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2020 Yearbook Update

posted Jun 19, 2020, 6:28 AM by Bryan Harris

From Mr. Calfee, Yearbook Sponsor:

Although the yearbook was finished on time (April 3), the Herff Jones plant was closed from March 1-May 11.  The plant is still operating at 25% capacity.  Our yearbooks are scheduled for delivery the week of August 10.  I will release distribution plans once CCPS gives me guidelines for such an event.  This information will be updated on the James River website as well as being posted on the JRHS Instagram site (jamesriverhs). 

Summer Send-Off and Book Return

posted Jun 9, 2020, 4:53 PM by Bryan Harris

 Rapids,

We wanted to remind you of two things:

1.  Our Summer Send-off for our Students is tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10th, 2:30-4:00 PM.  Families will enter at the stoplight at Robious Road onto James River River Road.  (The entrance onto campus at the baseball fields will be blocked off.)  As you turn into the school's entrance, our teachers will  be on campus to wave and cheer as students ride by.  Our faculty will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing.  While we cannot slow down the line, get out of our cars, touch, or share anything with students or from students in cars, just being able to wave goodbye will be a wonderful summer sendoff!  In order to prevent having 1,000+ students on campus at the same time, we are offering 9th-10th graders an opportunity to drive through from 2:30-3:15 PM and 11th-12th graders from 3:15-4:00 PM.   We have missed our students, and this offers an opportunity for us to see them and celebrate our official start of summer.  We hope you will be able to come -- it wouldn't be a celebration without you there!

 

2. We are collecting books/textbooks tomorrow from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.  There will be a bin located right outside the front door of the school in order for you to turn in your textbooks and library books.  No need to hold onto them over the summer (or possibly lose them like I have been known to do!) -- turn them in!  We want all textbooks, library books, etc. 

We hope to see you tomorrow -- Go Rapids!

Jennifer C. Coleman, Ph.D.

Chromebook/Item Collection for Seniors

posted May 27, 2020, 11:35 AM by Bryan Harris

Collection windows are:
Thursday, May 28th from 9:00am 12:00pm
Friday, May 29th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  

This is your opportunity to turn in Chromebooks, textbooks, pay fees, and pick up your senior shirts and awards.

2020 Senior Calendar of Spring Events

posted May 21, 2020, 1:40 PM by Bryan Harris   [ updated May 21, 2020, 1:44 PM ]


2020 Graduation Information

posted May 13, 2020, 1:32 PM by Bryan Harris

Good evening, Rapids Families~

I hope this email finds you well and that you have had a chance to enjoy some of today’s sunshine! 

Earlier you received information from the school division about plans for high graduations.  I wanted to send more specific information regarding graduation celebrations for our JRHS seniors.  I will highlight activities on a broader scale here and will send more detailed information about each one a bit later. 

Senior Awards:  We are excited to recognize the achievements and honors of our seniors at this year’s Awards Celebration.  We will hold this Celebration virtually on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 PM.    We will highlight various honors such as our Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2020, Top 10, Most Outstanding Graduate, perfect attendance, and more!  If you have not already done so, please complete this SENIOR SURVEY.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebYiuzduu83abeVEH6WjtJEGBvuWiidjsP8c0ET7IfXJuCfg/viewform

We are using the responses to know which seniors have earned scholarships, and we want to include this in our awards ceremony.  Please complete the survey by May 22.

Collection of Materials:  Prior to awarding diplomas, we will need to collect Chromebooks, library books, textbooks, settle any outstanding fees, etc.  We will collect these items at James River High School on Thursday, May 28 from 9 AM – 12 PM and on Friday, May 29 from 1 PM – 4 PM.

Distribution of Awards, Cords, etc.:  To minimize travel, we will distribute awards, cords, pins, medals, senior t-shirts, etc. at the same time we collect Chromebooks (5/28 – 9 AM -12 PM; 5/29 – 1 PM – 4 PM at James River High School).  *Students still using Chromebooks for Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment classes may keep their Chromebook and turn them in when diplomas are awarded.

Awarding of School Diplomas:  We are happy to have this opportunity with our seniors, in their caps and gowns, to award them with their diplomas.   James River will award diplomas on June 2- June 5 at James River High School.   There will be times available for each graduate and up to five family members to sign up.  Sign-ups, along with more detailed information about what this experience will look like, will come soon.

Virtual Graduation:  Each school will have their virtual graduation broadcast on the school division’s TV channels (Comcast 26, Verizon 96), social media, and the school division’s website.  This ceremony gives us the opportunity to hear messages from our superintendent, our school board member, and our senior class president, along with highlighting a few of the many accomplishments of the graduating Class of 2020.   A most special part of this ceremony is, of course, the reading of the names of each of our graduating seniors.  We will call your name, and you will be recognized via your senior portrait.  James River High School’s virtual graduation will be aired on Wednesday, June 17 at 9 AM.

