News and Notes

Dear Western Families,

I can’t believe the holiday season is upon us.  It has been a great start to the school year and now we get to balance the work at school with school breaks and colder temperatures.

I have provided information in the blog below from our staff that you may find useful.

If I don’t get a chance to see you in person before the new year, I wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

Darah Bonham, Principal

 


Students Represent Western in Houston Conference

Congratulations to junior Claire Aminuddin and senior Peyton Beaumont, who spoke at the National Council for Teachers of English conference in Houston last weekend. They addressed an audience of teachers and librarians as part of a panel on the topic “Natural Allies: How School and Public Libraries Support Teen Writers”. Claire and Peyton also met some amazing authors and went out to dinner with a Harper Collins publishing group, thanks to co-panelist Megan England, YA librarian at Crozet Public Library. These poised and articulate teens did a wonderful job, and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to mingle and learn with thousands of teachers, authors, and policy-makers.

Melissa Techman, Library


Latin Convention

Fifteen Latin students attended the Virginia Junior Classical League Conference in Richmond this weekend. They met with 1200 other Latin students from around the state, competed in academic and artistic competitions, went to lectures, and had Roman banquet. 

Our students did exceedingly well, with the following students receiving awards:

- Caroline Teague: 1st place (IN THE WHOLE STATE!) on Roman history. 
- Len Egl: 4th place in roman History
- Hannah Hetmanski: 3rd place in oil/acrylic painting
- Carinne Adams: 9th place in mixed media art
- Jane Zahorik: 7th place in impromptu art

 


Managing Stress

As midterms approach, student stress levels are rising. Here are some tips for helping your student manage stress effectively:

  • Promote Balance. Your student is likely balancing multiple activities year-round, while trying to fit in family, social life, homework, and basic life functions. Challenging course loads and extracurricular involvement are fantastic ways for teens to grow, but they can get overwhelming at times. Parents can help teens learn to pace themselves and find balance so they don’t get burned out. This might include modeling how to prioritize or say “no”, so students can recharge and keep giving their full effort to activities that truly matter to them.
  • Teach good sleep hygiene. For many people, when our plate gets too full, sleep is the first thing that gets pushed off. However, sleep is critically important for physical and mental health. Parents can emphasize the importance of consistent sleep, and teach healthy practices like maintaining the same sleep routine (for the most part) every day of the week, rather than just school days. Other good practices include avoiding screen time and exercise for at least an hour before bed, consistent exercise, and not sleeping with their phone or other devices. Good sleep habits can go a long way to help your teen’s body handle stress more effectively.
  • Model calm self-talk.Help your teen to become aware of his stressful thoughts and to practice rationalizing them. For instance, if your child tends to shut down when they feel a task is too large, help them break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. If they worry about the impact of a poor quiz grade, help them put it in context of their efforts throughout a whole quarter. Something that feels unmanageable or like the end of the world might not seem so bad once they’re able to frame it differently.

Although they don’t want to admit it, your teen is still learning from you every day. One of the best ways to teach stress management techniques is by setting a good example. Talk to your child about ways you’ve learned to cope with stress and stay healthy.

Mary Feamster, MA, Student Assistance Specialist

mfeamster@k12albemarle.org

434-823-8700  x63608


Choir Awards

Congrats to Kenedi Anderson, Frannie Gibson, Olivia Malin, Ella Taylor, and Eli Thornton who were accepted into District 13 Honors Choir this year.

Also, for District Choir, we had 10 students auditioned and the following students were accepted:

Kenedi Anderson

Franny Gibson

Ella Taylor

Olivia Malin

Eli Thornton

Tristan Rose – First Alternate


Crozet Visual Arts Show

Visual arts show at Crozet Library. Through December 8. Over 50 pieces of artwork on display by WAHS students.

Student Caitlin Adams helped set up this show on November 7.


History Honor Society 

Rho Kappa, the Social Studies Honor Society, inducted 58 new members on Monday, November 19, 2018.  Congrats to our new members.


BINGO

Western will host it’s first-ever Community Bingo Night on Thursday, November 29th in the Western cafe.  Everyone from our Crozet community is welcome and there are no age restrictions.  We ask that children 13 and under be accompanied by an adult.  There is no fee to play and free food and snacks will be provided by our PTO.  Come out and have some fun.


Model UN 

40 members of the WAHS Model UN team participated in VAMUN, the Model UN simulation held at the University of Virginia.  Delegates negotiated over such topics as global water shortages, the Trojan War, the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1913, the Nixon investigation, and the rise of Voldemort.  Three WAHS students were awarded Honorable Mentions for their work:   Senior Thomas Jackson, in the Jefferson Committee on Diplomacy – Crisis, which was set during an attempted prison break at Alcatraz; junior Chloe Kienzle, in the JCD trial of King Leopold, and junior Ben Lenox, in the Vietnam War committee.  There was rarely a dull moment at VAMUN.


AVID

The WAHS AVID program will be holding a fundraiser on Dec 11th at the Waynesboro Chick-Fil-A. We will have raffle prizes and information regarding the program. Remember to mention AVID WAHS when ordering your meal!


Faculty Focus Groups

The staff is focusing on a number of areas as part of the school improvement process this year.  These “focus areas” are part of the work led by members of the Leadership Council at the school.  Contributions and input to these areas are encouraged by all stakeholders including staff, parents, and students.

