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Carrie Taylor

Good morning,

We had over 500 students and guests join us for prom last night.  There are few things better than watching dressed up, happy teens dance to Taylor Swift on a spring night!  I was also touched and impressed by how many students made a point to say thank you to our teachers and staff as they left. I owe a huge thank you to our junior class sponsors, Michael Shutt and Olivia LeMay, and all of the staff who chipped in to make prom a success.  

This week we jump into SOL testing.  I am resending the testing schedule and bell schedules for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  There are Warrior Period and activity sessions for students who aren’t testing.  If your student is not testing and will be arriving to school after testing on any of these days, please inform the attendance office as early as possible.  

Students who are taking SOL tests received their personal schedules and testing location information early last week, but there will be testing location information posted around school, if they have lost that letter or need a reminder.  

Please remind students that they need to bring their school laptop and charger with them for SOL tests.  We have a limited number of loaner computers.  

Finally, I am mindful of the added stress that testing can put on our students.  With that in mind, and in honor of May being Mental Health awareness month, I encourage families to check out some of the activities for teens and families that are being sponsored by Friends of the UVA Children’s Hospital.  There are also resources and activities for all community members.  Student mental health is a topic that many of you have reached out to discuss with me.  I want this to be an ongoing focus for us, and I look forward to partnering with our families to develop more supports and programs for you and our students.  

Thank you,

Jennifer Sublette, Principal

Our weekly COVID update is posted at the bottom of this email.


Information on Upcoming SOL Testing and our Adjusted Schedule 5/16-5/20

Testing Schedule by Day

Monday 5/16

Tuesday 5/17

Wednesday 5/18

Thursday 5/19

Friday 5/20

Social Studies SOLs

(World Geography and World History I students; some World History II and US students)

Science SOLs

 (Earth Science and Biology students; some Chemistry students)

Regular Schedule

Students go to Homeroom during WP

Reading SOL (all juniors)

 Math SOLs (Geometry and Algebra II students; Alg I will test on 5/26

PVCC English Exam (seniors enrolled in the course)

Regular Schedule

Students go to Homeroom during WP

Bell Schedule for May 16 & 17

8:55 - 10:50

-  SOL Testing

-  2 Warrior Period Sessions for Non-Test Takers (8:55-9:50 & 9:55-10:50)

 

115 min

 

10:55-12:00

1st Block

65 min

 12:00-12:30

 Lunch

30 min

 12:35-1:35

 2nd Block

60 min

1:40-2:40

3rd Block

60 min

2:45-3:50

4th Block

65 min

 

Bell Schedule for May 19

8:55 – 12:25

-    SOL & PVCC Testing

-    Study Hall and Special Activities for Non-Test Takers

210 min

12:00 – 12:50

Long Lunch (students who are done with testing will go to lunch starting at 12:00)

50 min

12:55 – 1:35

1st Block

40 min

1:40 – 2:20

2nd Block

40 min

2:25 – 3:05

3rd Block

40 min

3:10 – 3:50

4th Block

40 min

*Early College and CATEC transportation will operate on their regular schedules. Students who are at WAHS during a block when they do not normally have class, must come to the main office for a pass to study hall and to check in.


COVID Case Summary for 5/9-5/13

For the week of 5/9-5/13, we learned that 2 students and 3 staff members tested positive for COVID. Any student or staff member diagnosed with COVID-19 is instructed to isolate (stay home and away from other people) in accordance with our Return to School or Work Criteria.

Albemarle County Public Schools continues to actively track COVID-19 cases across our school division on our COVID-19 Dashboard. For more information about our response to a confirmed case of COVID-19, including quarantine guidelines for close contacts and our criteria for returning to school after a COVID-19 diagnosis, please visit our Mitigation Strategies web page.  For information about the COVID-19 vaccine and/or testing, please visit the Blue Ridge Health District website.

Carrie Taylor

Good evening,

We continue to work through our spike in COVID cases and are reaching out to families of students impacted.  There is a summary of our current cases at the end of this message.

Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID, I want to also share good news from our WAHS parent volunteers and yearbook staff.  There is also a link for providing feedback on WAHS modernization plans for those who could not join us for the forum last week.

Finally, thank you for your patience and partnership during these challenging days.  

Jennifer Sublette, Principal


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

A few parent volunteers have been popping into school and hosting appreciation events for the wonderful WAHS staff, not just teachers but all 120 staff members!  The first week of May is national Teacher Appreciation Week and we'd love to have more parent volunteers participate.  Please see this Sign Up Genius for volunteering opportunities and consider donating to pay for the foods and supplies provided.  All money collected will be given to WAHS, being held aside for current and future Staff Appreciation Events.  Note that event volunteers will not be providing food, just their time, as all food will be purchased in large quantities. 

