Parent e-News

Jonathan Alder High School

Oct. 14, 2016

Good Afternoon!

Please take some time this week's review all the important newsletter items. We have lots of activities and upcoming events. Appreciate all your help and support!

Have a great weekend!


Important Community Health Information

We have 8 cases of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in the High School. Although it is possible for older children and adults to get the infection, it usually affects children under the age of 5. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease can be transmitted through close personal contact, coughing/sneezing, contact with feces, or contact with a surface containing traces of the virus.

We are wiping down desks, doorknobs, electronic devices, and other surfaces that multiple people come in contact with during the school day. Please remind your children to wash their hands and to not share utensils/drinks with other students.

Children with the infection may experience:

  • Fever

  • Poor appetite

  • Sore throat

  • Sores in the mouth

  • Red rash

For more information from The Madison County/London City Health Department click here or call (740) 852-3065.

General Information and Resources

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 20th, 4-7:30pm

9200 U.S. 42

Plain City, OH

We will be holding our first of two conference nights this coming Thursday. Our teachers have begun scheduling conferences with families based on current academic or behavioral needs. There may be also cases when a school counselor may contact for a group conference. If you would like to have a conference with a teacher, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact them. You can find specific contact information at the staff directory.

SOS "Signs of Suicide" Prevention Program

Jonathan Alder High School will again offer depression awareness and suicide prevention training as a part of the SOS program in partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital. After a successful launch last year, we will again implement the SOS Program with our sophomore students this year. Nationwide Children's Hospital will be on site to support teachers and assist students. Today sophomore students were provided a letter to share relevant information with families. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Fenik or myself here at the high school.

SOS (Signs of Suicide) Parent Informational Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 20th, 7:30-9:30pm

9200 U.S. 42

Plain City, OH

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month is in its 10th year. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities. The goal of this month is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

This week's activities:

Wednesday, October 19th

UNITY DAY: Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Make it ORANGE and make it end! We ask that all students wear Orange and that day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

October 17 through October 20:

The NHS anti-bullying campaign will begin. Students will write share their ideas on ways to prevent bullying on hand prints. These hand prints will be made into a collage in the main hallway. Students will also be able to sign a lifesaver pact, which students can sign. This pledge states the student signing will help put an end to bullying. When the student turns in their pledge they will get a lifesaver. NHS representatives will be passing out forms during all lunch periods.

Digital Citizenship Awareness

In addition to the Bullying Prevention Activities that will be ongoing throughout the month, we have also integrated some Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Nicole Schrock, Alder technology integration specialist, has developed a variety of activities for students to engage throughout the month.

She has also developed parent resources that may be helpful to you to support your child as technology use changes through their education career.


Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 7:30am

9200 U.S. 42

Plain City, OH

Testing will begin promptly at 7:30. Students should be here on time will all appropriate materials.

Total testing time is 3 hours and 30 minutes with preadministration activities included. The actual test takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes and scheduled breaks.

It is important that students get to bed at a decent hour and eat breakfast in the morning. Food and drink are NOT permitted while testing. Students may have a snack during the breaks. A student ID number will be used to complete preadministration.

Each student has received a study guide booklet that includes all necessary information for test day. Important information can be seen in the links below to assist with any questions you may have.

Inside the Test

Taking the Tests

Test Day Checklist

Approved Calculators


Yearbook are on sale NOW!

Yearbooks are on sale now! Order your yearbook today at

If you order before October 31st, use the Early Bird options to receive a $5 discount. All orders must be placed by January 23rd, no exceptions! We do not order extra books.

SENIORS: Start sending in your senior pictures for the yearbook. Please see the link on the high school webpage for details. All senior photos and senior ad purchases are due by December 16th.

Please email Mrs. Zimmerman if you have any yearbook questions.


Student Council is participating in Socktober this year. As such we are collecting socks and other basic necessities to donate to DNA. We are collecting in our 7th-period classes boxes will be in those rooms for donations beginning Monday, Oct. 10th.

We will be doing this throughout the month of October. Student council will come and collect donations every week. The class with the most donations will's to be determined. Questions see Mrs. Russell.

If you'd like more information you can find it here:

How Do You Socktober? | Kid President

Graduation Requirement Update: State Funded ACT for ALL Juniors

This Spring all school districts must administer a state-funded college and career readiness test to juniors in spring 2017 as one of their three diploma options. Jonathan Alder Local Schools has decided to administer the ACT. All Juniors at JAHS will take the paper version of the ACT on Wednesday, April 19 during the school day. The State of Ohio will pay for this administration for all students.

There will be more details to follow over the coming months but if you would like to learn more please click here.

CPM Math Parent Resources

Please click here to read more about CPM.

Parent Resources

Algebra I Parent Guide

Geometry Parent Guide

Algebra II Parent Guide

Please do not hesitate to contact your son or daughter's classroom teacher with specific questions. We are excited about these resources and the impact it will have on our students learning.

This Week!


Friday, Oct. 21st, 8am-3pm

9200 U.S. 42

Plain City, OH

Madison County Make a Difference Day

Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 8am

Madison County


Monday, Oct. 31st, 7:30am

9200 U.S. 42

Plain City, OH

Students are permitted to wear costumes to school but should follow all dress code guidelines. Please see pages 48-49 of the student handbook if you have questions. Also, we ask the students refrain from wearing masks or costumes that may cause a disruption to the school day.