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Kindergarten students Student waiting for bus Penn High School classroom

 

The 2016-17 school year was a great one, and 2017-18 will be even better! We’re thrilled to welcome back all of our nearly 11,000 students and are excited to help all our students achieve Excellence.

 

The first day of school will be Wednesday, August 23 for grades 1 – 12. 
All students in 1st through 12th grades will report to their school buildings that day, and all those who are signed up for transportation services may ride the bus that day.  

 

Kindergarten orientation takes place on Wednesday, August 23, with the first full day of kindergarten being Thursday, August 24. 

Kindergartners and their parents are invited to attend scheduled orientation sessions hosted by each elementary school on August 23 (check your school’s website). Then, on August 24, kindergartners are welcome to ride the school bus and enjoy a full day in the classroom. 

 

The BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION listed below will help P-H-M parents and students get ready for the 2017-18 School Year! 

CONTACTING SCHOOLS

  • Elementary and middle school offices will open on Monday, August 7.  Please call your school ahead of time if you plan on visiting your school during the lunch hour.

  • Bittersweet, Elm Road, Horizon, Madison, Mary Frank, Meadow’s Edge, Northpoint, Prairie Vista and Walt Disney Elementary School offices are open 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Elsie and Moran Elementary School offices are open 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Discovery Middle School offices are open 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. thru August 11 and 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. starting August 14

  • Grissom offices are open 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  thru August 11 and 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. starting August 14

  • Schmucker’s office is open 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. thru Aug.  11 and 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. starting August 14

  • Penn High School’s Main Office (574-258-9500) and Guidance Center (574-258-9502) are open now and ready to help students, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. thru August 11 and 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. starting August 14

  • Click here for the School Directory of all 15 schools

 

REGISTERING STUDENTS

  • Register a new elementary or middle school student by visiting the school after offices open on August 7. Click here to know what documentation you need to bring with you for registration.

  • Register a new high school student by calling (574) 254-2851. We will help you schedule your registration appointment and advise you on what information to bring with you to the appointment. 
     

BACK TO SCHOOL PACKETS

  • By the first day of school all P-H-M students will receive a “Back to School” packet with important parent/guardian communications.  Please read all of the contents, complete, sign and return the forms.

 

SCHOOL CALENDARS

  • Here is the SY 2017-18 one-page calendar showing “at a glance” the start and end dates, as well as scheduled recess and vacation dates.

  • All P-H-M families are mailed a District Activities Calendar early to mid AugustIt lists key school and district events throughout the year. 

  • Our online (Google) calendars are the most up-to-date. You’ll find a link to the P-H-M Corporate Calendar posted on the home page of the District website. It’s a Google calendar that can be added to your personal calendar.

  • Each school also maintains an online Google calendar on the home page of each school website that is updated frequently with the school’s scheduled activities and event details. You can also the school’s Google calendar to your personal calendar to remember important dates.
      

BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS

  • Our elementary schools are hosting many fun family events between August 21 – Sept. 7. Check your school’s website for details or check the District Activities Calendar. Check your school’s website, mark your calendar, and plan to attend!

  • A number of Back to School Events for Middle Schoolers are also planned, including schedule pickups, school walk arounds, new student orientations and parent information nights between August 16 – Sept. 8.

  • Penn High School’s “WALK AROUND” on Saturday, August 19, from 9 a.m. to noon gives students a chance to familiarize themselves with the school and find where their classes and activities are located.

 

SCHOOL FEES AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Click here for the 2017-2018 Fee Schedules. They will also be in your student’s Back to School packet. Fees are payable on the first day of school. 

  • School fees can be conveniently paid online via the PHM Webstore. Learn more here!

  • Supply lists are not issued by our schools. Many of the supplies your child needs will be provided by the school. If other specific items need to be purchased for a class or lab, your child’s teacher will inform you after school starts. 
     

IMMUNIZATIONS AND HEALTHCARE SERVICES

TRANSPORTATION

  • School bus route times and locations will be shared with parents in a Transportation letter to be mailed the week of August 14th

  • After August 14, parents can also check infoFinder i to see your child’s bus route information online

  • Here Comes the Bus provides real time GPS bus location info so parents know when to send their students out to the bus stop

  • Have more questions about Transportation? Visit their webpage for more details and contact information.

 

FOOD SERVICE

 

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