Below is a summary of each of the areas we are working on.

Staff Development

The Staff Development and Faculty Support Focus group started this year by answering the question, “Why is PD important to teacher growth?”, and has been working to establish our goals and benchmarks.  Our next step is to survey the staff at WAHS to determine their needs when it comes to authentic and meaningful professional staff development.   From there we hope to meet with administration to determine our next steps for implementation.

Freshman Seminar

The freshman seminar group has been meeting regularly to map out and review the lessons established for the first two quarters of the year.  While the program is new, we are encouraged by the engagement of our students and the student involvement in the day to day discovery activities.

 

School Climate

The school climate team has decided to focus on decreasing student and faculty stress this year. We are currently in the process of gathering data from students through several student listening sessions that will take place following break. We are also creating a survey to gather data from faculty members. Once we have gathered information, we will meet to review the data and develop solutions.

Integrated Technology

The WAHS Technology Integration focus group will be working with teachers to help make classroom calendars and due dates more accessible to students.  While we are in a transition year from Blackboard to a possible new learning management system for the 2019-2020 school year, some teachers have moved way from Blackboard as the primary source for classroom materials.  Many teachers are using Google classroom in addition to Blackboard.  However, students have expressed the request that all due dates of assignments still be located in Blackboard for all courses.  The technology focus group will be working with teachers to push out a tutorial of how to embed their google classroom calendar into Blackboard.  The technology focus group is also still looking for student volunteers interested in addressing technology needs at WAHS and attending faculty meetings to help with these topics

Culturally Responsive Teaching

The WAHS Staff is taking a deep dive into Culturally Responsive Teaching by reading Zaretta Hammond’s book Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. Teachers are engaging in reflective practices with the aim of creating more equitable learning outcomes for our students. In addition to reading the book and meeting for discussions, we have engaged in two sessions of professional development. In September, Mr. Lorenzo Dickerson educated our faculty about the history of race and education in our area with historical photographs, stories, news articles, and interview footage. Mr. Dickerson is a native of Albemarle County and attended Western feeder pattern schools. His perspective and experience was remarkably enlightening. Next steps for our committee include gathering feedback from a wide variety of student experiences to inform how to shift instruction for the benefit of all. We are hosting our first round of small group listening sessions with students after Thanksgiving break. We will also be highlighting the outstanding work of our teachers who are shifting to a culturally responsive mindset in the coming months to showcase our school’s commitment to this work. 

 


-From the Twitter Feed

 

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Quarter One

Dear Western Families,

The year is going by quick and it’s been great to see your children actively involved in our school.  Homecoming week was exciting as usual and I loved the spirit that I witnessed throughout the halls and classrooms.

October is one of the few months where there are not breaks or holidays.  It can be a challenging month and I ask that you continue to check in with your child to see how they are juggling the responsibilities of school (and beyond) and always reach out to us if we can help support.

I hope the start of fall has been positive for your family.

Darah Bonham, Principal

 


AP Registration Information

Students who are planning to take an AP exam  must register in the Counseling office. Registration is open from today until October 19th either before school, at TAB, or during lunch. Per College Board’s policies the total cost for each AP exam this year is $94 and a $40 non-refundable deposit fee via cash or check is required at the time of registration for each exam you plan to take, checks should be made out to WAHS. Students are also welcome to pay for exams in full at the time of registration. If you prefer to not pay in full the remaining $54 per exam is due by April 26. In addition to submitting the payment students must also turn in the registration form indicating which exams they are taking that was mailed home last month.

The AP exam schedule along with the registration form and testing guidelines are located on the WAHS Counseling page:

https://www.k12albemarle.org/school/wahs/counseling/Pages/default.aspx

If you have any questions or need assistance paying for AP exams please contact Ms. Barnes in the Counseling Office.


Career Day

All 10th graders are invited to participate in the Biz Kid$ Career Pathway expo on October 30. The career expo is organized by KidsCollege@PVCC, and the budgeting activity by the UVA Community Credit Union. Students will prepare by completing the career interest profiler and targeting career clusters of interest that they would like to learn more about at the expo. Follow up could include job shadowing, summer jobs or internships. More information available from Caroline Bertrand, cbertrand@k12albemarle.org, or the web site

 


Apprenticeship Fair

Juniors and seniors interested in learning more about opportunities to continue their education while getting paid to learn are invited to participate in the Apprenticeship Fair at CATEC on November 14. See Ms. Bertrand in the library for more information.

 


Visit PVCC For Seniors

Seniors considering PVCC for next year are invited to tour and attend the information session at PVCC on November 16. A number of programs will be presented in a fun format and lunch will be provided. PVCC offers certificates, 2 year programs, and guaranteed admissions agreements with the public universities in Virginia. See Ms. Bertrand in the library for more information.  

Drama Students

Drama students will be attending the Virginia Theatre Association's annual conference on Oct. 25-27 and performing the one-act play, Tuna Fish Eulogy. They will be performing it at WAHS Friday, Nov. 9th at 7pm, starting with scenes from our Drama 1 students. Thursday Nov. 8th at 7pm is our other night of scenes from Drama 1!

