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Fall Creek Intermediate - February 11-25, 2018

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HSE Schools Community Bulletin Board

Want to know what new and exciting things are happening in 2018? Check out the CBB!

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.

Current 6th grade course information for 7th grade

For those of you who still need to have your child complete the COURSE SELECTION information for next year at FCJH, here is that Course Selection link.


The purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grades 4, 6 and 10), and Social Studies (Grades 5 and 7). In particular, ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education. The assessments are administered in two parts:

  • Part 1 consists of applied skills (open-ended) items, and
  • Part 2 includes multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items.

Both Part 1 and Part 2 are required components of the ISTEP+ program and are used to measure student mastery of the Indiana Academic Standards.

This year both part 1 and part 2 of ISTEP will be given on the iPad at the intermediates in HSE. This means that students will be typing responses in sentence/paragraph responses to open-ended items in part 1. It has been asked if students are allowed to bring a wireless keyboard to do this typing. Bringing a keyboard is acceptable; however, if you and your child decide to do this, it is important that he/she begins using the keyboard to become familiar with it prior to testing.

Assessment Windows

  • ISTEP+ Part 1 – February 26-March 9, 2018
  • ISTEP+ Part 2 – April 16-May 4, 2018

We ask that if at all possible that scheduling appointments, especially during the first week of testing periods, is avoided. This allows your child to take the assessment in the natural environment of the classroom and not have a make-up date/time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher.

TestNav App Update - Time Sensitive & Important!!

As you know, ISTEP+ will begin 2/26 and your child will participate in a statewide readiness test ensure that Pearson's infrastructure, combined with ours, is capable of handling the volume of students participating in the ISTEP test later this month and spring. In order to prep your child's iPad for this assessment, we need your assistance with two tasks:

  1. Update your child’s iPad to the latest operating system: If your child is using an iPad 4th generation (or iPad Retina), please make sure the iPad is at iOS 10.3.3.

    If you are using an iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, or an iPad, please make sure the iPad is at iOS 11.2.5 (the most recent update).

  2. Install testing app: Also, please go to the app store and download the free Pearson TestNav app. The app can be found here:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/testnav/id818779127?mt=8.

Pearson will be blocking any iPad that is not on iOS 10.3.3 or iOS 11.2.5 to run the Pearson TestNav app due to security reasons.

For more information on how to update an iPad wirelessly or hardwired via iTunes (popular choice if the iPad is low on space) please see the following link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204204.

Should you need any assistance, please feel free to reach out to the FCI office staff who will connect you with our building technician. Thank you!

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National School Counselor's Week

FCI is so fortunate to have Mr. Kozloski & Mrs. Sullivan!! What a winning team! Thank you for all you do for our Falcons!!

HSE Bellringer

Check out the most recent HSE Bell Ringer ~ quick recap of the January 24, 2018 HSE Board Meeting. Click here to view The Bell Ringer

No HOMEWORK CLUB the week of 2/26-3/2.

Dine to Donate @ Potbelly!

Please join us at Potbelly on February 22 from 5-8pm. Show the flyer on your phone or mention that you are with Fall Creek Intermediate.

Click here for the flyer. Thanks for supporting our school.

Global School Play Day Success!!!

What a great day!! FCI Global School Play Day helped us raise awareness about the necessity of unstructured play for kids. Unstructured play allows for peer interactions and is an important component of social-emotional learning. Free, child-driven, creative play also protects against the effects of pressure and stress.

Check out just a few of our moments captured that day!

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Box Tops - due 2/26

The next submissions deadline for Box Tops will be Feb. 26. There will be prizes for the top individual collectors in each grade, a class party for the class that brings in the most, along with raffle prizes.

Please submit all Box Tops in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name, grade and Homeroom teacher.

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Screenagers - February 22nd

We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

This FREE event is presented by: YMI, Fishers Youth Assistance, Parents in Partnership and Peyton Riekhof Foundation. Make sure to RSVP for seats.

Link: https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-fishers-high-school-6651

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Creating Positive Relationships (CPR)

Creating Positive Relationships (CPR) will be hosting a Parent Seminar for 5th grade parents on Tuesday, February 27 from 6-7pm in the cafeteria. At this parent support meeting, you will learn strategies to begin conversations to help your child navigate the changes that occur physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially during puberty. While this evening is designed for 5th grade parents specifically, all parents are welcome.

Actual CPR lessons will not be taught in 5th grade, but will be taught in 6th grade during PE class. More information on the 6th grade CPR lessons will be provided in the coming weeks.

Safe Visitor Badges

Safe Visitor Badges

Per HSE Policy, visitors must have their Safe Visitor Badge scanned to check-in to the building. Please download the SafeVisitor App (available for iPhones and in Google Play for all other phones) or have your badge available when you come into the school. Looking up names can lead to the wrong person being signed in.

Upon leaving, please give your printed badge to the office staff for quick check-out.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vicki Foutty at 317-594-4100.

Save the Date! Falcon Fest 2018

Save March 23rd from 6-8:30pm on your calendars for the 2018 Falcon Fest! We will have inflatables, music, cake walk, photo booth and MORE. There will be many opportunities for families to volunteer and support this major fundraiser for FCI!!

