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From the Week of Nov. 6th and for the week of Nov. 13th

Veteran's Day Convocation

Our Zahra B. was a guest speaker!

In honor of Veteran's Day, HIJH held a convocation where the entire school heard our choirs, band, and orchestra perform patriotic music. We heard the experiences of a true Veteran. And, our own Zahra B. was asked to read her award winning Freedom essay to the entire school. We are so proud of our students and our own very special speaker.
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We are excited to have our students share their successes and goals with you in their Student Lead Conferences this week. They have worked hard to prepare for these meetings. Please be sure that you talk with your child about a goal that your child could set at home before arriving for your conference.

5th and 6th Grade Choir concert

I was very lucky to see the 5th and 6th grade choirs perform on Monday. They all sounded and looked marvelous. I am so proud of their hard work!

Congrats to our choir students: Nate, Addy, Bea, Angela, Reese, Samaira

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Visiting Author Writing Workshop

Students, if you are interested in sitting down with a real, well-respected, published author to get some tips and tricks about how to improve your own writing, sign up on the electronic form that is posted in Seesaw for a chance to have a Writing Workshop with our visiting writer, John David Anderson. What a great opportunity for a budding writer! Be sure to fill out the form by 11/28 to be considered for this opportunity. The workshop will be limited to 25 lucky students.

Socktober Success by Lauren H.

This past month, HIJH has been participating in Socktober. Socktober helped donate 251 pairs of socks to a local school in need. I met with the principal of that school to give the school the socks, and he said that 251 pairs of socks would be enough for almost every kid in the school to get a new pair of socks. The generous donations of our school will help ensure that no child at the school has to go without a pair of socks.

No Straw November! by Lily V.

Plastic straws are ruining the ocean. 500 million straws get used everyday in the US. The straws get stuck in the animals nostrils and stomachs. We can help change that. We need to reduce plastic in the oceans and save the marine life. That is why our school will be participating in No Straw November. Do your part by not taking a plastic straw in the cafeteria. Let’s keep our waterways clean!

Dollars for Collars by Samaira L. and Angela M.

From 11/15-11/21, “Dollars for Collars,” a fundraiser to raise money for the Humane Society, will be going on. There will be a poster on the stage in the lunchroom featuring different teachers' pets. Bring in some spare change or a few dollars to vote on your favorite picture. The owners of the animals that raise the most money will receive the grand prize. Look for a poster in the lunchroom with more information.

Better World Books Book Drive by Fay M. and Lila C.

As we all know, we are approaching the season of giving, so HIJH is participating in a book drive over December 4-14. All the books that you donate will go to children that are less privileged than us in places from schools in Africa to local schools in Indiana. Please consider donating new or gently used books to help some kids get a better education. There will be collection boxes located in the library. After the book drive is finished, we will bring the books to drop boxes in Noblesville that will go to an organization, Better World Books. Better World Books partners with other organizations such as Room to Read, Books for Africa, etc. They sell the books online and donate the money to the organizations or they would donate the books directly. We hope you consider brightening someone’s day! Even one book makes a difference! You can look for more information on posters located around the school.

Comma Hunters

We worked with some complex rules for comma usage last week as students went on a Comma Hunt in mentor texts to try to find different examples of correct comma usage.
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The importance of independent reading

Your child should have read about 6-7 books by now. Please check in with him or her.

Independent reading of self-selected text is, statistically, the most effective way for a person's reading abilities to grow and vocabulary to increase. Students have a 25 book reading requirement for the year. By now, they should have completed at least 6 books. Please check in with your child to ensure that he/she is reading at home at least 15-20 minutes a day from a book that he/she enjoys. If kids are in a "reading rut" and can't find a book they like, they know that they can come see me for suggestions. I always have plenty of suggestions, and our classroom library is pretty extensive!! I know the students have other obligations, but establishing a reading routine at home will help your child in oh so many ways!! Happy reading!

Some of Mrs. O's recent reading suggestions!

Humanitarian Project #1 - DUE Tues, Nov. 28th!

Year-Long Humanitarian Projects

Ms. Hill and Mrs. O'Rourke introduced our Year-Long Humanitarian Projects and requirements to the students. Detailed information can be found on Canvas in the Humanitarian Projects Module, but here are the basics:

• This year students will have the opportunity to show 3 different humanitarian acts within the community.

• Each project will be documented with a picture of the student performing the act/event and a short paragraph. These will be displayed all year to celebrate our acts of good will.

• Between Mrs. O'Rourke's and Ms. Hill’s class, it is our goal to perform 300 acts within our community.

• We will also be brainstorming different project ideas within our school and school community.

Upcoming Assessments and Project Due Dates

This section will contain upcoming assessments so that parents can help students stay on top of their studying.

Next Week:

Friday 11/17- 3rd draft of personal narrative due

Friday 11/17- Roots Review and Comma Usage Quizzes

Monday 11/20 Dress Rehearsal for Wax Museum

Tuesday 11/21 Wax Museum Presentations

Tuesday 11/28-1st Humanitarianism project due


Canvas is the HSE district's new online learning management system. It has replaced Blackboard. Our classes and our students are all using Canvas now. Family access is slated to be available in October. More news to come!

Socktober Success! by Lauren H.