February 7, 2016

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Dear Western Families,

In this news feed, I have been able to highlight some of the great work that some of our students are accomplishing in and outside of Western.  I realize this is only the tip of the iceberg.  One of our initiatives as a school is to provide opportunities for all of our kids to pursue their passions and provide ways where we can support their work.  We have a unique opportunity to create and nurture a culture at Western where students can pursue their interests with supports throughout the building, both with space and resources.

We continue to look for both students who are pursuing their own interests and adult mentors who may be able to support these students and mentor them in their work.  If your son or daughter has an interest we can help enhance or if you would like to mentor one or more of our kids, please email me at dbonham@k12albemarle.org so we can help launch this initiative.

I also wanted to remind you that the School Board approved Tuesday, March 1, as a teacher workday to support the increased traffic in our schools due to the presidential primary election that day.   The schedule for that week will be as follows:

Monday, February 29- Odd schedule
Tuesday, March 1- Teacher Workday
Wednesday, March 2- Even schedule
Thursday, March 3- Odd schedule
Friday, March 4- Even schedule

As always, if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support.

Darah Bonham

Principal


From Leadership Class

Candygram Parent Order

Parents can order candy, balloons, or flowers for their kids ahead of time as part of the February 12th festivities. These will be delivered on Friday, February 12th, the same day as Singing Valentines. If parents have any questions, they can email the leadership project group at wahscandygrams@gmail.com.
The following link can be used for parent orders.

Check It Out

 

-Meg Richey, sophomore at Western, was invited as part of the Junior Academy Global STEM Alliance to travel to NYC on February 23rd to participate in a Q & A with Bill and Melinda Gates to discuss the greatest challenges facing society today.
-Gauri Prakash will be attending the Yale Global Scholar Program in Beijing this month.  300 students from the Americas, out of 900 total students, were selected worldwide.   Gauri is a 9th grader who will take some of the following courses; ” Think Strategically: An invitation to game theory”, ” Cannibals, Mad Cows, and Proteins: the discovery of Prions,”  ” Crash Course in International Criminal Law” and ” Human Nature and the Subconscious: Studies of the Social Psychology of Power.”

 

Laura Grice won three awards for her artwork at the Virginia Scholastic Arts and Writing jurying. This is only the second time an art student from Western has been selected for these honors.
Laura submitted several works and won: 

* a Gold Key for her ceramics piece which will go on to the National Level
* a Silver Key for her drawing
* an Honorable Mention for her engraved print

Laura is an 11th grader currently taking the AP Portfolio class and a Ceramics class.


From Caroline Bertrand—-Congratulations to WAHS Robotics! Our students worked hard all year long to prepare for a competition with many different aspects. It was nice to see our efforts recognized:

Loose Screws was a finalist for the Motivate and PTC Design Awards, and helped the Geek Gods win their last qualifying match.

Her Majesty’s Engineers won the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award and was a finalist for the PTC Design Award.

Geek Gods was chosen to be a part of the winning alliance and is going to States!

Students interested in joining the robotics club next year should start attending spring training after spring break. See Mr. Larson, Ms. Techman or Ms. Bertrand for details.


From Caitlin Pitts, Drama Instructor— Drama students will be taking a trip to the Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton next week to see “The Tempest.”

Also, Ms. Pitts is looking for a CAR without an engine to use as part of the set for the spring musical GREASE.  If you know of someone who could help, email her at CPitts@k12albemarle.org


From Joel Hartshorn, Band Director — About 30 WAHS Band Students Participated in the County Honor Band On January 8th.

12 WAHS Band Student were selected to the District 13 All-District Band that performed this weekend at Monticello High School.  Four of these students have qualified for All-Virginia Band Auditions.  They will be headed to JMU on February 27th for this audition.
Saturday, February 13 the WAHS Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the District 13 Jazz Festival at Albemarle High School.  The performance is at 1:30pm and the concert is free and open to the public.

 


–Frank Lawson’s Sports Medicine class is studying nutrition and in consultation with our cafeteria and Sal’s Pizza they are attempting to build a sugar free pizza.  After watching the acclaimed documentary, Fed Up, the class is learning about the liver’s response to sugar and the quick production of fat. The class is making a variety of pizzas and if they meet the standards, our cafeteria manager, Richard McLernan,  will add it to the lunch menu.  


-A few special announcements from Athletics

*Congrats to Head Coach Adam Mulcahy and his wrestling team who won the FIRST-EVER Conference Wrestling title in the history of Western Albemarle High School this past weekend.  His kids have had a fantastic season and are headed to regional competition this week.

-The Western football program was selected as the recipient of the Carl Dean Memorial Sportsmanship Award, as presented last week at the Falcon Club banquet. This award is selected by the officials organization in evaluation of all the local high school teams for outstanding sportsmanship.


–From the Counseling Department

  • Be aware that it most likely will be the third week of February before Mid-Year Reports will be sent to colleges.  DO NOT PANIC if you get an email from a college stating that they do not have that yet – colleges are aware that schools have varying schedules of when these reports get sent.

Additional 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.

* 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

January 19, 2016

Dear Western Families,

I often get asked how my transition as Principal at Western is going.  First of all, I love our kids.  They bring an abundance of contagious energy and excitement in the building each day.  Secondly, I continue to be impressed with the dedication of our faculty and staff.  After a full semester of school, I have had a chance to learn more about our courses and the focus our teachers and staff provide to support the teaching of our kids.

We will always look at areas to enhance and improve, and we continue to reach out to stakeholders for input and suggestions.  I firmly believe that a thriving organization follows a process where continuous improvement is a part of the ongoing work.   We want to build on our successes while also looking to advance the work that benefits our kids.

We are in the process now of analyzing programs, processes and procedures.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support.

Darah Bonham

Principal


 

Golden Apple Award- Accepting Nominations

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Click here to nominate a Western Albemarle teacher as our Golden Apple recipient.  Candidates may be nominated for the Golden Apple Award by colleagues, students, and/or community members. Deadline to submit a nomination: Thursday, February 4, 2016.


