Dear Parents and Guardians,

We'd like to welcome the parents of the Class of 2023 to our monthly Parent Pride Newsletter. Each month, the Parent Pride Newsletter is your one-stop-shop for all the upcoming events, lunch menus, news headlines, and more around the JCA community.

We also urge all of our parents to follow JCA's social media pages, particularly Twitter: @JCAOnline and Facebook: @jolietcatholic. If an event or news item does not make it into the Parent Pride Newsletter on time, you can be sure to find it on social media, or under the news headlines at Submissions to the Parent Pride are received from the faculty and staff, board of directors, and JCA Parent Board Members.

If we've missed something, don't hesitate to e-mail JCA Director of Admissions and Communications Mr. Ryan Quigley at or

Also, online registration is now available for the 2019 JCA Summer Camps. Each summer Joliet Catholic Academy welcomes over 900 grade school students to the home of the Angels and Hilltoppers. JCA offers 21 different camps to accommodate campers’ individual interests via Academic, Athletic, Activity, and Fine Art Camps. Our accomplished teachers and coaches enjoy working with campers so they can have fun, learn something new, and improve their skills.

Depending on the camp, some camps for the Class of 2023 are separate from the grade school camps (at the discretion of individual coaches). Please browse both our online camps and the provided PDF version of camps specifically for the Class of 2023. We appreciate our current parents spreading the word about JCA Summer Camps as well to friends and family members.

Lastly, on a separate note, a huge thank you goes out to all of the volunteers, parents, students, and members of the Joliet Diocese and Empower Illinois that helped make the Monday, March 4 Tax Credit Scholarship Celebration night such a success. A standing room crowd of over 350 parents and students from 12 different school communities around the Joliet area voiced their support for parent choice and the Invest in Kids Act/Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships. We've provided a video highlight of the event below, as well as a link to further information about the Invest in Kids Act below.


Ryan Quigley ’03
Joliet Catholic Academy – Director of Admissions and Communications
Office: 815.741.0500, ext. 214
Invest in Kids Act Celebration Night
JCA Work Service Program

Requirement: Students in need of financial assistance to attend JCA may apply to work the JCA Summer Work Service Program. Students with the greatest financial need along with this completed application will take priority. Students should have applied for FACTS to qualify for the JCA Work Program.

Click Here  to view the 2019-2020 Work Service Application. Please complete both sides of this application. Please PRINT or TYPE. You may type your answers on a separate sheet of paper and attach.

  • One letter/note of recommendation is required. A Teacher, Coach, Principal, or Pastor may complete your recommendation.
  • Academic Profile: Please attach your most recent report card.
  • Please return the COMPLETED application by Friday, May 3rd , 2019.
  • Ways to submit: JCA Main Office- Attn: Mrs. Bush, directly to Mrs. Bush (Room 109), or email:
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications must be complete (Application, Letter of Rec. & Report Card)
Nurses Corner

Parents, teachers, employee organizations, and other relevant groups: Please be advised that the State of Illinois Student Health Data for JCA, as required by law, is available for inspection during normal business hours by the public -including teachers, other school personnel, representatives, and parents at 1200 N. Larkin Avenue, Joliet, Illinois 60435 within five working days after receipt of a written request for inspection. The school may charge the reasonable cost of making any copies requested.

Also we are full swing into flu season. Call your provider to schedule your flu shot or you can visit most local pharmacies to get your flu shot now. Please remember: Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can give you symptoms of a high fever, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose and achy muscles. A few tips to avoid getting the flu: Get your flu shot. Good handwashing, cover your mouth when you cough/sneeze and don’t share drinks. 

