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Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 10/1

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Covid-19 Health and Safety Overview

Please CLICK HERE for PHM Safety Protocols. Please CLICK HERE for specific details that pertain to Penn.

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Penn hosts Carnival of Bands

Penn High School hosted the Carnival of Bands on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Marching Bands from 18 different schools competed in the event.

The Penn Marching Kingsmen capped the event with a special exhibition performance.

"The Penn Band members, staff and parents did a wonderful job of organizing and carrying out the event," Penn Marching Kingsmen director Glenn Northern said.

PSAT test scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 13

Penn High School will operate on the modified schedule outlined below to accommodate the administration of the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9.

All freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9. All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT.

After the PSAT, students in grades 9-10-11 will have Naviance Career/College activities, and a regular Block 4 class.

Juniors who attend programs such as the Pennway, EACC, Building Trades, Cadet Teaching, & etc. should report for testing. Seniors who attend these same programs should report to them at their regular time. All other seniors will be provided with asynchronous E-learning and will not be in the building.

First Bell 8:05

Warning Bell 8:20

Testing 8:25-12:30 (Students with extended time will finish testing at 1:46)

Passing 12:30-12:36


Lunch 12:36-1:06 (30 minutes)

Naviance Block 1:11-2:16 (65 minutes)

Passing 2:16-2:22 (6 minutes)


Naviance Block 12:36-1:11 (35 minutes)

Lunch 1:11-1:41 (30 minutes)

Naviance Block 1:46- 2:16 (30 minutes)

Passing 2:16-2:22 (6 minutes)


Naviance Block 12:36-1:46 (70 minutes)

Lunch 1:46-2:16 (30 minutes)

Passing 2:16-2:22 (6 minutes)

Block 4 2:22-3:17 (55 minutes)

Dismissal 3:17

Applications being accepted for National Honor Society

Invitations are being accepted to join National Honor Society. Invitations to apply were emailed to all eligible juniors and seniors. Students should check their emails to apply.
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Speech/Debate information meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 6

Speech and Debate


Parent/Student Information Meeting

This meeting is for anyone interested in being part of Penn Speech and Debate for the 2021-2022 season. We are looking for anyone who wants to work hard, have fun and be part of our team’s success. All students are encouraged to bring at least one parent or guardian. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Oct. 6!

  • Want to learn to use your voice?

  • Want to be part of a positive team culture?

  • Want to work hard and have fun?

When: Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Penn Cafeteria (Enter through door D).

Questions? Contact

Penn Speech and Debate - Head Coach

Jeremy Starkweather


"Dawn of the Space Age" to be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 6

The PHM DVT/Planetarium will be showing DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and can be pre-ordered by visiting the DVT webpage on the PHM Schools website, or they can be purchased at the door with cash, check, or card 30 minutes before the show starts. The DVT is located inside Bittersweet Elementary.

Relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space on April 12th, 1961. Who were the men and women who took part in these death-defying days? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore in Dawn of the Space Age!

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Basketball Cheer tryouts Monday, Oct. 11, and Tuesday, Oct. 12

Basketball cheerleading tryouts October 11 and 12, Penn High School East Balcony from 4-7 p.m. Please email Coach Rita at if you are interested in trying out.

Join The Academic Super Bowl Math Team

Join The Academic Super Bowl Math Team.

  • See Mr. McClelland in Room 206, or email
  • Meetings in Room 206 Tuesdays after school @3:25 until 4:15ish
  • First meeting is October 5
  • Google Classroom Code is 3hugkv6

Penn Art Gallery features "In Search for Meaning"

the first gallery show is open in our Penn Kingsmen Art Gallery. It is "In Search for Meaning" college work by Lea Goldman. The gallery is open everyday during class periods and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • We are currently seeking 3 more students to serve as docents after school on Tues and Thurs to facilitate having it open after school. Please see Miss Miller in 154 if you are interested. It would be once a week for an hour a week.

Attendance reasons can now be reported through Skyward/Family Access

Parents/Guardians now have the ability to submit attendance reasons - for full-day absences, early dismissals or late arrivals - for approval by the school - through Skyward/Family Access, instead of calling Penn High School.

Requests can be entered on the day of the absence (i.e. a student is ill) or scheduled in advance (i.e. - a student has a doctor appointment).

Click here for instructions on how to submit attendance reasons through Skyward/Family Access.

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Become a Penn Booster !!!!

We truly appreciate your dedication and support of Penn High School. The Penn Booster's main function is to enhance the overall educational experience for the students here at PHS, and we couldn’t do it without you. The Boosters provides resources for our PHS athletic and student groups through various fundraising efforts, including events, sponsorships, donations, concession stand income, and most importantly through our memberships.

