News from Panther Headquarters

December 2016

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From the desk of the Principal...

Hello Panther Families –

Greetings from the land of the Panthers! It is a very busy time for Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate & Junior high. There is a lot to be accomplished during the short month of December; our last day of school before break will be Friday, December 16th.

With the semester ending this month prior to Holiday Break, all students in grades 5-8 will be taking Round 2 of the NWEA assessment. The results will allow teachers to see where academic growth and achievement have taken place for our students, and thus drive their instructional planning accordingly. It is our belief that all students can learn, but they learn at different rates. With the excellent instruction provided by our staff and the willingness of students to work hard and do their best, they will show growth in their learning. We believe in the attached photo. When students say they don’t understand, we remind them to add ‘…YET’ to the end of their comment. In order to provide optimal time for students to be successful, we will be operating on a NO SLT schedule for 7th and 8th graders from 12/1, 12/2, 12/7, and 12/8 where class periods will be eight minutes longer. Remember that Monday, January 2nd is a teacher work day only and students will return to second semester on Tuesday, January 3rd.

It is our mission to provide the best possible education learning environment for all of our students, and in doing so, provide the communication that families need to stay involved as a partner. When questions arise, please contact our teachers, counselors, or administrators to assist you as needed. We appreciate your support along our educational journey, and on behalf of the HIJH Staff, I wish you the very best as we approach this Holiday SeasonJ!!

Upcoming Important Dates

December 1 Pep Band 5 HIJH Gym

December 2 PTO Meeting 9:30 am

December 2 DC Trip Roommate Selection Mtg 98th graders)

7 am HIJH Gym

December 2 Choir Concert (8th graders) HSE

December 6 - 8 BizTown Field Trips (5th graders)

December 7 Choir Concert 7 pm Panther Hall

December 12 Orchestra Concert 7 pm Panther Hall

December 14 Band Concert 7 pm HIJH Gym

December 15 Pep Band Performance HIJH Gym

December 16 End of 1st Semester

December 19 - January 2

Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

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 Planning for the Future, Twenty-First Century Scholars, Testing Dates to Note, and Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).

Messages from the Nurse

Please send a CHAPSTICK to school for your student to store in their pencil pouch. Help your student remain in class and avoid clinic germs by providing this needed item.

5th grade vision screening --Please send your 5th grader to school with their GLASSES/contacts on Tuesday, December 6th or Wednesday, December 7th (opposite BizTown trip).

HSE Illness Policy: All students must be free of fever (without the use of temperature lowering medication--fever is defined as 100 degrees or more), vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Thank you for helping to keep our students healthy by following HSE Illness Policy (it can be found in the online Handbook.) and your best judgement when your child is sick.

Washington DC Trip for 8th Grade Students

Attention all parents of 8th graders going on the Washington DC trip: We will be having a MANDATORY meeting on Friday, December 2nd at 7 am in the main gym for all the students going on the trip. Parents do NOT need to attend. The purpose of this meeting is to finalize roommates for the trip. If you have 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

AmazonSmile. If you’re shopping on Amazon for the holidays, don’t forget to link your AmazonSmile account to HSJH PTO Inc. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Thank you!

Holiday Breakfast. On December 16th the HIJH PTO Staff Appreciation Committee will host a Holiday Breakfast for the HIJH staff. We will need helpers and several donations. If you are interested in helping or donating, please use the sign up link below. Thank you in advance!

Panther Palooza Coming Soon. On Friday, January 20th, the 7th and 8th grade Panthers will take over the school for an evening of fun at our first annual Panther Palooza. Mark your calendars - details coming soon!

HIJH Winter Athletics Information

Click here to find out about November Winter Athletics Information.

HIJH Cafe Info

Hamilton Southeastern Schools takes pride in helping our community in many different ways. The food service department is no exception! Many of our schools participate in a food rescue program that benefit Hamilton County. Here at Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate and Junior High we collect un-opened food containers that are donated during the week. On Monday morning a group of volunteers from Grace Community Church come and collect our donations, sort through and distribute the foods that evening to families from our community. While we do not encourage our students to purchase “extra” food for the program, we do appreciate their donations of anything that is not eaten and un-opened.

A side note to this is that one of our 8th grade students has developed the program application that counts, tracks and converts what is donated to how many meals are served with the donated foods.

Way to go Panthers!

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!

HIJH Choir

Click here to find out information on HIJH Choir.

Band Info

Click here to find out all of the exciting happenings with HIJH Band.

iPad Helpful Hints

Backing up your device:

It is a good idea to back up any and all devices in your household whether it is to a computer, external hard drive, or iCloud. There are always situations that we cannot or did not plan for, and having a back up helps!

This link from Apple gives step by step information on how to back up an Apple device to a computer using iTunes or to an iCloud account.

Goodwill Donation Drive

HIJH is proud to offer a collaboration with Goodwill. Click here to find out more about it.

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.

December Multicultural Holidays

Click here to learn more about December Multicultural Holidays.


Hamilton East Public Library

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

HSE Orchestra Schedule

Find out about the HSE Orchestra Schedule here.

Future Royals Cheerleading Clinic

Find out about a fun cheerleading clinic for your future Royals!

Fishers Fusion Dance Clinic

Learn more about the Fishers Fusion Dance Team Clinic.


Check out all the great activities through SPORTS.

Holiday Bazaar

Find out about the Hoosier Road Elementary Holiday Bazaar here.

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Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High

12278 N. Cyntheanne Road, Fishers, IN 46037

Ph: 317-594-4120

Attendance: 317-594-4126

Guidance: 317-594-4124

Fax: 317-594-4129

Twitter: @HIJPanthers

Athletics Twitter: @HIJathletics