John Marshall Community Newsletter
Weekly Announcements ( Week of February 27, 2023)
Week of March 13, 2023
Exceeding Expectations with Excellence
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere, however truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act, it's a habit. When we settle in the fact that perfection is not attainable, while chasing perfection, we can catch excellence!
I'm on the chase, catch me if you can!
2023 Accreditation is the Goal!!!
JM's 2023 Overarching Goal
John Marshall High School will continue to cultivate a climate and culture conducive to improving the areas of English, Math, Science, History and Federal Graduation Index by obtaining an overall pass rate by 2022 of 82%, 73%, 70%, 70%, and 92% respectively.
Justice Files - Weekly Video Announcements
2023 2A VA STATE CHAMPOINS
John Marshall wins state title by 57 points, invited to national prep championship
Let us say that the Virginia High School League created a tournament for all the state champions. If John Marshall's boys basketball team had the chance to take on the winners of Classes 4, 5 and 6 in this fictitious tournament (perhaps called the Cardinal Cup?
Back to Back Champions
Congratulations to the Boy's Basketball team who defeated Radford by 57 points to earn the 2023 2A State Championship. Thank you o Coach White and the entire coaching staff! But..... Job not finished. The team will be headed to the National Tournament in Atlanta at the end of the month!!!
RPS Fine Arts Festival Returns!!!!
RPS Arts Festival
Thank you to the entire fine arts department for their hard work that was on display this Saturday and at the RPS Fine Arts Festival. Our dancers under the direction of Ms. Perze performed. Our band, under the direction of Mr. Reynolds, participated in the showcase featuring the RPS District-Wide Band. Mr. Diggs and Mrs. Field both created a beautiful display of student art!!! It was all so amazing.
11th Grader Testing Month
If you have an 11th grader, please ask them about their March testing Schedule (see below). If your 11th grader is on track with their SOL test, this year is the last 2 that they will take. EOC Reading & Writing. These are 2 separate tests. Writing is taken in March & Reading is taken in May. Here is what you need to know:
Writing Test Date:
- March 14th & 15th
- 2-day test. Day 1-Multiple Choice & Day 2-Writing Prompt
- Students must complete both parts
Who is taking the Test:
- All students currently enrolled in 11 English
- Any 11th grader who failed the test during 1st semester
- Any 12th grade who currently needs it to graduate
School-Wide SAT Day
- March 22nd
Who is taking the Test:
- All current 11th Graders
VDOE Intergraded Reading & Writing Assessment
- March 28th
Who is taking the Test:
- All current 11th Graders enrolled in 11th English this semester Only
Caregivers Testing Resoruses
Checklist for Writers
Writing Practice Items, Tools and Guides
- The SOL Practice Items provide the opportunity for students to practice multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items (TEI) that reflect the new content and increased rigor of the revised English SOL.
- To prepare students fully for the online writing assessment, teachers are encouraged to use the Writing Practice Tool (Word) with their students in order to familiarize students with the online formatting tools available in the TestNav testing platform. These formatting tools mirror those of many word-processing programs.
How can I (the caregiver) help?"
Before the Test
- Be prepared: Many teachers will send information home about testing schedules and class preparation plans.
- Help your child in areas of difficulty.
- Give your child a chance to practice.
- If you have concerns about the test or testing situation, talk with your child's teacher.
- If you believe that your child's difficulty with standardized tests may be the symptom of a problem such as a language or learning difficulty, speak with your child's teacher to learn if your child qualifies for any assessment accommodations.
On Test Day
- Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast
- Make sure your child is prepared
- Remain positive
After the Test
- What about the results? Talk with your child's teacher if you have any questions about the test results.
- Review tests with your child: Help your child review any parts of the test that she did not understand
Accrediation Updates - 1st Semester
We have completed our 1st-semester courses and have kicked off 2nd semester with a bang! Here is where we stand after our 1st round of SOL testing. We exceeded our goals in both math and history. We have made improvements in science and still have some growth to do in reading. We have no doubt that we will get there.
Math - 96%
History - 77%
Science - 68%
Reading - 53%
Please help us remind our students that every day counts on our 4x4 schedule. The sense of urgency is now! 1 missed day = 2 missed days of instruction for each class.
Here are important dates you need to keep in mind:
- Week of March 14 - SOL Writing
- March 22 - School Wide SAT Day
- Week of April 17 - SOL Writing ( 2nd Opportunity Term Grad/Work Keys Writing)
- Week of May 1st - AP Testing
- Week of May 8th - SEM 2 SOL Non-Writing Retesters & Term Grads not enrolled in the course
- Week of May 15th - SEM 2 Non-Writing EOC SOLS
AP Saturday Prep Sessions - Begins March
All students (Semester 1 and Semester 2) are invited to attend the AP Saturday Sessions, which will begin on March 4th at Huguenot HS. Students must sign up as soon as possible, especially if they require transportation.
Once again, Chick-Fil-A will be served for lunch and we will have raffles for prizes.
Here is the registration link: AP 2022023 Student Pre-registration Form or students may go through the AP 4 All Web page (transportation hubs will be posted there)
UPDATED Times Saturday Student Calendar with Topics
AP NMSI- Saturday Student Folders (Includes Lessons that will be taught)
Wanna know how your students' academic progress is???
Parent's did you know that you can have access to ASPEN to track your students? If you are interested in getting an ASPEN login, please complete the form below and Ms. Dark will get it set up for you!
The Importance of Regular School Attendance
It's a fact: Students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful in school than students who do not. Parents who make regular school attendance a priority also are helping their children learn to accept responsibility, and that’s an important lesson for a successful life. Attendance patterns are formed early in life. Children who develop good attendance habits in the early grades will be more likely to continue them throughout their school career, as well as into their chosen career. Regular attendance is critically important, because students who miss school miss out on carefully planned sequences of instruction. They miss out on active learning experiences and class participation. They miss out on the opportunity to ask questions. As a result, they are more likely to fall behind, and they are more likely to drop out.
