Wrapping Up 2019

Dear Western Families,

I can’t believe it.  We are about to wrap up another school year and celebrate the graduating class of 2019.  All graduating classes are special, but this one holds a special place in my heart.  As many of you know, this year wraps up my fourth as principal at Western.  I have had the chance to see this class start off as young freshmen trying to navigate high school and develop into young men and women about to venture off to new opportunities.

The end of the year is packed with many events and activities.  I hope to get the chance to see you over the next several weeks and I wish all of you a tremendous start to the summer.

We have many items to highlight below that I think you will find engaging.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal

 

 


Common Bell Schedule For ACPS High Schools

Principals, central administration, and staff from the high schools worked this spring to come up with a common schedule to help support student needs and to better use resources in the division to support our roughly 4,000 high school students.  Using survey data and information from each school, the team came up with a common schedule for all 4 high schools while allowing some flexibility within their school day.

Next year, all four high schools will have a common schedule that has our first four days of the week look similar to our non-Monday schedule now.  School days will run with periods 1,3,5,& 7 on one day and 2,4,6,& 8 on the other for long blocks.  Gone next year will be the 8 period “Monday” schedule.  The only tweak to the schedule will be to determine which day of the week is a “flex” day.  A flex day allows the schools to keep A and B days consistent if we are hit by inclement weather.

We will be working through the summer to finalize this schedule and make sure it is well communicated before the start of the new school year.


Intervention Period

One final consideration to the schedule we will be exploring is whether to incorporate an intervention period at Western for next year.  Currently, most teacher and student meetings happen at the same time during lunch at a time called CARE.  It has been determined by staff that supporting students during this time is helpful but not very efficient due to the time and volume constraints.  Departments will continue to explore this option to determine viability for next school year.  Stay tuned……


Girls State

Congrats to Frannie Gibson, Jeida Brooks, and Katia Amos for their selection to Girls State for this summer.


Western Albemarle Ranked in US News & World Report

U.S. News evaluated more than 20,500 public high schools around the country and identified Western Albemarle High among the top 40% of schools nationally ranked.   Western was 1,427 in national rankings and 42nd in the commonwealth of Virginia.  For complete details of the rankings, click here for more information.

 

Computer Collection

Laptop Collection – SENIORS

  • Counselors helped collect senior laptops at graduation practice on Monday, 5/20/2019.  All senior computers must be returned prior to graduation and students can bring them into the main office to return.
  • If a senior needs to keep their computer for school, they will complete a form on the 20th indicating the class and reason why.
  • All seniors and families will be getting information about how they can keep a school computer upon graduating.  These will not be their computers but will be from the lot of computers turned in and re-imaged.  Those Seniors wishing to keep a computer must complete a google form by the 20th.  The form can be found on our school web site.  Even if a senior wants to keep a computer, they must turn one in.

 

Laptop Collection- UNDERCLASS

  • All non-seniors will turn in their computers to their 4TH PERIOD teachers on Wednesday, May 29th.  We will adjust the schedule slightly to give a few more minutes to 4th period this day.
  • 4th period teachers will get labels to distribute to their students prior to the 29th for students to fill out and stick to their computer.
  • Similar to Seniors, if underclass want to keep their computers past the 29th , they must complete a form (which teachers will have) for them to complete and return.
  • We will have an additional collection during 4th period on Friday the 31st .
  • We will have a table set up during lunches all exam week for students to return their computers.
  • Only computers need to be turned in , NOT CHARGERS.  Students are responsible for their own chargers.

Please call the school if you have any questions.

 

 


Senior Art Show

Our end of the year Senior art show was a huge success as we had a chance to showcase our Seniors’ work and pay tribute to them as they wrapped up their last year in our fine art classes.

 


Science Fair

Albemarle County Public Schools students earned both Best in Show Awards at the 38th annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair recently held in John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. Overall, students from Albemarle, Western Albemarle, and Monticello high schools received 49 awards at the show, including 11 first place awards in the 15 show categories. Students from Sutherland Middle School received six awards in their division, including a first place in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering.

 

Libby Terrell, a Western Albemarle High School junior, won Best in Show and first place in Medicine & Health Sciences for her project, “The Effect of a Low Carbohydrate Diet on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors.” Her study tested whether lower carbohydrate diets improve cardiovascular health. The diets did not limit the intake of fats, but did reduce added sugars. Those who volunteered to follow the diets lost weight over a six-week period and improved their cholesterol results compared to a control group.

