Great Start

Dear Western Families,

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

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

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

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


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

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

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

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page

*Athletic Home Page

*Media Center  Link


Tiny House Auction

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

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

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

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From Frank Lawson- Mini Med School

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

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


 

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

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

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


 

Here We Go…….

Dear Western Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


Helpful Western Links

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

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

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page

*Athletic Home Page

*Media Center  Link


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

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

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

 

 

 


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

See the story link here.


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

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

 

 


Calendar Dates

 

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

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.

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Caroline Teague, Emma Schmidt, Luke Magargee, Maggie Dougherty

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Jessie Bilchick, Jenna Riley, Zoe Clay, Maygan Reynolds, Nell Fountain

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

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


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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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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.


 

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-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.

*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

An Early “Spring” Into 3rd Quarter

Dear Western Families,

It feels like spring but I’m reminded that it’s still February and I am sure we will have some cold days ahead.  We have hit quarter #3 with a head of steam and we are glad the lack of inclement weather has provided us with several weeks in a row with five day weeks and consistency.

Your children are amazing and continue to do great things in and outside of Western.   I have provided numerous examples below in my blog.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question or concern.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal

 

 


–Rise 4 R.E.A.L. Change (Rise) is a community-based organization that provides a unique team mentoring experience to students enrolled in the AVID program at Western Albemarle High School. Rise’s collaborative approach and innovative learning ideals provide the thread that connects UVA, Western Albemarle High School, and community organizations by promoting college/workforce readiness skills, enhancing self-awareness, fostering acceptance, developing confidence and creating a sense of purpose through positive leadership and mentoring. The Curry School of Education and Western Albemarle High School administration are early supporters of the Rise 4 R.E.A.L. Change program that has recently been selected to participate in the 2017 Summer iLab Incubator Program at UVA.  The Darden School team will work to expand Rise’s efforts and further develop a curriculum that meets the social, emotional and educational goals established by Western Albemarle High School.


-Emma Draper, a Junior at Western, has created a unique opportunity for Western students to share their passions in areas such as film, art, and technology with students at Henley.  Emma took it upon herself to organize school visits with 8th graders at Henley during their “Sting” period to discuss opportunities for students when they arrive at Western next year.  Such a great student-led initiative.


–Congrats to Junior Meg Richey who recently won a scholarship for the PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox “The Search For Hidden Figures” Contest. The contest judges included Pharrell Williams, “Hidden Figures” Producer Donna Gigliotti, Fox 2000 President Elizabeth Gabler and President of the NY Academy of Sciences Ellis Rubinstein.  In her submission, Meg talked about her science fair project. Over 7,300 women applied and 6 high school women and 6 college women received scholarships. Meg also received other prizes, including a hometown screening of “Hidden Figures” that she generously shared with friends, family and staffs at both Henley and Western.

Meg was also recently recognized as a National Honorable Mention for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.  This is quite an accomplishment for Meg.  Only 350 National Honorable Mention Award recipients were selected out of the over 3,500 received.

 


–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/

 


–WAHS Senior Mark McGill, a CATEC student, has received quite a few distinctive recognitions.  At this point in the CATEC Fire Service Academy Mark has passed his State Test for Firefighter I, CPR and required FEMA Courses. Mark is a Volunteer Firefighter with Crozet Volunteer Fire Department.

Also, Senior Melissa Goolsby, who is in her second year in the CATEC Fire Service Academy, has become a leader for the course and is a Volunteer Firefighter with Crozet Volunteer Fire Department.

 


–55 Drama students traveled to the Blackfriars Theatre on Thursday 1/26 to see The Merchant of Venice, and a talkback with the professional actors.


-For information on tryouts for spring sports, click on the following link.    www.tinyurl.com/WAHSSpringSportsInfo17


-Jacob Chang-Rascle, a Junior at Western, recently won top awards in a southeastern regional art competition for the second year in a row.

Jacob won two Gold Keys and a Silver Key in the Southeast Art Region-At-Large for the 2017 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced February 3.  http://www.artandwriting.org/affiliate/ARALSE/

Jacob’s two Gold Key photographs now advance to the National Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. National winners will be announced Tuesday, March 14.


–From the Twitter feed

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–Upcoming Dates

2/25                       All Va Band auditions
3/3                         Art Fest in the West 6-9 pm
3/7 – 3/10            Writing SOL make-ups(juniors)
3/9                         Parent/Teacher Conf (4:30 – 7:30)
3/10                       Model Congress/Final Registrations
3/11                       SATs at WAHS
3/15                       Columbia Scholastic Press Assoc Conf(Williams 3/15 – 3/18)
3/16                       Spring Musical (16, 17, 18)
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
3/31                       Field trip, AP Env Sci to Polyface farm(9 – 2:30)

 


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

Smile

Dear Western Families,
It’s almost winter break.  It’s hard to believe we have reached this point in the school year.  I’ve seen our students and staff work so hard over the past several weeks both inside and outside of the classroom.  I know they are ready for some time with friends and family.

