Charger Connection

December 10, 2021

Principal Note on Violent Threats

Dear Charger Families:

I wanted to reach out to you as a follow-up from the message you received earlier from our superintendent. In her video update, Dr. Stokes addressed the influx of violent threats that school districts, including Hamilton Southeastern, have been receiving in the wake of the tragic school shooting at a high school in suburban Detroit.

I want to reiterate what Dr. Stokes said and that is we take all threats school violence seriously and immediately report those to the Fishers Police Department for investigation.

Parents, I am asking you to please remind your student that any threat, even if they think it is a joke, will result in disciplinary measures as outlined in the Student Handbook. Further, a student’s actions in regard to making a violent threat may result in criminal charges at the discretion of local law enforcement.

School safety is all of our responsibility and reporting what you see and hear is one of the best ways we can keep our students and staff members safe.

I also remind you and your family that if you ever have any suspicions of dangerous or illegal activities at any time, please reach out immediately to myself, your child’s teacher, counselor, or district administrator. We also have a mobile reporting app, HSE Report It!, that allows anyone to provide anonymous information about concerns for their own safety or the safety of others.

In addition, you are invited to join a special edition of the City of Fishers’ Twilight Town Hall featuring Fishers Chief of Police Ed Gebhart in partnership with HSE Schools on Thursday, December 16 at 8 p.m.

During this virtual forum, you can learn and ask questions about the protocols, decisions, and actions that take place following an active assailant threat within our schools. In attendance with Chief Gebhart is Fishers Police Department Captain Mike Johnson; Kim Lippe, HSE Assistant Superintendent; Ryan Taylor, HSE Director of Staff and Student Services; and Brooke Lawson, HSE Mental Health and School Counseling Coordinator.

You can RSVP here:

Submit your questions or topics for discussion here:

I have also attached a document from the National Association of School Psychologists that has tips about talking to your children about violence.

I hope the resources mentioned above will help answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your continued support.

Dr. Crystal Thorpe

Upcoming Events

Monday Dec. 13
  • English Final Assessment
  • French Final Assessment
  • 7th/8th Boys Basketball 5:30 @ Fall Creek Valley (A)
  • Rook 'n Roll 4-5 (G105)

Tuesday Dec. 14

  • Science Final Assessment
  • French Final Assessment
  • Zeller Final Assessment
  • Band Concert 7:00

Wednesday Dec. 15

  • Choir Concert 7:00
  • GSA 4-4:45 (C108)
  • Speech Team 4-5:15 (Library)

Thursday Dec. 16

  • Math- Final Assessments
  • McDowell- Final Assessments
  • Performing Arts- Final Assessments
  • K-pop 4-4:45 (C108)

Friday Dec. 17

  • Math- Final Assessment
  • Social Studies- Final Assessment
  • Rhoads- Final Assessment
  • Last Day Before Winter Break
  • Ugly Sweater Day

Tuesday Jan. 4

  • Students first day back from Winter Break
Next Week is Final Assessments Week. We will run a no BEST schedule.
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We The People

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Each year, I look forward to this picture when my students take over my office! I’m so proud of my civic-minded students who will change the world some day! Congratulations We the People State Champs!

- Dr. Thorpe


FJH needs help during 'Finals Week' to read tests to kiddos with accommodations. The spots are in blocks throughout the day. Directions will be provided at the start of your shift. A current Safe Visitor badge is required. Please direct any questions to

Sign up for Help with Finals through this link: today!

Help Raise Funds for FJH

Mrs. Melling's science classes are participating in the My Energy Kit Classroom Challenge. All FJH parents can help us by requesting a free Energy Kit from Duke Energy using our Classroom Code: 64144. Your student does not have to be in Mrs. Melling's class for parents to help out! This Energy Kit will help you and your students make your homes more energy efficient. Once our classes reach 20 requests, we’ll earn money for our classes! Request your Energy Kit at or call 1-855-386-9548. Don’t forget to include our Classroom Code(64144). Thank you for helping our class!

