Jamestown High School will begin classes on Thursday, Aug. 22. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and all students will report to their assigned homerooms at 8:47 a.m. to complete enrollment forms and receive locker assignments. Periods 1-3 classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. for 25-minutes each. Periods 4-8 will meet at the regular times.

We are happy to welcome several new teachers to JHS this fall. Janna Strege will be teaching in our business department, replacing Morgan Schwartzenberger. Sarah McDermid will be teaching in our foreign language department replacing Anthony Roth. In our English department, we will have Chantel Harr from Jamestown North replacing Teresa Palmer Visser, Jessica Irey replacing Darby Heinert, and Heidi Eckart replacing Tammy Mullowney. In the science department, we will have Amy Igl replacing Janelle Green.

Freshmen and new student orientation will be held on Monday, Aug. 19 at 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the JHS theater. All members of the Class of 2023 and their parents are encouraged to attend. Those attending will hear from building administrators and counselors about policies, procedures and opportunities for the school year. After a quick meeting in the commons at 5 p.m. freshman will follow their schedule cards from class to class. In each class students and parents are invited to participate in a meet-the-teacher orientation including a brief presentation introducing the teacher and the course. CTC teachers will be located in the commons for their orientation. At 6 p.m. students and parents are invited to attend an orientation presentation in the theater with JHS administrators and counselors.

Students who are new to our District and attending JHS for the first time should plan to attend a new student orientation hosted by the JHS Student Council. The orientation will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 19; new students will meet student council members in the commons and be given a tour of the building. New students and parents are also encouraged to attend the JHS orientation presentation at 6 p.m. in the theater.

Schedules cards were handed out to JHS students on May 20 and schedule change forms were accepted that week. A few schedules were adjusted over the summer to balance sections and all schedules will go live in power school on Aug. 13. Students who cannot see their schedule are welcome to come to request a paper copy Aug. 14 and 15 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Also at this time students and parents can take care of paying for busing, school lunches and purchase activity tickets. Textbooks will be issued by classroom teachers. Our staff, students and families understand that a great deal of time and resources are allocated in the registration and scheduling process. We assign teachers and courses based on the courses that students register for. For these reasons, no schedule changes will be allowed unless they are deemed necessary by our schedule committee. Schedule change requests were available in the final week of school using the form available in the counseling office.

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Student pictures will be taken on Monday, Aug. 26. Students will receive order packets in their homerooms on the first day of school for those who wish to purchase. No purchase is necessary but all students need to have a photo taken for their school ID and the yearbook.

Students will receive a student handbook which is also posted on the school website. Parents are encouraged to review the handbook for schedules and school policies. The handbook also contains individual school phone numbers for our staff and other valuable information for students and parents.

Our bell schedule has changed slightly from last year to accommodate additional instructional time for our students and to enhance teacher collaboration and professional development. The major changes are that our school day will extend to 3:15 each day and will start at 9:25 on Wednesdays. Students are welcome to come to the school at their regular time Wednesdays, and if a student falls behind he or she may be assigned to an overtime session from 8:30-9:20 Wednesday morning. We will continue our Flex period on Wednesday from 12:05 -12:35 as this gives students opportunities for enrichment, connection to school and to get what they need if they need additional support.

Our dedicated school staff continues to do amazing things, adding new courses, programs, increasing technology access and training for everything from emergency preparedness to project-based learning. We look forward to the 2019-20 school year, and we are excited to toward our new district mission of “Engaging students with challenging and innovative experiences to prepare them for future success.”

Parents are reminded that their student’s grades and attendance information are available online using the PowerSchool software. Please call JHS at 952-4003 after school starts if you need access to your information. Everyone is encouraged to check out the JHS website at www.jamestown.k12.nd.us/jhs for additional information and phone numbers.