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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:


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.


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 !!!


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