News from Panther Headquarters

April 2017

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From the desk of the Principal...

Hello Panther Families –

The final grading period of 2016-2017 is now upon us. With ISTEP Part I completed, we look forward to delving more into engaging lessons that tie all of this year’s learning together prior to a series of assessments in May, including ISTEP Part II online from Tuesday, 4/18–4/24.

We have now collected all of the online Course Selection Sheets from 6th and 7th grade students and are putting together the Master Schedule of courses. A message to view your student’s course selections for next year will be sent via Skylert in early May. This is not a finalized schedule with periods and teachers, just a list of the courses that were selected. If you notice that something is incorrect, please contact your respective counselor for 16-17 (Lois Valasek-6th or Lauren Isaacs-7th for next year). For our current 5th graders moving to 6th grade, student schedules for next year will reflect the natural progression of their current courses. 6th grade team assignments and final schedules for next year’s 7th and 8th graders at HSE Intermediate & Junior High will be available at Panther Preview on August 2nd.

This last quarter will be fast paced and filled with lots of activities, including year-end celebrations and awards ceremonies (last week of school). We will continue to emphasize our PAWS Expectations to ensure we maintain the safe educational environment we have come to know throughout the year. We appreciate all that you do to ensure your child is ready to learn each and every day. Thanks again for all of the support!

Upcoming Important Dates

April 10th - First day back from Spring Break

April 18th - 24th ISTEP Testing

April 19th at 8:00 PM - Jr. High Physical Night at FJHS

April 20th at 6:30 PM - 5th & 6th Grade Choir Concert

Early Dismissals and Returning to School

If you need to pick your child up from school early, please call the attendance line 317-594-4126 by 9 AM, the morning of dismissal. We will send a pass to your child and have them in the office at your requested time. You will need to come in the office and sign your child out. If your child is returning to school due to a Medical/Dental appointment and has their excuse slip, they can come in on their own and sign back in.

Counselor's Corner

Testing Dates to Note.

Mark your calendars to ensure your child is in attendance these testing periods.

ISTEP+ Part 2 - Multiple Choice & Technology (CCRA)

April 17th - May 5th, 2017

It is extremely important that your child be in attendance and on time during these testing days. Please assist us by ensuring that your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast. Also, it would be advantageous to reschedule any appointments you have scheduled during these days. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this testing process.

If you have any questions regarding ISTEP, please feel free to contact the HIJH Guidance Department at your convenience.

Withdrawing Your Student.

If your child will be withdrawing from HIJH, any time PRIOR to the last day of school, you MUST notify the guidance office at least two days in advance of your child’s last day. Withdrawal forms prepared by the guidance office, will need to be signed by the parent/ guardian. Once all administrative items are completed, a copy of the withdrawal form, current grades and schedule will be given to the student to provide to their future school for enrollment.

8th Graders Attending a Private School Next Year.

If your child will be attending a private school for 9th grade year, you MUST notify the HIJH guidance office AND sign a withdrawal form. HSEHS requires that we forward these withdrawal slips to them at the end of this school year. If one is NOT completed, you will be phoned by the high school to come in to sign their form before they will release records to your new school. Thank you in advance for helping us with this.

Scheduling for 2017-18 School Year.

Current 5th Graders - Student schedules for next year will reflect the natural progression of their current courses. Team assignments will be available at Panther Preview on

August 2nd.

Current 6th and 7th Graders - A message to view your student’s course selections for next year will be sent via Skylert sometime in May.

Current 8th Graders - All 8th Graders should have met with their High School Counselor to go over next school year’s scheduling options. If your child has not yet met with a High School Guidance Counselor, please contact the HSEHS Guidance Department to make an appointment, 317-594-4193.


HONOR ROLL postings are on the HIJH website!

Hamilton Southeastern Junior High posts honor rolls on the HIJH website. Students receiving all A’s are listed on the high honor roll listing. Students receiving nothing lower than a B- are listed on the regular honor roll listing.

You may access the high honor roll and regular honor roll as follows:

Go to and select

“Guidance Resources.” Honor rolls are listed in the “Guidance Documents section, please select the honor roll you wish to view.

2017-18 Student Office/ Library Aides – COMING IN MAY!

On May 3rd, 4th, and 5th (not before) there will be sign-ups in the guidance office for any 7th grade student interested in becoming a library or office aide, for the 2017-2018 school year. Students MUST have grades of C or higher in all of their classes to be considered. We are looking for motivated, responsible, dependable and trustworthy students for these positions. Teachers will be asked to make recommendations. Please note that only about 30 positions will be available and we will not be able to place everyone who signs up.

