Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 9/4
Hybrid Start Day Clarification
Penn High School will begin it's Hybrid Return to Learning plan on Monday, Sept. 21, with Virtual Learning for all students.
In-person learning at Penn - for those who have chosen in-person learning - will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
This document outlines our Return to Learn safety protocols as it relates to arrival and dismissal procedures, passing periods, lunch and classroom instruction.
Mondays - All students will attend virtual instruction at home. Students will connect live with their classes. The school day will be from 8:25 a.m.-3:17 p.m. This will be a White Day.
The in-person school days (Tuesday-Friday) start time will be delayed by 30 minutes. Bus schedule pick up times will be adjusted to accommodate for the later start.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays - Students with the last name beginning with A-L will attend in person instruction. As a result of the delay, drop off time will be at 8:35 a.m. and the in-person school day will be from 8:55 a.m.-3:17 p.m. Students with the last name beginning with M-Z will attend virtual instruction at home with the school day running from 8:55 a.m.-3:17 p.m. Tuesday will be a Gold Day. Wednesday will be a Black Day.
Thursdays and Fridays - Students with the last name beginning with M-Z will attend in-person instruction. As a result of the delay, drop off time will be at 8:35 a.m. and the in-person school day will be from 8:55 a.m. - 3:17 p.m. Students with the last name beginning with A-L will attend virtual instruction at home with the school day running from 8:55 a.m.-3:17 p.m. Thursday will be a Gold Day. Friday will be a Black Day.
HYBRID WHITE DAY SCHEDULE (Mondays)
Gold 1: 8:25-9 a.m.
Black 1: 9:05-9:40 a.m.
Gold 2: 9:45-10:20 a.m.
Black 2: 10:25-11 a.m.
Lunch: 11-11:40 a.m.
Gold 3: 11:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Advisory: 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Black 3: 12:50-1:25 p.m.
Gold 4: 1:30-2:05 p.m.
Black 4: 2:10-2:45 p.m.
Office hours: 2:45-3:17 p.m.
HYBRID GOLD/BLACK SCHEDULE (Tuesdays-Fridays)
Virtual Office Hours: 8:05-8:35 a.m.
Welcoming students: 8:35-8:55 a.m.
Block 1: 8:55-10:11 a.m. (76 minutes)
Block 2: 10:17-11:33 a.m. (76 minutes)
Block 3: 11:39 a.m.-1:55 p.m. (106 minutes, includes 30-minute lunch)
Block 4: 2:01-3:17 p.m. (76 minutes).
Penn Walk-Around for Freshmen, new students scheduled
A Penn High School Walk-Around for freshmen & new students will be held from 3:30-6 p.m., Sept. 15-18.
Tues., Sept. 15: Last Names A-L
Wed., Sept. 16: Last Names A-L
Thurs., Sept. 17: Last Names M-Z
Fri., Sept. 18: Last Names M-Z
Enter Door A. Masks are required. Physical distancing protocols must be followed.
Join the Kingsmen Team as an Educational Assistant
Dear Penn High School Community,
Do you know someone who seeks to make an educational impact with the next generation? Please send them our way! We are currently taking applications for educational assistant positions. These positions are 35 hours per week, and follow the school year calendar. Our aides are amazing staff members, who make an impact every day with our students!
Those interested in applying should email Mr. Williams at email@example.com .
Return 2019-2020 textbooks
Bring the textbooks to Door A, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., on Monday-through-Friday school days.
Masks/county health protocols are required.
Please participate in the U.S. Census
Penn High School would like to draw your attention to a very important event that will impact our school, community, and country for the next decade, and is taking place right now nationwide: the United States Census.
Please click on this link to read important information regarding the census and how your participation can help you, your family and our community.
Click here for Census resources.
The 2019-2020 Yearbooks are in
2019-2020 yearbooks are IN!
If you ordered your book last year, your book is being shipped to the address you gave at the time of your order. They will take a few weeks to get to you— please be patient!
If you’d like to purchase one of these books, they are available now in the bookstore in a limited supply for $85 a piece. Please contact the bookstore to make your purchase!
