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Phone-a-thon needs student volunteers
The P-H-M Education Foundation is holding their annual Phone-a-Thon from 4:-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. If you’re looking for volunteer hours or a way to give back to P-H-M Schools, please consider helping out. Make calls to fellow P-H-M families, follow a script and earn money for all 15 P-H-M schools. Dinner & fun provided!
Register online at www.phmef.org/phone-a-thon
Peer Leadership applications available
Peer Leadership for 2022-2023
Are you interested in building warm and caring friendships? Are you interested in teaching? Do you need to beef up your experiences for college or the workforce?
Try Peer Leadership for an elective next year. This course is designed to give high school students the opportunity to interact with and learn about people with disabilities. Students will participate in 5 blocks over two weeks of in-class and/or community based instruction with students with moderate and severe disabilities under the personal supervision and direction of the course instructor or classroom teaching staff.
Are you already a peer leader and want to try a different atmosphere? Peer Leaders may work with students at the Young Adult Program located at Schmucker Middle School.
Applications are online and you can fill it out here.
When you schedule classes with your counselor, be sure they add Peer Leader to your schedule (1603) or if you are interested in the Young Adult Program Peer Leadership (1611).
If you have any questions, please direct them to Mrs. Shafer, the Academy Leader for Exceptional Education at email@example.com.
Caps and gowns, announcements to be distributed
Jostens will be here to deliver graduation gowns, caps, and announcements on Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28, during all lunches. Distribution will take place between the Cafeteria and Main Arena.
Freshmen Mentor Applications on March 7
Mentors are good role models, welcoming friendly faces who want to help freshmen make a smooth transition to Penn during the 1st semester. You will go through a training to learn leadership skills which will help you teach the lessons on a variety of topics relevant to freshmen, as well as building relationships with your small group and having fun.
Mentoring happens 1x week during your study hall, student assistant, Kingsmen Tutor, Cadet Teaching, BBBS, internship, or dismissal.
If you are interested in becoming a Freshman Mentor, please fill out the Freshman Mentor Application (students in grades 9-11).
The applications are available starting March 7.
Application deadline is March 21st by 11:59 p.m.
Auditions scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, for Spring Play
The spring play -- not a musical -- for 2022 is "Spoon River Anthology." Auditions for it will be Wednesday, March 9 in the Studio Theater from 3:30-5:30.
You do not need to prepare anything, but please do bring your schedule (appointments, family trips, work, clubs, etc.) for March 14-April 23.
Those auditioning will be doing a "cold read," meaning a part of a script will be provided to you at the same time as everyone else on that day. We will also have some movement work involved with the audition, so please wear clothing and shoes that you can move in.
Anybody can audition, not just those who have experience and/or are in a Theatre class!
AI summer programs available for students
Artificial Intelligence Enrichment Program led by Stanford and MIT Graduates
Inspirit AI is a 25-hour enrichment program that introduces elementary, middle and high school students to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts to build socially impactful projects such as fake news detection, COVID-spread prediction, art-generation, self-driving car simulation, and more! Developed and taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford, MIT, and other leading universities, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience in small-group classrooms. No programming experience is required, and advanced cohorts are available! Applications for our Spring, Summer 2022 programs are due March 15th. Please find the middle/elementary school program application here and brochure here. Feel free to contact our program coordinator, Aidan, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We look forward to guiding you on your AI journey!
Below please find some information about our high school AI course.
AI Scholars for High School: What do self-driving cars, Alexa, and iPhone's face recognition technology have in common? They are driven by modern advances in artificial intelligence. Whether you’re interested in law, healthcare, art, or economics, AI is poised to transform every discipline and industry in the future. AI is already all around us today, and by the end of the program, students will understand the underlying concepts and motivations behind technology such as computer vision, natural language processing, and neural networks.
In this course, we will explore the foundations of machine learning and explore different applications of machine learning models. In the first half of the course, students learn AI’s core technologies including applications, foundational concepts, and programming tools through live online lectures and coding labs. Students will not only learn about different types of machine learning models, but also apply those models to real data sets. In the second half of the course, students will complete an instructor-led group project applying AI to the discipline of their choice (e.g., music, healthcare, astrophysics, finance, etc.), utilizing the programming skills they developed in the first half.
