WJCC recognized three of our most valued business partners for being named to the Virginia School Boards Association 2020 Business Honor Roll. Their ongoing generosity and support are very much appreciated by our students and schools. We value and depend upon their collaboration and are thankful that we can highlight but a few of their many contributions to our school division. Partnerships with these businesses provide opportunities for students and staff to work with members of our community and enrich educational experiences both in and outside of our classrooms.
Colonial Sports has supported WJCC Schools SHIP running club program for over a decade. Their support enables our running clubs to participate in two 5K culminating events each school year, the Sentara Sleighbell 5K in December and the Run the Dog 5K in April. Each of the division’s elementary and middle schools have a running club with over 550 weekly participants. This running phenomenon is largely due to the popularity of the two culminating 5K events coordinated by Colonial Sports.
Lowe’s Home Improvement (Williamsburg)
Berkeley Middle School students have a constant reminder of how business partnerships can support learning. A few years ago, Lowe’s team members donated their time, manpower and talents to beautify the exterior and build an outdoor classroom at Berkeley. The fenced classroom includes large planters and picnic tables for science, art, or any class to enjoy learning outside. Whether donating supplies, classroom materials, or supporting an initiative, we are thankful for the continued support of our friends a Lowe’s.
WJCC Schools seeks partnerships that broaden students’ academic experiences and offers them firsthand knowledge of the workforces. Through our annual Manufacturing Day, Owens-Illinois opens their doors to our high school students to help them better understand the technical skill needed to be successful in our global workforce. Through these student tours, students explore how innovative and distinctive glass packaging helps this company build their brain and enhance sales as a result of customer intrigue.
Outstanding Volunteers of the Year
School volunteers are shining stars in the WJCC Schools family, and we are so grateful for their support. We appreciate the contributions each volunteer makes when they dedicate their time, talent, and energy to support students and schools. The Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Program allows each school to recognize and celebrate one exceptional volunteer. A volunteer is broadly defined as any individual who contributes their time to the learning process. These outstanding volunteers go well beyond this call each week in our schools. Their unwavering support and strong sense of advocacy towards our students are invaluable to our success. Together, we can and do make a difference in the lives of our students!
Michael (Mike) & Carissa MonsenClara Byrd Baker
Mike and Carissa Monsen are invaluable to our Clara Byrd Baker family. They arrived from Delaware approximately a year and half ago and immediately became involved in CBB’s PTA, organizing our first annual Paw Ball Dance. Not satisfied with just organizing a dance, this year they are leading our PTA and doing an amazing job of fostering a positive school community.
Kelly PtachickD.J. Montague
As editor of DJ’s yearbook, you can frequently see Kelly at school taking pictures so that our yearbook gives a good overview of our school year. She is also in charge of the Country Fair Silent Auction where she creates themes for grade level baskets to be auctioned. In addition, Kelly creates flyers to advertise upcoming events, purchases supplies for students, and assists in her child’s classroom. Kelly is an amazing volunteer and DJ is lucky to have her!
LeShane LawsonJ. Blaine Blayton
LaShane is the VP of our PTA and mom of two JBB students. She is always so positive which spreads throughout our entire school community. From organizing and following thru with PTA events to working with teachers to create a product that they envisioned, she is always ready to jump in where needed. We are so lucky to have such a helpful, positive role model and thank LeShane for all she does for the JBB Family!!!
Jihl WeaverJames River
Jihl Weaver has organized many events for the students and staff of James River Elementary this year. She has single handedly planned and implemented many meals for teachers on days where they were unable to leave the building due to events taking place or to simply thank them for all their hard work. She has taken on running activities and events for students when no one else was available to tackle the task, essentially saving the event. She has brought new ideas into our school and helped to bring activities for students and teachers to enjoy.
Marla BorenLaurel Lane
Marla volunteers in one of our 5th-grade rooms, and the teacher and students absolutely adore her. She is a strong ambassador for student success, as she helps them complete assignments to their fullest potential, while adding valuable insight. Marla goes above and beyond her role as a volunteer, specifically when she comes in and shares a craft with the class. She is a great role-model for the students and an overall wonderful person!
