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8 Ways Every Parent Can Support their Children in School

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents,” says Velvet Coleman, Family Engagement Coordinator for Charlottesville City Schools.

A Message to Families from Ms. Coleman

Coleman’s latest list of tips for families includes eight ways parents can support their children in school.

Tips for Academic Success

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What’s Happening? Black Knights on Twitter

As the @CHSBlackKnights Twitter feed suggests, our students and staff have been busy since the first day of school. Here are a few recent stories from the feed…

The Second St. Gallery is featuring the “Teeny Tiny Trifecta” art exhibit–small works of contemporary art by local artists including CHS student Sahara Clemons and Walker art teacher Samantha Pagni! Online sales open 9/8 here.

 

 

Zyahna Bryant traveled to Hartford, Connecticut to accept the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center 2018 Student Prize. Congratulations, Zyahna!

 

Cole Fairchild attended his first School Board meeting as our newest student representative. He is one of three students selected to serve for the 2018-19 school year.

 

100+ students showed up for the first BACON Club meeting.

 

Members of the Cross Country team were among the 400+ volunteers helping with the Charlottesville Track Club ‘s 36th Annual Womens 4-Miler to benefit the UVA Cancer Center Breast Care Program.

 

“Dreaming America: Poems by Detained, Undocumented Latin American Teens” is a play devised, directed and performed by TheatreCHS students, inspired by the book of the same title. Performance is coming up on September 18 at CHS.

 

Tina Yawson from Charlottesville’s sister city in Winneba, Ghana visited with Ms. Sweet’s art students and several coordinators and instructional coaches.

 

Black Knights translate for families at our ESL Back to School Night.

 

First CHS BSU meeting of the year! Great turnout and discussion!

 

Our Link Crew leaders meet with their assigned freshmen crews and get to know them by sharing Hi’s and Low’s.

 

Cville Weekly had this to say: “There’s something so charming about employing a group of high schoolers to perform at your reception, but make no mistake: These aren’t your regular high schoolers. By the time they’re rising seniors—like the kids in Chestnut Oak, one of the quartets in the current CHS string ensemble —many of them have already performed in world-class venues such as the Chartres Cathedral in France or St. Mary’s Church in Killarney, Ireland. In other words, they’re practically pros.”

 

After an emotional 11-month recovery from a lacerated pancreas, field hockey player Alex Ferguson scored the game-winning goal in the Black Knights’ season opener. She is the first Schewels Athlete of the Week for the 2018-19 season.  Read the C’ville Varsity story here. PC: Cville Varsity

 

Mr. Deegan’s World History students tell their personal stories in a creative way using Mad Libs to build “Where I’m From” books, inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem. Thanks for the idea and materials, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities!
Members of the Charlottesville 12 and School Board stand with first Charlottesville 12 Scholarship recipient Kely Oufoula Kossi

Charlottesville 12 awards $5000 scholarship to CHS student

Members of the Charlottesville 12 and School Board stand with first Charlottesville 12 Scholarship recipient Kely Oufoula Kossi
Members of the Charlottesville 12 and School Board present first Charlottesville 12 Scholarship to CHS graduate Kelly Oufoula Kossi.

Recognized for her high grade point average, leadership, and community work, CHS Class of 2018 graduate Kelly Oufoula Kossi received the first Charlottesville 12 Scholarship at the June School Board meeting where several members of the original Charlottesville 12 attended and received commendation by Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins.

“We have before us representatives of the Charlottesville 12, the courageous 12 students who integrated Venable Elementary and Lane High School in September, 1959 after being denied both equal access and even any access to our schools during Massive Resistance,” said Dr. Atkins.

Read Dr. Atkins complete remarks here.

Remarks by Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins
June 14, 2018 School Board Meeting

We have before us representatives of the Charlottesville 12, the courageous 12 students who integrated Venable Elementary and Lane High School in September, 1959 after being denied both equal access and even any access to our schools during Massive Resistance.

