FJH Chargers

October 2020 Newsletter

Fishers Junior High School

Principal: Dr. Crystal Thorpe

Assistant Principal: Mr. Tige Butts

Athletic Director: Mr. Scott Timmons

Guidance Director: Mr. Basel Maarouf

Greetings Charger families

We are happy to see so many of our students return during the 50/50 Learning Phase. As you can imagine, things are very different from what we are used to. However, students have done a great job of adjusting to our "new" normal by wearing their masks, keeping socially distant, washing their hands, and adapting to the changes we have made in the cafeteria for both breakfast and lunch.

Teachers are encouraged to take students outside for fresh air breaks throughout the day. Balancing between in person learning and virtual learning has been a challenge. FJH teachers are working hard to provide engaging lessons for both groups of students.

We may not always get it right, but please know we are working hard at it. Thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Proudly serving as your principal,

Dr. Thorpe

Save the Date for Dine to Donate!

October 12th is the date for our next Dine to Donate event. Information will be electronically sent home with details.

School Nurse tips for parents and students

Instructions from school nurse to parents:

1. Please fill out health card and consent to treat student.

Log into Skyward Family Access

Click on “Back to School Forms 2020-2021”

Click on #3 “Student Health Card” on the right side of the screen

You must hit “Submit” at the end of completing the health card.

2. Before your student leaves home for school, you must check their temperature.

Instructions from school nurse to students:

1. Wear a clean mask every day to school.

2. Keep social distance as much as possible (6 feet)

3. Wash your hands often (after restroom, before lunch, after lunch, when soiled).

4. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed in hallways if needed.

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Students who come to school without a mask will be asked to contact a parent or guardian to either bring a mask or pick the student up. Thank you for your cooperation.

Counselors Corner

NWEA Testing begins next week! Students (not virtual) will be testing during their BEST block on September 29th, October 2nd, 6th, and 9th.

The week of October 12-16, we will be offering for virtual students to come into the building to take their NWEA assessment, which consists of a math and reading test. NWEA is a research based standardized assessment that measures student growth and proficiency. We use NWEA scores to determine student placements, as well as track students’ progress over the years. Though your student has opted to remain 100% virtual, we would still like to gather this important data from them. The dates are as follows:

  • If your student’s last name begins with A-K: October 12th or 13th from 8-10:30 am
  • If your student’s last name begins with L-Z: October 14th or 15th from 8-10:30 am

Students will follow all social distancing and safety protocols when they enter the building. They will need to wear a mask at all times, and will sit every other seat in the LGI. They can be dropped off at the main entrance at 8 am and will need to be picked up whenever they finish their tests, or at 10:30 at the latest. There is no time limit on this assessment, so if they do not finish within this timeframe, they will need to come back the next morning to finish it.

Please have all students bring their iPad with them to use.

Thank you, and please let us know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Gal, Counselor

Calling all Brainiacs

The 2020 Academic Team's season has officially begun. Participants practice in several competitions each year, and while this year will look very different, it will be just as fun. Academic Team is like a sports team, so there is commitment. But because we meet all year, we are very flexible. This means that you can be a member of the team and yet also participate in other activities.

Although we have already started our practices, more are welcome to join. We meet after school on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:00 via Zoom. Occasionally our Zooms might take longer as they will be competitions. The meeting times may change due to school schedules changing, student preference, and the coaching of various teams.

If interested, please email one or both of the two coaches;, We will send back the code link and password to the Academic Team Zoom. We are looking forward to a EXCELLENT year!

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PTO Update

There's still time to order PTO spirit items. The store will close at midnight on 9/25, so be sure to get your order in today! Items will be sent home with students from their English teachers. Completely virtual students can pick up items in the FJH office during school hours. Click the link to access the store:

The PTO is still looking for parents to add their name to the potential volunteer list for 2020-21. We promise we won't spam you or overload you with emails! We will use this list to send out only staff appreciation sign-ups and other volunteer opportunities. By adding your name there's no pressure to sign up either, it's just to receive the sign-ups. Please use the link to add your name:

If you shop at Kroger, please consider linking your Kroger Rewards card to FJH PTO. We earn a percentage of your total every time you shop with your card. It just takes a few minutes to sign up and then all you have to do is shop! Use the link to sign up:

We could use help to keep the concession stand open through the remainder of the volleyball season. We need 2 adults per shift and ask that you bring a mask and arrive 10 minutes before your shift for a brief orientation. One parent will handle the order window and one will handle the serving window. The FJH PTO uses funds from concessions to fund a variety of needs for both FJH students and staff. It is also a way to welcome our visiting families. You don't have to have a volleyball player to help! We appreciate your help keeping this stand open.

