News from Panther Headquarters

May 2019

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From the desk of the Principal...

We are completing the teaching and learning for the 2018-2019 school year. The positive feedback throughout the year validates what we believe is a big advantage to having four grade levels under one roof. Our teachers have found innovative and creative ways to incorporate the intermediate students with junior high projects. We will get to see tremendous growth of our students as they progress from 5th to 8th grade.

We’ve also continued our tradition of excellence in many ways. HIJH was once again named a 4-Star School (top 25%) by the Indiana Dept. of Ed, along with at A-Rating. I would like to thank all of the families for their ongoing support of HIJH. We, as staff members, appreciate how our students are polite, hard-working and overall great citizens. This is a direct credit to you as parents and guardians. I also want to specifically thank our 8th grade students and parents and wish them all of the best as they move on to high school. While it is a big step in a child’s life, we feel as though we have prepared them well to be successful in the future.

The month of May will be filled with various assessments to ascertain how well our students have mastered the standards and learned the concepts expected for 5th through 8th graders. The inaugural iLEARN has concluded, and both students and teachers gave their best efforts that will pay off in the long run. We now move on to NWEA to assess students’ growth from the beginning of the year until the end. Those will take place in LA and math classes starting the week of 5/6.

There have been too many Highlights to mention this school year, but below are just a few of the great things that have happened during this school year, many that highlight our students’ positive character through service learning:

· Panther Preview had 96% attendance rate from families.

· Student Council Food Drive collected over 2000 lbs. of food for Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank

· Exceeded Pasta Bowl Goal of 750 lbs. by collecting over 1400 lbs.!

· HIJH "Pennies for Patients" campaign is ongoing raising over $1500 thus far.

· Continued the PAWS (Positive, Accountable, Well-Mannered, Safe) Program and acknowledged Students of the Week, Staff of the Week and Student of the Month (winners had character education trip to NCAA Hall of Champions).

· REFUGEE 5-8 Global Read Aloud helped to reinforce our emphasis on Empathy for others

· Numerous state awards in our Performing Arts Dept.(Band, Choir, Orchestra)

· Dozens of Scholastic Art Award Winners & Tri Kappa photo contest winners

· 5/6 Science Bowl State Champions

· Student-driven playground initiative; construction is almost complete so students may utilize it in early May

· Looking to next year, we are extremely excited to welcome FAP (Functional Academics Program) and its students and families to HIJH. We are looking forward to starting our Best Buddies Chapter and Peer Tutors!

Important Dates to Remember:

· 7/8 Student of the Month trip to the NCAA Hall of Champions – Friday, 5/14, 9:00-1:00

· 5/6 Student of the Month Pizza Party – Thursday, 5/16.

· 8th Academic/PAWS Honors Program – Friday, 5/24, 7:45-9:15 AM. Their specific teachers will contact parents of students who are receiving an award.

· 8th grade Year-End Celebration – Friday, 5/24, 1:15:-2:45 during the school day after lunch


Tim A. Mankin

Upcoming Important Dates

May 8 NJHS Honor Society Induction Ceremony 7 PM

May 10 PTO Meeting 9:30 Large Conference Room

May 13-15 HIJH Art Show 6-8 PM

May 13 PAWSitive Connection 6:30 PM

May 14 Student of the Month Field Trip 9:15 AM-1:30 PM

May 15 Spring Band Concert 7 PM

May 16 Spring Choral Concert 7 PM Grades 6-8

May 20 6th Grade Field Trip-Team 6-1

May 21 6th Grade Field Trip-Team 6-2

May 21 IPAD Collection 5th and 6th Grade

May 21 Orchestra Concert 6:30 PM Grades 6-8

May 22 6th Grade Field Trip-Team 6-3

May 22 Scholar Athlete Breakfast 6:30-7:30 AM

May 22 Panther Talent Show 6-7:30 PM

May 23 Panther Talent Show 3-4 PM

May 24 8th Grade Awards 7:45 AM

May 24 8th Grade Celebration Party 12:45 PM

Panther Preview Information for 19-20 School Year

Click here to find out important Panther Preview information for next school year.

School Kits for Next Year.

SchoolKidz order forms were sent home this week, you can also view the order form on our website. Order online at (use account number 30065) until May 24th. When ordering, be sure to enter your child’s name and select the kit for the grade level your student will be in next year. *Remember these kits are for students attending HIJH in 2019-2020.

