Principal’s Newsletter: March 3 – 9, 2019

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk


A Message from the Principal

Welcome to March!

This year is moving very quickly! Believe it or not, we are only a few weeks away from Spring Break. We will distribute interim grades soon. Students and parents will see their grades; teachers will adjust their instruction to meet students where they are. As I review the grade distributions and attendance data,  I wonder what our students will remember as the most important thing they learned so far this semester.

We have so many students with exceptional gifts. When our students leave JHS, I believe they will make our community and world better by using these gifts. Our impact as educators and parents should empower these young people to use these gifts. Do our students make the connection between their school work and themselves? As the father of a high school student myself, I am sure my son would reply with a curt, “no”. His response would be combination of his hesitance to talk to his father about school and a desire to complete tasks.

We fall into a trap of lists and completion tasks: complete this assignment, finish this project, write that essay. We move from week to week managing these tasks and resolving conflicts. The danger to this way of navigating high school is that we lack vision for the end goal. I’m not writing of graduation; that is planned and executed with way-points and timetables. No, what I reference is becoming the person you want to be.

We strive for students to see how their academic work, extra curricular activities, connections with peers, work ethic, and responsibility combine to give them a true education that helps support their gifts.

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV
Interim Principal

Counseling Corner

In an effort to streamline the course request process with the building of the master schedule, we are trying to be transparent with students and families about which courses will pair together to give students the highest chance of being placed into the courses requested.  APUSH (AP US History) and AP Lang (AP English Language and Composition) have the highest likelihood of pairing together.  A student does NOT need to take both AP classes. If students would like to look at the possibility of selecting AP courses independent of one another, such as the aforementioned pair, they will need to use the following selection process:

If a student selects an AP course, they must either:

  1. Select another AP course to pair with it (for example: I want to take AP Bio, then I need to also sign up for another AP course to pair with it, ie., AP Stats, AP Psychology, AP Environmental, etc.)
  2. If I don’t want to select another AP course to pair with it, then I MUST select either:
    1. Economics Personal Finance to pair with the course, or
    2. Mass Media (Yearbook)

In the end, students should choose classes that fit their GOALS, NEEDS, and INTERESTS. If you are unsure how your chosen class would fit into a schedule, give us a call or send an email to your school counselor.  If you have any questions or need assistance with this process, please contact our school counseling department.

Advanced Placement Testing Information

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.

World Language Week

March 3rd through the 9th marks World Language Week. As the world gets smaller with increased communication and connections through the Internet and the ease of travel, our students will need to compete on a global level. People who have the skills to make connections to others with different backgrounds, histories, and languages will have an advantage in the global marketplace.

During World Language Week, JHS will highlight cultural, historical, and economic connections that language skills support.

March 4, Monday – Wear BLUE for French

March 5, Tuesday – Wear RED for Spanish

March 6, Wednesday – Wear BLACK for German

March 7, Thursday – Wear PURPLE for Latin

March 8, Friday – Wear GREEN for ESL

  • Enjoy must in different language each morning at 7:15 am.
  • Check out our table during all three lunch blocks to win prizes in our DAILY TRIVIA CONTEST!

Parent Conference Night

Jamestown High School will host it Parent Conference Night on March 14th from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. JHS will use SIGNUP GENIUS to schedule times for parents with teachers. On MARCH 7TH, JHS will post the links for registering for the conference night on our website.

Parent Conference Night is a time we set aside to meet with parents. However, we understand that this date and time may not work for all of our families. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss learning progress with a teacher at another time, please contact the teacher or school counselor to coordinate a date and time.

Congratulations to our National Merit Finalists!

Eight students from Jamestown High School are moving on as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

These students represent the top 1.12 percent of the nation in academies. The students qualified for the competition as juniors because of their high scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT).

Jamestown High School’s 2019 national Merit Finalists include: Hope Stumpf, Anna Song, Joanna Stathopoulos, Casey Schmidt, Matthew Stumpf, Pierson Shamaiengar, Isaac Criddle, and Zachary Stumpf.

The finalists have the opportunity to win three different scholarship offered through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation; including the National Merit Scholarship, a one-time $2,500 award, for which every Finalist competes.

JHS Junior Qualifies For US Physics Olympiad Semi Finalist

On Jan 23rd of this year, 14 students (listed below) from GSST joined over 6000 students from across the country to take the FNet test which is the first step to qualify for the US Physics Olympiad team.  Students listed below participated in this arduous exam.   GSST students performed very well. Nationally the median score was an 8 with an average score of 9.1.

Students needed to score a 16 to qualify as Semi-Finalist. GSST students scored an average of 10.3 with a median of 10. Three Students Nick Gu, Finn Hulse, and Emery Shelly almost qualified with scores of 15, 14, and14 respectively. P

Congratulations to Tabb Student Albert Guo and Jamestown student Leo Murphy for qualifying as Semi-Finalist this year. They will be competing on Tuesday April 2nd to earn medals or qualify for the US Physics Olympiad team which will be competing this year in the International Physics Olympiad in Tel Aviv, Israel. Congratulations to all the students and good luck Albert and Leo in April!

HUNTER CULVERHOUSE Jamestown HS 11th Grade
CHARLES CUTLER Smithfield HS   11th Grade
NICHOLAS GU Tabb HS           11th Grade
ALBERT GUO Tabb HS           11th Grade
FINN E HULSE Jamestown HS 12th Grade
CAMERON MATEER  Grafton HS        11th Grade
CATHERINE E MIKHAILOVA  Bruton HS         12th Grade
DAVID MORGAN  Warwick HS      11th Grade
BOHENG MU  Warhill HS         12th Grade
LEO MURPHY Jamestown HS  11th Grade
EMERY SHELLY  Lafayette HS      12th Grade
MARIA STUEBNER Tabb HS            11th Grade
KAI E VYLET York HS             12th Grade
SONYA WOO Lafayette HS      11th Grade

Senior of the Month: DIANA MARCHESCHI

Diana Marcheschi

Diana Marcheschi

Faculty Member of the Month: STROTHER SHARP

Strother Sharp

Strother Sharp

World Language Department: Latin

Stay Connected!

PTSA Notes

  • The next PTSA meeting is March 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the JHS Media Center
  • We will have a presentation regarding mental wellness and stress management by Dr. Christian Dunn and Kimberly Harlow, PLC.
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