CJHS "Chargers Connection"

February 3, 2023

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From the Principals...

Thank you so much to our school community for your generosity in stocking up our PBIS Charger store! Our kids have loved having an opportunity in the morning to purchase a variety of fun items with their Charger Cash! Our link to purchase items on our Amazon Wish List is below.

For the next month, we would appreciate our families to take a moment for our 5 Essentials Survey! It is an important survey administered to provide us feedback on our school improvement and is a part of our ESSA designation. More details are listed below!

~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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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: Kevin, Leah, Robert, Matthew, Kamden, Sam, Anthany, Kabilan, Kate, Max, Boya, and Hayden.
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News from 6B...

Our team made the commitment to decorate student bathrooms to instill ownership, care, and respect for property!

~Mrs. Carey

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If you have any extra quotes as shown above that you are not using, we would love to reuse them by decorating all our student bathrooms!!! Please deliver them to the office care of Ms. Nicasio! Thank you!!!

News from 7B - Science

In their Chemistry unit, students have been investigating mystery boxes using their scientific skills to identify the properties of unknown items. The caliber of high discussion, collaboration, and engagement in this activity has been awesome!

~Mr. Miller

News from Mrs. Lewis...

students in Mrs. Lewis's Lit & Comp class had hot cocoa and independent reading in the IMC. Afterwards, they played a fun and hilarious game of charades!!
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Freedom School at CJHS!!

Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade CJHS students, families, and caregivers: Chiddix Junior High is very excited to announce that we have received a grant that will allow us to have an after school and summer Freedom School here at Chiddix Junior High. This culturally enrichment program is a place where students will have opportunities to participate in civil engagement, work on literacy development, character building, leadership building, and receive support for academic connectedness, all the while having a lot of fun. Freedom School will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45-5:30 p.m. and transportation home could be available.

There will soon be an informational meeting where you can come and hear all about this beneficial program, get signed up, and be a part of this new beginning. We will send a message via Infinite Campus once we have a date set!!

Any questions please see Mrs. Castrejon (castree@unit5.org) or Mrs. Peoples (peoplesta@unit5.org).

For more information,

Short video about Freedom School,

Illinois State Board of Education Freedom School Awardees

5 Essentials Survey

Teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the environment at your child's school. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted through Friday, March 31, 2023.

To take the survey:

1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/

2. Click on "Start here" under the Parent category

3. You may enter your email address but that is not required. It is completely optional.

4. Enter "McLean" for the County

5. Begin typing your child's school name and you should see it pop up. Click on the appropriate school.

Please take a separate survey for each school where you have a child enrolled.

The survey is also available in Spanish.

The Illinois 5Essentials gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

Research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools strong on at least three of these indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

Unit 5 students in grades 4th-12th will be given the opportunity to take this survey. Our CJHS students will be taking it during Advisory on Monday, February 13th. If you do not want your child to take the survey, please contact your child's principal by Monday, February 6.

Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Survey questions can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials Support Center ( Illinois 5Essentials Survey Questions).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or impact-surveys@uchicago.edu.

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Dear Chiddix families,

My name is Jeff Porter and I am a 7th Grade Social Studies teacher at Chiddix. I am excited to announce that in June of 2024, we will be traveling to London, Normandy, and Paris. All Chiddix students, along with family members, are invited to join us on this amazing trip.

This will be the second trip I have sponsored to London, Normandy, and Paris. After a wonderful trip experience this past summer, I am now a believer in the importance of global education. International travel is a way to bring the classroom to life, to offer students a better understanding of the world, to enable them to build self-confidence, and to develop in them some of the skills needed for the 21st Century.

Last summer, the students were able to see places like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Bletchley Park, the Normandy Beaches, The Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. We were able to eat local food and experience the culture. For me, one of the most powerful memories was at the Normandy American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. The night before visiting the Cemetery, the students researched a soldier with the same last name. Once at the Cemetery, students located the grave of the soldier and were able to show their appreciation for the sacrifice made on those days during World War II.

I will be hosting an informational meeting on February 16th at 7pm in the Chiddix IMC. I will share more details about this opportunity, as well as answer questions regarding the trip. I expect the spots to fill up quickly, so please plan to attend if you are interested.

If you would like to attend this informational meeting, please RSVP through this link:


If you are unable to attend the meeting for any reason, do not worry. You can still register for the trip using the link. I will also be sending out information following the meeting.

If you have any questions, please email me.

Thank you,

Jeff Porter

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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!!

Attention 8th grade Parents...

Your student's freshman course selections are now in Infinite Campus. You can view them in the Academic Plan on your Parent Portal. If you have any questions, please contact your student's counselor. Changes can be made through Friday, March 24th, 2023.

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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.

From our CJHS PTO...

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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, February 6

  • Pom Pon Practice @6:45 a.m.
  • SEAT Meeting @9:30 a.m.
  • Team Quest 7th/8th Meeting @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball v. Morton JHS @4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 7

  • Wrestling Match v. Mahomet @4:30 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice at Sugar Creek Elementary @4 p.m.
  • CJHS PTO Meeting @6 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8

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

Thursday, February 9

  • Math Counts @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball v. Dee-Mack Primary Junior HS@4 p.m.
  • Jazz Band Practice @4 p.m.
  • Wrestling Match v. Tremont and Deer Creek Mackinaw @5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 10

  • Bit by Bit Club@3:45 p.m.
  • Intercity Volleyball Games starting @4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 11

  • Intercity Volleyball Games starting @9 a.m.

Monday, February 13

  • Pom Pon Practice @6:45 a.m.
  • Team Quest Club - 7th/8th Grade @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball v. Urbana MS @4 p.m.
  • Wrestling Match v. Eureka & Olympia @5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14

  • FCA @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball v. Hartsburg Emden JHS @4 p.m.
  • Wrestling Match v. Eureka & Olympia @5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15

  • Pom Pon Practice @6:45 a.m.
  • Chess Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @4 p.m.
  • Unit 5 School Board Meeting @6:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 16

  • GSA @3:45 p.m.
  • Math Counts @3:45 p.m.
  • Cheer Practice @4 p.m.
  • Jazz Band Rehearsal @4 p.m.
  • 7th/8th VB v. Cornerstone Christian Academy @6 p.m.
  • June 2024 European Trip Informational Meeting @7 p.m.

Friday, February 17

  • Bit by Bit Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @4 p.m.
  • 6th Volleyball Practice @5:30 p.m.
  • Cheer Practice @4 p.m.

Monday, February 20

  • President's Day - No School

Tuesday, February 21

  • Teacher Institute Day - No School
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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