 


Arts in Western Education Fundraiser 


Student Involvement

Here is a link from a recent article written by Lisa Martin from the Crozet Gazette about some of our Western students working with others on an anti-racism policy in the county.

https://www.crozetgazette.com/2018/10/05/school-board-taps-local-students-to-help-shape-new-policy/


Pegasus Helicopter at WAHS Wednesday Night 

The WAHS Mini Med school will host the rescue squad and Pegasus helicopter in the evening of October 17.  (Don’t be alarmed if you see if flying over head.)  They are planning to meet in the back of the school (where the buses load up after school) after 6:30pm. Please do not be alarmed if you see emergency vehicles, the purpose is to show our students what professionals in the field of emergency services may do. Students will practice scene assessment, checking for breathing, pulse, splinting, transporting “patients” etc. If you have questions, please ask Frank Lawson, medical careers teacher, or Caroline Bertrand, career specialist.


Student Assistance Program Coordinator (SAP)

Welcome Mary Feamster, our new SAP to Western.  See an intro from her below.  We are grateful to have her on staff.


Liliah Barber’s Charity Work

Check out what sophomore Liliah is doing to support kids who don’t have costumes this holiday season.  Awesome work !!!

http://www.nbc29.com/story/39155597/a-high-school-sophomore-runs-a-charity-that-makes-sure-all-kids-can-trick-or-treat


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A New Year

Dear Western Families,

The start of the new year has been amazing.  We were so excited to see your children back in the building.  I will begin sharing more information on this blog and I encourage you to subscribe via the link below.  You can unsubscribe at anytime.

My next post will highlight many of the new employees at Western who have joined our staff.  Below I have provided some insight and information from our first few days.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  It’s great to have your kids back at school.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


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* Subscribe to Zoe Padron’s “Thursday Round Up” by emailing her at zpadron@k12albemarle.org.  Mrs. Padron is our Gifted Resource Teacher at Western and provides  a great weekly resource for students and parents about college opportunities, scholarship info, and much more.  You can also access the Round Up through the link HERE.

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Parking

With increased enrollment, we realize parking is a concern at Western.  We continue to look at both short-term and long-term solutions to support our student, faculty, and visitor needs.  Please be patient through these first few weeks while we assess the parking situation.

To help alleviate some of the concerns, we ask students to look at alternative methods to get to school other than driving when possible.  ACPS buses are one of the most reliable and safe options available to all students.

If you have specific parking questions regarding your child, please contact Mr. Schaffer, Assistant Principal.

 


New Renovated Spaces

See the brief video below highlighting some of our newly renovated spaces at Western.

Click LINK HERE to view.


Student Schedules

I appreciate all the hard work our school counselors have put in these past few weeks to make accurate schedules for our students.  Our counselors continue to call students down to address their individual needs.

Reminder that the drop/add period ends September 5th.

 


Safety and Security

In our continued effort to review safety practices with our students and staff, we will be conducting school-wide lockdown drills September 5th and 6th, during fifth and sixth periods.  Teachers will review the lockdown procedures with students so they are aware of the process and procedures.

Western has also added a Safety and Security Specialist to our staff.  Pronte Crawford is a full-time employee at the school and assists with monitoring areas inside and outside the school.  She joins Officer Ronald Vanderveer, our full-time Safety Resource Officer at Western who was with us last year.

I would also remind all families of our visitor pass system located in the main office.  Please follow the procedures when entering the building as directed by our office associates.


Student Attire

As we start the school year we ask our students to be mindful or their attire as they come to school.  Please make choices that are respectful and appropriate for an educational environment.  Your support in helping this at home is greatly appreciated.

 


Culturally Responsive Teaching

I thought you might be curious about areas we are focusing on this year as a school.  While we continue to look at student engagement and P-based learning (Project/Passion/Problem) in our classes, we are also taking a dive into the work of culturally responsive teaching as a staff.  Following the work in the division centered around Zaretta Hammond’s book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, the staff at Western is reading this book as a study to current practice and to create ways that we can create positive experiences for all our kids along with ensuring we are fostering independent thinkers as our students leave high school.

We are excited to be involved in this study as a school and as a feeder pattern as we partner with our elementary and middle schools in this work.


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Welcome To A New Year

I’m very excited that a new school year is right around the corner.  While I realize many families are still enjoying their summer break, I want to begin welcoming you into a new school year.  Periodically, as we get closer to the start of school, I will provide update to my principal’s message.

We want to welcome Mrs. Teresa Tyler and Mr. William Schaffer to our school as new assistant principals.  Mrs. Tyler will be working with the 10th graders and Mr. Schaffer will be working with the 9th grade team.  In addition, Ms. Patricia Demitry joins the admin squad as an administrative intern for part of this school year.


9th grade orientation will take place on August 3 or August 9 for freshmen.  Below are the details.

Dates: August 3rd OR  August 9th

Time:   9am to 12:30pm (lunch will be provided)

Location: Western Albemarle High School

Transportation: Limited bus runs will be made; Please request transportation by Tuesday July 24th.

If your child is able to participate please click on the link below ( Highlight link, right click on link, select “open hyperlink”) and complete the form to RSVP or call Western Albemarle  at 823-8700 by Tuesday July 24th

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a4D8IexNqWjcZFrSyEt_bARnkI2J7GKS_T9U6raegUI

We are very excited to work with your son or daughter to provide a great kickoff to the new school year. We hope that you can make it.


