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.




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.


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!


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

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

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

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

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