Principal’s Newsletter: March 24 – 30, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF MARCH 24, 2019

A Message from the Principal

This week marks the end of the third quarter evaluation window and the start of Spring Break. Our fortunes were good with a warm winter that did not bring the snow we usually get. For that reason, you could call this winter extraordinary. We enjoyed the warmer weather that gave us more opportunity to exercise and spend time outdoors. If we were to have multiple years with little to no snow though, this year would not seem as odd. However, the time would still be great.

Our band, orchestra, and choir made me reflect on this. Our Region evaluates our arts department every year. The system ranks their performance from 1 (Superior) to 5 (Poor). Jamestown’s bands, orchestra, and choir scored ONES! JHS is one of the few programs that has that distinction. Our programs have excelled at a high level for some time. Our arts programs have consistently scored highly in local and regional settings. That consistency can hide the extraordinary though. We need to support our JHS family when they excel the first time or even the fifty-first time.

Last week, within a three day period, our boys soccer team defeated two of the top five soccer programs in the state. While this may not surprise many due to the success of our program, it is EXTRAORDINARY!

As we speed towards Spring Break, make sure you take a look at the extraordinary things you are doing and support your fellow eagles in their journey toward excellence. Do not just make “good” decisions this week, make the “BEST” decisions!

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV


Counseling Corner

This year ALL AP exam registration for Jamestown High School will be online. To register for one or more AP exam(s) , please go to:

The cost for each AP exam is $98.00 and a reduced-fee is available for students who qualify (free/reduced lunch). Students taking AP exams at Jamestown High School MUST register for exams at the website above by March 27th, 2019. To avoid a late fee, all students should register for AP exams during the normal registration window (February 18-March 19, 2019).

Students registering for an AP exam during the late registration
window (March 20-March 27, 2019) will incur a $10.00 late fee.
Jamestown High School is excited to offer families the ability to pay their full exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration.

Families may also pay their full exam fees by mailing a check, cashier’s check or money order to Total Registration, LLC.
Registrations that have not been paid for by March 27, 2019 will
be cancelled and exams will NOT be ordered.

REFUND POLICY: Students who cancel before March 19, 2019 will
receive a full refund. Students who cancel after March 19, 2019 but
before March 27, 2019 will incur a $20.00 cancellation fee. There
will be NO REFUNDS given after March 27, 2019.

February 18th -March 19th AP exam registration window
March 20th -March 27th AP exam late registration ($10.00 late fee)
May 6th- 17th AP Exams will be given
Please contact your counselor if you have a question about an exam not listed, have questions about financial assistance, or any other questions.

Attention Class of 2019!

Balfour will come to JHS on April 16th and 17th to deliver caps and gowns. The Balfour representative will set up tables during all lunches. For students who are in the Early College Program, you can come to the Counseling Office to retrieve your cap and gown.

June is right around the corner!

The JHS Theater Department Presents… NEWSIES!

JHS will present Newsies as its spring musical for the 2018-2019 school year. Reserve Tickets Here And Pay at the Box Office– 30 minutes before show time

Advanced tickets are $8


Thursday, April 11 @ 7pm
Friday, April 12 @ 7pm
Saturday, April 13 @ 2pm
Saturday, April 13 @ 7pm

This is the stage play version of the Disney Live Action Film. It is appropriate for all ages.

You can also call the box office at 757-259-3644 if you have questions.

State Mandated Parent/Teen Driver Safety Presentations

The WJCC Driver Education Department will host a series of three of these informative meetings to help facilitate varying parental schedules.  Attendance by a parent AND student to ONE of these meetings is MANDATORY.  This mandate was passed on to us by the Virginia Department of Education.  The purpose of this meeting is to reinforce vehicle safety considerations relative to teen drivers.  Our three high schools are driver licensing agents for the Commonwealth of Virginia empowered by the Virginia Department of Education.

There will be separate sign-in sheets for Warhill, Lafayette and Jamestown families on location at each of these presentations.   You do not need to attend a meeting at your home school, you may attend whichever is most convenient. Each presentation will run for approximately ninety minutes.  There will be opportunities for parental questions at the conclusion of the presentation.


  1. Wednesday, 4/10/19    6:00 p.m.   WHS Auditorium
  2. Wednesday, 5/7/19    6:00 p.m.   JHS Cafeteria (Change in Date!!!)

Parents and students need to bring their drivers licenses and learners permits and must sign in with their DMV customer identification number to validate their attendance.

A New Look for the JHS Media Center

The JHS Media Specialists found a way to increase student use of the Media Center. The team solicited feedback from students and teachers to create spaces that promoted collaboration balanced with the need for quiet study time.

Students are greeted with an area to meet!

Two classroom areas!

A virtual reality station for art!

Stay Connected!

PTSA Notes

Our next PTSA meeting will be on APRIL 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the JHS Media Center. Come join us to share your voice.

The PTSA is an advocacy group that has connections to local and state government. While the group does provide support to schools with After-Prom and various activities in the schools, that is not all we do. We advocate for bills in the General Assembly and support education initiatives that enhance our students’ experiences in school.

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