Falcon Flyer

Fall Creek Intermediate

March 29, 2015


Please be aware that part 2 of ISTEP will begin a couple weeks following Spring Break. The assessment window is April 23-May 15. FCI will attempt to have ISTEP completed by 5/1 with make-ups completed between 5/4-15. Please stay tune to updated information following Spring Break. Every attempt to minimize scheduling appointments during these time periods is appreciated.
Important ISTEP technology reminder - iPAD
Standardized testing CANNOT be completed on an iPad mini as it does not meet the 10" screen requirement by the State. All students must have an iPad 2 or newer with them for testing. The window for ISTEP testing dates are April 23-May 15. (See the FAQ on the district website for more information: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf%5CADM%5Cacademics%5Chse21%5CFAQiPadRationale.pdf)

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE!! --- Pick-up/Drop-offs

If your child is a car rider, it is imperative that drivers pick-up/drop-off students in the line that forms along the outside of the parking lot/curb. To be more specific, do NOT park your car and walk your child across the parking lot to the sidewalk at drop-off in the morning. Do NOT park your car and walk up to the curb to walk your child from the curb to through the parking lot during pick-up.

ALL exchanges for which you need to park will require you to accompany your child into the office to drop-off and sign in OR pick-up your child from the office and sign out. While this may add a few extra minutes to the exchange, the safety of all is our utmost concern.

In addition, if you arrive early to drop-off students and decide to park in the lot until drop-off begins, you MUST get in the line to drop your child off at the front and not cut through and jump to the front of the line. Do NOT cut to the front of the line. Given that on any given day we have hundreds of students dropped off, it is imperative that everyone follows the procedures. Safety of all is imperative. Thank you in advance.

Background Check Reminder

If you are planning to volunteer/participate in events coming up at the end of this year, remember that you must have a background check on file. Note that most background checks take a minimum of 3 days to run. Additionally, all volunteers are required by law to complete the HSE Anti-Bullying training webinar.

Background checks remain active for three years. If you would like to check the status of your current background check, you may contact Mari Myren @ 915-4220 or mmyren@hse.k12.in.us.

Background check information and anti-bullying training may be accessed at: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx

Fall Creek Fit Falcons-----Get ready to Run!

Fit Falcons Club will help prepare students who are planning on running in the Geist Marathon. Their first practice will be Tuesday April 14th. Practices will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 13th. The goal is to run outside, but they will still have practice even if it rains. Please bring a water bottle to every practice. Coaches Renckly & Zook look forward to preparing you for the race! [Permission slips are available outside the coaches classrooms or via this link: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/fci/hot_topics/fit_falcons_letter_2015.pdf]

Plants, Plants, Plants! HSE FFA has what you need!

Support the Hamilton Southeastern FFA 2015 Spring Plant Sale!!

The Hamilton Southeastern FFA will once again be offering a great variety of bedding plants, hanging baskets and combination patio pots (at reasonable prices) for Mother’s Day and your spring gardening and outdoor decorating needs. Tomato plants and a few other vegetable plant varieties & herbs will be available for purchase as well.

As in the past, the plant sale will be held on the east side of the high school, back by the greenhouse. The FFA Boosters will be offering a special HSE Staff Pre-Sale Day on Friday, April 24 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. The sale will be open to the public beginning April 25 thru May 9th. The plant sale hours are from 3PM-6PM throughout the week (M-F) and from 8 AM- 4 PM on Saturdays and from 11 AM-2 PM on Sunday. Stop by and check out our great selection and thank you for supporting the HSE FFA program!

Check out our website to PRE- ORDER and a discount coupon: http://hamiltonsoutheasternffaboosters.weebly.com

-------- PTO NEWS --------

Upcoming PTO meetings

Please join us for upcoming meetings @ FCI:
  • April 17th - 10:00-11:00 a.m. - Presentation of 2015-16 PTO Board, 6th grade End of the Year
  • May 1st - 10:00-11:00 a.m. - Voting on PTO Board

Spring Book Fair Parent Help Needed!

