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children posing from the CLASS program's Camp ExL

Register for Summer Camp ExL

Informational Flyer for Camp ExL 2017

Registration will begin Monday, March 20 for Camp ExL, the summer program from CLASS.  Spaces are limited and will fill up fast! Forms will not be accepted before March 20.

Program dates run from June 19th—July 28th between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with additional wraparound hours available for extra cost.  This fun summer opportunity  is open to students in pre-k—3rd grade during the 2016-2017 school year.

Click here for more information and registration forms.

Dances from all over the world at Buford International Night 2016

UPCOMING at Buford: International Night & BOLT dinner

March 23

International Night Party

Bring your family and come to Buford’s International Night Party!

WHEN:  Thursday, March 23, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:  The Buford cafeteria and patio

WHY:  To celebrate our many cultures and one community at our school

Please bring your family, food to share, and your dancing shoes!  We will celebrate with delicious food, dances from different countries, and African drumming by “Chihamba.”

BOLT community dinner for middle schoolers April 24. Call 245-2411 for details.NEW DATE April 24

BOLT: Being Outstanding Leaders Together Against Drugs and Alcohol

Join us for BOLT: Being Outstanding Leaders Together Against Drugs and Alcohol!

Parents will hear from UVA’s Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.  Students will hear from David Flood, a national motivational speaker.  This will be a fun, family event promoting healthy lifestyles and leadership through drug and alcohol education!

WHEN:  April 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Monticello High School | 1400 Independence Way | Charlottesville, VA 22902

A free Bojangles’ dinner will be served from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Girls' Basketball Team wins Regional Championship and will advance to the State Quarterfinals (2017)

What’s Happening at CHS

UPCOMING EVENTS | March & April 2017 Fine Arts Schedule!

2017 has already been a busy year at CHS! In case you’ve missed them, here is a sample of the things that have been happening so far.

Black History Month Presentation | ROLE MODELS – Influential African-Americans

50 African-American leaders from the Charlottesville and Albemarle communities were welcomed by CHS students for a photo shoot and interview sesion in January.  This collaborative project between the CHS African-American History and photography classes sought to highlight and celebrate prominent community leaders for Black History Month.

The project was also highlighted in the Daily Progress.


TheaterCHS presents “Into the Woods” February 16-18

Charlottesville High School students performed Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center from February 16-18. The Tony Award-winning musical revisits and reimagines several well-known fairy tales.

Girls’ Basketball Regional Victory

Girls' Basketball Team wins Regional Championship and will advance to the State Quarterfinals (2017)
Girls’ Basketball Team wins Regional Championship and will advance to the State Quarterfinals (2017)

The CHS Girls’ Basketball team enjoyed a well-fought victory in February when they defeated Jefferson Forest 40 – 31 to win the Conference 23 title!  Congratulations, Lady Knights!

CHS Students Earn All-State Choir Honor

Charlottesville High School students Parker Sullivan, Brianna Ramirez, & Leah Patek have earned All-VA Choir honors!
Charlottesville High School students Parker Sullivan, Brianna Ramirez, & Leah Patek have earned All-VA Choir honors!

Charlottesville High School students Parker Sullivan, Brianna Ramirez, & Leah Patek have been awarded  All-VA Choir honors!

AVID | Mentoring & College Visits

CHS AVID Students Visit Colleges and Mentor CCS Local Elementary School Students
CHS AVID Students Visit Colleges and Mentor CCS Local Elementary School Students

In February, CHS AVID students  visited Radford and Virginia Tech.  They also spent time at Jackson-Via mentoring students with classrooms activities.



Kindergarten students at Charlottesville City Schools

Kindergarten Open House Coming April 20

Smiling Kindergarten students at Charlottesville City Schools
Welcome to kindergarten!

Charlottesville City’s elementary schools will hold kindergarten open houses on Thursday, April 20 at 3:30 – 6:00 PM. Students should visit the open house for the school they will attend. (Not sure which elementary school your child will attend?  Find out here.)

Please check back on this page on or after April 11 for online forms. Remember that even if you choose to fill out forms online, you must visit your child’s school during the open house to show proof of residency and other documents (see list here). For more registration questions (including non-resident applications, see our registration page.)

We’re excited to meet our new kindergarten students and their families!

More Information:



Nepalese students at Walker taking a Virtual Reality tour of their home country.

