Principal’s Newsletter: Week of October 28 – November 3, 2018

Jamestown High School - From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 3

A Message from the Principal

Good afternoon Eagles!

Welcome to a new week! I love the start of a new day or new week. Because we learn more about ourselves through how we face challenges, a new start is an opportunity to learn more about our identity, strengths, and areas for growth. Education is about empowerment. With November right around the corner, we get to witness empowerment at the ballot box. Monday through Friday, students complete tasks and assignments. We ask students to hone their skills with critical thinking, writing, and reading. Throughout these processes and actions, I wonder if students understand how these actions lead to their empowerment. Anyone can fall into a rut of going from one crisis to another on a weekly level. Over time, we lose perspective of WHY we do what we do. We become accustomed to completing tasks and cannot see where we are going with them.

One way to address this issue is to think about where we want to be. Next, think of FIVE specific actions that you have taken over the week to get you to where you want to be. If you cannot think of your five actions, you may find that you are traveling in a direction that will not lead you to your desired location. YOU can control where you will be and what you will become.

JHS is a resource for you to find this direction. School is associated with tests and assignments, but education is not necessarily. If you feel that you are being schooled and not educated, see your school counselor, talk with a teacher, or even talk to me. You will find that colleges and the workplace want educated people, not schooled people. These skills you hone at JHS can take you places. Test taking strategies are great, but the critical thinking from analyzing math problems, the reading strategies (like SOAPstone), the writing strategies (AEC paragraphs), analyzing scientific methodology, language acquisition are marketable skills that EMPOWER YOU!

Next week, I will find students and ask them what was the most important thing you learned and hashtag it on Twitter with #EngagingEagles. We want to know what was important to you, so we need you think about it.

Do not wait. Find your direction and think of actions that point you that way. The next week starts now!

Let’s go to work,

H.E. Townsend, IV

Interim Principal

Jamestown High School

Calendar Changes

Due to the inclement weather from hurricanes and tropical storms, WJCC schools made some changes to our calendar. With the loss of instructional days coming so early in the year, we will need to prepare for potential snow days in January and February. (And lets be honest, we’ve had snow days in March and April too.)

Here are the changes to the calendar:  High School exams will move to Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Jan. 24.(Tuesday, Jan. 22, which will remain an Early Release Day for high school students will be used for exam review. Elementary and middle school students will have a full day of instruction.)

New Procedures for Entry to JHS

Jamestown High School has a new procedure for early parent “check out”. JHS utilizes Ident-A-Kid, a system that will scan your driver’s license for identification. I wish I could say that this system is unnecessary. However, we are seeing that schools are not immune from violence. This is just one safety measure that our school division has in place. WJCC schools develops layers of safety protocols to keep our student, faculty, and staff safe throughout the day. While the process may seem inconvenient at first, with more practice, it will become an established habit.  Make sure to bring your state ID or Driver’s License; this will make the process easier. After completing the process, visitors are to report to the main office.

When entering JHS please follow these instructions:

Visitors For Visitors without a Driver’s License
1. “Click” on VISITOR at the Ident-A-Kid computer portal

2. Scan Driver’s License

3. “Click” OK

4. Select the “REASON”

5. “Click” CHECK-IN

1. “Click” NO ID CARD

2. Enter password “CCSS”

3. “Click” OK

4. Enter name and birthday

5. “Click” OK

6. “Click” REASON

7. “Click” CHECK-IN

Underclassmen Pictures

Smile and say “cheese”! Underclassmen pictures will take place on Monday, October 29th for students whose last names begin with the letters “A” through “L” in the auditorium. Students whose last names begin with “M” through “Z” will take their pictures on Tuesday, October 30th in the auditorium. The yearbook sponsor will put passes for students in the mailboxes of their teachers. If a student is absent on Monday, they will have the opportunity to take their picture on Tuesday.

The photographer will take the Senior Class pictures on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:45 am in the gym.

Election Day Closures

Please remember that students will have a holiday on Tuesday, November 6th due to Election Day.

One Act Play Qualifies for Finals

One Act Play at VTA!

One Act Play at VTA!

As of the writing of this newsletter, the JHS One Act Play participants are competing in the FINALS of the Virginia Theater Association High School Theater Festival. Last year, JHS won the event and qualified for the National Regional Round. The Eagles have completed the first step to revisiting their success from last year.

JHS Band Receives EXCELLENT Rating at State Assessment!

Eagle Band

Eagle Band

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PTSA Notes

Thank you to everyone who participated in the kickball game to celebrate our PTA School of Excellence Award. The event was a lot of fun, and we hope to create more events that bring our students, faculty, and families together!

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