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)

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Installation of new lab sinks in ESA

 

New physics and CAD open design space

 

Pano of new 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
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  • 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.


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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
Max Congdon


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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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.


 

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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.

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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

Almost June

Dear Western Families,

I can’t believe we only have a few days left for our underclass students and our seniors have completed their last “regular” day of school.  These are very busy, yet exciting times at Western.

While this year is wrapping up, I wanted to target a few items in my blog that focus on “looking ahead”.    In the spirit of continuous improvement, we are working on a few focus areas for next year.  One of these is our efforts to “capture voice” from our parents and students and provide ways to improve on communication.  Along these lines, we will be trying some new strategies to collect information, suggestions, and ideas from our stakeholders.   I’ve included the following link in a googleform to help collect information that will allow confidentiality with the user’s response.  We will also be working more closely with our PTO next year to develop programs that help inform parents and guardians in topics they are interested in learning more about.

Lastly, we will also be looking at implementing strategies that increase focus on “bystander awareness”.  We hope to continue to foster a culture of support for our students by making them feel comfortable and become proactive in letting adults know when they have questions and concerns.

I’ve included a number of events and information that you may be interested in this blog.  As always, feel free to reach out to us with ways we can continue to support your child.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal


–Monday Night Event

In the spirit of having meaningful conversations with our parents and stakeholders about relevant issues, we will be hosting a community conversation for PARENTS and GUARDIANS, this Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Western centered around healthy relationships.

Our goal as school staff is to provide not only a safe and healthy environment here at school but also to equip students with the skills and tools they need to enjoy a healthy life beyond the school day.  As part of that work, we are focusing on an active bystander culture.  In other words, what peers can do to support each other in making safe and healthy choices.

The One Love Foundation has a program that they use with parents and students to help them reflect on the dangers of unhealthy relationships and to learn how peers can recognize patterns that may indicate a need for help. Members from this organization will facilitate a parent workshop on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 pm at Western.  A facilitator from the One Love Foundation will lead the session. The evening will include a viewing of a video produced by the One Love Foundation followed by a discussion of the patterns and warning signs that parents and friends often observe in relationships that become unhealthy and even dangerous.  We caution that the video used for the intro to this conversation is graphic and contains some scenes that are disturbing.  For this reason, we are limiting the conversation to parents for this particular event.

For more information about the One Love Foundation, visit http://www.joinonelove.org.  If you plan to attend this workshop, please RSVP to this link.


-The last day of school on Friday, June 9, will be a half-day for students. The second half of the day is reserved as a Teacher Work Day. EDEP after-school care will not operate on June 9. Dismissal times for June 9 at Western Albemarle High School is 12:50 p.m.


 

-MidTerm Exam Change Next Year
We provided surveys and took feedback from parents, students and teachers to better understand and plan for the best mid-term exam experience for next year. Based on this input, we will have ONE traditional exam week next year PRIOR to the winter break.  An exam schedule will be created to include review times, along with specific times when class periods will meet to test.

In the end, this will create the best experience for our kids.  Thank you for those who provided feedback.


–Beginning this year, Albemarle County Public Schools will offer to donate to graduating seniors the computer that has been assigned to them for the past four years.  If the student machine is less than four years old, another device will be offered. The devices are considered to be surplus equipment and will be replaced for the following year.  Albemarle County Public Schools believes that having access to a computer after graduation will help our graduates further develop and apply lifelong-learning skills they need to succeed as 21st century learners, workers, and citizens.

On the WAHS website, there is a PDF form that must be printed and completed and signed by the senior (and their guardian if you are not yet 18) – this form must be turned in to your school’s administration.  All computers, whether seniors want to keep them or not, must be turned in by seniors before graduation.  All computers must be wiped of their contents and reimaged before being distributed back to seniors.

Western staff will be in contact with seniors who wish to keep their computers after school is out to set up a time for them to pick them up.

