Inclement Weather Make-Up Plan

For the second year in a row, we have experienced significant snow and ice conditions that have required the cancellation of school. So far (and not counting Wednesday and Thursday’s impending weather), we have missed five school days and have delayed opening twice.

To address lost instructional time due to inclement weather, the following make-up plan will be effective March 2, 2015:

  • Eleven minutes will be added to the elementary school day, five minutes in the morning and six minutes in the afternoon. Transportation pick-up and drop-off times for elementary students will also be adjusted by five minutes in the morning and six minutes in the afternoon. New elementary school hours will be:
    • Tier Two: 8:30 a.m. to 3:16 p.m.
    • Tier Three: 9:15 a.m. to 4:01 p.m.
  • Three early release days scheduled for the school year will become full days for all students, K-12. The dates are March 11, April 3 and June 12.

With these adjustments, the division will meet the state’s 990-instructional-hour requirement at all levels. While students in middle and high school have banked time over the 990-hour requirement, five days of instructional time were missed, and the adjustment to the early release days recovers a portion of that time.

Given this week’s weather forecast, this plan was developed to give the division some flexibility if additional school days are cancelled or delayed. Additionally, we are already taking a look at next year’s calendar to determine if adjustments should be made to bank more instructional time.

Thank you for your patience and support,

Steven M. Constantino, Superintendent

8th Grade Students are Invited to Attend “Selma”

The Multicultural Achievement Liaison (MAL), members of the York-James City -Williamsburg NAACP, the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, and Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools are partnering to present a fantastic opportunity for students in grades 8 – 12 and their parents to participate in a private screening of the movie “Selma” and engage in a dynamic discussion following the viewing.  The event will occur on March 7th at Regal Theater in Newtown.  Seating is limited as the theater has a capacity of 300, so early registration is encouraged.  Please see one of your 8th grade teachers for registration information.

Math Counts places 2nd in the Peninsula Regional Competition!

Congratulations to the Hornsby MATHCOUNTS team for placing second in the Peninsula Regional competition.  The team of Daniel Dawnkaski, Shinwoo Jeon, Jenny Park, and Jessica Shi battled a tough field of 55 “mathletes”.  WJCC schools placed 8 students in the top 10 which included 3 Hornsby and 5 Berkeley students.

Middle School Parent Night

Middle School Parent Night
Counselors will work with students to help with course selection and will visit elementary schools to help with middle school transition.

Berkeley Middle School
Tuesday, March 3
Rising 6th graders (current 5th) 6–7 p.m.
Rising 7th & 8th graders (current 6th & 7th) 7–8 p.m.
Berkeley Middle School Auditorium

Hornsby Middle School
Wednesday, March 4
Rising 6th graders (current 5th) 6–7 p.m.
Rising 7th & 8th graders (current 6th & 7th) 7–8 p.m.
Hornsby Middle School Auditorium

Toano Middle School
Thursday, March 5
Rising 6th graders (current 5th) 6–7 p.m.
Rising 7th & 8th graders (current 6th & 7th) 7–8 p.m.
Toano Middle School Auditorium

MORE INFORMATION:
Parents and students are invited to attend. For any additional questions, please contact the school counseling office:
Berkeley…………………………………… (757) 229-8051
Hornsby……………………………………. (757) 565-9400
Toano……………………………………….. (757) 566-4251

Spirit Week

Middle School and Beyond 2

Girls Softball Tryout Information

Girls Softball Tryout information:

Tryouts will be after school until 6:15 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the week of Feb 17-19. Please be prepared to be outside. Dress appropriately.
You must have a physical form on file with Miss King in order to try out.