Judges' Docket

Week of 03/13/2023

Reminder: Teacher Work Day Monday, March 13

There will be no school on Monday, March 13 as it is a Teacher Work Day.

Testing Notification - Writing SOL Makeups

If your student is missing one or both parts of the Writing SOL the last opportunity to make up the test is Thursday, March 16th and Friday, March 17th. This test will begin at 8:25 in the media lab. Families will receive a notification via email, phone, text, and mail if your student is missing one or both parts. School will operate on a normal schedule these days.

Attention Senior Parents! Meeting on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00pm

Parent-sponsored scavenger hunt and picnic volunteer sign-up meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00 pm in the Student Union. Contact JoanCestaro@gmail.com for more info.

Please also get plugged in to our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1166439883845807/

Baccalaureate Ceremony - Need your input

Attention Seniors and Parents:

The Counseling Office wants to recognize all of our seniors who have been given a scholarship at our Baccalaureate Ceremony on May 17.

Please complete this form to report any and all scholarships your student has received so far. Even if your student does not plan to attend a school that has awarded them scholarship $, please still include that information in this form. All scholarships received are a recognition of the hard work your student has done.

If you have any questions, please contact Bethany DeHaven, Counseling Office Administrative Assistant, dehavenb@wps.k12.va.us

Weekly Attendance Competition!

For Tuesday through Thursday of this week....

Coming in 4th place are the Seniors with 90%

Coming in 3rd place are the Juniors with 91%

Coming in 2nd place are the Freshman with 92.1%

And Coming in 1st place, dethroning the Freshman class, are the Sophomores with 92.2%

Congratulations Class of 2025!

Next week's competition will run from Friday, March 10th until Thursday March 16th

Spring Sports at Handley are moving to 100% online ticketing!

All tickets for home events can be purchased at GoFan. Individual and Season Tickets are available for Varsity Baseball, JV Baseball, Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer.

Thank you and Go Judges!

Ticket Link:


Career Exploration Opportunities

Every month there will be Career Exploration Field Trip opportunities for 11th and 12th grade students to sign up for. The first field trip is to Tri-State Nissan on Thursday, March 30th. We will get a tour of their facilities and learn about career opportunities in areas such as sales, service, management, etc. The second field trip is to Continental on Friday, March 31st. We will get a tour of their facilities and learn about entry level career opportunities. Continental produces high end synthetic leather materials which are used in transportation, recreation and hospitality markets. The location here in Winchester produces materials specifically for Tesla!

Parent/guardian signature is required. You must turn in a permission form to Ms. Hall @ JHHS or Ms. Weinstein @ EGSIC to attend.

Future trips (more info to come)..

- Friday, April 28: Blue Ridge Technical College (w/ lunch by culinary students)

- Date TBD for April: Jobcorps


Coffee with a Company - March schedule

In March, we will be finishing up our "Coffee with a Company" series. This series is for interested 10th, 11th & 12th graders during Advisory on Wednesdays from 11:35-12:05pm.

The format will be a 10-15 min presentation about the company and employment opportunities available (now & in the future) followed by questions and networking over coffee & pastries. Students received an email with a link and MUST sign up to attend. Maximum capacity will be 15-20 students.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 15: Continental - Develops and produces functional parts, components, and systems for machine and plant engineering, mining, the automotive industry, and other important industries. They work with Tesla!!

Wednesday, March 22: Valley Health - WMC’s School of Medical Imaging

Wednesday, March 29: Navy Federal


International Data Center Day - Presentations on March 17, 2023

International Data Center Day is in March and this year's theme is "Data Center Handshake" as a way to introduce schools to data center careers. Cornet, Inc. would like to partner with Handley to conduct presentations on how students can get careers in mission critical fields.

Do you have an interest in Data Centers, Building Engineering, Security, IT, Programming, Marketing, Business Development, etc… You should attend this presentation!

There will be 2 presentations on Friday, March 17 at the Innovation Center. The times are: 9:45-11:25 am and 12:15-2:00 pm.

You can sign up here.


John D. Butler Presentation - March 21, 2023

John D. Butler will be presenting about his 32 year Navy career & other professional experiences in an open forum style on Tuesday, March 21st beginning at 9am in the Forum at the Innovation Center. There will also be time for questions & answers. If you're interested in attending, please sign up here.

