Final Stretch – Summer Break is Approaching

As we prepare for the final week of the school year, we are especially grateful for your support. Together we have overcome many challenges by focusing on providing the best education possible for students. We couldn’t be more proud of staff and student achievements that have come about through ambitious goals setting and hard work. Now on to summer! We hope summer offers a break from school routines so students return this fall ready to learn. The family newsletter is also taking a break for summer and will resume in early August. In the meantime, be on the lookout for any urgent school messages via email and text.

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.

School Start Times: 2022-2023 School Year

To increase teacher collaboration and improve on-time bus arrival rates, school start and end times will shift for the 2022-2023 school year as outlined below:

Tier 1: High schools – 7:20 AM – 2:00 PM
Tier 2: Middle Schools – 8:05 AM – 2:45 PM
Tier 3: Elementary (James River & Stonehouse) – 8:55 AM – 3:25 PM
Tier 4: Elementary (Clara Byrd Baker, DJ Montague, J. Blaine Blayton, Laurel Lane, Matoaka, Matthew Whaley, and Norge) – 9:35 AM – 4:05 PM

To read more about the changes, visit our website.

Celebrate Our Graduates!

Line Duke of Gloucester Street next week to cheer on our graduates. Parades will start each day at 5:30 pm.

  • Monday, June 6 – Jamestown High School
  • Tuesday, June 7 – Lafayette High School
  • Wednesday, June 8 – Warhill High School
Celebrate Our Support Employees of the Year

Our spectacular support team helps each of us serve our students better at WJCC Schools! Thanks to each one who transports students to and from school, supports academics, attends to students’ special needs, and keeps our facilities clean and school community healthy. Learn more about our 2022 Support Employees of the Year on this web page and help us congratulate each one!

Celebrate Our Heroes of Hope

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

  • Anne Neve from Central Office
  • Cathy Johnson from James Blair Middle
  • Julye Johnson from Stonehouse Elementary

Thanks to our heroes who tirelessly help, inspire, and encourage others. Read more about our honorees on the Heroes of Hope page. Recognizing Heroes of Hope will pause for the summer months, but we look forward to reopening nominations in the fall.

Board Summary over Summer

Since the family newsletter will take a break over summer, please look to our website for board summaries in the days following each board meeting.

Farewell to Staff

This week we had the delight of recognizing 58 staff members who retired from WJCC Schools from last July through present. Together, these staff members have shared their more than 730 years of experience in education. Amazing talent in the division makes WJCC Schools an excellent place to learn! We can’t thank our dedicated staff enough. Farewell in retirement.

2022 PEATC Parent and Youth Empowerment Summit Saturday, August 6

Individuals with disabilities (age 12 -22) and their parents are invited to participate in a youth empowerment summit offered by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) on Saturday, August 6 from 8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. at Great Wolf Lodge. Participants will attend valuable informational sessions led by experts in the field of family engagement, network with exhibitors and other families, and leave with skills to be effective self advocates. Contact PEATC at 800-869-6782 or partners@peatc.org with any questions.  Visit this website for registration and more details.

Summer Hours in WJCC Schools

School and Central Office hours shift over the summer. Beginning Monday, June 13, facilities will be open from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Buildings will be closed on Fridays from June 17 to August 5. Traditional hours of 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, will resume on Monday, August 8.

Important Dates

  • June 6-7 – High School Early Release
  • June 7 – School Board Work Session at 7:00 PM, Central Office, Room 300
  • 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
  • June 20 – Juneteenth Holiday (observed) – All WJCC Schools buildings and offices closed
  • June 21 – School Board Meeting at 6:30 PM, James Blair Middle School Gymnasium

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