Thank you,

Jill Batusich, R.N.
Joliet Catholic Academy
Health Office
815-741-0500 ext 275
Lunch Menus
Spirit Shop News

Looking for some Joliet Catholic Academy Gear - Stop in our Spirit Shop!! We have items for ALL.. Fidget spinners, JCA bracelets, Baseball Key Chains, Softball Key Chains, Cell Phone card holders and more! We are carrying a nice variety of t-shirts and sweatshirts - hoodies, ¼ zip sweatshirts and crew necks. Favorite “NEW” items in the Spirit Shop include our Exclusive Brown Under Amrour ¼ Zip Cage Jacket, Brown Coffee Mugs, Brown Sherpa Embroidered Blankets, and our Joliet Catholic 2x4 House Flag!!  In early March, look for our Baseball , Softball, Hilltopper Volleyball and Angel Soccer t-shirts.

The Spirit Shop Hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 7:15am - 3:00pm and Thursdays 7:15am – 2:00pm.
When school is in session*

Come on in and take a look at all we have to offer to you and your students. 
Course Selection for the
2019-2020 School Year

Course selection information was distributed to current students the week of  February 19. Students will be instructed to bring the completed course selection form home at the end of the week for a parent signature before returning the form to their homeroom teacher on  Wednesday, February 27.
The non-refundable registration fee of $300 will be included on the March tuition statement: $100 is applied toward the first tuition payment and $200 is applied to activity costs, which include student admission to all regular season home athletic events, student ID, yearbook, student newspaper, administrative and counseling testing programs, student schedules, student records, and counseling services.
The $300 registration fee is non-refundable. Therefore, if your student will not be attending JCA next year, please notify the Business Office immediately so as not to incur the added expense.
Young Hearts for Life
Joliet Catholic Academy
   Free ECG Screening   
April 11, 2019


To sign your child up for this FREE cardiac screening, please go to / . Click on the drop-down Menu that says Registration & Events and choose Registration & Results. Click on Chicago Region High Schools. To access the registration page, read the YH4L information and then click on the “I Am Giving Permission for my child” Icon (located at the bottom of the page ).

Online registration will close at 12:00 pm the day before the screening.
Please DO NOT register your child at a different school .

In order to make this event successful, we need to have parent/community volunteers. Thank you for your interest in helping us provide ECG screenings to the students at Joliet Catholic Academy on April 11, 2019 . The screening is offered during the school day.  All volunteers must attend one of the training sessions on April 10th. 

We're using for volunteer sign up for our event with Young Hearts for Life.

Please sign up for Joliet Catholic !

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on                                                                        (THIS LINK IS FOR VOLUNTEERING ONLY)            
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on

3. Sign up! Choose your spots. Be sure to sign up for your training session as well as the shift you    will work at the screening. Please consider joining us for the entire day. will send you  an automated confirmation and reminders.

Thank you

If you have any questions, please contact: Jill Batusich at or Stephanie Cullen at  

*For more information about YH4L, please visit our website, .
**Sign up is available now online*
The Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program identifies high school and college students at risk for sudden cardiac death. Each week sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 60 young adults in the United States.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and in Illinois. YH4L, under the guidance of Dr. Joseph Marek, a clinical cardiologist, seeks to detect young adults at risk for sudden cardiac death, and increase community awareness of this devastating problem. YH4L does this by providing FREE ECGs that can identify those heart conditions that can cause sudden death.

A number of cardiac conditions can result in sudden death. An electrocardiogram (ECG) can detect certain impulse patterns or “markers” associated with these conditions that a stethoscope cannot. HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), WPW (Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome), Long QT Syndrome, ARVD (arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia) and Brugada Syndrome are the most common cardiac conditions causing sudden death that can be detected by ECG.

In 2004, the International Olympic Committee and the European Society of Cardiology recommended that athletes under the age of 35 be screened with an ECG every 2 years before participation in sports. Medical experts in the U.S. have not adopted the European recommendations for ECG testing, as a result there are no routine screening programs for these conditions in the U.S.

YH4L, by working with area high schools and colleges, offers ECG testing to all students free - of - charge . To date, over 200,000 students have been screened and hundreds of young adults have been identified with previously unsuspected, life threatening, cardiac conditions.

