CHARGE!

Fishers Junior High, February 2021

Home of the Chargers

Principal: Dr. Crystal Thorpe

Assistant Principal: Mr. Tige Butts

Athletic Director: Mr. Scott Timmons

Guidance Director: Mr. Basel Maarouf

Email Alerts from Skyward

Would it help to get email alerts about your student’s attendance, grades, and or low food balance alerts? If so, click here for a quick tutorial pdf on how to get those started.

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Ms. Gal, FJH Counselor

My role as a school counselor is to help all students apply academic achievement strategies, manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills, as well as plan for postsecondary options.


I meet with students individually, in groups, and will also sometimes visit classrooms as a whole. I am passionate about helping students overcome any barriers that they may face, achieve at their full potential, and become the best versions of themselves.


Part of my mission is to reach all students in all areas of counseling, which I strive to do by providing a comprehensive, data-informed school counseling program within the school that prioritizes the mental health of my students. I believe that lasting, impactful relationships are the foundation for real change.


I love being a school counselor because I get to meet so many students and hear the stories that they have to tell. I know that middle school is not always easy, so I am always here if you need support, need to problem solve, or just need to vent!

Link to Ms. Gal's video biography

Mr. Maarouf, FJH Counselor

As a school counselor, I work with all students to address academic, career and social/emotional development needs by designing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive school counseling program.


I tend to build a connection with my students through individual and group counseling, classroom lessons and consultations. I collaborate with teachers, administrators, community partners and parents to advocate, and help promote an equitable and a safe learning environment to empower our students to be successful.


Building relationships with the students is my favorite part of being a school counselor!

LInk to Mr. Maarouf's video biography

FJH Counseling Department

FJH School counselors for school year 2020-2021

7th Grade: Ms. Gal – kgal@hse.k12.in.us

8th Grade: Mr. Maarouf – bmaarouf@hse.k12.in.us

Registrar: Mrs. Broughton - kbroughton@hse.k12.in.us



FJH School counselors for school year 2021-2022

7th Grade: Mr. Maarouf – bmaarouf@hse.k12.in.us

8th Grade: Ms. Gal – kgal@hse.k12.in.us

Registrar: Mrs. Broughton - kbroughton@hse.k12.in.us


Follow us on Twitter @FjhCounseling twitter.com/fjhcounseling

NWEA Testing

NWEA Testing

The week of February 8th we will be conducting the Spring round of NWEA testing – which must be taken in person at the school. We will have an altered NWEA schedule for this week:


NWEA Schedule.pdf


Some things to note:

· We will be testing the students in the RED group on Monday (2/8) and Tuesday (2/9) while they are in the building


· We will be testing the students in the BLUE group on Wednesday (2/10) and Thursday (2/11) while they are in the building


· Students who are learning virtually for the day will have a break from class from 9:10-11:10. Students are to work on any homework, projects, or missing assignments during this time.


· Classes will follow a different order this week, so please look at the schedule carefully.


· If your student is in the 100% virtual cohort, you have received a Skylert message with options for testing for those students. Please fill out the form in that Skylert message so that we can adequately prepare for students coming into the building.


If you have any questions about NWEA testing, please contact Kitti Gal via phone (317.594.4150) or via email (kgal@hse.k12.in.us)

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Scheduling for 2021-2022

6th to 7th GRADE SCHEDULING

Course selection for current 6th graders will take place on Feb. 11th during the school day on their iPads. Course information will be sent via skylert to parent emails in early February and also posted on the FJH website at the link below:

https://fjh.hseschools.org/counseling/advising


7TH TO 8TH GRADE SCHEDULING

Course selection for current 7th graders will take place the week of Feb. 22nd during the school day on their iPads. Course information will be sent via skylert to parent emails in mid February and also posted on the FJH website at the link below:

https://fjh.hseschools.org/counseling/advising


HIGH SCHOOL NEWS FOR OUR 8TH GRADE STUDENTS

Scheduling with your student’s high school counselor will take place via zoom the week of Feb. 22nd. A sign-up to schedule these appointments was sent via Skylert to parent emails the weeks of Jan. 22nd, 28th and Feb. 1st.


If you have not already signed your student up for this important appointment, please do so at your earliest convenience. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting via zoom but it is not required.


Students who are at school in person during their appointment time will be dismissed from class to attend the meeting with their counselor via zoom. Students who are at home attending school virtually will be dismissed from class to attend the meeting with their counselor via zoom. The zoom link and password for each high school counselor is on the scheduling signup that was emailed to each parent and will also be given to students via their Canvas account.

