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Fishers Junior High School will foster the growth and development of character in our students in order to create a positive school environment and equip our students with the skills needed to be good citizens.
English, science and social studies are teamed for purposes of curriculum coordination and student individualization. Each team of three teachers shares a common preparation period and common group of students.
Most students are assigned heterogeneously grouped classes. Exceptions occur in English, Science and math. Advanced curricula are offered at both seventh and eighth grade levels in English and Science. Seventh graders are placed in regular math, advanced, or Honors Algebra. Eighth graders are placed in regular math, Algebra, Honors Algebra or Honors Geometry.
B.E.S.T stands for “Building Extraordinary Students Together.” Built into the last period of the day, this is a 30 minute time for students to complete homework, receive additional academic support, prepare for ISTEP testing, participate in reading time as well as additional accelerated activities. On Fridays, students watch Charger TV, the school’s student-run news program.
All students must purchase a Fishers Junior High School physical education uniform (shorts and tee shirt), to be worn in class. Uniforms are sold the first week of class. Seventh graders may use the same uniform in grade eight.
Students at Fishers Junior High School have opportunities to participate in several leadership-building activities. Student Council, class officers, peer tutors, office, technology and library aides all occupy positions of responsibility. Active involvement in extracurricular opportunities also enhances student leadership skill.
Within core curriculum delivery, enrichment lessons and activities are offered. Many assignments and projects encourage student creativity and thought. All seventh graders are offered the opportunity to participate in our outdoor education program conducted at Camp Tecumseh. With over 95% participation since its inception, students attend 3 days and 2 nights at a camp near Lafayette, Indiana. Under the direction of teachers, camp personnel, and specially selected and trained high school student-counselors, FJHS students complete a wide variety of environmental and ecological activities.
Within the core curriculum there are many activities that provide exciting, in-depth learning opportunities. Egg-drops, lab experiences, in depth disease studies as well as other environmental activities, CPR training, social studies debates and simulations, Rube Goldberg contests, literature circles, and cultural fairs are only a few of the activities that are woven through the curriculum.
The DARE program is taught in Wellness classes with the goal of deterring drug and alcohol abuse among our students.