The annual Superintendent’s Luncheon, sponsored & hosted by the P-H-M Education Foundation, was held October 16. Community leaders, business partners, P-H-M parents, and P-H-M staff attended. To the left: Dr. Jerry Thacker is pictured with Mishawaka Mayor David Wood and PHMEF Exec. Director Mari Linn Wise.
Dr. Thacker gave his annual State of the District address highlighting some of the district’s most recent points of excellence:
- For grade 10, P-H-M ranks in the Top 5% (out of 291 Indiana public school corporations that have a high school) for Spring 2018 ISTEP+ scores.
- In grades 3-8, P-H-M is in the Top 6% of public school districts (out of 294 Indiana public school corporations that have grades 3-8) for Spring 2018 ISTEP+ scores.
The featured speaker was P-H-M parent and CEO of Lippert Components Jason Lippert. 2018 P-H-M Teacher of the Year, Penn’s Danielle Black and Title I Technology Integration Coach Jessie Kinney also addressed the crowd. As Foundation grant recipients, Danielle and Jessie both highlighted the Education Foundation’s mission to develop alternative sources of income to support education initiatives.
After seven months, the new Kingsmen Athletic Center at Penn’s TCU Freed Field opened for patron use and a community Open House on Friday, October 12.
Penn football players were given a sneak peak on that Thursday and Friday before the Open House.
The new building includes three new locker rooms to be rotated during the Fall and Spring sports seasons: Football (varsity, JV and Freshmen), Track & Field (both boys & girls), and Girls Lacrosse.
Click the button below to learn more about the other features.
The Kingsmen Athletic Center also includes a new concession stand, public restrooms (30 stalls for women, 20 for men), along with three family restrooms, where none had previously existed on the south end of the stadium. There is also now a family plaza and picnic area. P-H-M and Education Foundation community business partner Zolman’s Tire donated $25,000 (over 12 years) to PHMEF for the naming rights for the new concession stand.
Click for more details on the new Kingsmen Athletic Center and Plaza and to see the full photo gallery.
Girls Soccer, two-time defending State Champions, led by Coach Jeff Hart won the Sectional Championship for the 12th consecutive time & 17th time in program history; Penn beat Mishawaka 8-0 (10/6/18).
Boys Soccer, led by Head Coach Kyle Zaber, claimed its eighth consecutive Boys Soccer Sectional Championship and 12th in program history beating Riley 5-2 (10/6/18).
Volleyball won the NIC Athletics Championship title (10/6/18); Sectional Championship (10/13/18)--the team’s 15th Sectional Championship in program history. Coach Lisa Pawlik led the Lady Kingsmen to a Regional Championship (10/20/18) advancing to Semi-state.
The Boys Cross Country team, coached by Tom Miller, won the Northern Indiana Conference Championship (9/29/18) and Sectional Championships (10/6/18). The boys also won the NIC, placed third in the Regionals (10/13/18) & placed 9th in the Semi-state (10/20/18).
Penn Girls Cross Country Team, led by Coach Michael Clements, also won the Northern Indiana Conference Championship, Sectional Championship, and the Regional Championship advancing to Semi-state (10/13/18) placing 6th qualifying for State Finals (10/20/18). The girls placed 18th place in the XC State Finals (10/27/18).
Football Coach Cory Yeoman and his staff led the Kingsmen to win the first round of the Sectionals against Warsaw, 16-7 (10/26/18). The Kingsmen finished the season with eight victories. It was the 38th consecutive winning season for Penn Football.
Congratulations to all our Kingsmen teams for great seasons!
march to state
The Kingsmen Band finished 10th in the State Finals (Saturday, Nov. 3). It’s been quite a ride … before the end of school on Friday, Nov. 2nd, Wrestling Coach Brad Harper led the band through the school in the traditional March to State Pep Rally.
Then on Saturday afternoon they got a community send-off fit for Kingsmen! Penn Township Fire Department and St. Joseph County Police gave them escorted them to the Bypass as parents, students and patrons cheered them on.
