Archive | October, 2016

WHS field trip to UVA’s Fralin Museum

APUSH and APLang students visit the Fralin Museum on the  University of Virginia campus  Friday, October 28th.

APUSH and APLang students visit the Fralin Museum on the University of Virginia campus Friday, October 28th.

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WHS haunted house promises scary fun

By Jisell Lopez

The WHS Haunted House is back after a year break thanks to a dedicated group of student actors who are willing to frighten visitors with terrifying costumes, hungry zombies, and goulish good fun!  For $5, visitors can come to WHS from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th for a great time. I sat down with Mrs. Ford, WHS leadership teacher and Haunted House coordinator, to get the scoop. 

GiantWord: Where is the Haunted House and how scary is it?

Mrs. Ford: “It’s primarily on the second floor. We change up the routine every year, but second floor…is big enough. We’ve got a lot of space [with] a lot of neat hiding holes that kids can hide in and jump out of. Sometimes we will take visitors outside and we will scare them one last time.”  

GW: What does it take to put the Haunted House together?

Ford: “The Haunted House has been going on for 7 years. We didn’t do it last year because of a lack of actors. The actors don’t need to spend any money because we have all the costumes we need. Walmart donated boxes of makeup and costumes. So we set everything up and take everything down in one day. We’ll  start setting up at probably noon on Saturday. The kids will come in around 2 or 3 and start setting up their [spaces]. They decorate their individual spaces and get in costume. We hold the haunted house from 7 to 10 pm and then we take down and put everything away by 11:30.”

GW: How do you keep the experience safe and fun?

Ford: “So I have some pretty basic rules that all my actors know regarding what they’re allowed to put in the rooms–no liquids in the room because we don’t want anyone to slip and fall. We have rules about not touching any of the visitors that come through. We go over the fire safety plans before the event starts, and we talk about no glass or anything that could break and potentially harm someone. So, we just keep the rules pretty simple and then I let the kids be as creative as they want to. From that point on it seems to work.”

GW: Who helps the actors get ready?

Ford: “The actors, they all help themselves. Sometimes we’ll have kids come in just to do makeup, but most of the time it’s just the kids do their own makeup. We’ll do a makeup tutorial a couple of days before the haunted house so they get some ideas.”

GW: What is the recommended age for visitors?

Ford: “We don’t have an age limit. I do tell all of our visitors that it is scary, that we do have fake blood. But some of the rules are that the kids aren’t allowed to curse at anyone, so even though it’s a haunted house, we try to keep it PG.”

The WHS Haunted House costs $5 and will be open on Saturday, October 29th from 7 to 10pm.

 

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Waynesboro High School Renovations

By Jisell, Eileen, and Millineum

Waynesboro High School has been standing since 1938. In those 78 year the school has some wear and tear. The decision to renovate or build a new school was a hard choice for the school board and the city council. Dr. Cassell told the School Board he had relayed the motion and vote from the last School Board meeting to City Manager, Mike Hamp. This motion was a recommendation of a new high school on a new site accompanied by a request for a joint work session of the School Board and City Council to begin to discuss the logistics of how this might move forward.  Both bodies agreed that improvements are needed for the high school. Back in April, city leaders met to discuss the future of the 78-year-old building and stated that a new building would ring up at around $73 million, while renovating would cost about $35 million.The council used a study previously conducted of the school building in their decision making process. The city now plans to move forward with a plan to improve the current facility. That would include a multi-story addition, according to Freeman.

 

According to the City Council Meeting Minutes ,discussion focused on the benefits and costs of renovating the current high school versus building a new school with more acreage for facilities and parking, the expected life span of a renovated building (approximately 25 years) and a new building (approximately 50 years), the competitive advantage when compared to neighboring localities that have upgraded facilities, the financial impact on citizen’s real estate taxes, the impact of a substantial tax increase on prospective businesses, and other capital expenditure demands on the General Fund.

 

Some of the teachers who have been in this school for a while have a lot to say about the upcoming renovation. Ms Sapp is a English teacher who has been teaching at the WHS for years, and her room could use some fixing. Sapp has strong  opinions about the renovations .“I’m angry because I feel like our school board hasn’t been in the building enough,” she explained. Sapp said that she feels like they [the school board] don’t understand the main issues that the school is dealing with on a regular  basis. As an example, Sapp recalled getting an email from Mr. Teachey, he WHS principal, telling teachers  “Hey, we’re expecting rain, so put a trash can under the ceiling.” Sapp feels it’s it’s just unacceptable. Sapp needs some work in her room, but she has classes and the students are not going to focus during the renovation. Sapp believes he students will be distracted from learning.  