Memberships are $10 a year and are open to anyone interested in supporting Penn. Becoming a Booster Member does not mean you have to be on the Booster Board. You can be a representative for your respective athletic or academic team and be the liaison to the Board, or you can just support the Booster program by becoming a member with your $10 donation.

We are also excited to have launched our new Booster website. Please visit us at as we continue to connect with the PHM community.

If you are interested in sharing your gifts or talents with the Boosters, we would very much enjoy finding an opportunity for you to do that. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and talk about how you can help our group continue to provide the “Gold Standard” that we are accustomed to here at Penn.

Click here for details.

21-22 Booster Membership Form

Work Permits no longer required

The State of Indiana is creating an Employer Registration system for any employer that employs five (5) or more minors.

Effective 7/1/2021, Indiana will no longer require work permits for minor employees. Employers will no longer be required to complete the “Intent to Employ” form, and schools will no longer issue work permits.

Employers will be responsible for maintaining an accurate list of all minor employees. If an employer has four (4) or fewer minor employees, registration will not be required. This registration does not have any impact on the work hour requirements for minors. All employers must still comply with the Teen Work Hour Restrictions.

Student Lunch Delivery Policy

If a student forgets their lunch, only a lunch from home will be able to be dropped off at Penn. In order to support P-H-M’s Wellness Guidelines, we ask that food from outside vendors not be dropped off at school. Services such as Door Dash, Uber Eats or Grub Hub are not permitted on campus.

Free and Reduced Meal Application information

Click here for Free and Reduced Meal Application information.
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P-H-M offers free breakfast and lunch to students

P-H-M will be supplying free breakfast and lunch to all P-H-M students for the upcoming school year.

A Free lunch consists of:

  • One serving of an entree
  • 2 fruits (one only may be a juice box)
  • 2 vegetables
  • 1 milk

Any additional entrees will cost $2 per entree

Click here for detailed information.

FREE MEALS will be available to children 18 years of age and under, or persons more than 18 who are determined by a state or local public education agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in a public or non-profit private school program established for the mentally or physically disabled.

P-H-M announces new transportation routing platform

The Penn-Harris-Madison Transportation Department is excited to announce our transition to our new transportation routing platform, 3DEZRouting, for the 2021-22 school year.

This will allow for streamlined communication with Transportation that enables you to view bus information, make requests, and receive regular correspondence directly from the Transportation Department.

The Parent Portal will provide frequently updated information, so please be on the lookout for emails from the following addresses allowing you to create your Parent Portal Account beginning in July.

Penn seeks Robotics Volunteer Coordinator

Penn High School is in need of a Volunteer Coordinator for the fourth Annual FIRST Robotics Competition in March of 2022.

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

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.

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 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.

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, to download your free version. Or you can stop by the Educational Services Center at 55900 Bittersweet Rd., Mishawaka to pick up a copy.

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Meet the PTO

CLICK HERE for PTO updates, calendar and more.

Penn PTO is a group of devoted parents and volunteers who work hand-in-hand with administration to support our students, staff and teachers through events that bring together community and show appreciation.

The PTO provides grants to our teachers, clubs and student groups.

We also coordinate Snowball (an event your student will not want to miss), teacher appreciation week and monthly appreciation events for teachers and staff, as well as organizing and funding things such as Freshman Frenzy.

We have meetings once a month and would love for you to join us and learn more. Please email to be added to our meeting invite list for a virtual meeting option or check the calendar and join us in person.

Support the PTO through Amazon Smile

Help support your Penn High School PTO!

Simply follow the directions below and search for: Penn High School PTO Incorporated. Every time you order eligible items, a percentage at no extra cost to you, will automatically go to PHS PTO.

How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app

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!

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Tabletop Games Club scheduled to meet on Monday, Oct. 4

Sign-ups for the Tabletop Games Club is in Room 237. The Club, started by Lucy Noie and sponsored by Ms. Soard, will have its first meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, in Room 237. The meetings are set for every Monday after school (until 4:30 p.m.) in Room 237.

Volunteer at the Humane Society

On Saturday mornings, Penn Animal Outreach Club will be volunteering a small group of members to take care of cats at St. Joe Humane Society (2056 Grape Rd.).

Any students are welcome to sign up! The dates are listed in the Google sheet below. Each session is from 9 a.m. to noon and sign up is first come first serve.

If you are under 16, you must fill out the waiver and code of conduct attached below and bring it to the event. Also, we must have one parent chaperone per event, so if your parent can volunteer their time please let us know in the google sheet. The parent must also fill out the waiver attached below and the sign up sheet.

The center also requires that each volunteer have a written note saying that their parents allow them to be chaperoned by the volunteering parent. Since we are taking care of cats, please do not come if you are allergic in any way.

Click here for the Humane Society Code of Conduct form.

Sign up sheet:

Younglife to meet on Monday, Oct. 11

Younglife Club is a Christian club that offers students a chance to hang out, play games, and eat food.

It's a great opportunity to meet new people and have a good time. The next large group meeting is Monday, Oct. 11 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 1750 Dugdale Dr.

There is a possibility of having small group meetings before then but as of now those are still TBD. If anyone has any questions or wants to reach out, they can email me at

Penn Dance Marathon seeks members

Are you interested in joining Penn Dance Marathon? Dance Marathons are held in hundreds of high schools and colleges around the nation and they benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all around the country. We raise money for Riley Children's Hospital throughout the school year. This is through various means of fundraising such as restaurant giveback nights, canning at sporting events, and individual fundraising on DonorDrive. We also interact with fellow Riley Families and hold a multi-hour fundraising event in April where we reveal our earnings. The club is open to everyone and there are no dues or fees.

To sign up go to this link:

Apply to be on our executive board with this link:

Quiz Bowl meets Mondays/Wednesdays

What is Quiz Bowl?

Quiz Bowl Practice Info

Quiz Bowl meets on Mondays/Wednesdays from 3:30-4:15 pm in Room 136

Interested? Email Mr. May ( or Mr. Conner (

Key Club Welcomes New Members

Attention all freshmen or new members interested in joining Key Club this academic school year:

Please fill out this Google Form to be added to Key Club's email list and receive all of our emails about general information, upcoming meetings, and current volunteer opportunities.

If you were a member last year and received emails, there is no need to fill the form out. But if you feel that you did not receive our emails last year when you should have, please go ahead and fill out the form above.

Questions or concerns? Please email

Thanks for your interest!

Freshmen Mentoring scheduled for Thursday (Oct. 7) and Friday (Oct. 8)

Freshmen Mentoring will be held on Thursday (Oct. 7) and Friday (Oct. 8) during PCC.

Republican Club honors Hispanic/Latino Republicans

The Penn Republican Club recognizes the significant contributions of Hispanic/Latino Republicans past and present. Here are a couple you may have heard of.

1. Senator Ted Cruz - The son of immigrants from Cuba and Canada, Cruz graduated as valedictorian of his high school class in 1988. After graduating from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Cruz pursued a career in politics. He worked as a policy advisor in the George W. Bush administration before serving as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008. In 2012, Cruz became the first Hispanic-American to serve as a U.S. senator from Texas. In the Senate, Cruz has taken consistently conservative positions on economic and social policy, often arguing that the writers of the Constitution offered us an explicit way to stop an all-powerful central government by writing the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. Cruz unsuccessfully ran for President in 2016 and then was re-elected as Senator from Texas in 2018.

2. Senator Marco Rubio - Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants. He graduated from South Miami Senior High School in 1989 and then earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Florida. In 1993 he earned his law degree from the University of Miami Law School. He was speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for 2 years, taught at Florida International University, and then was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Rubio ran for president in 2016 but lost the Republican Primary to Donald Trump. During the Trump administration, Rubio was a key advisor on issues related to Latin America. He still serves as the senior United States Senator from Florida.

Connect with Kingsmen Court

Follow Kingsmen Court !!!

Instagram: @pennkingsmencourt

Twitter: @courtkingsmen

E-mail us with any questions

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GSA meetings scheduled

Penn GSA will meet in Room 196 after school on the first and third Wednesday of every month beginning on Sept. 1. Meetings will end no later than 4 p.m.

Girl Up Club seeks members

The Girl Up Club is seeking members. The club seeks to inspire girls in the Penn High School community to become leaders, change-makers and discover their true voices.

Here is the sign-up google form:

Sign up for Girls Who Code Club

Girls Who Code is a club that will begin meeting after school later this year. If you are interested in more information, and/or joining the club, please complete the below form.
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No. 1 Penn Volleyball hosts Munster on Friday, Oct. 8

The No. 1-ranked Penn Volleyball Team hosts Munster on Friday, Oct. 8

  • The Freshmen Team plays at 6 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym
  • The Junior Varsity Team plays at 6 p.m. in the Arena.
  • The Varsity Team plays at approximately 7 p.m. in the Arena.

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

Join the winning team, the Kingsmen 100.






CLICK HERE for details.

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.


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.
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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 8:05 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 as we get ready to start the school year.
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Update address changes in Skyward

If you have changed residences, you can update your address in Skyward in order to receive important communications from Penn High School.

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

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.

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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