Falcon Flyer

Fall Creek Intermediate

May 10, 2015

Information regarding DRESS in all Intermediate Schools - [from districtwide student handbook]

As warmer weather is upon us and students have grown since wearing last year's summer attire, it is important to pause and review the district's policy regarding appearance in the intermediate school. FCI does not an overabundance of clothing to allow students to change to, it may become necessary to have students call home for a change of clothing to be brought to school should this policy not be followed. [Note that any student needing to chang clothing for athletic practice may do so in the locker room after school.]


APPEARANCE


In order to maintain a safe and orderly environment conducive to learning and free from needless distraction, it is important that students dress appropriately to, during, and from school. Because our building is air-conditioned and climate controlled the temperature in the building should not be a factor. Student clothing and appearance should not draw undue attention from other students or the faculty or disrupt normal routine. Students whose appearance interferes with the educational process by drawing the undue attention of others or school personnel, by posing a potential safety hazard to themselves or others, or by being interpreted by school personnel to be offensive in whether the message that is implied or the parts of the body that are revealed will be asked to change their clothing into something appropriate and within the FCI appearance code. If there is doubt about the appropriateness of a garment, it should not be worn. Student dress should reflect respect for one's self, home, and school. Teachers may use their discretion to refer students to the office if a student’s dress creates a distraction to the learning environment.


The following are examples of clothing or items that are inappropriate for the school environment:

  • Appropriate footwear is to be worn at all times. Shoes with rollers or wheels are not permitted on school property.
  • No tank-tops, spaghetti straps, or strapless tops. Any see-through clothing revealing undergarments are not allowed. See through shirts, sweaters, or other garments must have an appropriate top under them (i.e.-no tanks-tops, spaghetti straps, or strapless tops). No off-shoulder tops. Shoulders must be covered between the neck and shoulder by at least 3 inches of fabric. Sleeveless tops should fit tight around the under arm.
  • All clothing, including but not limited to any form of pants, trousers, leggings, jeans or sportswear which reveals undergarments is strictly prohibited.
  • Clothing revealing bare midriff apparel is not to be worn. Shirts and tops must have no bare skin being exposed during normal school activities such as sitting, walking, raising one’s hand/arm, etc.
  • All tops must cover the chest area.
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses, including the peak of a slit on a slit skirt, exceeding 5 inches above the kneecap are considered too short. This 5 inch rule will be enforced even if worn with a full length under garment (leggings, etc.).
  • Pants or shorts worn more than 2 inches below the navel will not be allowed.
  • Oversized pants and pant legs that extend over the heel of the shoes will not be permitted.
  • Attire or jewelry that advertises, promotes, or glorifies the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances or any other images or messages are not appropriate for school.
  • Facial painting, spray painting hair, drastic hair dyes or drastic hair designs that would draw undue attention should not be worn during the school day.
  • Eyewear, including special contacts, that draws undo attention to oneself should not be worn to school.
  • Attire typically worn at the beach or lounging at home (pajamas and house slippers) are not appropriate for school.
  • Hats, hoods, sweatbands, bandanas, and/or any non-approved head coverings are not to be worn during the school day.
  • Sexual innuendo, profanity, or satanic reference printed on clothing, depicted in jewelry, or make-up is considered inappropriate.
  • Any apparel reflecting gang affiliation is strictly forbidden.
  • Chains, dog collars, metal studded or spiked jewelry, safety pins, or any item that might cause a concern for student safety are not to be worn.
  • Holes, tears, or rips in pants or shorts that are more than 5 inches above the kneecap are unacceptable. This rule will be enforced even if worn with a full length undergarment (such as leggings) underneath. A hole or tear that has been patched is no longer revealing, and therefore is acceptable to wear.
  • Apparel which degrades, discriminates, and /or disrespects any individual or group is prohibited.
  • Outerwear including coats, hats, gloves, sunglasses, and jackets will be placed in lockers upon arrival and are not to be worn during the school day.

NWEA

NWEA assessments will be conducted May 10-11 in the morning. These results will provide valuable growth information regarding your child's progress this year in the areas of reading and math. A Student Progress report will be emailed home by the end of the school year.

Band & Orchestra Concert - time change

Please note that there has been a time change for the upcoming Band & Orchestra concert on May 14th. Students will need to arrive at 7:00 p.m., and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Volunteers needed for 6th Grade End of Year Party

It is time for the 6th grade end of year party! We have a lot of fun things planned but need parent volunteers in order to make it happen. The party is outside from 12:30-2:30 on Thursday, May 28th.


Please make sure you have a background check on file. We are also in need of several donations/items to borrow. Feel free to sign up for more than one item if you can. We are using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.


Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:


  1. Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/gFz22H The link will not work from an iphone.
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
  4. Or Email Shelby Roscoe shelby.hack.roscoe@gmail.com


Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Thanks for showing interest in this event!

