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End-of-Year & Summer Program Info (Including Seniors’ Year-End Packet)

We’re in the fourth quarter! Exams, spring concerts, & even graduation will be here soon. (Remember, this year, graduation will be Thursday, June 7 at 7pm at JPJ Arena.) Plus, it’s time to start planning for summer school and next year’s sports! Here’s some helpful information:

 Seniors

JPJ Clear Bag Policy
In preparation for graduation, all seniors and guests should read the John Paul Jones Arena security information carefully, paying special attention to the clear bag policy and non-approved items list.

Summer Opportunities

Athletics Information:

  • Training and Try-out Information for CHS 2018 Fall Sports (Coming Soon)
  • Free sports physicals at CHS Main Gym on 5/23 starting at 4pm
    • Activity buses can take students home at 6:15pm
    • Available for both Buford and CHS students
  • Spring Athletic Celebration will be May 30th at 6pm at CHS stadium, weather permitting
Students feeding a giraffe

CLASS Camp ExL Registration Opens March 12

Camp ExL 2018 logo

The CLASS program of Charlottesville City Schools in partnership with Charlottesville Parks and Recreation offers Camp ExL 2018 to provide affordable, safe, enriching, and fun activities for our students in the summer.  It is going to be summer full of fun as we follow the antics of our favorite storybook characters. Enjoy swimming, crafts, music, cooking, games, field trips, and more!giraffe feeding

  • Who: Students in pre-K*—3 rd grade during the 2017-2018 school year (*pre-K students must have birth date prior to Oct. 1, 2013)
  • When: June 18th—July 27nd (closed July 4th)
  • Where: Burnley-Moran, Jackson-Via, and Venable Elementary Schools
  • Hours:  9am-4pm are the standard hours; extended hours can start as early as 7:30am or end as late as 6pm.
  • Cost: See flyer for details. water cycle (1)
  • Register: Registration begins on March 12 for all Charlottesville city students and residents. Camp ExL  applications are available using the links below. Copies are also available at the schools. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon.

Brochure and Applications:

Special  Needs Assistance

An inclusion leader will be assigned to each camp site to help children with special needs participate successfully in camp. For more information contact Sarah Blech, Therapeutic Recreation Manager, 970-3264.

 To learn more, please visit/contact:

CLASS Program Office, Venable Annex
416 13th Street NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434-245-2501 or class@charlottesvilleschools.org.

 

Kids College @ CATEC

STEM & Hands-on Fun for Rising 7-10th Graders, June 19-30

Rising 7-10th graders can enjoy a wide range of hands-on, skill-based STEM and technical academies at CATEC. From culinary arts to IT/engineering to firefighting, these academies give a glimpse of CATEC’s offerings and are organized as part of PVCC’s Kids College summer program.

KidsCollege scholarships available based on financial need. CATEC Foundation scholarships area available for rising 10th graders to attend KidsCollege@CATEC academies.

 Who?  Rising 7th-10th graders
 Dates:  June 18-22 (session 1)  June 25-29 (session 2)
 Times:  AM academies: 9am – 12:15pm
(early drop-off available at 8am)
 PM academies: 1:15pm – 4:30pm (after-care available ’til 5:30pm)
 Where:  CATEC, 1000 E. Rio Road
 Cost:  1/2-day academies vary from $139-155 (scholarships available)
 More info:  Click here
 Registration link:  pvcc.edu/kidscollege

Sample Offerings

From circuits to cupcakes, there’s something for everyone. A wide variety of options touch on the following themes (and more)! See brochure for details.

  • Culinary
  • Firefighting
  • Cosmetology
  • IT/Engineering
Illustration of sun with words "summer opportunities"

Buford Summer Info

Illustration of sun with words "summer opportunities"The end of the year is approaching, so it’s not too early to start thinking about this summer! Charlottesville and Cville Schools sponsor several summer opportunities for Buford students:

Our community offers many other camps and special opportunities. Make the most of your summer!

