Jamestown High School (Virginia)

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Jamestown High School
Address
3751 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185
United States
Information
School typePublic high school
Founded1997
School districtWilliamsburg-James City County Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. Stephen M. Constantino
PrincipalCatherine Worley
Assistant principalsArletha Dockery
Jeff Bond
StaffFeefee
Grades9–12
Enrollment1,590  (2006-07)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Color(s)               Green, Black, White
Athletics conferenceVirginia High School League
Bay Rivers District
Region I
MascotEagles
RivalsLafayette High School
Warhill High School
Bruton High School
Website
 
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Jamestown High School
Address
3751 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185
United States
Information
School typePublic high school
Founded1997
School districtWilliamsburg-James City County Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. Stephen M. Constantino
PrincipalCatherine Worley
Assistant principalsArletha Dockery
Jeff Bond
StaffFeefee
Grades9–12
Enrollment1,590  (2006-07)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Color(s)               Green, Black, White
Athletics conferenceVirginia High School League
Bay Rivers District
Region I
MascotEagles
RivalsLafayette High School
Warhill High School
Bruton High School
Website

Jamestown High School is a public secondary school located in James City County, Virginia, just outside Williamsburg, Virginia. The school was opened in 1997, becoming the second of three high schools in the county. It is part of Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and is located on 3751 John Tyler Highway. As of 2006, there are 1,524 students enrolled at Jamestown.

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History

Jamestown opened in 1997. Its entire student body came from Lafayette High School and the local middle schools. Though the high school is located in a Williamsburg mailing address, it is named after the Jamestown Settlement, located only a few miles away. In 2007, students from Jamestown, as well as Lafayette High School, were moved to the newly constructed Warhill High School in the western part of the county to alleviate overcrowding in the district.

Curriculum

The curriculum is based on standards set by the Virginia Board of Education. Jamestown participates in the AVID program to facilitate preparation for college.

Graduation requirements at Jamestown include three credits of mathematics and science; four credits of English; four credits of history; and one credit of a foreign language (Spanish, German, French, Latin or American Sign Language). Finally, students must complete one technology credit and one fine arts credit.

In addition to the basic diploma, an advanced diploma option is available. Requirements for the advanced diploma include additional foreign language credits.

Culture

In Jamestown's early history in 1999, the school received various bomb threats in response to the Columbine High School events. This has not occurred in recent years. In 2007, a student was apprehended with a small hand-gun, apparently in an attempt to scare another student into returning a PSP that was stolen from him.

There have been some incidents related to drug and alcohol usage resulting in disciplinary action, often occurring during the prom and homecoming weeks. However, a program called "Every 30 Minutes", which simulates a car accident that occurs after drinking alcohol, has attempted to deter students from drinking.

In 2007, Jamestown High School hosted its first Spring Carnival which was paid for by funds from the Student Council Association and was held during the third and fourth blocks of the school day. There were displays by various military branches including a Black Hawk and Huey helicopter which landed in the school bus parking area. Inflatable attractions such as an obstacle course, bouncy castle, and giant slide, Dance Dance Revolution, job fair, water balloon fight etc. were also included. Although most of the entertainment was free, students could purchase tickets (25¢ each) for drinks, (free food was provided) and some attractions such as Dunk-a-Teacher.

Campus

The first floor contains classrooms for teaching fine arts, technology (split into engineering, graphics and Cooperative Business Education), math and science. The special education classrooms are also on this level. The second floor the library (or media center as it is usually referred to as) and classrooms for teaching math, social studies, English and foreign languages (along with English as a Second Language (ESL)).

To the west of the main building, there were five trailers which acted as 10 classrooms and could hold around a total of 250 students and were brought in to solve the overcrowding problem. In spite of the reduction in enrollment due to the construction of Warhill High School, two of the trailers have become a permanent part of the campus, as opposed to being removed. However, this leaves a large space of dead grass where the trailers once were. The school is surrounded by wooded and swamp areas.

Enrollment

Teacher Statistics

Demographics

Jamestown High School's student body is 70% (1067) White; 23% (344) Black; 4% (54) Hispanic; 3% (38) Asian; and 1% (8) Native American.

Athletics

The school's mascot is an eagle and its sports teams currently play in the AA Bay Rivers District in Region I. Jamestown has won 20 state titles, which include six AA girls tennis Dynasty state titles from 2000–2002, 2004–2006; four boy's swimming state titles in 2001 and 2006–2008; three AA girls swimming titles from 2000 to 2002; two AA boys soccer titles in 2001 & 2008; one AA girls soccer title in 1999; one AA golf title in 1999; one girls field hockey title in 2001; one AA boys cross country title in 2001; and one AA girls basketball title in 2006.

Theatre

The Jamestown High School Theatre Department (sometimes known as the Jamestown Theatre) formed in September 1997 under the directorship of William Snyder. More than 20 full stage productions have been produced, usually consisting of a fall play and a spring musical.

