Fox Hill Elementary Family Update

Week of January 10, 2022

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Mrs. Beard and Mrs. Pitcock Welcome You!!

Welcome Fox Hill Families!


January Dates to Know:

January 10 - School Resumes

January 14 - Report Cards go home

January 17 - MLK Jr Day - No School

January 21 - 2nd semester Tier updates due in Skyward

January 24- February 25 - FH WIDA testing window

January 27 - Early Release Day - school dismisses at 2:15pm

Congrats to the Nov/Dec Staff of the Month: Julon Holmes (4th grade teacher) and Susan Vieth (Licensed Interventionist)


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) have announced new isolation and quarantine guidelines for students, staff, and teachers. These revisions are approved by the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) and are reflected in our updated WT Schools Protocols for COVID-19 Health Safety.

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we remind our students, staff, and families that masks are required and are expected to be worn properly covering the mouth and nose. Since COVID-19 symptoms are similar to flu and other viral illnesses, we ask our parents/caregivers, students, and staff to continue to vigilantly monitor for symptoms before coming to school. If a student or staff member shows any symptoms, stay home and take a COVID test, even if symptoms are mild. Please be sure to notify your student’s school of any COVID-related absences per normal absence procedures.


Please continue to follow the WT School Protocols for Covid -

Mrs. Beard


The Great North Run is B-A-C-K ---- March 12th!

The Great North Run & Fitness Fair is BACK! On March 12, 2022, the Advancement Center for Washington Township School will host their first Great North Run in three years!

MSDWT students can register for any event for $10 and the early bird rate for other participants of the 5K and 10K is just $15. The Fun Run registration is $10 for any participant at any time. The Fitness Fair is free and open to school communities.

Fox Hill Elementary will receive $2 out of EVERY registration that designates our school when registering for the race. Please consider registering and sharing this event with families and friends. There is even a "sleep in" option as well!

To get things started, there is a 15% discount on individual and family registrations from now until January 15, 2022. Use promo code 2022GNR to get your 15% discount! Register Here:


Student Report Cards will be posted in Skyward on January 14th. Please review these instructions for viewing report cards in Skyward Family Access.

*Fox Hill will also send hard copies of the report card for this quarter.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Return for WT Students and Staff

Washington Township Schools is excited to partner with Walmart to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to MSDWT students and staff only on Saturday, January 22 at three locations throughout the District.

This opportunity is available to all Washington Township Schools employees and students who have not previously received any dose of COVID-19 vaccine, who have received the first dose and are due for a second dose, who have been fully vaccinated with Moderna or Pfizer more than five months ago, or who had the J & J vaccine more than two months ago. As of today, only fully vaccinated students age 12 or older are eligible for a booster dose. You do not need to be covered by health insurance to take advantage of this opportunity. All employees and students, regardless of whether they have our insurance, insurance through another organization, or no insurance are eligible with no cost to the employee or student.

It is important to note that sign-up is required to attend this vaccine clinic due to limited supplies. The details related to the sign-up process will be communicated next week via ParentSquare to all staff and parents.

Fox Hill Cap/Lid Recycling Program Kick Off!

Thanks to the efforts of the Fox Hill community throughout the 2019/2020 school year there are now two beautiful, recycled benches on the school playgrounds. We are restarting this school recycling program with the goal of collecting enough recycled materials for a picnic table, which requires a whopping 550 pounds of plastic caps and lids!

Please take a look at the attached flier detailing the plastic caps and lids that are and are not acceptable. You can send in your clean/dry caps with your student to be consolidated by their teachers. We will share our progress both on social media and through a progress chart posted in the school cafeteria. Once we meet our goal weight, your contributions will be delivered to Green Tree Plastics for recycling.

