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.

Panther Pantry

The Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is assisting our Panther Pantry by offering food and daily living supplies to our JCHS students and their immediate family members in need of assistance. To access the pantry, families can drive to the back parking lot and enter through the breezeway entrance “K”. Please note that on days we cancel school, we will also close the pantry. If you have any questions, would like to make a donation, or know of a student in need, please email our on-site pantry coordinator, Marisa Patterson, or call (812) 346-5588. Thank you.

Panther Pantry will be open from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the following dates: November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19.

FAFSA Opens October 1, 2021, For 2022–2023 School Year

Hoosier students can apply for state financial aid through April 15, 2022.

We encourage Hoosier students and families to file the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is now open for the 2022–2023 school year.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education reminds Hoosiers that filing the FAFSA by April 15, 2022, is imperative for securing money for college and accessing some of the $390 million in state financial aid and billions of dollars in federal aid available for learners.

“Regardless of family income, filing the FAFSA is an important first step for anyone interested in education and training beyond high school,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education, Teresa Lubbers. “It’s surprising how much money is left on the table each year because many Hoosiers assume they don’t qualify for state or federal financial aid. There is a significant amount of funding available to help with the cost of college, but you must at least have a FAFSA on file to use it.”

Many of Indiana's scholarship and grant opportunities require students to file FAFSA, such as the Frank O’Bannon Grant and the Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant, and many colleges require a completed FAFSA to award merit and need-based scholarships. Regardless of the degree chosen – including short-term certificates, associate and bachelor’s degrees, and higher – students should file the FAFSA to potentially qualify for available financial aid.

Currently, there are nearly 15,000 high school seniors who qualify for Indiana’s early-college promise program, the 21st Century Scholars program. Completing the FAFSA on time is a necessary step for scholars to earn the full scholarship amount of up to four years of college tuition.

How to File the FAFSA

Students can file the FAFSA online. The first step for students who have not previously filed the FAFSA is to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Then, each student will need:

  • Social Security number
  • Alien Registration number (for non-U.S. citizens)
  • Federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned from 2020
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

Improvements to simplify and shorten the FAFSA are coming for the 2023–2024 academic year, however, this year filers will notice a new look to the form, making it easier to navigate and get assistance. The U.S. Department of Education provides email and live chat assistance for FAFSA filers as well as a helpline at (800) 4FED-AID. Hoosier families can also access free FAFSA help through INvestEd Indiana.

2021 FAFSA Event

  • Upcoming in-person FAFSA filing opportunity
    The Commission will have representatives available at the upcoming Innovation Showcase at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (4790 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222) on Saturday, October 23 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (ET). Indiana high school students can receive support filing the FAFSA on-site and can enter to win a CollegeChoice 529 scholarship.

Applications now open for Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship also opens October 1 and provides up to $7,500 per year of college (up to $30,000 total) for top-performing Hoosier students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning their degrees. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022.

For questions about state financial aid, students can contact the Indiana Commission for Higher Education by phone at (888) 528-4719 or via email.

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.