Monday, Nov. 55:30 p.m.Schmucker Middle School, 56045 N Bittersweet Rd. Indiana law (IC 20-19-3-11) now requires that all schools provide age appropriate and research based instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse to students in grades kindergarten through 12th. Penn-Harris-Madison has partnered with the Family Justice Center, Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County and the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit to provide this instruction for our students. In November and early December, staff from the Family Justice Center and Youth Service Bureau St. Joseph County will present a series of age appropriate curriculum to elementary students in grades K-5. Each unit is age appropriate specific to the grade level. To learn more about the new State mandated child abuse/sexual abuse prevention curriculum, all P-H-M parents are invited to attend an optional parent information night on Monday, November 5, 5:30 p.m., at Schmucker Middle School, 56045 N Bittersweet Rd. Parents have the option to have their student(s) participate in the state mandated educational program. Parents are asked to return either a paper version of the permission slip or click here to submit it electronically through our school website. *Please note a permission form needs to be returned for each individual child enrolled in a Penn-Harris-Madison School. If you wish to fill out the electronic version of the form, please click here. To download and print a pdf copy of the elementary (grades K-5) permission form, please click here. Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required to view the pdfs. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please visit Adobe’s website, at this link www.get.adobe.com/reader/, to download your free version. If you opt to fill out the paper form, you will need to print the form, fill it out and return it to the school.
Here is the flyer for our next PTO Family Fun Night, which will be on Friday, Nov. 9th. We hope to see lots of Horizon families at this "Family Math Night" hosted by Mathnasium of Granger located in Heritage Square. This was one of our best Family Fun Night's last year, and we are looking forward to another great evening of Math Games and Fun!
Here is our September/October Newsletter, which is full of good news, important reminders, and adorable pictures of our students. Our ISTEP+ scores from Spring 2018 are also included in this issue of the newsletter. Please take some time to read and enjoy it.
October 25, 2018 from 6-8pm Join us for our annual Boogie Ball for a scary good time! Click HERE to find out more information about location. Don’t forget to RSVP on the HORIZON PTO WEBSITE.
Once again Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation schools, in all grade levels tested, scored above Indiana’s averages. The variance between P-H-M’s pass rate over the state is at least 10% or higher across all grade levels and subjects. For grade 10, 75.6% of P-H-M students passed the ELA test and 58.4% passed the Math portion. The district’s overall pass rate for grade 10 was 56.4%. For grades 3-8, 78.0% of P-H-M students passed the ELA test and 74.8% passed the Math test. P-H-M’s overall district pass rate for grades 3-8 was 68.3%. For grade 10, P-H-M ranks in the Top 5% out of 291 public school corporations. In grades 3-8, P-H-M is in the Top 6% of public school districts out of 294 public school corporations. Other significant highlights from the Spring 2018 ISTEP+ results: Penn High School ranks 5th out of large public school districts (500+ students tested, based on both Math and ELA pass results of grade 10)Northpoint Elementary School is 2nd in Indiana public primary elementary schools (schools where grades 3-5 were tested)Discovery Middle School is 3rd in Indiana public middle schools (schools where grades 6-8 were tested)A total of four P-H-M elementary & one middle school—Northpoint, Prairie Vista, Horizon and Mary Frank Elementary Schools, along with Discovery Middle School—rank among the state’s Top 50 of all 1,426 public schools When reviewing the Corporation’s performance on the last round of ISTEP+ (grades 3-8) test results, P-H-M Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker commented “P-H-M teachers and administrators are incredibly committed to our vision of excellence and offer the best education in the Michiana area. I am very proud of the fact that P-H-M is one of the state’s top performing school districts. The credit goes to our outstanding teachers, students and parents.”
This program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. And as students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge.
Student of the Month is a great way for the teachers to show how much they appreciate and respect students that live out the lifelines that we try to instill in them. The teachers in each grade level, select one student (at times more than 1) each month from their classrooms that model the chosen lifeline(s) for that month. August and September’s Lifelines were: Organization and Initiative. Organization is the efficient and orderly approach to tasks. Students who model this lifeline approach their classroom tasks in an efficient and orderly manner. Initiative is the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do or more simply doing something without being told to do it. Students who model this lifeline saw a task that needed to be done and took it upon themselves to see it to completion. Therein lies the beauty of these awards: it doesn't have anything to do with grades or accomplishments. It shows how important it is to “be yourself”. 1st grade award winners for Initiative: 1st grade award winners for Organization: 2nd grade winners for both Organization and Initiative: 3rd grade winners for Initiative: 3rd grade winners for Organization: 4th grade winners for Initiative: 4th grade winners for Organization: 5th grade winners for both Initiative and Organization:
Parents of Horizon! Mark your calendars! Today starts our, back by popular demand, YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER! Our goal is to raise enough money to cover all the special events at the school that our general budget cannot cover. Your support is crucial to our fundraiser’s success! Check your child’s folders, backpacks or where ever they seem to stuff papers for the order forms and product catalog! Click Here for the full PDF