SAT-2015

CHS Continues to Outperform State & Nation on SAT

17 Students Recognized for High Performance on PSAT

CHS, State, and National Data for SAT:  In reading, CHS earned a score of 564; the state received 516 and the US, 487.  In math, the scores were CHS, 544; Virginia, 513; and US, 494.  In writing, CHS, 539; Virginia, 493; US, 472.Continuing a long tradition, students at Charlottesville High School excelled on the 2015 SAT college-readiness test, far surpassing their state and national peers (see chart, below).  In addition, based on the related PSAT test taken last fall, 17 CHS seniors have received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, with five earning places as semi-finalists in the national scholarship competition.

  • Five National Merit Semifinalists: In the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, five CHS students are semifinalists: Claire Jenkins, Graham Keeley, Liam O’Brien, Matthew Robinson, and Pascale Starosta. They are invited to apply to become finalists, eligible to receive National Merit Scholarships. Semifinalists represent less than the top 1 percent of U.S. seniors.
  • Twelve National Merit Commended Students:  In the same National Merit program, twelve CHS students were named commended students, representing less than the top 5 percent of test-takers: Andrew Beling, Grace Brecht, Ian Cropley, Amanda Engel, Robert Harder, Byron Harris, David Kriete, Mollie Pepper, Leighton Read, Joseph Riley, Gaia Sorensen, and Gabriella Szabo.
  • CHS, State, and National Data for SAT:  In reading, CHS earned a score of 564; the state received 516 and the US, 487.  In math, the scores were CHS, 544; Virginia, 513; and US, 494.  In writing, CHS, 539; Virginia, 493; US, 472.

“We are proud of our individual students and pleased with our school-wide success on this important college-readiness test,” notes Dr. Kendra King, Director of Student Services and Achievement.

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CHS Upcoming Dates

CHS Black Knights logoThere’s plenty going on this fall at CHS…. Make sure your calendars are up-to-date:

  • September 27: Back-to-School Night, 5:30-7:30pm (see info sheet here)
  • September 27 & 28: Non-senior pictures in the PAC Lobby during school hours. Also, order yearbooks now!
  • October 8: Saturday Academic Intervention from 9­am – 12pm (by invitation only)
  • October 10-14: Black Knight Spirit Week leading up to Homecoming
  • October 13:
  • October 14 :
    • Homecoming Assembly/Pep Rally
    • Homecoming Football Game, 7pm vs Powhatan
  • October 15: Homecoming Dance
  • October 19: PSAT Test for all 9th-, 10th-, and 11th-graders
  • October 27: End of the 1st 9 weeks
  • October 28: No School for Students (Teacher Professional Development Day)
  • November 7: Parent Conferences (No School for Students)
  • November 8: No School for Students (Teacher Professional Development Day)

Brain clip artLearn Smarter: Practical Strategies for Students

Parents and students, come to this evening designed to use the latest brain research to help you learn more efficiently. This free event will be Thursday, October 13 at 6:30pm in the CHS Media Center. Understanding how the brain processes information can enable teachers, parents, and students to design best practices for learning. Our presenter will be Allen Freeman, who taught in Albemarle County for 37 years and was a gifted resource teacher at both Albemarle High School and Western Albemarle High School. Practical strategies for improving student learning will be explored, including “how to’s” for creating long-term memory, surviving homework, reading texts, and organizing  your studies.

Rwandan and Johnson drummers making music together.

Elementary Highlights for September 2016

"Lunch  with a Copy" at Burnley-Moran.
“Lunch with a Copy” at Burnley-Moran.

In response to a suggestion from Burnley-Moran Elementary School, the Charlottesville Police Department is starting a “lunch with a cop” program in our elementary schools.  Police officers visit with students during lunch, answering questions, enjoying conversation, and building positive relationships.

Rwandan and Johnson drummers making music together.
Rwandan and Johnson drummers making music together.

City Schoolyard Garden started its “Harvest of the Month” program in September with delicious local peaches. The monthly fresh and local snack is also connected to science- and garden-related lesson plans.

Clark students playing "longitude-latitude" battleship
Clark students playing “longitude-latitude” battleship.

Our elementary schools have proven that it’s never too early in the year for some arts and inspiration! Rwandan brothers Patrick and Pacifique Niyosenga visited schools to perform and share their story of overcoming challenges. Pacifique founded the Niyo Cultural Centre, which is dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished Rwandan street children by teaching them drumming, dancing, and art to help them earn money to survive.

Burnley-Moran bobcats started off the year with their annual  leave a  “Positive Footprint” emphasis, following a national project for encouraging kindness, and they’ve already pulled out the bee-bots to make the programming-math connection.

Walking Wednesdays at Greenbrier
Walking Wednesdays at Greenbrier.

Clark bees have been busy with friction projects, community design activities, participating in the Belmont “Yard Dreams” community art project, observing the national “Dot Day” creativity project, and more!

Greenbrier has started its “Walking Wednesdays” program and welcomed a large crowd to its Back-to-School Picnic.

Girls doing a math activity with blocks
Hands-on learning at Jackson-Via.

Jackson-Via will welcome a canine friend on Fridays, as a therapy dog makes regular visits with kindergartners. And the school’s annual Grandparents Day lunch attracted a great showing.