Student Council Book Drive

Do you have books sitting around your room or house that are collecting dust because you no longer want or need them? The FCI Student Council is organizing a book drive for our library. It is going to take place from May 4 – May 15. There will be boxes in front of the library with different genres in order to keep books organized. We are also going to have a box for more elementary age books that you no longer want/need as well. We can donate those to an elementary library or local charities/shelters.

So FCI students, now is the time to clean up your rooms, bring in some books, and help your FCI library.

D.A.R.E. Graduation

We welcome you to join your child for DARE graduation for 5th Graders on May 26th at 8:15 am.

iPad Collection - MAY 27th

All student iPads that have been rented from HSE will be collected on May 27th. A Skylert will be sent from the district Technology department the week prior to collection with information listing all items that must be turned in as well as clean-up tasks that must be completed by parents prior to May 27th as well.

PTO Needs Help for 2015/2016 school year

We have a few Committees still in need of chairs!


  • Concessions for Basketball games
  • Falcon Fest
  • 6th Grade End of Year Party
  • Earth Day


If interested please contact Melissa Schulman at mkdpm@yahoo.com

Recess Ball Donations

With the beautiful Spring weather upon us, many of you may be cleaning out your garages. Should you find that you have any extra balls which could be used at recess (kickballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls - no baseballs/softballs), we would definitely accept any donations! Please have your child bring them to the recess doors to deposit in the holder. Thank you!

What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday, May 11th, 2015, Rot. C-1

NWEA

2:45-4:15pm - FCI Connect Last Meeting of the Year


Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 Rot. C-2

NWEA

2:45-4:00pm - Track practice - Top 3-5th/6th Grade Qualifiers Only

2:50-3:45pm - Fit Falcons


Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 Rot. C-3

7:15-7:45am - Student Council

2:45-4:00pm - Track practice - Top 3-5th/6th Grade Qualifiers Only

2:50-5:30pm - Engineering for Kids

2:50-3:45pm - Fit Falcons


Thursday, May 14th, 2015 Rot. C-4

2:00-2:40pm - Band/Orchestra Concert for FCI students

5:00-7:00pm - Track Meet @ Fishers HS --- SCI vs. RSI vs FCI

7:30-8:00pm - Band/Orchestra Concert @ FCI Gym (Students - warm-up @ 7:00pm)


Friday, May 15th, 2015 Rot. C-5

******* Previous Newsletter Postings (still current) *******

FHS Girls Summer Soccer Camps

All of the camps offered take place at Fishers High School facilities. Here is some information about the camps:


Youth Developmental Camp

June 15th-18th

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Entering Pre- 2nd grade

Skill level-- All

$60


Developmental Camp

June 15th-18th

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Entering 3rd-6th

Skill level--All

$60


Defensive Skills Clinic

July 15th

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Entering 7th-9th

Skill level—intermediate (rec+ or club)

$25


Offensive Skills Clinic

July 16th

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Entering 7th-9th

Skill level—intermediate (rec+ or club)

$25


The camps are supervised by the coaches (Sam Kieres—samanthakieres@gmail.com, Bill Laffin—blaffin@hse.k12.in.us, and Kelsey Robertson—krobertson@hse.k12.in.us). Activities and drills are run by the Fishers High School Girls Soccer team! So the campers get the experience of playing and learning from the high school players.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me! Thank you for your time.


Kelsey Robertson

Assistant Girls Soccer Coach

Fishers High School

Ext. 21208

Background Check Reminder

If you are planning to volunteer/participate in events coming up at the end of this year, remember that you must have a background check on file. Note that most background checks take a minimum of 3 days to run. Additionally, all volunteers are required by law to complete the HSE Anti-Bullying training webinar.

Background checks remain active for three years. If you would like to check the status of your current background check, you may contact Mari Myren @ 915-4220 or mmyren@hse.k12.in.us.

Background check information and anti-bullying training may be accessed at: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE!! --- Pick-up/Drop-offs

If your child is a car rider, it is imperative that drivers pick-up/drop-off students in the line that forms along the outside of the parking lot/curb. To be more specific, do NOT park your car and walk your child across the parking lot to the sidewalk at drop-off in the morning. Do NOT park your car and walk up to the curb to walk your child from the curb to through the parking lot during pick-up.

ALL exchanges for which you need to park will require you to accompany your child into the office to drop-off and sign in OR pick-up your child from the office and sign out. While this may add a few extra minutes to the exchange, the safety of all is our utmost concern.

In addition, if you arrive early to drop-off students and decide to park in the lot until drop-off begins, you MUST get in the line to drop your child off at the front and not cut through and jump to the front of the line. Do NOT cut to the front of the line. Given that on any given day we have hundreds of students dropped off, it is imperative that everyone follows the procedures. Safety of all is imperative. Thank you in advance.