Check It Out

–Congrats to the following Juniors for their recognition in the Writer’s Eye Competition this past fall.

Honorable Mention: Owen Inge (poetry), Ryan Sukovich (poetry), Brynn Jefferson (prose), and Catherine Adams (prose)

Winners:  2nd Place Prose- Anna McLean; 3rd Place Prose- Timothy DeSimone


Dan Bledsoe Selected NFHS Mideast Sectional Coach of the Year for Girls Swimming & Dive.

Our own Dan Bledsoe was selected as the 2015 Mideast Sectional High School Coach of the Year for Girls Swimming and Diving. He won for the region which includes Delaware, Kentucky, Marlyand, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and DC. To coach his swimmers effectively, Bledsoe researches best training practices and meet lineups. He motivates every swimmer by convincing them that “those who say they can and those who say they can’t are both right.” He encourages an all-around healthy lifestyle of good eating, hydration, plenty of sleep, and a balance between school and sports. Most importantly, his swimmers know the value of being on a team. They know they cannot succeed without supporting their teammates. He has led the WAHS girls swim team to win five consecutive state championships. Congratulations Coach Dan!


–The “Best Western” team of Dan Bledsoe, Lani Hoza, and Jill Williams will represent WAHS for the second year at Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle’s Wordplay event on April 27 at the Paramount.  Please help support our team and raise funds for literacy by attending the event and/or donating on our team page: http://literacyforall.donorpages.com/Wordplay2016/BestWestern


-Western placed third among Group 3A high schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia following the fall sports season for the Wells Fargo Cup.

The Wells Fargo Cup represents the best Virginia high school have to offer in athletic and academic activities.  First awarded in 1990, the Wells Fargo Cup goes to the school in each group classification that has achieved the best overall record in VSHL state-level competition in 27 sports and 12 academic activities.


–Lillian Xu, a senior had Western, has been selected as a semi-finalist for the Intel Science competition.

Lillian is one of 300 Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists in the United States and was selected for her cancer research! The school will receive an $1000 award from the Intel Foundation.

Lillian is one of 11 students from Virginia selected, 2 from the Potomac School in NVA ( private) and 8 students from the Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech school in Fairfax.


-From Caroline Bertrand, Career Specialist

Mini Med School starting at WAHS! Many of our students have an interest in the medical field and many applied to the UVA mini med school last fall, unfortunately there were not enough spots available for all. UVA gave us permission to start our own mini med school, modeled on theirs, with occasional evening presentations. We are looking for a small group of parents to help us plan the presentations, with a roll out in the fall. We are also looking for possible presenters.  Please contact Caroline Bertrand, Career Specialist, cbertrand@k12albemarle.org or Frank Lawson, Medical Careers teacher, flawson@k12albemarle.org.

Understanding the Construction Industry: The Association of General Contractors is working with WAHS to develop a series of field trips to help our students understand the opportunities available in the commercial construction industry. The activities will include meeting with young construction leaders to see possible career paths, from skilled trades to management. See Caroline Bertrand in B 112 or email cbertrand@k12albemarle.org.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Assistance:

 · At WAHS: presentation by financial aid professional on January 20 at 6:30 p.m.

· Hands-on Workshop: Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Jefferson School City Center (PVCC Space)

College Advisers from the Virginia College Advising Corps will be on hand to help you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

· Online: Super FAFSA Project Virginia has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid to offer two free webinars.

Both webinars are FREE and OPEN to all Virginians (students, parents, counselors, access providers, etc.).

Webinar #1—-Financial Aid 101: Federal student aid programs and the FAFSA

Thursday, January 21 at 5:30PM

Register now at http://tinyurl.com/SFPWeb1

 Webinar #2—–How to Complete the FAFSA Tutorial

Thursday, February 11 at 5:30PM

Register now at http://tinyurl.com/SFPWeb2


–From the Counseling Department

Seniors, you are reminded of some important deadlines coming up:

  • Please remember to submit ALL parts of your application. This includes having your test scores sent directly from ACT or College Board. Contact College Board at www.collegeboard.org and ACT at www.actstudent.org.
  • Financial Aid Night is Wednesday, January 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Carol Larson, Director of Financial Aid at PVCC, will give a thorough presentation on completing the FAFSA form, and answer any questions.  While this is geared for parents of college-bound seniors, all are welcome to attend!
  • Be aware that it most likely will be the third week of February before Mid-Year Reports will be sent to colleges.  DO NOT PANIC if you get an email from a college stating that they do not have that yet – colleges are aware that schools have varying schedules of when these reports get sent.Juniors and Sophomores can now access their PSAT scores online.  Please see the school counseling website for details on accessing scores.  Counselors have returned test books and explained how to interpret scores to tenth graders through their health classes.  Juniors will get that information on January 20 through their English classes.  All of these students will also receive the Opportunities booklet which outlines the college application process and procedures.  Please ask your student to see this booklet – it is an excellent resource for college planning!

    Parents who would like to learn about the New PSAT and how to interpret it are invited to an information session on January 20 at 6:00 pm in the WAHS cafeteria.  Counselors will show parents how to read the new interactive online score report.

    WAHS counselors are continuing to make appointments with parents who wish to be included in their student’s course registration meeting.  We ask that parents call to schedule that meeting by January 20.  These 30 minute meetings will run from January 20 through March 4, beginning with juniors and ending with freshman.


Additional 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.

* 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

December 29, 2015

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Western Families,

I hope you are enjoying the time with your families and friends over this winter holiday break.   The school year continues to fly by and it is hard to believe that the 1st semester will wrap up over the next couple weeks.   The official end to the first semester is Friday, January 15, 2016.   Students will be off from school on Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and on Tuesday, January 19th for a teacher workday.    I have posted the 1st semester exam schedule below for your information.

I am very excited for the opportunities that 2016 brings for our staff and students.  We continue to find ways to maximize the learning experiences for our kids and look forward to their return.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support.

Darah Bonham

Principal


First semester exam schedule 2016

(A.M. and P.M. CATEC bus pickups at the regular times)

Tuesday, January 12 Wednesday, January 13
8:55 – 9:45 1st Period – Review Period 8:55 – 9:45 2nd  Period – Review Period
9:45 – 9:55 TAB 9:45 – 9:55 TAB
9:55 – 11:55 1st Period Exam (120 min) 9:55 – 11:55 2nd   Period Exam (120 min)
11:55 – 12:45 LUNCH 11:55 – 12:45 LUNCH
12:50 – 1:40 5th  Period – Review Period 12:50 – 1:40 6th  Period – Review Period
1:40 – 1:50 TAB 1:40 – 1:50 TAB
1:50 – 3:50 5th  Period Exam (120 min) 1:50 – 3:50 6th Period Exam (120 min)
Thursday, January 14 Friday, January 15
8:55 – 9:45 3rd  Period– Review Period 8:55 – 9:45 4th  Period– Review Period
9:45 – 9:55 TAB 9:45 – 9:55 TAB
9:55 – 11:55 3rd Period Exam (120 min) 9:55 – 11:55 4th  Period Exam (120 min)
11:55 – 12:45 LUNCH 11:55 – 12:45 LUNCH
12:50 – 1:40 7th  Period– Review Period 12:50 – 1:40 8th  Period– Review Period
1:40 – 1:50 TAB 1:40 – 1:50 TAB
1:50 – 3:50 7th Period Exam (120 min) 1:50 – 3:50 8th Period Exam (120 min)

Golden Apple Award- Accepting Nominations

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Click here to nominate a Western Albemarle teacher as our Golden Apple recipient.  Candidates may be nominated for the Golden Apple Award by colleagues, students, and/or community members. Deadline to submit a nomination: Thursday, February 4, 2016.


Check It Out

–A recent news article was published in The Daily Progress highlighting our Arts and Letters Pathway program at Western.  (link here) It is wonderful to see our students being able to pursue their passions and interests at our school.  If your son or daughter has particular questions about the pathway, please have them reach out to their school counselor.

–Congrats to our Robotics Club members who competed at the FTC Robotics Competition on December 19 at UVA.  Three Western teams competed at the UVA qualifier and will have other competition events in the near future.  I am proud of all the work our team members and staff have put into the program.  Here is a recent news story about our students preparing for the competition.

–The 2016 National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing has chosen Senior Lillian Xu as one of 35 National Award winners. Lillian was chosen from over 3,100 applicants and will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina this spring.  Congrats Lillian.

-From Lauren Downie– Students in the ESA’s Horticulture class have been working on making a video that will review safety regulations for Henley Middle School students to use as they expand their garden program. The videos focus on proper use of hand tools, protective equipment, and other materials. We hope to view the videos with the HMS students after Winter Break.

–Model UN recap from this fall– 35 members of the WAHS Model United Nations club competed at two conferences in November.  The delegates participated in a variety of committees, ranging from the French National Assembly to the 1960 United Nations Security Council, to the 2014 Thai Coup.  Three students were commended for their work:  Hannah Jackson at UVa, and Marta Rampini and Thomas Jackson at William and Mary. 


 

–From the Counseling Department

  • Financial Aid Night, originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 6 has been moved to Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 pm in the WAHS cafeteria.  Carol Larson, Financial Aid Director at PVCC will be here to discuss the FAFSA form, and answer questions.  Parents of college-bound seniors are encouraged to come, all are welcome!Students and parents can still make course requests for the 2016 – 2017 school year through the parent portal.  The portal will be open through January 10.  Parents who would like to participate in their student’s individual course registration meeting are encouraged to contact their counselor by January 20 to set up an appointment.  These meetings will being at the start of second semester and go through the end of February, starting with juniors.

    Students who took the PSAT (10th and 11th graders) will have access to their scores online toward the end of January.  Counselors will be going into classrooms this month to help students interpret their scores.  College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer SAT prep for the newly designed SAT which will debut in March.


     

Additional 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.

* 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

November 22, 2015

Western Families,

I hope this new post finds you well.  As the holiday season approaches, we tend to reflect on our families, our communities, and what makes us thankful.  I am fortunate to be the principal of a school that has such great kids and a staff that looks to support their needs.

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a number of students about unique projects they are developing.  From students demonstrating photography and video skills through film to building and flying drones to designing and drawing  charitable cards in the community,  I feel we have an opportunity as educators to enhance the learning of our students through fostering and supporting these unique experiences.

This goes hand-in-hand with the work of the newly developed Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.  The Coalition was developed with the goal of improving the college application process for students.  An exciting element of this coalition is the development of a “digital locker” platform coming in spring of 2016 to provide a single, centralized toolkit for students to use as they organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions.  Over 80 colleges and universities, including neighboring schools such as JMU and UVA, have signed on to take part in developing an application process that is both streamlined and enhanced.

When we begin to think of a student’s “body of work” during high school, it makes sense to have a multi-media means to capture and archive exemplary samples completed both through their courses in school and in activities outside of classes.  In addition, this platform will allow students to demonstrate the ways in which they have developed the life-long learning skills and competencies needed for future success through passion-based projects.  We are excited about this new platform which aligns with the type of student work we want for all of our students and look forward to supporting them in making the most of this new opportunity.

We will continue to work with our staff to develop and create student-centered opportunities to enhance student learning and to find connections to their coursework at the school.  When I talk to students I always ask them what interests them and what unique projects or work are they involved in during and after school.  I want our students to feel comfortable to approach me, or any staff member, with ideas they have developed and for us to find ways to support and develop them further.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving break and feel free to contact us if we can help your child in any way.

Darah Bonham

Principal


Golden Apple Award- Accepting Nominations

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Click here to nominate a Western Albemarle teacher as our Golden Apple recipient.  Candidates may be nominated for the Golden Apple Award by colleagues, students, and/or community members. Deadline to submit a nomination: Thursday, February 4, 2016.


Check It Out

–From Shanna Lovaglio–  As a follow-up to an American Studies field trip back in October to view diverse works of art, 160 Juniors submitted creative short stories and poems to The Fralin Art Museum’s Writer’s Eye Competition this week.  “I’m proud of our students for submitting to the competition and wanted to share!”