I know that is a lot of information to digest.  Again, more details about each event will come to you soon.  This is a big elephant to eat – so we will get it done by taking one bite at a time.

Thank you, seniors and families, for all of your patience and endurance.  We miss you so much! 

#WeAreJR,

Jennifer C. Coleman, Ph.D.


AP Exam FAQ

posted May 1, 2020, 8:26 AM by Bryan Harris

Moving Forward with the 2020 AP Exams FAQ


What do college admissions leaders think about you taking the AP Exams at home?

Please watch College Admissions Leaders Support AP Students for more information.


Other than my AP course instructor, what other instructional resources can I use to prepare for exams?

Beyond the traditional in class learning opportunities, students can watch Online AP Classes and Review Sessions. Please review the Online AP Class Schedule Site to determine when sessions of interest are scheduled. Check out The AP Live YouTube Channel


What is the new AP exam format and how can I learn more?

Most exams will follow an online 45 minute free response format which is open book/open note. For more information about the exam experience, please visit Taking AP Exams Online. Your teachers will review the format and answer questions you have leading up to the exam dates. 


What are the new exam dates? 

Exam dates were adjusted to accommodate the new style of testing required by the Covid-19 closure. Exams will be given May 11-15 and May 18-22. Make-up tests dates will be available for each subject from June 1-5. Please note your test dates and times on the AP Exam Schedule 2020. If you are taking an AP course that requires a portfolio submission, the deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 P.M.


What if I have been approved for testing accommodations?

Testing accommodations for this year’s exams will still be provided for students who have been approved for them by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. Students may only use accommodations for which they have been approved. For more information, please review Accommodations for the 2020 AP Exams


How will AP exams be scored and what role will that play in earning college credit and determining course placement in college?

Students’ work will be scored by College Board’s network of college faculty and AP readers and will be reported on a 1-5 scale. College Board anticipates a July score release. College Board is confident that the vast majority of higher education institutions will award credit and/or placement as they have in the past. 


How does exam security work with an at home AP exam?

Students may not consult with any other individuals during the testing period (with the exception of students working on the AP Computer Science Principles Create performance task). College Board will take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of each exam administration, as they do each year. College Board redesigned the exams with security in mind and will use digital security tools to detect plagiarism. Students who violate test security will receive consequences. For additional information about exam security, please review AP Exam Security.

Are my electronic devices compatible and ready? 

Report Concerns Here 

Students can take the exams on any device they have access to--computer, tablet, or smartphone for the majority of AP tests. This means CCPS issued Chromebooks will work for all tests EXCEPT the AP World Language exams. The following are compatible for AP World Language exams: iOS, iPadOS, and AndroidOS. For students who do not own or cannot borrow a compatible device for an AP World Language exam, please make your AP World Language teacher aware of this need to explore other options. More info for the World Language Apps is now available on the website. The app needed for the AP Music Theory Exam is compatible with chromebooks (as well as Android, iPad, Mac and PC).


Will I need a calculator for my AP Exam?

For 2020 AP Exams that may involve calculations, questions are designed such that required calculations can be done with a pencil and paper, with no calculator required. However, use of a calculator is allowed and may be helpful. Simple four-function calculators are freely available as apps for computers and phones and can be installed beforehand for use on the exam. Please review the 2020 AP Exam Calculator Policy for additional information.


What else can I do to be ready for my AP Exams?

  1. Check your email and ensure your correct email address is saved in your College Board account. Follow these instructions. Contact College Board at 1-866-315-6068 or apstudents@info.collegeboard.org for additional assistance to access and update your account.

  2. Update your phone number and give College Board permission to text you in your College Board account. 

  3. Verify your high school’s CEEB code is accurate in your account profile:

    1. L.C. Bird HS 470486

    2. Carver HS 471842

    3. Clover Hill HS 471429

    4. Cosby HS 470503

    5. James River HS 471428

    6. Manchester HS 471870

    7. Matoaca HS 471720

    8. Meadowbrook HS 471877

    9. Midlothian HS 471430

    10. Monacan HS471873

    11. Thomas Dale HS 470485

  4. Mark collegeboard@e.collegeboard.org as part of your approved email sender lists to avoid College Board emails going to your Spam Email box.


Do students outside of the United States have to take their exam at the same time as students in the United States?

Yes. To keep AP Exams secure this year, all students worldwide must test at the same time per course. Please review the Exam Times for Additional Time Zones for specific information and why it is still a good idea to take your exam even at night.


What if I no longer want to take my exam? Can I get a full refund?

