John Champe Knightly News

Edition 2, September 20-October 1

Falling for the Knight Life

Fall is nearly here: the promise of cooler temperatures, football is back... life is good! As we begin our first full five-day week of school (since March 2020), we're enjoying meeting and reintroducing ourselves to our Champe Knights. Read on for updates!

Admin Corner

As Mr. Tyson sets out on paternity leave beginning the week of September 27, 2021, Ms. Melissa Sargeant will step in as Interim Principal and Mr. David Scott, Activities and Engagement Administrator, will take over Ms. Sargeant's AP duties. They will remain in these roles until January 3, 2022. Ms. Sargeant has over 20 years of experience as an Assistant Principal and is currently on staff at JCHS as an Assistant Principal. She most recently served as Interim Principal at Parkview High School from February to May of last school year. She will assume all the duties and role of the Principal while Mr. Tyson is out.

In order for us to provide the most consistent connection, we ask that parents please contact the correct Assistant Principal for your student's last name. The Assistant Principals along with their corresponding alphas are listed below as well as on the school's main webpage.

Ms. Melissa Sargeant, Interim Principal

Dr. Tara Woolever, Assistant Principal (A-Fa)

Mr. Solomon Wright, Assistant Principal (Fe-La)

Mr. David Scott, Interim Assistant Principal (Le-Ri)

Mrs. Alycia Hakes, Assistant Principal (Ro-Z)

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

There are several students that continue to cross Northstar at the Sacred Mountain intersection. As a reminder, there is no crosswalk at that intersection. Several students have been hit by vehicles while attempting to cross there. It is not safe to cross at the Sacred Mountain/Northstar intersection. Students and families are strongly encouraged to cross at the Canejo Dr. traffic signal. It is the only safe passage across Northstar.

Additionally, please adhere to all safety and traffic signs while driving on campus. We've received several reports of hazardous driving while on school grounds. It is most prevalent during arrival and dismissal times. We ask for your patience as students safely enter and exit the building.

Lastly, please keep traffic flowing in the "kiss and ride" lane. Please DO NOT park, or idle, in the "kiss and ride" lane. This stops the flow of traffic in the parking lot and creates hazardous conditions. This includes families that drop off early for the Academies and other special buses. We have requested extra patrols to help with this matter.

School Picture Days

School Picture Day is coming next week starting Monday September 27th & Tuesday September 28th 2021 . Pictures will be available in the week or so following our school's photo day. Save time and Pre-order online here:
For questions about order please email

School Counseling

The Champe Counseling Department Vision for 2021 is "Guide. Support. Value. Student Growth." Mindfulness and student growth work well together to support students in having a positive, resiient, and strong outlook. Mindfulness moments are an important part of your daily routine, with such benefits as increased focus, attention, and overall well-being. Here are a few one-minute mindfulness exercises students and families can try.

* yawn and stretch your arms towards the ceiling or sky (do a fake yawn if you have to)

* alternate squeezing your arms around yourself (like a hug) three times and then taking big breaths three times

* clench your fist and breathe into your closed fingers

* stop, sit still, and clear your mind - stop any thoughts about what else you have going on that day

College Visits

There are over 40 college reps coming to JCHS over the next two months! Interested in seeing which schools? Check out the ongoing announcements here (or by clicking the section below) to view the remaining September visits.

Any students interested can sign up to attend by accessing Naviance from LCPS Go.

Questions? Please contact our College and Career Center Specialist, Ms. King (

MAGIC Makers

The MAGIC Makers selected at the September faculty meeting are Addie Jacobs and Mark Brier. Ms. Jacobs, school registrar, was recognized for her tremendous work with new students and families and for being such a welcoming first impression on our new Knights. Mr. Brier, counselor for alpha Te-Z, was recognized for his outstanding work and visibility in the building. As a new-to-Champe counselor, Mr. Brier makes a point of getting into the halls and meeting kids. Thank you to both of these MAGIC Makers!

CHARGE up and Connect

Get ready for the 2021 Fall Club Fair! Students will participate in the Club Fair during advisory on September 24 as a way to get more information about clubs which may interest them. There will also be a virtual club fair for students to access in case they don't get to each table display during advisory.

Please see the three flyers below from our athletic director. Also, be sure to follow Champe sports on Twitter (@ChampeSports12) or on Facebook (Champesports12) or click the Athletics button below for the full Athletics website.

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Have you joined the PTSA yet?! If not, please visit their site for more information or access the membership form directly here.

Check out their flyer below for three easy ways you can support the PTSA. Remember to follow the PTSA on Twitter for timely updates! Thank you for your support of the PTSA, which directly impacts our school's ability to provide valuable resources for students and teachers.

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Save the Date

October 13: PSAT for underclassmen; asynchronous day for seniors

October 25-29: Homecoming week

October 30: Homecoming Dance, 8pm-11pm (football stadium)

November 5: AP Test Registration deadline (click here for AP testing info from Ms. Stecura)