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Open House Schedules

Johnson teacher sitting with student.

Come meet your teachers and see your classrooms! Open houses this year will be on Monday, August 19, 2019. School starts on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CATEC Open House is Wednesday, August 14, from 5-7pm

Monday, August 19, 2019

  • Elementary Schools: 1–3pm
  • Walker Upper Elementary: 3-5pm
  • Buford Middle School: 4-6pm

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

First day of school. See school hours below.

  • 3-year-olds: 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Elementary (preK-4 through 4th grade): 8:00am to 2:30pm
  • Buford and Walker: 8:30am to 3:15pm
  • CHS: 9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on the 2nd Thursday of some months)

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For other Back-to-School details, click here.

Buford Back-to-School Community Visits, Chromebook Distribution, and more!

The first day of school is almost here, and we can’t wait to welcome back our students!

lenovo-thinkpad-chromebook-laptop-6806-010Get Your Chromebooks

Buford Middle School students are assigned a Chromebook (computer) and charger for the school year. Buford students, along with their parents/guardians, will have the opportunity to pick up their Chromebook prior to the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Pick-Up Dates and Times (in Buford Cafeteria)

  • Monday, August 13th: 3-6pm
  • Tuesday, August 14th: 3-6pm
  • Wednesday, August 15th: 4-6pm
  • Thursday, August 16th: 3-6pm
  • Friday, August 17th: 3-6pm
  • Tuesday, August 21st: 3-6pm

Please take advantage of these dates and times so your child can avoid long lines on the first day of school. *Chromebooks will not be distributed during Open House.

TIP: Use your child’s Chromebook to log into PowerSchool and easily complete your back-to-school forms with InfoSnap! Information about creating a PowerSchool account will be mailed to your home in August. 

Students feeding a giraffe

Register for CLASS Camp ExL by June 1

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
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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!

Sigma Lab at CHS

Facilities planning for the future

Facilities: An Update (February 11, 2019)

As part of the budget planning process for the 2019-20 year, the Charlottesville School Board held discussions with Charlottesville City Council about school faciities, enrollment growth, and their implications for equity.

The School Board endorsed a school reconfiguration plan that would create a preschool center, return 5th-graders to elementary schools, and modernize Buford Middle School for grades 6-8.  The Charlottesville City Council tentatively endorsed a $3 million allocation for design and planning work on school reconfiguration. (The funds would be outside the schools’ operating budget, as part of the CIP or Capital Improvement Project process.)

The over-arching ideas are:

  • Move the schools’ 3- and 4-year-old preschool classes to a dedicated preschool center on the current Walker Upper Elementary School campus. This specialized center would allow for additional classrooms, before/after school care, and services that are targeted to meet the needs of our youngest learners.
  • Return fifth-graders to elementary schools, the environment that is most developmentally appropriate for their needs. This will required continued monitoring of the enrollment capacity of our elementary schools.
  • Remodel Buford Middle School to maximize opportunities for grades 6-8. This will eliminate one of the two middle-grade transitions  that we current require as our students presently first move from elementary to Walker in grade 5 and again move from Walker to Buford in grade 7.
  • In addition to this process, the schools have received a five-year commitment of $1 million from City Council to support modernization projects. The first, completed in the summer of 2018, was at Clark Elementary. The second will be completed at Jackson-Via Elementary in the summer of 2019.

To learn more about the process that led to these decisions, scroll down for previous updates. As noted previously, the timeline for planning and modernizing schools would be at least three years.


PREVIOUS 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, returning fifth-grade to elementary schools had previously arisen as a strong preference in prior community surveys and meetings. This would require a preschool center and the remodeling of Buford for 6th- through 8th-graders. Elementary capacity would still need to be addressed.
  • 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 a specialty academy to serve students in the elementary or middle-grade years.
  • 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 children of 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.

Resources for Parents and Educators Following Charlottesville Rally on August 12, 2017

The white nationalist rallies in August 2017 impacted the Charlottesville community greatly. What follows are some resources and statements that were prepared for our community in the weeks following the events.

Joint Statement on the Rallies from the School Boards of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, August 2017

Dear Members of our School Communities:

The events of this weekend were tragic beyond words and as such events always do, they extracted a heavy price.  A wonderful young lady was taken from us.  Two brave and devoted public servants also lost their lives.  Many of our neighbors suffered injuries and trauma and all of us are sharing in the pain.

One national television reporter asked how Charlottesville will now feel to have its name linked in memory to other cities and towns across our country that have suffered from unspeakable crimes against humanity.

How will we feel and what will we do?

