Rigor, Relevance, Relationships 9/18
Please watch the above video for Student Welcome/expectations
PLEASE WATCH THE ABOVE VIDEO ON STUDENT SAFETY EXPECTATIONS
Please watch the above video for Arrival, Passing Periods, Dismissal & Student Parking Procedures at Penn
PLEASE WATCH THE ABOVE VIDEO ON CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS
PLEASE WATCH THE ABOVE VIDEO ON MEALS AT PENN
Student before-school drop-off procedures
Student after-school pick-up procedures
Please watch the above video on Food Service Safety Modifications
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.
- Click here for the Penn's September Take-Home/Virtual Learning Meal Bag Plan.
- Click here for Penn's Menu for Meals in September.
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.
Penn and PHM Employment Opportunities
We are currently taking applications for educational assistant positions. These positions are 35 hours per week, and follow the school year calendar. Our aides are amazing staff members, who make an impact every day with our students!
Those interested in applying should email Mr. Williams at email@example.com .
Report student COVID-19 related symptom information to Penn
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
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.
PSAT planned for Oct. 14 and Oct. 29
Given the current schedule, we will administer the PSAT on two separate dates.
Sophomores and juniors with the last names A-L are scheduled to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14, and those with the last names M-Z are scheduled to take the PSAT on Thursday, October 29.
More information regarding these two dates will be provided in the near future.
School/Yearbook photos will be taken Tuesday, Sept. 22, through Friday, Sept. 25, for students who are in the building. Students will be dismissed by classes to take the photos.
Seniors are highly encouraged to dress up, as these pictures will be your Senior Portrait that go in the Yearbook and will be your ID photo.
Seniors will have a distinguished blue background in the yearbook while underclass and staff will have a gray background. Parents still have more than 80 backgrounds to choose from when purchasing their individual pictures.
ALL students will order via the same online order code (below). This is a one click link that will take you directly to the website to order pictures. The ordering link for remote learning students will be posted on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
Fall Web Link:
A date for Virtual Learners School/Yearbook photos will be announced later.
Click here to set a school-photo reminder.
Click here for details on purchasing school photos.
Hybrid Start Day
Penn High School will begin its Hybrid Return to Learning plan on Monday, Sept. 21, with Virtual Learning for all students.
In-person learning at Penn - for those who have chosen in-person learning - will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
This document outlines our Return to Learn safety protocols as it relates to arrival and dismissal procedures, passing periods, lunch and classroom instruction.
Homecoming Week Sept. 21-25 !!!!
Homecoming is next week!! September 21-25
Here is the schedule for your virtual/in-person spirit week!
Get to know your Homecoming Court! Watch their welcoming videos during your third block.
Class Wars (A-L last names):
Seniors: Wear Togas
Juniors: Wear blue
Sophomores: Wear red
Freshmen: Wear white
Look back in time, and see some pictures of our amazing staff on their homecoming weeks.
Class Wars (M-Z last names):
Seniors: Wear Togas
Juniors: Wear blue
Sophomores: Wear red
Freshmen: Wear white
Friday (the 25th)
Show your Penn Pride by wearing your Penn Spirit merch!
Teacher TikTok competition! Vote on your favorites!
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) & Mental Health
1. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, “Social and Emotional Learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Based on research especially regarding neurodevelopment and cultural responsiveness, the Indiana Department of Education holds that there are seven core competencies (Insight, Regulation, Connection, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Sensory-Motor Integration, & Mindset), which can be broken down into subtopics. These core competencies need to be intentionally taught to students to help them be successful both now and in the future, especially as it relates to college and career readiness. For the month of September, the SEL lessons will cover the SEL core competencies of insight, regulation, critical thinking and mindset. More specifically, the lessons will cover the subtopics of the following:
- Cognitive Flexibility (Flexible Thinking), which is learning to think about things and circumstances in a new, positive way. For more information, please see P-H-M's SEL resource with info on cognitive flexibility at this link.
- Identifying Personal Strengths
- Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Setting personal goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, & Timely)
- Developing a Growth Mindset, which is based on the work of cognitive psychology and Dr. Carol Dweck's research. A Growth Mindset means that people believe their talents can be developed through hard work, accepting constructive feedback, understanding that one can learn and grow from a mistake or failure, and embracing the power of the word "Yet" believing their time and efforts will help them to work toward achieving a goal.
2. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Please check out this newsletter for more information, including resources. Suicide Prevention Newsletter for Parents/Guardians linked here.
Contact Independent Study at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are enrolled in Independent Study, please use the following email address for all questions and help: email@example.com.
