Archive | September, 2018

Students May Have Noticed an Increase in People Wearing Hardhats and Reflective Vests in the Hallways of Waynesboro High School

By: Cheyenna Pirkey and Lily Ockerman


Waynesboro High School is undergoing a series of renovations. The renovation as a whole has been split into three phases; some of which will result in the demolition of certain areas of the school while other areas will be added onto. All three phases are planned to be completed by July 15, 2020.

Phase one will include updating the 1930’s* and 1950’s** wings of the school and is anticipated to be finished by the time students return from winter break. In addition to that, Waynesboro Public Schools bought the old News Virginian building across the road, which will provide a new workspace for the CTE classes. This is beneficial because while construction is occurring, a total of six classrooms are lost, which results in teachers having to share rooms during their planning periods. With some teachers moving to the new space, the number of available classrooms will increase.

Alongside a new workspace, there will also be a crosswalk added between the high school and the new CTE building to ensure that students can cross the road safely. Bryan Stamm, one of the assistant principals at Waynesboro High School, said that safety is key; it is the number one priority.  

Phase two of the construction will result in the demolition and reconstruction of the 1970’s*** wing. This phase will result in the construction of a new 3 story classroom addition, as pictured below.

The third and final phase will be the construction of a 1,500 seat gymnasium. This phase is the most awaited phase and is planned to take the longest.

“Phases will overlap, there’s no doubt about it”, said David Nobles, the construction project manager. As with any project, delays are expected to occur. In fact, Nobles says, “It’s not getting a quick start,” so the completion dates may end up changing.

Another factor that could potentially affect the date of completion is the fact that there are no red-line drawings from previous contractors. A red-line drawing shows the changes to a previous drawing. In fact, Waynesboro High School has been renovated multiple times. However, the companies that completed the renovations in the past did not include drawings to show changes to the previous drawing of the building, so this could potentially be an issue for the construction workers that are completing the current project.


*1930’s- First to second floor from little gym to front office and Ms. Hellerman’s class to the library

**1950’s- First to second floor from Mr. Johnson’s class to Ms. Coyner’s class

***1970’s- First to third floor from old counseling offices to art rooms

Construction timeline Graphic created by: June Johnson and Lily Ockerman

Construction timeline
Graphic created by: June Johnson and Lily Ockerman

Phase two includes the construction of a new three-story classroom addition. Photo credit: The News Leader

Phase two includes the construction of a new three-story classroom addition. Photo credit: The News Leader


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Library’s New Company

Picture by: Eileen Ortiz

Picture by: Eileen Ortiz

                                                                                       By: Eileen Ortiz and Malaysia Woodson

In the midst of all the renovations, counseling has a part to play.

Last year, counselors were informed that they would have to move locations in order for construction to take place. Things moved slowly, but quickly picked up the pace.

On short notice, in August, the staff in counseling had a week to move their office  before the teachers got back to work.

The new space is now inside the library. According to Kelly Shaw, WHS counselor, “This is not the best place (for the counseling center) because now spaces have to be shared and it can be a problem.” The counseling rooms are right next to each other

“Confidentiality isn’t the best. The rooms are not that soundproof. We each have sound machines which we turn on when one of our students wants to talk in private,” said Shaw.

Matt Bailey, another WHS counselor, said “More students are reaching out because the counseling center is located where more of the students and classes are.”

According to him things are, “going very well.”

By April of 2019 the counseling office should be located in their new space which will be where the main office is located right now.  


As students and staff might have seen, the library has some new company now because the counseling office has been put there. Karen Galenis, WHS librarian and English 10 honors teacher, now has to share the space with the counseling office.

“It has directed more traffic towards the library, but parents and students are understanding that they have to be silent,” said Galenis.

One of the major things that is affected is SOL test would not be in library any more because there would be too much noise and students would be distracted. While it is cramped and multiple other issues are apparent, staff does have good things to say about the experience.

Mrs Galenis has described the experience as a blessing.

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Field day activities


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HoCo dress up day poll

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Security Updates at Waynesboro High School

By June Johnson and Cheyenna Pirkey

In the midst of the WHS building renovations, the school is receiving major security updates. These updates focus mainly on enhancing and adding to the current system, but not replacing it. These additions include new cameras inside and outside of the building, doors monitored by cameras and WHS staff, and possibly alarms to notify staff of doors that are open at inappropriate times. The updates should be started and completed in phase one of the construction. The ending date of phase one has not been set.

One main concern about the updates was that students might feel like their privacy was violated. However, reactions to the new precautions have been mostly positive, according to WHS assistant principal, Mr. Bryan Stamm, who is working with Mr. David Nobles to oversee the renovation. “It’s not a matter of keeping students in check. It’s a matter of trying to make sure the students are protected,” said Stamm.