Laptop Collection Info:

For planning purposes, we will collect senior laptops this year on May 19th. In the event that a senior requires their laptop for testing purposes, they will have the option to apply for an extension. May 25th will be the final collection date for seniors. Laptop collection for underclassman will occur on June 1st and 2nd. Laptop collection will be similar to last year’s procedures and will take place via Social Studies classes.


-May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  This is a good opportunity for parents and students to think about the importance of mental health, to raise awareness about mental health issues, and to become familiar with resources that can help begin conversations about mental health awareness. Talking about mental health issues can also bring up other sensitive topics, but there are many professional resources available to help parents have these conversations with their children and teens.

The WAHS School Counselors are available to help support your student’s emotional needs as well as academic issues.  Our mission is to support students in their academic, career, and social/emotional development to help them achieve success in school and to be prepared for their future.  In doing this, we support students’ mental health every day!  We also have a Region Ten Student Assistance Counselor, as well as a School Psychologist to help support this mission.  We are all available as a resource to parents and students.

You may have heard about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.”  This series has generated a lot of conversation across the nation, and several professional organizations have issued recommendations for parents and educators.  Several school districts in the U.S. (as well as overseas) have communicated with their parents about this series to make families aware of what their children might be seeing if they have watched the series.  Based on a young adult novel, the series is emotionally charged and includes graphic scenes as it tackles the issue of teen suicide.  Organizations who have issued statements about this series, as well as recommendations for parents, include:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org

National Association for School Psychologists: nasponline.org

The Jed Foundation: jedfoundation.org

The above websites are excellent resources for understanding all mental health and emotional issues that we face in our school community.  Local resources for mental health support include Region Ten Community Services Board and Ready Kids.  The WAHS School Counselors can also make referrals to other local organizations and therapists that can help support students and families’ mental health needs.

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to a school counselor.


Calendar Dates

5/22-25
Senior Exam Schedule
Mon AM Senior Rehearsal/ Monday PM English exams
Tuesday AM Gov’t exam
Tues PM – Thurs other class exams

5/23
All non-Writing SOLs
Independent Study Showcase (5:30 – 7:30pm)

5/24
All non-Writing SOLs / CATEC completer Ceremony

5/25
All non-Writing SOLs

5/26
All non-Writing SOLs/ Senior Trip

5/30
Senior Grades Due/ Academic Awards / Drama 2-4 Awards (7pm)

5/31
Field Trip-Book Nook to Crozet Library(10:30-12:45) /  Musical Theatre (7pm)

6/1
Valediction

6/2
Graduation

6/5-9
Underclassmen Exams
Mon 1st/5th
Tues 2nd/6th
Wed 3rd/7th
Thurs 4th/8th

6/9                        Last Day of School 16-17 School Year

6/19 – 22             SOL Academy & Testing

8/7 – 10               SOL Academy & Testing


Tiny House update:

The WAHS Tiny House is almost finished! We are so proud of the work of Kevin Matheny’s third period class: students completed all aspects of the project, from design, grant writing, asking for contributions to building most of the house. In addition, we are incredibly grateful to the construction community and in particular to AGC-VA for their contributions: the students benefitted from mentoring, and everything in the house was donated. Some businesses even performed the more skilled tasks, such as installing the metal roof, or blowing the insulation. Our students feel more prepared and are much more eager to enter the real world after experiencing this level of support.

WAHS is so grateful to the following businesses and people who helped us with donations or with time. We truly could not have done it without you.

Newsplex did a lovely story about the work last week. The house is looking better every day and will soon be for sale. Contact the school if you are interested.


Mini Med School application is open for the fall.

All students interested in Mini Med school for the fall of 2017 are eligible to sign up now.

Students with first priority are those who registered to take AP Biology, Medical Terminology, or Sports Medicine. Students outside of these three classes are also welcome to sign up and will be notified of their status in the fall.

Sign up at this link.  Contact Mr. Lawson or Ms. Bertrand with questions.


-The team of Marcel Tisdale, John Haden, and Cole Weis represented WAHS at the iSweeep International Science Fair competition in Houston Texas on May 1-3. Marcel Tisdale traveled to Houston to present his Autonomous Agricultural robotic vehicle. It was designed to automatically sustain a system of plants. It plants and waters using solar power as it moves around the farm tending to the agricultural vegetation.

