The student news site of Western Albemarle High School

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

ACPS designed the grading policy as a means to promote county-wide equity.

ACPS Implements New County-Wide Grading Policy

Darrah Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2021

Albemarle County Public Schools began implementing a new grading policy for the 2021-2022 school year with an overall goal of promoting equity county-wide. New principal Jennifer Sublette says this...

After holding many roles before becoming a principal, Hackney knows the challenges of being a teacher but is here to help.

Brand New Face is Here to Stay

Tatiana Bird, Assistant Editor October 13, 2021

Among the new faces at Western, Assistant Principal H. Hackney is one that students will be seeing often. A Chapel Hill native, Hackney has been in and around schools for most of his life. Following jobs...

Sublette is eager to lead the school she once attended.

Sublette Returns to Lead Western

Jack Tueting, Assistant Editor October 11, 2021

For Jennifer Sublette, Western Albemarle High School is familiar.  Sublette, a 1988 graduate of WAHS, and an alum of American University, is the newest of a long string of principals at Western Albemarle,...

Granger has designed his office to represent his history in education as a student, teacher and administrator.

Granger Joins WAHS as Assistant Principal

Opal Kendall and Lily Kline October 10, 2021

Our new assistant principal Doug Granger, a long-time Crozet resident, has now worked at all levels of administration in Albemarle County Public Schools. At Western, Granger supervises the Fine Arts and...

Principal Jason Lee had led WAHS for one year.

Western Loses Two Principals

Harrison Miracle and Alex Noth June 10, 2021

With a wild school year coming to a close, even wilder news came with Western’s two leading administrators announcing their departure from the school after the 2021 year. Principal Jason Lee plans on...

Changing of the guard: outgoing Executive Council passes The Notebook to the newly elected EC. From left: new members Carly Hegemier, Michael Mitchell, Tate Kessler, Austin Winslow, Elke Beaumont, Jaiden Beckett-Ansa, and Nicole Bilchick receive The Notebook from graduating seniors Matthew Gustafson-Missett, Baylee Hughes, Hayes Hegemier, Anna Snyder, and Andrew Sime.

Students Elect New Leadership

Marja-Helena Barrett, Staff Writer June 8, 2021

The newest Executive Council has been elected. Members are rising seniors Elke Beaumont, Austin Winslow, Carly Hegemier, Nicole Bilchick, Tate Kessler, Jaden Beckett-Ansa, and rising junior Michael Mitchell....

Seniors To Graduate - in Person

Seniors To Graduate – in Person

Will DeSimone, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

Tonight, WAHS will hold the first of two graduation ceremonies this weekend. In order to hold in-person graduation while also maintaining social distancing precautions, administration split the celebration,...

Students are now able to get their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the ACPS vaccine clinic.

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Now Available For ACPS Students

Will DeSimone, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

On June 1 from 9:30am to 2:30pm, first dose Pfizer COVID-19 shots will be available to those who are ages twelve and up. Students under eighteen years old must have a parent or guardian present at their...

Students planned the workshops in response to the racism they have witnessed locally, nationally, and personally. Here, the memorial for Heather Heyer, who was killed during the 2017 Unite the Right rally, is still maintained on 4th Street downtown.

Students Lead Workshops on Anti-Racism

Thea Spitzner, Sephira Ainsworth, and Opal Kendall April 15, 2021

Beginning this Friday, students from the Multicultural Club and the Union of Color at WAHS are leading student-lead workshops centering around education, identification, and prevention of racism in our...

Credit: By Pmjacoby - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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 Christies 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...