Jennings County High School
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HS Panther News

We appreciate our involved parents and community members. We also enjoy broadcasting our latest news and information here on our News page where we will chronicle school activities and student achievements and publish announcements. We’ll also offer helpful resources and information. So check back often; we’ll update this page regularly.

Online Attendance Policies

JCHS Students and Parents, 

We have modified student attendance tracking procedures at JCHS in accordance with updates released by the Indiana Department of Education. Specifically, we have updated the definition of virtual attendance, and we are reaching out to you today to clarify and explain the procedures we will use to track virtual/online attendance moving forward.

Please read this entire letter regarding online attendance policies so that you can know what to expect. Thank you.

Hybrid Schedule Extended

Jennings County High School has extended the hybrid teaching model through Friday, January 29. Please see our January 18 through January 29 hybrid calendar for complete schedule details.

Homecoming Week Postponed

Due to the extension of the hybrid teaching model through January 29, the decision has been made to postpone homecoming to the week of February 15 through February 19. We will share more information prior to that time.

Second Semester Schedule

We will begin the second semester on the same hybrid schedule we are currently on, and we will adjust the first week due to the semester starting on a Tuesday. We will utilize the first two weeks back to monitor virus numbers both in our schools and community and then make a more long-term decision. We are hopeful to be able to return to a traditional schedule as soon as it is safe for our students and staff to do so. 

Please see below for more information regarding our second semester schedule.

Jennings County High School Bands Holiday Concert

The Jennings County High School bands recently performed their holiday concert. Below you will find a link to watch the concert online. Please enjoy, and share with you friends, family, and anyone else who could use some holiday spirit!

AP Writing Workshop
Classroom with social distanced students sitting and writing at their desks

Juniors Aaralyn Slager, Nicolas Patterson, Shea Taylor, Caitlyn Schuck, Logan McIntosh, Amy Vogel, and Jadelynn Moore (not pictured) attend an AP writing workshop with Mrs. Ertel in room 215 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. Virtual learning that has resulted from COVID-19 has made it difficult for some students to stay focused on difficult tasks like analysis essays, and these students went above and beyond to improve their writing skills. Mrs. Ertel did some re-teaching and provided personalized one-on-one assistance to the writers.

Key Club Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance Fundraiser
Click to view Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser Flyer

The Jennings County High School Key Club and surrounding Key Clubs in the area are hosting a fundraiser to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. Approximately 21,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and out of those 21,000 people, approximately 14,000 people pass away due to it. Of those 21,000 people, you are likely to know someone or perhaps know of someone suffering from this devastating disease. With that in mind, the Jennings County High School Key Club, among other local clubs’ goal is to raise $1,000 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. To reach this goal, we are hosting a virtual movie night via Zoom on February 20, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. 

For more information on how to participate, please visit our Student Spotlights page.

JCHS Panther Days 2020–2021

During the 2020–2021 school year, JCHS will run scheduled Panther days, which consist of JCHS students completing all eight class periods in a digital learning format. Students may be on or off-campus depending on their academic standing and/or individual needs.

Implementation of Panther Days:

  • We will encourage students who are passing all classes and have zero missing assignments to complete their work from home using their devices.
  • We will encourage students who need academic support to attend school in order to receive necessary in-person instruction and remediation.
  • The school building will be open to students, we will serve lunch, and all staff will report as normal.

Panther Days Video:

Please view the following video which contains important information about our Panther days.

Panther Day Schedule:

Generally, these days will occur after ten days (five blue days, five white days) of instruction.

  • Thursday, August 27
  • Monday, September 14
  • Tuesday, September 29
  • Wednesday, October 21
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Friday, November 20
  • Tuesday, December 22
  • Wednesday, January 20
  • Thursday, February 4
  • Tuesday, March 9
  • Wednesday, March 31
  • Friday, April 16
  • Monday, May 3
  • Tuesday, May 18

Student Impact:

  • Students will receive continuity of instruction through enrichment activities and/or remediation for each course on their schedule.
  • Affords 14 instructional days that will not be affected by student absences and allows for fewer students in the building on those days.
  • Students needing academic assistance will have access to JCHS staff for assistance with missing work, currently assigned work, and remedial skills.
  • By incorporating panther days, students will become familiar with their teachers’ digital lesson format/assignments prior to a potential closure.
  • Panther days allow for delivery of necessary non-course content such as, but not limited to:
    • Naviance (Stand-alone Program)
    • Graduation Pathway Information (Pe-recorded, Shared Virtually)
    • Scheduling Information (Pre-recorded, Shared Virtually)
    • Class Meetings (Pre-recorded, Shared Virtually)
    • Virtual Field Trips (TBD)
    • Virtual College/Career Visits (TBD)

Substitute Teacher Meetings

All persons wishing to work as a substitute teacher during the 2020–2021 school year for Jennings County School Corporation need to attend one of the orientation meetings scheduled at Central office 34 W. Main Street North Vernon, IN 47265. The orientation meetings will be for renewing substitutes and new substitutes. Due to COVID-19, sessions will be limited to a small number of people, and masks are required. Please contact Shannon Lacoursiere at (812) 346-4483 ext. 1038 to schedule a time to attend a training session. For more information, please view our press release.

Jennings County High School Panther Pantry

We will officially be open on September 17, 2020, and will operate as a drive-through type of pantry. However, if there is a student in need, please contact either Mrs. Patterson or Mrs. Martin by email. The pantry will be open from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the front of JCHS, door C, on the following dates:

  • September 17
  • October 22
  • November 19
  • December 17
  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 22
  • May 20

We will be distributing pre-packaged boxes and will be receiving those into the pantry the day before each distribution. **In the event school is closed, the pantry will not be in operation until the next distribution date when school is open. Please see our Panther pantry flyer for more information.

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please contact: 

Marisa Patterson,
(812) 346.5588 ext. 3135
On-site pantry coordinator

Tracy Martin
(812) 346.5588 ext. 3134
On-site facilitator/assistant coordinator