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Superintendent’s Message – Nov. 19, 2021

Dear Parents and Students,

There is no school November 24-26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. JTHS is thankful for our students and families, and we wish you a happy Thanksgiving! Important information is below.

Emergency E-Learning Days
As winter weather approaches, we are communicating our school closure plan to students and families. JTHS has approval from the Illinois State Board of Education to use Emergency E-Learning Days for unscheduled school closures. The purpose of an Emergency E-Learning Day is to provide a continuum of learning for students when school needs to close unexpectedly. Emergency E-Learning Days do not need to be made up at the end of the school year because learning still takes place.

On Emergency E-Learning Days, students do not report to the school building. Students complete the assignments that teachers post online and must record their attendance one time between 9:30 and 11 a.m. via using the district-provided code posted to the morning of the closure. Teachers will post relevant class assignments for students to access by 9 a.m. the morning of the Emergency E-Leaning Day and are available to assist students online through their Learning Management Platform. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, students should consult with their teachers. For example, students without access to power or the internet should see their teachers the following student attendance day. Student E-Learning Instructions are HERE.

JTHS will announce the Emergency E-Learning Day by 5 a.m. the morning of the closure through email, text message, phone call, social media and the Emergency Closing Center. Text messages reach our families faster than email or phone. If you are not receiving our text messages, you can sign up by texting “Yes” to 67587.

More information about Emergency E-Learning Day procedures is HERE.

Yearbook Sales
The Central and West 2021-2022 yearbooks are now on sale. Click HERE to purchase the Central yearbook and HERE for West Campus. The price increases in January, so place your orders now to save.

Enrollment Open for YMCA Teen Achievers Program
Students of all grade levels can enroll in the YMCA Teen Achievers program. Meetings take place on campus after school from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for West students and on Wednesdays for Central students. A dedicated advisor works closely with students to provide college preparation and career exploration. Students participate in college visits, hear from guest speakers, and benefit from access to scholarships only available to Teen Achievers participants. For more info and enrollment click HERE.

Last Day to Sign Up for Career Exploration Event
Female students can register HERE for the career exploration event that takes place on December 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. via Zoom. This is an opportunity to ask the questions you need answers to as you think about your future career. Talk one-on-one with female professionals and learn the stories behind their career choices and how they got to where they are today. This is a great interactive networking experience that includes the opportunity to win lots of prizes! We have awesome professionals for you to personally talk to including a Will County Public Prosecutor, Professor of Nursing, Makeup Artist, Audiologist, Physical Therapist, Social Worker, Business Owners, State Representative, Accountant, Communication Specialist, Relator, Human Resources Director, Agronomist for a Global Agriculture Company, and much more! Today is the last day to sign up. Spots are limited due to the personalized nature of this event.

FAFSA Workshop at Lewis University – In-Person Event Nov. 30
Lewis University, in partnership with NHBW, Inc., is hosting a FAFSA workshop on Thursday, November 30, 2021 from 3 to 6 p.m. Please register at by November 22 to reserve your spot. Spanish interpretation is available. If transportation is needed, please call (815) 509-0063 to request. After registration is received, attendees will receive check-in/building location. View flyer HERE.

Holiday COVID-19 Screening November 23
SHIELD Illinois is offering free COVID-19 testing at locations throughout the community, including the JTHS Administrative Center. Testing takes place on Tuesday, November 23. No appointment is necessary, and results are available within 24 hours. Testing times and locations are HERE.

JTHS Community Forum: Safety & Security
The forum takes place on December 7 at 6 p.m. JTHS will provide information, answer questions, and share parent and community engagement opportunities. In preparation for the forum, we ask our stakeholders to complete the Safety & Security Comment/Feedback Form. Use this form to provide comments, thoughts, questions, or suggestions regarding safety and security at our schools. You may provide your name and email, or you can submit this form anonymously. You do not need to attend the forum to complete this form. We welcome all feedback. More information about the event is HERE.

JTHS Board of Education Meeting December 14
Parents, students, members of our community, and the public are invited to attend Board of Education meetings. The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting is December 14 at 7 p.m. 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 75 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.

Dr. Karla Guseman

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