We received some welcome news last week. We learned when our students would return to our school buildings, an update on vaccine distribution, and details of upcoming testing dates. Those events were just the highlights! There were other things we learned too with regard to technology updates and cleaning protocols. With the deluge of emails and updates, this time can be as exhausting as it is exciting. For our students, they have acclimated to virtual learning. However, students will transition to a hybrid model that includes instruction in-person and at home. Eventually, the goal is to move to a full schedule in a safe manner where students come to school from 7:20 am to 2:20 pm. Again, this change is exciting, but it does bring some anxiety for some students.
With all of the transitions, we will proceed with cautious optimism. Our schools are hopeful and flexible enough to meet the needs of our diverse students. The optimism comes from our students’, staff, and families’ desire to come to our schools and engage in the meaningful learning experiences JHS has. At the same time, we are cautious in preparing for the student return. We understand the severity of COVID-19 and have mitigation strategies that are reviewed and tested by our Central Office personnel.
We will receive more information regarding attendance policies and other procedural aspects of student return in the coming days. However, the first priority is the safety (physical and mental) of students and staff. Next, the focus is the integrity and fidelity of the instruction in the classroom (physical and virtual). These exciting times bring cautious optimism!
Let’s go to work,
H.E. Townsend, IV
Course Request Process
January begins the preliminary processes associated with student course requests for the 2021-2022 school year. As we approach the half-way point of the school year in a few weeks, students and parents should take some time to review our WJCC Program of Studies.
With our students and faculty using instructional models that focus on virtual learning, our parents and students may have additional questions during this time. For the next few weeks, you can review the Program of Studies and talk with your student’s teachers and counselor to learn more about next steps. More information regarding the Course Request Process will be included in upcoming newsletters.
Meet Mrs. Hilliard, our newest school counselor
Hello Jamestown Eagles! My name is Mrs. Hilliard and I am Mrs. McNeil’s substitute for the remainder of the school year. I will be the School Counselor for last names 9th A-E, 10th A-F, 11th A-D, and 12th A-D. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and my Master of Science in Education with concentrations in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University. I am married, have two English Bulldogs, and love coffee! I’m looking forward to a great rest of the year, and can’t wait to meet you all! Email:
SENIORS- if you need a transcript, please complete the General Records Consent Form AND the transcript request form. You MUST submit those forms to Mrs. Freeman, . Mrs. Freeman is our registrar and transcripts can only be requested through her.
Those college application deadlines are right around the corner. Start as soon a possible. Many of our seniors have already started the college or post-secondary planning and application process.
On Tuesday, January 26th WJCC all juniors and only the registered sophomores will take the PSAT/NMSQT. To safely accommodate the approximately 400 students who will take the test, we will stagger the starting times.
Students with LAST NAMES A- K starting will begin at 8:00 am (Student arrival time to JHS should be no later than 7:45 am.)
Students with LAST NAMES starting with L – Z will begin at 10:00 am (Student arrival time to JHS should be no later than 9:45 am.)
WJCC Schools will provide transportation for students in need, but families are welcome to provide their own transportation. However, please be mindful of testing start times.
Expectations and guidelines:
Students will not be able to call home until after the test is complete in order to be picked up. Per College Board policy, students are not permitted to have cell phones or wearable devices on them during testing. Students will be directed to turn all cell phones off and put them away at the start of the exam and they will not be accessible until testing is finished and the student leaves the testing room. For planning purposes, the test can take anywhere from 4 -4.5 hours.
Per WJCC guidelines, all staff and students older than 2 years old will be required to wear a face covering when in school buildings and on the school bus. Additionally, students are directed to practice social distancing and remain six feet apart. Measures have been taken to accommodate this distancing within the testing room as well.
Students will be permitted to eat a snack during a testing break. This year, due to COVID-19, College Board has shared that instead of sending students out of the testing room during breaks, students may be allowed to consume drinks and snacks while standing behind their desks (away from test materials). Snacks and drinks must still be stored under desks while testing. Students are encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast prior to coming to school that morning as well as to bring a snack to eat. Students should not bring snacks that contain any nuts or nut butters.
Additionally, sophomore students and homeschool students who registered for the test should bring a printed copy of their registration confirmation they received through Total Registration.
Students who are not taking part in the PSAT will work independently on Jan. 26 to complete previously assigned work or catch up on assignments before the end of the first semester. Teachers will not lead live online instruction that day. While WJCC provides the PSAT/NMSQT to all juniors, the PSAT/NMSQT test is not a requirement for students. The PSAT/NMSQT is, however, encouraged for students to take as it provides students and families with valuable information. The PSAT/NMSQT offers students the ability to connect to $300 million in scholarships, eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program, access to a score report that provides students with information on how well they performed and which AP level courses match the student’s strengths, and access to free and personalized preparation for the SAT.
This summer, our Internet Technology Department distributed thousands of devices to WJCC students. The IT Department’s actions have helped schools engage with students in a manner that was impossible ten years ago. When students return to WJCC buildings, students will need to use WJCC issued laptops to access school networks. The global pandemic has emphasized the importance of dependable and consistent networks to learning in a virtual and hybrid environment. To increase the safety of our network, students will need to use WJCC laptops to access school Internet resources.
If your student has not received a WJCC laptop, please email Ms. Miller at with your contact information. We will help schedule an appointment to have a device assigned to your student.
Make-Up Picture Day for Underclassmen
Candid Color Photography is our school’s official school photographer. The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and has changed how we need to conduct picture day. Rest assured that the health and safety of students, school staff, and Candid Color staff is our highest priority.
Make-Up pictures have been scheduled for your school on the following dates (If you have already taken a picture in the fall, you do not need to take an additional photograph): Friday-Saturday, February 5-6, 2021
Location: Jamestown High School Gymnasium
Appointments are available during a specific time frame.
