The Western Hemisphere

A Celebration of Music

Michal Kipnis, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

As time stands still on the bare streets from around the world, and millions of people are  forced to stay home, we are relying on music to connect us spiritually and to create hope and joy through the trying times of the global pandemic. Whether it’s a trumpet blaring from the neighbor’s window or...

Local Health Department Addresses COVID-19

Local Health Department Addresses COVID-19

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor

May 21, 2020

Since COVID-19 reached Charlottesville, the Thomas Jefferson Health District of the Virginia Department of Health has been following procedure and tracking cases in the area. The Thomas Jefferson Health District contains the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Louisa, Green, Fluvanna, and Nelson cou...

Covid Lockdown Causes Carbon Drop

Covid Lockdown Causes Carbon Drop

Will Jackson, Opinion Editor

May 21, 2020

The lockdowns intended to curb the spread of the Coronavirus have had a noticeable effect on the environment. With much automobile and airplane travel disrupted, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has begun dropping significantly. Lockdowns led to 200 million less metric tons of pollutants ...

Virtual AP Exams Begin

Virtual AP Exams Begin

Kathryn Steenburgh, Copy Editor

May 11, 2020

While much of daily life has shut down due to COVID-19, AP tests have not. The first three AP tests of the 2019-2020 school year--two Physics C exams and the US Government exam--took place today, with the rest blocked into the next two weeks. While the College Board has so far chosen to push back...

Jason Lee Appointed as Principal of WAHS

Photo courtesy of Jason Lee.

Abigail Connelly, News Editor

May 7, 2020

Jason Lee will begin his appointment as the new principal of Western Albemarle High School starting  July 1. Lee began his career as a special education teacher and girls basketball coach at Cumberland County High School. He began working at Albemarle High School in 2018 as the assistant principal. Lee...

ACPS Announces Graduation Plans

ACPS Announces Graduation Plans

Prudence Fairborn, Staff Writer

May 4, 2020

The Albemarle County Public School system announced a new plan to honor the 2020 graduates. Although the COVID-19 disease has had a devastating impact on society, ACPS intends on delivering a special graduation experience for all seniors. According to the final document plan sent out to seniors and th...

UVA Hospital Prepares for Coronavirus Spread

Essential employees of all kinds are risking their safety everyday at work.

Darrah Sheehan, Staff Writer

April 25, 2020

As numbers of coronavirus cases have grown across the nation, hospitals have taken different measures to accommodate for use of supplies and space, as well as the safety of patients and employees.  Although the University of Virginia Health System has very few patients with coronavirus compared to other...

Corona Virus Forces Schools to Close

Corona Virus Forces Schools to Close

William Peritz and Staff Reports

March 13, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam has ordered all public schools in Virginia to be closed for a minimum of two weeks in response to the recent and rapidly developing spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. According to reports from NBC 29, Northam’s Friday, March 13th announcement has mandated ...

Is TikTok Safe?

Is TikTok Safe?

Aleena Patel and Ellie Shaps

March 13, 2020

We all know the app that has influenced our lives: TikTok. Everywhere we go, we see people mindlessly recreating viral dances and singing the fragments of the songs that have swept the nation. For most users, TikTok is always on their minds, but most don’t know what goes on behind the scenes. TikTok,...

Why ACPS closes for Winter Weather

Why ACPS closes for Winter Weather

Sidney Jackson, Editor-in-Chief

March 11, 2020

From a student’s perspective, no school means a relaxing day off. For parents, it often means having to miss work. Sometimes the reason for the snow day isn’t obvious. Do we really know the reason why school is cancelled when there seems to be a lack of snow in the area? Often times even though...

AP vs. IB

AP vs. IB

Rosie Dougherty-Herrmann, A&E Editor

March 9, 2020

Western offers a variety of AP classes which students can choose from, but AP is not the only system available for students wanting to take advanced or college level classes. One such other program, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, is a two-year-long program for juniors and seniors....

Individualism Meets High School: The ACPS Center Model

Individualism Meets High School: The ACPS Center Model

Rowan Thompson and Ellie Shaps

January 27, 2020

Two years ago, Albemarle County was faced with an issue: overcrowding in high schools was causing disruptions all across the county. They came up with two viable options. The first was to build a whole new high school, which had the potential to be extremely disruptive. New sports teams would have needed...