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Jenison High School Newsletter - March/April 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

Welcome to Spring!

Jenison High School Families,

The spring season is upon us. While Mother Nature can't quite seem to make up her mind just yet, we know warm weather is right around the corner. This means Spring Break, state testing, spring conferences, Prom, and the Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2023. Spring sports are also gearing up to begin, but before they do I would like to recognize some amazing winter athletes and teams.

Congratulations to our Girls Varsity Basketball team for earning a district championship for the first time in 20 years!!

Other Winter Athletic Recognitions

Boys Bowling - Regional Champs, State qualifiers

Cheerleading - 3rd at districts, 5th at Regionals

Ian Barynas - Conference Champ in Wrestling, Regional Champ, State qualifier

Hockey - Round one winner in Regionals

Boys Swim - 3rd Place in OK Red

Boys Basketball opens district play tonight.

The Vex Robotics team of Chase Gessner, Minjae Koo, Carson Mooney, and Ian Timmer won an Excellence Award for the top all-around team. They qualified for the world championship in Dallas this April!

Congratulations to all of our winter athletes!

Wildcat Way

Our Wildcat Way focus for the month of March is Honesty. Honesty means being truthful. Being loyal, fair, and sincere.

Go Wildcats!

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Upcoming Events


10 No school for students (Professional Development for Staff) CTC students still report

15 Spring Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences

17 End of Third Quarter

17 & 18, 24 & 25 @ 7 pm Spring Musical - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

18 & 25 @ 2 pm Spring Musical - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

23 Spring Parent/Teacher In-Person Conferences

28 NHS Blood Drive

31 Spring Break


1 - 7 Spring Break

12 SAT/PSAT (Email coming soon with testing schedule details)

12 Senior Speaker Event

13 Workkeys (Email coming soon with testing schedule details)

22 Junior/Senior Prom at The Devos Place, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

HS Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences -

March 15 - Virtual Option

March 23* - In-Person Option

P/T conferences will be from 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

* Please note that March 23 is a rescheduled date.

Scheduling is now open, please click here for Important HS Spring Conference Scheduling Information for Parents.

Spring Testing Schedule

Seniors: Senior Speaker Event on Wednesday, 4/12

Juniors: SAT w/ Essay on Wednesday, 4/12 & WorkKeys on Thursday, 4/13

Sophomores: PSAT 10 on Wednesday, 4/12

Freshmen: PSAT 8/9 on Wednesday, 4/12


Please click the link - JHS Spring Sports - Newsletter for information on spring sports/tryouts.

Counselor's Corner

Seniors: Important Upcoming Dates

April 15 - 9:00am - 11:00am - Scholarship workshop in the media center

May 1 - Decision Day

May 1 - FAFSA Deadline

Information about the scholarship workshop and Decision Day will be sent to seniors via email.

How to Access Your Student(s) Report cards in PowerSchool

Attached below is an outline of the short steps to take in PowerSchool to access your student(s) report cards. As you know, up-to-date grades and attendance are always available 24/7 through the Powerschool App or website, but if a report is needed, please follow the steps shown. Also, if you need help accessing Power School, please reach out to our office (616-457-3400) or your student's Counselor for support.

Accessing Report Cards - Parent Guide

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.

Yearbook Ordering Information

Yearbooks are now for sale online with Jostens - to order, click here. Yearbooks will be distributed this year during the seniors' last week of school.

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.

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A Night in New York

Looking for a fun evening in March, the Jenison Band Boosters have organized "A Night in New York" and it is going to be a fabulous event that you won't want to miss. Please see details listed below on how to purchase tickets. Your support of the Jenison Marching Band Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade trip is greatly appreciated and we look forward to sharing a memorable evening on March 10, 2023.

"A Night in New York"

A fundraising event for the Jenison Marching Band Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade trip

Join us for an evening of fun, food, drinks, and dancing - New York style! The Jenison Band Boosters are putting on a semi formal dance for anyone 21+ on March 10, 2023! All proceeds go directly to the Jenison Marching Band to help offset the cost of their trip to New York this November to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade!

"A Night in New York: A 21+ Semi-Formal"

March 10, 2023

6:00pm - 11:59pm

The Pinnacle Center

3330 Highland Dr

Hudsonville, MI 49426

The event will feature:

  • Heavy appetizers served throughout the night

  • Cash bar - must be 21 or older to attend this event

  • Silent Auction with a variety of items to bid on

  • Voting for “Prom King and Queen” by cash donation

  • Formal attire is encouraged, but not required. Come as you feel comfortable

Tickets are $50 each - no refunds. Click the link to purchase your ticket today!


News for our Seniors

Seniors: A reminder that your graduation announcements, accessories, and cap and gown products will be delivered at school during lunch on Thursday, March 16th in the Auditorium. If you owe a balance, please make sure that it is paid in full prior to delivery day. To pay off your balance you may do so online or by calling Jostens at 616-330-2141. If you plan to make final payment on delivery day at school, only cash (correct change please) or money orders can be accepted. Checks cannot be accepted for final payment at school. If you still have not placed an order for your graduation items, you need to do so as soon as possible at Jostens Cap & Gown Order Link.

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.

Miles of Smiles

Our Miles of Smiles (MOS) mobile dental unit is scheduled to be in Ottawa County Schools during the 2022-2023 school year. Our mobile dental unit provides free, preventive and restorative dental services for financially-qualifying children. Unfortunately, MOS will not be visiting your school this year. However, we want parents to know that they can schedule their child to be seen on our mobile unit when we will be at a school near you this Spring! Parents can schedule an appointment with us for a date when we will be at another school in your district or close by.

Electronic Miles of Smiles Application

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 Updates

Mr. Rob Zeitman - Mr. Zeitman is currently serving as our Director of Student Advocacy at JHS. For the fall of 2023, Mr. Zeitman will be switching roles to the Wildcat Prep Program Coordinator.

Ms. Karen Dame - Ms. Dame has been selected as the new Dean of Students at JHS beginning in the fall of 2023. Ms. Dame most recently served as the Department Head for our Special Education Department and has been a long-time respected staff member supporting students with disabilities.

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