Recently at Walker

2017 is proving to be a great year at Walker Upper Elementary!  Students involved with Stage Left Theatre gave a fabulous final production of the play Beauty and the Beast on January 24, while numerous STEM activities – including experiments with water filtration, simulated boat travel up the James River, and projects using coordinate planes and virtual reality demonstrations – have all been happening throughout the months of January and February.  Meanwhile, in the classrooms, students recreated the setting of the 1998 novel ‘Among the Hidden’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Enjoy the photo gallery!

Photo of Violinist Eric Stanley During His Visit to Jackson-Via Elementary School

Recently at Jackson-Via

Check Out What’s Been Going On at Jackson-Via Elementary!

Jackson Via Elementary Math & STEM Night: Hot Wheel Angled Racing Demonstration
Hot Wheels Challenge: Measuring ramp height and making predictions!

STEM & Math Night

On January 31st, we had a night full of STEM activities where students were joined by members of the science club BACON (Best All-around Club Of Nerds) in STEM-related activities that included building a marble maze, competing in a “Hot Wheels” challenge, and exploring the mechanics of wind energy!

Click here for more fun photos of STEM & Math Night!

A Visit From Eric Stanley

On January 27,  violinist, YouTube sensation, and VCU graduate Eric Stanley visited Jackson-Via to encourage students to stay inspired  with his entertaining mix of fun classical, pop, jazz, and hip-hop music!

You can read more about Eric Stanley’s visit to Charlottesville on the Newsplex website.

The Greek Market | 3rd Grade Classes

On Friday, January 20, Jackson-Via third grade students had their “Greek Market” sale.  Students crafted items (and imagined services) based on what they’ve been learning in the curriculum, and sold them for “Classroom Bucks: Franklin Funds, Davis Dollars or Morgan Money.”   The third-grade team did a great job, and the kids had a ball!

PJs and Popcorn Night | Fun with Literacy

On Thursday, January 19th students and parents went through literacy stations wearing their pajamas and enjoying popcorn!

A great time was had by all!

a marble run

STEM Nights at Charlottesville Elementary Schools

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

STEM education is one of the most talked about elements of K–12 education today.  Charlottesville City Schools provides a wide variety of STEM-related opportunities for students beginning in pre-Kindergarten and continuing through high school.  These opportunities help CCS students discover and develop their interest in these disciplines.

Elementary STEM 2017 | Schedule of Events

Throughout the school year, a variety of STEM-related programs enhances the learning possibilities of all students. These include in-school activities like robotics and coding workshops, as well as family nights which enable students and their families to have fun with math and science.

STEM & Math Night at Jackson-Via

Jackson-Via recently held its 2017 Math & STEM evening, where CHS students from the science club BACON (Best All-around Club Of Nerds) came to help run the activities.

Students working together with Legos

December 2016 Elementary Highlights

Children at the elementary tailgate party at CHS
Friday Knight Lights: future CHS cheerleaders.

The first-ever all-elementary tailgate was a success.  Their cuteness and cheers propelled the CHS football team to a big win. Thanks to the Burnley-Moran PTO for organizing the event.

Second-graders across the division enjoyed their annual field trip to Monticello, filled with history, beauty, gardens, and even math.  Visiting Monticello’s “edible laboratory,” students guessed the weights of pumpkins, recorded weather, and tasted fennel.

Monticello magic -- something for each of our second-graders.
Monticello magic — something for each of our second-graders.

Thanks to a partnership with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, students in the after-school CLASS program have new, fun options for staying on the move and healthy, as profiled by the Newsplex.

Students building a structure to protect lettuce from frost
Protecting lettuce from the freeze.

As part of the new iSTEM program, third-grade engineers in every school designed, built, and are testing frost-covers for their schools’ lettuce plants. Who can keep their lettuce healthy this winter?

Students from Burnley-Moran, Johnson, and Venable went to see a national production of “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” at the Paramount Theater.

Students conducting a science experiment with cabbage in the garden
Experimenting in the garden at BME.

Burnley-Moran students used their garden for both history and science this fall. Kindergartners studied “long ago” by “hunting” with arrows made with the garden’s corn cobs (using baskets as targets).  First graders boiled cabbage leaves to see how adding either a base or an acid will change the color of the purple cabbage water to either blue or red.

Multiplying with cookies
Multiplying with cookies at Clark.

Clark third-grade bakers practiced their math skills twice, by measuring ingredients and then laying out the cookies in even rows for multiplication practice.  Students also held their own Thanksgiving Day parade (with floats) after reading Balloons Over Broadway.

Loading the truck for the food drive at Greenbrier
Loading the truck for the food drive at Greenbrier.

Greenbrier students collected 1,199 cans of food for the Salvation Army, and students have been watching the progress of their new garden shed’s living roof.  All that’s left is the planting! Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden and volunteers!

