News from Panther Headquarters

May 2017

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From the desk of the Principal...

MISSION: The Staff at Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate & Junior High, in partnership with the community, strives for educational excellence by providing experiences that challenge students to become effective decision-makers, problem-solvers and communicators.

Hello Panther Families –

We are now in the home stretch and are looking to wrap up the 2016-2017 school year. The positive feedback throughout the year validates what we believe is a big advantage to having four grade levels under one roof. Our teachers have found innovative and creative ways to incorporate the intermediate students with junior high projects. We will get to see tremendous growth of our students as they progress from 5th to 8th grade.

We’ve also continued our tradition of excellence in many ways. HIJH was once again named a 4-Star School (top 25%) by the Indiana Dept. of Education. I would like to thank all of the families for their ongoing support of HIJH. We, as staff members, appreciate how our students are polite, hard-working and overall great citizens. This is a direct credit to you as parents and guardians. I also want to specifically thank our 8th grade students and parents and wish them all of the best as they move on to high school. While it is a big step in a child’s life, we feel as though we have prepared them well to be successful in the future.

The month of May will be filled with various assessments to ascertain how well our students have mastered the standards and learned the concepts expected for 5th through 8th graders. ISTEP has concluded, and both students and teacher feel positive the outcome. We now move on to NWEA to assess students’ growth from the beginning of the year until the end. Those will take place in LA and math classes.

There have been too many Highlights to mention this school year, but below are just a few of the great things that have happened during this school year, many that highlight our students’ positive character through service learning:

· Panther Preview had 98% attendance rate from families.

· Student Council Food Drive collected over 4200 of food for Delaware Township Food Bank and over 150 lbs. for the Mudsock pasta collection.

· HIJH ‘Pennies for Patients’ campaign raised $2,057.30.

· Continued the PAWS (Positive, Accountable, Well-Mannered, Safe) Program and acknowledged Students of the Week, Staff of the Week and Student of the Month (winners had character education trip to NCAA Hall of Champions).

· Numerous state awards in our Performing Arts Department (Band, Choir, Orchestra).

· Dozens of Scholastic Art Award Winners & Tri Kappa photo contest winners.

· 5/6 Science Bowl & Math Bowl teams both finished 3rd in the state.

· Spell Bowl Team was District Champs.

· Student accomplishments ‘Above and Beyond’: Developed Food Rescue Program, Starred in IRT lead role, students selected as J.A. student Ambassadors for Business Hall of Fame Banquet and Top 100 Professionals Banquet, National Library of Congress video winner, HSEF 1st place and top young scientist winner.

· Incorporated new extra-curricular programs: Stem Scouts (5-8) and FLIP-Foreign Language Immersion Program (5-6).

Important Dates to Remember

  • Student of the Month trip to the NCAA Hall of Champions – Wed., 5/10, 9:00-1:00
  • 6th grade Year-End Celebration – Tuesday, 5/23, 1:15-2:45 at HIJH
  • 8th grade Year-End Celebration – Wednesday, 5/24, 1:15-2:45 at HIJH
  • 5/6 Academic Honors Programs - Mon. 5/22: 5th-7:45-8:45 (followed by Dare Graduation until 10:00), 6th-1:30-2:30. Parents of students who are receiving an award will be contacted by their specific teachers.
  • 7/8 Academic Honors Program – Thursday, 5/25: 7th-7:45-8:45, 8th-1:30-2:30. Parents of students who are receiving an award will be contacted by their specific teachers.


Tim A. Mankin

Upcoming Important Dates

Week of May 1st - Staff Appreciation Week

May 3rd – NJHS Society Induction Ceremony – 7:00PM

May 8th – Incoming 5th Grade Visit 9:30 – 10:30 AM

May 8th – Incoming 5th Grade Parent Night – 7:00 PM

May 10th – Student of the Month Field Trip - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

May 12th – Panther Showcase 3:00 PM

Week of May 15th Art Show before Concerts

May 15th – HIJH Art Show 4:00 – 6:00 PM

May 16th – Choir Concert 7:00 PM

May 17th – 5th & 6th Grade Track Donut Breakfast 6:30 AM

May 17th – Orchestra Concert 6:00 PM

May 18th – Band Concert & Jazz Band Performance 7:00 PM

May 19th – PTO Meeting

May 22nd – 5th Grade Awards 7:45-8:45 AM

May 22nd – 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Ceremony (right after awards)