Another concern was that these new safety factors might disturb the students’ standard school routine. While the updates might change the cycle, they shouldn’t be too disruptive. “You might gripe about it a little…but you guys are really flexible,” said Stamm. The changes will primarily be located on the entrances and exits of the building, so they shouldn’t impact the staff or students very much.

Photo by June Johnson Some students skip classes by propping open a door so they can return unnoticed. This is not only a bad decision on the students’ part- it's a safety issue. One concern expressed by Stamm is that people other than students might enter the building through the unlocked door. Monitoring doors eliminates this security issue, and will likely help prevent students skipping class.

Photo by June Johnson
Some students skip classes by propping open a door so they can return unnoticed. This is not only a bad decision on the students’ part- it’s a safety issue. One concern expressed by Stamm is that people other than students might enter the building through the unlocked door. Monitoring doors eliminates this security issue, and will likely help prevent students skipping class.

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Spirit Week 2018

Freshmen, Thalia Garcia and Mya Rowe. Photo credit: Malaysia Woodson.



Earth science teacher Mr. Wion. Photo credit: Journalism class.













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Homecoming Poll: Vote NOW

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Announcements Sept 17-21, 2018

Hello Giants! Here’s what is going on at WHS:

Homecoming 2018:

  • Homecoming tickets will be sold this week, the last day being Thursday, September 20th.
    $20 Single Tickets
    $30 Couple Tickets
    They will be $50 at the door!!!


  • Attention seniors
    Were you a cutie pie when you were a baby? Don’t forget to turn your digital  baby picture in for the yearbook by Wednesday  Oct. 12. The cost is $25. Do you have a message or a quote that you would like to share for free in the yearbook? Your senior quote must be typed and turned into Mrs. Musick by Friday Oct. 12th. This may be done by email. Remember a yearbook last forever!
  • Waynesboro High School is hosting College Night at the Best Western Thursday, September 20 from 6-8 PM.  There will be over 50 colleges, technical schools, military representatives and other programs in attendance.
  • ATTENTION UNDERCLASSMAN: Picture retakes will be on Friday, September 28th
  • Painting of parking spaces has been rescheduled to Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23rd from 11am to 4pm, The cost is still $15 dollars. Bring your own paint! If you have any questions contact Mr. Richards or Mr Smith.
  • If you are intending to go to the Citizenship Ceremony at the Frontier Culture Museum, please return your permission form to Mrs. Riggan as soon as possible. (Room 241). If you need a permission form, see Mrs. Riggan.
  • VHSL One Act Play Competition tryouts are September 24th- September 25th at 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm. See Mrs. Truslow Room 270 for more information.
  •  Due to a prior event at WHS, Parking Space Painting will be on Next Friday September 28th right after school. THIS WILL BE A ONE DAY EVENT!!! Please be sure to get the paperwork for the parking spaces signed and turned in on Next Wednesday! NO EXCEPTIONS!


  • The outing club will have a brief meeting Wednesday September 19th during advisory in room 269 to plan an adventure.
  • There will be an Interact meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19th @ 3:30 in room 140
  • Ski and snowboard club informational packets are available from Mr. Johnson or Mr. Wion. Pick up your forms and plan to join us in the COOLEST (and coldest) club at WHS!
  • There will be a Beta Club meeting this Thursday, September 20th immediately after school in the Library. All members should check their emails for important information
  • This week is Deaf Awareness week, please join the ASL club on Tuesday, September 25 at 3:20 pm in Ms. Werle’s room. We will play games, learn signs, and have snacks. All are welcome.


  • College Night 2018, sponsored by WHS, will be held at the Best Western of Waynesboro from 6-8pm on Thursday Sept. 20th.  This is a great opportunity to meet representatives and get information from over 50 colleges, universities, and technical schools.  All students are welcome!


  • This year the price for a Varsity Football Game is $6.
  • Jacob Allen, Sam Sikora, Kevin Hicks,  Riley Hamp,  Emily Hamp and Xavier Golladay are the golfers that are gone today.

Weekly Sports Calendar

 The jv football game vs Turner Ashby scheduled for Wednesday Sept 19th has been rescheduled for Thursday Sept 20th at 6:00 
Thursday, September 20, 2018
9:00am Golf: Boys Varsity District Tournament vs. Broadway, Fort Defiance, Harrisonburg, Rockbridge County, Spotswood, Turner Ashby

6:00pm Volleyball: Girls JV Game

vs. Harrisonburg

7:30pm Volleyball: Girls Varsity Game

vs. Harrisonburg

Friday, September 21, 2018
7:00pm Football: Varsity Game

vs. Turner Ashby

TA – Homecoming

Saturday, September 22, 2018
TBD Cross Country: Girls Varsity Invitational vs. Fork Union Military Academy

 @ Fork Union Military Academy
TBD Cross Country: Boys Varsity Invitational vs. Fork Union Military Academy

 @ Fork Union Military Academy

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Preparing for Hurricane Florence

By: Victor Sansing

A state of emergency has been declared in the state of Virginia ahead of the incoming Hurricane Florence. This declaration includes the Shenandoah Valley and Waynesboro, Virginia.

