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,, 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: 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:

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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