News from Panther Headquarters

September 2018

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From the desk of the Principal...

Hello Panther Families –

While it is has been commonplace to laud a great start to the school year, 2018-2019 was truly the most seamless start in my 6 years as principal in HSE as conveyed repeatedly by staff and students! Thank you for the privilege of teaching your children as they came to school with a positive attitude willing to learn. Our purpose per our Mission Statement, The staff of Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate & Junior High, in partnership with the community, strives for educational excellence by providing experiences that challenge ALL students to become effective decision-makers, problem solvers and communicators, goes way beyond excelling on state and national test scores. Moreover, while we do emphasize academics and excel in that area, it is our job to ensure that our students become well-rounded citizens who can think critically and solve problems that they will be faced with throughout childhood and adulthood. We believe that the ‘new’ HSE21 Vision drives how we will approach our teaching and learning every day:

A key part of our success at HIJH is the continuation of a concept called Professional Learning Communities (PLC) where collaboration and data-driven decisions are the norm. As a Staff, we have reached consensus on the Big 3 Ideas of PLC’s to ensure the success of your child; they are as follows:

  1. We accept Learning as the fundamental purpose of our school and therefore are willing to examine all practices in light of their impact on learning.

  2. We are committed to working together to achieve our collective purpose. We cultivate a Collaborative Culture through development of high-performing departments.

  3. We assess our effectiveness based on Results rather than the intentions. Individuals, teams and the school seek relevant data and information and use that information to provide continuous improvement.

Continuing this year, we will be afforded weekly PD time for teachers to accomplish our teaching and learning tasks. Each Monday will be an early release day (2:25) so teachers can collaborate from 2:40-3:30.

Canvas is our Learning Management System and key communication tool. The Calendar is where to find what and when, and Modules contain needed content and where students can upload assignments. Parents can set up a separate Canvas parental account with username/password different from their student. Log into and scroll to bottom of the site for the Parent Resources for Canvas link.


Tim A. Mankin

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Upcoming Important Dates

September 3 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

September 7 - Mudsock Game at HSEHS 7 PM

September 10 - Fundraiser End Date - All Money and Packets Due

September 14 - PTO Meeting 9:30 AM

September 17 - Dine to Donate - Ale Emporium

September 18 - Music Dept King's Island Parent Meeting 7-9 PM

September 19 - Final Picture Retake Day

Week of September 24 - 28 Fall Book Fair

September 26 - Creating Positive Relationships (CPR) Parent Seminar 5th Grade 6:30 PM

September 27 - Camp T Cabin Parent Meeting 7:30-9 PM in Panther Hall

HIJH Student Handbook

Click here to read the 2018-19 Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Jr. High Student Handbook.

Pasta Bowl

HIJH collects Pasta for the Mudsock game held on September 7th. The pasta collected at HIJH helps stock area food banks for families in need within Hamilton County. Have your student bring in pasta from now until September 10th to help out! Click here for more information on the Pasta Bowl.

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.

Book Fees and IPad Rental

Student Course Fees will be assigned in mid-September with a due date of October 12, 2018. A fee statement will be emailed to you when the fees are assigned and available for viewing.

Student Course Fees are based on each individual student’s schedule, but fees can range from approximately $90.00 to $150.00 for the year - not including rental of a iPad, which is an additional $80.00.

If you choose to pay by efunds, please select the OPTIONAL FEES PAYMENT TAB.

FREE OR REDUCED lunch applications must be submitted online each year. Applications must be submitted after July 1, 2018 and before September 30, 2018. If your application is approved, your student will receive their course materials at no charge, including iPad rental.

If you have any questions, please contact Doty Gaertner, Treasurer at 317-594-4120.

Counselor's Corner

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Each month we hope to provide you with pertinent information for both you and your student(s). Counselor’s Corner will allow for such information to be made available to our families, and we hope you find the communication helpful. We look forward to serving all students and families to the best of our abilities. We encourage you to call or email with any questions, concerns, or comments throughout the year.


