The Panther Post

September 30, 2022

Points of #PHMExcellence

Penn-Harris-Madison is a state and national leader in Excellence in Education, and now thanks to Penn High School junior Felix Zhang and Penn Calculus teacher Mrs. Denise White we can say we have the #1 Student in the World! Zhang recently learned that he earned a perfect score, not missing a single question, on the college-level Advanced Placement® (AP®) Calculus AB Exam last spring—the only student in the world to do so! Click for more details and to see the local and national news coverage.


Congratulations to Felix and his family!


We thank the amazing work of all P-H-M math, and all teachers do to help all students reach their fullest academic potential!

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Madison MVP's

Madison's one and only...Tammy Yoder. Tammy is our food service extraordinaire. She has been a Panther for more than ten years! She is one of the friendly faces you will see in the cafeteria and the one who makes sure all of students are fed daily. Thanks for all you do, Ms. Yoder!

HELP NEEDED

I am so excited to share pictures and videos of our Madison students learning throughout the year but in order to do this I need to make sure that all families have filled out the Consent To Publish forms that are housed in Skyward. If you have not done this yet, I would encourage you to fill out all the forms that are housed in Skyward as soon as possible!

Important Dates


October 10

PHM School Board Meeting @ Madison 7 PM


October 14-20

Scholastic Book Fair (more details coming soon)


October 17

PTO Meeting @ 6:30 PM


October 18 -19

Parent Teacher Conferences (more details coming soon)


October 19

Lunch with a Loved One (more details coming soon)

Arrival and Dismissal

Thank you for helping ensure our students are kept safe during arrival and dismissal. It is important that parents remain in their cars at all times. We have three cones numbered 1, 2, and 3 in our carpool designated area. Cars are expected to pull forward into those spots to drop off and pick up students. Please make sure to pull all the way forward to ensure we can maximize our arrival/dismissal space and time. Students should be entering and exiting on the right side of the vehicle. Staff will be encouraging students to open/close doors independently, but will be available if assistance is needed. Students should be unbuckled and ready to exit the vehicle at arrival to cone 1, 2, or 3. If your child needs help buckling up at dismissal, please pull forward into one of the available parking spots.


Students are expected to be in the building by 7:55 AM or the child is considered tardy. If you arrive after 7:50 AM and do not see any staff members outside, please bring your child(ren) to the office (Door A).

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. 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!

Lunch with a Loved One

On Wednesday, October 19th we are offering 'Lunch with a Loved One.' Please use this link to RSVP with the number of adults that will be attending and purchasing a school lunch. In order for us to ensure we have enough food we are asking that RSVP's are completed by October 7th. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.


LUNCH WITH A LOVED ONE RSVP

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be during the week of October 14th-20th. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up below. Thanks in advance for your help!


BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

Student Fee Update

Student fees were just 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 News from Mrs. Dupuis

Greetings from the Music Room!


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)


Parents: If you are a parent volunteer and would be interested in decorating the stage for the concert it would be greatly appreciated! We already have a lot of decorations at Madison that can be used for this event, but could use some help with making the stage look patriotic! The more red, white and blue the better! Thank you in advance for your support!



This will be a very special event that not only showcases the Musical Talents of our Madison Panthers but will honor the amazing Veterans that so proudly serve our country. If you have any questions regarding this or would like to volunteer in any capacity please send me an email at jdupuis@phm.k12.in.us. Your children are an absolute joy to teach! I’ll look forward to seeing you all at this very special event!

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

Announcing this year's PTO Officers:


President: Mary Schori

Vice President: Julie Mattison

Secretary: Brittany Fox

Treasurer: Betsy Bartholomew


More information coming soon !