His experiences include:

- US Navy

- Nuclear Submarines

- U. S. & International Defense

- Military Intelligence

- Engineering

To learn more about Mr. Butler, visit his LinkedIn profile.


Diving into your future career pathway: Alternatives to College Event: March 23, 2023

Local business & industry partners have been asked to highlight their organization's training paths for students. Employers will provide and/or pay for you to have the training you need to be employed right out of high school -- with no college degree required. You can save time and money, and have a great career with opportunities to be promoted.

This event will be held on Thursday, March 23rd from 9-11am. Community partners will have tables set up in the Community Commons showcasing their training programs and ready to have a quick conversation about these opportunities.

If you are currently in Econ & Personal Finance, your class will automatically be invited to attend. If you're not in this class, please visit this link to sign up if you're interested.

More details will be sent regarding the schedule soon.


Bank of Clarke County Career Exploration Event - April 14, 2023

Bank of Clarke County is hosting a Career Exploration presentation for students to attend on April 14th from 10-1230 at their downtown location. Lunch will be included & transportation will be provided.

The departments that will be presenting are: Retail Banking, Commercial Lending, Data & Analytics, Trust & Investments, Human Resources. Others attending: Branch Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and a Recruiter. (Possibly others as well) There will be dedicated time for a question and answer session.

If you’re interested in learning more about the banking industry, please see Ms. Weinstein to sign up.

**Spaces are limited!**


Navy Federal “Classroom to Office” Mentorship Opportunity for 23/24 School Year

Economic and Personal Finance students are selected through an application process to participate in this project-based mentorship program. Students will be paired with a Navy Federal mentor who they will work with onsite at Navy Federal during the Spring semester. The pair will develop a project to be presented to school and Navy Federal leadership at the end of the school year.

There will be an information session during Advisory on Wednesday, March 15 to discuss details of this program and the application process. Students that have selected EPF as a course for next year will be invited to attend.

**For questions about these events or to sign up, please visit the link included or reach out to Ms. Weinstein, Work-Based Learning Coach at weinsteins@wps.k12.va.us**

Relay for Life Benefit Concert Performer Interest Meeting

Do you like to sing, play an instrument, dance, or perform? Support the American Cancer Society by performing at the Relay for Life Benefit Concert on April 22nd! Please come to the performers interest meeting on Thursday, March 9th, after school in Ms. Kogut’s room 1221. If you cannot make Thursday’s meeting, please see Ms. Kogut, Laura Salley, or Alice Gonzales Lamas for more information.

Counseling Office News

Mrs. Jennifer Forte and her family will be relocating to North Carolina. Her last day at John Handley High School will be March 17. Mrs. Natosha Fradillada will be the lead counselor contact for the Counseling Office until the end of the school year.

Summer Economics and Personal Finance Class

Attention 10th and 11th graders

Students can complete the required Economics and Personal Finance class this summer asynchronously. For more information please contact Ms. Windy Glahn, glahn@wps.k12.va.us.

The cost is $140. If you are eligible for free/reduced lunch, there is a reduced fee.

Registration forms below

QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program

For current high school juniors who excel academically despite facing financial challenges. The QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program is now accepting applications! QuestBridge connects academically outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to the nation's best colleges.

Why should students apply? QuestBridge prepares College Prep Scholars to gain admission and full four-year scholarships to 50 top colleges through the National College Match. College Prep Scholars can receive special awards and opportunities, including a full scholarship to a college summer program, up to $1,000 for a new laptop or other educational resources, essay feedback, and more. The deadline for students to apply is March 22, 2023.


Attention Female Juniors: 2023 American Legion Auxiliary VA Girls State

The application for 2023 American Legion Auxiliary VA Girls State is available and will be sending ONE student sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. The program will take place June 18 – 24, 2023 at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

Please complete the form below and return to the Counseling Office no later than March 29, 2023 by 2:30PM.

2023 VSBA Student Essay Contest: $500 Scholarship Opportunity

The Virginia School Boards Association is holding a personal essay/speaking contest where the finalists will have an opportunity to present before an audience of more than 300 school board members and administrators at the 2023 VSBA Conference on Education held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump on July 13, 2023.