We are right “in the thick” of significant renovations in our science wing and CTE/Physics labs.  In addition, we have relocated the sound and video studios to a new spot outside the cafeteria for easy student access.  I’ve provided pictures below and will keep you updated with images as we get closer to the completion of the work by the start of school.

See you soon………

D.Bonham, Principal

New Media Lab (video and audio studio)

New addition beginning

 

Installation of new lab sinks in ESA

 

New physics and CAD open design space

 

Pano of new science tri-lab

Science tri-lab

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WOW, Fourth Quarter!

Welcome Back!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their spring break.  I can’t wait to see our staff and students tomorrow as we begin the last quarter of the year.  For those families of seniors, perhaps you are trying to slow down the last few weeks of your child’s high school career …… or speed it up.  Regardless,  these next two months will be busy as ever and will fly by.   I like to think that the journey is often more important than the destination.

Below you will see some important information about events and activities at the school.  Soon we will publish our end of the year assessment calendar including exams.  Look for that this week.

Feel free to let me know how we can continue to support your child.

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


-Congratulations to all students who competed at the Regional History Day Competition on March 6th. The following students advanced to VA History Day on April 21st in Richmond after placing 1st and 2nd:

Individual Documentary
  • Sydney Dell – Night Witches: The Forgotten Heroines of the Soviet Union
  • Isabelle Jordan – Eva Perón: The Fault in Society and the Compromises it Causes
Group Documentary
  • Ben Life, Josiah Luftig – The Good Friday Agreement: A Peaceful End to Generations of Conflict in Ireland
  • Teddy Bird, Ryan Ortengren, William Peritz- The Liberation of Mongolia
Group Performance
  • Caitlyn Driver, Molly Gobble, Natalie Raab- Aphra Behn: Compromising Identity to Future Female Playwrights

    Group Exhibit

  • Chloe Kienzle, Eva Massarell- British Suffrage and the 1918 Representation of the People Act
  • Jane Servine, Isobel Williamson – Finding Compromise in Conflict: The Geneva Convention of 1864
Individual Website
  • Jenna Malyn – Lost Australia: Decades of Aboriginal Oppression & Assimilation
  • Rosemary Dougherty-Herrmann – The Impact of Antibiotics and Antiseptics in the Increasing Survival Rates of Cesarean Sections
    Group Website
  • Jeida Brooks, Grace Berigan, Ineke La Fleur – The Mandela Effect: How Apartheid Impacted South Africa
  • Liza Trundle, William Mitchell, Emma Wayne – Anti Semitism in Dreyfus Affair

The tiny house classes at WAHS need your help! We are planning a yard sale for April 28. Please go through items in your house that are in good condition that you are willing to donate and bring them to the shop (A107). We may be able to pick up furniture for you if necessary, let us know what you have. To coordinate, please email Myra Key, mkey@k12albemarle.org, or call her or Mr. Matheny at school. Thank you! The tiny house classes appreciate your support.


Please join us in congratulating Ms. Sandy Keyser as our 2018 Golden Apple Award Winner.


Library News:
Poetry Bash in the library during lunch Feb 22nd was a huge success! Students and faculty read favorite poems to a large and appreciative audience. Organizers were sophomores Rosie Daugherty-Hermann and Josiah Luftig, and they plan to schedule another one soon.
Visiting author Lauren Karcz came to Western March 23rd as part of the VA Festival of the Book. She spoke to several classes about her book, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, and answered questions about writing and the publishing process.
Library interns have launched their blog! Junior Peyton Beaumont and sophomore Claire Aminuddin write for the blog as part of their varied duties as Library Communication and Outreach Interns. Recent blog posts include coverage of three Western students (Peyton, Sadie Carfagno, and Evelyn Garey) who won first place at the video competition held by the local Rumi Forum: http://wahslibinterns.weebly.com/blog Upcoming posts will feature the Tom Tom Youth Summit and more guest interviews.

 


Our “Best Western” trivia team of Dan Bledsoe, Lani Hoza, and Jill Williams will participate for the fourth consecutive year in this April’s Wordplay competition benefiting the Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle.  Please consider supporting their efforts to fight illiteracy in our area by attending the event on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 PM at the Paramount and/or by donating using this link:  https://literacyforall.donorpages.com/Wordplay2018/BestWestern/


AP Exam Information:

Remaining balances for AP exam fees are due by May 1, 2018 and can be paid in the Counseling Office before school, during TAB, and at lunch.

If you have decided to cancel your AP exams, please come by and let Ms. Davis know so you can be taken off of the exam roster.  Otherwise, please be aware that any student who does not pay their exam fees in full by May 1st   will not be admitted to testing.

If you have questions, please see Ms. Barnes in the Counseling Office.


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February 2018

Dear Western Families,

 

I know the recent events in Florida have created concern in school systems across the country.  We continue to review our practices and procedures surrounding safety at the school.  I also continue to emphasize the importance of our students, staff, and community to share their voice when they are struggling or see others in need.

I have provided the following message as we continue to work together to provide a safe learning environment for our kids.  I will provide an opportunity for students to share their concerns and ideas this Tuesday, February 20, during lunchtime in the auditorium.   I mention this in the video below.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO

As always, don’t hesitate to let us know if we can assist you in any way.

