Month: February 2017

UPDATED: 13th Annual Food Drive ends Monday

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By: Dylan Lepore, Staff Writer

The 13th annual Hokies vs. Hoos Food Drive to benefit the local Feedmore food bank is in full swing and will be ending Monday, February 13th, after an extension given on Friday, February 10th. The cans that students gather are desperately needed for donations to give to families and kids in need who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

JRHS plays a big part in supporting the city-wide revile between Virginia Tech and UVA to see who can raise the most food for the Central Virginia Food Bank. It is especially important in late winter when donations are drastically low.

“The Food Bank is in desperate need of the following items: peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, low sodium vegetables, fruits packed in juice, pasta sauce (no glass), canned or dry beans, hot and cold cereal, and whole grain snack.  (Please, no ramen noodles!),” Principal Dr. Jennifer Coleman said in the JRHS Newsletter.

Each class is competing for privileges and many teachers are giving their own incentives to students. The winning grade level will earn the senior privileges of leaving early on Fridays for five weeks following the Food Fight. They will also earn two days of both lunches, dates TBD. Last year the juniors won, so it’s possible for the seniors to lose their privileges for five weeks.

“What we are doing is a grain of sand on the beach. Kids are starving, we can’t be the problem but the solution,” social studies teacher Shannon Castelo said.

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Cans from English classes are collected and taken to the library each period. Photo by Eva Dorn.

In addition, one thing to consider would be this from FeedingAmerica.org: “No One Can Thrive on an Empty Stomach, 42 million people face hunger in the U.S. today — including nearly 13 million children and more than five million seniors. Hunger knows no boundaries — it touches every community in the U.S., including your own.”

The new incentives that were added on Wednesday, February 8th are: if seniors raise 2,400 cans (which is lower than they made last year) they can keep all their senior privileges. Also if the student body works together to come up with 7,100 cans everyone will get O.N.E Lunch for five weeks. As of this Wednesday, we have raised 3,700 cans, and if every student brought in two cans, we would reach that goal.
Last year we gained 7,000 donated food items and $1,500 in cash for a total of over 20,000 meals, and we have won the competition every year. The cans are being collected by the English teachers and placed in the library. Help beat last year’s earning and provide for your community by bringing in cans!

Bolded text reflects update on Friday, February 10th.

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JRHS Hosts first Sadie Hawkin’s dance

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By An-Vu Phan, Sports Editor

On Saturday, February 4th, James River is set to host its first annual Sadie Hawkins dance. The unique dance, in which girls ask out boys, is being sponsored by Mr. Joyner and the junior class council. Students attending are allowed to wear what they want within dress code but are encouraged to wear red as the theme is Valentine’s day.

“So as junior class officers, we felt like the school needed at least one more event. We thought a dance would be a good opportunity to get the school altogether since the underclassmen have only one dance and upperclassmen get two dances,” junior class president Samuel Gans  said. “So we felt that a dance would be an awesome activity for everybody to be a part of.”
The dance will be held in the open commons while there are also refreshment scenes in the courtyard and the closed commons. Tickets are priced at five dollars so get them while you still can!

Graduation details available to seniors

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By: Dylan Lepore,  Staff Writer

With only 132 days till graduation, seniors can’t be more excited to finally graduate to the next step. This guide of information will help seniors walk the stage of the VCU Siegel Center.

The number one thing senior need to be aware of is the finalized date for graduation, Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 pm at VCU’s Siegel Center. Cap and gowns do need to be ordered as soon as possible. James River will not allow students who do not have a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony and this may cause a student’s diploma to be postponed.

Senior and library fees need to be paid to graduate. Also, absences and tardies for Final Exam exemptions start counting on Monday, January 2 for the second semester. To find more information about finishing payments on your class dues, see your first period teacher.

As always for any further help in the graduation process ask your Senior Class Officers, physics teacher Ms. Wilt or social studies teacher Mr. Addison. In addition, the counselors are always there to help.
In other senior news, visit the Yearbook room at 1323 or email Kinsey_Sparre@ccpsnet.net for questions, updated information, and information about senior ads. Continue to send in baby and senior pictures to jrhs2017@gmail.com  for the senior slide show at the end of the year.