As you make plans to attend commencement exercises for the Class of 2018 in just a few weeks, please keep in mind these important details:
When: June 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduates should arrive by 5:30 p.m.
Where: John Paul Jones Arena. Free parking is available at the arena.
Security Information: Please read the following UVA JPJ Arena security policies carefully, especially noting the bag policy.
Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and cannot exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Clear one-gallon plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar) are also permitted.
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand and no larger than 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches (with or without a handle or strap) can be taken into the arena and will be subject to search. An exception will be made for items necessary for medical reasons after proper inspections at a gate designated for this purpose.
Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
Items needed for small children must be in a clear bag that meet the stated dimensions.
Bags and purses that do not meet the above criteria cannot be held by staff or stored inside or around JPJ Arena. For clarity, diaper bags and backpacks are also prohibited.
Arrive early. Our entrance procedures may take a few minutes and traffic is often heavy around JPJ Arena. Therefore, we request that all guests arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Please plan accordingly.
Wear as little metal as possible. Large metal jewelry/belt buckles, etc. are allowed, but can slow down the entrance process and/or delay your entry.
Understand prohibited items. Balloons, flowers, umbrellas, outside food and beverage, artificial noise makers, and strollers are specifically prohibited inside JPJ Arena. Gifts for graduates may be presented when they meet families on the plaza after the ceremony.
10 Charlottesville City Schools teachers were among area teachers recognized for their excellence in education at the 17th annual Golden Apple Awards ceremony on May 16, 2018.
Each year, one educator is selected from each public and private school in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Our winners this year are: Latoya Brown (Buford Middle), Mary Johnston (Burnley-Moran Elementary), Nicole Armstrong (Charlottesville High, Black Knights), Jessica Taylor (Clark Elementary School), Briana Barns (Jackson-Via Elementary School), Laura Schaaf (Johnson Elementary), Harry Hill (Lugo-McGinness Academy), Leslie S. Hunter (Venable Elementary School), Sarah Lloyd (Walker Upper Elementary School), and Patrick Beale (Greenbrier Elementary School). Ms. Schaaf and Ms. Taylor were also two of eight lucky winners of the $1,000 Golden Apple Grant Awards drawing!
The Golden Apple Awards were established by Richard and Nancy Nunley in 2001 to recognize creativity, passion, and effective communication in the classroom.
What makes these teachers so special? Here is what those who nominated them had to say:
Latoya Brown, 7th grade English, Buford Middle: “The 7th grade English students are actively engaged in learning, discussions, and projects through blending both paperback hardcopies and technology-based literature and writing. They have tremendous respect for her and hang on her every word.”
Mary Johnston, 3rd grade, Burnley-Moran Elementary: “Not only does she expect her students to perform academically, she also attends to the social/emotional development of students. Mary’s dedication is visible in her connections to families.”
Nicole C. Armstrong, 9th grade English, Charlottesville High: “Nicole holds high standards for her students. She expects them to live out the excellence she sees in each of them. Nicole is an all-star team member and her commitment to our school extends beyond her classes. She has been instrumental in launching the Link Crew freshmen mentoring program.”
Jessica M. Taylor, 2nd grade, Clark Elementary: “On top of the motivation and caring that she brings to her work, my son is also really learning!”
Patrick Beale, 4th grade, Greenbrier Elementary: “He asks thought-provoking questions so that the students may take the things that they know and apply them to other situations – above and beyond the standard.”
Briana Barns, 4th grade, Jackson-Via: “In Bree’s classroom, the students are clear on the expectations. There is a peace and calm that one can feel just by entering the door. It is the peace and calm of a teacher who loves her students and wants them to grown and achieve.”
Laura Schaaf, 3rd grade, Johnson Elementary: “When a new subject was being introduced that day, Laura always had a lead-in that heightened the kids’ enthusiasm. They truly got excited about learning, and it was obvious that Laura was excited about teaching.”
