Change is constant in just about every aspect of our lives. Even when things seem like that are standing still, we may find that change was happening at a pace so slow that we did not perceive it. Change can be a challenge when the pace is faster than we expect. Every school year brings change, but this year has unique uncertainties that we may not be able to control. That lack of control frustrates me. I like to plan and prepare for what is coming. Our students and families are feeling this same frustration. We try to plan, but the circumstances change.
I saw our swim team compete at the Kecoughtan Invitational this weekend. (They finished THIRD against some of the top teams in the state!) As our students swam, I noticed that the wake from other swimmers would interfere with other lanes. Our students could not control that, but they focused on the task that they could control. They stayed in their lanes and competed at a high level. Though they could not control the waves, they surfed and adapted themselves. They did not change what they were doing or their focus. Just like the JHS Swim team, we will keep swimming and “Don’t Give Up the Swim!”
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).
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
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.
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 Mr. Townsend (Principal) on the Administration Team.
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
Finally, student ID’s (grades 9 – 11) will be passed out during all 4 lunches on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Senior ID’s should be here in 2 weeks.
Updated WJCC COVID-19 Mitigation and Quarantine Protocols
(Taken from the WJCC Family Newsletter 01/07/2022)
Effective Monday, Jan. 10, WJCC Schools will follow the CDC (English | Spanish) and Virginia Department of Health’s recently-released and updated guidance on isolation and quarantine. The Division recognizes these guidelines as a minimum baseline. We encourage families to continue implementing layered mitigation strategies when out in the community, like wearing a mask, distancing to the greatest extent possible, regularly washing hands and sanitizing high-touch surfaces.
What do the revised guidelines mean for students and staff?
Isolation is for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
Isolate for 5 days. Day 0 for someone experiencing symptoms is the first day they experienced symptoms. Day 0 for someone who is asymptomatic is the date of their positive test.
An individual is eligible to return to school on Day 6 if they have not experienced any symptoms over the previous 24 hours or symptoms are improving AND if they can wear a mask effectively. As a reminder, symptoms include:
Temperature of 100º F or greater
Cough (new issue; more than just occasional or asthma related)
Shortness of breath (new issue, not a diagnosed medical issue)
Not feeling well; shaking/chills; feeling feverish; extreme fatigue
Headache (not just occasional; not a diagnosed medical condition; if accompanied with other symptoms no entry should be considered)
New loss of taste or smell
New-onset sore throat
New congestion or runny nose
Muscle pain all over body (new issue, not a diagnosed medical issue)
Vomiting within the last 24 hours
Diarrhea today or within the last 24 hours (new issue, not a diagnosed medical issue)
Quarantine is for individuals identified as close contacts of COVID-positive cases.
When possible, any individual exposed to a COVID-positive case should test five days after exposure. Quarantine may be shortened or eliminated, depending on an individual’s specific circumstances. Our school nurses will continue to support families in determining the proper quarantine length for their circumstances.
Additional isolation and quarantine information:
Students participating in athletics or conditioning may not participate in these activities during the 10 days following the onset of symptoms (isolation period) or 10 days following their last close contact exposure (if they are unvaccinated or have not had COVID-19 in the last 90 days) due to their inability to wear a mask effectively during play.
In some instances, household contacts may need to quarantine or isolate for a period longer than five days. Division staff will continue to work with families to identify the appropriate quarantine or isolation length.
If a student or staff member has already been given a return to school/work date, it may now be reduced by five days by simply counting back five days on the calendar. For example, if a student was previously eligible to return to school on Thursday, Jan. 13, their quarantine/isolation would now end on Saturday, Jan. 8. That student is now eligible to return to school on Monday, Jan. 10.
The guidance for early childhood programs has not yet changed and will continue as it has since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
While we know that in-person instruction is best for our students, and we continue to be committed to keeping our schools open five days a week, we also understand the concern as COVID-19 cases surge in our area and across the nation. As a reminder, state law no longer allows us to move to virtual instruction as a school division. We are limited to making those decisions on a school-by-school or classroom-by-classroom basis. That said, our focus continues to be on keeping schools open and keeping our students and staff as safe as possible while they are in our buildings.
As we continue to learn about the transmissibility of COVID-19, we will rely on the CDC, VDH, and our Health Advisory Team to guide us in protecting the health and safety of our community. Thank you for your support in keeping our community healthy.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for the Zoom link.
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: