Geist Gazette

March 17, 2017

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018


Tuesday, April 18th, from 5:00-7:00 PM ** (New Date)

A child must be 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2017

Online Enrollment is Now Open.

Click here for details.

Visit the HSE Website for more information, including early entrance.

Principal's Message

This week, I want to focus in on HSE21 and student centered approach of choice. We try to address the topic of choice for students in many different ways. As you may have noticed we have created many alternative spaces in the building and allowed for flexible seating throughout the building. When you spend 7+ hours in the same place, you need variety. When we are home, we don't stay in the same place for 7 hours- well maybe if you are binge watching Netflix, but you understanding the point. Our students need choices.

We allow for choice in writing and research. You will often hear about Genius Hour, Inquiry block or Passion projects. This is allowing students time to investigate topics they want to research. It is amazing to see the engagement level increase when a child is able to research the bee hive that has mesmerized them, the arctic animal that most interests them, or the famous person that most inspires them. Yes, there are times we must write to a prompt or read certain articles. We have your children do that as well. However, when choice can be applied we try to implement it!

There are many ways to achieve a standard. That is why you will find variation in the presentations. Some students may use iMovie, chatterbox, PPT, Prezi, Showme, educreations, poster board, speech, poem, song, etc. Choice has its place in class and in the life!

Choice increases engagement.

No two students are the same. We learn differently. We have different interests. So choice makes sense when possible!

Thank you for joining us on the journey of HSE21 and best practices needed to prepare our children for the future!

Want to learn more about HSE21? Follow the HSE21 homepage.

Have a great week-

Christi Thomas, Principal

Spring Pictures April 11

Spring Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, April 11. This is the week we get back from spring break. Flyers will be sent home next week. Online orders will be accepted until the night before. Students who place an order online or bring a paid order envelope will be photographed.

HsEART Show This Weekend

The district-wide art show, known as HsEART, is Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19 and HSE High School. The hours are 2-5 pm. It is an amazing show and a great family outing! Please come see artists from GES and all the other HSE schools. Admission is free!

Congratulations to the GES Math Bowl Team!

The GES Math Bowl team sponsored by Mrs. Kappus placed 3rd in the district competition and 7th in state. Congratulations! Way to go Gators!

Friends of the Library

Thank you and congratulations to the March Friends of the Library members. Books have been donated by Delaney M., Grant M., Brooklyn B., Olivia V., Ethan M., Noah M., Maggie W., Halston C., Claire H., Kennedy U., Blake M., Braeden T., Lily C., Olivia B., Kaitlyn B., Charlotte C., and Layla M.

China Sister School Request for Host Families

As announced last week, the HSE school district is in the beginning stages of creating a partnership with Ningbo School district in China. Our sister school will likely arrive around Thursday, August 17 and stay with host families for about a week. We will provide training for host families.

We are in need of a tentative list of families who would have an interest in hosting students from China. The students will range from 3rd grade to 5th grade. They will come to GES each day. We will not have any specifics until mid summer and our team will be in touch during mid-summer. It is possible that we will have up to 30 children from our sister schools and will need 15 host families. Please know adjustments can be made if conflicts come about in your schedule! This is just tentative on your part.

We have received a terrific response from our families but are still in need of a few families. If you have an interest in possibly hosting 2 children in your house, please complete the following link.

Thank you for your interest.

Learning takes many forms at GES

Geist Half Marathon with Geist Elementary

Get those running shoes ready to go!!! Break out your Geist Gators spirit wear! Please join our school group this May and run the Geist 5K. If you are interested, please follow the instructions below.

Go to

Click "Register Now"

Click the green "Tickets" tab

Click on the “Enter Promotional Code” in the upper right hand corner of the screen

Enter “SchoolProgram2017” as the program code

Please make sure you choose “School Program / Pay Now” Do not choose just School Program

Complete the registration form

If you have questions, please call or email. I hope to see a large group representing Geist.

Rod Sutherlin


Don't forget! Yearbooks are on sale NOW!

The cost is $15, and orders are placed through

Our school code is 14412P

The very last day to order is March 17--no late orders accepted!

Please contact Ms. Green at if you have questions

Please Take Note of the Traffic Pattern & Rules During Morning Drop-Off

If you drive your child to school any morning please make note of the driving patterns. There are specific patterns that change during the morning drop-off hours. This is for the safety of your children as well as other travelers in and around the GES parking lot. We have received requests from parents to remind everyone of the driving patterns.

Please remember that there is no left turn from the GES parking lot between 8:40 - 9:00 a.m. All traffic must turn right on to 104th Street during that time. Drivers who bring students to school after 8:15 should use the WEST entrance and follow this pattern in the parking lot.

Drivers who bring students to school for before-school activities prior to 8:15 should use the EAST entrance and follow this traffic pattern.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Students will eat lunch in their classrooms on Tuesday, March 28. The only choice for school lunch will be a sack lunch with turkey sandwich, applesauce, carrot sticks, cookie and milk. Please remember that we will not be able to accommodate lunch visitors on that day.

Lunch Menus and Visitors

Click here to see what's being served in the café.

Click here for the food services website.

We love our lunch visitors! Please remember that we are unable to offer lunch to our visitors. You are welcome to bring your lunch; please no restaurant-packaged food.

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Chess Club Starting April 12

Click here for registration information. Please remember to use School Dismissal Manager to allow your student to stay after school.


Community Service Movie Night at Fishers High School

Design, Make & Tinker Camp

2017 Knights Cheer Try Outs Information

Fishers Athletic Showcase: Adapt & Thrive

Fishers Athletic Showcase: Adapt & Thrive

Friday, March 17 FHS gymnasium 6:00 to 8:00pm

Sponsored by the generosity of TOPSoccer, a program of Indy Premier Soccer Club; the Fishers Athletic Showcase features USA Paralympic Soccer Team, players Bryce Boarman & Seth Jahn as Keynote Speakers. Both will share their message of “Adapt and Thrive.” Bryce Boarman was born with cerebral palsy and will highlight his participation in the London and Rio Olympics. Seth Jahn was impacted by a traumatic brain injury while serving as a member of the US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Also in attendance will be Vern Fleming, formerly of the Indiana Pacers, and Joe Reitz, current offensive lineman for the Colts and former graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School. Both will serve as guest referees. The evening will also showcase exhibitions by Power Soccer, Special Olympics Basketball, Special Olympics Cheer and DeVeau’s Show Team by Gym Roots.

Donations will be accepted at the door and will be divided equally among performing organizations. Concessions will be open.

HSE Fishers Youth LaCrosse Give Back Wednesdays

HSE Schools Community Bulletin Board

HSE Schools has created a Community Bulletin Board on its district website. This will serve as a central location to find information about activities and events promoted by organizations that serve our students and their families. This is where the Fishers Library, YMCA, S.P.O.R.T.S. and other groups' registration information will be located.

Parents can view the information at any time by visiting