The second nine weeks will begin this week. With this new start, students begin the new quarter with a 100 percent in their classes. New starts mean new opportunities. The end of the first nine weeks gives us the opportunity to look a little further forward with the information we learned from the past. What did work for us? What presented challenges? How did we address these challenges?
At times, we move from one assignment/task to the next without time to reflect where we are going. We can move from one quarter to the next without understanding the larger goal, preparation for life outside of Jamestown High School. We can use this first quarter progress report to reflect on what is working and find opportunities for growth. “The Tyranny of Now” can give way to the “Power of Yet”, the idea that our daily challenges we face are developing us and that we can (and should) plan for that growth too.
Let’s go to work,
H.E. Townsend, IV
WJCC ANNUAL COLLEGE FAIR INFORMATION
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 virtualfairs 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.
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
Calendar Update: November 2nd Election Day
Please remember, November 2nd (next Tuesday), is Election Day and a student holiday. This is not a Virtual Learning Day.
Senior Cap and Gown / Junior Class Ring Ordering 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 informations, items for purchase, and links for online purchases.
Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Information and Deadline
If your student is currently enrolled in one or more Advanced Placement (AP), registration for AP testing is right around the corner. AP courses prepare students for the end of course AP exam which could earn the student college credit. If your student would like to take an AP test (or multiple AP tests), the following steps must be completed:
1.Register and pay for your AP exam at the following website.
Students taking AP exams at Jamestown High School MUST register for the exam by October 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm. The cost for each AP exam is $100 and a reduced-fee is available for students who qualify. Payment is due at the time of registration. The payment site will close on March 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.
Any student ordering an AP test between Nov 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022 will be charged the College Board $40 per test late fee. Students cannot order AP Tests after March 1, 2022.
Jamestown High School is excited to offer families the ability to pay their full exam fees online. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Families may also pay their full exam fees by mailing a check, cashier’s check or money order to Total Registration, LLC.
2. Join your AP classroom for each AP class you are taking this year.
Please note that, in order to take an AP exam, students had to complete AP join process by October 31, 2021. We cannot order an AP test for you if you did not “join” each of your AP classes.
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 email@example.com for the Zoom link.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Thank you for your support!
Science Fair 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:
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.
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.
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: