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Week of 9-13-21

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September 15 Early Dismissal Day

This Wednesday, September 15, is an Early Dismissal day in District 45. Middle school students begin the day at the regular 8:30 a.m. start time and are dismissed at 12:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch is still available for all students on Early Dismissal days.

Common Sense Media

District 45 uses Common Sense Media for its digital citizenship curriculum. The Common Sense Digital Citizenship curriculum is taught in grades K through 8 and is designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Jackson students will complete this curriculum beginning this week. Families can find the Common Sense Digital Citizenship curriculum and other useful information/resources for parents/guardians by visiting the Common Sense Media website at www.commonsense.org.

2021-2022 School Picture Day

Mark your calendars! School picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5. Students will be called down, throughout the school day, to the main gym to take their photo.

Inclement Weather Plans

As we move into the fall, we want to share with students and families our AM arrival and lunch break plans for inclement weather days. Families can access that information here. The linked presentation will be reviewed with students periodically throughout the year during Advisory time. Parents/guardians: please remind your child of the expectations for proper mask wearing while at school. Masks should fit securely over your child's nose, mouth, and chin.
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PTA Membership

Click here to sign up and join the Jackson Middle School PTA. Stay involved and receive information about upcoming PTA events.


Next PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be held virtually on September 16 at 6:30 p.m. Contact Laurie LoCoco at laurie4lou@yahoo.com with any questions or ideas. A link for the meeting will be available in MemberHub.

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Safety Drills

Our students safety is our number one priority. As a reminder, schools practice announced and unannounced safety drills throughout every school year. This week we will practice our first evacuation drill for the 2021-2022 school year. Other drills we will conduct over the course of this school year include: Bus Evacuation, Severe Weather, Hold in Place & Teach, Secure Building & Teach, and Run, Hide, Fight. Drills may be conducted in collaboration with District office and local municipalities.

Health & Immunization Reminders

All 6th grade students, as well as newly enrolled 7th/8th grade students, are required to have a current physical and updated immunizations on file in the school Health Office before October 15. Students who do not have this information on file by the October 15 deadline will be excluded from school. Sixth graders are also required to turn in a completed dental exam by May 15, 2022. Forms can be found under the Health Services section on the District 45 website.


Any student interested in participating in Jackson athletics is required to have a current IHSA sports physical, completed by the parent/guardian and physician, on file in the Health Office. In addition, an Athletic Agreement, signed by both the student and parent/guardian with emergency contacts listed, must also be completed and submitted. Forms can be found under the Athletics section on the Jackson website.

Water Bottle Reminder

We want to remind families that students should bring a personal water bottle to school. Water bottles may be filled at water fill stations. Water fountains are not available. Other drinks and snacks are not allowed outside of lunch periods.

Jackson Daily Announcements

Wondering how students stay “in the know” with information and opportunities at Jackson? Check out the Daily Announcements link on the Jackson website homepage. This link takes you to the daily announcements shared with students at the start of each school day. Please use this link to stay up-to-date with activities and events available for your child.

PowerSchool Parent Portal

PowerSchool is a proactive communication tool parents/guardians can use to stay informed about their child’s academic and work habits progress in school. Please click on this PowerSchool Parent/Guardian Quick Guide link for more information about how to navigate the PowerSchool portal. There is a mobile app version of the PowerSchool Portal for families. The interface of the mobile app is slightly different from the web version. If you experience any difficulties accessing PowerSchool, please email Mrs. Aparicio, the Jackson secretary who oversees PowerSchool. Her email address is vaparicio@d45.org.

Attendance

A friendly reminder that it is the responsibility of a parent/guardian to contact Jackson in the event his/her child will be absent from school. Please plan to report your child’s absence, prior to 9:00 a.m., by calling our attendance line at 630-516-7368. Parents/guardians will leave a voicemail reporting their child’s absence. In the voicemail, please include the following information:

  • Child’s name and grade level

  • Date of absence

  • Reason for absence


Student absenteeism should be kept to the minimum; however, the School Board recognizes that some absences are unavoidable. The following are valid causes for a student's absence and will be considered “excused,” as specified in Section 26-2a of the Illinois School Code:

  • Illness

  • Observation of a religious holiday

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Family emergency

  • Other situations approved by the school principal