Week of 8-30-21
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Fall MAP Testing
- September 2: MAP Reading Test
- September 8: MAP Math Test
Student Arrival and Dismissal
Special thanks to all our families who worked together and demonstrated great patience and understanding as we adjusted arrival and dismissal traffic procedures since the start of the year. The adjustments we made have improved overall flow of traffic in and out of the plaza drive. Below are procedural reminders for arrival and dismissal:
Vehicles may only turn right into the plaza drive. This means vehicles entering the drive will only be able to approach the plaza traveling eastbound along Jackson Street.
Vehicles will not be allowed to make a left hand turn into the plaza drive. If you live east of Jackson, we ask that you adjust your route to school in order to approach the drive traveling eastbound along Jackson Street.
Pull as far forward into the designated drop-off zone when dropping off your child. “As far forward” means to the end of the drive, when possible. A Jackson staff member will be at the end of the drive as a point of reference.
Please have your child ready to exit the vehicle quickly when you are in the designated drop-off zone. This will reduce your time in the plaza drive, in addition to wait time for others. Prior to pulling into the drive, please check with your child that he/she is ready to quickly exit the vehicle, when needed.
Vehicles may only turn left when exiting the drive.
Vehicles cannot stop, park, nor wait for students on Jackson Street between
Michigan and the west end of the plaza drive.
Students are never allowed to unload/load vehicles on Jackson Street west of Michigan (this includes vehicles on Jackson Street west of the plaza drive).
As a reminder, parents/guardians and pets are not allowed on the plaza at any time.
Messages from the Jackson PTA
The PTA spirit wear store is open! Check out and order the newest Jackson spirit wear. You can access the Jackson PTA online store by visiting this link. Special thanks to the Jackson PTA for helping families and staff build their spirit wear collection. The order deadline is September 8.
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 email@example.com with any questions or ideas. A link for the meeting will be available in MemberHub.
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.
Jackson Daily Announcements
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Observation of a religious holiday
Death in the immediate family
Other situations approved by the school principal