The Western Hemisphere

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The cicadas will first emerge in southern states towards the final days of March. This means that there’s a good chance that you’ll see your fair share of cicadas this spring.

Brood X is Coming and Here’s What You Should Know

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer April 13, 2021

This spring, Brood X cicadas, pronounced brood ten, will claw their way out of the earth. They will emerge in the hundreds of billions, leaving their underground homes where they have been living for 17...

Small businesses in Texas, such as Christie's Sports Bar in Dallas, face unprecedented conditions due to COVID-19.

Texas Governor Faces Backlash for Repealing COVID-19 Restrictions

Abigail Connelly, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 2, 2021

On March 2, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbot released a decision to lift coronavirus containment efforts. Governor Abbot announced he was issuing an executive order to “lift the mask mandate and open...

Administration is still working on the best way to notify students and families about Covid exposures.

Admin Responds to Criticism over Covid Notification System

Brian O'Dea, Managing Editor March 24, 2021

On Monday afternoon, the Western administration sent out multiple emails to certain groups of people to inform them about positive Covid tests in the school community.  However, some families who received...

College and COVID-19

College and COVID-19

Seniors Trek Through the College Process Amid COVID-19 Confusion
Harrison Miracle, News Editor March 17, 2021

At the forefront of all COVID-related school issues is the confusion surrounding the college process this year, giving seniors yet another problem to deal with. In light of the difficulty students already...

In addition to vaccinations, the School Board has mandated several mitigation policies within schools.

County Schools to Enter Stage 4; In-person Learning Offered to All

Jack Tueting and Walter Moak March 5, 2021

Albemarle County high-schoolers will return to school on March 15th, per the School Board’s decision to progress to Stage 4 of the county’s reopening plan.  In accordance with Governor Ralph Northam’s...

Mr. Grimes' history classroom, ready for hybrid instruction.

Teachers Adapt to New Circumstances Due to COVID-19

Lee Marcel, Staff Writer February 28, 2021

The closing of schools and the rapid change to virtual learning has resulted in teachers having to quickly reevaluate their courses and adjust their teaching methods, in order to better sustain a functional...

A Celebration of Music

Online concerts bring us together while we're at home
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...

Local Health Department Addresses COVID-19

Local Health Department Addresses COVID-19

The mechanics of contact-tracing during the pandemic
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...

Covid Lockdown Causes Carbon Drop

Covid Lockdown Causes Carbon Drop

Environmental Effects of the Pandemic
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...

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...

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Jason Lee Appointed as Principal of WAHS

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...

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...

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