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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

The 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 2019-2020 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 leaders
(left to right) Secretary Raenelle Hamilton, VP Allison Laidig , P-H-M Supt. Dr. Jerry Thacker, and Pres. Laura Cristensen


  • President: Laura Christensen, Schmucker Middle School & Penn High School
  • Vice President: Allison Laidig, Madison Elementary Grissom Middle School
  • Secretary: Raenelle Hamilton, Horizon Elementary
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.


Forum’s Board of Directors welcomes parent inquiries!

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List of PTO email contacts.


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. 


2019-2020 Meetings and Scheduled Topics


Forum meetings take place from Noon – 1:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month (except when that falls on a time when P-H-M is on a break) and most are hosted at the Educational Services Center (55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545), unless otherwise noted in red.

Below is the tentative topic schedule for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • September 4, 2019:  STATE OF THE SCHOOLS ADDRESS
    • Guest Speaker: Dr. Jerry Thacker, Superintendent of Schools


  • October 2, 2019: P-H-M’s Focus on Social-Emotional Learning & Restorative Practices
  • November 6, 2019:  ILEARN Results – What we’ve learned from Round 1

  • December 4, 2019: Visit of Penn’s Child Development Program (Observation of “Toddler Time” class)
    This meeting will take place at Penn High School
    • ​​​​​Facilitated by Penn Principal Sean Galiher, Penn Teacher Kylee Wetzel and Penn Child Development students


  • January 8, 2020: School Bus Safety

  • Feb. 5, 2020:  ​Math Curriculum
  • March 4, 2020: Visit of Schmucker Middle School’s Project Lead the Way class
    *This meeting will take place at Schmucker Middle School
    • ​Facilitated by Schmucker Principal Lavon Dean-Null and Schmucker PLTW Teaher Matt Reininga


  • April 1, 2020: P-H-M Wellness Policy
    • ​Guest Speakers – Wellness Committee Members: Director of Food Services Jill Riggs, Schmucker Middle School Asst. Principal Lucas Fry, and Madison Elementary School Principal Kevin McMillen


  • May 6, 2020: Visual Arts Academy & other P-H-M summer enrichment programs
    • Guest Speakers: Asst. Supt. of Instruction Dr. Heather Short