A message from Mr. Hallihan: Please take the time to review each news item to learn about safety, support services, and school closing communication.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The forecast for the winter season is anticipated to be cold and snowy. As Illinois faces cold temperatures and wind chills, we ask that parents make sure their child travels to and from school each day in the proper winter clothing. A warm winter coat, scarf, mittens, proper shoes/boots and hat are essential pieces of clothing that your child must wear during the winter so that he or she is protected against the cold and frostbite. Every JTHS student has access to a locker so that he or she can conveniently store winter clothing.
In severely cold weather, frostbite can happen within minutes and can cause permanent damage. Frostbite is an injury that occurs when a body part is not covered in freezing temperatures. Just like water turns to ice when the temperature drops, your student’s fingers, toes, feet, nose and ears can freeze and this causes frostbite.
Frostbite is preventable if your student bundles up during these cold temperatures. Please make sure your student leaves home properly dressed.
For additional information, including how to best dress in the winter months, please visit http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-frostbite-and-hypothermia.aspx.
If your family or someone you know does not have the financial means to purchase appropriate winter clothing, JTHS is here to assist. Contact your student’s guidance counselor so that we can help.
Winter Weather School Closing Information
Because the winter weather season has arrived, JTHS would like to remind parents of the ways we announce weather-related school closing information. The announcement is made through the following means:
* Text Message --You must text “Yes” to 67587 to receive our text messages
* School Messenger Notification System (Phone Call and Email)
* Local television and radio stations
* Facebook and Twitter (@JTHS_204)
Please note that JTHS will only contact parents if schools will be starting late, dismissing early, or if school is closed. Otherwise, the day is scheduled as normal. For more information, visit www.jths.org.
Technology Safety Reminder
Joliet Township High School would like to take the time to share important reminders regarding the appropriate use of technology and to reinforce the availability of student support services.
Joliet Township High School recognizes that today's students are deeply engaged in electronic forms of communication and technology usage for daily interactions with friends, family and their larger social networks. All students and parents need to be mindful that inappropriate electronic communication and technology usage can lead to disciplinary action if electronic conduct is harmful or disruptive toward our school, students or staff, or if it indicates that a student is in violation of School Board policy.
JTHS currently incorporates lessons on Internet safety and responsible electronic usage into our curriculum. We will continue to incorporate lessons and additional programs on the safe and responsible use of technology.
In addition, JTHS encourages parents and guardians to talk to their student about the consequences of inappropriate electronic communication and technology usage by monitoring your child’s use of all electronic devices and applications including his or her computer, cell phone and social media use. We urge families to discuss electronic safety at home with their student.
Students and parents should report inappropriate communication that may compromise the safety of our school community. All concerns can be reported to the student’s dean or any member of the JTHS staff. Students and parents can also anonymously report inappropriate electronic communication or instances of bullying and security/safety issues to the School Violence Tip Line at 1-800-477-0024 or online at https://www.jths.org/family-resources/report-bullying.
Student Support Services
JTHS would like to take the opportunity to remind student and parents that a variety of social and emotional support services are available to students. Counselors and deans are readily available to support students and families. Support is also available through the Youth Experiencing Success in School (YESS Program), which provides students and families with direct access to community-based services that are provided on-site, at the high school campus. For more information about YESS, please call your student’s guidance counselor.
Working in Partnership with Students & Families
Overall, our student body displays the JTHS character attributes of compassion, confidence, respect, tolerance, responsibility, integrity and perseverance on a daily basis within our schools and community. Our students work hard to represent Joliet Township in a positive light. A variety of community service projects allow our students to show compassion and responsibility through event organization and fundraising. Student groups such as the No Name Club and Rachel’s Challenge promote kindness, compassion and involve students in anti-bullying campaigns.
Working in partnership with students and families, we are confident that we will continue to teach and reinforce positive behavior.
5Essentials Parent Survey
This is a reminder that the 2018-19 Illinois Parent Survey will close on Feb. 15, 2019. Parents and Guardians can take the survey by visiting: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ If you have any questions, please call 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Breakfast available at school
Breakfast – available every school day! JTHS offers several favorite options that meet the USDA guidelines. Your child can purchase a full breakfast including an entrée, fruit and milk for $1.95. This is a great way to kick off a school day. Check out the menu at www.jths.org, mouse over Departments and choose Food Service from the drop down list.
JTHS Hosting Wake Up Call Substance Abuse Awareness Event
Joliet Township High School will host a Wake-Up Call Substance Abuse Awareness Event on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Joliet West High School, 401 N. Larkin Avenue. For more information or to register for this FREE event, please visit: https://wakeupcalljoliet.eventbrite.com
NAMI Family to Family Course - Offered to Family and Friends who have a loved one (over 18) with mental illness. Course begins Thursday 1/31/19 at 6:00 p.m. at the NAMI Office in Joliet. Course is Free and meets every Thursday for 12 weeks. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call our help line at (815) 409-7917. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in taking this course in Spanish instead.
Now hiring: Our Lady of Angels
This is a part-time opportunity from 4pm to 7:30pm. No experience is necessary, and the job will include paid training and pays $9/hour. Please apply in person at 1201 Wyoming Avenue in Joliet or online at https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Our-Lady-of-Angels-Retirement-Home/jobs
Upcoming JCHS events include:
• January 15: Board of Education Meeting
• January 21: MLK Day of Service (No School)
• January 31: SIP Day - B Schedule (Late Start)
• January 31: "Wake Up Call" Substance Abuse Awareness Event
VISIT THE CALENDAR FOR MORE DETAILS.
Joliet Central Athletic Update
Visit the Athletic Calendar to see next week's athletic events. Go, Steelmen!