November 2017 eNewsletter

Principal's message

We've a a very positive start to the second 9-weeks celebrating our students who have exemplified this year's motto "Show Up and Do Work" at the first of quarterly luncheons and celebrations. Any student who missed ZERO class periods and had no grade lower than a C during the first 9-weeks was invited to join in a pizza luncheon and had their names and photos published in the Plain Dealer and Sun. We had 97 winners! We hope this is a number that grows each 9-weeks. Our next honorary celebration will be in January.

We just finished Red Ribbon Week encouraging all students to keep their "Paws" off of drugs. Some great activities included some firsts, a puppy-day and a powerful presentation on overdose victims and first-responders headed up by students and staff from SADD and Officer Matt Staples along with several members of NVPD and the Jennings County Sheriff.

It is official, Jennings County High School remains a B school this year missing an A by only one percentage point. We continue to strive to meet the needs of our students and their families in the best ways possible offering more TGEC opportunities than any other area school with 45 dual credit classes, insuring quality vocational opportunities to nearly ever member of our student body, and producing possibly the strongest visual and performing arts programs in Southeast Indiana.

Construction has begun on the new sports turf football/soccer field which will be followed immediately with a new track surface. Much of the soil from the field will be redistributed to areas around the district in need of quality top soil (soccer complex at Sand Creek, etc.). We are extremely appreciative of the time and hard work from our planning team. Our students/athletes and community deserve the best, and we are doing everything in our power to ensure they have it. These projects are scheduled for completion this coming spring. New projects are scheduled to follow as we mean to update/upgrade several more facilities for our students in the coming years.

In sports, our Boys and Girls Cross Country teams again advanced to the semi-state. The boys were able to advance again for the second year in a row to the state finals in Terre Haute, Indiana where they finished 16th in the state. Outstanding job! We are very proud. Winter sports are underway, and we're excited.

The second 9-weeks mid-term is next week, November 16th. Progress reports will be available in Skyward on the 17th. We practice our first off-line e-learning day Friday November 17th, as well, in preparation for inclement weather this winter, and Thanksgiving Break is fast approaching with a three day vacation starting Wednesday November 22nd. ISTEP testing begins again December 4th, and finals will be the week of December 18th. It's a busy time between now and Christmas Break. Hold on for the ride. WE ARE JC!

Show Up and Do Work

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Please see one of our counselors for information on FAFSA, course selection, dual credit information, scholarships, etc.

The next SAT offered at JCHS will be December 2nd, 2017



Over 200 Preparing for College & Career students are getting ready for their “Mock” job interview on November 29 and 30th in the Media Center. This interview follows an employment project where students apply for a job at one of the following companies: Kohl’s, Rural King, American Eagle, JayC, Bath and Body Works, Pizza Hut, Bob Evans, Save-a-Lot, Starbucks, TJ Maxx, or Red Lobster. Students then conduct internet research on the company, complete the job application, create their own personal targeted resume, and targeted cover letter to accompany the application. Students are asked to dress up on the day of the interview.

This Mock Interview is a life-skill experience for students and is meant to help prepare them for the multiple interviews they will have in the future. It is an opportunity for them to learn and grow, become more comfortable with the entire job search/interview process, and feel confident in the next interview they face.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with these mock interviews. If you have experience in conducting interviews and are interested in helping, please contact kgraham@jcsc.org. Interview photos will appear in the December newsletter.

Fine Arts


The fine arts department of JCHS is currently assessing short and long term goals.

AFA seniors are starting, working on and some are even completing projects!

Drawings from Drawing 3 Students Katie Asher (bulb) and Kaitlyn Lord

Drawing 3 students recently completed large scale works that show reflection.


Mr. Pfifer would like to invite everyone to the Orchestra Stampede November 18 at 6:00 at St. Mary's Parish Center. Tickets available via pre-order until November 10.


The Marching Pride of Jennings County wrapped up their competitive season with a trip to the Colerain Invitiational in Cincinnati, Ohio! MPJC had their best competitive season to date and is looking forward to their winter performances at the "Christmas in the City" parade in North Vernon, Columbus Lights Parade, and spring performances at the Kentucky Derby Festival Parade and Walt Disney World!

The Best Pep Band in the Land is gearing up for an exciting basketball season! The JC community needs to be ready for an awesome season with the Panthers, Lady Panthers, and the Best Pep Band in the Land!

The Best Pep Band in the Land will be hosting their inaugural JCHS Pep Band Invitational on March 3rd! It will be combined with a vendor fair and consignment sale--all taking place at JCHS!


A Touch of Class show is November 10 and 11 at 7:00 PM in the Don Pelkey Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door for $7 and $5 for students. Our theme this year is Disney! We are celebrating our theme by taking a trip to Disney World in March with the Concert Choir and Marching Pride. Come see our very own JCHS Mickey Mouse Club!!!!!

Our JCHS Concert Choir will be traveling to Lawrenceburg Event Center on Friday, November 17 to perform at the Holiday Extravaganza! This will kick off our amazing Christmas Season that leads up to our Christmas Concert in December.

Foreign Language


The Spanish classes have been busy building Ofrendas for the Day of the Dead. We have cut paper flowers, colored paper banners, decorated skulls, and made altars for the annual celebration. Students brought in pictures and items to present about loved ones. The festival culminated with food from Spanish speaking countries.

Spanish Club is currently taking dues. Anyone in Spanish 2,3,4,5 can join for $5. See your Spanish teacher for information. We will be ordering t shirts this month. We will have movie nights, and dinner nights at Las Chalupas planned.

Panther Pantry

mpatterson@jcsc.org or tmartin@jcsc.org

November 16th from 4PM-6PM
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Other JCHS Events

11/16 R.E.A.CH. Conference @ Willow Lake Event Ctr.

11/16 Key Club Induction @ 6:00 pm
11/18 Orchestra Stampede @ 6:00 pm - St. Mary's Parish Ctr.
11/27 Picture Retakes - Seniors & Groups
11/28 Class Ring Delivery
11/30 Autism Awareness/Early Detection Night 6:00-8:30 - JCHS Cafeteria
12/1 JCHS Alumni Hall of Fame Induction
12/2 SAT at JCHS