Harry Hill, Science teacher, Lugo-McGinness Academy: “Mr. Hill’s approach to instruction is differentiated, meets student needs, and leads to academic success.”
Leslie S. Hunter, 1st grade, Venable Elementary: “Leslie’s classroom is always quietly buzzing with joyful and purposeful learning. Her openness and generosity with her own ideas is inviting and inspirational to other teachers.”
Sarah Lloyd, 6th grade, Walker Upper Elementary Math: “Mrs. Lloyd does not allow students to make excuses, get distracted, procrastinate, or give up. She provides the necessary support for each student to be successful without lowering standards and expectations. Failure is not an option in Lloyd’s classroom.”
Walker student Hazel Conklin won the stockpile division at the regional soap box derby in Culpeper! She was assisted in this STEM project by Troy Brown, Elias Garcia, and Oliver Jackson (not pictured). Congrats also to their advisor, iSTEM teacher Chris Chamberlin. Hazel has qualified to compete in the Local Masters Race this June, also in Culpeper.
Students Hallie Goode and Allie Floyd have been awarded the Red Cross Youth Heroes Award for our region for their kindness and persistence in helping and befriending Walker’s functional skills students. Way to model kindness and inclusivity, girls!
This spring, Ms. Washburg and Ms. Woods’ 6th grade classes collaborated to host the Confidence Carnival! Positive affirmations, games, face painting, and a visit from a UVA Women’s Basketball player made for a great morning!
Peer mentors at Walker not only welcomed the City’s fourth-graders for a visit, but they even wrote personalized letters to each student (delivered at the elementary schools) to express greetings!
The 3rd annual AVID College and Career Night at Walker brought many families and community representatives to the school for a fun-filled evening helping students peer into the future.
“El Espectaculo!” at Walker was spectacular. Fifth-graders in the event showcase what they’ve learned across the curriculum in the Elementary Spanish program. Here’s a nice recap: http://bit.ly/2Hs6RwT.
The Walker Peace Squad visited all six elementary schools to perform an original play and raise the question, “What are some ways you can stand up when you see someone being mean to someone else?”
Buford, Walker, and CHS parents and guardians are invited to take a survey about college-level classes sponsored by the CHS PTO and Counseling Department. The survey is part of a national conversation about college prep and high school stress.
Buford’s Aidan Peters qualified to compete at the VA State Geographic Bee at Longwood University.
Amanda, Eleanor, Ella, Emma, Harriet, Niharika, and Saba represented Buford in the History Day regionals at UVA! Ella and Emma will represent us at the state finals!
The Buford Middle School Orchestra earned a Superior rating for their beautiful performance at the District Orchestra Assessment.
17 Buford orchestra students made the 2018 Junior Regional Orchestra while 14 band students made the All-District Band—more than any other middle school in the area!
Buford’s Abby Paquette and Elisabeth Scharf shared their experiences in the Foundations of Engineering and Engineering 1 classes at the International Techology and Engineering Educator Association in Atlanta, GA.
Buford students performed well in the Virginia Mathematics League Contest–the 7th grade team came in fifth in the league and fourth in the region; Christian Millard was ranked in the top 35 7th graders in the league; The 8th grade team came in fourth in the league and third in the region; and Camden Baucom was ranked in the top 35 8th graders in the league!
In other math news, the Buford MathCounts team finished 2nd in regional competition.
Buford student Miya Anderson participated in the 29th Annual African-American Read-in on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Buford Middle School. Students read excerpts from their favorite books and poems to celebrate Black History Month and African-American literature.
Engineering 1 students at Buford Middle watched a live virtual tour of MIT let by the CHS BACON Zero Robotics team. The tour gave these 8th graders a glimpse into what opportunities are ahead in the Cville Schools iSTEM program!
Eight Buford girls participated in the Girls Excelling in Math Tournament run by the Village School. The 8th grade team of Abby Paquette, Lidia Shimer, Lucy Armengol, and Sylvie Bon-Harper finish is 1st place and Abby finished 2nd overall as an individual. The 7th grade team of Sarah Burns, Vicky Gonzalez, Elie Lewin, and Lowell Tolton finished in 2nd place and Sarah finished 5th overall as an individual.