May 22nd – 6th Grade Awards 1:30 – 2:30 PM

May 23rd – Scholar Athlete Breakfast 6:30 AM

May 23rd – 6th Grade Celebration 1:15 PM

May 23rd – Parent Meeting for Renting & Purchasing Instruments 5:30 PM

May 24th – 8th Grade Celebration 12:30 PM

May 25th – 7th Grade Awards 7:45 AM

May 25th – 8th Grade Awards 1:30 PM

May 26th – Last Day for Teachers

August 2nd – Panther Preview 1:00 – 7:00 PM 5th & 6th grade teachers here from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

August 15th – 5th & 6th Grade Meet the Teacher Night 6:30 – 8:00 PM

August 16th – 7th & 8th Grade Meet the Teacher Night 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Early Dismissals and Returning to School

If you need to pick your child up from school early, please call the attendance line 317-594-4126 by 9 AM, the morning of dismissal. We will send a pass to your child and have them in the office at your requested time. You will need to come in the office and sign your child out. If your child is returning to school due to a Medical/Dental appointment and has their excuse slip, they can come in on their own and sign back in.

Counselor's Corner

Scheduling for 2017-18 School Year. Current 5th Graders - Student schedules for next year will reflect the natural progression of their current courses. Team assignments will be available at Panther Preview on August 2nd.

Current 6th and 7th Graders - The window to view your child’s courses will close on May 1st, to allow guidance to continue working on scheduling. Please contact the guidance office if you would like to verify those course selections.

Current 8th Graders - All 8th Graders should have met with their High School Counselor to go over next school year’s scheduling options. If your child has not yet met with a High School Guidance Counselor, please contact the HSEHS Guidance Department to make an appointment, 317-594-4193.


Withdrawing Your Student. If your child will be withdrawing from HIJH any time PRIOR to the last day of school, you MUST notify the Guidance Office at least two (2) days in advance of your child’s last day. Withdrawal forms prepared by the Guidance Office will need to be signed by the parent/guardian. Once all administrative items are completed, a copy of the withdrawal form, current grades and schedule will be given to the student to provide to their future school for enrollment.

8th Graders Attending a Private School Next Year. If your child will be attending a private school for 9th grade year, you MUST notify the HIJH Guidance Office AND sign a withdrawal form. HSEHS requires that we forward these withdrawal slips to them at the end of this school year. If one is NOT completed, you will be phoned by the high school to come in to sign their form before they will release records to your new school. Thank you in advance for helping us with this.

Address Changes. Anyone requesting new bus transportation for their child, due to a move to a new home, MUST provide proof of residency to the attending school to make this change. Residency documents needed are a current signed lease, HUD statement or title with the address and closure signature. Also needed is a utility bill and/or a driver license. Only ONE document is needed to change the address, however, the others may be provided within 45 days. Once documents are provided to the school, new bus information will be provided to you and will be available on Skyward within a 24-hour timeframe.

Honor Roll Postings are on the HIJH Website! HIJH posts honor rolls on the HIJH website. Students receiving all A’s are listed on the high honor roll listing. Students receiving nothing lower than a B- are listed on the regular honor roll listing.

You may access the high honor roll and regular honor roll as follows: Go to and select “Guidance Resources.” Honor rolls are listed in the “Guidance Documents section, please select the honor roll you wish to view.

2017-18 Student Office/ Library Aides – COMING IN MAY! On May 3rd, 4th, and 5th (not before), in the Guidance Office, there will be sign-ups for any 7th grade student interested in becoming a library or office aide, for the 2017-2018 school year. Students MUST have grades of C or higher in all of their classes to be considered. We are looking for motivated, responsible, dependable and trustworthy students for these positions. Teachers will be asked to make recommendations. Please note that only about 30 positions will be available and we will not be able to place everyone who signs up.

Click here for the Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).

Click here Twenty-First Century Scholars.

Messages from the Nurse

Ways to pick up Meds & Supplies in Clinic End of Year

* Student pick up (will be announcement reminders) – not individually called down

* Parent pick up 7:30a-11a or 2p-3p daily

Per district policy, any medications, Epi-Pens, inhalers and supplies not taken home by the last day of school (Thursday, May 25th) will be discarded.

