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Got Kids In Williamsburg JCC Schools ?

Then you will want to join the Williamsburg James City County’s PTA Council as they invite  the community to participate in a dialogue with WJCC leaders that will provide an opportunity for the public to hear from WJCC Superintendent Dr. Steven Constantino and several WJCC School Board members.
The dialogue will take place Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Middle School  1118 Ironbound Road, in Williamsburg.
The agenda includes an update from Dr. Constantino regarding the WJCC budget and the ongoing strategic planning process. The public will have an opportunity to participate in informal break-out sessions with School Board members. The sessions will provide an opportunity for the community to converse directly with WJCC policymakers.

"My colleagues and I are delighted to be able to meet with members of the community in an informal setting," said School Board Chair Ruth Larson. "This is an important time for our school division, and talking with our constituents will help shape our thinking as we move forward."
Information about the strategic planning process is available on the WJCC Schools website.



The Virginia Department of Education today notified the Williamsburg/James City County School Division that it has accepted and corrected in its database an error found in how a single student’s ethnicity was entered into WJCC’s database, thus allowing D.J. Montague Elementary School to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status in both reading and mathematics for the 2010-11 school year. “We very much appreciate the DOE’s patience in working with us to locate and correct this error, which means everything to the students, faculty and families of D.J. Montague who have worked so hard to reach this milestone it so deserves,” said WJCC Superintendent Dr. Steve Constantino


Dr. David W. Gaston, who has served as principal of two WJCC schools since joining the Division in 2004 and brings a total of 20 years of administrative and in-classroom experience, has been appointed WJCC’s senior director for specialized educational services, Acting Superintendent Scott Burckbuchler has announced.

GastonEffective Jan. 1, Dr. Gaston replaces Dr. Stephen J. Chantry, who announced his retirement after serving more than six years as the executive director of Student Services. Karen Swann, who served as Berkeley Middle School’s assistant principal for three years, and as a hearing officer in the Student Services Department,
is appointed interim principal at Berkeley, effective Jan. 1.
“Dr. Gaston has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his role as principal of both an elementary school and a middle school during his time with WJCC,” noted Dr. Burckbuchler.
“His breadth of experience with a broad range of students well suits him to serve as the leader of our reorganized and newly-named Specialized Educational Services department.”
As senior director, Dr. Gaston’s key responsibility will be the oversight of the Division’s specialized educational services, including special education programs, discipline hearings, working with community service agencies, social workers and psychologists, and supervising Health Services and the Student Health Initiative Program (SHIP).

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Hornsby Middle School PTA needs you !

TO: Parents of Hornsby Middle School students, and Community Members

RE: Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Organizational Meeting

We are pleased to announce that an organizational meeting will be held on June 7, 2010, 7:00pm, at James Blair Middle School for the purpose of organizing a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for Lois S. Hornsby Middle School. Through the PTA, we can help strengthen the quality of life and education in our community. The PTA is a valuable line between home, school, and the community, providing all with important information benefiting our children.

Representatives from the Virginia PTA will be present to explain the benefits, basic policies, and procedures of the association, allowing time for questions and discussion. Through the PTA, we can help strengthen the quality of life and education in our community. The PTA is a valuable line between home, school, and the community, providing all with important information benefiting our children.

After voting to organize, we will adopt bylaws, accept charter memberships, and elect officers(if you would like to nominate someone for an officer position please see nomination form on the back of this memo) so that our PTA can begin operating immediately. In this association, we will join with parents, teachers, administrators, school board members, and other citizens to enhance the educational, health and safety, and cultural opportunities for every child.

Looking forward to seeing you!

We are seeking nominations for President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary for our new PTA. We are looking for widespread involvement and interest and are committed to an open process as we seek, recruit, and develop new leaders. Advanced nominations are encouraged. To make a nomination (they must be willing to accept the nomination), complete the nomination form and return to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School by Thursday, June 3, 2010 attention to: Ruth Larson, Nominating Committee, Lois S. Hornsby PTA or email to John@Mr.Williamsburg.com or fax to 757 240 2644



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Mathews hired in Georgia

The Newton County Georgia Board of Education this morning hired Dr. Gary S. Mathews as Superintendent for Newton County Schools, effective July 1, 2010.

The hiring of Dr. Mathews as superintendent for Newton County Schools is effective July 1, 2010.

