CJHS "Chargers Connection"

September 23, 2022

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From the Principals...

Did you know that we hosted Fun Fridays? Music is played throughout the day during arrival, passing periods, lunch, and dismissal. It is so much fun to see students and staff sing along and show us their dance moves!!

Here is your opportunity to send us song requests! Fill out this Google form with school appropriate songs to play throughout the day on Fridays.

~Ms. Nicasio, Principal


~Mrs. Fitzgerald, Associate Principal


Sharing the Joy!

This year, our school district theme is finding joy within the journey! Students and families are invited to spread joy among our staff! Is there a staff member that has inspired you with their joy? If you would like to give a shoutout to someone, please fill out this form and we will share your message with them!!
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Join us for a fun Chiddix Spirit Week!! Students will earn Charger Cash for participating!!!

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Congratulations to the Chiddix school community on receiving the Energy Star Award at this month's school board meeting!!

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Let's spread our Charger pride on Fridays!! Need spirit wear? - order here!

All students and families are invited to wear their best Charger wear outfits or orange on Fridays to show off their Charger Pride proudly!

If you are looking for new spirit wear, click here for our online store offering various choices! These make great gifts for family and friends too! Store is open from: September 22nd to October 6th, 2022! Orders typically ship to your home within 4-5 weeks from the closing date of the sale.

Chiddix Athletic Events

Indoor sports have started at Chiddix and we want to make sure we have a fun, respectful, and safe time together! Here are some expectations for our students and families.

1. Students may stay after school for any indoor game starting at 4:30 pm. Students that stay will need to head straight to the cafeteria at 3:45 pm and stay there until the supervisor releases them to the gym. Students walking the halls anytime before or during a game will be asked to call home for a ride as soon as possible.

2. Student behavior in the gym: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe

  • This includes cheering positively, staying in your seat, and hands to yourself
  • Any student not following our PBIS motto will be asked to leave.

3. Parents: Please pick up your child at the end of the game. A timeline to follow is to allow only 45 minutes per event. So if your child is attending both a 7th and 8th-grade contest, please be here within 1.5 hours after the start of the 7th-grade contest.
  • If a student is not picked up in a timely manner, they will require a parent to accompany them for any future events.
  • Pick-up will be at the front entrance of our building after games.

4. Parents of athletes/Fans: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe
  • Towards ALL athletes, officials, coaches, other parents, and supervisors.
  • If you are disrespectful at a sporting event, home or away, we have the right to ban you from all Chiddix athletic games.

Parents of Athletes: Please watch this 7-minute video before your first game:

The Parent Seat

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PTO Meeting...

Did you know that parental involvement is positively associated with academic achievement? At the middle school level, we want to maintain open lines of communication and provide opportunities for involvement in our school community. It truly takes a village to uphold high academic achievement and we need your help!!

All our families and staff are invited to our first PTO Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th from 6 to 7 p.m. in our IMC/Library. Please consider joining us! Here are some reasons why you should join us!

Club Sign-up on 8 to 18

Beginning this year, we are requiring all students be signed up on 8 to 18 for any club they participate in. Club sign up is not limited. They can still be in as many clubs as they wish. To sign up, please go to: https://il.8to18.com/chiddix/home.

Click on the registration button if you have never registered before. Otherwise click on the activity they want to participate in and update information as needed.

If you have any questions, please email Sandy Kohlhase at kohlhass@unit5.org or call 309-557-4882.

Students are invited to join the Student Equity Action Team...

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Here is the link for the Student Equity Advisory Team Application
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Click here for the CJHS IMC Amazon Wishlist

Unit 5 Walk-In Wednesdays

Unit 5 is hosting Walk-In Wednesdays the next two weeks for those interested in becoming paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, or substitute paraprofessionals.

This is a one-stop opportunity to learn more information and apply for Paraprofessional (teaching assistant), Substitute Teacher, and Sub Teaching Assistant opportunities.

The walk-in event is from 12 to 2 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 21 and 28, at the Unit 5 District Office, 1809 W. Hovey in Normal.

There will be individuals there to help guide people through the process.

Unit 5 has many full-time positions open immediately. These positions provide fully-paid medical and dental benefits. Part-time positions are also available, and these also include access to medical and dental benefits.

It is important to note; a recent change allows individuals to get a short-term paraprofessional license if you hold a high school diploma or equivalent. You will still need to apply and obtain the license but it is so much quicker and easier.

Please join the Unit 5 team and make a difference in the lives of our students. #unit5pride

Have you been following our PBIS expectations and earning Charger Cash?

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School Highlight: 7A

Team Asteroids is hurtling towards success this school year! Students have been stellar collaborators everyday. In math, we have been molding our skills while in science our observation skills are out of this world.

Safety Drill Information

We wanted to make you aware of a few safety drills that will be conducted in the upcoming weeks with our students and staff. For our lockdown drill scheduled on October 5th, there will be law enforcement from Normal Police Department to assist us. Part of the drill consists of going off site to our reunification location at Eastview Church. The drill will last more than an hour. Please note this in any planning you may have for appointments as students will not be accessible during this time. To ensure the success of our drill, we request the participation of all students, however, if you would like for your student to opt out of the drill, please send an email to Ms. Nicasio at nicasim@unit5.org no later than Friday, September 30th. Students opting out will be assigned to an alternative location outside weather permitting.

  • September 27th - Practice Code Red Lockdown
  • October 3rd - Practice Fire drill #2
  • October 5th - Lockdown Drill with NPD & Bus Evacuation
  • October 12th - Fire Drill #3 with NFD
  • March 21st - Severe Weather Drill
  • April 26th - Practice Fire Drill #4

CJHS yearbooks are on sale!!

Click here for more information on how to order your CJHS 2022-2023 yearbook!!

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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.

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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