eLearning Day for April 8 due to Solar Eclipse

At the P-H-M Board of School of Trustees meeting on Monday, February 26, district administration made a presentation to the Board regarding the total solar eclipse taking place on Monday, April 8. As part of the presentation, district administration announced that for a variety of reasons Monday, April 8 will be an eLearning Day. If the district has used all of its allotted three eLearning Days (we currently have used two), the day will be a Virtual Learning Day. No P-H-M sponsored field trips or planned evening activities will take place on this date. Monday, April 8 is the first day back after Spring Break (April 1-5). 

Indiana is in the path of totality and is centrally located in the United States, thus the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is telling tourists, residents, school districts and public agencies to be prepared for three days of potential impact such as, oversized crowds, gridlock traffic, communications disruptions, and even nocturnal animal confusion. Click here to see the full presentation from last night’s Board meeting.

The Indianapolis area and south will experience 100% totality; while the St. Joseph County area will experience 96%. Click here to see a map of Indiana regions that will experience varying degrees of darkness from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website. The South Bend area will start experiencing darkness at 1:53 p.m., lasting until 4:23 p.m., with 96% totality occurring at 3:09 p.m. and lasting just over 4 minutes. Because these times are around school dismissal times and based on the recommendations of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the IDOE, P-H-M will not be holding in-person instruction on April 8. 

Thanks to Old National Bank and P-H-M Education Foundation, all students in the district will receive eclipse glasses to use at home with instructions. Mrs. Mindy O’Malley, Director of P-H-M’s Arthur M. Klinger Planetarium and Digital Video Theater, and a team of teachers, are preparing grade-level eclipse information to send home with students. In the classrooms leading up to April 8, teachers will educate students about this nearly once-in-a-lifetime event; the next total solar eclipse where portions of Indiana will be in full totality will be 2099.

If parents have any questions, they should contact their students’ principals. Employees should contact their supervisor or Human Resources.

You Are Loved!

Fourth grade teacher Mrs. Julia Rulli wants all her students to feel valued for their unique gifts believing when children feel loved and respected, they learn and grow to their fullest potential. This is how Mrs. Rulli and her students came up with this year’s classroom theme, “You are Loved!” Mrs. Rulli bought each of her student’s a t-shirt to help remind them of this every day.

Principal Mrs. Amy Fadorsen loved the idea of the shirts so much, that she worked with former Horizon teacher Marci Messer (who designed and printed the t-shirts) to make them available to the entire school. Mrs. Rulli’s students came up with the idea of donating all proceeds from the sale of the shirts to the Early Childhood Intervention Center (ECIC) at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend; they wanted to help the children. Horizon families and staff helped raise $450 to donate to ECIC! 

Assistant to the Principal Mr. Jared Melander with 1st gr. students who purchased shirts

For Valentine’s Day, Mrs. Rulli’s students paid the love forward by putting together personalized Valentine’s goodie bags for each and every Horizon staff member! They then hand delivered each goodie bag to the staff. What a great way to our staff how they are appreciated, valued and of course LOVED!

Students even made goodie bags for the news crews from WNDU and ABC 57 who visited  Mrs. Rulli’s class today. The stories will be on the evening television newscasts–perfect stories for Valentine’s Day! XOX

2024 Middle School Instrument Selection Night

Every P-H-M 5th grader who will be attending a P-H-M middle school as an incoming 6th grader in the Fall 2024 has the opportunity to join an instrumental music class, which includes either band or orchestra. “Instrument Selection Night” is when students and families get to make their choice!

Fifth graders at Northpoint, Mary Frank, and Horizon Elementary Schools will attend Discovery Middle School for 6th – 8th grades.

Discovery’s Instrument Selection Nights are Monday, February 26th and Tuesday, February 27th.

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation is nationally recognized as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” offering choir, band and orchestra at Schmucker, Discovery and Grissom Middle Schools.

At “Instrument Selection Night,” a music professional will be available 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. Click here to download, view and print more information on Instrument Selection Night.

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. Click this link to sign-up for your appointment at your designated school and date.