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Young Author's Conference registration due Fri., Feb. 24

P-H-M’s annual Young Author’s Conference offers an opportunity for all P-H-M elementary students in grades K-5 and their parents to meet and learn from a well-known children’s author.   This year’s guest author Judith L. Roth has written three children’s picture books (Goodnight Dragons, Julia’s Words and Cups Held Out) and a middle school novel-in-verse, Serendipity & Me. A native of California, Roth has been a resident of Indiana for almost 30 years now. Inspired by a love of music, Roth also writes some poetry. Her love of writing began with her love of reading when she was a student herself at the age 10. Roth is hoping to inspire other budding young authors like she once was!   While students are meeting with their peers, parents will attend a special presentation by Penn High School English teacher and Writing Coordinator, Mrs. Mary Nicolini, who is a recent recipient of the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award.   The Young Author’s Conference is sponsored by Corporations for Education, a division of the P-H-M Education Foundation.   DATE: Saturday, March 11, 2017   TIME: 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.   LOCATION: Schmucker Middle School, 56045 Bittersweet Road   COST: Just $5.00 per child; the registration fee is used for conference expenses. Checks should be made payable to: YAC. Cash is also accepted.    REGISTRATION: The deadline for registration is Friday, Feb.24, 2017.  Please make sure you return the registration packet and fee to the front office by Feb. 24. Please contact your child’s school, if you did not receive one. We require that at least one parent accompany their student(s) to the Conference. However, keep in mind that students and parents will separate for a portion of the day.   CONFIRMATION: Participating students will receive additional information prior to the conference through their home school the first week of March.   QUESTIONS: Please click here to email Lisa Duerksen.

Details for P-H-M Summer 2017 Camps & Activities Now Available!

At Penn-Harris-Madison, we are proud to offer year-round academic enrichment, athletic and recreational activities for the students and families within our award winning school district.   For months, P-H-M administrators, teachers, coaches and staff have been busy planning all the camps and activities that will be available for students when school lets out this year on Wed., June 7, 2017.   Everything from Japanese to building apps for mobile devices to baseball will be offered this summer! And we’re adding more and more ...   Click here to see the full list of camps and activities being offered so far this year. New this year, some of the camps now have online registration making it easier for busy parents to register their children for these engaging opportunities.

Down Syndrome Presentation in 4th Grade

Mrs. Beachy, one of our Horizon Parents, came today for a 30 min presentation about Down Syndrome.    Her topics included:   - Science behind "DS" (key terms: chromosomes, genes, cells, nucleus) - similarities/differences with a child with DS - DS awareness and respecting diversity in the classroom - video presentation about children with DS (they are just like you)   Video:   Thank you Mrs. Beachy for sharing your expertise with our students!   

Congratulations to 4th grade Teacher, Mrs. Roberts!!!!

This morning, Sue Roberts received a surprise visit from Sky Zone employees.  They  announced that she is their Teacher of the Month. Patrons can recommend teachers for Teacher of the Month at Sky Zone, and this month Sue was recommended and selected to receive this honor.    Sue received a special plaque, balloons, a gift bag full of goodies, some "jump passes" and lots of hugs from the Sky Zone staff. Along with Sue's gifts, each student in her class received a 60-minute jump pass, too.  WOW!   CONGRATULATIONS, Mrs. Roberts, on this FUN honor! 

Instrument Selection Night for Next Year's 6th Graders

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation is nationally recognized as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” offering choir, band, orchestra and even piano at our three middle schools. Every P-H-M student who will be attending a P-H-M middle school as an incoming 6th grader in the Fall has the opportunity to join an instrumental music class, which includes either band or orchestra.   In order to join 6th grade band or orchestra, students must select an instrument that they will learn, practice and perform for the school year.     “Instrument Selection Night” is when students and families get to make their choice! At “Instrument Selection Night,” a music professional musician will be availability to give students advice about which instrument may be best suited for them. They will be allowed to “try out” instruments from various instrument groups.   Please see the dates and times below for your students’ soon-to-be middle school …   Discovery Middle School Monday, Feb. 27  Tuesday, Feb. 28 4:30-8:00 p.m.   Click here to learn more about Instrument Night and to make your appointment for designated school and date.

Preschool Registration Opens Tues., Jan. 17, 2017

Registration for Penn-Harris-Madison’s Early Learning Preschool Academy for the 2017-2018 school year opens on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  P-H-M’s Early Learning Academy is open to all area children and is not restrictive to P-H-M residency. However, children must be 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2017.   The research-based program focuses on building children’s strong foundations for school success focusing on social, emotional and cognitive learning through a variety of tools. Preschoolers spend time in role-play, which has shown to lead to higher measures of creativity and cognition.   Our preschool program is offered at two locations ... here at Horizon, as well as at Mary Frank Elementary School.   If you wish to enroll your child at the Horizon location, please visit our front office during normal school hours of 7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m., Monday-Friday. Click here to download and print the application. The registration fee of $60 is due with the application.    Take advantage of this amazing academic program and register your child starting January 17, 2017.   Learn more about our Early Learning Academy (ELA) watch the video below visit the ELA section of our website for more details on the program & registration informationdownload the application    

Vex IQ Challenge

This Saturday, January 14, 2017, Horizon Elementary Vex Robotics team will compete in the VEX IQ Challenge.    The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, provides elementary and middle school students with exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.   Come and cheer the team on at: Bremen Elementary/Middle School 700 W South Street Bremen, Indiana 46506     70700 W South Street, Bremen, Indiana 465060 W South Street, Bremen, Indiana 46506

Kindergarten registration for 2017-18 opens Tues., Jan. 17, 2017

Registration for kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year will begin at each P-H-M elementary school on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. This registration opportunity is for youngsters who live within the P-H-M district and who will be five years old on or before September 1.   Penn-Harris-Madison has 11 elementary schools, each offering full-day kindergarten. You may use the P-H-M Street Guide and the District Map to verify which elementary school serves your neighborhood.    Registration will take place at the schools during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in most cases. The offices at Elsie Rogers Elementary School and Moran Elementary School will take registrations from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.    Please note a parent or guardian must appear in person to register their child and will need to bring following documentation: Child’s original birth certificateTwo proofs of residency (e.g., recent lease/rental agreement and current utility bill showing address)Immunization recordsAny legal documents related to child custody, restrictions, or restraining orders   Click here to download and print the required registration forms and for other important kindergarten registration details.  

Martin's Advantage Card

Please please take just a minute and re-register your Martin's Advantage card to Horizon for the Martin's Advantages for Education Program. All schools' codes have changed so all supporters must re-register. So far our points for Horizon are way down from last year and they pay for a ton of school supplies.It's super fast & easy to do online or your phone!!Just go to, scroll to the bottom and click on "Advantages for Education." Scroll down and Click on the Enrollment link. The forms just asks for:       (1)  your name,       (2)  Martin's Advantage card number, and       (3)  School code - Horizon is 50166.*click submit and you're done! It won't hurt your gas points or other points - it's a community program.That's it!!!! :)Please sign up as soon as you can, Martin's rewards really help Horizon with class packs for crayons, markers, oils, paint, glue, and much more.Thanks so much for those who have done this and those who will!!