–Congrats to Maddie Waters, a Western 9th grader, for her Charlottesville TEDx presentation on November 13th.

–FTC Robotics Competition on December 19 at UVA:

WAHS Robotics is inviting you to come see our three teams compete at the UVa qualifier on December 19. Look for Loose Screws, Geek Gods, and Her Majesty’s Engineers at UVa’s Slaughter Center, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm with a break for lunch at noon. Each robot has a series of tasks to complete, including climbing a mountain. The Henley team that performed so well last year, Nerd Herd, will be there too, as well as other local teams. For more information, check wahsrobotics.com or email Caroline Bertrand, cbertrand@k12albemarle.org.

–From Carrie Taylor– The first set of products conceived and designed by the WAHS Entrepreneurship Classes in conjunction with the Manufacturing Technology Classes have been ordered, are being created, and will soon be available for purchase in the school store.  The new products are long sleeve t-shirts, sweat pants, water bottles, croakies, draw string bags, customizable baseball hats and visors, custom embroidered Columbia short and long sleeve shirts, custom designed throw pillows and key chains.  These school supplies and other items will be available when we officially open in early December!

-Our WAHS Band marched in the Holiday Heritage Parade Saturday morning on the Downtown Mall.

–WAHS Visual Arts students have work on display at the Crozet Library through Dec 18.

–From Michelle Karpovich–Here are links to a playlist of videos captured in one of her Honors Chemistry class as students are studying the properties of liquids.

–From the Counseling Department

  • Seniors are reminded that all college transcripts requests with January deadlines are due to your counselor by Tuesday, November 24.
  • December 7 will be a busy day for the WAHS Counseling Department.   Beginning at 6:00 pm, all parents are invited to come out and see our Curriculum Expo.  Families will be able to gallery walk all of our elective offerings, as well as talk with core teachers to learn about the differences in levels for those classes.
  • At 7:00, parents of rising 9th graders are invited to the Auditorium to hear about the registration process.
  • Also on December 7 at 7:00, the Counseling Department will present “College Applications 101: How to help your student get a head start on the college application process.”  Topics covered will include the new SAT, the college search process, college advising, and how the WAHS counselors will support you and your student throughout the process.  This program is designed especially for parents of current 10th and 11th graders, but all are welcome.  We encourage attendees to let us know your burning questions by clicking the link to this form:
  • https://docs.google.com/a/k12albemarle.org/forms/d/1SrnG2wE8a7LzV84z2qPX9zCjKJ_dMTN9ke4XQ_S2q8I/edit

—Congratulations to the following students, who earned their way into District 13 Honors Choir:

Seniors Emily Pappas and Roland Poulter-Martinez, Sophomores Anne Pappas and Anna Jo Johnson, and Freshman Tristan Rose.
Way to go, singers!
–Congratulations to sophomore Kahlil Banning!  NASA Goddard’s Wallops Flight Facility and the Virginia Space Coast Consortium selected Kahlil to participate in the Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) program.

Additional 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.

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page

*Athletic Home Page

*Media Center 


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

 

11/03/15

Greetings Western Families and Friends,

One of the areas we have worked to improve is the communication we provide to our stakeholders in the community.  As the parent of two young daughters, one in elementary and one in middle school, I see how it becomes increasingly more difficult to feel connected to your child’s school as they get older.  I feel as if we have great things occurring in and outside our building on a daily basis and we don’t celebrate those accomplishments enough.   Developing a communication plan is a step in the right direction to better share and connect.

This week we will add to our communication tools with daily posts of student announcements both via our web site and through a subscription service that will send you an email each day announcements are posted.  As many of you know, Avis Key, Office Assistant in our Front Office, posts daily student announcements that are shared with our staff and students each morning.  Previously she was sending these out via email to interested parents.  We decided to improve on this service to allow parents and community members to subscribe to our Daily Student Announcements.  By subscribing, you will receive an email each morning they are posted.  Click here to view and subscribe.

As always, let me know how we can assist your child at Western.

Best—— Darah Bonham, Principal

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Golden Apple Award- Accepting Nominations

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Click here to nominate a Western Albemarle teacher as our Golden Apple recipient.  Candidates may be nominated for the Golden Apple Award by colleagues, students, and/or community members. Deadline to submit a nomination: Thursday, February 4, 2016.


Check It Out

–The WAHS Varsity Choir will sing the National Anthem at the start of the home football game this Friday, November 6, at 7:45 on the turf field.

–Our own Maddie Waters, a 9th grader, will be one of the selected presenters at the upcoming Charlottesville TEDx event scheduled for November 13 at at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville.  Following the success of sell-out events in 2013 and 2014, the all-volunteer committee hopes to present another dynamic program designed to inspire the community to open up to the possibility of “What If…”    Click this link to see the spotlight page of all the presenters including Maddie. Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 12.31.13 PM

–Is your son or daughter entrepreneurial?  We are looking for students to “pitch” ideas to help improve the education system at the upcoming Startup-EDU event hosted at Western Albemarle High School Nov. 13-15. This is weekend-long, creative problem-solving program held in collaboration with Albemarle County Public Schools, Social Entrepreneurship in UVA’s Batten School of Public Policy, Youth and Social Innovation in the Curry School of Education, the Education Club at the Darden School of Business, Conversion Factor, and many more.  There is no fee for ACPS students to attend and pitch an idea.  If interested, contact Mr. Bonham this week at school.

–Mrs. Green’s Honors Trig students created videos in groups to review material and shared the videos with all 3 trigonometry classes via Google Doc.  Some students already used the videos for their cumulative test at the end of the quarter.  Here are links to the videos:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YAbhOv-X0KNJ_RsAOixXuQG63-ZQydhddVpkejw-8Eg/edit?pli=1

–Sophomore Jacob Chang-Rascle won the Virginia Film Festival’s ACTION! High School Competition, which is open to all high school students in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The screening of his film  Incubus takes place at Thursday, November 5, at 7:45 p.m., just before the showing of Coming Through the Rye, in UVA’s Culbreth Theater. To see Incubus on the big screen, you will have to buy tickets to Coming Through the Rye. (Link here)

 

–Ms. McDaniel’s ecology classes have been studying “Pumpkin Science” this past week as a part of the local ecology. Students have been discussing pumpkins as a (fruit!) crop, the history of pumpkin carving as it originated in Ireland using turnips, and the ecological and economic importance of this seasonal crop. We ended the lesson with pumpkin carving, saving all parts: seeds for roasting, guts for chicken feed and the pumpkin shells were donated to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for bear enrichment.