FJH Writing Club

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It has been a busy couple of weeks for the FJH Writing Club. On November 30, FJH writers stayed late in the library for a Goal Crushing Write-In to reach their word count goals for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Together, the club wrote 86,000+ words in the month of November, which is roughly the length of a young adult novel! More importantly, our young writers learned about their own writing processes and how to create actionable plans to meet big goals. We had many writers who completed their NaNoWriMo challenges and were awarded NaNoWriMo 2021 winner badges!

To celebrate our NaNoWriMo success, author Sarah J Schmitt, whose first novel, It’s a Wonderful Death, was written during NaNoWriMo, visited us via Zoom. Sarah answered questions and shared stories about writing, revising, and publishing. Our FJH writers are so thankful to her for donating her time to us.

Chargers can order one of Sarah J Schmitt’s novels from the FJH Writing Club this week. Orders/money are due to Mrs. Alexander by Friday, 12/17/21. All books will be personally signed by the author! See Mrs. Alexander in the library for an order form or print at home and send in the attached form.

Counselor's Corner

Freshman Choice

All current 8th graders will have the Freshman Choice of high school option for the 2022-2023 school year. Information may be found on the District website or by clicking on the link:

Additionally, a series of Skylert announcements will be sent by the district to the first email listed in Skyward. Friday, 12/10/2021, is the deadline for completing the form. There are always families who don’t complete the form because they don’t realize which high school they are districted to, or families who think the process doesn’t apply to them. When in doubt, fill it out!

21st Century Scholars

Indiana's 21st Century Scholars Program is the state’s premier college scholarship and preparation program for low-income Hoosier students. Students who fulfill the Scholar Pledge are provided up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible college or university. Scholars also receive a variety of support services designed to help them succeed in school and complete college.

Please click on the link below for more information, including income eligibility, and to apply:

Applications must be completed online on or before June 30th of the student’s 7th or 8th grade year.

If you have already applied, you do not need to reapply.

Please contact your school counselors if you have any questions.

8th grade – Kitti O'Neill (

7th grade – Basel Maarouf (

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Winter Weather Reminders

Dear HSE Families and Staff:

As temperatures begin to drop, we ask that you take a few minutes to review the information below so that you know what to expect when there is a winter weather event.

Forecasts may sometimes change quickly, and we must be ready to pivot. We are committed to the safety and well-being of all students and staff, thus decisions regarding delays/closures are made with that in mind and as early as possible.

In the event of a delay or cancellation, you will receive a message via Skylert that will arrive by phone call, text, and e-mail. Please check your contact information to ensure you are receiving these notifications through Skyward/Family Access. Click here to login.

How is the decision made to delay or cancel school for inclement weather?

The transportation director and other staff members will begin driving routes as early as 4:30 A.M. to test road conditions. Weather reports are reviewed from multiple agencies, such as: National Weather Service, city and county road crews on their findings during the early morning hours. The transportation director will update the superintendent, who is also in close contact with city officials, local authorities, and neighboring school districts to determine the safety of the roads in their respective areas.

As soon as possible, the superintendent will decide about school delays and/or closures, so staff

and students can be notified. The superintendent considers several factors in making the final decision: weather predictions, time of day, wind-chill and road conditions.

Where will information be posted regarding school delays and closings?

Hamilton Southeastern Schools will notify staff, students and parents by phone call, text and e-mail through Skylert (please check that your settings are correct in Skyward Family Access). Information is also posted in the following places:

Twitter: @HSESchools


HSE Schools Website:

Local Media:


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Looking for local events? Check out HSE’s Community Insider (CI). The CI is a resource for both HSE families and community partners. It not only provides a space to post information about events, camps, and other educational programs. It also offers the opportunity to find upcoming activities in and around Hamilton County.

Mudsock Youth Athletics

Spring Program Registration Opens January 1st

Mark your calendars! Registration for spring baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track and field opens January 1st at Season information including divisions and program fees can be found here.

Girls Lacrosse TRY-IT Day – January 9th

Calling all girls in grades 1st - 8th! Drop by the FREE Mudsock Girls Lacrosse TRY-IT Day on January 9th anytime between 12-2 p.m. at Finch Creek Field House. All equipment provided and no experience necessary. Get the scoop over the upcoming spring season, try a few drills and get hooked. In addition to meeting board members, coaches, and youth players, the HSE High School Lacrosse Team will be running the stations!

This information can be found on the Community Insider here: