Student Laptop/Tablet Collection June 1-3

You will be receiving specific information from your child’s school or Virtual Academy about returning technology devices before summer break. If your child is absent on your school’s collection day, the device must be returned when the student returns or the last day the student is in attendance.

Students are required to return all technology devices issued this school year including assigned laptop or tablet, charger, and any other item such as a MIFI or special adaptive device. Please note, seniors will not be permitted to march if devices are not returned before graduation.  Students attending summer school will be assigned a different device at their summer school location.

May 17 School Board Meeting Summary

At its May 17 meeting, the school board celebrated recognitions and approved the FY23 operating budget and amended five-year Capital Improvement plan for FY 23-FY27, among other actions. To review the entire meeting, watch the video.

Celebrate Our Heroes of Hope

This month, we are recognizing the following three Heroes of Hope. Help us celebrate each one.

  • AnnaMarie Diggs from Bright Beginnings at Laurel Lane
  • Gwendolyn Gaines from Hornsby Middle
  • Madison Kent from Norge Elementary

Thanks to our heroes who tirelessly help, inspire, and encourage others. Read more about our honorees and take this last opportunity to nominate your own hero this school year by visiting the Heroes of Hope page.

COVID-19 Awareness

Since our last COVID-19 related communication at the end of April, COVID-19 cases within our community have continued to rise. According to the CDC website, the community level for James City County is medium, representing case and hospitalization rates. WJCC Schools cases can be tracked on our data dashboard.

We have seen a constant uptick of cases since Spring Break. While levels are not as high as we experienced in January and February, the increase is again placing a strain our system while substitute teacher shortages persist.

With consistent warm weather and many exciting end-of-year celebrations around the corner, we ask for continued help to reduce the spread of illness in our community by practicing frequent handwashing and respiratory etiquette (ex. coughing/sneezing into the bend of your elbow). We encourage all eligible members of our community to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster as an additional layer of protection. As always, if you or your child are experiencing any symptom of illness, please stay home until you are healthy again. Thank you for your continued partnership.

Free Meal Program Set to Expire

For more than two years, the federal government funded a program that provided all students with access to free meals because of the pandemic. At this time, that program is set to expire. To receive free or reduced-price meals in the coming (2022-2023) school year, families must apply and qualify based on income.

By applying, a qualifying child may be eligible to receive other benefits or fee waivers. WJCC Schools will be sending all families more information after July 1 when the application is available. To learn more about the income eligibility going into effect July 1, 2022, see the USDA Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines (2022-2023).

Registration is Now Open – for Next Year’s 5th Grade Music Centers Selections

It’s now time to register your soon-to-be fifth graders for their music center option for the 2022-2023 school year. Students may choose to play a band or strings instrument or take general music. The choice is for the full year. To make your child’s fifth grade music selection, complete this form by May 22.  Looking at this guide with your child may help explore the options. If you have questions as you consider your options, please contact your school’s music teacher.

Math Standards of Learnings Revisions Process Underway Public Engagement Sessions May 18 – June 13

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will host six public engagement sessions to allow parents, families, and community members to participate in the review and revision of the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The five regional face-to-face sessions and one virtual session begin with presentations by VDOE staff about the Standards of Learning revision process, followed by a feedback session. View dates, locations, and registration information for the sessions here.

Career Opportunities for Graduating Seniors

WJCC Schools is excited to announce that we will be hosting several local companies interested in hiring our graduating seniors for full-time career opportunities next Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27.  Companies involved are Newport News Shipbuilding, Greystone of Virginia, and Printpack.  Interviews will take place at all three high schools, please contact your child’s school counselor for more information or with any questions.

Pop into summer! SHIP Chefs fruit popsicle kit for 5th graders!

Celebrate summer and your move to middle school! Sign up by Friday, May 27, to receive a free fruit popsicle kit to make healthy summer snacks! Only 250 kits are available. Kits go home with students June 1!  Sign up using this form.

2022-2023 Sports Physicals on May 24 and May 26

Riverside Sports Medicine is offering low-cost sports physicals to students entering 7th – 12th grade in the fall. Physicals will be $20 and provided on a walk-in basis. Families from any school are encouraged to contact the host school’s athletic director if they plan to attend. A physical examination form must be completed. If the student’s parent/guardian will not be present with the student at the physical pages 1, 2, and 4 must be completed in advance.

Toano Middle School: Tuesday, May 24, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Athletic Director: William Daisley at william.daisley@wjccschools.org

James Blair Middle School: Thursday, May 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Athletic Director: Kadon Stabeno at kadon.stabeno@wjccschools.org

Important Dates

  • May 30 – Memorial Day – All WJCC Schools and Offices Closed
  • June 6-7 – High School Early Release
  • June 8 – K-12 Early Release
  • June 9 – K-12 Early Release, Last Day of Student Attendance
  • June 10 – Graduation (JHS 9 AM, LHS 2 PM, WHS 7 PM) William & Mary’s Kaplan Arena

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