It's almost time for the FCI Spring Book Fair! The Book Fair is the week right before Spring Break...and it is coming fast!! The official dates are Friday, March 27 - Thursday, April 2. Set-up will be Thursday, March 26. The link to sign-up is: http://vols.pt/pZ5Qr7. Please note, if you use a mobile device to sign-up, you will only see March dates. You will have to click on the month tab to see the two April dates (the Wednesday and Thursday of the sale).

HSJH PTO is Calling all Volunteers!

The 2014-15 HSJH Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to invite parents to attend PTO meetings. We need your help to make the rest of this year and next year successful for our students. If you are interested in volunteering on the PTO board, please contact Tabitha Arnett, 2014-15 PTO Co-President, at chef_tabitha@yahoo.com or 317-446-4007.
> PTO Board Meetings are scheduled from 9:30-10:30am at the HSJH on the following dates: Jan 16, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 17, and May 8. If your child(ren) will be attending HSJH (on Cyntheanne Road) next year, please consider attending one of our meetings to learn how you can get involved.

Fall Creek Junior High PTO-Needs You!

Due to the redistricting, FCJH has a new PTO. We are looking for interested parents of 7th and 8th graders to help next year with PTO board & committees.

Open Board positions: Vice President and Treasurer.

We have many committees in need such as Spirit Wear, Fall Fundraiser, Concessions, 8th Grade Party, Staff Appreciation, Talent Show/Showcase, Dine-Out Coordinator, Box Tops/ Campbell’s Labels, & Volunteer Coordinator.

If interested please contact Becky Oldham @ boldham99@gmail.com or Tia McClung @ tia.mcclung@yahoo.com.

Thank you!

What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday, March 30, 2015 Rot. I-1

Book Fair

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Rot. I-2

Book Fair

Yearbook Sales End

2:45-4:00pm - ASL Club

2:50-4:00pm - Track Practice - 6th

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Rot. I-3

Book Fair

2:50-4:00pm - Track Practice - 5th

Thursday, April 2, 2015, Rot. I-4

Book Fair

Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Break - No School

Monday, April 13th, 2015 Rot. F-1

2:45-3:45pm FCI Connect

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Rot. F-2

2:45-4:00pm -Track Practice 6th

2:50-3:45pm - Fit Falcons

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Rot.F-3

7:15-7:45am - Student Council

2:45-4:00pm - Track Practice 5th

2:50-5:30pm - Engineering for Kids

2:50-3:45pm - Falcon THON

2:50-3:45pm - Fit Falcons

Thursday, April 16, 2015 Rot. F-4

2:45-4:00pm - Track Practice 6th

Friday, April 17, 2015 Rot. F-5

10:00-11:00am - PTO meeting

******* Previous Newsletter Postings (still current) *******

FCI Yearbooks

Don't miss out on the wonderful memories of the school year! Orders can be placed at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ with use of code 8879815 to order with a credit card. To pay by check, print off the order form (http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf%5CFCI%5CFCI_Yearbook_order_form.pdf to complete and send in with your child. The cost of the book is $15, and checks should be out to Lifetouch not FCI. Orders need to be placed by March 31st.

RJH Cheer Tryouts

Do you have the spirit? Cheer leaders will be chosen for football and basketball seasons April 14th-16th @ Riverside Junior High. (http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/fci/hot_topics/cheer_tryouts_april_2015_rjh.pdf)

Expanded YMCA Program for Junior High Students

The YMCA is a great programming partner and extension of the school day for many of our families. In 2015-2016, the Y will expand and offer after school care for the junior high students next fall.

Please know that no changes will occur to any elementary YMCA Before & After School programs. A minimum of 15 students is required per site to guarantee junior high programming. Deadline for registration is May 15, 2015. Registration forms must be turned in at the respective school.

Flyers for each school are on our website.

