A few words from Mr. Townsend…

November is here, and the weather is starting to feel like Autumn. With this change, comes others. The mornings are getting darker; we will need to remind our students to be careful while driving and standing at bus stops. For pedestrians and students on bicycles, they will need to remember that drivers may not always be mindful. For our student drivers, make sure to slow down and be careful of others.

When the weather gets cooler, students will need to dress appropriately. (I have a son who FIRMLY believes his legs do not get cold while in shorts!) This can be tricky though. While traveling to school, students may need a heavy jacket. However, our school’s temperature stays at about 72 degrees (give or take a few degrees in different parts of the building).

If a student needs a locker to store their winter jacket or books, they can contact our SCHOOL SECURITY TEAM in the MAIN OFFICE. There is NO charge for lockers and these are assigned for the year. For convenience, we will assign a locker that aligns with the student’s schedule.

Finally, with weather changes comes the potential for colds. Please take a few moments to review the WJCC Health Update at the bottom of this newsletter. If you have any questions, let us know.

Lets go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Counseling Corner


10th and 11th graders, the Virginia Department of Education (VDoE) has opened applications for the 2022 Summer Residential Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts.  Do you dance?  Paint?  Photograph?  Play an instrument?  Sing chorally?  Do you want to live and learn on the campus of Radford University for a month next summer?  Did we mention that it’s completely free of charge if you are accepted?  Check out Governor’s School | Radford University , and if you are interested in applying, then speak to Mr. Lampert in classroom #113 (across the main hallway from the cafeteria) as soon as possible.  Applications are due to him by November 15… no exceptions.


This year, WJCC will again be hosting the annual College Fair virtually through the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (VACRAO).  WJCC will not be hosting an in-person College Fair this year but is excited to provide this virtual option for students.  VACRAO has partnered with StriveScan to provide virtual fairs with three different sessions lasting 45 minutes each. Each session will have virtual presentations to you and your students on Sunday, November 7 at the following times: 2:00-2:45pm, 3:00-3:45pm and 4:00-4:45pm.  Interested students and families can register here: https://www.strivescan.com/virginia/

Please note that all events are free and open to all students in Virginia. Registration is hosted through StriveScan and all sessions will be held through Zoom Webinars. All sessions will be recorded and available through StriveScan’s YouTube channel. Sessions will also have a call-in option for any student who may not have internet access at the time of the event. Registration is now open for the November 7 session.

Please contact your child’s school counselor with any questions.


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

Senior Cap/Gown and Junior Ring Information

On November 10th during second block, our Josten’s, our new vendor, will present purchasing options for our Seniors (Graduation caps, gowns, announcements) and Juniors (Rings). During the meeting, our Josten’s representative will provide fliers with additional information, items for purchase, and links for online purchases.

Juniors will meet in the JHS Auditorium at 9:00 am.

Seniors will meet in the JHS Auditorium at 9:30 am.

If a student is unable to attend the meeting, we will have additional packets of information in the Counseling Office. Also, the Josten’s representative will return to JHS on November 18th and 19th during all lunches to collect orders and give information. Finally, if a family would like to order any item from Josten’s, the representative has provided the following link for information and purchasing:


Spring Musical Information

We are happy to announce that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been selected as our Spring Musical for April 2022!

If you are interested in getting more information about the show, auditions, or working on the crew, please attend our first informational meeting on Thursday, November 11 @ 2:30 in Room 182!

We will meet for about 45 minutes.  All are welcome to attend! Auditions will not take place until after Thanksgiving, but we wanted to give you some time to ask questions and get ready!  See Mr. Stone with questions or contact him by email: James.Stone@wjccschools.org.

PTSA Information

Join Us

The next general PTSA meeting is Monday, November 8th at 5:30 pm in Room 226, JHS.  Please join us in person or by Zoom.  Email ptsajhs@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

Support Us

We have partnered with Old City BBQ to bring you a family meal deal.  Orders can be picked up Wednesday, November 17th at Old City BBQ between 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  https://jamestownhs.memberhub.store/

Please place your order by November 11th.  Thank you for your support!


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


We are looking for new volunteers to assist with fundraising this year.  Please reach out ptsajhs@gmail.com if you have any ideas to share.  Thank you!


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!

WJCC Science Fair Information

2022 Science Fair - Get more information

Is your high school student interested in research or the STEM fields? Encourage them to sign-up for the WJCC Science Fair.

How to sign-up

To sign-up, students will need to talk to their school sponsor listed below. Virtual Academy students may participate by contacting the sponsor at their home school:

Teachers submit database and verify names by completing Science Fair Excel Spreadsheet.


Nov. 12, 2021: Science Fair project proposal approvals and forms are listed below are due to school sponsors.

  • Get teacher approval for your project
  • Obtain a Composition book (Logbook/Journal)
  • Complete:  Form 1Form 1AForm 1B
  • Use Forms Wizard to see what other paperwork may be needed (The Abstract is completed once the project is complete)
  • Submit experimental design to the teacher
  • Teacher maintains all paperwork in a digital Student Science Fair Folder

Students may only begin their project when ALL paperwork has been approved, including their research plan.  

Nov. 12, 2021 – Jan. 7, 2021: During this time students should complete their science projects experiments. Below is an outline of the steps. Please see your school-specific science fair sponsor for deadlines.

  • After approval, start project implementation
  • Complete Science Fair research and project
  • Complete project paper and write abstract  (resource: How to write an abstract. )
  • Use ISEF “Abstract Form with 21 Categories” link to complete the abstract form
  • Teacher reviews and approves the abstract and project paper (Headings to include Introduction, Procedures, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References Cited (Minimum of 5 peer-reviewed sources)
  • Students begin building presentation

Jan. 7, 2022: Teachers will submit student’s science fair paperwork and paperwork to the Science Coordinator

  • Students without complete and appropriate ISEF paperwork will be ineligible for the science fair
  • Teachers make and submit 1 digital copy project paper, abstract and original paperwork in 1 digital folder per project
  • Teachers will verify names for the Science Fair Program by completing the Science Fair Excel Spreadsheet
  • Teacher reviews and approves the Presentation

Jan. 12, 2022: Division Science Fair (back-up date: January 19)

  • Location: Lafayette High School
  • Select winners are eligible to compete in the Tidewater Science Fair and may complete the Tidewater Application if applicable

TBD: Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair (TSEF)


If you have questions about the science fair please email Jessica Gateau, jessica.gateau@wjccschools.org, or Kristin Cosby, Kristin.Cosby@wjccschools.org.

WJCC Health Plans

UPDATE: To address the challenges that come with numerous telephone calls and emails, schools will cease the practice of sending messages for COVID-19 positive cases. However, the WJCC Tracker will have the most up-to-date data for monitoring COVID-19 quarantines and positive cases. The most important thing your children should expect is to be engaged in high-quality learning led by a teacher who cares about their academic growth and success.

  • 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.

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.

For more information regarding health plans, please follow this link: HEALTH PLANS

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