WAHS Drama students competed at the VTA (VA Theatre Assoc) conference in Norfolk last week.  WAHS won BEST PRESENTATION of an original play written by students Warren Elliott and Alex Kingsley.

— The annual fall Art Show will be held at the Crozet Library Nov 10 – Dec 18th.

 

–Mock Elections —Every senior in government class has created a campaign (including a 30 second commercial) for one of the current presidential candidates for the Republican or Democratic parties.  During their government class, we take over the Auxiliary Gym and the seniors campaign to all the underclassmen in social studies classes during that period.  Once they have heard from all the campaigns, students in history classes go to the “Voting Booth” (the other side of the gym) to cast their vote.  This year we are simulating the Open Primary system which means students will have choose a political party’s primary to participate in as well as vote for a candidate when they sign in to vote.  Results of student votes will be shared.

Mrs. Stuzman (science) will be working with a professor from Western Carolina University (Jack Summers) in the coming months on a maker project in electrochemistry. He is doing a study of open-source electrochemistry kits and how they are being used in the public school setting. We are designing a lab at the AP level for use across AP programs across the US.

Known as Rho Kappa, the Society Studies Honor Society will induct 19 new members on Nov. 16th.   So far this semester, Rho Kappa has sponsored a Constitution Day panel and a visit from a Teddy Roosevelt interpreter in full character.   Over 50 students attended each event.  As a follow up to our visit from Teddy Roosevelt, the society is collecting teddy bears for the UVa Children’s Hospital.  Donations are being taken in the main office.
–Commercial Composting Program Grant
 ACPS recently received funding through a Dominion Education Grant to develop curriculum around commercial composting programs in the western feeder pattern schools.  The western feeder pattern was selected because we have 2 elementary schools with existing commercial composting programs (Meriwether Lewis and Crozet).  Additionally, the Environmental Studies Academy will help develop curriculum based on the commercial composting program.  We are excited to provide this as an educational experience for all our students at Western to assist with recycling and waste management. 

—AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

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On Wednesday, October 21, the AVID team sponsored its first Family Night Dinner of the school year.  Parents, students, and the AVID site team were treated to a great dinner and a multimedia presentation by current AVID students.  The group then broke out into grade-based informational sessions on topics including: “Making a Four-Year Plan for High School,” “Time Management for Teenagers,” and “Junior and Senior College Application Timelines.”  Special thanks go out to Mrs. Bobbi Hughes for arranging food for the evening, Mrs. Sandy Keyser and her class for baking an amazing dessert, and to current WAHS senior Virginia Jahoda who gave a very eloquent and passionate presentation on how AVID is changing the lives of students nationwide.  Our next AVID Family Night will be on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  Please contact Mrs. Kate Innes (kinnes@k12albemarle.org) if you are interested in joining us.  All are welcome!

—AWE (Arts in Western Education) is a non–‐profit organization created to bring support, awareness, and celebration of the Arts in the Western Albemarle feeder pattern schools.  Visit their web site for more details and upcoming events. 

—Yearbook–Monday, November 16, is the deadline to submit senior portraits and senior little kid pics.  It is also the deadline for purchasing a parent ad for the extra block of ad space. Visit http://bit.ly/wahsyearbook for details or email the yearbook staff at wahsyearbook@gmail.com


From the Counseling Office:

Seniors:  Transcript requests for colleges with November 15 and December 1 deadline are due to your counselor now.

Please keep in mind that transcript requests for any college applications with January deadlines are due to your counselor before we leave for Thanksgiving Break.  Counselors will not be in the office during the Winter Break and will not be able to send out transcripts during this time.

Counselors will be meeting with our ninth grade students in small groups this week to discuss goal setting, study strategies and their experience of their transition to high school.

Sophomores and juniors will receive their PSAT results when we return to school in January.


 

Career Corner:

Sophomore Career Day:

All 10th graders will attend Career Day at the John Paul Jones arena on November 11. They will eat an early lunch, then attend Career Day, and return in time for 8th period. Students will identify career clusters of interest in Health classes on November 5th and 6th to facilitate their career exploration. They are encouraged to dress in “business casual” (khaki pants, shirt with a collar, no high heels). Some previous attendees to this event identified internship and summer opportunities through Career Day. For questions contact the Career Specialist, Caroline Bertrand, cbertrand@k12albemarle.org

 

Mini Job Fair at WAHS:
On November 12, during lunch, WAHS will host a mini Job Fair. Wintergreen and other local employers will be attending. Students are encouraged to bring a resume and come prepared to fill out an application if they are looking for jobs. See Mrs. Bertrand in B 112 for help with the resume or for questions,cbertrand@k12albemarle.org.

Additional 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.

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page

*Athletic Home Page

*Media Center 


 

Upcoming College Visits- November

 

  • 4 – St Bonaventure University – 1:00
  • 4 -Washington & Lee
  • 4 – University of Mary Washington – 9:30
  • 6 – Bridgewater College – 10:30
  • 17- Radford- on site admissions- 9:30

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

 

 

Year Is Flying By

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It is hard to believe that the first academic quarter of the 2015-16 school year ends this week on Friday, October 23rd. It has been a great start to the school year and I survived my first “Homecoming and Spirit Week” experience.  I was amazed at the involvement of the student body and staff for the festivities.

