Archive | December, 2018

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GIANTS help locals in need at Valley Mission

By Avery Paiste

WHS students preparing to serve food in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

WHS students preparing to serve food in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

On Tuesday, November 20th, Mr Jones’ first and second blocks headed to the Valley Mission to prepare a Mexican feast. The Mission, located in Staunton, provides three meals every day to those in need. In addition to meals, the Mission provides many other resources such as sleeping arrangements, after school care, and job resources.

The trip followed months of preparation by students in both classes. In addition to the efforts of the students, some of the High School’s other students and faculty were generous enough to donate food. Students arrived at the mission with more food than they planned to cook and were able to donate that food to go towards later meals.

WHS students working in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

WHS students working in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

At the Mission, students got right to work cooking the meal and completing chores around the building, including organizing stored food. In the time at the mission, carts with food of all sorts essentially never stopped coming in. This proved the generosity of the Staunton community, and the effectiveness of a place like the Valley Mission. With all the incoming donations, students arranged Thanksgiving boxes with the food at hand.

Around noon guests arrived and, after a prayer, hopped in line to get their tray of food. The setup was very similar to that of the Waynesboro High School’s cafeteria with a line of hot foods and a large open room with foldable tables and chairs. Serving the meal took 30-45 minutes, and then students were allowed to enjoy the meal themselves, which consisted of beef tacos, a seasoned rice dish, and classic refried beans.

WHS students working in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

WHS students working in the Valley Mission kitchen. Photo by A. Jones

After dining came the clean up. The dining hall was cleaned up with great care. Groups split up to wash dishes, sweep and mop the floor, clean the tables, and store unused food. Then, students took a short tour to see other parts of the building before returning to school.

This trip brought a new perspective to some students on the trip including myself. It is valuable to see all paths of life, and this is a path that some often fail to see or consider. I can say with confidence, though, that the experience created a palpable joy to all parties involved. Volunteer work can seem pointless if those doing the work fail to see its positive effects. This work let students see how helpful their service was almost immediately, making it far more enjoyable and powerful.

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Announcements Dec 10 – 16, 2018

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


  • WHS Holiday Spirit Week Monday, December 10th – Friday, December 15th: Take a selfie or have someone take a picture of you dressed for spirit days. Then send it to before the end of the school day to be entered into the poll. We’ll post pictures to a poll on where you can vote for your favorites. Winners will be given gifts, including a Starbucks gift card, free Kline’s ice cream cones, a free Farmhaus coffee, free meals from Arby’s, free snack-sized wings at Buffalo Wild Wing’s
    Thursday, Dec. 13: Festive pants and socks day

    Wear holiday leggings, pajamas, sweatpants, and socks

    Friday, Dec. 14: Holiday movie character day

    Dress up as your favorite holiday movie character

    ❆ Winter Wonderland Dance ❆

    Saturday, Dec 15th 7-9 p.m.
    All tickets are $5 at the door

    tickets and permission slips will be taken at the door

    no outside guests allowed; semi-formal attire

  •  Students, if you are planning to go to the Winter Wonderland Dance on Saturday, you must have a signed permission slip at the door along with your $5. Permission slips can be found on the computer desk near the clinic in the main office.  REMEMBER, THE DANCE IS FOR WHS STUDENTS ONLY!


  • Winter weather has arrived! Learn to Ski or Snowboard with friends by participating in the Waynesboro Ski and Snowboard Club. Forms and Funds deadline for participation is quickly approaching. Get your reservation in with the Ski and Snowboard Club before DEC 18 for discounts on your fun and a ride Thursday afternoons from WHS to Wintergreen! See Mr. Wion or Mr. Johnson today!
  • Help Young Women of POWER provide hats and gloves for the children of Wayne Hills. Our goal is to give each child one hat and set of gloves to help keep them warm this season. We are collecting items for 150, 3 and 4-year-olds. If you would like to donate hats, gloves to this cause, a collection box will be set out by the front office. We will collect items until Dec. 17th,  please help us share a little warmth this season. See Ms. Cupp or any member of the group.
  • Join Fortnite Fridays at the rec center! The first Fornite Friday starts Friday, December 14th at the Rec from 3:30-5: 00 pm.



  • The winter cycle will begin December 13th @ 3:30 outside the weight room. Anybody planning on playing football next season should be in attendance.

Weekly Sports Calendar

Thursday, December 13, 2018
5:00pm Forensics: Varsity Match

vs. Harrisonburg

Friday, December 14, 2018
5:30pm Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Rockbridge County

5:30pm Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Rockbridge County

6:00pm Swim & Dive: Girls Varsity Meet


vs. Rockbridge County

6:00pm Swim & Dive: Boys Varsity Meet


vs. Rockbridge County

7:00pm Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Rockbridge County

7:00pm Basketball: Boys Varsity Game

vs. Rockbridge County

Saturday, December 15, 2018
10:00am Wrestling: Varsity Invitational

vs. Stuarts Draft

Sunday, December 16, 2018


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