· Prepare for the school day the evening before school. Have a regular location at home to place items that need to go to school. (Lunch, backpack, iPad, sports equipment/uniform, PE uniform if required, monies for lunch or activities, eye glasses or clothing).

· Bring CHARGED iPad EVERY day, along with pencils, paper, and any other needed supplies with you to class.

· Check Canvas every night for any homework or teacher messages.

· Be on time for class or early.

· Be interested in what the teacher is saying. If you look bored, a teacher may assume you are not interested in learning.

· Ask questions when you do not understand.

· Always take notes and be organized.

· Homework should NOT be an option. Extra practice at home reinforces the lessons taught in school and enriches material learned.

· Take advantage of opportunities to join clubs, sports and activities.

Student Login and Passwords to Family Access

Students in grades K-8 now have their own login and passwords to Family Access. Please encourage your child to own their own learning by becoming familiar with this system and following their homework completion and grades. Also, please have them note their password and login in a secure place in the event they forget.

Newly Enrolled Families/ Address Changes

If you are new to the district or have changed your address over the summer, please be sure that you have provided all the required residency documents to the guidance office. HSE district requires a lease, a closing statement or a warranty deed with the address and closer/leaser signature, AND a recent copy of a utility bill AND a drivers license with the accurate address. We will only need one document to change the address, but all are required documents within 45 days of the address change. Thanks for your assistance with this.

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Messages from the Nurse

We look forward to helping make your child's experience this year a safe, healthy and successful one. As school nurses, our priority is to provide care for students who are injured or become ill while in our school building. The clinic is not a substitute for your private physician's care. Nurses monitor for signs and symptoms of an illness; however, our scope of practice does not include diagnosing illness—that is the role of a physician. Additionally, we are here to assist students with medication administration and to help manage students' special medical conditions. If your student is well enough to come to school but needs allergy or cold meds, please administer them at home, as we do not stock these medications in the clinic.

Electronic Health Cards Needed. If you have not filled out your student's electronic health card, please do so today. 1. Log onto your Skyward Account, 2. Click "ONLINE FORMS" in left column, 3. You will see your child(ren)'s name(s), click here to fill out needed forms, including the Electronic Health Card. This card helps us to provide care for your child as needed on a daily basis and is necessary for off campus events and/or emergencies.

7th Grade Camp T Medication Drop off: If your child needs ANY prescription meds given while at camp, Please bring medications in original containers to the nurse

Wednesday, September 26th 3:30-6 PM. If you are attending camp with your child, you do not need to drop off medication -you can give your child their meds.


If you marked on your electronic health card that your student uses an inhaler or EPI, we need additional forms and doctor’s orders. Please contact the clinic. If your student carries an inhaler or EPI, a doctor’s note must be on file. Please fax to the clinic’s attention at 317-594-4129.

IMMUNIZATIONS: If your student requires immunizations, you have received an email from me. You can also check your students’ immunization records on Skyward. 1. Log onto your Skyward Account 2. Click "Health info" and your child's vaccinations will appear. They should say “compliant” to be complete. If you have provided notice of an upcoming appointment, your child is compliant.

NON-Compliant students will be unable to attend school after SEPTEMBER 6th.

HSE Illness Policy: All students must be free of fever (without the use of temperature lowering medication--fever is defined as 100 degrees or more), vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Thank you for helping to keep our students healthy by following HSE Illness Policy (it can be found in the online HIJH Student Handbook) and your best judgement when your child is sick.

HIJH Sports Information

Click here to learn about all of the HIJH Athletic Info. Please read page 2 carefully as some dates/times have changed recently!

HIJH Library News

Click here to find out the latest in Library News.

Interested in volunteering to work at the Book Fair? Click here to volunteer.

Click here if you are interested in donating food for the teacher preview night.