Click here for the Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).

Click here Twenty-First Century Scholars.

Messages from the Nurse

Immunizations for 2017-2018 (Current 5th graders)
All students who will be in 6th grade for the 2017-2018 school year, will need immunizations for Tdap and Meningococcal. As your student gets these shots at their well-child checks be sure to send me a copy too. You can also email me a copy over summer. If your student has an ME or RE waiver on file, you an update this for next year beginning after Spring Break. This must be submitted yearly.

Allergies and Medication

Just a reminder for those who suffer spring allergies: please medicate your student before they come to school. We want to keep students in their classes and feeling their best. Allergy medications and cold medications are not stocked in the school clinic. When medicated in the AM before leaving home, the medicine has time to “kick in” to help them feel better for their classes. Allergy medications work best when given on a daily basis, not just when symptoms begin. For the safety of your child and all children in the building, students are not allowed to carry medications with them, store in locker, or pack them in lunch boxes. In some buildings, being caught with medications results in an automatic suspension. Students may drop off needed medication to the clinic with medication guideline form found here:

As Needed Clinic Medications—looking ahead to next year

Although very few students have trouble swallowing pills at this age level, if yours has trouble swallowing pills, many doctors will suggest (please check with your doctor) practicing swallowing Tic-Tacs as a way to practice swallowing pills. Liquid medication is much more expensive for the clinic to supply. However, the pill form of Tylenol and Advil will be provided by the clinic. If your child is one of the few who cannot swallow pills, please have them practice.

Breakfast really is THE MOST important meal of the day! It “breaks our fast” that occurs while sleeping. Please make sure your children are having something to eat in the mornings. It really will help them feel their best! We also offer breakfast as a purchase option at school.

Do you ever wonder if your child needs deodorant; and when do you start? The answer is at the beginning of 5th grade, sometimes even 4th grade. Using deodorant daily will keep your student from encountering an embarrassing situation after recess or PE. Students are allowed to keep deodorant in their lockers.

HIJH Sports Information

Click here to learn about all of the HIJH Athletic Info. Additionally, click here to find out more about the Junior High Physical Night.

HIJH Library News

Click here to find out the latest in Library News.

HIJH Cafe Info

Please make sure you have the student’s full name and number on the payment, if paying by check. Please put cash in an envelope or sealed plastic bag with the student’s full name and number. By doing this, it helps us to make sure the money is deposited into the correct account! Another payment option is Skyward, but please be aware that the system takes 24 to 48 hours to update. We really appreciate your cooperation and the opportunity to serve your student!

Yearbook Orders

Just a friendly reminder from your yearbook staff April is the last month to order your school yearbook. This yearbook online order site is (that's B-I-Z). Our school code is 17035. Contact Mrs. Ashli Cooper with questions.

5th and 6th Grade Choir

The 5th and 6th grade choir concert will take place on April 20th at 6:30 pm, with student report time at 6:00 pm. Students should wear their choir shirts with jeans or capris (no shorts please).

We are adding a dress rehearsal with both choirs immediately after school on April 20th until 4pm. Please plan for prompt pickup following the dress rehearsal in order to be back at school by 6:00!

Attention all parents of 7th Graders

Did you miss the parent meeting last month about next year’s legendary Washington DC trip? Don’t worry. It is not too late to sign up at the discounted price. Registration deadline is April 21st! Just go to and us our trip ID # 144574. More specific info is posted on our trip website at or contact Eric Brown if you have any questions.

Blanket Drive

Unfortunate events happen every day! When a house catches fire, a family leaves with nothing to comfort them. Let’s help our community and give them something to help keep them warm and comforted. Students from Ms. Hill’s 6th grade class are doing a blanket drive for the Fishers Police Department. These blankets will be given to kids and families to help them through a difficult time. Please donate new or gently used, clean blankets from March 20th through April 20th. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Ultimate Frisbee

The HIJH Ultimate Frisbee Club will begin practices starting Monday, April 10th and continue every Monday and Wednesday through the end of school (weather permitting). Ultimate Frisbee is a no fee, no commitment club open to all students in all grade levels (including HIJH graduates). Come whenever you can and bring or make a friend! We will meet immediately after school in Mr. Jaworski's room (Rm. 142). Students must have their rides pick them up at the main office (Door 1) at 4:15. Please bring water bottles and some athletic wear.

