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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s go to work,
H.E. Townsend, IV
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.
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.
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:
“Ms. Furr teaches a wide variety of students and makes it a point to meet them exactly where they are at. She is a master at her craft, and always makes it a point to differentiate instruction for students so that they are successful and feel like they belong in her class. Whenever I walk into or by her room, I see that she is engaging with all of her students; she is truly an active member of her classroom community and leads by example. She runs the Exceptional Eagles Club, facilitates the Exceptional Games, and is a valued member of the Concourse 9 team. She is a true team player and someone that will always do what is best for students. Jamestown is a better place because she is here!”
“Ms. Furr is a great educator. She has so many different projects going on and they all are important to instruction. Every student has the opportunity to find success in her class. Then Missy builds on those successes and challenges students to meet the next challenge. She encourages her students to participate in a wide variety of art production for competitions, outside evaluations, local art shows, and even service minded art projects. In addition to her work in the art classroom(and Concourse) Ms. Furr is the Fine Arts Curriculum leader and leader for the exceptional games.”
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: Kenneth.Edwards2@wjccschools.org.