Principal’s Newsletter: January 27 – February 2, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2019

A Message from the Principal

The new semester begins on Monday, January 28th. With the new start comes an opportunity to forge new relationships. Common expectations are the foundation for a strong relationship. The first week of the semester, our teachers will strive to explain and teach expectations for classroom engagement, questioning, support, and procedures in the classroom. At the same time, the teachers will seek out student input on what those expectations LOOK like in the class.

Our school-wide expectations form around these core ideas that JHS students created four years ago: Focus, Leadership, Inspiration, Global Awareness, Honor, and Tolerance (FLIGHT). Think about what good focus LOOKS like in your classroom. What does HONOR look like in the hallway, classroom, and cafeteria? The new semester, classes, and routines allow us the opportunity to explore our expectations for excellence in the classroom and the community.

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Interim Principal

WJCC Honors Program Information

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply for admission to the WJCC Honors Program, a rigorous course of independent and extended study that includes an individual academic project, extensive foreign language study, Advanced Placement coursework, and community service.

Jamestown’s number of Honors graduates has been increasing every year, and the class of 2019 is slated to have our largest group ever!  It is too late for additional seniors to pursue Honors, but juniors in the class of 2020 have one more chance to apply.

Interested students are advised to visit WJCC’s Honors webpage

https://wjccschools.org/departments/curriculum-instruction/curriculum/honors-program/ ), to peruse the school’s list of Honors FAQs:

https://wjccschools.org/jhs/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/03/High-School-Honors-Program-FAQs-1.pdf ),

and to watch Mr. Lampert’s informational video about Honors on Jamestown’s gifted and talented webpage:

https://wjccschools.org/jhs/counseling/gifted-education/ ).

Having started with these three sources, students should talk to Mr. Lampert himself before applying.

The next deadline to apply to the WJCC Honors Program (and the last chance for junior applicants) is February 12.

Spring Schedules and Course Drop/Add Information

Monday, January 28th, will be the first day of the spring semester and an “A” day. There will be no Academic Enrichment Period (AEP) on Monday. Students will report to their fall semester FIRST block class at 7:20 am where they will receive their spring semester schedule. Seniors who do not have a first block can pick up their schedules in the counseling office. At 7:30 am, students will report to their spring semester first block class.

AEP will resume on Tuesday.

The “Drop/Add” period will begin on January 30th and end on February 6th. Forms will be available on January 29th starting during all three lunch blocks in the counseling office.

Counseling Corner

High School Course Planning Night & Curriculum Fair

Learn first-hand information about the upcoming academic year, speak to representatives from each subject area, and get a jump start on the student course selection/registration process!

Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at the Williamsburg Community Chapel

·         Curriculum Fair: 5:30-7:30 pm

·         Rising 9-10th grade session: 5:30 pm

·         Rising 11-12th grade session: 6:30 pm

You don’t want to miss this opportunity, so please contact your school counselor with any questions!

Senior Cap/Gown/Graduation Announcements / Class Ring Information

Balfour provides WJCC with cap and gown and ring sales for our students. A Balfour representative presented information to seniors and juniors on January 9th in the auditorium.

The senior assembly provided our students with information regarding caps, gowns, announcement, and accessories for graduation.

The junior assembly followed the senior assembly with class ring information.

For juniors and seniors who have morning classes off-campus or who missed the presentation, the Balfour representative left information and catalogs in the main and counseling offices.

Princess, Superhero, and Pancake Breakfast

Jamestown High School will host its second annual Princess, Superhero, and Pancake Breakfast on February 2nd from 8:00 am until 11:00 am at Jamestown High School. The event will have breakfast, crafts, photos, and stories by some of our young people’s favorite characters. Our students will serve a pancake breakfast and provide opportunities for the characters to interact with children. The breakfast and character fun is “open house” style, so come any time you like.

Cost:

7.00 each| Family Max 20.00

This event supports our theater department’s endeavor to compete at the national level with their award-winning play, The Happening.

For more information and reservations, please call (757) 259-3644 or email james.stone@wjccschools.org

**A special invitation to students with autism, sensory processing sensitivity, or might need a quieter/simpler interaction**

Our characters/student actors can interact anytime from 8:00 am until 11:00 am with your young ones, but we are going to be more especially aware of these children’s needs and have more one on one interaction time, smaller crowd , and fewer distractions from 10:30 am to 11:00 am.

Spring Semester Parking Permits

It’s time to get your spring parking permits!

If you had a parking permit in the fall, you will need to pay for spring access. You will not need to resubmit your application, unless you need to update your vehicle or contact information.

If you paid for the full year, your new spring pass is ready for pickup in room 206, Ms. Deal’s office.

YOU MUST GET YOUR SPRING SEMESTER PARKING PERMIT BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH.

Parking without a permit may subject you to disciplinary action and the loss of school-sponsored privileges

Cupid‘s Arrow / Valentine’s Day Dance

Jamestown High School will host a Cupid’s Arrow Dance on February 9th from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm in the cafeteria. Students will need to purchase their tickets in advance during their lunches the week of the dance.

There will be karaoke and games!

The cost of a ticket is 10.00.

The dance will benefit Exceptional Eagles, a group of JHS students who support academic, artistic, and athletic participation for ALL students. The fundraiser will support the Exceptional Games at JHS.

Stay Connected!

PTSA Notes

Our next PTSA meeting will be FEBRUARY 12TH AT 5:30 PM in the JHS Media Center.

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