Mrs. O'Rourke's Panther Press

From the week of Sept. 25-29 and for the week of Oct. 2-6

Mrs. O'Rourke will be at Camp Tecumseh Mon-Wed

Families, I will be helping with the 7th grade field trip to Camp Tecumseh on Mon-Wed of next week. I will have a substitute, so please be sure that you contact the office directly if there are any changes in dismissal.

HIJH has HEART- Hurricane Relief Effort

This week we started a school-wide initiative to raise funds for the Houston Independent School District and the schools that were damaged in Hurricane Harvey. Each day in lunches, students can bring in loose change or dollars to donate toward the relief fund. 100% of the money collected will go to help schools in HISD. Please feel free to send in donations with your child to donate in his/her lunch any day from now until Friday, October 13th!

HIJH School-Wide Global Read Aloud

This year, our entire school will be reading the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park . This is part of our school-wide initiative to promote a global understanding of the world around us and to help students understand that there is much more outside of the boundaries of Fishers, Indiana. Our class will be working with the students in Ms. Hill's class and connecting to other classrooms around the world to share in this reading experience. More information about the book and the Global Read Aloud movement will come home next week in your child's Tuesday folder.

EXTRA BOOK ORDER THIS MONTH!! This order will arrive before fall break!

Scholastic Book Orders - Due September 30th

We've had such an amazing desire for book orders, that I will be placing another one this month!! These will come in time for Fall Break, and you know you'll want books in their hands over the long break, right?? :)

There are no new flyers coming home this month, but you can just log on to the website below and browse for books. (The flyers are actually online too!)

It is preferred that you order online at, where you’ll find a wide selection of quality children’s books that are just right for your child’s reading interests.

Remember, you help our class earn FREE Books and supplies with every order. Thank you for supporting your child’s reading both at home and in the classroom!

PS: Please let me know if your order includes a gift for your child, and I will contact you when it arrives!

First Time Ordering Online?
•Go to
•Enter our one-time Class Activation Code: NCZKF
•Shop and submit your child's book order.
•Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom.

Speedy Sweeties!

We had a great showing from our team at the HSE District Cross Country meet on Wednesday night! We are so proud of our runners: Carter Johnson, Owen Wilkins, Taylor Wolf, Zahra Baloch, Lila Chamberlain, Fay Montalvo, Henry Silver

Learning highlights from this week!

Achieve 3000 All-Stars!

Students use Achieve 3000 to practice critically reading from non-fiction texts. The program assesses students on their understanding of what they've read and each student works at his/her own reading level with the goal of improving their reading comprehension over the year. Each week we will honor students who showed high performance and understanding on the Achieve 3000 assessments, and each month we will celebrate students who showed the most growth!

Our Achieve All-Stars from this week are:

Angela, Julia, Bea, Lily

Way to go!

Ancient Greece Projects

This week and next week students will be working in groups on projects to share what they are learning about Ancient Greece. Students can find all of their requirements in the pdfs posted to Seesaw. Please just check in with your child each day to see how their group's project is coming along. The final elements of the project will be due on Friday, 10/6.

Students researching information about Ancient Greece

Year-Long Humanitarian Projects

Last week, Ms. Hill and Mrs. O'Rourke introduced our Year-Long Humanitarian Projects and requirements to the students. Detailed information can be found on Canvas in the Humanitarian Projects Module, but here are the basics:

• This year students will have the opportunity to show 3 different humanitarian acts within the community.

• Each project will be documented with a picture of the student performing the act/event and a short paragraph. These will be displayed all year to celebrate our acts of good will.

• Between Mrs. O'Rourke's and Ms. Hill’s class, it is our goal to perform 300 acts within our community.

• We will also be brainstorming different project ideas within our school and school community.

Upcoming Assessments and Project Due Dates

This section will contain upcoming assessments so that parents can help students stay on top of their studying.

Next Week:

Friday 10/6- Roots Review Quiz

Friday 10/6- Group Presentation and Artifacts for Ancient Greece Unit are Due

Friday 10/6- 1st Quarter Ends (WOWZA! Time flies when you're having fun!)


Canvas is the HSE district's new online learning management system. It has replaced Blackboard. Our classes and our students are all using Canvas now. Family access is slated to be available in October. More news to come!