If you'd like to assist with Staff Appreciation events for the 2022-2023 school year, please add your name to this Google Form.  Ideally we'd host multiple, small events throughout next school year.  The events this spring have been monthly and include Cocoa & Cookies, an elaborate Snack Bar, and a traveling Popsicle Cart.  The staff has truly felt the love and we hope their spirits are lifted a bit higher after each event.

Questions?  Ideas? Email wahsstaffappreciation@gmail.com 

 

2021-2022 WAHS Yearbook

The 2022 Western Albemarle High School yearbook has almost arrived!

 

  • We plan to start distributing books next week, May 2-6, during lunch.
  • Not sure if you've got a book? Check this list.
  • Want a book? The price is $70
    • Order online at bit.ly/wahs22yearbook OR
    • Pay at school with cash or check (made payable to "WAHS"). Get an order form on our website or in the Main Office.
    • We will be selling books in the cafeteria during lunch all next week. We cannot reserve books. They will be sold first come, first served.

We also still have older editions from 2021, 2020, and 2019 for sale. During the next three weeks, those previous editions are being offered at a discounted price of $45.

Thank you for helping us capture your year at Western. We're excited to show you the book, and, as always, we're grateful for your support of the yearbook program.

Come see what's "On the Horizon."

 

Input on WAHS Modernization

Thank you for those who were able to join us last week to give input on priorities for WAHS modernization plans (Yes, parking and road access were discussed!).  If you were unable to join us, you are welcome to provide your input through this survey link for families.  

 

COVID Update for 4/26

We have 18 additional student and 3 staff cases of COVID since my message to you yesterday.  We are working with division staff to maintain updates on the ACPS COVID dashboard, but there can be a delay.  We are contact tracing new cases and reaching out to impacted families immediately. Please continue to closely monitor your student for any COVID-19 symptoms including:

 

·       Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

·       Fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, sore throat

·       Congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting

·       New loss of taste or smell

Students who are symptomatic must stay home.  Please contact our school nurse, Chris Stutsman, with any questions.

Carrie Taylor

Good evening,

I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful spring weather this weekend before winter returned today!  We look forward to this week's warming trend, so students can spend their down time outside. 

Below are updates for families and information items that have been shared with students that are also great for you to be aware of, too.  

There is a lot going on during this time of year and we appreciate your continued support!

Jennifer Sublette, Principal


 

Forum on Modernization: As a reminder, families are invited to participate in a forum to provide input on plans for modernization and renovation of our school.  We would love to have your input and I am excited to be able to host this in person. (Students are welcome to come!)

Family Forum on Modernization and Renovation Planning for WAHS

·       When: April 21 at 6:00pm

·       Where: WAHS Cafeteria

·       RSVP Link

No School for Students on Friday: This Friday is the last teacher work and collaboration day of the year.  Thank you for understanding that these days have been so important for our faculty this year.  

Quarter 3 Grades: By Wednesday of this week, all grades from the third quarter will be updated and entered into the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Grades will continue to accrue during the fourth quarter, but this is a chance for students, families, and teachers to know where students stand as we make our way towards the end of the year.  The final grade for a course will be calculated by averaging first semester and second semester grades.  

Mamma Mia: The WAHS Drama department is presenting the musical Mamma Mia this week.  Opening night is Thursday, April 21st. This show is a benefit show for the Eric Betthauser Memorial Scholarship Fund. No ticket is needed and donations of any amount are welcomed. The shows continue on Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 pm.  There are two matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00, with the Saturday matinee highlighting our understudies and the Sunday matinee inviting the audience to join us for a sing-a-long show! Tickets can be purchased online in the spotlight section of the WAHS homepage.

Food Drive: Leadership is sponsoring a spring food drive to help out our community. We will be partnering with the Blue Ridge Food Bank and The Great Value. The collection barrels will be located at WAHS and at Great Value. Collection barrels will be open for donation at Western from April 12-22 and at Great Value on April 22nd.

Spring Job Fairs: Our Career Specialist, Caroline Bertrand, has organized a series of job fairs.  We welcomed several businesses last Friday during Warrior Period and lunch to our outside classroom tent and there will be a virtual fair this Friday by Zoom.  The final event will be Friday, April 29 during Warrior Period and lunch.  For more information, visit the spotlight section of the Western Homepage.

