A few words from Mr. Townsend…

All WJCC Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 17th in recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Celebrated on the third Monday of January, this day honors the life and accomplishments of Dr. King, an influential civil rights leader recognized for advancing civil rights through a campaign of civil disobedience.

Dr. King’s message still shines in our country and can be seen in the hope for the next generation sitting in their desks at JHS.

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Counseling Corner


The next deadline to propose a project for acceptance to the WJCC Honors Program is February 8.  For juniors in the class of 2023, THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO APPLY to the program, since junior applications in the spring are disallowed.  For information on the WJCC Honors Program, please visit Honors Program – Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (wjccschools.org) , read High-School-Honors-Program-FAQs-1.pdf (wjccschools.org) , and watch 2021 WJCC Honors Program Projects – YouTube to get a sense of potential project ideas and scope.  After doing so, make sure to speak with Mr. Lampert – richard.lampert@wjccschools.org – before applying.


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.


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

COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols and Procedures

Our school division is working closely with health officials to craft updated COVID-19 protocols and procedures to align with new guidance and executive orders from the state level. Families will receive updated information via email, social media, and press release in the coming days.

WJCC Curriculum Fair

2022 Virtual Curriculum Fair

To support our students and families with information for course registration, the School Counseling Department created the Virtual Curriculum Fair. By following the link below this message, families will see course options and planning templates. If families have questions regarding the Curriculum Fair, please contact your school counselor.


If you have questions related to any of the courses or about the course planning please submit your question to the High School Curriculum Fair Question form or the Middle School Curriculum Fair Question form by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. WJCC staff will share responses in the next Family Newsletter.

WJCC Schools Virtual Academy Is Accepting Student Applications

The WJCC Schools Virtual Academy is a 100% online learning option for students in Grades 6 – 12. These rigorous classes meet or exceed Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOLs) and align with WJCC Schools graduation requirements. Middle and high school courses include a blend of live and asynchronous instruction led by WJCC Schools teachers. Classes include core subjects as well as electives, special education services, and access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. There are limited course offerings available within the Virtual Academy and select courses will be taught using alternate virtual programs, such as WJCC’s Virtual Learning Program (VLP) or Virtual Virginia (VV).

All WJCC Schools Virtual Academy students are expected to sign on and participate in daily instruction using a school division-issued laptop; MiFi hotspots are available to students without internet connectivity. Attendance, participation in lessons, and completion of assignments are monitored and graded.

Students are selected for the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy through an application process. Once enrolled, students are committed to online learning for the entire school year. Students enrolled in the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy may participate in athletics and extra-curricular activities through their zoned home school.

Students enrolled in the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy must take part in an in-person orientation at the start of the school year and may be asked to meet with teachers in-person for select screenings, assessments, or conferences.

For more information, please follow this link: https://wjccschools.org/jhs/2022/01/14/apply-to-the-2022-2023-wjcc-schools-virtual-academy-today/

End of the Second Nine-Week Grading Period

The close of the SECOND NINE-WEEK GRADING PERIOD comes January 26th. Students have the opportunity to complete missing work during the Weekly Wrap Up on Mondays and Fridays during school and after school with teachers. If a student plans to stay after school, they will need to coordinate that time with their individual teachers.

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 February 7 – March 4 through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS). The window was extended from its earlier window to accommodate area schools.

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

Weekly Wrap Up Information

From feedback from students, families, and teachers, we have identified a need for students to catch up and review instruction. On Fridays and Mondays, the final 20 minutes of every block will be dedicated for review and support for students within that class. Please read further for more information.


The purpose of the WEEKLY WRAP UP:

– Provide students with an opportunity to make up work that was missed.

– Provide an opportunity for students to review their CANVAS and VUE pages for missing work and organize themselves for the coming week.

– Resolve afterschool transportation challenges for students who need extra help.

– Allow teachers an opportunity to provide small group instruction/remediation within their classes.

– Allow teachers to bring targeted strategies for students who have demonstrated a need for additional supports.


Students are to stay in their assigned blocks. There will be no passes to other classes during the WEEKLY WRAP UP.

Students are to be working on classroom content. This is NOT free time. Teachers are to continue their skill and content instruction. However, the instruction will be:

1. Review

2. Small group instruction

3. Organization time for students to review their grades or missing assignments

The WEEKLY WRAP UP is instructional time and NOT free time.


The WEEKLY WRAP UP started December 3rd. We will continue providing this time for students through the second marking period. After this time, we will review the effectiveness of this strategy.

Meet the New Administrators at JHS

Tyler Ashworth will serve as the third assistant principal at JHS. We are excited to welcome Tyler Ashworth as a new addition to our administrative team. Mr. Ashworth has worked in the educational field for over 10 years and comes to us from StoneBridge School in Chesapeake. He has served as a teacher, adjunct professor, and administrator. Mr. Ashworth is a dedicated leader committed to making a difference for students and our school community.

Royce Hart will serve as Mrs. English’s, JHS Assistant Principal,  substitute while she is away from JHS. Mr. Hart brings a wealth of experience as a school administrator. Mr. Hart led Grafton High School as its principal, served as the Associate Director of High Schools in York County, and has worked as an assistant principal in different schools.

Mr. Hart will supervise Mrs. English’s departments and will cover students with last names “P” through “Z” (P-Z). You can reach Mr. Hart via email at Royce.Hart@wjccschools.org.

Mr. Hart joins Assistant Principals Karen Scott (Last names A-G), Mr. Ashworth (Last names H-O), and Howard Townsend (Principal) on the Administration Team.

Cap and Gown / Class Ring Ordering

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.

JHS Athletic Booster Club Information

Get your entire family ready to attend the JHS Winter Sports Season!  The JHS ABC 12 Punch Pass will get your group of fans into every JHS Home Game!  The JHS Athletic Booster Club (JHS ABC) is a parent-run volunteer organization supporting the JHS Athletics Program.  We are currently accepting 2021-2022 family memberships ($20) and selling the fan-favorite 12 Punch Passes ($40 or $3.33 per punch) which can be used at all JHS Home Games.

Look out for the JHS ABC table at Home Games, or visit our Square Site – https://jhsabc.square.site to purchase online.  For more information or to purchase additional member passes, you can e-mail jhsabcinfo@gmail.com!

JHS PTSA Information


We are hosting and Grab & Go snack for our teachers and staff on Wednesday, January 19th.  If you would like to help out or send in items:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49abab2aaa8-jhsptsa

Join Us

The next general PTSA meeting is Monday, February 7th at 5:30 pm in Room 226, JHS.  Please join us in person or by Zoom.  Email ptsajhs@gmail.com for the Zoom link. Please note, this is a departure from our usual second Monday of the month meeting.


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


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