JCHS Parent Newsletter USD 475 Inside this issue: February 2012 PRINCIPAL’S CORNER 1Principal’s Corner FAHS –ACADEMY 2-3 SPOLIGHTDear Parents/Guardians of JCHS Students: COUNSELING 4PRINCIPAL’S CORNER All sessions will be held at DEPARTMENT JCHS Career Academy PROJECT 5 GRADUATIONIn another month, the annual Kansas State Campus, most likely in theAssessments will be upon us, once again. Our Library Glass Room. Fortesting window will begin the last full week of registration, parents ACTIVITIES/ATHLETICS 6February and conclude around the middle of should expect a mailing toApril. We will be testing the areas of mathe- arrive in the mail by thematics, reading, science, and social studies. end of February or via an electronic notice soon. Please send the registration form to me:It is very important that we have our studentspresent on a daily basis. However, if a student Junction City High Schooldoes miss a test session, there will be make- Attn: Stan Doddsups given at the end of each subject’s blocked 900 N Eisenhower Drtesting window. Junction City KS 66441We want to encourage all of our students to Also, there is an On-line ACT Test Preparation Course, as well. Register for SOAR today and yourtake the tests seriously and do their best. We child will immediately have access to online Testplan to create a positive atmosphere with a Prep courses. www.SoarAtHome.org Where willpositive attitude toward the testing situation. you find the Test Prep on SOAR? Registered stu-Please help us in this regard by scheduling ap- dents can access the SAT or ACT courses by click-pointments for your students outside of the ing Program Materials from the SOAR student site.school day or these testing windows. If you Once a student logs on to the course (with the user name and password), and reads the “Quick In-have questions, please call our academy office structions”, he/she is ready to begin.for details. Enjoy a wonderful Spring and Don’t Forget thatOn another NOTE – preparation for the ACT: State Testing is Fast Approaching!!we will again arrange for our students (9th-11thgrade), who are interested, to attend a three 2011 –2012 State Testing(3) session workshop to prepare them for theACT exam that will be given on April 14. Social Studies – February 27 – March 1Please register your child to take the examthrough ACT. The registration for this prep Math – March 5 - 13class will be sent out once dates and times are Reading – March 29 - April 5confirmed. Science – April 10-13
JCHS Parent NewsletterAcademy Spotlight - FAHS—Fine Arts, Human Services Career Cluster News: The Fine Arts & Human Services Academy, consisting of career clusters in Education, Human Services, Per- forming Arts, and AV/Communication, has been lucky enough to have several community profession- als visit with our students about the opportunities they might have in careers related to those fields. Over the course of the year, presentations have in- cluded local teachers, former JCHS students major-ing in these fields of study at local colleges and universities, the K-State ImprovTroupe, a representative from Job Corps, and K-State advisors and admissions repre-sentatives, among others. In addition to these real-life experiences, students havebeen working on the Kansas Career Pipeline to explore their interests and gain a bet-ter idea of their own expectations of future employment. Our goal has always been toengage students in practical, career-related activities with the intention of enhancingtheir post-graduation options, and we hope to continue providing students with hands-on learning experiences this spring.Band News:The Junction City High School Blue Jay Marching Bandhas received a letter of invitation to participate in the2012 Liberty Bowl Parade and Band Festival in Mem-phis, Tennessee. The Blue Jay Marching Band will beone of several high school bands from across the coun-try to participate in these events. The parade travels down the famous Beale Streetin Memphis. One high school marching band will be selected to perform during theLiberty Bowl pregame show.Current plans have the JCHS Marching Band departing by bus on Thursday, December27, 2012, and returning Tuesday, January 1, 2013.It is indeed an honor for the Blue Jay Marching Band to be invited again to this pres-tigious event. The JCHS band also participated in the 2000 Liberty Bowl events. Page 2
