CJHS "Chargers Connection"

September 9, 2022

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From the Principals...

Students are learning, teachers are leading amazing lessons, everyone is smiling, and life is good! We hope you have had a great start to the school year as well! Thank you for being fantastic partners with us as we strive toward excellence this school year!

Reminder that Tuesday, September 13th is an Early Release day! Students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. and have an opportunity to grab a bag lunch on their way out!

~Ms. Nicasio, Principal


~Mrs. Fitzgerald, Associate Principal


Sharing the Joy!

This year, our school district theme is finding joy within the journey! Students and families are invited to spread joy among our staff! Is there a staff member that has inspired you with their joy? If you would like to give a shoutout to someone, please fill out this form and we will share your message with them!! Thank you to the Chapman family for shouting so many of our staff members!!
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School Highlight: 6B

6B has been having fun getting to know each other by completing various group activities, having popsicles, and playing in the sunshine. We think these kids are the greatest!
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In Remembrance of 9/11

Sunday is the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, a significant day in our nation’s history. Sept. 11 has been designated Patriot Day. On Friday, we will commemorate this moment in history and students will be invited to observe a brief moment of silence during morning announcements. We encourage you to discuss this significant event in our nation’s history with your children to the extent and depth you believe is developmentally appropriate for your child(ren). Additionally, this is a wonderful opportunity to encourage your children to look for opportunities to be courageous, selfless and loving; and, if possible, to say thank you to those who work so hard to keep us well and safe.

One reason we remember Sept. 11 is that we want to preserve the memory of the victims who lost their lives and those who died in service to others. Another reason to remember is to honor the courageous service of our firefighters, police officers, paramedics and military. In the face of this disaster, we saw courage: firefighters, police officers and paramedics rushed to help. We saw selflessness: strangers helped strangers. We saw love: people from around the world sent cards, supplies and comfort.

This is an opportunity to turn something negative into a positive activity by honoring the good work of others and by doing good works ourselves. Look for opportunities to be courageous, selfless, and loving; and if possible, say thank you to those who work so hard to keep us well and safe.

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Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15)

The month of September, and part of October, is a time to celebrate Hispanic culture. This time of year is significant because the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all received their independence on September 15th. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th. At 55.6 million, people of Hispanic origin are the largest ethnic or racial minority in the U.S. (17.6% of the total population). To learn more, click here.

Kona Ice

Students have an opportunity to purchase (with real cash - not Charger cash) a Kona Ice on Monday! Classes will sign up for students and all proceeds will help fund our PBIS store and incentives!!
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Safety at CJHS

Part of our mission to keep all of our stakeholders safe involves teaching best practices for responding to emergency situations. Over the past few years we have worked to strengthen these practices with our first responders throughout our area. Our school community has adopted and practiced the Standard Response Protocols by the ILoveUGuys Foundation. The standard response protocols are based on five actions that can be done to respond to all emergencies.

  • HOLD - During a HOLD, students would stay in their classroom with the teacher and wait for an all-clear before moving to the next class. We might call a HOLD for a spill or other unsafe situation in the hallway.

  • SECURE - We would call a SECURE if there was an unsafe event happening outside of the school. Exterior doors are all checked and students are not allowed to leave the building until it is safe.

  • LOCKDOWN - A LOCKDOWN would be called if an extremely unsafe situation existed in the school. Students and staff would lockdown their classrooms until police could secure the building.

  • EVACUATE - In the case of a fire, gas leak, or other any other situations that make inside the building unsafe, we would EVACUATE the building using plans that are posted in each classroom.

  • SHELTER - If weather conditions are unsafe, we would call a SHELTER which would cause students to move to the safest locations within our building.

For more details, a parent handout is linked here. The handout is also available in Spanish and linked here.

As a matter of teaching and learning how to respond in an emergency, each year the last three actions are practiced with our first responder agencies in our Law Enforcement and Fire Drills. Under the School Safety Drill Act, a law enforcement drill must be observed within the first 90 days of school. Unit 5 anticipates that our local resolution of the act will be adopted at the September Board Meeting. Please see the attached document regarding information about our practices and your participation as stakeholders.

Exhibit 4.170-AP2, E5 Notice to Parents Guardians of Lockdown Drill Opt-out (09-21-22).pdf

Fire and Lockdown Drill Information

We wanted to make you aware of a few safety drills that will be conducted in the upcoming weeks with our students and staff. For our lockdown drill scheduled on October 5th, there will be law enforcement from Normal Police Department to assist us. Part of the drill consists of going off site to our reunification location at Eastview Church. The drill will last more than an hour. Please note this in any planning you may have for appointments as students will not be accessible during this time. To ensure the success of our drill, we request the participation of all students, however, if you would like for your student to opt out of the drill, please send an email to Ms. Nicasio at nicasim@unit5.org no later than Friday, September 30th. Students opting out will be assigned to an alternative location outside weather permitting.

  • September 20th - Fire drill
  • October 5th - Lockdown Drill with NPD & Bus Evacuation
  • October 12th - Fire Drill with NFD

High School Football Games

High school football games are great events for junior high and elementary students to attend to start seeing what high school life is like. Junior high and elementary students coming to a football game at either NCHS or West must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older). Junior high or elementary students without an adult will not be allowed to enter the stadium. We also ask that students not bring bags, footballs, or toys to the game.

Dave Johnson, Principal of Normal West

Adam Zbrozek, Principal of Normal Community

Half Day Sack Lunch Distribution

Please be advised that sack lunches will be available to all CJHS students free of cost on the 7 half day early dismissals this year - no ID card will be necessary. Our first distribution will be on September 13th!

Student IDs

Student IDs serve two extremely important purposes throughout the school year: bus attendance and lunch.

IDs on the bus

  • Any time a student rides a bus (even for athletic events), students will be required to scan their IDs. This will allow "real time" access to data indicating student attendance on bus routes. This is extremely important in the case of an emergency.

IDs in the school lunch line

  • Students should have their ID for lunch each day. Students who do not have an ID are asked to wait until the end of the line to get their meal.

The use of student IDs in these situations is the expected norm for the school year.

Please help to ensure your student has a secure way to locate their ID - whether through a lanyard, wallet, card case, etc.

What if your student loses his or her student ID this year? We have the ability to print new IDs for students in-house. Students may come to the main office to request one.

Please note students will be provided one free replacement ID. Additional IDs will cost $3.00!

CJHS yearbooks are on sale!!

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

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Click here to learn how to quickly navigate through Infinite Campus' Parent Portal with the help of these tutorial videos.
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Message from our Family Coordinator

This year, Chiddix will again partner with Midwest Food Bank and Eastview Church to offer some supplemental snacks over the weekend to qualifying students. BUT this year we are changing the format. Every other Thursday, students who have the need may come and select a few snack items that they will then bring home in their own backpack. If you are interested in having your child participate, please fill out this form or email Kelly at winterk@unit5.org

Our school is full of caring and engaging teachers but we honor that you are your child's first and most important teacher! What they learn from you will last a lifetime. Parenting makes a difference! YOU make a difference! Thank you for all you do!

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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.

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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