Judges' Docket

Week of 04/24/2023

Region IV Teacher of the Year - Mr. Jeff Keller

All public and accredited nonpublic schools are invited to participate in the Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year Program to select the Virginia Teacher of the Year and to honor teachers who represent the best in teaching in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.

The program is open to all teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who possess a current, renewable Virginia teaching license, including school librarians, school counselors, and reading specialists.

It is our honor to announce that Mr. Jeff Keller has been appointed Region IV Teacher of the Year! Mr. Keller will now move forward to be considered for the 2024 Virginia Teacher of the Year. We are so very proud of Jeff and his commitment to our students. More information can be found in the press release from earlier this week.

Families/Guardians: Please return Address Verification forms

This is a friendly reminder to our families/guardians to please return completed address verification forms. These were mailed to you over Spring Break.

Winchester Public Schools Dress Code


Winchester Public Schools has a set of requirements for dress code that need to be followed. Please click here to review these requirements. With warmer weather on the horizon we need to be mindful of our attire in school.

A message from the PTSO: Teacher Appreciation Week help needed!

Please join the PTSO in celebrating the hard working faculty at John Handley High School.

Whether you're able to donate items for our teacher breakfast, treats for our goody bags, or an hour of time, we need your help to make this celebration a success!

Donations of physical items are needed in the Main Office by May 2nd. Click here for the SignUp Genius to learn more about what we need.

We also need volunteers to help serve meals and other treats throughout the week. Click here for the SignUp Genius to learn more about volunteer opportunities!

Monetary donations are also always appreciated - either via PayPal at jhhspto@wps.k12.va.us or check/cash dropped in the main office.

Submit Senior Chapel Photos!

Seniors families, please send in photos of your senior for their Senior Chapel slideshow. Over 200 seniors currently have empty slides! Email photos to dodgea@wps.k12.va.us with your student's name in the subject line, or drop physical photos off in the front office in an envelope with your student's name on it. The deadline is Friday, April 28th. Help us celebrate every senior!

Reminders for Seniors (Cap and Gown distribution/Chromebook Collection)


A reminder that we will be distributing graduation orders on Thursday, April 27 during lunches. Additionally all Chromebooks will need to be turned in on May 19th without stickers on the device or case. All stickers and residue from the stickers must be removed prior to the collection day.

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 Winner Announcement

It's time to announce the grade level winners of our weekly attendance competition!

Coming in 4th place are the Seniors with 89%

Coming in 3rd place are the Sophomores with 91%

Coming in 2nd place are the Juniors with 92%

Coming in 1st place are the Freshman with 93%

Congratulations Class of 2026!

Starting Monday there are only 23 school days left, so show your Handley Pride and Be Present!

Senior Parent-Sponsored Graduation Events

Senior Parent-Sponsored Graduation Events

Ice Cream Social- Friday, May 19th. Seeking donated toppings. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4EABAB2CAA8-senior

Grad Party- Tuesday, May 23rd. Student pre-registration required. Students can register here: https://bit.ly/HandleySeniors

Picnic- Tuesday, May 23rd. Seeking food/drink donations. See sign up genius for specific needs: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4EABAB2CAA8-senior1

Door Prizes needed for a prize auction giveaway. Please ask your place of employment for a donation such as free service (haircut, manicure, oil change) or to supply a gift basket (new apartment items, cookware, garbage cans, tupperware) or a gift card. These elements add dimension and fun to the event, but we need your help to obtain them.

For donations or questions, please contact JoanCestaro@gmail.com

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SGA and Class Officer Elections

The SGA and Class Officer elections are on May 3rd for next year. This is a great way to get involved with the school and help out your class.

Pick up an application at Mrs. Braithwaite's office and fill it out by Friday, April 21st by 3:15pm in order to run for office. Mr. Balio emailed out an application earlier this week as well.

Don't miss out on being part of SGA and having a voice on items like Homecoming, Fall Day, Spirit Week, etc...

Library News

National School Library Month

This week is National Library Week! This year’s theme is “There’s More to the Story.”

Monday is Right to Read Day - celebrate your freedom to read! Tuesday is Library Workers Day. We would like to recognize the student library aides who help make our library run smoothly and efficiently: Dahlia H., Penelope L., Tara Z., Nakayla F., Felix M., Isabella C., Elmer O., Helen R., Laura S., and Yoana K. Thank you for all you do. Find out more about National Library Week here!

We’re also celebrating libraries throughout the entire month of April. To honor our school library and celebrate Handley’s 100th year, we’ve put together this History of the Handley High School Library. Take a peek and be on the lookout for fun trivia opportunities coming this week with a chance to win some prizes!

✒️Poet Vs. Pop Star Challenge🎤

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? We're celebrating in the library with a Poet vs. Pop Start challenge. Who wrote it, Ed Shereen or Edgar Allen Poe? Billie Eilish or Emily Dickinson? Come on down to the library to participate in this challenge, and be entered into a raffle for a library prize package. All participants can win a small prize just for taking part. The winner will be drawn at the end of this week!

National Arab American Heritage Month

April is also National Arab American month. Take a look at this collection that celebrates not only some of our most popular books by Arab American writers, but also includes Muslim American authors as well as other books featuring Middle Eastern culture. Expand your horizons and check one out today.

Want to Be a Student Library Aide?

