Falcon Flyer

Fall Creek Intermediate

February 1, 2015

Next 1/2 day for students - February 6th

HSE Snow Make-Up Days are February 17th and May 29th.

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. For safety reasons we cannot have parents and students walking through the parking lot, not even to walk up the student group and walk them to their cars. If you need to pick-up your child early, please park and come in the building to sign them out. While this may be an inconvenience, the safety of all is our utmost concern. Thank you in advance.

Math Bowl Change

Please note**** There WAS originally a Feb 4th am practice. There is NO practice that morning now due to the Invitational that evening! HSE Math Bowl Invitational is Feb. 4th at FCI 5:00-6:00 PM. The final 2 practices are Feb. 11th and 18th @ 7:20 AM. State Math Bowl Meet is Feb. 26th @ RSI at 5:00 PM.

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.

DARE - Parent Meeting

Learn about the content your child will be involved in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program beginning this week. This exciting program is intended to help your child resist pressures which may influence him/her to make poor choices. Officers will also introduce students to the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model that will assist in problem solving and help making wise decisions. Join officers who will be involved in the classrooms presenting this content on Thursday, February 5th @ 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.

6th Grade Parents CPR Meeting & Information is Feb. 10th @ 6:00

The Parent Meeting is set for Feb. 10th, 2015 @ 6:00 pm. The form to exempt your child and other details are on the FCI website. Any questions can be answered by our school nurse Mrs. Weber jweber@hse.k12.in.us.

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



Attending FISHERS JR. HIGH next year?? Read on....

Who: Attention 6th Grade Students and Parents


When: Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Students and parents of incoming 7th graders are invited to attend FJH Charger Connection on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Charger Connection will be presented in an open-house format for parents and students to “Connect” with Fishers Junior High. Students and parents are invited to attend anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Display stations will be set up throughout the building to provide information about academic areas, athletics and extra-curricular offerings. Teachers from each department will be available to answer questions. Students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the building and visit classrooms throughout the evening.

We look forward to seeing our future Chargers on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

What's Happening @ the Creek

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, Rot. F-2

BizTown 5-6

2:45-4:30pm - Girls BB Practice

Tuesday, Feb 3rd, 2015, Rot. F-3

Biztown 5-1

2:50-4:00pm - Choir

5:00-7:00pm - Girls BB game @ FCI vs Mt. Vernon

Wednesday, Feb. 4th, 2015, Rot. F-4

BizTown 5-2

7:15-7:45am - Yearbook Club

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

3:15-5:15pm - Girls BB game @ SCI

5:00pm -Math Bowl Invitational @ FCI

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, Rot.

BizTown 5-3

2:45-4:30pm - Girls BB Practice

6:30-7:30pm - parent DARE meeting in FCI cafeteria

Friday, Feb. 6 ,2015, Rot. F-5

Quarter 3 Mid Term

11:05am. - Student dismissal (half-day) / Staff PD

Monday, Feb. 9th,2015, Rot. C-2

BizTown 5-4

2:45-3:45pm - FCI Connect

Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 2015, Rot.C-3

BizTown 5-5

2:45-4:30 pm - Girls BB Practice

2:50-4:00 pm - Choir

6:00-7:00 pm - CPR Parent Meeting @ Cafeteria

Wednesday, Feb. 11th, 2015, Rot. C-4

7:15-7:45am - Student Council

7:20-7:45am - Math Bowl

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

5:00-7:00pm - Girls BB game @ RSI

Band/Orchestra - Fundraiser Starts

Thursday, Feb. 12th, 2015, Rot. C-5

5:00-7:00pm - Girls BB game @ Highland Middle School

Friday, Feb. 13th, 2015, Rot. I-1

10:00-11:00am - PTO Meeting

Monday, Feb. 16th, 2015

President’s Day - No School

Tuesday, Feb 17th, 2015

School in session – Make-up day for snow day

GRANDFATHERING message from Dr. Beresford

Dear HSE Parents,

On behalf of the Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation, we hope your holiday season was a bright and peaceful one. HSE is now in the process of planning for the 2015-2016 school year.

As promised, we want to share an important message regarding the “Grandfathering” provision the Board of School Trustees approved as part of the redistricting plan. “Grandfathering” allows a student in grades 3, 5, and 7 to remain at his or her current school for the 2015-16 school year. Parents must provide transportation.

If you would like to take advantage of this provision, please complete the attached “2015-16 Grandfathering Form” and return it to your student’s school or the HSE Administration Office by February 6, 2015.

Again, we hope you had a wonderful winter break and look forward to an outstanding semester two!

HSE Schools

The attachment is on FCI website and on the skylert that went out 1-6-15.

Michael J. Beresford, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

FCI Yearbooks

Don't miss out of 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 April 6th.

$$$$s for Scholars

Dollars for Seniors Approaches

Local college-bound high school seniors will be picking up the phones during the first two weeks of February for the annual Dollars for Seniors scholarship telethon. Each senior learns a bit about philanthropy and the impact it can have on local students, teachers, and schools. Students then apply that information to raise funds for scholarships. This flagship event, hosted by the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation, helps to ensure more than 125 local seniors receive financial assistance in pursuing their education goals. That represents nearly 10% of the graduating class! If you receive a call this February, please consider making a student’s day with a pledge of your own. More information available at www.hsefoundation.org.

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.

Save the Date for FALCON FEST



Friday, March 27th


A night of games, activities, music, food and FUN for all FCI students. Registration packets and additional information will be sent home at the end of February. Contact We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Falcon Fest 2015!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/P1MZMh
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Everyone needs a current background check and watch the Bullying Video to be a volunteer. So please plan early to make sure they are processed on time.

Melissa Schulman

mkdpm@yahoo.comMary Kate Myers jmkmyers@att.net with any questions. We need lots of volunteers for this event. See volunteering information included in this newsletter on how to sign up.

HSEJH 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.

HS Marching Band Fundraising

DID YOU KNOW??? If you attend Colts Games (& a few other LOS events) you can easily support FHS/HSEHS Marching Bands?

FHS/HSEHS Marching Bands would love for you to stop by our concession stand to say “hey” and show your support by purchasing concession from us! In a joint effort to help parents/students earn funds for their Marching Bands students accounts, FHS/HSEHS Marching Bands joined together to staff booth 136 at Lucas Oil Stadium. We are there all Colts home games and a few other LOS event (MonsterJam, Supercross, NCAA Semifinals, NCAA Championship). Every dollar you spend on concession at LOS can help support your FHS/HSEHS Marching Bands students. We would love to see our friends, neighbors, parents and students come to cheer us on and help support us as we work for our marching bands students! Or if you are a Band/Guard Parent looking for a way to add money directly into your Students Band account, please contact us asap regarding signing up to work an upcoming LOS event!

For more info on how you can support FHS (http://fishersband.org/boosters/) or HSEHS Marching Bands (http://www.hsehsbands.com/ ), contact the booster clubs for each organization. Hope to see you there!

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

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.

FCI Twitter Feed @ FCI_Falcons


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)

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.

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
  • SENG Parent Group Information
  • SENG Fishers Winter 2015
  • Fishers Parks & Recreation Pinterest Craft Night
  • Form for Grandfathering a Student to Another School
  • Spring Choir Permission slip and Dates
  • 4-H Enrollment Information
  • January Library Children Programs
  • Fishers Parks Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance
  • IUPUI Summer Reading Program
  • SPORTS Spring Youth Information
  • Fishers Parks & Recreation Heart Hike
  • Southeastern Swim Lessons

Student Transportation