Seasonal Allergies & Medications

* Allergy meds work best when given daily, not just when symptoms begin

* No allergy meds are stocked in the clinic

For the safety of your child and all children in the building, students cannot carry medications with them, store in locker, or pack them in lunch boxes. In some buildings, being caught with medications results in an automatic suspension. Students may drop off needed medication to the clinic with: Medication Guidelines Form

Middle School Hygiene Questions? Do you ever wonder if your child needs deodorant; and when do you start? The answer is at the beginning of 5th grade, sometimes even 4th grade. Using deodorant daily will keep your student from encountering an embarrassing situation after recess or PE. Students may keep deodorant in their lockers.

Immunizations for 2017-2018. 6th graders need immunizations for Tdap and Meningococcal (MCV). Be sure to send in paperwork when received. You can email over summer to .

ME or RE waivers (all grades) If your student has an ME or RE waiver on file, (due yearly) you may update this now through the 1st day of school.

2017-2018 Paperwork for Health Concerns (Kids with asthma, allergies or other health concerns) We will email paperwork. Please review, fill out, sign and return by Panther Preview, August 2, 2017. Please have your physician sign any forms needed and provide doctor’s orders to update their health file including accommodations for any changes in their medical status. Feel free to call or email me with any questions or Schedule a Fall Meeting about your child’s specific health care needs. Additional forms here: HSE Health Services Link for Forms

2017-2018 As Needed Clinic Medications Although very few students have trouble swallowing pills at this age level, if yours has trouble swallowing pills, many doctors will suggest (please check with your doctor) practicing swallowing Tic-Tacs as a way to practice swallowing pills. Liquid medication is much more expensive for the clinic to supply; however, the clinic provides the pill form of Tylenol and Advil. If your child is one of the few who cannot swallow pills, please have them practice.

Thanks for a great year! Enjoy your summer! See you next fall!

Best wishes in high school to all our 8th graders!

HIJH Sports Information

Click here to learn about all of the HIJH Athletic Info.

HIJH Library News

Click here to find out the latest in Library News.

HIJH Cafe Info

Click here to learn about HSE's Nutrition Showcase.

Choir News

Click here for to learn about the exciting news going on in the Choral Department.

HIJH Annual Spring Art Show

PLEASE JOIN US: The show will be May 15–18 in the main hallway by the office and LGI room. The show's official opening will be Monday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 pm; the building will be open to the public during this time, and the Art teachers will be present! It will also be open for the public to view on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 until about 8:00 pm, and on Wednesday from 5:30 until about 7:00 pm, depending on the end of the music concerts. To prevent damaging the masterpieces, attendees are asked to not handle any artwork. All students with work in the show will receive an “invitation” from their art teacher that should go home to parents. The show will close during the school day on Friday, May 19; students who are CURRENTLY in Art classes will pick up their work to take home during class, and students who are no longer in Art classes will a) receive the work from their homeroom teachers if in 5/6, and b) pick their work up on their own throughout the day if in 7/8. Thank you from the very talented HIJH Artists and their Art Teachers. Enjoy!

Attention all parents of 7th Graders

Attention all parents of 7th graders: Did you miss the registration deadline for next year’s legendary Washington DC trip? If you have not yet registered your kiddo, we have unfortunately already reached our 200 limit. However, you can still get your kiddo on a waitlist. If a spot DOES open up due to a cancellation, your kiddo may get to go! Best of all, it’s no risk. If a spot on the trip does NOT open for your kiddo you get all your money back, even your deposit! If you want to be put on the waitlist go to, and type in our trip id # which is 144574. Kids are taken from the waitlist on a first-come-first-serve basis so the sooner your register the better! Contact Eric Brown if you have any questions or visit our trip website at

Ultimate Frisbee

The HIJH Ultimate Frisbee Club practices are every Monday and Wednesday through the end of school (weather permitting), excluding the last week of school. Ultimate Frisbee is a no fee, no commitment club open to all students in all grade levels (including HIJH graduates). Come whenever you can and bring or make a friend! We will meet immediately after school in Mr. Jaworski's room (Rm 142). Students must have their rides pick them up at the main office (Door 1) at 4:15. Please bring water bottles and some athletic wear.

