A few words from Mr. Townsend…

Rest is an important part of growth. When I trained long distance runners, I explained that the training system and protocols I used was not a secret. The success those young people had was directly related to WHEN and HOW they rested. Our faculty, staff, and administrators spend time motivating students to work hard, but we cannot forget the importance of rest in achieving our goals.

However, what does rest LOOK like and do our students know how to rest? Well, rest can look differently depending on what is needed. Sometimes, rest can look like physical exercise, writing, cooking, or other hobbies. At other times, rest may look like a nap. We can recharge from doing different tasks that keep us occupied. For me, I enjoy the challenge of model building. At the same time, the physical stressors from a challenging year can mean we need additional sleep or other resources.

Whatever rest strategy you choose, I hope you enjoy it. The faculty and staff of Jamestown High School wishes you a happy Winter Break and we can’t wait to see you in 2022!

Let’s go to work (rest),

H.E. Townsend, IV

Counseling Corner


The Virgina Department of Education (VDOE) is now accepting applications from current sophomores and juniors for the following Academic Summer Residential Governor’s Schools for Summer, 2022: Agriculture, Humanities, Medicine & Health Sciences, Engineering, Marine Science, and Mathematics, Science, & Technology (STEM).

Interested students in the classes of 2023 and 2024 should investigate the basics at VDOE :: Summer Residential Governor’s Schools (virginia.gov) , then reach out to Mr. Lampert at richard.lampert@wjccschools.org to begin the application process.  All JHS applications must go through Mr. Lampert and are due to him in their entirety by January 31, but students are encouraged to reach out to him well in advance of that deadline.


Our school counselors will host a New Horizons and CTE presentation on JANUARY 12th –

FRESHMEN at 8:00 am – 8:45 am

SOPHOMORES at 9:00 am – 9:40 am

JUNIORS from 9:50 am – 10:30 am.


We know… It seems like the school year just started and we are planning for the next one already. This message is just a “heads up” of when the scheduling process will start. Students do not need to choose their classes in December, but, conversations about post-secondary options and the courses that will support that goal, are never too early. Scheduling for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will go through English classes – Jan. 18th – Feb. 4th.  Detailed schedule to come.


Kirsten Daisley: Students with last names that begin with T – Z

Chelsea Hilliard: Students with last names that begin with A – C

Leigh Pottle: Students with last names that begin with D- I

Kevonne Fields: Students with last names that begin with J- N

Robert Hill: Students with last names that begin with O- S

Winter Spirit Week: December 13 – 17, 2021

The final instructional week of the calendar year will mark our Winter Spirit Week. From concerts to other student activites, we want to honor our community and celebrate our school!

  • Monday, December 13, Jersey Day (winter sport athletes wear team jersey, all others wear favorite team jersey or colors)
  • Tuesday, December 14, Service Appreciation Day (dress to support military/first responders)
  • Wednesday, December 15, Winter Wonderland Wednesday (Wear as much gray, white, blue, silver, or holiday color as you can)
  • Thursday, December 16, Holiday Movie Character Day (dress as a character from your favorite holiday movie or show)
  • Friday, December 17, Holiday Sweater Day (wear your favorite or ugliest holiday sweater)

Please remember that our dress code still applies during SPIRIT WEEKS.

JHS Building Access for Winter Break

In observance of the winter holidays, all schools and offices will be closed to the public from DECEMBER 20 – JANUARY 2, 2022.

Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions

All schools in Virginia are required to administer the climate survey to all licensed staff (instructional and support) in all public elementary and secondary schools. High schools with students in grades nine through twelve are required to administer the student survey to ALL students. The survey results are used in conjuction with test scores, school improvement plans, and other data to create division and school goals.

Student and adult participation is voluntary. Parents of students will be notified and offered the option of declining to participate.

The survey will be administered on-line to WJCC Schools January 10th – 21st through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS).

As we move closer to the survey window, JHS will send more information regarding specific dates and times of the survey.

For additional information and samples of the survey, please follow this link to the Virginia Department of Education’s explanation of the survey: CLIMATE AND WORKING CONDITIONS

Cap and Gown / Class Ring Ordering Information

If a family would like to order any item from Josten’s, the representative has provided the following link for information and purchasing:


  • The basic package of cap, gown, and tassel is $45.80 plus tax and handling.
  •  Caps and gowns must be ordered by February 1, 2022 to ensure arrival for graduation.
  • Many families have a prior year’s regalia and want to know if it is the same as this year. Jostens will be providing a sample of the gown before Winter Break. After school administration works with Josten’s to establish exact color and look of the gowns, JHS will communicate the possible use of prior regalia.

Lockers and Storage

Technically, winter will begin on December 21st, and the weather seems rather warm for the start of December. (I am not complaining about this.) However, as we move closer to the end of the calendar year, the weather will change to cooler temperatures. Students may want to wear layers and heavier coats to school. Carrying laptops, books, notebooks, and other school supplies to classes can be a challenge. Adding to that handful may not be what our young people want to do.

If your student would like to request a locker, they can meet with one of our school security officers to assign one to them. There is no fee for use of lockers. Additionally, we can review the student’s schedule to see the best location for efficient use and proximity to their classes. A student can request a locker at any point during the year.

WJCC Science Fair Information

2022 Science Fair - Get more information

The WJCC Science Fair is accepting proposals from students. For more information, please follow this link:


PTSA Information

Join Us

The next general PTSA meeting is Monday, December 13th at 5:30 pm in Room 226, JHS.  Please join us in person or by Zoom.  Email ptsajhs@gmail.com for the Zoom link. 

Thank you!

Thank you to all that joined us at Busch Gardens Sunday and to those who were able to support us at Blaze Pizza last week!


It is never too late to join!  Here is the link: https://jamestownhs.memberhub.com/store


We hope you enjoy quality time with your families over the winter break!  See you back in January!  Happy Holidays from the PTSA!

Thank you for your support!

Faculty/Staff Member of the Month

The MTSS team would like to congratulate our Employee of the Month for MARCH.

Congratulations, DAVID GREENHOW! Read what David’s colleague said about him:

“His relationship with the staff at JHS has always been wonderful and give wonderful advice on self-care as an educator.  Many mornings, David Greenhow has worked in the cafeteria during breakfast to help serve food to the students.”

FLIGHT Feather Honorees

The MTSS team would like to congratulate our student FLIGHT Feathers honorees. Each of these students were recognized by our departments for their embodiment of JHS’s core values: Focus, Leadership, Inclusion, Global Awareness, Honesty, and Transformation (FLIGHT).

Congratulations to the following Students of the Month for MARCH:

Rossi Torres Barahona

Levy (Elizabeth) Connaghan

Meredith Colburn

Sadie Corson

Katherine Devore

Madeline Hanlon

Lily Knowles

Braden Long

Julia Meese

Elizabeth Naef

Rahmatullah Safi

Bobby Soares

Natalie Whiteaker