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Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 3/26

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SEL lessons to focus on insight, critical thinking, mindset and regulation

Since we are getting close to the end of another school year, the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons for the month of April have been thoughtfully created to help support students to finish strong with a focus on insight, critical thinking, mindset, and regulation! Specifically, the lessons will narrow in on self-efficacy, increasing attention, and emotional intelligence.

Self-efficacy will help students learn that they can be successful through various methods, such as having a growth mindset, sense of agency, self-regulation, and perseverance.

Strategies to help increase attention will be discussed and include ideas such as eliminating distractions, getting started on a task, accepting responsibility, being accountable, taking things one step at a time, managing time, and increasing motivation by celebrating successes. These strategies will help support our students as they finish the school year strong!

Finally, students will learn more about emotional intelligence (EQ), why it is important, how it can help in school and in their careers, and how to foster it through various means, such as being self-aware, being socially aware, showing empathy, problem-solving, effectively resolving conflicts, and building and maintaining positive relationships.


We have submitted our plan to the St. Joseph County Department of Health to potentially host Prom on Saturday, May 15. If approved, we will communicate the details right away and hopefully right before Spring Break.
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E-Learning Day

Tuesday, March 30, will be an e-Learning Day.

Spring Break

Friday, April 2, is a recess day (no school) for P-H-M schools.

Spring Break is set for April 5-9.

The first school day after Spring Break is Monday, April 12 (Gold Day).

See Something, Say Something ... Call PHM's Safe School Helpline App

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


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.

Free Breakfast & Lunch to continue through Sept. 30, 2021

Free breakfast and lunch at P-H-M schools will continue through September 30, 2021.

Free meals, especially breakfast, have really helped increase the nutrition of our student population.

P-H-M is serving 1,800 breakfast and 4,300 lunches to in-school students, which includes providing healthy fruits and vegetables.

Click here for information on School Nutrition and the Whole Child Approach to Eduction.

Click here for nutritional information on School Meals.

Click here for information on why School Breakfast matters.

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Kingsmen Court, MSA team up for COVID relief fundraiser

Kingsmen Court and MSA are holding a fundraiser at Chipotle on Saturday, March 27, from 4-8 p.m. !!

All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the United Way of St. Joseph County's COVID Relief Fund.

Make sure to either take a picture of the flyer above or simply tell the cashier you're supporting the fundraiser. This fundraiser is not exclusively for Penn students, so please spread the word and bring your friends and family!

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Summer Teller opportunities available at 1st Source Bank for graduates

Every summer, 1st Source Bank hires high school graduates (teachers and college students too) to work as Summer Tellers. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the banking industry, network and gain valuable work experience. Please see any of the following business teachers for more information: Mrs. Ball, Mr. Berres, Mrs. Bond, Mr. Carroll, Dr. Duncan or Mrs. Corpe for more information.

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.

U.S. Naval Academy hosts STEM Camp and Summer Seminar

The U.S. Naval Academy is holding its world-class Summer STEM Camp and Summer Seminar this coming June in a virtual format, and we would love to have more students from your school join us!

Summer STEM ( is for current eighth, ninth and 10th graders, while Summer Seminar ( is for current 11th graders. Both are amazing experiences! I'm attaching a flyer that has information about the programs.

Click here for a flyer on the USNA Summer programs.

There is a fee associated with each - but we have scholarships available (depending on the family's individual circumstances). The fee includes USNA apparel and program materials.

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Panera's hosting fundraiser for Penn Dance Marathon & Riley Children's Hospital

Please help support Penn Dance Marathon and Riley's Children Hospital by enjoying some Panera on Tuesday, March 30, from 4-8 p.m. Bring the following flyer or show a digital copy to make sure that 20 percent of the proceeds are donated to Penn Dance Marathon. You can also order online for pick up entering the code PRFUND before check out. Thanks for all your support.

Click here for the flyer.

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

Join AmazonSmile

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

Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

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

We appreciate your support!

Thank-a-Teacher program underway


P-H-M teachers and staff are going above and beyond…Here’s a fun way you can say THANK YOU!

A donation to the P-H-M Education Foundation Grant Fund tells your child’s “Special Person” that you honor him/her and value education at P-H-M. Your contribution to the Grant Fund will be returned to the schools in the form of TEACHERS GRANTS for programs and projects that cannot be funded through school budgets.

Your child’s “Special Person” will receive a thank you greeting, a special pin telling him/her the name of the donor AND a Be Our Guest Chick-fil-a breakfast card. A “Special Person” can include a teacher, aide, bus driver, custodian, librarian, or any P-H-M employee for $20 per special person. Forms can be downloaded at and must be returned to your child’s school by April 30.

Click here for details.

