Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 10/15
Enjoy Fall Break
Have a safe and restful Fall Break!
Student fees now uploaded in Skyward
If you do not know how to log in to Skyward, please click HERE for directions.
To review student fees, click on Fees in Skyward Family Access.
- Student fees must by paid by Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.
- An invoice will not be mailed out.
- If you feel that you may qualify for textbook assistance, please go to www.schoolcafe.com and complete an online application. Parents/guardians qualifying for textbook assistance are still responsible for the supply portion of student fees.
- For information on how to pay student fees online, click HERE.
Graduation, Cap & Gown ordering information available now
Class of 2022 Parents & Students:
While the school year looks different, there are still many important details that cannot be overlooked as we work through this challenging time. One of those major details is planning for commencement and making sure our seniors have everything they need to celebrate and be honored. Traditionally, our partner Mark Flueckiger with Jostens would have a class assembly with our Seniors to explain the graduation order process and distribute order materials at that time. Due to social distancing guidelines, we are not able to host a class assembly and as such, Jostens had made the adjustment to send communications digitally.
IMPORTANT – Please pick up your senior packet at the front office (available now during school hours). The packet contains a catalog and order forms.
You received an informational email containing video explanations of the graduation product offering, most importantly being your Cap & Gown for commencement. That email was sent on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Please keep an eye out in your inbox and open it for complete details on the graduation products.
Jostens will be collecting senior orders at school on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Wednesday, Oct. 20, during lunch. A $60 deposit is required (or payment in full if less than $60). These the only days Jostens will be at school.
If you miss one of these order days, you will need to place your order online or by phone at 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367) no later than Sunday, Oct. 31. It is extremely important to have your order submitted by this date. With unexpected industry delays, we want to make sure our partners have plenty of time to produce and prepare our senior orders.
If you have any questions, please call the Jostens office at 1-800-JOSTENS or email at email@example.com.
Senior Graduation Packets are now available in the Main Office. Information includes how to order a cap and gown, announcements, etc.
Students/parents/guardians can also click here or order cap & gown and graduation materials, or scan the QR code posted above.
Click here for a video on ordering graduation materials from Jostens on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Pharmacy Technician Certification Program now available to Seniors
Current Seniors . . .
Have you thought about a career as a Pharmacist? Would you like to get a step ahead of the game during high school?
Penn offers a Pharmacy Technician Certification program through Indiana University at South Bend for SENIORS only. When students complete the program, they receive their certification from the State of Indiana and will be licensed to work in any pharmacy. Penn takes care of the tuition and families are responsible for the purchase of books.
Courses in the Advanced CTE CC program will meet one of the requirements for the Academic and Technical Honor Diplomas.
We are currently scheduling for the spring semester!!
If you are interested in learning more or would like to enroll next semester, please contact Mrs. Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DVT/Planetarium will show "Oasis in Space" and "Origins of Life" on Wednesday, Oct. 20
Yes, this is a TWO for ONE showing! Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and can be pre-ordered by visiting the DVT webpage on the PHM Schools website, or they can be purchased at the door with cash, check, or card 30 minutes before the show starts. The DVT is located inside Bittersweet Elementary.
In Oasis, we embark on a startling and beautiful voyage through our Universe, Galaxy and Solar System in search of water, which is the key ingredient for life on Earth. Oasis in Space offers a new perspective on a substance of obvious importance to our planet.
Origins of Life deals with some of the most profound questions of life science: the origins of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the show deals with the prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, the formation of stars, formation of solar systems, and the first life on Earth. Furthermore, Origins of Life covers the great extinctions as well as our search for (primitive) life beyond planet Earth. Origins of Life is an inspirational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth.
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.
Scene Shop clothing items need to be claimed
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.
Applications being accepted for National Honor Society
Penn Art Gallery features "In Search for Meaning"
- We are currently seeking 3 more students to serve as docents after school on Tues and Thurs to facilitate having it open after school. Please see Miss Miller in 154 if you are interested. It would be once a week for an hour a week.
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.
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.
Work Permits no longer required
The State of Indiana is creating an Employer Registration system for any employer that employs five (5) or more minors.
Effective 7/1/2021, Indiana will no longer require work permits for minor employees. Employers will no longer be required to complete the “Intent to Employ” form, and schools will no longer issue work permits.
Employers will be responsible for maintaining an accurate list of all minor employees. If an employer has four (4) or fewer minor employees, registration will not be required. This registration does not have any impact on the work hour requirements for minors. All employers must still comply with the Teen Work Hour Restrictions.
Student Lunch Delivery Policy
P-H-M offers free breakfast and lunch to students
P-H-M will be supplying free breakfast and lunch to all P-H-M students for the upcoming school year.