7th Graders Signed up for French

Do you know you have an opportunity to travel to a French speaking country at the end of 8th grade? Students who are in French can travel to Quebec, Canada, to learn about French-Canadian culture, sample foods from Quebec, and certainly to practice the French they learned. Some of the other highlights are whale-watching, singing traditional folk songs and visiting the sites of battles that decided the fate of not only Canada but the United States. The tentative dates for the trip next year are June 3-9, 2018. If we have room, parents are also invited to go. If you have any initial questions, please contact The French teacher at Fishers Junior High and Riverside Junior High, Peter Girbert at

PTO News

General PTO Information:

Our final meeting of the year will be Friday, May 19th at 10:30 AM in the office conference room.

Executive Board for the 2017-2018 School Year:

President, Becky Gerig

Vice President, Jenney Baugh

Secretary, Cindi Berry

Treasurer, Paul Count

Member-at-Large, Marie Farber

Panther Rewards:

Kroger Rewards - THANK YOU to everyone who lists HIJH - PTO as their charity of choice for Kroger Rewards. We received an email that said, "Your supporters (131 households) who shopped at Kroger between 12-31-2016 and 3-30-2017 (Cycle 2017, Qtr 1) have contributed to your $1530.98 total donation." HOLY COW! That's amazing!

If you don't have a 501(c)3 attached to your Kroger card, please consider us. Click here to sign up!

Marsh Fresh Ideas for Education - Thank you to Marsh fresh ideas for education program. We earned 57,502 points! With our points we got 4 Uno card games, 3 Jenga games, 1 mobile 10 drawer organizer, geometric solids, white stock paper, clipboards, giant magnetic solar system, 24 highlighter set, pencil sharpener, answer busters, legal pads, 24 scissors, sticky notes, and expo markers for the classrooms.

Did you know only 31 household participate in the Marsh program? Please consider registering your Marsh Fresh Idea card by following the link to register your card . Our school is Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate JR HS. It is an easy way to give back to our school! Thank you to all those that registered their Marsh Fresh Idea card.

Box Tops - Congratulations to the Box Tops collection Winners. The top 8 winners will receive a a prize from Culver's and a HIJH drink cup filled with candy. Prizes can be picked up in the front office. 1st place goes to Eva Taylor, in Mrs. Smith’s class! Eva also won a prize of 60 free minutes at Sky Zone. Way to go Eva!

2nd place goes to Gage Haase, in Mrs. Mockler's class
3rd place goes to- Joey in Ms. Huston’s class
4th place goes to - Zach Hensley
5th place goes to- Joey Hampel in Mrs. Gwin’s class
6th place goes to Evan Wearly in Mrs. Mockler's class
7th place goes to Felipe Simas in Mrs. Gwin’s class
8th place goes to Chloe Count in Ms. Bougher’s class

The class that collected the most boxtops is Mrs. Mockler’s 5th grade class, with 1230 box tops. Way to go! 2nd place goes to Mrs. Gwin’s 6th grade class. Your class prizes are from Culver’s.

Thank you to the following students for turning in over 100 box tops- You also receive a Culver’s prize! Spencer Lotz, Brynn Patrick, Brianna Foster, Morgan Vukovits, Hayden Lott, Andy Pozzebon, Sebastian Henderson, Paige McKain, Lanie Gilmore, Matt Pereira, Payton Fox, Melania Updike, and Emily Vandle Hudson. Thank you to Culver’s and Sky Zone for donating the prizes!

This collection drive raised over $935.90. This school year we have raised over $1,328.40. Over the past 4 years the school has raised $5,217.30! The PTO uses the money for fun school functions like the 6th grade and 8th grade celebrations and teacher grants.

Please keep saving your Box Tops, and Tyson Rewards. We will have another collection drive in May, called Popsicle Fridays. On May 12 and May 19 students who have already turned in or are turning in 15 box tops and/or Tyson Rewards on that day will receive a popsicle at lunch time on these Fridays! Look for PTO parents in the cafeteria at lunchtime and we will give you your popsicle! Be sure to label your box tops in a baggy, and indicate the student’s name and homeroom teacher/grade.