 

“The health and wellness implications of this study make its value much more than simply an interesting science exercise,” said Carol Stutzman, Libby’s science teacher at Western Albemarle. “Although a small study, it does indicate that lower-carb diets with less processed foods can improve heart health,” she said.

Marcel Tisdale, Maeci Frank, Natalie Gomez, Emma Blackman, Libby Terrell, Darrah Sheehan and Kimball Sheehan presented their projects at the Virginia Peidmont Regional Science Fair on March 14.


Band Takes Awards

Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band both received Gold (1st place) awards in their division and the Symphonic Band was the top overall Concert Band at the festival (out of 16 bands) at their festival in Nashville over spring break.


Scholastic Bowl Wins

Western’s Scholastic Bowl team Second in the Central Virginia It’s Academic Championship and won $500 for their efforts at the championship.


Golden Apple Winner

Congrats to Monica Laux for being this year’s recipient from Western Albemarle as the Golden Apple Award Winner.


Art Fest in the West

We can’t thank the parent and community volunteers enough for their amazing support of the annual Arts Fest in the West event this spring.  Thousands of dollars was raised to support art programs in the western feeder pattern.

Here is a brief clip of the event…..

 

 


Parking 2019-2020 

On Friday, May 24, we will be sending out information to rising seniors and juniors about parking plans for next school year.  We have made some adjustments to the parking procedures and will be sure to pass these along prior to the end of the school year.


Underclass Exams

Exams for underclass students will start Monday, June 3rd and run through June 7th.  Your son or daughter may be exempt from one or more of their final exams for two reasons.  1) The class utilized an alternative assessment over the past few days in lieu of a final comprehensive exam, or 2) Your son or daughter earned a 90 average, or higher, and met the exam exemption qualifications to not have to take the final.    I would encourage you to talk with your son or daughter to determine their status with each class.  Many students have completed their obligations for many of their classes prior to exam week.  Your child’s teacher can also answer any questions you may have.

If your son or daughter is not taking a final exam, they do not have to come to school during those blocks and you do not have to call attendance to indicate they will not be present.

Students may take their exam early DURING THE EXAM window.  If you have a question or concern regarding this, please contact your child’s grade level administrator.

WAHS 2019 Underclass Spring/Final Exam Schedule

Monday, June 3:  4th and 8th Period Exams

8:55-9:45 4th Period-Review Period

9:45-9:55 TAB

9:55-11:55 4th Period Exam (120 min)

11:55-12:45 LUNCH

12:50-1:40 8th Period-Review

1:40-1:50 TAB

1:50-3:50 8th Period Exam (120)

 

Tuesday, June 4: 3rd & 7th Period Exams

8:55-9:45 3rd Period-Review Period

9:45-9:55 TAB

9:55-11:55 3rd Period Exam (120)

11:55-12:45 LUNCH

12:50-1:40 7th Period-Review Period

1:40-1:50 TAB

1:50-3:50 7th period exam (120)

 

Wednesday, June 5: 2nd & 6th Period Exams

8:55-9:45 2nd Period-Review Period

9:45-9:55 TAB

9:55-11:55 2nd Period Exam (120)

11:55-12:45 LUNCH

12:50-1:40 6th Period-Review Period

1:40-1:50 TAB

1:50-3:50 6th Period Exam (120)

 

Thursday, June 6: 1st & 5th Period Exams

8:55-9:45 1st Period-Review Period

9:45-9:55 TAB

9:55-11:55 1st Period Exam (120)

11:55-12:45 LUNCH

12:50-1:40 5th Period-Review Period

1:40-1:50 TAB

1:50-3:50 5th period Exam (120)

Friday is a half-day schedule for make up exams.


Congratulations to all students who competed at the Virginia History Day Competition on April 27.  WAHS earned a share of the Virginia History Day Cup.

Individual Documentary

1st Place – Isabelle Jordan – Charlottesville: Democracy, Diversity and the Paradoxical Legacy of Thomas Jefferson

* 2019 Commemoration Prize for Changemakers in Virginia History

 

Group Performance

2nd Place – Lexie Farris and Natalie Farris – Roermond Witch Trials

 

Group Website

2nd Place – Caroline Jones, Amber Parker, Nina Perrone – The Deadliest Part of The Great War: The Spanish Influenza

 

Individual Website

2nd Place – Ineke La Fleur – I’ll Fly Away: African American Women’s Flight for Freedom from Virginian Slavery

 

Papers

3rd Place – Evelyn Garey – From the Ashes, to the Flames: The Triumphs and Tragedies of OJ Simpson

 

BRENTON S. HALSEY TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD

Special congratulations to our own Elizabeth Mulcahy for winning this prestigious award as the NHD teacher of the year for Virginia. 



-From the Twitter Feed

 

 

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Latest School Updates

Dear Western Families,

If you are a parent of a senior, you are probably wondering how we are already in February and why is the year going by so fast?  If you are a senior, you are probably wondering why is it only February and why is the year going by so slow?  Different perspectives for different people.

It’s been a few months since I last sent out a news blog so I wanted to get you caught up on news and information from the school.

All three comprehensive high schools are surveying their stakeholders to get their input regarding their particular schedules.  They want student, staff and parent input.  Please take a moment this week and complete the following survey.

I hope you find the information below informative and helpful.

See you soon.

Darah Bonham, Principal

 


Schedule For Week of Feb. 11

Here is the schedule for the week of February 11th due to 8 period day on February 14th for Singing Valentines at the school.

2/11-Monday-Odd Day
2/12-Tuesday- Odd Day
2/13-Wednesday- Even Day
2/14-Thursday- 8 Period Day
2/15-Friday-Even Day


Model UN Wins Top Honors

The Model United Nations club won top honors this weekend at AmeriMUNC VI, the conference held by American University in Washington.Our 25-member team was awarded “Best Large Delegation” for the first time in the club’s 8-year history at WAHS. The AmeriMUNC conference is unique in that it is a conference which connects all 22 committees along a common theme, which this year was the “Pacific in Crisis.”13 WAHS students won individual awards:

Best Delegate Awards went to:

Noa Kipnis and Fahim Mohi, representing the United Kingdom in the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Camille Kielbasa and Gauri Prakash (UK) in the United Nations Security Council

Outstanding Delegate Awards:

Francesca Gibson–Republic of China

Thomas Jackson–Philippine National Police

Isobel Williamson–(Brazil) in ECOFIN

Honorable Mention Awards:

Mahdin Hossain–(BBC) in Press Corps

Chloe Kienzle–Kiribati Evacuation Force

Ben Lenox—Russian Cabinet

Charlie Sewell—ExxonMobil

Kathryn Steenburgh—Tokyo Olympics

Verbal Commendations:

Addie Patterson (UK) in ECOFIN

In addition, the following students were also awarded the Diplomacy Award by their committees:  Noa Kipnis, Fahim Mohi, Charlie Sewell, Ben Lenox

 


Great Student Story

What a great story from NBC29 about our awesome 9th grade student Owen Mather and his team of support at Western. Click on link above to view.


Robotics Team Places 15th Out of 30 Teams at States

Congratulations to WAHS Robotics! The club is sending Her Majesty’s Engineers, one of its three teams to States on February 2nd. Loose Screws and Cable Management were competitive, positive teams and will work towards States next year. The FTC Robotics competition allows students to design, build and program a robot as a team and gives opportunities for students to work with mentors to learn the engineering process (including the hasty redesign in between competitions!). Students also practice sportsmanship (called gracious professionalism) and service learning by working with children to showcase STEM. STEM skills involve creative problem solving and team work, skills employers are looking for in today’s competitive job market. Club members meet after school for 6 months and will soon start training for next year’s competitions. New students don’t need skills, only interest, willingness to learn and to work with others. Contact Shelby Bowen, club sponsor, at sbowen@k12albemarle.org for more information.


Spring Sports Information

Most spring sports begin on Monday, February 18th.  Click on this link for detailed tryout information.


Hero’s Journey Project

Ms. Phanthavong and Mr. Walsh created a very unique experience for their 9th grade global studies classes.  With the help of instructional coach, Amber Roberts, they created the following collaborative project with students in 3rd grade at Brownsville Elementary.

