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TAHS and ERHS Ranked Among Top Virginia High Schools

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The 2015 Niche Rankings have named Turner Ashby High School (#72) and East Rockingham High School (#100) among the top 100 high schools out of the 339 public high schools in the state of Virginia.  ”A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly.”

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Show Respect

Calling all freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors: do the Knight Thing, the Right Thing and show respect to your peers, school officials and physical surroundings. The thermometers will be back in the office windows displaying the number of positive referrals for respect given to individual students in each class. The outside temperatures are fluctuating, however, you can help make your class thermometer rise. Theromometer

Make a Wreath

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The Turner Ashby High School Agriculture Department will be hosting a workshop on evergreen wreath-making for adults on:

• Tuesday, December 2 from 5:00-6:30 P.M.

• Monday, December 8 from 5:30-7:00 P.M.

• Thursday, December 11 from 5:00-6:30 P.M.

It will be held in the agriculture department at Turner Ashby High School in Room 117 (enter at door 9 beside the football field). The cost is $15.00 per 14 inch wreath or $20.00 per 24 inch wreath. Workshop fees are payable at the workshop. Depending on your comfort level, you may be able to make two small wreaths or one large wreath during the workshop. Assorted greenery, wreath forms and limited add-ons will be provided. You may want to bring any customized decorations or bows that you would like to add. Please RSVP by November 25, 2014. Because of the equipment we use, space is limited to five participants each workshop. To RSVP or for more information contact Carrie Gray at When registering please include which date you plan to attend, a contact phone number (in case of rescheduling due to inclement weather), and how many wreaths you plan to make and what size. This workshop is open to the public. Feel free to share this posting.

Help A Child In Need

One of the tragedies in poverty-stricken areas of the world is not only lack of food, clean water and proper shelter, but almost universally you see children without shoes. Children can suffer from ill health as the result of no shoes – bruises, cuts and infections that can lead to more serious problems. For Christmas this year, the special education students in the ID, MD and Autism programs here at TA would like to help in raising money for children. For a gift of $3.60, you can provide a pair of shoes for a child, while $36.00 will provide 10 children with a pair of shoes! Turner Ashby students, faculty and staff, will you help us raise money and help children get their first pair of shoes this Christmas? Stop by their lunch table or stop by the main office where Mrs. Simmons is helping with donations as well. No amount is too small!


Scholastic Bowl – 11/17/14

The Scholastic Bowl team went 3 and 3 last night, with the A-Team losing a close one to Broadway before beating Waynesboro.

The highlight of the night, though, belonged to the short-handed B-Team of Samantha Hurst and Erin Pearson, who thumped Waynesboro’s B-Team 140 to 50. Great job, ladies!

And by the way, there’s still time to join the Scholastic Bowl Team. If you’re interested, see Mr. Villacrusis or Mr. Kyger.

Honors Band

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Congratulations to the following band members for being selected to the All City-County Honors Band: Kelly Rohrer, Josh Overacker, Chelsey Boutilier, Zach Reedy, Tori Smith, Colleen Byers, Meghan Kiser, Jordan Shifflett, Isaac Smith, Wren Freuh, Katie McElroy, Adeline Hipps, Andrew Lough and Alton Hipps.

Mansfield University Visits TAHS

A representative from Mansfield University will be here tomorrow at 1:30 P.M. in the conference room. Please sign up in the guidance office.

Junior Class Officers Meeting

Attention all junior class officers: we will have an officer meeting on tomorrow after school in Mrs. Shank’s room (128). Please see either Mrs. Shank or Mrs. Whittaker if you are unable to be there.


Jingle Bell Dash

Jingle Bell Dash

Do you hear bells? It must be the FCCLA Jingle Bell Dash. This 1.5 mile festive run will take place before the Bridgewater Holiday Parade. Registration is only $20.00. See race form outside room 129, or get details at

Also Mrs. Lam with the FCCLA needs helpers for the Jungle Bell Dash. Please stop by room 129 today or Wednesday to sign up. Preference will be given to FCCLA members. You will be helping with the race then then riding in the parade.

Win Advances Volleyball Team

A huge congratulations to the volleyball team for their 4 set win over Spotswood last night (11/11/14) in the regional semi- finals. This win advances the Knights to the region finals AND the state tournament! Nadia Valle led the Knights with 11 points and some key digs down the stretch. But let’s talk about the most valuable players of the night – The Caped Crusaders of course. You guys and gals came out in force, in costume and in numbers. You truly make the difference for us and we love you!

Next up is Cave Spring tomorrow night (11/13/14) at Staunton River at 7:00 P.M.

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