Signup link:

FJH PTO helps to provide money for Camp Tecumseh, funds to academic departments for subscriptions and supplies, staff appreciation, and student spirit. The majority of our funding comes from concession stands at sporting events and after-school activities. That was before COVID-19. This year looks different and, honestly, we are still figuring out how different. But we do know that we still want to be there for our teachers, staff, and students.No matter what, we want to be able to show our amazing students, staff, and teachers that together, we got this – whatever “this” looks like. But we need your help. No gimmicks or flashy themes, just an earnest request. No catalog sales or walk-a-thons, just the click of a button. Any amount you can give will impact our school. Every donation is appreciated. The FJH PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

You can donate using your credit card via Paypal:

Or Venmo:

@FJH-PTO (please note fundraising campaign)

On Facebook:

On Twitter: @fjhchargerspto

On Instagram: fjhchargerspto

2021 8th Grade Washington DC Trip

Washington DC 8th Grade Trip Set For June

This year’s 8th Grade Washington DC class trip dates have officially changed to June 1-3, 2021. All other information remains the same detailed in the registration materials previously sent by the 8th grade social studies teachers. Those who have already registered do not need to do anything to remain on the trip list. The deadline to register for the trip is still October 1st to receive the discounted price. You will still be able to sign up after October 1st, but the discount will not be available.

All you need to register through Worldstrides for this once-in-a-lifetime trip is a $49 deposit and our trip ID #188161. Worldstrides has payment plans (Final payment not due until next March) and financial assistance available. This information as well as a link to register can be found on the following website at: .

If you have any questions, please email the trip leader, Mr. Heiniger at

Selfie Morph Digital Collages

Miss Strawhacker’s 8th grade art students started the year with a “Selfie Morph Digital Collage”. Our goal was to be expressive and demonstrate design fundamentals. The quality of their art is outstanding! Here are a few:

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Students riding busses

During the pandemic, the practice of allowing students to ride buses not normally assigned to them will be suspended due to capacity and contact tracing concerns. Any exception to this directive would need to be approved by Zach McKinney (Director of Transportation, 317-594-4117).


In compliance with Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation policy, book rental needs to be collected at the beginning of each school year.

Email statements were sent out September 4, 2020.

To view in family access:

Click on Skyward Family Access


Enter your User ID and Password

Click on “Fee Management” under General Information

Your student’s invoice amount will be listed under “Unpaid Balances”.

Ways to pay for your student's book rental this year:

Personal checks/ Money Orders/Cash

Personal checks should be made payable to FJH and can be mailed or sent with your student to school. Be sure to specify on your check /envelope that the payment is for book rental. Include student’s name, I.D # and grade in the memo line of check. Payment needs to be directed to the Bookstore/Treasurer.

Note: We will not accept Mastercard or Visa this year at FJH. If you choose to pay by credit card you MUST utilize eFunds.

On-line payments with Mastercard, Visa, or Discover Payment may be made online via the Efunds tab on the FJH website.

Payments will be posted in Skyward within 10 business days.

***PAYMENT DUE DATE*** October 2, 2020

Prompt payment is appreciated.

Should you have any questions or do not have internet access and need a copy of your fee statement, please contact me at 317-594-4150, extension 5715.

Thank You, Robin Passwater Treasurer Fishers Junior High School

Mudsock Youth Athletics Updates

Boys and Girls Recreational Basketball (K-8) - Registration is open and runs through October 31st for boys and girls interested in skill development and building a love for the game. Open to kindergarteners through 8th grade, the girls season runs from November to early March. Boys (K) plays from January - March, (1st-6th) November - March and (7th/8th) January - March. Opportunities for boys Rec Plus (3rd – 6th) also available. Information and registration can be found at

Community Insider Link:

Basketball Coach Callout - We're looking for individuals who build kids up, recognize their unique talents and help them grow a love for the sport. Thank you for checking the box to coach at registration.

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Knights Travel Football (5-6) - Tryouts for the 2021 season will begin on Sunday, October 25th, and run through Tuesday, October 27th, at Mudsock Fields. The program is open to athletes entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2021. Program info: Register for tryouts at

Community Insider Link: