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

College and COVID-19

College and COVID-19

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

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

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

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...

Photo courtesy of Jason Lee.

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...

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

UVA Hospital Prepares for Coronavirus Spread

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...

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....

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...