JFHS Parent / Family Update

September 30, 2022

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Mr. Wilson's Message

Progress notes went home this week and there are only two weeks left in the first quarter before report cards come home. You can always check your students progress through Parent Portal, but this is a good time to check in with your student(s) about their grades as they make the final push to receive the grade that they want to see on their report card.


As a coach, I often talk to my players about finishing well. Derek Jeter said "The last thing you want to do is finish playing or doing anything and wish you would have worked harder". Encourage your student to take advantage of tutoring times offered by their teachers. Encourage them to ask their teachers how they can improve their grade. Check to see if there are missing assignments that can still be completed.


There is still time to finish well.


Here are a few questions to get a conversation started with your student:


  1. What classes do you need extra help in?
  2. How are you going to finish well this quarter?


Have a great week!


October 1 - SAT

October 5 - Senior Picture retakes

October 5 - Scholastic Bowl meeting

October 6 - Underclassmen Picture retakes

October 11 - Dual Enrollment Night

October 12 - PSAT

October 12 - PTSA Reflection Contest Entries due

The Cavalier Podcast & ParentTalk

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We are growing in how we communicate with you. There are multiple ways you can stay informed on what is going on:


  • ParentTalk - We had a ParentTalk this week on Dual Enrollment. You can view this video to gain valuable insight on Dual Enrollment programs. Thank you to the families that attended, your questions made it even better.
  • The Cavalier Podcast - (NEW!) This student produced podcast can be found on Apple and Spotify. The second episode is up featuring an interview with Mr. Miller.


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Homecoming is right around the corner, on October 21. If you would like to make a donation or you are willing to volunteer please fill out this form.


Get your Homecoming Shirt TODAY! Homecoming shirts pre-orders will be accepted until Tuesday, October 4th. Shirts will be sold during all three lunches!

SATs this Weekend

For students taking SATs this weekend, please be here between 7:30am and 7:45am. We have to administer the test at a specific time, and I would hate for you to miss out on it! Please do not forget to bring:

  • Printed Admission Ticket
  • Acceptable Photo ID
  • 2 #2 Pencils
  • An acceptable calculator (We can NOT provide these)

You guys are going to do absolutely amazing! We all believe in you, and good luck!

Picture Retake Day is coming!

Wednesday, October 5th is SENIOR retake/makeup picture day. You must sign up on the form located on the senior website in order to have your picture taken.

Thursday, October 6th is UNDERCLASSMEN retake/makeup picture day. Underclassmen can order on mylifetouch.com using the Picture Day ID: EVTWWV7G

ALL pictures will be taken in the wrestling room. Please email Mrs. Carrie Dodge if you have any questions.



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With the link below you can:

Purchase your yearbook!

Order your Senior Ad!

Sponsor the yearbook!

Yearbook Order Center

School code: 25092

Scholastic Bowl Team

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Do you like trivia? Ever wanted to compete on a Jeopardy style quiz show? Is your head full of facts and trivial information? Then put your knowledge to the test and join the JFHS Scholastic Bowl Team! This VHSL sponsored academic competition puts teams head to head in quiz show style competition featuring questions in the fields of Academics, Arts, Music, Sports and Pop Culture!!! The Scholastic Team is preparing to kick off the 2022-2023 season. Returning members and those interested in joining the team should come to our organizational meeting on Wednesday, October 5th after school in room 1008F. Contact Coach Strassburg, Coach Woodson or Captains Brooke Li and Justin Kim for more information!!!

Punk Rock Girl!

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JF Cavalier Theatre is the first school in the nation to perform this brand new musical!

PUNK ROCK GIRL! is a brand NEW musical from Tony-nominated Joe Iconis (Broadway's Be More Chill) and Rob Rokicki (Broadway's The Lightning Thief) featuring a score of popular songs written and made famous by female artists and female-fronted bands, including Blondie, Pat Benatar, Avril Lavigne, Joan Jett, P!nk, Gwen Stefani, and more.

16-year-old Angela Quivers is a perfectionist who never takes chances and feels like there's no place where she belongs… until she meets Proxi, a teenager who pulls her into a world of grungy guitars, shocking secrets, and big, loud, messy emotions. A musical about a young person finding a community and creating her tribe, PUNK ROCK GIRL! is a noisy celebration of all things raw and ragged, heartfelt, familiar and alien.
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Travel Night Information

We had a great Travel Night meeting on Wednesday and we wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss out on hearing about the travel opportunities we have in 2023 and 2024!