Dr. Mathews currently serves as the Superintendent of the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (W-JCC) in Williamsburg, Virginia, a position he has held for five years. He will replace Dr. Steve Whatley, who announced in November his plans to retire effective, June 30, 2010.

New School Redistricting Maps

The Williamsburg/ James City County  School Board met in special session Tuesday, Jan. 12, to inspect the latest updated set of redistricting maps. The board received six updated maps — which included three options for its elementary schools and three for its middle schools — but board members say the maps are still far from perfect.

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Williamsburg/ James City County Schools achieve all time high test scores

Students attending Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools achieved all-time highs on their Standards of Learning (SOL) test results in every subject tested by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2009, as the following official Virginia Department of Education test results show:

All Students in English/Reading = 91% (+2 over 2007-08)
All Students in Mathematics = 90% (+5 over 2007-08)
All Students in Science = 91% (Same as 2007-08)
All Students in History = 90% (+3 over 2007-08)
All Students in Writing = 91% (+1 over 2007-08)

"We are most pleased with the overall long-term trends now under way which have resulted in all-time highs in every subject tested by the state," said Supt. Gary Mathews.  "This is especially a tribute to our students and faculty given that the federal pass standard in reading and math has increased by 4 percentage points in each subject for each of the past three school years.  As for the NCLB Graduation Indicator, we still have work to do," concluded Dr. Mathews.

Also of note was the success of D.J. Montague Elementary School, which was in danger of having stringent federal sanctions imposed.  The students’ performance in 2008-09 avoided this possibility by posting significant gains (+6 in Reading; +10 in Math; +6 in Science), thus earning adequate yearly progress or "AYP."  The school also posted an 8-point gain in History.

Williamsburg/ James City County Schools SOL Tests All Time high Score 2008-2009

Students attending Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools achieved all-time highs on their Standards of Learning (SOL) test results in every subject tested by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2009.

Superintendent Gary Mathews stated “We are most pleased with the overall long-term trends now under way which have resulted in all-time highs in every subject tested by the state, This is especially a tribute to our students and faculty given that the federal pass standard in reading and math has increased by 4 percentage points in each subject for each of the past three school
years. As for the NCLB Graduation Indicator, we still have work to do,” concluded Dr. Mathews. 2009-10 NCLB ratings are based on 2008-09 SOL results, graduation, and attendance.

The annual achievement goals are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which provides funds and support for low income and academically at risk students. Virginia uses pass rates on its Standards of Learning reading and math tests for the AYP goals, which rise each year until 2014, when all students are expected to pass the tests. This year’s target pass rates increased 4 percentage points, from 77 percent to 81 percent in English and from 75 percent to 79 percent in math. Students in grades 3-8 and high school take the state-required multiple choice tests each year.
Schools and districts must report AYP results for all students in a school or grade, as well as subgroups of students the federal law considers considered academically at risk. These include low-income students, minority students, special education students and students learning English for the first time.
Schools that fail to meet the targets two or more years in a row are subject to sanctions ranging from offering students transfers to better performing schools and tutoring paid for by the district to more stringent steps specified in the law, up to reorganizing or closing schools.

This year, public schools throughout the Historic Triangle plugged along and made progress, although in Williamsburg James City County schools it was a handful of students whose failure to achieve meant the division as a whole did not earn AYP.

According to data released by W-JCC schools the division missed making AYP in reading by 13 students, four of whom are black and nine who have limited English proficiency.

The division’s biggest success was at D.J. Montague Elementary, where the staff faced possible sanctions because of failure to progress. Their students’ achievement this year was reflected in much higher, statistically significant scores in four of five subject areas.

W-JCC Superintendent Gary Mathews singled out the students and staff at Montague for praise.

He said the school "avoided possible reconstitution of the faculty and staff. This was certainly a heavy burden before D.J. and they passed with flying colors as we predicted a year ago. I continue to have great confidence in Principal Sammy Fudge and the entire D.J. faculty and staff."

In York County, 15 of the division’s 19 schools made AYP, with middle schools again proving the sticking point. Division-wide, York schools did earn AYP.

"All YCSD schools have earned full accreditation since the 2002-03 school year," said superintendent Eric Williams. "That is quite an accomplishment."

Like in W-JCC schools, specific subgroups of students in the four middle schools were identified as needing improvement to pass.

The school division earlier this year announced it would implement several changes at the middle schools beginning this fall. Among them are a new math program, block scheduling and a revised K-12 writing model.