Mr. Wion, an Earth science teacher here at WHS, has a different  point of view. Wion is pleased that the need of a school renovation is being acknowledged, and that the school board and the town council

Students wouldn’t be able to enjoy having a newly renovated school until 2018, but there will be many  changes during the 2 year renovation process. The big question that everyone is wondering is, where will we be going during these renovations? According to a city council document ,Housing in one building: There may not be a building in the City large enough to accommodate needs. Would require rental costs and costs associated with temporary partitions or construction for classrooms students in the rental building.   Students were worried that they wouldn’t be able to focus or it would be to loud , but they have nothing to be worried about . “i think we were aware of the main issue but there are certain part of it that we havent been included in , and i think that we should have been.” said Laura Murano a freshman at WHS.

According to councilman Jeff Freeman, the decision to renovate was unanimous. Back in April, city leaders met to discuss the future of the 78-year-old building and stated that a new building would ring up at around $73 million, while renovating would cost about $35 million.The council used a study previously conducted of the school building in their decision making process. The city now plans to move forward with a plan to improve the current facility. That would include a multi-story addition, according to Freeman.

“We think that the [current] building can be something the community can be proud of,” said Freeman. “We think that it will meet the needs of the students for now and in the future.”

Freeman said the school’s convenient location also impacted the council’s move. “It was a tough decision that wasn’t made just in a meeting. We spent hours together [and] separately,” Freeman said. “It’s something we feel good about now.”

Back in April, city leaders met to discuss the future of the 78-year-old building and stated that a new building would ring up at around $73 million, while renovating would cost about $35 million.The council used a study previously conducted of the school building in their decision making process. The city now plans to move forward with a plan to improve the current facility. That would include a multi-story addition, according to Freeman.

 

AGENDA FOR WAYNESBORO CITY COUNCIL TO BE HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 14, 2003, AT 7:00 P. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2016.    

Waynesboro High School. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2016.  

@WHSVnews. “Waynesboro Councilman Defends Axing Plans for New High School.” Waynesboro Councilman Defends Axing Plans for New High School. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2016.

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Spanish club

 

The spanish club is a club where students can go to enjoy and respect the Hispanic
culture. Even though the club is new, and it’s their fourth year it has done a lot of great things. The Spanish students demanded the club and that’s how the club was created. The club encourages the use of Spanish, but more importantly, it promotes Hispanic culture and celebrates Hispanic traditions.
Anyone can join and you don’t have to speak Spanish to be in the club. If anyone want to join see the president of the club Rebecca Pereles for forms and information.
The club does things all year such as Day of the Dead celebration, a Navidad (Christmas) party with a gift exchange and piñata breaking. For charitable work, the Spanish club students participate in Relay for Life to raise money for cancer. The club is planning to do a talent show on March the 11th. In the future, the Spanish club members are also going to start watching soccer games together and cheering on their favorite teams. They also go out to eat together and learn about the cultural foods.
“The Spanish club really allows students to connect with each other, learn about someone else’s culture, have fun and explore different cultural traditions. The club is an opportunity to help others and come together no matter your ethnicity,” said Moore. “The club allows students to meet some amazing people and make new friends. Plus you get to eat incredible food and party.”
The founder of the Spanish club, Ms Moore, puts so much time in effort into the club. She cooks for hours to make all the amazing food that is made for the club meetings and parties. “ I do it for my students,” said Moore. Moore loves seeing her students connect and learn from each other. In this club there’s really no different races or beliefs, they come together as one. If anyone want to join see the president of the club Rebecca Pereles for forms and information.

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One Act Play – Gossip

By Alyssa Kerrigan

The drama club at Waynesboro High School is putting on a one act play, Gossip, in a competition at Turner Ashby High School on October 22nd. Waynesboro has been participating in this competition for for over thirty years, and although there have been a few losses in the past few years, Mrs. Truslow, the drama teacher, expects this year to be different. “I want to improve,” Truslow said, “I’m proud of every performance we’ve done, but I want them to move up the ladder now.”

Jackie Combs, a student at Waynesboro High School, is the director of the play. As the director, she has big responsibilities. “I have to make sure everybody’s on track, and are in practice and off their books at a certain time,” Combs said, “and the director also helps with the costumes, and designs, and sets.” Being the director is a big job, and there a few challenges. For example, Combs is in charge of seeing that the students learn their lines in time. “Getting them to memorize their lines is like the biggest part of it,” said Combs, “at a certain point I’m like, ‘All ya’ll, out the books, put them down!’” Aside from the responsibilities, Combs enjoys her job as the director of the play. She gets to meet new people at the competitions, and the feeling of accomplishment is rewarding, “We’re like, ‘Oh man, we succeeded!’” said Combs.

Truslow felt like Gossip was an appropriate play for the drama club to put on because it was written for a high school audience. She also made her choice based on who would see the performance at the competition. “We knew we were going to be in front of a bunch of actors and actresses, and that they would enjoy a play with a message” Truslow said. The play is about high school  students, and it is performed by high school students, making it easier for them to connect to the story and give a believable performance to the audience. “I felt like it was something that affected so many people, that it had a message that not just students, anybody could learn from.” said Truslow.

