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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.

He said yes: Guys and girls share thoughts on the first annual Sadie Hawkins dance

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By: Eva Dorn, Online Editor

By now everyone at school either knows what a Sadie Hawkins dance is or that we are having one soon. But how do people really feel about the whole idea of girls asking guys to the dance?  Several students shared their thoughts on the upcoming Sadie Hawkins dance.

“I like that the roles are reversed, and girls get the opportunity to be creative and ask the boys,”  senior Brady Hamilton said.

Many have similar thoughts as Hamilton about girls asking the boys. Senior Marshae Dabney had the same feelings.

“I feel like it would be nice for girls to get out of their comfort zones and ask guys out,” Dabney said.

Contrary to Dabney and Hamilton, junior Olivia Caplan and sophomore Sydney Williams think there are some drawbacks to the switch.

“It’s a good idea, but I feel guys will reject girls to prove a point that girls reject guys,” Williams said.

“Dances, in my opinion, are kind of stupid. They look cool on TV shows that are focused on high school, but honestly this idea sounds dumb,” Caplan said.

The girls have voiced their opinions on the dance, but how do the boys really feel about being asked out?

Junior Andy Liscio, is one of the many James River boys who feels that girls should go for it, and ask the boys out.

“Girls need to man up and ask someone,” Liscio said.

Junior John Morley believes that getting the girls to ask the guys out is a great idea.

“The girls ask the guys. It’s always a surprise; there’s nothing better,” Morley said.
People may disagree about the roles being reversed, but there is one thing we know for sure: it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. The first annual JRHS Sadie Hawkins dance will on Saturday, February 4th at 7:30. Tickets will be on sale in the open commons until Friday, February 3rd.

Scholarships available to seniors

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By: Dylan Lepore, Staff Writer

With college applications ending and the acceptance process under way, seniors need scholarships to help pay for the rising prices of college.. Every month the counseling office releases a “newsletter” called The James River Ripple that shows all the scholarships that are still available.

Just to name a few, there is the biweekly Sun Trust off to college scholarship, the ROTC scholarship, the Coca-Cola scholarship, and more coming each and every month.

The Ripple is always available on the James River website and in the counseling office for seniors only. If the scholarship application requires a transcript use Parchment to send it and sign it off on the pink form (again in the counseling) for the desk aids to send it off.
These and more are also on various websites like FastWeb and Collegenet.

Winter Exam Schedule Guide

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By: Dylan Lepore, Staff Writer

The first semester is ending and the end of 2016 is coming, but before we celebrate the holidays and the New Year, there is work to be done. Exams are the thing between you and those sweet Christmas cookies. This guide is going to help you understand the exam schedule. (For seniors exemptions skip down)

The Schedule

  • Monday, December 12th is a regular school day
  • Tuesday, December 13th is 2nd-period odd exam – full day(tech center students leave at 8:25)
  • Wednesday, December 14th are 1st and 2nd even exams – dismissal at 11:25 (tech center students have to find a ride home after their 1st-period exam or they can sit in ISD until the buses come)
  • Thursday, December 15th are  3rd and 4th odd exams – dismissal at 11:25 (odd day tech center exams – students leave for tech at 7:25)
  • Friday, December 16th are 3rd and 4th even exams – dismissal at 11:25 (even day tech center exams – Students leave for tech at 7:25)

Make-ups need to be pre-arranged by Friday, December 9th at 2:30pm.

Senior Exemptions and dates

Seniors should be notified by their teacher if they are exempt from a midterm no later than Thursday, December 8th, and Friday, December 9th. Seniors must have a B or above in the class they want to be exempted from and no more than five absences in first period and no more than three in all other periods.

Seniors do not have to be here on Monday, but for students that will be here, there will be review activities for their exams. All underclassmen are expected to be here for the entire week. Students are not allowed to leave during exams, even if they end up finishing the exam or have a pass to leave they must stay for respect of the other test takers.

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French exchange program kicks off at JRHS

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By: An-Vu Phan, Sports Editor

As the first lunch began on Tuesday October 25th, students streamed into room 1104 for the potluck lunch hosted by French Club for the French students. During the lunch, JRHS students got to mingle with French students from the Lycée Notre Dame Saint Victor as they begin their exchange program with their JRHS hosts.

“I’ve hosted four exchange students before this, so I already know I really enjoy showing French students around the U.S. and helping them try new things,” senior Blair Harvie said.

This is the third time that JRHS has partnered with the Lycée Notre Dame Saint Victor, a private high school in France, in a program that allows for JRHS students to correspond with their pen pals prior to the trip, host the French students in their homes, and eventually travel to France to stay with the French student’s families. During the two weeks that the French students stayed in America, they get to learn what American life is like while the hosts had to provide meals, a private room, and pay for the students properly.

“My daily routine with Alice is to go to school, eat with her friends, and spend our time in different places,” sophomore and Lycée Notre Dame Saint Victor student Aurore Masseron said.

While they are here, the French students got to see what American high schools are like and go on guided tours of Richmond, Monticello, Jamestown, and Washington D.C. The students would go on trips with their hosts when there is free time.

“I have done so many things with [my host] Alice,” Masseron said. “We have been to Libby Hill Park, Carytown, Halloween Parties, Busch Garden, the mall, Downtown, and the Hollywood Cemetery.”

Despite the places they were taken to, the hosts wished they could have taken them to places such as New York City or the Outer Banks, North Carolina. While the French students were here, the hosts got to show the students different aspects of American culture such as on how dinner is eaten in America at 6:30 while the French eat their dinner at 8:00 or that French high schools begin their day later than American high schools.

“What I like about James River was that the scholar system is based more on knowledge than marks,” Masseron said.

The French students went to school with their hosts and got to experience what their hosts experience in high school on daily basis. However, come spring break, JRHS students will also travel to France to experience French culture and life.

“I love nice scenery and pretty parks,” senior Alice Stitzer said. “So I guess my top thing I am looking forward to is Aurore walking me around her neighborhood,”

As with the French students coming here, the JRHS group of students will travel to Épernay, France from April 6-16 as they visit the  Lycée Notre Dame Saint Victor and live with the families of the French students that they hosted. This in turn completes an exchange program which comes around every two years at JRHS and has forged new connections.

“I have always been fascinated with learning about others and their cultures and I thought this would be a great way to make myself a more fluent French speaker by immersing myself in the language,” Stitzer said. “Making a new friend was a plus, too.”