Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 8/28
Voluntary Vaccination Clinic
Applications now open for P-H-M Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation is developing a Steering Committee with a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). This Steering Committee follows the work of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council (SAC) for DEI that took place during the 20-21 school year.
The goal of the Steering Committee for the 21-22 school year will be to examine the proposed action items from the 20-21 School Year SAC for DEI and work to help plan next steps for implementation in order to provide Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s constituency the opportunity to have input into the corporation’s decision making process toward the achievement of district-wide goals regarding valuing and celebrating diversity as well as working to eliminate racial injustices and discrimination. The committee will include Penn-Harris-Madison administration, teachers, staff, parents/guardians, students, as well as members of the community.
We welcome parents/guardians of current P-H-M students and P-H-M community members to consider applying to serve on the Steering Committee for DEI. All interested parties who wish to seek the potential to serve on the Steering Committee for DEI for the duration of the 2021-22 school year are encouraged to apply.
The application to apply can be found online at this link or a hard copy can be picked up from the Educational Services Center (ESC) at 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545 during business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session). Completed applications and materials may be submitted online may be emailed to Mrs. Megan Landoll at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed or dropped off at the Educational Services Center no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 3, 2021.
The applicants for the Steering Committee for DEI will be reviewed by a group of P-H-M administrators. Then, all applicants will be notified of the decisions via email during the month of September, 2021.
We welcome interested P-H-M parents/guardians and P-H-M community members to apply for this wonderful opportunity to have a positive, lasting impact on Penn-Harris-Madison.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Lessons begin 8/30
At Penn-Harris-Madison, we want to equip our students with the skills they need for success both now and in the future. One way we do this is through Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons for all students. SEL is the knowledge and skills essential for wellbeing as well as personal and professional success. It includes teaching, modeling, practicing, and reinforcing these skills (Indiana Department of Education (IDOE)). The IDOE has seven (7) competencies/main SEL skills, including the following:
Insight: The ability to know your emotions and how they affect your thoughts and actions (important for self-confidence, self-esteem, empathy, and recognizing one’s strengths and areas of growth).
Regulation: The ability to recognize and manage one’s emotions (builds self-control, self-discipline, and impulse control).
Connection: The ability to have strong social awareness, giving students the ability to take the perspectives of others and empathize with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Collaboration: The ability to work well with others (builds positive communication and conflict management skills).
Critical Thinking: The ability to make constructive choices and understand metacognitive strategies to enhance learning (builds responsible decision making, analytical and critical inquiry skills, which are necessary to approach learning from an innovative, creative, multicultural, and ethical lens).
Sensory-Motor Integration: When one is aware of their body and sensations in order to manage transitions, change routines, increase alertness for learning and improve regulation.
Mindset: The ability to demonstrate cognitive flexibility and a willingness to learn, which is critical for perseverance, adaptability, self-discovery, resilience and giving/receiving constructive feedback.
In order to intentionally teach these skills, Penn-Harris-Madison has created SEL lessons for our students based on Indiana Department of Education’s SEL standards/learning competencies. The lessons are taught by the classroom teacher one time per week (with the exception of a few weeks due to the school calendar). At the high school level, the lessons are taught during the first Gold day of the week in 3rd block since this block is longer than others due to lunch schedules. For more information, including an opportunity to view the SEL slide decks prepared for students to view with their class, please visit the P-H-M website at this link. During the 21-22 school year (SY), the slide decks will be released on P-H-M’s website prior to being taught. They will be released in roughly 9-week increments to align with grading quarters. The lessons for the 21-22 school year will start the week of August 30, 2021. Below is a summary of the lesson information for September. After reviewing the lessons, please contact Mr. Galiher if you have any concerns.
Become a Penn Booster !!!!
Support Penn's Academic and Athletic Teams by becoming a Penn Booster !!!! All it takes is a minimum of $10 donation. You will receive a Booster Lanyard, E-mails throughout the school year about upcoming events, and you are entered into a monthly drawing for a $25 gift card. Over the past two years, the Boosters were able to donate over $63,000 to Academic and Athletic Programs at Penn. The more money the boosters are able to raise, the more money they can donate back. Please help us reach our goal of 800 members by joining today!
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.
Band to host mattress sale fundraiser
Are you or someone you know looking to replace a bed in your home? Now is the time. Penn High School Band is excited to announce they will be hosting a one-day mattress fundraiser from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, September 11.
There will be over 25 beds on display for customers to try. The brand name mattresses are made to order, have full factory warranties, are available in all sizes, and are priced below retail. In addition to beds, there will also be luxury pillows and even adjustable power bases! Delivery & financing is available.
Visit the Facebook event and click “GOING”, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! SHARE OUR POSTS: FACEBOOK LINK.
As a thank you for helping spread the word, attached is a very special coupon flier just for faculty and staff!
Check out this video to see how it works: VIDEO
Powder Puff sign-up now open
Link for signing up
Practice dates: 9/8, 9/13, 9/15, 9/20, 9/22, 9/27.
Time 6:30-8 p.m. on the practice football field.
- Sign up through the google link
- Register on RegisterMyAthlete.com,
- fill out all the consent forms on Register my athlete,
- pay the insurance fee. NO PHYSICAL REQUIRED
All of the above must be completed by Sept. 7 to be able to participate
Gallery Docents needed
Are you looking for a little more fun and freedom during your study hall time that would also benefit our school?
