Jaguar Messenger

Week of 9-27-21

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General Reminders

As we enter the last week of September, we are asking families to discuss with their child(ren) two important reminders. Thank you in advance for discussing these topics with your child(ren).


  1. Morning entry takes places daily from 8:10 to 8:25 a.m. Students should enter through designated grade level entrances and report directly to their Advisory classroom, unless they are reporting to the cafeteria to eat breakfast. Students eating breakfast at school should enter through door #5 and report directly to the cafeteria. Breakfast students should report directly to Advisory after they are finished eating in the cafeteria.
  2. Masks are expected to be worn properly when indoors and on buses. This means making sure your child's mask fits properly over his/her chin, mouth, and nose. In addition, students should bring an extra mask to school in the event his/her mask breaks or needs to be changed during the day. Please check that your child is wearing his/her mask properly and has an extra mask at school.

Upcoming Safety Drill

We have our yearly Run-Hide Fight safety drill scheduled with the Villa Park Police Department on Thursday, September 30. Please click here to read about information regarding this drill.

D45 Crosstown Soccer Classic

Please join us for the District 45 Crosstown Soccer Classic at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 27 at Willowbrook High School. The Jackson and Jefferson Middle School soccer teams will match up on the field under the stadium lights at Willowbrook. The D45 Crosstown Classic is an annual tradition that also includes students, staff, and families cheering on our Jaguar soccer team! There is no admission charge for this event. Come out and support Jackson, Jefferson, and District 45...let’s hope for a JA win!


While you are cheering on our soccer stars for another JA win, please make sure to stop by the Villa Park PTA Council table to pick up our Crosstown scarf swag. Scarves cost $20 cash (or $20.75 if paying by credit). This scarf fundraiser supports activities that benefit all students, including the District 5K, STEM Day, and the D45 Art Show. Build your D45 spirit wear while supporting a great cause!

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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.

Quarter 1 Reminders

The last day of quarter 1 is October 22. All assignments, projects, makeups, and any items that are included in your child's final grade must be completed and submitted by Friday, October 15. Help your child succeed by having him/her regularly check PowerSchool to see all grading information (assignments, assessments, projects, etc.). Any assignments marked with an orange exclamation point (and score of 50%) are considered missing and should be completed and submitted to your child's teacher(s). Please make sure your child notifies any teachers of missing work that has been submitted for credit. As always, contact your child's teachers directly with any specific questions.

PTA Fundraiser Kickoff

The Jackson PTA is pleased to announce its fundraising program for the 2021- 2022 school year! The fundraising program works while you shop. Fundraising made easy for busy families! Information about this year's fundraiser can be accessed here (Spanish). Thank you for supporting the PTA and our Jackson students and staff.

Messages from the Jackson PTA

2021-2022 Jackson Yearbook

Now is your chance to purchase your child a lasting memory of the 2021-2022 school year. There's nothing else like a school yearbook! Secure your child the limited edition collection of Jackson's stories from the year. Click here to order this year's school yearbook. Sales will be open until May 6.


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 October 21 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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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