HSE Transition Nights Announced

Check out the following link for transition nights for students who will be in grades 5-8 in 2015-2016: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/resources/pdf/ADM/news/redistricting/HSE%20Schools%20Transition%20Nights.pdf

Destination Imagination-------- Tournaments are Scheduled

Find out about Destination Imagination and see what 21st Century Learning Looks Like. What a great way to support our FCI and district teams!

Destination Imagination Affiliate Finals

Creative Problem Solving Competition

Riverside Junior High and Intermediate School

10910 Eller Rd. Fishers 46038

April 18 from 8-3p.m.

Free Admission

All Junior Highs Physical Night Scheduled @ Fishers JH

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - For all incoming 7th and 8th Grade Student Athlete:

  • 6:30-7:00pm Fishers JH
  • 7:00-7:30pm HSE JH
  • 7:30-8:00 Riverside JH
  • Anytime for Fall Creek JH Student Athletes

Please bring a IHSAA Physical form with pages 1 & 4 filled out, and $25.00 cash or check. See our website for more details. IHSAA forms can be found on all the JH websites.

NO Texting/Emailing during school day

In an effort to keep instructional time as free from distraction as possible, do not email or text your child during the school day. Please contact the office should you need to get a message to your child.

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. [Students staying for after school events may utilize such technology after school.]
  • Notifications should be turned off during the school day.
  • 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.

Remember...if you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call the office at 915-4220. All other situations should be resolved outside the school day.

Keyboarding Skills

Dear Parents and Students:

Below is a recommended site for intermediate students to utilize to learn and improve keyboarding skills prior to entering junior high school. Please consider working on these skills outside of the school day since keyboarding is not a course offered at the intermediate level in HSE Schools. Below are points to consider which have been offered by Dr. Stephanie Loane, Director of Elementary Education for HSE.

http://www.typingweb.com/tutor/ -Students try the free tutor sessions, games and basic tests

Rationale for Keyboarding at Intermediate Levels

· Word processing is a basic skill that should be mastered before the JH level with proficiency before poor habits are established

· Students will experience more success and ease with written response and publishing in all content areas as skills increase

· JH students who demonstrate proficiency when entering grade 7 would be provided with other opportunities beyond basic keyboarding yet to be determined

Keyboarding Instruction and Practice

· Parents will monitor progress at home, encouraging daily practice and keyboarding habits with typingweb.com

· On recommended website students will progress through Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courses following a sequence of lessons and practice games

· Students will take assessments on website to monitor progress at home

Stephanie Loane

Director of Elementary Education

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

13485 Cumberland Road

Fishers, IN 46038



Social Media - Parent Involvement

Social Media is all about us. It inundates our lives daily. We can't escape its presence. This is the same for your children.

We know many of you are aware of and discuss appropriate social media use with your children. However, it is worth noting again at this time as there are increasing social media situations involving FCI students finding their way into the classroom environment negatively impacting focus and interaction. Should this occur, there may be a need for school administration to be involved. Please take some time to discuss appropriate use of social media with your child.

Transportation Changes and Doctor Appts---A Note from the Office

In order to make the process more seamless for transportation changes and Dr. Appts., we would prefer a note sent in with your student so the office has record of the change. We send a pass to the classroom so there is fewer interruptions during class. In the event that a change needs to be made during the school day please call the office @ 915-4220. If you need changes to be made after school hours please leave a message on our attendance line @ 596-7499. Also please include in your note and message: your students full name, homeroom teacher, the time of the event, your full name, and a telephone # in the event we have questions.

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 Library, 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

District Happenings...

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

  • IUPUI Summer Reading Program
  • Southeastern Swim Lessons
  • All JH Physical Night
  • Fishers Parks & Recreation Summer Camps
  • HEPL Library Programs
  • Fishers Parks & Recreation Softball League
  • Keep Fishers Beautiful-Opportunities to Help
  • Fishers Freedom Festival Royal Court Information
  • HSE Family Resource Center Parent & Family Nights @ SCI
  • April HEPL Library Schedule
  • Fishers Parks & Recreation Arbor Day
  • RJH Cheer Tryouts
  • SPORTS Information 3/27/15

Student Transportation