Jenison High School Newsletter - March/April 2023
Jenison High School
Assistant Principal: Kelly Carque
Assistant Principal: Amanda Alverson
Director of Student Advocacy: Rob Zeitman
Athletic Director: Tim Ritsema
Assistant Athletic Director: Todd Graham
Location: 2140 Bauer Road, Jenison, MI, USA
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!
Our Wildcat Way focus for the month of March is Honesty. Honesty means being truthful. Being loyal, fair, and sincere.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.