Congratulations to eighth grader Silas McClellan who correctly spelled “subterranean” to become the 2017-18 school spelling bee champion for Buford Middle School.
Buford Middle School civics students Abby, Jaimin, and Kaia presented their project “Hate Speech vs. Right to Assembly and Free Speech (Permit or No Permit)” at the Public Education Foundation 2018 Luncheon at the Boar’s Head Inn.
Congratulations to our Fencing Team for hosting another successful tournament. Students competed fiercely on three different stages. Ms. Carney has sponsored our team for several years and continues to do a wonderful job. https://buff.ly/2E1lXaF
Our preschool students were treated to a fun and free day that included carnival rides, games, and a pizza picnic lunch thanks to the generosity of the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival and other sponsors. Find more (adorable) photos here.
Elementary schools — including Walker School — have wrapped up their season of iSTEM family nights, which invite families to an evening of hands-on experiments and building activities. At Clark, 3rd-graders even created their own flyer about the event as part of their unit on “functional texts.”
Fourth-graders at all schools prepped mini derby cars for a first-ever City competition hosted at CHS. CHS winners qualified to compete in Culpeper, where Burnley-Moran student Harry Shullaw won the mini-derby race and Walker student Hazel Conklin won the stock car division!
Like all of our schools, Burnely-Moran honored African-American history month, but they pulled out all the stops, with a history gallery, an African dance demonstration, and a vibrant career fair populated by African-American leaders throughout the Charlottesville community, many of whom are CHS alums or connected to Charlottesville City Schools.
After reading the novel Inside Out and Back Again, Clark fourth-graders extended their learning with a guest speaker from the International Rescue Committee of Charlottesville. Immigrants and refugees are an important part of our Charlottesville and Clark community!
Students rocked the annual “Jackson-Via’s Got Talent” show, and on a different night, they donned their pajamas for a well-attended “PJs and Popcorn” night in celebration of math and literacy.
Johnson’s fourth-graders enacted their annual wax museum of historic figures who come to life for visitors. Henry “Box” Brown, Sacagawea, Alexander Hamilton, and many more were on hand to tell their stories. Younger social studies scholars created their annual Not-Quite-the-Fourth-of-July Parade, donning costumes such as the Statute of Liberty or the American flag to learn about our country’s symbols.
Venable All Stars celebrated Women’s History Month with visits from female trailblazers Jane Goodall, Pocahontas, Bessie Coleman, and more! Earlier in the month, suffragettes stood outside the school at arrival time with signs and posters demanding that women receive the right to vote. For more pics: https://goo.gl/nXga2d
On February 13, CHS hosted a ribbon-cutting to celebrate a new partnership, the CHS/CFA Institute Finance Academy. The partnership supports financial education and cultivates interest and awareness of the investment profession. The CHS/CFA Institute Finance Academy will impact three programs at CHS: the Student Investment Group (see next item!), the AVID program (including a business-style renovation of the AVID seniors’ classroom, and the economics and personal finance classes required of all CHS students.
For the second time in three years, the CHS Student Investment Group (SIG) is one of six American finalists in the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Global High School Investment Competition! The team will join others from the U.S., China, India, Brazil, Norway, Canada and the United Kingdom in Philadelphia at the Wharton Business School in May. Team members are Lucas Higgins, (SIG founder), Cole Fairchild, Whit Rudder, Maya Block, and Hunter Randle. SIG receives support through our partnership with CFA Institute.
CHS debaters won state competition and will advance to nationals! To read more, click here.
CHS debaters won state competition and will advance to nationals!
