JAMESTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
Our district and school has been working hard to make 2020-21 a safe school year full of challenging and innovative learning experiences. We are planning and preparing to ensure all students have access to a high quality and safe educational experience and appreciate your understanding and support as we implement our plans. Our plan includes physical distancing strategies, new lunchroom protocols, high risk activity restrictions, increased safety and hygiene training, the expectation for facial coverings, limiting sharing of materials and staggered transitions. Families have been invited by email to hear a virtual presentation about our building level strategies and a recording of this presentation will be available for those who are unable to attend at those times.
We are happy to welcome a couple of new teachers to JHS and JVCTC this fall. Laurie Christiansen will be teaching in our health careers program at JVCTC replacing Deb Fischer. Teresa Olson will be teaching Family and Consumer Science at the JVCTC. Andrew Roorda will be teaching Machine Tooling replacing Brandon Michel. Darien Lund will be teaching in our music department at JHS, replacing Brandon Bondley. Mindy Blackmore will be teaching in our special services department, replacing Teresa Olson.
We were fortunate to have completed our Freshmen orientation last January with students who were in attendance at JMS. Our back to school Freshmen orientation will be held virtually and the link to the freshmen orientation presentation will be emailed to families.
All students are invited to come to school to pick up their chromebook, and find their classrooms (if needed) on the following days based on last name alphabet cohorts: 9th grade A-L Thursday August 20th 12:00-3:30pm, 9th Grade M- Z Friday August 21st 12:00 -3:30pm, 10th grade A-L Monday August 24th 12:00- 3:30pm, 10th Grade M-Z Tuesday August 25th 12:00 – 3:30pm, 11th grade A-L Wednesday August 26th 8:00am - 12:00pm, and 11th grade M-Z Wednesday August 26th 12:00- 3:30pm. Seniors who have been in for Senior meetings should have already picked up a chromebook.
Students who are new to our District and attending JHS for the first time should plan to attend a new student orientation hosted by the JHS Student Council. The orientation will be held August 26th at 10:00am. Students will meet staff members in the commons and be given a tour of the building. New students would then be able to attend a JHS orientation presentation at 10:30am in the theater.
Student schedules will be finalized and published via PowerSchool by Tuesday August 25th. Our staff, students, and families understand that a great deal of time and resources are allocated in the registration and scheduling process. We assign teachers and courses based on the courses that students register for but we have and will make some changes to balance sections to enhance student safety. For these reasons, no schedule changes will be allowed unless they are deemed necessary by our schedule committee. If a course change is needed for a student the counselor will contact the student and or family. Schedule change requests were available in the final week of school, using the form available in the counseling office.
Students will receive a student handbook, and a school health and safety plan which will be posted on the school/district website. Parents are encouraged to review the handbook for schedules and school policies. The handbook also contains individual school phone numbers for our staff and other valuable information for students and parents.
Our dedicated school staff continues to do amazing things, adding new courses, programs, increasing technology access, and professional development to enhance outcomes for our students. We look forward to the 2020- 2021 school year, and we are excited to continue toward our district mission of “Engaging students with challenging and innovative experiences to prepare them for future success.”
Parents are reminded that their student’s grades and attendance information are available online using the PowerSchool software. Please call JHS at 952-4003 after school starts if you need access to your information or to update your phone or email if needed. Everyone is encouraged to check out the JHS website at www.jamestown.k12.nd.us/jhs for additional information and phone numbers.
Go Blue Jays!!
Adam Gehlhar, Principal