Principal's Update

Dear PBL JH Families:
 
Here are some items as you prepare for the week ahead and more.
 
1.  1st Qt. Midterm:  Our 1st Qt. Midterm ended on Friday, September 21st.  Grades for the 1st Qt. Midterm were posted and finalized for viewing on Wednesday, September 26th.  Once you have a chance to view your child’s progress please contact Mrs. Johnson to arrange a parent-teacher conference if needed at sjohnson@pblpanthers.org.  Mrs. Johnson has also sent a Skyward Message home about how to sign up for parent-teacher conferences in October.   Please know that you don’t have to wait till then for a conference.  If you have concerns please contact us and we will arrange a time to meet with you and collaborate with you for your child’s success in school.
 
When we check grades at the junior high for midterms we will be implementing the information below from our student handbook on page 37 under our general rules and expectations.  Overall, you need to be aware of this policy and how a student carrying their personal technology device or cell phone during school hours is connected to their performance in school.  If a student is placed on technology ban due to grades at midterms, the ban will be in place until the end of the 1st Qt. in October when the final grades are reviewed again.  A basic implementation of this policy is students turning in their personal technology devices or cell phone at the main office every day, and then picking them up when the day concludes.  For our policy we don’t ban students from bringing their devices to school, it is just they can’t carry them during the academic day.  We will be meeting with students on Monday, October 1st and students will be required to turn in their personal technology device each day, or leave it at home, till the end of the 1st Qt. starting on Tuesday, October 2nd.
 
Students may be placed on a personal technology ban from their cell phone or other electronic devices if they are not passing their classes at any time during the school year. Carrying a personal technology device, cell phone or other electronic device in school is a privilege at the junior high.
 
 2.  No School – October 8th:  This is just a remind that we are off of school on Monday, October 8th for Columbus Day.  We will be back in session on Tuesday, October 9th with a 2:30pm dismissal.
 
3.  Upcoming Fall Band & Chorus Concert:  On Thursday, October 18th we will be hosting our Fall Band & Chorus Concert in the PBL JH Gym at 6:00pm.  Mrs. Mauck and Mr. Loui are looking forward to showcasing their students’ talents and all their hard work.  Students have been asked to arrive at the band and chorus rooms at 5:30pm on Thursday, October 18th to make preparations for the concert.
 
4.  Fall Student Council Dance:  On Friday, October 19th our Student Council is going to host the first dance of the year in the JH Commons Area from 6:00-7:30pm.  There will be a DJ and concessions available.  More information will come out as we approach the date.
 
Have a great weekend and thank you for supporting our school and your student. 
 
Yours in Education,
 
Josh Didier, Principal
PBL Junior High School
217-379-9202
jdidier@pblpanthers.org 
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