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West_Banner_1August 18, 2017

Gibson_Teresa_(2)_(83x125) A Message from Dr. Gibson: This is Joliet West High School's weekly Principal's Newsletter which parents/guardians receive every Friday. We are excited for the first day of school on Monday, August 21st! This newsletter contains some upcoming events and opportunities for students. 


Solar Eclipse  
On Monday, August 21, America will experience a total solar eclipse.  Students at Joliet Township High School may participate in structured observation activities, using eyewear that has been approved by NASA.  These activities will only take place if they have had prior approval by the District Curriculum Director.   

All other outdoor activities from the hours of 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.—such as physical education classes, athletic practices, and band practice—will be moved indoors. 

If you would like to keep your student home for this historical event, it will be counted as an excused absence.  You must call the attendance office at 815-727-6900 to report the absence.  Please leave a message with the student name, ID, reason for the absence and who is calling.  Attendance voice mails are taken 24 hours a day. 

As a precautionary measure, please speak to your students about the dangers of looking directly at the sun. 

For more information about the total solar eclipse, visit: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety or Observando el sol sin peligro (español) 


Welcome Back - First Day of School, Monday, August 21st  
We are excited to welcome your student to the 2017-2018 school year.  The first day of student attendance for the 2017-2018 school year is Monday, August 21.  For the school calendar and additional information, please visit our website at www.jths.org.  To receive text notifications from the school, please text the word “Yes” to 67587.  


We look forward to the first day of school, Monday, August 21.  


JOLIET WEST Main Entrance Construction Changes (6/6/17 - Projected 1/1/18) 

  • Due to construction, the Visitor Entrance (Door 1) and it’s parking lot are closed. The temporary visitor entrance is located at Door 6. This entrance is next to the cafeteria entrance at Door 5.  

  • Visitor parking will be located in the designated spots directly in front of Door 6 and the Cafeteria.  

  • Beginning August 21st during dismissal, “Hello My Friend Alley” will be one-way traffic leaving campus.  This is the drive from Oneida St. that feeds into the school lot south of the tennis courts. The hours of one-way traffic will be from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.   This will help to relieve some of the congestion in the parking lot upon dismissal.   

  • Two-way traffic on “Hello My Friend” alley will be in effect from the hours of 4:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

  • When picking up or dropping off students, parents must enter by the tennis courts or through “Hello My Friend”, and use the five lanes in the center of the large lot in front of the Field House and west of G building. 

  •  At dismissal, buses will depart from 3 different locations. 

    Location 1:    Larkin Turnaround south of E Building.   

    Location 2:    Cafeteria area adjacent to teacher parking lot.   

    Location 3:    Exit lane between staff and senior parking lots.   

Joliet West Library opens August 22 




JJC Test Prep Workshops 
Joliet Junior College will be offering month-long SAT Prep Workshops and ACT Prep Workshops this fall on their main campus, with the first SAT prep workshop beginning August 26th. The total cost is $184, including class materials such as two complete practice tests, review sections, and test-taking strategies.  If you have questions, please contact Brenda Large at blarge@jjc.edu or (815) 280-1504. To register, call (815) 280-1555.  

Please click here to learn more about dates and times. 


Volunteer opportunity: Joliet Chamber & Alianza's "Fiesta en la Calle" Festival on September 9th  
The Joliet Chamber and Alianza need 100 volunteers, who will earn community service hours, to help at their upcoming downtown festival "Fiesta en la Calle" on Saturday, September 9th beginning at 3:30pm. Students may volunteer with set up, the children's games, or clean up. If you and/or your student wishes to volunteer, please complete the following form and submit to the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, 63 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL 60432, fax to (815) 727-5374, or email kbaltas@jolietchamber.com.  


Upcoming events can be found by visiting http://www.jths.org/west/events/ 

August 21: First Day of Classes 

August 26: 7th Annual DuPage County NAACP College and Career Readiness Fair 

 Come out to the 7th Annual DuPage County NAACP College and Career Readiness Fair hosted by West Aurora School District 129 on August 26th. Please click here to see the flyer. 

September 5: WCSAPC Substance Abuse Prevention Parent & Youth Forum in September at Joliet West 
The Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (WCSAPC) will be presenting a Parent & Youth Forum on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Joliet West High School Field House on 1741 Larkin Avenue in Joliet, Illinois.  

Please click here to see the flyer.  


September 17: JT Booster Golf Outing 

You're invited to the 13th Annual JT Booster Golf Outing on Sunday, September 17th beginning with a tee-off (4-Person Scramble) at 9:00am. The cost is $120 per golfer and includes a cart, tee gift, continental breakfast, bloody mary bar, lunch and dinner. Enjoy the "Longest Drive" and "Closest to the Pin" contests as well as raffles and prizes. For questions, please contact Joliet West Athletic Director Steve Millsaps at smillsaps@jths.org or 815-727-6920.  


September 29th: Joliet West Homecoming "Our Seaside Escape"  
Mark your calendars for Homecoming Week --Monday September 25th through Friday, September 29th! Each day will have its own dress-up theme. Save the date for the homecoming parade and varsity football game on Friday, September 29th. The Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Joliet West High School.  


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