News from Panther Headquarters
From the desk of the Principal...
Hello Panther Families –
It is once again my pleasure to correspond with our Panther Families. In the wake of recent tragedies not only within our school district, but ongoing situations all over the world, we want to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep our students safe and provide them with a positive, supportive climate. This includes not only physical safety precautions, but a focus on mental health within our school. A key component to any plan is the proactive, ongoing connections and collaboration with our stakeholders. I’d like to focus on a couple of ways we can coordinate with our families to provide an ongoing safe and positive climate and culture.
First of all, all families need to be aware of and know how to utilize our District "Text-A-Tip." Text-A-Tip is a program that allows students, parents or others to anonymously send a text or email message to our school resource officers and school administrators about concerns they may have for their own safety or the safety of others. Text-A-Tip will be actively monitored during and beyond the school day, and it can be found on the HIJH Website. Scroll to the bottom of the Home Page and click the red box entitled Safety for more detailed information. It should not be used for emergencies—Call 911 if you need immediate help. Texts can be sent to 274637 (or CRIMES). Start the actual message with the # symbol and a building-specific keyword: #HSIJH.
Secondly, HIJH will be hosting its inaugural HIJH Equity Café on Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00 PM in the LGI Room. The entire HIJH & Fishers community is invited to collaboratively discuss how to create a more equitable community and schools. These discussions can strengthen community and school relations, which as mentioned, is a key component to providing a safe and supportive climate. We hope to see you there!
Tim A. Mankin
Upcoming Important Dates
November 5 - Dine to Donate FoxGardin Family 5-8 PM
November 7 - Fundraiser Prize Drawing
November 7 - Equity Meeting at 7 PM
November 9 - PTO Meeting 9:30 AM
November 13 - Choir Concert Rehearsal (Gr 5/6)
November 14 - Choir Concert (Gr 5/6)
November 15 - Dine to Donate for the Music Department City Barbeque
November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL
November 28 - Musical Workshop 3-4:30 PM
Early Dismissals and Returning to School
Address and Bus Changes.
HONOR ROLL postings are on the HIJH website! HIJH honor roll is located on the Home page of the HIJH website. https://hij.hseschools.org. Students receiving high honor roll have received no grade lower than an A-. Students receiving regular honor high honor roll have received no grade lower than a B-.
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!
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.
Messages from the Nurse
Normally, in the winter the chances of colds and flu does increase. Remind your student to wash hands and cover that cough. Also, if your child has a fever of 100 degrees they need to stay home. Fever free WITHOUT MEDICATION for 24 hours. Also 24 hours from the last time they vomit.
CDC information on the difference between flu versus a cold.
Onset of symptoms: Abrupt/Gradual
Fever: Usual -last 2-3 days/Rare
Stuffy nose: Sometimes/Common
Sore throat: Sometimes/Common
Chest discomfort and cough: Common can be severe/Mild to moderate hacking
HIJH Library News
Free Math Help
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 student-only roommate selection meeting which is tentatively scheduled for HIJH students on Friday, December 7th at 7 AM in the main gym. For other general trip information, please go to www.dctrip.info or contact Eric Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HIJH Canned Food Drive
The HIJH Student Council will once again be participating in a canned food drive to help the Hamilton County Harvest Food bank this holiday season. The collection will begin on Tuesday, November 6th and end on Friday, November 16th. Please consider helping our local community by donating non-perishable items. The class with the largest collection will win a prize!
PTO Website. Checkout our PTO website (www.hijhpto.wordpress.com) for the 2018-19 PTO calendar, PTO meeting schedule, past meeting minutes, newsletters, and more.
November PTO Meeting. The next PTO meeting will be Friday, November 9 at 9:30 AM at the school. All parents are invited to join us.
Panther Rewards. 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 kroger.com/communityrewards, click “I’m With An Organization…” then “Request Your Kroger Plus Card” and create an account or sign in. Find HIJH-PTO (WT583) and link your card to our account.
Amazon is another simple way to help our school money. Go to HTTP://smile.amazon.com/ and type HSJH PTO under “supporting”. You will need to go to smile.amazon.com 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 November 14. Each student that brings in 10+ box tops/Tyson rewards OR a Kroger receipt showing at the bottom community rewards going to HIJH PTO gets a treat at lunch. Put all rewards in a baggie labeled with your student’s name, grade and teacher. Receipts need name, grade and 1st period teacher written on it. Contact Lisa Gruber with questions at email@example.com.
Dine to Donate. Our next dine to donate is Monday, November 5 from 5-8 PM for lunch and dinner at FoxGardin Family. Click here for the Dine to Donate Flier and present it when ordering your food.
6th Grade Humanitarian Project
November Multicultural Holidays
Click here to find out about the Multicultural Holidays for the month.
NEWS AROUND THE DISTRICT
Looking for ways to celebrate the season? Check out all the events happening in our schools by going online to the Community Insider.
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