Hello Panther Parents/Guardians,
There is a lot going on here at HIJH as we embrace the Madness that is March! Hopefully the contents in this newsletter will provide you with all the details you need to know so you can be involved.
I want to give one more plug for you to consider one of the 4 opportunities this weekend to attend this year’s Musical—Newsies. Our students and staff have been working hard to put on another great production for you and your family to enjoy.
I want to remind you that March 10th is the end of the grading period; please encourage your students to ensure they are current in their class/coursework and meet all deadlines. Also, the 13th is our last Flex Day, if we don’t have to use it before then, there will be no school that day.
Lastly, I want to make you aware that we are preparing arrangements for any student who observes Ramadan here at HIJH. If you have questions or would like to know more details, please contact us.
As always, thanks for the trust you put in us each day to educate your students. If there is anything you ever need to share with us to help us in the process, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Please call the attendance line, 317-594-4126, by 9:00 am to report all attendance including early dismissals, all day absences and late arrivals. This allows the staff adequate time to facilitate the requests. We will send your student a pass and have them waiting for you in the office at the time requested.
If you do not call ahead, the parent/guardian will need to show identification to have the student dismissed. This is for the security of our students.
Please be aware that it may take time to locate students who are at lunch, recess, outside for P.E., etc. The more notice you can give the school, the smoother this process becomes. We appreciate your assistance!
Early Dismissal and Car Rider Line
The car rider line forms quite early. Dismissals after 3:30 pm may be difficult to maneuver.
Drop Off Area Reminder
Drop off area is located at the entrance of the building.
Please continue to drop off your student's items on the drop off table in the main lobby. If you circle that you have texted your student, a note will not be delivered to them. Our student aids bring the items into the office for students to come and pick up.
Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to work on protecting our class time and safety.
Current 5th Grade Students
Next school year for incoming 6th graders, the Indiana State Department of Health requires all 6th grade students to receive their Tdap and Meningitis shots by their 11th birthday.
All students must be compliant with these requirements within 20 days of their 11th birthday/ or 20 days after the start of the school year if student is 11 and in 6th grade. Students will not be able to remain in school after the 20 days without proof of vaccination or a signed religious or medical exemption.
Students are marked as compliant in Skyward with an updated immunization record, or a current religious exemption for the current school year. You may get immunizations from your personal doctor, clinics, urgent care, or health departments. Please check with your insurance to see which option is best for you. We no longer accept a future appointment as complying. You must have the updated vaccinations or the religious exemption.
Once you have received the vaccinations, please send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org This can be done over the summer as well. If you have any questions or need a copy of the exemption form, please let us know.
District Policy for Illness
- Fever of 100.4 should stay home for 24 hours and remain home until fever is normal without the use of medication.
- Vomiting should stay home for 24 hours and remain home until vomit free without help of medication.
- Diarrhea should stay home for 24 hours and remain home until diarrhea free without use of medication.
The clinic does not stock allergy medication.
Please have students bring a copy of immunizations to the nurse. We will enter them even prior to any school deadlines.
Any injuries that need restrictions from a doctor, please let us know. We are happy to allow students to use elevator and to have a book carrier with a doctor's note showing the restrictions.
If your student tests positive for Covid, please call the clinic at 317-594-4120 extension 3.
Attention 6th and 7th Grade Parents
We are in the process of solidifying the course offering for next year's 7th and 8th graders. As soon as information is available, we will send that out to families. We are estimating the middle to end of March.
Fishers Youth Assistance Program (FYAP) offers a free weekend snack program for any student attending Hamilton Southeastern Schools who qualifies for the reduced lunch program or has an increased need currently. Snacks are delivered to schools each week and sent home with students.
To be part of this free program, you must sign up your family online. https://forms.gle/xrKNaxRaLypSqKvV8. Please contact email@example.com with questions.
21st Century Scholars
The 21st Century Scholars program helps eligible students who meet certain high school requirements attend college for free. Applications for 8th grade students are due by June 30, 2023. https://learnmoreindiana.org/scholars/enroll/
Withdrawing Your Student From School
If your child is withdrawing from Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Junior High School, please notify the Guidance Office or Kristen Weitzel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 317-594-4124 at least two days in advance of your child’s last day. Withdrawal forms must be signed by the parent/guardian.
Local Food Pantry
Northview and Grace Church of Fishers have teamed up to create a food pantry to serve the Fishers community. Some items available are meat, milk, fresh bakery items, fresh produce, pharmacy, and hygiene products. You are free to grab a cart and shop for the items that meet your family’s needs.
