Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable winter break. We are looking forward to an exciting 2023!

Family Planning for Winter Weather

Williamsburg winter weather can be unpredictable, making now a great time to consider making your family plan for an unexpected early release, delayed start, or school closing day. Since our division covers hundreds of square miles, we make decisions with all of our roadways in mind. While one end of the county may be clear, another may have icy, treacherous roads.

Certain conditions may cause physical schools to close but learning can continue through an Unscheduled Virtual Learning Day. Should this occur, families will be notified through the Division. Students may be expected to participate in a live, synchronous portion such as a morning meeting and then complete other asynchronous work independently throughout the day. Specific direction will come from each teacher if an Unscheduled Virtual Learning Day is called.

Governor’s School for Science and Technology – Important Dates

The Governor’s School for Science and Technology (GSST) is a regional school dedicated to teaching innovative math and science curriculum to serve high-achieving students who are talented in math and science. If your student may be interested, please note the following important dates.

10th grade students: Online applications for the Governor’s School for Science and Technology are open to 10th graders through February 28. Learn more here.

Parents of interested students: Virtual parent information night January 25 at 6:00 PM. Check here for the zoom link and other information night options.

8th and 9th grade students: If your child may be interested in the Governor’s School for Science and Technology, consider signing up for a monthly informational newsletter and participate in a virtual parent information night January 25 at 6:00 PM. More details here.

Middle & High School Course Planning & Curriculum Fairs January 18 and 19 at Warhill High School

Planning for the upcoming academic year starts now. Families can gain first-hand information, speak to representatives from each subject area and get a jump start on course selection and registration.

  • Middle School Course Planning & Curriculum Fair: January 19, 5:30-7:30 PM at Warhill High
  • High School Course Planning & Curriculum Fair: January 18, 5:30-7:30 PM at Warhill High
Running for Fun: Sentara Sleighbell Recap

More than 300 WJCC students, staff and families joined the fun at the Sentara Sleighbell 5k on December 10! All WJCC schools and buildings were represented including 11 SHIP Running Challenge Clubs. Thanks to the Williamsburg Health Foundation and Colonial Sports for making this event possible for so many in our WJCC Schools family.

Family Academy Webinar: Advanced Pathways

Families of all current fifth and sixth graders are invited to attend our Family Academy webinar: Advanced Pathways on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 6:00 PM in English and 6:30 PM in Spanish. Many opportunities are available for students to take higher-level courses and participate in advanced programs at WJCC Schools. Join our webinar to consider long-term planning and the types of courses students may take in middle school and high school to prepare them for their future.

Click here now to register for the webinar in English.

Please contact Jorge Rivas at jorge.rivas@wjccschools.org to join the webinar in Spanish.

Engage with Us!

We want our community to Engage with Us! Bookmark this page to stay up to date. Current opportunities are:

  • 23-24 School Year Calendar
  • Civics and Economics Textbook Evaluation Committee Interest Form
  • Share a Future Family Academy Topic
  • Volunteer with WJCC Schools
January 5, 2023 Board Summary

On January 5, 2023, the School Board conducted its meeting. Click here to review the meeting details and agenda.

School Board discusses 23-24 academic calendar – Share your feedback

Each year the WJCC Schools Calendar Committee works within guidelines shaped by state law, district policy, employee contracts, and established practices to develop future academic calendars. On behalf of the Calendar Committee, administration presented the recommended 2023-2024 calendar to the School Board on Thursday, January 5, 2023. 

The calendar reflects considerations and prior feedback shared with the Committee, to include: 

  • Concerted effort to reduce early release days. As a result, November 6 and 7, 2023, are scheduled as student holiday/non-attendance days. Conferences would be conducted on these days, rather than on half-day afternoons as in the past. 
  • Desire for dedicated time to close out the first semester. As a result, January 25 and 26, 2024, are scheduled as student holiday/non-attendance days. 

As drafted, the 2023-2024 calendar contains nine days off at winter break with the last day of school on Thursday, June 13, 2024. The School Board has expressed an interest in learning the community’s thoughts on the length of winter break as it connects to the last day of school and the beginning of summer break. If additional day(s) are taken as holidays, instructional time needs to be recaptured elsewhere – for example, if a 10th day off for winter break were included, the last day of school could become Friday, June 14, 2024.  

Click here to review the draft 2023-2024 calendar as presented.

Engage with Us and share your thoughts by Friday, January 13.

Important Dates

  • January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – WJCC Schools and Offices Closed
  • January 17 – School Board Budget Work Session, 4:00 PM at School Board & Central Office, Room 300 School Board Regular Meeting, 6:30 PM at James Blair Middle School
  • January 27 – Student Holiday