They placed first in Agriculture in the Intel ISEF Regional competition, which qualified them for the iSweeep International Science Fair.

Marcel and Cole are members of the WAHS robotics team. John takes Architecture and Marcel takes Robotics 2, and is my Independent Study in Robotics student.


-Advanced Physics presented their independent research projects in the Library.  They presented information about hovercraft, the physics of sound, the physics of forensic blood spatter, orbits, black holes, and magnetic accelerators.  Students also studied circuits so they could wire the tiny house.

AP Physics Students designed pages in an ABC Book about physics.  All pages will be incorporated into an actual book over the summer.


–Last week our ESA sophomores paddled on the Rivanna with the James River Association learning about impact of our community on local watershed. Incredible interactive and engaging learning experience for them.

This weekend our ESA Juniors will be traveling to the Chesapeake Bay and doing some fieldwork in Bay ecology and specifically Oyster Reef Ecology. We will be camping, exploring, canoeing, and visit the ‘world’s most sustainable building’ in the Brock Environmental Center.

Last week our class was presented with a copy of the 2016 Merit Award for Design Excellence from The American Institute of Architects (Central Virginia), that VMDO Architects received for their work in the Environmental Studies Academy Building.


-WAHS visual arts students are selling their beautiful work at the Crozet Artisan Depot through May 31. Students are earning money for all sales that they make. Please support our talented visual artists may coming by the Depot and purchasing a special piece. All pieces are priced between $10-$50. Items for sale include: pottery, photography, paintings, collages, magic wands, and jewelry.

-The Musical Theatre Class will be performing a final showcase featuring songs from different musicals Wednesday May 31st at 7pm in the auditorium.

The Technical Theatre Class will be displaying their scale models of our theatre in the display cases near the front office for the last two weeks of school.


-From Athletics

Spring Athletic Awards Ceremony Info…  http://westernalbemarlesports.org/main/adnews/ID/43119883

Info regarding fall sports…  http://westernalbemarlesports.org/main/adnews/ID/43120227


-Congrats to Maygan Reynolds who had a poem published in Voya Library Journal Teen Poetry Contest


Additional Helpful Western Albemarle 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 thenew link HERE.

*Subscribe to the Daily Announcements HERE

* 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

Counting Down

Dear Western Families,

First, I would like to congratulate Robyn Evans as our Golden Apple Award winner for Western this year.  Robyn is an exceptional teacher at our school and goes above and beyond to make sure the needs of her kids are met.

As you are aware, in addition to Mrs. Evans, Western has many outstanding educators.  Please join me as part of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5), to send a note, email, or simply say “thanks” to members of our dedicated staff.

Secondly, the end of the year creates busy schedules for our students with commitments inside and outside the classroom.   This can be a stressful time for our kids.  Let us know if there is anything we can do to support your child, regardless of how small the need may seem.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal


–Spring Testing:  May is the start of the spring testing season.  Advance Placement exams will be administered May 1 to May 12.  SOL tests will be given from May 16 to May 26.  Information on which test is administered each day is available on the WAHS homepage.  Students will also receive an overview of SOL testing dates and instructions on reporting to testing sites in early May.

 SOL tests are untimed and some students will choose to work for several hours.  If you are able to donate non-perishable snacks or water that we can give to students during testing, please send them to the main office.  It would be great to have donations by May 12.


-ESA sophomore students participated in the annual ‘Naturally Nelson’ Day event at the Rockfish Valley Natural History Museum. They worked with 4th and 5th graders from Rockfish and Tye River Elementary Schools in a mentoring learning enrichment program where they taught about Ecosystems and the important of protecting and taking care of our local environment, we even planted flowers that had been grown in the ESA greenhouse with future environmentalists as part of Earth Day celebrations.