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DVT/Planetarium features Laser Music Shows Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12
On Friday, March 11th, and Saturday, March 12th, the PHM DVT/Planetarium will be hosting its third of FOUR weekends of LASER MUSIC SHOWS! This weekend's shows will feature The Beatles, Rocketman, Grateful Dead, and Hypnotica! All tickets are $5 and seats can be reserved by visiting the DVT webpage (Select “Community” and then “DVT & Planetarium”) on the PHM Schools website or tickets can be purchased at the door with cash, check, or card 30 minutes before the show starts. The DVT is located inside Bittersweet Elementary.
Come and join us for a professional-quality laser music show, featuring intricate patterns and characters and a (water-vapor) haze machine.
LASER BEATLES & LASER POP March 11 Friday 6:30 pm
Magical Mystery Tour, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Twist & Shout, A Hard Day's Night, Nowhere Man, Help!, Yesterday, Octopus' Garden, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / A Day in the Life. 'NSync - Pop, Pink - Get This Party Started, The Beatles Medley, Smash Mouth - I'm A Believer, Sting - Desert Rose, The Beach Boys Medley, The B52's - Cosmic Thing, 'NSync - Digital Get Down, 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite
LASER ROCKETMAN March 11 Friday 8:00 pm
Saturday Night, Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Your Song, Philadelphia Freedom, Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets, Candle in the Wind, Honky Cat, Pinball Wizard
LASER GRATEFUL DEAD March 12 Saturday 6:30 pm
Touch of Grey, Fire on the Mountain, Trickin’, Friend of the Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Drums/Space, Uncle John’s Band, Me and My Uncle, Scarlet Begonias, Ripple, One More Saturday Night
LASER HYPNOTICA March 12 Saturday 8:00 pm
The Crystal Method - Trip Like I Do, Fat Boy Slim - Love Island, Faithless - Insomnia, Prodigy - Narayan, Björk - Joga, Delerium - Silence, The Chemical Brothers - Music: Response, Fat Boy Slim - Acid 8000, The Crystal Method - Comin' Back, The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun
Check IMC for Lost & Found
Check the IMC Lost and Found items.
Items include lost coats, shoes, and other clothing items.
Items not claimed will be donated to Goodwill/St. Vincent's before spring break.
Virtual Interview Option available to apply for P-H-M teaching jobs
A Virtual Interview Option is being offered for certified teachers (or individuals who will be certified teachers by the start of the 2022-2023 school year) who are interested in applying for teaching jobs in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.
Click here to schedule a virtual interview. Submit the form between Feb. 28-March 18 you you will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview at a time that is convenient.
P-H-M anticipates hiring in all areas.
Click here for information about why you should become a P-H-M teacher!
Regional Scholastic Awards on display at South Bend Museum of Art
Click here for information.
Summer School information available
2022 Penn Summer School Registration Information
Online Summer School Courses
Students must have approval and sign-up through their counselor. No exceptions!
For questions and registration, please contact your Penn High School counselor.
Penn Football 2022 season Cheerleader Tryouts set for March 28-30
Penn Football Cheerleader Tryouts for the 2022 season will be held March 28, 29, 30th at Penn High School.
If you are interested, please email Varsity Coach Rita Szweda at email@example.com before March 25 and she will provide the tryout information and your name will be added to the tryout list.
As of now, guest capacity will be at 75 percent (5,040) and all guests, graduates, and platform party members will need to be masked at all times while indoors.
Kingsmen Tutors available to assist with academic progress
Prom committee to meet on Wednesdays
Prom is April 30 in the Century Center from 8-11pm. This committee consists of juniors who are interested in planning prom. Please contact Mrs. Tiebout, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Weaver, email@example.com if you have any questions.
Free breakfast & lunch for students to continue to be available second semester.
Free breakfast and lunch will continue to be available second semester.
Please make sure to give your ID number to a cashier before leaving the serving area.
Thank you for your patience as we take numbers so we can continue this program.
Learn about Math competitions opportunity
Attendance reasons can now be reported through Skyward/Family Access
Parents/Guardians now have the ability to submit attendance reasons - for full-day absences, early dismissals or late arrivals - for approval by the school - through Skyward/Family Access, instead of calling Penn High School.
Requests can be entered on the day of the absence (i.e. a student is ill) or scheduled in advance (i.e. - a student has a doctor appointment).
