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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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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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Bust Boredom by Binge Watching Netflix

By: Cheyenna Pirkey

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Are you already tired of the cold weather? Have you been looking for something cheap to do in your free time? Perhaps you’ve been searching for the best movies on Netflix. Well, search no more because we have provided a list of recommended movies for you to watch. Put on a comfy pair of PJs, pop some popcorn, make some hot chocolate, and find a comfortable place to sit because we have already provided the best movies on Netflix!

Movie Suggestions:

Each of the short summaries is from

Remember: Netflix is constantly adding new movies and taking away old ones, so some of these may disappear at some point. Also, Netflix might display a different picture than shown here.


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Paddington- PG Genre: Family

Summary: A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

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Evan Almighty- PG Genre: Comedy

Summary: God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.

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Secretariat- PG Genre: Drama

Summary: Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

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Moana- PG Genre: Family

Summary: In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

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Sing- PG Genre: Family

Summary: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same.

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Peter Rabbit- PG Genre: Family

Summary: Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.

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Coco- PG Genre: Family

Summary: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Make sure you choose the one in your native language (English or Spanish)!



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Undercover Grandpa- PG-13 Genre: Action

Summary: When the girl he likes goes missing, Jake enlists the help of his grandpa and Grandpa’s former special ops buddies.

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Expelled- Pg-13 Genre: Comedy

Summary: Felix is a legendary prankster who gets expelled from his high school and, with the help of his friends, will stop at nothing to hide it from his parents.

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Meet the Fockers- PG-13 Genre: Comedy

Summary: All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time.

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Black Panther- PG-13 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary: T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country’s past.

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Thor Ragnarok- PG-13 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary: Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.



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Counterfeiting In Suburbia- TV-14 Genre: Drama

Summary: Two teenagers have convinced themselves they’re not doing anyone any harm by counterfeiting money but it all takes a dark turn when their debt-ridden art teacher finds out they are using his classroom to make the counterfeit bills.

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The Kissing Booth- TV-14 Genre: Romance

Summary: A high school student is forced to confront her secret crush at a kissing booth.

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Kiss and Cry- TV-14 Genre: Drama

Summary: A romantic drama based on the story of Carley Allison, a promising 18 year old figure skater and singer who made medical history in her fight against a rare 1 in 3.5 billion type of sarcoma.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before- TV-14 Genre: Romance

Summary: A teenage girl’s secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.

If it is not already listed, please feel free to comment your favorite movie on Netflix below!


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Free Fun Activities!

Teen Night

Saturday, November 3

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

After-hours flashlight tag, pizza, and fun. Ages 12-18.

Registration required.


Movie Night at the Library

Friday, November 9

6:30 p.m.


PG-13 | 1 h 52 min | Comedy , Romance

A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee.

Stars: Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria


Teen Video Gaming

Wednesday, November 21

2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Snacks and video games on the big screen. Ages 12-18.


Book Club

Thursday, November 8, 4:00 p.m.

Read a novel, then meet to discuss.

Ask at the circulation desk to

check out your copy.


Read and Discuss

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 p.m.

This monthly group reads and

discusses nonfiction books.

Ask at the circulation desk for the

current book.


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