Principals Newsletter

Mr. Hallihan smiling   A message from Mr. Hallihan: Please remember that next week only has two student attendance days due to the Thanksgiving holiday. There is no school November 21-23. Happy Thanksgiving!

NEWS
Tip of the Week: Ask for help and make a plan for the end of the semester  #JTAchievesTogether
As the end of the semester approaches, don't be afraid to ask for help. If you’re struggling in a class or a project, don’t wait until the last minute to try to get assistance. Go see your teachers now and make a plan for improvement. There are many other resources such as your counselors and the school library to help you. Read this article on 10 Ways to Make Sure You Survive End-of-Semester Stress

November 29: Steelmen Course Recommendation Day
This school-wide initiative gives students the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with teachers and counselors about their post-secondary/career goals. These conversations give students feedback on what core classes and electives are most appropriate for them. Counselors will refer to the recommendation form when they finalize course selection in January 2019 with all students. Please take some time to have a conversation with your student about the courses they are interested in taking.  Click here to review 2019-2020 Course Offering Guide with information on the courses we offer.

Central Vocal Department Holiday Poinsettia Sale
Are you looking for a Christmas gift for that special someone? We’ve got the answer: Poinsettias! The Central Vocal Department is selling florist-quality poinsettias, 16 to 19” tall, beautiful deep red color, for $12.00 each. Poinsettias arrive and will help us decorate the stage for the Sounds of the Season Concert on December 2nd! Please email spyter@jths.org or jbalhan@jths.org for more information. 

Accomplished Artist Charles Pierce Raffles Portrait Sketch to Benefit Joliet Central High School Student Scholarships
On Wednesday, December 12, accomplished artist and Central alumnus, Charles Pierce (’60), will create a charcoal portrait sketch valued at over $350  during a special event open to the public. To select the subject(s) of the sketch, a raffle will be held where members of the public can purchase tickets for $20 online at https://www.jthsfoundation.org/shop or from any member of the JTHS Foundation. The winner of the raffle can have up to two people (6 years or older) included in the sketch, an opportunity perfect for families and children.  The raffle winner will be announced November 30 and must attend the December 12 event to participate in the production of the portrait sketch. 

In addition to the portrait demonstration, the December 12 event includes refreshments and music provided by the JTHS Orchestra.  The event takes place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the Joliet Central High School Student Center located at 201 E. Jefferson Street in Joliet.  Refreshments will be served from 3:30 to 4 p.m. and the portrait sketch begins at 4:30 p.m. 

Attendees must buy a $10.00 to get in to the event.  Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.jthsfoundation.org/product-page/charles-pierce-reception-ticket or from any Foundation member.  All proceeds from the raffle and event benefit scholarships to be awarded to Joliet Central High School students pursuing post-secondary degrees in visual arts.  

OPPORTUNITIES

SAT Prep Classes at Joliet Central & West Campuses
JTHS is offering SAT Prep Classes at both campuses to help prepare high school students for the SAT, a standardized test used by the state of Illinois and across the country to determine college readiness. Cost for the class materials is $35. Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for registration is November 23, 2018. Click here to register online

JTHS is hiring additional bus drivers! Apply online or call us.
If you or someone you know needs a job, give us a call at 815-727-6873 or apply online at www.jths.org and choose JTHS Employment. JTHS School bus drivers are integral to a student’s educational and extra-curricular activities. Did you know JTHS provides service to 38 different schools and has one of the largest fleets of vehicles in the County? JTHS needs quality individuals such as yourself, your family, or your friends to join our team. As an employee of the school district, you will earn $15.45 per hour, have access to fantastic medical, vision and dental insurance; earn paid holidays and sick days; guaranteed daily hours and extra hours driving athletic trips. The School District will pay all the licensing and physical fees and you get paid for part of the training time.  This is a great opportunity, so call us now or go online and apply ASAP.

JJC FAFSA Workshops
Families and students are encouraged to attend JJC FAFSA Workshops offered on various dates. They are free and open to the public, regardless of what college students plan to attend. Please click here to review and choose the date that is best for you. 

Upcoming Mobile Food Pantries in November
The Northern Illinois Food Bank will have mobile food pantries open to all at different locations throughout the month of November. Please click here to see dates and locations. 

Joliet Central High School Madrigal Dinner Tickets Now On Sale
Tickets are on sale now for Joliet Central High School's traditional holiday Madrigal Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Joliet Central High School Galleria, 201 East Jefferson Street in Joliet. Seating will begin at 5:45 pm. Please click here for more information. 

December 1: JTHS Alumni Association Santa 5K and 1-Mile Stroll 
This year’s event at the Chicagoland Speedway will feature a competitive 5K race as well as a leisurely 1-mile stroll for participants of all ages and abilities. Gates will open at 8 a.m., and race time is scheduled for 9 a.m.  Click here to register.

Student Employment Opportunity - The A's Club
The A's Club, a family-owned children's interactive clubhouse and party venue, is looking for students to work part-time for $10 an hour. If interested, please contact Antonio Anderson at 815-630-5447.


