Principal’s Newsletter: Week of December 9 – 15, 2018

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk


A Message from the Principal

Welcome back!

Snow events that cancel school can be a great time to bond with family and catch up on work and assignments. However, many of our Jamestown community are still without power. Additionally, the ice and snow has caused damage to cars and homes in our area. While I love the snow, I know it creates hardships for some.

We were going to complete the interim grading process this week, but, with many students and teachers without power, the timetable has been pushed back to accommodate our families. Interim reports should be available for students on or by Friday of this week. Additionally, if a student’s housing, transportation, or power has been interrupted, let the teacher know so that we can make some accommodations. Hopefully, by Wednesday, most families’ power will be restored, but the number of felled trees in Williamsburg-James City County area creates a problem for our Dominion Power workers.

Tomorrow will be a “B” day. After an extended weekend, we will need to get back “into the groove” again. Procedures and patterns help regulate our day-to-day issues and happenings. These routines help guide us, but, like any tool, serve a specific purpose. Routines will not make you great, but they can help. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric wrote it best:

You’ve got to eat while you dream. You’ve got to deliver on short-range commitments, while you develop a long-range strategy and vision and implement it. The success of doing both. Walking and chewing gum if you will. Getting it done in the short-range, and delivering a long-range plan, and executing on that.

Let’s go to work!

H.E. Townsend, IV
Interim Principal of Jamestown High School

Counseling Corner

JHS will host a WJCC Family Information Night for students and families in Early College Program.  LaToya Lawson, a representative from Thomas Nelson Community College, will lead the event in collaboration with Jessica Switzer, JHS school counselor, Dr. Worley, assistant superintendent, and available lead counselors from each high school.  The main intent will be to answer questions from families.  This year, the event will take place on Monday, December 17th at 6:00 PM at Jamestown High School. Please feel free to join us if you are available.

Holiday Concert Schedule: NO AEP on December 19th!

To accommodate the Winter Concert and ensure each class will see their teacher before the break, on December 19th, JHS will use the following schedule:


First block 7:20 am – 8:05 am
Second block 8:10 am – 10:50 am
Assembly A (SECOND FLOOR ONLY) 8:15 am – 9:15 am
Assembly B (FIRST FLOOR ONLY) 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Third block 10:55 am – 12:50 pm
Fourth block 12:55 pm – 2:20 pm

Changes Due to the Snow

  • Underclassmen picture make-ups will be on December 18th in the auditorium.
  • The joint choir concert of JHS and James Blair Middle School will be on Friday, December 14th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.
  • Coach Edwards, JHS athletic director, has changed the athletic calendar to reflect the most current changes:

Jamestown Unity Week

The JHS SCA hopes to bring some unity to the holiday season for the week leading to our holiday break.

Monday, December 17th is Military Monday. Dress to support our armed forces. Our student body would like to come together to recognize the people and families who sacrifice their time and lives during the holiday!

Tuesday, December 18th is Unity Tuesday. Wear your seasonal and Jamestown GREEN!

Wednesday, December 19th is Ugly/Holiday Sweater Day.

Driver’s Education Meeting

On December 12th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria, JHS will host a Driver’s Education parent meeting. Parents will learn more about Behind-the-Wheel information and have the opportunity to have their questions answered.

Stay Connected!

PTSA Notes

Next PTSA meeting is on January 8th at 5:30 pm in the JHS Media Center.

Please follow the link for the PTSA Newsletter: jhs newsletter 112018 RSVD PTSA

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