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Students wishing to transition from Virtual to Hybrid learning

There has been a lot of conversation on this topic. Any student who is interested in switching from Virtual to Hybrid learning, the first time they can do this is on 10/27. The second time will be on 11/30. We are setting deadlines to allow students/parents to inform us so teachers can be made aware if any new students will be showing up on these dates. Families will need to notify us by 10/16 if they want to have their child return to Hybrid on 10/27. If a student decides to switch to virtual, we are being more flexible on this transition. If a student makes a switch from Hybrid to Virtual and inform us, the student will not be able to switch back to Hybrid until either 10/27 or 11/30. We will share a google form next week for any student who might be interested in returning to school under our Hybrid schedule. This form will be due on 10/16. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Cameras on expectation for Virtual Learners

When students are learning virtually, it is expected that their camera is turned on during class, so that they can more fully engage, and their understanding can more easily be assessed on the spot. Blurring student backgrounds is an option, if they prefer.

PSAT planned for Oct. 14 and Oct. 29

Attention Parents & Students: Every year Penn High School administers the PSAT to students in grades 10-11 in mid-October.

Given the current schedule, we will administer the PSAT on two separate dates.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (Black Day)

  • Students in grades 10-11 whose last names begin with the letters A-L including students who have been working virtually are scheduled to test.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 (Gold Day)

  • Students in grades 10-11 whose last names begin with the letters M-Z including students who have been working virtually are scheduled to test.

Test day adjustments

  • Only students who are testing will report to school on these two dates.

  • All other students will be provided asynchronous lessons in Canvas, with consideration given to those students who will be testing.

  • All seniors and non-testing juniors who attend programs such as Building Trades, Cadet Teaching, and the Elkhart Area Career Center should report to those programs as normally scheduled.

More information regarding these two dates will be provided by Principal Sean Galiher on Monday.

SAT instructions for Saturday, Oct. 3

Penn High School is hosting the SAT on Saturday October 3.

Students who are registered should report to Door A between 7:30-7:45 am.

Students must have a valid picture ID, your registration ticket, 2-3 sharpened #2 pencils, an approved calculator if applicable, and may bring a snack.

Students are subject to the following guidelines:

1. You do not have Covid-19 or reason to believe you have Covid-19. Symptoms of Covid-19 include cough, fever, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

2. In the past 14 days, you have not come into close contact - within 6 feet - with someone who has a positive covid-19 test or is presumed to have covid-19.

3. To your knowledge, you are not violating any travel restrictions or quarantining requirements.

4. You agree to wear a mask the entire time you're at this test site and follow instructions from testing staff.

5. By entering the testing room, you're accepting the risk of Covid-19 exposure. While we have taken measures to help create a safe environment, unfortunately it isn't possible to remove all risk.

Charge Chromebooks before attending school

Students need to charge their Chromebooks before they come to school and to bring their chargers.

Penn does not have extra charges to loan out.

Penn boasts 11 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Penn High School Principal Sean Galiher announced that 11 Penn students have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.

Jayden Bell, Sydney Domal, Reagan Hoke, Anna Huber, Maya Kvaratskhelia, Evan Li, Ryan Ludwig, Joseph Radde, Aidan Sweeney, Benjamin VanderVeen and Grace Waddell are among 16,000 high school students nationwide who have the opportunity to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

“We are extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments,” Galiher said. “This recognition is a culmination of the great efforts of these students, including all the wonderful teachers they have had while attending P-H-M schools. These students represent our vision of excellence and have bright futures."

More than 1.5 million juniors in 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The 16,000 semifinalists represent less than one percent of the United States’ high school seniors.

Merit Scholars are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Picture re-take dates set

All picture retakes - including senior pictures - are Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 12. The photos will be taken in the hallway between the Cafeteria and the Arena.

Virtual Learner re-takes will be on Monday, Nov. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. in the hallway between the Cafeteria and the Arena.

Virtual Learners must enter at Door A and follow all COVID-19 protocols (mask/physical distance/self-monitor).

How to order school photos information

To order school pictures please go the the following website:

Order Code: 50231FB

Student may only ride on assigned bus

Students may only ride on their assigned bus. Students are not allowed to ride the bus home with their friends.

Join the Kingsmen Team as an employee

Join an institution committed to excellence. P-H-M is looking for prospective employees in a number of areas.

Click here for the jobs board.