Fré Halverson-Taylor & Owen Fernandez took first place in Public Forum (4-0) while Junior Dani Szabo went 4-0 and placed 2nd in the Lincoln-Douglas category. Overall, CHS won 3rd Place Sweeps. Altogether, we had 11 qualify for states and 9 participated. Congrats to all students for their amazing performances: Julianna Brown, Cole Fairchild, Ellie Detert, Lena Keesecker, John Emery, Alyce Yang, Evelyn McKenney.
Just prior to the VHSL Super-Regional Tournament, our qualifier, Cole Fairchild, had a family emergency. Alternate Dani Szabo stepped in the day before and came up with an upset win! Since his speaker points were so high (a perfect in the final), CHS also took 2nd place sweeps, an almost impossible feat with a single debater. At states, he was part of a three-way tie for 2nd!
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A contingent of CHS students spent a day at the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, working with the Cville Youth Council to make meaningful change as part of the community’s “Dialogue on Race.” For more on this important conversation, click here. Other CHS news related to this topic includes area high schools’ “Big Read” of The Hate U Give, which was read by CHS 9th-graders, who also participated in a group forum led by UVA professor and CHS parent Lisa Woolfork. In addition, throughout February, a series of community speakers offered opt-in presentations to students for Black History Month, which concluded with the school’s annual assembly. This year’s assembly speaker was Rashard Davis ’16, winner of a 2018 Super Bowl Ring with the Philadelphia Eagles!
The number of students enrolled in honors courses at Charlottesville High School is up 21 percent this year, with increasing diversity. This is in part due to greater use of “honors-optional” classes that allow students within a single class to elect assignments and readings that qualify for honors credit. For Charlottesville Tomorrow’s reporting on this progress, click here.
Buford, Walker, and CHS parents and guardians are invited to take a survey about college-level classes sponsored by the CHS PTO and Counseling Department. The survey is part of a national conversation about college prep and high school stress.
CHS BACON: state and global qualifiers in Zero Robotics, FTC Robotics, Science Olympiad, and more. Click here for more.
CHS BACON: state and global qualifiers in Zero Robotics, FTC Robotics, Science Olympiad, and more:
After qualifying for the international finals of the elite programming competition Zero Robotics (again), team leader Jonah Weissman received special recognition for developing a github interface for version control.
CHS BACON also qualified for state competition in FTC Robotics. (Again!)
As they prepped to send up their first satellite, the BACON ThinSat team toured labs at UVA today, including the Aerospace Engineering department.
Not only did CHS host the regional Science Olympiad tournament, but students also brought home (OK, they already were home) a team trophy. Jamie Nachbar and Clara Stelow earned 3 medals each!
BACON came in 2nd place in Jefferson lab’s state Science Bowl competition, losing only to governor’s school and perennial champ, TJ High School for Science and Tech.
Seeing a need, students are creating an ID scanner to record when students come into the building. Their software is software ready for testing, and hardware in development. Look for the prototype!
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Fine arts acclaim in music, visual arts, creative writing, theatre! Click here for more.
State and local recognition and appreciation:
An ELEVENTH Blue Ribbon for all-around excellence in band, choir, and orchestra. High Schools ear blue ribbons from the Virginia Music Educators Association when all three of the schools’ top performing groups earn superior ratings (the highest possible).
Orlando Music Festival Excellence: It was a clean sweep for the CHS orchestra, as they claimed first place in the gold division for both 2A and 3A competition, PLUS the outstanding orchestra award, two adjudicators awards, and the instrumental sweepstakes award. Then at the airport heading home, the orchestra was invited to give a command performance — listen to the NPR story here.
State band and choir: Sharon Reitsma, Charlotte MacDonald, Clare Inlow, and Anna Bon-Harper performed with All-Virginia bands; and Adria Cafferrillo, Sarah Garretson, Victoria Kremer, Beau LeBlond, and Parker Nelson repped CHS at the all-state choir.
Art awards: Jane Ormsby won third place in the 2018 VA School Boards Assoc. Regional Forum Art Contest; Tiara Strait and Aleena Haidari won awards in the Rumi Forum’s Annual Peace and Dialogue Art and Video Contest.