February 2012FAHS Academy News— Continued... The Blue Jay Marching Band has traveled to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas; the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee; and the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. JC VOCAL News: Our show choir just returned from a successful performance at the Singsation competi- tion in Omaha, Nebraska. This was by far the strongest showing for our group to date! Currently our vocalists are preparing for regional solo and small ensemble festival. This event is to be held here at JCHS on Saturday, April 14th. All top-rated musicians will be eligible to perform at Emporia State on April 28th in the state competition. Seniors are busy preparing audition material for college auditions as we head into March, and Lady Blues is busy getting steps and notes ready. Our concert and freshman choirs continue to work hard with our new assistant director, Mr. Fritzler. Here is what is coming up: Our vocal department will be holding auditions for next years ensembles in early April- stay posted for exact dates. Our JC Singers tentative date is set for April 12th after school. Packets pertaining to vocal auditions can be obtained in room 111 before school, or directly after school in mid March. All upper ensembles require strict academ- ic requirements and an amazing attitude! If youve got what it takes- join us! Our Chamber Choir will head to state on Thursday, April 19th. This choir is our top en- semble, and consists of 40 auditioned vocalists. Our Lady Blues, JC Singers, Concert and Freshman choirs will all be performing in our spring concert, scheduled for Tues- day, May 8th. Come out and support your singing Blue Jays! FAHS Academy Office Staff Office Number: 785-717-4209 Academy Administrator: Doug Sallee, e-mail: DouglasSallee@usd475.org Academy Leader: Walt Webster, e-mail: WalterWebster@usd475.org Academy Counselor: Kristi Tanner, e-mail: KristiTanner@usd475.org Academy Secretary: Betty Coleman, e-mail: BettyColeman@usd475.org Page 3
JCHS Parent NewsletterCounseling Department The mission of the JCHS Counsel- financial aid, service learning, im- ing Staff is to assist all students portant websites, and transcript re- with developing and achieving quest is available. Please contact their educational, career, and per- Ernie Honas, Career Counselor at sonal/social goals in order to help 717-4237 or ernestho- them become responsible and email@example.com with questions. productive citizens. Sophomores and juniors are enrol- The ACT (college entrance exam) ling for next school year during the is offered at JCHS on April 14, month of February. Career Acade- and the deadline to register is my Counselors will be enrolling 9th March 9. Academy counselors graders the week of March 5. will be distributing ACT infor- Also, we want to remind parents mation to juniors in American and students that we do have our History and AP History classes in Twilight School program running February. This is an excellent from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mon- time for juniors to take the exam day through Thursday. Students and, of course, for any senior who should sign up with their counselor has not taken it. Online registra- for Twilight School. tion is at www.act.org. Counseling Page of JCHS Website: Information about scholarships, Counseling Personal Freshman Success Academy Sarah Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org Business Information Technology Sue Carlson email@example.com Science, Engineering, Technology Laura Scaglione firstname.lastname@example.org Fine Arts and Human Services Kris Tanner email@example.com Internship Coordinator Joy Davis firstname.lastname@example.org Career Counselor Ernie Honas email@example.com Registrar (Student Records) Anita McLean firstname.lastname@example.org Information Systems Coordinator Ellie Dillon email@example.com Page 4
February 2012PROJECT GRADUATION Plans are underway for the 27th Annual Project Graduation, an all-night substance free celebration to be held on May 13, 2012, immediately following commencement exercises at Junction City High School. We need to raise approximately $12,000 for this event to support the graduates of the Class of 2012. The cost per participant is approximately $10.00, so we are in need of a contribution from your family in the amount of $10.00. In addition, if you would like to sponsor a student who may be in need of assistance we would welcome that contri- bution as well. Contributions should be payable to Project Graduation and can be mailed to Junction City High School, ATTN: Project Graduation, 900 N. Eisenhower, Junction City, Kansas 66441. You may contact me at 785-717-4245 or via email Dan- aWiegand@usd475.org if you have any further questions. Family contributions are to be in no later