Spring Art Show: There will be an art show featuring WAHS art students, along with students from Crozet and Brownsville Elementary Schools, at the Crozet Library from April 16-29. This is our first ever combined art show, and we are very excited to highlight recent work from our students and others in our community.

Yearbooks: Yearbooks are on sale and are set to arrive in early May! Make sure to order yours online now at balfour.com (search for Western Albemarle High School). The theme this year is On the Horizon, and the book includes gorgeous mountain landscapes as well as pictures of all of you. Order before it’s too late.

Prom: Prom is May 14 at IX Park and ticket sales will start next week during lunch. The price will start at $20 for seniors and $25 for juniors and increase as we get closer to the event. If a student is bringing a date, their ticket will be the same price as the purchasing student. A permission form must be turned into the main office in order for any non-WAHS guest to attend. These forms will be available in the main office and distributed with tickets next week.

Graduation Note: I have had a few families ask, so I wanted to let everyone know that we do not plan to limit the number of guests a student may have at graduation.  Weather permitting, we will hold graduation at the WAHS stadium at 8:00 on June 3.  If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the main gym with a live stream available for viewing in the auditorium.


COVID Case Summary for 4/11-4/15

For the week of 4/11-4/15, we learned that 1 student tested positive for COVID.  Any student or staff member diagnosed with COVID-19 is instructed to isolate (stay home and away from other people) in accordance with our Return to School or Work Criteria.

Albemarle County Public Schools continues to actively track COVID-19 cases across our school division on our COVID-19 Dashboard. For more information about our response to a confirmed case of COVID-19, including quarantine guidelines for close contacts and our criteria for returning to school after a COVID-19 diagnosis, please visit our Mitigation Strategies web page.  For information about the COVID-19 vaccine and/or testing, please visit the Blue Ridge Health District website.

 


 

Spring Dates

4/21-4/24

Mamma Mia Spring Musical Dates

4/22

Teacher Workday/No Students

5/3-5/13

AP Testing Window

5/14

Prom at IX Park

5/16

Spring SOL Testing Starts

5/20

Regular School Day (previously a Teacher Workday)

5/25

Graduation Practice and Senior BBQ

5/30

Memorial Day – No School

6/3

Graduation at Western Albemarle (8:00 PM)

6/10

Last Day of School for Underclassmen

Carrie Taylor

Good evening,

It is hard to believe we are four days away from Spring Break when it is this cold outside!  Here are a few updates for our week.

Thank you,

Jennifer Sublette, Principal


End of Third Quarter

It is a busy week as we wrap up the third quarter of the year. While at the end of the year student grades will be based on an average of first semester and second semester grades, the end of the quarter gives us a chance to make sure students and parents have an updated snapshot of student progress.  Because we want to make sure that teachers are able to take a real break from school  while we are closed from 4/2-4/10, we will set April 20 as the date that all gradebooks will be completely up to date for third quarter assignments.

 

Follow Up to Mental Health Parent Forum

It was a pleasure to spend time with those of you able to join last week’s program organized by our students in the Leadership Class’s Mental Health Project Group.  The speaker was from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Since I heard from several families who could not join the program, I wanted to share a link to NAMI’s resources related to teens and families.  We will be working to expand our programming on topics that are important to our school community.   

 

Early Dismissal Schedule for Friday

Students will be released at 12:50 this Friday.  Below is the bell schedule we will follow.

8:50

First Bell

 

8:55-9:45

1st Block

50 min

9:50-11:00

2nd Block

  • 9:50-10:10 First Lunch
     
  • 10:40-11:00 Second Lunch

20 min lunch

 

50 min class

11:05-11:55

3rd Block

50 min

12:00-12:50

4th Block

50 min

Morning CATEC students may attend if they have their own transportation

Carrie Taylor

Good evening,

We had a nice taste of spring today and it was wonderful to see so many students enjoy lunch outside in the sun.  Below are several important items for the days ahead. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Jennifer Sublette, Principal


Navigating Changes to Student Mask Policy

As you know, starting March 1 families have the option to allow their student to stop wearing masks at school.  We know that emotions and opinions can be strong on both sides of this issue.  In the coming days and weeks, it will be essential that we work to maintain an environment of mutual respect.  As a staff we will be vigilant in monitoring students to make sure there are no negative social reactions such as heckling and bullying around this personal decision. Please encourage your student to reach out to a counselor or administrator, if they observe or experience negative behaviors or comments.

With this change in policy please note that:

  • Masking is still required for students on school buses.
  • All staff and adult visitors must wear a mask while inside our school building.
  • Masks will continue to be available for students.  Disposable masks are available at the main office reception desk.  Students who want a KN95 mask may get one from the school nurse.
  • Families do not need to share their decision on masking with the school.
  • Students will not be treated differently based on their decision to mask or not mask.

