Date:  November 13, 2018


REMINDER:  Our cell phone policy is off and out of sight.  If you need to contact your student, please call the office and we will get a message to them.  Texting them directly during school hours may result in disciplinary measures.

Please call the office by 9:00 if your child will be late due to an appointment or is sick.  We do track illnesses.

Pre-Excused absence:  If your family is planning a trip or scheduled day off and your child will miss, please contact the office three days prior to absence.  Once date(s) have been communicated the office will get your student a pre-excused absence slip.  This will allow staff time to gather the work for your student.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain work before they leave.


Congratulations to our speech team this past weekend.  They brought in 22 first place performances and 4 second place.  Great job to everyone!

Friday is mid-term for 2nd quarter.

Friday is the end of Tri-Mester 1 for 8th grade students. 

Mrs. Hines will be scheduling bell ringers for the Salvation Army stationed at Casey’s.  Dates vary starting Thanksgiving Day through December 23rd.  If you are interested in helping please contact Jackie Hines at 217-487-7312. 

Santa for Soldiers: Leadership Committee is collecting items to stuff Christmas stockings for soldiers. You will find a list of needed items in your teachers’ rooms. The drive goes until the end of November. Help make Christmas special for our soldiers overseas.

Students who need to see the nurse:  You must have a pass from your current class.  You will also need to sign in when you arrive.  Students who stop during passing period or arrive without a pass will be asked to return to class.

NHS offers homework help every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings in Mrs. Bishoff’s room from 7:45 – 8:10.  You can also go to the junior high workroom each morning at 8:00 to get extra help.

Students should not be in the multi until 8:00.  No food is allowed in the multi.  Only water is allowed outside of the cafeteria and in lockers.

Parents must accompany students to all High School events.  Students who do not have a guardian present will be asked to leave.


Boys’ basketball travels to Mt. Pulaski tonight.  Game starts at 6:00 with the bus leaving Athens at 5:00.

Students interested in playing JH volleyball:  There is a parent/player meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at 5:45PM in the cafeteria at Cantrall Elementary School. 

Reminder to all athletes:  Once your season is complete your uniforms should be immediately turned in to the office.  They should be clean, in a bag, and labeled with your name.

Lunch Menu

Hot Lunch – Maid Rite or Pancake on a Stick  

Ala Carte –  Baked Potato or Salad

Students as you are going through the lunch line please be aware that you may choose either a fruit or vegetable or both with your meal. The State requires that each student have a minimum amount of fruits or vegetables or a combination of both. If you choose to only take one, you will get the full required serving, if you choose both, you will get a 1/2 serving of each, to total the amount required. 


The office sells bottles of water for $1.00 and fruit snacks (big bag) for $1.00.  We also have granola bars and crackers for $.50.

As a reminder only WATER is allowed to be in lockers or carried to class.  All sugar drinks must be discarded before leaving the cafeteria. (Gatorade, soda, kick starts etc.)

Please remind your student to never walk down the train tracks on their paths home.  This is a very dangerous thing to do, and the local police will stop any/all who attempt this method.

Send in your soda tabs.  We collect these all year long. 

Don’t forget to sign up for your Max card (County Market), “Red” card (Target).  Remember to save your box tops and Campbell soup labels.  All companies give a percentage of purchases and labels back to the school.