Creative Writing Winners: Seven CHS students were winners in the Mirabella writing contest sponsored by Tupelo Press’s Teen Writing Center: Rachel Beling, Ryan Doherty, Sarah Hale, Fentress Lynch, Alice Owen, Elana West-Smith, and Gabe Yeargen. Their works will be published in an anthology.
Rising Star Awards: Congrats to the CHS winners of the Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards: Rachel Beling (Poetry), Ashley Clark (Creative Writing), Kiki Dowell (Theatre), Parker Sullivan (Choir & Orchestra), and Deveny Watson (Visual Art).
After Theatre CHS’s stellar spring musical (South Pacific), the program goes quiet, right? WRONG: Next up? The Tempest on April 26-27, to be followed by a host of year-end performances such as Dessert Theatre. Plus, broadway performer Deon Ridley spent a day leading CHS theatre classes!
Congratulations to Margaret Lather, Ella Harrigan, and Florence Pinkston, who took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively, in the high school prose category for the UVA Fralin Museum of Art’s Writer’s Eye Contest!
Need a verbal hug? Visit the hallways of CHS and read the hundreds of encouraging post cards sent to Charlottesville students from people all over the world. Thanks to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Blue Ridge for your efforts to promote positivity through this #DearYoungPerson campaign.
The CHS Model United Nations delegation met with a team of real-life ambassadors at the Nigerian Mission in New York while they attended the National High School Model United Nations, the world’s largest UN conference.
How should we remember war? Students trekked to the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial to see the memorial in honor of the 28 local men who died in the Vietnam War. One student reflected: “You figure out that not everything is a given.”
Spanish IV and AP students recently visited the UVA School of Architecture. Students toured the A School & heard from students who had studied abroad in Barcelona.
Traveling the globe with virtual reality…. CHS students took a trip with GoogleVR to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
AVID students visited CFA Institute to learn more about their work and careers in finance.
Art students visited Second Street Gallery for a workshop.
Public Presentations and Pitches
CHS students in general — and AVID students in particular — have had a host of opportunities to pitch ideas and present research.
Biology classes participated in a student symposium co-hosted by the UVa Medical Center. CHS students’ research was guided by medical professionals.
AVID students pitched community solutions — and received $10,000 to support them! — at CFA Institute’s Project SERVE. This pitch event is one of many ways that the new CHS/CFA Institute Finance Academy is promoting real-world skills and financial literacy.
CHS students presented a wide range of ideas at the Tom Tom Founders Festival. Topics and presentations included BACON, AVID’s Project SERVE winners, City Schoolyard Garden, AP Psychology, and more.
AVID students also presented their Project SERVE ideas at the Public Education Foundation luncheon.
Lugo-McGinness Academy students shared their stories and student perspectives on alternative education experiences during a round-table event for representatives from Newport News Public Schools who came to learn about the success of the program.
CHS celebrated its students’ commonalities and differences with another beautiful Diversity Assembly this March.
CHS Urban Farming & Entrepreneurship class is preparing for the spring with a student-built chicken coop to host the newest and smallest CHS Black Knights!
The CHS Amnesty Club hosted a “Hunger Banquet” to raise food, money, and awareness of local and global hunger issues.
CATEC students debuted their school-bus-food-truck called “Technical Eats” during the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Makerville Expo, and CATEC student Alonda Clark placed 3rd in the Skills USA competition for Nurse Assisting.
CHS AVID students organized a “Food for Hoops ” community 5v5 basketball tournament at Tonsler Park. Jerry Harris, Kajesha Taylor, and Jaquan Wood put in the organizational work and even paid for the event’s catering!
CHS athletes have been winning in sports AND sportsmanship! For more sports news, click here.
CHS athletes have been winning in sports AND sportsmanship!
CHS received a sportsmanship award from VHSL after the winter season since the school has had no player or coach ejections in the first two sports seasons. Thanks for keeping it classy! And spring athletes, let’s keep it going!
