The Panther Post

October 28, 2022

Points of #PHMExcellence

P-H-M prides itself in offering academic excellence at every level, to every student. With a 97% graduation rate, Penn High School is a state and national academic leader helping students with college and career readiness. Penn High School offers everything from vocational to advanced biomedical courses, to the fine arts, to robotics, even providing one of the finest and most complete health and athletic training programs in Indiana.
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Madison MVP's

Madison's one and only...Candace Meert. Candace is part of our P-H-M technology team. She's the first one to provide technical and instructional support, along with logistical assistance to both our staff and students. She also helps to create our Madison school news and is obsessed with flamingos. Thanks for all you do, Mrs. Meert! You are FLAMAZING!

Important Dates

November 8

Election Day-No School


November 18

PTO Meeting @ 1:00 PM


November 23-27

Thanksgiving Break-No School

COVID Home Test Kits

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

Visitors and Volunteers

Please remember if you are interested in volunteering in one of our classrooms you MUST complete a background check (see below) and the PHM Volunteer Bullying and Harassment Training for Madison. If you are unsure if your background check is still valid, please call Gina or Patty in the front office.


At Madison we are encouraging all of our visitors to preregister with Safe Visitor for EVERY school event. Pre-registration is available to make the check-in process at the school run faster. Click here to utilize SafeVisitor’s Online Pre-registration process.


What to expect when you arrive at the school:

  • All visitors will now be required to present a valid photo ID, which may include a driver’s license, State issued photo ID, or passport every time you enter as a school visitor.
  • All approved visitors will have a picture taken at each visit and receive a temporary badge that must be visibly worn at all times.
  • All visitors must return to the main office and check-out at the front desk, returning their badge.


As always volunteers are needed and appreciated!

Student Fee Update

Student fees are uploaded into Skyward. Parents have the option of paying by cash, check, or online. If paying by check make sure the check is made out to Madison Elementary. If you are interested in paying online please follow the directions below.


To get started, follow the following steps:

Step 1: Ensure that you have login credentials to Skyward Family Access

Step 2: Follow this link to e~Funds for Schools

Step 3: Select “Pay for Student Fees”

Step 4: Select “Login to retrieve my information”

Step 5: When prompted, click to sign in to Skyward Family Access

Step 6: Select “Pay for Student Fees”

Step 7: Select your students, add all fees to the cart, then follow prompts to online checkout!


Note: There is a flat fee of $1.50 for payments made when using a checking account. For payments using a credit or debit card, there is a fee of $2.85 for every $100 increment


All student fees are due by March 31st.

Veteran's Day Performance

I am proud to announce that all 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders are invited to perform in this year’s Veterans Day Concert! Please save the date and see concert details below:


When: Friday November 11th (Veterans Day)

12:30-1:30 Performance during the school day where Veterans in our community are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

6:30-7:30- Evening performance for Madison families


Where: Madison Gym


Who: All 1st, 2nd and 3rd Graders (If your child is unable to attend please let me know A.S.A.P)


Attire: Patriotic Clothing (Red, White, and Blue)


Pre-registration is available for this event. In order to make the check-in process at the school run faster click here to utilize SafeVisitor’s Online Pre-registration process.

Breakfast and Lunch

Just a reminder that breakfasts and lunches are not free this year and that parents need to apply asap for free lunch and book rental assistance at www.schoolcafe.com if they think they may qualify for free or reduced lunches.

Reporting Student Absences

If your child will be absent for any reason, please notify our office as soon as possible! Our office staff records all absences beginning at 8:00 am and must phone any student's home who does not report to school without notice.


Another option is to go to your Skyward Family Access Account and follow these steps:


  • Click on the Attendance Tile for the child who will be absent.
  • Click on the Absence Requests Tab
  • Click Add Absence Request on the right side of the screen
  • Enter Start and End Date
  • Check All Day if the absence will be the entire school day
  • Attendance Reason - Choose from the drop down menu
  • Comment - Add any information regarding the absence reason
  • Click SAVE in the upper right hand corner

Dyslexia Universal Screener

Please check out this link to learn more about the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) requirements for students that show risk factors for dyslexia and how they are being implemented at PHM.

Outside Organizations

P-H-M no longer distributes paper flyers or other promotional items of outside organizations through our schools. Please do not print and send flyers to our schools for distribution.


Instead, we now post digital flyers on our Community Events & Activities section of P-H-M District website at this link: https://www.phmschools.org/community-events-activities (linked below, as well) There is also a link back to this page off all 15 school websites.

Social Emotional Learning

P-H-M is committed to helping students reach their fullest potential, which includes the whole child! Please visit the PHM website HERE for various valuable parent resources to help you in supporting your child.

Helpful Links

Pay School Fees Online

School fees are ready!

Community Events & Activities

Clicking on the button above will provide you a listing of non-school activities and events made available to P-H-M students and families by area organizations.

Forms for Parents

The PHM website has almost all forms (some online) and information you may need throughout the school year. Instead of hunting down paperwork, always check here first.

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

Online: SafeSchoolHelpline.com

Mobile App: Download the FREE app from the GOOGLE PLAY STORE and the APPLE APP STORE


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.

A Note from PTO

This year's PTO Officers:


President: Mary Schori

Vice President: Julie Mattison

Secretary: Brittany Fox

Treasurer: Betsy Bartholomew