SEL Lessons/Resources offered by Penn
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and mental health are paramount, especially right now. P-H-M is committed to supporting students through weekly SEL lessons so we can intentionally teach students the skills they need to thrive both now and in the future. The SEL lessons also provide a time to help build and maintain social relationships, even in a virtual world. SEL lessons will be delivered by your student's classroom teacher once a week. The SEL lessons will begin with an overview of SEL and the lesson framework. Then, in the coming weeks we will move into discussing some ways to manage stress and practice cognitive flexibility.
For additional information on stress management or hotlines, please review the information and resources below:
- Stress Management Techniques
- Coping with stress during COVID-19
- Anticipatory Grief
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (Call 911 for emergencies): The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. The lifeline can assist with crisis prevention for you or your loved ones.
- Safe School Helpline-1-800-4-1-VOICE x359: The Safe School Helpline is a 24/7 communication service that empowers school administrators to make proactive decisions as well as creating reporting responsibilities for students, parents and community members to share in the maintenance of a safe learning environment. This is monitored around the clock so reports can be addressed in a timely manner.
2. P-H-M will have a Diversity Superintendent's Advisory (SAC) for the 20-21 school year in order to provide the school constituency the opportunity to provide input toward the achievement of district-wide goals for valuing and celebrating diveristy as well as working to end racial injustices and discrimination. We invite parents/guardians who have a current P-H-M student to apply if they are interested. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 28, 2020 until 4:30 p.m. Please use this link to find out more and to access the application.
3. Due to COVID-19, we understand that family financial situations may have changed. Health and human services information and resources are available in St. Joseph county and available by calling 2-1-1 or (866) 211-9966 or at this website.
Click here for the latest SEL lesson.
Art Extenction Gallery information
Students must include their name, email address, year in school when they did it, title of piece and a short write up about their piece on the back. They have until the first week back in-person to turn these in, but the sooner the better as we may have to do the first gallery show as virtual. They can pick up their work from Mrs. Miller in Room 154 (or another teacher if did it under another art teacher) after the conclusion of the first gallery show.
P-H-M Education Foundation Zoom for Education
Join us for the Zoom for Education Virtual Fitness Challenge! This brand new event is perfect for the whole family, from the experienced runner to the casual walker. Run solo on your treadmill, with your family around the block, or find a new place to explore! Not a runner? Choose your way to move (swim, bike, hike, row, dance, play a sport, or do cartwheels if that's your thing) to complete a 1 Mile, 5K, or 10K challenge anytime between Friday, October 9 and Sunday, October 11.
Zoom for Education will include exciting contests, fun surprises, PLUS...the top FIVE schools with the most participants (% of enrollment) will win $1,000!!! Grab your friends and family from across the country to join you in this exciting virtual movement that promotes healthy lifestyles and supports your P-H-M community. Price is $10 per person.
Please visit www.phmef.org for more information and updates.
Chromebook Insurance available until Friday, Sept. 18
All students 9-12:
Optional Chromebook insurance is available for $25 and is due on Friday, Sept. 18. Insurance can still be purchased after this date, but it would require a Chromebook inspection by the technology department.
The insurance form and payment should be submitted to the bookstore. If you mail a check, please make sure to have the student name and ID# in the memo line. In addition, please address the envelope to:
Penn High School
56100 Bittersweet Rd
Mishawaka, IN 46545
Please review the Chromebook Use Agreement & Guidelines.
Chromebook Support and Repair can be reached at Chromebooks@phm.k12.in.us.
Connect with Kingsmen Court
Follow Kingsmen Court !!!
Information about how to apply to your student council is coming soon!
E-mail us with any questions @firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will meet virtually with their classes to start the 2020-2021 school year. Teachers will communicate with students via their school e-mail account and through Canvas on how to access the teacher’s live classroom.
Virtual Learning schedule
Here is the daily schedule for Virtual Learning, which begins on Wednesday, Aug. 19, the first day of the 2020-2021 school year:
Click here for a downloadable Google Calendar of the 2020-2021 Gold-Black Calendar.
Click here for a PDF of the 2020-2021 Gold-Black Calendar.
