A few words from Mr. Townsend…

We hope everyone had a happy and restful Thanksgiving Break. For the next few weeks, we will see our winter sports begin competitions and our fine and performing arts department host events. Please check our school’s website for information regarding concerts and performances.

Though the holiday season can be a happy time, at times, it can bring additional stress. Creating the “perfect” holiday or break can cause some to feel overwhelmed. Last year, our family took pictures for our holiday postcards. The challenge of managing two high school students’s schedules, two school administrators, and our parents was daunting and stressful. The pictures turned out great though.

I have learned to just enjoy the time that I have with my family. Nothing will be perfect, but everything will be great. As we come to close out this calendar year, we have tasks and projects that must be completed. We can plan for those. Just remember that those tasks and projects are meant for a greater purpose.

Classroom quizzes and projects are designed to help our students get a greater understanding of the content and skills. Those seemingly stressful holiday tasks are designed to bring us together.

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV
Principal

Words!

Counseling Corner

JHS COUNSELING HELP SESSIONS

On December 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th during all lunches our school counselors will have HELP SESSIONS to assist with Common App, scheduling, and general help questions. Students do not need to schedule an appointment to access this support. School Counseling Help Booth in all lunches Dec. 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th.

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 November, 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

JHS Weekly Wrap-Up

Starting this week, JHS will institute the WEEKLY WRAP-UP. 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 will start on Friday, December 3rd and Monday, December 6th. We will continue providing this time for students through the second marking period. After this time, we will review the effectiveness of this strategy.

Cap and Gown / Class Ring Ordering 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.

JHS Theater’s Holiday Performance

On December 3rd and 4th  the theatre students are going to provide a walking tour through scenes of your favorite holiday movies. The scenes will be performed live. The tour will start in our cafeteria courtyard and will proceed around outdoor locations around Jamestown. Tours will leave every 10 minutes between 7PM-8:30PM and the tour is absolutely FREE! The event is open to the public. We will have scenes or “interludes” from:

  • Frosty the Snowman
  • White Christmas
  • Elf
  • Narnia
  • Charlie Brown
  • The story of the Grinch
  • And a few surprises!!

All of the moments are totally appropriate for children of all ages!  The tour is about 30-35 minutes with opportunities to sit or stand at each scene.

We will have some popcorn and treats for sale before and after the tours…and hopefully some Instagram worthy photo opportunities.

Why? This is an alternative to our fall play. There are about 35 students involved and an additional 14 tour guides, so we still have a large group participating in something theatrical this nine weeks!

Our students have created a special evening of performances. From direction to execution, our students have taken the lead. Please join us on December 3rd and 4th.

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, December 13th at 5:30 pm in Room 226, JHS.  Please join us in person or by Zoom.  Email ptsajhs@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

Blaze Fundraiser – December 9th

Join us at Blaze Pizza Thursday, December 9th.  Flyer with all the details is attached.

BLAZE PIZZA FLYER

Busch Gardens VIP Party – December 12th

If you purchased tickets for the JHS Busch Gardens VIP party on December 12th, we will be in touch soon with details of when and where to pick up your wrist band and ticket.

Membership

Our PTSA sponsors many events at JHS. We want to make sure every stakeholder’s voice is heard and represented. Please take a few moments to follow this link to join our PTSA: https://jamestownhs.memberhub.com/store

Volunteer

We are always looking for people to help plan and execute events, donate items, and help out in general.  Interested?  Please email jhsptsavolunteers2021@gmail.com

Thank you for your support!

Faculty/Staff Member of the Month

The MTSS team would like to congratulate our Employee of the Month for November.

Congratulations, Cathy Epervary! Read what Cathy’s colleague said about her:

“Cathy is one of the best security officers that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in such a long time. She has a passion for the students, faculty, and staff here at Jamestown. She has gone over and beyond to help others on a daily basis. She’s very friendly not because it’s a part of her job but because that’s a part of her makeup as a person. She strives for excellence on a continuous basis. She’s always ready and available to help whenever she can. I’m honored to know her.”

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 NOVEMBER:

Bryan Aparicio

Caroline Bauer

Kylie Brooks

Bryn Carlson

Elin Criddle

Gisele Duval

Sarah Evans

Glenn Glass

Ben Hardy

Karina Long

Tawni Percival

Gabriel Ramahlo

Zirui (David) Sun

Addison Zechman