A Free lunch consists of:
- One serving of an entree
- 2 fruits (one only may be a juice box)
- 2 vegetables
- 1 milk
Any additional entrees will cost $2 per entree
Click here for detailed information.
FREE MEALS will be available to children 18 years of age and under, or persons more than 18 who are determined by a state or local public education agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in a public or non-profit private school program established for the mentally or physically disabled.
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.
Penn seeks Robotics Volunteer Coordinator
The Volunteer Coordinator finds volunteers from the St Joe County and surrounding areas, as well as the FIRST Robotics community, places volunteers into positions, connects volunteers to any training required, schedules and coordinates the volunteers for the three-day event (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in March of 2022.
The FIRST Robotics Michiana District Event hosted by Penn High School is fun, high-tempo, exciting high school competition for robotics teams across the state and the greater region. With more 5,000 participants, spectators, coaches, and mentors it will showcase some of the most dedicated, smartest, passionate, and innovative high school students.
- The Volunteer Coordinator duties will star in November/December and run through March
- The Volunteer Coordinator must be willing to communicate with local agencies, businesses, volunteer groups, and other stakeholders to sign-up volunteers
- The Volunteer Coordinator will work within Indiana FIRST Robotics volunteer system
- The Volunteer Coordinator will conduct 1-2 meetings per month to begin and then weekly meetings (virtual/phone)
- This is a volunteer position. It is a great way to network and do some event planning.
- Co-Volunteer Coordinators or Volunteer Coordinator Assistant are also options
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate your support!
Economics & Investment Club to meet on Tuesday, Oct. 19
Dream Commission Society set to meet on Tuesday, Oct. 19
Dream Commission Society meeting!
Anyone looking for a fun and easy way to get involved with the community and make friends?
Dream Commission Society will be having its meeting at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19. We will be meeting in Room 214. We will be briefly discussing our plans for the year and how we will continue to work with the Logan Center during the pandemic. We hope to see you there and if you have any questions, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org!
Writers' Guild to meet on Friday, Oct. 15
Gardening Club to meet on Tuesday, Oct. 19
Penn Republican Club honors Italian-American Republicans
1. Paul Celluci was known as "the Bridgemaker". A long political career culminated in his election to the governorship of the state of Massachusetts and his appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Canada. Mr. Celluci served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970 to 1978 and was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. In 1998, he was elected governor. Celluci was known for his ability to work in a very bi-partisan manner, and he had to. A fiscal conservative who understood the evils of high taxes, he still had to work with a largely Democratic legislature. The Cato Institute, a conservative think tank, gave Celluci the distinction of having the best record of reducing taxes and restraining government spending amongst all U.S. governors during the years in which he served as the chief executive of the state of Massachusetts. Celluci was also known for appointing several women to important government positions, including Margaret H. Marshall as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
2. Mike Pompeo - Mr. Pompeo was born in Orange, California, and began his adult career as an officer in the United States Army. He was a tank platoon leader and attained the rank of captain. Upon leaving the military, he and a group of his former fellow officers bought into the ownership of three different aircraft parts manufacturers. After a successful business career, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2011 and represented Kansas's Fourth Congressional District until 2017. From 2017 to 2018 he was director of the CIA and then served as Secretary of State from 2018 to 2021 under President Donald Trump. During his tenure as Secretary of State, he was instrumental in formulating foreign policy that ended the Iran Nuclear Deal, pressured European allies to pay their share of NATO expenses, and led to the destruction of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
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.
Sign up sheet:
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
Key Club Welcomes New Members
Attention all freshmen or new members interested in joining Key Club this academic school year:
Please fill out this Google Form to be added to Key Club's email list and receive all of our emails about general information, upcoming meetings, and current volunteer opportunities.
If you were a member last year and received emails, there is no need to fill the form out. But if you feel that you did not receive our emails last year when you should have, please go ahead and fill out the form above.
Questions or concerns? Please email email@example.com
Thanks for your interest!
No Freshmen Mentoring scheduled for Thursday (Oct. 21) and Friday (Oct. 22)
GSA meetings scheduled
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:
Sign up for Girls Who Code Club
Girls Who Code is a club that will begin meeting after school later this year. If you are interested in more information, and/or joining the club, please complete the below form.
Penn Athletics All-Sports Passes on sale
All-Sports Passes are on sale for students and adults. Passes may be purchased in the Athletic Office from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-through-Friday.
Click here for details on purchasing All-Sports passes for Penn Athletics.
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
Check out P-H-M's Community Events webpage
Click here to check out the P-H-M Community Events webpage for listings of non-school activities and events made available to P-H-M students and families by area organizations.