NO Texting/Emailing during school day

In an effort to keep instructional time as free from distraction as possible, do not email or text your child during the school day. Please contact the office should you need to get a message to your child.


Students have been reminded of the following:

  • Absolutely NO texting/personal emailing during the school day (7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.) to students OR parents via any type of program/app/etc. Consequences will be given should this occur. [Students staying for after school events may utilize such technology after school.]
  • Notifications should be turned off during the school day.
  • If students receive texts/emails during the school day, they should immediately notify their teacher or staff member.
  • We realize there may need to be communication between students working collaboratively during the school day. However, it should only be done at teacher direction/approval.
  • Texting/emailing that does occur outside of school is a parental approval issue. However, if content of texting/emailing outside of school negatively impacts/affects the school environment, there may be consequences that are imposed at school.


Remember...if you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call the office at 915-4220. All other situations should be resolved outside the school day.

Keyboarding Skills

Dear Parents and Students:


Below is a recommended site for intermediate students to utilize to learn and improve keyboarding skills prior to entering junior high school. Please consider working on these skills outside of the school day since keyboarding is not a course offered at the intermediate level in HSE Schools. Below are points to consider which have been offered by Dr. Stephanie Loane, Director of Elementary Education for HSE.


http://www.typingweb.com/tutor/ -Students try the free tutor sessions, games and basic tests


Rationale for Keyboarding at Intermediate Levels

· Word processing is a basic skill that should be mastered before the JH level with proficiency before poor habits are established

· Students will experience more success and ease with written response and publishing in all content areas as skills increase

· JH students who demonstrate proficiency when entering grade 7 would be provided with other opportunities beyond basic keyboarding yet to be determined


Keyboarding Instruction and Practice

· Parents will monitor progress at home, encouraging daily practice and keyboarding habits with typingweb.com

· On recommended website students will progress through Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courses following a sequence of lessons and practice games

· Students will take assessments on website to monitor progress at home


Stephanie Loane

Director of Elementary Education

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

13485 Cumberland Road

Fishers, IN 46038

317.594.4100

Sloane@hse.k12.in.us

Social Media - Parent Involvement

Social Media is all about us. It inundates our lives daily. We can't escape its presence. This is the same for your children.

We know many of you are aware of and discuss appropriate social media use with your children. However, it is worth noting again at this time as there are increasing social media situations involving FCI students finding their way into the classroom environment negatively impacting focus and interaction. Should this occur, there may be a need for school administration to be involved. Please take some time to discuss appropriate use of social media with your child.

Transportation Changes and Doctor Appts---A Note from the Office

In order to make the process more seamless for transportation changes and Dr. Appts., we would prefer a note sent in with your student so the office has record of the change. We send a pass to the classroom so there is fewer interruptions during class. In the event that a change needs to be made during the school day please call the office @ 915-4220. If you need changes to be made after school hours please leave a message on our attendance line @ 596-7499. Also please include in your note and message: your students full name, homeroom teacher, the time of the event, your full name, and a telephone # in the event we have questions.

-------- PTO NEWS --------

HSJH PTO is Calling all Volunteers!

The 2014-15 HSJH Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to invite parents to attend PTO meetings. We need your help to make the rest of this year and next year successful for our students. If you are interested in volunteering on the PTO board, please contact Tabitha Arnett, 2014-15 PTO Co-President, at chef_tabitha@yahoo.com or 317-446-4007.
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> PTO Board Meetings are scheduled from 9:30-10:30am at the HSJH on the following dates: Jan 16, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 17, and May 8. If your child(ren) will be attending HSJH (on Cyntheanne Road) next year, please consider attending one of our meetings to learn how you can get involved.

Fall Creek Junior High PTO-Needs You!

Due to the redistricting, FCJH has a new PTO. We are looking for interested parents of 7th and 8th graders to help next year with PTO board & committees.


Open Board positions: Vice President and Treasurer.


We have many committees in need such as Spirit Wear, Fall Fundraiser, Concessions, 8th Grade Party, Staff Appreciation, Talent Show/Showcase, Dine-Out Coordinator, Box Tops/ Campbell’s Labels, & Volunteer Coordinator.


If interested please contact Becky Oldham @ boldham99@gmail.com or Tia McClung @ tia.mcclung@yahoo.com.

Thank you!

District Happenings...

Check out the FCI website (http://www.hse.k12.in.us/FCI/news/) for more activities in the district such as:

  • IUPUI Summer Reading Program
  • Fishers Parks & Recreation Summer Camps
  • May Library Newsletters
  • Fishers Freedom Festival T-Shirt Design
  • FCI Orientation from 4-20-15--Power Pt
  • Youth SPORTS Newsletter 5-8-15

Student Transportation