Jamestown High School (Virginia)

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Jamestown High School
JamestownHSVirginia.jpg
Address
3751 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185
United States
Information
School type Public high school
Founded 1997
School district Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Stephen M. Constantino
Principal Catherine Worley
Assistant principals Crystal Haskins
Jeff Bond
Staff Feefee
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,590 (2006-07)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s)                Green, Black, White
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Bay Rivers District
Region I
Mascot Eagles
Rivals Lafayette High School
Warhill High School
Bruton High School
Website

Jamestown High School is a public secondary school located in James City County, Virginia, just outside Williamsburg, Virginia. The school was opened in 1997, becoming the second of three high schools in the county. It is part of Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and is located on 3751 John Tyler Highway. As of 2006, there are 1,524 students enrolled at Jamestown.

History[edit]

Jamestown opened in 1997. Its entire student body came from Lafayette High School and the local middle schools. Though the high school is located in a Williamsburg mailing address, it is named after the Jamestown Settlement, located only a few miles away. In 2007, students from Jamestown, as well as Lafayette High School, were moved to the newly constructed Warhill High School in the western part of the county to alleviate overcrowding in the district.

Curriculum[edit]

The curriculum is based on standards set by the Virginia Board of Education. Jamestown participates in the AVID program to facilitate preparation for college.

Graduation requirements at Jamestown include three credits of mathematics and science; four credits of English; four credits of history; and one credit of a foreign language (Spanish, German, French, Latin or American Sign Language). Finally, students must complete one technology credit and one fine arts credit.

In addition to the basic diploma, an advanced diploma option is available. Requirements for the advanced diploma include additional foreign language credits.

Culture[edit]

In Jamestown's early history in 1999, the school received various bomb threats in response to the Columbine High School events. This has not occurred in recent years. In 2007, a student was apprehended with a small hand-gun, apparently in an attempt to scare another student into returning a PSP that was stolen from him.

There have been some incidents related to drug and alcohol usage resulting in disciplinary action, often occurring during the prom and homecoming weeks. However, a program called "Every 30 Minutes", which simulates a car accident that occurs after drinking alcohol, has attempted to deter students from drinking.

In 2007, Jamestown High School hosted its first Spring Carnival which was paid for by funds from the Student Council Association and was held during the third and fourth blocks of the school day. There were displays by various military branches including a Black Hawk and Huey helicopter which landed in the school bus parking area. Inflatable attractions such as an obstacle course, bouncy castle, and giant slide, Dance Dance Revolution, job fair, water balloon fight etc. were also included. Although most of the entertainment was free, students could purchase tickets (25¢ each) for drinks, (free food was provided) and some attractions such as Dunk-a-Teacher.

Campus[edit]

The first floor contains classrooms for teaching fine arts, technology (split into engineering, graphics and Cooperative Business Education), math and science. The special education classrooms are also on this level. The second floor the library (or media center as it is usually referred to as) and classrooms for teaching math, social studies, English and foreign languages (along with English as a Second Language (ESL)).

To the west of the main building, there were five trailers which acted as 10 classrooms and could hold around a total of 250 students and were brought in to solve the overcrowding problem. In spite of the reduction in enrollment due to the construction of Warhill High School, two of the trailers have become a permanent part of the campus, as opposed to being removed. However, this leaves a large space of dead grass where the trailers once were. The school is surrounded by wooded and swamp areas.

Enrollment[edit]

  • 1997-1998- 820
  • 1998-1999- 1101
  • 1999-2000- 1169
  • 2000-2001- 1162
  • 2001-2002- 1256
  • 2002-2003- 1256
  • 2003-2004- 1331
  • 2004-2005- 1451
  • 2005-2006- 1524
  • 2006-2007- N/A *A new high school was built that year. Enrollment was scattered.
  • 2007-2008- 1261
  • 2008-2009- 1232
  • 2009-2010- 1217
  • 2010-2011-

Teacher Statistics[edit]

  • Full-time- 112
  • Student/Teacher Ratio= 13.6[1]

Demographics[edit]

Jamestown High School's student body is 70% (1067) White; 23% (344) Black; 4% (54) Hispanic; 3% (38) Asian; and 1% (8) Native American.

