A note from the principal, Dr. MaryJo Yannaconne


June 28, 2017

Dear Parents, Students, and Staff of the WSSD Community,

Thank you to the many of you who have emailed, called, shared tributes, volunteered, offered support and shared in our community’s collective grief over Jack Hontz’ passing.  In a previous email to the entire community I shared the schedule for this weekend’s services, but I want to share additional details with you at this time. 

On Friday, we are holding Jack’s family visitation at the high school.  The visitation will be open to the public at 1:00 p.m. and will go until 6:00 p.m..  Some students may be experiencing such a loss for the first time, and so I am sharing several details that may assist students and families in being prepared for the structure of the Friday visitation.  Jack was cremated, and so his remains will be present, but he will not appear as some might imagine for a standard viewing.  Jack’s wife Cindy and their children, his parents and siblings and their families will be present to receive visitors. 

Visitors are asked to park in the middle school lot , either the upper lot or Copples Lane lot, and cross the bridge to enter the high school at the main doors.  Limited handicapped parking will be available directly in front of the high school at the Providence Road entrance.  The line will be routed around the third floor athletic area and alumni hall, leading to the family and Jack’s remains in the third floor grand hallway, also known as the Wall of Honor lobby.  Family photos and keepsakes will be viewable, and a photo presentation will be available for viewing in the auditorium.  Nether Providence Police and the funeral home will manage traffic and flow of guests in and out of the visitation, and student members of the Emergency Team and Marching Band Leadership Team will be available throughout the area to provide directions and support as needed for visitors. 

In addition to family prayer cards, we will have information sheets available for two opportunities for the community to honor Jack.  The family has established an Education Fund for Jack’s children, and WSSD is planning to host a dedication on King Field and a benefit concert in September. 

On Saturday, the memorial service will take place at Grove United Methodist Church on Boot Road in West Chester at 10:00 a.m.  The church holds approximately 300 guests, with an additional room that can accommodate up to 150 guests who will view the service through live streaming.  Thank you to the Band Boosters and the Home and School Association for sponsoring and staffing the luncheon.   

Thank you all for your continued support at this difficult time.