CJHS "Chargers Connection"

February 17, 2023

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From the Principals...

Reminder to our families to take a moment to take our 5 Essentials Survey! It is an important survey administered to provide us feedback on our school improvement and is a part of our ESSA designation. More details are listed below!

~Ms. Nicasio, Principal


~Mrs. Fitzgerald, Associate Principal


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Sharing the Joy!

Please take a moment to help us give a shoutout to a staff member and spread Joy throughout our school community. Please fill out this form and we will share your message with them!!
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News from 6A...

Last Friday, Team Aces celebrated India and the rich history and culture of this region. Overall, the day was a huge success and it was a great experience for all! Students were able to share personal stories, experiences and educated us about their own Indian heritage. Thank you to all of our students for their willingness to educate us all about INDIA! Students also enjoyed playing

games that originated in India such as Chess and Pachisi (similar to the game


We would like to thank the restaurant, Bloom Bawarchi, for helping accommodate

us and provide students an opportunity to try new foods! The food was seriously

spectacular! Students had Butter Chicken, Vegetable Pulao, Garlic Naan bread,

and a sweet treat, Gulab Jamin. If you and your family would like to try additional

Indian cuisine, check them out! They are located at 503 North Prospect Road,

Suite: 103 & 104, Bloomington, IL 61704. Tell them TEAM ACES sent you!


Positive Principal Referrals

We have really amazing students at CJHS and we want the opportunity to recognize the outstanding positive PBIS behaviors in our school! Our teachers have the opportunity to nominate students and we congratulate: Rahele, Aaliyah, Gavin, Dalton, Brynlee, Danielle, Mayasala, Jude, Fabian, Emma, Rafael, Faith, Maddie, Sophie, Nevaeh, Adam, and Priyanka.
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5 Essentials Survey

Teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the environment at your child's school. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted through Friday, March 31, 2023.

To take the survey:

1. Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/

2. Click on "Start here" under the Parent category

3. You may enter your email address but that is not required. It is completely optional.

4. Enter "McLean" for the County

5. Begin typing your child's school name and you should see it pop up. Click on the appropriate school.

Please take a separate survey for each school where you have a child enrolled.

The survey is also available in Spanish.

The Illinois 5Essentials gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

Research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools strong on at least three of these indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

Unit 5 students in grades 4th-12th will be given the opportunity to take this survey. Our CJHS students will be taking it during Advisory on Monday, February 13th. If you do not want your child to take the survey, please contact your child's principal by Monday, February 6.

Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Survey questions can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials Support Center ( Illinois 5Essentials Survey Questions).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or impact-surveys@uchicago.edu.

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Have you purchased your 2022-2023 CJHS Yearbook?

Click here to place your order!!
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All students are invited to betabrain 2023!!

betabrain, a team-based STEAM event, for U5 students in grades 6-12 will be held on Friday, March 3rd from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kingsley Junior High School. Click here to learn more about betabrain 2023! If your child would like to participate with U5 friends, register for betabrain here. Have betabrain 2023 questions? Please email Stacie France at francesm@unit5.org.
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Our PBIS committee needs your help!!

As you can see above, we aim to recognize all the wonderful achievements of our CJHS students and continue to promote positive behavior throughout our school community!! However, money does not grow on trees and we need it to purchase items for our PBIS Charger Store. We thank our PTO for their donation but we would love to ask our parents for their help in purchasing items to supplement our PBIS Charger Store.

Please click here for our Amazon Wish List. We ask that you kindly consider purchasing items for our kids to purchase with their Charger money! All items will be directly delivered to our school so all you have to do is order and pay!! Thank you so much for your consideration and generosity!!

Order your Class of 2027 8th grade T-shirt!

Attention all 8th grade students: Class of 2027 8th grade T-shirts are on sale for $15 via order form! Copies were sent home on Friday but you can also click here for the PDF order form if you need another one! Deadline to turn in your order form and money is Friday, March 3rd!
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Attention 8th grade Parents...

Your student's freshman course selections are now in Infinite Campus. You can view them in the Academic Plan on your Parent Portal. If you have any questions, please contact your student's counselor. Changes can be made through Friday, March 24th, 2023.

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Please click here for information on French class for families to learn and consider when thinking about high school courses for the future.

From our CJHS PTO...

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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.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 20

  • No School - Presidents Day
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @8 a.m.

Tuesday, February 21

  • No School - Teacher Institute Day
  • 7th/8th Volleyball v. Lincoln JHS @4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22

  • Chess Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Band & Orchestra Concert @6 p.m.

Thursday, February 23

  • Math Counts @3:45 p.m.
  • Jazz Band Practice @4 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball v. Champaign Edison MS @4 p.m.

Friday, February 24

  • Chess State Tournament
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @4 p.m.

Saturday, February 25

  • Chess State Tournament
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @8 a.m. & End of Year Celebration

Monday, February 27

  • Team Quest Club - 7th/8th Grade @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28

  • FCA @3:45 p.m.
  • PTO Referendum Meeting @7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1

  • Chess Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @4 p.m.

Thursday, March 2

  • GSA @3:45 p.m.
  • Math Counts @3:45 p.m.
  • Jazz Band Rehearsal @4 p.m.
  • 7th/8th VB Practice @4 p.m.

Friday, March 3

  • Bit by Bit Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Volleyball Practice @4 p.m.
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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