News from Panther Headquarters

January 2019

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From the desk of the Principal...

Hello Panther Families –

Each year time seems to go by more quickly for me, and this year is no different. Upon receiving this newsletter, we will be fully engaged in our second semester of the 18-19 school year. At HIJH, we believe that it is our job to provide real world learning experiences for students while incorporating the components of the District HSE21 Vision. Our Mission states: The staff of Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate & Junior High, in partnership with the community, strives for educational excellence by providing experiences that challenge ALL students to become effective decision-makers, problem solvers and communicators. By combining both the Mission and the Vision as our guides to ensure we adhere to the Best Practices for teaching and learning, students will continue to succeed as well as develop a Growth Mindset to work through all that comes their way. We appreciate your support in this educational journey!

Respectfully,

Tim A. Mankin

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Upcoming Important Dates

January 8 First Day of School

January 11 PTO Meeting 9:30

January 21 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day

January 22 Dine to Donate - Chuy's

January 23 8th Grade Trip to HSEHS

January 24 8th Grade Trip to Fishers High School

February 1 Panther Palooza - 7th and 8th Grade

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 posted on the corporation website under “For Parents” and “Enrolling Your Child,” Step 3, Residency Documents. 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

Important Dates for 8th Grade Parents:

January 17th: 7 - 9 pm. There will be an AP/Dual Credit & Academic Specialty Showcase Night at HSE High School. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DATE CHANGE, ONE WEEK LATER! The purpose of this evening is to provide 8th grade students AND parents with pertinent information about Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses are college level courses that students have the opportunity, through the AP test results, to earn college credit for coursework completed in high school. Dual Credit college classes and the various Academies are also covered during this evening. Click here for more information on the AP Dual Credit & Academic Specialty Showcase.

January 23rd, High School Connection: 9 – 11:30 am. (Transportation provided by HSE transportation).

All 8th Graders will visit the HSEHS College and Career Academy (CCA) along with the HSE High School building campus.

On the visit students will:

* Tour the CCA and the high school campus.

* learn about 9th grade scheduling options and the various diplomas,

* hear about career/apprenticeship opportunities,

* learn more about college and career preparedness, and

* learn how they, as HS students, can utilize the CCA, and beyond.

Parents who choose to opt their student out of the experience must contact the Guidance Department prior to January 18th. Students who opt out of the experience still need to report to school on time.

February 6th: 7 - 9 pm. 8th Grade Parent Night in the Leonard Auditorium at HSE High School. The purpose of this evening is to provide 8th grade parents with pertinent high school information, and make you aware as to what is to be expected over the next four years.

February 20, 21 and 22: 9:45 am - 2:30 pm. You and your 8th grade child will be scheduled to meet with a high school counselor, at our HIJH building, to create your child’s course requests for the 9th grade. We, HIJH will be scheduling those 15 minute appointments,

9:45 am - 2:30 pm timeslots, at the end of January, and will extend that information to you as soon as arrangements have been made. If you know of a date that you are NOT available, please inform the HIJH Guidance Office ASAP. Appointment times are randomly assigned and cannot be changed once they are assigned. Guidance Office phone (317) 594-4124.


For Students Attending Fishers High School:

January 23rd: 7 - 9 pm. There will be an AP/Dual Credit & Academic Specialty Showcase Night at Fishers HS. The purpose of this evening is to provide 8th grade students AND parents with pertinent information about Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses are college level courses that students have the opportunity, through the AP test results, to earn college credit for coursework completed in high school. Dual credit college classes and the various academies are also covered during this evening.

January 24th, High School Connection: 9 – 11:30 am. (Transportation provided by HSE transportation). All 8th Graders will visit the FHS College and Career Academy (CCA) along with the Fishers High School building campus.

On the visit students will:

* Tour the CCA and the high school campus.

* learn about 9th grade scheduling options and the various diplomas,

* hear about career/apprenticeship opportunities,

* learn more about college and career preparedness, and

* learn how they, as HS students, can utilize the CCA, and beyond.

Parents who choose to opt their student out of the experience must contact the Guidance Office prior to January 18th. Students who opt out of the experience still need to report to school on time.

January 30th; 7 - 9 pm. 8th Grade Parent Night at Fishers HS. The purpose of this evening is to provide 8th grade parents with pertinent high school information, and make you aware as to what is to be expected over the next four years. You may choose to attend four (4) academic presentations (choose 4 from the following department choices: English, math, science, social studies, art, world language, physical education, business, performing arts, or special services). Please take time to stop by the CCA Café to enjoy a refreshment, meet the counselors, enjoy the FHS orchestra, shop at the FHS spirit shop or visit our student club and athletic booths in Café B (open until 8:30 pm).

February 22nd. Parents and your 8th grade child(ren) will be scheduled to meet with their Fishers HS Counselor, at our HIJH building, to create your child’s Course Requests for the 9th Grade. HIJH will be scheduling those 15 minute appointments at the end of January, and will extend that information to you as soon as arrangements have been made. Scheduling appointments start at 9:45 am. Please direct any questions to the Guidance Office at HIJH (317) 594-4124. If you know of a time that day that you are NOT available, please inform the HIJH Guidance Office ASAP. Appointment times are randomly assigned and cannot be changed once they are assigned. Guidance Office phone (317) 594-4124.


TESTING DATES TO NOTE. Please mark your calendars to ensure your child is in attendance these testing periods.

ILEARN testing window - April 22 - May 17, 2019


It is extremely important that your child be in attendance and on time during these testing days. Please assist us by ensuring that your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast. Also, it would be advantageous to reschedule any appointments you have scheduled during these days. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this testing process.


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


Click here Twenty-First Century Scholars.

