A few words from Mr. Townsend…

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a restful Winter Break. For the next few weeks, we will close out the first semester and start course selection for the 2022-2023 school year. Though we return to the procedure and protocols of school, we must address additional safe guards due to COVID-19. We have learned much from last year. However, the greatest lesson was one that seemed obvious: students perform better when they have greater access to their teachers and services.

To help keep our students and teachers in school, we must adhere to WJCC Mitigation Guidelines and Protocols. I wish I could write that this will guarantee that a student or staff member will not get COVID-19. There are variables that we cannot control. At the same time, there are aspects of our environment that we CAN control. Those are the focus of the procedures and protocols. We know the importance of students in school. Academic achievement aside for a moment, our students need to communicate with their teachers and peers. Any action that helps that connection stay strong is important to our community.

Please take some time to review the mitigation protocols in this newsletter. As the situation changes, we may find our guidance and procedures will change accordingly. Nevertheless, though the situation and challenges may change, our goal of providing high quality instruction that engages ALL students at any given time will not change.

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Principal

Counseling Corner

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).

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.

NEW HORIZONS AND CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) PRESENTATION

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.

COURSE SCHEDULING FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

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

Mr. Ashworth Joins the JHS Administration Team

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.

We look forward to welcoming Mr. Ashworth and his family to our school community. He will start with our JHS team on January 3, 2021.

COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols

With the new year and a return from Winter Break, a refresher on COVID-19 procedures and protocols is appropriate. Please review the following WJCC procedures.

  • Students will share classroom materials. We now know that COVID does not live for an extended period on hard surfaces; therefore, there is no need for individual sets of classroom materials.
  • Wherever possible, desks will be separated to increase space between students.
  • Elementary students will eat meals in the cafeteria and other common spaces throughout the building.
  • Middle and high school students will make use of the cafeteria and outdoor spaces for lunch.
  • Breakfast and lunch (including hot meals) will be available to all students at no charge.
  • Air ventilation systems are maintained for optimum effectiveness and efficiency in classrooms, the cafeteria, and other areas of the school.
  • Families should use the WJCC Schools Symptom Checker to monitor their student’s health before sending them to school.
  • If your student is ill (common colds or other illnesses), please keep them home.
  • If your student has tested positive for COVID-19, you can contact our school nurse at Louisa.Johnson@wjccschools.org. From there, we will develop a plan to address quarantine and instruction.

In keeping with the state emergency health order, masks will be worn by students and staff while indoors unless the person is eating or drinking. Students who require a health accommodation, must submit the proper form signed by a healthcare provider. You can read more about WJCC Schools COVID prevention measures on our website.

Helpful Reminders

Closed Campus – Jamestown High School is not an open campus. Students are not allowed to sign out and leave for lunch. Food deliveries are not allowed unless a parent brings lunch to the school.

Students After School – Students and families are reminded that students should only remain after dismissal for scheduled, supervised activities. Students should not remain after dismissal to simply “hang-out”. This policy helps ensure safety and security for our students and staff.

Health and Safety Updates – Please follow WJCC communications for the latest health and safety protocols and procedures throughout the school year.

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).

Jamestown High School will administer the survey on January 14th and January 21st (Make-up Day).

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

Senior Portrait and Underclass Pictures

Senior Portrait Makeups are scheduled for the following date:

Date: Friday, January 14, 2022
Location: Jamestown High School
Time: See the online schedule for available times

You MUST schedule an appointment day & time online at the following linkhttps://www.pickatime.com/candidcolor/Jamestownhs

This will be the final opportunity to take your Senior Portraits.

Cap and Gown/Class Ring Information

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

JAMESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL JOSTENS STORE

  • 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.

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.

PURPOSE

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.

EXPECTATIONS

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.

IMPLEMENTATION

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.

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:

WJCC SCIENCE FAIR INFORMATION

PTSA Information

Join Us

The next general PTSA meeting is Monday, January 10th at 5:30 pm in Room 226, JHS.  Please join us in person or by Zoom.  Email ptsajhs@gmail.com for the Zoom link. 

Membership

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

Thank you for your support!

School Locker Information

The weather is taking a turn toward 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.

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