Mrs. O'Rourke's Panther Press

For the week of Feb 26

ISTEP - Feb 26 - March 5th

Students will be taking ISTEP next week. The school recommends that families do their best to avoid scheduling appointments that would disrupt the school day during these days.

Mr. Mankin sent a Skylert on Friday. Please be sure to double check that your child's iPad is charged and that the requirements explained in his message are all met and ready to go.

For Humanities, students will be taking the test in our regular Humanities blocks on Tuesday and Wednesday 2/27 & 2/28. We reviewed the online ISTEP experience in class last week so that students feel familiar with the test formatting before the test. Please encourage them to do their best, but remind them there is no reason to stress. They are well prepared, and if they use their knowledge and the strategies we're learning, they will rock it! :)

If you would like to review more information about ISTEP, I have included the Indiana Department of Education's link below.

Let's Have Dinner Monday Night!

Culver's Dine to Donate will be held on Monday, February 26th from 5:00-8:00pm.

Mrs. O'Rourke, Mr. Mankin, and many other HIJH teachers will be there serving up the food. It should be a fun and tasty time for a very good cause. A portion of the proceeds will come right back to HIJH!! Please see the flyer attached to the newsletter's email.

Learning highlights from the past few weeks

O.Henry Author Study

Over the next few weeks as we focus on Literary Essays, situational irony, and creating literary essays with solid evidence to back our ideas, we will be reading some short stories by classic American author, O. Henry. He has hundreds of short stories from his time writing at the turn of the 20th Century that are still quite humorous and surprising to readers today. If you've never read a story by him, ask your children to share some of the short stories with you at home. Reading together as a family is always a fabulous way to help produce life-long readers!

#LOVEFISHERS Essay Contest

The city of Fishers is holding an essay contest for students to share all the reasons they LOVE living in Fishers. Please see the link below for entry details.


Your child should have read about 16-17 books by the end of February. Please check in with him or her.

Independent reading of self-selected text is, statistically, the most effective way for a person's reading abilities to grow and vocabulary to increase. Students have a 25 book reading requirement for the year. By now, they should have completed about 16-17 books. Please check in with your child to ensure that he/she is reading at home at least 15-20 minutes a day from a book that he/she enjoys. If kids are in a "reading rut" and can't find a book they like, they know that they can come see me for suggestions. I always have plenty of suggestions, and our classroom library is pretty extensive!! I know the students have other obligations, but establishing a reading routine at home will help your child in oh so many ways!! Happy reading!

Year-Long Humanitarian Projects

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.

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 Few Weeks:

On going: Literary Essay Writing

2/26-3/5 - ISTEP Testing


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!