Drawing students need to pick up Spring 2020 projects
Also, ALL Drawing Students and other art students who did a project for The Extinction Exhibit in the Gallery need to get those pieces dropped off to Mrs. Miller's Room 154 by Friday, Sept. 25, if they want their work show in the art gallery with the artists for our first exhibit. They need to include their name, title of piece & grade in school last spring, when the work was done, as well as phone, and what they have G2 and G3 so that we can get the work returned when the show is finished. A one paragraph write up would also be helpful to explain what they were illustrating and why they chose to illustrate it this way. There will be a box outside Room 154 put this work in.
Ceramic students need to pick up Spring 2020 projects
There is a ceramic cart with all your ceramic projects on it by the stairway. Also, a smaller black cart with some cracked or broken pieces is there.
Please be careful picking up your ceramic pieces. Try not to touch anyone else's art and pick up only your fish or bowl. These carts will be out there at the end of school from Wednesday, Sept. 16, until Friday Sept. 25.
All projects will be discarded after next Friday, Sept. 25.
Return 2019-2020 textbooks
Bring the textbooks to Door A, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., on Monday-through-Friday school days.
Masks/county health protocols are required.
Please participate in the U.S. Census
Penn High School would like to draw your attention to a very important event that will impact our school, community, and country for the next decade, and is taking place right now nationwide: the United States Census.
Please click on this link to read important information regarding the census and how your participation can help you, your family and our community.
Click here for Census resources.
Purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook
If you'd like to purchase the 2020-2021 yearbook, you can place your order any time at Jostens.com !
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.phmef.org for more information and updates.
Connect with Kingsmen Court
Follow Kingsmen Court !!!
Information about how to apply to your student council is coming soon!
E-mail us with any questions @email@example.com
New student assignments for Counselors announced
Click here for the list of Counselors, student assignments and contact information.
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.
Black Student Union to meet on Thursday, Sept. 24
This will be a virtual meeting.
Email Ms. Yarrell - firstname.lastname@example.org - for the meeting link.
Freshmen Mentoring set for Mondays, starting Sept. 21
Future mentor dates will be on Mondays.
GSA to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 23
Kingsmen Community Care Club
We are so excited to be back! Our club, Kingsmen Community Care, is still happening this year.
Kingsmen Community Care is a partnership with the Center for the Homeless in South Bend.
In the past year we hosted many donation drives and hosted two events for the children that live there, a Fall Festival and a Movie Night. Although we cannot be in person for quite some time this year, we do have many exciting things planned. For anyone interested, our first meeting was Thursday, Sept. 10.
Our meetings will be on an Instagram live for followers or anyone else that would like access. We then will be saving the 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mrs. Weaver with any further questions you may have. We are very excited for this year and hope you are too!
Eva Henderson and Chloe Perkins
Kingsmen Community Care Co-Presidents
TSA to meet at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25
Together, TSA chapter members work on competitive events, learn and apply leadership skills, and may attend conferences at the state and national levels.
Writers' Guild to meet on Friday, Sept. 18
Baseball Open Field set for Mondays and Wednesdays starting on Sept. 21
- Baseball Open Field will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays starting this Monday, Sept. 21, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on the Varsity Baseball Field. 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
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: email@example.com
Student-Athletes must be picked up at Door D after practice
Parents/Guardians are asked not to pick up student-athletes at Door E due to safety concerns.
Bittersweet Railroad Crossing Alert
Stop signs have been installed on Bittersweet Rd. (north of McKinley) at the railroad crossing. Stop signs have also been added on Cedar Trail, Birch Road, Apple Road, and Ash Rd. (County Line). Please use caution and be aware of the new stops on routes to Penn.
Important School Information
Click on the following links for IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION:
School Messenger, the alert notification service: https://www.phmschools.org/parents/schoolmessenger
Parent FAQ on Emergency Preparedness:
12th-grade Immunization Requirements:
Penn High School app now available
The app was developed by Penn Sports Journalism Class interns Riley Clauss and Micah Focht.
The app provides quick links for students to the Penn website for the following categories:
- School news
- Google Calendars (Black-and-Gold Day Calendar, Athletics Calendar, Fine Arts Calendar)
- Student resources, including links to HAC and Canvas
- Fine Arts/Performing Arts
- Contact us/Staff Directory search engine
- The Pennant Sports News website
Penn High School Calendars
Fitness Center Guidelines/News
- The Fitness Center will be closed at least until Oct. 1.
Check out P-H-M's Community Events webpage
Click here to check out the P-H-M Community Events webpage for listings of non-school activities and events made available to P-H-M students and families by area organizations.