Cougar Chronicle

Volume 17 Issue 20 - Friday, January 14, 2022

No School on Monday, January 17

No School on Monday, January 17, for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 14

Important Dates Coming Up

  • Monday, January 17 - No School for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Now through Friday, January 14 - Recycle Holiday Lights outside door 1 or door 2
  • Monday, Jan. 31 - Friday, Feb. 4 - Fire Safety Lessons for Kindergarten - 2nd Grades
  • Friday, February 18 - E-Learning Day - No in-person school. Log in to Canvas for E-Learning.
  • Monday, Feb. 28 - Friday, March 4 - Riley Week! watch for more info soon!

We Need Kleenex, please donate if able. Thank you for considering!

School Dismissal Manager

Thank you to all of our families for making sure you are using our SDM digital website/App to change transportation for your child in the afternoon. We understand changes need to be made sometimes and we may not accept hand written notes or emails for changes. Please use SDM and have all changes completed before 1 PM. If you need assistance, please call our front office at 317-915-4270 and speak with Cher McCord to walk you through how to create an exception or routine exceptions such as YMCA every Wednesday.

Is your student absent today?

We need to know why your student is not at school.

Call 317-915-4270. You can call 24 hours a day to leave a message why your student is absent.

Call 317-915-4270 to talk to the office staff from 7AM-3PM.

Email Alison Jones, attendance secretary, at with a reason for the absence. Email your student's teacher, too.

Put an exception with a reason in School Dismissal Manager.

Thank you!

Running Late?

We know life happens. If you are dropping your child off in the car rider line and there is no adult, it is an expectation that you park and walk them in for safety.

It is required that you enter the main office to sign them in. No mask? No worries, we have extras!

If you are going to be later than 9:00AM, please contact the main office to help with our daily attendance communication.

Thank you!

Operations Plan - HSE Schools

Please note that as regulations and guidelines from regulatory and health agencies change, or as health-related conditions warrant, the plan may have to be altered.

Breakfast and Lunch Menu

January 118-21 is Week 1.There may be changes to the menu due to supply chain limitations. Thank you for your understanding.

Lunch Changes for the week of January 18-21 (Week 1)

MONDAY NO SCHOOL for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday – Breaded chicken sandwich

Wednesday – Chicken and noodles

Thursday – Meatball sub

Friday Calzone

Global Studies Update

Miss Coffman is back at Sand Creek and is happy to announce this year's first Golden Globe winner! Congratulations to Mrs. Passon's 1st grade class on their focus on community and an explorer mindset this week!
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Link to HSE District Substitute Teacher Information Page

Social-Emotional Learning Lessons from Last Week:

Kindergarten: Getting Focused - Mindful Awareness

  • Students will compare mindful behavior and unmindful behavior and identify the parts of the brain responsible for controlling each type.
First Grade: Digital Citizenship - How Your Brain Works

  • Students will understand the importance of being safe, responsible, and respectful online.
Second Grade: Getting Focused - How your Brain Works

  • Students will learn about the three parts of their brains that help them think and respond to stress.
Third Grade: Getting Focused - How your Brain Works

  • Students will learn about the three parts of their brains that help them think and respond to stress.
Fourth Grade: Emotion Management - Rethink it!

  • Students will be able to rethink a variety of situations.

Would you like more information on Social Emotional Learning?

Visit the HSE District Sites to read more, or follow the links below:

District Instruction Plan and COVID Dashboard Links

Details on school protocols, mitigation strategies, the HSE District COVID dashboard, and self-reporting forms are all here.

Indiana Radon Poster Contest

We need your student’s help explaining science through art!

The 2022 Indiana Radon Poster Contest is here! This is a fun, educational, and potential prize-winning opportunity for our students.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by naturally decaying uranium in the soil and can be drawn into homes through cracks in the foundation.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Approximately 1 in 3 homes tested have radon levels at or above the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L in Indiana.

In order to spread the message about radon’s health hazards, the American Lung Association is calling on Indiana students age 9-14 to create a radon poster that will increase public awareness of radon gas and encourage people to test their homes.

If you choose to participate, please send your posters to central office Attn: Bob Rice by March 4. I will collect all submissions and send them to the American Lung Association by the March 18 deadline.

Full Contest details and additional radon information is available on the contest website at:

HSE Report It!

HSE Report It! is a school safety mobile reporting app that allows students, staff, and community members to provide anonymous information about concerns for their own safety or the safety of others. HSE Report it!, can be downloaded via Google Play or the Apple App Store. It’s anonymous and reports are made exclusively through the mobile app. HSE Report it! has no length limitations or the need to remember a short code. Reporters can attach photos, screenshots, videos, documents and/or audio recordings to their concerns and they can engage in a two-way dialogue with a real person.

Mudsock Youth Athletics News - Spring Program Registration

Mudsock Youth Athletic Updates:

Register Now For Spring Programs

What will you play? Open registration for spring baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track and field runs through January 31st at After the 31st, waitlists may form for certain sports in various divisions. Season information and program fees can be found here.

Located on the Community Insider here:

Girls Lacrosse TRY-IT Day – January 9th

Calling all girls in grades 1st - 8th! Drop by the FREE Mudsock Girls Lacrosse TRY-IT Day on January 9th anytime between 12-2 p.m. at Finch Creek Field House. All equipment provided and no experience necessary. Get the scoop on the upcoming spring season, try a few drills, and get hooked. In addition to meeting board members, coaches and youth players, the HSE High School Lacrosse Team will be running the stations!

Visit the Community Insider page linked below for all the details.

Community Insider

Looking for local events? Check out HSE’s Community Insider (CI). The CI is a resource for both HSE families and community partners. It not only provides a space to post information about events, camps, and other educational programs. It also offers the opportunity to find upcoming activities in and around Hamilton County.