–Local graphic novelist and artist Laura Lee Gulledge spent the afternoon with students at Western, thanks to the generosity of PTO and the nonprofit community group Arts in Western Education. Gulledge met informally with interested students at lunch and then gave a fascinating presentation to several classes in the library.  Speaking to arts, creative writing, and English students, she discussed her creative process and shared books, sketchbooks, large examples of drawn panels in development, thumbnails, and more. The audience loved it! At the end, she crowd-sourced ideas for a quick comic and brought it to life, sketching fast for the excited crowd.

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Students listened intently as Gulledge discussed her passion for art and the importance of nurturing creativity in everyone.  Heads nodded  when she mentioned being an introvert and the necessity of staying true to your vision, even if you feel shy.  Gulledge also mentioned dealing with tumultuous feelings as a young artist and how it can often be hard to express oneself.  She said, “Don’t feel you have to have everything figured out; you’ll meet people along the way who can help you.” Art teachers and students agreed that they’d love to have her back. Big thanks to Digital Imaging and Creative Writing  teacher Kelly Burnette  for organizing the event.

Learn more about Charlottesville-based Laura Lee Gulledge at http://www.whoislauralee.com/.


Chloe Horner was chosen as a soprano delegate from district 13 to attend the Virginia Choral Director’s Association All Virginia Mixed Chorus this weekend at Virginia Tech! She was one of two soprano 1s to be chosen from District 13 to attend and has been in long rehearsals with students from all across Virginia for the past two days and will perform tomorrow afternoon.  Congrats Chloe.


-Western students competed at the State History Day competition in Richmond on April 22nd.  Below are the winners and their projects.

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-Meg Richey and Science teacher Carol  Stutzman will be attending the INTEL International Science Fair in Los Angeles May 14-19. Meg will be presenting a project on specialized shoe orthotics with sensors in them to keep feet healthy, particularly for diabetics.


-The Musical Theatre class will be performing a final showcase of songs on Wednesday May 31st at 7:30 pm in the auditorium.

The student-run Shakespeare play, The Winter’s Tale, will be performed on Friday, May 26th at 7:30pm, Saturday May 27th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday May 28 at 5:00pm,  in the auditorium.


-From CATEC

Congratulations to Hannah Mc Glothlin and Emily Taylor who have successfully passed their Virginia Board of Nursing exam and are now Certified Nurse Aides.

Firefighting student Mark McGill is now state certified through the Virginia Department of Fire Programs as a Firefighter I. He met the requirements by successfully getting CPR, FEMA 100, 200 and 700, and passing the written and skills testing for Firefighter I and Hazardous Materials Operations.  Mark is also the recipient of a $1,500 Albemarle County Rotary Scholarship.

The CATEC Culinary students have worked diligently to complete a five week restaurant engineering project.  The purpose of the project is for the students to obtain a better understanding of the effort it takes to create a restaurant menu and business plan based on a concept, trends, or ethnicity. The concepts were nutritional balanced and created utilizing a favorite cuisine, state or region.

Daja Newton Grant is a Culinary 1 student.  She has completed the ServSafe Managers Coursework and will be testing on May 12th. After graduation she is planning on attending PVCC to complete the Culinary certificate program as well as general studies. Deja has a great talent for baking cakes, cookies, and pies to date she has prepared over 250 dozen chocolate chip pudding cookies for various CATEC events.  April and Rebecca Goolsby are Culinary 1 students who work collaboratively with Brownsville Elementary dining services for internship experience. Both students have excelled in pantry kitchen prep (soups, salads, sandwiches).


–The following students received recognition as part of the National Latin Exam.

Maggie Dougherty received a Summa Cum Laude award all four years in high school, indicating she scored in the top 2% of all the test takers each year. As such she qualified for a scholarship of $2000 each year if she continues to study Classics.

