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Weekly JHHS Newsletter from Principal Kablan - 9/18/2020

Senior College Information Meeting

The JHHS Counseling Department is holding their College Information Sessions next week. The sessions will take place via Google Meet. The link for the Google Meet information will be posted in the Senior Class canvas page.

Here are the dates and times:

Parents’ Session: Tuesday, September 22nd from 6 to 7 pm

Students’ Session: Wednesday, September 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 am

We are going to record the meetings to have available for those who were unable to attend the sessions. Please contact the Counseling Department if you would like access to a recording.

Virtual College Fair

VACRAO (Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Counselors) is holding a virtual college fair that will give students the opportunity to explore a campus and college offerings. Over 100 colleges will be represented. Registration is now open for all parts of the Virtual College Exploration Program.

Please visit www.strivescan.com/virginia/ for more information and registration. Students will be able to register for sessions up until 30 minutes into each individual session, but we encourage early registration due to space restrictions and so they can receive the appropriate reminder emails/texts.

Library News from Mrs. Putman: New Books - September 2020

We have a bunch of new books here in our library waiting to be read! Click here to see the new books we have available.

You can put a hold on a book and we'll deliver within Handley, or we can arrange curbside pickup/drop-off for our distance learners if you send us an email.

Books can be returned to the Book Return box outside the LMC and then will be quarantined for 7 days before being made available again for checkout. Safety first!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month dates back to 1968. It originated as a week-long celebration under President Lyndon Johnson, known at the time as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to a month-long observation, which we officially recognize from September 15 through October 15 every year. During this time, we highlight and honor the contributions of Americans of Mexican, Spanish, Caribbean, and Central and South American descent in all aspects of American life. The mid-September date holds particular significance because it honors the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, while Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16th and 18th.

Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America. A map of late 18th-century North America shows this presence, from the small outpost of San Francisco founded in the desolate wilderness of Alta California in 1776, through the Spanish province of Texas with its vaqueros (cowboys), to the fortress of St. Augustine, Florida — the first continuous European settlement in North America, founded in 1565, forty-two years before the English landed in Jamestown, Virginia.

Here at Winchester Public Schools, we are home to a diverse and multicultural student population. Our Hispanic students make up roughly 40% of our student population and contribute greatly to our rich educational heritage. Our Hispanic teachers and staff, through their hard work and dedication enrich the lives of our students and the culture in our division.

Due to current COVID-related guidelines, events and activities are limited. However, in the coming weeks, we look forward to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month within these guidelines. We encourage all to take part in the celebrations, endeavor to learn about the many rich Hispanic cultures, promote love and unity, and look for opportunities to incorporate activities highlighting Hispanic culture into your curriculum.

Winchester Public Schools proudly celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and our students and staff!

Feliz mes de herencia hispana!

PSAT Exam Information

We are excited to offer the opportunity for all Sophomore and Junior students to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

The PSAT exam is a great way to practice for the SAT exam and also a way to determine best placement for courses for the upcoming academic year. Taking the PSAT as a Sophomore and a Junior is required for the National Merit Scholarship.

Here are the Dates for the PSAT at John Handley High School:

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (B-Day students)

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 (A-Day students and distance learners)

Start Time on both dates: 8:30 am (students to report to the gym by 8:05 am)

Location on both dates: Handley gymnasium

All Sophomores will be required to take this test unless a parent submits an OPT OUT request and all Juniors may register for this test. Winchester Public Schools will cover the costs. JUNIORS may register to take the PSAT by completing the Google form sent via email

and located on the counseling website. (BELOW INFORMATION)

Students will be provided transportation to Handley on both dates to take the PSAT/NMSQT Exam by the school bus and will receive a bagged breakfast on the ride over. All walkers and drivers need to report to the main gym at Handley by 8:05 am on their test day.

ON TEST DAY: Students must bring 2-3 sharpened #2 pencils and an approved calculator – these are listed in the PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide which they will receive at a later date.

Students will be given lunch following the exam.