As we head into the break, I can’t keep from thinking about the past several weeks since our community received the terrible news about the passing of Eric Betthauser.  The moment we heard the tragic news will resonate with us for a long time but what will stick with me more is the lasting impression Eric made on each and everyone of us that he touched.

I’ve made a point to remind myself everyday since, to do what Mr. B always did. To not take life too serious, and help put a smile on someone else’s face.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful break.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal

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–Ms. Powers is working with her advanced photography students to partner on a project with Wildrock.   The idea has evolved into a way for Photo students to apply their Photo skills and creative ideas towards activities designed for visitors to Wildrock. The activities her students design will be included in a backpack that visitors will be given as they explore all that Wildrock has to offer.
Wildrock is a non-profit organization affiliated with Boys and Girls Club, TomTom Festival, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Building Goodness, ACPR and other local organizations. This is a meaningful way for WAHS students to participate in their community.


 

-The AVID program will be hosting its annual Barnes and Noble Book Fair Fundraiser on Saturday Dec. 17th, at the B&N at Barracks Road.  Join us at 11 am we will be participating in National Story Time and there will be children’s craft making from 10am -2 pm.

Can’t get to the bookfair. Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online form 12/17 to 12/24. Enter Bookfair ID#11870169 at checkout.


–Dr. Adesina’s Honors Earth science class took an educational tour to the University of Virginia McCormick Observatory to learn about the Telescope, Moon Phases, and the path of the Moon eclipse around the world.

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–AP French students recently visited Meriwether Lewis Elementary School’s new French program for kindergartner and first grade students.  Students worked together to practice vocabulary for colors and numbers and to search for various shapes and colors throughout the school.  It was wonderful to connect our Warriors and MLES’ Bluebirds.

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–From Laura Chatterson

My students in Ceramics 3 & 4 and I have been working with Melissa Techman and Gene Osborn to use the laser cutter to create stencils for decorating their pottery.  This has been a fun collaboration and the students love incorporating this new technology into their work.

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–On January 5, the WAHS School Counseling Department will have two presentations related to College Planning.

6:30-7:00   Making Sense of the PSAT

The WAHS School Counselors will assist with the interpretation of your student’s PSAT results.  We will help you understand how to make sense of the numbers and scores.

7:00-8:00   College Planning Night

During this program, the WAHS Counselors will be discussing important topics related to the college search and application process including: college admissions, finding a good fit, SAT/ACT, and your next steps to support your student in this process.  Additionally, we will introduce parents to Naviance, a comprehensive college and career planning program that was recently purchased by Albemarle County Schools to assist parents and students with their postsecondary and college planning.

The Curriculum Fair will be held on January 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  Teachers and students will be available to discuss course offerings for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  From 7:00 – 8:00 PM there will be a discussion for parents of rising 9th graders regarding graduation requirements, and the process for students to go about their high school course selections.

Recently counselors met with our ninth grade students to have them develop a SMART goal, and to learn about their strengths using our new program, Naviance.  We encouraged students to share this information with their parents, and to continue to explore the college and career information that they can find in the Naviance program.


–WAHS at VSTE!

Melissa Technman, Candice Cone and Gene Osborn represented our school at this year’s statewide conference for technology in education. Their presentations on Social Media in the classroom, #AskACurator and Minecraft were received with great interest. These themes and all that they learned this year will surely find their way into our classrooms.


-Congratulations to the following students for auditioning and making the 2017 All-District Band!  They attend the event in February.

William Lambert, Caroline Allison, Helen Snyder, Wiley Martin, Tim DeSimone, Amie Benson, Sammie Cohen, Liam Harris, Eric Wilson, Lilly Talmadge, Caleb Harris, Allie Morris


-Congrats to Lillian Xu, a 2016 graduate of WAHS, one of 6 national winners of a large scholarship from Thermo Scientific.

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From the Career Connections Center

WAHS Mini Med School concluded with a visit by Pegasus on Friday. Students participated in three evenings of hands-on activities run by UVA medical professionals to give them exposure to careers in the medical field. On Friday, Pegasus landed at WAHS so students could see how emergency medicine is conducted under tight constraints of time and space. Then, WAHS students went to visit UVA hospital and the simulation center at the nursing school. WAHS is so grateful to the medical professionals who shared their passion with our students. Nearly all our students say that Mini Med School confirmed their interest in the medical field. Frank Lawson (WAHS medical careers and health/PE teacher) and Caroline Bertrand (career specialist) will assemble a new planning committee in the spring to shape next year’s Mini Med School.

