News from Panther Headquarters

October 2018

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From the desk of the Principal...

Hello Panther Families –

It is once again my pleasure to share pertinent information about HIJH to our Panther families. At HIJH, we have embraced the idea that in order to get the most out of their learning experiences, students need to "Own their Learning." This means that in order to maximize their growth throughout the year, students need to know and understand where they are in their learning journey, know where they are going (end results), and know the path it takes to get where they are going. This requires setting long-term and short-term goals, collecting assessment data, and selecting artifacts of their work from all classes. All of this is placed in individual student portfolios in each of their classes. To that end, we will be engaged once again in Student-Led Conferences this school year that will take place within the window of October 23 through October 25 from 3:00-7:00. Before or after school meetings can also be arranged on Monday or Friday as needed. A Homeroom teacher or an SLT teacher should have contacted parents/guardians with time and date options through an electronic form such as PTC Fast or Sign-up Genius. Families will have an opportunity to let their child lead them through his or her learning experiences this year in 20-minute sessions. They are to select one or two content areas of choices to share goals and artifacts, share one HSE21 (21st Century) life skill goal, and establish a third goal with their parents/guardians to work on throughout the rest of the school year. Teachers will be on hand as facilitators of the process, but the students themselves lead the conferences. This conference is not the time to discuss classroom specifics or address concerns with the teacher. Parents can set up teacher meetings at any time throughout the year for those purposes. The research on Student-Led Conferencing is overwhelming that giving the student the opportunity to understand and articulate their growth and achievement as a learner is a powerful tool, and the National Middle School Association, The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, and National Association of School Principals endorse them, among others. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with parents to support student achievement and appreciate your support throughout the year.


Tim A. Mankin

Upcoming Important Dates

October 1-5 Camp Tecumseh

October 5 First Grading Period Ends

October 8- Fundraiser Product Pick-up at HIJH-AUX GYM. Enter through Door #3,

3-7 pm *Parents must come to pick up products for their children.

October 9 Choir Concert - 7 pm in Panther Hall (Gr. 7/8)

October 10 Orchestra Concert - 7 pm in Panther Hall (Gr. 7/8)

October 10 Dine to Donate - Dairy Queen 5-8 pm

October 12 PTO Meeting - 9:30 am

October 15-19 - Fall Break

October 23-25 Student Led Conferences 3-7 pm

HIJH Student Handbook

Click here to read the 2018-19 Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Jr. High Student Handbook.

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.

Book Fees and IPad Rental

Student Course Fees were assigned mid-September with a due date of October 5, 2018. Skyward has been updated with all book/Ipad fees for 18-19 school year. Fees can be paid online through efunds, (be sure to click optional fees payment tab), check or money order, NO CASH please. If paying by check, please put your child’s ID number in the memo line. This will ensure the amount is applied to the correct student. Please allow up to two weeks for Skyward to show paid. Receipts will not be sent home. If you have any questions, please contact Doty Gaertner, Treasurer at 317-594-4120.

Counselor's Corner

HIJH Student Services does everything in our power to help students and families in need, including academic, career exploration, and social/emotional needs. The latter is sometimes more difficult for HIJH to resolve with the means available.

School Counselors often receive information from outside resources which may benefit the needs of our families. We, the counselors, compile a list of available resources in the event that families ask for such information. After the available means through HIJH Student Services Department is exhausted, we continue to try to help in any way we can.

Although we do not recommend any one service in particular, we can offer this compilation of community resources at your request. If you choose to seek outside services and would like to view information made available to HIJH, please contact us at your convenience. Please remember, all requests are kept confidential.

Resources may include: Food pantries, Clothing distributers, Prevention Programs, and Grief and Loss Counseling/ Therapy. We are here to serve you!

Planning for the Future. Getting one’s thoughts in order is a good start for planning the future. Simply sitting down with your child and asking, “What do you think you want to do with your life?” is a great way to start planning. Promote conversations that focus on where your child wants to be academically and what their career interests might be at this time. Take a half hour every other week to research some of the careers of interest discussed, as well as colleges, universities, and vocational school that support such careers. Simply open the door to future planning; you may be amazed at what you find!

This year we again will be talking with all students about college and career readiness over the next two months. Students will be provided a magazine titled Learn More. This magazine talks about college and career readiness, where some parts of the magazine will be discussed. Please feel free to talk with your students about the magazine.

Testing Dates to Note. Please mark your calendars to ensure your child is in attendance these testing periods.

ILEARN testing window - April 22 - May 17, 2019

It is extremely important that your child be in attendance and on time during these testing days. Please assist us by ensuring that your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast. Also, it would be advantageous to reschedule any appointments you have scheduled during these days. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this testing process.

Click here for the Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).

Click here Twenty-First Century Scholars.

5th Grade Support Groups

Click here to learn more about the 5th Grade Support Groups led by Mr. Willey, HIJH Student Support Specialist.

