Judges' Docket

Week of 12/18/2022

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Our PTSO needs your help!

As a Holiday Treat before the break, the PTSO is distributing ice cream and non-dairy treats to all students during lunch on December 20th. We need help handing all of these treats out at both of our campuses. If you can spare an hour (or more!), please click below and sign-up to help!


Mountain Vista Governor's School - Family Information Session

The Mountain Vista Governor's School's family information session is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 6:30pm on Zoom (https://vccs.zoom.us/j/82642629945)

Mountain Vista Governor’s School (MVGS) is a regional program for academically talented and highly motivated 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Science, mathematics, humanities, and research courses are uniquely integrated to provide a college-level, project-based learning environment.

Prospective students and parents/guardians are invited to attend an MVGS Information Meeting. Faculty and staff will be present to discuss the MVGS program and answer questions.

Summer Residential Governor's Schools

The Summer Residential Governor's Schools are month-long residential programs for current year tenth- and eleventh-grade gifted students in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Governor’s Schools are designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. The selection process is extremely competitive. Most students selected rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile on standardized measures of ability or achievement tests. These residential programs run from late June to late July. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply. Please see slide #6 in the slide deck for deadlines.

Summer Residential Governor's School Slide Deck (English/Spanish)

HOBY Youth Leadership Seminar 2023

HOBY is a 3 day long leadership seminar for sophomores (10th grade) in high school to learn how to be a better leader in their community. For more than five decades, HOBY has inspired young people to make a difference and become catalysts for positive change in their home, school, workplace, and community.

JHHS can nominate one sophomore to attend the HOBY leadership seminar June 2-4, 2023 at James Madison University. If you are interested, please fill out the HOBY Interest Form and attach your essay (prompt below). Deadline is January 27 to complete the form and submit your essay.

Essay Prompt: Why are you interested in this opportunity? Please describe your leadership skills, if you have held any leadership positions so far, and why are you the best candidate to attend and represent Handley. This should be typed, double spaced, and no longer than 2 pages.

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Handley Pride Winners!

This week's Handley Pride winners are:

Emily Dodd

Anderson Escobar-Funez

Christian Trujillo

Chaniel Aponte-Acevedo

Potential Careers for Seniors

SENIORS: Are you interested in any of the following careers?

Hair Stylist
Nail Technician

Permanent Makeup Technician

If so, please join us for a field trip to Star Beauty School on Friday Jan. 20 (A Day) before lunches begin. For a field trip form, contact Ms. Hall at the Handley Campus (rm. 2209) or Ms. Weinstein at the Innovation Center.

Prom Attendance Requirement

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Advisory Time

Every week our students attend a one-hour Advisory class on Wednesdays. During this time, our students participate in lessons about SEL (social emotional learning) and our Handley Pride Expectations. To implement any program with fidelity, an emphasis must be placed on engagement. To this end, beginning the second semester our Advisory teachers will be "grading" our students with an O (=Outstanding), S (=Satisfactory), or N (=Not Satisfactory). These grades will appear on a student's report card, but are not factored into a student's GPA, nor will the grade appear on a student transcript. Attendance in Advisory and engagement with the material will be the basis that our teachers use to give these grades.

Tiempo de asesoramiento

Cada semana, nuestros estudiantes asisten a una clase de asesoramiento de una hora los días miércoles. Durante este tiempo, nuestros estudiantes participan en lecciones de SEL por sus siglas en inglés (aprendizaje socioemocional) y nuestras Expectativas de orgullo de Handley. Para implementar cualquier programa con fidelidad, se debe poner énfasis en el compromiso. Con este fin, a partir del segundo semestre, nuestros maestros de la clase de asesoramiento estarán "calificando" a nuestros estudiantes con una O (=Sobresaliente), S (=Satisfactorio) o N (=No satisfactorio). Estas calificaciones aparecerán en la boleta de calificaciones del estudiante, pero no se tomará en cuenta en el promedio de calificaciones (GPA en inglés) del estudiante, ni la calificación aparecerá en la transcripción del estudiante. La asistencia a la clase de asesoramiento y el compromiso con el material serán la base que usarán nuestros maestros para dar estas calificaciones.


