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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.

2020-2021 School Year COVID-19 Information

To prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we have reimagined education to respond to the global pandemic. Our staff has worked together to create our panthers prepare and care plan to respond to how our district will address health, safety, curriculum and instruction, social-emotional learning, and equity while offering both traditional and remote learning options. 

Please check our district Home page for all the latest information you need for a great school year.

College GO! Week
Learn More Indiana. College Go!

College GO! Week is September 21 through September 25, 2020.

  • It’s officially #CollegeGO season, which means College Application Week is near! #CAW20 is taking place from September 21 until 25! For a list of colleges waiving application fees, various CollegeGO activities, events, and more, visit Learn More Indiana.
  • Students can apply to college for free during College Application Week #CAW20! Check to see if the college you’re interested in is participating by clicking “show table” at Learn More Indiana. #CollegeGO
  •  Visit College Go! Week/Indiana Colleges and Universities for more information!
I applied to college. YOU can too! Learn more Indiana. LearnMoreIndiana.org

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. You can also start your research using this worksheet.

Picture Day at JCHS

Wednesday, September 30 is picture day at JCHS. LifeTouch photographers will be at JCHS, and we would love for each and every student to have their photo taken for the yearbook. We have a special opportunity for our JCHS online students. With picture day on Wednesday, September 30 we want you to join us! We have planned a special session for online students only from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. No reservation is necessary, just come to the main office, sign-in, and head to the auditorium for a photo. We will be practicing social distancing and hygienic protocols for your safety. Wear a mask in the building, but no mask in your photo. There is no cost to students, but the option to purchase a LifeTouch photo package is available. Call the school office if you have questions at (812) 346-5588 or email jertel@jcsc.org.

JCHS Homecoming Update

The JCHS homecoming game moved from September 25 to October 9, 2020. The JCHS fall homecoming game will now be vs. Jeffersonville. Fall homecoming week will be from October 5–9, 2020. This change is to allow for more planning between students and staff to prepare for a homecoming reimagined. We will release a detailed plan of the week’s activities the week of September 21–25, 2020.

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)

JCHS Instructional Calendar

Our 2020–2021 High School Instructional Calendar is now available. We encourage you to download a copy and keep it for your records.

JCHS Alumni Hall of Fame Deadline September 30

The JCHS Alumni Hall of Fame 2020 nomination application deadline is September 30, 2020. Applications are available from JCHS Alumni page or may be picked up in the JCHS main office.

The Jennings County High School Alumni Hall of Fame Selection Committee invites nominations for candidates for the Jennings County High School Alumni Hall of Fame. This distinguished award honors individuals whose deeds and character exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work and/or service to their communities. The honoree’s spirit and leadership are worthy of recognition and have inspired praise and gratitude among his or her peers. This is the ninth year of the JCHS Alumni Hall of Fame and up to three individuals will be selected for induction.

Eligibility requirements:

  • The recipient must have graduated from JCHS at least 15 years ago (no later than 2005).
  • The recipient has been recognized for a high level of achievement in his/her field and has made significant contributions to that field at the state, national, and/or international levels.
  • The recipient has demonstrated leadership, character, and service in a variety of venues from his/her field of expertise to community, state and national initiatives.
  • Nominations for posthumous awards will be accepted.
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