Falcon Flyer

Fall Creek Intermediate

January 4, 2015

Look What You’ve Done!

The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation (HSSF) raised over $17,000 in the first #GivingTuesday campaign to benefit HSE Schools. The campaign also reached targeted “friendraising” goals with hundreds of messages and compliments shared with teachers, schools, and staff. Attention now turns to putting those funds to work for maximum student impact. This year, the Foundation will focus on programs that will support elementary literary, secondary STEM, and district wide diversity efforts. Follow HSSF on Facebook and Twitter or online at www.hsefoundation.org to see your investment in action!

Technology Awareness - Vshare Alert

It has come to our attention that some of our students have chosen to download Vshare to their iPad. We would like to share important information regarding this site as it could be detrimental to the functioning of your child’s iPAD and the function of the site is inappropriate. If you see this on your child’s iPAD, please delete ASAP. Below is detailed information about this site if you would like to learn more:

Vshare and other installous alternatives are programs that:

  • promise free apps or free games
  • are designed to bypass the app store
  • seem to allow the user to download apps without paying.

They entice the user with something for free then install invisible, sneaky, insidious tracking add ons. These sites are actually browser hijackers. Once downloaded they track and record all browsing habits, sites visited, apps used, time on sites etc. They redirect the user through the site’s own search engine which controls the user’s search results. They capture credit card and other personal and confidential information from the user’s activity. As the user buys a legitimate app from the App Store(or any other online purchase) the Vshare invisible tracker captures the user’s account information. Wherever it may be based it is bypassing the US COPPA laws.

Important items to be aware of:

  • Apps gone free is NOT an example of an installous alternative. Apps Gone Free is a legitimate app through the App Store. There are agreements between the developers and Apps Gone Free to offer the apps for a limited time.
  • We have seen iPads with slow performance while other schools have students who are seeing instances of crashed and disabled iPads and apps that no longer function due to students attempting to use Vshare to illegally download apps.
  • Vshare will not show up as a purchase notification on your family iTunes account since it does not come through the app store. Parents will have to look at their child’s iPad to see if it is there.
  • Vshare voids the Apple warranty because installing Vshare is considered jailbreaking the iPad.
  • Repairs that might have been covered by the warranty will not be covered if you have downloaded Vshare.
  • Having Vshare or a similar program on an HSE district iPad violates the acceptable use policy. Turning in an HSE iPad with Vshare on it is considered turning in a non-operational iPad.
  • The iPad with Vshare on it cannot be given to anyone else because it will not function properly.
  • Anyone turning in an iPad with Vshare will be charged the full amount to replace the iPad.

If you find Vshare on an iPad:

  • Check online to find a way to delete Vshare from the iPad. This is not something we can do at school.
  • Delete Vshare
  • Backup the remaining legitimately purchased apps to a cloud account (there are free cloud accounts) so that you do not lose everything legally on the iPad
  • Restore the iPad to factory settings

Links for assistance:

There is no guarantee that this will work. If it does not return back to factory specifications/settings after a reset – this still voids the warranty. If an HSE rented iPad does not reset to factory default settings then when your child turns in the device in May you are responsible for full replacement of the device as we would consider it to no longer be operational for future use.

We will be speaking with all of the students to tell them to not download Vshare or any similar sites. If they already have done so they will be told to tell their parents and go through the restore steps at home using the iTunes account set up by the parent.

HSE Winter Weather Update

Dear HSE Community,

Happy New Year! School is set to resume on January 6, 2015. We look forward to seeing each and every student return for the second semester refreshed and ready for success!

As winter temperatures and conditions continue to fluctuate, we encourage families to review their winter weather plans. Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation is committed to the safety and well-being of all students and endeavors to make decisions regarding delays and closures as early as possible. Please stay tuned to the following sources for the latest weather-related school news:

HSE Skylert

In the event of a delay or cancellation, all families will receive an automated message from HSE Transportation Director Jim White via our Skylert system. The message will arrive by both a phone call and an e-mail. Parents also may opt to receive a text alert through Skyward/Family Access. To login, please click on the following link: https://sis.hse.k12.in.us/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplus/seplog01.w

HSE Twitter Feed @ HSESchools

Social media has become our fastest way of sharing school news. Weather-related school updates are available on the HSE Twitter feed. Students, families and residents are encouraged to join our more than 7,000 “followers” at https://twitter.com/HSESchools. Not on Twitter? Access the Twitter feed directly from the HSE website at www.hse.k12.in.us.

