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more staff doppelgangers

Here are some more staff – celebrities look alikes! You be the judge!

Edie Falco

Mrs. Gammons

Miss. McKee and Danica Patrick

Premiere Of CBS Films' "The Words" - Arrivals
Bradley Cooper

Mr. Beesley


george carlin
George Carlin


Mr. Goller


Staff Dopplegangers….say what?!?

doppelganger – n.

Web definitions
a ghostly double of a living person that haunts its living counterpart. (

Now, we took a new spin on the “doppleganger” theory and found celebrities who look like some of our staff and teachers! Check ’em out below and stay tuned for some more to come… Tell us if you agree or not!

Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire

Mr. Tucker

Mr. Tucker

AbeLincoln Abe Lincoln

Zoeller Dopple Mr. Zoeller


HSJH Sweeps the HEPL Poetry Contest!

By, Ms. Vandor

For the third year in a row, HSJH 7th and 8th graders swept the Hamilton East Public Library’s annual poetry contest! Below is the flyer for the invitation to the reception being held this Sunday. Stay tuned for pictures of the winners, along with their poems!

2013 Email Invitation

May Multicultural Dates

Thank you Mrs. Gammons!

Major Holidays: World Religions & Cultures: MAY 2013

MAY IS… Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish/American Heritage Month, National Better Hearing & Speech Month, National Mental Health Month, Women’s Health Care Month, Older Americans Month.

May 1: Beltane (Northern Hemisphere Wiccan) Pagans celebrate the unison of the god and goddess which is believed to be the basis of all creation. This festival is celebrated with maypole dances.

May 1: School Principal’s Day (USA)

May 2: National Day of Prayer USA (Multi-faith) It was created as a floating holiday in 1952 and fixed on the first Thursday in May by Ronald Reagan.

May 3: World Press Freedom Day (International) Serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.

May 3: Orthodox Good Friday (Orthodox Christian)

May 5: Cinco de Mayo (Secular) Means the “The fifth of May” in Spanish.. This day commemorates a battle that was won on this day in 1862 during the years that the Mexicans were struggling to drive foreign armies from the country and became an independent nation. In the USA this day is celebrated in a zesty spirit with parades, food, musical events and dances.

May 5: Orthodox Easter (Orthodox Christian)

May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation week (USA; National Teacher Day May 7)

May 8: National School Nurse Day (USA)

May 12: Mother’s Day (Secular) In 1872, Julia Ward Howe (author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) suggested this day be dedicated to peace. Mother’s Day meetings were held yearly in Boston Massachusetts on this day. In 1907 Ana Jarvis began a campaign to establish a National Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. It took four years and in 1911 it was proclaimed a national holiday. Countries celebrating Mother’s Day are the USA, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium.

May 15: Shavuot (Jewish) Observance to celebrate the giving of the Torah, God’s gift to the Jewish people, which is a guide for how to live in this world. It occurs seven weeks after Passover.

May 17: Ascension Day (Christian) Forty days after Easter, commemorating the final earthly appearance of Jesus after his resurrection. The Christians believe that Jesus ascended into heaven.

May 18: Armed Forces Day (USA) Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

May 19: Pentecost (Christian) Celebrated by the Christians to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples in the form of tongues of fire and rushing wind. A traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians.

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (Secular) Recognizes cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange and creativity, as well as the obligation to create a more peaceful and equitable
society based on mutual respect.

May 23: Declaration Of The Bab; Siyid’ (Baha’i) This date marks the beginning of the Baha’i faith, the Baha’i Era (B.E.) and the Baha’i calendar. School and work are suspended on this day.

May 25: Visakah Puja (Buddha Day– Buddhist) The holiest day of the Buddhist calendar, this day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha on the day of the full moon in May.

May 27: Memorial Day (USA) Originally initiated in 1868 to honor the dead of the Civil War, it has come to include lives lost in all the wars.

May 29: Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) Observance of death anniversary of Baha’u’llah. School and work are suspended.

It’s May already! Final Stretch!

check out the links below for the May Newsletter and Activities Calendar!


may calendar

library books due!

MAY 13th


(not May 23rd)


Carolyn Gundrum, B.Ed., M.A.
Certified Teacher-Librarian
Chair, YHBA (Middle School)
Academic Advisor


THANKS Mrs. Gammons!

Major Holidays: World Religions & Cultures: APRIL 2013

APRIL IS… Celebrate Diversity Month
….a national observance celebrating ALL the diversity across the board that exists within our workplaces, schools, and communities. The hope is that organizations, schools, and individuals will choose to celebrate similarities as well as differences during this time, thereby gaining a deeper understanding of each other. While throughout the year, there are a wide range of admirable diversity observances that acknowledge the contributions and unique traditions of certain segments of the population, until now there has been no specific time designated to celebrate the wide range of diversity that not only includes these groups, but goes beyond them and reaches out to everyone.
Celebrate Diversity Month is all about opening dialogues that foster an appreciation of the differences that separate us as well as the similarities that unite us. One way to build connections with those we don’t usually get the opportunity to know is to explore the cultural celebrations and significant life events of others. Through these connections, we create the energy needed to positively change our workplaces and communities.

…and also: Autism Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and National Library Week 8 -14


March 26- April 2: Pesach– Passover (Jewish): Eight day pilgrimage festival celebrating the ancient Exodus of the Hebrews from slavery to freedom.

April 1: April Fools’ Day (Secular): Celebrated in the Western world on April 1st of every year, it is sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day. April 1st is not a legal holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day which tolerates practical jokes and general foolishness.

April 7: Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day (Jewish): The day has been established to remember the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in 1933-45. It is observed by many non-Jews as well.