Take a look at how the Band and Guard members let their parents know how grateful they were for all their support during these months of practice and preparation. Congratulations to Glenn Northern and all Penn Band directors!
middle school fall sports season wrap-up
- 7th grade football team: 6-1 and Big 11 Co-West Divisional Champion
- 8th grade football team: 6-1
- 7th grade volleyball team:14-13 West Side Invitational Champions
- 8th grade volleyball team:9-14
- Boys' Cross Country: 9-2
- Girls' Cross Country: 11-0 Regular season and Conference Meet Championships
- Cheerleading: Big 11 Cheer Competition Runners-up and Jump Off Contest winner was 7th grader Hannah Nickles
Grissom 7th grade won West Division in Football.
- 7th Grade Football record 6-1 (Big 11 Conference co-champions)
- 8th Grade Football record 3-4
- 8th Grade Volleyball record 19-6 (Big 11 Conference Tournament Champions)
- 7th Grade Volleyball record 13-12
- Cross-Country Girls record 7-2 (5th Place conference finals)
- Cross-Country Boys record 7-2 (5th Place conference finals)
This general education class is instructed by Sharon Obert, a teacher of 15 years.
Throughout her time at Meadow's Edge teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, a lab classroom started to develop organically.
Seeing the wonderful work she was doing with workshop model in Reading and remediation using the instructional cycle, many teachers started visiting Sharon's classroom.
For the last three years, all new elementary P-H-M teachers have visited her classroom to see it all in action.
This year, a schedule was shared, opening up Sharon's 3rd grade classroom as a pilot Lab Classroom. By the end of December, the lab classroom will have hosted more than 100 visitors, including some from the middle schools!
Whether you're just starting to utilize workshop model
or wanting to perfect your workshop method with the instructional cycle,
all teachers are welcome to come observe and learn more!
Sign up dates for 2019 are coming soon. Click the button below to sign up.
Lyndsay Helman, a 4th grade Mary Frank teacher, researched that the best way to start a student's day is to look them in the eye and greet them. So she came up with one better ... finding a way to make a special connection with each one of her 28 students, every day! Let’s just say she’s got a pretty strong right arm!
National School Lunch Week was the week of Oct. 15th. At Horizon Elementary, two creative lunch room aides Jessica Moore and Kelly Gyselinck have discovered a way to cut down on the mayhem and antics by involving the students in organized, fun activities.
We went over to Horizon to check out this latest example of #PHMExcellence. Watch the video below.
It’s fall and that means a you can count on a few things signify the change of the season--of course the changing colors of the leaves, but also things like the Young Adult Fall Sale, Halloween costumes, fall parties and dances ...
The Human Resources Department has had some recent changes.
Please welcome Laura Figueroa, HR Specialist for Certified Staff, and please congratulate Lyndsey Smith as the district's new Benefits Coordinator.
Pictured left to right: Laura Figueroa; Tammy Gizewski, Administrative Assistant; Mike Lureman, Director of Human Services; Donna Kelly, HR Specialist for Classified Staff; and Lyndsey Smith.
For every season, Tammy swaps out and redecorates the entire HR area. She has every holiday covered from Valentine’s Day to Christmas, and everything in between. Her full array of autumn colors is currently on full display!
Tammy says has two "HUMONGOUS” totes for winter. She’s been accumulating the decorations since 1998. Some have been gifts, given to her from staff and students.
“I love the memories that come back each time I open a tote and set out the decorations," Tammy says.
Beth’s last day was fittingly Halloween--somewhat of a Trick-or-Treat, a treat for her and a trick for the district! Sporting a Halloween sweatshirt she had made & wore from her teacher days, Beth said in a parting message to staff, “I am looking forward to getting up whenever I wish, spending more time quilting, volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages and at Resale to the Rescue. I am already part of the regular rotation taking & picking up our grandkids to and from school and am happy that I'll see more of them. I also love to read and can now finish the last chapter even if it keeps me up way too late!!!”
She will of course be doing her other favorite pastime, quilting! In fact, on her last day she brought in her nearly latest finished product for coworker Jessie Kinney, a mermaid snuggle blanket.
Most photos were taken by Lucha Ramey & Curt Rallo. P-H-M teachers & staff also sent in pictures