Bobcats Around the World a Huge Success!

On Thursday, April 14th, 2022, we held our inaugural Bobcats Around the World Spring Fest!

In the weeks leading up to the event, our students were busy creating art that represented cultures from around the world.

The art was on full display as families toured our hallways during the festival.

Not only did the students create the art, but they also learned a lesson about the place they were painting / drawing so it was educational too.

In addition to the international art gallery, we had games, face painting, a raffle, bounce houses and more located throughout the school. 

To make it a one-stop shop for entertainment, we also had wonderful food trucks offering a variety of options for supper.

We’d like to think our WONDERFUL hardworking and creative PTO as well as the community sponsors that made this possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Take a look at the pictures below!

2022 Middle School Instrument Selection Night


Tuesday, Feb. 22 and Wednesday, Feb. 23

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Monday, Feb. 28 and Tuesday, March 1

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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.

Every P-H-M 5th grader who will be attending a P-H-M middle school as an incoming 6th grader in the Fall 2022 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!

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. 

Penn Poms to host one-day clinic on Saturday, Jan. 29

Penn Poms will host a one-day clinic on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

The Poms clinic participants (pre-K through eighth grade) will learn a dance routine during the day on Saturday, Jan. 29, that will be performed at the Penn High School boys basketball halftime that night. The clinic cost is $35 per student.

Click here for details.

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COVID Testing Walk-in Clinic for P-H-M Students & Staff

The Clinic is located at the Southeast Corner of Bittersweet Rd & McKinley Hwy

COVID Testing Walk-in Clinic
If a student, teacher, or staff member is symptomatic or quarantined due to exposure, they may receive a free BinaxNOW rapid antigen test for the COVID-19 virus. This program uses Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW tests provided by the federal government.

The IDOH has recently revised the school site testing criteria due to the limited supply to only test the following groups:

  • Symptomatic students Pre-K through grade 12
  • Symptomatic teachers and staff members age 50 and above.  

Where can they be tested:

  • The walk-up clinic will take place at the P-H-M Bank Locker Room Building located on the corner of Bittersweet and McKinley Hwy (US20) near Penn High School. Entry is off McKinley Hwy.
  • No appointment is necessary.
  • The clinic will be open when school is in session on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. AS LONG AS TESTS ARE AVAILABLE. The Clinic may need to close early on the days it is in operation as the number of available tests per day may vary due to the national shortage. 
  • We will only test a student accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Please bring the completed consent form to the clinic at the time of testing. Click here to download and print the consent form.


Santa is Back on Saturday, December 4, 2021

We are happy to announce that Santa Claus is coming to town!

At the 2021 P-H-M Winter Wonderland Show, attendees will be treated to a fabulous light show and then children will have an opportunity to tell Santa what they want for Christmas.

The show is called “Laser Holidays” and it will be shown in the state-of-the-art Digital Video Theater located at Bittersweet Elementary School.

Quick Details:

  • Saturday, December 4, 2021
    • ​Shows at 8 a.m., 9:45 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
    • Bittersweet Elementary School
  • $5 for all tickets​
    • ​Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10 a.m.
    • Space is limited to 75 participants per time slot.
    • Purchase tickets here:

Ticket sales begin on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10 a.m. Tickets will only be available online on a first-come, first-served basis.

Space is limited to 75 participants per time slot. Once all tickets are sold, all sales end.

While the program is intended for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students, children of other ages may attend with their siblings. All children
must be accompanied by an adult and each person must purchase a ticket to attend.

Tickets will then be mailed to you from the Community Education office prior to the event.

If you have any questions about the program, please call 574.258.9568 or email

Masks will be required to wear during the DVT show and in line to visit Santa. Masks can be taken off briefly to take the picture with Santa.

If you have any questions about the program, please call 574.258.9568 or email

Winter Wonderland Show & Visit with Santa Flyer 12.4.21

“Fright Night” Orchestra to perform Oct. 28-29

Penn High School presents the “Fright Night” Orchestra on Thursday, Oct. 28, and Friday, Oct. 29, in Penn’s Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. each night. Cost is $5 a person.

