Happy Thanksgiving

Since this is the last Family Newsletter before the Thanksgiving break, we wanted to take a moment to say how grateful we are for our families. Without your support, the great work happening in our schools would not be possible. Thank you for being our partner and supporting our school communities.

Academic Calendar Change

After gathering family and staff feedback about the remaining Virtual Learning Days this school year, the school board approved a calendar change. Jan. 27 and March 4 are now listed on the calendar as student holidays/teacher workdays instead of K-12 Virtual Learning Days. Students will not report to school on those days and are not expected to log on for virtual learning experiences. Making this change will provide our teachers much-needed time to collaborate and plan lessons.

Support our teachers. Apply to be a Substitute Teacher.

Our teachers are doing a fantastic job, but they need time to recharge and be the best versions of themselves. To help support our teachers, over 40 central staff employees have joined the substitute teacher pool. However, we still need more substitutes to ensure our teachers take the time they need. If you or someone you know is interested, please visit the substitute teacher application. WJCC Schools substitute teachers are paid $90 per day, must be at least 18 and have completed 60 semester hours at an accredited college or university.

Help Us Test Stopfinder

We are looking for up to 500 families to test our new bus app Stopfinder. During the test phase, families will be asked to set up GeoAlerts for both the morning and afternoon bus runs. To learn more about Stopfinder, please watch the Stopfinder video.

How to Sign-up to Test Stopfinder

Heroes of Hope – Call for Nominations

We have heroes among us offering a helping hand, encouragement or inspiration to students and staff. This month we recognize three Heroes of Hope:

  • Melissa White and Amber Gardner from Stonehouse Elementary School
  • Toni Turner from Laurel Lane Elementary School
  • Amanda Miller from Jamestown High School

Read more about these incredible heroes by visiting the Heroes of Hope page.

Consider nominating rock stars at your school or location to be recognized for making a difference in the lives of others by submitting a Heroes of Hope nomination form.

Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, WJCC Schools honored our veterans and active service members. Many of our schools read bios of the veterans on their staff during morning announcements and had information on Veterans Day history posted throughout the school. Veterans Day history was also incorporated into classroom activities such as reading stories by service members, making paper poppies to honor veterans’ sacrifices, discussing what it means to be a hero and learning through Veterans Day-themed breakouts. Lastly, many of our elementary students participated in Veterans Day programs. To view these programs, please see the links below.

Register for the Next Family Academy

On Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 6:00 p.m., the Family Academy will be hosting a webinar, Tech Talk: Division-issued Devices. During the program families will learn about:

  • WJCC-provided software and services
  • The Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
  • Tips to help students navigate the internet responsibly

To register please visit the Tech Talk: Division-issued Devices sign-up page. If you have any questions, please email Felicia Highland at Felicia.Highland@wjccschools.org.

Virginia Assessment Parent Portal

Virginia Department of Education is offering families a new method to receive their student’s Virginia Assessment Program test results. Families can visit the Virginia Assessment Parent Portal and create an account to access their student’s test results for certain state-wide assessments.

In the upcoming weeks, families of students in grades 3-8 will receive a WJCC email on how to access the results from the Fall 2021 Virginia Growth assessments. This email will include directions with an individualized claim code to access their student’s Student Detail by Question (SDBQ) Report.

We want your Input – American Rescue Plan (ARP)

In accordance with the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, school divisions must periodically review and update local plans for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services at least every six months through Sept. 30, 2023. We invite you to share your thoughts by visiting the ARP Feedback form.

Resources

  • COVID-19 Dashboard: Get the most up-to-date COVID-19 numbers. The dashboard is updated daily with isolation and quarantine numbers and positive cases by school.
  • Symptom Checker (English / Spanish): Use the WJCC Symptom Checker daily to evaluate your student’s health for COVID-19.

Important Dates

  • 24-26: WJCC Offices and Schools closed for Thanksgiving Break
  • 7: School Board Meeting at Stryker Center

Research and Resources

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