Fishers Junior High, November 2020

Home of the Chargers

Principal: Dr. Crystal Thorpe

Assistant Principal: Mr. Tige Butts

Athletic Director: Mr. Scott Timmons

Guidance Director: Mr. Basel Maarouf

Greetings Charger Parents,

I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing fall break. We have three and a half weeks before Thanksgiving break, which begins on Wednesday, November 25. As you know, Covid - 19 cases are on the rise in Indiana. Please help us in keeping our students and staff safe by wearing masks, washing your hands, and socially distancing. We have been very fortunate thus far due to your awesome efforts. Thank you! Remember, if your child is sick, please keep them home and have them log into class virtually.

Next Tuesday is the 2020 Presidential election. We recognize that there are very strong beliefs for our political parties, which has caused divisiveness in our country. The media continues to report that there may be a strong backlash/outrage based upon the election results. Not all of our students may be as tuned in as others; however, please consider discussing our current political climate with your student as they may be feeling anxious or unsettled.

As a school, one of our Charger Pride character traits is RESPECT, and we will continue discussing the need to be respectful of each other, regardless of beliefs, and allow for civil discourse. We can agree to disagree and remain courteous. As Maya Angelou writes, “I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than unalike.”

Thank you for sending the very best students and being a great partner in this unprecedented educational journey.

Dr. Crystal Thorpe, FJH Principal

Picture Retake Day

Photographers will be at FJH on Wednesday, November 4th to photograph any students who wish to have their picture retaken or taken for the first time.

Students at school that day are in the blue group and will be called to the auxiliary gym by intercom. Virtual students and/or RED students who wish to have their picture taken or retaken should plan to be at FJH between 9:00 and 11:00.

Please bring your picture packet or proof sheet if desiring a retake.

Thank you!

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Library Social Media Accounts

The FJH Library Aides are hard at work creating exciting content for our social media accounts. Be sure to follow @fjh_library on Instagram and @FJHLibrary on Twitter for news, books, games, events, and more.

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Mask Mandate Still in Effect

Students must wear a mask when riding the bus and entering the school doors. Students who come to school without a mask are isolated until a mask can be brought in or the student picked up.

Masks were provided to each student earlier in October. A backup mask in the backpack is a suggestion so that your student won't have to miss any instruction time. Thank you!

Who is YMI?

Local non-profit, YMI - Youth Mentoring Initiative, has been serving the Fishers community, in

partnership with Hamilton Southeastern Schools, since 2008. YMI partners with our schools to come alongside counselors, teachers, and parents by providing another caring adult to support and encourage the success of each student.

YMI Mentors are adult volunteers that mentor once a week, for one hour, during the school day. Mentors meet one-on-one with students to provide them with a caring and consistent presence in their lives; become a reliable friend; a role model; and simply someone they can count on. Founded on the knowledge that kids need 4-6 non-parental adults supporting them through their developmental years, mentoring can have a profound impact on a

child’s life!

YMI mentors are a vital resource not only to HSE Schools initiatives to further the social and
emotional well-being of their students but also to parents looking for additional support. Every week, approximately 300 mentors visit students in Fishers schools, offering encouragement and being an example of why Fishers continues to excel in the quest for a vibrant community!

YMI mentoring is currently offered in the following nine schools: Fall Creek Intermediate, Fall

Creek Junior High, Fishers Junior High, Fishers High School, Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Riverside Intermediate, Riverside Junior High, Sand Creek Intermediate. Mentoring times vary according to the students schedule and can be accommodating to the mentor’s work schedule!

If you have an hour a week to spend with a student, we’d love for you to consider joining us! Students can be recommended by counselors, teachers and parents by completing a recommendation form on the YMI website.

Learn more about becoming a mentor or financially supporting our work by visiting us online at

YMI is changing the world, one student at a time.

Washington DC 8th Grade Class Trip

Over 50 students have already signed up for this year’s trip! And due to increased interest, the deadline to register has been extended to November 7th.

We will be flying out to DC June 1-3, 2021 for this once-in-a-lifetime experience led by FJH social studies teacher Mr. Heiniger ( ). You can visit the following website for details about the trip and how to sign up

You can also just use our trip ID #188161 to register online at or call Worldstrides Customer Service at 800-468-5899 to get registered as well. Remember, you need to register with a small deposit by November 7th to go on this year’s trip.

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Strolling Strings in Action!

Strolling Strings 2020 is off to a great start!! The Friday before break was our first rehearsal of the year and we had a full house – it was a great way to kick-off Fall Break. The members of Strolling Strings meet once a week and is comprised of 7/8 and HS students. The group is working on a possible performance in December featuring music of the holidays!!

Four Years of Paid Tuition?

Indiana's 21st Century Scholars Program is the state’s premier college scholarship and preparation program for low-income Hoosier students. Students who fulfill the Scholar Pledge are provided up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible college or university. Scholars also receive a variety of support services designed to help them succeed in school and complete college.

Please click on the link below for more information, including income eligibility, and to apply:

Applications must be completed online on or before June 30th of the student’s 7th or 8th grade year.

If you have already applied, you do not need to reapply.

Please contact your school counselors if you have any questions.

7th grade – Kitti Gal (

8th grade – Basel Maarouf (

School Nurse Instructions for Parents and Students

Instructions from school nurse to parents:

1. Please fill out health card and consent to treat student.

Log into Skyward Family Access

Click on “Back to School Forms 2020-2021”

Click on #3 “Student Health Card” on the right side of the screen

You must hit “Submit” at the end of completing the health card.

2. Before your student leaves home for school, you must check their temperature.

Instructions from school nurse to students:

1. Wear a clean mask every day to school.

2. Keep social distance as much as possible (6 feet)

3. Wash your hands often (after restroom, before lunch, after lunch, when soiled).

4. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed in hallways if needed.

Book Rental Fee Information

In compliance with Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation policy, book rental needs to be collected at the beginning of each school year.

Email statements were sent out September 4, 2020.

To view in family access:

Click on Skyward Family Access


Enter your User ID and Password

Click on “Fee Management” under General Information

Your student’s invoice amount will be listed under “Unpaid Balances”.

Ways to pay for your student's book rental this year:

Personal checks/ Money Orders/Cash

Personal checks should be made payable to FJH and can be mailed or sent with your student to school. Be sure to specify on your check /envelope that the payment is for book rental. Include student’s name, I.D # and grade in the memo line of check. Payment needs to be directed to the Bookstore/Treasurer.

Note: We will not accept Mastercard or Visa this year at FJH. If you choose to pay by credit card you MUST utilize eFunds.

On-line payments with Mastercard, Visa, or Discover Payment may be made online via the Efunds tab on the FJH website.

Payments will be posted in Skyward within 10 business days.

***PAYMENT DUE DATE*** was October 2, 2020

Prompt payment is appreciated.

Should you have any questions or do not have internet access and need a copy of your fee statement, please contact me at 317-594-4150, extension 5715.

Thank You, Robin Passwater Treasurer Fishers Junior High School

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