Being a Gallery Docent is a fun and easy gig, but very important to serving our school and having the art gallery open for view. It is a type of student assistantship, but it offers a little more flexibility and time to get your homework done.
Please see Miss Miller in Room 154 ASAP if you art interested, responsibly and trustworthy. We are in need 3-5 juniors/seniors to help out each block, so there are lots of positions available, but don't wait, as the first gallery show opens in mid September.
Opportunities available in Lifeguard Internship
Student Lunch Delivery Policy
Student Parking passes available
Student Parking passes will be available for eligible Juniors and Seniors from 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. on Monday-through-Friday, Aug. 9-13, and on Monday, Aug. 16, and Tuesday, Aug. 17. When in-person school is in session, parking passes are sold before school from 7:30-8:15 a.m. and after school from 3:17-3:30 p.m.
Students must bring the completed forms, ID, and other required items. Cash and checks (made out to Penn High School) are acceptable payments. We cannot accept credit cards at this time. Change will not be made so bring exact amounts.
Students will go to the Counseling Center office to show that required forms (posted below) have been filled out properly. After paperwork is filled out and approved, students will go to the bookstore to pay for parking pass.
Sophomores are not eligible for parking passes.
Click here for details and forms.
Vape detectors installed
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 email@example.com.
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.
Chromebook insurance available
If you wish to purchase Chromebook insurance, please make a $25 payment at the Penn High School bookstore or online at phm.revtrak.net (click “Chromebooks” then “Penn High School” ). Online payments are only accepted until Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. If you purchase insurance after Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, your Chromebook must pass an inspection by the Technology Department and the fee can be paid in the bookstore.
Please reference this document for additional insurance information.
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.
We will also be operating Community pick-up sites at the schools hosting summer school and at several Mishawaka parks.
Click here for detailed information.
You will receive a breakfast and lunch meal per child. Students who are attending summer school will get their meals with summer school.
P-H-M locations for pick up are:
- Penn High School, Door K (Southeast corner of the building) – 6/7/21- 8/13/21
- Walt Disney Elementary School, Door B (Main Entrance) – 6/7/21- 8/13/21
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.
The program will operate Monday through Friday during designated weeks.
P-H-M will also be running sites at several Mishawaka Parks. Meals can be consumed on site or taken off site.
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.
Cryptology opportunity available
Are you interested in Cryptology? Would you like to work with a Notre Dame Professor on a cryptology project this year?
If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Requirements: High school students of 11th grade or 12th grade with some experience in computer programming (e.g., R, Matlab, Wolfram or other more advanced programming languages) are eligible. Students who do NOT know Python are eligible.
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
DVT/Planetarium seeks interns
Interns are wanted for the 2021-2022 school year at the PHM DVT/Planetarium!
Have you ever wondered how the shows are created at the DVT/Planetarium? Do you have any creative ideas for shows? Do you enjoy learning new things? Would you like to have a unique work experience to make you stand out on your college applications?
Look no further and join the PHM DVT/Planetarium team!
Don’t think you have what it takes to be an intern or to create a show? Just like it takes people with various talents and skills to produce a TV or theater show, it takes a variety of people to create a DVT/Planetarium show! We need students with skills in script writing, artistic design, computer programing, sound/music, and more!
Interested? Contact Mrs. O’Malley at the DVT/Planetarium now!
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.
PTO introduction, update
Over the past three 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/staff 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 for the 2021-2022 PTO Calendar.
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 email@example.com
We appreciate your support!
Kingsmen Court applications now open
Kingsmen Court applications are now open! Kingsmen Court is Penn’s student council, and it's made up of about 40 representatives from clubs, organizations, and our freshman class.
If you are a freshman looking to be a freshman rep, here is the Freshman Application.
If you would like to be a club representative, here is the Club/Organization Representative Application. Make sure to reach out to your club sponsors before applying!
If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are due September 10th by 11:59 p.m.
Kingsmen Against Cancer to meet on Sept. 7
We meet first Tuesdays of every month and get together to make goodie bags, blankets, cards, and hold drives for patients at a children's hospital!
If you are interested please email email@example.com or sign up for the email list at
First Tuesday's Book Club to meet on Sept. 7
If you cannot attend, but would like to be on the email list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around the World in 180 Days Club to meet on Friday, Sept. 10
The first meeting for the Around the World in 180 Days Club is set for 7:45 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10, in Room 163. Here is the club email interest form- Sign-up.
State Champion Spell Bowl Team seeks members
This will be a quick meeting to discuss the upcoming 2021 season where we'll aim to take back our State title! If you have any questions, please email the coach, Ms. O'Brien, and email@example.com.
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.
The first meeting is set for 7:45 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13 in LGI-B.
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.
DECA meeting schedule for Thursday, Sept. 2
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.
Girls Basketball League (Grades 3-8) Registration set for noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12
Click here for the Registration form and league cost/details.
Boys Basketball League (Grades 2-8) registration set for Wednesday, Sept. 1
Registration for the Penn Boys Basketball League for students in Grades 2-8 will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 5:45-8 p.m.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 5:45-8 p.m.
Where: Penn High School/ Enter through Door D
Price: $75 Grades 2-6 / $60 Grades 7 & 8th
Registration form: Click here for the Registration form.
Discount: $10 Discount for Summer Basketball Camp Attendees
Information: If you have any questions please contact Assistant Varsity Coach Julius Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
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.