Dear Parent / Guardian,

I say it every year, but I can’t believe the school year has come to an end. We have had so many successes this year and much has been accomplished. We are A Tradition…of Family, Hard Work, and Spirituality. It is because of families like you that we are able to celebrate all of the good things that make up Joliet Catholic Academy. We say congratulations to our Class of 2018 and good luck with all of their future endeavors. 

We have received several calls recently from parents asking about next year’s start dates and other calendar related questions. The following are a list of some important dates:

15 and 16  Freshmen Orientation Days
17             First Day of Classes (1/2 day)
20             First full day of school                
23            Parent Back to School Night

18, 19, 20     Semester Exams
21 - Jan. 6       Christmas Break

19-28            Easter Break

21, 22, 23     Final Exams 

As the summer is upon us, we have much to do to prepare for next year. Currently the front and south parking lots are getting re-paved and we are continuing the dramatic renovations to the new chapel. We are hoping to have the opening of the new chapel this fall as work is getting done in pretty quick fashion. Our air-conditioning install continues this summer also. Half of the Science / Fine Arts wing is complete, the new chapel is complete, and we will be moving to the last area: our English / ARC / Library wing. Our goal is to have all air-conditioning complete by the start of school. With a very generous donation, the chapel project was able to begin; however, we still need to address the new IRC. As the 2018-2019 school year begins we will be starting a new campaign focusing on renovation of the old chapel and Tech Center to create the Innovation Research Center. This exciting project will enhance our student work space and offer resources for educational growth.   
I hope that everyone in the JCA community has a relaxing and fulfilling summer and we look to the 2018-2019 school year for many more JCA successes! 


Dr. Jeffrey Budz
President / Principal
Nurses Corner
Important information for All students

The JCA medication policy has been updated in accordance with the State of Illinois and Illinois State Board of Education.  It is important that you and your student(s) review the policy as there are changes and action needed prior to the start of school if any medication is to be taken during school hours. The new Medication Administration Authorization (MAA) form is required prior to any medication administration. Telephone consent will not be accepted. Medication Administration Authorization is required for any prescription and non-prescription (OTC medication).

Students with asthma or history of asthma are requested to submit an asthma action plan to the Health Office.

Students with epilepsy, diabetes, or allergies requiring emergency treatment are requested to submit an action plan.

All International students and students who travel internationally

I n accordance with the CDC guidelines, those students coming from or traveling to a country for greater than 2 weeks where TB disease is common (most countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia) are required to have an Interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) either QuantiFERON®–TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) or T-SPOT®.TB test (T-Spot) completed in the United States within 21 days prior to the first day of school . IGRA results are to be submitted to the Health Office prior to the start of the school year. Students who do not comply with health record requirements are subject to exclusion from school.

Incoming Freshmen :

Reminder that your incoming school physical is to be on file by July 1 if you are participating in a fall sport. A separate sports physical is not required. Physicals are valid for 395 days.

Seniors only :

Reminder: students are to have received the MENINGOCOCCAL CONJUGATE VACCINE (MCV4) prior to the start of their 12 th year of school.
Spirit Shop Summer Hours

We will be having Summer Hours for the Spirit Shop. Starting June 12 th - The Spirit Shop will be open every Tuesday from 9 am-2 pm through July 10 th. We will reopen August 2, at 10 am for the first day of the Uniform & Lock Sale.  The Uniform & Lock Sale will run August 2 nd , 3 rd , 6 th , 7 th , & 8 th.  After the Uniform & Lock Sale is over, we will Close the Spirit Shop to restock and reopen the Spirit Shop on August 17 th.  Have a great summer!!

Uniform & Lock Sale
August 2, 12:00pm – 7:00pm
August 3, 10:00am – 3:00pm
August 6, 10:00am – 3:00pm
August 7, 10:00am – 3:00pm
August 8, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Paula Gorski, Spirit Shop Coordinator
Joliet Catholic Academy
815-741-0500 x231
2019 Senior Portraits

WHO:      Class of 2019

WHAT:     Senior Portrait & Yearbook Pictures

WHERE: JCA – enter at the main office

WHEN:     Monday, June 18- Friday, July 23
                 Monday, July 30- Friday, August 4

WHY:       In order to appear in the yearbook, all seniors must have their photo taken by VIP. Photographs submitted from other studios will NOT be accepted into the yearbook.

How:           SENIOR PORTRAIT SIGN UP : Please make an appointment online at or over the phone at 847-499-9300

Additional Information:

Retake Date: Wednesday, October 3 at JCA. Yearbook pose only. Yearbook photos are free of charge. Retake appointments will be scheduled in SEPTEMBER.

Yearbook Deadline : Your photo selection must be submitted to VIP by October 19, in order to appear in your school’s yearbook. If you do not select an image, one will be selected for you by VIP. Information regarding how to submit your yearbook selection to VIP will be provided after your photo session.

Yearbook Photo Attire:  School dress code must be followed in order for your photo to appear in the yearbook. No tank tops or low cut tops for ladies, and no facial hair for gentlemen.

JCA Math Team Finishes fourth at ICTM State

Math team members competed at the ICTM Regional competition at Lincoln-Way East H.S. on Feb. 24, 2018. Here are the results for the ICTM Contest:

Calculator Team: 1 st place (State Qualifier)
Jr/Sr 8-Person Team: 3 rd place (State Qualifier)
Jr/Sr 2-Person Team: 3 rd place
Fr/So 2-Person Team: 3rd place
Algebra I Team: 1 st place
Pre-Calculus Team: 3 rd place
Oral Presentation Team: 3 rd place

Individual State Qualifiers in Algebra I: Fr-Zachary Bertino; Pre-Calculus: Sr-Matt Gochee

ICTM State Finals at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, May 5, 2018:

Calculator Team: 4 th Place—best finish at state finals to date. Matt Gochee, Emma Markun, Jack Smith, Zack Bertino
Matt Gochee: Precalculus finished 28 th out of 148
Zack Bertino: Algebra I finished 106 th out of 150

Joliet Junior College Math Contest March 7, 2018:

2 nd place- Sequences and Series category (seniors)
2 nd place-Congruence category (sophomores)

Members of Math Team that competed throughout the competitions:

Seniors: Matt Gochee. Hannah Markun, Emma Markun, Sarah Markun, John Matthews, Caitlyn Spreitzer, Ryan Surin

Juniors: Cordeilia Wagner, Jack Smith, Sydney Pucel, Emily Morrisette, Erin Johnson, Kylie Weis, Saptarshi Saha, Alissa Araneta

Sophomores: Nate Bebar, Claire Dow, Morgan Linneweh, Sarah Brzezinski, Megan Gochee, Stephanie Bertino

Freshman: Zachary Bertino, Sara Neville, Alvic Araneta, Emma Oswalt
Book Buy Back

MBS Direct will conduct JCA’s Book Buy Back. Current students will have the opportunity to sell their books to MBS Director on Wednesday and Thursday, May 23-24 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at JCA.

Please note: MBS Direct will only buy back the number of books they need. MBS Direct does not buy back novels. Also, some textbooks may be replaced for the following school year and consequently will not be bought back unless MBS Direct agrees to purchase them providing there is a need elsewhere. 
Summer Assignments

Summer assignments will be distributed to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in their respective classes. Incoming freshmen received their summer assignment through the mail in April. Summer assignments will also be available on the JCA website,, under the Student tab. 
Schedules and Booklists

Book lists and supplemental items information will be e-mailed to sophomores, juniors, and seniors along with their schedule in July. Incoming freshmen will receive information on books and supplemental items through the mail along with their course placement in July. A detailed booklist including ISBN numbers and supplemental items information will be available on the JCA website,, under the “Parents” tab.
Course Placement

Student schedules for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be e-mailed in July. Incoming freshmen will receive their schedule through the mail in July. 
Shadow Visits and Private Tours

Here at JCA, we realize that each family has specific needs, questions and expectations for their child. Therefore, we offer private tours to families throughout the year. Simply contact the Admissions Office at 815.741.0500 to schedule a mutually convenient time. The JCA Admissions Staff values our current JCA families as the greatest ambassadors for our school. Recommending an area family or student you know who is in 7th or 8th grade, or a potential high school transfer students, is a great way to help spread the word about JCA. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Quigley or Mrs. Ragusa in Admissions to connect with local families interested in JCA.

Shadow Visits offer seventh- and eighth-grade students an individualized experience by pairing a prospective student with a current Angel or Hilltopper who shares his/her academic and extracurricular interests. Students may shadow on most Fridays that JCA is in session from September through April.

Current high school students wishing to transfer to JCA are also encouraged to schedule a Shadow Visit and will be offered the opportunity to spend the day at JCA as part of the transfer process.

Parents/guardians who are considering having their high school student transfer to JCA should contact the office of the Vice Principal of Faculty and Operations at 815.741.0500, ext. 217.
* Some Summer Camps for the Class of 2022 may not have online registration available. Registration can be turned in at the main office or the first day of camp directly to the head coach.
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