The 2023 travel opportunities (with limited spaces)


The 2024 travel opportunities:


Remember, that on your trip you get:

  • A tour director who is with you 24/7 and speaks the languages
  • Chaperones for every 6 travelers
  • Breakfast and dinner for every day
  • Hotels with private bathrooms
  • Transportation including flight and ground
  • Local tour guides
  • Opportunity for a scholarship from EF and college credit


Not only do you get all these on your trip, but right now there is $200 early enrollment discount for every 2024 trip from now until September 30th, so make sure to get your spot in these next two days with your $95 deposit.


You can also view the Parent Guide to Travel from EF Educational Tours, our travel partner. It covers everything from details about EF to options for high school and college credit to payments plans and what to expect on tour.


Still have questions? EF's Traveler Support team can help at 800-665-5364 or you can contact megan.sawyer@bedford.k12.va.us. And if your child has friends who haven't signed up yet, feel free to pass this message along to their families too.


We hope you join us!

Risk Factors for Teen Suicide

Last week I attended an excellent webinar presented by Horizon Behavioral Health on Teen Mental Health. I learned that during February and March of 2021, ER visits due to teen suicide attempts rose 51% in girls and 3% in boys from the same period in 2019 (pre-pandemic). As Suicide Awareness month comes to a close, I urge all adults to make themselves aware of suicide risk factors in teens. Here is an article from ChildMind.org that highlights some of these warning signs


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Senior Interviews are being conducted by counselors as time permits. For seniors who arrive late or leave early it helps to have you drop by when you are available and see if your counselor can meet with you. Even if your counselor is unavailable you can pick up transcript record release forms that we will need for each college you apply to. Our goal is to meet with each senior by the end of October.


Join the Scholarship Classroom with join code: Sf22lp2 Scholarships are posted on Canvas as they come in. Contact or see Mrs. Watson in Counseling for questions.

Be sure to check out all the college visit information, scholarship information, opportunities, and resources for your student’s respective grade level here9th grade Canvas course10th grade Canvas course11th grade Canvas course, and 12th grade Canvas course.


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PTSA Reflections Contest

It's time for the annual Arts & Ed Reflections contest!! It starts NOW & all entries are due to the JFHS main office NO later than October 12th.

Below is the link with lots of info.

Email leasa0302@aol.com with any questions and/or concerns.


AP Test Information

If your child is taking an AP course this school year and wants to take the AP exam in the spring, please make sure he or she registers to take the test through the Collegeboard website by Friday, October 28, 2022. Each AP course has a join code needed for registration and AP teachers have their course codes. Each exam costs $46 and you will need to register to pay through School Cash Online http://bcps.schoolcashonline.com/. Payment is now open and will close Monday, October 31, 2022. If payment is not received by October 31, 2022 an exam will not be ordered for your student. Collegeboard does not offer refunds so if an exam is ordered for your student and he or she chooses not to take the exam in the spring, JF will not be able to refund the fee. Please contact Kylie Gilleland kgilleland@bedford.k12.va.us with any questions.
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Bedford's Best

We want to showcase our amazing staff in Bedford County Public Schools!


Bedford County Public Schools in partnership with the Bedford Area Education Foundation will be using our Bedford’s Best program to recognize two staff members a month in our school division who go above and beyond to make a difference in people’s lives every day.


Nominations can be made by anyone with first-hand knowledge of the work that our staff member is doing. To nominate someone, please click the link below. The link can also be found on the BCPS website.


Bedford's Best Nomination Form


Submissions may be featured on the Bedford County Public Schools' website and social media platforms.

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Student Season Passes

All students who have paid for a season athletics pass ($50 for the year) through their school account will need to obtain their wrist band at lunch the Friday of home football games. This gives the student who has paid for a pass the ability to go directly into Sabre Stadium and not have to wait through the general public line. This cuts down on the length and time getting into the stadium for everyone. If a student misses their school lunch period or is at Susie Gibson Tech Center and misses lunch, they will need to check with Mrs. Nevarez in the main office to receive their wrist band for the game. Students without the approved wristband will have to stand in the general public line to gain entry into Sabre Stadium. No exceptions will be made at the pass gate moving forward. You may still buy a student season pass that’s good for the entire year. If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director Jeremy Sink at jeremy.sink@bedford.k12.va.us.

Due to safety and supervisory concerns, all students in grades PreK through 8 must be accompanied by an adult for entrance to BCPS athletic events. Fans should not bring footballs or other balls into the stadium, as we have had several fans hit by balls that fly into the crowd.

For information on live stream packages, or upcoming events please visit Athletics & Activities at Jefferson Forest High School.

For athletic schedules please visit Seminole District

Physical forms: VHSL Physical form