Principals Newsletter

Mr. Hallihan smilingA Message from Mr. Hallihan: Two weeks until graduation! Please take the time to read these important messages. Have a great weekend. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
This year's national campaign theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body. Things like eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in improving your mental health and making you feel healthy.

Many of our youth will soon start watching Season 2 of the Netflix series titled "13 Reasons Why." We can use this series as an opportunity to have a conversation with youth about the topic of mental health concerns. Please refer to the "13 Reasons Why" Talking Points, which will help you with this discussion, even if you have not watched it.

Mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally; it's important to pay attention to both physical and mental health.

Tip of the Week: Review the Final Exam Schedule #JTAchievesTogether
June 1st is an early dismissal to prepare for graduation. Final exams are on Monday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 5, with time alloted for Final Exam Make-ups on both of these days, for students who were absent or missed a final exam. Please note that Final Exam make-ups are by appointment only and that you should contact your student's teacher(s) if he or she needs to make up an exam. 

Review the Final Exam Schedule 
Device Collection
JTHS is currently collection the netbook computers that were provided to seniors this year. Please remind your student to turn in his or her computer at the student help desk by May 25. Your student will be notified immediately if there are any fees for damaged or missing items associated with the computer.  Please ask your student if any fees are owed. In addition, please note that fees need to be paid immediately thereafter to participate in graduation.

For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, their netbook computers will be collected on June 5th. More information will be available next week. 

Joliet Central 2018 Graduation Checklist
Families, did you read the graduation checklist yet? Please read this information carefully and follow ALL the procedures to graduate. 


Joliet Youth Advocacy Summit & Scholarship
Learn how to make a difference in your community! Register for the Joliet Youth Advocacy Summit on June 9, 2018 from 9:30am to 3:00pm at the Spanish Community Center, 309 N. Eastern Ave., Joliet, IL 60432.


Upcoming JCHS events include:

• May 20: Spring Band Concert
• May 21-25: Senior Spirit Week
• May 25: AVAC Graduation

• May 25: Last day for Seniors (Grade 12)

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: Does your student have plans for the summer to catch up or get ahead? Now is the time to register your student for these opportunities. 

JTHS Foundation raffles alumnus’ painting to benefit scholarship
The JTHS Foundation will raffle a painting of Joliet Central High School to establish the Charles Carman Pierce Annual Art Scholarship.  Learn more.

Tip of the Week: Sign up for summer opportunities TODAY #JTAchievesTogether
Sign your student up today for these summer opportunities offered by JTHS:​​​​ ​​​​

• Summer School: All Summer School classes are held at Joliet West High School. The deadline for session 1 courses is June 6th. The deadline for session 2 courses is June 21st.
Sign up for summer school TODAY!

• Summer Sports Camp: Joliet Central High School will be offering a series of summer sports camps in June. Sign up for Summer Sports Camps TODAY!

• Camp College: On June 7, 2018, JTHS will partner with the University of St. Francis to host a FREE one-day workshop covering the fundamentals of the college application process. The deadline is May 18th. Register for Camp College TODAY!

• Summer Reading: JTHS asks every student to read at least one of these seven books over the summer. Get your summer reading book TODAY!

Food Service News for Graduates: Check your lunch money account
Per District policy, balances less than $10 will NOT be refunded or transferred.  Seniors with a low balance should spend all of their money before graduation. Negative balances must be cleared before May 18th. Seniors must have money on their account to purchase meals the last week of school since they will not be able to create a negative balance.  Seniors with a lunch balance greater than $10 can request to transfer the funds to pay school fees or to a sibling or get a refund.  For more information,
please review the District Prepayment PolicyTo request a transfer or refund, please send an email to or a letter to David Gray, 3901 Olympic Boulevard, Joliet, IL  60431. Lunch money for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors will remain in the students account and will be available next school year.

Joliet Central 2018 Graduation Checklist
Families, did you read the graduation checklist yet? Please read this information carefully and follow ALL the procedures to graduate. 

The following opportunities are made available by community organizations:

• YMCA College Readiness Programs
• Volunteer Opportunity: Field Day at Sanburg School on Friday, June 1st
• Job Opportunity: Basinger's Pharmacy
​​​​​​​• 26th Annual Catholic Charities- Diocese of Joliet Back to School Fair
​​​​​​​• NIU Academic Summer Camp Opportunities
​​​​​​​• Lewis Leadership Summer Program

Visit the Community Bulletin Board for more details
Upcoming JCHS events include:

​​​​​​​• May 14-18: AP Testing
​​​​​​​• May 17: Senior Banquet

Visit the Calendar for more details.
Joliet Central Athletic Update
Visit the Athletic Calendar to see next week's athletic events. Go, Steelmen!