Thanks in advance for your help in reaching our school recycling goals!
*Flyer below and also attached!
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Saturday Science for 1st - 5th Graders

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Youth Programs at the JCC

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2nd Semester District and State Assessments

Please know that second semester is often a time for district and state assessments. Please see a listing of upcoming assessments:

WIDA Assessments for English Learners - January 10 – February 25, 2022

CogAT High Ability testing for students of grades K, 2 and 5 - January 12-26, 2022

IREAD-3 for students of grade 3 – March 7-18, 2022

ILEARN testing for grades 3-8 – April 18-May 13, 2022

High Ability Testing

From January 12-26, 2022 students in grades K, 2nd, and 5th at all elementary sites will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). This is a screening measure that is administered to all students in these grade levels. The CogAT provides a snapshot of your child’s abilities in the areas of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal functioning to determine possible placement in the district’s high ability program.

Process and Assessment:

The verbal assessment measures verbal inductive reasoning, problem solving, and verbal comprehension. The quantitative assessment measures general abstract reasoning skills, particularly inductive reasoning and specific mathematical reasoning skills. The nonverbal assessment measures inductive reasoning skills. The nonverbal assessment differs from the verbal and quantitative measures in that it does not require the student to use information gained from other experiences to solve problems.

Students’ performance on these assessments are combined to produce a composite score. Students achieving a composite at or above the 92nd percentile for their age are considered high ability-general intellectual.

Summary of Results:

  • For Kindergarten students, the CogAT will be used as a screener in order to measure areas of exceptionality.
  • For 2nd and 5th grade students, this is just one piece of the data that school staff will review as a component of multiple criteria used to determine placement for the 2022-2023 school year. We expect to receive the testing results in February. A copy of your child’s results as well as a written summary of strengths and needs for your student will be sent to you.

For more information or questions regarding CogAT testing, please feel free to contact the District High Ability Coach for MSD Washington Township Schools, Andrea Cannon at or Dr. Erica Buchanan-Rivera the Director of Equity and Inclusion at

To learn more about the CogAT, visit the National Association of Gifted Children’s Website here.

To Parents of Students Participating in High Ability Testing (all K, 2nd, and 5th)

Parents of students taking part in upcoming CogAT testing are invited to join district high ability coach, Andrea Cannon, in an hour-long webinar to discuss the following topics:

  • What is CogAT and how is it different from other assessments?

  • Why assess cognitive potential?

  • What is High Ability programming?

Parents can register for the event by clicking on the PDF/Link. Those who are registered will be sent a Zoom link one day in advance.

The direct link to the registration site is: or you can copy & past the following image and link:

My Child and CogAT Parent Caregiver Webinar

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you! Revise los espacios disponibles a continuación y haga clic en el botón para registrarse. ¡Gracias!

IREAD 3 - 3rd Grade Parents

The Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) is a grade three reading assessment developed in accordance with state legislation. IREAD-3 is designed to measure foundational reading skills based on Indiana Academic Standards through grade three. Test design centers on understanding these standards, collaborating with Indiana educators to define content priorities and evidence of mastery, and creating key documents that define the assessment.

All grade three students enrolled in accredited Indiana schools must participate in and attain a passing score on IREAD-3. A summer retest opportunity is available for students who did not pass IREAD-3 during the spring administration.

Washington Township IREAD-3 testing window is March 7 - March 18.

Source/Additional Information:

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Box Tops!

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MSDWT District Equity Leadership Team

Advancing equitable achievement is a priority in Washington Township Schools. WT leaders meet consistently as a part of a task force called the District Equity Leadership Team (DELT) that includes teachers, administrators, social workers, coaches, and counselors. The primary objective of this team is to improve school systems and conditions for learning that yield to positive student outcomes. DELT is also a noted strategy within WT’s Strategic Plan. To learn more about the work of the DELT, please review this video.

Attendance and Dismissal Reminders

  • Should your student be absent for any reason, please call the attendance line at 317-259-5230 by 9:00 a.m. to report the absence. If a child’s absence is not called into the attendance line by 9:00 a.m., the child will be marked unexcused.

  • If your student has a required appt during the school day, remember he or she can/should still attend school before and after the appointment. We would rather have a student come in tardy than miss a full day's instruction. Please provide a signed statement from the doctor, dentist, etc., upon the return to school in order for the office to code the missed time appropriately.

  • Please notify your classroom teacher of dismissal changes in writing, or call the front office before 2pm with transportation changes.

