Fishers Junior High, January 2021

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,

The HSE School Board of Trustees voted for students at the secondary level to return to school in the 50% Hybrid Instructional Model. We are excited to have our students return. Please review the schedules.

For next week, there is no school on Monday due to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Tuesday, January 19 will be a RED day where students whose last names begin with A - K will attend in person, and all other students will log into Zoom through Canvas. This will be a seven-period day. Schedule available by clicking here!

Wednesday and Thursday will be BLUE days for students whose last names begin with L - Z, and we will be on the BLOCK schedule meeting in periods 1, 2, 4 & 6 on Wednesday and 3, SEL/BEST, 5 & 7 on Thursday. Red day students are expected to log into Zoom through Canvas. Schedule available by clicking here!

All Fridays will be eLearning Days where teachers will post an asynchronous lesson by 9:00 AM. Students will NOT report to school.

Transportation will pick up students as they have in the past. For more information on bus routes, please check Skyward.

Remember, all students must wear masks in school, wash their hands often, and continue practicing social distancing. Click here for the FJH Block schedule for the remainder of second semester.

If your student feels sick, please keep him/her home. If you get a Covid test and the results are positive, please report that information to the school. As a community, Hamilton County is in the Red zone, so it is important to keep everyone as safe as we can, now more than ever. Thank you, and we look forward to the return of our students!

Proudly serving as your principal,

Dr. Crystal Thorpe

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We the People Wins State!

On December 10th, the Fishers Junior High We the People team won their 5th straight state competition. Working under difficult circumstances, they were able to earn a spot in the national finals once again.

This amazing group of eight graders prove that not even a global pandemic can keep them from leaving their mark on this world.

They did a tremendous job answering questions from college professors and lawyers, as well as We the People teachers and alumni.

The team will compete for a national title the first weekend of May.

FJH Counseling News

FJH School counselors for school year 2020-2021

7th Grade: Ms. Gal –

8th Grade: Mr. Maarouf –

Registrar: Mrs. Broughton -

FJH School counselors for school year 2021-2022

7th Grade: Mr. Maarouf –

8th Grade: Ms. Gal –

Registrar: Mrs. Broughton -

Follow us on Twitter @FjhCounseling

Testing Dates to Note

Please mark your calendar to ensure your child is in attendance during these testing periods:

NWEA testing window – February 8 – 26

iLearn testing window – April 19 – May 14

Scheduling for 2021-2022


This year, students will be completing a 4 year plan to think about what their high school career could look like. This 4 year plan will be completed through an online career exploratory platform called Naviance, which our 8th graders have been using this year to explore colleges and careers. Your student will be able to access this planner and select/edit courses that they might be interested in. The 8th grade counselor will be teaching students how to make this 4 year plan during BEST on January 20th. Each family should make sure that their student has their course planner filled out before parents and students meet with their high school counselor in February to schedule classes for high school. The courses selected by your student on the planner will be discussed with your student’s high school counselor during this scheduling meeting at the end of February.

6th & 7th GRADERS – SCHEDULING FOR 7th & 8th Grade

A skylert email with scheduling information will be sent to parents in February. Included in this skylert will be course descriptions, scheduling information and sample schedules for 7th and 8th grade. Intermediate and junior high counselors will be providing additional information about course options and provide direction to students to make course selections for the 2021-2022 school year in February. Students will choose courses during the school day on their iPads in February. Please know parents will be able to verify those course options later in the spring.


FHS 8th Grade Parent Night

8TH Grade Parent Night (originally scheduled for Jan. 27, 2021) will take place as an asynchronous event. A virtual database of videos and resources will be sent to the parents of the current 8th graders planning to attend Fishers High School starting the fall of 2021. The information will be sent via Skylert on January 22. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Schnettgoecke by clicking HERE.

AP/Dual Credit Showcase

The AP/Dual Credit Showcase (originally scheduled for Jan. 20, 2021) will take place as an asynchronous event. A virtual database of videos and resources will be sent to FHS families containing information about the FHS AP program and dual-credit course options. The information will be sent via Skylert the middle of Jan. before students create their class schedule for next year. If you have questions about AP or dual-credit classes, please contact Assistant Principal Kyle Goodwin (click HERE) or the FHS College & Career Counselor Linda Brown (click HERE).

Summer Physical Education

FHS and HSEHS will each offer Summer PE from June 7 through June 25, 2021. The class is live and in person for 3 weeks from 7:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday. If you are planning to attend Fishers High School, you must attend the FHS Summer PE class. If you are planning to attend HSEHS, you must attend the HSEHS Summer PE. To register for summer PE please read and complete this registration form.

Fishers High School Tiger Fever

Each July, Fishers High School hosts an incoming freshmen orientation event. It will help acclimate incoming freshmen to campus. The session will be held either Tuesday, July 20 or Wednesday, July 21 from 8:00am to 12:30pm. More information will be sent via skylert as soon as it is available. If you have any questions regarding Tiger Fever please contact Shelley Lidy by clicking HERE.


HSE AP/Dual Credit Showcase

January date not yet determined. The program will provide information about HSE’s course offerings in Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and Academic Specialty Program areas (Project Lead the Way: Biomedical Science, Engineering; Academy of Finance; Law & Government Academy; J. Everett Light Career Center). Parents will hear from students, teachers, and representatives from each of these classes and programs. This will be an asynchronous event. Resources will be sent to parents and students via skylert in January.

