Principal’s Newsletter: February 3 – February 9, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 3, 2019

A Message from the Principal

I am sitting in preparation for the Super Bowl where the New England Patriots will play against the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams have had exceptional seasons. From spectacular wins to heart-breaking injuries, these teams have weathered the emotional NFL season to compete on one of sports’ highest stages. By the end of the evening, a team will hoist a trophy over their heads in triumph while the other will feel a tough loss.

Without a doubt, the goal for both teams this evening will be to win the game. However, while I am not a New England fan, I must admire their ability to compete at a high level on a consistent basis. Finding any quotes from their tight-lipped head coach Bill Belichick is tough, but after winning the AFC Championship last year, he said, “what a remarkable game last night… we just kept competing, competing.”

Winning always feels good and losing will always hurt. Winning and losing are just outcomes of competing. I watched our boys’ basketball team compete against a tough Lafayette team last Friday. The loss stung our squad, but they competed to the last second. We don’t need to learn to hate losing more, we need to learn to love competing and the risks that accompany that.

So, I invite you to try out for that team or play, talk to that person that doesn’t seem to have connections to the school, try a bit harder for that higher grade, and trust that, win or lose, you will come back from wherever you land. You’ve got this!

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Interim Principal

Counseling Corner

The week of February 3rd marks School Counselor Appreciation Week. Some may think the role of the school counselor is primarily that of a course scheduler, these professionals do so much more. Our school counselors serve on our crisis team, student support team, and various other committees at the school, district, and state level.

We would like to thank Ms. Switzer, Ms. Gonzalo, Ms. Smethurst, and Mr. Breaux for their support of our students and families!

For more information regarding the role of school counselors at the high school level, please follow this link: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/Careers-Roles/WhyHighSchool.pdf

Cupid‘s Arrow / Valentine’s Day Dance

Jamestown High School will host a Cupid’s Arrow 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.

There will be karaoke and games!

The cost of a ticket is 10.00.

The dance will benefit Exceptional Eagles, a group of JHS students who support academic, artistic, and athletic participation for ALL students. The fundraiser will support the Exceptional Games at JHS.

School Expectations Review

Throughout the coming week, school counselors and principals will meet with each class to review school expectations and procedures. Additionally, we will review graduation requirements. The meetings will occur during AEP throughout the week following this schedule:

Monday: Freshman

Tuesday: Sophomores

Wednesday: Juniors

Thursday: Seniors (during second block)

Students will go to their AEP class then be dismissed to the auditiorium for the presentation.

To see the presentation, please follow this link: https://wjccschools-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/howard_townsend_wjccschools_org/EW8Yp052tapBoW70mWQyuhAByHa0i5XB2ksR4DNfd9qUPw?e=c1QyDW

Course Add/Drop Information

The “Drop/Add” period will begin on January 30th and end on February 6th.

Forms will be available on January 29th starting during all three lunch blocks in the counseling office.

WJCC Honors Program Information

The next application deadline for the WJCC Honors Program is upon us: Tuesday, February 12.  9th, 10th, and 11th graders are welcome to apply, but please be aware that WJCC does not accept junior applicants in the spring.  Therefore, February 12 is the final opportunity for juniors in the class of 2020 to apply for admission to the Honors Program.  If you are interested, then please speak with Mr. Lampert and/or check out the variety of resources, including an informational video, on Jamestown’s Gifted Education page: https://wjccschools.org/jhs/counseling/gifted-education/

WJCC Course Planning Night

High School Course Planning Night & Curriculum Fair

Learn first-hand information about the upcoming academic year, speak to representatives from each subject area, and get a jump start on the student course selection/registration process!

Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at the Williamsburg Community Chapel

·         Curriculum Fair: 5:30-7:30 pm

·         Rising 9-10th grade session: 5:30 pm

·         Rising 11-12th grade session: 6:30 pm

You don’t want to miss this opportunity, so please contact your school counselor with any questions!

Senior Cap/Gown/Graduation Announcements / Class Ring Information

Balfour provides WJCC with cap and gown and ring sales for our students. A Balfour representative presented information to seniors and juniors on January 9th in the auditorium.

The senior assembly provided our students with information regarding caps, gowns, announcement, and accessories for graduation.

The junior assembly followed the senior assembly with class ring information.

For juniors and seniors who have morning classes off-campus or who missed the presentation, the Balfour representative left information and catalogs in the main and counseling offices.

Spring Semester Parking Permits

It’s time to get your spring parking permits!

If you had a parking permit in the fall, you will need to pay for spring access. You will not need to resubmit your application, unless you need to update your vehicle or contact information.

If you paid for the full year, your new spring pass is ready for pickup in room 206, Ms. Deal’s office.

YOU MUST GET YOUR SPRING SEMESTER PARKING PERMIT BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH.

Parking without a permit may subject you to disciplinary action and the loss of school-sponsored privileges

Student of the Month: AUDREY LERZ

Audrey Lerz

Audrey Lerz

JHS Student of the Month

Faculty Member of the Month: STEVE TURNER

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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