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Ms. Chantel Beverly Named New Venable Principal

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Ms. Chantel Beverly will begin as principal of Venable on July 1, 2022.

June 15, 2022

The new principal of Venable Elementary will be Ms. Chantel Beverly. Ms. Beverly has been the assistant principal of Greenbrier Elementary since 2019. Previously, she taught at A.P. Hill Elementary in Petersburg and Broad Rock Elementary in Richmond, where, in 2017, she was named teacher of the year. She has earned a bachelor’s and master’s in teaching from VCU and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Averett University.

At Greenbrier, Ms. Beverly is known for her unwavering dedication to students and community. She is a relationship builder and an instructional leader who creates learning environments where all students can achieve success. In Greenbrier Principal Dina Fricke’s words, “Ms. Beverly is going to be amazing and the Venable community is so very lucky to have her.”

Ms. Beverly’s first day at Venable will be July 1. We invite staff and families to come meet Ms. Beverly and Dr. Gurley at Venable on Wednesday, June 22 from 3-6pm for Popsicles on the Playground.


2022 Summer Opportunities

Charlottesville City Schools is introducing our new 2022 Summer Opportunities online hub. This page is full of academic and enrichment opportunities for your children which are run by our division, the City of Charlottesville, or program partners in our schools. These offerings are either free, financially accessible, or offer scholarships. While not a complete list of all the happenings in Cville this summer, this resource is meant to give families a starting point for enriching their children’s time off from school. We will update this list as additional information is available.

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Registration Info for CHS Summer Learning Opportunities

This page contains information about:

  • Summer Academy (for students who need to repeat course) and
  • Summer School (for students wish to enroll in classes like PE/Health.)

Summer Academy graphicSummer Academy

If your Charlottesville High School student has received a final grade of “F” in:

    • Biology,
    • Econ/Personal Finance,
    • English (9-12),
    • Government,
    • Health & PE (9 and 10),
    • VA/US History and
    • World Geography

… then please complete the form at this link to register for Summer Academy. See details, below.

Register for Summer Academy Here

More Summer Academy Information

More Summer Academy Information:
Location: Charlottesville High School, entrance at the Garden Door across from the baseball field.
Dates: June 22 – July 28, Monday – Thursday
Class Hours: 7:45am – 1:15pm
Holidays: Monday, July 4; no school
Courses: Biology, Econ/Personal Finance, English (9-12), Government, Health & PE (9 and 10), VA/US History and World Geography.
Cost: Free
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and transportation (for in-district address) will be provided.

An image of summer school text on a chalkboard.Summer School

Registration is open for CHS Summer School courses of Health, PE, and Econ/Personal Finance.

  • Summer School Dates: June 22 – July 28
  • School Day Hours: 7:45am-1:15pm
  • Closed July 3rd in observance of Independence Day
  • No in person or online class on Fridays

Click Here to Register for Summer School

Once you complete registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to MySchoolBucks where you can make your payment.

Looking for More?

You can find other summer opportunities for students of all ages here.

Time To Re-Register Your Student

It’s time to complete your online re-registration forms. Update your bus requests, phone numbers, and more to get ready for next year. (This process does not guarantee a spot on the bus next year, but it will help the City make plans for next year’s school bus routes since the bus driver shortage continues.)

Help us help you! To give our partners in Pupil Transportation the best chance to serve as many students as possible, we ask you to complete the forms by June 29!

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PowerSchool logoBack-to-School Forms:

Back-to-school forms have been posted to PowerSchool (select the child you want to update first, then click “Re-Registration” at left to start the re-registration form for your child). Please fill out one re-registration per child as soon as possible.

New student?

Find new student registration information here.

To learn more:

  • Watch this video courtesy of Jackson-Via (but contact your own school!)
  • See below for tips and solutions.


A few tips:

  • Note that the PowerSchool web address has changed!
  • PowerSchool may ask you to reset your password.
  • Need login help? Call your school.
  • Los formularios se pueden cambiar al español. ¿Necesitas ayuda en español? Llame al 434-245-2548.
  • New students who have registered since April 2022 do not need to be re-registered.


  • The app is great, but it doesn’t work for this purpose. Log in here:
  • If you don’t see “Re-registration:”
    • You may be logged in as your student. You need to log in as an adult. Call your school for help.
    • On your phone, look for a small triangle near the top of the screen — if you click it, a menu will appear.
  • Follow all the formatting models the form offers. For instance, if they say, mm-dd-yyyy, use dashes.
  • If you don’t see all your children listed in your account, contact your school or the helpline (see next bullet) for assistance.
  • Need help? Call your school during school hours. Through June 10, after school and on weekends until 8pm, you can call 245-2955 for help.

Free/Reduced Meal applications will be posted this summer.

School Supply Lists will be posted this summer.

Teacher assignments or class schedules will be posted to PowerSchool  in mid-August.