I continue to be impressed with the achievement of our students both inside and outside the classroom.  One of the initiatives I have created this year centers around collaboration.  For students, I believe a unique opportunity exists to enhance their talents, interests and passions further through partnerships with people in and around our community.   On my Principal’s Blog (linked here) I have started to collect names of individuals who would be interested in helping to support the work of our kids through a mentorship program.  Please take a moment to check out the link and sign up and share with a friend.

The rest of my news feed highlights events and activities at WAHS, along with some special features of our kids doing some pretty amazing things.

As always, feel free to reach out to me if there is anything I can do to support your child at our school.

Best

Darah Bonham, Principal


Check It Out

Dan Bledsoe has been nominated as NFHS State Coach of the Year in girls swim and dive by the Virginia High School League. Mr. Bledsoe teaches Social Studies and is one of our freshman class sponsors.

–WAHS is fortunate to host a Startup-EDU event at the school Nov. 13-15. This is weekend-long creative problem-solving program in collaboration with Albemarle County Public Schools, Social Entrepreneurship at UVA in Batten School of Public Policy, Youth and Social Innovation in the Curry School of Education, the Education Club at the Darden School of Business, Conversion Factor, and many more.  Students who are interested in attending to pitch an idea or volunteer for the event should contact Mr. Bonham.

–Come support WAHS Varsity Choir at their Fall Concert! The concert, on Thursday October 22, will feature great music for choir, as well as solos and duets. The concert starts at 7:00, and there will be refreshments afterwards.

–Sophomore Jacob Chang-Rascle won the Virginia Film Festival’s ACTION! High School Competition, which is open to all high school students in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Every year the Festival recognizes three high school films, one winner and two runners-up. Last year as a freshman Jacob won runner-up with his film, Time Flies. This year his new film, Incubus, which he directed, shot, and edited, as well as composing and producing the music, has won the Grand Prize.

The screening of Incubus takes place at Thursday, November 5, at 7:45 p.m., just before the showing of Coming Through the Rye, in UVA’s Culbreth Theater. To see Incubus on the big screen, you will have to buy tickets to Coming Through the Rye. (Link here)

 

–Check out this local story on Senior Isabella Fernandez who provided a unique way to give back to our community to support those with Alzheimer’s. Isabella was recently recognized as a National Merit Semi-finalist and is an active leader in our student-run Help-Desk at Western.

WAHS Drama Department presents an evening of one-act plays Thursday Oct. 29th at 7:30 pm featuring students in Drama I-IV in two comedic plays and one- student-written play.

–Creative Writing and the Drama department will be having a fundraiser for kids ages 3-8 on Oct. 31st at WAHS. The event is 5pm-7pm and will be held in the cafeteria. This is a fun evening with activities and candy- no scary costumes!  Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 7.47.36 PM

ESA sophomores spent last weekend studying field biology techniques with Dr. Galloway from the University of Virginia at Mountain Lake Biological Research Station and our freshmen took a guided tour through the history of the Earth at the Department of Mines Minerals and Energy from a local State Geologist.  The freshmen also went to the IRC in Charlottesville for our community service day to help winterize the crop fields of 18 families in this awesome program. 

—Junior Ryann Sheehy and Sophomore Kahlil Banning did an awesome job representing WAHS when Governor McAuliffe visited Albemarle County to talk with local students about education reform.  See the clip here.
–Members of Mrs. Green’s PVCC Stats Class worked on a project called “Create your own game” that involved probabilities. On a presentation day, Mrs. Green’s students invited other students to try out the games. Some students used programming to create their own games.
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Upcoming career field trip: Dominion Lake Anna Nuclear Power Plant on October 27. Students will rotate through Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Power Plant Operations, etc. Dominion also invites NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory). All names due to Caroline Bertrand by October 19.

—The following WAHS students attend CATEC and received the following awards.  Connor Evans (Firefighting) – recognized by  the Charlottesville Rotary for his extracurricular activities and service work  Ben Humphrey – (Culinary 1) received third place at Skills USA State Fair competition for his Knife Skills

The WAHS Journalism program will print its first issue of the newspaper The Western Hemisphere next week.   The paper will be published 5-6 times this year.   Support the journalism program by purchasing a newspaper subscription, or buy an ad in an upcoming issue.   You can find out more by contacting the staff via snail mail at WAHS, or by email at:     wahs.news@gmail.com

—Yearbook–Monday, November 16- deadline to submit senior portraits and senior little kid pics.  Also deadline for purchasing a parent ad for the extra block of ad space. Visit http://bit.ly/wahsyearbook for details or email the yearbook staff at wahsyearbook@gmail.com


Additional 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 to students and parents about college opportunities, scholarship info, and much more.

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page

*Athletic Home Page

*Media Center 


 

Upcoming College Visits- October

19- James Madison University – 9:30

20 – Williams College – 9:30

20-  Colgate University – 1:15

21 – Sewanee – 11:30

21 – Queens University(Charlotte)

22 – University of Chicago – 9:30
22 – Shenendoah University – 2:00
26 – Hollins University – 10:30
26 – Boston University – 1:00
27 – Eastern Mennonite University – 10:45
28 – Christopher Newport University – 2:00
29 – Dickinson College – 2:00
29 – Guilford College – 11:30

29 – College of Charleston – 9:30


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

 


 

Hello October

October Arrives

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It is hard to believe that fall is upon us and we have entered into the second half of the first grading period.  I have been so impressed with the energy that our students and staff bring to school each and every day.

October brings Homecoming to Western and I am amazed at the work of our students through the development and planning of the activities for the week. I would like to thank all of our adults who are involved behind the scenes with this work, especially our class sponsors along with Mrs. Miracle and Mrs. McLaughlin.

This News Blog contains quite a bit of information to review. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to subscribe to this news feed (on the bottom left of the menu) to keep updated with activities and information relating to Western.

Hope to see you soon.

Darah Bonham

Principal


 

Tie Die T-shirts For Sale

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email Lchatterson@k12albemarle.org for more information

 


Check It Out

–Fine arts is pleased to announce three “rising stars” who will be honored on Friday 10/2 by Piedmont Council for the Arts.  The ceremony at city space coincides with downtown first Fridays celebrations.  Students are recognized for excellence in visual and performing arts.  Our winners this year are Laura Grice (art), Alex Kingsley (drama) and Julia Klein (music).