Upcoming JCHS events include:
• November 18: Fall Band Concert
• November 21 - 23: Thanksgiving Break
• November 23: Band - Light Up the Holiday Parade
• November 29: Steelmen Course Recommendation Day

VISIT THE CALENDAR FOR MORE DETAILS.
Joliet Central Athletic Update
Visit the Athletic Calendar to see next week's athletic events. Go, Steelmen!


 

Mr. Hallihan smiling   A message from Mr. Hallihan: Families, please take a moment to complete the IL 5Essentials Survey, and please review your child's Progress Report on Wednesday. Don't forget the Parent Club Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

NEWS
Take a moment to fill out the Illinois 5Essentials Survey
Take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide your opinion about the JTHS school climate and learning conditions: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

Tip of the Week: Review your student's Progress Report #JTAchievesTogether
Progress Reports may be viewed online through Home Access Center on Wednesday, November 7. Please contact the Principal’s Office if you would like a print copy of your student’s Progress Report. For Home Access Center help, please call (815) 727-6860. Visit our website www.jths.org to find more information about Joliet Township High School or to view our HAC instructional videos in English or Spanish.

November 15 is a SIP B Day - JTHS School Improvement Day

Students will follow this schedule on SIP B Days: 

Schedule B Time 
Period 5A 11:20 AM - 11:45 AM
Period 5B 11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
Period 6A 12:20 PM - 12:45 PM
Period 6B 12:50 PM - 1:15 PM
Period 7A 1:20 PM - 1:45 PM
Period 7B 1:50 PM - 2:15 PM
Period 8 2:20 PM - 3:15 PM

SIP B Day Transportation
Freshman standard-sized large buses arrive 4 hours later than regularly scheduled pick up time. Sophomore, Junior and Senior standard-sized large buses arrive 3 hours later than regularly scheduled pick up time. For SIP Day Special Education bus routes, please call the Transportation Office at 815-727-6873.

OPPORTUNITIES
Get help with college and financial aid from ISAC rep
Joliet Central's College & Career Center in Room 279 has Patrick Ackerman from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) in every other Tuesday for any student who has college questions, and he also does advisory presentations.

JJC FAFSA Workshops
Families and students are encouraged to attend JJC FAFSA Workshops offered on various dates. They are free and open to the public, regardless of what college students plan to attend. Please click here to review and choose the date that is best for you. 

November 3: Family Support Day (A Housing, Health, and Education Expo)
School Staff and Community Service Providers will be assisting families with housing, health services, education, financial counseling, and employment on Saturday, November 3 from 9am to 11:30am at the Bolingbrook High School Cafeteria on 365 Raider Way in Bolingbrook. Click here for more details.

Joliet Central Band launches Buy the Sound Campaign
The Joliet Central High School band is proud to announce the "Buy the Sound' Campaign for commissioning new band music. Please click here to learn more. 

November 7: Fearless Females Z Club Induction, Recognition of Zontian Service & Dr. Cheryl McCarthy  
Please join us on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30  p.m. in the Joliet Central High School Student Center for a special induction of Joliet Central High School Fearless Females Z Club members. The Zonta Club of the Joliet-area will also recognize Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, JTHS Superintendent, for her dedication to the Fearless Females Z Club. Please click here to learn more. 

November 9: Joliet Central Holds Annual Veterans Ceremony
Joliet Central High School will honor local veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces at its 8th annual Veterans Ceremony. The program begins at 2:20 p.m. in the JCHS Auditorium. For more information, or if you have a veteran whom you would like to have honored at the ceremony, complete the Veteran Information Form or contact the JTHS Community & Alumni Relations Office at (815) 727-6796 or email Kristine Schlismann, Director of Community and Alumni Relations, at kschlismann@jths.org.

November 11: 25th Annual Betty Mahone Joliet Area Black College Fair
The College Fair will offer students the opportunity to network with representatives and alumni of more than 20 Historically Black Colleges/Universities and obtain information regarding scholarships and financial aid. Ten college-bound seniors will be eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship. A Health Fair will also be offered. Click here to see the flyer.

November 20: Emerging Playwrights Festival Deadline
Bicentennial Park & Theatre is accepting submissions for the 2nd annual Emerging Playwrights Festival. It’s a chance for teens and adults to put their original story on stage by casting and directing their own play. Forms and original plays are free to submit. Click here to learn more.

Joliet Central High School Madrigal Dinner Tickets Now On Sale
Tickets are on sale now for Joliet Central High School's traditional holiday Madrigal Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Joliet Central High School Galleria, 201 East Jefferson Street in Joliet. Seating will begin at 5:45 pm. Please click here for more information. 


Upcoming JCHS events include:
• November 6: Joliet Central Parent Club Meeting
• November 7: Fearless Females Z Club Induction Ceremony
• November 9: Veteran's Day Ceremony & Reception
• November 12: Veteran's Day (No School)
• November 14: Athletics Parent Meeting
• November 15: SIP Day B (Late Start)
• November 15: SPC - Choir Festival 

VISIT THE CALENDAR FOR MORE DETAILS.
Joliet Central Athletic Update
Visit the Athletic Calendar to see next week's athletic events. Go, Steelmen!