Fifty-nine of the state’s 132 school divisions made AYP this year. Locally, that includes Poquoson City Schools.

Complete results, viewable by school division, are available here.

A breakdown of Williamsburg- James City County schools’ performance is available at the division’s website.

Williamsburg VA- Thomas Nelson Community College Opening New Campus

  The new Historic Triangle Campus at Opportunity Way begins a new era in the life of Thomas Nelson Community College and the communities we serve.


 In a region steeped in our nation’s history, Thomas Nelson Community College is proud to make its own history. The campus’s 120,000 square foot building is on nearly 74 acres of land at the Warhill site, strategically located next to Williamsburg-James City County’s newest high school.



The new campus will play a major role in providing quality education, serving the workforce development needs of businesses and industry, and helping individual citizens achieve their goals.

For more information, please call 757-253-4300 or visit us online at www.tncc.edu


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Jamestown Cross Country @ Nike National Meet

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VA Team Results
19. Jamestown – 381 pts

The Jamestown boys had a great season, but unfortunately did not have a great finish on Saturday at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon. Nationally ranked for much of the season and the NXN Southeast regional champions, the Eagles finished a disappointing 19th place out of 22 teams as the Southeast region boys continue to struggle at the team nationals. The Eagles had to deal with illness of one of their top five runners in Graham Schlickenmeyer this weekend while in Oregon and had subpar races from most of their top seven runners with the exception of junior Colin Mearns. Mearns was a bright spot for the AA state champions with a 28th place finishing time of 15:50. AA state individual champion Andrew Colley struggled for his second straight post-season race as he placed 46th in the field with a time of 16:01. The two Virginian individual qualifiers Ben Veilleux of Clarke County and Josh Hardin of Potomac Falls held their own against the national caliber field. Veilleux was the top finisher from the Southeast region with a 25th place effort of 15:46, while Hardin also ran under 16 minutes in 38th place at 15:58.

The lone two Virginia girls competing at NXN also did not fair as well on one of the best course conditions and weather days that the national meet has seen its 5 year meet history. Kathleen Lautzenheiser, ran faster than she did as a freshmen at Portland Meadows for Midlothian, but did not place as well as she wanted to in 52nd place for a time of 18:44. Blacksburg senior Allison Homer, a surprise qualifier out of the Southeast region, finished 96th in her first national cross country championship experience with a time of 19:11.

VA Individual Results
25. Ben Veilleux (Clarke County) 15:46.4
29. Colin Mearns (Jamestown) 15:50.9
38. Josh Hardin (Potomac Falls) 15:58.3
46. Andrew Colley (Jamestown) 16:01.6

Girls Championship Race

VA Individual Results
52. Kathleen Lautzenheiser (Midlothian) 18:44
96. Allison Homer (Blacksburg) 19:11

See full results here

Read more about the Nike Cross Country Nationals here


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Hampton Roads School Links Public and Private

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I would also recommend visiting www.SchoolMatters.com to compare schools around the area.

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Williamsburg/ James City County Schools ” Quality School District

Williamsburg, James City County , Virginia —An intensive three-day review of WJC Schools earned the division a ranking as a “quality school district.” WJC agreed to the review to gain

accreditation from the AdvancED Southern Association of Colleges &

Schools (SACS)/ Council on Accreditation & School

Improvement, which accredits more than 13,000 school districts

internationally. The process is strictly voluntary since Virginia has its

own accreditation system.

A team of eight educators from school districts across the nation performed the

review. The group interviewed more than 500 people, among them 267 teachers,

parents, community and business representatives, support staff, students administrators

and school board members.

SACS has four accreditation ratings. The ranking earned by WJC is the highest.

The report contains strengths, commendations, challenges and recommendations.

A “committed, collaborative and talented professional staff,” a well-defined

vision for the school division, and open honest communication among stakeholders

as some of WJC’s strengths.

Commendations included implementation of innovative programs to address student

needs and the development of a comprehensive data collection system.

The report recognizes that WJC faces many of the same challenges, like

funding and meeting the standards of No Child Left Behind,

that school divisions across the nation face. It also noted that

WJC has many of its own, including retaining quality teachers, supporting the

needs of transient population and continuing to provide both teachers and students

with up-to-date technological tools.