The CHS softball facility continues to see improvement. Last winter, new dugouts were erected, and this year a new infield is being installed along with a new sound system courtesy of Crutchfield. A special thank-you to the City of Charlottesville and Parks and Recreation for aiding us in this process. Similarly, CHS Baseball’s facilities have seen major upgrades over the last few years thanks to the school’s partnership with the Tom Sox of the Valley Baseball League.
Five football players made commitments to continue their athletic and academic careers: Trejon Bryant (Glenville State), Rakeem Davis (JMU), Larry Henderson (Glenville State), Sam Neale (Washington & Lee), and JakePoe (Hampden Sydney).
Winter sports highlights:
Ella Reed and Zoe DeGuzman both qualified AND PR’ed at the Class 4A VHSL State Swim Meet. Ella dropped more than a second off of the 100m breaststroke, and Zoe dropped nearly 5 seconds off of her 200 m free.
Girls and boys basketball both completed fine regular and post-season runs before ending in round 2 of regional play.
Senior track athlete Kennedy Wardlaw qualified for states after placing 3rd in regionals in the triple jump.
Senior Isaac Kenner was named to the All Central Virginia Wrestling team, the first Black Knight to be so named since Wade Kammauff four years ago.
Alumni sports highlights:
Football’s Rashard Davis ’12 earned a Super Bowl ring with the Eagles (and came back to serve as the speaker at the CHS Black History Month assembly).
Golf’s Emmy Timberlake ’16 won her first college golf tourney this spring. She shot a 77 to earn medalist honors for Dennison U. in the rain at the Wooster Spring Invitational.
Field hockey’s Kendall Ballard ’16 (Ohio University) played on Team USA when they recently scrimmaged against UVa. Kendall scored the two final goals!
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CHS counselors led a series of Stress-Less Week activities as the first semester wrapped up.
Walking under the banner, “United in spirit, united in cheer,” cheerleaders (and friends) from CHS and Western Albemarle appeared together in the Dogwood Parade.
And upcoming: consider coming out for CHS’s annual Band on the Run 5K on May 5, which benefits the band and cross country team.
Do you have a future Venable School kindergartner?
Join us for a two-hour kindergarten orientation this summer. While children participate in classroom activities, tour the school and take a bus ride, parents are invited to stay for an orientation and Q&A with Mrs. Kershner.
Charlottesville City Schools has a full menu of opportunities to enjoy the fine arts for all ages this spring!
5/1 (Tuesday) Johnson Elementary PreK, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades presents “Celebrating Friendship” Spring Performance, 6pm. 245-2417.
5/2 (Wednesday): Buford Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:30pm, Buford Auditorium. 245-2411.
5/3-5/5 (Thursday-Saturday) CHS Theatre presents Chicago, 7pm, Black Box Theatre at Charlottesville High School. http://bit.ly/CHSTheatreTickets. 245-2410
5/4 ( Friday) Greenbrier Elementary First Grade Spring Performance, 10:30am. 245-2415.
5/4 (Friday) Buford Band Spring Concert, 7pm, Buford Auditorium. 245-2411.
5/6 (Sunday) CHS Band Spring Concert, 7pm, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. 245-2410
5/7 (Monday) Venable grades 1 and 2 Spring Performance, 6 pm, 245-2418.
5/15 (Tuesday), Clark Elementary K-4 Spring Performance, 6pm. 245-2414.
5/16 (Wednesday) Walker and Buford Chorus Spring Concert 7pm, Buford Auditorium. 245-2411.
5/17 (Thursday) Burnley-Moran K/1 Spring Performance, 6:30pm. 245-2413.
5/18 (Friday) Walker Band Spring Concert, 6:30pm, Walker Auditorium. 245-2412.
5/18-5/19 (Friday-Saturday): CHS Dessert Theatre, Black Box Theatre. Friday at 7 and Saturday at 3 & 7. Featuring comic sketches and musical performances. General admission $5, VIP seating $10. For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/CHSTheatreTickets. 245-2410.
