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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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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!!!

General:

  • 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!

Clubs:

  • 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.

Counseling:

  • 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!

Sports:

  • 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
TIME EVENT DETAILS
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
TIME EVENT DETAILS
7:00pm Football: Varsity Game




vs. Turner Ashby

TA – Homecoming

Saturday, September 22, 2018
TIME EVENT DETAILS
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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