A Hero’s Journey,” is an interdisciplinary Project Based learning opportunity for students enrolled in the Global Studies program at Western Albemarle High School. In Ms. Phanthavong’s English 9 class the students studied the theme of a “hero’s journey” through specific readings and teachings about what makes a great epic journey in literature. On the history side, Mr. Walsh’s class was learning about the cultures and the histories of the first river valley civilizations. Combining these two themes and respective content the students created their own 3rd grade level story that incorporated the elements of a hero’s journey set in the time of one of the river valley civilizations. Students went through the entire story making process from brainstorming and multiple drafts to story-boarding, illustration and finally publication. 

 


Art Hall of Fame

The fine arts dept will open the submission process for its annual fine arts hall of fame.  Check the school website next week for more details.  Nominations will be due March 6, 2019.


Mini Med School

The WAHS Mini Med School completed its fourth session of hands-on exposure to careers in the medical field. This week students learned to suture and to do a tracheotomy with pigs’ feet and tracheas. They saw how a pig’s lungs inflate and heard many stories by professionals in the field. Several students said that this was their favorite session last year, so they were allotted more practice time this year.  Medical careers teacher Frank Lawson started this amazing program three years ago with help from UVA Doctor Kyle Enfield and other medical professionals and parents. We already know many students who are pursuing studies in the medical field and who chose to volunteer for the Rescue Squad as a result of his efforts.

 


News From ESA 

AP Env Sci classes all had showcase of their semester Eco reduction projects. (Malinda has some data), basically students chose an area of their lives that they would try and reduce their ecological footprints across 12 weeks. The first two weeks they collected baseline data and compared their consumption to the rest of the world, analyzed their lifestyle, and made a choice (each chose to challenge themselves on a level they could be successful at), and across the next 10 weeks tracked Qualitative and Quantitative data, and progress. They all completed lab reports (they were the experiment), and showcased their accomplishments to their peers in a gallery style with creative displays including as far as making cookies from crickets! This is an annual collaboration among all APES sections that the students get a tremendous amount out of personal growth and exploration.

 


Drama Updates

Both of our Drama 1 classes took their updated Aesop’s Fables over to Murray Elementary School and to Crozet Elementary School to perform for 2nd and 3rd graders, mid-January. The younger children had a great time and had the opportunity to do a Q & A after the shows with the older kids.

Our Musical Theatre Showcase was performed for classes Jan. 17, performing songs from many different musicals.

 


Kompelien’s English

Mrs. Kompelien’s English class just finished a research project on a figure of the Harlem Renaissance. They took a look at the overall impact of the figure’s work and beliefs on the movement and beyond and discussed how different subsections of the movement worked to affect change for the African American community.



EMT Class

Did you know we offer an EMT class in partnership with CATEC that takes place at Western?  Four students from the EMT class are heading to the SkillsUSA District Competition on Friday 2/8.  Virginia Clark, Lauren Tipton, Blaine Sandridge, and Jessica Walker.


Senior India Mawn 

Senior India Mawn was the youngest of 13 artists chosen to create artwork for the SIGNS OF CHANGE art challenge sponsored by the Fralin Museum.  India’s painting depicted an event in Charlottesville’s Black History; the razing of the Vinegar Hill neighborhood.  Her artwork was displayed at the Bridge Arts Initiative in January and was the only piece that sold. Congratulations India!

This is an amazing accomplishment for India. 


PVCC Math

PVCC math students created and presented probability games this week.

AP Stats and PVCC math students are working on a vocabulary task now. The idea is to write a personal Valentine with as many mathematical words as possible from given units.

Also, PVCC students are going to the Manufacturing field trip to see how employers use math in modeling on February 21st. The event will feature panel discussions/orientation to the field, hands-on career exploration/demonstrations, and meetings with employers.


TV and Audio Classes

The TV and Audio Studio is in full swing and beginning to install the VR equipment. The Robotics class is continuing to program and code their video game projects and working to implement it in the VR system. Future VR opportunities will include the Architecture and Engineering classes where students will be able to walk through their designs.

 


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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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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

 

Helpful Links

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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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Helpful 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.

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*Media Center  Link

 

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


Helpful 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.

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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

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*Media Center  Link


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)

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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
    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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* School Counseling Link

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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

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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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

speakup.tomorrow.org

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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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* 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

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.


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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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