Principal’s Newsletter: December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk


A Message from the Principal

I hope everyone had a restful and happy winter break! We are returning to an eventful month for the eagles. We have Standards of Learning testing starting next week. Additionally, we have our final exam week coming in a few weeks. Then, at the end of the month, we have the start of second semester. We have “endings” and “beginnings” in January. Some things to keep in mind:

  1. The close of a semester brings unit tests, culminating projects, and synthesis essays. Start planning your time now.
  2. Do not short your rest time. Young people assume their body can withstand the “all-nighter”, but it cannot. You weaken your immunity to colds and the flu by not eating and sleeping properly. That “all-nighter” could be the prologue to illness. Take care of yourself.
  3. Check on your grades now. There should not be any surprises in late January with regard to your grades and learning progress. Talk with your teacher.
  4. Check to make sure your student account is clear: missing textbooks, missing library books, fees, etc.

Finally, the end of the year and the semester gives us the opportunity for a review. Think about three things that went well for you. Then, try to think about TWO to THREE SPECIFIC ACTIONS that you took that helped the good things happen. There are always factors beyond our control that influence our lives. However, we can control many aspects of our success. Think about those great things that happened to you and REALLY focus on those two to three actions that bring you success in the new year and the new semester.

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Interim Principal

Graduation Speaker Information

Seniors, you are almost half-way through you senior year! Graduation is right around the corner. In the next two to three weeks we will have a meeting with our Balfour representative to order caps, gowns, and other graduation materials.

We still have a semester to complete before graduation, but it is not too early to think about graduation speakers. The honor of addressing your class, community members, and politician is a serious one. You will be one of the final voices your class hears before it leaves Williamsburg to other endeavors. If you are interested in participating in the graduation speaker process, speak with Mr. Lampert.

The process will include an application, an interview with a panel of teachers, administration, and student leaders. We will post the application documents to the school’s website. However, if you want to be considered, you will want to speak with Mr. Lampert to walk you through the process.

Be prepared to see more information with the beginning of the new semester.

SOL and Final Exam Information

Our students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests the first full week of school January 9th. We have attached a PDF document with test dates and times. If you have questions, please contact your student’s teachers.

With new Federal mandates with regard to limiting the number of testing, some students may not need to take an SOL test for a particular class. For the most part, all students will take the SOL test associated with their class. However, students in Chemistry and VA & US History may be affected more because they passed earlier SOL tests in the science or social studies categories earlier in their high school career. Teachers and counselors will communicate with these students concerning taking SOL tests and graduation requirements.

If you have any questions, you can contact our counseling department.

JANUARY SOL CALENDAR: January Non-Writing SOL Calendar 2018


All students are expected to sit for a final exam for their semester classes. Additionally, if the student is in a year-long class, they will need to take a mid-term exam during the exam period. Exam exemptions are for the following:

  1. Senior exam exemptions
  2. Passing an SOL test or alternative assessment

For a more detailed explanation, follow this link:

Sadie Hawkins Dance

Jamestown High School will host a Sadie Hawkins Dance on February 9th from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm in the cafeteria. Students will need to purchase their tickets in advance during their lunches the week of the dance.

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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