John Champe Knightly News

Edition 3, October 4 - 15, 2021

Welcome to October!

Can you believe we are already halfway through the first quarter of the year? The end of quarter one is Thursday, October 28, so please take the time to check student academic progress in StudentVue or ParentVue.

Admin Corner

Families, we need your help. Our Deputy has shared concerns regarding parking issues at Sacred Mountain and Goshen Road. As a reminder, county ordinances and state laws apply to these state highways; parking within 30 feet of any traffic control sign and within 20 feet of a corner are prohibited. Additionally, some people are using Sacred Mountain as a student drop off, which violates the Code of Virginia that prohibits improperly stopping on highways. Please observe the no-parking zones so we can keep emergency accesses open.

Students are still crossing Northstar at the Sacred Mountain intersection. As a reminder, there is no crosswalk at that intersection. Several students have been hit by vehicles while attempting to cross there. It is not safe to cross at the Sacred Mountain/Northstar intersection. Students and families are strongly encouraged to cross at the Conejo traffic signal. It is the only safe passage across Northstar.

Please remember that Mr. Tyson is out on paternity leave; please contact the appropriate administrator for your student's last name.

Ms. Melissa Sargeant, Interim Principal

Dr. Tara Woolever, Assistant Principal (A-Fa)

Mr. Solomon Wright, Assistant Principal (Fe-La)

Mr. David Scott, Interim Assistant Principal (Le-Ri)

Mrs. Alycia Hakes, Assistant Principal (Ro-Z)


How do you get an Athletic Scholarship? What does it take to be a college athlete today? When does the recruiting process start? Do smaller colleges have money for athletes?

Learn the answers to ALL these questions and more on Wednesday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. John Champe will host a powerful program called “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete”. This FREE seminar is a MUST for ALL athletes and families in grades 7-12 who want to play sports in college.

School Counseling

The Office of School Counseling would like to remind the Class of 2022 that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) window to apply is open as of October 1. You can access the site here; please reach out to your school counselor with any questions.

A Tip to Handle Anxiety Positively

The 3-3-3 Rule is a proven strategy for reducing stress. First, look around and name three things you see. Second, name three sounds you hear. Third, move three parts of your body—your ankle, arm and fingers. Whenever your brain starts to race, this trick can help bring you back to the present moment.


We would like to recognize Ms. Sam Girardi as a September MAGIC Maker. We apologize for omitting Ms. Girardi from the last newsletter but her work and contributions to JCHS are worthy of recognition every month! Thank you!

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. We are elated to announce 2 out of the 16,000 are John Champe High School students. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Sunjum Mehta

Rishi Modugu

National Merit Commended Students 2022

We are very pleased to announce that each senior listed below are Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. All students are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.

Shuban Bala; Vimal Bellamkonda; Aashay Desai; Vinh Hoang; Neha Jagasia; Amy Le; Raegan Reed; Katherine Seo; Jasmit Singh; Ajal Upadhyaya; Apal Upadhyaya;

Shaivi Yarlagadda; Ngemfor Zaumu

CHARGE up and Connect

Students, did you miss the club fair? You can always check out the virtual fair slides on the ICC Website or peruse the club directory for ways to get connected with one of the nearly 100 clubs at JCHS.

Please see the flyer below from our athletic director regarding the college recruiting event this week. Also, be sure to follow Champe sports on Twitter (@ChampeSports12) or on Facebook (Champesports12) or click the Athletics button below for the full Athletics website. Please attend events whenever possible to show your support for our Knights!

College visits continue this month and next in the Career Center. Students can sign up to attend via Naviance (upcoming schools are listed in the ongoing announcements button just above). See Mrs. King ( in the Career Center with questions.

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PSAT - October 13

On October 13, ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students will follow an alternate schedule in order to take the PSAT at JCHS. This is an asynchronous day for seniors. Students testing from 9:15am to approximately 1:15pm will need to bring a pencil and calculator to their assigned testing room, which can be found here. Please email with any questions.

Seal of Biliteracy Testing

Juniors and Seniors: The Credit Through Testing (CTT) is available at no cost for Arabic, Bengali, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Students are expected to be able to read and write in the Exam Language. Instructions and Prompts are all in the Exam Language, not English.

Testing Dates and Locations

11/8/21 Tuscarora HS 4-6pm

11/9/21 Park View HS 4-6pm

11/10/21 Broad Run HS 4-6pm

11/11/21 Lightridge HS 4-6pm

Registration for the CTT is now available on LARS until 5pm EST on October 29, 2021. A confirmation ticket will be sent to the student and the parent/guardian email on file.

For more information about the test and seal: click here

If you have any further questions, email

Students wishing to earn the Seal of Biliteracy for Latin will need to take the ALIRA. Please see Ms. Prokopchak for information on this assessment.


Have you joined the PTSA yet?! If not, please visit their site for more information or access the membership form directly here.

Check out their flyers below for ways you can support the PTSA. Remember to follow the PTSA on Twitter for timely updates! Thank you for your support of the PTSA, which directly impacts our school's ability to provide valuable resources for students and teachers.

Homecoming 2021

Homecoming is coming! Check out this video and the flyer below from the SCA. Get ready!
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Save the Date

October 6: Faculty Volleyball Game (4th block - $2/ticket)

October 8: Pink Out Spirit Day

October 13: PSAT for underclassmen; asynchronous day for seniors

October 25-29: Homecoming week

October 30: Homecoming Dance, 8pm-11pm (football stadium)

November 5: AP Test Registration deadline (click here for AP testing info from Ms. Stecura); USA Out Spirit Day

November 16: Senior Capstone Information Night