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 email@example.com 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.
–From Leadership Class
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–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.
–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 firstname.lastname@example.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