Local stories about the program here:  NBC 29   Newsplex  Daily Progress

Congratulations to WAHS Robotics! The Robotics club at WAHS includes 30 students on three teams who meet 4-10 hours a week, after school, to prepare for the FTC Robotics competitions. Two of our teams participated in the first qualifier on Saturday and will go on to States. Her Majesty’s Engineers was the captain of the winning alliance in their division, was nominated for the Rockwell Collins Innovate award for their design, and for the Motivate award. Geek Gods was also in the winning alliance, was also nominated for Motivate, and will go on to States for the third place Inspire award. Congratulations to both teams. The WAHS community is encouraged to come support our third team, Loose Screws, when they compete at the UVA on December 17. Details here. WAHS Robotics mentors are Chris Talmadge, Kylie Patel, Tom Harrison and Erik Gauss, as well as community volunteer mentors Paul Bushrow, Hazel Scully, Lisa Laurence and Jeff Lavezzo. Thank you all for supporting our students in this extraordinary program. Caroline Bertrand

Tiny House progress: Mr. Matheny’s third year shop class is building a Tiny House with support from Associated General Contractors of Virginia. The house passed the first level of inspection by NOAH and is hoping to be under roof before winter break. Students are planning all aspects of the house, including design, grant writing, working with sponsors, material procurement etc. What an introduction to the real world it’s been!


–Upcoming Dates

12/17
AVID Barnes & Noble Book fundraiser/WAHS Robotics at UVA

12/17 – 1/2
Holiday (Jan 2- is a Green Day)

1/2-1/25
Teachers make Recommendations in Power School

1/3-1/4
Counselors visit 9 – 11 classrooms/Transition meeting w/ HMS

1/5
Counselors visit 8th grade classrooms/Curriculum Fair @ WAHS/HMS visits WAHS/

Rising 9th   Parent Registration night/Dept Chair Meeting

1/14
Parent Portal opens for course registration/Winter Choir retreat

1/16
Holiday

1/20
End of 2nd 9 weeks/Midterms

1/24 -25
Teacher Recommendation Days

1/26 -29
Students make course selections in Power School


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

Working Together

Dear Western Families,

I shared the following brief video to the student body this morning.  As a school community we value the opinions of all with the understanding that those opinions are to never be forced upon others to make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

While my tenure at Western has been brief, it is evident that the western community is special.  Time and time again we rally around each other in support of our colleagues and peers.  I know we will continue to work together to uphold the core values that make Western special.

School Community

 

 

Welcome November

Western Families,
I hope this post finds you well.   I love getting the opportunity to talk to your children about what they are involved in and learn more about their interests. In the future I plan on using this platform to showcase some of our student work through short videos where I get an opportunity to interview the student to learn more about their passions.  If you have ideas or students in mind to spotlight, don’t hesitate to email me at dbonham@k12albemarle.org.

I hope the start of the second quarter is going well for your child.

 

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal



–From Kelly Burnette and Creative Writing

This November, eight creative writing students have committed to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) — a national contest/online group that supports the novel writing process.  We’ve teamed up with the YA librarian at the Crozet Library who will participate and help our students reach their writing goals.  The rest of the class will participate in the Writer’s Eye program this month through the Fralin Museum of Art.

Melissa Techman visited our class a few weeks ago for a “Poetry & Circuitry” activity. Students learned about positive/negative charges as they created their own light up circuits with batteries, copper wire and mini bulbs. All to illustrate poems and quotes they wrote or found.


 

 

–AP Physics 1 students solved the mystery of Diddy Jump using their knowledge of kinematics to learn and understand projectiles.

 


–Candace Cone, WAHS French teacher, and Melissa Techman, one of our librarians, will be presenting about the global art history Twitter event #AskaCurator at the December annual meeting of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. Read more about their session here: https://2016vsteannualconference.sched.org/event/8Zw4/askacurator


–Practical Law students went to the Albemarle County Police Department for a tour last week, and have recently hosted our School Resource Officer, Laura Proffitt, as well as an Albemarle County Detective as guest speakers.

 


–Mr. Martin and Mrs. Lovaglio’s American Studies students participated in a Conference on American Identity research project and role play last week in which they acted as historical and contemporary figures and debated issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration that have and continue to shape our nation.


–WAHS Drama Department fall show Rhinoceros will be Thursday Nov. 17th at 7:30 pm, Friday Nov. 18th at 6:30 pm, and Sat. Nov. 19th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door- students $5, adults $8.