The review team recommended that WJC begin working on the creation of a

process to secure input from all its stakeholders, including students, and build

working relationships with the retirement comment to tap into that base of knowledge.

Team members also suggested that the division monitor its strategies to close

the achievement gap, but be careful to maintain expectations for all students and

ensure that no subgroup is passed over.

Virginia School Testing Results Williamsburg, York, Poquoson, Gloucester, Mathews, Isle of Wight

If you have children attending school and are thinking of moving to Williamsburg, James City County, York County, New Kent County, Gloucester, Mathews, Isle of Wight, Surry, Poquoson Virginia, schools are usually the first concern. We have been extremely pleased with the education our children are receiving in the James City County Williamsburg School System. Below you will find the latest SOL standardized test results for the other area schools. Another good tool to use when researching schools in advance of moving is www.SchoolMatters.com

What does “accredited” mean?

In Virginia School Accreditation is based on the state of Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests.

Virginia measures a school’s teaching and learning performance with results from state reading, math, science and social studies tests. Students in grades three to eight and high school take the tests annually. At least 70 percent of students must pass the annual tests in all four subjects, with two exceptions: At least 75 percent of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders must pass the reading tests, and 50 percent of third-graders must pass science and history tests.

Virginia Schools receive one of the following ratings:

Fully accredited: Schools met or exceeded the pass rates in reading, math, science and social studies.

Accredited with warning: The school didn’t meet the state’s student achievement targets in one or more subjects. The school must adopt an improvement plan and submit to state reviews.

Conditionally accredited: The school missed the targets in one or more subjects but is taking action to improve achievement by reorganizing, changing programs, using an approved improvement plan and/or showing improvement over previous years. New schools that have absorbed students from other schools also fall in this category.

Accreditation denied: The school has failed to meet the accreditation goals for four consecutive years. The school is subject to corrective action by the state.

The State of Virginia requires at least 70 percent of students in grades three to eight and high school to pass annual reading, math, science and social studies tests. The state has higher expectations for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders: At least 75 percent of them must pass the reading tests.

Schools that miss the accreditation targets receive warnings and are expected to develop and use improvement plans focused on the problem subject.

If schools miss the targets for more than four years, they are denied accreditation. The school divisions must work with the State Board of Education using corrective actions the state board recommends. The divisions might also close the schools, reopen them with new administrators, teachers and curriculum, and follow state recommendations to improve achievement.

Local School Division SOL Test Results in Hampton Roads Virginia 2008


For the sixth year in a row, all 19 York County VA schools were fully accredited.

All of York’s middle schools had a pass rate of 93 percent or higher in science. All elementary schools posted a pass rate of 93 percent or higher on the third-grade math exam and a pass rate of 95 percent or higher on third-grade history exams.

All Poquoson VA schools again met the state’s accreditation standards. The pass rates for sixth- and seventh-grade math increased significantly — 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

The high school geometry pass rate improved dramatically to 94 percent. High school English, math, history and science accreditation ratings are 91 percent or higher.


Gloucester and Mathews counties’ public schools continued to be fully accredited. It was the seventh consecutive year for Mathews and the fifth consecutive year for Gloucester.


Eight of Isle of Wight’s nine schools posted pass rates of higher than 80 percent for all four subjects and are fully accredited, but Windsor Middle School missed the math target by 3 percentage points.  Windsor Middle was accredited with warning and must develop and follow an improvement plan for the next year. 


All Williamsburg- James City County public schools are fully accredited, after students met state achievement targets in reading, math, science and history. The district posted higher overall reading, math and science pass rates than the state, with 89 percent in reading, 85 percent in math and 91 percent for science, compared with 87 percent, 84 percent and 89 percent for the state.

The lowest pass rate in the district was 77 percent for math at James Blair Middle School. The highest pass rate was 95, posted by Berkeley Middle School for science. None of the division’s elementary schools had lower than 80 percent pass rates in any of the four tested subjects. The lowest high school pass rate was 88 percent for science at Lafayette. Warhill, the division’s newest high school, had a 92 percent pass rate in reading and math, and 89 percent for science. Matoaka Elementary, also newly opened, had a 94 percent pass rate in science, 93 percent in reading and 92 percent in math. Division officials said students made “significant” gains over their 2007 test results.


All Suffolk schools met state achievement goals this year.


All of Surry County’s schools met state achievement goals this year.

To check an individual school’s status or for information on state accreditation results, go to


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