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


Congrats to 7 Western Choir students who did a fabulous job competing at District Choir last month.   Chloe Horner was chosen as our soprano 1 delegate for the All Virginia Chorus in Richmond during Spring Break. She received amazing scores (one judge gave her a 99/100!).So proud of all of these amazing students!!

 


 

The Model UN team traveled to American University in Washington for an excellent conference in early February.  The whole group did well, and several students won commendations for their work.  Sophomores Franny Gibson and Julianne Kirby were named “Best Delegate” for their role as Saudi Arabia on the INTERPOL committee.  Representing Norway on NATO, senior Abbey Palmer won a “Best Delegate” award also.  Sophomore  Ben Lenox was awarded “Outstanding Delegate” for his work on the Catalonian Parliament.  For her role on the Chinese Cabinet crisis committee, junior Gauri Prakash won a Verbal Commendation.


Robotics

All the WAHS Robotics teams competed on January 13 for a second chance at qualifying for the State Championship. Her Majesty’s Engineers will go to States at the end of February. Loose Screws and Windup Warriors are already planning the training in the post season to prepare for next year!

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Congratulations to the following students who auditioned and made All-District Band in January.

Claire Aminuddin
Sammie Cohen
William Lambert
Diana Kim
Vera Soltes
Eric Wilson
Emily Flanders
Walter Moak
Isaiah Sorensen


Peyton Beaumont, Sadie Carfagno, and Evelyn Garey won the Rumi Forum Annual Peace & Dialogue Art and Video Contest with their film

The Theme was Justice, or Just Us  to raise awareness among students about topics such as equality, fairness, environmental and social justice, and human rights.


* Subscribe to Zoe Padron’s “Thursday Round Up” by emailing her at zpadron@k12albemarle.org.  Mrs. Padron is our Gifted Resource Teacher at Western and provides  a great weekly resource for students and parents about college opportunities, scholarship info, and much more.  You can also access the Round Up through the link HERE.

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* School Counseling Link

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For SAT/ACT Testing information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Testing%20Dates/SAT%20ACT%20PSAT%20Test%20Dates%202016.pdf

For upcoming College Visits please visit: https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Visiting-Colleges.aspx

For up to date Scholarship Information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Scholarships.aspx

Wrapping Up 2017

Dear Western Families,

I hope all of you had a restful few days away from school.  We gear up with three busy weeks ahead before winter break.  As I am sure you are aware, our exams this year will be administered before break.   While we will still have a few weeks left in the first semester after we return in January, we feel that moving the exams prior to break provides a work-free time for both our students and staff over the holidays.  I’ve provided a copy of the exam schedule below.

As always, please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can assist you in any way.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


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More details will be provided soon relating to procedures and protocol based on the exam schedule.  This will be sent out via email to parents.

Tiny House Info

  • Tiny House Meetup: —come to the Tiny House meetup on Sunday December 3rd at 3pm and meet with people who are currently living tiny or interested in it. Visitors can tour the WAHS Tiny House.
  • Tiny House kids: —the entire 3rd grade at Hollymead is coming to visit the tiny house on November 30th during 1st period as a culmination to their work on tiny houses. They will rotate through stations showcasing different programs at WAHS:
    • Tiny House tour with the students who built it
    • Present third grade designs to our Architecture class (those students previously presented their ideas to architects who are working on the school redesign)
    • Learn how to make a house green with ESA
    • Build gingerbread houses with Teachers for Tomorrow

      Mini Med School:

    • Pegasus will land at the WAHS driving range at 8 am on Friday, December 1st. The Mini Med students will visit the helicopter and learn about emergency medicine. After that they will go to UVA Hospital to visit the Simulation lab and the Anatomy Lab. This is the culmination to a series of hands-on workshops with professionals in the field.  Many thanks to Caroline Bertrand, Frank Lawson, and Carla Tacy for making this happen for our students.

The Fall Art Show is going on now through Dec. 11 at the Crozet Library. About 50 WAHS students have artwork on display, and all Visual Arts disciplines are participating. We have work from art, ceramics, crafts, digital media, and photography students.  Many thanks to the talented Brandan Allen for the creation of the promotional image below.

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Albemarle County is participating again this year in the national Speak Up survey! Speak Up, a national research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow, provides an easy way for students, parents, and educators to share their views on technology and learning with Albemarle County Schools.  Your input informs our decisions about technology, as well as contributes to the national dialogue about educational technology. We encourage students, teachers, and parents to participate, as we use this data in policy-making and budget decisions.

To take the survey, visit

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Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest announced state finalists and WAHS Ceramics teacher Laura Chatterson is one of the five from Virginia. The contest focuses on how students can solve real-world issues via STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and math).  Her project proposal involves the use of ceramics to address water and stream contamination problems in the Western Albemarle region. Working with ESA, students will start brainstorming creative approaches. To learn more about the contest:  http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/.

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Here are Mrs. Chatterson’s ceramics students at the UVA engineering school meeting with graduate students working with Dr. Jim Smith on Ceramic and colloidal silver water filters.


Auditions for the WAHS Spring musical, Legally Blonde, will take place Mon- Thursday Nov. 27- 30th. The cast list goes up Friday Dec. 1st! Shows are March 15, 16, and 17th, 2018.


