Jennings County High School
Committed to Excellence, Expecting Success
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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.

JCHS Girls Track and Field Team Win Sectional Championship

The JCHS girls track and field team win the IHSAA sectional championship at Seymour. The Lady Panthers scored in all 16 events and had two scorers in eight of the 13 individual events. Congratulations to the Lady Panthers!

Mrs. Gard Finishes Badminton Challenge With Only One Loss

On February 8, Mrs. Gard faced a badminton challenge from her physical education classes. If class members could defeat Mrs. Gard in a game of doubles, she would have to run stair laps. Mrs. Gard played 31 games and lost only one. Great job, Mrs. Gard!

AP Physics II Class Enjoys a Boat Building Competition

Mrs. Redlman’s AP Physics II class enjoyed a boat building competition. Class members built their boats out of cardboard, duct tape, and a coat of varnish to keep the water out. There was no declared winner, but everyone had a great time enjoying the creativity of the students.

New Outdoor Benches

Jennings County High School Ag power and structure students created new outdoor benches for the front entrance. Thank you!

Black Cat Racing at Indianapolis

JCHS Black Cat Racing competed in the 2019 Purdue evGrand Prix World Finals on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Purdue University hosts this event, which is part of the MSTEM3 program. Participants build their own karts, tune the powertrain and chassis dynamics, and then put them to the test in the Racing Capital of the World at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Teams compete in four categories to claim the championship trophy. Engineering design challenges teams to go above and beyond with new technologies. Community outreach encourages teams to educate those around them about EV’s. Powertrain efficiency requires teams to design their kart for maximum distance and energy usage. Lastly, how you finish in the race demands these karts to be fast!

Key Club Earns State Distinguished Club Award

The Indiana District named the JCHS Key Club as the distinguished club for the 2018–2019 school year. The Key Club posed in a picture with Indiana District Governor Colin Prince. For a list of all the award recipients please see the newest addition of the Bugle.

Change in Breakfast Program for 2019–2020

During the 2018–19 school year, the Jennings County Schools piloted a program to provide free breakfast for all students in the district. Unfortunately, the formula we used to allow us to calculate the cost of the program was not an accurate predictor of our financial commitment. While we were able to finance this program for one year, we are not able to continue it due to the financial cost of the program. While we will no longer be providing free breakfasts, we are committed to ensuring students who are hungry have meals available. Our staff will work closely with families to make sure we do not turn any student away from breakfast or lunch if they do not have money.

To learn how to apply for free or reduced price meals and textbook assistance, please see the entire letter from Superintendent Teresa Brown.

We look forward to welcoming back our students on August 6. We have many exciting opportunities planned for our students for the 2019–20 school year. Please continue to let us know how we can better serve you.

Attendance Awards 2019

Jennings County High School promotes attendance, and therefore student success, through an incentive program using prizes from various sponsors as a reward for perfect or commendable attendance. Over the past few years, the student response has been very positive. Congratulations to all the students who received an attendance award for 2019!

View more photos. Attendance award winners in the freshman class pose together.
JCHS 2019–2020 School Registration

It’s that time of year again! Please make note of our upcoming registration dates and times. They are as follows:

SCC, Junior & Senior Registration

  • July 30: 12:00–3:00 p.m., 4:00–7:00 p.m.

Freshman & Sophomore Registration

  • July 31: 12:00–3:00 p.m., 4:00–7:00 p.m.

You can view our registration flyer for additional details.

JCHS Senior Awards and JCCF Awards

Our JCHS Senior Awards and the Jennings County Community Foundation Awards were on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in the Donald E. Pelkey Auditorium. Congratulations to all the award recipients! For a list of recipients, please see the programs below.

Head Football Coach Position Filled

We have named JCHS alumnus Justun Sharp as our next head football coach and will be filling our open PE position at JCHS. Coach Sharp will be returning home to coach after spending the last several years with Indianapolis Cathedral, Lawrence Central, and Southport. Welcome, Coach Sharp.

Seniors Important Dates

2019 graduates, please mark the following important dates on your calendar.

  • May 8 - Senior Award Night - 6:30 p.m. in Don Pelkey Auditorium
  • May 9 - 1st Mandatory Graduation Practice - 8:30 a.m.
  • May 16, 17, 20, 21 - Semester Testing
  • May 22 - Senior Breakfast - 8:30 a.m. 
  • May 22 - Mandatory Graduation Practice - 9:30 a.m. 
    *Bring your cap & gown if you want photos by the photographer.
  • June 1 - 8:00 a.m. - Seniors need to report to JCHS Auditorium
  • June 1 - 9:30 a.m. - Class of 2019 Graduation – Charles W. Hurley Gymnasium

We will need to close down your email and Google drive accounts starting on July 1, 2019. Please make sure you create your own personal email accounts and save anything you want off of your Google drive before July 1. Please also make sure you notify everyone of your new email address before July 1. If you are using your school email address for college applications, it is extremely important that you notify your schools of this change before the July 1 date.

If you are a summer school student or will be returning next year, we will leave your account open until further notice.

2019 Senior Trip
view photos of 2019 senior trip

The class of 2019 senior trip took place on May 3 through May 5 and included a two night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, a Cincinnati Reds game on Friday night, the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, and Kings Island on Sunday. Everyone had great fun with friends.

Indiana's Kindergarten Eligibility Laws are Changing

Indiana's kindergarten eligibility laws will be changing for the upcoming 2019–2020 school year. Please take a moment to read the news story for the new state laws regarding kindergarten students.

Touch of Class Performs at Indians Game

Touch of Class had the opportunity to perform at the Indians game on Wednesday, April 17. They were a big hit! The crowd loved them. Check out the beautiful photos!

Touch of Class performs at the Indians GameTouch of Class poses with the Indians Mascot
Prom King and Queen

The Jennings County High School prom was a huge success. Congratulations to our prom king, Brandon Lee and to our prom queen, Sophia Barrett!

Click to view more photos of our prom queen and king
2019 Academic Honors Banquet

Jennings County High School honored their top twenty seniors and top ten juniors, sophomores, and freshmen on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Academic Honors Banquet at The Pines Evergreen Room in Seymour, Indiana. We would like to congratulate these students on their hard work!

Click to view more. Top ten freshmen pose with their Academic Honors certificates and medals.
Second Semester Exam Schedule

Final exams will take place on Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17, Monday, May 20, and on Tuesday, May 21. Please see our second semester exam schedule for complete details. We will administer final examinations according to this schedule with no exceptions.