than April 1st. All parents are welcome to join in planning Project Graduation. Additional planning meetings for Project Graduation: February 2nd, March 8th, April 2nd, April 30th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the JCHS Library. In addition, all information regarding IMPORTANT DATES FOR SENIORS is located on our sharepoint site (listed below). We encourage you to visit that to stay informed about senior information. Below are some dates that you need to be aware of at this time: http://intranet.usd475.org/school/jchs/Activities/seniorclass/default.aspx April 4 11:00 am-3:00 p.m. Jostens Cap & Gown Delivery- THOSE who have paid in FULL no later than March 30th will have pri- ority and will be allowed to pick up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you have not paid your balance in full by March 30th YOU MUST HAVE CASH OR MONEY ORDER . Cap & Gown Pictures with Lifetouch-THIS WILL BE ONLY DAY for pictures April 18 10:50-1:10 p.m. FINAL day for Cap & Gown Delivery- MUST HAVE CASH OR MONEY ORDER if your order has not been paid in full. May 9 7:00 p.m. All School Awards Night-Any Senior receiving a Scholarship should attend; and forward the scholarship information to Ernie Honas so you may be rec- ognized. May 9 Last day of Classes for Seniors-Students may wear their Caps/Gowns-NO MORTAR BOARDS! May 11 9:00 a.m. Graduation Practice & Senior Picnic following practice May 13 3:00 p.m. Baccalaureate May 13 6:00 p.m. Commencement Al Simpler Stadium May 13 9:00 p.m.- 4:30 a.m. Project Graduation- GRADUATES ONLY! Page 5
Junction City High School900 N. EisenhowerJunction City, KS 66441 We’re on the web:Phone: 785-770-4200http://jchs.usd475.org http://jchs.usd475.org U S D 4 7 5 Message from Activities/Athletic Department 900 N. Eisenhower – Junction City, KS 66441 Phone 785.717.4214 Fax 785.717.4202 Matt Westerhaus Deb Lumb Activities Director/Athletic Director Athletic/Activities SecretaryMESSAGE FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPT.Winter Sports are currently under way; please visit the athletic dept. web-site for updates on all sports season.http://intranet.usd475.org/school/jchs/Athletics/default.aspxThe Spring Sports Season is just around the corner.First day of spring sports practice is February 27, 2012. Sports offered during the Spring are: Baseball, Boys Golf,Girls Soccer, Softball, Girls Swimming, Boys Tennis, and B/G Track.NECESSARY FORMS FOR STUDENT PARTICIPATIONStudents attending Junction City High School will not be eligible to participate (games, practice, tryouts) in any sport without clear-ance from the Athletic Department. A JCHS ATHLETIC PACKET MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED BEFORE THE FIRSTDAY OF PRACTICE TO THE ATHLETIC OFFICE, ROOM 102 AT JCHS. When all paperwork is completed and turned in, the stu-dent athlete will be entered on an eligibility list to be given to the coaches at the beginning of tryouts. An athlete must be on this listto be allowed to practice/tryout/participate. Failure to have these forms on file with the Athletic Department may prevent the studentathlete from having the opportunity to participate in that sport.*** The JCHS Athletic Packet may be obtained from the athletic department or by accessing the Athletic Department web-site athttp://intranet.usd475.org/school/jchs/Athletics/default.aspxPHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS - Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation Form (MUST BE DATED AFTER MAY 1, 2011)Students are not eligible to represent their school in interscholastic athletics, spirit or performing groups until a signed physical evalua-tion form by a practicing physician is on file with the building AD. This form will certify that the student has passed an adequate phys-ical examination and is physically fit to participate in interscholastic athletics, spirit or performing groups. This form shall also besigned by the parent or legal guardian, stating the student has permission to participate.The physical examination must be reported on forms provided by the KSHSAA and shall not be completed earlier than May 1 preced-ing the school year for which it is applicable. The completed form must be filed with the building AD prior to the first practice sessionin which the student participates. Physical examination forms may be obtained from the school’s athletic department of which the student attends. You may also obtain a copy of the physical examination form by accessing the KSHSAA web site at www.kshsaa.orgIf you have any questions, please call the JCHS Athletic Department at 717-4214.