Judges' Docket

Week of 9/18/22

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

John Handley High School Fall Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for September 29, 2022 from 4:30-7:30pm. Use these 2022 Fall Conference Scheduler Directions for Parents to help with getting started.

Reminder to Parents

As the days get cooler, please remember that our building does not open its doors to students until 8:05 am.

Mandatory 90 Minute Parent/Teen Driving Presentation

Students who are enrolled in Kinesiology 10 & Driver’s Education course must attend this STATE MANDATORY presentation with a parent or guardian to receive their Driver’s Education Certificate along with upholding a 70% in the classroom. This DEC-1 card allows the student to be eligible to take Behind- the-Wheel and fulfill Virginia licensing requirements.

This presentation will be available for any student or parent that is enrolled in the Driver’s Education class portion for KIN 10 on one of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6:00 - 7:30 PM in Patsy Cline Theater

  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:00 - 7:30 PM in Patsy Cline Theater

  • Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:00 - 7:30 PM in Patsy Cline Theater

If you have any questions please ask your KIN 10 student or email cole@wps.k12.va.us

Field Trip - TREX Company, Winchester!

Juniors and Seniors!

Interested students, grades 11 and 12, will take a field trip to TREX Company on Shawnee Dr. on Thursday Sept. 23rd.

The purpose of this trip is to learn more about career opportunities that exist at TREX (such as engineering, maintenance, management, accounting, technician and laborer/technician).

Transportation has been arranged and a bus will leave the Handley Circle at 8:45 AM and return at 10:45 AM.

Students should wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals) to participate. Cell phones must be stowed away during the tour.

Students should complete this form if they wish to participate. The tour is limited to 20 students at a time and will repeat on Friday Sept. 24th if needed.


Superintendent's Equity Advisory Council 2022-2023

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

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The JHHS staff and students have practiced several emergency drills. Should an emergency arise, please remember to not arrive at the school during this time but instead stay put and await updates and instructions. This procedure will ensure the safest scenario for everyone.

Free Internet Service for Eligible Families

For the duration of this school year, Comcast will continue to partner with WPS to provide eligible families with one year of free internet service.

Families can learn more by visiting this website: https://www.wps.k12.va.us/Page/11807. In short, we provide the promo code, and Comcast, ultimately, determines eligibility.

School Social Workers will have the necessary information to provide assistance to a family who would like to apply. We recognize the date at the bottom of the form is expired, but we have been assured the codes will still be active.

2022 College Night at Apple Blossom Mall

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2022 College Night at Apple Blossom Mall (Image Transcription)

Save the Date!

Come join us COLLEGE NIGHT at Apple Blossom Mall

Sept. 28, 2022, 6-8 p.m.

Over 100 Colleges!

Open to students from Clarke County, Frederick County, Shenandoah County, Warren County, Winchester City and students from the Eastern Panhandle of W.V.

Parent Information Night - DARS Vocational Services

Our local Vocational Counselor, Katey Campanelli, will share about this federal-state program focused on FREE pre-vocational services for students (ages 14-21) with an IEP or 504 plan.

How to Join (virtual meeting):
When: Tues. Sept. 27 - 6:00 PM
Google Meet: meet.google.com/hpv-tdvy-ntj
Join by phone: 1-413-424-4576 PIN: 512 439 028#

Fast Facts: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Tardy to School/Class Procedure

Our Tardy to School/Class Procedure was reviewed with our students. The goal of our procedure is to maximize instructional time for our students. When they are late to class, they often miss important information that is shared during class. Students may lose the following privileges if they accumulate four tardies to school and any individual class. A call to alert the parent will occur before privileges are taken away.

  • Extracurricular Privileges

  • Parking Privileges

  • Dance Privileges

  • PBIS Incentives

  • Hallway Privileges

September is Attendance Awareness month and we will be consistently recognizing our students who are on time and ready for class. Attendance is part of our PBIS program. Our PBIS Incentive is scheduled for September 23. We will have an obstacle course, bounce house and a jousting pit for students to enjoy. We want all of our students to be able to attend.

Excused tardies will be excused just like an excused absence. They will not count against your child in regards to the number of tardies to school. We will be using the same guidelines for excused absences.

Counseling Corner!

Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Attention all students and parents:

JHHS has been randomly selected, along with 290 other schools across the US, to participate in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). 52 students will be randomly chosen out of all students who were born between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. The students selected for participation in this assessment will be rewarded with a $25 thank you from USDOE and can indicate 4 hours of community service on their resume.

This assessment is not intended to provide individual test scores to students, but rather responses are combined and used for statistical purposes at the national level. JHHS and WPS will not receive individual test scores.

If your student's birth date falls within the range above and you wish to opt your student out of the PISA test, please complete this form.


If you have additional questions please contact Mr. Henry Mullins, mullinshe@wps.k12.va.us

Senior Parent Information Night

The Counseling Office would like to welcome parents of seniors to an informational meeting in the main cafeteria on Wednesday, September 21 at 6pm (Spanish translation available).