The JHHS Local Scholarship Application is open and will close January 6th, 2023. ALL seniors should complete this scholarship application, as funds are available for all different paths after high school (4-year college, 2-year college, workforce training programs, etc.).

Click the link below to start your application. This can only be completed by students who are logged in with their Google account.

JHHS Scholarship Application

Please make sure you send your Resume/Activities document to the email listed on the application.

***Please note: Once you have emailed your Resume/Activities document, you will receive a confirmation message from Mrs. Forte or Ms. DeHaven.***

Email: scholarships@wps.k12.va.us

If your application is received without an accompanying resume/activities document, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be viewed by the Scholarship Committee.

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Sophomores Pick Up the Attendance Gavel

Sophomore Class President, Charles Allen, is pictured receiving the gavel for this week's attendance challenge. Our next competition runs from today until Wednesday December 20th and will be announced on Thursday December 22nd. Keep showing that Handley Pride and be present!

Attendance Competition!

Each Friday we will announce a class winner for the best attendance for that week. The class president will be called to the office to claim the Attendance Gavel for the week. The class with the most wins will be rewarded with a pizza party at the end of the school year.

¡Competencia de Asistencia!

Hemos empezado una competencia entre grados. Tomaremos en cuenta la asistencia de los alumnos en su respectivo grado cada semana y los viernes anunciaremos el grado ganador de la mejor asistencia en esa semana. El/La presidente/presidenta de el grado ganador se tomara una foto con la directora y el Mazo de Asistencia. El grado que gane más sera premiado con una fiesta con pizzas al fin de año escolar.

Help Boost Kids’ Safety, Privacy and Security

When kids go online, whether they're playing multiplayer games, using social media apps, or posting their latest creative expressions, it's important that they understand how to keep their private information safe. With tips on how to avoid scams and protect their personal data, tweens and teens can travel all over the digital world -- and still be in charge of their digital footprints. Common Sense Media lessons related to Privacy & Security were covered last week during Advisory. Here is a follow up family activity (English/Spanish) that you may find beneficial.

PBIS Student Committee Looking for Members

The PBIS Student Task Force is looking for students who would like to represent JHHS in providing input to the PBIS team throughout the year. The students on this committee will be the voice of their peers, responsible for sharing experiences, feedback, and further recommendations on current and future PBIS Rewards. They will meet during advisory classes (frequency is to be determined) to discuss the input they have gathered regarding PBIS points, incentives, advisory lessons, etc.. The committee is looking for students who are honest and typically share their thoughts freely.

PBIS Task Force Member Application

Grupo de Trabajo Estudiantil de PBIS esta buscando miembros

El Grupo de Trabajo Estudiantil de PBIS está en la búsqueda de estudiantes que deseen representar a JHHS brindando información al equipo de PBIS durante todo el año. Los estudiantes de este comité serán la voz de sus compañeros, responsables de compartir experiencias, comentarios y recomendaciones sobre las recompensas PBIS actuales y futuras. Se reunirán durante las clases de asesoramiento (la frecuencia se determinará) para discutir los aportes que han recopilado con respecto a los puntos de PBIS, incentivos, lecciones de asesoramiento, etc. El comité requiere estudiantes que sean honestos y que típicamente compartan sus pensamientos libremente.

Aplicación para ser mienbro del Grupo de Trabajo Estudiantil de PBIS

Laurel Ridge Trades Information Session - January 21, 9-12pm

Laurel Ridge Trades Information Session

January 21, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This FREE information session is an open house-style event that will introduce you to a variety of fast-track, career-training trades professions. Whether you are planning to register for an upcoming class, or you are on the fence about your next career step, come and join us to gain more information. This can be the first step towards an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career in the trades.

Learn more about:

• HVAC Courses

• Plumbing Courses

• Electrical Courses

• Heavy Equipment Operator Training

• Construction Project Management

• Manufacturing Programs

• Mechatronics Program

• Welding Courses

• Apprenticeship

• Funding Options And More

Register here.

