Elsie Rogers Express

November 18, 2022

#PHMExcellence

#PHMExcellence is more than just academic excellence; it's also kindness, empathy and helping others. Year round, but especially during the holiday season, our schools find creative ways to engage students in community activities teaching them the importance of giving back. Here are some examples:


  • At Northpoint, students collected nearly 2,000 boxes of cereal for an area food bank.
  • At Grissom, student food drives help keep the schools' food pantry well stocked for students & families in need.
  • At Penn, teachers collect student donations for Riley Children's Hospital for the best "Turkey Legs!"



#PHMExcellence is about giving thanks! Penn-Harris-Madison is thankful for all our students, families and staff. We wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Seussical Comes to Elsie Rogers

Thanks to a generous grant from the PHM Education Foundation, the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & Thing 2 and a host of other Dr. Seuss characters graced our stages with performances of Seussical, a musical comedy by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

We could write all about it, but something this amazing should be seen to fully appreciate the amount of hard work and talent that went into it. Take a look at a clip and pictures below!

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Elsie Rogers Presents Seussical the musical!

High Ability Update

In accordance with Indiana law, we are required to have an identification process in place to identify High Ability students. According to the Indiana Department of Education, ‘“High ability student” means a student who: performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain when compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment; and is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interests.’


Indiana requires the screening of all kindergarten, second grade, and fifth grade students who are not previously identified as High Ability. A student may be labeled as High Ability in Language Arts and/or Math.


PHM uses two nationally-normed assessments to identify High Ability students: CogAT and NWEA. CogAT - Cognitive Abilities Test - testing will be done during the month of December. CogAT is an aptitude test that measures a student’s problem-solving skills and thinking abilities. There is no preparation that can be done for this test. Students will participate in a practice test to familiarize them with the type and format of the questions.


Depending on your child’s results and grade level, he/she may participate in NWEA testing in February. That information will be forthcoming.


Student's in Mrs. Mauro's Class Participating in B100's 10,000 for the Troops!

Free Meals and Textbook Assistance

Your family may be eligible for assistance paying for cafeteria meals and school fees.

Households that meet the financial guidelines of the National School Lunch Program are eligible for free or reduced meal prices, as well as a discount applied to textbook rental fees. To receive this support parents must apply annually and provide information that serves to verify household income. The application is easy to fill out (choose online or paper format) and it includes a place to indicate that you also want to apply for textbook assistance. Please make sure to submit only one form (application) per household, even if the children are in different schools.


(Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be accepted beginning July 1st, 2022)


We encourage ALL Elsie Rogers parents to apply online at this website: www.schoolcafe.com.


Applying online is faster and easier than using printed forms, and your benefits will start sooner!

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Save the Dates

November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)