STUDENTS ATTENDING FISHERS HIGH SCHOOL

AP DUAL CREDIT SHOWCASE

The AP/Dual Credit Showcase will take place as an asynchronous event. A virtual database of videos and resources was sent to FHS families containing information about the FHS AP program and dual-credit course options. The information can be found here. If you have questions about AP or dual-credit classes, please contact Assistant Principal Kyle Goodwin or the FHS College & Career Counselor Linda Brown.


FHS 8TH GRADE PARENT NIGHT

8TH Grade Parent Night will take place as an asynchronous event. A virtual database of videos and resources was sent to the parents of the current 8th graders planning to attend Fishers High School starting the fall of 2021. The information can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Schnettgoecke.


FISHERS HIGH SCHOOL TIGER FEVER

Each July, Fishers High School hosts an incoming freshmen orientation event. It will help acclimate incoming freshmen to campus. The session will be held either Tuesday, July 20 or Wednesday, July 21 from 8:00am to 12:30pm. Please complete this registration form and send back to FHS attention: Shelley Lidy. If you have any questions regarding Tiger Fever please contact Shelley Lidy.


SUMMER PHYSICAL EDUCATION

FHS and HSEHS will each offer Summer PE from June 7 through June 25, 2021. The class is live and in person for 3 weeks from 7:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday. If you plan on taking this class, and are planning to attend Fishers High School, you must attend the FHS Summer PE class. If you are planning to attend HSEHS, you must attend the HSEHS Summer PE. To register for summer PE please read and complete this registration form.

STUDENTS ATTENDING HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN HIGH SCHOOL

AP/DUAL CREDIT SHOWCASE

The program will provide information about HSE’s course offerings in Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and Academic Specialty Program areas (Project Lead the Way: Biomedical Science, Engineering; Academy of Finance; Law & Government Academy; J. Everett Light Career Center). Parents will hear from students, teachers, and representatives from each of these classes and programs. This will be an asynchronous event. Resources will be sent to parents and students via Skylert. See the flyer here for more information.


HSE 8TH GRADE PARENT NIGHT

8th Grade Parent Night- February 3, 2021 took place as an asynchronous event. Resources were sent to parents of current 8th graders planning to attend Hamilton Southeastern High School in the fall of 2021. The information was sent via Skylert on February 3rd.


HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN HIGH SCHOOL ROYAL RUMBLE

Tentative date is set for July 29th. More information will be emailed via Skylert to parents of current 8th graders planning to attend Hamilton Southeastern High School as soon as it is available.

If you have questions on these events for HSEHS, please contact Lisa Bright.


SUMMER PHYSICAL EDUCATION

FHS and HSEHS will each offer Summer PE from June 7 through June 25, 2021. The class is live and in person for 3 weeks from 7:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday. If you plan on taking this class, and are planning to attend Hamilton Southeastern High School, you must attend the HSE Summer PE class. If you are planning to attend FHS, you must attend the FHS Summer PE. To register for summer PE please read and complete this registration form.

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@FJHLibrary is Now on Facebook!

We realize junior high kiddos don’t always fill their parents in on the details of their school day or share exciting school news. The FJH Library Facebook page will be sharing information tailored for our Charger parents. We’ll let you know when we’re going to have a special library program, share book reviews and suggestions for your kiddos and you, and keep you updated on library news. Be sure to like and follow @FJHLibrary on Facebook.

Withdrawing Your Student?

If your child will be withdrawing from FJH, please notify the Guidance Office at least two days in advance of your child’s last day. Withdrawal forms prepared by the Guidance Office must be signed by the parent/guardian and district rental iPads will need to be returned upon withdrawal.

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Four Years of Paid Tuition?

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:

https://learnmoreindiana.org/scholars/enroll/


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.

7th grade – Kitti Gal (kgal@hse.k12.in.us)

8th grade – Basel Maarouf (bmaarouf@hse.k12.in.us)

Mudsock Spring Sports Registration Still Open

Did you miss our open registration period in January? Signups for most spring sports are still available and we encourage you to register now at [myathletics.com]myathletics.com. Waitlists will form later this month for many leagues and divisions.

Interested in volunteering? We have a community of over 2,000 volunteers made up of neighbors, family, community members and teachers who share their talents with us! Thank you for indicating this on the online registration form or emailing info@myathletics.com. We appreciate your support.

Click on the links below to learn more about our spring program opportunities. Most practices and games take place on school and city fields within the Hamilton Southeastern School District and the city of Fishers:

Soccer (pre-kindergarten - 8th grade)

Baseball (pre-kindergarten – high school)

Softball (age 5 – high school)

Boys Lacrosse (1st – 8th grade)

Girls Lacrosse (1st – 8th grade)

Track & Field (1st – 12th grade)

Rugby (2nd grade – high school)