Principal's Newsletter

Dr. Gibson smiling A message from Dr. Gibson: We have a lot of great information in this newsletter for you. Please take a moment to read it, and remember that #JTAchievesTogether. I hope you have a fantastic weekend.


Progress Reports available on September 24
Progress Reports will be available to view online through
Home Access Center on Monday, September 24. Please contact the Principal’s Office if you would like a print copy of your student’s Report Card.For Home Access Center help, please call (815) 727-6860.  

Tip of the Week: Talk to your teen about vaping #JTAchivesTogether
In 2015, 1 in 6 high school students reported vaping (using vaporizers or e-cigarettes) in the past month. Today, more high school students are vaping rather than smoking regular cigarettes. No matter how it's delivered, nicotine is harmful for youth and young adults and can cause addiction and harm the developing brain.

Use CDC's Parent Tip Sheet to help you talk with your children. This tip sheet offers facts and practical ways to start conversations with young people about the risks of vaping.

National Emergency Alert TEST During School Day
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on October 3, 2018 during the school day. The test will evaluate the distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test begins at 1:18 p.m., which is when JTHS students pass between periods 6B and 7A. Most cell phones (depends on carrier) will receive a text message titled "Presidential Alert" that says: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

Phones that are on silent or vibrate will still broadcast the message, similar to a Tornado Warning or an AMBER alert, and users cannot opt out of the WEA messages. The only way to stop this message is for cell phones to be turned off or in airplane mode.

The EAS test follows at 1:20 p.m., during which period 7A begins at Joliet Township High School. The EAS test will be sent by radio stations, television stations, cable and satellite systems.Complete details from FEMA at 

October 4 is a SIP A Day - JTHS School Improvement Day
Students will follow this schedule on SIP A Days: 

Schedule A Time 
Period 1 11:20 AM - 12:15PM
Period 4A 12:20 PM - 12:34 PM
Period 4B 12:50 PM - 1:15 PM
Period 3 1:20 PM - 2:15 PM
Period 2 2:20 PM - 3:15 PM

SIP Day Transportation Information
On SIP Days, JTHS buses follow a special schedule.  Please note that the information below does not pertain to Special Education buses.  

On SIP A Days
The standard-sized large buses arrive 4 hours later than regularly scheduled pick up time.  For example, if your student’s regularly scheduled pick up time is 6:30 a.m., his or her bus would arrive at 10:30 a.m.

On SIP B Days
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. 

Special Education Bus Routes
For SIP Day Special Education bus routes, please call the Transportation Office at: 815-727-6873.


PSAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
All juniors are invited to take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which allows them to practice for the SAT, potentially qualify for national scholarships, and identify which AP exams they are most likely to succeed on, on Wednesday, October 10 at 8am in the Joliet West Field House (through Door 14). Students will be marked "field trip" for attendance and may return to class once the test is over. To register, please bring payment of $20 and the completed
registration slip to B129 by Friday September 28th. Please email any questions to Mrs. Christine Lipke at 

Joliet West High School Club Directory
Is your student involved in any extracurricular activities? At Joliet West High School, there are many clubs to choose from.
Check out the Club Directory to see the full list. 

Upcoming Mobile Food Pantry hosted in Joliet
On Friday, September  28, 2018 from 2PM - 4PM at the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic on 213 E Cass Street, Joliet, IL 60432.
Click here to see the flyer.

Joliet Chamber Great Teachers Nomination

Nominate your favor Joliet West High School teacher for the Joliet Chamber Great Teacher Award. The deadline for nominations is 4:00 PM on October 15.

JTHS Hosts Internship Recruiting Event
Joliet Township High School (JTHS) will host two events on Monday, October 29 to recruit business partners interested in providing internship opportunities to JTHS students.
Click here to RSVP.

Registration Now Open For Tiger Tots Preschool - West Campus 
The Tiger Tots Preschool located at Joliet West High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. 
Click here to learn more.  


Cheer on the Marching Tigers this Saturday
The marching band will be performing at the
Plainfield South Marching Invitational (2:45PM) and Wheaton North Falcon Fest (7:45PM) this Saturday, September 22. It would be great to see the school community out there this weekend to cheer on the band! Click on the event names for more details. 

