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Principal’s Message – October 15, 2021

Dear Parents and Students, 
Thank you to those who attended Parent Teacher Conferences this week.  It is very important to keep the lines of communication open between our parents, teachers, and students.  If you were unable to attend conferences, or you have additional questions, staff contact information is posted to our directory at
As a reminder, students have an early release on Thursday, October 21.  More details are included later in this email.  

Freshman and Sophomore Refresh Week 
The majority of physical altercations and student discipline cases are taking place at the freshman and sophomore levels.  To address this issue, a Freshman & Sophomore Refresh Week is taking place next week.  During the refresh week, teachers will review behavior expectations, including the topics of bullying/cyberbullying, hallway and classroom expectations, and digital citizenship.  Parents can support us by reviewing the Student Handbook with their student(s) and reinforcing our expectations. 
Girl Scout Virtual Internship 
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana is looking for high school girls ages 15-18 to participate in a six-month virtual internship program.  Participants can earn up to $500 for their time.  Topics covered in the internship include financial literacy, becoming a successful adult, the camp counselor training program, and more.  To apply and for more information click HERE.
Buddies Unite District-Wide Club 
Students are invited to join a new district-wide club, Buddies Unite.  The club meets four times a year after school from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  Students participate in team building activities alongside special needs students with Autism and intellectual or developmental disabilities.  Our goal is to create friendships with no boundaries based on disabilities or campus. For more information and to sign up, click HERE.
Early Release Thursday, October 21 
Thursday, October 21 is a School Improvement Day and early release for students.  
Central, West, and Pathway students are dismissed from school at 11:45 a.m.  AVAC students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m., and Transition Center students are dismissed at 11 a.m.  The 2021-2022 school calendar can be viewed HERE.
Trunk or Treat October 21 at West 
The Joliet West Key Club is hosting a Trunk or Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. on October 21 at Joliet West High School.  The event, geared toward younger children, takes place in the senior parking lot, which is located off Glenwood Avenue next to the tennis courts.  There is no charge to attend. The fun-filled event includes candy, games, decorated cars and more.   
JTHS Board of Education Meeting October 19 
Parents, students, members of our community, and the public are invited to attend Board of Education meetings.  The next Board of Education meeting is on Tuesday, October 19.  Agendas are posted at least 48 hours prior to the meeting and can be found HERE. Due to COVID restrictions, the capacity limit for board meetings is 60 visitors.  Visitors will be admitted to the meeting on a first come basis.  Board of Education meetings are also livestreamed and can be viewed HERE. Masks must be worn at all times while inside JTHS buildings and visitors must certify that they do not have COVID or COVID like symptoms.  The public may comment during the public comments section on any agenda item or topics related to the district; however, this is not an opportunity for conversation.  Visitors must conduct themselves with respect and civility towards others.  Individuals wishing to make public comment must sign-up for public comment upon arrival and before 6:50 p.m. on-site at the JTHS Administrative Center.   

Have a great weekend. 

Principals Hallihan & Gibson 

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