Gossip is an opportunity for Waynesboro High School to step it up at the competition this year, and for the students in the drama club to give an enjoyable performance, not only to the audience, but for themselves. “It’s really fun.” Combs said. It’s a way for the students to develop their acting skills while meeting new people and having fun at the same time.

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Field Day: Dunk Tank and Inflatables

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Friday Field day and Class Colors

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Seniors finish strong in the canned food drive.

Seniors finish strong in the canned food drive.

Seniors finish strong in the canned food drive.

Seniors finish strong in the canned food drive.

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Interact: Service with a Purpose

By: Destiny Lam

Mrs. Carter: Sponsor of the Interact club

Mrs. Carter: Sponsor of the Interact club

Interact is a club sponsored by Mrs.Carter, a paraprofessional here at WHS, focused on community service and selflessness and their motto is, “Service above self,” and rightly so. Members of Interact devote their time to helping others and making a positive impact on the community. Students participating in Interact club are expected to have a well-rounded character focused specifically on respect, responsibility, and community awareness. Carter teaches her club members the importance of morals and principles, respect being the most important to her.

 

“Respect is at the top of my spectrum,” said Carter. She feels that Interact club offers a supportive community for those who feel out of place. “There were many students who had no place to belong, no place to go, so they joined the Interact club,” said Carter.

 

Interact is known for their diversity and special strive for excellence. They have definitely made a positive impact on the school and the community. In fact, the Waynesboro School Board has recognized them for “Celebrating Excellence”. “Interact has been the largest community service club at Waynesboro High. We are well known and respected in the community,” said Carter. Not only has Interact been recognized by the school board, but they have also been awarded two presidential citations–once during the 2012-13 school year and again in 2015-16.

 

Mr. Richards, a History teacher here at WHS and sponsor of the Civic Learning Project, said, “Interact is continuing to put a positive spotlight on WHS.” Richards has personal experience with the Interact club as Interact has helped him provide opportunities for community service. He feels that Interact has aided his project in thriving as much as it has in the three years it has been active. “Without the club, my project would still exist, however, the challenges of my students being able to find community service would probably be more difficult,” said Richards.
From blood drives, food drives, fundraisers, and other community service projects in Waynesboro, the Interact club has enhanced WHS and provided new opportunities for students and other projects. Interact has made a positive difference in our community.

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Marching Under the Lights

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By: Sarrah Cochran  

The Waynesboro High School marching band has been marching onto the field for many football seasons, including the years where the band would stand still on the field and play their show. That all changed when Mr. Keith Smith was hired as the band director nearly 5 years ago because the marching band started to move more and more during their shows. Now the marching band plays at halftime nearly every home game.

There have been numerous difficulties in getting the marching band onto the football field to practice their show, including scheduling conflicts with JV football games and inclement weather. But Smith has gotten it all to work out.

“The band practices twice a week, on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, and it’s the same show we use for competitions, so we practice continuously throughout the season. And there’s always room for improvement,” Smith said. The WHS marching band has grown and shrunk over the last few years, but the size of the band is no big obstacle for Smith.

“At the beginning of the year, I was worried because we lost tons of talented seniors last year, but as we started practicing, I realized it’s easier to practice with a smaller band. This year is a lot about rebuilding,” Smith said. At home football games the crowd has always been really enthusiastic, especially with Waynesboro High School having many different clubs and groups that keep the crowd hyped–including the marching band.

Another important group to the marching band at Waynesboro High School is the football team. Without them, there would be no halftime shows for the marching band. The year the Waynesboro football team went to playoffs, Coach McDaniel told Smith that the football team missed the band playing for them while the football team played on the field.

“The band helps pump the crowd up when the team makes a good play or when something happens to change the momentum of the game at the particular time in the game,” Coach McDaniel said . McDaniel has been very cooperative when it came to having the fields lined for the games and the band to practice on in years past.

Riley Randall, a former football player, said“I can’t speak for everyone, but I enjoy [the marching band playing during halftime].” Randall played football his freshman year but didn’t try out for the team this year for personal reasons. Both Smith and Randall agreed that if the band didn’t play at the football games, people would notice.

“If the band didn’t play, I would hear from a number of parents about why their kids weren’t playing at halftime,” Smith said. Randall included the football team when he answered, “The crowd would really notice. The football players would notice a little bit, but they are really focused on the game.”

There was unanimous agreement that if the band wasn’t playing through the football game and at halftime it would be noticed. The band helps keep the crowd pumped up by playing songs people recognize such as “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King, the Game of Thrones theme song, and “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled. The marching band show this year is called Shades of Latin named for the Latin themed music they are playing. Don’t miss their halftime show at the home games!

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Wednesday Tacky Tourist Day

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