Present with us today are Roland Woodfolk, Ronald Woodfolk, Donald Martin, Marvin Townsend, Mr. Alex-Zan (Charles Alexander) and Sandra Lewis. Are there any other members of the Charlottesville 12 with us today?

Today, we wish to express our grief and apology for the loss and discrimination you faced during your time in Charlottesville City Schools. We wish to express our admiration for the way you persevered in the face of such challenges, and for your courage in being first and few in otherwise all-white schools. We wish to say thank you for sharing your experiences with our community and our students through interviews, panels, school visits, and even publications. And finally, we wish to offer our gratitude for your generosity in establishing a scholarship earlier this year to honor the Charlottesville 12.

The first recipient of that scholarship, Kelly Oufoula-Kossi, who will be attending George Mason University this fall, is with us tonight. Kelly, please join us.

To the members of the Charlottesville 12: where many people might have responded with bitterness, you have chosen generosity. Where others might have responded by getting stuck in the past, you are investing in the future. Where some might point fingers, you extend open arms. May we all learn from your model.

Thank you for joining us tonight so that we might honor you and thank you.

Of the 12 African American children who were the first to integrate Charlottesville Schools, six attended the school board meeting including: Roland Woodfolk, Ronald Woodfolk, Donald Martin, Marvin Townsend, Mr. Alex-Zan (Charles Alexander) and Sandra Wicks Lewis.

Slide showing pictures of the Charlottesville 12 and list of their names.

Lewis, who organized and helped fund the $5,000 scholarship, made brief remarks commending Kossi for being a standout applicant and also noted the power of a college education.

“We were absolutely astounded by these kids that applied. Of course, they had great accomplishments and high GPAs, but the thing that was really apparent to all of us is that a college education to these kids would be life-changing,” Lewis said.

A refugee from the Republic of Congo, Kossi moved to the USA when she was 10 years old with her uncle. While attending CHS, she participated in volleyball, dance, theatre, and helped organize the student walkouts to protest gun violence. Kossi plans to attend George Mason University and study criminology.

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Picture of Elizabeth Korab, April Douglas, and Vee Parrish.

BME staff “Stepping Out” in neighborhoods near you!

BME administrative team, left to right: Assistant Principal April Douglas, Principal Dr. Elizabeth Korab, Administrative Technician Vivelar Parrish.

The Burnley-Moran staff is coming to your neighborhood to say “Hi!” Come out to these locations on Friday, August 17, 2018 to meet the bus and staff. Hope to see you there!

Stepping Out Schedule for August 17, 2018:

  • 1:10-1:25 Meet and Greet at Westhaven
  • 1:35-1:50 Meet and Greet at First Baptist Church
  • 1:55-2:10 Meet and Greet at Northeast Park
  • 2:15-2:30 Meet and Greet at Smith St. at Martin St.
  • 2:35-2:50 Meet and Greet at Christ Community Church
  • 2:55-3:10 Meet and Greet at Burnley-Moran Car Rider Parking Lot (top of Riverdale Dr.)
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Back-to-School Information

feature image of kids and busWe look forward to welcoming our students back on August 22, 2018 for the first day of school. See below for important dates such as back-to-school open houses, and school supplies lists.

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Back-to-School Information:

 

Regular School Hours:

Elementary: 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)

CHS Chromebook Distribution

Welcome back — the start of school is almost here!

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Charlottesville High School students are assigned a Chromebook (computer) and charger for the school year.

Chromebooks will be distributed the week of August 6 according to the following schedule (please take advantage of these dates and times to avoid long lines):

  • Monday, 8/6, 2-6pm: Freshmen
  • Tuesday, 8/7, 2-6pm: Sophomores
  • Wednesday, 8/8, 2-6pm: Juniors
  • Thursday, 8/9, 10am-6pm:  Seniors & make-up time for other classes
  • Friday, 8/10: CHS closed.

The final opportunity to pick up a Chromebook before school starts will be at the Open House on Monday, August 20.

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.