More information to come.

Counselor's Corner

The Second Step program is being used at both the 5th and 6th grade levels. This program aims to protect students from risky behaviors such as bullying, aggression, and substance abuse, while improving their school success.

5th Grade February Lesson: Emotion Management- Brain and Body

Students will be able to:

•Understand what happens to their brains and bodies when they experience strong emotions
•Identify steps for staying in control
•Understand why self talk is important in managing emotions
•Apply positive self talk

6th Grade February Lesson: Emotion Management-Staying in Control

Students will be able to:

•Explain why it is important to check your assumptions
•Understand and apply calming down strategies
•Apply the Think Twice Step for checking assumptions
•Apply the steps for Staying in Control with emotion management

6th Grade Parent Information for Fall Creek Junior High

Welcome Coffee for Parents

  • Friday, February 16th - 7:45-8:45am OR 9:00-10:00am

Falcon Preview

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - student registration, walk schedule, purchase PE uniforms, etc. ~ More info to come!


The FCJH Band, Choir, and Orchestra Programs WANT YOU! You have an exciting opportunity to participate in band, choir, or orchestra next year at FCJH. Participants will learn how to read music and how to play an instrument or develop your abilities as a vocalist. Classes will meet every day at FCJH just like any other academic class. Every student at FCJH receives SOAR time (comparable to our current SLT time), even the students in a performance ensemble!!!!!

Students who are not currently in band, choir, or orchestra have the opportunity to join at FCJH.

“Research shows that students who participate in musical ensembles at school have higher attendance rates and test scores. Even more, new studies show that making music with peers as part of the school day can lead to increased levels of empathy and can lead to making friends faster!”

All you need to do is put band, choir, or orchestra on your schedule as an elective! Students who are currently in band or orchestra simply need to write down band or orchestra to continue to participate next year!

Grab your friends and don’t miss out on all of the fun! COME BE IN THE PERFORMING ARTS!!

Students in the FCJH Band, Choir, and Orchestra take a trip to Kings Island at the end of the school year!

For questions or more information please contact Mr. Waltz, Mr. Spidel, Ms. Yoder, or Mr. Wirtz!

Ben Waltz – Choir bwaltz@hse.k12.in.us

Brandon Spidel – Band brspidel@hse.k12.in.us

Shelley Yoder Band myoder@hse.k12.in.us

Andy Wirtz – Orchestra awirtz@hse.k12.in.us

FCI Teams Up with Goodwill

Fall Creek Intermediate and HSE school district have teamed up with Goodwill to collect clothing donations. HSE schools will receive a Goodwill clothing voucher to distribute to those in need for every 13-gallon bag of gently used clothing received. The FCI bin is located in the music hallway near the display cases.


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PTO Board Members

Thank you to the following PTO board members for the upcoming school year!

******* CALENDARS*******

What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday, February 12, rot C4

  • 2:33pm - Student dismissal
  • 5:30pm - Girls' basketball HOME vs. Lapel

Tuesday, February 13, rot C5

  • 6:45-7:30am - Math Bowl
  • 3:00-4:30pm - Girls' basketball practice

Wednesday, February 14, rot I1

  • 6:45-7:30am - Math Bowl
  • 3:00-4:30pm - Girls' basketball practice

Thursday, February 15, rot I2

  • 3:00-4:00pm - Glow Flow yoga
  • 5:30-7:30pm - Girls' basketball AWAY vs. Pendleton

Friday, February 16, rot I3

  • 7:45-8:45am - Welcome Coffee for 6th grade Parents @ Fall Creek Junior High

  • 9:00-10:00am - Welcome Coffee for 6th grade Parents @ Fall Creek Junior High

  • 3:00-4:30pm - Girls' basketball practice

Monday, February 19

  • No School - Presidents' Day

Tuesday, February 20, rot I4

  • School IS in session - inclement weather make up day

Wednesday, February 21, rot I5

  • 6:45-7:30am - Math Bowl
  • 5:00pm - Girls' basketball HOME vs. East Elementary

Thursday, February 22, rot F1

  • 7:00-7:35am - Yearbook Club
  • 3:00-4:00pm - FCI Connect
  • 3:00-4:30pm - Girls basketball practice
  • 3:00-4:00pm - Glow Flow
  • 5:00pm - Math Bowl Competition
  • 5:00-8:00pm - Dine to Donate - Potbelly (Remember the drive through!)

Friday, February 23, rot F2

  • BizTown - Teams 5-2 & 5-3
  • 7:00pm - Game Day

Saturday, February 24, 2018

  • 9:00am - Girls' Basketball Intermediate Tournament @ HIJH

District Calendar - 2017-18

Check out the district calendar for 2017-18 and associated dates: https://goo.gl/yzgyYC


Falcon Flyer Frequency

Please look for a Skylert to be sent twice a month from FCI providing you with a link to the most recent FALCON FLYER newsletter. This will be how we will keep you up-to-date with events and happenings at FCI. Please feel free to share the link with other FCI families who may have not received the Skylert. In addition, please suggest to them that they verify current contact information in Skyward as this is where information for future Skylerts is pulled from. Communication is extremely important to us, and we value your involvement!

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