Welcome to Independence Junior High School

Principal Kevin Kirk | Secretary Trudy Walta | Office Hours 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

IJHS Participates in Pasta for Pennies!

This week, our school starts Pasta for Pennies and joins 29,000 schools nationwide in the fight against blood cancer. For the next few weeks, we will help people who are sick with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Students are being asked to collect coins and other donations and put them in your classroom’s collection box and encourage friends and family to donate online.

The Pasta for Pennies program is sponsored by the Olive Garden restaurant and is associated with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Independence is glad to be a part of this noble cause.

As an added incentive, the homeroom that raises the most money for LLS, will win a free lunch here at school provided by Olive Garden. This program will run through March 27th. Thank you for helping IJHS and LLS create a world without blood cancers.

PARCC Testing Begins Week of March 9th

Students at Independence Junior High School will participate in the statewide PARCC assessment during the week of March 9 - 13. All students in grades six through eight will be tested in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Our students and staff have been preparing for this assessment over the course of the school year and I am confident in our students' success!

You can help your child do his/her best by:
1. making sure, if possible, that your child attends school on the days of testing and arrive on time at 8:00 AM
2. making sure that your child gets a good night's sleep
3. providing breakfast on the morning of testing

On each day of testing, your child will be allowed to bring a healthy snack, bottle of water, and chewing gum to school for the test. We ask that your child also bring a #2 pencil and calculator, but if he/she does not have one, then these materials will be provided. We will also provide your child with highlighters and scratch paper.

Thank you for your support as we begin our Spring testing window.

IJHS "Rose" to the Occasion to Help Others

Each quarter nearly 100 IJHS students, staff, parents and families gather to discuss a novel and feast on a meal from one of the local restaurants in the area. They call it “Book Club.” When a unique novel made its way into the hands of the staff at Independence Junior High School, they knew this Book Club meeting had to be different.

Ravina Thakkar, a 15 year old student from Plainfield, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. Her dream was to publish a novel. Together with The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ravina’s book The Adventure of a Lifetime, was published in 2013.

IJHS chose her book for the quarterly discussion and did some research on Cystic Fibrosis. Through their research, students learned that small children with Cystic Fibrosis have a hard time saying the name of the disease. Instead, they say “65 Roses.” Inspired by this story, the Student Council of IJHS designed a contest called the “65 Roses Challenge.” At lunch, the Student Council officers sold roses that students could purchase and write a special message to give to other students. Each grade level was given the challenge of selling 65 roses. IJHS students surpassed their goal and sold 351 roses!

Ravina was contacted and informed of the efforts of the students. She was so moved by the generosity of the students that she made an appearance at IJHS for the Book Club. Ravina answered questions from the students, staff, and parents and stayed to sign books. The students presented her with a bouquet of purple roses (the color for Cystic Fibrosis awareness), a card signed by all Book Club participants, and a check for $250.00 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

IJHS Welcomes Chemistry Club!

What is that cooking in the lab? It's the IJHS Chemistry Club!

Independence is excited to welcome our newest club, Chemistry Club. The purpose of this club is to enrich our science curriculum and to increase student awareness of the Scientific Method and collaborative teamwork. Chemistry Club will provide our students an opportunity to strengthen understanding of central chemistry concepts as they are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Participants in Chemistry Club will develop a better appreciation and understanding of the benefits of science through a series of hands-on activities designed to help students make real world connections. Students involved in Chemistry Club will also have an opportunity to participate in the "You Be the Chemist" academic competition later this Spring. It is designed to engage students in the study of important chemistry concepts, historical discoveries, and safety awareness topics.

Mrs. Rolla and Mrs. Woods are proud to be sponsoring this club, which will meet weekly after school. Please be on the look out for more information as it is made available.

USS Independence Museum

Independence Junior High School is proud to unveil our new USS Independence Museum! Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Ryan Mahoney and Mr. Andrew Janotta, we have collected numerous artifacts and memorabilia from the USS Independence. This fall, we found a new home for these pieces of history in our front lobby, located directly next to our Independence bell!

During your next visit to Independence Junior High, please take time to visit this showcase and learn about this historical Navy vessel, from it's inauguration to its decomission.


Independence is excited to announce that the IJHS MATH LAB will continue for this school year! This is a before school program offered to students for help in all levels of math. The MATH LAB can help with homework, reinforce a confusing topic, or help study for the big test.

There is no charge to students and Mrs. Rosynek, a certified Math teacher, will direct the MATH LAB. No reservations are needed, just stop by every Tuesday and/or Wednesday morning between 7:30 and 8:00am in Room 137. There is no district transportation available, so students must be dropped off or walk to school. Parents, please encourage your children to attend!

The program will start on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30am.

Daily Bell Schedule

8:15-9:03, First Period
9:05-9:48, Second Period
9:50-10:33, Third Period
10:35-11:18, Fourth Period
11:20-11:50, Lunch
11:20-12:03, Fifth Period Academic
12:08-12:35, Lunch
11:52-12:35, Sixth Period Academic
12:37-1:20, Seventh Period
1:22-2:05, Eighth Period
2:05-2:50, Ninth Period

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