CJHS "Chargers Connection"

January 13, 2023

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From the Principals...

Happy New Year! The new year is upon us and our students have begun 2nd semester CHARGER STRONG! Our staff took time to welcome students back to school, have fun together with team building activities, and reviewed our school-wide PBIS expectations. We will also continue to review what it means to be a CHARGER as we go through the 2nd half of the school year!

Reminder there is no school on Monday due to observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As always, if you need anything, do not hesitate to reach out to us!

~Ms. Nicasio, Principal


~Mrs. Fitzgerald, Associate Principal


Sharing the Joy!

Please take a moment to help us give a shoutout to a staff member and spread Joy throughout our school community. Please fill out this form and we will share your message with them!!
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CJHS Food Drive

We love it when our students give back to our community and our CJHS Boys Basketball and Cheerleading teams combined forces to host a food drive! Together they collected 180 points of food that was donated to the Midwest Food Bank!! Nice job CHARGERS!!!
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Positive Principal Referrals

We have really amazing students at CJHS and we want the opportunity to recognize the outstanding positive PBIS behaviors in our school! Our teachers have the opportunity to nominate students and we congratulate: Tenley, Chase, Sayler, Harini, Adriana, Lucy, Jiya, Wil, Rex, Tony, Isaiah, Tyler, Rayven, Shamar, Nolan, Amelia, Uzziah, Disha, Rayven, Brookelynn, and Dee!
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News from 6A...

In January.....

Team 6A completed some team building to start off the new year! We collectively built a bulletin board, participated in Fika conversations, and awarded our first Team ACES awards to students who have demonstrated Teamwork, positive Attitudes, Commitment, and Excellence.

News from 8A...

Each quarter, Team ALLiance selects students who have consistently displayed positive personal and educational characteristics across the core classes. We are looking specifically for the traits of Grit, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Investment in learning, Teamwork, and Tenacity. On Monday, we met as a team to congratulate second quarter's winners. We're proud of you!
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Our PBIS committee needs your help!!

As you can see above, we aim to recognize all the wonderful achievements of our CJHS students and continue to promote positive behavior throughout our school community!! However, money does not grow on trees and we need it to purchase items for our PBIS Charger Store. We thank our PTO for their donation but we would love to ask our parents for their help in purchasing items to supplement our PBIS Charger Store.

Please click here for our Amazon Wish List. We ask that you kindly consider purchasing items for our kids to purchase with their Charger money! All items will be directly delivered to our school so all you have to do is order and pay!! Thank you so much for your consideration and generosity!!


Reminder to all our students and families that locks are available to purchase in the office. All students should have locks on their lockers to prevent any missing items!!

Bus Expectations

As we enter 2nd semester, a reminder to our students that consequences and loss of bus privileges may be issued if we are not following expectations. Parents are encouraged to discuss bus safety and appropriate behavior with their children.

  • Bus behavior has the same expectations as the school/classroom.
  • Students should be waiting at their bus stop on time.
  • Enter and exit the bus only when the bus is fully stopped.
  • Choose a seat and sit in it immediately upon entering the bus. Do not stand in the entrance or in the aisle.
  • Do not move from one seat to another while on the bus.
  • While on the bus and while the bus is in motion, students must stay in their seats with arms and legs out of the aisle and/or windows.
  • Please keep voice level low to minimize distractions to the bus driver.
  • Reminder the cell phone use should be appropriate. There should be no taking pictures, movies, or recordings while on the bus.

School Dress Code

Students are to use discretion in their dress and are not permitted to wear apparel that causes a substantial disruption in the school environment.

  • Student dress (including accessories) may not advertise, promote, or picture alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, violent behavior, or other inappropriate images.
  • Coat and sunglasses may not be worn in the building during the school day.
  • Clothing that fails to adequately cover the body will not be permitted.
  • Appropriate foot wear must be worn at all times. Slippers and shoes with wheels are prohibited.

If students have any questions regarding acceptability of a particular item of clothing, please see the Associate Principal, Mrs. Fitzgerald, before wearing the items to school.

Please note that a student whose dress does not follow these guidelines will be asked to correct the violation before returning to class.

Cell Phones & Earbuds

Silent and Away During the School Day!

Cell phones are to be on silent and not visible. Students will not be permitted to have them at lunch or passing periods. If you need to give a message to your child, please contact the school office and we will gladly deliver it.

Earbuds may be used during class for instruction, however, students should put them away when they are in the hallway or transitioning from classroom to classroom. They are not allowed in the lunchroom.

School Day

Reminder that the school day begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. Students may come into the building at 8:20 a.m. and wait in their assigned space (cafeteria/gym) until the bell rings at 8:35 a.m. No students will be allowed in the hallways prior to 8:35 a.m. without a pass.

Procedures for leaving school early

We encourage families to make medial visits after school hours but understand this may not be possible all the time. Parent/guardian must contact the Attendance Line at (309) 557-4454 and leave information on our automated system. This should be made as much as possible in advance. All students checking out early must be picked up in the office and signed out by a parent/guardian.

When possible, students are encouraged to come back to school after medical visits to avoid missing learning.

Reporting Absences

Each day that a student is absent, their parent or guardian must call the attendance line at 309-557-4454 before 8:45 a.m. to explain the reason for the absence.

For all absences, a student will be permitted to make up any missed work, including homework and tests. The student is responsible for obtaining assignments from his/her teachers.

Standards Based Grading...

There have been questions on what does standards based grading really mean?

Here is a quick graphic to illustrate what a 4, 3, 2, 1 means. Do not think of it as a 4 = an A. The objective is for all our students to master learning standards and receiving a 3 means they are meeting requirements for that standard. I hope this helps a little to clear things up!!

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Testing season is upon us and our EL students will begin with ACCESS testing...

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From our librarian...

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Attention 8th grade Parents...

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Please click here for information on French class for families to learn and consider when thinking about high school courses for the future.
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From our CJHS PTO...

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Help support our CJHS PTO Unraiser!!

Thank you to all our families who have donated to our PTO Unraiser! We still need your help!!

Each year, the Chiddix PTO asks all families for a financial contribution to help our PTO. 100% of the money raised will be used at Chiddix for students and teachers. A suggested donation of $25 per family will provide extra support for CJHS students and staff.

The “unraiser” provides another option for parents and guardians to financially support the CJHS PTO since this is our one and only school fundraiser!! In previous years, your contribution has helped to provide funding for additional classroom materials such as document cameras for the Math Department, Digital Projector for the IMC, laminating materials for the office, and teacher appreciation days just to name a few.

Please complete the form below or contribute online via PayPal:


Any questions, please email chiddixpto@gmail.com. Thank you for your support of the Chiddix PTO and Chiddix Jr. High!

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CJHS yearbooks are on sale!!

Click here for more information on how to order your CJHS 2022-2023 yearbook!!

Stay Connected...

Please follow our CJHS Twitter and our NEW special "CJHS - Principal's Corner" Facebook page to showcase all the wonderful teaching and learning happening in our school!

You can also visit our school website for additional information. Please be patient as changes are being made to the website to ensure the most updated information is provided.


All visitors, including parents and siblings, are required to enter through the front door of the building and proceed immediately to the main office. Visitors should identify themselves and inform office personnel of their reason for being at school.

All visitors to school property are required to check into the Building Principal's office and receive permission to remain on school property. All visitors' log, identifying their name, the date and time of arrival, and the classroom or location they are visiting, show identification, and wear a visitor's badge.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 16

  • No School - Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Pom Pon Practice @6:45 a.m.
  • Cheer Practice @8 a.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @12 p.m.
  • 7th Boys Basketball Practice @3 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17

  • FCA @3:45 p.m.
  • 8th Boys Basketball Practice @4 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball v. Tri-Valley MS @4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 18

  • 7th/8th Boys Basketball Practice @6:45 a.m.
  • Pom Pon Practice @6:45 a.m.
  • Chess Club @3:45 p.m.
  • Wrestling Match v. Stephen Decatur and Washington @4 p.m.
  • Bowling Informational Meeting @6 p.m.
  • Unit 5 School Board Meeting @6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 19

  • GSA @3:45 p.m.
  • Math Counts @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Boys Basketball v. Washington MS @4 p.m.
  • Jazz Band Practice @4 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball v. Olympia MS @6 p.m.

Friday, January 20

  • 7th Boys Basketball Practice @6:45 a.m.
  • Bit by Bit Club@3:45 p.m.
  • Cheer Practice @4 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @6 p.m.

Saturday, January 21

  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @8 a.m.
  • 7th JV Wrestling Tournament @Bloomington Junior HS - 8:30 a.m.
  • 8th Volleyball Panther Invitational @Reed-Custer MS - 9 a.m.
  • Cheer Practice @2 p.m.

Sunday, January 22

  • ICCA State Competition

Monday, January 23

  • Pom Pon Practice @6:45 a.m.
  • Team Quest Club - 7th/8th Grade @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice v. BJHS @4 p.m.

Tuesday, January 24

  • 7th/8th Wresting v. BJHS and Champaign Edison @5 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball v. KJHS @5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25

  • Pom Pon Practice @6:45 a.m.
  • Chess Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @4 p.m.

Thursday, January 26

  • Math Counts @3:45 p.m.
  • Cheer Practice @4 p.m.
  • Jazz Band Rehearsal @4 p.m.
  • 8th Intercity Wrestling Meet @4:30 p.m.
  • 7th/8th VB Practice @6 p.m.

Friday, January 27

  • Bit by Bit Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @4 p.m.

Saturday, January 28

  • 8th Volleyball in Mt. Pulaski Volleyball Tournament @9 a.m.
  • 7th/8th Wrestling v Jackson MS @10a.m.
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Chiddix Junior High School

Mariana Nicasio, Principal

Kelly Fitzgerald, Associate Principal

Phone Numbers:

  • General Information: (309) 557-4405
  • Guidance Office: (309) 557-4850
  • Attendance Line: (309) 557-4454
  • School Nurse: (309) 557-4687
  • Transportation: (309) 557-4287