Kits will be delivered to homeroom for 5th & 6th Grade. Kits for 7th & 8th Grade can be picked up in LGI room during Panther Preview or Main Office first day of school.

Please contact Sue Wahlstrom with any questions

Student Absences

If your student is going to be absent in the future for any reason, please leave a message on the attendance line at 317-594-4126.

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.

Address and Bus Changes.

Anyone requesting new bus transportation for their child, due to a move to a new home, MUST provide proof of residency to the attending school to make this change. Residency documents needed are a current signed lease, HUD statement or title with the address and closure signature. Also needed is a utility bill and/or a driver license. Only ONE document is needed to change the address, however, the others may be provided within 45 days. Once documents are provided to the school, new bus information will be provided to you and will be available on Skyward within a 24-hour timeframe.

Counselor's Corner

Course Scheduling for 2019-20.

Current 5th Grade Students. Student schedules for next year will reflect the natural progression of their current courses. Team assignments will be available at Panther Preview Day on July 31st.

Current 6th and 7th Graders. Families should have received a Skylert to view course selections for next year. The window to view your child’s courses is now closed, to allow the Guidance Department to continue working on scheduling. Please contact the Guidance Department if you would like to verify those course selections.

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.

All schedule changes need to be made by the end of this school year or June 1st.

Withdrawing Your Student. If your child will be withdrawing from Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Junior High School, anytime PRIOR to the end 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 must 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 Department 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.

HONOR ROLL postings are on the HIJH website! HIJH posts honor rolls on the HIJH website. Students receiving all A's are listed on the high honor roll posting listing. Students receiving nothing lower than a B- are listed on the regular honor roll listing. HIJH honor roll is located on the Home page of the HIJH website.

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

Click here Twenty-First Century Scholars.

Messages from the Nurse

Immunization Reminder. Check with your doctor over the summer on what immunizations your student will need. If your student will be in 6th grade next year-they will need Tdap and Meningitis and have received (2) Hepatitis A vaccinations-please check with your doctor. You can email shot records over the summer to

Allergy Medications. We do not have allergy medications in the clinic. If your student suffers from allergies, please see a doctor and that medication is normally to be given before or after school.

HIJH Library News

Click here to find out the latest in Library News.

Click here to learn about iPad Collection Information.

Click here to learn about the HIJH Book Swap.

HIJH Art Show-Grades 5-8

Please mark your calendars for the HIJH Spring Art Show! Students from all Art classes, Grades 5-8, will have work in this show, which will be open to parents at the following dates and times:

Mon. 5/13 6:00 - 8:00 (OFFICIAL “OPENING”)

Tues. 5/14 3:30 - 5:00

Wed. 5/15 6:30 - 8:30

Thurs. 5/16 6:15 - 8:30

Students should be able to tell you by Friday, May 10 if they have work in the show. We are also asking for food (snack) donations for our grand opening (Monday, May 13). Please bring/send your donations to the Office during the school day on Monday, May 13. Art teachers will be available for questions at the Monday opening as well as Tuesday, May 14. On Friday, May 17, students will remove their work from the show to take home.

Choir Information

Click here to find out more information the Spring Choir Concert.

Orchestra Information

Our final band concert of the year will be on Wednesday, May 15 at 7PM in the HSIJH Main Gym. This concert will include 6th Grade, Concert, Varsity, and Symphonic bands. Students will need to report for warm-up wearing their band uniforms at 6:30 PM. Please join us for our final concert!

HIJH Sports Information

Click here to learn about all of the HIJH Athletic Info.

Free Math Help

Free Math help is available for all 5th-8th grade students every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:00 am. 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 am in the main entrance and walk to Room 142.

Attention all parents of Current 7th Graders

Attention all parents of 7th graders: Did you forget to sign up your kiddo for next year’s legendary Washington DC trip? If you have not yet registered your kiddo we have unfortunately already reached our cap. However, there is still a good chance you can get your kiddo on the trip by putting them on the waitlist. As cancellations occur, kids are taken from the waitlist to fill those spots. Best of all, it’s no risk. If a spot on the trip does NOT open for your kiddo you get all your money back, even your deposit! To get on the waitlist go to , and type in our trip id# which is 173852. Kids are taken from the waitlist on a first-come-first-serve basis so the sooner your register the better! Contact Eric Brown if you have any questions or visit our trip website at

Camp T for Upcoming 7th Graders

Next year your 7th Grader will attend a three day, two night at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana as our annual 7th Grade Field Trip. The cost is $135 and information will be sent home in a summer mailer. Click here to find out more preliminary information.

