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May Newsletter

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Cross Country

We are excited to invite you to participate in the challenging and fulfilling sport of Cross Country this fall! Joining the team gives you an opportunity to be involved in your SMS community, make new friends, get some exercise, and develop your strength and endurance.

If this sounds like the right sport for you, please fill out the following Google Form and join us on August 10th at 9:00am in the Schmucker Cafeteria. While parents learn more about our season, students will run a timed mile. Please make sure you are dressed appropriately for this activity!

After the parent meeting on August 10th, we will begin practicing on August 11th from 9-10am. Once school starts, practices will be right after school from 4-5:15pm. Meets are typically at 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the months of August and September. This year, we have even added a Middle School Invitational on August 28th!

All PHM athletes must be registered on RegisterMyAthlete before August 6th to participate. You must have a recent physical uploaded to the site and be approved to be involved in any sport at SMS (or any other PHM school). This process must be completed each school year. Here is the link to our website that explains how to register... How to register on Register My Athlete All physicals must be completed between the dates of April 1, 2021 - August, 10, 2021. The IHSAA has updated the physical link. Below is the new link:

If you have any questions about registering, please contact Mr. Modlin at

We are looking forward to meeting you this fall! Have a great summer!

Coach Ladson and Coach Black

JOIN REMIND for all 2021 Cross Country updates (note this is a different group from last year!!):

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Virtual Silent Auction

The P-H-M Education Foundation is hosting a Virtual Silent Auction. Don’t miss your chance to Browse, Bid & Buy incredible experiences, services and products while supporting excellence in education in all 15 P-H-M schools!

Bidding opens at 5pm Wednesday, May 5 and closes Friday, May 7 at 8pm! Here’s a sneak-peak at a few of the exciting items you can bid on…

  • One Complete Orthodontic Case donated by Dr. Shawn R. Long
  • South Bend Cubs Outdoor Suite for 12-32 guests
  • Papa Vino’s Wine Harvest Dinner for 10
  • Family Fun in Chicago includes passes to Brookfield Zoo & The Field Museum
  • Family Fun Baskets
  • Penn High School Summer Sports Camps
  • Mother’s Day Gift Boxes available for local delivery on May 8th
  • And MUCH more!!

Visit GiveGrove to bid early & often! I hope you take part in this extraordinary event for a great cause!

VEX Robotics Team 2021-22 School Year

Any student interested in joining Schmucker's VEX Robotics Team for the 2021-22 school year should read through this information sheet and complete this online application before June 1. Students must fill out the application from their PHM account. Please email any questions to Matt Reininga (

21st Century Scholars - Important Information!

Parents, be on the lookout for a 21st Century Scholars postcard delivered directly to your home. The postcard will look similar to the image below. What is 21st Century Scholars? It is a program for Indiana residents and if qualified, your child can earn FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE! Families will receive this postcard as a reminder to apply for 21st Century Scholars. The most important things to note are...

  • The deadline is June 30th of your child's 8th grade year.
  • However, if you apply by May 31st, you will be eligible to win some great prizes from Penn-Harris-Madison!
  • You can visit the ScholarTrack portion of the 21st Century Scholars website for more information on how to...
    • Create a ScholarTrack account in order to apply.
    • Apply for 21st Century Scholars
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International Travel

With safety as our top priority, we want to make certain that our families are aware of the CDC's recent Order (effective 1-26-21) related to international travel. This link provides more details as well as access to frequently asked questions. It is critical that families who might be contemplating upcoming international travel abide by this Order including all required post-travel quarantines.

Please understand that if you are planning to travel outside of the country while this Order is in effect, your child(ren) will need to quarantine for the specified number of days after returning to the United States. We must comply with this Order in an effort to maintain a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

Checking Grades & Report Cards

Parents, when you are checking on your child's grade, please be sure to check Skyward. Canvas does not always have all the assignments and assessments listed. For the most accurate grades, Skyward is best. Remember you can always email your child's teachers if you have any questions.

The grades you see on the Classes screen are “live” from the teacher's grade book and will typically match what you see on the report card. At the end of each marking period, the grades are finalized and then the Report Card is shown on Skyward.

Community Events

Click on the link below to see community events.

Safety Update: How Can Parents Monitor On-Line Activity


Starting this school year, families have the option of receiving weekly emails outlining your students online activity while using Chromebooks. This online service is free and it gives parents an opportunity to maintain a safe learning environment at school and at home. Please click on the attached links to learn more about how Securly can help you.


If you see something, hear something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at any P-H-M school or building. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

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PHM Open Positions

Please help us increase the size of our non-certified applicant pool. The link below will take you to the HR page in Frontline for all current PHM vacancies. Please encourage people you know who would be a great fit for our Schmucker community to apply. Thanks!

School Counselor Supports

All students are enrolled in a course named "Class of (Graduation Year)" in Canvas and Skyward. This is not an in-person class, but counselors will use this course in Canvas, as well as emails to parents and students, to communicate important information and availability for counseling services. Students can contact their counselor individually by using the School Counselor Appointment Request Form under the Guidance tab on the Schmucker website. Parents can contact counselors via email or school voicemail.

Technology Details

Technology Login Information: Please use the following instructions for students to access their email, Skyward, and Canvas.

  • Email Login Information:
    Username: first initial + last name + last 3 digits of ID number (example:
    Password: Passwords: ID number + phm (example: 123456phm)
  • Canvas/Skyward Login Information: Username: first initial + last name + last 3 digits of ID number (example: jdoe456)
    Password: ID number + phm (example: 123456phm)

For Parents and Students who need Tech help:

Logging in: If parents are having trouble getting into Canvas or Skyward please direct them to email

Chromebooks: If families are having issues with their Chromebook, they should send an email to

Other information for parents:

Bus Drivers Needed

PHM 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.


Penn-Harris-Madison utilizes the School Messenger® alert notification service to distribute emergency messages, such as school closings, delays and student attendance (for unexcused absences).

Parents are encouraged to visit today to create an account and set up your preferences for receiving emergency messages from the District.

Visit the PHM website for more information.

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