–Jacob Chang-Rascle,’s  timelapse short film, The World is Amazing, was shown before before PVCCs September free film, Inside Out, at the Dickinson Building Main Theatre.  Jacob is a 10th grader at WAHS.

–Come support WAHS Varsity Choir at their Fall Concert! The concert, on Thursday October 22, will feature great music for choir, as well as solos and duets. The concert starts at 7:00, and there will be refreshments afterwards.

–All Honors/AP American Studies students will be visiting The Fralin Museum (UVA Art Museum) to participate in the Writer’s Eye program next week (10/5-10/7).  Other levels of American Studies students will also participate later this fall.

–Practical Law students will be visiting the Albemarle County Police Department Headquarters on 10/16/15 to see what our local law enforcement officials do on a daily basis.

–In Drama: Alex Kingsley will be recognized at Piedmont Council of the Arts Rising Stars on Oct. 1st for excellence in theatre and will be performing a monologue.

–Creative Writing and the Drama department will be having a fundraiser for kids ages 3-8 on Oct. 31st at WAHS. The event is 5pm-7pm and will be held in the cafeteria. This is a fun evening with activities and candy- no scary costumes!

Congratulations to the yearbook staff.  The 2015 Odyssey yearbook received a Silver Medalist award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, receiving special distinctions for its theme and student life coverage.  

–Tech Tour, October 8: all day field trip for students who want to see how local businesses use technology. Some previous visits have included flying a drone with MITRE, doing science experiments with Signature Science, playing with the green screen at Palladin Media, visiting software companies or the hospital’s heating plant.

 

UPDATE–Maddie Waters, 9th grader, was one of twenty speakers who presented at the TedX Open Mic at the Jefferson Theater on the downtown mall last month.  After her presentation, Maddie was invited to speak at the main TedX event on November 13.  This is a huge accomplishment for Maddie.  Congrats. 

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Additional 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 to students and parents about college opportunities, scholarship info, and much more.

* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page
*Athletic Home Page


 

Upcoming College Visits- October

  • 4 –   Elon University- 9:30
  • 5 –   Longwood University – 9:30
  • 6 –   Kenyon College – 9:30
  • 7 –   Gettysburg College – 9:30
  • 7 –   University of Richmond – 10:30
  • 7 –   College of William and Mary – 11:30
  • 9 –   Randolph Macon College – 1:30
  • 13 –  Davidson College – 9:30
  • 15-  Washington University;St. Louis – 10:45
  • 16 –  Virginia Tech – 9:30
  • 19 – James Madison University – 9:30
  • 20 – Williams College – 9:30

 


News From The Counseling Department

On October 14, while 10th and 11th grade students take the PSAT, 9th grade students will be providing community service to a location of their choice.

Seniors will be participating in Senior Seminar on the morning on October 14. Students have chosen three sessions to attend that morning out of a possible 10 sessions ranging from college admissions, to workplace readiness skills to using social media in a professional manner. Our past students have given us high reviews for this program, and we encourage you to talk with your student about the sessions they are looking forward to attending that day.

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

 


Yearbook Important Dates

Monday, October 12: school picture retakes for all students
  • last time to have your school picture taken
  • sign up for a time slot in the main office (retakes will not be done through English classes)

Thursday, October 15: deadline for submitting a senior ad

  • An ad in the yearbook is a great way to acknowledge your student’s accomplishment and to support the yearbook.
  • The easiest way to purchase an ad is on Balfour.com, where you can use their adBuilder software to design the ad yourself.  adBuilder was broken, but it’s now up and working.
  • If you’d like the yearbook staff to design your ad, drop off pictures, ad text, and a check payable to WAHS at the main office.

Monday, November 16: deadline to submit senior portraits

Information fliers and forms are available on the yearbook website:

 

http://bit.ly/wahsyearbook

 

If you have questions, please contact us by email at wahsyearbook@gmail.com, or phone Mr. Hughes at 823-8700.


Spirit Week Info From Our Leadership Sponsors

Spirit Week at Western Albemarle High School is filled with fun traditions and new activities. This year Spirit Week starts on Friday, October 2nd and ends with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday October 10th. The charity the student body choose to sponsor this year is Nepali For Nepali which is an organization created by a former WAHS student to help rebuild villages in Nepal after last year’s devastating earthquake. To help with your family planning a list of activities and expectations is indicated below. We encourage all students to participate throughout the week. Parents who would like to help can look for the Sign-up Genius link at the end of this message. We could not do this without parent support and thank you in advance for any help you can give!

Friday, October 2nd – Class Color Day and Mural Making during lunch

Freshman = White                                    Sophomore = Black

Juniors = Red                                              Seniors = Pink

 

Sunday, October 4th – Hall Decorating at WAHS from 12:30 – 5:30PM

Monday, October 5th – Senior/Faculty Breakfast, PJ/Tye Dye Dress Up Day, Beat the Fanatic during lunch

Tuesday, October 6th – Camo/Neon Dress Up Day, Karaoke during lunch

Wednesday, October 7th – USA/Sports Jersey Dress up Day, Dodgeball during lunch

Thursday, October 8th – Movie Day . The theme this year is Disney. Students dress up according to theme.

  • Freshman = Peter Pan
  • Sophomore = Little Mermaid
  • Juniors = Lilo and Stitch
  • Seniors = Lion King

 

Friday, October 9th – Wacky-Tacky Blue and Gold Day, Pep Rally, Fun Fair, Homecoming Football Game and Crowning of the Homecoming Court.

The Fun Fair will be held in the parking lot near the Auxiliary Gym from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Each class as well as several student clubs will have different activity booths along with corn hole, face painting and music. Several clubs and sports teams will be selling food as well. Western students and families are encouraged to attend before the game!

