn Kingsman!

May 2023 - Graduate from Penn High School!

Mrs. Hoover and Mrs. Walton, (sub for Mrs. Eck) are available to parents through voicemail and email.

Students can make an appointment to see their school counselors by using the online google form.

  • Go to Schmucker’s website and select “Guidance” and “Counselor Appointment Form”
  • Complete the “School Counselor Appointment Form”
  • Be sure to CHECK YOUR EMAIL. Your counselor will email you with an appointment date and time.

A note from Student Council!

Student Council is proud to share that our Pinktober event was a success! We raised $310.64 selling pink packs of gum during the lunch periods last week! The money collected will be donated to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.

We also sponsored a Down Syndrome Awareness Day on Friday! We wore yellow and blue to support this wonderful cause! We collected money donations in our Advisory classrooms, sold yellow and blue bracelets, blue water bottles and sold blue packs of gum during all lunch periods! We were able to raise $600.24!!! The money raised will be donated to Michiana Down Syndrome.

Thank you to all the students, teachers and families that supported these wonderful causes!

We can make a difference!

A special note from NJHS

The annual NJHS Bake Sale was a huge success! Thank you to all of the families who donated delicious baked goods and to everyone who helped sell them. Thank you to everyone who bought baked goods to help support our cause. We raised almost $600!! This money will be used to help Student Council fill Thanksgiving baskets for students in need.


The annual Holiday Thank-a-Teacher program will run from November 12 thru December 7, 2018. This is the perfect opportunity to thank that special teacher, bus driver, office secretary, librarian, or any other P-H-M employee that has made a difference in your child's life. The minimum donation is $20 per recipient and the money received is used to fund future grants for programs that wouldn't otherwise be possible due to budget cuts. Your special person will receive a note and congratulatory pin acknowledging your donation. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. We are also taking credit cards as payment. Forms can be downloaded at Thanks for your continued support for the P-H-M Education Foundation where our mission is to support excellence in education at P-H-M schools! Questions can be emailed to

Spell Bowl

Schmucker's Spell Bowl team came in 2nd place during the regional competition! They spelled 63 out of 72 words correctly!

Interested in Art Club?

Art Club is starting Wednesday, November 7th! 4:00pm - 5:30pm

If students or parents are interested, please email Katie Deitrich at

Attention 8th Grade Parents: Exceptional Education Academy Open House at Penn

Does your 8th grade student have an IEP? Come join the Penn High School Exceptional Education Academy for their annual open house. Click on the link for details!


Students should keep their eyes on the SMS website calendar and their ears on the WSMS morning announcements to learn of the fun activities to enjoy through our intramural program. The intramural coordinator will be making arrangements for space and supervision for a number of activities as the year progresses. Come and join in the fun!

Currently intramural open gym is running. The first one is Saturday, November 3rd from 11am-1pm!


Canvas is a LMS (Learning Management System) that is used in PHM. Teachers can put content online for students, make announcements and provide assignments. All parents are enrolled in the Canvas course of their students as observers. As observers, you can see the content, but are not able to interact with it. Please access the links below to learn more.

To keep you organized, you can also download the Canvas app for your phone or tablet.


WSMS is recorded to Youtube ALMOST every day. (Technology!) If you would like to watch our daily announcements, check it out!

Here is the link to the channel if you want to publish it to parents.

A Special Message from PHM Technology


If you missed the deadline to enroll in the school Chromebook repair plan, there is still a chance to participate. After further review, the PHM Technology department has decided to offer insurance throughout the school year. To participate you will need to bring in the filled out repair plan form, payment, and your student's Chromebook for review. The Chromebook must be damage free and in working order to participate in the repair plan.

To minimize damage to chromebooks, please remind your child to keep their chromebook in its case at all times.


Every student should now have their Chromebook. I would encourage all parents to review our expectations for using technology with your child.

SMS Technology Expectations

  • I will use technology to achieve my learning goals.

  • I will be responsible with my use of technology and will remember that this is an online public representation of me and our school.

  • I will report to a teacher any inappropriate posts, comments or use.

  • I will use school-associated social media appropriately during the school day.

  • I will use appropriate grammar instead of texting language when communicating.

