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The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

The Western Hemisphere

Students at Western have become more sneaky following the new cell phone policy.

Teachers Appreciate New Cell Phone Policy

Martha Thompson, Staff Writer January 6, 2023

The new cell phone policy implemented this year has affected the learning environment for the better and changed the way learning operates in classrooms. In previous years, especially with the challenges...

Math teacher Mr. Gauss uses his Promethean board to do interactive notes with his class.

Promethean: Worth It?

January 6, 2023

This school year Albemarle County Public Schools purchased new Promethean boards for almost every classroom in Albemarle County.  The purchases were made to combat the outdated and inconsistent technology...

Smith is looking for all products, such as these tampons

Monticello Student Forms Nonprofit for Period Products

Olivia Moore January 6, 2023

Grace Smith, a junior at Monticello High School, is always trying to help the community.   Smith was recently inspired to create Ready Girls, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes...

Tinder is excited for the new changes coming to the program

Albemarle County Changing Academies to Communities

Maria Kinnan, Staff Writer January 6, 2023

The Environmental Studies Academy (ESA) here at Western is one of the many academies across the county that focus on a specific four year long curriculum for students interested in certain fields.  But...

The Drama department is working to make “The Perfect Ending,” in fact, perfect.

It’s the End of the World!

Ava Ellis January 4, 2023

The drama department of WAHS has dealt with increased challenges this fall while Caitlin Pitts, Western’s musical theater teacher, has been away during initial preparations for “The Perfect Ending”,...

Laura Ford is one of Westerns permanent substitute teachers.

Western Struggles to Supply Substitutes

Audrey Miracle, Assistant Editor January 4, 2023

With a nationwide teacher shortage, it would seem that WAHS was caught in the web of teacher deficiency, but that’s not the case.  “I noticed…with the number of applicants, certain content areas...

Youngkins policies roll back previous protections for trans students in Virginias schools.

Youngkin Proposes New Policy for Transgender Students

Gray Tracey, Staff Writer November 12, 2022

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has proposed a new set of policies on how Virginia’s public schools should treat transgender and nonbinary students, one that differs significantly from the previous...

WAHS students constructed and decorated signs on short notice in preparation for their protest.
Picture courtesy of Mika Chaturvedi

WAHS Walks Out for Abortion Rights

Jack Tueting, Assistant Editor June 9, 2022

Numerous WAHS students walked out of school on May 9th in protest of a leaked draft of the United State Supreme Court’s decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson. The leaked draft outlined a 5 to 4 majority...

Spanish teacher runs Boston Marathon

Spanish Teacher Runs Boston Marathon

Raley Baynes, Staff Writer June 6, 2022

Most people at Western know Ms. Katie Pugh as a no nonsense high-level Spanish teacher, however there is more to her than just that.. Distance running has always been something that Pugh loves. She began...

Since construction on a second tiny house halted with a arrival of the pandemic, the partially finished home has sat, abandoned, outside of the A Wing.

Three Years Later: What’s Going on With the Tiny House?

Will DeSimone, Editor-in-Chief June 6, 2022

In 2019, Mr. Matheny and his shop class started an ambitious project from scratch, working together on the construction of a tiny house.” The students and I wanted to build a tiny house, we got six...

Assistant principal Doug Granger is planning for a variety of parking changes for next school year.

Parking Causes Headaches for Students and Administration

Claire McMahon, Staff Writer March 28, 2022

At the beginning of the 2021 school year, the Western community expressed serious concerns regarding the lack of parking spaces made available to juniors. Assistant Principal and Director of Parking at...