SUMMA CUM LAUDE
Caroline Teague, Emma Schmidt, Luke Magargee, Maggie Dougherty

MAXIMA CUM LAUDE
Jessie Bilchick, Jenna Riley, Zoe Clay, Maygan Reynolds, Nell Fountain

MAGNA CUM LAUDE
Rosie Dougherty-Hermann, Rylee Franklin, Jessie Weiss, Val Burguener, Elizabeth Davis, Calib Harris, Maddie Theiss, Clare O’Connell, Lauren Malinkowski, Colton Forry, Rosie Ix

CUM LAUDE
Cameron Hucek, Quinn Loftus, Lydia Reb, Thomas Gathright, Joe Barrese, Teddy Stokes, Anna McLean, Hannah Kearns


–From the Twitter feed

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-Spring Athletic Post Season Schedule

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-From Career Connections Center

Summer School Registration opens on Monday, May 1.  This year registration and tuition payment can be completed online!  There are several new courses that can be completed through summer school this year.  Click here for full details:  https://www2.k12albemarle.org/dept/instruction/Pages/hs-summer-program.aspx

Course request changes were final as of Friday, April 28.  Please understand that we will now begin the work of creating the master schedule for 2017 – 2018 which means no more changes!

Valediction will be held on Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 pm.  Seniors who received scholarships either through their college/university or through private organizations, and would like those to be announced at the Valediction Ceremony must provide an official copy of the scholarship notification to Ms. Poole (spoole@k12albemarle.org)  no later than Monday, May 15.

A reminder for students taking AP Exams in the next couple of weeks:  Morning exams begin promptly at 7:45.  College Board does not allow us to accept late students into a testing session.  Please plan to arrive at school in plenty of time to be situated and ready to test at 7:45 am if you have a morning exam.


 

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Additional Helpful Western Albemarle 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 thenew link HERE.

*Subscribe to the Daily Announcements HERE

* 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

The Last Lap

Dear Western Families,

 

As we get closer to spring break and the start of the 4th quarter, I think of the analogy of our school year to running the mile on a track. On our high school track you must run four laps in order to complete a mile.  As we get set to start the 4th and last quarter of the school year, I am reminded of the similarities of the journey.

If you’ve ever run a mile around the track you know that the last lap can feel like the hardest.  It feels as if you are so close to the finish line, yet so far away.  The best thing about the last lap is knowing that you are almost there.

For our students, especially our seniors, realize that the last couple months of this school year will be tough, but the rewards at the end will be sweet.

I hope all of you and your families have a wonderful spring break.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal


–27 students from the Model United Nations club attended the 54th annual NAIMUN conference in Washington in February.  The conference, which is organized by Georgetown University,  was attended by over 3000 high school students.   Most of our WAHS delegation represented the nations of Luxembourg, Nicaragua, and Papua New Guinea in General Assembly committees, while a few students served in the more specialized Red Cross, IOC,  British House of Commons, and U.S. Senate.

Junior Meg Richey was named Outstanding Delegate for her work representing Luxembourg in the World Trade Organization committee.  Sophomore Thomas Jackson was awarded Honorable Mention for his portrayal of Spanish politician Hortensia Grau Juan in the Catalonian Parliament.

Special thanks to our faculty sponsors, Kate Innes and Jill Williams, for their support and guidance.


-From ESAblog7

Congrats to the 10th and 11th graders who participated as part of the Envirothon team…..This Sunday our ESA juniors will be releasing our native brook trout that we have raised in the North Fork of the Moorman’s River above the Reservoir with the local chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Sophomore Horticulture students are selling high quality, organically grown, and locally sourced (ESA Building), produce to the faculty.

The freshmen spent today at UVA participating in cultural enrichment for ‘Africa Day’.

Also this week, Dr.Firestein, Prof of Neurobiology at Columbia University, spoke to 150 science students about lessons of failure in science.


–Congrats to Caitlin Pitts and her entire cast and crew for the fantastic spring musical put on this month.  Below are links to media coverage of the show.

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Daily Progress Link

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Newsplex Clip


 

Congrats to another successful season for the Robotics Club. Over 30 students practiced 4-10 hours a week after school since August as part of the team.

Two teams: Geek Gods and Her Majesty’s Engineers traveled to States February 25 (this month’s Crozet Gazette story here).

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Thank you to the following teachers and community mentors for their support:
Caroline Bertrand, Chris Talmadge, Kylie Patel, Tom Harrison, Erik Gauss

Parent mentors: Jeff Lavezzo, Lisa Laurence
Other industry mentors are: Hazel Scully, Paul Bushrow


 

Congrats to Junior Maygan Reynolds who is one of 5 winners in the Voya Library Journal Teen Poetry Contest. It’s a national contest.

http://voyamagazine.com/2017/02/27/2016-voya-teen-poetry-contest-winners-announced/


–The “Best Western” trivia team of Dan Bledsoe, Lani Hoza, and Jill Williams will compete for the third time at this year’s Wordplay event sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle.  The competition fundraiser takes place at the Paramount Theater on April 27 at 7:00.  Please support our team in its efforts to combat local illiteracy by attending the event or by making a donation at http://literacyforall.donorpages.com/Wordplay2017/BestWestern/


–The Fashion Square Mall displayed many pieces of student art work from Western over the past several weeks.  The display will run through Sunday, March 26, 2017.

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Albemarle County Public Schools students earned 75 awards at the 36th annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair, held this past week in the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia.

For the first time in several years, fair officials said, two female students earned Grand Champion Awards, Meg Richey from Western Albemarle High School and Mriganka Mandal of Albemarle High School.

Meg’s project, The Morris Orthotic—the Smart Orthotic for Diabetic Patients, took first place in the Medicine & Health Sciences category. The Western Albemarle junior developed a process for detecting peak pressure points on the feet of diabetic patients. Early identification would allow for the adjustments of orthotics to prevent ulcers from developing. Foot ulcer complications can lead to amputation or even death in some patients. It’s been estimated that between $9 billion and $13 billion is spent each year on relieving problems associated with this condition.

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Daily Progress Story on Meg


-Congratulations to  Averi Witt, Faith Reid, Zoe Clay, and Julia Berg for their outstanding performance at the New Balance National Indoor Track Meet held at the Armory in New York City. The girls placed 11th in the Distance Medley Relay, running the 12th fastest time in the COUNTRY this year and smashing the school record by over 10 seconds. Their time was the 5th fastest time by ANY  Virginia high school in the last 17 years! The girls placed 20th in the 4 by 800 relay also breaking the school record.  Averi Witt place 21st in the mile also breaking a school record running 4:58.44 for the metric mile.  Three races and three school records, fantastic performance by this quartet!

Also congratulations to track coach Cherie Witt, who was announced as the Milestat Indoor Track Coach of the year in Virginia.


Congratulations to Dr. Adesina for being selected for an educational horticulture grant from Piedmont Master Gardeners.

 


-From Media Center

As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, Western Albemarle hosted author Pintip Dunn (http://www.pintipdunn.com/ ) in the library. She spoke to several classes about her science fiction series and her latest mystery book. Ms. Dunn is a New York Times best-selling author, and a former attorney. She also talked about her craft and her path to becoming an author. One fascinating revelation was that, due to a painful medical condition, she “types” her drafts on her cellphone, a method that involves less repetitive strain.

Student laser cutter experts are working on a project and need more cardboard! Please send in any flattened boxes, especially thinner cardboard, to the library.

March 28th – 30th, one of our librarians, Melissa Techman, will speaking on a panel at the annual Computers in Libraries conference in DC. She will feature some of the interesting things happening in our library. The panel includes librarians from Burley Middle School and Monticello High School and will discuss how well-supported libraries contribute to student learning and new shifts in school culture.

If you’re on Twitter, follow the new WAHS Visual Arts Twitter site https://twitter.com/WAHSVisArts. Students help Mrs. Techman capture events and share wonderful art made by WAHS students both in classes and on their own time.


-Students competed at the Regional National History Day competition on Sat. Mar. 18th.  Eight projects and 15 students placed 1st or 2nd and will compete at the State History Day competition in Richmond on April 22nd.  Below are the winners and their projects.

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-Many, Many thanks to the parents and students involved with the AWE and the Arts Fest in The West Event that recently took place to raise awareness and funds to support art programs in the western feeder pattern schools.  Thanks to their efforts, over $12,000 was raised to help support our teachers and students in our art programs.  We can’t thank you enough for the support.

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-From Lynn Define’s Classes

Freshman in her class met with the Festival of the Book young adult literature author Pintip Dunn. They asked her questions about the writing process, how to get published, and tips for writing their own mystery stories.

Her juniors have each been researching a different historical person from the 1920’s and we will conduct a “speed dating” event for each of them to get to know the other historical people.


 

Ceramics class had a guest speaker to talk about selling and marketing hand made work. This was to prepare them for their upcoming sale at Crozet Artisan Depot in May.

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blog 72WAHS art students had a great field trip on 3/22 to visit the art department at JMU and we got to see and learn about Ben Shaun, the artist exhibited in one of their galleries on campus.

 


-Congratulations to Caroline McGahren and her greeting card business and Brooke Crouch and her program Brooke’s Buddies! Both young women did a superb job pitching their projects at Tom Tom WAHS on Wednesday! They will now go on to pitch their ideas at the Tom Tom Youth Summit on April 13 in Charlottesville. Our veteran pitchers, VA Together’s Emma Ratcliffe, Johnnie Riordan, and Luke Magargee, who won the competition, will also be coming back, this time to pitch their program on behalf of WAHS, AHS, and MoHS who all have chapters of their club this year! And we’re even more excited to find out today that we will have spots for all of our competitors to be in the Tom Tom Youth Summit Showcase! Caroline Lund and Ryan Beard will present FirstVote, Hana Lagana and Catherine Adams will have Tiny House, Emma Draper will have Project Spark, Luke Aminuddin will have his project CREATE in Collaboration and Julianne Kirby will have her project Who is Art? in the Showcase section of the Tom Tom Youth Summit!


–From the Twitter feed

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-From Career Connections Center

 

The Tiny House Crew invites you to a fundraiser at Sal’s Pizza on March 29. Mention the Tiny House and we’ll get a portion of the proceeds. In addition, we’ll sell some of the items the students made. This ambitious student-led project is being built entirely with community support. We still need help to locate the following items, please donate if you can. We accept materials or cash donations. Hana and Catherine presented at the WAHS mini Tom Tom summit and are hoping to be able to showcase the Tiny House at the Tom Tom Youth Summit. We are very proud of our students’ work and very grateful to the sponsors who made this possible: AGCVA for grants and their patient mentoring, Central Virginia Builders, Valley Building Supply, Blue Ridge Builders’ Supply, Faulkner Construction, Yancey Mills, Ferguson Plumbing, Charlottesville Glass, Martin Roofing and Sheet Metal who donated and installed the roof! Thank you all for your support.

Summer jobs, internships or community service opportunities…  Come to the Opportunities Fair on March 29 at the Virginia Workforce Center (near the Regal at Stonefield). To take the bus from 10-12 use this permission form, or go on your own after school from 4:30 to 6:30. The list of employers is here. If you don’t find anything that suits your interests meet with Mrs. Bertrand across from B 112.

Students who need to take the VPT test for PVCC: the test will be given at WAHS on April 11 and 12. The test is for students planning to take dual enrollment classes next year or seniors planning to go to PVCC. Sign up to take the test here. Underclassmen should have already signed up during registration. For questions about taking the VPT test, please see Mrs. Bertrand in B112 or email cbertrand@k12albemarle.org. Seniors who don’t need to take the test but who are planning to go to PVCC, sign up for the PVCC visit to register for the SOAR program or see Mrs. Bertrand.


–Upcoming Dates

3/22 -26                Band trip to Atlanta/Ceramics field trip to JMU (9:30-3:30)
3/24                       ESA 9th graders field trip to Ruffner Hall
3/23 -26                Orchestra to New York
3/30                       Field trip, Practical Law (8:20 -3:35)/End of 3rd 9 wks


Additional Helpful Western Albemarle 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 thenew link HERE.

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