Last weekend, two Jay County Jr.-Sr. High students earned gold medals at the Indiana State School Musical Association (ISSMA) state-level solo and ensemble contest. Please join us in congratulating senior Hannah Boggs and junior Emma LeMaster on their success. Congratulations, ladies! We are proud of you!
Parents of 8th-grade students attending Washington, D.C., we will have our final meeting on Tuesday, March 5th in the auditorium at 6 pm.
The JCHS Academic Team competed in the Eastern Indiana Academic League´s Invitational at Knightstown High School in Knightstown on Monday, February 26, 2024. Of 17 competing schools from East Central Indiana, Jay County placed in the top 3 in 4 disciplines, earning a first-place plaque in Math, second-place ribbons in Fine Arts, and third-place ribbons in both English and Social Studies. The Science team narrowly missed the top 5 with a sixth-place finish. Congratulations to the Academic Team!
Six Jay County students participated in the Academic World Quest at the University of Indianapolis this past Saturday. The competition is sponsored annually by the World Affairs Councils of America and tests students' knowledge of world politics, economics, and geography with the goal of promoting world peace. Congratulations to the team of Tinatin Japaridze, Jovana Markovic, Cameran Paxson, and Isabella Puusepp for placing third and winning a $250 cash prize for the school at the Academic World Quest. Great job, students!
Check out the very cool things happening in Mr. McFarland's 8th-grade First Aid class! Students have been learning about bloodborne pathogens and how healthcare workers use PPE to protect themselves from becoming ill. Students find this interesting because they don't expect the equipment to be so uncomfortable. They also don't realize that correct handwashing is tough! During the lesson, a special lotion is applied to students' hands before they wash their hands as they normally do. Afterward, a black light is used to indicate where they didn't wash the "glow germ" lotion off. Then they learn to wash their hands correctly! In the accompanying photos, Brayden O'Brian shows his "clean" hands. Brayden O'Brian and Parker Moore are rocking the gowns and gloves. The photo from the rear of the classroom features guest speaker Contessa Stilts, Assistant 911 Director for Jay County. Contessa visited the classroom to explain the process of becoming a 911 dispatcher to the class. She played some cool games with the students to help them understand how the job works. Thank you to Contessa Stilts and all of our community members who have volunteered their time to help our students grow. Great job to all!
We would like to congratulate the FFA organization on a successful FFA Week celebration last week. It was a jam-packed week, including dress-up days, decorations, lunchtime activities, a staff breakfast, basketball game events, visits to elementary schools, and a truck drive-in. Great job, FFA students, officers, and faculty advisors!
Ms. Donna Dayton, one of our 7th-grade Language Arts teachers, recently shared the following report on the great work her students have been doing. "We are revisiting character analysis through the short story "Zebra" and the novel The Outsiders. We are also working on a figurative language review." The students completed a mobile project during the first grading period and a diorama during the 2nd grading period. Great job, Ms. Dayton and students!
Frau McClung's German classes spent the beginning of last week learning about the special time before Lent and Ash Wednesday called "Karneval," "Fasching," or "Fastnacht" depending on where one lives in the German-speaking countries. This holiday is much like "Mardi Gras" in the French-speaking world, except that it lasts a little longer. The highlight of the holiday is celebrated on "Rosemonday," the Monday before Ash Wednesday, when many German cities host parades where people are dressed up in costumes or wear special masks. Mrs. McClung's students made special masks in their classes to celebrate! Can you find your student?
Check out this cool opportunity some of our junior high students recently had! Students in 7th and 8th grade Industrial Arts classes completed introductory woodworking projects. Students were given the option of building a birdhouse or creating a simple plan and executing an original project. Great job, kids!
Last week, FFA and Student Council joined forces to sponsor a food drive featuring a contest among the first-period classes. The winning classes will receive a free breakfast. Jay County Jr.-Sr. High students contributed almost $1,300 dollars and brought in 1,300 food items for Second Harvest Food Bank. This is $600 more than last year! For the junior high contest, Mrs. Mauger’s class won with Mrs. Denney’s class coming in second place. For the High School, the winning team was Mr. Linville's & Mrs. Tillman’s first-period classes! Coming in a close second place was Mr. Millspaugh’s class, and in third place was the team of Mrs. Reece's and Ms. Walter’s classes. Thank you to all of the students and staff who made this event successful!
Jay County Jr.-Sr. High offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to be involved in extra-curricular activities. From Drama Club to FFA, Robotics to E-sports, German Club to Academic Team, athletics, and so many more--there is something for everyone! For example, these Spanish Club members recently spent time creating Spanish-language valentines and enjoying a time of fellowship. Pictured from left to right are Isabel Castro Martell, Emily Smith, Ellie Darnell, Alexa Bravo, and Melanie Cavanzon. Beautiful work, ladies!
Please join us in wishing our School Resource Officer (SRO) Cody Jessee a very happy SRO Appreciation Day! Thank you, Officer Jessee, from the students and staff of Jay County Jr.-Sr. High! (photo left to right - Jenna Dues, Bryan Garcia, Officer Cory Locke, Officer Jessee with Jack the dog, Alexa Bravo, and Melanie Cavanzon)
Miss Kendra Muhlenkamp's junior high health classes are currently studying Nutrition. Yesterday's lesson pertained to body image with a learning objective of being able to demonstrate skills for improving body image. For the activity, students cut out hearts and wrote at least three things they thought positively about themselves. What a great way to integrate the learning standards with Valentine's Day to make the lesson engaging for the students! Great job, Miss Muhlenkamp and students!
Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day is an EVENT within junior and senior high schools! These tables have been cleared and refilled multiple times today. Our secretaries, especially our front office secretaries Jennifer Hummel and Danielle McGill, deserve a huge pat on the back and many thanks for their work in organizing the holiday chaos while also keeping up with the regular chaos. Thank you, ladies!
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Please join us in wishing our counselors a happy National School Counseling Week!
Please join us in showing appreciation for our amazing counselors during this National School Counseling Week!
The Jay County Winter Guard is in the midst of their competitive season, appearing on January 27th at Snider High School with a 3rd place finish and taking the caption award in General Effect and Design Analysis. The Guard also competed at Anderson High School on February 3rd, again finishing in 3rd place and taking the caption in Movement. The show titled "Hope You're Okay" remembers special friends who have impacted our lives. For more information about catching the guard in action visit ihscga.org.
Our student council and FFA organization are teaming up to sponsor a food drive next week. If your family is able to help, please encourage your Jay County Jr.-Sr. High student/s to participate.
There are only 70 school days left in the school year! Our teachers continue to work hard to ensure that each day is filled with meaningful learning activities. These photos show students in Mr. Miller's Chem 2 class, one of our many dual-credit course offerings, working in the lab to determine the formula of magnesium oxide. With Mr. Miller's guidance, we're sure they figured it out! Pictured are Zion Beiswanger, Ryne Goldsworthy, Garrett Hime, and Isaac Miller.