Principal’s Newsletter: December 2 – 8, 2018

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF DECEMBER 2 – 8, 2018

A Message from the Principal

Welcome to December!

Believe it or not, we only have two and half weeks of school left in the 2018 calendar year. With the end of the calendar year and winter break on the horizon, we need to keep our focus. We have much to celebrate and honor over the next few weeks. However, we need to stick to our routines and make the “best” decisions.

When you were younger, we asked you to make good decisions. At this point in your life, you need to make the best decisions for your future. The difference between “good” and “best” decisions lie in preparation. Making good decisions helps ensure success with known future events. For example, studying for a test later in the week is a good decision. “Best” decisions prepare you for an uncertain future and sets strong habits that build character. An example of “best decisions” is creating a monthly schedule of when major assignments are due and scheduling when you study.

For the next few weeks, make sure you are making the BEST decisions for academic and social success!

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Interim Principal

Jamestown High School

Counseling Corner

We will host a WJCC Family Information Night for students and families in Early College.  Ms. Lawson, liason with Thomas Nelson Community College,  will lead the event in collaboration with Jessica Switzer, JHS lead school counselor, and WJCC Central Office personnel.  The main intent of the evening will be to answer questions from families.  This year, the event will take place on Monday, December 17th at 6:00 PM at Jamestown High School. Please feel free to join us if you are available.

In order to facilitate the needs of the students in an Open House setting, Thomas Nelson will host sessions specific to Early College (EC) students on the Historic Triangle campus on  Monday, December 3rd from 5:30p – 8p.  The session will be in conjunction with Thomas Nelson’s New Student Orientation.

We are very excited about the progress of our Early College Program.  We look forward to seeing this grow each year.

A Friendly New Face in the Attendance Office

Jamestown would like to welcome Ms. Linda Ludwig as our new Attendance Associate. Ms. Ludwig will look very familiar to our families from Hornsby Middle School as she served in the same role at that school. Ms. Ludwig brings a wealth of experience to JHS.

In this role, Ms. Ludwig will process attendance notes and will be our point of contact for student attendance.

WJCC Honors Program Information

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply for admission to the WJCC Honors Program, a rigorous course of independent and extended study that includes an individual academic project, extensive foreign language study, Advanced Placement coursework, and community service.

Jamestown’s number of Honors graduates has been increasing every year, and the class of 2019 is slated to have our largest group ever!  It is too late for additional seniors to pursue Honors, but juniors in the class of 2020 have one more chance to apply.

Interested students are advised to visit WJCC’s Honors webpage

( https://wjccschools.org/departments/curriculum-instruction/curriculum/honors-program/ ), to peruse the school’s list of Honors FAQs:

( https://wjccschools.org/jhs/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/03/High-School-Honors-Program-FAQs-1.pdf ),

and to watch Mr. Lampert’s informational video about Honors on Jamestown’s gifted and talented webpage:

( https://wjccschools.org/jhs/counseling/gifted-education/ ).

Having started with these three sources, students should talk to Mr. Lampert himself before applying.

The next deadline to apply to the WJCC Honors Program (and the last chance for junior applicants) is February 12.

Musical Delights for the Week!

This week is a music lovers dream! On Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00 pm, the award winning JHS band will host its Winter Concert in our auditorium. The event is free to the public.

On December 5th at 5:00 pm, The College of William and Mary’s Wind Ensemble will perform in our auditorium.

On December 7th, The College of William and Mary’s Symphonic Orchestra will perform in our auditorium.

On December 11th at 7:00 pm, our choir will perform their Winter Concert in the JHS auditorium.

On December 13th at 7:00 pm, our orchestra will perform in our auditorium.

Driver’s Education Meeting

On December 12th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria, JHS will host a Driver’s Education parent meeting. Parents will learn more about Behind-the-Wheel information and have the opportunity to have their questions answered.

Stay Connected!

PTSA Notes

Next PTSA meeting is on January 8th at 5:30 pm in the JHS Media Center.

Please follow the link for the PTSA Newsletter: jhs newsletter 112018 RSVD PTSA

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