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.
ACADEMIC SUMMER RESIDENTIAL GOVERNOR’S SCHOOLS APPLICATION INFORMATION
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).
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.
COUNSELING DEPARTMENT INFORMATION
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link. Please note, this is a departure from our usual second Monday of the month meeting.
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: