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So what’s the good news at WHS?

In an effort to showcase the GOOD that happens here at WHS, the journalism class is collecting examples of things that are happening here in the building and with our students and staff. Enjoy and feel free to comment below.
  • From Ms. Cupp: Jordan Bartley, a current WHS student, found over $200.00 in the hall. Despite classmates and friends telling him to keep it, he turned it into the office! Way to go Jordan!
  • Mrs. Dixon became a grandmother to a beautiful baby boy on September 11th. Congratulations!
  • Mrs. Musick is thankful to work with teachers, staff and administrators who are so supportive and encouraging.
  • From Mrs. Hellerman: Mr. Ford and Mr. Ramsey, from the WPS IT department, have set up most WHS computers to feature giantword.com on the browsers at launch. Teachers can now encourage students to check out GIANTWORD.COM, the student news website, for daily announcements, articles, and pictures while students are using the computer labs. Thanks for all your hard work!
  • Mr. Smith, WHS band director, is thankful for Mrs. Sensabaugh. The mass band star spangled banner would not have been possible without the help of Mrs. Sensabaugh! She was there for any and everything I needed Friday. Also a big thank you to Coach Mac for letting us add somthing to the pregame schedule. The band had a great time preforming with Riverheads and Kate Collins!
  • Mrs. Sati is extremely appreciative to all the students Eunice Kim, Do Hiep, Nina Quizado and teachers Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Laliberte, Mrs. Kim Wood, Mr. Hennel and Mr. Sati who made the NATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE WEEK  feel international. Thank you again for sharing with Latin students your beautiful cultural and linguistic experience and thus made us taste the world! The peak of the week was the cultural exchange between ELL and Latin students. What a week!

  • Ms. Crawford: Kyha Williams competed in a written and skills test at Tech for CNA and won (she got a perfect score), now she’s competing at the state level for Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA).

  • Congratulations to Janelle Harris for making All-VA Band!

  • Several theater associated students worked to help move into the new Wayne Theater. Several of those have already signed up to be volunteers. Congratulations to those involved for being in on the ground floor of something new and exciting in Waynesboro!

  • The WHS yearbook staff has met all of its deadlines. Spring sports is the last section. It is an awesome yearbook! Great job, staff!Order your WHS 2016 yearbook today.  See Mrs. Teeter for details.

  • Ms. Carter: Several WHS students will be participating in the 27th Annual National African American Read-In  (“Read to Achieve”) being held on Sun., Feb. 21st at 3:00 p.m. at Wenonah Elementary School, 125 North Bayard Avenue.  Guest Speaker: Desi Williams, Miss Virginia 2016. Participants include: Morgan Cain, Angelica Blair, Shyheim Kersey, Nigel Stewart, Tre Woodson.  They will select a piece from an African American author or poet and present it for 3 minutes.  The public is invited.

 


  • Mrs. Werle: Is excited that the students have started up the ASL club again. Madison Rowe and Dalton Branch have stepped up to be the new officers and are stirring up excitement about the club!

Congratulations to Angelica Blair! She was recognized last night at the Waynesboro city council meeting as one of the recipients of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award. Way to go Angelica! #proud2bWHS

Congratulations to Angelica Blair! She was recognized last night at the Waynesboro city council meeting as one of the recipients of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award. Way to go Angelica!
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In addition the Sophomores raised more than $300 selling holiday messages. These will be delivered by Santa and his elves today at the very end of 2nd period and through Advisory. This is money that will be given to Aarin and his family - not used to buy the groceries. All of the groceries were brought by more than 50 different sophomores from the list I gave them and the perishables were purchased with money given by staff members.

Sophomores raised more than $300 selling holiday messages. These will be delivered by Santa and his elves to Aarin Moss and his family. In addition, students, faculty, and staff brought in groceries, including some of Aarin’s favorite foods. These items will help Aarin and his family throughout the holidays. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Aarin Moss stopped by on Dec. 15th to hang out with the Leadership class. They shared pizza, played Uno and had a good time catching up. #proud2bWHS

Aarin Moss stopped by on Dec. 15th to hang out with the Leadership class. They shared pizza, played Uno and had a good time catching up. #proud2bWHS

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Mr. Smith and Mrs. Sensabaugh played in the Stonewall Brigade Band Christmas Concert. They had a blast!

  • The senior class officers voted to to sponsor a child for the Salvation Army Angel Tree project.  Last night, we went shopping for our child and had a blast!
Senior class officers shopping for Angel Tree

Senior class officers shopping for Angel Tree

  •  Beta Club collected over 60 pounds of winter clothing that was donated to Salvation Army.
  • Latin students had a blast at Latin convention and won lots of awards!  Mrs. Sati has made the study of Latin so much fun and we are so lucky to have her here!!!
  • Senior Dylan McCauley interviewed with UTI yesterday. If he is chosen he will attend  school in North Carolina, for auto mechanics, then continue on with his professional career with NASCAR! WAY TO GO DYLAN!!!
  • Congratulations to WHS senior Jordan Miller, who signed a letter of intent for swimming at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Way to GO!
-Mrs. Musick: Students in computer application classes did an outstanding job learning about creating a positive digital footprint. They used a website called Tagxedo to create this awesome bulletin board!

