Principal's Update

Dear PBL Junior High School Families:
Here are some items of interest for the summer and more as we approach the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
1.  Summer Office Hours:  The district is currently doing summer hours.  Monday-Thursday the JH Office will be open from 7:00am-3:30pm & on Friday’s we will be open from 7:00am-12:00pm.  There will be times when the main office is closed.  If for any reason you need to get a hold of us please call 217-379-9202 or you can e-mail me at
2.  2018-2019 School Supply Lists:  Here are the links for the 2018-2019 school supply lists for 6th7th, and 8th grade.  I wanted to get this out early to you so you can plan accordingly and catch the best deals possible.  You can click on the grade level you want to see and that will take you to the supply list.
3.  Junior High Sports Update:  The following sports will have tryouts and their first practices as follows:
Baseball:  Tryout date is July 30th from 9:00am-12:00pm at the high school baseball field behind Clara Peterson.
Cross Country:  The 1st practice is July 30th from 6:00-7:30pm at Pells Park.  Cross Country does not hold tryouts.
Softball:  Tryout date is July 23rd from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the high school softball field behind Clara Peterson.  There will be a paperwork check-in from 3:30pm-4:00pm.  Practices will be held from 7:00am-9:00am the remainder of the week.
Please be sure to frequently check the District’s website at or you can go directly to the Junior High sports page by clicking on the following link: for updates and/or changes to athletic schedules for the Junior High.  Junior High Students wishing to participate in IESA athletics must have a sports physical prior to try-outs and practices and must sign an insurance waiver or purchase insurance at a cost of $294.00 economy or $435.00 basic insurance.  If you have questions about athletics please contact Kelli Vaughn, PBL JH Athletic Director, at
4.  Registration:  Student registration for grades K-8 will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 12:00pm-7:00pm in the PBL JH Commons Area.  Registration after August 7, 2018 for all grades will take place at each grade center Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:30pm through the first day of school.  Student registration fees for the Junior High are $120.00.  The District will accept Discover, VISA, and Mastercard credit cards to pay for registration and lunch fees.  The District will also accept check payment for registration and lunch fees.  Please be aware that you may be required to issue more than one check for different purposes during student registration.
5.  2018-2019 School Hours:  For the upcoming school year I wanted to let you know that 1st period classes will be starting at 8:00am.  This is different from the previous school year when we started 1st period classes at 8:05am.  We will also have a new dismissal time with 9th hour ending at 3:14pm.  This is different from the previous school year when we had a dismissal time with 9th hour ending at 3:12pm.  Overall, I just wanted to make you aware of our new start and dismissal times at the JH.  Here soon our full bell schedule will be posted to our website.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday             Tuesdays
7:30am Commons will be open for arrival                7:30am Commons will be open for arrival
8:00am 1st hour starts                                                  8:00am 1st hour starts
3:14pm 9th hour dismissal                                           2:30pm 9th hour dismissal
During the summer break if you do have questions you can contact me at 217-379-9202 or you can e-mail me at  My staff and I are excited for the upcoming school year and working with your child.  Thanks in advance for your trust and support in allowing us to educate your child.
Yours in Education,
Josh Didier, Principal
PBL Junior High School