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Update on Venable Principal Search 2022


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May 31, 2022

Dear Venable staff and families –

This is an update on the principal search process. We are committed to finding the right candidate for the school, even if the process takes longer than we might wish. After the first round of interviews, we have decided to slow down the process to make sure we are seeing a deep pool of applicants. After this review, we will resume the interview process.

Thanks for your patience. We’ll keep you posted!

Dr. Royal A. Gurley, Jr.


May 5, 2022

Dear Venable staff and families –

I’m writing with an update about the hiring of Venable’s next principal.

The position opened last week, and we already have the basis for a strong pool of candidates. Soon, we hope to convene an interview committee that includes staff and family representatives.

Please complete this short survey about your priorities and hopes for the next principal. These responses will guide the work of this committee. In addition, as part of the survey, you can express your willingness to be part of the interview committee.

Thanks for your patience and understanding during this transitional time!

Dr. Royal A. Gurley, Jr.


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May 2022 News & Highlights



A Word from Dr. Gurley

Portrait of Dr. GurleyDear staff and families –

It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of the year! Our schools’ calendars are filled with spring concerts, field days, and school-wide morning meetings (including one that memorably culminated in a principal-turned-human-ice-cream-sundae). Stepping-up events and the CHS graduation at Ting Pavilion are around the corner. Check your school calendars for dates. Through all the moments of both effort and fun, our students are making the connections that will serve them for a lifetime.

As we wrap up this year, I want to take a moment to say thank you. COVID has been present during this school year, but thanks to our communal commitment to following protocols, we have been able to minimize COVID impacts and maximize learning and connection. We appreciate the extra effort this has required, especially from staff members like nurses, principals, and staff at central office such as Dr. Beth Baptist.

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the final concert for retiring CHS orchestra director Laura Thomas, who has served CHS for 40 years. Please join me in honoring and thanking all our retirees (shown below with location and years of service in Cville Schools):

– Paula Culver-Dickinson, Division Administration Annex (19 years)
– James Gordan, Adult Education (19 years)
– George Inge, Greenbrier Elementary School (15 years)
– Susan Muse, Buford Middle School (20 years)
– Elizabeth Petry, Greenbrier Elementary School (8 years)
– Margaret Roach, Buford Middle School (22 years)
– Eileen Sims, Jackson-Via Elementary School (3 years)
– Ramona Spinner, Jackson-Via Elementary School (31 years)
– Cynthia Swensson, Buford Middle School (3 years)
– Laura Thomas, Charlottesville High School  (40 years)
– Mary-Elizabeth Via, Buford Middle School (12 years)
– Carolyn Washington, Walker Upper Elementary (30 years)
– Karen Wilson, Charlottesville High School (29 years)

Thanks to these folks for their contributions to our schools – and thanks to all of you. Working together, we each do our part to build a strong and supportive school community.


Dr. Royal A. Gurley, Jr.


AVID alum giving tour of Radford to current AVID students

CHS and AVID Class of 2019 alum C’erra Rhodes was “the most fantastic and real tour guide” at Radford University for current AVID 9th and 10th graders. AVID is Cville Schools’ program supporting first-generation and other students to prepare for college. Click here to learn more about AVID

Re-register your studentRE-REGISTER YOUR STUDENTS FOR 2022-23!
Online re-registration forms are now open so you can update your bus requests, phone numbers, and more to get ready for next year. (This process does not guarantee a spot on the bus next year, but it will help the City make plans for next year’s school bus routes since the bus driver shortage continues.) You can re-register your child by logging into the PowerSchool website (the app will not work for this). After you login, select your first student (at top) and click “Re-Registration” at the left. Update your old data and answer new questions. After each student, return to PowerSchool, select a new student’s name (at top) and click Re-Registration to repeat the process. Need help? Call your school. Thanks for updating your records and renewing your permissions each year!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and to support the well-being of our community, Cville Schools is now partnering with Care Solace. If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstance. This service is complimentary and confidential for students, staff and their families. They help those with private insurance, Medicaid, and no insurance, and are available 24/7/365 in any language. To learn more, click here or call (888) 515-0595.

Our annual student art exhibition is live online! Explore amazing student art from all schools and grade levels. Also enjoy an introductory video featuring art teachers and student artists talking about how art brings people together. Click here for Art Connections.

Check out what our elementary school students are learning in social studies! Dr. Alicen Brown, Coordinator of Social Studies and World Languages, along with other K-4 teachers will share about curriculum and provide a demo lesson. This virtual Family University takes place Thursday, May 26, 6-7 pm. See event flyer and click here to register.

As case counts have gone up across the area and nation in the past few weeks, our COVID cases have risen, too, though they are not nearly as high as what we saw in January. We continue to update our COVID dashboard. To align our practices with CDC protocols, we have made some changes to our protocols, such as expanding access to the Test to Stay program. In addition, a student with COVID whose symptoms have resolved can now return to school on day 6 if they carefully mask for days 6-10. To learn more, review our COVID Situations Overview.

“Mini-Minutes” from the Charlottesville School Board provide a quick summary of important takeaways from meetings. Read the Mini-Minutes from the May 5 meeting.

Cheer on TheatreCHS as it presents its spring musical, “Bring It On.” Performances are May 25-27 at 7pm in the MLK PAC. This family-friendly musical features the writing of Lin-Manuel Miranda combined with the heart and talents of our own CHS students. Click here to buy tickets.

The federal waiver allowing all students to receive free meals ends in June, so we will be returning to our pre-pandemic routines that require families to apply for free/reduced meals. During the summer, free meals will be provided at school to students enrolled in our summer school program. The 2022-23 application for free/reduced meals will be posted online this summer. Students at Buford, Clark, Jackson-Via, Johnson, and Walker will not need to apply since those schools qualify for school-wide free meals through the USDA’s Community Eligibility Program.

There’s still time to plan your student’s summer of engagement, enrichment and fun! Check out the summer opportunities hub on our website for great ways for your student to learn and grow this summer.

The Virginia Department of Education is hosting public engagement sessions as a part of the review and revision of the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning. In-person sessions are out of town but you can register for the virtual session on June 13 at 7pm.

Personal finance instructionCHS IS ‘100 BEST’ FOR TEACHING PERSONAL FINANCE
CHS has been named one of the 100 Best W!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance! Congratulations to Economics and Personal Finance students as well as teachers James Daly, Deb Tewksbury, and Yumeca Webb-Jordan.

More Looks at Cville Schools

Elementary students in motion

Elementary students are on the move in May! Left, Greenbrier third-graders learn about where their food comes from by working in the school’s City Schoolyard Garden. Top right: Burnley-Moran students are gaga for their new Gaga pit built by their PTO. Bottom right: Clark students learn wheelchair basketball from our local team, the nationally ranked Charlottesville Cardinals. 

Teacher Appreciation Week

This banner at Clark is just one way our community showed teachers gratitude during Teacher Appreciation Week at the beginning of May. The division also partnered with the Kindness Cafe at the YMCA to provide a cafe gift card to all staff! We appreciate our staff during this one week AND all year long!

Buford zelkova tree

Buford students recently gathered around this 100-year-old zelkova tree on the school’s campus with visiting artist Meesha Goldberg. They discussed ancestry and our responsibilities to the Earth, and then adorned the tree with cloth ribbons they designed. Thank you Second Street Gallery for bringing Goldberg to our schools!

Find more info and events on on our website, social media, or our Google calendars!

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Carmella Johnson

Mrs. Carmella Johnson Named New Clark Principal

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Mrs. Carmella Johnson will begin as principal of Clark on July 1, 2022.

May 26, 2022

The new principal of Clark Elementary will be Mrs. Carmella Johnson. Since 2017, Mrs. Johnson has been at Johnson School as assistant principal or instructional coach, and she previously served as a teacher and leader at Greenbrier since 2007. She earned degrees from Virginia State University and Western Governors University with additional professional studies at UVa and JMU.

Throughout her career in Charlottesville and in Hopewell, Mrs. Johnson has received teaching awards and has held school and division leadership roles in areas from equity to science education. She has strengths in communication, collaboration, and organization. Her relational approach with staff, students, and families will serve Clark well. 

Mrs. Johnson’s first day at Clark will be July 1. We invite Clark families to come meet Mrs. Johnson and me for Popsicles on the Playground on Tuesday, June 21 from 3-6pm.

Celebrate Cville Schools Student Art!

Presenting Art Connections, the Charlottesville City Schools 2022 Jeff Suling Annual Student Art Exhibition! This virtual exhibit includes an introductory video featuring art teachers and student artists, and you can peruse amazing and important student artwork from every school and every grade.

The exhibit is organized into six categories reflecting the ways artists connect in the many aspects of our lives: Art Foundations; Communities; History of Art & Culture; Natural World; Storytelling; and Visual Math.

Click here or on the image below to begin exploring Art Connections!


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Knights United Credit Union Reopening in Fall

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The Knights United Credit Union was formed as an educational partnership between Charlottesville City Schools and UVA Community Credit Union in 2016, and is designed to help students acquire practical money skills in conjunction with their Economics and Personal Finance class. The branch is staffed and run by Charlottesville High School students with credit union oversight, exclusively serving students, faculty, and staff. 

Branch location and hours

Located in the Charlottesville High School cafeteria

Currently closed, but we will reopen in the fall 2022 for two lunches per week.

Apply to Work at the CHS On-Campus Branch

CHS students interested in working at the branch are encouraged to visit UVACCU for more information on teller positions and an online application.

They can also contact Ms. Tewksbury at