You do not have to do anything to cancel your exam if you choose not to test. The College Board will share information with you about how to access your exam through “My AP” and your personal email address. However, opening the exam or attempting any portion of the exam is the same as taking the exam. Once the regular test window ends, you will receive another invitation to take your test during the make up test window. If you no longer want to take your exam and you wish to receive a full refund, ignore both invitations to take your exam. After the regular and make-up testing windows end, CCPS will receive a list from College Board of names of students who did/did not open the exam. Remember: If you do not wish to test, do not open the exam. Students who did not open an exam will receive a full refund in the summer. 


Where can parents learn more about the 2020 AP exam process given the impact of the Covid-19 school building closures?

Parents can watch a recording of a webinar, Helping Your Student Prepare for AP Exams in addition to visiting For Parents & Guardians - The College Board. AP teachers are also available to respond to questions about specific tests. Slides shared in the webinar can be viewed here.


Final Thoughts

Your AP teachers continue to work hard to provide you with the latest information you need in order to be prepared for your AP exams. Please continue to use all the instructional resources available to stay organized and on track. We wish you the best of luck on your AP exam(s). We commend your persistence in completing the final part of the rigorous AP course process during this unexpected and unique time in your educational and personal experience.


Resources for Parents and Students During COVID-19

posted Apr 16, 2020, 1:16 PM by Bryan Harris

Resources for Parents and Students During COVID-19



This is an extremely challenging time for families.  Parents are faced with homeschooling, working, and parenting all at once.  Here are a few resources that might help during this time.  



Tips for talking with your children about the COVID-19 situation

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

HealthyChildren.org - From the American Academy of Pediatrics



Mental Health Resources

Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources

Mental Health Support Services Information and Resource Guide.pdf



Self care and stress management for parents 

Free Self-Care Resources

Free Group Meditation Sessions 24 Hours a Day, 5 Days a Week at meditatetogether.com 

Short video below on managing anxiety:

Creating a visual schedule for special needs students/early ES students 

Webinar:  https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/webinars/visual-morning-schedule

Printable resources https://consciousdiscipline.com/free-resources/type/covid-19/



Fun things to do 

Free books on Audible: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

 51 Recipes to Cook With Your Kids  

Free exercise classes:  YMCA Virtual Classes

Movement Apps, Games, and Websites

Free Activity Book for all ages 


How to make a mask

Mask Making Resources

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuerfcbxDmU&feature=emb_title  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0E9dGZaAbA&feature=emb_title


Best wishes for your family! 

-Chanda Bass, MSW, C-SSWS, CCTP

James River High School/Robious Middle School Social Worker 



Psychologist Video Check In and Student Resources for COVID 19

Compiled by Kristin K. Oberg, School Psychologist


  • If You Are In Crisis:

    • Call 24 Hr. Crisis Line:  748-6356

    • Text “home” to 741741 to get someone to text with




Yearbook Update

posted Apr 16, 2020, 12:43 PM by Bryan Harris

Dear Students and Parents: 


The yearbook students have finished the yearbook on time - miraculously making our final deadline despite this crazy “viral” time. Although school closed with three weeks left of spreads to complete and spring sports to start, our staff, led by Gabby Sehlhorst and Ellie McFall, were able to design pages with great photos, quotes, and coverage. This might end up being our best book yet, and given the events of this year, this is one book you do not want to miss. We have sold more than 750 yearbooks. Most years, we would simply sell close to 200 additional books once distribution starts.  However, this year is different, and we are not sure what distribution will entail or whether or not we are going to be able sell books during pick up. Therefore, we have extended sales online (www.yearbookordercenter.com - code 2423) until June 12.  We very much want to meet our sales goal of 950 books, but we need your help.  By April 24, the yearbook staff will have to make a final decision concerning our book order. We need our sales to be close to 900 books by that time.  If not, we will have to reduce our order and create the unfortunate situation where no additional books will be available. We are uncertain about when and how distribution will take place, but we will provide details as soon as they are available. Meanwhile, please continue to take care of yourselves. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.




Christopher Calfee

christopher_calfee@ccpsnet.net


Driver's Education Behind the Wheel Green Card Request

posted Apr 3, 2020, 6:16 AM by Michael Farrell

James River family in this unsettling time we are extending an opportunity for our families who have young soon to be drivers an opportunity to receive their behind the wheel request permission card via mail. Please fill out the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflor6lVg9hzL0wXjfXNuVWLEM993ZDxO53uGubbC5JLhkzUA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Once the form is completed, we will begin mailing those requested cards to families so that their children can complete the behind the wheel driving necessary in order to receive their license. All requests will be mailed on Tuesday, April 14th. 

Thank you!!

Corona Virus Extension Pick Up Plan

posted Mar 19, 2020, 12:04 PM by Michael Farrell

Greetings James River family, we miss all of our students and staff greatly. While we know work has been given online prior to the quarantine extension, we also understand others need hard copies of that work and additional resources. Students and their families are asked to fill out this form to request hard copies: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfh9tHP4ac1fOtczZ…/viewform

Pick up will take place Tuesday 3/24 and 3/31 from 8-1.

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