5/23 (Wednesday) CATEC Completers’ Ceremony, 7pm, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. 434-973-4461.
5/24 (Thursday) CHS Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:30pm, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. 245-2410.
5/25 Greenbrier Elementary Kindergarten Spring Performance, 10:30am. 245-2415.
May 28 (Monday) CHS Band performs for City’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Charlottesville Sprint Pavilion, 11am. 245-2471.
May 31 (Thursday) All CCS Elementary Schools Minds in Motion performance, Jamestown: A New World in Motion. Through a unique partnership with the Richmond Ballet and Charlottesville City Schools, Minds in Motion (MIM) is a year-long inclusive program that combines dance instruction with storytelling, academic lessons, and a large scale year-end performance. 7pm, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. 245-2671.
6/1 (Friday) Buford Stage Left Theatre Presents: The Actor Games, Buford Auditorium, 6:30pm. 245-2411.
6/7 (Thursday): Charlottesville High School Graduation, 7pm, JPJ Arena, 245-2410.
Nearly 30 Charlottesville Schools volunteers joined with other local area youth at the 4th annual Little Feet Meet, an annual Special Olympics event in which students with developmental/intellectual disabilities and their general education peers participate together in track and field events and other fun activities.
The Little Feet Meet, is an opportunity for local youth to support and encourage students with disabilities.
“Our students with disabilities love this event!” said Charlottesville City Schools Special Education Coordinator Karen Wilson. “It is a time to recognize how wonderful they are, and how many skills they do have. In addition, our peer buddies learn to work with and better understand students with disabilities. It is a win, win.”
In partnership with Charlottesville City Schools, Albemarle County Public Schools, and the U.S. Department of Education, 23 Charlottesville High School Key Club members volunteered as peer buddies and also ran various activity stations which included kicking a soccer ball, running a race, playing with a big parachute and navigating an obstacle course.
“It is awesome to see how engaged these buddies are,” said Wilson. “For the most part it is a lot of playing and having fun.”
Several students from Walker Upper Elementary also participated in the day’s events. Walker had six student athletes paired with nine buddies who were able to practice the track and field events at school prior to coming to the meet.
Karie Williams, a functional skills teacher at Walker, said the day is not about competition, but comraderie.
“This is all done in the spirit of companionship over competition,” said Williams. “It is a great experience for the athletes as well as the buddies.”
Walker School was excited to host more than 400 fourth grade students for tours and planned activities to help them learn about their future school. More than 60 current fifth grade peer mentors were on hand to answer questions, facilitate team building exercises, and most importantly, put these future Walker Wolverines at ease about their upcoming transition.
That evening, students were invited back with their families for an Open House, starting with a pizza dinner at 5:30pm in the cafeteria, presentations from 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the auditorium, and a scavenger hunt from 6:45-7:30 p.m.
The Charlottesville City Schools division has six elementary schools (grades preK-4) that feed into Walker Upper Elementary School (grades 5-6).
For more information about this and other programming planned by our wonderful Walker Upper Elementary School Counseling Team, please visit their blog at https://bit.ly/2qoLO72.
Singers record “Shine” music video for Parkland victims
The Charlottesville High School Choir recently reconnected with the Fab 5 of Metro Nashville Public Schools. The CHS and Fab 5 singers recorded a joint musical tribute in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The groups previously collaborated at CHS to record “Right Now (We Need One Another)” in response to the events of August 11-12 in Charlottesville. The inspiring video was featured in the Dave Matthews Band Concert for Charlottesville in the fall.
This time, the musicians wanted to offer a song of healing to the Parkland, Florida community. Using the original song “Shine” which was written by students at Stoneman Douglas High School, the Charlottesville/Nashville singers re-recorded the song in the recording studio of Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. Leadership came from CHS Choir Teacher Will Cooke and Cedric Caldwell, the head of Relentless Entertainment group, the Official Record Label of the MNPS school district.