Principal’s Newsletter: January 20 – 26, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk


A Message from the Principal

Welcome to the final week of the first semester!

This final week is marked by semester exams and early release days. For this final week, we need to focus on positive and cut out the negative! Exam week can be a stressful time, one of the ways to battle the stress is to trust your preparation. Talk with your teachers about the exam: type of questions, length, what do they think you should study? Work with your peers! Sometimes, you may miss a piece of information in your notes that your friends caught.

For families who are new to WJCC or to high school, this week can seem confusing. Some students are exempt from their final exams for some classes, but they may need to come to school for another exam. Additionally, how do we know if our student is exempt from an exam.

Here are a few key pieces of information for NON-SENIORS:

  1. If your student is exempt from an exam, your student’s teacher will send notification in writing through your student. If you have any questions about the status or if you think the form was lost, please contact the teacher for verification.
  2. If a student is exempt from an exam, they do not need to come to school. If a student does not have an exam in the morning, but they have one in the later session, the student should come to school. However, they are to go to their assigned class during the exam period. Students are not permitted to stay in the cafeteria for the exam period.


  1. Seniors who must take a final exam should already know their status from their teachers. However, if there is any doubt, please contact your teacher for more information.

The exam schedule is posted on the JHS website and included in this week’s newsletter.

Finish strong Eagles!

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV
Interim Principal

Jamestown High School

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

Spring Class Schedules

The new semester will start on Monday, January 28th. At 7:20 am, student will report to their FALL semester first block classes to receive their new schedule. After approximately 5-7 minutes, student will travel to their new first block class.

The Drop/Add period will begin that same week. Students are to go to the classes that they have been assigned even if they plan to try to drop and add a different class.

Spring Semester Parking Passes

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.


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

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.

Counseling Corner

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.


Jamestown won the Regional Championship for Scholastic Bowl going UNDEFEATED for the day 4 – 0. The eagles are just coming off another Bay Rivers District Championship! Congratulations to the team of Lisa Small, Morgan McKnight, Andrew Criddle, Sam Kiser, Ben Sheriff, Isaac Criddle, David Bass, Leo Murphy, and Kieran Barre! Great job Coaches Ryan Gross and Chris Eames! 

The weekend also had our Eagles on television. In the Battle of the Brains on CBS, channel 3 WTKR, the Eagles took on the Trojans of New Kent. The team of Isaac Criddle, David Bass, Leo Murphy, and Kieran Barre won the event with a score of 300 to 25. The Eagles will take on Deep Run High School in the next round. Congratulations Eagles!

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.

Stay Connected!

PTSA Notes

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