The discussion will revolve around graduation requirements, senior year checklist items (including cap and gown ordering), and what you need to know in regards to applying to 4 or 2 year schools, WorkForce programs, and enlisting in the military.


Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are excited to offer the opportunity for a limited number of Junior students to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 8:20am at John Handley High School.

All Juniors may choose to register for this test, with a limit of 100 students. Winchester Public Schools will cover the costs for ALL students. 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 next academic year, including AP classes. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT as a Junior is a requirement to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The first 100 JUNIORS to complete this form will be registered for the PSAT: https://forms.gle/6uwXL1GDaxb7WZ3m8

Mid-Quarter Review

It's hard to believe, but we are now approaching the interim of the first 9 week grading period. Grades will close Wednesday, September 14 for the mid-quarter review and reports as necessary will be sent to families the following week. Please continue to monitor your child’s progress in Power School and on Canvas. If you need assistance with your login for either of these sites please let us know.

The first quarter ends on Thursday, October 13, with report cards being mailed the following week.

Our first Parent/Student/Teacher Conference Night will be held on Thursday, September 29.

Careers in Teacher Education event

Shepherd University's Educator Preparation Program is ExCITEd! to once again host our Careers in Teacher Education event for high school students [Grades 9 to 12] who are interested in exploring majors in elementary or secondary education.

When and Where:

Friday, October 28


Shepherd University

This one-day event involves opportunities for your student to receive information about Application, Admissions and Registration, and Residence Life at Shepherd. More importantly, it gives potential future educators a chance to participate in education classes, meet with our specialization coordinators, spend time with current teacher candidates, and learn important tips from those candidates about what to expect as new college students and how to be successful in an educator preparation program like that at Shepherd.

If your student is interested in attending, please have them fill out the form below. If there is enough interest, JHHS may be able to provide transportation.


Youth Scholarships!

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $35,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000.

Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and find your sponsoring local VFW Post as applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy entry form here.

Virginia General Assembly House and Senate Page Program

The Senate Page Program is a dynamic, engaging and educational experience that honors and preserves the tradition of service to the legislature. Senate Pages have served the upper chamber of the legislature since at least 1850.

The experience today is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge for the next generation of administrators, managers, elected-officials and civic leaders. Structured similar to a college preparatory program, organized learning activities compliment the day-to-day duties of all Senate Pages. Members of each class are expected to fully participate in all program components with a positive, respectful, and can-do attitude. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

The mission of the Senate Page Program is to facilitate a structured environment in which young Virginians accept responsibility and accountability, develop professional characteristics through strict standards of conduct and engage in the legislative process through work, observation and discussion.

Applicants seeking admission must be 13 or 14 years of age on the first day of session (second Wednesday in January) and a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 17, 2022. Applications that are postmarked October 17 will be considered on time; however, make every attempt to avoid a last-minute submission.

Here is a parent FAQ document.

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Library News 📚

Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15th - Oct. 15th

Take a look at this digital book display featuring Latinx authors and their works.

Project Lit Book CLub

Join us for our 1st meeting!

  • Do you enjoy reading books by diverse authors?

  • Do you enjoy self-expression in forms such as writing, art, or music?

  • Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Contact: Mrs. Shannon, shannonr@wps.k12.va.us

First meeting date: This coming Wed., Sep 21, 2022 from 3:20-4:15 in the library

Email Mrs. Shannon to be added to our group emails!

The JHHS 2022-23 Reading Challenge

The JHHS Reading Challenge is a fun way to pick out your next great read, all year long! Adapted from the PopSugar 2022 reading challenge, our reading challenge bookmark offers a creative reading checklist to choose from. Can you check off the entire list this year?

  • Pick up your challenge bookmark at the library!

  • Use the JHHS 2022-23 Reading Challenge collection in Destiny Discover to explore book options

  • Post your favorite reads in insta, and tag us @JHHSLibrary, use the hashtag #challengeaccepted

Follow the library on Instagram @jhhslibrary!

Attendance Incentive

GOAL: If 80% of JHHS students are at or below 5 absences by our cut-off date of 9/22, 100% of students will get to participate in the September attendance incentive. We will continue to increase our goal percentage throughout the school year when setting attendance goals and planning incentives as it is critical that students come to school! Our hope is to have a minimum of 90% of students meeting the attendance expectations.

Remember: Come to School, Every Student Counts!

Student Expectations at JHHS

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Please refer to the Student Resource Guide below for your Child's Administrator, Counselors, and Class Sponsors for the 2022/2023 school year

PBIS Student Expectations- we will be going over these expectations with our students

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Handley Pride Recipients

Every week we will be rewarding those students who have exemplified Handley Pride with a picture taken with the Principal and a certificate. Here are this week's Handley Pride recipients:

Ronnie Ashby (not pictured)

Viola Calafa

Julian Cuesta (not pictured)

Kim Dengler

Alysse Hamm (not pictured)

Zi Nel (not pictured)

Justin Rivera Paniagua (not pictured)

Sofia Saucedo- Sato

Adriyanna Souders

Christian Trujillo

Crisanto Tun Pop

The PTSO Corner!