The memory of this weekend’s events should survive as a community that responded forcefully in overcoming the darkest impulses of those who traffic in hatred, intolerance and brute force.

The message from Charlottesville to our nation must be stronger than ever before—that we are a community that values the safety of every person, the dignity of every resident, the respect of every background, the equality of every opportunity and the strength of every collaboration that promotes the common good.

As they should be, the values of our communities are found in our public schools.  Our schools, after all, are the source of our greatest dreams and aspirations for our children.  It is where we learn about the power of ideas, the importance of history, the strength of community and the right of every child to reach their highest potential.

Our schools are where we make acquaintance with civic responsibility.  The work we do in our schools must always bring to life our nation’s most sacred promise– “to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

There is no room in this sacred promise for hatred, racism, violence and intolerance.

The answer to the question from the national media about how Charlottesville will be known is that we will be known as the community that rededicated itself to the promise of America and to those ideals that define our nation’s highest calling.

We will be known as a community whose teachers and staff will continue to do what the best educators always have done—stand tall in modeling these American ideals in their work every day.

If you would like resources for discussing this matter with your family, we have compiled a list for your consideration below.

Dr. Rosa Atkins & Mr. Juan Wade
Charlottesville City Schools

Dr. Pam Moran & Ms. Kate Acuff
Albemarle County Public Schools

Back-to-School Message from Charlottesville Schools Leaders, August 2017

Dear Members of our School Community:

We are excited to welcome our students back to school on Wednesday, but we are also aware that the emotional impact of August 11 and 12 continues to be felt in our community.

In the days leading up to school, our administrators, teachers, and staff have been working to make sure that we are ready to meet the needs of our students. Our first goal has been to support the needs of our teachers and staff so that they can in turn support our students. The good news is, supporting students is what schools do. Our teachers, staff, and specialists such as counselors and psychologists are trained and available to meet students where they are.

We have provided additional resources for our school staff, and our web site also offers possible resources that might be helpful to you at home.

As we do every year, we have also worked with the Charlottesville Police and the City’s Pupil Transportation Department to make sure that schools get off to a safe and smooth start.

We know that these have been difficult times for our community, but we also know that our community is strong and supportive. Love is stronger than hate, and our schools and community will rise to this occasion. Have a good evening and a great school year.

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins & Mr. Juandiego Wade
Superintendent & Board Chair, Charlottesville City Schools

http://charlottesvilleschools.org/resources

Resources for Parents and Educators

A number of local agencies and national groups have created resources for family  discussions centered on race and/or community violence.

The following have been suggested by our school counselors as potential resources for your consideration. We recognize that this list is not complete, and that different families and teachers will find some links more useful than others.

All Ages

All Ages:

Helping Children Feel Safe During Uncertain Times: A Caregiver’s Guide (a brief guide prepared by school counselors at Charlottesville City Schools)

How Can Parents Help Their Children (following community violence)? (resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

How to Talk to Kids about Race and Books that Might Help (published on readbrightly.com)

How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville (Age-appropriate fiction recommendations from the New York Times)

How to Talk to Your Kids about the Violence in Charlottesville (compiled by the L.A. Times)

Post-Charlottesville Resources (from the Virginia Department of Education)

Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis (tips compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists)

Tragic Events (Resources) (compiled by the Fred Rogers Company)

What Charlottesville Means for Our Black Family (essay published on raceconscious.org)

Young Children

Young Children:

After a Crisis, Helping Young Children Heal (tips from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Once I Was Very Scared. (picture book available as a PDF and also available in Arabic, Spanish, and Turkish). Author: Chandra Ghosh Ippen.  Piplo Productions.

A Terrible Thing Happened. (book for ages 4-7) Author: Margaret M. Holmes. Dalmation Press. Franklin, Tennessee.

Teens

Teens:

Youth Resources for the Charlottesville Rally (compiled by the local organization Ready Kids)

For Educators

For Educators:

I’m a Teacher In Charlottesville. This is How I’ll Talk to My Students. (Washington Post)

Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis (tips compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists)

For curricular resources, educators can check with their principal, coach, and area coordinators.

Counseling Resources

Community Counseling Resources:

  • Child and Family Clinic (up to age 18)
  • Adult Clink (18 and older) 972-1800
  • Walk-in Clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays (can call ahead at 972-1800), 9am-noon

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.

 

CHS Student Lucas Higgins Earns State Department Travel Fellowship

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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 the 2017 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.

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To speak with future or past fellowship winners, please contact Beth Cheuk at 245-2962 or goodnews@charlottesvilleschools.org.