–The Social Studies Honor Society is planning a panel for Friday Nov. 11th at lunch in the Choir Room for any student who would like to attend.  We will have the following panelists:

Collin Craig – parent of a student and veteran of Vietnam and the state police

Ron Fialk and Kimberly Albero – husband and wife veterans of Afghanistan and local community members

Dan Bledsoe and Worlay Adesina – current Western Albemarle teachers.

They will talk about their experiences and the impact of being a Veteran has had on their lives, with the opportunity for student questions.


-Saturday the 22nd of October Jacob Chang-Rascle attended the UVA Football game as a press photographer for the Daily Progress. His photograph is the main photo on the front page on the College Extra page of Sunday’s paper.


-Students in the CATEC Culinary Arts class have been very busy and are doing great work. Deja Newton-Grant is becoming a leader in the Culinary 1 program and did a great job helping to prepare dinner for the Joint Board meeting on Oct. 18th. Stephanie Cornell is now employed at the prestigious Downtown Grille in Charlottesville. April and Rebecca Goolsby won the class Thomas Jefferson Mac ‘n Cheese cook-off. All these student have also successfully passed the ServSafe Food Handlers exam.

In the Automotive Technology class, Liam Kidd is a fantastic student who is always on task and exemplifies self-initiative. He recently repaired the entire brake system on his family Volvo XC70, saving them a small fortune!


–From the Twitter feed

 

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Yearbook Dates

November 15 — Senior Portraits Due
November 16 — Last Day for Yearbook Pre-Order Discount

–Upcoming Dates
11/2                 10th Grade Career Fair
11/3                 Laptop check 3rd period
11/4                 Peer Nomination Survey 4th
11/5                 SATs at WAHS
11/7-8              NO SCHOOL-   Staff Development Day
11/9                 Middle School Honors Band
11/9                 (Follow a MONDAY schedule)
11/10               AVID Family Dinner
11/11-13          Model UN @ W&M
11/17-19          Fall Drama production
11/18-20          UVA Model UN
11/21               Even Day Bell Schedule
11/23 – 11/25 Holiday


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

Fall Is Here

Western Families,

 

Spirit Week has come and gone but I can’t reflect on the exciting week of activities without highlighting my most memorable moment.  On Friday, October 14, we held our school-wide pep rally at the end of the school day.  While this is a traditional event for most schools, ours was made special because of a special visitor.  Kenny Gibson is a 2016 Western graduate who has been in a tough battle as of late and we wanted to provide some encouragement to him and his family for all that they were going through.  Check out the coverage from CBS19 by clicking on this link.

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I can’t say enough about our student body and how they united around Kenny and made this a special day for him.  It was a great day to be a warrior.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal



–The junior ESA class spent 2 days at the James River Ecology School in Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, working on AP Env Science labs. They learned about pollution, industry impacting the James River, water quality, and importance of wetland ecosystems. adam


–ESOL students took a trip to the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center.  The ESOL students had the opportunity to explore the vessels used as Lewis and Clark moved westward.   They explored the woods around the center to find plant specimens for a journal entry.  They saw examples of primary documents from Lewis and Clark’s journals.  In addition, they worked on a dugout canoe used to explore more shallow waters.  esol


–On October 14, fourteen WAHS students participated in art day at PVCC. There were a variety of workshops and students had a great time during this experience.

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–Congrats to Ms. Pitts and her drama students for a great showing at the VHSL One Act Play this past weekend at Turner Ashby High School.  Check out this link to see more pictures from their production.

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–Ms. Komplien’s English classes classes are prepping to do a Mock Trial. We are putting the Greek tragic character Medea on trial during class.


 

–See the great article about Western’s Madison Crouch and her involvement in helping secure funds and opportunities for the Robotics program.   Link Here.

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–Congrats to Sammie Cohen, junior, who was a performer at the Virginia Tech Trumpet Festival on October 2nd.  She was one of a select few students who was selected to perform at the clinic.  She also had the opportunity to work with legendary trumpet player Vince Dimartino.


–Ms. Karpovich’s Chemistry class tackled problem-based learning activities using a Pokemon Go-themed unit.   Students were very engaged and learned a great deal from this innovative unit.

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–Congrats to Senior Averi Witt who ran the 2nd fastest 5K by a WAHS runner, 18:16, at the Milestat Invitational last Saturday.


–From the Twitter feed

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Yearbook Dates
November 15 — Senior Portraits Due
November 16 — Last Day for Yearbook Pre-Order Discount

–Upcoming Dates

10/27               End of 1st 9 weeks
10/28               Teacher Work Day
11/1                 Blood Drive
11/5                 SATs at WAHS
11/7-8             Student Holidays
11/15               ESA Open House
11/18               UVA Model UN
11/23 – 11/25 Holiday


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 the new 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