Fantastic News!!
Jacob Chang-Rascle won an honorable mention in photography and a merit award in cinematic arts in the National Young Arts Awards. He is eligible to attend a Young Arts event in Miami this February for a week long workshop with renowned Photographers.


WAHS AVID will be holding 2 fundraising events in a December to support it’s overnight college visits in Northern Virginia in January.  Support WAHS AVID December 11 at Chic-fil-a Waynesboro from 5-8 pm….and…. Sign up at https://www.groupraise.com/events/44347 to participate in the Jason’s Deli fundraising night on December 19.


All 7 of the students that auditioned for All-District Chorus in November were accepted. These 7 students will prepare their music over the next few months and will attend the All-District Chorus festival in February at Fluvanna County High School.  Congrats to our talented singers below.

Chloe Horner
Francesca Gibson
Rebekah Carroll
Tristan Rose
Augustus Hankle
Juan Romero
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WAHS history classes working on Innovators’ Challenge grant, studying monuments, memorials, and community were featured in the following article

http://www.crozetgazette.com/2017/11/04/school-notes-november-2017/


Thanks to JCL sponsor and Latin Teacher Julie Anne Herrick for supporting WAHS’s first group of Latin students to attend the state Junior Classical League Convention.  Students earned the following awards!  Students heard several lectures about Roman medicine, Roman coins, Daily Life in Ancient Rome, and Roman Magic given by some of Virginia’s leading Latin and Greek professors. They attended a dance, Karaoke, and many, many more activities. Congrats to all of our participants.

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* Subscribe to Zoe Padron’s “Thursday Round Up” by emailing her at zpadron@k12albemarle.org.  Mrs. Padron is our Gifted Resource Teacher at Western and provides  a great weekly resource for students and parents about college opportunities, scholarship info, and much more.  You can also access the Round Up through the link HERE.

*Subscribe to the Daily Announcements HERE
Announcements are posted each morning and read to the student body via PA or video stream.  Community members can get an automated email each day from subscribing to this post.

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page

*Athletic Home Page

*Media Center  Link

For SAT/ACT Testing information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Testing%20Dates/SAT%20ACT%20PSAT%20Test%20Dates%202016.pdf

For upcoming College Visits please visit: https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Visiting-Colleges.aspx

For up to date Scholarship Information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Scholarships.aspx

Happy Fall

Dear Western Families,

Hard to believe we are wrapping up the first quarter of the year at Western.  I can’t say enough about the amazing students we have and the tremendous amount of work our faculty and staff do each and every day to support them.

I hope you will find the information in this blog helpful as I have added many new pieces of information and highlights from the first part of the year.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is anyway we can do to support your child.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


Open Conversation About Substance Use & Prevention

On Wednesday, October 11, Western Albemarle, in partnership with Henley Middle School, hosted an evening of discussion for families about the use and prevention of illegal substances in our schools.

The purpose of the event was to have an open dialogue with community members about these issues with a panel of guests who lead the discussion.  Panelists included: Dr. Beth Costa, Principal of Henley Middle School; Mr. Darah Bonham, Principal of Western Albemarle High School; Officer Ronny Vanderveer, School Resource Officer; Mrs. Amy Wright. School Counselor; and  Mrs. Susan Bruce , Director Of UVA’s Gordie Center.

Mrs. Bruce shared some valuable information from her perspective working with youth in our area and was kind enough to share the following document from her presentation.  ( WAHS parent presentation-short2 )  We are happy to share contact information from anyone on the panel if you would like more information.


Congrats to Senior Laura Bendick who partnered with a local author to help illustrate a children’s book for publication.  So cool……blogLaura


The WAHS student-run newspaper, The Western Hemisphere, was awarded an Excellent Rating by the VHSL and a First Class ranking for its 2016-2017 volume.   The newspaper is produced by the journalism class at WAHS.    Congrats to the amazing students who work on the paper and their fearless leader and sponsor- Mrs. Jill Williams.

The first issue of WAHS student-run newspaper, The Western Hemisphere, will be published this week.   You can support student journalism by subscribing to the paper for $25 and we’ll mail it to your home.  For a subscription, contact  wahs.news@gmail.com


Reminder that all midterm exams will take place prior to winter break this year.  All students are expected to take the exams at this time.  See schedule below.

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WAHS library has Library Communication and Outreach Interns this year: sophomore Claire Aminuddin and junior Peyton Beaumont. They are running the @WAHSlib and @WAHSVisArts Twitter sites, producing posters and signs, and learning about community engagement and social media in public and school libraries. Peyton and Claire are launching a blog soon – look for the link on the library website!

To learn more about school-based and community-based internships, contact Career Counselor Caroline Bertrand cbertrand@k12albemarle.org. To learn more about Independent Studies, contact Gifted Resource teacher Zoë Padron zpadron@k12albemarle.org


Winter sports begin as early as November 6th for many teams.  Be sure to check the following link for specific details about each sport.

http://westernalbemarlesports.org/main/adnews/ID/44453009


All 10th graders will attend Career Day at UVA’s Newcomb Hall on October 31st. Career Day is organized by KidsCollege@PVCC in partnership with UVA Community Credit Union. Students will attend a career expo organized by career clusters and participate in a budgeting activity. In order to prepare, students completed an orientation in Health classes and an interest inventory in Naviance. For more information please contact Caroline Bertrand, career specialist, cbertrand@k12albemarle.org.


