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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.
Take-home meals available to purchase
Take-home meals will be available to purchase on Wednesdays and Fridays until students are back in school full-time. The package will contain 3 breakfast and 3 lunch meals. Items will be frozen if possible and bags will have heating and storage instructions.
Students will pay using their meal account and must have their school ID. For example,
If a student is paid status they will be charged for 3 breakfasts ($1.25 x 3) and 3 lunches ($2.10 x 3) for a total cost of $10.05. Reduced meal-eligible student cost will be $2.10 and free meal-eligible students receive the bag for free.
We will have a person(s) available at Door C, Door L and the IMC.
We will have meals available for the 100 percent virtual learners at Penn's Door C from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be the same type of bag with only 4 meals on Wednesday and 6 on Friday.
School/Yearbook photos will be taken Tuesday, Sept. 22, through Friday, Sept. 25, for students who are in the building. Students will be dismissed by classes to take the photos.
A date for Virtual Learners School/Yearbook photos will be announced later.
Click here to set a school-photo reminder.
Click here for details on purchasing school photos.
Hybrid Start Day
Penn High School will begin its Hybrid Return to Learning plan on Monday, Sept. 21, with Virtual Learning for all students.
In-person learning at Penn - for those who have chosen in-person learning - will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
This document outlines our Return to Learn safety protocols as it relates to arrival and dismissal procedures, passing periods, lunch and classroom instruction.
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 Walk-Around for Freshmen, new students scheduled
A Penn High School Walk-Around for freshmen & new students will be held from 3:30-6 p.m., Sept. 15-18.
Tues., Sept. 15: Last Names A-L
Wed., Sept. 16: Last Names A-L
Thurs., Sept. 17: Last Names M-Z
Fri., Sept. 18: Last Names M-Z
Enter Door A. Masks are required. Physical distancing protocols must be followed.
Join the Kingsmen Team as an Educational Assistant
Dear Penn High School Community,
Do you know someone who seeks to make an educational impact with the next generation? Please send them our way! We are currently taking applications for educational assistant positions. These positions are 35 hours per week, and follow the school year calendar. Our aides are amazing staff members, who make an impact every day with our students!
Those interested in applying should email Mr. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Return 2019-2020 textbooks
Bring the textbooks to Door A, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., on Monday-through-Friday school days.
Masks/county health protocols are required.
Please participate in the U.S. Census
Penn High School would like to draw your attention to a very important event that will impact our school, community, and country for the next decade, and is taking place right now nationwide: the United States Census.
Please click on this link to read important information regarding the census and how your participation can help you, your family and our community.
Click here for Census resources.
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 email@example.com
The 2019-2020 Yearbooks are in
2019-2020 yearbooks are IN!
If you ordered your book last year, your book is being shipped to the address you gave at the time of your order. They will take a few weeks to get to you— please be patient!
If you’d like to purchase one of these books, they are available now in the bookstore in a limited supply for $85 a piece. Please contact the bookstore to make your purchase!
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) & Mental Health
1. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, “Social and Emotional Learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Based on research especially regarding neurodevelopment and cultural responsiveness, the Indiana Department of Education holds that there are seven core competencies (Insight, Regulation, Connection, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Sensory-Motor Integration, & Mindset), which can be broken down into subtopics. These core competencies need to be intentionally taught to students to help them be successful both now and in the future, especially as it relates to college and career readiness. For the month of September, the SEL lessons will cover the SEL core competencies of insight, regulation, critical thinking and mindset. More specifically, the lessons will cover the subtopics of the following:
- Cognitive Flexibility (Flexible Thinking), which is learning to think about things and circumstances in a new, positive way. For more information, please see P-H-M's SEL resource with info on cognitive flexibility at this link.
- Identifying Personal Strengths
- Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Setting personal goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, & Timely)
- Developing a Growth Mindset, which is based on the work of cognitive psychology and Dr. Carol Dweck's research. A Growth Mindset means that people believe their talents can be developed through hard work, accepting constructive feedback, understanding that one can learn and grow from a mistake or failure, and embracing the power of the word "Yet" believing their time and efforts will help them to work toward achieving a goal.
2. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Please check out this newsletter for more information, including resources. Suicide Prevention Newsletter for Parents/Guardians linked here.
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 www.phmef.org for more information and updates.
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:
Penn High School
56100 Bittersweet Rd
Mishawaka, IN 46545
Please review the Chromebook Use Agreement & Guidelines.
Chromebook Support and Repair can be reached at Chromebooks@phm.k12.in.us.
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 @firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com starting on Monday, August 24.
New student assignments for Counselors announced
Click here for the list of Counselors, student assignments and contact information.
PTO introduction, update
The Penn PTO will have a virtual meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
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 to read this week's edition of PTO Corner, which includes important dates & information.
Black Student Union to meet on Thursday, Sept. 24
This will be a virtual meeting.
Email Ms. Yarrell - email@example.com - for the meeting link.
Freshmen Mentoring scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, and Friday, Sept. 18
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 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
Penn Kids Coalition to meet on Thursday, Sept. 17
Our first meeting is at 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.
For more information about our club we will be posting on our instagram account, which is @penn.kids.coalition.
Writers' Guild to meet on Friday, Sept. 18
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.
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:
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
Penn High School Calendars
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.