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Fall Creek Intermediate - August 25th, 2019

HSE We Got This

Learners succeed and thrive when their school environments fully support them. At Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) Schools, we are committed to educating the whole child which must include support for students’ social and emotional growth. For more information about our commitment to educating the whole child, view the We Got This videos and informational landing page.

HSE We Got This Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VHrpiZHMLw

SEL-We Got This Page https://www.hseschools.org/counseling/social-emotional

Picture Day

Picture Day will be Thursday, August 29th, 2019. Copies of the order form were sent home with with students last week. If you would like to order online, please visit http://inter-state.com/order and use order code: 39505GA

Choir Sign Up

Join the Fall Creek Intermediate Fall Choir Program. Choir rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays after school from 3:00-4:00pm in the cafeteria. Choir rehearsals begin on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019. Students can pick up sign up forms in the Club Hub or front office. To access an electronic copy, please click here. For questions, please contact Mrs. Spangler or Mrs. Young.

Spell Bowl Team

Is your child child interested in expanding their vocabulary? Do they wish to be a team player and compete against other schools? If so,consider having your child tryout for the Fall Creek Intermediate Spell Bowl Team! Tryouts will be held after school on Thursday, September 5th, 2019. For more information about our Spell Bowl Team, please click here.

Snack Attack Program - presented by Fishers Youth Assistance

HSE School District is pleased to announce the return of the Snack Attack program for those students in need. The program, supported by the Fishers Youth Assistance Program, is designed to help students needing a little extra nourishment over the weekend.

Here's how the program works. Your student will pick up a small sack on Friday to be taken home over the weekend. The sack is filled with individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, pop tarts, peanut butter/crackers, Goldfish crackers, etc. The type of snacks will vary each week. Please let us know if your child has a peanut allergy as he/she will receive a special bag of peanut-free snacks.

There is no cost to you or the school. If you are interested in having your student participate in the Fishers Youth Assistance Snack Attack program or have questions, please contact your child’s school counselor by phone or email. Mrs. Sullivan (5th grade) or Mr. Kozloski (6th grade).

Free & Reduced Applications

The deadline for all families to either Re-Apply or Apply is September 17th.

You can find the online application in Skyward under Food Service - look for the little

blue word application.

Note: If you do not re-apply you will be automatically switched back to a Paid Status.

The process takes around 24hrs and you will be advised.

If you have any questions please call the Treasurer at 317-915-4220.

Thank You

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Child Find Information

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

· For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary School, 915-4250.

For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child find

Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.

Destination Imagination

The Destination Imagination Challenge Experience includes six competitive Team Challenges that are rooted in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) concepts. Each Challenge encourages students to explore their passions, discover their own talents and abilities, and learn new skills. If you're interested in joining our FCI Destination Imagination Team, please click the link below for more information.


FCI First 20 Days

For the first 20 days of school, all of FCI focuses on things that are foundational for us. In the calendar section below, we've included the topics we will discuss for the next two week. What a great topic of conversation during dinner or on the ride to practice!
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At FCI all of our students participate in Social Emotional Learning (SEL). These lessons occur once a week and are taught by your child's classroom teacher. Lessons cover a variety of skills including empathy, emotional regulation, and mindfulness. Below is a description of the two curriculums used with both 5th and 6th graders.

In the Counselor Corner of each Falcon Flyer you will find SEL Home Links. These are resources that parents can use at home to reinforce the skills being taught in the classroom.

Second Step:

The Second Step program increases kids’ school success and decreases problem behaviors by teaching them skills for learning—such as paying attention, listening, and sitting still—as well as how to manage their emotions, solve problems, and make friends. All these skills help kids do better in school and in life.

5th Lesson 1-Empathy and Respect

5th Lesson 2-Listening with Attention

6th Lesson 1-

Family Lesson Summary

In this week’s lesson, students will learn how their brains are changing and how the Second Step Program can help them grow their brains and learn to be successful.

Family Lesson Question

This week, ask your child what he or she is looking forward to learning this year in school. Describe something you enjoyed learning when you were in sixth grade.

6th Lesson 2:

Family Lesson Summary

In this week’s lesson, students will learn they can help their brains grow and change by using good strategies, getting help from others, and working hard.