The PTSO needs your help to support students and teachers through special programs and activities. For example, some PBIS events, teacher appreciation week and more. Please help by volunteering your time or money. Thank you in advance for your support.

You can sign up here to volunteer for the next PBIS Event on Friday, 9-23:


Sign up for more information at https://bit.ly/JHHSPTSO or email us at jhhspto@wps.k12.va.us. Cash and check donations are accepted through the main office. Please be sure to leave us your name with your donation so we can send you a receipt and a thank you!

National Recognition Program Award Recipients

The following students were selected as College Board National Recognition Program awardees for their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and/or AP Exams:

Abigail Alton

Ruben Bonilla-Munoz

Alice Gonzales Lamas (not pictured)

Elizabeth Imoh

Liliana Miramontes

Marie-Claire Miro

Shanelle Powell

Axel Vega-Mancinas (not pictured)

School Picture Information

Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day.

Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000942170

For questions about ordering please email underclass@vosphoto.com

Student Tech Support Times

Student Tech Support times are daily 8:15 - 9:00 and 11:30 - 12:15.

Fall Sports Schedule 2022

Handley Nation is now part of GoFan, a digital ticket option for fans! We will still accept cash at the gate, but you can also visit https://t.co/SewuwCdiA1 to purchase tickets

Nurses Clinic

All seniors need the meningitis vaccine, please turn in your record of vaccine to the nurses clinic.

If your student would like to receive tylenol, ibuprofen or pepto bismol during the school year please send in an unopened bottle with their name and signed authorization form.

Any student requiring prescribed medication during school hours please complete the Student Medication Authorization. Form needs to be signed by the health care provider.

WPS Calendar

Click here for the 2022/2023 WPS Calendar

Handley Athletics Department News

EACH school year, a NEW VHSL physical is required and must be dated after May 1, 2022 for participation in any 2022-20223 sport. You must also complete all athletic forms. All Athletic Forms are found online. Please visit www.Handleypride.org and click on the Activity Registration tab at the top of the page to get started.

Click here to view the Quick Start Guide for Families.

Check out the online store to get your JH gear for the new year! Sale running all of July.... GO JUDGES!!


Click on the picture above for the A/B-Day 2022/23 Schedule

PowerSchool Parent Accounts

If you need to update your contact information or to set up a Powerschool parent account, please email Brandy Woods at (woodsb@wps.k12.va.us )

Eating Disorder and Scoliosis Resources

Eating Disorder and Scoliosis resources are available on our Student Services website, under Health Services. You will find them at this link: https://www.wps.k12.va.us/Page/8910.

Senior Information

If you have senior related questions, please do not hesitate to email Ms. Dodge (dodgea@wps.k12.va.us) or Ms. Rodriguez (rodriguezc@wps.k12.va.us)

Student Request for Research Assistance

Doing some research for a class? Need help getting started? Need help figuring out where to go next? We can help point you in the right direction. Complete this form as soon as you recognize your need for assistance. If you don't hear from us within 24 hours on a school day, please email putnam@wps.k12.va.us or stop by the library before or during the school day. We open at 8:05 AM.

2022-23 Bus Stops

Please refer to this for the 2022-23 JHHS Arrival and Dismissal times and Bus Stops

SchoolCash Online

Have you registered for SchoolCash Online, our new option for processing student/school fees online? You are encouraged to register now as there will be many items that you can pay for online as we expand use of this service. More information, including registration details, an introduction video, help with logging in, etc. are available on our website. Simply click on the SchoolCash Online link from the Parents, Students, or Staff Quick Links page, or click here to go directly to the information page.
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Handley Parking Permit

Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. If you are going to be driving to school for the 2022 -2023 school year and parking in the Handley parking lot, you must obtain a parking permit. Below you will find instructions on how to register your vehicle and obtain a parking permit.

  • Step one - Visit the Handley web page and locate the High School Student Parking Pass Application (Spanish here)

    • If you do not have access to the internet, you may come into school and use a library computer or pick up a copy of the parking application in the main office

  • Step three - Bring the completed parking application to school on July 28 or anytime after during business hours.

    • See the school treasurer to pay the $25 parking fee or parking permits may be purchased through School Cash online using credit cards. The necessary registration form will still need to be completed online prior to picking up the parking permit hang tag. Once the registration is completed and credit card payment is made, bring your receipt to the General Office to pick up the hang tag.

    • Take the receipt and complete parking application to the main office and one of the administrative assistants will assign you a parking space and give you a parking permit.

  • Step four - Hang the parking permit from your rear view mirror.

    • The parking permit must be visible.

    • The parking permit will have a number on it. That number is your assigned spot for the year.

You may only park in your assigned spot during school hours. If you fail to park in your spot, break any parking lot rules, and/or chronically late to school you may lose your privilege to park in the lot and anywhere on school property.