Current productions

In 2009, the JHS theatre department opted to choose a short one-act show, Degas C'est Moi, to serve as both the fall show and the VHSL competition entry. JHS performed with sister schools Warhill and Lafayette at The Night of One-Acts. Jamestown also received first place at the VHSL District and Regional Theatre competition for Degas C'est Moi. Jamestown was awarded first place at the VHSL State competition with sister school Lafayette High School (Williamsburg) coming in second place. Jamestown will now begin work on its 2011 spring musical: Lucky Stiff.

Past productions

Jamestown performs two major productions every school year; a fall play and a spring musical. The first fall play ever performed was Our Town performed on November 25 and 26 of 1997. Jamestown's first musical was Brigadoon on March 25, 26, and 27, 1998. Jamestown's latest productions include November 2006's fall play Museum, March 2007's A Chorus Line and November 2007's The Good Doctor. April 2008's spring production was William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which moved away from the tradition of having a musical during the spring.

Directors

William Snyder (1997–2006)

William Snyder directed 18 productions at Jamestown (not including competition plays), and spent nearly a decade before at Lafayette High School. "At the age of 72, I feel like it's my time," Snyder told The Eagle Eye student newspaper. Snyder confirmed his retirement in early 2006, Guys and Dolls being his final production.

Beth Wigley (2006–2008) Beth Wigley was confirmed to succeed Snyder in Spring 2006 as Jamestown's near Director of Theatre. Wigley, before transferring to Jamestown, worked 13 years as Director of the York County School of the Arts at Bruton High School. Wigley's first production at Jamestown was 2006's fall production of Museum. Wigley is known to differ from Snyder in some aspects, by choosing fall production with larger casts to encourage students to audition, and by choosing to direct productions that do not contain the typical glitz and glamour.

Marcia DiMattia (2008–Present)

Mrs. DiMattia brings a background of dance and choreography as well as an enthusiasm for the theatre and students to Jamestown High School. Her first production at Jamestown was Found a Peanut. Previously, she was the Theatre Director at Berkeley Middle School where she directed well known shows like You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and Godspell, Jr. She also directs for 'StageLights, Inc., Williamsburg's Theatre for Children.' In the fall of 2009 Marcia DiMattia directed Degas, Cest Moi which went on to win the VHSL Theatre State Championship. The 2011 Fall One-Act was "Thanks" which won the VHSL District Championship. The 2012 Spring Musical was "Legally Blonde, The Musical" well-known movie turned Broadway hit. The unconventional musical fared extremely well resulting in sold out performances and record ticket sales!

Music

Jamestown has several musical groups, including a symphonic band and wind ensemble, a marching band and mixed, jazz and chamber choirs.

Every once in a while, the different departments cross over in order to make a group effort. The most classic example is the yearly musical. The drama department would host the event, but it would include kids from choir who would sing, students from art making various props or backdrops and the band and orchestra, who would provide the music for the singers and dancers. However, 2008 will not be the same as any of the previous years, due to Mrs. Wigley's odd choice of musicals, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The choir, orchestra and band recently had a joint concert with other high schools performing Carmina Burana.

Choir

Mrs. Johnson was the choral director until 2006, when Felicia Kaine took over.

Band

The band director is Steve Turner. The band has won a superior rating every year after its founding year and has traveled to numerous destinations across the US for competition.

There have been several different assistant band directors over the years.. Chris Smith was an assistant for the 2006-2007 year, but he also left the following year to teach at Lafayette High School.

Marching Band

The marching band is by far the largest musical group at Jamestown. The instrumentation consists of woodwinds, brass, a drum line and a pit (usually keyboard instruments and axillary instruments). There is also a color guard that twirls colorful flags, dance, and use other visuals as the school board does not allow the use of rifles or sabers in performances. The band uses a technique very similar to modern style drum and bugle corps. The marching band just recently received new uniforms in 2007.

Shows:
1997: "Vocal Jazz" - "Baroque Samba", "Dream of the Return" and "Birdland"
1998: "Jekyll & Hyde"
1999: "Tower of Power"
2000: "The Phantom of the Opera"
2001: "Hot Jazz" - "Now or Never", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", "Birdland"
2002: "West Side Story"
2003: "Tommy"
2004: "Pirates of the Caribbean"
2005: "The Incredibles"
2006: "Songs for Planet Earth"
2007: "Earth, Wind & Fire"
2008: "Music of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps"
2009: "James Bond"
2010: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
2011: "Rio"
2012: "Star Wars: The Old Republic"

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities

Jamestown has several different clubs and groups. In order for the group to be part of the school, it must first have at least one sponsor and it must have approval by the principal.
Here is a list of all of the clubs and organizations, as listed on the school's website:

Ascent

Ascent is the Literature and Art Magazine at Jamestown. When Jamestown first opened, the group was run by Mrs. Throckmorton and Mrs. Hite, who published the first edition of Labyrinth, the original name of the magazine. Then, in 2004-2005, Mrs. Glennon sponsored the group. Under Mrs. Glennon, the magazine staff focused on creative writing. In 2006-2007, Mrs. Throckmorton once again sponsored the staff. In 2007, Mrs. Reiley and Mrs. Hobbs took over as sponsors for the magazine. The new staff decided to change the name to Ascent.

References

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