December 12, 2022

Excellence Happens Here

Penn High School is once again proud to learn that Penn seniors have been chosen to receive the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship! The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County announced today (Friday, Dec. 9, 2022) the names of four students who have been offered the 2023 scholarship, and two of the four student recipients are Penn students! Zichu Wang and Allison Yu are both former Northpoint Elementary and Discovery Middle students. Congratulations to these amazing students, their families, and all of the P-H-M teachers and staff that have contributed to their education! Click to learn more about Zichu Wang and Allison Yu.

In St. Joseph County since the Community Foundation began administering the Lilly Scholarship in 1998, 33 Penn Scholars have been named accounting for 25% of the total number of Scholars! Last year Penn had four Penn seniors named Lilly Scholars.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are chosen based on community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership. The scholarship provides for full tuition, fees, and books for four years, full-time, undergraduate study at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.

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Community Fitness Opportunities

As the weather quickly shifts from fall to winter, the school district is happy to pilot free fitness opportunities for the P-H-M community. This will take place four (4) days per week at the sites listed below.

Who is eligible to participate: The P-H-M Adult Community and Staff (no students). This includes residents of the school district and non-resident parents/guardians of attending students.

What: Access to walking/jogging tracks, open gym/basketball courts, and weight room.

When: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the sites listed below. Note: The fitness centers will be closed during designated school recess dates.

Weekly Schedule:

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Questions? Please see the assigned staff at each site to help answer your questions.


P-H-M teachers and staff are known for excellence. As a way to say THANK YOU, consider a

donation to the P-H-M Education Foundation’s Grant Fund. This tells your child’s “Special Person” that you honor him/her and value education at P-H-M. Your contribution to the Grant Fund will be returned to the schools in the form of TEACHERS GRANTS for programs and projects that cannot be funded through school budgets.

Your child’s “Special Person” will receive a special note with your message, a pin for their lanyard, and name of the donor (not the amount given). The first 100 employees to be recognized will receive a free Gold Carwash at Drive & Shine ($17 value)! We will also be doing weekly drawings for a chance (for nominees) to win gift cards!

A “Special Person” can include a teacher, aide, librarian, bus driver, custodian, or any other

P-H-M employee.

All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible, please contact the office if you would like a tax receipt.

Ski Club

The snow has started and so has the SMS Ski Club sign-up window. Our club will go to Swiss Valley for four Tuesdays beginning January 10th. Please click this link for more information and instructions for signing a student up. Do you want to come ski with us on Tuesdays in January? We will be able to offer parents and elementary students the option to purchase just the ski club punch cards or a season pass and meet us at Swiss Valley on our club nights. Click here for more information for parents and elementary students.

Mrs. Ludwig

COVID Home Tests

The state has provided COVID home tests free of charge for students. Limit 1 kit (2 tests) per student. Interested parents/guardians should pick them up from the office while supplies last.

Order Your Yearbook Now

Click here to order a yearbook. You can also share your photos here, enter schumucker for the school code.
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Pay School Fees Online

Click the button below for more information.

PTO Members & Volunteers

Please see the PTO Newsletter for the month of December.

Join the SMS Team

Interested in joining the SMS community not only as a family member but also as a team member? Please see below for two opportunities we currently have available:

Educational Assistant: If you or someone you know has a passion for helping students succeed and feel yourself to be a life-long learner, problem solver and collaborative team member, then this is the position for you! Please reach out to me ( if you would like to talk about the details regarding this position.

Universal Substitute: If you or someone you know loves being in the classroom, and collaborating with teachers and students, then please reach out with interest or questions to me at ( The daily rate for this position is $115 and there is flexibility within the schedule.

Other Subbing Opportunities

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Elementary School Employment Opportunity: Select elementary schools are in need of staff members who have a passion for working with students through our Kids Club After School Care from 2:00-6:00 pm. Please note that there is allowance for flexibility with days and hours for those who are interested in working. Additionally, if you are interested in the position and have an elementary school student in the same building you're working, your student may attend Kids Club for free. For more information, please contact Binti Shah at: or (574) 259-5231 ext. 43204. Thanks for your help!