-Mrs. Musick: Students in computer application classes did an outstanding job learning about creating a positive digital footprint. They used a website called Tagxedo to create this awesome bulletin board!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ms.Hellerman: I am so proud of Winter Jennings-Montgomery for stepping outside her comfort zone by doing advisory announcements and gathering lots of interviews for her latest article. Way to shine, Winter!

  • Mr.Hennel: I’m so glad I had the opportunity to spend a beautifully clear fall election day afternoon with Laura Freed, Wesley Seay, Chris Williams, Mrs Donna Johnson and my local grandsons Jack and Harry on the Outing Club’s 5 mile hike around the top of Humpback Mountain. What a fine group of young people!

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the view from the top of Humpback Mountain

the view from the top of Humpback Mountain

the view from the top of Humpback Mountain

the view from the top of Humpback Mountain


  • Ms.Truslow: I can’t begin to express my pride in the cast and crew of “Hairspray!” What a hard working, fun group of kids. Special thanks to lots of WHS grads for returning to help as well!

Mr. Wion: Those crazy kids you saw running all over town back in June have run all the way to the state finals in Cross Country.  Congratulations Waynesboro CC!

Mr. Wion: Those crazy kids you saw running all over town back in June have run all the way to the state finals in Cross Country.  Congratulations Waynesboro CC!

 

  • Mr.Wion: Cross Country Region West Championships 2015.  Waynesboro CC boys team State Qualifiers.  Individual qualifier Grace Brooks.

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  • Mr. Smith: At our marching competition, Mrs. Sensabaugh went out of her way to help us set up our equipment on the field. This was a huge help and made my life much easier.
  • Mrs. Truslow: The Hairspray cast has been working SO hard to get ready for opening night. A big thank you to all the cast and crew for giving it their all!
  • Mr. Teachey: A GIANT thank you to all the faculty, staff, volunteers, and students that helped make the 2015 Homecoming Dance a big success.
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On Oct. 21, 2015, the Little Giant Observatory was open for the first time this fall. LGO is always a good time with something new learned every time. Last nights highlight was the International Space Station illuminated by the sun, which was well below the horizon. Thanks Coach Cox!

Mrs. Gilbert shared this picture of Nerio Teran. This is Nerio at 7:45 this morning, working on yet, another scholarship. He has stayed in my room during 3rd lunch each day, staying after school and coming in early every morning for the last 2 weeks. Wish more students had his work ethic. Way to GO, Nerio!

Mrs. Gilbert shared this picture of Nerio Teran. This is Nerio at 7:45 this morning, working on yet, another scholarship. He has stayed in my room during 3rd lunch each day, staying after school and coming in early every morning for the last 2 weeks. Wish more students had his work ethic.
Way to GO, Nerio!

  • The WHS student body raised over 5,000 cans in the food drive that took place during spirit week. All canned goods were sent to the Salvation Army Canned Food Drive.  This donation will help many families through this holiday sesason. #proud2bWHS
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Pictures from AP History and Language classes’ trip to Monticello. Mrs Loyacano, Mr Richards, and I took 34 students. The focus of the trip was the contradictions between Jefferson’s legacies of equality and slavery.

Pictures from AP History and Language classes' trip to Monticello. Mrs Loyacano, Mr Richards, and I took 34 students. The focus of the trip was the contradictions between Jefferson's legacies of equality and slavery.

Pictures from AP History and Language classes’ trip to Monticello. Mrs Loyacano, Mr Richards, and I took 34 students. The focus of the trip was the contradictions between Jefferson’s legacies of equality and slavery.


Mrs. Sherrill: This is a photo of French I students enjoying crepes a la fraise et nutella during class. Cooking and sharing French/francophone recipes at home or with class is one option for their Global Awareness Project. These are KCMS 8th grade students who have the opportunity to come to WHS daily for their French class.

Mrs. Sherrill: This is a photo of French I students enjoying crepes a la fraise et nutella during class. Cooking and sharing French/francophone recipes at home or with class is one option for their Global Awareness Project. These are KCMS 8th grade students who have the opportunity to come to WHS daily for their French class.


– A GIANT thank you to the parents who provided a lovely soup dinner for the faculty and staff on Oct. 12 for Parent/Teacher conference night. What a delicious treat!


– Elissa Loya, a WHS senior, has shown fantastic focus and determination in her English class. Her grades reflect her hard work and the pride she is taking in herself.

  • Mr. Wion: The Earth science classes have been busy conducting weather experiments and visiting JMU. On the JMU field trip, students placed a wind turbine on a school map, saw radar imaging reveal ancient caravan routes to a lost city, and watched the birth of our universe, solar system, and life itself on our planet.
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Students testing wind conditions on the WHS rooftop.

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Students testing wind conditions on the WHS rooftop.

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Students testing wind conditions on the WHS rooftop.

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Mr. Wion’s class experimenting at the bleachers.

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Mr. Wion’s class experimenting at the bleachers.

Preparing to blast past all of the planets in modified rocket chair at speeds over 100 times the speed of light if this were not to scale!

Solar System to scale Earth: Preparing to blast past all of the planets in modified rocket chair at speeds over 100 times the speed of light if this were not to scale!

– Mrs. Crawford: I am thankful for my substitute, Meghan Almarode Shifflett, and my student athletic training students (Nicole, Morgan, Lucy, Kyha, Taylor, Hannah, BreAnna, and Avery) for all they are doing while I’m on leave! Say hello to the newest member of my family.

  • Mr. Ryman: Many of our students participated in All County Choir all day on October 12th. The event took place at Lee High School and was conducted by Dr. Bryce Hayes from JMU. The kids performed beautifully and represented Waynesboro admirably the entire day.
  • Mrs. Loyacano: Caleb Martin was willing to come out in the hall with me when we heard a fight breaking out. He did not have to do that, but I am very appreciative.
  • Mr. Stamm: Teacher appreciation night at the volleyball game was great.  Ms. Valerio did a great job organizing it and the girls played a great match.
  • Mrs. Dixon: Mr. Bowyer, one of our new WHS Social Studies teachers, is so willing to work along with me in learning how to differentiate information for students with learning disabilities.  Hats off, Mr Bowyer!
  • Mrs. Hellerman is grateful for the entire giantword journalism staff. They did a fantastic job of documenting the Spirit Week festivities and last minute changes due to weather. They truly are GIANTS!
  • Dr. Barker: As of this moment, the AC in 213 A&B is working. Fixed yesterday – the first day of Fall.
  • Ms. Carter: The Interact club received a grant from Y Street for $2000 to focus on healthly lifestyles (child obesity) and deglamorizing tobacco products.  Projects will take place all year long and this grant will be a primary focus for Interact this year.
  • Mrs. Loyacano: The new teachers have successfully, awesomely made it through the first month of school . Yay! Lucy Paiste graciously sent home a ridiculously large Elsa balloon for my daughter…making her entire week/month.
  • Mr. Richards’ 1st and 4th Blocks have raised 183 items for the Battle for the Bundles of Hope Food/Care Items Drive!  Follow them on Twitter @bundlesofHope16.
  • Mrs. Werle: After almost 1 year of letter writing, petition signing, and getting our local political representatives involved, James Madison University has changed their acceptance policy regarding foreign language. Now 3 years of ASL satisfies JMU’s minimal entry requirements for a foreign language
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– Wish Mrs. Gauthier-Martin good luck on her roller derby team, Charlottesville Derby Dames, as they compete in the WFTDA Division I tournament this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida with my roller derby team, the Charlottesville Derby Dames. They’ve trained hard to become one of the top 40 teams internationally. Their first game of the weekend will be that Friday against Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Dr. Barker: The outpouring of help and concern during the recent ‘flooding’ incident has been greatly appreciated as is the heart-felt interest in the well-being of the Math department by our colleagues.
  • Mrs. Teeter is thankful to have Mrs. Carter in her English class. Mrs. Carter is bright, fun, helpful, energetic, and most of all, appreciated!
  • Ms. Gauthier-Martin  is headed to Jacksonville, Florida with her roller derby team, the Charlottesville Derby Dames, on Sept. 18th. The Derby Dames have trained hard to become one of the top 40 teams internationally and have qualified for the WFTDA Division I tournament.  Their first game will be tagainst a team from Glasgow, Scotland.
  • The WHS swim team is selling funnel cakes at every home football game!
  • Congratulations to the newly elected senior class officers: President:  Dominique Gray, Vice President:  Anna Fridley, Secretary:  Dalton Lafferty, Treasurer:  Bobby Carey
  • Mrs. Musick, CTE teacher: Dr. Barker’s room was flooded during the recent storm and Bobbie Gilbert stayed after school to clean it up and move computers so there was minimal damage. Mr. Stamm helped too.
  • Let it be known that Carol Coyner helped Matt Grandpre with a technology problem.
  • Mr. Smith, the WHS band director: The band’s going to be in new uniforms this Fri., Sept. 4th, 2015, for the first time in over 30 years! It’s somewhat old news, but still good.
  • Mr. Teachey, principal: Mrs. Blacka is becoming our office “tech” expert with the absence of Mr. Gates!  She created postcards to be mailed using PowerSchool and other resources without any help!
  • Mrs. Riggan, history teacher: I tried to donate a table to Ms. Cupp for her classroom, but before it could be delivered from the hallway outside my room, somebody sat on it and broke it. Mrs. Hulse’s technology class repaired it and delivered it to Ms. Cupp’s room today (less than a week after the “accident.”)  This is actually the second time Mrs. Hulse’s class has come to my rescue in this way.
  • Ms. Jones, assistant principal: Kenneth Joyner has been a great leader and helper during 3rd lunch.  He has always stepped in and assisted administration when asked without complaint.
  • Mrs. Teeter, English teacher: I am thankful to have Mrs. Carter in my English class. She is bright, fun, helpful, energetic, and most of all, appreciated.

 

 

 

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