7th Graders Signed up for French

Do you know you have an opportunity to travel to a French speaking country at the end of 8th grade? Students who are in French can travel to Quebec, Canada, to learn about French-Canadian culture, sample foods from Quebec, and certainly to practice the French they learned. Some of the other highlights are whale-watching, singing traditional folk songs and visiting the sites of battles that decided the fate of not only Canada but the United States. The tentative dates for the trip next year are June 3-9, 2018. If we have room, parents are also invited to go. If you have any initial questions, please contact The French teacher at Fishers Junior High and Riverside Junior High, Peter Girbert at

PTO News

Panther Fest

We had another great Panther Fest last Friday. A big thank you to the students for being respectful and coming out to have a great time. Thank you to all of the of our volunteers for helping to make it a fabulous night and to the staff at HIJH for supporting this event.

Staff Appreciation

Staff Appreciation Committee will host a week of special treats for our wonderful HIJH staff members during Teacher Appreciation Week in May. We are in need of several items to make this possible. Visit our page for more information: :

Please drop off items in the HIJH main office, if possible label items “Staff Appreciation Committee.” Please note, we need all items by APRIL 25th.

Thank you for your generosity and for making our HIJH staff members feel extra appreciated!

Questions regarding staff appreciation committee may be directed to or

Book Fair

Thank you to all of our hard working volunteers during HIJH’s spring book fair. You were instrumental to our success and we appreciate you!

8th Grade Celebration & Class of 2021 T-Shirts

HIJH 8th graders will take a class picture on May 24th during the 8th grade celebration. Click here to download and print the payment form. Return your students form with payment to the HIJH main office by May 5th. We will need lots of volunteers to make this event a success. A SignUp spot for volunteers and donations will be available in the May newsletter. Additionally, if you or anyone you know might be interested in providing music during the event, please contact one of the co-chairs as soon as possible. Questions regarding 8th grade celebration may be directed to Stacy Nielsen at or Jen Watkins at

Geist 5K

Interested in participating in the Geist 5K? Consider being a Panther Pride runner in this Half Marathon and 5K. Click here to see the attached flyer and click here for the registration form.

HIJH Connect

Are you connected? Find out about HIJH Connect here.

iPad Helpful Hints

ISTEP iPad Readiness

All of these things, except for the TestNav app that's specific to ISTEP, should be normal routine/settings to keep students' iPads working well in school throughout the year. But as students prepare for the second round of ISTEP, spring NWEA, finals, etc., it's important to take the time to check for the following:

* Make sure the iPad is in good working order (i.e. does the home button function how it should, is the iPad typing on its own). Have any issues repaired that could hinder day to day use of the iPad.

* Check date and time – Go into Settings. Go to General. Go to Date and Time. Make sure the Set Automatically is turned on.

* Make sure the TestNav app has been downloaded and is up to date. Go to App Store and search for it to make sure you have it and that it doesn't need updated.

* Make sure the iOS is up to date. To double check, go to General and then to Software Update. (Occasionally people have an iOS update even when the little notification symbol is not showing up.)

* Make sure the iPad isn't connected to a VPN. Delete the VPN if it is. (If the iPad is connected or has recently to a VPN you'll see VPN listed up in Settings near Wi-Fi and Bluetooth up top. Also under General, you would see a VPN Profile. Deleting the VPN apps will often do the trick. Occasionally a profile has to be deleted separately in the settings.)

* Bring the iPad FULLY charged EVERY day. Have a good routine of charging it every night in the same place/manner.

Middle Years

Click here to find a newsletter for The Middle Years. A great resource for handling your tween!

April Multicultural Holidays

Click here to find out about April Multicultural Holidays.


Interested in becoming a Fishers High School board member?

Fishers High School is looking for board members for the 2017- 2018 school year. If you have a future Tiger and are interested, please email
Knights Cheerleader Call-Outs

All current 4th and 5th graders interested in trying out for Knights Travel Cheer Team can find out about the upcoming 2017 season here. Click to learn more.

HSE Robotics Camp

Interested in Robotics? Check out this fun summer camp here.

Maker Youth Foundation

Summer camp from 6/5-6/9. Discover inspiring ways to imagine, design, invent, tinker in this week-long camp at Fishers High School.

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Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High

12278 N. Cyntheanne Road, Fishers, IN 46037

Ph: 317-594-4120

Attendance: 317-594-4126

Guidance: 317-594-4124

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