Underclass pictures are ONLY for grades 9, 10, 11, and faculty.
Appointments MUST be scheduled online at the following link:
• Local guidelines have set a maximum number of occupants in the picture location.
Appointment times are limited in order to comply with this measure. We cannot take same-day appointments or assist those that do not schedule in advance. Only students and faculty are allowed in the picture location
• Prepay for your student’s picture in advance. Click the prepay banner when you
enter the appointment website. Follow the on-screen instructions. No purchase is
required. Please note that prepay is strictly for purchasing pictures. You still must schedule
an appointment using the “pickatime” link.
Candid Color photographers and staff will be implementing the following modifications
to how we interact with students:
• Our staff will wear face masks at all times when in proximity with people.
• Our staff will maintain a minimum six feet social distancing when possible.
• Our photographers will be taking pictures from a distance beyond six feet and minimize
close interaction as best as possible.
• No more than ten students will be allowed in the picture location at a time. Once a current
student is finished then the next in line will be allowed inside.
• Students must refrain from socializing with friends until your appointment is finished and
have left the picture location.
Class of 2021: Make-Up Senior Portrait Information
For seniors who have NOT taken their senior portraits, we have one more opportunity to for your picture. We have made the following adjustments in order to achieve this goal:
Senior portrait makeups are scheduled on the following dates: Saturday, February 6 – Location: Jamestown High School
Appointments are available from 9:00am until 11:30am
You MUST schedule an appointment time online at the following link: https://www.pickatime.com/candidcolor/wjcc
• Appointments will be made exclusively online. Local guidelines have set a maximum number of occupants in the picture location. Appointment times are limited in order to comply with this measure. We cannot take same-day appointments or assist those that do not schedule in advance.
• A variety of sitting options will be available for families to select from. Families will receive physical copy proofs and online proofs (based on selected sitting option). Sitting options must be paid for in advance of your appointment.
• Your yearbook pose will be different this year. The traditional tuxedo and drape pose will NOT be available at this session.
We ask that seniors bring the following attire for your senior yearbook photo:
• Guys – Bring a solid color dress shirt. Ties and jackets are optional
• Girls – Bring a solid color dress or blouse.
• Your school’s yearbook staff may provide further guidelines for your senior picture attire in order to maintain a consistent look and style in your yearbook class pages.
• We will still be able to offer indoor casual photos.
• Bring changes of clothes and your own props like sports equipment, musical instruments, and other items that are part of your hobbies.
• Your cap and gown pose will NOT be offered in the summer. These will be scheduled for later in the school year.
Seniors are required to sign a waiver that allows him or her to be photographed at the scheduled appointment. A downloadable copy will be available when you schedule your appointment. It must be signed and turned in to the photographers.
Candid Color photographers and staff will be implementing the following modifications to how we interact with your senior:
• Our staff will wear face masks at all times when in proximity with people.
• Our staff will maintain a minimum six feet social distancing when possible.
• Our photographers will be taking pictures from a distance beyond six feet and minimize close interaction as best as possible.
• Hand sanitizer will be available to use prior to interaction with our staff.
• Temperature checks will be performed prior to starting your session.
• No more than 10 seniors will be allowed in the picture location at a time. If you are waiting to enter for your appointment then once a current senior is done then the next in line will be allowed inside.
• We understand your senior may see a friend and want to talk to them. We ask that you refrain from interaction until your appointment is finished and have left the picture location.
Virtual Academy Opt-Out UPDATED Information
The WJCC Virtual Academy opt out period has closed. For the families who have decided to move from the Virtual Academy to the WJCC Path, you will receive information regarding student schedules and transition information from our counseling office in the coming weeks. The school counselors are hard at work organizing schedules for these students to maintain graduation track and student course requests.
Forward: Return to Learn Updates
With the updated information regarding students returning to school, we should remember to check the WJCC website for updated schedules and times. We are excited to welcome the Class of 2021 back to our building on February 1st. The following week, the FRESHMEN and JUNIOR class will join us. On February 16th, the sophomore class will make its return to JHS.
For the most up-to-date information and details, please follow this link to the WJCC School Division’s plan for Return to Learn: https://wjccschools.org/forward/
With the imminent return of our students to JHS, we will need to distribute parking passes to students who choose to drive to school. For the 2020-2021 school year, parking permits will be free of charge. However, to ensure the safety and security of students and staff, we need to issue permits to identify which vehicles truly belong on campus. Please complete the online application if you would like to receive a parking permit. Ms. Deal, administrative assistant to the assistant principals, will deliver parking passes to students in the morning during 1st or 5th blocks once students return.
The OWL is an enhanced camera and microphone system that allows students and teachers to connect in the virtual classroom. The OWL uses multiple cameras, sophisticated microphone system, and software to empower teachers to engage with students in the “physical” and “virtual” classroom at the same time. The OWL does not change any settings or hardware needs for students. Teachers and students will use the same ZOOM functions and security measures; this does not change. However, students at home will see more of their classrooms than just the front facing camera on a teacher’s laptop. Take a look a the video that demonstrates how a college uses the technology.
With any new technology, implementation will take time. However, this new tool promises to change how we deliver instruction even after the pandemic has loosened its grip.
Faculty/Staff Member of the Month
Lauren Tomlinson serves JHS as our reading interventionist. In this role, Ms. Tomlinson reviews student data to provide instructional support in reading. As this skill opens the curriculum for students, Ms. Tomlinson's impact on student learning cannot be understated. In addition to her reading interventionist position, Ms. Tomlinson is the sponsor of Gang Green, the JHS spirit club.
FLIGHT Feather Honorees
The MTSS team would like to congratulate our student FLIGHT Feathers honorees for JANUARY (listed below). 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).