Fishers Junior High School

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Principal Message

Greetings Charger parents,

I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend our Meet the Teacher/Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 11. Hopefully, you had a chance to meet our staff and get a feel for what FJH is all about. At the 7th grade level, we have the Globetrotters Team, the Heroes Team, and the Stars Team. At the 8th grade level, we have the Aces Team, the Champions Team, and the Explorers Team. Each team is made up of an English, social studies, and science teacher. Throughout the school year, you will receive additional information from the teams regarding classroom management, curriculum, celebrations, and competitions. After a week and a half, our students are able to find their classes, open their lockers, and get through the lunch lines. We are excited at how quickly our students are acclimating to junior high school expectations. Each year, our staff reviews our mission statement, and I would like to share it with you -

"Fishers Junior High School, in partnership with the community, is committed to academic excellence and talent development in a safe, supportive environment. It is our mission that every student will possess the academic and social skills necessary to be a responsible citizen and a lifelong learner in a rapidly changing, diverse world."

Our newsletter is packed full of great information, so please read to the end. Thank you for sending the very best students to FJH!

Proudly serving as your principal,

Dr. Crystal Thorpe


@FJHChargers on Twitter

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Upcoming School Events

8/18 - 4:00 Fall Play Callout Meeting in D102

8/18 - 5:30 7th FB (Home) & 8th (Away)

8/25 - 8:00 PTO meeting (am); 9:30 Picture Re-take Day (am); 5:30 7th FB (H) & 8th FB (A)

8/26 - 5:00 Volleyball (A)

Athletic Ticket Price Information-UPDATED STARTING IN 2021-2022
Student/Adult tickets -- $5.00
Family Max (3 or more) -- $15.00
Seniors / Pre-K -- FREE
All-Sport Pass (single) -- $50.00
All-Sport Pass (family) -- $100.00

The Counselor's Corner

We will begin the fall NWEA testing on Tuesday, August 17, periods 6 - BEST and Wednesday, August 18 periods 1-3. Students will need to have their iPad charged and ready to go.

If you have any issues with Skyward, please contact Mrs. Broughton at Additional information for accessing Canvas can be found at Canvas: Parent Resources (

Ms. Kitti Gal is the 8th grade school counselor, and Mr. Maarouf is the 7th grade school counselor. Get to know our counselors by watching videos they created last year as new staff members.

Meet Your School Counselor
All about Maarouf

Student absences

School attendance is extremely important. The school attendance line is 317-594-4156 and is available 24 hours a day. Parents are requested to notify the school by telephone by 10:30 A.M. on the day of the student absence. All work missed during a student’s absence should be made up. See the student handbook for the detailed attendance policy.

Student Handbook

All Hamilton Southeastern Schools 2021-2022 student handbooks (K-12) are available online for easier access. The FJH student handbook can be found online in our “Student Life” page on our website. We encourage you to review it at your earliest convenience. It contains student rules, regulations, services, and procedures. Please review the handbook with your student and familiarize yourself with the rules, procedures, and expectations of FJH. Should you have any questions, please contact our main office at 317-594-4150. Our staff is available to assist you. Student Handbook - Fishers Junior High (


Bonjour! We would like to congratulate Madame Hennessey, French World Language teacher, on being selected as the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association K-8 Teacher of the Year 2021. Madame Hennessey is passionate about teaching, and she shares that enthusiasm with our students! We are so proud of her!

In School news

Society for Science would like to welcome Deb Kletch and Fishers Junior High School to the Science News in High Schools program for the 2021-2022 year. "We are pleased to inform you that Fishers Junior High School has been accepted to receive the program this year. We’re so excited to work with you."

Society for Science, the nonprofit organization that publishes Science News, is excited to bring you and your students our journalism and related lesson plans throughout this school year. We are here to support you with both print and digital STEM resources. Our lessons can be posted to your learning management system or handed out to your students, and you and your students can access any of the digital resources by using your email address.

8th Grade Washington DC Trip

FJH 8th graders were recently invited to take part in the annual class trip to Washington D.C. Mr. Heiniger (8th grade social studies teacher) will again be sponsoring the trip through Worldstrides. Students will fly out to our nation’s capital over Presidents Day weekend to experience this once in a lifetime trip. They will be visiting many of the Smithsonian Museums, memorials, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, and much more! All students received an information packet from their social studies teacher, and if they register by 8/13 can receive a $100 discount off the trip price. The final deadline to register is September 15th.

FJH Shirts for Sale!

FJH Shirts will be selling shirts at lunch on Wednesday August 18th and 25th. T-shirts $10, Hoodies $20. Plus, order forms for any sizes not available on those days.

Club Information

Charger Video Production!

Charger Video Production is looking for some awesome students who are interested in filming and creating school announcements for FJH that will air monthly. Students will produce video broadcasts of news, sports, & events of FJH, open to all students. Team members will attend after school events when available in addition to a short weekly team meeting. All members have the opportunity to participate in all areas of the broadcast: script writer, videographer, reporter, anchor, and video editor. If interested in this opportunity, please see Miss Zeller in C103 for an application or pick up an application from the library or office. CTV is open to 15 students! Applications need to be returned to Miss Zeller in C103 by August 16th!

FJH Student Council Callout Meeting

Any students interested in being part of FJH Student Council should attend the callout meeting on Tuesday August 23rd during BEST. For more information, please see Mr. Maarouf in the Guidance Office or Mr. Lehman in the Band Room.

Car riders - pick-up and drop-off

We have seen an uptick in car-riders so far this school year. More car-riders means more cars; more cars means more traffic; and more traffic means more congestion. WE NEED YOUR HELP to ease congestion on Cumberland road as well as promote student safety in the parking lot. To ease morning congestion, please be sure to pull your vehicle forward to the last speed bump (corner of reflective windows) to allow more cars to drop students at the curb. To ease afternoon congestion, we have opened up both lanes for student pick up. Again, please pull your vehicle forward to the last speed bump, or further, and fill both lanes. If the lanes are full, please DO NOT BLOCK the entrance and pull into the parking lot and find a space -- we want to help our hard working Fishers Police Officers in getting traffic off of Cumberland Road. We ask that you are respectful of the handicap spaces and do not block those spaces. Above all, please help your fellow neighbors by following these few guidelines and making student safety a priority. Thank you all for your assistance as we navigate through these active times of day!

- FJH Admin and FPD.

From the PTO

Greetings parents,

We look forward to working together in taking care of our school community! Our first meeting is Wednesday, August 25 at 8:00 a.m. in the main office conference room. We'll be meeting in-person at the school with a virtual option for those unable to attend in-person. All parents and guardians of FJH students are welcome to attend. Email to be sent the Zoom link. Thank you, Tabbatha Collier, PTO president.

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Child Find Information

What to do if you suspect a disability?

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

· For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary School, 317-915-4250.

· For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child find?

Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

Response to Instruction (RtI) is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.

Body Safety Information Night for Parents

The Body Safety Information Night for junior high/high school night will be held on September 16th at 7pm. Please sign up using this link:

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Covid 19 Information - Nurse Hanna

Please remember to send your student to school healthy. If a student is ill and has any of the symptoms of Covid listed below, we encourage you to get your student tested using a PCR test, which is available via Fishers Health Department (COVID Vaccine | Fishers, IN - Official Website) or the Indiana Department of Health (ISDH - Novel Coronavirus: COVID-19 Testing Information). PCR tests are the most accurate and provide less risk of a false positive or negative result. A visit to your physician is also suggested if you feel this is not Covid-related, then a doctor's note would be needed for your student to return to school. Please do not send your child to school ill or while waiting for Covid test results.

Symptoms to monitor for:

Fever or chills


Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore Throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Covid 19 and Contact Tracing

Below is the link for the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Return to Instruction Document. Any questions you may have regarding contact tracing and quarantine expectations can be found in the plan.

HSE Return to Instruction Document

Social-Emotional Learning Information

FJH will use the Second Step curriculum to teach Social-Emotional Learning and the Employability Skills Standards. The curriculum will be taught once per week during BEST. Below is information from the IDOE website and additional information can be found at Grade Six – Grade Eight Employability Skills Standards ( The scope and sequence of the lessons can be found our our schools' website.
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