September 2016; Newsletter
First, let me say, "Welcome back!"
It's been a pretty great start to the school year so far considering the number of changes many students and staff are experiencing. We've adopted a slightly new daily-schedule with the addition of Homerooms/PAWS where many classroom interruptions are now placed. But, this time is also used for Student Resource Time (SRT) so students can see Guidance, go to the Bookstore or Tech Office, get help from a teacher, etc. We're also excited to be including monthly character lessons into this part of the day as well! We'll see how this first year goes, but we're very excited about this addition to our day.
Secondly, we also adopted a modified-block schedule this year where students are able to see every teacher three times per week eliminating the "off-weeks" from years past when students were only able to see certain teachers twice. These RED days are on Fridays, and we're all still getting used to them but are anticipating positive results with more face-to-face time with teachers each week.
Fall sports are off and running, and I mean RUNNING! Our Cross-country teams recently had an outstanding meet at the Rushville Invitational finishing 1st among all teams present. Considering this is one of the biggest early season meets in the state, we're excited for what our runners may accomplish again this year as both the girls and boys teams made it to semi-state last fall.
Fall Homecoming is fast approaching scheduled for the week of September 19th. The annual parade will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 21st followed by Powder-Puff, and the Homecoming game and crowning ceremonies will be on Friday, September 23rd. We hope that these events will draw great crowds!
Hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!
The Business Department offers many dual credit course offerings for our students. Starting this spring taking a second semester of Digital Applications and Responsibility Advanced will enable you to get credit in CINS 101. Our other dual credit courses are listed below.
Digital Applications & Responsibility Advanced
Ivy Tech - CINS 10, 1Intro. to Microcomputers
Principles of Marketing
Ivy Tech - MKTG 101, Principles of Marketing
Ivy Tech - BUSN 201, Business Law
Welcome Denise Axsom to the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. Ms. Axsom is teaching Child Development, Housing & Interiors, Adult Roles & Responsibilities, Nutrition and Wellness this semester and will be teaching Advanced Child Development, Fashion & Textiles, Personal Financial Responsibility, and Interpersonal Relationships next semester. Mrs. Stephanie Ebbing is now at Ivy Tech Community College Columbus as their Director of K-14 initiatives. Mrs. Carol Romine is teaching Nutrition and Wellness and Education Professions, a dual credit course. Both Ms. Axsom and Mrs. Romine are looking forward to this school year with many of the traditional experiences offered including Real Care Babies in Child Development, community service learning opportunities in Adult Roles & Responsibilities, budgets and economics in Personal Financial Responsibility, exploratory teaching internships in Education Professions, and numerous foods labs in Nutrition and Wellness.
JCHS Choral Department
A Touch of Class is preparing for their November show and its all about America!
Their first performance will be singing the National Anthem at the Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday, September 17. They will sing at our JC Fairgrounds in October for the Southern Indiana Region RV Club. The big TOC show begins on November 11 with their annual trip to Graham Creek Elementary as they help celebrate Veteran's Day. The evening performance will begin at 7:00 pm that evening and the next.
Concert Choir is well underway learning a wide variety of genres as well as all of the other choirs.
So far it has been a GREAT beginning to a new year in the life of JCHS Choir!
Orchestra: Fiddle Club played at the Bicentennial Fashion Show last week. Attached is the photo used in the Plain Dealer.
Visual art: The National Art Honor Society July events included face painting at the Community Pollinator event, working at JCYF kid camp and the MusicFest as well as Plein Air painting at Stream Cliff Farm. August events included, painting at the local nursing home, the attempt at parking lot painting that will continue through September and painting a beach scene mural in Mrs. Warren’s room. Our motto of ART= Community continues.
The Language Arts department would like to welcome Ms. Blakli Nading to the team. She is a 2008 JCHS graduate and a 2012 graduate from Hanover College. She's been teaching and coaching at Brownstown Central Schools the last few years. We're certainly glad to have her home! She is teaching English 10 and helping coach volleyball this fall.
English 9 and 10 teachers are excited about an online grammar program called NoRedInk. We will be trained in the program today and are looking forward to using it with our students.
The JCHS Math Lab has relocated to room 204 for the 2016-2017 school year. The math lab is open to students who are struggling in their math class and for students whose standardized test scores indicate they need remediation. Mr. Eric Wernke is the lab teacher on blue days and Mr. Bobby Burns is the lab teacher on white days. The Math Lab runs in conjunction with PAL, the Panther Academic Lab, which assists students who are failing classes and are in need of academic support. Mrs. Shane Combest is the facilitator of PAL.
Students interested in taking advantage of either of these opportunities to receive help with coursework need to contact their math teacher or guidance counselor for further information.
The Jennings County High School Social Studies Department would like to welcome Stacy Bezy to our ranks. She is teaching World Geography and U.S. History this year.
Stacy is a graduate of Pekin High School and Indiana University Southeast. She began her teaching career at Pekin and moved to Jennings County's Academy of Learning. The last two years she taught at Jennings County Middle School. This is her 6th year teaching at Jennings County.
The Landscaping Management class worked hard outside between the rains repairing some damaged turf areas due to the wet weather this summer. They are now learning how to draw to scale and will be completing various landscape designs.
The Ag Power Structure, and Technology class has began learning how to weld and will soon be completing butt welds and lap welds.
The FFA is getting very active and has many upcoming events. During Labor Day weekend, we will be parking cars for the Hayden Festival. Over the next month, we have our annual 4th Grade Ag Day, Homecoming Parade, District XII Kickoff, Area Soils Judging, and our first meeting of the year.