Below is the link to sign up. This resource is available to ANYONE. It will alternate between Northview and Grace church parking lots, every Wednesday evening. (mobilepantry.info)
Former published Panther Jason Funk and professional illustrator Yuri Duncan have published two graphic novels together so far (with more in the works) and will be visiting HIJH on Monday, March 6! All students and classes will get to hear them speak. There will also be an optional writing workshop that students had an opportunity to fill out an interest form for and a book signing towards the end of the day. More details on the books and day can be found in the Library’s Canvas page.
Spring Book Fair
We are looking forward to our upcoming Spring Book Fair March 20-24! You’re invited to our Panther Family & Community Night. Stay tuned for details on the date and time. All book fairs, including Scholastic, are now required to charge taxes for personal purchases, so extra change may be needed for tax. Scholastic has eWallets available to setup a digital payment account for students to purchase from the fair. A portion of the proceeds do go back to the school library. Thanks for your support!
Congratulations Panther Musicians who performed in the Indiana State School Music Association's Solo & Ensemble Contest with amazing results!
Kaavya Patel- Gold
Cohen Davis- Gold
Olivia Werbanowski- Gold
Eli Koleszar- Gold
Cohen Davis, Eli Boyer, and Ryan Bazorgi- Gold
Meera Venugopal- Gold
Josh Case- Gold
Miles McKean- Gold
Noah Millis- Gold
Abin Sajeesh- Gold
Ryan Bazorgi- Gold
Sawyer Green- Gold
Marcella Budiman- Gold
Kaavya Patel- Gold
Jacob Muntukwonka- Gold
Vihann Venkatram- Gold
Fishers High School Advanced Choir Auditions
For any 8th grader heading to Fishers High School next year and interested in auditioning for their Show Choirs or Advanced Choirs we will have the FHS Directors to host auditions during our rehearsal on Wed. 3/1- during 8th period Panther Sound- anyone interested in an advanced Choir at FHS will meet with Miss Tazioli during our class.
The combo for the dance portion of the audition will be taught at the FHS Auditorium on 3/1 at 4:00 pm. **For those involved in the HIJH production of Newsies, HS will also be sending a video recording of their dance audition the week of 2/27.
Dance auditions will be held at FHS Auditorium on 3/22 at 5:00 pm. All students auditioning for Sound or Electrum will need to participate in dance auditions.
HSE High School does not hold auditions for incoming Freshman.
Please let Mrs. Johnson know if you have any questions!
March 16 Festival Concert: All 6th-8th grade Panther Choirs
HIJH will host our annual Festival Concert in Panther Hall at 7pm on Thursday, March 16th. This concert is a little different as we will host three guest adjudicators who will listen and provide feedback to the choirs on our performance.
Students will need to arrive in the music wing in their choir uniform at 6:15 pm that evening. No charge for admission. Enjoy the show!
Music Fundraiser Thank you!
Our Fan-Pledge Music Fundraiser has been a big success! Thank you to everyone who donated or shared the link! We are so close to our goal!! The Fundraiser will be live until March 1st.
The last day to order yearbooks online is April 15, 2023. The cost of each yearbook is $30 and books are distributed the last week of school.
Yearbooks can be ordered at: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ School Code: 17035
Panthers Cheerleading (Current 6th and 78th Graders)
March 21st from 4:00 - 4:30 pm (athletes only)
April 24th, 25th, and 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Aux Gym.
Athletes should enter Door #3 (Athletic Entrance) on the south side of the building.
*MUST HAVE A CURRENT IHSAA PHYSICAL ON FILE AND RANK ONE FORMS SUBMITTED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN TRYOUTS*
More information is available at: https://hij.hseschools.org/student-life/athletics/cheerleading
Mark Your Calendar
- PTO Meeting: Monday March 6 @11am
- Panther Fest (5/6th grade): March 10 from 6:15 to 8:30 pm
- Qdoba Dine-to-Donate: March 20 4-8:00 pm
- Five Below Shopping Event: March 25-April 2
Fest is a fun night PTO hosts exclusively for our 5th and 6th grade students. It is a drop off event (parents/guardians can only attend if they sign up to volunteer). It will be held March 10th from 6:15 to 8:30 pm at HIJH. Purchase a wristband here https://panther-fest-2023.cheddarup.com. Wristbands allow students unlimited access to all activities and games. There will be inflatables, games, dancing, selfie stations, bubble room, cake walk, soda ring toss, and more! Concessions will be sold for an extra cost.
Help us in recognizing and appreciating our talented, hard-working, and dedicated employees by submitting a R.A.V.E. (Recognizing All Valuable Employees) Review. All HSE staff members are eligible for nomination and may be recognized multiple times. To submit a R.A.V.E. Review, click here to fill out a quick and easy online form and share why the individual is a 5-Star employee.
Recipients will receive a R.A.V.E. Review window cling to proudly display their nomination in their workspace, a certificate and letter of recognition with their review. Each month, one R.A.V.E. Review recipient will be selected at random by the Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation for a $100 gift card. Thank you for your support!
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