Thanks for your continued support for the P-H-M Education Foundation where our mission is to support excellence in education in ALL 15 P-H-M schools! Questions can be emailed to

Jeneane Arter Award nominations open


The Jeneane Arter Teaching in Excellence Award is given to a current P-H-M staff member that exemplifies excellence in education. Students may nominate a staff member that has influenced their educational experience by downloading guidelines and submitting a one-page essay to the P-H-M Education Foundation. The winner will receive $2,000, underwritten by Darla and Jason Lippert.

Click here for information on the Jeneane Arter Award.

Essays are due to the ESC by April 12 and the winner will be announced on June 1. Guidelines can be found at For additional information or questions, contact Jennifer Turnblom, PHMEF Executive Director, at (574) 254-2893 or

P.S. Do you have an innovative idea that needs a few bucks to grow? Our Spring Grant Cycle is open and we want to hear from you! Complete the online application at PHMEF Grants | PHMEF by 4pm on March 31 and let us know how we can help you.

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Applications available for MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab programs

Applications for MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab’s Spring Semester and Summer programs for high school students are open here until March 31.

The project-based curriculum caters to students with diverse backgrounds and interests, allowing students to explore the intersection of AI and law, education, healthcare, and more.

If you have any questions or want to know more about our events and programs, please contact Adeesh Goel, Program Head, Inspirit AI -

EACC returning to five days of in-person instruction

The Elkhart Area Career Center returned to five days of in-person instruction beginning Monday, March 15. Penn will provide bus transportation from Penn to the EACC and back if needed, Monday through Friday.

Cosmetology program available through Penn

Current Sophomores and Juniors . . .

Are you interested in a career in Cosmetology and have Penn High School cover the tuition? The Penn High School Advanced CTE CC Program is a way for high school students to earn their Cosmetology license and prepare for a career.

Cosmetology is a two-year program so if you start it as a junior, Penn will cover the entire cost as long as you are in good standing with the school. If you start as a senior, you will be responsible for covering the second year.

If you are interested in learning more, please see Mrs. Ball in Room 251 or email her with questions at
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Art Gallery features student work

The first and only student show is open for view. The exhibit has 2 parts.

1. In the long part of the gallery is the Teachers' Choice Selections, which is a bit from each of the seven art teachers and visual art areas offered at Penn as well as some pieces from Schmucker.

From the Teachers' Choice selections students may vote until Thursday, April 15, on their favorite piece for the People's Choice Award. The Award will be announced the following week.

2. In the larger square room of the gallery are all the Scholastic Art Award Winners from PHM School Corporation for the 2020-21 School year. We even have 2 pieces that received a National Scholastic Award this year.

Make sure to come see and vote for your favorite piece by April 15. Most of the show will remain up until May 18, but some of the pieces may need to be taken down sooner per students leaving and other competitions going on.

No fast-food deliveries allowed at Penn

Due to health and COVID-19 safety mandates, fast-food deliveries are not allowed at Penn.

Yearbook Senior Quotes accepted until April 12

SENIORS! It's time to submit your senior quotes for the Yearbook via Google Form!

Submissions will be accepted until APRIL 12th!

Click here to submit a Senior Quote for the Yearbook.

Students parking on campus must have registration on file

All students parking on campus need to have a registration on file in Student Services.
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Penn Cafeteria offers new menu items.

Click here for information on new menu items being served up in the Penn Cafeteria.
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Free and Reduced Meal Application information

Click here for Free and Reduced Meal Application information.

Secondary Students Return Plan

Please CLICK HERE for information about Dr. Thacker's Secondary Return to Learn Plan.

Peer Leadership class offers opportunities

Do you like to help others? Are you interested in teaching? Do you need to beef up your experiences for college applications?

Try Peer Leadership for an elective next year. This course is designed to give high school students the opportunity to interact with and learn about people with disabilities. Students will provide five blocks over two weeks of in-class and/or community based instruction to students with moderate and severe disabilities under the personal supervision and direction of the course instructor or classroom teaching staff.

Are you already a peer leader? We have a new opportunity for the 2021/2022 school year where Peer Leaders may work with students at the Young Adult Program located at Schmucker Middle School.

Applications have moved online and you can fill it out here. If you have any questions, please direct them to Mrs. Shafer, the Academy Leader for Exceptional Education at
List view in Canvas

Watch the above video for simple changes in CANVAS that can help with Organization

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Spectrum on sale now in the bookstore

The Fall edition of Penn's literary magazine, Spectrum, is here! Check out what your friends have been writing and creating. Copies will be available in the bookstore for $5.

Chromebook camera or mic help offered

Any students who are having webcam and/or microphone issues with their Chromebooks are encouraged to email to set up an appointment to get the device repaired free of charge.

