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Buford and Walker Highlights: March 2016

Buford News

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The great debaters

Congratulations to the Buford debate teams, who won both 1st & 2nd place at a recent U.Va. debate tournament.

Both the Buford band and orchestra earned straight superiors at their district assessments!

7th-graders got an insider’s tour of the U.Va. Medical Center to explore a variety of careers in the fast-growing field of health care. Students visited the helipad, medical imaging, the medical simulation center and the nursing simulation center.

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Seventh-graders on the helipad at the U.Va. Health Center
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Spring track & field is underway

The Buford boys’ basketball team earned 2nd place in an area middle school basketball tournament, with an impressive record of 14 wins for the season.  The spring sports season is now underway with track & field, baseball, and softball.  Go, Trojans!

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A nice thank you from U.Va. partners

On March 31, Buford will hold its annual International Night, with world foods, music, dance, drumming, and more.  Bring a dish to share.

Eighth-grader Caroline McLellan won best individual documentary at regionals for National History Day, qualifying for states. Good luck, Caroline!

Buford’s National Junior Honor Society partnered with at team of students at the U.Va. Medical School to host a supply drive to assist the U.Va. students’ medical and dental service trip to Central America.  (The U.Va. students are not only good with medicine, but with their thank-you notes.)

Buford library is offering “maker” challenges and opportunities for students, supporting the growing STEM movement in Charlottesville City Schools.

A Buford girls’ math team placed 2nd in the  “Solve Like a Girl” math tournament sponsored by the Village School.  Eighth-grader Edie Aten finished in 3rd place among individuals.

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Reece McKee of Buford and Jory Cardoza  of Walker successfully qualified as semifinalists in the state Geography Bee. Good luck!

Walker News

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U.Va. health fair for sixth-graders

The U.Va. Health System set up a health fair for sixth-graders at Walker School, educating them about common health problems that can be avoided or lessened when healthy habits start young!

Sixth-grader Corin St Ours has qualified for the American Legion’s state essay contest with his district-winning essay.

Youngest but top-flight:  The Walker jazz band earned straight superiors at their district evaluations performing alongside eighth-grade groups.

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Odyssey of the Mind team with trophy!

Walker School’s Odyssey of the Mind team placed 2nd in the regional problem-solving/creativity tournament, just missing the opportunity to compete at states.

The Peace Squad, started at Walker School to promote kindness and inclusion, continues to spread! The News Virginian recently profiled the Waynesboro chapter.

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Lava lab, courtesy NASA Ignite

Fifth-grade science students recently completed a “NASA Ignite” about volcano eruptions and rock layering.

Author Shelley Pearsall skyped with students in the Walker library for World Read Aloud Day.

Fifth-graders are putting the finishing touches on El Espectáculo, the capstone program for the elementary Spanish program.  Through videos, music, dance, and more, the students will showcase their knowledge of Spanish language and culture.  The performance is scheduled for April 20 at 7pm at the MLKPAC.

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Future grads at College and Career Night

At Walker’s College and Career night, a wide variety of professionals came to offer a glimpse into fields such as neurology, public safety, space exploration, media, the arts, counseling, and more.  In addition, students decorated classrooms to present their research about various universities.

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The students who are bringing swimming lessons back to Walker

Fifth-grader Joshua Ledlow organized a bake sale at Walker’s College and Career night, benefiting the community of Flint, Michigan, as they recover from their water emergency.

Through student initiative and community support, swimming lessons are coming back to Walker School to prevent future water accidents in our community. Thanks to the Ben Hair Just Swim for Life Foundation!

 


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