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JTHS Week 16 Remote Learning – Superintendent’s Update

Dear Parents and Students, 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for the families and students that participated in Parent Teacher Conferences on November 24.  We had over 4,000 conferences scheduled. Communication between families, teachers, and students is an important key to student achievement.  We are committed to creating additional opportunities to facilitate discussion regarding student progress.  If you have not already done so, and you are a parent or guardian who participated in parent teacher conferences, please take the time to complete the Parent/Teacher Conference Survey so that we can use your feedback to improve. 
Teacher Office Hours 
If you were unable to attend conferences or you would like to meet with a teacher to follow up, please reach out through email to schedule an appointment.  The remote learning schedule is designed with office hours at the end of the school day to ensure teachers and staff have time to meet with students, parents and guardians.  To find an email address visit the Staff Directory or the Campus Parent portal.  
Holiday Break, Final Exams & Food Distribution 
It is hard to believe, but the end of First Semester and holiday break are quickly approaching.  Teachers will use the next few weeks to work with students on improving grades, completing assignments, and exams.  View the 2020-2021 school calendar here and take note of the following dates below. 

December 17 – Last Day of Student Attendance for First Semester 
December 21-31 Winter Break – No Classes 
January 6 – First Day of Semester 2 Classes 

Mobil Food Pantry & Meal Distribution Week of December 14 
December 7 Food Pantry @ Central 
Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area, pre-packed boxes of groceries will be available to families picking up school meals on Monday, December 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Joliet Central High School, 201 E. Jefferson Street.  All JTHS families are welcome to pick up the food boxes via contactless drive-thru pick up.  
View Flyer 
Meal Distribution (Week of December 14) 
The meal distribution schedule the last week of school prior to Winter Break is listed below.  Food is distributed at Central and West from noon to 2:30 p.m. 
Monday, December 14 – Two Days of Food Served 
Tuesday, December 15 – Three Days of Food Served 
Online Tutoring 
If additional support is needed to improve Semester 1 grades, please take advantage of the free online tutoring provided by JTHS teachers during convenient hours, such as nights and weekends.  Tutors work with the classroom teachers to obtain missing assignments and/or study materials.    
Sign Up for Online Tutoring  

Senior Cap & Gowns – Class Rings –Order Now 
The time for seniors to order caps & gowns and class rings is here.  Visit to order online, view the selection of class rings and other graduation items. Place your order before December 18 to ensure items are ready for graduation and to avoid a late fee.  
JT Booster Club Online Spirit Store 
Central, West, and East Spirit Wear is now available online with convenient shipping.  This makes a great holiday present!   

Governors State University Intensive English and Digital Literacy Program 
Governors State University is recruiting ESL/ELL adults to participate in a free opportunity for those who want to English and computer skills to enroll in local college and career training.  The program offers 300 hours of Intensive English Program (IEP) training, 30 hours of one-on-one tutoring, a laptop computer, Wi-Fi subsidy and more.  If you are interested in applying, contact Akiko Ota (, the Director of the English Language Learning Center, or Sharon Morrissey (, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Governors State University. 
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Next Week’s Schedule 
The schedule for next week is below.  Have a great weekend! 

weekly schedule

Dr. Karla Guseman 

  • Central
  • District
  • West