Students score reports should arrive in early December and will be distributed during a score interpretation session conducted by JHHS school counselors during the school day (date TBD).

Weekend Food Packs Program

JHHS is excited to continue the weekend Food Packs program. The purpose of this program is to help families that experience food insecurity on the weekend – during the times when schools are unable to provide breakfasts or lunches – it is the hope that these packs will provide families an opportunity to supplement. These non-perishable food items will come home in a non-returnable plastic bag that will be placed in your child’s backpack on Thursdays/Fridays. Please note that not all packs will be exactly the same – items will vary based on collections/donations.

For us to determine continued support and need for the pack program we are asking all JHHS families to review this form and if appropriate complete and return to the school by September 22nd. In an attempt to minimize phone calls to the school we ask that you direct any questions you may have to Bright Futures - mangon@fcpsk12.net /540-667-2490.

En Español:

Paquetes de Comida de Fin de Semana

JHHS está emocionado de continuar con el programa de paquetes de comida de fin de semana. El propósito de este programa es ayudar a las familias que experimentan inseguridad alimentaria durante el fin de semana, durante los momentos en que las escuelas no pueden proporcionar desayunos o almuerzos, se espera que estos paquetes brindan a las familias la oportunidad de complementar. Durante el año escolar 2020-2021, el programa enviará paquetes a casa todos los viernes. Estos alimentos no perecederos llegarán a casa en una bolsa de plástico no retornable que se colocará en la mochila de su hijo los jueves / viernes. Tenga en cuenta que no todos los paquetes serán exactamente iguales; los artículos variarán según las colecciones / donaciones.

Para que podamos determinar el apoyo continuo y la necesidad del programa del paquete, estamos pidiendo a todas las familias de JHHS que revisen esta forma a continuación y, si corresponde, completen y regresen a la escuela antes del September 22nd. En un intento por minimizar las llamadas telefónicas a la escuela, le pedimos que dirija cualquier pregunta que pueda tener a Bright Futures: mangon@fcpsk12.net / 540-667-2490.

PTSO Corner

Looking for an easy weeknight dinner? Or a care package to send to a college student? Thinking ahead for holiday gifts? Check out our new fundraiser! We’re selling delicious soup mixes from Happy Valley Soups! Beautifully packaged and easy to make! Just Click here to place an order.

If you'd like to receive PTSO updates and information, please fill out the registration form on this page. Please like us on Facebook to get additional updates and information. Interested in joining our board? Contact us at jhhspto@wps.k12.va.us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Lunch Available for Pickup on Wednesdays

Lunch is available for pick up on Wednesdays between 11-1 for all students at John Handley High School. If you would like a lunch for your student, complete the Fall 2020 Lunch Order Form located on your students Chromebook classlink SSO portal or on the JHHS website under student lunch form. This form is not mandatory but is helpful for our cafeteria staff for planning purposes.

From 11-1 you can pick up a lunch by doing the following: Drive up Jefferson St. and pull around the back area of John Handley High School where the bus drop off area is located. Our cooks will have meals ready to deliver to your car.

En Español:

Buenos días

El almuerzo está disponible para recoger cada miércoles entre las 11 de la mañana y la 1 de la tarde para todos los estudiantes de la Escuela Secundaria John Handley. Si desea un almuerzo para su estudiante, complete el Formulario de pedido de almuerzo de otoño de 2020 que se encuentra en el portal classlink SSO de la computadora de su estudiante o en el sitio web de JHHS con el nombre formulario de almuerzo para estudiantes. Este formulario no es obligatorio pero es útil para el personal de la cafetería con fines de planificación. De 11-1 pueden recoger un almuerzo haciendo lo siguiente: maneje hasta la calle Jefferson y pase por la parte trasera de la Escuela Secundaria John Handley, donde se encuentra el área de parada de autobuses donde los estudiantes se bajan para entrar a la escuela. Las personas de la cafetería tendrán las comidas listas para entregar en su automóvil.