8:05 - 8:25 a.m.: Office Hours
8:25 - 9:25 a.m.: Block 1 (60 minutes)
9:40 - 10:40 a.m.: Block 2 (60 minutes)
11 - 11:30 a.m.: Lunch
11:30 - 12:30 a.m.: Block 3 (60 minutes)
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.: - 30 minutes for Advisory during first Gold day each week; non-Advisory days will be used for club meetings and small group sessions with students and occasional live messages from administration. Clubs can meet on Thursdays during this time.
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.: Block 4 (60 minutes)
2:15-3:15 p.m.: Live office hours for teachers, correspondence, asynchronous learning and small group work for students
Homework Helpdesk established
In order to provide students with after hours academic support during virtual learning, we are piloting a P-H-M Homework Helpdesk.
We have assembled a team of elementary, exceptional education, and content specific secondary teachers who will be available via email from 7-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday.
These Helpdesk teachers will be responsive to student and/or parent emails, providing specific academic support as needed. This might include responding to an email or even an interactive Google Video Hangout to provide academic guidance.
Additionally, the Helpdesk teachers will communicate back to the student's regular teacher related to what supports were provided so we can work collaboratively, creating the best possible virtual learning environment for our students.
Students and/or parents can contact the after-hours Homework Helpdesk by emailing email@example.com starting on Monday, August 24.
New student assignments for Counselors announced
Click here for the list of Counselors, student assignments and contact information.
PTO introduction, update
Click here for important PTO dates and additional information.
Click here to read this week's edition of PTO Corner.
All Academic Teams meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10
Penn Academic Teams will have an informational meeting next Thursday, Sept. 10, at 3:30 via Google Meet. Click here for the Academic Teams slideshow.
The Google Meet Link is included on the first slide.
This meeting will be for all Academic Teams (Spell Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Academic Super Bowl, and TEAMS).
Dream Commission Society to meet on Thursday, Sept. 10
For anyone interested in joining Dream Commission Society:
Our first meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 10, after third block at 12:35!
Please fill out this google spreadsheet in order to receive updates and an invite to our google meet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_qbucOftspNCn2-yTHVvbDZjZyyfhNH2Yt72jGGCMF8/edit?usp=sharing
Kingsmen Community Care Club
We are so excited to be back! Our club, Kingsmen Community Care, is still happening this year.
Kingsmen Community Care is a partnership with the Center for the Homeless in South Bend.
In the past year we hosted many donation drives and hosted two events for the children that live there, a Fall Festival and a Movie Night. Although we cannot be in person for quite some time this year, we do have many exciting things planned. For anyone interested, our first meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 10. Our meetings will be on an Instagram live for followers or anyone else that would like access. We then will be saving the live and emailing it out so that the information can be watched at your convenience. To share your email and to be put on our email list please email either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or contact Mrs. Weaver with any further questions you may have. We are very excited for this year and hope you are too!
Eva Henderson and Chloe Perkins
Kingsmen Community Care Co-Presidents
Quiz Bowl Virtual call-out meetings set for Sept. 8 & Sept. 9
Quiz Bowl is similar to the game show Jeopardy,
- Meets after school (3:30-5:00) Mondays and Wednesdays in Room 136
- We maintain a relaxing atmosphere and focus on learning new information
- Everyone who attends practice and matches will play at least one round
- Varsity spots are reserved for those who perform well at practice
- Anyone who enjoys answering trivia-style questions should come check it out!
- Virtual call-out meetings: Tuesday, Sept 8, and Wednesday, Sept. 9
*** If you are interested in participating in Quiz Bowl, please email Head Coach Brian May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional details - including Virtual meeting links - will be shared in the upcoming weeks
You do not need to be a know-it-all to do well in Quiz Bowl. If you are knowledgeable in any subject (history, math, science, fine arts, pop culture, sports, literature), we would love to have you.
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.
Bittersweet Railroad Crossing Alert
Stop signs have been installed on Bittersweet Rd. (north of McKinley) at the railroad crossing. Stop signs have also been added on Cedar Trail, Birch Road, Apple Road, and Ash Rd. (County Line). Please use caution and be aware of the new stops on routes to Penn.
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:
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
Penn High School Calendars
Fitness Center Guidelines/News
- The Fitness Center will be closed at least until Oct. 1.
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.