CJHS "Chargers Connection"

October 7, 2022

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From the Principals...

It is incredible that October is here and we are nearing the end of 1st quarter on October 14th! We encourage our students to finish the quarter strong and families to sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences in order to meet with teams/teachers to continue our partnership of academic excellence at CJHS. Information can be found below on how to sign-up.

~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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Last day to order Charger spirit wear is Monday, October 10th!!

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! Orders typically ship to your home within 4-5 weeks from the closing date of the sale.

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This past week during our Teacher Institute day, we had great discussions around what does it mean to be a CHARGER! We are now asking our students, staff, and families to help us in determining what vision best represents our school. This vision will help us in ensuring we are focusing on what is important to us in every decision we make together!

Please click here for the voting form! Voting will close on October 21st at 9 a.m.!!

Spotlight: Team 7B

As a team family, we are setting goals with our students to be the B.E.A.S.T. version of themselves. Using our school community and personal life to grow in the areas of Behavior, Emotions, Academics, Service, and Teaming. Our students will be working to meet their goals in each of these areas and earn each letter/area of focus once they meet their goal by exhibiting these qualities to "Unleash their BEAST" and become the BEAST version of themselves.

In science, we went on a world walk around our neighborhood to learn how we practice science everyday and brush up on these scientific skills!

Unity Day - October 19th

October is National Bullying Prevention month and our students have focused on being inclusive through positive morning announcements and student notes!

On October 19th which is National Unity Day, students are invited to wear the color orange—as a tangible representation of the supportive, universal message that our society wants to prevent bullying, and is united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

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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 our first group of students: Hannah D., McKinley D., William T., Diego B., Lyza M., and Haval A.
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Parent-Teacher Conferences

On November 7th, families will have the opportunity to meet with their student's team or teacher for a virtual or in person parent-teacher conference. We will be using PTC Fast as the online conference scheduler to set up parent-teacher conferences. Parents will be able to sign up using this link after 3 pm on October 14th.

When you click on the link, you will select the conference(s) you would like to attend. You will then be asked your student's name, your name, and you must provide a valid email address. After that, you will receive an email inviting you to sign up for parent-teacher conferences. You will then need to click on the link in the email and select the conference(s) and times you would like to attend.

Morning Announcements!

Chargers! Are you interested in being one of the voices of our morning announcements? We are looking for any student, any grade, who would like to be in the rotation to share morning announcements over the PA with the entire Chiddix community.

Please remember you will need to be able to speak loudly, be energetic, and be on time for your morning slot. This is a significant responsibility as morning announcements set the stage for a productive day at Chiddix.

Mrs. Fitzgerald will call down all students who sign up for information regarding the next steps after you sign up.

The deadline to fill out the google form is Oct. 14, 2022!!

Sign up - Morning Announcements

Fun Friday

Students and staff: Here is your opportunity to send us song requests for our Fun Friday dance party! Fill out this Google form with school appropriate songs to play throughout the day on Fridays.

Get involved at CJHS!!

All students are invited to join a variety of clubs hosted by our amazing CJHS staff! some have started and others will be starting up soon!! See below for a list of clubs and days they meet as well as Sponsors in case you have any questions.

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.

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Inclement weather & eLearning Days

As the weather begins to change, we wanted to make sure our families had information regarding inclement weather and eLearning days. Please click here to read about our Unit 5 weather related cancellation procedures.

eLearning days can be used in lieu of snow days. Please click here to view the plan for eLearning.

Help support our CJHS PTO Unraiser!!

Welcome to a new school year at Chiddix Jr. High! As parents/guardians, you are already a member of the Chiddix PTO and we are looking to all of you for your active participation this school year!!

Each year, the Chiddix PTO asks all families for a financial contribution to help our PTO. 100% of the money raised will be used at Chiddix for students and teachers. A suggested donation of $25 per family will provide extra support for CJHS students and staff.

The “unraiser” provides another option for parents and guardians to financially support the CJHS PTO since this is our one and only school fundraiser!! In previous years, your contribution has helped to provide funding for additional classroom materials such as document cameras for the Math Department, Digital Projector for the IMC, laminating materials for the office, and teacher appreciation days just to name a few.

Please complete the form below or contribute online via PayPal:


Any questions, please email chiddixpto@gmail.com. Thank you for your support of the Chiddix PTO and Chiddix Jr. High!

Red Ribbon Week - October 24 to 29

All students and staff are invited to join us in a fun spirit week to recognize Red Ribbon week! We will also be having a door decorating contest. Each tutorial and music class are asked to decorate their classroom door to follow the Red Ribbon Week theme of "Celebrate Life, Live Drug Free."

On Friday, October 29th, the office staff will walk around to choose the winners. One winner per team will be chosen. Decorating should be completed by Thursday, October 28th and the winner will be shared in the morning announcements on Monday, October 31st.

The winning classroom will receive an ice cream treat!!

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Community Information Meetings

To learn more about the upcoming referendum, Unit 5 is hosting the following information sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 11th at 6 p.m. - Normal Community High School
  • Tuesday, October 25th at 6 p.m. - Virtual (information on signup will come closer to the date - check the unit5.org website)

CJHS yearbooks are on sale!!

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

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.

Looking ahead...

Monday, October 10
  • No School - National Indigenous Peoples' Day/Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 11

  • Boys Basketball Open Gym @6:45 a.m.
  • Art Club @7:45 a.m.
  • Team 6A Field Trip
  • FCA @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Girl Basketball vs. Edison Junior High School @4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12

  • 8th Girls Basketball Practice @7 a.m.
  • Fire Drill with Normal Police Dept. @9 a.m.
  • Chess Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball Practice @5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 13

  • Art Club @7:45 a.m.
  • Chiddix Book Club @3:45 p.m.
  • Math Counts Club @3:45 p.m.
  • Cheer Practice @4 p.m.
  • CJHS Band Fall Show & Tell - 5th Grade @6 p.m.

Friday, October 14

  • End of 1st Quarter
  • Girls Who Code Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball Practice @4 p.m.
  • Wrestling Open Mats @4 p.m.

Saturday, October 15

  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice @8 a.m.
  • Cheer Practice @8 a.m.
  • Cross Country State Finals @10 a.m.

Monday, October 17

  • Team Quest Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Girl Basketball vs. Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School @4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18

  • Art Club @7:45 a.m.
  • 7th/8th Girl Basketball vs. Parkside Junior High School @4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19

  • Unity Day - Wear orange
  • Chess Club @3:45 p.m.
  • 7th/8th Girl Basketball vs. Evans Junior High School @4 p.m.
  • Unit 5 School Board Meeting @6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 20

  • Art Club @7:45 a.m.
  • GSA @3:45 p.m.
  • Math Counts @3:45 p.m.
  • Cheer Practice @4 p.m.
  • CJHS Band Fall Concert - 7th & 8th Grade @6 p.m.

Friday, October 21

  • 8th Girls Basketball Practice @7 a.m.
  • Girls Who Code @3:45 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts @4 p.m.
  • Wrestling Open Mats @4 p.m.
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts @6 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