The Fright Night Orchestra concert is a celebration of the Halloween spirit!  Our five orchestras will perform fun and scary music to delight all of our big and little Ghouls and friends! 

The playlist includes:

  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Ghostbusters
  • Harry’s Wondrous World – from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • This is Halloween from Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Cruella De Vil
  • Danny Elfman Spooktacular (Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows, Beetlejuice)
  • A Halloween Thriller

Bittersweet Meet & Greet – K-5 – 6:00-7:00pm

Whether you’re feeling a little bit nervous or a little bit excited, attending our Back to School Meet & Greet can help get you ready for a successful school year!

Students and their families are encouraged to attend so they can meet their teachers and reacquaint themselves with the Bittersweet family.

Date: Monday, August 16th, 2021
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Bittersweet Elementary School, Outside

We hope to see you there!

Penn Youth Girls Basketball League Grades 3-8

Registration for the Penn Youth Girls Basketball League for students in Grades 3-8 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 12:00-2 p.m..

When: Sunday, Sept. 12, 12:00-2 p.m.

Where: Penn High School/ Enter through Door D 

Price: $125 

Space is limited to the first 108 athletes per age group.

Please read this flyer thoroughly! 


Bittersweet Welcomes New Principal Katie Carroll

On Monday, June 21, 2021 the Board of School Trustees approved Katie Carroll to be the new Principal of Bittersweet Elementary! 
The change became effective on July 1st, 2021.
Former Bittersweet Principal Bob Thompson will stay within P-H-M and will now serve as the Director of Alternative Education and Special Projects.
Katie has been the Assistant to the Principal at Walt Disney Elementary since 2017 and served as K-4 Summer School Co-Principal since 2018.
She is also a product of P-H-M attending Mary Frank, Horizon, Discovery and Penn. She began her teaching career in 2008 at Elsie Rogers after doing her student teaching with P-H-M. Katie taught kindergarten and first grade for nine years at Elsie.
She is certified in Orton Gillingham Multisensory Approach, CPI trained, and is a certified Indiana School Safety Specialist.

Update on Community Information Sessions July, 23, 2021

The message below was shared with P-H-M Families and Staff via email July 23rd, 2021.

P-H-M Administration has received a number of questions from families regarding Critical Race Theory (CRT), and if the ideologies/tenets are included in our Social Emotional Learning, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion student lessons and staff training.

We recognize the need for our parents/guardians to understand our curriculum. So in an effort to help clear up any misinformation, we will be holding workshops for P-H-M families to explain our programs and goals.

P-H-M Administrators and parents/guardians will be discussing curriculum and we would like for our families to feel free to share their questions and concerns. Priority will be given to current P-H-M Families. If we’re oversubscribed, we will provide other opportunities to inform other members of the P-H-M community.

The workshop times are as follows:

  • Monday, August 2nd @ 1:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, August 3rd @ 8:30 A.M.
  • Tuesday, August 3rd @ 7:00 P.M.

We ask that people respectfully follow these registration guidelines:

  • Only register to attend one session, not multiple ones.
  • Each person planning to attend a workshop should each fill out a form.
  • To allow us sufficient planning time, we will close the registration form on Wednesday, July 28th at 4:30p.m.
  • You will receive an email regarding session assignments by Friday, July 30th.
  • Click here to register.

The workshops will be held at Penn High School, PLEASE ENTER DOOR C. Please park in the front parking lot of Penn High School.

We approximate that these sessions will last about two (2) hours. All the material shared at the three workshops will be the same (these are not sequential meetings). The format of the sessions will be as follows:

  • Doors open. Parents/guardians will check in and receive name tags with their assigned group number.
  • Welcome and presentations by P-H-M Administrators: Superintendent, Asst. Superintendent for Instruction, Director of Social Emotional Learning, Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Principals at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
  • Break-out groups
    • Break-out group protocols are as follows:
      • Be respectful
      • Take turns
      • Be concise
      • Listen

Please register for a workshop time, at the link noted above, and provide us your questions about P-H-M’s SEL & DEI curriculum that you would like to learn more about.

We look forward to sharing this valuable and important information with our P-H-M families.


Dr. Jerry Thacker