If your student is feeling anxious about this change in policy, please encourage them to speak with an administrator, school counselor, or teacher. 

 

Student Progress Conferences

As shared earlier, teachers are available by Zoom this Wednesday from 5-8pm for conferences with families.  If this time does not work for you or if you could not get a timeslot with a teacher, we are always more than willing to schedule a conference at another time.  Here are helpful links for Wednesday evening:

  • Link to list of Sign Up forms for each teacher (sign ups close Tuesday afternoon)
  • Zoom links for each teacher (The passcode should be spring for all Zoom links)
  • Zoom Room hosted by admin in case there are technical difficulties during conferences

 

Student Safety after School

I have received several messages from our neighbors on Route 250 about students after school.  There is a general concern and some specific examples of reckless and distracted driving as students leave school.  In addition, local businesses that students walk to and visit after school would like our support in asking students to be respectful and safe.  Please join me in reminding students to use their teenage freedoms responsibly.  We want to be good neighbors and we want everyone to be safe!

 

Supporting Prom

Our junior class is excited to be planning and hosting prom after two years impacted by COVID restrictions.  If you would like to support them, check out this video they made as part of their fundraising efforts.  Donations to the Class of 2023 can be brought to the WAHS main office (checks should be made out to Western Albemarle). Their goal is to throw the best prom ever!

 

COVID Case Summary for 2/14-2/18

As shared last week, we will now be sharing weekly summaries of positive cases identified at our school. 

For the week of 2/14-2/18, we learned that 2 students and 2 staff members tested positive for COVID.

We have notified anyone we consider to be a close contact. If we have not been in touch with you prior to this message, your child is not considered a close contact.

Any student or staff member diagnosed with COVID-19 is instructed to isolate (stay home and away from other people) in accordance with our Return to School or Work Criteria.

Albemarle County Public Schools continues to actively track COVID-19 cases across our school division on our COVID-19 Dashboard. For more information about our response to a confirmed case of COVID-19, including quarantine guidelines for close contacts and our criteria for returning to school after a COVID-19 diagnosis, please visit our Mitigation Strategies web page. 

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine and/or testing, please visit the Blue Ridge Health District website.


May 19 Newsletter  (https://www.smore.com/yr0eh) 

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May 3 Newsletter

  • Summer School and Summer Programs
  • SOL Testing
  • AP Testing
  • Executive Council/Class Officer Interest Meeting
  • ESA Survey
  • 2nd Place Theater Production
  • Journalism Pictures and Artistry 
  • Senior News

April 15 Newsletter

  • Grades from First Semester of Spring Term
  • School Day SAT
  • Student Recognition
  • Student Anti-Racism Workshop
  • AP Exams
  • Junior Workshop Series/Friday Speaker Series
  • NCAA Eligibility
  • Pictures 

March 29 Newsletter

  • Parent-teacher Conferences 
  • Post High School Planning Night
  • Spring Break and Grades 
  • American University Model UN 
  • Pictures and Yearbook
  • Spirit Week 

March 19 Newsletter

  • Parent-teacher conferences
  • School pictures 
  • Afternoon pick-up
  • Graduation and Senior Activities 
  • Announcements 

March 14 Newsletter

  • Stage 4 Information (bring computer, water bottle, blanket) 
  • New Announcement Section on webpage 
  • Safety and health protocols 
  • New bell schedule

March 5 Newsletter

  • Stage 4 Information 
  • New Bell Schedule
  • Winter Sports Accolades 

February 24 Newsletter

  • Stage 4 Hybrid Learning: Requests to change learning preference 
  • Stage 4 Start Dates 
  • Freshman and New Student Orientation 
  • Zoom Authentication for Students 
  • Extended Day Enrichment Program (EDEP)
  • Auditions for Spring Theater
  • WAHS Student Parking

February 16 Newsletter

  • Introduction to Stage 4
  • New Friday Schedule
  • New Grading Procedures
  • Kindness Week
  • January 31, 2021

January 28 Newsletter

  • Start of Second Semester
  • Updated Grading Policy
  • SOL Testing
  • Virtual Meet the Teacher/Open House
  • Textbook and Materials Pick Up

January 21 Newsletter

  • End of First Semester
  • Book and Supply Return
  • AP Exams
  • Cabaret
  • Meet our Newest Educators 

December 15 Newsletter

  • Return to School Intent Form
  • End of Semester Information