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.

Orchestra Stampede

The Orchestra Stampede will be at the St. Mary's Parish Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23. Ticket sales will begin the first week of October.

Jennings County High School Fall Homecoming Spirit Week

Homecoming spirit week is on Monday, September 27 through Friday, October 1. Our theme is Trip to Disney 2021. Show your school spirit by participating in the following daily activities:

  • Monday, September 27: Sleeping Beauty Day - Wear your favorite Disney pajamas.
  • Tuesday, September 28: Disney Day - Dress like your favorite Disney, Pixar, or Marvel character.
  • Wednesday, September 29: Wednesday U Day - Wear college gear and class colors.
  • Thursday, September 30: Ohana Day - Dress in your Hawaiian gear.
  • Friday, October 1: Mickey and Minnie Day - Panther pride day, and wear your mouse ears.

2021 JCHS Talent Show

The annual JCHS Talent Show will be on Thursday, November 4, hosted by the Key Club. Please contact Mr. Kelley in room 218 for the necessary information. Paperwork is due by October 15. The top prize is $100.

Ivy Tech Community College Cyber Academy

Come find out about Ivy Tech Community College's Cyber Academy on Saturday, September 25. Held at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Ivy Tech will present information about its cyber academy, an 11-month program that prepares students for in-demand, high-paying careers in cyber security. For more information, please see our cyber academy flyer.

2021 Fall Homecoming Changes

Please see the following changes to the 2021 fall homecoming plan for Jennings County High School (JCHS).

  • Homecoming Parade – We cancelled the 2021 fall homecoming parade due to increased COVID numbers and a pause on large gatherings during this time.
  • Powderpuff Game – We cancelled the 2021 JCHS Powderpuff Game that is traditionally played following the fall homecoming parade.
  • Homecoming Week Date Change – The fall homecoming was originally planned for the week of September 13 to September 17, concluding with the JCHS football game vs. Madison. To hopefully offer students more options and fun during homecoming we will be moving homecoming week to September 27 to October 1, concluding with the JCHS football game vs. Seymour. Due to this change, we will conduct Marching Pride of Jennings County Senior Night on Friday, September 17. We will release more information on homecoming festivities to students in the coming weeks.

What is Pride Time?

Pride time is structured intervention/enrichment time built into our current instructional day schedule. Students will use this time to make up missing assignments, receive additional support or help, and/or redo assignments for a better grade. We will distribute missing assignments/grade sheets to the students, and we expect that they use each class period to complete assignments and get needed assistance. Pride time will last the entire class period and we expect students to attend school on all pride time days.

Students will attend classes according to their normal schedule on pride time days. The student's scheduled class period takes precedence over needed makeup work for students. Once students have completed all necessary assignments and interventions for that class period, they should begin working on other class assignments.

We will allow students who have no missing assignments and no grades lower than a C to use pride time to work on enrichment assignments from teachers, study together, or work on college applications, research, or other school-related tasks.

Dual credit and/or AP courses may proceed with normal instruction during pride time days. This is to make sure we meet all curriculum standards. If you have questions about this, please talk with your teacher.

Pride time will run three times per semester during consecutive blue and white days on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 9 (Blue)
  • Friday, September 10 (White)
  • Friday, February 4 (Blue)
  • Monday, February 7 (White)
  • Thursday, October 28 (Blue)
  • Friday, October 29 (White)
  • Wednesday, March 30 (Blue)
  • Thursday, March 31 (White)
  • Monday, December 6 (Blue)
  • Tuesday, December 7 (White)
  • Wednesday, April 20 (Blue)
  • Thursday, April 21 (White)

Student Expectations

During pride time, we expect students to utilize the time to work with teachers to catch up on missing assignments or to redo assignments to raise their grades. Students should not be doing any of the following during pride time:

  • Sleeping
  • Using Cell Phones
  • Socializing
  • Messaging

Students should be doing the following during pride time:

  • Utilizing the time for missing assignments
  • working with a teacher for extra support
  • utilizing the time for enrichment activities

Enrichment Activities for students without missing assignments/failing grades could/would include:

  • College Scholarship Applications
  • Job Interest Inquiries
  • College Research

*All activities must be school-related.