Family collecting kale from the garden's harvest
Sharing the garden’s harvest with families at Jackson-Via.

Jackson-Via welcomed Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe to lunch in recognition its school-wide free & reduced lunch program.  And the school celebrated  “Family Harvest Day,” sharing fifteen pounds of kale, lettuce, and baby spinach from their garden with families, students, and teachers.

International Day at Johnson
International Day at Johnson.

Johnson hosted a number of special events, from an art workshop hosted by the Embassy of Oman, to their annual International Day celebration honoring their students’ varied backgrounds, to a kindergarten and pre-k soup supper, and a Thanksgiving pow-wow with kindergarten-aged native Americans.  Plus, the students earned a school-wide dance party by earning so many compliments!

Students working together with Legos
Working together at Venable.

As part of their celebration of International Education Week, Venable students practiced saying hello non-verbally in the style of different cultures.  And then they made a mannequin challenge to document those greeting poses! Venable students have also been using their voices (singing the national anthem for UVA women’s soccer), their hands (making useful objects out of gourds from the garden), and their ears and eyes (finding matches during bingo night).

First draft of the 2017-18 calendar. To receive this data by phone or in an alternate format, please call 434-245-2962.Remember, following winter break (12/19-12/30), there is a teacher workday on Monday, January 2, 2017.  Students return to school on Tuesday, January 3.

The draft calendar for the 2017-18 school year has been posted online. The calendar is developed jointly by the Albemarle and Charlottesville schools, through the work of a committee that includes staff and parents. The School Board will vote on this calendar at its January meeting.

Communications logos: You can customize how you receive messages from us
Customize your settings in PowerSchool unless you want to receive early-morning calls about school closings.

New this year for winter closing notifications: This year, all families will receive emails and calls at all times (including early morning) unless families customize their settings via PowerSchool. Find instructions here.  If you have not yet set up your PowerSchool account, call 245-2943.

The division will be holding a number of events to gather feedback and input for our 2017-2023 Strategic Plan. A community-wide listening session will be held at CHS on Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm — come join us! Or if you wish to participate in a smaller, school-based session on another day, please contact your principal or write Learn more or take a brief survey here.

Five of  our teachers were honored at the 2016 Chamber of Commerce dinner, serving as the guests of Bill Kehoe, recipient of the 2016 Chamber Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award. The outstanding teachers honored from Charlottesville City Schools were Michael Keller and Brendan Martin of Buford Middle School, Michel Ann Sizemore of Jackson Via Elementary, and Sarah Gallagher and Rachel Rasnake of Walker Upper Elementary.

Mr. Chambers, highlighted by the Virginia Education Association
Mr. Chambers, highlighted by the VEA.

Mr. Ernest Chambers, physical education teacher at Burnley-Moran Elementary, was profiled in the Virginia Education Association’s Journal of Education.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave a shout-out to the schools’ partnership with City Schoolyard Garden and Local Food Hub, which supports innovating programs such as as our Harvest of the Month program, our extensive Farm-to-School Week offerings, and our year-round commitment to fresh, local foods and garden classrooms.  Thanks to both organizations for your support!

In November, the Special Education Advisory Committee hosted a community discussion about how to prepare your child for “Life After High School, Now.”

Multi-aged kids coding at Johnson for "hour of code"
Multi-aged coders at Johnson for “Hour of Code.”

Across the division, Charlottesville Schools participated in the international Hour of Code, a event designed to expose students to computer programming. Charlottesville Schools has extensive and growing support to help students learn to code.

At its fall conference, the Virginia Board of Education honored Charlottesville City Schools for receiving a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.

Upcoming events include:

  • Multiple elementary concerts, 12/13 (Burnley-Moran’s is on 12/15)
  • Winter Break and Teacher Workday, 12/19 through Monday, 1/2
  • Classes resume, Tuesday, 1/3
  • School Board Meeting, 1/5, 5pm, CHS Media Center
  • Community Budget Presentation, 1/10, 5:30pm, CHS Media Center
  • No School for Martin Luther King Day, 1/16
  • End of 2nd Quarter, 1/20
  • CHS Orchestra presents family-friendly Peter and the Wolf, 1/21,  2pm, MLKPAC
  • No School for Teacher Workday, 1/23
  • Stage Left Theater presents family-friendly Beauty and the Beast, 1/24, 6:30pm, Walker Auditorium
  • Community Strategic Plan Listening Session (open to all), 1/25, 7pm, CHS

Remember that you can subscribe to our Google calendar of school holidays and as well as Google calendars for school-specific events. Instructions are at