Students in Mrs. Talmadge’s Robotics class met with Ed Murphy, Astronomy professor at UVa, and were provided an amazing opportunity to design and fly a small ThinSat satellite in low Earth orbit. The ThinSat kit was delivered and students will begin the assembly, design, and prototyping for a weather monitoring payload. The payload will be tested by small and large weather balloons before being shipped to Twiggs Aerospace for integration into the ThinSat. The ThinSats are currently scheduled for launch in early October 2018 on a mission to resupply the International Space Station from Wallops Flight Facility.


Congrats to Senior Chloe Horner!  Chloe was accepted into the 2017 Virginia Music Educators Association Honors Choir. Out of 144 Soprano 1s that auditioned with her, Chloe placed 4th out of the 16 chosen. She will perform with the ensemble in November at the VMEA conference.


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PVCC Stats welcomed Damon Watson from Lafayette School to talk about psychology and statistics. Sean Tubbs from Charlottesville Tomorrow also visited to share statistical relevance with his work with Mrs. Green’s classes.


Mini-Med School

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The WAHS Mini Med School held its trauma night on Wednesday, hosted by the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad. Students learned how to implement a Spine Board with Spider Straps, stabilize and splint legs/arms and more about the careers associated with emergency medicine.


September/October 2017 ESA updates:

Class of 2021:—The 9th grade Ecology classes spent a day learning about water quality and the historical impact of industry on our waterways. They did a biotic sampling index for macroinvertebrates as an indicator of stream health, and a chemical water analysis for abiotic stream health factors along with calculating the flow rate and discharge volume. STEM in nature. Our freshmen also participated in an annual day of service with the local IRC New Roots program. This is a mutualistic service learning project. Our students learn about prepping gardens for winterization and cover cropping, and also learn about a variety of cultures and why they have had to relocate from their home countries. It is an impactful and eye opening day for us all. Providing a small amount of service and gaining global awareness.

Class of 2020:—The 10th grade Biology classes spent a weekend at Mountain Lake Biological Research Station in collaboration with UVA Biology and thanks to Dr. Galloway and an NSF grant. Our students each develop an interest based small research topic and collect as much data as they can over the weekend and then prepare presentations with the help of mentor/advisors from the University. This models large scale ecological field research and is an amazing learning and bonding experience for each cohort.

The students have also been busy in the greenhouse learning about germination, creating a fall garden and growing organic vegetables to share and take home. They are now practicing being able to identify local native tree species and creating Identification guides to Albemarle County Species.

Class of 2019:—The 11th grade Horticulture students have practiced propagating fruit and vegetable varieties from the grocery store for sustainability. They worked on creating sterile lab tech and cloning plants using leaf cuttings, callus formation, and stem micro propagation by rooting in hormone rich media (we have baby roses growing in test tubes). While difficult, this has been an amazing experience for learning how intensive lab based plant science is used in the horticulture industry.

Class of 2018:—The 12th grade Env Lit students are working on developing natural history almanacs of Albemarle County based on the inspirational A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold and his plea to society about the need for A ‘land ethic’. They have all begun developing senior capstone research topics where they will develop and implement a student designed passion based project in the spring.

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The ASVAB is being offered on November 28th at 9 a.m. Students will be given the opportunity to register in the counseling office closer to the date.


 

-From the Twitter Feed

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* Subscribe to Zoe Padron’s “Thursday Round Up” by emailing her at zpadron@k12albemarle.org.  Mrs. Padron is our Gifted Resource Teacher at Western and provides  a great weekly resource for students and parents about college opportunities, scholarship info, and much more.  You can also access the Round Up through the link HERE.

*Subscribe to the Daily Announcements HERE
Announcements are posted each morning and read to the student body via PA or video stream.  Community members can get an automated email each day from subscribing to this post.

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page

*Athletic Home Page

*Media Center  Link

For SAT/ACT Testing information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Testing%20Dates/SAT%20ACT%20PSAT%20Test%20Dates%202016.pdf

For upcoming College Visits please visit: https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Visiting-Colleges.aspx

For up to date Scholarship Information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Scholarships.aspx

 

Great Start

Dear Western Families,

It was great to see many of you at Back To School Night last week.  I love the chance to connect with families as we provide the opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers.    I hope it was informative for you as well.

I liken a school year to a marathon.   While 26 miles may be the ultimate objective, it’s always nice to start off the race on a good pace.  I feel as if our start of school has been very positive.  I also believe that the race (school year) is a part of a lengthy journey that each and everyone of our students take with many stakeholders (family, staff, etc) providing the necessary support for growth and success.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.  It’s great to have your kids back in the building.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


–Here are a few helpful links to news, activities, and information that you may be interested in subscribing to.   These sites can be very helpful and informative.

* Subscribe to Zoe Padron’s “Thursday Round Up” by emailing her at zpadron@k12albemarle.org.  Mrs. Padron is our Gifted Resource Teacher at Western and provides  a great weekly resource for students and parents about college opportunities, scholarship info, and much more.  You can also access the Round Up through the link HERE.

*Subscribe to the Daily Announcements HERE
Announcements are posted each morning and read to the student body via PA or video stream.  Community members can get an automated email each day from subscribing to this post.