Gary Critzer, the Director of Emergency Management in Waynesboro, Virginia, shed some light on the matter.

The incoming storm has the potential to leave serious damage in its wake. Large scale rainfall and massive winds are forecast.

Waynesboro is already taking precautions ahead of the storm.

“Evacuation is definitely a probability,” said Critzer. There is a potential for the evacuation of many areas due to flooding.

The city will have a few emergency shelters set up throughout town.

“Our primary shelter is at Kate Collins Middle School. We have a large generator there that provides backup power for that facility. Our secondary shelters are the high school and William Perry Elementary School,” said Critzer. 

Registered service animals will be allowed to enter these shelters with their owners, but other pets will be put in a separate shelter.

If they’re not service animals there will be a pet shelter set up in the area. It’d be a shared shelter with our partners in Augusta county and Staunton. It’s typically at Expoland,” said Critzer. 

“We’re working right now to determine if were using that shelter or if we will partner with private facilities in the city to house animals. Typically the animal hospitals are very good about working with us if there’s need for pet sheltering,” said Critzer.

Because there is the potential to use schools as shelters, they could be closed.

“I would anticipate that especially if we have to open the shelter; obviously, that would affect Kate Collins. If the weather is terrible and we’re having local flooding I would anticipate that happening. We’ve already been in communication with Dr. Cassle about the shelter and we certainly will be having those conversations with him,” said Critzer about the potential school closures.

“If the roads are not passable or there’s areas that are hazardous, we certainly don’t want school buses out trying to get children to school,” said Critzer.

Tim Teachy, principal at Wayneboro High School, also offered a statement about the potential for school closure.

“Everything is on the table,” said Teachey.

Flooding is also a probability especially in the low-lying, flood-prone areas of Waynesboro. “As saturated as the ground is and with as much rain as we’ve already had over the weekend the river cant handle a whole lot more. Also living next to the mountains we have to deal with all of the runoff that occurs in a major storm like this,” Critzer stated.

According to Critzer, some of the flood prone areas are:

  • Downtown Waynesboro
  • Southeast Main Street
  • South Charlotte Avenue
  • South Bath Avenue
  • Arch Avenue
  • Market Avenue
  • Club Court Area
  • Shore Road
  • River Road
  • York Drive 
  • Areas that butt up against the river
  • Meadowbrook Road

Although many places may experience flooding, Waynesboro has a plan.

“Sand and bags will be made available in all the flood-prone areas,” according to Critzer.

The city doesn’t have the resources to fill all the bags so business owners and townspeople will be given sand and bags, free of charge, but they will be responsible for filling and placing them.

People need to take these evacuations seriously and should comply with the city’s asks. The city does have water rescue services, though.

“We’re part of a regional team, and they’re available. Also, we have access to state resources and statewide water rescue teams if we would need them,” said Critzer.  

“It’s [the team] multi-jurisdictional. It’s Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, and Rockingham, and they all share those resources. It’s called a regional team it’s made up of folks from all three jurisdictions,” said Critzer.

Critzer would like people to know that they should, “Take this storm very seriously.”

Critzer also believes that everyone should know and understand the following:

“People need to be self sufficient for at least the first seventy-two hours.”

“People need to follow the weather forecasts closely.”

“Close attention should be paid by the people who live or have a business in the low-lying, flood-prone areas.”

“Everybody needs to have a family emergency plan.”

Emergency plans need to be detailed and everyone should be readily equipped with the following:

  • Food and supplies. Have at least a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food. For children, have infant food and diapers and for pets, food and supplies.
  • Medical needs. Keep at least one week of medicines and copies of prescriptions. Have a first aid kit and antibiotic ointment.
  • Protective gear and clothing. Keep extra warm clothing, sturdy shoes, and blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Emergency funds. Funds should be available to take care of you and your family for several days. Government funds take time. Plan for funds to cover lodging, fuel and meals. Do not rely on credit cards or debit cards because networks such as the internet or electrical infrastructure may be damaged. Withdraw plenty of cash before the storm.
    Image Credit: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Image Credit: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Accessed September 11, 2018.

    Image Credit: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Accessed September 12, 2018.

    Image Credit: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Accessed September 12, 2018.

    All of the information in this article is subject to change with the constantly updating forecasts. Still, people should not take this storm lightly and be prepared for anything that could happen as a result of the incoming cyclone.


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