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Parents are part of the P-H-M Triangle of Success!

The P-H-M Forum is made up of parent volunteer representatives from each of our 15 P-H-M schools. The group meets the second Wednesday every month (that school is in session) with District Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker and various administrators for topical school system discussions.


The school representatives, plus elected board members, facilitate a flow of information between parents and district administration. While there are only two voting representatives per grade school, three for each intermediate school, and four representing Penn High School, all Forum meetings are open to anyone with a child enrolled in the P-H-M district!


Exceptional Education Forum is a branch of the P-H-M Forum and specifically designed to open communication pathways between parents of Exceptional Education students and the Director of Exceptional Education Gena Todd.  Click here for meeting dates and times.


Get the facts and gain insights, then share what you know!

Each month a new topic is discussed. The topics are voted on by Forum members the year prior. School and District Administrators most familiar with the topics give the presentations. Past sessions have included The Healthy Foods Initiative, student assessment and Common Core, gifted and talented programs, P-H-M summer programs, and Penn High School Academies. Browse the topics below planned for 2017-2018 school year.


After each meeting, it is the representatives' responsibility to share what they have learned with their school community via a school or PTO website, Facebook or Yahoo Group, PTO meeting, newsletter, etc. If you would like to be a voting representative for your school during this or the upcoming school year, please contact your principal, PTO president, or a Forum board member. Alternatively, if your schedule does not allow you to attend most meetings, or if there are no voting member vacancies at your school, consider volunteering as a substitute in case one of your Forum representatives is unable to attend a meeting. 


Forum’s Board of Directors welcomes parent inquiries!

Forum members with Dr. Thacker
Pictured (left to right): President Erin Murphy, P-H-M Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker, Vice President Laura Christensen, and Secretary Raenelle Hamilton


  • President: Erin Murphy, Schmucker Middle School & Penn High School
  • Vice President: Laura Christensen, Schmucker Middle School & Prairie Vista
  • Secretary: Raenelle Hamilton, Penn High School
Please note, forum representatives serve as school ambassadors, but for privacy’s sake are not empowered to advocate for individual students. If you have an issue which requires attention, please first start by setting up a private appointment with your student’s teacher, and school principal if necessary. If further help is needed, please contact the appropriate district administrator (please click here for a list of District Administrators and their areas). Forum meetings are focused at a broad scale, and individual cases cannot be discussed. If there is a broad issue which affects students across several schools and warrants both focus and inquiry, discuss with your Forum representative and/or a Forum board member  about the possibility of creating or joining a Forum subcommittee geared toward exploring the issue.


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Social Media Contact List

In line with its mission to help P-H-M parents stay informed, Forum maintains list of social media sites used by the schools and principals, and the schools’ PTA/PTOs.  There you will find links to websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts. 


2017-2018 Meetings and Scheduled Topics


Forum meetings take place from Noon – 1:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month and most are hosted at the Educational Services Center (55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545), unless noted otherwise in red.

Below is the tentative topic schedule for the 2017-18 school year:

  • September 6, 2017:  STATE OF THE SCHOOLS ADDRESS
    • Guest Speaker: Dr. Jerry Thacker, Superintendent of Schools
    • Click below to watch the #PHMExcellence video highlighting the accomplishments of the School District


  • October 4, 2017: New district initiative: Teacher Led Teams  / Penn Athletics Student-Athlete Heat Preparedness & Staff Training
  • November 1, 2017:  Title I Criteria & Explanation

  • December 6, 2017: Exceptional Education
  • January 10, 2018: Math Curriculum Standards

  • February 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.CYBER CRIME – KEEPING YOUR KIDS SAFE ONLINE
    *This meeting will take place at Schmucker Middle School, Cafeteria

    • Guest Speaker: Officer Eric Tamashasky, St. Joseph County Police

  • March 7, 2018:  ​College & Career Readiness
    • ​Guest Speaker: Penn Principal Sean Galiher
  • April 11, 2018: Tour of Elkhart Area Career Center
    *This meeting will take place at the Elkhart Area Career Center located at 2424 California Rd, Elkhart
  • May 2, 2018: Visit Penn Art Gallery & Marketing class observance
    This meeting will take place at Penn High School