JFHS Parent / Family Update

January 27, 2023

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Mr. Miller's Message

(Thank you Mr. Wilson for graciously letting me take over the Message for this week. ~ Mr. Miller)

On Monday night, our boys basketball team had Sideline Cancer night. It is safe to say we all have stories of how cancer has impacted our lives through family members or friends. My father has had triple digit skin cancer surgeries. I can still remember the day we found out. I was ten or twelve and we were out sledding in the snow and went into a ditch. When my father stood up he had blood on his shirt from a ruptured tumor on his shoulder that he had not told anyone about.. It was a scary moment for me and my siblings, because we did not understand or know yet what it meant. You can feel powerless in the not knowing.

Nights like the Sideline Cancer night are good because they can prompt conversations. As parents these conversations can help us inform and guide our students in their own decision making. It may not be cancer that you need to talk to your student about, but I wanted to take the time to encourage you to have the challenging conversations with your teenager. I have two kids in their late teens, so I know it can be challenging at times, but it is worth it. They may not seem like it at the time, but they are listening. And sometimes we need to practice our listening as well.

Here are some questions to get the conversation started:

  1. If you could change anything in the world, what 3 things would it be and why?

  2. What are 3 really small victories that you’ve had in the last few days that you’re proud of?


Have a great week!



February 6, 2023 - Teacher/Staff Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

February 11, 2023 - Sophomore Ring Dance

Stay Connected

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  • ParentTalk - Watch the video from this month's ParentTalk on Course registration
  • The Cavalier Podcast - This student produced podcast can be found on Apple and Spotify. This week's guest is Mr. Munson.
  • we_are_jf - Our Instagram page allows you to look into some of the creative things our students and teachers are doing, and stay up to date on important announcements

Sophomore Ring Dance

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Ring Dance tickets are on sale now through Go Fan. Tickets will only be sold to current Jefferson Forest High School 10th graders from January 24th - February 1st. (one ticket per student). Guest tickets will be available from February 2nd until February 10th or until they sell out. Students who wish to bring a guest that is not a student at JF should complete a guest form and return it to the office before February 10th.


Students do not have to buy a ring to attend. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Get them now before they are gone!

Cavalier Corner Episode 2 is LIVE!

Scan the QR code below or use the direct link here.
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Course Registration

If you missed ParentTalk watch the video to get an overview on Course Registration.


Counselors are scheduled to visit English classes from February 1 through February 3, 2023. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Current Freshman classes on Wednesday, February 1st

Current Sophomore classes on Thursday, February 2nd

Current Junior classes on Friday, February 3rd

Please review the slideshow that will be presented to your student. Students, with the input from their parents/guardians, will have until Friday, February 10th to make any changes to their class selections. For more information on course registration for the 2023-2024 school year, please visit our website.


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Gov School - Early College - STEM

10th grade parents - don’t miss these dual enrollment program vital dates. Access the details and links here.

Central Virginia Governor's School for Science & Technology - Students at CVGS conduct original research projects, use modern equipment and software, participate in an award winning internship program, and pursue a rigorous academic curriculum. The CVGS curriculum is designed for gifted and talented students. Students participate in sophisticated science laboratories, long-term assignments, independent research, and group work in both labs and on projects. Students can earn up to 21 college credits for their CVGS classes.

Information Sessions for Students and Parents are scheduled for January 26 and February 1, 2023 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For more information, see their website.

Bedford Early College - Qualified high school juniors can complete their last two years of high school at the CVCC Bedford Center and earn an Associate Degree (62 college credits) in General Studies at the same time as their high school diplomas. Credits are transferable to all Virginia public and many private colleges and universities as well as out of state colleges.

For more information see their website.

STEM XLR8 - XLR8 Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy is the 16th regional Governor’s STEM Academy offering programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Care (subjects known collectively as “STEM”) for high school juniors and seniors. XLR8, located on the CVCC campus, offers academic and technical training related to careers in engineering, mechatronics, biotechnology, health science, and cyber security. The “Project Lead The Way” (PLTW) curriculum has been designed to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem-solving skills for students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career readiness while earning up to 44 college credits.

Information Session for Students and Parents is scheduled for February 1, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reserve your spot here!

For more information see the XLR8 STEM Brochure or their website.


Be sure to check out 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.

Join the Scholarship Classroom with join code: Sf22lp2 Scholarships are posted on Canvas as they come in. Contact Mrs. Watson (mwatson@bedford.k12.va.us) or stop by to see her in the Counseling office for any questions.

2023 Scholastic Art Regional Competition