New Way To Connect

Greetings Patriot Families,

I am launching a new way to reach out to families to share news and information as it relates to Albemarle High School.  Patriot Period will be published every two to three weeks to provide some insight to what is occurring at the school.

You will find both a student section and parent section in each blog post with relevant information for all stakeholders.

I hope you have a great start to the week and I hope to see you soon.

Darah Bonham, Principal


Homecoming 2019

Wow, what a week!!!  I can’t thank Mr. Lindsay, Ms. Shrader, Ms. Sherrill, Ms. Tyson, the AHS SCA, and tons of more staff and kids for making Homecoming Week 2019 at AHS a HUGE success.

As many of you know, our main gym has been under renovation since the summer and while it has inconvenienced our sports teams and PE classes, it also caused us to reconsider our options for the homecoming dance.  After much thought it was determined that we would host the dance outside in our breezeway, weather permitting.

It’s a bit daunting to try something new like this, especially with over 1,100 students planning to attend, but the SCA and our awesome staff led by Mr. Lindsay and Ms. Shrader pulled it off.

I appreciate everyone’s involvement in homecoming this year and hope our students enjoyed the experience.

Calendar Items

Wed, Oct 30, 10th Grade Career Fair at the DoubleTree Hotel until lunch

Wed, Oct 30, Fall Choir Concert 7PM

Thur, Oct 31 End of Qtr 1

Nov 1-5 – Teacher workdays.  No school for students.

Nov 22,23,24 Fall Play

Nov 27-29- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

Dec 5 Winter Orchestra Concert 7PM

Dec 11 Guitar Performance 7PM

Dec 12 Piano Recital

Dec 13 Jazz Band Concert

Dec. 17,18,19,20 Winter exams

Congrats to Mr. Daly

Congratulations to our own Bill Daly who was a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.   Here is a link to the award.

ShoutOut to Ms. Fay Cunningham

Special congrats to longtime Drama teacher Ms. Fay Cunningham for being selected VAFTDC Theatre Coach of the year and for earning her 30 year service award from the Va. Association of Forensics Theatre and Debate Coaches.

Strings Recognition

The AHS String Trio applied, auditioned, and has been selected to perform at the VMEA Professional Development Conference in November.  Their audition recording was selected among many submitted across the commonwealth.

12th Grade English

Mrs. Burtram’s DE English Class participated in a project/passion based learning activity in order to analyze the themes and imagery in Beowulf. Students rapped, created sims, composed beats, drew pictures, and more in order to demonstrate their learning to their peers. Because both DE English and English 12AA read Beowulf, Ms. Doan’s English 12AA students were able to come and learn about the themes and imagery by participating in a gallery walk where the DE students presented the information in the creative styles mentioned above. Students enjoyed showcasing their products, and their peers enjoyed going deeper in the text by exploring the projects and presentations.

Congrats to Dr. Carlock

Dr. Rusty Carlock, AHS teacher,  has been selected to serve on the Development Committee for Virginia’s African American History Elective Course.  This committee will be responsible for developing learning objectives, competencies, content and assessments to provide a foundation of knowledge and understanding of African American history. It is anticipated that the elective course will be available virtually to students by the fall of 2020.   What a great recognition for Dr. Carlock.

Additional Resources To Check Out

Mr. Jeff Smith, Talent Development and Gifted Services Teacher —Link

AHS Athletics Link   and Notify Me service to get updates on games and practices. (Link here.)


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