Tours for Potential Venable Students

Ven-Bldg_edVenable will be offering tours to parents on the dates listed below.  All tours take place at 9:15 a.m. and last approximately 30-45 minutes. We limit the number of participants on each tour to ensure that everyone can hear and ask questions.  Please call Ms. Lawson in the Venable office to register – 434-245-2418.

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 19
  • February 23
  • March 16
  • April 13

Parents should plan to arrive in the front office a few minutes early to sign in and receive visitors’ passes.  Please allot time for parking as there are typically few spots available on site and many of the neighborhood streets do not permit non-resident parking during the day.

Unfortunately, requests for tours at other dates and times cannot be honored due to the disruption to classes.

If you are an out-of-division family who would like to apply for a space at Venable next year, we begin accepting applications in April.  Click here for information about the application process. 

Sigma Lab at CHS

Facilities planning for the future

Facilities: An Update (April 25, 2018)

This winter, Charlottesville City Schools held a series of discussions relating to our rising student enrollment. We presented a number of options and offered a preliminary survey to solicit additional input. We also briefed community leaders such as City Council and the Planning Commission.

What We Heard

  • We heard strong support for returning to centralized preschool with services that focus on the needs of our eligible three- and four-year-old students (and their families). Aside from allowing us to specialize in early childhood education, a centralized preschool would free up space in our crowded elementary schools.
  • We heard a preference for maintaining our commitment to small neighborhood elementary schools (over a model of enlarging three of our elementary schools). This would likely require the construction of a seventh elementary school on currently owned or future-acquired property.
  • We did NOT hear a consensus about relocating fifth-graders to the elementary schools. However, since returning fifth-grade to elementary schools had previously arisen as a strong preference, we will remain open to furthering this conversation.
  • We heard an interest in additional options. These options include a 5-8 campus that provides updated facilities and eliminates a school transition during the critical “middle grade” years. Another option is creating an “academy” to serve students – perhaps high-need students—in the elementary or middle-grade years. And we’ll continue to consider one option that was already on the table – returning fifth grade to elementary schools (which requires the construction of a seventh elementary school), and remodeling Walker or Buford (or another location) to better accommodate our sixth-through-eighth-grade students.
  • We heard interest in combining our capacity needs and our modernization needs. If we can identify solutions that both expand capacity and modernize our facilities, there is support for a greater investment that would provide our community with a bigger return.
  • We heard support for our out-of-division student program even as we heard reminders that we should minimize the impact of the program on overcrowding. In other words, we will continue to strive to admit only those students who will fill otherwise unused seats in existing classrooms. Relatedly, we heard support for continuing to offer spaces to the employees of the City Schools and the City. And we heard from community members who want to make sure that once we have built a relationship with a nonresident student, we should view that child as a “Charlottesville student,” or “one of our own,” not as an outsider who should be sent away.

Next Steps

  • New data points in August. Updated enrollment figures will help us make informed decisions. This data will help us critically re-evaluate and tweak our interpretation of enrollment trends as projected by our partner, U.Va.’s Weldon Cooper Center.
  • Learning cottages. The “elementary wave” we’ve been seeing continues to max out our elementary schools and is beginning to make an impact at Walker and Buford. We have purchased one additional unit for next year with the option to buy others if needed. We have also completed the most time-consuming part of the planning process: site studies at campuses to identify the best placements.
  • Fleshing out options and responding to opportunities. In response to community feedback (see above), we can continue to explore our options and opportunities. In doing this work, we continue to work with VMDO Architects and the City’s Facilities team.
  • Fall community meetings. We will meet with City Council, community partners, and the community-at-large to be transparent and responsive to the hopes and concerns of all.

Previous Updates to this page (January 2018)

Charlottesville City Schools is growing! Since our enrollment has been increasing about 3 percent annually, we need to consider the future of our school facilities. Together, let’s consider how we can best meet our students’ needs, particularly for our classes serving preschool through grade 8. Our school division’s growth also presents an opportunity to modernize our schools for 21st-century learning.