Messages from the Nurse

Colds, Flu, and Illnesses. If you are not sure if your child is sick, please do not send to the school for Nurse to diagnose. We are not doctors, and are unable to diagnose illness. If you have concerns, please take your child to the doctor and they will let you know if they are too contagious to attend school

HSE Illness Policy. All students must be free of fever (without the use of temperature lowering medication--fever is defined as 100 degrees or more), vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Thank you for helping to keep our students healthy by following HSE Illness Policy, (it can be found in the online Handbook) and your best judgement when your child is sick.

Emergency Medications. If your student is carrying emergency medication on them while at school (Epi Pen or Inhaler) we MUST have a doctor's note on file. Please have your child's doctor fax a note to me at 317-594-4129.

Be That Girl Club

Be That Girl is a club looking for girls in 5th-8th grade that provides leadership, social, and personal development. We know that by empowering and emboldening girls, we can help them find their voices, inspire action, and make the world a better place. We provide mentoring to girls of all grades, a safe place to talk, fun activities, and games to promote self-confidence, growth, and empowerment.

Cost: $15- new members for 2nd semester only, which covers the cost of the club shirt and snacks. 1st semester members who have already paid do not owe dues for 2nd semester.

Dates: Wednesdays, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1 (End of Year Party)

Time: 3-4:00 p.m.- Pick up is at Door #3 at 4:00 pm.

Location: Mrs. Berry's Classroom, Room 319

HIJH Sports Information

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

HIJH Library News

Click here to find out the latest in Library News.

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.

HIJH Spring Musical Beauty and the Beast

Come see our Spring Musical. Beauty and the Beast held Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th. Click here to find out more information.

5th and 6th Grade Support Groups

Click here to learn more about the 5th Grade Support Groups led by Mr. Willey, HIJH Student Support Specialist. Please note that permission slips are due by Friday, January 18th and groups start on February 22nd.


Click here to learn more about the 6th Grade Support Groups. Permission slips are due by February 8th and groups start the week of February 11th.

STEM Opportunity for girls Grades 6th-8th

Click here to learn more about the STEM Opportunity for 6th-8th Grade girls held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 3:30-7:30 pm.

Attention all parents of 8th Graders

Attention all parents of 8th graders going on the Washington D.C. trip: There will be two pre-trip meetings:

Meeting One is from 7-8 pm in HIJH Panther Hall on Monday, Feb. 11th (Please park in North Lot and enter at door 14);

Meeting Two is from 7-8 pm in the FCJH auditeria on Tuesday, Feb. 12th. (Please park in Bus Parking Lot and use the main entrance).

It is MANDATORY that all students going on the trip attend ONE of these two meetings (whichever is more convenient for you.) The same material is covered at both meetings. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their 8th grader. The purpose of these meetings will be to handout packing lists, supplies, flight info, and to go over trip plans and guidelines. Important information about the trip will be coming home from these meetings and is also posted on the google drive linked to our trip website www.dctrip.info . Also, please make note of the special arrangements you will need to make for Friday’s (2/15) departure. If you have any additional questions, please contact Eric Brown (ebrown@hse.k12.in.us ).

Kidz in Motion

This fitness conditioning Boot Camp will be a music thumping, heart pumping fitness and conditioning class. This class is a fun way to introduce a “boot Camp” style of fitness to kids! Kids will have to opportunity to learn more in depth exercises and training programs with equipment such as the rower, treadmill and other various pieces of equipment. Some of our favorites include paper plate pushes, sliding gym mats, skiing and much more! Class will focus on the importance of safety and proper techniques when working out. It’s time to encourage our kids to get FIT, stay FIT, and live FIT!! Fitness and conditioning class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 19 through March 14 from 3-4 pm. Forms located in the Enrichment Module on Mrs. Miller’s Canvas page or see Mrs. Miller. Questions? Contact smmiller@hse.k12.in.us.

PTO News

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

January PTO Meeting. The next PTO meeting will be Friday, January 11 at 9:30 am at the school. All parents are invited to join us.

Panther Rewards.

Kroger. 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 kroger.com/community rewards, 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. Amazon is another simple way to help our school money. Go to HTTP://smile.amazon.com/ and type HSJH PTO under “supporting”. You will need to go to smile.amazon.com 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. 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 gruber5@comcast.net.

Panther Palooza. Save the date! Panther Palooza for 7th and 8th grade students will be on Friday, February 1st from 6:30-8:30 pm. We need volunteers to help make this a successful event. Please signup using this link -https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2615285/false#/invitation.

Panther Fest. Save the date! Panther Fest for 5th and 6th grade students will be on Friday, March 22. More info to come.

Dine to Donate. Chuy’s dine to donate on Tuesday, January 22 from 4-9 pm. Please print the attached flyer and bring it with you or mention the HIJH dine to donate to your server. Click here for the flyer.

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 Playground

The HIJH PTO is raising funds to install a playground at our school. While HIJH was originally built for 7th and 8th grade only, the expanded school enrollment now includes Grades 5 and 6 and we would like them to benefit from having a playground. Click here to learn about how and where to donate for this very worthy cause. Thank you for ALL you do!

E-Waste Recycling Program

Do you have old or unwanted electronics and cell phones? Donate today. Click here to learn how.

HIJH Equity Cafe

Click here to find out about the HIJH Equity Cafe held on February 19 at 7 pm in our LGI Room.

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!

January Multicultural Holidays

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

NEWS AROUND THE DISTRICT

Freshman Orientation at Fishers High School

Find out more about the Fishers High School Freshman Orientation.

Youth Mentoring Iniative

Youth Mentoring Iniative ("YMI") needs mentors. Can YOU be that additional caring adult?

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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12278 N. Cyntheanne Road, Fishers, IN 46037

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Fax: 317-594-4129

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