Important changes in PSAT 8/9 and PSAT-NMSQT

Changes In Who Takes PSAT 8/9 & PSAT-NMSQT

Dear Jamestown High School families:

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! As we prepare to welcome students back to class, I want to make you aware of an important change with regard to who will be taking the PSAT-NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 this school year. Beginning this September, WJCC Schools is expanding opportunities for students to participate in the PSAT/SAT assessments offered by The College Board.

New this year, all 9th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 at no cost to families. This test is similar to the traditional PSAT and SAT and measures a student’s knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, writing and math. The PSAT 8/9 will provide a snapshot of what students are already learning and provide a baseline measurement of college and career readiness. Performance on the test is also an early indicator of a student’s potential for success in rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) courses that are often taken in grades 10-12. By taking the PSAT 8/9 as freshmen, students will have early access to the College Board’s career exploration tool to receive personalized and targeted online resources and practice from Khan Academy.

Also new this year, all 11th grade students will now take the PSAT-NMSQT at no cost. In the past, this test was given to sophomores. Students will still have the opportunity to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. However, the change will now also allow them to be considered for the National Hispanic Recognition Program, the National Scholarship Service and the Telluride Association, all of which are only available to students to take the PSAT-NMSQT as 11th graders. Another benefit to taking the exam in 11th grade is that the majority of students will have completed Algebra I, which is a large component of the math section of the PSAT-NMSQT.

Please note that although 10th grade students will no longer take the PSAT-NMSQT at no cost, any 10th grade student may register for and take the exam for $17. In fact, 10th grade students who are interested in applying to the Governor’s School for Science and Technology are encouraged to take the PSAT-NMSQT.

The testing date for both the PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT-NMSQT will be October 10. The exams will be administered during a schoolwide extended first block (7:30 – 11:30 a.m.). All 9th and 11th grade students will be automatically signed up to take the appropriate exam. Sophomores interested in taking the PSAT-NMSQT may register online Aug. 28 – Sept. 10 by clicking on this link:

Families with questions about the PSAT 8/9, the PSAT-NMSQT or the adjusted testing schedule should contact their child’s school counselor by calling (757) 259-3600.

Thank you,

Howard E. Townsend, IV

Announcements for April 12, 2018

There will be a Key Club meeting for all members Tuesday (4/17/18) at 2:30pm in the Lecture Hall.

April celebrates Month of the Military Child, emphasizing the important role military students play in the armed forces community.  The average military family moves three times more often than their civilian counterpart.  Wear purple on Friday to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military.

Army Physical Fitness Challenge between Jamestown, Warhill and Lafayette High School. Free T-shirt and Sports bottle for participation.  Challenge yourself and show us who has the fittest High School. Location: WISC     Date April 13, 2018    Time: 3:00 – 5:oo   Admission:  Free    Events: Dodgeball, Rock Wall, Pacer, Push up competition.

National School Walkout: Parent Information

WJCC Middle & High School Families,

On March 14, 2018, students across the country are planning to walk out of school at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to honor each of the victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. In WJCC, middle and high school students have told us that they plan to participate in the National School Walkout.

While WJCC does not sanction or endorse the walkout, we recognize our students’ rights to peacefully assemble and freely express their opinions on ways to improve school safety. Groups of students have thoughtfully and respectfully shared their plans with school administrators, and we will continue to work with them to ensure that the walkout is purposeful and orderly.

Students who participate in the walkout will be able to make-up work missed during the event; however, students who leave their school campus or who otherwise disrupt the school day will be subject to disciplinary action as detailed in our Code of Conduct.

We are working closely with our school staff and School Resource Officers to identify procedures that keep our students safe and that limit disruption for students who do not wish to participate. To ensure that the walkout is comprised only of students, we will limit community access to our middle and high schools, and, for the duration of the walkout, no students will be released for appointments or other reasons. We thank you for your cooperation and ask that you please plan ahead if your middle or high school student needs to be released early on March 14.

Virginia’s new Profile of a Graduate identifies Community Engagement and Civic Responsibility as areas for us to develop the life-ready individual, and this event provides us with an opportunity for a ‘teachable moment’ for all of our students.

Please take time to discuss the national walkout with your student, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

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Hampton Campus Programs
Automation & Mechanical Production Technology, Automotive Technology, Auto Collision & Refinishing, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity Systems Technology, Dental Careers, EMT, Fire Science, Machining, Mechatronics, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Physical/Occupational Therapy, Welding

520 Butler Farm Road
Thursday, Feb. 8th 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Newport News Campus Programs
Computer Networking/Cybersecurity, Computer Programming, Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electricity & Renewable Energy, HVAC, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Science, Welding

13400 Woodside Lane
Thursday, Feb. 8th 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

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Congratulations to Shannon Hunter! She was presented a certificate by the Williamsburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She collected over 250 box tops for education to support the DAR schools that serve economically disadvantaged students in the Appalachian mountains-Great Job!

Congratulations to Shannon Hunter!

Congratulations to Shannon Hunter! She was presented a certificate by the Williamsburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She collected over 250 box tops for education to support the DAR schools that serve economically disadvantaged students in the Appalachian mountains-Great Job!