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page

*Athletic Home Page

*Media Center  Link


Tiny House Auction

The student-created Tiny House will be auctioned off on Saturday, September 30 at 10AM at Western Albemarle High School.   For anyone interested in looking at the house, please contact Rod Phillips at 987-6399 for a showing or more details.

We are excited to have an opportunity to sell the house to a member of the community.  It truly is a piece of art that our very own students were able to design and build.  We are appreciative of Mr. Phillips with RE/MAX and his willingness to help promote the sale.

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Check out an exciting upcoming event with our educational partners- CATEC

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From Frank Lawson- Mini Med School

WAHS Mini Med students finishing their brain dissection- led by Dr. Mandel from UVA Pathology. Western’s Mini Med is held once a month at WAHS for students interested in various medical fields. These are mostly hands-on experiences for the students led by doctors, nurses, athletic trainers and physical therapists who volunteer their time to our students.

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–Upcoming Calendar Dates
9/20–Day of Caring
9/21–Club Fair for all students during lunch
9/22–PD day for staff- no students
10/6–Spirit week activities begin
10/14–Homecoming dance
10/4– Parent conferences
10/19–Parent conferences


 

For SAT/ACT Testing information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Testing%20Dates/SAT%20ACT%20PSAT%20Test%20Dates%202016.pdf

For upcoming College Visits please visit: https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Visiting-Colleges.aspx

For up to date Scholarship Information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Scholarships.aspx


 

Here We Go…….

Dear Western Families,

I’m so excited to welcome all of our 1,100 plus students to Western this week as we begin a new school year.  There have been some exciting things happening over the summer, including the renovation and creation of a new “quad” of classes in the upstairs hallway that will house the new Global Studies Program for all 9th grade students.  All of our 9th graders will have both their English and History classes in this newly designed space that opens up for collaboration and fosters an interdisciplinary, contextualized approach to teaching the humanities. In addition to this renovation, we continue to make improvements to the learning spaces for students each summer.  As part of the approved bond referendum last fall, we are in the design stages for adding additional space to support the Environmental Studies Academy, as well as renovating all existing science labs at the school.  This is exciting work and will create opportunities for our staff and students.  Stay tuned for more information as this develops.

Other things “new” to Western include the addition of a fantastic group of teachers and educators.  We are excited to welcome the following staff members this year:

Gregory Mullins (Special Ed)
Dorothy Ackers-Pecht (English)
Victor Maciel (Math)
Yohanis Kassa (Biology)
Jessica Bates (Health/PE)
Jennifer Warren (Special Ed)
Amy Fowler (Spanish)
Shanna Rao (English)
Jennifer Waine (French)
Kaitlyn Ziegler (Counseling)

This year we have adopted “We Are Family” as a mantra to follow throughout the year.  We believe in the value of creating access and opportunities for all students and to ensure they are provided with agency and voice within all academic and social aspects of our school.  We believe in the power of working together as staff, students and community members to create the most for our kids.  In light of recent events in our community, we realize that some anxiety and emotions may be heightened as we return to school.  We are all ready to embrace and support each one of our students, as we realize that one of the best places any of our kids can be is under the care, guidance and leadership of our teachers and staff.

For those of you new to this blog, I have provided some helpful links that you might want to consider signing up for to keep track of news and information.  You can also subscribe to this blog, which is updated periodically, by selecting the subscribe button on the side.

I look forward to seeing your kids on Wednesday.  Wishing you all the best for a fantastic year.

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


Helpful Western Links

* Subscribe to Zoe Padron’s “Thursday Round Up” by emailing her at zpadron@k12albemarle.org.  Mrs. Padron is our Gifted Resource Teacher at Western and provides  a great weekly resource for students and parents about college opportunities, scholarship info, and much more.  You can also access the Round Up through the link HERE.

*Subscribe to the Daily Announcements HERE
Announcements are posted each morning and read to the student body via PA or video stream.  Community members can get an automated email each day from subscribing to this post.

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page

*Athletic Home Page

*Media Center  Link


For SAT/ACT Testing information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Testing%20Dates/SAT%20ACT%20PSAT%20Test%20Dates%202016.pdf

For upcoming College Visits please visit: https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Visiting-Colleges.aspx

For up to date Scholarship Information please visit:https://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/WAHS/counseling/Pages/Scholarships.aspx

 

 

 


-Congrats to Senior Michael LaBelle who began a summer program helping to redesign learning spaces at UVA’s Curry School.   This has been an ongoing project and Michael has been partnering with several other students from neighboring high schools.  The work will continue throughout the fall with the team.

See the story link here.


–Check out the media coverage from the early summer about the Tiny House that was designed, created and constructed by Western students last year.  The house is now completed and will be marketed and auctioned off this fall to the highest bidder.  Details about the auction will be provided soon.  If you have questions, or are interested in purchasing or partnering with future houses, email Assistant Principal Tim Driver at TDriver@k12albemarle.org

Students this year are already planning for their next house to design and build under the guidance and direction of Mr. Kevin Matheny.

 

 


Calendar Dates

 

8/23– 1st day of classes (even schedule)
8/24– Odd day schedule
8/25– All 8 periods meet
9/4– Labor Day holiday
9/14– Back To School Night
10/4– Parent conferences
10/19–Parent conferences