This is the third year the Virginia School Boards Association will hold this contest with hope that this contest will bring out the very best in students’ writing and speaking efforts to allow our attendees to witness examples of the bright, thoughtful, and accomplished students from around the Commonwealth. This year's topic is The Meaning of Civility.

Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous sponsor, the top finalist will receive a $500 scholarship. Submissions are open to all Virginia public high school students (grades 9-12) as a great opportunity to share their unique voices as well as compete for funds to further their education.

For more information on the contest and complete guidelines please view the guidebook below. For questions, please contact communications@vsba.org.

Entry Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PKH9MF5

Strengthening Families Spring 2023

Strengthening Families is an evidence-based program for parents/guardians and youth ages 10-14 years old. It helps everyone enter the teenage years stronger, more confident, and with the tools to succeed. Classes will start Monday March 27th, 5:30-8pm, at Laurel Ridge Community College. Dinner is served every Monday, along with a travel voucher, grocery voucher, and additional incentives at completion of the 7 weeks.

Link to register can be found here. For more information please contact Mandy McCarthy at youthresourcealliance@gmail.com

Academy Day 2023

Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents or guardians, and school counselors to Academy Day 2023. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes.

In addition, students will be able to meet with officials from all five academies as well as representatives from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board, ROTC programs, Randolph-Macon College, the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin University, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, and the Virginia Military Institute. Staff from Virginia Congressional offices will be available to answer questions regarding the application procedures for congressional nominations.

Save the Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Randolph-Macon College Center for the Performing Arts, Blackwell Auditorium, 205 Henry Street, Ashland, VA 23005

National Youth Science Camp Application Open

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a residential science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) program designed to honor and challenge some of the nation’s rising student leaders and provide them with opportunities to engage with STEAM professionals and participate in exciting outdoor activities. The 2023 NYSCamp, hosted by the National Youth Science Academy, is a hybrid experience, with students participating virtually for the first five days, followed by two and a half weeks in-person.

Two students will be selected to represent Virginia as delegates to the NYSCamp. Eligibility has been extended for the 2023 NYSCamp to include current Juniors and Seniors. February 28th is the deadline to apply, and applicants will be notified by March 15th if they were selected.

  • Virtual dates are June 19, 2023 to June 23, 2023
  • In-person dates are June 24, 2023 to July 23, 2023.

Application Portal

Superintendent's Memo

Prom Attendance Requirement

Library News 📚

What’s New?

March into Spring with a fresh book! Check out this NEW BOOKS digital display created by our COE student, Tara, and open yourself up to reading something new and different. Let your reading bloom!💐🍀 📚

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Use our collection in Destiny Discover to explore notable

women throughout history, as well as Women’s

Issues, and influential female contributions to art, science,

athletics, politics and more!

Support Those fighting Breast Cancer🎗️

Stop by the library to leave hopeful messages on our Breast Cancer support Bulletin Board, created by one of our Student Library Aides. After the board is filled with encouragement it will be donated to a breast-cancer treatment facility.

The JHHS 2022-23 Reading Challenge

Read more in 2023 with the JHHS Reading Challenge; a fun way to pick out your next great read, all year long! Get started by picking up a challenge bookmark in the library and see a librarian for more information.

Donations needed

One of our library student aides is planning a full week of Earth Day crafts using commonly discarded items from home. She is collecting milk cartons, plastic gallon jugs, 2-liter or 1-liter plastic bottles. Please rinse these out before bringing them to the front office. Let them know they are for the library.

If you have any arts & crafts materials that you no longer want (primer for painting, small wood scraps, contact paper, self-adhesive wall paper or shelf-liner paper, scrapbooking supplies, stickers, florals, pipe cleaners, buttons, poster board, any kind of glue/modge podge, etc.), we would love to help you with your almost-spring cleaning!

Follow the library on Instagram @jhhslibrary, Twitter @JHHSLibrary, or facebook @ John Handley LMC!

Relationships & Communication — We Know the Power of Words and Actions

As the line between online and offline continues to blur, students reflect on how they can use intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to build and strengthen positive online communication and communities. Your students participated in Common Sense Media lessons this week encouraging them to determine common digital stressors and their influences on relationships. The students also gained an understanding of how to communicate effectively online and how and why some topics and conversations can best lend themselves to certain mediums. Here is a follow up family activity (English/Spanish) that you may find beneficial.

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.

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!

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!


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!

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.


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!


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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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