One Book, One School 2023!
It’s once again time for One Book, One School! This year we will be reading “Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur“
About the Book:
“Meet Billy Sure, twelve-year-old inventor and CEO of Sure Things, Inc., and discover all of his wild and wacky inventions in this start to a hilarious middle grade series!”
To keep everyone on the same page (literally), click on the calendar below.
For the FULL list of events, clicking this image will open a PDF that goes over the entire month’s activities. Happy reading!!!
Mrs. Banks Named Education Foundation’s Jeneane Arter Excellence in Education Award Winner
Teacher Appreciation Week brought more surprises and honors for one Mary Frank Elementary School teacher. Today the 5th grade students of Mrs. Alexandra (Lexi) Banks were on hand to help surprise her that she had been chosen as the 2021 P-H-M Education Foundation’s Jeneane Arter Excellence in Education Award. Please see the full photo gallery.
The Arter Award is named after Northpoint Elementary School teacher Jeneane Arter and and is given to an outstanding P-H-M staff member. Students nominate their candidate to P-H-M Education Foundation by submitting an essay describing how a P-H-M teacher or staff member has contributed to their educational experience in P-H-M. Mrs. Banks’ students wanted to honor their teacher for all she’s done during this challenging school year. Fifth grade co-teacher Mrs. Erin Horvath helped the students with their nomination. The winner of the Arter Award receives $2,000, which is underwritten by Jason and Darla Lippert.
These are some of the comments students submitted as part of their nomination:
~I love it when she gets excited during morning meetings, it always makes me happy.
~Mrs. Banks makes coming to school fun because she is so funny, she helps you with whatever you need, and if you are ever feeling down, she’ll make you feel so much better.
Mary Frank Principal Christie Heerschop and Mrs. Horvath orchestrated this morning’s surprise by telling Mrs. Banks there was a 5th grade Assembly in the cafeteria. While Mrs. Banks and her students waited for the “Assembly” to begin. Mrs. Banks was surprised when PHMEF Executive Director Jennifer Turnbloom walked in with Mrs. Lippert and a giant check! Also hand for the surprise were Mrs. Banks’ mother Lisa Pawlik, Penn High School Volleyball Coach and teacher.
2019 Running is Elementary Results
There was a break in the rain on Wednesday (May 1) for the 11th annual “Running is Elementary.” The course was mostly dry, but the 4th and 5th grade runners did get a little muddy!
Click to watch the YouTube video below & then click here to see the full photo gallery on our Facebook page.
The one mile run is held at Penn’s Cross-country course, which is located behind Elm Road Elementary School. Approximately 610 students participated in Wednesday’s race. Many more students participated in the 6-week training leading up to the race, but could not participate in the rain day event held on May 1; originally the race was scheduled for Monday, April 29, but had to be rescheduled due to rain.
This annual event encourages fitness, healthy choices and wellness. Fourth and fifth graders are encouraged to sign up for the free running club. Designated coaches at each school are then tasked with training the runners for the 6-week club which then culminates with the Running is Elementary one mile race. The students are cheered on by their families, principals, teachers and running coaches; it’s amazing to see the dedication and hard work the students put in to complete the race.
Cindy Batalis (P-H-M’s 2009 Teacher of the Year and physical education teacher at Mary Frank Elementary School) began the yearly tradition of Running Is Elementary back in 2008. Batalis’ own love for running and her desire to pass that love on to students is evident in the passion she puts into the Running is Elementary event each year.
The top times for the 2019 Running Is Elementary Race were as follows:
5th grade Girls Winner
5th grade Boys Winner
4th grade Girls Winner
4th grade Boys Winner
“Running Buddies” accompany those students who may need a little extra assistance and/or encouragement. All runners are to be congratulated for their efforts and hard work!
Kids Club 2019 Summer Registration Opens April 22
Kids Club 2019 Summer Program registration opens soon! Click here for more information and registration.
Full-day childcare is offered at two locations (Prairie Vista and Walt Disney Elementary schools) for current P-H-M students in grades K-5. Children will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities, crafts and field trips.
Cost is $125 a week, for five days a week. All children not currently enrolled in Kids Club are required to pay a $25 registration fee along with a non-refundable $100 activity fee deposit.