JHHS Schedule For Virtual School Days

When school is closed due to inclement weather, all students will attend classes virtually unless notified otherwise. Below is the JHHS virtual day schedule. Mandatory virtual attendance is expected for all students. Teachers will post Google Meet codes in Canvas and students will be required to attend class during the scheduled assigned times. Attendance will be taken in PowerSchool for each block.

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.

Handley Key Club and Froggy's Closet Toy Drive partnership

Our Handley Key Club is collecting toys, books, and games for middle and high school age students for Froggy's Closet Toy Drive. Please donate by December 20. The donation box will be set up outside our Main office starting Monday, November 28. These items do not need to be gift wrapped but they will need to be in their original package.

Handley Key Club y El Closet de Froggy

El club Key de Handley está recolectando juguetes, libros y juegos para la colecta de juguetes del Closet de Froggy para los estudiantes de la escuela media y secundaria. Se agradecen las donaciones antes del 20 de diciembre. La caja de las donaciones está ubicada fuera de la oficina principal a partir del lunes 28 de noviembre. Estos objetos no necesitan estar envueltos para regalo, sin embargo, deben estar en su empaque original.

Reminder to Parents

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

JHHS Clubs and Activities

Here is a list of all the JHHS Clubs and Activities available to students. Explore your options and find a place to get involved!

Library News 📚

❄️ Winter book bundles are back! Winter Break is drawing near. Do you have a to-read stack for your time off? Consider signing up for a Winter Book Bundle and let us customize a stack for you! Open this link for more information... ❄️

share the gift of reading! The season of giving is upon us, and we encourage each of you to share the gift of reading. Here are some ways you can do so:

  • Read a picture book to a child - a younger sibling, a cousin, a neighbor, etc.

  • Read a book, magazine article, or story to a senior adult whose “eyes are not what they used to be.”

  • Read with a friend or significant other.

  • Read to a pet or shelter animal.

  • Donate gently used books to a Free Library.

Take a look at this presentation for ideas on how to share the gift of reading!

The JHHS 2022-23 Reading Challenge

The JHHS Reading Challenge is a fun way to pick out your next great read, all year long! See a librarian for more information.

Follow the library on Instagram @jhhslibrary!

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!

PTSO Updates!

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.

Sign up for our monthly emails by clicking here or email us at jhhspto@wps.k12.va.us for more information! Cash and check donations are accepted through the main office and electronic donations are accepted via PayPal. Please help us spread the word that we could use a hand!

Facebook Senior Parent Group

From message from Joan Cestaro, Senior Parent:

The parents of Class of 2023 have created a Facebook Page to share information regarding senior year events and coordinate senior activities throughout the year. If you are a parent of a senior, please consider joining us! JHHS Class of 2023 Parents


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

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.

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

Handley Athletics Department News

Douglas Bulldogs Night

The John Handley High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce "Douglas Bulldogs Night" to be celebrated on January 6th during the home basketball game vs James Wood High School. The Girls Varsity game will be at 6:00 pm followed by the Boys Varsity game at 7:30 pm.

The Douglas School was the heart and center of the African American community of Winchester and Frederick County when it served Black students from 1927-1966 during the days of segregation. Douglas was also vital to the Strasburg and Woodstock communities as their students rode the school bus into Winchester each day for high school. The two communities were very supportive of the students and activities at Douglas.

Both the Girls and Boys Handley Basketball teams will be wearing replica uniforms of the Douglas Bulldog squads. During halftime of the Boys game, all Douglas alumni will be recognized in an on court ceremony. Additionally, a historical account of the Douglas School will be displayed in the lobby that evening.

Please join us for this recognition and celebration of "Douglas Bulldogs Night". Cash tickets are available at the door for $6 or online tickets may be purchased through Go Fan at the link below.


Physical Requirements

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!


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

** General JHHS Information **

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

JHHS 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.

Emil & Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center Lunch Menu

Here is the Emil & Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center lunch menu.

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 webpage. 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.

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 links to the 2022/2023 WPS Calendar and A/B day 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.

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. Visit the Handley Student Parking webpage for more information. High School Student Parking Pass Application (Spanish here)

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 are chronically late to school, you may lose your privilege to park in the lot and anywhere on school property.

Student Expectations at JHHS

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