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Kids Club Spring Break 2019 Registration

Kids Club 2019 Spring Break registration is now open! Click here to download, complete & print the registration form.   Full-day childcare will be offered at Mary Frank Elementary School for Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5, 2019, from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. This service is a available for students in all P-H-M schools, families do not have to be currently enrolled in Kids Club to take advantage of this service. The cost is $25 per child per day or $100 per child if attending all 5 days.    Children will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities, as well as crafts for this week.   Registration form and payment are due together no later than Tuesday, March 26.   Children need to bring their own lunch and drink (no pop please).  Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.   Please click to download, complete and print the registration form. Please return the form send it along with your payment to your child’s school.   If you have questions, please contact Kids Club at (574) 258-9514 or at 258-9587.   *Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required to view these PDFs. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please visit Adobe’s website at this link to download your free version. If you need more help accessing Kids Club information, plesae call (574) 258-9514.

Horizon Student Only 4th Grader in Indiana to Qualify for “GeoBee”

Addison Singleton learned the exciting news this week that she was the only fourth grader in the state to qualify as a semifinalist for the upcoming National Geographic GeoBee! This is exciting news not just for Addison, but also for her teacher Mrs. Ann Lira.   Addison will compete against other Indiana students at the state competition to be held Friday, March 29 at IUPUI in Indianapolis.   Students, in grades fourth through eighth, competed in School GeoBees across the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which was then submitted to the National Geographic Society. Addison, Horizon’s school champion, was among Indiana’s top 100 scoring students and now is the only fourth grader in the state who has a chance to be a State Champion!   Below is a list of sample questions that Addison and other students had to answer as GeoBee contestants:   QUESTION: At more than 100 miles in length, Long Island is the longest barrier island in which state—Kentucky or New York? ANSWER: New York​QUESTION: The Alboran Sea and the Ionian Sea are both part of which larger sea? ANSWER: Mediterranean Sea​QUESTION: It takes about 90 days for a drop of water to travel the length of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River starts in Minnesota and flows 2,340 miles south to its outlet in which state—Louisiana or South Carolina? ANSWER: Louisiana   The National Geographic Society awards a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes to each State Champion. The state winners well then go on to compete in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, Washington, D.C., May 19-22. Students that come in second and third place in their state competitions will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.    Prizes for the National Championship include cash prizes and college scholarships: 1st Prize: $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll, and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society2nd Prize: $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash3rd Prize: $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash   Seven runners-up will each receive $1,000 in cash. Visit for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.   Horizon is one of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s seven “A” rated schools and is among the state’s Top 25 public elementary schools in the state of Indiana! P-H-M has consistently received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education since 2011. P-H-M’s “Triangle of Success” connects students, teachers and parents for excellence in education.  

March 2019 Newsletter

Here is our monthly newsletter.  We hope you will take the time to look through it with your kids.  We always try to include pictures so you can get a glimpse of what school-life looks like at Horizon.  As always, there are so many great things going on -- we are happy to share the joy with you each month. Thank you for your continued support of Horizon! 

Penn presents "Tuck Everlasting" March 1-3

Penn High School is bringing the famed children’s book “Tuck Everlasting” to the stage. This musical adaptation is a show that the whole family can enjoy   The Penn Fine Arts and Communications Academy is presenting, “Tuck Everlasting, the Musical” on the following dates:   Friday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 3:00 p.m.   The showings will be held within the Center for Performing Arts (enter through Door C).   Tickets are $10 pre-sale by clicking here to access Penn Theater’s online ticket store, or $12 at the door.    “Tuck Everlasting” is about a magical spring found deep in the woods that has the power to grant immortality. To drink or not to drink is the question that each character must answer for themselves.   On a deeper level the story wrestles with is living forever as desirable as many people think it is?   So make sure you bring out the whole family, you will not regret it!