Teachers will redirect students not following these expectations, and if they become insubordinate to the teacher’s request, their teacher will write them up.

Missing Assignment Reports

Students will receive missing assignment reports prior to pride time days. Students who do not receive a hard copy sheet should begin their pride time by checking grades/assignments on Skyward to verify they are not missing assignments.

Student Rewards

All students who use their pride time appropriately, whether that be for missing assignments, intervention/support, and/or enrichment activities will have their names submitted for a drawing of prizes after each series of pride days. Prizes will include Amazon gift cards, several restaurant gift cards, t-shirts, and hats.

New Dates for Homecoming

Homecoming spirit week will now be September 27 through October 1. The homecoming game will be Friday, October 1 against Seymour. It will be a great week to show your school spirit.

Change in Quarantine Protocols from the Superintendent

This week, Governor Holcomb released an executive order that will positively impact JCSC students. For school districts requiring face masks, the new guidelines state, “For K-12 schools that have and consistently enforce a face-covering requirement for children, students, teachers, staff and others present, close contacts are not required to quarantine and may continue to attend school as long as they are asymptomatic." Please read the entire letter from Superintendent Brown for more information.

Anime Club

Mr. Westerhouse will be starting an Anime club. They will be meeting every Tuesday after school until 4:00 p.m. in the GT room.

COVID-19 Update from our Superintendent

Beginning Monday, August 30, 2021, we will require masks indoors for all staff and students regardless of vaccination status. Please read the letter from Superintendent Brown for more information.

Updated 2021–2022 Instructional Day Calendar

Please take note of our updated 2021–2022 instructional day calendar. This calendar takes into account our Pride Time Days. Pride Time days will still run as consecutive blue/white days. In each set of Pride Time days, the first day will be periods 1–4 and the second day will be periods 5–8.

  • In the event of a non-scheduled E-Learning Day, we will follow this instructional calendar and remain the same.
  • We will make every attempt to follow the current instructional calendar as-is. However, we may adjust this calendar in the event of testing, required class meetings, and/or other unforeseen circumstances.

Updated 2021–2022 Instructional Day Calendar

2020-2021 Yearbooks Have Arrived!

Students who purchased a yearbook last year can pick them up starting Monday, August 16, during their lunch break. On white days, please pick them up in the cafeteria "fish bowl." On blue days, they can be picked up from room 215. Each student must pick up their own book and will be asked to sign for them when doing so. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Clerkin in room 213.

2021 graduates may pick up their yearbook in the JCHS west wing office.

Underclassmen Picture Day - September 30

Underclassmen picture day is rescheduled to Thursday, September 30. Please see our Lifetouch order form for more information. We looking forward to seeing all your bright smiles!

Jennings County School Corporation Return to School Plan

As we prepare for the 2021–2022 school year, we know our families want to know what to expect in school as we continue to navigate the end of our pandemic. To provide some guidance, we are sharing the return to school plan with you. The guidelines and recommendations in this document will be updated at the end of each semester and may change more frequently to address changing conditions or guidance from the CDC or the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). We will communicate with you frequently as we receive updates.

JCHS Summer School

Summer School applications are available in the guidance office. Summer school will run from June 1 through June 30 from 8:00 a.m. to noon each day. Attendance is mandatory.

Senior Class Prom King and Queen

Congratulations to Danny Hoffman and Lidia Hall, the 2021 senior class prom king and queen!

Senior Prom King and Queen
MPJC Community Showcase!

Hello! This is Miss Kibbler, the band director at Jennings County High School. I would like to share our video recording of today's MPJC community showcase! Please enjoy, share, and like us on our Facebook. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible! I give almost everybody a shout out in the video, but one group I neglected are our wonderful custodial staff, who scheduled their plans around us being in the band room and eating in the commons. Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to seeing y'all safe and healthy!

Paige Kibbler