Athletics[edit]

The school's mascot is an eagle and its sports teams currently play in the AA Bay Rivers District in Region I. Jamestown has won 20 state titles, which include six AA girls tennis Dynasty state titles from 2000–2002, 2004–2006; four boy's swimming state titles in 2001 and 2006–2008; three AA girls swimming titles from 2000 to 2002; three AA boys soccer titles in 2001, 2008, and 2013; one AA girls soccer title in 1999; one AA golf title in 1999; one girls field hockey title in 2001; one AA boys cross country title in 2001; and one AA girls basketball title in 2006. Jamestown also had their first female football player during the 2000-2001 season.

Theatre[edit]

The Jamestown High School Theatre Department (sometimes known, simply, as 'Jamestown Theatre') formed in September 1997 under the directorship of William Snyder. Currently, Jamestown has executed 30 full stage productions collectively under the two former directors and the current director. Traditionally, Jamestown produces two shows every school year. There is a Fall One-Act or Play and a Spring Musical. Under the recent direction of Marcia DiMattia, Jamestown has actively competed in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) One-Act competitions at the District, Regional, and State level. Jamestown's most reputable production of Degas C'est Moi was the winner of all three VHSL Championships.

Current productions[edit]

Fall Production 2012: In the wake of a new 2012-2013 school year, Jamestown theatre director, Marcia DiMattia began work on a quirky, dark comedy by David Campton, The Cagebirds. The show reveals the inner workings of a caged, yet 'secure' society. When a new entity makes her mark by reigniting the memories of freedom and justice, the surrounding characters' lives are turned upside down and the result is telling. Jamestown's performance of The Cagebirds has already won both VHSL District and Regional Championships, garnering 4 outstanding actor awards for junior MaryKathryn Kopp (2), senior Jessi DiPette (1), and freshman Savannah Winslow (1). The Jamestown theatre troupe takes their performance on the road to compete at the VHSL State Championship on December 3 in Charlottesville, VA.

Spring Musical 2013: Following a record-breaking season in 2012 with the production of the hit movie-turned-musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical!, director Marcia DiMattia has yet to announce the, well-anticipated, musical production details for Spring 2013.

Directors[edit]

William Snyder (1997–2006)

William Snyder directed 18 productions at Jamestown (not including competition plays), and spent nearly a decade before at Lafayette High School. "At the age of 72, I feel like it's my time," Snyder told The Eagle Eye student newspaper. Snyder confirmed his retirement in early 2006, Guys and Dolls being his final production.

Beth Wigley (2006–2008) Beth Wigley was confirmed to succeed Snyder in Spring 2006 as Jamestown's near Director of Theatre. Wigley, before transferring to Jamestown, worked 13 years as Director of the York County School of the Arts at Bruton High School. Wigley's first production at Jamestown was 2006's fall production of Museum. Wigley is known to differ from Snyder in some aspects, by choosing fall production with larger casts to encourage students to audition, and by choosing to direct productions that do not contain the typical glitz and glamour.

Marcia DiMattia (2008–Present)

Mrs. DiMattia brings a background of dance and choreography as well as an enthusiasm for the theatre and students to Jamestown High School. Her first production at Jamestown was Found a Peanut. Previously, she was the Theatre Director at Berkeley Middle School where she directed well known shows like You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and Godspell, Jr. Oftentimes throughout production season, DiMattia seeks the artistic-eye of her lifelong friend, and School of the Arts director, Rosemary Allmann; the two of them form an unstoppable duo of both vision and detail. In the fall of 2009 Marcia DiMattia directed Degas, Cest Moi which went on to win the VHSL Theatre State Championship. The 2012 Fall One-Act, "The Cagebirds", has won both District and Regional Championships, garnering 3 outstanding actor awards; the Jamestown theatre troupe takes their show to the VHSL State Championship on December 3 in Charlottesville, VA.

Past productions[edit]

  • Our Town (P) – Fall 1997
  • Brigadoon (M) – Spring 1998
  • Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (P) – Fall 1999
  • 42nd Street (M) – Spring 1999
  • Night of January 16th (P) – Fall 1999
  • South Pacific (M) – Spring 2000
  • Fools (P) – Fall 2000
  • Grease (M) – Spring 2001
  • A Night for One Acts (P) – Fall 2001
  • Crazy for You (M) – Spring 2002
  • Rumors (P) – Fall 2002
  • The Fantastiks (M) – Spring 2003
  • Lilies of the Field (P) – Fall 2003
  • The Music Man (M) – Spring 2004
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (P) – Fall 2004
  • The Sound of Music (M) – Spring 2005
  • The Mousetrap (P) – Fall 2005
  • Guys and Dolls (M) – Spring 2006
  • Museum (P) – Fall 2006
  • A Chorus Line (M) – Spring 2007
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (P) – Spring 2008
  • Found a Peanut (P) – Fall 2008
  • The Boy Friend (M) – Spring 2009
  • Degas C'est Moi (P) – Fall 2009

-Winner of VHSL District, Regional, and State Championships. Nicholas Williams received Outstanding Actor Award at all levels.

