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WAHS Gets into the Holiday Spirit

WAHS Gets into the Holiday Spirit

December 20, 2013


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New Crozet Library Brings Community Together

New Crozet Library Brings Community Together

December 18, 2013


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Train depot station. Green Olive Tree. A small white building across the train station. For numerous years, the Crozet Library has searched scrutinously for a home, constantly looking for the ideal location to shelter books, learning, and a community. After years of shifting back and forth between different...

The History and Thievery of Bagels

The History and Thievery of Bagels

Tim DeSimone, Staff Writer

December 13, 2013


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Bagel sale popularity is soaring in Western. The favored TAB treat has people lining up everyday, and the smell can be traced all around the cafeteria. Everywhere students look, people have bagels in their hands. But did everyone pay for them? In the beginning there were donuts. Dozens of donuts were...

Fairytale “Valiant” Comes to Life

Fairytale “Valiant” Comes to Life

December 13, 2013


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While all of the students were dreading that first day of school after a relaxing summer, Western teacher Sarah McGuire was excitedly preparing for her book to be sold. Her book, “Valiant,” is a retelling of the Grimm’s fairy tale “The Brave Little Tailor” which is about a young boy’s adve...

School Board Ends Class Rank

School Board Ends Class Rank

Tim Dodson, News Editor

December 13, 2013


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After two months of discussion and deliberation, the Albemarle County School Board voted at their November 14 meeting  to end class rank for the 2014 - 2015 school year and beyond. By a unanimous vote, the Board ended the policy of reporting decile to colleges and universities. Board member Eric S...

School Board to Consider Decile Change at Next Meeting

School Board to Consider Decile Change at Next Meeting

Tim Dodson, News Editor

November 11, 2013


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Albemarle County is considering an end to class rank after two months of discussion. Beginning with a feeder pattern meeting in September, Assistant Superintendent Billy Haun led an investigation into class rank and college admissions. After much discussion with parents, college admissions officers, an...

ACPS Recommends a Change in Class Rank

ACPS Recommends a Change in Class Rank

Tim Dodson, News Editor

October 18, 2013


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“In the past two decades, class rank has become less important in college admissions,” a report from ACPS central office to the Albemarle County School Board read. On Oct. 10, ACPS central staff recommended an alteration to the 2014-2015 Program of Studies: the discontinuation of class rank. The p...

2013: Students Start the Spirit Week Competition

2013:  Students Start the Spirit Week Competition

Patrick Andrews, Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2013


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During lunch, students from all grades gathered in their respective corners of the cafeteria and started the scramble to complete their murals. The freshman class struggled to cover their red paper with white chalk to create an Arctic scene while the seniors excelled in turning their black background...

ACPS Reconsiders Reporting Class Rank

ACPS Reconsiders Reporting Class Rank

Tim Dodson, News Editor

September 21, 2013


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Albemarle County Public Schools is considering the possibility of changing its class ranking and reporting system. The WAHS College Planning Night kicked off with a discussion on class rank and the implications it has in the college application process. Currently, class rank is calculated at the beginning of s...

Rowing Flea Market

Tim DeSimone

September 19, 2013


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This past Saturday all rowers were up early for this year’s flea market. Paintings, chairs, tables and vases of all sizes were strewn around the Cafeteria, while excited customers circled  tables and rowers moved around to assist where needed. Many customers filed out of the flea market with arms ...

Dueling Service: Two Community Service Clubs Established at Western

Dueling Service: Two Community Service Clubs Established at Western

Zach Mandell, Web Editor

September 14, 2013


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There will be two service-oriented clubs represented at the Club Retreat. The Key Club returns after having a whopping 110 members last year. This year, Interact, which will be headed by Seamore Zhu and sponsored by Mr. Anderson, plays new kid on the block. Some fear that the presence of two big commu...

Student Volunteers Excited About New Crozet Library

Student Volunteers Excited About New Crozet Library

Tim Dodson, News Editor

September 9, 2013


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For WAHS senior Mary Swanson, there’s no love lost for the old Crozet library. “What I’m going to miss most is the train; you could feel the whole building shake,” said Swanson, veteran volunteer at the library. The opening of the newly constructed and furnished library brought dozens of fam...