April 7: International Beaver Day and National Beer Day. Celebrate in unison for some really big fun.

April 14: Vaisakhi also called Baisakhi (Sikh): The Sikh New Year festival, which also marks the founding of the Khalsa a distinctive Sikh brotherhood, founded by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699; it is a day observed by temple worship, feasting and dancing.

April 15: Day of Silence (Worldwide): On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.
April 15: Tax Day (USA): The day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. Due to Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. (which is observed on the weekday closest to April 16), when April 15 falls on a Friday, tax returns are due the following Monday; when April 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, tax returns are due the following Tuesday.
April 16: Emancipation Day (USA): Emancipation Day is a holiday in Washington DC to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which president Abraham Lincoln signed on April 16, 1862
April 21 – May 2: Ridvan (Baha’i): Commemorating the Bahaullah’s declaration of prophethood, it is the most important event in the Baha’i calendar, and is celebrated for twelve days with work being suspended on the 1st, 9th and 12th of the festival. (Starts at sundown on 4. 20)
April 22: Earth Day (Secular) First observed in the United States in the 1970’s, it is celebrated to remind people of our environment and how our habits affect our environment.
April 25: Mahavir Jaynati (Jain): Festival honoring Lord Mahavira on the founder’s birthday. Shrines are visited. Teachings are reviewed and reflected upon.

April 26: Arbor Day (USA): Arbor Day is a day in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.

Washington D.C Trip

By, Pooh Bear

According to the eighth graders and some teachers, Washington D.C. was a blast! The trip was coordinated by Mr. Brown – even though he had to leave the trip early due to his second child being born back in Indiana! He really did a great job! The students went to many museums, went to a Smithsonian or two, and went to war memorials, too.

The exciting trip began at the airport for an early flight of four o’clock AM. The flight was fine. It was short and they arrived in D.C. around eight o’clock AM. What was really cool about the plane ride was that some girls were allowed to serve snacks, when the plane began to start up in the sky the kids put their hands up just like a roller coaster ride, and they got to see the sunrise!

They ate breakfast with George Washington to start. Along with that, over the three days they saw war memorials which included the tome of the soldier, the Holocaust museum, the Lincoln Memorial, and many more memorials. They did the Harlem Shake at Einstein and went shopping! They saw the Hope Diamond and had a Night at the Museum Scavenger Hunt! They saw the snipers guarding atop the White House! One of the main events was crime and punishment. It was a hit! There was a dance and the students swam at the hotel pool! Overall the trip went splendidly. For all those seventh graders, all the fun is next year, so be looking forward to it!

Information from: Mr. Libey, Ms. Adams, and Emily W.

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Latitude 39

By, the Phoenix

If you don’t know about Latitude 39 then you are really missing out!!! This place is awesome – for adults AND kids! Latitude 39 is a place where everything you can do is in one location!!

Dining – there are about 4 different restaurants that you can choose from to eat but some are more like bars, so unless you’re 21, you probably can’t go to those. The food is really good too! I can’t really say about the price of their food, though, because my parents paid for it.

Entertainment – there is a bowling alley, live music, an arcade, a theatre for live performances such as a comedy show or bands, a dance floor, tons of tv’s for the sports lovers, and pretty soon there will even be a movie theatre that you can sit down and eat at – like a restaurant! I’m most excited for the Cine-Grille to open!

Prices – Bowling is pretty average but the rates are different between the weekdays and weekends – but that’s pretty normal. Arcade prices – also normal. What’s NOT normal are the prizes L39 offers! They are awesome and really good – better than what you get at most arcades. Take a look at this site to see the cool games and prize shop:

Ms. Vandor recently went to L39 for a comedy show and dinner and I asked her about her experience. Here is what she told me:

“From the second we pulled up to the venue, my boyfriend and I were like, “Holy Cow! This place is huge!” As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by friendly staff members. They were very welcoming and professional. The place was packed and busy with a lot of people. One thing we noticed right away, was that the range of people varied a ton. There were little kids running around the arcade, and older people watching sports in the sports bar. However, by the time we left, it was mostly just an older crowd in the place. My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to get free tickets to the comedy show! Again, when we walked in to Latitude Live, the people were super nice! They sat us at our table and that was cool because we were facing the state directly. The main comedian was hilarious! Definitely not for kids, though!! We also ordered the buffalo chicken dip and it tasted just like my own recipe! So, yes, the good was good – but I am biased because like I said, it tasted just like mine! The service was a bit slow, but that was expected because it was really busy in the theatre. After the comedy show, we walked around the arcade. We didn’t play any games, but that was just because we were really tired and are trying to save money! There was a live band that was really good and the dance floor was packed. We left around 10 pm and the entire place was still very busy. I think we’d go back with another couple or a group of people, definitely!”

It sounds like Ms. Vandor had a great time. Attached is a flyer for High School students and teachers! DEFINITELY check out the flyer.

Latitude 39 High School Happy Hour
3-5 pm Monday – Friday
Show your school ID
Get: $10 for the arcade, 1 game of bowling, and if you buy one pizza – you can get one free!

High School Happy Hour

If you don’t live in the Indy area, check out for other venues like L39 in YOUR AREA. They have Latidues in Chicago, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh too!

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HSJH Teachers to participate in bowl-a-thon for Special olympics

This Saturday, a few teachers will be bowling for a good cause. The Special Olympics of Hamilton County is hosting a fundraiser in Noblesville. Each team has to raise a minimum of $250 ($50 / person) in order to participate. All the money goes to the charitable organization. Stay tuned for pictures next week of the teams, how much money the teachers raised, and final game scores!

Check out the flyer below for more information!

Bowl-a-thon flyer (2)

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