2019-2020 Ceramic Art students need to pick up saved artwork

Ceramic art students from the 2019-2020 school year that are not in ceramics this year, please see Mrs. Brown for your artwork that you asked to be saved. Artwork will be available for pick up before and after school for the next two weeks until Oct. 9. Questions? Please email
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Student before-school drop-off procedures

The designated student morning drop-off at Penn High School is in the Jefferson Rd. Student Parking Lot (south of the football practice field). All entrances will open for students at 8:35 unless there is a previously scheduled appointment. Students must then report to door A.
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Student after-school pick-up procedures

The designated after-school student pick-up areas include the Jefferson Rd. Staff Parking Lot and the Jefferson Rd. Student Parking lot. Left turns are not allowed into the Jefferson Rd. Staff Parking Lot.

Free Lunch!

Thanks to a USDA waiver, all meals served to students at P-H-M will be free until further notice.

Student accounts will be charged for any ala-carte sales.

Penn High School will offer pre-packaged breakfasts. Students will select pre-packaged meal components in the cafeteria.

Penn will also be offering take-home meals for students. The meals will cover the days when students are learning from home. Meals will be given out at the end of the day on Wednesday and Friday. The package will contain three breakfast and three lunch meals. Items will be frozen if possible and bags will have heating and storage instructions.

We will have meals available for the 100 percent virtual learners from all schools and the community. Meals will be distributed at Penn High School Door C from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. It will be the same type of bag with only four meals on Wednesday and six on Friday. Students do not need to be present for the parent or guardian to pick up meals. Student ID’s will not be required.

Parents who do not want their student to have a free meal may donate the money to our fund for students who do not have money for meals. We are able to do the free meals due to a temporary waiver from the USDA. This will most likely last no longer than this semester. Money currently on student accounts will remain for their later use.

Free/Reduced meals & Textbook Assistance information

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents to complete the application for Free/Reduced Price meals as well as textbook assistance. We know at this time that all students are receiving free lunches and many parents may not realize the need to complete the application for Free/Reduced Price Meals to qualify for textbook assistance.

Unfortunately, without completing the application and qualifying for textbook assistance, you will be responsible for school/textbook fees for your child(ren).

We are asking that you apply for textbook assistance prior to October 1, 2020, to ensure timely billing adjustments of school/textbook fees.

Click here for the income guidelines and application link.

Hybrid Calendar/schedules

Click here for the Hybrid White-Gold-Black Days schedule.

Click here for the Hybrid Class & Lunch schedule.

Click here for the Hybrid Two-Hour Delay schedule.

Return to Learn safety protocols

Penn High School began its Hybrid Return to Learning plan on Monday, Sept. 21.

This document outlines our Return to Learn safety protocols as it relates to arrival and dismissal procedures, passing periods, lunch and classroom instruction.

Report student COVID-19 related symptom information to Penn

As we anticipate the return of students, Penn High School students will need to be screened at home each morning for symptoms of COVID-19 before reporting to the school for learning.

If a student presents one or more COVID-19 related symptoms, this information must be communicated to the school attendance office - 258-9501.

The following list shares those symptoms.

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by the mouth

  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever

  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing

  • Sore throat

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain

Any student with one or more COVID-19 related symptom must stay home. If the student is at school, the student must be picked up within one hour of the parent being contacted. An additional conversation will need to take place with school officials to determine the correct plan of action. The student showing symptoms of COVID-19 could be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

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PTO seeks candy donations

The PTO will be distributing candy to our PENN staff and administrators as a token of our appreciation.

Please drop off donations of individually wrapped candy bags with your student to main office, in person to Door A or to Barb Zuidema's house by Oct. 13, at 52375 Spring Arbor Ct., Granger.

We hope to collect 60 + bags to send a "sweet thank you" to PENN staff and administrators.

Thank-a-Teacher Program

Teachers and staff are going above and beyond during these uncertain times. Find a way to say THANK YOU! The minimum donation is $20 per recipient and the money received is used to fund future grants for programs that wouldn't otherwise be possible due to budget cuts. Your special person will receive a note and congratulatory pin acknowledging your donation.

All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. We are also taking credit cards as payment. Forms can be downloaded at Thanks for your continued support for the P-H-M Education Foundation where our mission is to support excellence in education at P-H-M schools! Questions can be emailed to

Click here for details.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) & Mental Health

1. In order to share information about stress and stress management in a new way that is easily accessible to P-H-M's parents/guardians, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation SEL & Mental Health has united with community partners from Notre Dame, Reflections Counseling, Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, and Youth Service Bureau via a virtual panel format to create a video. The video includes a brief overview of the neurobiology of stress and what may be happening in our bodies due to COVID, tips for healthy stress management, the importance of modeling stress management for our students, helping to create a sense of psychological safety, information about supports offered at the elementary and middle schools through Youth Services Bureau, and how to access supports via P-H-M's counseling offices at the middle and high school. Please find the link to the video here:

A very special thank you to our own incredible experts, including our amazing counselors. Mrs. Autumn Stout from Discovery, Mrs. Nancy Block from Grissom, Mrs. Stacy Eck from Schmucker, and Mr. John Westra from Penn High who were an integral part of this panel. Thank you also to our awesome community partners, Dr. Nancy Michael from Notre Dame, Dr. Heather Holleman and Dr. Jennie Knapp both from Reflections Counseling, Ms. Kim Neff from Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, and Ms. Laurie Ellis from Youth Service Bureau.