Family Lesson Question

Tell your child about a time you needed help from someone else to learn something new. Ask your child to tell you about something he or she is working hard to learn and how you can help.

Mind Up:

Mind Up is a social and emotional curriculum that promotes and develops mindful attention to oneself and others, acceptance of differences, and the capacity of each member of the community to grow as a human being and learner. The first week of school your child learned about the brain, how it functions, and how it can impact choices and behavior.

News From Your PTO

Special Thank You

Thank you to all of our incredible students, staff members, and parent volunteers for making the Welcome Back Hangout a success! Stay tuned for more upcoming events from your PTO!


We have lots of fun events planned for the students and staff this year! Volunteers are needed to make our student and staff events fun and successful. Please read through our volunteer needs, fill out the form below, and return the form to school with your student by Friday August 30th.

FCI Volunteer Form 2019-2020

PTO Meetings

• Friday September 20th 9:30am

• Friday October 11th 9:30am

• Friday November 15th 9:30am

• Friday December 20th 9:30am

• Friday January 24th 9:30am

• Friday February 21st 9:30am

• Friday March 20th 9:30am

• Friday April 24th 1:30pm

• Friday May 8th 9:30am

Spirit Wear

The PTO will be selling FCI Spirit wear in the coming weeks. The school district has been updating many of the schools' mascots (giving them a new look) and our Falcon is currently being worked on. Once our new Falcon mascot is finalized, we will begin working with our vendor to come up with spirit wear designs and items. Stayed turned for information on our upcoming spirit wear sale.

News From The Treasurer

Book fees will be sent out via Skylert the week of August 26th. At that time, you can log into Skyward to view your child's book fees for this year. Book fees are due by September 6th, 2019. Payment can be made with cash or check to the school or through eFunds. Please do not make any payments until the fees have been posted.

News From Youth Mentoring Initiative

Who is YMI?

Local non-profit, YMI - Youth Mentoring Initiative, has been serving the Fishers community, in partnership with Hamilton Southeastern Schools, since 2008. YMI partners with our schools to come alongside counselors, teachers, and parents by providing another caring adult to support and encourage the success of each student. YMI Mentors are adult volunteers that mentor once a week, for one hour, during the school day. Mentors meet one-on-one with students to provide them with a caring and consistent presence in their lives; become a reliable friend; a role model; and simply someone they can count on. Founded on the knowledge that kids need 4-6 non-parental adults supporting them through their developmental years, mentoring can have a profound impact on a child’s life!

YMI mentors are a vital resource not only to HSE Schools initiatives to further the social and emotional well-being of their students but also to parents looking for additional support. Every week, approximately 300 mentors visit students in Fishers schools, offering encouragement and being an example of why Fishers continues to excel in the quest for a vibrant community!

YMI mentoring is currently offered in the following nine schools: Fall Creek Intermediate, Fall Creek Junior High, Fishers Junior High, Fishers High School, Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Riverside Intermediate, Riverside Junior High, Sand Creek Intermediate. Mentoring times vary according to the students schedule and can be accommodating to the mentor’s work schedule! If you have an hour a week to spend with a student, we’d love for you to consider joining us! Students can be recommended by counselors, teachers and parents by completing a recommendation form on the YMI website. Learn more about becoming a mentor or financially supporting our work by visiting us online at www.ymionline.org. YMI is changing the world, one student at a time.

Please contact Courtney Lawhead, FCI campus coordinator, courtney@ymionline.org or 317-572-5003 with any questions

Notes From The Nurse


The Indiana State Department of Health requires additional immunizations for students entering 6th grade. The 6th grade requirements are as follows:

  • Tdap (Tetanus diphtheria & acellular pertussis) booster
  • Meningococcal conjugate
  • Hepatitis A **

**Hepatitis A is a relatively new requirement. Please review your child’s immunization status with his/her health care provider to determine if Hepatitis A is needed at this time. (2 doses of Hep A complete the requirement; the minimum interval between the first and second dose of Hepatitis A is six calendar months.)

After your child receives the vaccines, please provide an updated shot record to the school nurse as soon as possible. Your child’s Skyward account will be updated accordingly. If your child is unable to receive the required vaccines prior to the first day of school, please schedule an appointment to have the vaccines administered and PROVIDE THE SCHOOL NURSE WITH THE APPOINTMENT DATE TO KEEP YOUR CHILD “IN PROGRESS” until the immunizations are administered. Students are permitted to attend school with a future appointment date on record in the clinic. Any student who has not received the necessary vaccines or provided a future appointment date to the nurse, may be excluded from school.

