Judges' Docket

Week of 10/9/22

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Underclass Picture Makeup Day

Victor O'Neill Studios will be here on Friday, October 28 for underclass picture make-ups.


Student images are now online. Please be on the lookout for an email from Victor O'Neill Studios. If you do not see it in your inbox, check the spam/junk folder.

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc

use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: underclass@vosphoto.com

Thank you!

Victor O'Neill Studios

PTSO Fall Meeting

The Handley Parent Teacher Student Organization (the PTSO) works to strengthen relationships between families and faculty. We do this by sponsoring events, volunteering at school, and supporting our kids, teachers and staff.

Our first meeting is Monday, October 10th at 6:30pm in the Handley High School Library and will feature a special speaker: Interim Principal Susan Braithwaite! Come learn more about Ms. Braithwaite's vision for this year at Handley and how we can support her!

Sign up for our monthly emails by clicking here. Our emails share other ways to get involved -- like volunteering at upcoming PBIS celebrations on 11/4 and 12/22 or at our fundraiser for Seniors to Paint the Parking Lot. Whether you have an hour this year or more, we would love your support! Email us at jhhspto@wps.k12.va.us for more information!

Seniors: Paint a Parking Space!

SENIORS! Display your creativity and Handley Pride by painting a space in the parking lot! Let's make our parking lot look colorful and welcoming! Just submit your design proposal and agreement contract to the Principal's Office by Friday, October 14th. You don't need to drive or have an assigned parking space to participate. More information and all the rules (in both English and Spanish) can be found here:


Become a member of JAA

Our Mission:

The mission of the JAA is to provide financial support to the Handley athletic program and its student athletes. Specifically, the JAA awards scholarships to graduating Handley student-athletes and purchases equipment for uniforms for the athletic departments.

Become a Member and help the JAA’s continued commitment to and support of Handley Athletics and its Student-Athletes!

For your annual membership, click the code or contact us at judgesathleticassociation.com

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, 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

Quarantine Classroom Guidelines

Students continue to be out with COVID 19. A Google Meet will be sent from your child's teacher for every block and every day a student is in quarantine.

Students that are quarantined and have classes at John Handley High School will follow the John Handley High School bell schedule.

Students that are quarantined and take courses at the Emil & Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center will follow the Innovation Center bell schedule.

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.

Counseling Corner!

Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium provides FREE NASA-related programs for Virginia's high school students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. The programs have an interactive online STEM learning experience and are highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA.

10th GRADE
Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) focuses on the current missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/ - This online course application is OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 16.

11th AND 12th GRADE
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) focuses on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars. Students can earn up to five free dual enrollment college credits. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/, applications are OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 24.

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) focuses on the challenges the next generation of scientists and engineers to become part of the solution to the societal issues faced by the impacts of climate change. Engaging students in real-world investigations of the Earth and its systems using the latest research and data from NASA. Students can earn up to five free transferable dual enrollment college credits http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS applications are OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 24.

Each program also hires a cohort of Master Teachers to grade student work. Teachers, please refer to each program’s website for details on becoming a paid Master Teacher for the upcoming semester! Teachers only, apply here until October 16: https://spacegrant.net/apps/vsgcmt


Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are excited to offer the opportunity for all Sophomore students and 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. There will be a 3-hour delay that morning to allow our test takers to arrive at school first, and our non-test takers will arrive later that day. The WPS bus drivers will make 2 runs.

All Sophomores will be required to take this test unless a parent submits an OPT OUT request and 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 for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Sophomores Opting Out of the PSAT - complete and return the form that was given to students this past Wednesday to the Counseling Office by Friday, September 30th.

Juniors may register here. We have 50 spots left.


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.

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.


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Library News!

Library News 📚

New Books have arrived and are ready to check out. Our Library Student Aides created this collaborative digital display for you to see what is now available.

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

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

College Essay Workshop for seniors

The library is offering a college essay workshop for seniors, in preparation for Virginia’s College Application Week. Take your essay to the next level, and make a lasting impression on that college admissions board! Sessions will be offered Wednesdays, Oct. 13 and 19, click here for details!

Spooky reads for the Halloween season

Looking for a ghostly read to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck? How about a Zombie thriller to get your heart racing? Check out our Halloween Book Trailer for four of our favorite terrifying reads, just in time for the spooky season!

Follow the library on Instagram @jhhslibrary!

Superintendent's Equity Advisory Council 2022-2023

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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

JHHS will begin a virtual rewards program for students during the month of October through the PBIS Rewards platform. This is very exciting news!! Students now earn reward points for demonstrating desired behaviors according to our Handley PRIDE expectations!!

When an administrator, teacher, or staff person acknowledges a student demonstrating these behaviors, they can now award them points through the PBISRewards website. All students have an account that they can access at PBISrewards.com or through CLEVER. At this time, the points that students earn will allow them to qualify for incentives. We hope to expand this effort by finding ways wherein students can “spend” their points, more to come on that! Please support this effort by encouraging your students to meet our school wide expectations each and every day!
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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.

Sign up for our monthly emails by clicking here. Our emails share other ways to get involved -- like volunteering at upcoming PBIS celebrations on 11/4 and 12/22 or at our fundraiser for Seniors to Paint the Parking Lot. Whether you have an hour this year or more, we would love your support! Email us at jhhspto@wps.k12.va.us for more information!

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!


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)

English Club

Attend English Club on Wednesdays 3:15-4:15. Get help with your English work, prep for the Writing and Reading SOLs, get feedback and assistance with writing tasks (contests, applications), or spend time reading/writing and talking about your favorite books.

Student Tech Support Times

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

JHHS Lunch Menu

Here is the school lunch menu.

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

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.

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 )

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.