Messages from the Nurse

As school nurses, our priority is to provide care for students who are injured or become ill while in our school building. The clinic is not a substitute for your private physician's care. Nurses monitor for signs and symptoms of an illness; however, our scope of practice does not include diagnosing illness—that is the role of a physician. Additionally, we are here to assist students with medication administration and to help manage students' special medical conditions. If your student is well enough to come to school but needs allergy or cold meds, please administer them at home, as we do not stock these medications in the clinic.

October 26, 5th Grade will have their vision screening and October 30, 8th Grade will have their vision screening. Please remind your students to bring their glasses or contacts on those days.

***EMERGENCY MEDICATIONS*** If your student is carrying emergency medication on them while at school (Epi Pen or Inhaler) we MUST have a doctor's note on file. Please have your child's doctor fax a note to 317-594-4129. Please remind your child to wash hands frequently with soap and water throughout the day at school. Think of all the places hands touch that are “germy”-stair rails, door handles, etc. Washing hands is proven to be the best way to prevent the spread of germs.

HIJH Sports Information

Click here to learn about all of the HIJH Athletic Info.

HIJH Library News

Click here to find out the latest in Library News.

HIJH Cafe Info

Click here to learn about National School Lunch Week which is October 15-19th.

Free Math Help

Free Math help is available for all 5th-8th grade students every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. It is early, but it is FREE! Your student can get some extra assistance and help with homework or prepare for exams. Feel free to take advantage of this opportunity! Mrs. Auger will meet all students at 7:00 a.m. in the main entrance and walk to Room 142.

Camp T Reminders-7th Grade

Click here to get important Camp T Reminders

Attention all parents of 8th Graders

Attention all 8th grade parents: The deadline to register for the 8th grade Washington DC trip has passed and the planning for the trip has begun! Our next step will be a roommate selection meeting which is tentatively scheduled for HIJH students on Friday December 7th at 7am in the main gym. For other general trip information please go to or contact Eric Brown (

Band Notes

The pep band will start rehearsing in October. Our October rehearsals are Wednesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 24 in the band room from 3-4:30 pm. Looking ahead, our first band concert is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6 in the HSE HS Auditorium starting at 7 pm.

Orchestra News.

Attached please find information on the Orchestra Happenings at HIJH. Click here to learn more.

PTO News

PTO Website. Checkout our PTO website ( for the 2018-19 PTO calendar, PTO meeting schedule, past meeting minutes, newsletters, and more.

October PTO Meeting. The next PTO meeting will be Friday, October 12 at 9:30 am at the school. All parents are invited to join us.

Panther Rewards.

Kroger. HIJH families who link their Kroger card number to our school help earn our school money! When you use your Kroger card, a portion of the sale goes to our school. It’s an easy way to support the PTO without costing you (or your fuel points) anything! Go to, click “I’m a Customer” then “Request Your Kroger Plus Card” and create an account. If you already have an account, sign in. In the Find Organization box, type HIJH-PTO or WT583 and link your card to our account.

Amazon. Amazon is another simple way to help our school money. Go to HTTP:// and type HSJH PTO under “supporting”. You will need to go to each time (rather than use the app)- saving it under bookmarks makes it easy to use. Thank you for your support of the PTO and those families who have already linked their accounts to our school! The more families who are linked, the more money the PTO earns - and it all goes back to the school!

Tyson Rewards and Box Tops. Keep clipping Box Tops and Tyson Rewards. Our next collection will be on October 10. Each student that brings in 15+ rewards gets a treat at lunch. Put all rewards in a baggie labeled with your student’s name, grade and teacher. Contact Lisa Gruber with questions at

Dine to Donate. Our next dine to donate is Wednesday, October 10 from 5-8 pm at Dairy Queen on Olivia Way. Please present the attached flyer when ordering your food. Click here for the Dine to Donate Flier.

HIJH Playground

The HIJH PTO is raising funds to install a playground at our school. While HIJH was origianlly built for 7th and 8th grade only, expanded school enrollment now includes Grades 5 and 6 and we would like them to benefit from having a playground. Click here to learn about how and where to donate for this very worthy cause. Thank you for ALL you do!

HIJH School Fundraiser

If your child sold items in this year's Red Apple fundraiser, the product pick-up is Monday, October 8 at HIJH-AUX GYM. Enter through Door #3 from 3-7 pm. *Parents must come to pick up products for their children.

E-Waste Recycling Program

Do you have old or unwanted electronics and cell phones? Donate today. Click here to learn how.

HIJH Connect

Click here to find out about HIJH Connect.

Chaucie's Place

On September 20 and 21, your student learned about Chaucie's Place. Please click here to find the parent portion of that program.

Hamilton County Coats for Kids

Help keep Hamilton County kids warm this winter! HIJH will be collecting clean coats, mittens, gloves, hats and boots the week of October 8th. Donations can be dropped off in the main office. Thank you for your help!

Middle Years

Click here to find a newsletter for The Middle Years. A great resource for handling your tween!

October Multicultural Holidays

Click here to find out about the Multicultural Holidays for the month.


HSE Child Find

What to do if you suspect a disability? Learn about HSE Schools Child Find Procedures here.

CBB is now called Community Insider

You can now find the HSE CBB (Community Bulletin Board) on the HSE Website under "Happenings" and click on Community Insider.

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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

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