By James Feichtner
Hamilton Southeastern Schools is welcoming back a junior high school this school season. But the building won’t be returning with its former name. Previously Hamilton Southeastern Junior High, the school was designated as the freshman center for HSE High School students as of last year. This year it will return as a new school known as Fall Creek Junior High.
“It is very exciting to start a new school and build new relationships with our staff, students and overall community,” FCJH Principal Kimberly Lippe said. “We are passionate about creating our vision, and what it means to be a Falcon. We look forward to providing continued academic excellence and preparing our students to successfully transition to high school and beyond.”
Fall Creek Junior High will be new to the district, with their mascot being the falcons. In preparation for the switch, Principal Lippe said the changes to the school were minor.
“Since the Freshman Center was once Hamilton Southeastern Junior High, there are only a few updates being made to prepare the building to transition back to a junior high.”
Lippe said that the students set to attend the new school will likely have mixed emotions for their new location, but she and her staff hope to make it a smooth transition.
“We believe our students are excited and at the same time a little anxious about the unknowns of a new school,” she said. “We understand that moving from an intermediate school, or having been redistricted to a different junior high may be challenging for some students, but it is our job as educators to make our students feel welcomed, safe, and valued.”
The school will accommodate sixth and seventh grade students with their first day of school on Aug. 12. For more information on Fall Creek Junior High, visit their website at http://www.hse.k12.in.us/FCJ/home.aspx.