Students with a medical or religious exemption on file are required to have a new form completed each year. Please contact the nurse for more information or to obtain the necessary forms.

FCI school nurse, Carol Gump, can be reached during normal school hours, or by email at cgump@hse.k12.in.us, to answer any questions you have about your child’s immunization status.

Meal Viewer

HSE Schools launched a new food services application to access student breakfast and lunch menus. The app allows you to not only view the menus, but it also allows you to create a student profile where you can list your child's food allergies in their student profile as well as as favorite their favorite school meals. Download the app on your mobile device or visit the Meal Viewer website here on the computer.

2019-2020 Intermediate Schedule

Please note the revised intermediate school hours throughout the district:

  • Breakfast – 7:20am (Bus students will be dismissed for breakfast at 7:25am or upon arrival if after 7:25am.)
  • Arrival bell – 7:35am (Students dismissed from buses and car drop-off line.)
  • School begins – 7:45am (Students will be tardy after 7:45am. Parents must sign-in their child in the office after 7:45am arrival.)
  • Dismissal – 2:33pm on Mondays (Early Release Days); 2:53pm Tuesday-Friday

What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday, August 26th, 2019, rot I1
  • 2:33pm - Early Release

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, rot I2

  • 3:00-4:15pm - Cross Country Practice (5th Grade)

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, rot I3

  • 3:00-4:15pm - Cross Country Practice (6th Grade)

Thursday, August 29th, 2019, rot I4

  • Picture Day
  • 3:00-4:15pm - Cross Country Practice (5th Grade)

Friday, August 30th, 2019, rot I5

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

  • Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019, rot F1

  • 3:00-4:00 - Choir
  • 3:00-4:15 - Cross Country (6th Grade Practice)

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, rot F2

Thursday, September 5th, 2019, rot F3

  • 3:00-4:15pm - Cross Country (5th Grade)

Friday, September 6th, 2019, rot F4

Important Safety Item Reminders

  • Buzzer protocol - When you ring the buzzer for entry, remember that the office staff will ask you your name, intent, child's name/homeroom to ensure those that enter FCI should enter.
  • Photo ID - Whether picking up or dropping off, please have photo ID such as your driver's license ready for identification purposes.
  • Door 1 entry - All visitors must enter via door 1 regardless of time of day. Please do not come in the cafeteria door with students before school.
  • Bus lot - Do not enter the bus lot prior to bus arrival or while buses are in the lot.
  • Drop-off - Please make all attempts possible to have your child exit your vehicle on the side of the curb. Exit the opposite side and walking in between cars is not safe.
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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 Tobi Fields at 317-594-4100.

Mental Health Concerns

If you or someone you know is at risk of self-harm, suicide, or harmful towards others, please contact one of the following (All lines are free, confidential, and available 24/7):

Community Health Network - Call 800-662-3445 or Text HELPNOW to 20121
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - Call 800-273-8255
LookUP - Call 800-284-8439 or Text LookUp to 494949

Mental Health Issues are common and treatable. Hamilton Southeastern Schools has a contract with Community Health Network and has a mental health therapist working with students in each of our schools. If you have questions or concerns please reach out to your school’s school counselor for further information.

Non-Discrimination & Non-Harassment Information

All students in HSE Schools deserve to come to school free of fear and to feel safe to be their authentic selves. Discrimination of any type is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated at HSEHS Schools – this includes sexual harassment (Title IX) and discrimination based on disabilities or race (Titles II and VI).

If students ever experience any type of harassment, we ask that they report this immediately to an administrator, school counselor or trusted adult. Beyond reporting directly to building officials, HSE Schools has an entire support system in place for filing concerns and complaints, which can be located on our District website. https://www.hseschools.org/about/legal-notes

Student handbook

All HSE Schools student handbooks (K-12) are now online for easier access. The handbook for FCI can be found at the link below.

We encourage you to review it at your earliest convenience. Should you have any questions, please contact the FCI main office at 317-915-4220. Our staff is available to assist you.