PTO News

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

May PTO Meeting. The next PTO meeting will be Friday, May 10 at 9:30 AM at the school. All parents are invited to join us.

Panther Rewards. Thank you to all of our amazing HIJH parents for supporting the PTO this year! All of the money from your clipped Box Tops, Tyson labels, and linked Kroger and Amazon accounts goes straight to the school. We had 224 families link their Kroger card number to our school. From Jan-March, we earned $1376.12. We appreciate all of the support you have given the PTO. Thank you!!

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 HIJH-PTO (WT583) and link your card to our account.

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.

Tyson Rewards and Box Tops. Keep clipping Box Tops and Tyson Rewards. Our last prize day is May 8. Each student that brings in 10+ box tops/Tyson rewards OR a Kroger receipt showing at the bottom community rewards going to HIJH PTO gets a treat at lunch. Put all rewards in a baggie labeled with your student’s name, grade and teacher. Receipts need name, grade and 1st period teacher written on it. Contact Lisa Gruber with questions at

Dine to Donate - Crave. Crave dine to donate on Saturday, May 18 from Noon-10 PM. Please print the attached flyer and bring it with you.

8th Grade Celebration.

*Please have the students bring or wear their 8th grade t-shirts the PTO gifted them this year for t-shirt signing! If you are interested in volunteering, please use this link -

PTO Committee Chairs for 2019-20 School Year. Interested in getting involved with PTO at HIJH? We have three committee chair positions open – Box Tops, Dine to Donate and Tailgate. If interested, contact Laura Clark at

HIJH Talent Show

The 2019 Talent Show Auditions are taking place Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th. Time slots are 5 minutes long and available 3-5 PM. Please see Mrs. Hochstetler for more information and to sign up for an audition! We still have plenty of time slots, so come show the judges your talent!

Both Talent Shows are taking place on Thursday, May 23rd, with the 5/6 show in the morning and the 7/8 Showcase after school. Tickets for the Showcase will be $1 at the door.

Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day

Did you know Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day takes place on May 9th? Student Council is inviting all students and staff to stay after school on Wednesday, May 8th from dismissal until 4:00 pm to write positive chalk messages on the sidewalks outside of HIJH. Pick up will be promptly at 4:00. Students are then welcome to join the Fishers community on the central green in front of City Hall to "chalk" the downtown beginning at 4:30 pm. Students must be transported to city hall by a parent.

6th Grade Humanitarian Project

One of our Panther 6th graders will be collecting pop can tabs and donating them to the Ronald McDonald's Children's House to raise funds for that organization. Please collect any pop can tabs at your home and feel free to send them in with your student. Collection bins will be located in the lunch room and outside of Room 248 where students can drop off any collected pop tabs. Thank you for your support of this student-led humanitarianism project.

HIJH Winners of the Tri Kappa Photography Contest

Big Congratulations go out to the students listed below who are winners of the Tri Kappa Photography Contest. All photographs that were entered will be on display at hte HIJH Art Show May 13-17 in our front lobby.

Grand prize winners of $50 :

Maya Wetzel - Black and White Category

Maya Makalusky - Family/Friends/Selfies Category

Honorable Mention:

Ella Rexroth - Amazing Animals/Pets Category

People's Choice:

Tyler Pruden - Abstract Category

Paige Grimshaw - Amazing Animals/Pets Category

Marielle McConnell - Black and White Category

HIJH Connect

Click here to find out about HIJH Connect.

Middle Years

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

May Multicultural Holidays

Click here to find out about the Multicultural Holidays for the month.


IB Night at Fishers High School

Interested in FHS IB program? Info sessions for CURRENT 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students will take place on May 2, 7, and 14th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm in H136. Sign up at the link above and bring your questions.

Interested in learning more about HSE Color Guard?

The HSE Color Guard wants interested junior high students to come and learn more about the program at one of several informational meetings they will hold.

Text-A-Tip and Mental Health Concerns

If you or someone you know has mental health concerns, please click on this link to find help. Text-A-Tip is a program that allows students, parents or others to anonymously send a text or email to our school resource officers.

Community Insider

The Community Insider is the gift that keeps on giving. See what kind of fun is in store for you and your family this month.

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