Upcoming JWHS events include:

• September 24: JTHS Family & Community Committee Meeting
• September 28: Homecoming Parade & Game

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

Dr. Gibson smiling A message from Dr. Gibson: It was great to see all our families at Open House. We look forward to the Homecoming festivities later this month. 


The Financial Aid Process
Did you miss FAFSA Night? See the attached presentation. 

Texting Communication to Parents
JTHS has updated our text message fields in our data management center. Parents and guardians may have additional lines designated for receiving text messages starting the 2018-19 school year.  If you have opted in for texting and are not receiving text messages from JTHS, please contact Jordan Smuksta at to ensure all phone numbers you would like to receive a text to are accounted for in our data management system. 

To start receiving text messages please opt in, by texting the word “Yes” to 67587.

Welcome Message from the Joliet West Library
The Joliet West Library is a priceless resource for all of our students. Please click here to see their newsletter. 

Also, please note that College Representatives meet with students in the Joliet West Library's College Corner almost every day. Learn how to sign up to visit with representatives from JJC, Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more.  

Tip of the Week: Parents and students can contribute greatly to school safety #JTAchievesTogether
Parents and students can be especially effective in bullying intervention. More than 55 percent of bullying situations will stop when a peer intervenes. Please call the School Violence Tip Line at 1-800-477-0024 if you know of a security or safety issue; you  may alert school officials anonymously. 

Click here to visit our "Bullying Resources" webpage, which includes a report form that can be submitted anonymously.

2017-2018 Strategic Plan Progress
The Joliet Township High School Strategic Plan states the district’s mission, goals, strategies, and beliefs. The plan charts the future of JTHS and is used to improve our schools. Every decision made by the district directly relates to the Strategic Plan.
Click here to see the progress made during the 2017-2018 school year.

September 20th is a SIP B Day - JTHS School Improvement Day
On SIP B Days, students follow the B schedule below:

Schedule Time 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

Homecoming Football Game tickets must be purchased in advance
The Varsity Homecoming Football Game for Joliet West High School vs. Plainfield East takes place on the evening of September 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. Buy your football tickets ahead of time - they will NOT be sold the day of the game. Alumni, reserve your free ticket on the Alumni Homecoming 2018 page.

School Climate Survey
Joliet Township High School asks that all parents of sophomores, juniors, and seniors share their thoughts on the district's climate by taking a short online survey that takes no more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is available until September 14. Take the survey here.

JTHS Family & Community Group Seeks 2018-2019 Members
JTHS invites all parents, guardians, community members, staff, and students to participate in the Strategy 6.2 Action Plan Family & Community Committee. Contact Carly Ringo by September 17, 2018 at or (815) 727- 6796 if you would like to participate on this committee.

From Darkness to Light: Substance Abuse Workshop
This event on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 AM - 2 PM, will feature Narcan Overdose Prevention Training, Drug Prevention and Awareness Training, Youth Speakers, and more! Click here to register.

JJC Test Prep Workshops this Fall
Joliet Junior College will be offering month-long SAT and ACT Prep Workshops this fall on their main campus. Click here to learn more.

Wonderful Women in STEM Conference at Fermilab
See the attached flyer to learn more about this free opportunity for high school girls and their parents/mentors to explore physics, computer science, and engineering on September 22 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm. Link: 

Student Volunteers Needed!
In need of hours? Check out these fun events where you can volunteer and earn some of your community hours:

  1. Peter Claver Center annual Back to School Karate Tournament: 9/15/2018 @ 10am - Score Keepers & Time Keepers needed. No more than 8 students: Training 9/12/18, 172 South Chicago Street, Joliet, IL
  2. Mobile Food Pantry: 9/28/18 @ 2pm - 4pm - 12 students needed at Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, 213 E Cass Street, Joliet, IL. Contact Jesse Stiff at 815-793-7836.

Apply Now for the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Applications are now open for 2019 awards.
Click here to learn more. 

Upcoming JWHS events include:

• September 18: Board of Education Meeting
• September 19: JTHS Athletic Booster Meeting
• September 20: SIP B Day 
• September 24: JTHS Family & Community Committee Meeting
• September 28: Homecoming Parade & Game

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