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.

Yearbook seeking feature images

If you'd like to be featured in the yearbook, we have some images we're looking for!

Specifically, if you have any cute pictures with your friends, family, pets, or by yourself from this summer, please email them to Branigan Thomas at along with a short summary on what you were doing, your name, and your grade level!

If you have anything like the above but for autumn, you can email those pictures and that information to Paige Parker at

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

Virtual student free meal pick-up moving to Door K

Free Meal pick-up for virtual students will be moving to Door K on the south side of the school.

Dates and times are Mondays from 1-3.

Door K is off Jefferson next to the playground on the practice football field side.

Free Lunch!

Thanks to a USDA waiver, all meals served to students at P-H-M will be free when there is in-school learning 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 in the IMC or Door K. The package will contain three breakfast and three lunch meals. Items will be frozen if possible and bags will have heating and storage instructions.

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. Contact Jill Riggs at to donate. 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.

Community events open to P-H-M students and families

Click here for a list of non-school activities and events made available to P-H-M students and families by area organizations.

Return to Learn safety protocols

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

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

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Republican Club donates Teddy Bears to local Police Departments

Last Friday, the Penn Republican Club presented their collection of stuffed animals from their Teddy Bear Drive to both the St Joseph County Police and the Mishawaka Police Departments. With help from both physical and monetary donations, Republican Club was able to give the Police Departments 418 stuffed animals!

Why teddy bears? Police officers keep teddy bears or other stuffed animals in their patrol cars to give to children that may be at a crime scene or police-involved situation. The bears help calm and comfort the child in a traumatic event and have been known to have a lasting positive impact.

The club members who attended this meeting were Molly Knight, Josh Hyman, Ben Fox, Luke McDonald, Alex Trump, Nick Froehlke, Grant Parker, Cora Robison, Kyle Riffel, and Bella Schaetzle. The Officers who attended this meeting were Cpl. Donald M. Reppert, Sgt. Tommy Teeter, Lt. Tim Williams, PFC Bruce Faltynski and A/C Bryan Fox.

Lavish by Lina Salon and Hyman Auto Supply donated $100 each to the Republican Club cause. Tasty Peach of Mishawaka and Cabela’s of Hammond donated stuffed animals or gave the club a great price on purchases. The Penn Key Club also helped out.

Penn Republican Club to meet on Friday, April 16

The Penn Republican Club will meet next Friday, April 16, at 7:45 a.m. in Room 241. A virtual option is available. All members please try to attend. We are going to finalize our shirt design for the year. If you are not in the club and found our teddy bear drive interesting, and would enjoy discussing the Declaration and Constitution, or would like to learn more about meeting elected officials that share conservative values, please join us!
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GSA meetings now virtual

GSA meetings will be virtual until further notice. Mr. Coffee will email the link to members the day before or the day of.

If students are interested in joining, they should reach out to Mr. Coffee:

TEAMS registration now open

If you are interested in participating in TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science), e-mail Ms. Hullinger at

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

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

Writers' Guild to meet on Friday, March 26

Writers' Guild will have a make-up meeting Friday, March 26, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 239 for in-person students that day and virtually for those working from home. Email Mrs. Morton ( to learn more! We will discuss upcoming writing contests, online writing conference opportunities along with our usual activities, writing time, and Author's Chair. We look forward to writing with you!

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Spring All-Sports passes now on sale

All-Sport Passes are now $30 for Adults and $20 for students for the remainder of the school year. The passes can be purchased in the athletic office or click here to purchase tickets online.

Boys Lacrosse seeks manager

Are you interested in earning a Varsity Letter for Boys Lacrosse? We are looking for Team Managers and Videographers for our home games. You do not need to know anything about lacrosse! We will train you! Please email Dan Hogan ( if you are interested.


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.

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.

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.
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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.
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Fitness Center currently closed to community

The Penn High School Fitness Center is currently closed to the community.

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:

Skyward and student progress

All parents and guardians are encouraged to review Skyward information for your student. General directions are listed below to access Skyward. Please take some time to review student progress and encourage your student to develop a plan for any missing work.
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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.

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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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:

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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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CLICK HERE to read the plan for Penn High School to return to our Hybrid schedule beginning 1.19. Parents need to complete the questionnaire for students.

Freshman Academy honors students

The following students were named "House Rockers" by the Freshman Academy for their academic commitment and character.

House 1: Johnathan Pletcher and Brook Braunsdorf

House 2: Zoe Bishop and Gavin Przybysz

House 3: Brooklyn Bauer and Phoenix Harris

House 4: Nikos Medlin and Ellie Stabnik

House 5: Ashley Mead and Channing O'Connor