Saturday, October 18th – Homecoming Dance

Homecoming tickets will be on sale during lunch through Spirit Week (Sept 30th– Oct 9th), but tickets will not be available at the door or before the dance. The dance will last from 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm. Homecoming is a semi-formal dance and appropriate dress is expected for students. All clothes need to pass WAHS dress code, please refer to the WAHS handbook for clarification. Males are expected to wear a tie and long pants. Girls are also expected to wear appropriate dress attire including appropriate length skirts and tops. We encourage you to talk with your student about appropriate behavior at the dance. Our expectation is for students to have fun, but to dance appropriately. We will be enforcing the Albemarle County Dance policy, which does not allow grinding, mosh pits, and crowd surfing. If students cannot follow the rules they will be asked to leave. All students are expected to come to the dance drug and alcohol free.

If parents or guardians would like to help with our events during the week, please click on the following links below.

 

Hall Decorating

Senior Faculty Breakfast

Homecoming Dance

We wish everyone a safe and happy spirit week,                                                                                                             WAHS Leadership Sponsors

 

Western News Blog 092015

Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 8.17.43 PMI am excited to introduce our Western News Blog as a new communication tool to reach those in our community.  As Principal, I know how valuable it is to keep parents, guardians, staff, and stakeholders informed with what is happening in our great school.

This will be a biweekly publication designed to highlight students and staff and provide information about upcoming events and activities.  Hopefully you will find this informative and share the link with those in the community who may wish to subscribe.

It’s been an exciting start to the school year and I am excited to share with you more of what is occurring in our school.  As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help with your child.

Best

Darah Bonham, Principal

dbonham@k12albemarle.org


 

Back to School Address

If you missed my Back to School Address on September 9, click on the link to listen to the prezi with audio.


 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences at Western will be held on two separate days, Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 15th. Time slots will run for ten minutes from 4:30 to 7:30PM.  Parents/Guardians are asked to sign up for one slot per teacher, per student.  Each date’s sign up list will close 24 hours before the conference date.

Please click on the following links to access the sign up forms.

September 30 – Parent/Teacher Signup Genius Link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0449AFA72DA75-parentteacher

 

October 15 – Parent/Teacher Signup Genius Link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0449AFA72DA75-parentteacher1


 

News From The Counseling Department

Next week (September 22 – September 25) counselors will be meeting with Juniors and Sophomores to introduce them to the revised PSAT Exam. They will leave with preparation materials that we encourage you to discuss with them. The PSAT will be given to all 10th and 11th grade students the morning of October 14 at WAHS.

On October 14, while 10th and 11th grade students take the PSAT, 9th grade students will be providing community service to a location of their choice. Students registered through their PE class.   Ninth grade students who have not yet registered for Community Service need to see Mrs. Bertrand in B112 ASAP! Parents are asked to donate bottled water and other snacks for that morning. We are also asking for volunteers to help supervise students. Parents can volunteer through PTO.

Seniors will be participating in Senior Seminar on the morning on October 14. Students have chosen three sessions to attend that morning out of a possible 10 sessions ranging from college admissions, to workplace readiness skills to using social media in a professional manner. Our past students have given us high reviews for this program, and we encourage you to talk with your student about the sessions they are looking forward to attending that day.

The WAHS Counseling Department is now on Twitter! We will be pushing out information through our Twitter account. Search for WAHS Counseling Dept and start following us today!

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


 

Career Corner

Upcoming Field Trips

–          Tech Tour, October 8: all day field trip for students who want to see how local businesses use technology. Some previous visits have included flying a drone with MITRE, doing science experiments with Signature Science, playing with the green screen at Palladin Media, visiting software companies or the hospital’s heating plant. One year we even saw a car crash at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Permission form available from Mrs. Bertrand in B 112 or from her web page (all forms due on the 22nd).

–          9th graders: please register for your community service activity on the morning of October 14 with Mrs. Bertrand in B 112. Most students registered in PE class, but if you didn’t please do it ASAP. We also need parent volunteers and parents to donate water/snacks. Permission form available from Mrs. Bertrand in B 112 or from her web page. Parents please volunteer by emailing Mrs. Bertrand or returning the permission form. The PTO is also sending out a Sign Up Genius.


 

Yearbook Important Dates

Wednesday, September 23: Lifetouch Studio’s Senior Portrait Retakes

  • If you want to use the school’s photographer, Lifetouch Studio, for the senior yearbook portrait, this is your last opportunity.
  • Sign-up for a time slot in the main office.

Thursday, October 15: deadline for submitting a senior ad

  • An ad in the yearbook is a great way to acknowledge your student’s accomplishment and to support the yearbook.
  • The easiest way to purchase an ad is on Balfour.com, where you can use their adBuilder software to design the ad yourself.  adBuilder was broken, but it’s now up and working.
  • If you’d like the yearbook staff to design your ad, drop off pictures, ad text, and a check payable to WAHS at the main office.

Monday, November 16: deadline to submit senior portraits

Information fliers and forms are available on the yearbook website:
If you have questions, please contact us by email at wahsyearbook@gmail.com, or phone Mr. Hughes at 823-8700.

Check It Out
–Our own Librarian, Melissa Techman, and her recent article in Edutopia on how librarians inspire school communities.
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–Maddie Waters, 9th grader, was one of twenty speakers selected for the TedX Open Mic Monday evening, September 21st at the Jefferson Theater on the downtown mall.  Maddie will be able to pitch an idea to the group with hopes of being selected for a further round.  This is quite an accomplishment considering other contestants are adults in our community.

Additional 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 to students and parents about college opportunities, scholarship info, and much more.
* School Counseling Link

*Western Albemarle Home Page
*Athletic Home Page


Upcoming College Visits

September 21- University of South Carolina, High Point University and Northeastern

September 22- Roanoke College

September 24- Salem College and Vanderbilt

September 25- Mount Holyoke

September 29- Old Dominion University and Northwestern

Welcome To Our New Communication Feed

We have established this news feed as a way to keep Western Albemarle High School families informed of events occurring as part of the school as well as a way to spotlight some of the great teaching and learning that occurs.

This is a subscription site and those who select the “Subscribe” Button on the bottom left of the menu will receive email notifications of each post.

We are excited to share this feature to our community and keep them informed of the great things occurring at our school.