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Announcements Jan 22-27, 2019

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


  • Ben White was selected to participate in All State Chorus. James Kim was selected as First Alternate for All State. Congratulations to both of them!
  • Congratulations to Isaiah Clinger, Meagan Cuomo, Tarah Hansley, Elizabeth Johns, James Kim, Melody Robinson, Gabriel Salzman, and Thomas Wagoner for making All District Band. The All District Band concert will be held February 2nd at 3 pm at Harrisonburg High School. Best of luck!
  • Friday night basketball returns to the Y from 9-11 pm. Come on out and join the fun!


  • Ski and Snowboard Club heads to Wintergreen on Thursday, January 24th after school! This outing looks like it will definitely happen this time! So…ALL 3 package deal club members: YOU ARE SIGNED UP TO GO—UNLESS YOU TALK TO MR. WION BEFORE 1:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY!! 
  • Did you know that teen sex trafficking and teen slavery are issues happening to people today? Interact club wants you to know this puts teens in danger because we are the target group.  Remember to always be aware of your surroundings–especially when you’re alone.  So today when you see red ribbons, it is to bring awareness to sex trafficking and slavery among teens. Be safe out there!


  • Seniors planning to attend BRCC: Please see Mrs. Wood to sign a transcript release form for Blue Ridge before January 31st.
  • Students, check your school email for important information about scheduling for next year.  Counselors will call students from class during the next 6 weeks.  Review the courses available in your email and be ready to meet with your counselor!
  • Seniors interested in training for a career in Welding or Precision Machining, Blue Ridge will be holding an Open House on Wednesday, January 30, 4:30-6:30 PM.  Please see Mrs. Wood if you are interested for more information.


  • The football team will be lifting every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday @ 3:30. 

Weekly Sports Calendar

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Snow day fun day

By: Peyton McNorton

Let’s face it, when you were a kid, you had so much fun things you did when it was snowing. Even if the power went out, your parents always had something for you to do. But as you got older, you don’t have anything fun to do. What if you have to watch a younger family member when the power is out and they tell you that they’re bored? What if the power is out and you have nothing fun to do for yourself? Here are some tips to keep kids occupied and yourself occupied during a snow storm:

Thing to do to get kids occupied:

  • Having kids playing board games or card games can be a great way to pass time and interact with them.
  • Get kids to play a puzzle game or create a scavenger hunt for them. It can be a great activity for them while keeping their minds active.
  • Let kids get creative by doing some art. Let them create things, color, or even paint!
  • Kids can build forts and pretend they’re spies with their secret fort.
  • One main thing for kids to do while it’s snowing is to play in the snow! bundle them up and let them go sledding, build a snowman, make a snow angel, or even have a snowball fight!

This information was provided by Link:

Thing to do to keep yourself occupied:

  • Take a nap with your cozy bed with your cozy blankets.
  • Brain teasers like Sudoku, crosswords, and word searchers are always great things to do to relax.
  • Reading a book is always a great thing to do if you want some quiet.
  • Cleaning your closet is a great way to be productive!
  • Try to be creative and create different hair styles!

This information is provided by Wisebread and Mydomaine. Links: and

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How to be safe on icy roads

How to be safe on icy roads

This photo provided by: The Allstate Blog Team

By: Jacob Bell & Jackson Sherman

  • Reduce speed on icy roads
  • Go easy on the brakes when turning and when stopping
  • Avoid hills and bridges if possible
  • In case of a wreck don’t stop driving slow down
  • If you skid or loose traction, stay calm
  • You should keep a sturdy ice scrapper in your car
  • Winter clothing
  • Rope or chains
  • Jumper cables
  • Water and snacks

This information provided by: how to drive on black ice and icy roads: safety tips to remember.


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Supplies needed in winter storms

By; Jadyn Wood

Here are multiple supplies that can help and keep you safe in a winter storm. Make sure you have plenty of food for a number of days approximately 72 hour , as well as water and medication if needed. When this happens be sure to stay off the roads. Keep an extra set or two of warm clothes. Make sure to keep batteries and flashlights, first aid kits and portable chargers and chargers. Use you phone battery in moderation, so it will not die. When you go to sleep have two thick blankets for each person and lots of layers so you will not freeze. If you have a young child/ infant make sure you have enough baby formula, diapers, bottles, wipes and lastly rash cream. If you have an animal(s) be sure you have food to feed them and water to give them. Lastly keep plastic and or styrofoam plates, cups, forks and spoons etc..

  • Food, water. Approximately 72 hours
  • Medication, Prescribed and over the counter
  • Extra set of warm clothes
  • First aid kit(s)
  • Batteries and flashlights
  • Portable chargers, chargers
  • Use phone in moderation
  • Thick blankets for each person
  • Baby formula, bottles, wipes, rash cream
  • Dog food, cat food etc.
  • Plastic, styrofoam plates, cups, etc.

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What to do during a snow storm power outage

By: Abby Sikora and Kamren Hale

Stay Safe:

  • Use flashlights because candles can be a fire hazard
  • Have extra batteries for flashlights and radios
  • Watch out for falling trees and power lines
  • Unplug electronics
  • Have back up chargers
  • Eat dairy foods first so they don’t go bad and get you food poisoning
  • To know how long your food will last go to
  • Stay inside
  • Follow the hashtags #WinterSafety and #Winterstorm
  • Be careful using heating and generators
  • Understand generators safety

Make plans with your family:

  • Plan a shelter to go to and evacuation route
  • Make meal plans
  • Talk with family about moving locations if you live near trees and power lines
  • Figure out communication plan (example: walkie-talkies)
  • Don’t forget the needs of pets

Fun things to do inside:

  • Play board games
  • Sleep
  • Write
  • Use glow sticks
  • Make a fort

This information is provided by Ready Gov and Food Safety. Gov

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Vote For The Best Ugly Sweater!

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

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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Ms. Cupp Receives Dawbarn Award

Ms. Cupp received the Dawbarn Award on November 28th, 2018. The Dawbarn award was established to improve education in local communities by granting cash awards to individuals who most successfully inspired, encouraged, and fostered learning in young people.


Video provided by: Kathryn Ford 



Photo by: Pam Richmond 

Some WHS Students went to the Wayne Theater to show Ms.Cupp love and support.


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Black Friday Survival Guide

By June Johnson

Black Friday can be a startling transition- one minute, everyone is relaxing and celebrating Thanksgiving with their family, and the next, they’re watching people fight over the last products and argue over the best deals in crowded stores.

Black Friday can be chaotic and stressful, but this advice can greatly improve your experience this November 23.

  1. Make a list, and make it well.

Instead of just scribbling down a few ideas on a post-it note, try going a few extra steps. Prioritize your list by placing the most popular items at the top. Popular items will sell out quickly, so these should be collected first. Write down your backup plan in case an item is sold out. Also, try making your list on your phone, because a paper is more likely to be lost or torn.


  1. Make a team and a plan.

Make a plan of which stores to go to, what order, and who’s going to get what in each store. When you’ve made your team, go over what everyone needs to do, make sure everyone has a copy of the list, and make sure everyone can contact each other. Other people can also help by holding your place in line if you need to leave quickly. When making your team, it isn’t a good idea to bring children, as they can get lost, bored in long lines, ask for extra items, or see their holiday gifts.


  1. Make a budget, and try to save money.

Make your budget, stick to it, and only buy what’s on your list. Bring coupons and gift cards to use, and purchase gift cards. Find the best deals on products looking at ads and signing up for store emails, store apps, and Black Friday apps. Bookmark store websites in your phone so you can access them quickly.


  1. Be safe.

In crowded stores, Black Friday can be a little dangerous. Make sure everyone on your team can contact each other easily. Text messaging is best, because stores may be too noisy for calling. Be very careful in parking lots, because there will probably be a fair amount of traffic. Don’t fight over items, and keep an eye on your cart and items at all times so no one takes anything. Keep personal items such as your wallet and phone close to you so they don’t get stolen.


  1. Other ideas:
  • Check return policies in advance.
  • Shop either early and/or late, because you are more likely to get what you need early in the morning, and you can sometimes get better deals later in the evening.
  • Dress comfortably (and in layers) in case you are in long lines in or outside a store.
  • Make sure you have energy. Get a full night’s sleep and eat before you go.



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Better Together

By: Hannah Lam

“It is a great way to have all of the students, including the younger ones understanding the differences between people. It also helps them understand that no matter the difference, everyone should be treated fairly and the same,” said Alyssa Fiammetta, a sophomore at Waynesboro High School who was in attendance with her mom who is a secretary at Wenonah Elementary School.

Wenonah Elementary School hosted their second annual Inclusion Day on October 25, 2018.  On Inclusion Day, students of Wenonah had 8 rotations where they learned about a variety of different learning disabilities. This year the school was able to do more to educate the community because they received a $2,500 grant from the school district. The school had many organizations contributing including Camp Light, Overcoming Barriers, Moms in Motion, Area 5 Special Olympics, Shenandoah LGBTQ Center and many more.

That night, parents, students, and the community were encouraged to come back to Wenonah to learn more about the organizations in attendance. Inclusion Night had many people you could talk to and get to know. Emily Sproul, a volunteer at the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center said that Wenonah reached out to them before Staunton Pride and asked them to be there.  

“Our mission is to support the local LGBTQ community. We welcome everyone to come get to know us,” said Sproul.

In the Wenonah library on Inclusion Night, Tammy and Alan Cale, coordinators of the Area 5 Special Olympics team in Augusta County, had a station. The Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization that serves athletes with an ID, a significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period. They also serve athletes with many other types of disabilities. Area 5 Special Olympics has 157 athletes on their roster, but only 130 are active in sports in the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County area. They offer 14 seasonal sports, meaning they play sports all year round.  The Area 5 Special Olympics is the only Special Olympics team in Virginia that has a choir and cheer-leading team. No athlete ever pays for anything.

“We will do flips in the street to pay for it,”  said Alan Cale.

At the end of Inclusion Night some of the players from of the Charlottesville Cardinals spoke about their organization and what they saw while spending the day with the Wenonah students. To close the night, Wenonah students sang two songs in honor of Inclusion Day.  The students sent the message that everyone should remember that “together we are better.”

Photos by: Alyssa Fiammetta


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