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Jenison High School Newsletter - May/June 2023

Jenison High School

Principal: Michael Leiter Ed.D.

Assistant Principal: Kelly Carque

Assistant Principal: Amanda Alverson

Director of Student Advocacy: Rob Zeitman

Athletic Director: Tim Ritsema

Assistant Athletic Director: Todd Graham


Jenison High School Families,

May is a time for celebration! The spotlight is on the Class of 2023 as we honor them during our Honors Night and Commencement ceremonies. If you have a senior this year, please remind them of our Senior Checkout Form which must be submitted to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Checkout forms will be delivered via Advisory on Wednesday, May 3, and can be turned in starting on May 8. Copies are also available in the Main Office. One aspect of the checkout form is Chromebook turn-in, so seniors should not turn in their checkout form until they are certain that they will not need their Chromebook for their exams.

Advanced Placement exams also begin this week. Good luck to all of our testers. We are so proud of our AP programs which result in numerous college credits earned and thousands of dollars in scholarships.

Be sure to review the "Upcoming Events" and "Technology Updates" sections below so that you are informed of important dates and policy changes.

Go Wildcats!

Upcoming Events

Please review the important dates below:


1-11 AP Testing Window - Spring 2023 AP Exam Schedule and

Spring 2023 AP Exam Information

3 Spring Spectacular Concert 7-8:00 pm

5 Band Spring Concert 7:30pm-9:30 pm

10 Jazz Band/Percussion Ensemble Concert 7:30-8:30 pm

11 HS Choir Spring Concert, JCA, 7:30-9:00 pm

12 HS Orchestra Spring Concert, JCA, 7:30-9:00 pm

12 Last Day for Seniors (who are exempt from exams)

15 Senior Exams - 1st hr. - 9 am, 2nd hr. - 1:00 pm

16 Senior Exams - 3rd hr. - 9 am, 4th hr. - 1:00 pm

17 Senior Exams - 5th hr. - 9 am, 6th hr. - 1:00 pm

18 Senior Dinner Dance 6-10pm @ Notos Grand Rapids

23 Top 10 Luncheon @ Sunnybrook Country Club (Invitations have been sent out)

23 Honors Night for Seniors - 7 p.m. at the JCA (more information coming out soon from our Counseling Office)

24 Elementary Visits & Graduation Rehearsal, 9 a.m. - 12:00 pm (includes elementary school visit then practice immediately following)

25 Band and Orchestra rehearsal for graduation 4:30 - 5:30 pm at the stadium

25 Graduation Commencement, 7:30 pm - David McKenzie Stadium

25 Senior Getaway Party

25 & 26 Zero hour Exams for Underclassmen (see 2nd Semester Exam Schedule Below)

29 Memorial Day ~ No School

30 6th hr. Exam for Underclassmen

31 3rd & 5th hr. Exams for Underclassmen


1 2nd & 4th hr. Exams for Underclassmen

2 1st hr. Exam for Underclassmen

2 Last Day of School for JHS -Half Day for Students - Release 11:00 am

2 Juniors have Career Tech in the afternoon

5-9 Juniors attend Career Tech

9 Last Day for Career Tech Students attending CTC

2nd Semester Exam Schedule

Senior Getaway

Hello, Parents of the JHS Class of 2023,

Congratulations! In a few short weeks, you will be watching your child get their diploma! It's officially crunch time for all things graduation! Here are some reminders for you from the Senior Getaway Committee.

Senior Getaway Registered Student Bus Sign Ups

Have your registered senior stop by the high school office starting Friday, April 14th to sign up for their bus for the Senior Getaway! They must be registered to sign up for a bus.

Not registered for the Getaway yet? Register TODAY! Financial aid is available if needed; we want ALL students to celebrate with us at this amazing event!

Prime Commencement Seat Raffle

Buy a raffle ticket to win prime seating at the graduation ceremony! If you win, you will be able to reserve your graduation seats before everyone else! You'll get to pick the best seats in the stadium! There will be three winners, each getting to reserve a space for 6-8 people. Tickets are $10 each and are on sale through May 18. Learn more and buy your tickets HERE.

Follow what we've been up to on FACEBOOK and check out our WEBSITE if you haven't already!

We are looking forward to celebrating our JHS Class of 2023 with you!

The Senior Getaway Committee


Counselor's Corner

Summer School

Summer School Session 1: June 12th - June 30th

Summer School Session 2: July 17th - August 3rd

  • By invitation only; students and parents should receive an email with course information for summer school.

