News from Panther Headquarters

November 2016

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From the desk of the Principal...

Hello Panther Families –

I appreciate the opportunity to share the latest and greatest happenings at HIJH each month. There have been some common misperceptions with regard to HSE21 as the blueprint for teaching and learning in our school district. Initially, this initiative was thought to be mostly about the rollout of 1:1 iPad implementation. When in fact, the iPad is just a learning tool to be incorporated into the HSE21 philosophy of equipping students with content knowledge, unique skills, and new literacies needed to succeed in the 21st Century global economy. We know that just being able to find the answer is not enough. It is our duty to ensure that students think critically and problem solve in school on a regular basis. Students must be able to think, reason, apply, and transfer their knowledge in order to be successful beyond high school and in life. The diagram below organizes the key components we believe are necessary in the teaching and learning that occurs in HSE schools. We encourage you as parents/guardians to have those more in-depth conversations with your child about what they learned in school, and to have them explain what they learned and why it is important to know that material, and how they might use that knowledge in other areas. The new IN Core state assessments will also require students to go beyond finding the answer by providing narrative text boxes for students to justify their answers and provide evidence-based examples of what they read. As principal, I am excited about the possibilities that include such in-depth learning for ALL students.

Below is an example of a shift in the Fundamental Classroom Conditions of Collaboration among 5th grade students and 8th grade students as part of a Toy Design and Marketing project in 8th grade Science. 5th graders had an opportunity to see the 8th grade students "in action" and give their feedback. This is what learning is all about at HIJH!

Upcoming Important Dates

November 4 PTO Parent Meeting 9:30

November 8 Election Day - Teachers Only - NO SCHOOL

November 11 Mid-Term

November 23-25 Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

December 2 PTO Meeting 9:30

December 2 Choir Concert (8th graders)

December 6 - 8 BizTown Field Trips (5th graders)

December 12 Orchestra Concert

December 16 End of 1st Semester

December 19 - January 2

Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Counselor's Corner

Click here to learn about Planning for the Future, Twenty-First Century Scholars, Testing Dates to Note, and Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).

Messages from the Nurse

Our nurses would like for you to know about vision screenings, flu vaccines, and Asthma/Allergies/Inhalers. Click here to learn more.

Washington DC Trip for 8th Grade Students

The deadline to register for the 8th grade Washington DC trip has passed and the planning for the trip has begun! Our next step will be a roommate selection meeting in early December. More details will be coming as we get closer. For other general trip information, please go to or contact Eric Brown (

HIJH Library News

Click here to find out the latest in Library News.

Yearbook Orders

Just a friendly reminder from your yearbook staff to order your school yearbook ASAP. This yearbook online order site is (that's B-I-Z). Our school code is 17035. Contact Mrs. Ashli Cooper with questions.

PTO News

Kroger Community Rewards. Thank you to the 105 HIJH households who signed up for Kroger Community Rewards. Because of you, our PTO earned $1,266.06 in the past three months! If you would like to help the PTO earn money, just for shopping as you normally would, please go to and enter Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior H.S. PTO.

Staff Appreciation. Thank you HIJH friends and families for your donations for our staff appreciation luncheon in October. It was a great success because of you! Kristina Bucciarelli and Jen Watkins, Staff Appreciation Committee Chairs

Book Fair. A huge thank you to all of our wonderful book fair helpers, and to Marsh for donating all of the of the shopping bags. We could not have done it without you! Jen Watkins, Book Fair Committee

HIJH Winter Athletics Information

Click here to find out about November Winter Athletics Information.

HIJH Cafe Info

HIJH Cafe has a couple of menu changes for November. They are as follows:

11/16/16 Taco Triangles or Pretzel Burger, refried beans, side salad, veggie pack with hummus, assorted fruit and milk

11/17/16 Thanksgiving Meal: Baked Turkey with dinner roll, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, fruit salad, milk, and pumpkin pie

iPad Helpful Hints


We recommend that students use 4 digit passcodes on their iPads if they wish to have a passcode on their device. Several students that choose words forget their passwords, and then get locked out of their devices. Several students will also decide to change their passwords at random times throughout the year. It's best to stick with the original password. But if a student must change their password mid-year, then they should write it down in a safe location. Also it's a good idea to have younger students share their passwords with you or for you to help them create it.

What happens if an iPad passcode is forgotten?

It'll start out disabling your iPad for short amounts of time, but then it will disable it for longer amounts of time until it's disabled indefinitely. At that point, the only option is to connect the iPad to a computer that has iTunes and restore the iPad, which would wipe the iPad clean and take it back to factory settings. If the iPad had been backed up to a computer or to iCloud at some point, you could restore from backup. More information on how to backup an iPad will be in next month's newsletter!

PastaBowl Sets a Record!

PastaBowl had a record year. The 2016 PastaBowl drive set a new record by collecting 15,228 pounds of food! To put that in perspective, that is more food than one local pantry gave out all of last year! Where does all that pasta go? Thanks to the PastaBowl team of Meijer, Harvest Food Bank, Citizens State Bank, ProShred, the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation, and the Fall Creek Township Trustees Office that pasta was distributed to more than 40 area food pantries in Hamilton County as well as Second Helpings in Marion County. More than generating pasta, the campaign also raises awareness for the one in seven local children that struggle with food insecurities. Because when you're hungry, it’s hard to learn! The tremendous success of PastaBowl is attributed to the leadership and involvement of students at every school. A special congrats to the winners of this year's traveling trophies: Fishers High School, Riverside Intermediate, and Hoosier Road Elementary.

HIJH Connect

Are you connected? Find out about HIJH Connect here.

November Multicultural Holidays

Click here to learn more about November Multicultural Holidays.


Hamilton East Public Library

Find out about all of the fun activities going on at Hamilton East Public Library.

Fishers Author Fair-"Booktoberfest"

Check out Hamilton East Public Library's annual "Booktoberfest."

Parenting Digital Kids

Find out about HSE is presenting a conversation on 21st Century Parenting with the digital age.

Help Support HSE Football/Competition Cheer

Learn more about the HSE Football/Competition Cheer Fashion Show on Saturday, November 19 from 2-4 pm at Hawthorn's Golf & Country Club.

HSE Orchestra Schedule

Find out about the HSE Orchestra Schedule here.


Find out about all the great activities through SPORTS.

School of Rock - 1 Year Birthday Open House

Learn about all of the fun things going on at School of Rock

Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High

12278 N. Cyntheanne Road, Fishers, IN 46037

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