Screening consists of a quick, simple, painless ECG. Volunteers attach electrodes to the students’ chest and limbs in preparation for the ECG. The ECG machine monitors the electrical activity of the heart and prints out the information about heart rate and rhythm. A trained cardiologist then interprets the printed ECG. The false abnormal rate for our program is less than 2%. This rate is better than the false abnormal rate for most other screenings in healthcare.

For more information, visit our website at Young Hearts for life is a 501C3 tax exempt organization.

“…. To save one life, is as if you have saved the world.”
Attention Hillmen and Moms

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Jacob Henry Mansion
6:00 – Early Pictures
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Recognitions
8:15-10:00 Dancing

Don’t miss out on this special Mother-
Son event!
Invitations Coming soon!

RSVP by April 12 - $25
Questions: Please contact Lori Sherman or Tammy Zadel or
815.715.5589 or 815.855.2738
Attention Senior Parents:
First Senior Prom and Senior Night
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
6 pm at JCA

Please join us as we plan Prom and Senior Night.
We will meet monthly to make Senior Prom and Senior Night  AMAZING for the Class of 2019

Planning Meetings:
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 6 pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6 pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6 pm (Ash Wednesday)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 6 pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6 pm

Decorating Schedule:
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 3 pm decorate Gym for Prom
Thursday, May 2, 2019 decorate and clean after Prom walk
Thursday, May 16, 2018 decorate, volunteer at event, clean

Important Dates to remember:
Wednesday, April 17, Lads and Ladies
Prom Thursday, May 2, 2019
Mother’s Day Mass Friday, May 10, 2019
Baccalaureate Mass Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Senior Night Thursday, May 16, 2019 (students only)
Graduation Sunday, May 19, 2019

Julieta Meyer  815-274-0042
Kelley Gould  815-557-9003 
2019-2020 Sports Physicals May 6-9
(During Theology Class)

  • All forms due April 1 (Turned in during Theology Class).
  • Click Here to view the sports physicals parent permission form.
  • IHSA Pre-participation Examination Form (to be completed and signed by athlete and parent prior to physical examination).
Please listen to the school reach message sent out by Mr. Pender concerning these important dates.
or call 815.741.0500, ext. 270
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 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.
JCA makes Will County's top high school education affordable
JCA saw a 16% increase in freshmen enrollment and a 30% increase in applications for the 2018-2019 school year thanks in large part to our Leveraged Financial Aid program.

Why JCA?

  • “Inspiring Growth in Knowledge and Faith” since 1869, the Joliet Catholic Academy family creates an environment that cultivates opportunities for academic excellence, meaningful service, Christian respect, and Catholic values in the traditions of the Carmelites and Franciscans.

  • The Class of 2018 earned over $12 million in college scholarships, averaging over $92,000 per student through four years of college.

  • The mean ACT score was 30.1 for Honors Program students and 27.1 for the top 50% of the Class of 2018, well above Illinois’ public school state average ACT of 21.2 from 2017.

  • Angels and Hilltoppers can earn Advanced Placement and Junior College credits while attending JCA. 70% of the Class of 2018 scored a “3” or higher on A.P. Examinations earning college credit, well above the state and local public school averages (65.6% and 37.6%) from 2017.

  • 100% of 2018 graduates accepted into college, 99% pursuing higher education.

  • 32 State or National Championships in Athletics; 24 varsity sports offered: 62 former/current professional athletes; 65 student-athletes currently competing in college athletics.

  • 93% of students participate in extra-curricular activities; 40+ clubs and after-school programs offered.

  • The Class of 2018 completed over 15,000 hours of community service; weekly/monthly Masses and Retreat programs also offered.

Want to see how we make the Will County area's top high school education affordable?

For more information visit >>
JCA Spring Musical "My Fair Lady"
a rousing success
Congratulations to the JCA Drama Department and the entire cast and crew of this year's Spring Play: Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady". What an incredible run during the weekend of March 21-23. Bravo!
JCA announces March
Students of the Month
Joliet Catholic Academy President/Principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz is pleased to announce the March Students of the Month: Sydney Pucel (Kiwanis Club), Alyssa Gomez (Rotary Club), and Keenan Hailey (Lions Club). JCA is proud of the success these students have exhibited both in the classroom and out in the community.