2019 Young Authors' Conference Registration Now Open!

Saturday, March 9, 2019 8:45 – 11:30 a.m. Schmucker Middle School P-H-M Elementary students, grades K-5 Registration Fee: $5 per child Click here to register and pay online*Registration deadline has been extended to Friday, March 1   The Young Authors’ Conference is an annual, beloved event for P-H-M students in grades K-5. The event, sponsored by Corporations for Education, a division of the P-H-M Education Foundation, provides an opportunity for students and their parents to meet and hear from a well-known children’s authors. Click here to view the photo gallery of last year’s event.   Troy Cummings is this year’s celebrity author and illustrator of the popular series “The Notebook of Doom.” Cummings’ illustrations have also been featured on magazines, puzzles, and games! Click hear to learn more about Cummings’ other work.    As part of the morning activities, participants and parents will not only enjoy a presentation by Cummings, but also a short performance by Penn High School Theater students from their upcoming musical “Tuck Everlasting” (March 1, 2 and 3).   Elementary student attendees will also work in small adult-led breakout sessions sharing their own writing pieces with other P-H-M students.        Parents will attend a special presentation by Bethel College Education professor Dr. Michelle Fish.  Dr. Fish will share how parents can use children’s literature to connect with writing at home. *One parent must accompany students! However, keep in mind that students and parents will separate for a portion of the day.   REGISTRATION: Click here to register and pay online. If you don’t have a PHM Revtrak account, you will need to create one. There is a fee for using this service. If you prefer to register via paper, please fill out the front of the blue envelope that was attached to the hard copy of the flyer that came home with your student. Fill out the blue envelope completely, insert your payment, and return it to your child’s school. Checks should be made payable to: Young Authors’ Conference. Cash is also accepted. The deadline for registration is Friday, February 22, 2019!   CONFIRMATION: Participating students will receive additional information prior to the conference through their home school at the beginning of March.   QUESTIONS: If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Russell at    

2019 Running is Elementary

  Monday, April 29 (Rain Date Wed., May 1) 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. behind Elm Road Elementary School  59400 Elm Road, Mishawaka  “Running is Elementary” is gearing up for another great year! This is the 11th year for the one mile, non-competitive run which will feature the participation of almost 700 fourth and fifth grade students from all 11 P-H-M elementary schools. This event is FREE to students and takes place on the Penn cross-country course located behind Elm Road Elementary School.   Each school year fourth and fifth graders are encouraged to join the running club at each of P-H-M’s elementary schools. The kids go through this six-week club trained by designated coaches at each school. The end of the six weeks is then celebrated by participating in the Running is Elementary run.   Click to download the RIE forms to sign your student(s) to participate.    Mary Frank physical education teacher and P-H-M’s 2009 Teacher of the Year Cindy Batalis began this event in 2008. Running has always been a true passion for Batalis and she shares that passion with students by organizing this yearly event.   The event is hosted by the P-H-M Education Foundation and Corporations for Education.

eLearning Parent Help & Reminders

Parents, your child’s teacher is using either Google Classroom or Canvas for their curriculum assignments. (If you are unsure, please contact your child’s teacher via email ASAP). Classroom teachers are reviewing with students the process today in case they have any questions.   In either situation, you will begin by going to the primary launchpad ( and selecting either Canvas or Google (then Google Classroom). From there, you will sign in by entering your child’s username and password. Your child should be familiar with this username/password from regular use, but if you are unsure, please contact your child’s teacher.   After logging in, you should see a class from your child’s teacher. Click to proceed and follow the prompts.   As general reminders, you are not required to print any of the assignments, but you may do so if you choose. Students will have 5 days to submit the assignments after the missed school day. Keep in mind that the computer lab will be opened, when school is back in session, as an option before or after school for students as needed. Please contact your teacher for specifics if necessary.   Also remember that your primary contact on eLearning days is your child’s teacher. They will be accessible by email and will help to answer any questions you may have.    

For all 5th grade parents--Discovery Orientation information

Parents of 5th graders— Discovery has provided us with a list of important dates for you as your children transition from Elementary to Middle School. If you are not already, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Discovery Middle School website so that you will not miss an important date or activity. Horizon students will meet with students from Discovery on February 13 during the school day. That night , parents will have an opportunity to heard from Mrs. Harper and Mr. Kauffman about what your students will expect  and you will have your questions answered at that time.  Once again, here is the list of important dates for you to prepare for this milestone in your child’s educational career.     

2019-2020 P-H-M School Calendar is released

The first day for students of the 2019-2020 school year is Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and the last day for students is Wednesday, June 3, 2020.   Other important dates include: September 2, 2019: Recess Day – Labor Day October 25 & 28, 2019: Fall Recess Days November 5, 2019: Recess Day – General Election November 27-29, 2019: Thanksgiving Recess Days December 23-Jan. 3, 2020: Winter Break January 20, 2020: Recess Day – Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 17, 2020: Recess Day – Presidents’ Day April 6-10, 2020: Spring Break May 5, 2020: Recess Day – Primary Election May 25, 2020: Recess Day – Memorial Day   Click here for a one-page pdf copy of the 2019-2020 school year calendar.   If you need copies of the 2018-2019 school year and activity calendars, please click here.