Principal’s Newsletter: April 21 – 27, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF APRIL 21, 2019

A Message from the Principal

Welcome to another week!

April is coming to a close and May is almost upon us. The school year is moving quickly to its conclusion. However, the month of May brings Advanced Placement (AP) and Standards of the Learning (SOL) testing. Additionally, classes have important projects and tests due during this special month. A few weeks ago, I wrote about staying organized during this busy time. This week, I want to write about priorities.

We may have academic, athletic, and artistic goals that focus our attention. However, to reach these goals we need to prioritize our health. In planning our time toward goal completion, we must schedule rest time as well. I am amazed at the amount of work and activities JHS students can accomplish. At the same time, I worry about our students and their sleep habits. In speaking with a group of students in the lunch room last week, a few of them said that they routinely skip hours of sleep to get school work done. When I told them how unhealthy that practice was, the group almost chimed together, “well, don’t assign us so much work.” OK, I hear you. Fair enough.

Scheduling time to sleep or to enjoy a leisure activity is important though. When one loses sleep, we never get it back. Also, taking some time to enjoy an activity can bring us back to our task with more focus. While I do not advocate spending an entire weekend binge-watching Riverdale, I do believe everyone needs a time reflect and prioritize their health.

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV


Summer Program Information


Registration for summer school courses (acceleration/first-time credit and credit recovery) will run May 6- June 7th,2019.  Registration forms and promotional flyer in English & Spanish are attached.

Registration for EPF (11-12th grade students) will be open until May 24, 2019. Registration form must include results from the test of online learning  Registration forms and a promotional flyer in English & Spanish are attached.

Students registering for SOL Academy will do so through their School Improvement Specialist (SIS), and any questions about SOL Academy should be referred to the SIS.

Open House will be held on Monday, June 17, 2019 from either 3-4 pm or 5-6 pm at Warhill High School Auditorium. Attendance at Open House is required for Summer School participation.

High school summer school acceleration courses (first-time credit):

  • Summer school acceleration will run from June 25-August 1, 2019. Courses taken for acceleration (first time credit) can be done virtually, however, a computer lab will be available onsite at Warhill High School during the Summer Program between 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Monday – Thursday) for students who need a more structured learning environment to complete online coursework.
  • The cost for an original credit course is $300 and tuition assistance is available for qualifying students.

High school summer school credit recovery courses:

  • Summer school credit recovery will run from June 25-August 1, 2019 (Monday-Thursday) at Warhill High School from 8 a.m – 1 p.m (21 instructional days).
  • Credit recovery is an on-site course, and students are required to attend the summer program Monday-Thursday.
  • Students may register for one (1) credit recovery course. The cost for a credit recovery course is $150.

Late registration will be June 10-14th, 2019, in the Summer Program Office at Warhill High School.

Acceleration-Recovery Summer School Registration Form Grade 9 – 12 only – English – 2019 (002)

EPF Summer School Flyer 11-12th

Acceleration-Recovery Summer School Registration Form Grade 9 – 12 only – Spanish – 2019

WJCC High School Summer Flyer – Spanish – 2019

WJCC High School Summer Flyer – English – 2019 (002)

Counseling Corner


If you have not retrieved your cap and gown, please stop by the main office. Your graduation regalia is ready!


Seniors! Make sure to complete your SENIOR SURVEY so that we can announce your awards, scholarships, and college acceptances at our awards nights. This information is important! You put in the hard work, now lets make sure you get your recognition. Follow this link to a copy of the form:

Hard copies of the form are located in the counseling office. THE FORMS ARE DUE BY MAY 6, 2019 TO THE COUNSELING OFFICE.


Meet with local employers and get a summer job lined up before Memorial Day!

April 25th from 5-7 p.m. at the Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary Street.


Jamestown’s student run credit union, Bayport, is open in front of the cafeteria on A days, during all 3 lunches. Make withdrawals and deposits right here. When you open an account, you are entered to win a $100 gift card! Make a deposit of $5.00 or more and get a free spin to win great prizes. Bayport is also offering over $100,000 in scholarships to seniors. Applications are available in front of the cafeteria.

Deliveries to JHS: DoorDash, UberEats, and GrubHub

Jamestown High School will not accept deliveries from online delivery services. Applications from UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub have made food delivery efficient and more diverse by offering multiple restaurants to the public. The convenience of these applications makes their use very tempting for our students. However, the applications present problems for the function of a school.

  1. The entry of unauthorized individuals into the school or meeting with students presents a security problem. JHS staff does not know the identities of the food deliverer.
  2. The applications are connected to a credit card. While some students may have a debit card connected to the application, many use their parents’ card. The school does not want promote opportunities for students to use their parents’ card without expressed permission.
  3. The school does not have the personnel or an area to secure the food of students in a safe manner.

Parents still have the ability to bring food to their students. Delivery people from online services or restaurants will be denied entrance to JHS and its grounds. Please be aware that the online services may still charge you even though they were denied entrance to JHS.

ALL ME Assembly

On April 24, 2019 at 8:00 am, JHS will host the ALL ME assembly for some classes. First block Physical Education classes and teachers who have signed up for the assembly will attend. Due to scheduling and the space limitations of the auditorium, only some classes can attend the assembly. However, if individual students would like to attend the assembly, they can sign up in the Counseling Office to request a pass.

This educational program is designed to inform youth and adults about performance and enhancing drugs (APEDs). We explain the manufacturing standards and potential dangers of anabolic steroids including body image and self-esteem issues. Click here for more information.

  • – What are appearance and performance enhancing drugs?
  • Dietary supplements (unregulated, contaminated, many are spiked with steroids, more)
  • Energy drinks
  • Anabolic steroids
    Other APEDs
  • – Our youth are taking black market (counterfeit) steroids — where do they come from?
  • – Why do our youth feel the need to take anabolic steroids? Who is using? How many are using?
  • – Steroids are banned in competition? Why?
  • Cheating
  • Against the law
    Physical dangers
    Psychological dangers

Commencement Speaker Applications

The JHS Commencement is right around the corner. This is an opportunity to address your peers and community with ideas that unify.

If selected to be a finalist, you will be contacted for an interview with the committee to discuss further your interest in being a speaker at graduation. This interview will be mandatory, and students unwilling or unable to be interviewed on that afternoon will not be selected to present graduation speeches. Interviews will occur after school during the first week of May.

Additionally, please note that submission of your application constitutes your understanding that students who are ultimately selected as graduation speakers will work over the course of several
weeks with the school’s speech editor and delivery coach.

Make sure to turn in your essay, attached to this form, to Mrs. Miller in the Main Office of Jamestown High School no later than 2:30 P.M. on Monday, April 29, 2019.

If you are interested, please apply to speak at Commencement.


Stay Connected!

PTSA Notes

We will formally vote and announce our slate of PTSA officers for the next year. We are still accepting nominations for the President of the PTSA.

JHS PTSA Slate of Officers for the 2019-2020 year:
President: open
VP Programs: Nadine Dunn
VP Fundraising: Francie Teter
Secretary: Allie Visser
Treasurer: Lisa McColpin
We are still in need of a President to lead us next year. If you would be willing or if you have questions please email Beth Kluger at

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