What’s Happening at Buford

What’s Happening at Buford Middle School

  • Students participate in the CHEF Kids program at PB&J.

    Buford students visit PB&J Fund for CHEF Kids program

    Students in Ms. Marcy Wisbauer’s Independent Living class participated in the CHEF Kids cooking program at the PB&J Fund, a local non-profit group that teaches culinary arts and nutrition to area students. The eighth graders made homemade chicken parmesan while learning about proper knife handling, basic slicing, dicing, and chopping skills, food prep safety, and how to choose healthy and affordable food options. See photo gallery here. “We have a couple of students in the class that may want to become chefs, so this exposes them to what it would be like to work in a professional kitchen,” said Wisbauer. CHEF Kids program ...

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  • Students pose for picture in colorful tunics at Walker International Day.

    News and Highlights December 2018

    A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins and the Charlottesville School Board    Dear community members— Thanks to so many of you who have shared your voice and time with us during our conversations about equity at Charlottesville City Schools. At our second forum this past week, we reflected back some of the action items that have arisen so far from parents, staff, students, and community members. Participants voted on their top-priority action items. In addition, we invited participants to add any ideas that were missing from our summaries. We are still listening. We need to hear from as many voices as possible. You ...

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  • Students visit Fralin Art Museum at UVA.

    Highlights and News November 2018

    A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins Dear families – As we look ahead to our second Community Forum on Equity on November 27 at 7:30 p.m. at CHS, I wanted to give you a few updates. Thanks to all of you who came to our first forum in October. With more than 400 community members, employees, and students present, along with many following along on Facebook, we were able to hear valuable feedback on issues of equity and achievement in our schools. We also gathered hundreds of responses from our online surveys and have made that data available to you at www.charlottesvilleschools.org/NYT. ...

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  • A Letter from The Principal about School Culture

    Dear Buford Families, At Buford, we are actively working to create an inclusive environment that provides for the physical and emotional safety of all of our students. Some of the immediate actions we have taken include: Increasing supervision in the hallways and during transition. Mobilizing groups for students who need skills in conflict resolution and social-emotional awareness. Having direct conversations with students about how we should treat one another including a no-tolerance policy for bullying. Beginning discussions with student on how to intervene and how to report. Instituting a homeroom in the mornings to provide students a calmer, less chaotic start to the day,. Continuing the “Peace Squad” ...

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  • Orchestra students learn from visiting singer/cellist

    Singer/cellist BJ Griffin and his pianist Jason Brown spent three days in music workshops with Walker, Buford, and CHS orchestra students. The visit culminated with a performance with the CHSO for Walker and Buford orchestra students at the CHS Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. “I can’t say enough positive things about this experience,” said Fine Arts Coordinator Aaron Eichorst. “It’s the best kind of instruction and engagement we strive to provide. What an honor to be part of it.” During the performance, students sang along and clapped to Griffin’s renditions of pop hits by artists like Michael Jackson, Lordes, and Ed ...

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    CCS News and Highlights October 3, 2018

    A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins Dear families — “Every Learner. Every day. Everyone.” These words embody our mission – that at Charlottesville City Schools, we want to support all of our learners. How are we doing on that? By some measures, we’re doing great. Our graduation rate rose to 92.6%, and for black students, that rate has risen 25 points since 2006. Data shows that as students move through our schools, they show strong growth. As we’ve emphasized social-emotional learning and added supports for positive behaviors, our suspensions have dropped significantly. However, by other measures, we still have work to do. On Virginia’s ...

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  • Secretary Qarni receives tshirt from two Venable students

    VA Sec. of Ed visits as division celebrates VA Farm to School, Healthy Schools Week, and Buford Fall Harvest Festival

    Charlottesville City Schools, in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, celebrated a week of garden activities, visits from farm animals, and made-from-scratch lunches made with local ingredients provided by area farmers through Local Food Hub. During Charlottesville Healthy Schools Week and VA Farm to School Week students sampled a variety of healthy foods including farmer’s market salsa and vegetable soup while also taste-testing local goat cheese, pears, and apples. On Thursday, Charlottesville City Schools hosted special guest Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni at Venable School. Secretary Qarni and members  of his staff joined students for lunch, visited the garden to see goats ...

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  • Students teach teachers

    We have so much to learn from our students! Five of our Buford students recently led a professional learning opportunity for teachers. The students created and taught the lesson and activities! 

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    Sign Up for Buford Fall Conferences

    Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, September 27 and Thursday, October 4. Register for conferences here.

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    Charlottesville Schools Ranked #6 in Virginia

    The 2019 Niche.com K-12 rankings are out, and Charlottesville City Schools earned an A+ , placing #6 overall among Virginia school districts and landing in the top 3% in the nation. Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents. Additional recognition for CCS from a variety of Niche categories include: #2 of 133 – Most Diverse School Divisions #3 of 132 – Best Places to Teach in Virginia #6 of 132 – Districts with the Best Teachers in Virginia.  A+ ranking in College Prep and Diversity categories and A in Academics and Teachers. We’re proud of the good ...

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