  • The front office does not dismiss car riders from the office area during school dismissal time, 3pm-3:40pm. Please notify the front office of any last minute changes by 2pm and report to the car line if your child will be a car rider. (*We do understand that there may be unforeseen circumstances, emergencies, or appts that may result in a deviation from this process.)

  • Early pick ups from school - before 3:15pm- are coded in our FH Skyward system as afternoon tardies.

  • **The State of Indiana requires that we send letters of notification to the families of children with excessive tardies (6 or more) and/or absences (4 or more unexcused). These letters will be sent on a regular basis.

Skyward Family Access - Stay in the Loop!

Access your student's teacher name and bus information via Skyward Family Access!

Also make sure your phone number and email address are updated in Skyward Family Access to receive all school and district updates!

Skyward Family Access Directions

If you have questions or issues with Skyward, please email

If you do not know your username/password, please email or call Fox Hill Elementary.

Car Rider Line Reminders


***It is helpful if your child can exit and enter your car at the door that is closest to the Fox Hill sidewalk.


Students should have items ready to go (mask on, backpack, lunch bag, etc.) before exiting. Students should WAIT for the FH staff member to release them from their car.

***Car rider drop off line concludes by 8:30 am. Families dropping off after the car rider line has closed, must park in the front parking lot. Parents must walk their student to the foyer of FH to sign in.


***Please have your car tag is hanging from your rearview mirror - number side facing forward

***Car rider pick up line up concludes around 3:40pm. If you are not at school by that time, you will need to park in the front parking lot and come to the front office to retrieve your student. The front office closes at 4pm.

***We are asking families not to park and walk up to the car rider line or walk to the front office to bypass the car line. We only allowed this accommodation for the first 3 days as dismissal processes were being fine-tuned. The office does not dismiss car riders from the office area during school dismissal time, 3pm-3:40pm. If you have a special circumstance in regard to walking, please contact Mrs. Beard.

Car Rider Drop off and Pick Up Route

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Medication – A parent or guardian must fill out a permission form for prescription (blue) and/or non-prescription (yellow) medication to be administered at school. All medication must be stored in the clinic and children MAY NOT transport medicine to and from school. It must be brought into the school by an adult.

Life-Threatening Allergies – If your child has a life-threatening allergy or serious medical condition, you MUST report this to the nurse and meet with the nurse prior to your child starting school. You can call the office to schedule your appt with the nurse at 319-259-5371.

AYS (At Your School) - Before and After Care

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Focus on Equity

As the 2021 school year starts, we at Fox Hill want to share that our work around equity is still a priority for us!

Please know that we will:

-Continue to prioritize Professional Development that focuses on Anti-racist teaching, Bias training, and Equitable practices.

-Continue to develop our Equity Team to include various perspectives.

-Continue to look at systems and programs with a common goal of creating opportunity and access for all.

-Continue to look at disproportionality as it relates to staffing, behavior, special services, and academics.

We are committed to the work and to positive change! We ask for your support as we continue to grow.

Stay Connected!

Our school hours are 8 AM - 4 PM. Essential visitors only. You must wear a mask when entering the school building if not COVID vaccinated. Social distancing is also mandatory.

District Websites:

Fox Hill Elementary

School Times and Arrival Reminders

School STARTS at 8:20 am

Students are tardy after 8:30 am

*Students riding buses that may arrive late are not counted tardy.

If your student is a car rider:

*The Car Rider line starts at 8:10 am and will close by 8:30am.

  • Parents/Guardians dropping off after the car rider line has closed, must park in the front parking lot and an adult must walk his/her student across the crosswalk to the entrance of FH. If it is after 8:30 am, please plan to have your student enter the front doors for a tardy pass.

*Students can also be dropped off to the front doors beginning at 8:10 am. Adults, please walk your student across the crosswalk to the school entrance.

Cars should not enter the bus area during arrival and dismissal times!

We have seen a few families drive into the bus area and also at unsafe speeds! Please DO NOT drive in or through the bus area during bus arrival and dismissal! Remember you are also in a school zone - an area with children. Please do not speed through any area on school grounds.