  • I will not reveal any personal information such as: telephone numbers, names, addresses, email addresses etc.

  • I will not post photos or video showing myself or classmates unless authorized by a teacher.

  • I will bring my Chromebook to school everyday fully charged.

  • All school rules and consequences apply.

transportation policy

If your child is planning on going home on another bus with a friend, it is important to remember that the bus driver needs permission from the school office. The office will grant permission if we have a note from both parents (sending and receiving) and if the bus is not full as determined by the Transportation Center. We cannot, however, permit boys and girls to go home together even if they have parental permission. Parents would need to make these arrangements on their own after school hours.

Consent To Publish student work and photographs

PHM requires schools to receive permission from parents to publish student photos and work. If you have not returned this document, please access the link below, print the document and return signed to school. We must receive this document from every student.

Consent To Publish Student Work and Photographs

21st century scholars

We want to remind the 21st Century Scholars or their parents to contact the North Central Regional Support Program Office if there as been a change of address or phone number. This is necessary to help ensure that Scholars and parents do not miss opportunities such as: college campus visits, workshops, informational sessions or activities for parents. Most importantly, it will help ensure that Scholars do not miss their scholarship opportunity. A roster of the 21st Century Scholars will be forwarded to Schmucker's Guidance Office. The 21st Century Scholars phone number is 574-239-2380.

Homework Requests

When a student is absent, we urge the student or parent to check Canvas and/or Home Access Center for homework information.

Families Can Get help with Lunch & Textbook Fees

We encourage families who are struggling to meet expenses to apply for the National School Lunch Program's free and reduced-price lunch. The application is easy to complete (one per household) and includes a place to indicate that you also want to apply for textbook assistance. It's a good idea to take advantage of this program early in the school year. For answers to frequently asked questions, application or more information, click here:

School Messenger

The corporation uses a School Messenger tool to announce snow days and delayed start days. Our plan is to utilize School Messenger this year as an additional communication tool from our administrators to parents and students. Please make sure that your student's emergency card contains your most current, preferred email address to facilitate our use of this communication.

Protected by Raptor

The Raptor security tool is a visitor management software that will scan a visitor's information against the National Sex Offenders database. All parents and visitors will need to report to the main office with a valid, government-issued ID. This ID is needed only on your first visit. Once you are entered into the Raptor system, your information is saved for any future visits. A picture ID tag will automatically be printed which you will wear for the duration of your visit that day. You are asked to submit your ID tag to the office when you leave the building. Our goal is and always has been to keep our students, staff and visitors from any and all harm.

Wellness Information

Clothing necessary for participation in Wellness class activities throughout the school year is as follows:

Shorts: athletic style, any color, five inch inseam or longer (no cut offs)

T-shirt: yellow or gold - short sleeves

Shoes: tennis shoes with ties for securing to the feet - no vans, mules, canvas ballet flats


All clothing should be labeled with student's first initial and last name (no nicknames). Please visit our Schmucker website for further instructions, guidelines and policies for our wellness classes:

Student/Family Opportunities

Often during the school year an opportunity for your child or your family arises where you believe that the educational value of an experience is a good reason to miss school. In most cases, however, these opportunities are not considered "excused" absences. In order to take advantage of this experience and still be considered "excused", a parent or guardian must receive permission from the principal at least one week in advance. You can contact the principal by phone or email. However, if he does not receive any notification of the absence, it will be considered "unexcused".


The PHM Board of School Trestees' policy requires that any prescription medication must be accompanied by written permission from the student's parent or guardian, and in compliance with written instructions from a physician. Prescription medication forms are available in the school's Main Office or Health Office or by clicking:

Prescription Medication Form

Also now for middle school students - pain relievers, Tums and cough drops will be supplied and provided by the school's Health Office if proper documentation is on file. This form can be obtained by clicking: NON-Prescription Medication Form This option is only available to students 12 years of age and older who follow the package instructions for people 12 years of age and older. If you or your doctor request a dosage other than the recommended dosage on the bottles/packages of our stock over-the-counter medications, documentation would be required the same as if it were a prescription medication.

Student Hours

8:50am - Bus Arrival

9:00am - First Bell

9:05am - Classes Begin

4:00pm - Dismissal

4:10pm - Bus Departure