JFHS Parent / Family Update

October 22, 2021

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Mr. Wilson's Message

If you have been following the we_are_jf Instagram then you have seen pictures of some of the creative learning activities that our teachers and students have been engaged in. Just in the last couple weeks I have observed math classes where students completed a science lab to get data for their new unit, a world language class that researched Latin dances and then did them in the cafeteria and students debating each other over topics that are important to them and our world. These are just a few of the ways we are preparing our students for colleges and careers.


When you don't know something, research it. Be willing to experiment with new ways to accomplish your goals. Be ready and able to defend your opinions with reliable facts. These are things a worksheet won't teach. Not saying there is not a time to practice. Practice is where we can get it wrong until we get it right. Good feedback helps us grow as students, and as people.


Report cards will be coming home this week, and on November 1st we have Conference Day. I encourage you to set up time either in-person or virtually with your student's teachers. Get the feedback you need to help your student be the best that they can be. Here are a few questions to start a conversation with your student this week:


1. What is one thing that I said to you that meant the most to you?

2. What is one thing you wish I said to you more often?

3. What will people remember you for?


Have a great week!


October 25 - Alice in Wonderland (Auditions)

October 26 - Academic Awards

October 27 - Wrestling Interest Meeting 6:30 pm

November 1 - Conference Day

November 2 - Election Day (No school)

November 4 - Cap & Gown In-person Ordering 3:30-6:30 pm

November 11 - ParentTalk: Coping with COVID & Vaping

November 18 - Cap & Gown In-person Ordering 3:30-6:30 pm

November 22 & 23 - Senior Portrait Retakes

Attendance Reminders



As we begin the 2nd quarter, I just wanted to send out a few reminders.


Early Dismissals - When an e:mail or phone call is received from a parent, an e-hallpass is generated to let the student and teacher know of the dismissal. This prevents calls going into the classroom which disrupts learning. Please remember that the time for the dismissal that you put on the note is the time the student leaves the classroom. Please remind your student they should not leave school without being properly dismissed.


The preferred way of communicating is through email; however, if you need to send in written communication, please print the student's first and last name legibly.


When an absence is due to an appointment, most providers will give you a note if requested. These notes can be given to the learning coach when the student returns


Bus passes are still restricted.


All related attendance is on the JFHS webpage under "Families and Students".




Patti Kese - Attendance Secretary

JF Cross Country wins Boys and Girls Seminole District Championships

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JFXC hosted the annual Runnin’ with the Wolves Invitational on October 16th at Gravely Hill. The boys varsity team won 1st place, led by Brannon Adams (1st), Alex Jordan (4th), Keegan Venable (7th), Jonah Packer (14th), and Luke Gaylor (28th). The girls varsity team finished in a close 2nd place, led by Zoie Lammana (2nd), Shauna Skow (7th), Beall Roberts (12th), Alexis Plaster (14th), and Lauren Vossen (16th). The girls JV team also finished in 2nd place, led by a strong performance from junior Cherry Gonzalez.

On Wednesday, October 20th, JFXC competed in the Seminole District XC Championships at Sweet Briar College and brought home 1st place in both boys and girls with dominating performances. The girls took seven of the top ten spots and the boys took six of the top ten positions. Brannon Adams and Zoie Lamanna won the boys and girls races respectively and Seminole District Cross Country Runners of the Year. Coach Colby Delbene won Seminole District Boys Coach of the Year. The next postseason competition will be the Region 4D Championships on November 2nd at the University of Virginia’s home XC course, Panorama Farms.


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Jefferson Forest Marching Cavaliers

The JF Marching Band won their 3rd straight competition of the season on Saturday at the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative Tidewater Regional in VA Beach. We had to wait out a couple of rain delays, but ultimately were able to get on the field. JF swept all captions (Best Music, Effect, Visual, Colorguard, Percussion).


This Saturday we will be at Bassett High School to defend our 2019 Grand Championship at the Drums Along the Blue Ridge competition.


For information on JFHS Band

Coping with COVID: ParentTalk, November 11

For the last several weeks we have highlighted some of the challenges teens are facing as they cope with COVID, and how some have turned to self-medicating with e-cigarettes. On Thursday, November 11, we will host a virtual town hall for parents to discuss vaping and e-cigarette use. Dr. Dodd from CVFP will give a brief presentation on the health concerns with vaping and then we will have a question & answer period where he will field your questions on the topic.


Save the date and be sure to check back next week for information on how to join in this valuable conversation.

JF Key Club & Unicef Making a Difference

JF Key Club is participating in UNICEF’s Trick-or-Treat program this year. We are collecting donations for ACT-A, the global Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator. Your donations will fund testing, treatment and vaccine doses around the world. Please consider donating at the following link: https://www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat/join?form=FUNXPLTKRGE&fundraiser=NZUENSEY&modifyDesignation=no
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Senior Cap & Gown Orders

It’s THAT time of year, time to order cap and gowns! Information packets were handed out by Learning Coaches this week. All off campus students can pick theirs up at the front desk. All graduating seniors need to purchase a cap and gown with a 2022 tassel. If you are using a cap and gown from a previous graduate, all you need to order is the 2022 tassel. You may purchase these in person on Thursday, November 4 and Thursday November 18th from 3:30-6:30 pm in the JF Lobby.


Online orders are being accepted at HerffJones.com. Accessories such as graduation announcements, sweatshirts and other apparel can be purchased and will be shipped directly to your home. All caps and gowns will be delivered to JFHS and distributed in the spring.

Survey Says...

This week our school psychologist took an informal survey of social media apps that are being used around JF to communicate with student teams and organizations. Visit her website here to see what she found out.

Jefferson Forest Wrestling

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Wrestling interest meeting Wednesday October 27th at 6:30pm in Room 3013M. Wrestling is open to Boys & Girls at all 3 levels, Youth, Middle School, and High School. The Last time JF competed in wrestling we were Region 4D Champions and 5th in the State. Come see the exciting things we have in store for the 2021-2022 wrestling season.

Yearbook - Senior Recognition Spaces




Senior Recognition Space available until November 11. Surprise your senior with a special space in the yearbook. Go to www.jostensadservice.com today to reserve a space for your senior!

Sophomore Class Rings

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Class ring packets are going out this week in English class! There are also packets available in the front lobby for online students. There will be appointments after school in the future to be sized for a ring and choose your ring with a Herff Jones representative. This is will take place after school on Thursday, Dec. 2nd and Dec. 9th from 3pm to 6pm. Students will sign up for a time. Here is an online ordering link for Jefferson Forest: https://www.herffjones.com/schools/highschool/45000670000/

IRON Lives Food Drive






IRON Lives is hosting a food drive, now through Wednesday 11/17/2021! IRON Lives is looking for 100% participation in this year's Food Drive to help deserving families for Thanksgiving. IRON Lives is asking all teachers and students to help by bringing in canned food and nonperishable food items. These items can be left with Learning Coaches.

CVCC Career Coach

Take advantage of the upcoming CVCC Career & Job Fair, which is a free, floating event, to meet local employers and practice the vital skills of job searching and networkingRegister to attend the entire time, if your schedule permits, or just when you are available. You never know who you may meet during this event who may give you a jumpstart on your future career. Students who need assistance updating their resume, may make an appointment with your Career Coach here.

College Visits & Essay Writing Tips

We are excited to offer the following virtual college visits and provide information for VCU’s upcoming Open House this upcoming week! Please join in using the links provided below during 4th period!

Virginia Wesleyan University on October 25th at 12:00 pm

Purdue University on October 27th at 12:00 pm

Radford University on October 28th at 12:00 pm

Hollins University on October 29th at 12:00 pm

Virginia Commonwealth University Open House on October 30th

from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Also, for students that are in the throes of writing college admission (or just classwork) essays, we found these tips to be quite helpful!

Senior Portrait Retakes

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There will be two more opportunities for seniors to have their formal portrait taken at JF on Nov 22 and Nov 23 during the school day. Please sign up for a timeslot on either Nov 22 or Nov 23. Please keep timing in mind. Don’t sign up for a timeslot 10 minutes before your student needs to be somewhere else.

Email alicia.morgan@bedford.k12.va.us with questions


JFHS Academic Awards

The Academic Awards, an annual ceremony for JFHS students with high academic achievement, will be recorded and presented by Overall SCA members Prentiss Patrick-Carter, Carter Rice, Sara Lynn Loucks, Shay Robertson, and Jacob Tiller. The awards will be video recorded and posted on the JFHS website on October 26th.

Boys Basketball Booster Club

The Boy’s Basketball team will sell 50/50 raffle tickets during the home football game on Friday, Oct 29, 2021. Please help support the basketball team by purchasing a raffle ticket!
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Parent & Student Survey

As a PTSA, we are working to improve our school and community. By completing this survey, you can help guide our efforts. Please complete this survey by October 29, 2021.


Student Survey:

English or Spanish


Parent Survey:

English or Spanish


Thank you for your valuable responses.


Please consider joining the JFHS PTSA and guiding our efforts for a better school and community. Membership Form

Workplace Readiness Testing for Seniors

Before graduation, Virginia high school students are required to earn a career and technical education credential approved by the Board of Education. The career and technical education credential could include the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills (WRS).

The Workplace Readiness Assessment will satisfy this requirement and will be given at JF October 25th-28th. Students with the last name A-G will test on October 25th. Students with the last name H-O will test on October 27th. Students with the last name P-Z will test on October 28th. This online examination is designed to measure current workplace readiness skills that are a required component of each Career and Technical Education course. Students can access practice test questions by going to www.wrs.ctecs.org/practice.

Learning coaches will tell students when and where to report on their scheduled day. Letters went home to seniors last week so if you received a letter, please make sure your child is ready to participate on the testing date and has his or her charged chrome book. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kylie Gilleland at kgilleland@bedford.k12.va.us.

AP Testing

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, November 5, 2021. Each class has a join code needed for registration and AP teachers have their class codes. Each test 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 Tuesday, November 9, 2021. If payment is not received by November 9, 2021 an exam will not be ordered for your student. Collegeboard is not offering refunds this year so if we order an exam for your student and he or she chooses not to take the exam in the spring, we will not be able to refund the exam fee. Please contact Kylie Gilleland kgilleland@bedford.k12.va.us with any questions.



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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

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If you would like to view the morning announcements, they can be found on the JFHS homepage, under Current New & Events. Cavalier Corner Morning Show is also broadcast through our YouTube page