A student at Wildwood Middle School made threatening statements toward another individual on Friday morning, April 29, 2022. Administrators followed their standard protocol whenever a threat is made and immediately contacted law enforcement. The school was also placed on lockdown to ensure everyone's safety. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police responded to the scene. We are thankful for their ongoing partnership and for the quick actions of our staff to keep our school safe. We also appreciate our school counselors, who are already working to support our students and staff.
Thank you to our FCCLA students from Shepherdstown and Wildwood Middle Schools for providing food for the JCS Job Fair on April 26. The delicious homemade goodies include pepperoni rolls, chocolate-covered strawberries, and an assortment of cookies. Special thanks also go out to our FFA students from Jefferson and Washington High Schools for serving as greeters during the job fair. We can't overstate how much we appreciate the time and assistance provided by our dedicated students to help make JCS events a success!
At JCS, we believe in being good stewards of our planet Earth. So, this Earth Day we are proud to recognize Driswood Elementary School for being awarded a sustainable gardening grant! The project will allow each grade K-5 to create a garden bed and develop a growth plan that aligns with classroom curricula and demonstrates students' unique personalities. DES will receive assistance in building the beds from members of the Science National Honor Society at Jefferson High School. SNHS students are also busy working on the JHS courtyard and rain garden and preparing to sell trees from their native tree propagation program with Cacapon Institute. A big thank you to these JCS students for doing their part to help create a healthier, more sustainable planet!
Live theater is returning to Jefferson High School! Enjoy a tale as old as time as the JHS Performing Arts Department presents the beloved musical fantasy "Beauty and the Beast." Performances will run from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8, with two matinees and two evening performances. Get your tickets now!
Congratulations to the Jefferson High School Marching Band on their excellent performance in the National Cherry Blossom Parade held last weekend in Washington, D.C.! JHS was the only school invited to represent West Virginia in the parade. The band's performance was broadcast on ABC 7 Live.
Thursday, Apr. 14, 2022, is a faculty senate day for all Jefferson County Schools. Students will be dismissed two hours early to give the senate time to meet. Spring Break will begin the following day, Friday, Apr. 15. Students will return on Monday, Apr. 25, 2022. Enjoy your break.
Thanks to the Office of West Virginia State Treasurer Riley Moore for helping JCS middle school students Get a Life! Throughout the week, eighth-graders participated in the interactive, award-winning program to learn about financial literacy while having a little fun along the way. Students developed a family budget, managed an expense ledger, and took part in real-life simulations with the help of community volunteers. Visit https://bit.ly/3v4JWBB to learn more!
Mark your calendar for the next JCS STEAMTalks this Friday, April 8!
Congratulations to the Washington High School Camerata Chamber Choir on being named Grand Champions at the 2022 Martinsburg Festival Competition! The group also secured a first-place win in the Chamber Choir Division. And in the Show Choir portion of the competition, WHS's Vocal Fusion placed second in the Small Mixed Division. Shoutout to both groups for working hard and singing their best. Go, Patriots!
Washington High School will hold its third FAFSA Night this Thursday, April 7. Students who have completed the FAFSA or who attend the workshop to do so will be entered into a raffle, with five lucky winners receiving an extra ticket to graduation! Please see the attached flyer for details and register to attend at https://forms.gle/r2DKc1rtftStnEq9A.
March Madness came to C.W. Shipley Elementary this month following a generous donation of cornhole boards by the SEA that allowed students to put their own spin on the annual bracket-busting event. Students learned about cornhole during a three-week unit in P.E. and then took part in a schoolwide bracket competition, with grades K-2 and 3-5 vying for the top spots in two championship games. Along the way, they learned about rules and scoring, developed their eye-hand coordination, and gained valuable skills in sportsmanship, communication, strategy, and perseverance. They also had a great time cheering each other on! Shoutout to 2nd graders Archer Torre and Kyan Pitt and 5th graders Brylin Carney and Bryce Schneble for taking the top spots in their championship games. Go, Ranger Raccoons!
Due to a strong potential for a wintery mix this morning, all Jefferson County Schools, offices, and pre-k classes will operate on a two-hour delay today, Wednesday, March 30. Essential personnel, please contact your direct supervisor. We appreciate your continued patience as we work to keep our students and staff safe.
Congratulations to 5th graders at T.A. Lowery Elementary School on the hatching of their first chick through WVU Extension's Adopt-a-Chick program! This science-based program involves incubating eggs and hatching chicks in school. Lessons include learning how chicks develop, their characteristics, the importance of scientific observation and record-keeping, and some fun STEM activities utilizing eggs. Students have been waiting 21 days for their chicks to hatch, and yesterday their patience was finally rewarded!
Pre-K registration is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Visit https://jcswv.org/page/pre-k to learn more and download the registration pack.
Congratulations to the Jefferson High School boys basketball team on a fantastic season and an impressive run in the WVSSAC State Championship. You make us proud, Cougars!
REMINDER! Tomorrow, Friday, March 18, is a staff development day for Jefferson County Schools. NO SCHOOL for students! Thank you for supporting our staff as they train and learn to continue serving students.
We're proud to recognize multiple winners from JCS in the Regional Math Field Day competition on March 14! These students will now advance to the state competition at WVU on April 23. For a comprehensive list of the winners, visit https://bit.ly/3CKUNUS. Congratulations to all on a job well done!
And they're off! The Jefferson High Boys Basketball Team is headed to Charleston to compete in the Class AAAA State Tournament! Currently ranked No. 2, JHS is one of two unbeaten teams remaining in the state. They'll take on No. 7 Cabell Midland tomorrow at 1 p.m. Go Cougars!
This is a reminder that Friday, March 18, 2022, is a staff development day for Jefferson County Schools. Students will not be in school so that our staff can take advantage of training opportunities to help them continue serving kids. Thank you.
We're proud to recognize our JCS students chosen to participate in this year's West Virginia All-State Children's Chorus! Nine students from North Jefferson Elementary, Shepherdstown Elementary, and Wright Denny Intermediate were among 153 youth statewide selected to perform at the 2022 West Virginia Music Educators Conference in Charleston on March 4. The performance included selections in English, Hebrew, and German. Visit https://bit.ly/3KvVnbA for a complete list of participants. Congratulations to these talented young vocalists!