Click here for instructions on how to submit attendance reasons through Skyward/Family Access.
Help build a bright future as a P-H-M employee
Parents, guardians, grandparents and community members can help build a bright future as an employee of the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.
Who would work better in P-H-M schools than those with a vested interest in the success of P-H-M schools? It's a unique way to give back to the community.
In addition to the many benefits of working in P-H-M schools, it offers parents/guardians the opportunity to be on the same schedule as their children in terms of start and finish times to the school day, as well as winter break, spring break, etc.
Please check out the infographics below regarding employment with P-H-M.
Become a Penn Booster !!!!
We truly appreciate your dedication and support of Penn High School. The Penn Booster's main function is to enhance the overall educational experience for the students here at PHS, and we couldn’t do it without you. The Boosters provides resources for our PHS athletic and student groups through various fundraising efforts, including events, sponsorships, donations, concession stand income, and most importantly through our memberships.
Memberships are $10 a year and are open to anyone interested in supporting Penn. Becoming a Booster Member does not mean you have to be on the Booster Board. You can be a representative for your respective athletic or academic team and be the liaison to the Board, or you can just support the Booster program by becoming a member with your $10 donation.
We are also excited to have launched our new Booster website. Please visit us at http://www.pennboosters.org as we continue to connect with the PHM community.
If you are interested in sharing your gifts or talents with the Boosters, we would very much enjoy finding an opportunity for you to do that. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and talk about how you can help our group continue to provide the “Gold Standard” that we are accustomed to here at Penn.
Click here for details.
Student Lunch Delivery Policy
P-H-M announces new transportation routing platform
The Penn-Harris-Madison Transportation Department is excited to announce our transition to our new transportation routing platform, 3DEZRouting, for the 2021-22 school year.
This will allow for streamlined communication with Transportation that enables you to view bus information, make requests, and receive regular correspondence directly from the Transportation Department.
The Parent Portal will provide frequently updated information, so please be on the lookout for emails from the following addresses allowing you to create your Parent Portal Account beginning in July.
Safe School Helpline now available as an app
The Safe School Helpline® is a confidential way to report student concerns about threats, suicide, drugs, bullying or anything that threatens the safety of our schools. It's Available 24/7. Click to watch a video on how to get in touch with Administration anonymously 24/7/365.
Four Ways to Report to the Safe School Helpline®
Call: 1-800-418-6423 ext 359
Text: TIPS to 66746
- The app makes it easy to anonymously report a safety or mental health concern using your mobile device to text, call, or submit an online form.
P-H-M seeks bus drivers
P-H-M 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.
Meet the PTO
Penn PTO is a group of devoted parents and volunteers who work hand-in-hand with administration to support our students, staff and teachers through events that bring together community and show appreciation.
The PTO provides grants to our teachers, clubs and student groups.
We also coordinate Snowball (an event your student will not want to miss), teacher appreciation week and monthly appreciation events for teachers and staff, as well as organizing and funding things such as Freshman Frenzy.
We have meetings once a month and would love for you to join us and learn more. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our meeting invite list for a virtual meeting option or check the calendar and join us in person.
Support the PTO through Amazon Smile
Help support your Penn High School PTO!
Simply follow the directions below and search for: Penn High School PTO Incorporated. Every time you order eligible items, a percentage at no extra cost to you, will automatically go to PHS PTO.
How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app
If you’re not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select your favorite charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you.
Get the app
Turn on AmazonSmile
Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com
We appreciate your support!
Japanese Club to meet on Wednesday, March 16
Writers' Guild to meet on Friday, March 4, and Friday, March 18
GSA meetings scheduled
All are welcome; the GSA includes allies too!
Crochet Club to meet First Black Day of each week
The Crochet Club will meet after school on the first Black day of each week in Room 179.
The purpose of this club is to teach crochet to fellow students, allow students a place to talk about their interest in crochet, and donate projects to people in need.
The Crochet Club advisor is Jodi Mejia.
Esports team seeks players for Valorant, Rocket League, Overwatch or Super Smash Bros
Science Academic Super Bowl meetings held on Thursdays
Interested in joining?
Do these 3 things:
- Join our email group list by emailing Mrs. Tiebout.
- Transportation fees ($10) are due by the end of the month in the bookstore.
- Go to www.registermyathlete.com and select Academic Super Bowl - Science to sign up.