Locations: Prairie Vista Elementary School
Walt Disney Elementary School
Dates: June 6 – August 20, 2019
(closed July 4)
Times: 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Questions: If you have questions about Kids Club Summer Session,
please call Binti Shah at (574) 258 – 9514 or
Ashley Stoffl at (574) 258 – 9587
Register Now for the 2019 Silver Mile Bubble Bash on Sat., May 4!
Saturday, May 4
8:30 a.m. – Noon
Penn High School
Register online today! Early Bird Registration is available until Sunday, April 21 ($20 for adults, $10 for students)!
Do you like bubbles? Well, if you do, you’ll enjoy the Silver Mile Bubble Bash!
Highlighted changes for this year’s event:
- Earlier start time, 8:30 a.m.
- 1.5 mile and 5K route options
- Lower early bird prices:$20 for adults, $10 for students
- The school with the most participation will win a Gaga Ball Pit or 9 Disc Golf Baskets ($2,500 value)!
- And more bubbles!
Missed out on all the bubbly fun last year? Don't let it happen two years in a row! Watch the video and see how much fun you and your whole family will have …
The Student Talent Show starts at 9 a.m.
The Health & Fitness Expo will be in the cafeteria where everything from free health screenings by presenting sponsor Saint Joseph Health System to numerous businesses showcasing their health-related items will be offered.
And don’t forget about the Silent Auction!
The Silver Mile Run is the largest fundraiser for the P-H-M Education Foundation and all the proceeds go towards providing innovative P-H-M teaching grants, scholarships to students, staff development, and other corporation-wide initiatives.
P-H-M Named 2019 Best Community for Music Education
With music education programs at all grade levels (K-12), Penn-Harris-Madison has been named one of 2019 Best Communities for Music Education for its outstanding commitment to music education. P-H-M is one of only 623 districts nationwide and 12 in Indiana to receive the honor from The NAMM Foundation.
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The BCME award acknowledges the commitment of P-H-M’s music teachers and administrators in the District’s 11 elementary, three middle schools and Penn High School.
In our elementary schools, music class is part of the regular curriculum following state standards. Students are instructed in both vocal and instrument classes. Beginning in 6th grade, P-H-M students at our three middle schools (Discovery, Schmucker and Grissom) have the opportunity to choose choir, orchestra or band as their music elective. Students at Discovery also have the option of choosing Piano Lab.
Penn High School offers the Fine Arts & Communication Academy as part of its unique academy structure. The seven academy design provides Penn students with relevant and meaningful coursework taught in smaller, supportive environments where each student is known well by his teacher and peers. Nearly a third of Penn’s total 3,500 students are enrolled in the Fine Arts Academy with the majority being involved with music programs, either Choir, Orchestra, Band or another music program.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, P-H-M answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.
Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation serves more than 11,100 students in 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and Penn High School. The School Corporation has consistently received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education since 2011. With the release of the Spring 2018 ISTEP+ results, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation ranks in the state’s Top 5% of public school districts for grade 10 ISTEP+ results and in the Top 6% for grades 3-8. Northpoint is Indiana’s #2 public elementary school and Discovery ranks #3 out of the state’s public middle schools. Penn High School ranks in the Top 5% of all Indiana public high schools and has a 97% graduation rate, exceeding the state’s graduation rate. P-H-M’s “Triangle of Success” connects students, teachers and parents for excellence in education.
About The NAMM Foundation: The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
Students celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, 2019
Our school celebrated World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) yesterday (Thursday, March 21, 2019) with students wearing crazy socks for 50 cent donation. Teachers and staff also wore 21-21-21 shirts.
Down Syndrome International says that the 3/21 date for WDSD was chosen because it’s the “21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.”
Down Syndrome International also “encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.”
Our Mustangs Give Back Club put together this video to help mark this special day …
2019 PHM Elementary Spell Bowl Results
Nail biter, suspenseful … not terms you usually hear to describe a Spell Bowl, but that’s what happened at last night’s (Tuesday, March 20) 33rd annual P-H-M Elementary Spell Bowl. Click to see the photo gallery on the PHM District website (you’ll be able to view & download a high resolution jpg file from the photo gallery by simply clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button on the bottom right hand corner of the photo wile viewing it in the Photo Gallery function).
It was a packed house at Penn High School’s Center for Performing Arts filled with more than 200 third, fourth and fifth graders from all of P-H-M’s 11 elementary schools, along with their family, friends and P-H-M staff from the students’ home schools. Click to see the full list of winners listed below.
Preparation for the Spell Bowl takes weeks, as the students work with their teacher coaches. Each school has three teams (representing each grade) made up of six students, plus one alternate. Preparation includes spelling under pressure, studying word lists, learning about word sources (e.g., Latin roots) and rules such as capitalization and pluralization.
The format of P-H-M’s Spell Bowl is very much like a written test. Similar to a traditional spelling bee, the emcee reads a word aloud and then uses it in a sentence. The students then have 15 seconds to write the word on paper. The words get progressively more difficult through each round. A panel of judges reviews the answers and then posts the scores for the audience to see.
The 4th and 5th grade rounds had to go into “extra innings” for tiebreakers. Bittersweet and Northpoint’s 4th grade team of two students each went into the tiebreaking round with 29 points. Students had to spell appendicitis, hieroglyphic, reverberate, and Mozambique to win. Eventually Bittersweet beat out Northpoint by successfully spelling Mozambique. Click to see the full photo gallery on the PHM District website.
After that close match, it was time for the 5th grade round, which also had to be finished with an additional tiebreaker round. This time it was Walt Disney going head to head with Northpoint. Students went through all five tiebreaker words: antiperspirant, spelunking, westernization, putrefy, and Okeechobee Lake. Judges then had to pull from their “secret bag of words,” giving the students the word affiliate to spell. Finally in the end, Walt Disney came out on top spelling affiliate correctly.
|3rd Grade Winners:
|4th Grade Winners:
|5th Grade Winners:
Special thanks to P-H-M’s K-5 High Ability Coordinator, Mrs. Anne-Marie Reininga, who is the Spell Bowl manager. This year’s emcee was Kate O’Brien, Penn’s Spell Bowl Coach.
Kids Club Spring Break 2019 Registration
Kids Club 2019 Spring Break registration is now open! Click here to download, complete & print the registration form.
Full-day childcare will be offered at Mary Frank Elementary School for Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5, 2019, from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. This service is a available for students in all P-H-M schools, families do not have to be currently enrolled in Kids Club to take advantage of this service. The cost is $25 per child per day or $100 per child if attending all 5 days.
Children will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities, as well as crafts for this week.
Registration form and payment are due together no later than Tuesday, March 26.
Children need to bring their own lunch and drink (no pop please). Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.
Please click to download, complete and print the registration form. Please return the form send it along with your payment to your child’s school.
If you have questions, please contact Kids Club at (574) 258-9514 or at 258-9587.
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Incoming DMS 6th grade Parent Info Nights
Discovery Principal Sheryll Harper & Asst. Principal Troy Kauffman will be visiting the following Penn-Harris-Madison feeder elementary schools to hold parent information sessions for incoming SY 2019-2020 sixth grade middle school students. The meetings will be held at the elementary school. The same day of the parent meetings Mrs. Harper and Mr. Kauffman will have had visited each elementary school to introduce the 5th graders to Discovery. Click here for a copy of the 2019-2020 Orientation Packet.
- Tues., Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m., Mary Frank Elementary School
- Wed., Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m., Horizon Elementary School
- Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m., Northpoint Elementary School
After the visits to the elementary schools, the students will then have an opportunity to tour Discovery and meet with the School’s Counselors Mrs. Badur and Mrs. Ward to learn more about their new school.
- Tues., March 26, 9:15 – 11:00 a.m., Mary Frank Student Tour
- Wed., March 27, 9:15 – 11:00 a.m., Northpoint Student Tour
- Thurs., March 28, 9:15 – 11:00 a.m., Horizon Student Tour
On Wed., April 17, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., 5th grade parents of all three elementary schools will then visit Discovery (meeting in the Cafeteria). Students will lead their parents on a tour of their new middle school. Mrs. Harper and Mr. Kauffman will be available for questions.
Monday, August 19, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., all incoming Discovery 6th grade students and their parents will pick up the student’s schedule and attend the Open House and schedule walk through. Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet their 6th grade LA, Math, Science, Social Studies and Wellness teachers.
Exceptional Education students and parents can meet Discovery’s Exceptional Education teachers and staff and take a tour of the learning areas on Wed., Feb. 27 at 5:00 p.m. and again on Fri., Aug. 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m. For both dates, parents and students should meet in Discovery’s Library on the 2nd floor.
Middle School Instrument Selection nights for incoming sixth graders are also coming up.
Discovery Instrument Selection Nights
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.