The Panther

Patrick Henry Middle School

Mission: To educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world.

Newsletter Date:

November 2021

Volume 1, Issue 4

Principal's Corner

November always brings about a season of gratitude and thanksgiving. It is a time for reflection of the things around us that we appreciate and love the most! At Patrick Henry we are especially grateful for our students, families, and our staff who all contribute to the overall success of our school!

World Kindness Day is on November 13th. In honor of this day, we are asking our students and families to help show our appreciation and support for Teachers, Office Staff, Custodians, Lunch Service Workers, Education Assistants, Bus Drivers, or anyone else that dedicates their career to helping and educating our kids! We are encouraging all students and parents to help us celebrate World Kindness Day by writing uplifting notes to share with a staff member who has demonstrated kindness or has gone the extra mile for you or your student. Our goal is to spread kindness and encourage each other despite staff shortages and the extra responsibilities that often fall on the shoulders of school staff. Students and parents can drop a note in the school office to be delivered to a particular staff member, send me an email with a message that could be shared (, or spread kindness in any way you that works for you! We would love to share all kindness messages with staff by Friday, November 12th prior to World Kindness Day!

Thank you for your help in this fun and uplifting project, and for spreading kindness around the Patrick Henry Community!

Kim Sharping


Patrick Henry Middle School


November Calendar

  • Nov 5th- Early Dismissal (2pm)
  • Nov 11th- No school
  • Nov 12th- School dance
  • Nov 17th- PTO Mtg 12pm- Office Conference Room
  • Nov 22nd- Student of the Month Celebration
  • Nov 24th-26th- No School

Attention 8th Grade Families:

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 6pm

Jefferson High School

The Project Base Learning (PBL) Academy (previously known as New Tech High) at Jefferson High School is hosting a parent night on either November 3rd or November 9th from 6-7:30pm! All students and families interested in learning more about The PBL Academy are encouraged to attend! Please see the attached invite for details!
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Congratulations to our October Students of the Month!

These students were invited to a ceremony in the library with the Principals on October 29th.

We have three fantastic school counselors at Patrick Henry! Please click on the "Counselor Corner" button below to view the counselor's newsletter for this month that houses many helpful resources, social, emotional learning information and much more. This information is provided to help both students and parents navigate the middle school years!

Mrs. Hannah Serck - 6th Grade

Mrs. Briana Nelsen - 7th Grade

Ms. Margi Orris - 8th Grade

You can also access the counseling website by clicking the link right next to our counseling phone number!

Counseling Website 605-367-8443

PHMS Spirit Wear!!

Looking for gift ideas for the Holidays? How about some PHMS Apparel for your favorite Panther? Please check out the PTO Online Spirit wear store for some fun new Panther apparel!

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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

click on button to view breakfast and lunch menus

Dr. Stavem: Superintendent Message

click on button to view Superintendent Message

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Reporting an absence

If your child is going to be absent, please call the school (367-7639) prior to 8:40am. An absence must be reported either by note or phone in the day of the absence, or before if you know ahead of time. Absences can also be reported via voice mail outside of regular office hours. Students leaving during the day need to pick up a pass in the office by 9:00am and also check out with a parent/guardian at the office when leaving. If they come back during the school day, a pass from the front office needs to be issued in order for them to get back into the classroom. Student safety is the main concern and this procedure provides another check on a student’s absence.

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Lincoln Wrestling Information

Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 6:30pm

Lincoln High School

The youth program is getting started at LHS soon, could you please pass along to clerical and push this information out in a newsletter or email, we would love to get this information out to anyone that would be interested, Thanks for your help!

Hello Future Lincoln Youth Wrestlers! This is a K-6 sport that is open to boys and girls of all abilities. Practices are at Lincoln High School, and we will compete around the area.

Pre-Registration is open now:

Go to Sioux Falls Lincoln Youth Wrestling on Facebook or for the registration link.

In Person Registration Nights are November 16 and 17 at the Lincoln High School Wrestling Room 6:30-7:30

Cost is $75.00

Practices: Mondays / Thursdays 6:00 - 7:00 for the beginner group. This will consist of 1st / 2nd year wresters, or anyone else for that matter, that are looking to learn the basics building blocks of becoming a good wrestler.

Mondays / Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 for the advanced group.


Coach Ernster - 605-310-9371

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