Local Media Outlets

Television and radio stations remain a traditional way to share school weather announcements. HSE posts school delays and closures to the following media outlets:

  • WQME – 98.7 FM
  • WHBU-WERK-MAX, WLBC – 104.1 FM
  • WEDJ – 107.1 FM Radio Latina
  • WIBC – 93.1 FM
  • WSYW – 810 AM
  • WISH-TV 8
  • WXIN (Fox 59 & CW 4)
  • WRTV (6)
  • WTHR (13)

​Winter weather in Indiana varies and is often unpredictable. Please include this information as part of your winter weather contingency plans.


Bev Smith

Director of School & Community Relations

Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation

Calling all Parents ----

PTO is looking for Officers and Chair People for 2015-2016 Volunteers Needed!

Share your time and talents with FCI! We are planning for next year and are looking for some new faces to fill our positions. Help as little or as much as you feel comfortable. It is a great way to get involved in our school. Please contact Becky Gerig at beckygerig@hotmail.com or Georgia Rigdon at gigirigdon@gmail.com for questions. We still have two big events this year as well-look for news about the Falcon Fest and 6th Grade Year End Party.

Box Tops

Great job turning them in before break! Stay turned for the announcement of our winning class rooms and winning students for 1st semester!

Note from the Treasurer

Outstanding Book Fees

Reminder to check your students Skyward for any outstanding Book Fees.

We will be adding an additional $7.50 in processing fees to any account that has a balance.

If you have any question, please contact Michele Pitts, FCI Treasurer.

Counselor's Corner

The program Parent Project® will be offered by the Hamilton County Juvenile Services Center beginning early next year. Their programs aim to empower parents and transform children. The next session is tentatively scheduled to start February 4, 2015. The program runs 11 weeks meeting on Wednesday nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Courtesy of the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, a light meal is provided for all parents. Program cost is $80 and includes the meals and a workbook. More info is available at www.parentproject.com.

Mrs. Sullivan 6th grade

Mr. Kozloski 5th grade

Have a collection you would like to share?

FCI Collection Case

The Collection Case at FCI is a fun way for students, families, and staff to share their personal collections with everyone at FCI. The Collection Case, located in the main hallway between the Nurses's Office and the Cafeteria, is highly visible and students love to look at the case and see the collections that have been displayed. Any school-appropriate collection would be great for the Collection Case. Last year, some of the items/collections that students and families shared were: Legos, soccer jerseys from around the world, M&M wrappers from around the world, a large hornet's nest, memorabilia from foreign countries, rocks and minerals, Pokemon cards, and WWII-related items.

If you would like to share a collection with the students and staff at FCI, please fill out the attached Collection Case Form and return it to school marked "Attn: PTO Collection Case." Contact Charron Wright at gcwright91@aol.com with any questions about the Collection Case

Keeping Focused

In an effort to keep instructional time as free from distraction as possible, 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.
  • 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.

As always, if you need to get a message that is a change for your child, please call the office at 915-4220. All other situations should be resolved outside the school day.

District Happenings...

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

  • Geist Half Marathon T-Shirt Design Contest
  • News from S.P.O.R.T.S Office--Girls Basketball Night

What's Happening @ the Creek

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, - Rot.F1

2:45-4:30pm - Boys’ B-ball Practice

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 – Rot. F2

7:10-7:45am – Yearbook Club

7:20-7:45am – Math Bowl

2:45-5:00pm – Girls’ B-ball Practice

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 - Rot. F3

2:45-4:30pm – Boys B-ball Practice

2:45-3:45pm – Science Bowl

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 – Rot. F3

10:00-11:00am – PTO meeting

2:45 – 4:30pm – Girls’ B-ball Practice

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 – Rot. F5

2:45 – 4:30pm – Boys’ B-ball Practice

2:45-3:45pm – FCI Connect

4:30-6:00pm – Girls’ B-ball Practice

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 – Rot. C1

2:45-4:30pm – Girls’ B-ball Practice

2:45-3:45pm – Science Bowl

5:00-7:00pm – Boys’ Basketball game at FCI vs. Highland Middle School

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 – Rot. C2

7:14-7:45am – Student Council

7:20-7:45am – Math Bowl

2:45-4:30pm – Girls’ B-ball Practice

4:40-6:30pm – Boys’ Basketball game at Maple Ridge Elementary

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 – Rot. C3

2:45-4:30pm – Boys’ B-ball Practice

2:45-3:45pm – Science Bowl

5:30-7:30pm – Girls’ Basketball game at FCI vs. Hamilton Heights

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 – Rot. C4

Half Day of School for Students – dismissal at 11:05am

Student Transportation