Graphic showing enrollment growth from 1986-2011 and 2011-2018

Upcoming Meetings:

    • (POSTPONED) Community Conversation: January 31, 2018 – 6 p.m., Charlottesville High School media center

    • School Board discussion/public comment – February 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m., CHS 

      • School Board meetings are live streamed at ustream.com (search for Charlottesville City Schools). Watch regularly scheduled meetings on the first Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.
      • Meetings are also recorded and later televised on Public Access Channel 14 on Thursday & Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 12 and 7 p.m. of the same week as the meeting.

Community Meetings Slideshow

Charlottesville City Schools contracted VMDO Architects to study capacity and growth in the division. VMDO’s findings, along with the UVA Weldon Cooper Center’s study on enrollment trends in Charlottesville, were presented at two community meetings in November.

Title slide "Charlottesville City Schools Public Forums on Capacity & Growth." Click on the image to view full slideshow presentation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs on Growth and Capacity Solutions for Charlottesville City Schools

Frequently Asked Questions coming soon. Please help us compile this list by providing your own questions/feedback using the Community Survey.

Next Steps

Meet

The next Community Meetings will be January 23 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and January 31 at 6 p.m. at CHS Media Center followed by a series of school PTO meetings and other community outreach meetings where we will provide information and gather feedback from community members. Additionally, there will be discussion and an opportunity for public comment at the regularly scheduled School Board meeting on February 2 at 5:30pm in the Charlottesville High School library.

Stay in Touch

Stay informed and share your thoughts! We will continue to post future
updates on this web page. Look for a more robust community survey coming in January.

Consider

Next decisions:
1) Consensus about moving forward with expansion plans?
2) One new elementary, or three expanded elementaries? Centralized preschool?
3) Other questions as they emerge from community feedback.

 

Additional Resources

Complete the community survey

A very brief  survey is available to capture some initial thoughts. Please look for a more detailed survey coming in January.

Graphic: Every Learner. Every Day. Everyone.

Calendar for 2018-19

Cville Schools 2018-19 calendar. Call 245-2962 for details.Thanks for your strong response to our request for feedback about the draft 2018-19 academic calendar!  The survey inquiring about winter break scenarios received more than 1,000 responses. By a 2-1 margin, it showed a preference for a two-week winter break that begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday. The Charlottesville School Board voted for this winter break option at its meeting on 1/4. The Albemarle County School Board approved a calendar that is almost identical except for the dates of winter break.. 

Comments about this year’s calendar:

  • Winter break: Based on community feedback, we conducted a follow-up survey to see what break scenario is preferred. See chart below for responses.Results from Winter Break survey. 56% in favor of a break that runs from 12/24-1/4. 24 % for a break that runs from 12/20-1/3; 21% for either.
  • Spring break: Our practice is to designate the first full week of April as our spring break. We are sometimes asked, Can’t you align spring break with U.Va.’s?   U.Va.’s spring break is typically at the beginning of March, which for K-12 students would make for a very long stretch without a break later in the spring. So while we recognize that this would be a good solution for U.Va. families, we feel that it doesn’t represent the interests of all our students and staff. Our 2016 survey of the initial draft indicated that a majority of respondents favored keeping spring break during the first week of April.
  • Half-days: Based on community feedback, one half-day has been eliminated in draft 2.
  • History about the calendar development: For over a decade, the Charlottesville and Albemarle County school divisions have worked together for a common calendar. A joint committee creates a draft calendar, and then we ask for input from students, teachers, administration, and parents. If necessary, the committee makes revisions to the draft before submitting a recommended calendar to the two school boards for approval.
Student, parent, and teacher

Back-to-School Nights

FB-IMG_6666After a great start to the school year, attend a Back-to-School Night to check in with teachers and get a better sense of what’s coming up!

  • Burnley-Moran:  Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Clark: Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7pm
  • Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7pm
  • Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7pm
  • Johnson: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7:30pm
  • Venable:  Thursday, September 14, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Pot Luck to follow)
  • Walker: Tuesday, September 12, 6-8pm
  • Buford:  Friday, September 15,  Fall Harvest Festival 5:30-7:30pm
  • CHS: Monday, September 18, 5:30-7:30pm
  • LMA:  Thursday, September 14, 4:30-6pm