Principal’s Newsletter: April 7 – 13, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk


A Message from the Principal

Welcome back!

Believe it or not, we only have NINE more weeks of school left before the summer begins. In that short time, we will have Advanced Placement testing, SOL testing conclusion of course enrollment, various awards nights, and PROM. Whew! The eagles have a full schedule ahead us. The list may seem hectic (and I’m sure I did not list EVERYTHING happening this nine-week period), but it is manageable. However, when faced a daunting tasks, one of two things will happen.

In some cases, when a task is tough or complicated, we freeze.  Some call this procrastination and make jokes about it. That type of thinking can be dangerous. The more we avoid a task, the more anxiety may build. Additionally, we may avoid the task, but the mental energy we use in that process stops us from enjoying other aspects of our lives. The task becomes a haunting specter that seems to show up to darken a happy time (too much?). Nevertheless, avoidance or “freezing” does not accomplish anything.

The most productive action is to PLAN. I use a physical calendar to write tasks and due dates. I move this information to an online calendar so that my devices can sync with task lists and appointments. Think about your major assignments. If you do not know what they will be for this period, ask your teacher. Also, plan for big events. We know the date of Prom; if you have a major test, that might not be the week to pull an “all nighter” to study. Plan your rest and activities so that you can respect your health.

Now, we should we start planning… grab a calendar or a device and we can get started now.

P.S. I use a physical calendar because I need to color code it and I’m a bit nostalgic. However, using technology is a better way to go. If you would like a physical calendar, stop by the main office and leave your name. We’ll make sure you get one.

If you need some ideas on applications that help organize your tasks and calendars, check out this site: or ask Ms. Morris, our Internet Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT).

Lets go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV


Counseling Corner


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.

Come See the JHS Musical for 2019: NEWSIES!

JHS will present Newsies as its spring musical for the 2018-2019 school year. Reserve Tickets Here And Pay at the Box Office– 30 minutes before show time

Advanced tickets are $8


Thursday, April 11 @ 7pm
Friday, April 12 @ 7pm
Saturday, April 13 @ 2pm
Saturday, April 13 @ 7pm

This is the stage play version of the Disney Live Action Film. It is appropriate for all ages.

You can also call the box office at 757-259-3644 if you have questions.

Construction Updates


When you enter JHS after Spring Break, you will notice some construction near the front entrance. Jamestown will undergo construction for a new entrance. The new entrance will increase security and centralize check-in/check-out procedures in one location.

Currently, the school store occupies this space. The school store will move across the hallway to the security vestibule for a new space. The windows facing the hallways will be a great place to highlight our newest apparel!

For the remainder of this school year, procedures and locations will stay the same. Construction will not interrupt the operations of JHS. Primary construction will commence after the last day of school in June.


Over the summer, JHS will enter into Phase II of our HVAC replacement. The work is a regularly scheduled maintenance priority to avoid breakdowns. Last summer, school operations were temporarily moved to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School while construction was completed on Phase I.

This year, JHS operations will stay on location, but we will be on the Fine Arts Hallway. Stay tuned for more information regarding senior pictures, athletic schedules, and band schedules.

Graduation 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

Our next meeting is April 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the Jamestown High School Media Center.

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