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Buford students sharing their projects at the Making and Education Fair at American University.

School’s Out, But The Engineers Are In

Has anyone told the Buford engineers that school’s out?! This summer, they’ve already made presentations at U.Va. Curry School of Education, American University, and ISTE ’17 in San Antonio! (That’s the the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education.) To learn more about their summer activities, follow @CCS_iSTEM on Twitter.



School Supplies Lists 2017-18

School-Supply-Lists2School starts August 23.  Now is a great time to get your school supplies!

Below are this year’s CCS school supplies lists.  Copies of these lists are available at area stores. If you have any questions, please call your school.

And if you need assistance getting school supplies for this year, contact your school counselor or register for this year’s Community Back-to-School Bash at the Sprint Wireless Pavilion on Saturday,  August 12, from 10:30am –  12 pm.

School Supply Lists for the 2017-18 School Year:


Summer Reading at Charlottesville City Schools

Summer-ReadingReading never takes a vacation!  Make this important and fun activity a part of your summer.  Below is information about our summer reading programs.

Also, you and your family might enjoy meeting up with Books on Bikes, a group of Charlottesville City Schools teachers, librarians, staff, and even trained doggie pals as they make summertime deliveries of books and freezy-pops.

Summer Reading Recommendations and Information:

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Summer/Fall 2017 Information

CHS Black Knights logoEven in summer, CHS is a busy place. Here’s some helpful information for this summer and into the fall:

Summer School

Next Year’s Sports Tryout Information:

  • Coming soon.
  • Free sports physicals at CHS after school in the main gym on May 24. Bring VHSL health form signed by your parents.

Save-the-Dates for Rising 9th-Graders:

  • August 14, 9th Grade Orientation
  • August 22, 9th Grade Meet/Greet
  • August 23, 1st day of school

Senior Portrait Information:

  • Thursday, August 10 (9am-4pm)
  • Monday, September 11 (9am-4pm)
  • For questions regarding price, packages or setup, contact Life Touch for more info at 540-562-3107 or 800-366-0639.

9th-11th Grade Portrait Information:

  • Tuesday-Wednesday, September 19-20
  • Monday, October 16



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Strategic Planning for 2017-2023

Strategic Planning logoOur next community meeting about the strategic plan for Charlottesville City Schools will be Thursday, May 11 at 5:30 at CHS. Join us to help refine the document that will guide our schools through 2023.

What can you do?

Where we are now:

  • We’ll host a community-wide update on Thursday, May 11, at 5:30pm at the CHS Sigma Lab. Join us!
  • We’ve held more than 40 meetings of students, parents, staff,  community members, and groups focusing on specific topics.
  • We received a strong response to our online survey.
  • We’ve attended a number of community events to hear a variety of voices.
  • We’ve reviewed a draft with our School Board (4/20)  and will continue to work with feedback groups and the Board in the weeks to come.
  • Curious about what we’ve been hearing so far?

Related Documents and Resources:


For More Information:

Jeff Faust,
Beth Cheuk,
(434) 245-2962


CHS Student Lucas Higgins Earns State Department Travel Fellowship

Lucas Higgins (top) and Santiago Padrón (bottom), this year’s and last year’s winners of an NSLI-Y travel fellowship.


For a second year in a row, a Charlottesville High School student has earned a highly competitive travel fellowship in China through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, the program serves to develop knowledge of languages and cultures that are critical to our national security and foreign relations. Junior Lucas Higgins is this year’s honoree.

In the past three years alone, six other Charlottesville students and teachers have earned U.S. State Department travel fellowships. This summer, Spanish teacher Carolyn Evans will travel with a U.S. Department of Education program.

Junior Lucas Higgins will travel to China this summer with NSLI-Y. He is the founder of the CHS Student Investment Group, which has raised an endowment of more than $25,000, awarded its first grant of $1,000 to the local nonprofit City Schoolyard Garden, and placed 4th worldwide in a competition last year sponsored by the Wharton Business School. He plays soccer on CHS’s 11-0 boys’ team, serves on the Charlottesville Youth Council. and is presently enrolled in Chinese 3 Honors at CHS.

NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. The program offers intensive language instruction plus community service and a stay with a host family.

Charlottesville City Schools has an unusually strong record of students and teachers participating in State Department-sponsored programs. Last year, Santiago Padrón (now a senior at CHS) was selected for the same NSLI-Y program in China. In the last two years, three other CHS students — Fré Halvorson-Taylor, Matthew Robinson, and Elsa Schenck — earned year-long fellowships with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program.

Other recent CHS and CCS awardees include then-CHS student Emily Bambury, CHS Spanish teacher Karen Nelson, and Buford ESL teacher Renata Germino, all of whom studied in South America with State Department programs in 2015-2016.

This summer, Spanish teacher Carolyn Evans will travel with the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the selective program will take just twelve K-12 educators to Ecuador and Peru for four weeks.


To speak with future or past fellowship winners, please contact Beth Cheuk at 245-2962 or

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Upcoming Key Dates at CHS

calendar clipartThere’s a lot going on — mark your calendar!

May 31

  • AVID Family Night in B-Commons, 5 – 7pm
  • Engineering Expo in SIGMA Lab, 5:30 – 7pm
  • Boys Soccer Game vs. Harrisonburg for Regional Semifinals and State Quarterfinals, 6:30pm, $7
  • Theater Awards in Black Box, 7pm

June 1

  • Senior Clearance in Small Gym. 9am – 12noon
  • School Board meeting in Library, 5pm

June 2

  • Parkside Cookout, 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • ESL Awards Dinner in B-Commons 5:30 – 8pm

June 5

June 6

  • Underclassmen exams (3rd and 4th)

June 7

  • Underclassmen exams (5th and 6th)
  • Class of 2017 Graduation Rehearsal at JPJ, 10-11am
  • Senior Class Picnic at McIntire Park/Shelter II, 12 noon – 2pm
  • Senior Awards Ceremony in MLKPAC, 7 – 9pm

June 8

  • Underclassmen exams (7th and virtual)
  • NO Delayed Start
  • Class of 2017 Graduation at JPJ,  7pm

June 9

  • Last day of school year!