HIJH Cafe Info

Click here to learn about HSE's Nutrition Showcase.

Free Math Help

Free Math help is available for all 5th-8th grade students every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. It is early, but it is FREE! Your student can get some extra assistance and help with homework or prepare for exams. Feel free to take advantage of this opportunity! Mrs. Auger will meet all students at 7:00 a.m. in the main entrance and walk to Room 142.

Attention all parents of 8th Graders

Attention all 8th grader parents: We have reached our enrollment cap but there are still spots on the risk-free waitlist. Students are pulled from the waitlist on “first-come-first-serve” so don’t wait. For those already registered for the trip, our next meeting will be for HIJH students only and will likely be on Friday December 7th at 7 AM. Go to our trip website at or contact Eric Brown ( ) if you have any additional questions.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee Club has started at HIJH! Ultimate Frisbee is a no fee, no commitment club open to all students in all grade levels (including HIJH graduates). If your student is looking for a great workout and an opportunity to meet new people, come join the Club! We will work on frisbee skills at the beginning of practice, then break into teams and scrimmage. We will meet immediately after school in Mr. Beesley's room (room 321). 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.

Choir-5th Grade

We are still looking for more 5th grade students to join our 5th grade choir! This choir meets after school on most Thursdays until 4 PM, and will have two concerts (November and March) in combination with the 6th grade choir and Ukulele Club. A complete list of dates and permission slip is available in the music room, outside the office, or from classroom teachers.

Singers who have turned in their permission slips will be invited to a Canvas course where they can stay up to date with the schedule and have access to all our music and other announcements!

Please contact Mrs. Hochstetler ( with any questions or concerns!

Choir-7th and 8th Grade

Click here to find out HIJH Choirs performing on September 8th for Safety Day.

Band Notes-7th and 8th Grade

The HSE High School band directors and parent band boosters have invited HIJH 7th/8th grade band students to participate in a Marching Band Junior High Night at the high school football game on Friday, September 7th. Students need to report to the HSE High School at 4 PM using Door #18. Junior high students should bring their instruments and they should wear spirit wear. Dinner will be served free of charge for all participating junior high band students and they will gain entry into the high school football game free of charge. Please read the itinerary and permission slip posted on Canvas for more details.

Music Department King's Island Trip Info-7th and 8th Grade

Attention parents of 7th and 8th grade students in orchestra, band or choir! The Music Department will be hosting a parent informational meeting about our 2019 King’s Island Festival Overnight Trip on Tuesday, September 18th at 7 PM in Panther Hall. This trip is open to all current 7th and 8th grade students who are enrolled in a ensemble class this year. Come join us for information on our trip and to have all of your questions answered. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ukulele Club

The HIJH Ukulele Club is currently FULL for students using a school Ukulele. Students may join at any time in the school year if own their own instrument. All participants of the club will be invited to a Canvas course where they can stay up to date with the schedule and have access to practice resources! Please contact Mrs. Hochstetler ( with any questions or concerns!

From Family and Consumer Science (FACS)

The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to start a new routine at dinner time., is a great resource of meal ideas, and conversation starters to ask your family members around the dinner table.

Here are a few questions to get your started:

Make up three silly new traditions for our family. What would they be?

What’s the funniest or strangest thing that happened to you today?

What are you most looking forward to about a new school year (or fall)?

PTO News

PTO Website. Checkout our PTO website ( for the 2018-19 PTO calendar, PTO meeting schedule, past meeting minutes, newsletters, and more.

September PTO Meeting. The next PTO meeting will be Friday, September 14 at 9:30 AM at the school. All parents are invited to join us.

Panther Rewards.

Kroger. HIJH families who link their Kroger card number to our school help earn our school money! When you use your Kroger card, a portion of the sale goes to our school. It’s an easy way to support the PTO without costing you (or your fuel points) anything! Go to, click “I’m With An Organization…” then “Request Your Kroger Plus Card” and create an account or sign in. Find Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior H.S. PTO (WT583) and link your card to our account.

