Principal’s Newsletter: January 13 – 19, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF JANUARY 13 – 19, 2019

A Message from the Principal

The Eagles are ready for 2019! With the new year comes the end of the first semester. The next few weeks will see our Eagles take Standards of Learning exams and Final exams. The JHS website can be a helpful tool to learn information regarding the exam schedules and SOL information.

The second semester is right around the corner. For many of our students, the second semester is like the start of another school year. Most students will have different schedules and teachers for the second semester. Year-long classes (Advanced Placement classes and a few English and math courses fit this description.) will continue with the same teacher and block. However, the teacher will review classroom expectations and update the class with information for the new semester.

Students will receive their new schedule the first day of the new semester. The students will go to their first block class for approximately five minutes to collect their new schedule. We will have an “add/drop” period for the spring semester. Information regarding “add/drop” will be forthcoming next week.

If you have any questions about courses, please contact your school counselor.

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Interim Principal

Exam Schedule

Early Release & Exam Week Schedule

Tuesday, January 22nd – Early Release

Wednesday, January 23rd – Early Release/Exams

1st BLOCK – 7:20 am – 9:15 am

BREAK – 9:15 am – 9:30 am

2nd BLOCK – 9:35 am – 11:30 am

Thursday, January 24th – Early Release/Exams

3rd BLOCK – 7:20 am – 9:15 am

BREAK – 9:15 am – 9:30 am

4th BLOCK – 9:35 am -11:30 am

Friday, January 25th – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Monday, January 28th – Second Semester Begins

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 ), to peruse the school’s list of Honors FAQs: ),

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

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.

Standards of Learning (SOL) 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:

Counseling Corner

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.

Four JHS Students Are Honored at the Martin Luther King, Jr./ACT-SO Luncheon

Kelahni Smith is the daughter of Rodney Smith and Gretchen Smith. Kelahni is a freshman at Jamestown High School who excels on our basketball team and carries a 3.8 GPA. In the community, Kelahni serves with the New Zion Baptist Church to help those around her. Kelahni participated in making Christmas care packages for the homeless. After high school, Kelahni is eager to continue her service in college where she plans to pursue study in the medical field.

Jordan Palmer is the daughter of Faith Palmer and James Palmer, Jr. Jordan is a sophomore at Jamestown High School and this is her second time being honored. While earning a 4.0 GPA, Jordan plays on the JHS basketball and softball teams. Additionally, Jordan plays the violin in our orchestra. Jordan works in our community through the Girl Scouts where she earned the Bronze and Silver Award. Jordan also serves on the NAACP Youth Council and with the Delta Gems, a youth group associated with the sorority Delta Sigma Theta.

When asked how she manages to keep high academic achievement balanced with her service, Jordan replied that she budgets her time appropriately. That skill will serve her well in college as she aspires to be an educator and school administrator.

Tandile Jackson-Vinson is the daughter of Joy Jackson and Robert Vinson. Tandile is a junior at Jamestown High School. Tandile is a member of various academic honor societies at JHS, the Spanish Honor Society and Rho Kappa, the social studies honor society. Tandile hones her leadership skills through The Chik-fil-A Leadership Academy and the Avalon Youth Leadership Council. In the community, Tandile rows with the Williamsburg Boat Club.

After graduation from JHS, Tandile plans to attend college and persue a degree in international business development. With her strong knowledge of Spanish, Tandile wants to help others in South America through economic development and advocating for women’s health services.

Aaron Hill  is the son of Kenita Hill and Bryan Hill. Aaron is a senior at Jamestown and has a 4.115 GPA. Aaron plays varsity soccer and works with the JHS Student 2 Student organization, a student-led orientation group for students who transfer to the school. Aaron enjoys playing recreational basketball in his spare time. After graduation, Aaron will attend Virginia Tech to pursue a degree in food science. Aaron enjoys cooking and learning more about foods and chemicals. Aaron plans to use his education to resolve many food-related issues that currently plague countries around the world.

Jamestown High School is proud of these students who have excelled in the classroom and our community.

Eagle Band Members Garner Awards

The Eagles Were Well-Represented on the CNU Honor Band

For three days, JHS students learned new music and received instruction from international composers to perform at the beautiful Ferguson Center on Christopher Newport University’s campus.

The following students auditioned and qualified for the Honor Band:

Sasha Murphy – Flute

Jennie Wells – Flute

Jacob Chew – Clarinet

Hattie Baker – Baritone Saxophone

Cayce Vollmar – Horn

Alex Parker – Trombone

Trey Stuart – Euphonium

WJCC Jazz Ensemble
Essentially Ellington – Regional Jazz Festival

Shenandoah Conservatory
January, 19th 2019

The WJCC Jazz Ensemble has really started to come together.  The students seem excited and I know the directors are enthusiastic about the progress so far.  We have a big month ahead of us with our first competition and Essentially Ellington recording due.

Essentially Ellington – Regional Jazz Festival

Shenandoah Conservatory is the site for an Essentially Ellington Regional High School Band Festival in Winchester, Virginia. Matthew Niess, professor of trombone and founder of the National Jazz Workshop will serve as director and Robert Larson, Director of Jazz Studies will serve as host of this year’s event.

Through its annual Essentially Ellington program, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) co-produces education-focused festivals designed to offer high school jazz bands of all levels the opportunity to perform the music of Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers and arrangers. Participating bands receive professional feedback from JALC clinicians and other jazz professionals in their own backyard.


  • 3 Outstanding Soloists
  • Outstanding Brass
  • Outstanding Saxes
  • Outstanding Rhythm Section
  • Outstanding Band
    • The Outstanding Band will have the opportunity to perform as an opener for The U.S. Army Blues concert later that evening.

Cupid’s Arrow 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.

Stay Connected!

PTSA Notes

At the latest PTSA meeting, the group reviewed survey data from students, teachers, parents, and community members. The data will inform future endeavors for the PTSA. The PTSA will send a follow-up survey to the JHS community closer to the end of the survey.

The PTSA will sponsor a Potato Bar for teachers and staff on January 22nd at 11:00 am.


Tyler Serpico, 9th grade, received “Award of Merit” (3rd place) for his film entry “My Hero, Sydney Crosby.”

Kristina Stephan, 9th grade,  received “Award of Merit” ((3rd place) for her literature entry “Life’s Knight.”

Two of our students took 1st place with “Outstanding Interpretation” and will go on to compete in the Peninsula District Level.

They are:

Kayla Burke, 9th grade, with her photography entry “The Smile That Changes the World.”

Jennifer Tisdale, 11th grade, with her visual arts sculpture entry, “Reaching for Freedom.”

Congratulations to all and the very best of luck to Kayla and Jennifer as their entries proceed to the next level!

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