Girl Up Club seeks members
The Girl Up Club is seeking members. The club seeks to inspire girls in the Penn High School community to become leaders, change-makers and discover their true voices.
Here is the sign-up google form:
Volunteer at the Humane Society
On Saturday mornings, Penn Animal Outreach Club will be volunteering a small group of members to take care of cats at St. Joe Humane Society (2056 Grape Rd.).
Any students are welcome to sign up! The dates are listed in the Google sheet below. Each session is from 9 a.m. to noon and sign up is first come first serve.
If you are under 16, you must fill out the waiver and code of conduct attached below and bring it to the event. Also, we must have one parent chaperone per event, so if your parent can volunteer their time please let us know in the google sheet. The parent must also fill out the waiver attached below and the sign up sheet.
The center also requires that each volunteer have a written note saying that their parents allow them to be chaperoned by the volunteering parent. Since we are taking care of cats, please do not come if you are allergic in any way.
Click here for the Humane Society Code of Conduct form.
Click here to sign-up.
Penn Dance Marathon seeks members
Are you interested in joining Penn Dance Marathon? Dance Marathons are held in hundreds of high schools and colleges around the nation and they benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all around the country. We raise money for Riley Children's Hospital throughout the school year. This is through various means of fundraising such as restaurant giveback nights, canning at sporting events, and individual fundraising on DonorDrive. We also interact with fellow Riley Families and hold a multi-hour fundraising event in April where we reveal our earnings. The club is open to everyone and there are no dues or fees.
To sign up go to this link:https://forms.gle/yWFw6XKuAnUbRNWMA
Apply to be on our executive board with this link: https://forms.gle/3Nz39wRG7f3G9gEv9
Girls Tennis meeting set for Thursday, March 3
Students must enter at Door A.
Mandatory Softball Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 3
Penn Athletics All-Sports Passes on sale
Penn Kingsmen All-Sports Passes are now $30 for students and $50 for adults for Winter/Spring Sports.
They can be purchased online at: https://phm.revtrak.net/Student-Athlete-Fees/Athletic-Passes/#/list
Join Kingsmen 100
1. GET AN ALL SPORTS PASS
2. SHOW THE STRENGTH COACHING STAFF
3. ATTEND PENN ATHLETIC EVENTS
4. SHOW STRENGTH COACHING STAFF ROSTER FROM EVENT
5. CHEER ON THE KINGSMEN
CLICK HERE for details.
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.
PHYSICALS FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT PENN
St. Joseph Health System Sports Medicine, Beacon Medical Group Sports Medicine and the South Bend Clinic notified Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation and other St. Joseph County high schools that they would not be able to continue the practice of their physicians providing school-based "on-site" pre-participation physical examinations for student-athletes.
Click here for more information.
Student may only ride on assigned bus
Student before-school drop-off procedures
Student after-school pick-up procedures
Fitness Center currently closed to community
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:
Skyward and student progress
Update address changes in Skyward
It's very easy to update your address if you've moved. You can take two pieces of mail, like a utility bill, mortgage/lease statement, etc,...and either drop them off at Penn's Counseling Center or scan or photograph them and email them to Wendy Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to include the student's name and grade, and if there needs to be a bus change form completed for a new route.
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
Contact Independent Study at email@example.com
If you are enrolled in Independent Study, please use the following email address for all questions and help: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penn High School Calendars
Community Resources list
Click here for a listing of non-school community resources available to Penn students and families by businesses area organizations.
Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required to view the pdfs on this page. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please visit Adobe’s website, at this link http://www.get.adobe.com/reader/www.get.adobe.com/reader/, to download your free version. Or you can stop by the Educational Services Center at 55900 Bittersweet Rd., Mishawaka to pick up a copy.
ebooks now available through Penn High School
Certified Lifeguards needed
Penn needs certified lifeguards to work during after school hours.
Pay: $10 an hour.
Times: Monday-through-Friday 3:30-6 p.m. and/or 6-8 p..m.; Saturdays 7:30-10 a.m. and/or 10 a.m.-Noon.
Email Mrs. Crist, email@example.com, if you are interested.
e-Learning for Grades 9, 10, 12 on Wednesday, March 2; SAT for Juniors on Wednesday, March 2
Students in grades 9, 10 and 12 will have an e-Learning day on Wednesday, March 2.