2. The SEL lessons for this month will focus on the SEL competencies of Mindset, Collaboration, Connection and Regulation. Specifically, we will talk about the importance of having a Growth Mindset and embracing the "Power of Yet" so we continue learning and growing, including growing from mistakes or setbacks. Lessons will also address the importance of being empathetic to others and showing care and concern to help others and ourselves.

2 The SEL Lessons for October will focus on the SEL Competencies of insight, regulation, collaboration, and connection. Specifically, we will teach students about concepts that fall under the umbrella of Emotional Intelligence; understand how their emotions can impact their body and touch on the concept of neuroplasticity of our brains; what empathy is and how to show it to others; and how to demonstrate care and concern for others in appropriate ways.

P-H-M SEL & Mental Health Panel with Community Partners: Stress Management - Fall, 2020
SEL Short - Week of September 28, 2020
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Contact Independent Study at

Independent Study has a NEW email account.

If you are enrolled in Independent Study, please use the following email address for all questions and help:

Return 2019-2020 textbooks

Anyone who still has textbooks from the 2019-2020 school year is asked to return them as soon as possible.

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.

Purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook

If you'd like to purchase the 2020-2021 yearbook, you can place your order any time at !

The sooner you order, the lower the price, so order ASAP!

Shipment price is built into the cost of the book, so make sure you give a shipment address that you want the book to be shipped to next fall!

For yearbook related questions, you can email Mrs. Pfernere at

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!

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 for more information and updates.

Connect with Kingsmen Court

Follow Kingsmen Court !!!

Instagram: @pennkingsmencourt

Twitter: @courtkingsmen

Information about how to apply to your student council is coming soon!

E-mail us with any questions

New student assignments for Counselors announced

New student assignments for the Counseling Center staff have been announced.

Click here for the list of Counselors, student assignments and contact information.

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PTO introduction, update

The Penn PTO welcomes you to join us for the 2020-2021 school year. While this year may look diferent, the purpose of the PTO is still vital.

Over the past 3 years, the Penn PTO has provided grants to teachers, student groups, clubs, and organizations who apply during our fall grant cycle. The PTO also assists with volunteer opportunities, hosts the annual Snowball Dance, which is open to all grade levels 9-12, provides monthly teacher/staf appreciation events/recognition, and meets monthly to keep lines of communication open between parents, students, and administration. Come see what Penn PTO is about!

Click here to read this week's edition of PTO Corner, which includes important dates & information.

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Science Academic Super Bowl Team to meet on Wednesday, Oct. 7

The first meeting for Science Academic Super Bowl will be Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m.

Meet Mrs. Tiebout and the senior coaches as we introduce the format and schedule for the year. All meetings will be Wednesday afternoons in Room 236 or virtually via Zoom link.

Please email to be added to the email group to receive information.

Social Studies Academic Team to meet on Tuesday, Oct. 13

The Social Studies Academic Team will have a Virtual Meeting from 8-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Email for the link.

Click here to join the email list.

Around the World in 180 Days Club to meet on Tuesday, Oct. 13

Around the World in 180 Days Club, the former Armenian Club, will have two Virtual Meetings in October. Both meetings will take place on Fridays from 8-8:30 a.m.

October 2nd topic - Country of Armenia

October 16 topic - Country of Georgia

Email for the link.

Dance Marathon new member meeting set for Wednesday, Oct. 7, or Thursday, Oct. 8

New Member Meeting!

If you are interested in learning more about Dance Marathon and joining us this year as we raise awareness and funds for Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, come to a new member meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, OR Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. We will meet virtually! Stay tuned for details re: how to join the virtual meeting. Attend the day that best fits your schedule. See you soon!

Contact Mrs. Davis with questions:

Freshmen Mentoring set for Monday, Oct. 5

Freshman Mentoring will be on Monday, Oct. 5.

GSA meetings scheduled

Penn GSA will meet October 7, 21, November 4, 18, and December 2 and 16 from 3:30-4 p.m. in Room 196.
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Key Club to meet on Monday, Oct. 5

The Key Club will meet on Monday, Oct. 5

Meeting links will be sent out through email and social media closer to the date.

To join our email list Click Here!

