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Student Services

SECTION 504 
Inquiries regarding compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act should be directed to Mr. Tom Bell, Special Education Director, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, Indiana 46038. 
 
COUNSELING SERVICES 
Guidance counseling services are planned to help each student obtain the most out of the school program.  All students are encouraged to use the counseling service regarding any concerns they might have.  Often a counselor helps students with educational program planning, study habits, personal and home concerns, health problems, social questions, career plans, and decision making.  Students should feel free to discuss their interests, plans, and concerns with their counselor.  The counselors will also make classroom presentations on topics of interest to all students that will enhance the development of proper school and social growth.  At times during the year, some students may be invited to become members of small groups that meet on a regularly scheduled basis with a counselor.  Students may also be asked to attend individual sessions whenever a counselor feels he/she can be of assistance to the student.  Students may arrange to meet the counselor by completing a request form from the classroom teacher. 
 
In addition to student counseling services, other counseling department activities include parent-teacher conferences, scheduling of students into classes, standardized testing, and special education program and testing coordination. 
 
What to Do if You Suspect a Disability / Child Find  
If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.  
For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary 317-915-4250.  
For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.  
 
Legal Description of HSE’s Child Find Procedures:   
Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ policies and procedures regarding the identification and evaluation of a student in need of educational services are derived from Article 7, Indiana Special Education Law.  A referral for evaluation can be initiated by either the parent or school, and requires parental consent.  The area of suspected disability is determined, which is based on the primary area(s) of concern at the time of the referral.  Article 7 outlines the required assessments to be included in in the evaluation report for each area of suspected disability requires specific assessments to be included in the evaluation report.  The evaluation is completed by a school psychologist and any other necessary licensed school personnel identified as part of the multidisciplinary team in order to meet the requirements of the evaluation.   
Upon completion of the educational evaluation, the case conference committee must be convened to determine if the student is eligible for special education services, and if eligible, the special education and related services necessary to meet the educational needs of the student.  When determining eligibility, the case conference committee is responsible for considering all the information contained within the educational evaluation report while not relying on any single measure or assessment as the sole criterion for determining eligibility.  Article 7 provides eligibility criteria for each area of suspected disability for the case conference committee to follow during the decision-making process.
   
Response-to-Instruction  
RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. 
 
MEDIA CENTER 
The purpose of the media center is to provide a variety of materials and services to assist staff and students in the teaching-learning process.  The media specialist will orient all students on proper media procedures at the start of the school year.  Students will attend the media center for instruction and to check out materials on a regularly scheduled basis.  The media specialist will also be available at other times for individual or group use throughout the school day.  When using the media center during class time, individuals must have a pass from the classroom teacher. 
Students are responsible for all materials checked out of the media center.  Fines are charged for overdue books.  Students must pay the current replacement cost for lost books. 

CLINIC/HEALTH SERVICES 
A health clinic is available for limited use for those students who become ill or injured during the school day.  Children with contagious illnesses or fevers should not be sent to school.  Please take care of injuries prior to sending your child to school.  Health records should be updated promptly as needed during the school year.  Emergency information should also be current.  The student should know the family physician, hospital preference, and how to reach a parent in the event of illness or accident. 
Clinic facilities and the service of the clinic staff are not to be abused.  If a student visits the clinic too frequently, the guardian will be notified.  To report to the clinic, the student must have permission. 
Clinic Service Handbook is available on the HSE web site and parents/guardians should refer to this regarding more detailed information on all health policies and procedures - including the administration of medications.  All medication is to be kept in the clinic and be administered under the supervision of the school nurse.  Students are not to self-administer medication except as allowable by State law. 
 
INSURANCE     
Hamilton Southeastern Schools do not insure students for personal injury or for loss or damage to their property. Each family should obtain its own insurance to cover such risks. 

 
Student Sales/Food Fundraisers 
Sale of non-commercial, unpackaged “homemade” food items is prohibited due to food safety and sanitation regulations. Only commercially prepared food items not offered in the cafeteria may be sold to students as fundraisers. The fundraisers involving food items may not be sold during the time the cafeteria is in operation. 

TELEPHONE CALLS 
Calls will only be made on an emergency basis by students.  Calling for homework, books, lunches, permission to go home with a friend, etc. are not generally acceptable reasons to use the school phones.  It is important to keep classroom interruptions to a minimum.  Students will not be called out of class for telephone calls but messages will be delivered when needed.

GRADES 
 
Grades are an evaluation of a student’s level of mastery of our standards and curriculum. They become part of the permanent school record. Grades are issued each nine (9) weeks. Mid-term grades are posted on Family Access in Skyward and parents without computer access will be given a copy of their child’s mid-term report, provided they let the office know. Related Arts classes: Art, Music, and Physical Education record grades one time per semester. 
 
Grading Scale – A district wide grading scale was adopted by the Hamilton Southeastern Schools on October 12, 2009. 
 
 
A+  100  C+  77 – 79  Special Area and band/orchestra grades are issued each semester.  The scale is as follows:  
E = Excellent 
S = Satisfactory 
N = Needs Improvement 
 
93 - 99  73 – 76 
A-  90 - 92  C-  70 – 72 
B+  87 - 89  D+  67 – 69 
83 - 86  63 – 66 
B-  80 - 82  D-  60 – 62 
    59 and below  
 
 
 
PROTECTION OF PROPERTY 
  • Students should print a name in ink on all books, tablets, gym shoes, coats and folders for which they are responsible. 
  • Students should not bring things of great value from home. 
  • Students should not bring large sums of money. 
  • Students should secure all personal property in locked lockers during the school day.  Athletes are to lock all belongings in athletic lockers during practices and contests.  
 
SCHOOL PICTURES/YEARBOOK 
Individual pictures will be taken by a selected company in the fall.  Students will be offered packages on a prepaid basis.  Yearbooks will be offered in the spring on an advance order, prepaid basis. 
 
 
VOLUNTEERS 
Schools are very fortunate to have many community members who are willing to give of their time and talents.  Volunteers are an important part of our efforts to provide a quality education.  All volunteers are required to have a criminal history background check completed through SafeVisitor and on file before spending time in the school as a volunteer.  When entering our building to help us, please sign in at the office. 

 

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665
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Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.