  • Monday - Thursday 8 am - 12 pm at the high school

  • Breakfast and In-District Transportation Available

  • $20 per session


For our college-bound juniors, the spring and summer are great opportunities to visit campuses and to decide which schools to apply to in August when applications open. The JHS counselors will be sending a video with more information about the college application process to juniors and their parents soon. If you have questions, please reach out to your student's counselor.


If you are college-bound, you will need to send your final transcript to the school you will attend next year. If you applied via Common App, your counselor will send the transcript. If you did not use Common App, seniors will need to request their final transcript through Parchment. Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

Technology Updates

Students not returning to JPS next school year, including current 12th-graders:

If your student is not returning to JPS next school year, they must return their Chromebook, charger, and carrying case to the Media Center on their last day of school. If we do not receive their device and accessories, we will begin the process of repossessing these items. For those graduating, diplomas will not be released until your student’s device is returned. Devices returned with damages will be repaired and you will be invoiced for the cost of the repair if technology insurance was not purchased.

Current 9th - 11th graders:

Students will be keeping their Chromebook, charger, and carrying case at home with them over the summer. You should be aware these devices will be locked (unable to be used) until after August 15, 2023. If they are taking a summer enrichment program (such as summer school) and will need to utilize their device for school work, please submit a Helpspot ticket - include their name, the program they are going to be a part of, and the dates they will need the device to be unlocked.

If their device is in need of repairs, please have them return their device and accessories to the Media Center on the last day of school so that their device is repaired over the summer and ready for pick up at orientation. You will be invoiced for repair costs if technology insurance was not purchased.

Students keeping their devices over the summer must review the device care instructions below:

  • Store your device in a clean and protected environment.

  • Do NOT store the technology in a dusty or dirty environment.

  • Do NOT store the technology in an area exposed to extreme temperatures, hot or cold.

  • Do NOT leave the technology exposed to direct sunlight or near any heat or moisture sources for extended periods of time.

  • Prior to the first day of school, please charge your device fully, log into your device, and keep your device online and connected to wifi for at least 24 hours to ensure your device is fully updated.

Student ID/Keycards -

Students must hold onto their keycard/ID that they were issued this school year because they will need this for the remainder of high school. Keycards are necessary for access to the Senior High building. If your student has misplaced or has a damaged keycard/ID then there will be a $10 replacement fee for a new keycard/ID. We highly encourage all of our students to wear their keycard/ID during the school day. More information will be sent out in the August Welcome Back to School Newsletter.

Save the date! - Orientation Dates for the 2023-24 School Year

Here are the high school orientation dates for the 23-24 School Year:

August 11: 11:00 - 1:00 pm - Senior Orientation

August 14: 11:00 - 1:00 pm - Junior Orientation

August 15: 11:00 - 1:00 pm - Sophomore Orientation

August 16: 9 - 12:00 pm - Freshman Orientation

Calendar of events

2022-2023 calendar of events.

For a complete list or for more information please access our website at www.jpsonline.org or download the MyJPS app from the App Store or Google Play.

Wildcat Prep Program

Jenison Public Schools is excited to offer a new path to graduation beginning in the fall of 2023. The Wildcat Prep Program is located on the campus of Jenison Senior High in a newly renovated space and offers the opportunity for those students that are credit deficient a chance to earn a high school diploma. Due to the limited number of seats available this program is accessible through an invitation and application process for students that are off track for graduation. Invitations for the class of 2024 will be sent in the coming weeks.

News for Students who attend the Career Tech Center

Reminders - CTC students last day of school is June 9 and the last day of school at JHS is June 2. Please Note: AM tech students provide transportation to JHS. PM tech students provide transportation home from school. Seniors last day at the CTC will be Friday, May 12, 2023 and Juniors last day at the CTC will be June 9.

Here is the letter that was sent to parents/students in August 2022 explaining the last day for CTC students along with the expectations for when CTC is in session and JHS is not, your student is required to attend CTC. We did, however, give flexibility over the holiday break and mid-winter break because our calendars didn’t align.

Student Pick-up

Parents, please help your student(s) make plans for after school. Students not participating in a club, activity, or sport should ride a bus home or be picked up after school by 3:30 P.M. to avoid unstructured and unsupervised time in the building.

Thank you

Staff Graduates - Thank you for your service!