Join our Remind to receive our notifications on your phone:

Freshmen/Sophomores text @phskey0910 to the number 81010
Juniors/Seniors text @phskey1112 to the number 81010

Feel free to follow our Instagram @PennKeyClub Click Here!

Questions? Send an email to

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.

Our meetings will be on an Instagram live for followers or anyone else that would like access. We then will be saving the livestream 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 or or contact Mrs. Weaver with any further questions you may have. We are very excited for this year and hope you are too!

Thank you!

Eva Henderson and Chloe Perkins

Kingsmen Community Care Co-Presidents

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National Honor Society application information

Juniors and Seniors-

If you are interested in becoming a member of NHS, email to be added to a Canvas course for applying. In your email please include your full name, ID number, first block on gold and black days, and whether you are in-person or virtual.

National Honor Society to meet on Wednesday, Oct. 7

Welcome back NHS members! Our first meeting is scheduled for 8:15 am on Wednesday, Oct. 7. It will be held in LGI-A for those in school that day and over Google Meet for everyone else.

Feel free to email us at if you have any questions or don’t receive the invite.

Writers' Guild to meet on Friday, Oct. 2, and Friday, Oct. 16

Writers' Guild will meet on Friday, Oct. 2, and Friday, Oct. 16, this month. If you would like to join in the fun virtually (A-L), send Mrs. Morton an email ( M-Z will meet in-person in Room 239 appropriately socially distant. This month's activities will inspire your writing!
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Swim/Dive Team meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7

There will be a brief informational meeting for anyone interested in trying out for the Penn High School Swimming and Diving teams on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 3:40 p.m.

The meeting will take place at the pool and will last approximately 15 minutes. If you cannot attend the meeting for any reason, you may stop by the pool anytime or email Coach Jess Preston to get caught up.

Coach Jess Preston -

Baseball Open Field set for Mondays and Wednesdays starting on Sept. 21

Starting next week, September 28: Penn Baseball Open Field workouts will meet as follows:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: Juniors and Seniors

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Times remains the same 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Field opportunities will last until Oct. 17.

  • Make sure all necessary paper is completed
  • IHSAA Questionnaire - An athlete cannot stay and participate next week without this completed.
  • Register My Athlete - Students cannot train with the baseball team if this is not updated.
  • Student-Athlete Responsibilities - You are responsible for self-checking at home for signs and symptoms of possible COVID-19 (must stay at home if sick), to let the Coaching Staff know directly if you're not feeling well.
  • Wearing a mask to and from training, bringing your own (well-marked) water bottle which cannot be shared, and cleaning your clothing after every training session is mandatory.

Boys Lacrosse meeting for Freshmen/New Players set for Wednesday, Oct. 14

Attention All Boy Lacrosse Players!

If you are interested in joining our team for the 2020-2021 Season, we are holding an in-person meeting Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria (enter through Door D). Masks and social distancing are required.

We ask ONLY Freshmen and NEW player families attend (a mandatory parent/player meeting will be held for ALL players in February).

Registration closes Oct. 30, so this will be your one opportunity to learn about this amazing sport! If you have any questions, you can email Myra Sweeney:

All-Sports passes on sale

Click here to purchase season tickets to Penn Athletic events for the 2020-2021 school year.

Students must register online to participate in Athletics

Anyone interested in participating in athletics or a club must complete the online registration at Click here for the Code of Conduct.

Student-Athletes must be picked up at Door D after practice

Student-Athletes who are getting picked up at the main Penn High School building must be picked up at Door D after practices.

Parents/Guardians are asked not to pick up student-athletes at Door E due to safety concerns.

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Bittersweet Railroad Crossing Alert

The railroad tracks at Bittersweet Rd. (just north of McKinley) are active, but do not have warning lights or crossing arms. Please use caution approaching these tracks.

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.

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Important School Information

Click on the following links for IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION:

School Messenger, the alert notification service:

Parent FAQ on Emergency Preparedness:

12th-grade Immunization Requirements:

Penn High School app now available

A Penn High School app for I-Phones and Android devices is now available on the Apple Store and Google Play Store.



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
  • Counseling
  • Clubs
  • Fine Arts/Performing Arts
  • Contact us/Staff Directory search engine
  • The Pennant Sports News website
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Click the link for information about reporting absences and late arrivals:

Penn High School Calendars

Download Penn High School Calendars for your phone by visiting You can download a Penn High School Calendar that lists Gold and Black days, as well as important dates. There is also a Fine Arts Calendar and an Athletics Calendar. You can also print out a Gold/Black Days Calendar.

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.

ebooks now available through Penn High School

Did you know ebooks are available to you to check out 24/7? Go to, type in Penn High School, and then use your full email address for your username and your ID number for your password. Email if there is a title you want or if a password isn't working.
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