Principal’s Newsletter: February 10 – February 16, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk


A Message from the Principal

School attendance is important. While students can take quizzes, tests, and other assignments at different times, missing instructional time affects academic performance. At the same time, schools want to make sure our students are healthy enough to attend school. If a student is too ill to come to school, their health and safety becomes the priority.

At our class expectations meetings last week, we reviewed our attendance data with our students. School accreditation standards were revised last year to include data points in addition to Standards of Learning test scores. Our attendance data is another factor that affects our school’s accreditation. According to the Department of Education, a student who misses 18 or more days for any reason (not including school sponsored field trips)  in a school year is chronically truant. Missing just two days of school a month would put a student in the chronically truant category.

One of the Jamestown’s school improvement goals is to have 10 percent or less of our students be categorized as chronically truant. Currently, our attendance data looks like this:

09 3.38%
10 2.21%
11 3.69%
12 3.83%

Please keep in mind that we want our students to be healthy and make great decisions. If a student is ill or there is a family emergency, student absences may be unavoidable. However, regular attendance to school is compulsory in Virginia and greatly affects learning progress and achievement.

If you have any questions regarding attendance or attendance procedures, please contact Ms. Ludwig, JHS Attendance Associate at (757) 259-3600 or

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Interim Principal

Counseling Corner

On February 11th, 19th, and 20th, our school counselors will work in the JHS computer labs to schedule all current freshmen and sophomores. The counseling team will provide passes to these students through their classes. Please make sure to remind your students get to the lab during their scheduled times so we can have accurate course requests entered into our scheduling system.

If you would like to review our Program of Studies, please follow this link:

The Program of Studies is a helpful document to help plan the next few years and prepare for post-secondary options.

If you have any questions, please contact our school counselors.

Presidents Day School Closure

This is a reminder that WJCC Schools will be closed on February 18, 2019 in observance of Presidents Day.

Practice SAT and ACT Sessions

Our PTSA and Sylvan are hosting a practice Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) session on February 16th at Jamestown High School from 9:00 am until noon. The tests are open to everyone.

Sign-in will start at 8:30 am and the registration fee is due the day of the test.

Students will need to bring a calculator, #2 pencils, and the registration fee. Snack and water will be provided.

Here is the link for the registration form:

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

The week of February 11th through the 16th will be our Bus Driver Appreciation Week. Our bus drivers are often the first face from WJCC Schools that our students encounter. With that idea in mind, our bus drivers are WJCC School ambassadors that ensure the safe transportation of our students.

This week, make sure you let your bus driver know how much you appreciate them!

Jamestown H.S. Teacher of the Year: Melissa Furr

The faculty and staff of Jamestown High School selected Melissa Furr (Fine arts) as our Teacher of the Year.

Here are a few comments from Ms. Furr’s colleagues:


Spring sports will start soon. Make sure to check the Jamestown High School athletics webpage for up-to-date information. If you have any questions, please contact our Athletic Director, Coach Edwards:

JHS Athletics website:

Student of the Month



Faculty Member of the Month

Steve Turner

Steve Turner

Director of Bands at Jamestown High School

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PTSA Notes

Our next PTSA meeting will be FEBRUARY 12TH AT 5:30 PM in the JHS Media Center.

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