Mustang Messenger -Special Edition-

September 9, 2022

Points of #PHMExcellence

Last week Dr. Thacker shared some important information relative to the latest student achievement data at Penn-Harris-Madison. We continue to be proud of our P-H-M Triangle of success in connecting students, teachers, and parents. We're excited to share with you points of #PHMExcellence from across the district.

Reminders About Attendance & Transportation


Please report your child's absence via our attendance email: OR by calling our office (574-272-0340). You may also report late arrivals due to appointments in the same way. Students who are leaving early for an appointment will be called to the office upon your arrival.

Families need to request "vacation" days by emailing Mrs. Heerschop at No vacation days are approved or allowed during statewide testing windows. Those are as follows:

IREAD-3 (3rd grade only): March 6 - 17

ILEARN (3rd - 5th): April 17 - May 12


Any allowable transportation changes need to be communicated to the office before 1:30pm each day. We greatly appreciate the communication with teachers via Class Dojo, but our office cannot see those messages, and teachers are unable to forward them using that platform. It is very helpful if you communicate with the office, as well as the teacher.

Spirit Wear!

The 2022-2023 Spirit Wear online store is OPEN! Please note: the flyer states football tee in green is not available, however, we were notified by the vendor IT IS AVAILABLE on the online store. Please be sure to include your student's name, grade, and teacher when ordering in the comment section. If you forget to do so, please contact Graphie-Tees directly at with your information and order number.

Hurry! The store closes Tuesday, September 13th!

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Changes in Speech Staff

There is some change in staffing for our students this year who receive speech & language therapy services. Abbey Kaiser and Shannon Harrington, who many of you already know as they have worked at Mary Frank for several years, have been assigned Grades 1, 3 & 5 this year. Additionally, they will be working with our PennPALS Preschool in the 4/5's classes and small groups.

The new speech-language pathologist, Callie Bratten-Woerheide, will be servicing students in Kindergarten, grades 2 and 4, PennPALS Preschool in 2/3's classes, the Early Learning Academy, and small groups.

If you have any questions about the new assignments you may contact Gena Todd, director of Exceptional Education (574) 254-2815.

Upcoming SPIRIT WEEK - September 19-23!

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