News from Panther Headquarters

January 2017

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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 16-17 school year. At HIJH, we believe that it is our job to provide real world learning experiences for students while incorporating 21st Century technology as a learning tool. In doing so, students will be actively engaged and be able to apply their learning in multiple ways. This fits right in with the HSE21 Vision, specifically the component entitled Transfer of Learning. Below is an example of students utilizing our newly created Collaboration Stations to showcase their research project in language arts of how the 1960’s influenced America. Students set up their displays in the LGI room, and other students and staff members were able to listen and learn all about 1960’s culture. It was a phenomenal learning experience for both everyone involved!

Upcoming Important Dates

January 2 NO SCHOOL - Teachers Only

January 3 First Day of School

January 6 PTO Meeting 9:30

January 16 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day

January 18 and 19 Vision Screening 5th Grade

January 20 Panther Palooza 7th & 8th Grades 6-8 pm

January 23 8th Grade Trip to HSEHS

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.

Counselor's Corner

Click here to learn about Testing Dates to Note, Twenty-First Century Scholars, and Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).

Messages from the Nurse

Vision Screening for 5th Graders RESCHEDULED. Please be sure to send your 5th grader with their contacts or glasses on January 18th and 19th as that is the new date for Vision Screening.

8th Grade Vision Screening has been completed. Those 8th graders who were absent or marked as needing to be re-screened will do so on January 18th and 19th; please send glasses or contacts. If your 8th grade child failed the vision screening, you should have received an email notification from the nurse.

2016-2017 (Current 5th graders)….It is never too soon to start planning for the next school year. All students who will be in 6th grade for the 2017-2018 school year are required to receive immunizations for Tdap and meningococcal. As your student gets these shots throughout this school year be sure to send us a copy too. Thanks!

***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.

Washington DC Trip for 8th Grade Students

Attention all parents of 8th graders going on the Washington D.C. trip: Our pre-trip meeting format has changed. There will now be two meetings:

Meeting ONE is from 7-8pm in the HIJH auditeria on Wednesday Feb 15th (Please park in North Lot and enter at door 14)

Meeting TWO is from 7-8pm in the FCJH auditeria on Thursday Feb 16th. (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.) Parents are welcome to attend but all information will be directed towards the students. The purpose of these meetings will be to handout packing lists, supplies, flight info, and go over trip plans and guidelines. Important information about the trip will be coming home from these meetings and will be posted on our trip website If you have any additional questions please contact Eric Brown ( )

HIJH Library News

Click here to find out the latest in Library News.

Yearbook Orders

Just a friendly reminder from your yearbook staff to order your school yearbook ASAP. This yearbook online order site is (that's B-I-Z). Our school code is 17035. Contact Mrs. Ashli Cooper with questions.

PTO News

DINE TO DONATE: Every Thursday in January is an opportunity to support HIJH! Dine at BoomBozz and 15% of sales comes back to the PTO. Please click here for the attached flyer- necessary for participation.

STAFF APPRECIATION: HIJH PTO staff appreciation committee will host a staff luncheon on February 3rd. The menu includes soup, chili, salad & desserts. If you are donating items, please label them "PTO Staff Appreciation", and drop them off in the main office any time before 9am on February 3rd. If you cannot get your item to the school or have questions regarding staff appreciation, please email one of the coordinators. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help out!

PANTHER PALOOZA: 7th and 8th grade parents, this is for you! HIJH PTO is hosting our first ever PANTHER PALOOZA; an after school event designed specifically for our Junior High students! This event will be held on January 20th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM and we will need many volunteers to make this event successful, safe, and fun! You won't want to miss the fun of Laser Tag, Snow Ball Just Dance, and much, much more! Please see visit this link to sign up. Remember you must have a current background check on file with the school to volunteer. Admission is $20 ($25 at the door). Advance purchase is required to participate in laser tag. Watch for admission forms to come home the week of January 9th. Please feel free to contact Tonia Lotz at with questions.

PANTHER FEST: Save the date of Friday, March 24th for our second annual Panther Fest: A night of games, sports, challenging activities, music, food, and fun for HIJH 5th and 6th grade students. From 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM our school will be transformed into a carnival, street fair, dance club, sports arena, and fun house all rolled into one. Mark your calendars now and save the date. Registration information and volunteer requests will be coming out soon. Contact Tim Baldwin ( with any questions.

HSSF FUNDRAISER BASKET: This year's theme for HIJH is "A Guy's Dream" basket. We are reaching out to all of you to help us put an amazing basket together and to show everyone what the families of HIJH can do when we work together. We are asking for gift cards from any "guy type" stores and restaurants (Buffalo Wild Wings, Petersons, Lowes, Home Depot, Dicks etc), sports tickets, autographed memorabilia and, as always, cash is appreciated. Please send in donations with your children or drop off in the front office, marked Foundation basket donation c/o Denise Retzner, contact me if you would like me to pick up a donation ( or 317-407-0185). Please have all donations in by January 20th. As always, thank you so much for your continued support of HIJH and the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation. Happy holidays!

E-Waste Recycling Program

Do you have old and unwanted electronics and cell phones? Donate today. HIJH just sent off our first shipment of the year. 135 used ink jet cartridges, 4 cell phones and 3 Ipods! Please consider donating items as you find them and encourage kids to participate. Also, 15% off ink purchased at the website below by entering GOBBLE16 at checkout. Thanks for your continued support!

Spring Musical

Spring Musical auditions will be held the week of January 9th at FCJH.

Our musical this year is: “Thouroughly Modern Millie, Jr.” and will be a combined production of HIJH & FCJH students.

If you have an interest in auditioning, you should attend our Musical Audition Workshop on Thursday, January 5th from 3:15-4:45 at HIJH in the Choir room.

All audition materials and information has been posted on Blackboard over Winter Break.

Have questions? Talk or email Mr. Yoder, Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Frawley (FCJH) or Mrs. Ferise (FCJH).

iPad Helpful Hints


Typically shortly after Winter Break we see students run into issues with storage and begin running out of room on their iPads. Running out of storage can cause the iPad to run slower, keep certain apps from functioning, and prevent new projects from being started. To check a student's storage, go to Settings, select General, and then tap on to Storage & iCloud Usage. There we can see the amount of used and available space and tap on Manage Storage for more details on which apps are taking up the most room to see what is hogging the space and what the user might be able to take off to make more room. The beginning of a new semester is the perfect time to check storage and make sure there is available space for the rest of the year!

HIJH Connect

Are you connected? Find out about HIJH Connect here.


Please click here to find out more about an app called TeenSafe that will all you to monitor your children's texts, calls, social media, phone location, and more.

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 learn more about January Multicultural Holidays.


Hamilton East Public Library

Learn more about all of the fun activities going on at Hamilton East Public Library.

Echoes for Athletes

IU Saxony hosts HSE Night in the Echoes for Athletes Program.

HSE Orchestra Schedule

Find out about the HSE Orchestra Schedule here.


Check out all the great activities through SPORTS.

Royals Baseball

Find out about the Royals Baseball Winter Training Camp for Grades 5-8.

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Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High

12278 N. Cyntheanne Road, Fishers, IN 46037

Ph: 317-594-4120

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