Sydney Pucel, daughter of Jeff and Pamela Pucel, currently holds a 5.0 G.P.A. in JCA Honors and A.P. courses. Pucel is the co-salutatorian of the JCA 2019 graduating class and a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Art Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Honor Society (where she serves as vice president), and National Spanish Honor Society (class officer). She also is a team captain and member of the Angels varsity girls’ soccer team. Pucel plans on attending Grand Valley State University to study speech-language pathology.

Alyssa Gomez, daughter of David and Corinne Gomez, currently holds a 4.31 G.P.A. in JCA Honors and A.P. courses. Gomez is a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society. She earned certificates of academic achievement in the following courses while at JCA: English III, A.P. English, Journalism, Spanish I and Spanish II, and Theology. She is a also a member of the Accepting Cultural Diversity Club, Respect Life Club, Spanish Club president, JCA Student Ambassadors, and secretary of JCA senior class Student Council. Gomez has participated in the JCA cheer and dance programs and also dances competitively with Innovation Dance Company and Vaughan Dance Academy. She is currently undecided on her college of choice.

Keenan Hailey, son of Jerry and Tisha Hailey, currently holds a 3.55 G.P.A. at JCA. Hailey has consistently been named an Honor Roll student throughout his four years at JCA. This past fall, he was a member of the 2018 IHSA Class 5A Football State Championship team at JCA. He was named to the 5A All State Team, East Suburban Catholic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Joliet Herald News Player of the Year, and Co-MVP of the state championship game. Hailey will attend Quincy University on an academic and athletic scholarship.
JCA announces April
Students of the Month

Joliet Catholic Academy President/Principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz is pleased to announce the April Students of the Month: Joshua Bolek (Kiwanis Club), Matthew Trizna (Rotary Club), and Kylie Weis (Lions Club). JCA is proud of the success these students have exhibited both in the classroom and out in the community.

We will have in depth profiles available on each honoree at the end of the month.
Latest News Headlines

Written by  Ryan Quigley  on March 28, 2019 —  Leave a Comment  [ edit ]
On Wednesday, March 27 in the Mary, Our Sister Chapel, Joliet Catholic Academy junior and senior students were inducted in to the National Art Honor Society. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the NAHS program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program supports members …  Read More

Written by  Ryan Quigley  on March 26, 2019 —  Leave a Comment  [ edit ]
This week the Carmelites Secondary Schools Commission is meeting in Perú. The day began with an assembly with the student body at Carmelitas in Miraflores. The representatives from the schools then visited various classrooms in the Kindergarten and the Pre-Kinder part of Carmelitas. The first sessions today focused on the schools’ various responses to the …  Read More

Written by  Ryan Quigley  on March 21, 2019 —  Leave a Comment  [ edit ]
Joliet Catholic Academy athletic director Mr. Dan Sharp is proud to announce the following inductees into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame: head volleyball coach Christine Scheibe, head baseball coach Jared Voss, the 2008 State Championship Girls Volleyball team and the 2009 State Championship Baseball team. The individuals and teams will be honored …  Read More

Written by  Ryan Quigley  on March 13, 2019 —  Leave a Comment  [ edit ]
On Wednesday afternoon Joliet Catholic Academy theology students were treated to a performance of Tolton: From Slave to Priest, courtesy of Saint Luke Productions. The Joliet Franciscan Sisters, co-sponsors of JCA, arranged for the performance to be held in JCA’s Mary, Our Sister Chapel. Tolton is a powerful multi-media live production, filled with music, drama and …  Read More

Written by  Ryan Quigley  on February 22, 2019 —  Leave a Comment  [ edit ]
Joliet Catholic Academy is proud to announce the 2018-2019 First Semester Honor Roll. Students are separated by graduating year, “A” and “B” Honor Roll, and also grouped by grade school and church affiliation/parish. 388 current students have been honored for their academic achievements from the second semester. JCA president/principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz said, “We are …  Read More