AmazonSmile. Amazon is another simple way to help our school money. Go to HTTP:// and type HSJH PTO under “supporting”. You will need to go to each time (rather than use the app)- saving it under bookmarks makes it easy to use.

Box Tops for Education & Tyson Rewards. Collect and submit all your Tyson Rewards and Box Tops to the front office or bring to the cafeteria on the prize day. Each Tyson label is worth $.24 and each Box Top is worth $.10.

1. Label your plastic baggie with your name, grade, and homeroom or first period class.

2. Turn into front office.

Individual prizes. Monthly treats will be awarded to each student that brings in 15 or more Tyson Rewards and/or Box Tops. Prizes will be distributed on the following days during the lunch periods: September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, and May 8.

Class prizes. The homeroom or first period class in the school with the most submitted by October 24 will receive a class prize. Top class for the year will receive a prize in May. All money will go to the PTO to support our teacher and students. Contact Lisa Gruber at for more information.

Creating Positive Relationships (CPR) Parent Seminar-5th Grade

CPR will be hosting a Parent Seminar for 5th grade families on Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30-7:30 PM at HIJH in the LGI Room. At this meeting, you will learn strategies to begin parenting conversations at home that will help your child navigate the changes that occur physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially during puberty.

While this event is specifically designated for 5th grade families, all families are welcome including those who may have missed this informational meeting the previous year. Because CPR is not taught in grade 5, this parent information session is offered to support conversations at home. CPR will be taught in grades 6, 7, and 8 during the PE/Wellness classes. Again, this Parent Seminar is specifically designed for 5th grade families to help facilitate conversations at home. For more detailed information about each lesson, please listed to this parent webinar: Many questions will be answered at the parent session and specific content is covered in the webinar. We would be happy to answer any further questions you might have after the meeting. Please contact Shannyn Miller for support with your questions.

HIJH School Fundraiser

The HIJH School Fundraiser is underway! Students received their Red Apple fundraising packets on August 23. Please encourage them to take time to sell items, as the proceeds go directly back to HIJH. Important Dates to Remember: Monday, September 10- Fundraiser Orders and Money are DUE. Monday, October 8- Fundraiser Product Pick-up at HIJH-AUX GYM. Enter through Door #3, 3-7 PM. *Parents must come to pick up products for their children. Click here to learn more about the Fundraiser.

E-Waste Recycling Program

Do you have old or unwanted electronics and cell phones? Donate today. Click here to learn how.

Middle Years

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

Notification of Pesticide Application

Click here to find HSE's notice of pesticide application.

September Multicultural Holidays

Click here to find out about September Multicultural Holidays.


HSE Child Find

What to do if you suspect a disability? Learn about HSE Schools Child Find Procedures here.

Destination Imagination

Interested in learning more about HSE's fabulous Destination Imagination Program? Find out more here.

2018 Mudsock Game - Friday, September 7

Join the HSE Schools Foundation for a rival game between two great schools!

Pasta Bowl

HSE Schools and the City of Fishers are holding a pasta drive to stock area food banks!


Growing up in the digital age can be tough. Come watch this documentary on September 17, 2018 at 6 PM at HSEHS.

CBB is now called Community Insider

You can now find the HSE CBB (Community Bulletin Board) on the HSE Website under "Happenings" and click on Community Insider.

Permitted use of school newsletters as required by the Equal Access Act is not an endorsement of this group or this group’s beliefs by Hamilton Southeastern Schools or the Board of School Trustees.

Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Junior High

12278 N. Cyntheanne Road, Fishers, IN 46037

Ph: 317-594-4120

Attendance: 317-594-4126

Guidance: 317-594-4124

Fax: 317-594-4129

Twitter: @HIJPanthers

Athletics Twitter: @HIJathletics