Jennings County High School
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Senior Award Night

We pleased to announce the JCHS Senior Award Night program and the Jennings County Community Foundation Senior Awards program on May 5, 2021. Please see the programs below for more information. Congratulations to all of our seniors!

Credit Recovery

Jennings County High School is setting up an opportunity for credit recovery for students who may need to repeat required courses that were not passed. We will be offering credit recovery classes on Edgenuity every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. beginning on February 2. Priority goes to seniors and juniors, so please complete the application below and return it to your guidance counselor as soon as possible. This is a great opportunity to get back on track for graduation! Please contact your guidance counselor at (812) 346-5625 if you have any questions.

Local Scholarships

The application process for local and JCCF scholarships is complete for the year. We look forward to announcing scholarship recipients on senior awards night on Wednesday, May 5 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the JCHS Don Pelkey Auditorium.

New FAFSA Deadline

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education extended the filing deadline for the 2021–2022 free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) beyond the state’s original April 15 deadline to help as many students as possible file the FAFSA. Students who have not yet filed should submit the form on the FAFSA website as soon as possible. Indiana’s new deadline is now on May 15.

FASFA Information

As we navigate through 2020, it is important that you stay on track with what you need to be doing for your senior year, which includes filing for financial aid. We have put together some resources to help aid you in the process. Please utilize these resources to ensure that you file your FAFSA!

FASFA Resources

    Attention, seniors! Are you ready to start filling out your college applications? Indiana’s College Application Week is coming up on September 21 through September 25, 2020, and many colleges and universities will be waiving their application fees during the week. Find out application information for the colleges you plan to apply to, including if they’ll be waiving their fees, by visiting Learn More Indiana. While you’re there, be sure to read through the list of things you’ll need before you start your applications. You can use this list to help you gather everything you’ll need. If you’re still figuring out what colleges may be a good fit, set up an appointment with your counselor.

    We’re here to serve our student community by providing the information and resources they need to achieve their academic and career goals. We encourage all students to meet regularly with their counselor; we’re armed with information you need and happy to help. Please feel free to contact us. 

    Guidance Office Phone: (812) 346.5625
    Guidance Office Fax: (812) 346.3712

    Class of 2021 Information

    Attention, class of 2021! We have some helpful information for you from the Guidance Department.

    Upcoming Events

    • May 5, 2021 - Senior Awards Night at 6:30 p.m. We will be awarding scholarships at this time. If you turned in local scholarship applications, call the Guidance office after Saturday, May 1 to see if you will be receiving something.
    • May 7, 2021 - Mandatory First Graduation Practice at 8:30 a.m.
    • May 27, 2021 - Senior Breakfast and Mandatory Second Graduation Practice at 8:30 a.m. We are working to secure a photographer to take pictures on this day. If you are interested, you will need to bring your cap and gown if you want photos by the school photographer. This is optional and if available, there will be a cost. Please check the school website for more details when the date gets closer.
    • May 29, 2021 - Graduation at 9:30 a.m. in the JCHS Gymnasium. Seniors must be here at 8:00 a.m.

    It is mandatory that you are here for the graduation practices. We must know who will be here so we can plan accordingly. If you have decided not to attend the ceremony, please call the Guidance office at (812) 346-5625 and leave a message for Mr. Bright and your guidance counselor.

    If you have a negative balance in the bookstore for lunches and/or textbooks, please make arrangements for this to be paid as soon as possible. Call Mrs. Ernstes in the bookstore if you have questions at (812) 346-5588.

    If you have any questions, please call the Guidance office at (812) 346-5625.

    Ordering Transcripts

    Attention Seniors:
    To order official grade transcripts, you must first create a Parchment account. Please go to Order My Transcript, click “Sign up,” and follow the onscreen instructions.

    Work Ethic Certificate

    The JCHS Work Ethic Certificate is an opportunity to create a partnership between Jennings County Schools and our local business community. This partnership will open our students’ eyes to the industry and businesses that are looking for employees who possess the skills outlined in the WEC. This will also help to educate our students on many of the businesses in our community and what opportunities are available to them post-graduation. 

    Our goal is that the WEC will benefit the student body through a better understanding of local employment opportunities and an incentive to strive for their best during their high school experience. We also hope that the WEC will help our local business community identify the best of our student body for post-graduation employment.

    College Videos

    Videos from various college representatives will be pushed out to students throughout the semester for those juniors and seniors who want to learn more about the many wonderful opportunities out there. 

    Attention, seniors! If you are interested in gathering information about potential colleges, sign up now on the Virtual College Fairs website! More than 600 colleges will offer Zoom sessions for students everywhere. Log in, drop in, ask questions, and pursue your college dreams. Future virtual college fair dates include October 12, October 18, and November 8.

    As always, check in with your Jennings County High School Guidance office for help with your college and career search.

    Student Opportunities

    • Kristina Samples from Ivy Tech will be hosting a virtual event called College 101 on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. for prospective students. Please register online.
    • The Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, in partnership with the Summer College for High School Students, is offering the Empowering Women in Business course in July 2021. Designed primarily to benefit high school women, the one-week, one-credit course will utilize hands on activities to promote team building and skills in leadership, confidence ,and negotiation. Also included are modules that will introduce the business principles of economics, strategy, marketing, supply chain, and finance. Other engaging activities will be offered throughout the week that will give students a glimpse of life as a college student. The Empowering Women in Business course is scheduled to be on July 11–16, 2021. As part of the program, participants are provided with room and board at one of Purdue’s residence halls. Due to the generosity of Krannert School of Management sponsors, the only cost to participants in 2021 is the $60.00 application fee, transportation to and from West Lafayette, and their own spending money. For consideration, students must be 16 years old (by the time the class begins) and have at least a 3.3 GPA. The online application will open on December 1, 2020, and is available on the Purdue University website.
    • The Plumbers, Steamfitters & HVAC Service Technicians Local 440 J.A. T.C is now accepting applications to their apprenticeship program on a year round basis. 2020-2021 application packets are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., on normal business days at 3747 S. High School Road Indianapolis, IN 46241.
    • OSHA Training - Online OSHA courses are one of the quickest ways to train and get onto the job! You can start training immediately, go at your own pace, and print your certificate right after course completion. Students in our Career and Technical Education classes also receive OSHA training to help them work safely in their future careers.

    Our Counselors

    Emily Sommers
    Counselor A–D
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    Ashley Sedam
    Counselor E–K
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    Edward Ertel
    Counselor L–Q
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    Nicole Cardinal
    Counselor R–Z
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    Stephanie Boswell
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