Principals Newsletter

Mr. Hallihan smiling   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

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: 

* Emergency Closing Center Website  

* Text Message --You must text “Yes” to 67587 to receive our text messages

* JTHS Website

* 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

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

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: 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, 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:

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 or call our help line at (815) 409-7917. Please email 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    

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

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: Thank you for a great start of the second semester. Please read the important information below.   


Secretary of State Safety Alert
The Secretary of State reminds the driving public to be alert for children making their way to and from school. Please click here to read the entire Safety Alert.

IL 5Essentials School Survey
Through January 18, JTHS asks our parents/guardians to take this survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school. Take Survey Here

Tip of the Week: Complete community service hours #JTAchievesTogether
Did you know your student must complete 40 hours of community service through a school or not-for-profit organization in order to graduate from high school? Please click here to download a list of local community organizations

Students are responsible for selecting an appropriate service, contacting the agency, completing the service and returning a form to the school. The student's counselor keeps a file of the student's community service. Please click here to download the community service verification form

Participation in the upcoming MLK Day of Service on January 21 will count toward your student's community service hours.

"Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve." - Martin Luther King, Jr.


JTHS Hosting Wake Up Call Substance Abuse Awareness Event
Wake-Up Call is a life-size exhibit of a teen's bedroom with more than 20 "red flags" that can signal drug or alcohol use. Parents and other adults who are influential in the lives of youth will learn what seemingly innocent items can actually be an indication of substance abuse.

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.  The event is free and open to all members of the public 21 years of age and older.  Dinner will be provided from 5:00-6:15 PM and a resource fair will take place from 5:00-6:30 PM.  Free childcare is available. 

For more information or to register for this FREE event, please visit:

2019 MLK Day of Service Jan. 21 at Joliet Central High School
During the 2019 MLK Day of Service on January 21, join hundreds of volunteers in completing service projects throughout the community! The event kicks off in the Joliet Central High School Student Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, with volunteer registration at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program launch and breakfast. Participants then depart to complete service projects from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., before ending the day back at Central for lunch and a project re-cap. 

To volunteer, register by completing the Volunteer Sign Up Form and email to or call (815) 724-1142 no later than January 14. 

JTHS E-Learning Emergency Day Committee
JTHS invites parents, guardians, staff, and students to participate as members of the E-learning Emergency Day Committee to draft the policy and procedures necessary to implement E-Learning Days on days when school is closed due to weather or emergencies. The committee will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. at the JTHS Administrative Center located at 300 Caterpillar Drive in Joliet.  The meeting dates are: January 17, January 31, February 21, March 21 and April 11.  Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP attendance to Dr. Cheryl McCarthy at by January 14.

District Discipline Committee Members Needed
Joliet Township High School invites parents, students, faculty, and support staff to serve on the District Discipline Committee to recommend changes to district policies including bullying, harassment, and disciplinary codes. The meetings will be held in the Multipurpose Room at Joliet Central High School from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on January 16th, January 23rd, and January 30th. Please email bshaw@jths.or or  if you are interested. 

UIC WIEP: Engineering Opportunities for High School Students
The Women in Engineering Programs at UIC offers two opportunities for high school students interested in learning about engineering. Both programs are FREE and an excellent way to gain hands-on experience. Click here to learn more. 

January Mobile Food Pantry in Will County
Click here to see the flyer with the dates, times, and places in which the Mobile Food Pantry will giving free food in Will County.

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

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