  • The Pajama Game (M) - Spring 2010
  • Almost, Maine (P) - Fall 2010

-Winner of VHSL District Championship

  • Lucky Stiff (M) - Spring 2011
  • Thanks (P) - Fall 2011

-Winner of VHSL District and Regional Championships. James Scarola received Outstanding Actor Awards at both.

  • Legally Blonde, The Musical (M) - Spring 2012
  • The Cagebirds (P) - Fall 2012

-Winner of VHSL District and Regional Championships. Jessi DiPette and Savannah Winslow both received Outstanding Actor Awards at the District Level. MaryKathryn Kopp received Outstanding Actor Awards at both.

  • Pippin (M) - Spring 2013

Music[edit]

Jamestown has several musical groups, including a symphonic band and wind ensemble, a marching band and mixed, jazz and chamber choirs.

Every once in a while, the different departments cross over in order to make a group effort. The most classic example is the yearly musical. The drama department would host the event, but it would include kids from choir who would sing, students from art making various props or backdrops and the band and orchestra, who would provide the music for the singers and dancers. However, 2008 will not be the same as any of the previous years, due to Mrs. Wigley's odd choice of musicals, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The choir, orchestra and band recently had a joint concert with other high schools performing Carmina Burana.

Choir[edit]

Current Choir Director, Jason Dungee, will remain at Jamestown for the current year until he leaves to pursue a post-grad Music degree.

Band[edit]

The band director is Steve Turner. The band has won a superior rating every year after its founding year and has traveled to numerous destinations across the US for competition.

There have been several different assistant band directors over the years.. Chris Smith was an assistant for the 2006-2007 year, but he also left the following year to teach at Lafayette High School.

Marching Band[edit]

The marching band is by far the largest musical group at Jamestown. The instrumentation consists of woodwinds, brass, a drum line and a pit (usually keyboard instruments and axillary instruments). There is also a color guard that twirls colorful flags, dance, and use other visuals as the school board does not allow the use of rifles or sabers in performances. The band uses a technique very similar to modern style drum and bugle corps. The marching band just recently received new uniforms in 2007.

Shows:
1997: "Vocal Jazz" - "Baroque Samba", "Dream of the Return" and "Birdland"
1998: "Jekyll & Hyde"
1999: "Tower of Power"
2000: "The Phantom of the Opera"
2001: "Hot Jazz" - "Now or Never", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", "Birdland"
2002: "West Side Story"
2003: "Tommy"
2004: "Pirates of the Caribbean"
2005: "The Incredibles"
2006: "Songs for Planet Earth"
2007: "Earth, Wind & Fire"
2008: "Music of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps"
2009: "James Bond"
2010: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
2011: "Rio"
2012: "Star Wars: The Old Republic"

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Jamestown has several different clubs and groups. In order for the group to be part of the school, it must first have at least one sponsor and it must have approval by the principal.
Here is a list of all of the clubs and organizations, as listed on the school's website:

Ascent[edit]

Ascent is the Literature and Art Magazine at Jamestown. When Jamestown first opened, the group was run by Mrs. Throckmorton and Mrs. Hite, who published the first edition of Labyrinth, the original name of the magazine. Then, in 2004-2005, Mrs. Glennon sponsored the group. Under Mrs. Glennon, the magazine staff focused on creative writing. In 2006-2007, Mrs. Throckmorton once again sponsored the staff. In 2007, Mrs. Reiley and Mrs. Hobbs took over as sponsors for the magazine. The new staff decided to change the name to Ascent.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Lisa L. Opie American Model, Actress, Swimwear Designer, Multiple Beauty Pageant Titleholder [2]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 37°15′9.4″N 76°47′20.5″W / 37.252611°N 76.789028°W / 37.252611; -76.789028