Joan S. DoughertyMatoaka
Joan began volunteering 25 years ago in Rawls Byrd (now Laurel Lane). When her grandchildren began at Matoaka Elementary, she joined our team. For over four years, Joan has spent two hours weekly volunteering in art. She does everything-repeats instructions, reminds students what to do next or what they should be working on, passes out supplies, cleans and makes sure glue bottles are unclogged and full. She is an integral part of helping Matoaka students have positive experiences in art.
Connie WilliamsMatthew Whaley
Connie has dedicated nearly every morning of the past six years working with kindergarten students at Matthew Whaley. She prepares crafts, makes books, ties shoes, applies band-aids, gives hugs, and fixes hair. She reads with students daily and reads ALL of their journal writings. Connie has personal connections with each student. I am not sure how Matthew Whaley became so lucky, but Ms. Connie has touched well over 100 students’ lives in her years of volunteering!
Michael (Mike) HorrellNorge
Mr. Horrell works two full days each week to provide both remediation and enrichment to students in math. He utilizes a strict schedule to pull small groups of students, building their confidence and ability in mathematics. He is collaborative and works with the teachers and the math specialist to provide instruction to fill in learning gaps. Because of his dedication, our students look forward to working with him and are excelling in math.
Nicole, a quiet, unassuming person, does not seek recognition but contributes so much to our school community. In the past couple of years, she has helped with our PTA Fall Food Drive, assisted with SCA, volunteered in her sons’ classrooms, and supported the backpack food program. She has also provided supplies and treats for entire classes without ever being asked. This year, she headed the Stonehouse Reflections Program. In her quiet way Nicole promotes student success, without fuss.
Mrs. German is so deserving of being named Berkeley’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year! She has helped many of our performing arts programs by donating her time painting and creating backdrops while also taking school photos of other events and being visible throughout the school. She spends days, evenings and weekends at Berkeley, and goes above and beyond to help our students, programs and school be successful. We are proud to have her as a member of our team.
Adrianne TropiloLois S. Hornsby
Mrs. Tropilo is our current PTSA President and so much more! She coordinated a speaker from the health department to present information to parents on the dangers of vaping, retained the movie Screenagers 2 on social media for students, and is bringing in a motivational dance troupe. Mrs. Tropilo was also instrumental in creating a new student club, organizing appreciative events for our staff, and supporting teachers through mini grants. Mrs. Tropilo is an integral part of the Hornsby family.
Melvin JacksonJames Blair
Mr. Jackson is a community man who is committed to working with students at James Blair. As a member of the Williamsburg Men’s Club, he has recruited other volunteers to support our students. Mr. Jackson can be seen teaching our gentlemen how to tie a tie, set a table, or providing incentives for students whose behavior and grades improve. He is a former Spider committed to meeting the needs and being a consistent pillar of encouragement for current Spiders!
Christopher Page (Pastor)Toano
We are incredibly grateful Mr. Page, youth pastor at Liberty Church, generously dedicates time every Wednesday working with students and collaborating with teachers to promote a love for reading and learning. Teachers describe Mr. Page as a fantastic addition to their Academic Enrichment Period classes. All of the students have benefited from reading aloud to him, but it has really been incredible for struggling readers. They have come to realize reading is a skill they need to practice!!
Ms. Dunn is Jamestown’s PTSA President. She helped lead a school beautification effort through our refurbishment. Ms. Dunn was also instrumental in helping to organize and garner support for the first JHS Homecoming Parade. We are incredibly happy to have such a committed and thoughtful volunteer looking out for our students and school.
Michelle Dawson has volunteered for the last two years and has helped a variety of students study for and pass SOLs needed to graduate. This fall, she came to LHS three days a week, three hours a day to work with three separate seniors for SOL preparation. She is always willing to work with our students, no matter their background or how many tests they need and has been successful with getting our students to pass the SOLs.
Lynn has faithfully served the students and staff at Warhill for five years, helping with the Band Boosters and PTSA. She selflessly donates her time/gifts to provide recognition for students and staff. This year, as Hospitality Chair, she organized meals for staff that were well received and appreciated. She helped with the homecoming dance, donated food, drinks, and more importantly, her time, to make students and staff feel special. She can always be seen serving up a smile or hug.