HSE 8th Grade Parent Night

8th Grade Parent Night- February 3, 2021 will take place as an asynchronous event. Resources will be sent to parents of current 8th graders planning to attend Hamilton Southeastern High School starting the fall of 2021. The information will be sent via Skylert on February 3rd.

Summer Physical Education

FHS and HSEHS will each offer Summer PE from June 7 through June 25, 2021. The class is live and in person for 3 weeks from 7:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday. If you are planning to attend Hamilton Southeastern High School, you must attend the HSE Summer PE class. If you are planning to attend FHS, you must attend the FHS Summer PE. To register for summer PE please read and complete this registration form.

Hamilton Southeastern High School Royal Rumble

Tentative date is set for July 29th. More information will be emailed via Skylert to parents of current 8th graders planning to attend Hamilton Southeastern High School as soon as it is available.

FJH Students Make a Difference

Elliot and his friend Nate (both 7th grade Chargers) worked together on their "Make a Difference Project". They collected over 200 pieces of winter gear and donated to FJH students have heart!

Congratulations to these two FJH musicians!

Two students in the FJH Performing Arts program will be representing FJH at the 2021 Indiana Music Educators Association Conference this weekend.

Friday, January 15

Melia Wright, French Horn, will be performing with the 2021 Junior All-State Band from 7pm -8pm.

Saturday, January 16

Noah Strawhacker, Cellist AND Composer, 9:00 -10:00AM (Livestream event).

This is the second year in a row that Noah has one the String Orchestra Composition Competition and first time for his solo work.

Recognition of Winners of the IMEA Composition Competition

  • Junior High School (String Orchestra): Noah Strawhacker, Fishers Junior High School: Ocean Gale
  • Junior High School (Instrumental Solo): Noah Strawhacker, Fishers Junior High School: grey

We are so proud of these students!!

Amanda Cornet

Email Alerts from Skyward

Would it help to get email alerts about your student’s attendance, grades, and or low food balance alerts? If so, click here for a quick tutorial pdf on how to get those started.

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Library News - New Books!

We have so many new and wonderful books in our FJH Library this year. Students will be coming in with their language arts teachers over the next few weeks to check books out. Be sure to ask your Charger what they are currently reading.

Our virtual only Chargers can still sign into Destiny on their iPads and put books on hold. When the books are ready, we’ll send them an email with pick up instructions. If they need help finding the right book, have them email Mrs. Deam ( or Mrs. Alexander ( for book recommendations.

Be sure to renew or return overdue library books. Late fees are waived once books are returned.

@FJHLibrary is Now on Facebook!

We realize junior high kiddos don’t always fill their parents in on the details of their school day or share exciting school news. The FJH Library Facebook page will be sharing information tailored for our Charger parents. We’ll let you know when we’re going to have a special library program, share book reviews and suggestions for your kiddos and you, and keep you updated on library news. Be sure to like and follow @FJHLibrary on Facebook.

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Library News - December Virtual Program Wrap Up

Thanks to all our Charger friends who joined us for our virtual programs in December. We had fast-paced puzzle challenges on Tuesdays and Trivia on Fridays. We also ran several virtual contests with Amazon gift card prizes donated by our amazing FJH PTO.

We’re working on some grab and go maker space projects to launch soon. Check our social media for updates. We’re @fjh_library on Instagram and @fjhlibrary on Twitter and Facebook.

Library News - How-To Video Help

If students need technical help on their iPad, Canvas, or Zoom, a great place to start when looking for solutions is their Media Center Canvas Page. There is a module on the Media Center Canvas called “HELP – Canvas, iPad, Zoom, and General.” Within that module, students can find videos with tips and tricks for making the most out of these tools.

If the problem can’t be solved using these videos, students can find a form for technical help by clicking the “CLICK HERE FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT” link on their Media Center Canvas home page. Once the form is submitted, Mr. Ferris, Mrs. Deam, or Mrs. Alexander will reach out to help.

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Washington DC Class Trip

Since we have postponed this year’s 8th grade DC trip to June 1-3, registration still remains open for another month. Please visit

for details about the trip and a link to register. We have over fifty 8th grade students already signed up, but room for more. 7th graders interested in our 2022 trip which will be over President’s Day weekend in 2022 will receive information for early registration this Spring.

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 (

Withdrawing Your Student?

If your child will be withdrawing from FJH, please notify the Guidance Office at least two days in advance of your child’s last day. Withdrawal forms prepared by the Guidance Office must be signed by the parent/guardian and district rental iPads will need to be returned upon withdrawal.

Mudsock Spring Sports Registration Open

Online registration is officially open for spring sports and runs through January 31st at Most practices and games take place on school and city fields within the Hamilton Southeastern School District and the city of Fishers.

Click on the links below to learn more about our spring program opportunities!

Soccer (pre-kindergarten - 8th grade)

Baseball (pre-kindergarten – high school)

Softball (age 5 – high school)

Boys Lacrosse (1st – 8th grade)

Girls Lacrosse (1st – 8th grade)

Track & Field (1st – 12th grade)

Rugby (2nd grade – high school)

Everyone Plays. Athletic scholarship opportunities are available for families on free or reduced lunch within the district. Families can apply for one per season per child and must apply and be accepted during our open registration period. For spring sports these dates are 1/1 – 1/31. Email for more information.

Support FJH with Mathoo's Egg Rolls

Friday, Jan. 15th, 9pm to Thursday, Jan. 28th, 11pm

This is an online event.

Yes, these are the same delicious egg rolls you stand in line for at the Fishers Farmers Market! Pick up is at Fishers Junior High on February 4th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Click here for the ordering details