Student Attendance and Absences/Truancy
- An excused absence results from conditions beyond the control of the parent/guardian and/or the student or school. Acceptable absences could include personal illness, death in the family, court appearance, religious holidays, and extenuating circumstances as approved by the school administration.
- Schools are required by state law to take specific actions if a student accumulates a certain number of unexcused absences.
- Students shall not be absent (excused or unexcused reasons, excluding suspensions) for 18 or more school days per year or 18 class periods.
- Any student who misses 18 or more days of school will not be eligible to receive course credit and/or will be subject to retention.
- A waiver for these attendance policies may be considered for medical hardships or other very unique circumstances as determined by the Division Superintendent or his designee.
- Parents and guardians are required to provide a note requesting that the days absent be considered excused absences within five (5) schools days of the last day of school missed. If a note for the day(s) absent is not provided within five (5) school days of the last day of school missed, the period of absences will be considered unexcused.
- Early intervention with the student and parent or parents takes place for repeated unexcused absences.
- Please see School Board Policy linked below for further details about how unexcused absences are handled.
Tardies and Early Dismissals
- Students should start and remain in school for the entirety of the school day. No student shall be allowed to leave school early except in cases of sickness or for some pressing emergency. Parent/guardians are encouraged to make medical and other appointments outside of school hours.
- Students with excessive unexcused tardies or early dismissals may receive sanctions as determined by the superintendent or their designee. Tardies are defined as being more than 30 minutes late to school and early dismissals are defined as leaving more than 30 minutes early.
- Students obtaining permission to leave school during school hours due to sickness shall be required to return a special form properly signed by the parent or legal guardian. All notes of excuse or requests to leave school shall state the reason for such excuse or request. The principal shall judge the validity of all such excuses and requests.
If you see a student out of school between 7:25 am and 2:00 pm, call the RPS Attendance Support Hotline at (804) 780-4646.
Remind Messaging System
What is Remind?
RPS is excited to launch the Remind Plan to provide 2-way communications with families and students!
Remind allows teachers who choose to use text messaging to communicate with parents and students. With Remind:
See instructions below on how to sign up or re-subscribe to receive Remind notifications from your school and RPS. If you need to update your contact information, please reach out to your school!
If you would like to opt out from using Remind, step by step instructions are available here.
- Parents can choose how to receive messages – text, email or app. For students, texting is available for ages 13 and over.
- It allows for safe and secure messaging that is available in multiple languages
- It has a call feature, so teachers may use it to make calls without using their personal number.
Sign-Up to Receive Text Messages!
To receive Remind text messages, text @jmjustices to 81010 (including the @) on your mobile device. You can also sign-up online by clicking here.
JM's Academic Progress
Check out our profile to see our current accreditation standing and academic growth.
The Justice STEAM League is BAAAACCCCKKKKKK!!!
Monday through Thursday from 4:00-6:30 pm, students can stay back for academic enrichment and participate with other clubs around the school. Food and transportation are provided. Click below or email Ms. Bland, email@example.com, for more information.
School Store is Open!
JAYEM gear and school store items are for sale
Purchase or online or in person
I need and want your help!!! Fundraisers, community service projects, or sponsorship ideas, please share! firstname.lastname@example.org
JM Face Masks fundraiser is still available for sale, $12 each. They may be purchased each Monday & Tuesday and Thursday & Friday from 9-2pm in the main office. Please email AD Smith (email@example.com) if you would like to make arrangements for pick-up.
JMHS apparel items are now being sold at Walgreens, 2924 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond, VA 23222 and Dollar General, 5236 Chamberlayne Rd., Richmond, VA 23227
Justices on Staff
Michelle Andrews , Class of 2011
Camilla Battle, Class of 2000
Danette Bland, Class of 1997
Milondra Coleman, Class of 1989
Morgan Dark, Class of 2007
Stevenson Fox Jr., Class of 1997
Elijah Freeman, Class of 1991
Gregory Jones, Class of 2017
Tanya White, Class of 1990
Looking for Your Yearbook????
We have some leftover yearbooks for sale. If you are looking for a yearbook, please email the year and quantity to Mrs. V. Thompson. She will follow up with you about inventory and cost.
JUSTICES GIVE BACK FOREVER FUNDRAISER
Calling all Alumni! Want to know how you can help? Commit to honoring each year since you've left Jayem! We are asking each alum to give a one dollar ($1) for every year that you have earned your Alumni status. This is a fundraiser that alumni of all ages can participate in!
Here are some examples:
- 2022 Grads - $1
- 2021 Grads - $2
2020 Grads - $3
2019 Grads - $4
2015 Grads - $5
2010 Grads - $10
2000 Grads - $20
1990 Grads - $30
1980 Grads - $40
1970 Grads - $50
This will be a recurring donation. Each year you will add $1 to your donation. It's that simple! Your gift will help with Athletics, Academics, and Accomplishment Celebrations! Click the link and choose Jayem Forever Fundraiser.
Press Box Fundraiser
Alumni, YOU DID IT!!
A new marquee - Done!
A new scoreboard - Done!
Now, we need YOUR help once again. We are working to procure a new PRESS BOX.
Either we need a construction company to donate a press box or 50K to purchase a new one.
Any and all donations are welcome. You've done it before, we know your support can help us meet our new goal.
Rite Aid Fundraiser
Please take a moment to complete this short survey from Rite Aid. We have a target of 25 participants. We only need 10 more sign-ups and we will earn 2500.00!!! Help us earn these funds.
John Marshall High School
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Location: 4225 Old Brook Road, Richmond, VA, USA