Rising Juniors and Seniors can sign up to be a Student Library Aide with their counselor. This course offers a full credit, allows students to provide a service to their school community, learn valuable interpersonal skills and job skills, and provides students an opportunity to learn a lot about the inner workings of the library. Students work the front desk, shelve books, process new books, read, complete projects, and hone their student leadership skills. Talk to a librarian or student library aide if you have any questions & to pick up an application.

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. This activity will be wrapping up this week. Please stop by and write a quick note.

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

After School Academic Support - You can win a prize!

At John Handley High School we are committed to helping our students reach their full potential and to do so we are continuing our after school academic support program and adding a twist. This flier shows the subjects available for after school support and their locations. Additionally, this flier shows the prizes students can earn just by attending after school support! How cool is that?

Students should be in the after school academic support classroom by 3:20 pm and stay until 4:20 pm. After school buses are available. For every day of attendance they will earn a ticket for a raffle prize. There will be weekly prize drawings. Students that attend 5 remediation sessions will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize at the end of the year. For every 5 sessions a student attends after school academic support, they will receive one chance for the grand prize!

Career Exploration Opportunities

LOOKING FOR A JOB? The Employer Expo Hiring event is happening on May 10 from 1-6pm!

High school SENIORS are able to go for a special preview window of 1-2pm before the event opens to the general public.

  • Meet with hiring managers in person from 80+ companies in the region

  • Attend free, professional development workshops:

    • Basic Resume

    • Mock Interviews

    • All in One Job Search Tune Up

    • Job Applications & Assessments

      • Complete a workshop and be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. Multiple scholarships will be awarded.

  • Free professional headshots offered onsite

There is a senior assembly that morning from 11-12:05pm. If you sign up to attend the Expo, we will feed you lunch before we leave at 12:45! Transportation will be provided by WPS.

Please sign up to attend here.

We will be hosting a free workshop on Tuesday, May 2nd in the Patsy Cline Theatre at 10am to assist students with resumes and preparing introductions / elevator speeches in order to communicate with professionals at the Expo to put your best foot forward. If you sign up, please plan to attend this session.


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.


Continental is hiring!

Electrical Apprentice Positions:

Quick Details:

  • Monday thru Friday from 7 AM – 3 PM

  • Pay $19.00/Hour

  • Full-time positions and Continental pays for the employee to go to Laurel Ridge and enroll in their Electrical Apprentice Program for the next 2 years.

  • Students could then take Journeyman’s and continue to work for Continental

  • Once hours are achieved, students would then be promoted to a Full-Time Electrician in the manufacturing plant.

Learn more about this opportunity here.

Entry level production jobs - get hired right away!

As a Production Operator you will function as an active team member within the production line by maintaining quality specifications, inputting manufacturing data, viewing SOP’s, and maintaining operation of various equipment and machinery depending upon the department’s job specifications


• Immediate Benefits

• Paid Time Off

• Employee Discounts

• Annual Bonus

• Employer 401(k) Match

• On-Site Gym

Learn more about this opportunity here.


Signet is hiring!

Signet Marketing is a thirty-year-old screen printing & embroidery work company located in Winchester. They are looking to hire a few upcoming graduating seniors to add to their team!

No experience is necessary!

A few details:

  • Days: Monday – Friday

  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

  • Salary: $13.00 - $14.50 hour

  • PTO: Based on length of employment.

  • Lunch break: 30 minutes

  • Additional breaks: (2) x 15 minutes


Stoneridge Outdoor Living is hiring!

Stoneridge Outdoor Living is committed to providing top quality, affordable, Made in America Home Improvement Products and is the market leader in the Sunroom, Bath and Replacement Window sector.

They offer a great retirement plan, fantastic health insurance benefits, the best training around, excellent pay, a commitment to provide you the leadership and resources to be successful.

Some of the many benefits of working at Stoneridge Outdoor Living include:

  • Awesome Pay

  • Paid Training

  • Flexible Hours

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Potential to grow into a Leadership role

Learn more about this opportunity here.


Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking high-school-aged students for paid summer jobs in Buxton, NC.

No experience is necessary! Participants will get paid to work, learn and gain leadership skills. No prior experience is needed, just an eagerness to make a difference. YCC engages young people in meaningful work experiences at national parks, forest, wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries, while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility.

Learn more about this opportunity here.


**For questions about any of these opportunities 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**


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.

Unlike most Parent/Teacher/Student Organizations, we charge no membership fee. We're grateful for all of the ways our families contribute to the Handley community - whether it's with your time, your culinary efforts, or your donations. Now, the Handley PTSO is also able to accept credit card donations via PayPal!

If you're able to spare a monetary donation to support our work benefitting Handley students, teachers, and staff, we are grateful for any amount. Cash and checks may be left for us at the front office. Or click here to reach PayPal and send your donation to JHHSPTO@wps.k12.va.us!

Sign up for our monthly emails by clicking here or email us at jhhspto@wps.k12.va.us for more information!

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

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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

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

News Media & Literacy - We are Critical Thinkers and Creators

This week during Advisory students participated in Common Sense Media lessons that focused on being critical consumers and creators of news and media. Students were taught to recognize how individuals and society are influenced by the media and the misrepresentations and stereotypes they sometimes promote. They were given opportunities to demonstrate the ability to identify, evaluate and use information effectively, find credible and trustworthy sources and give proper credit from online sources. Here is a follow up family activity (English/Spanish) that you may wish to explore.

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!

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!


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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