Staff Appreciation Committee would like to thank all of the generous families that donated items or volunteered time to help with Staff Appreciation at HIJH this year. Through your donations our committee was able to provide meals, treats, and lots of encouragement & support to our HIJH staff members. This could not have been possible without YOU!

Thank you and have a wonderful summer.

Kristina Bucciarelli and Jen Watkins

Staff Appreciation Committee Co-Chairs

8th Grade Celebration

8th Grade Celebration Committee will host a “Carnival Celebration”, Wednesday, May 24th for all 8th grade students. We will need both donations and volunteers to make this event a success. Please visit our event sign up page for more information:

Click here for an 8th Grade Celebration T-Shirts

To purchase a T-shirt for the 8th grade class photo, download the form, attach payment and return to the HIJH main office. Cash and checks made payable to HIJH PTO are accepted. For more information regarding Class of 2021 t-shirts, please contact Jen Watkins, or Stacy Nielsen,

Questions regarding 8th Grade Celebration may be directed to Stacy Nielsen, OR Jen Watkins,

6th Grade Celebration

6th Grade will host an End of Year Party on Tuesday, May 23 for all 6th grade studnets. We will need both donations and volunteers to make this event a success. If you are interested in signing up, please visit:

Please contact Stacy Nielsen, for more information.

Click here for 6th Grade Celebration permission slip.

iPad Helpful Hints

ISTEP iPad Readiness

All of these things, except for the TestNav app that's specific to ISTEP, should be normal routine/settings to keep students' iPads working well in school throughout the year. But as students prepare for the second round of ISTEP, spring NWEA, finals, etc., it's important to take the time to check for the following:

* Make sure the iPad is in good working order (i.e. does the home button function how it should, is the iPad typing on its own). Have any issues repaired that could hinder day to day use of the iPad.

* Check date and time – Go into Settings. Go to General. Go to Date and Time. Make sure the Set Automatically is turned on.

* Make sure the TestNav app has been downloaded and is up to date. Go to App Store and search for it to make sure you have it and that it doesn't need updated.

* Make sure the iOS is up to date. To double check, go to General and then to Software Update. (Occasionally people have an iOS update even when the little notification symbol is not showing up.)

* Make sure the iPad isn't connected to a VPN. Delete the VPN if it is. (If the iPad is connected or has recently to a VPN you'll see VPN listed up in Settings near Wi-Fi and Bluetooth up top. Also under General, you would see a VPN Profile. Deleting the VPN apps will often do the trick. Occasionally a profile has to be deleted separately in the settings.)

* Bring the iPad FULLY charged EVERY day. Have a good routine of charging it every night in the same place/manner.

Middle Years

Click here to find a newsletter for The Middle Years. A great resource for handling your tween!

May Multicultural Holidays

Click here to find out about May Multicultural Holidays.


Interested in becoming a Fishers High School board member?

Fishers High School is looking for board members for the 2017- 2018 school year. If you have a future Tiger and are interested, please email
Knights Cheerleader Call-Outs

All current 4th and 5th graders interested in trying out for Knights Travel Cheer Team can find out about the upcoming 2017 season here. Click to learn more.

HSEHS Choral Department "Celebration"

Reserve May 11 and 12 at Leonard Auditorium, 7 pm to listen to the HSEHS Choral Department. Learn more about this fun concert here.

Summer Art Camps at Anderson University

Learn more about summer art camps at Anderson University here.

Fishers Game Camp

Find out about another fun summer camp here.

HSE Robotics Camp

Interested in Robotics? Check out this fun summer camp here.

Maker Youth Foundation

Summer camp from 6/5-6/9. Discover inspiring ways to imagine, design, invent, tinker in this week-long camp at Fishers High School.

Fishers High School Boys Tennis Call out Meeting

Find out about Fishers High School Boys Tennis here.

Fishers High School Speech Team Jr. High Summer Camp

Learn more here about the summer camp for 6-8th graders at HSE schools.

HSE Foundation Professional Honor Roll

As you consider staff appreciation, please consider nominating your a HSE employee.

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Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Junior High

12278 N. Cyntheanne Road, Fishers, IN 46037

Ph: 317-594-4120

Attendance: 317-594-4126

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