Johnson students have been out in the garden, using their break-out boxes (and their brains), and welcoming guests to the school, including guest reader Superintendent Rosa Atkins.

Students painting
Let the art-making begin at Venable!

Each morning, Venable classrooms hold morning meetings to greet one another, establish daily goals, and complete a fun activity. The school recently held its new monthly school-wide morning meeting, a community-building exercise with greetings, music, activities, and a read-aloud.

Kori Ross demonstrates a generator during Sec. King's visit to Buford. Photo courtesy Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff

Buford/Walker Highlights for September 2016

Kori Ross demonstrates a generator during Sec. King's visit to Buford. Photo courtesy Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff
Kori Ross demonstrates a generator during Sec. King’s visit to Buford. Photo courtesy Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff

U.S. Secretary of Education John King visited Buford Middle School as one of the first stops on his Back-to-School Bus Tour, crossing the country to highlight school success stories. Past and current Buford engineering students led the visitors in engineering activities. The Buford engineering program has received international attention; it is a partnership with other area public schools, U.Va., PVCC, and the Smithsonian Institute.  Earlier in the summer, Buford staff and students presented at the International Society of Technology Education in Denver, and still other students and staff participated in a two-week engineering academy at U.Va. to continue developing the “invention kits” that are at the heart of the curriculum.

Student drawing in the garden on the second day of school.
Drawing in the garden on the second day of school.

The Buford Band greeted Sec. King with Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and earned a shout-out in the Washington Post. What other middle school band can handle a Sousa march three weeks into the school year?!

A before-school gathering of students and families participating in AVID  came to Buford to get the year off to a good start. AVID is a national program geared toward college readiness and closing the achievement gap.  AVID students also participated in Sec. King’s visit by writing thoughtful responses to the prompt, “Opportunity is….”

Walker friends at open house.
Walker friends at open house.

Eleven Buford and Walker students were accepted to Reflections, the Summer Regional Governor’s School Program for Middle School Students Gifted in the Visual Arts: Arianna Deiter, Belaynesh Downs-Reeve, Meg Gist, Eleanor Hilgart, Chu Keyer, Nora Liang, Anna Meyer, Emily Morris, Kyle O’Shea, Sohl Park, Yasu Shinozak, and Georgia Trainum. In addition, CHS 9th-grader Sahara Clemons was selected as one of two student assistants for the program.

Walker students are already celebrating the fine arts — on back-to-back days, sixth-graders attended the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and fifth-graders enjoyed performances by Rwandan dancers and musicians (see elementary news for more details).

Plenty of room for rockets in the Delta Lat at Walker
Plenty of room to learn with straw-powered rockets in the Delta Lab at Walker.

The new iSTEM program designed to build a bridge to the Buford engineering program “blasted off” with straw-powered rockets in Walker’s Delta Lab.  Through the activity, students explored force, distance, mean, and measurement.

Bingo cards for Walker's Mix-it-Up Lunch
Bingo cards for Walker’s Mix-it-Up Lunch.

Walker will host its second Mix-It-Up-at-Lunch event with the help of United Way volunteers on the Day of Caring. The program features events like get-to-know-you Bingo to help students meet new friends and acquaintances.

To reinforce some positive behavior routines, Walker hosted a Jeopardy! game featuring Alec Trebec (Mr. K) and Vanna White (Mrs. Geddy).  Students had a fun time answering questions related to Walker’s resources and behavioral expectations.

Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Courtesy Bart Isley/ScrimmagePlay

CHS: September 2016 Highlights

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently hosted an event at CHS, recognizing the 15th anniversary of the state’s insurance program for qualifying students.  The governor surprised the school by arriving early and staying late, squeezing in visits to orchestra and engineering classes.

Governor McAuliffe visiting orchestra and engineering classes.
Governor McAuliffe visiting orchestra and engineering classes.
The Knights United Credit Union team.
The Knights United Credit Union team.

CHS opened the newest student-run branch of the UVA Community Credit Union at the start of the year. Some students get a job, other students open an account, and all students have access to real-life financial literacy learning opportunities.

Nearly 300 CHS students attended a showing of the documentary Freedom Riders, followed by a panel discussion with the film-maker and several of the civil rights activists featured in the movie. The session was part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ 50th anniversary conference, held in Charlottesville.

Students gathering to greet Alice Waters at CHS garden.
Students gathering to greet Alice Waters at the CHS garden thanks to City Schoolyard Garden.

City Schoolyard Garden hosted a reception in the CHS gardens for Alice Waters, the acclaimed chef, author, and advocate for local foods, and several CHS students attended an event with Waters and other leaders in food sustainability as part of the NEH conference.

The CHS PTO got off to a strong start with a community presentation of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.  The award-winning documentary explores the potential impact of young people’s frequent use of phones and other devices.

Renovated lab spaces at CATEC support the new IT partnership with CISCO.
Renovated lab spaces at CATEC support the new IT partnership with CISCO.

CATEC held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its new partnership with IT leader CISCO and revnovated labs to support the program. Participating students can now graduate  as a Cisco Certified Network Administrator or with the CompTIA A+ credential, which is considered to be the building block of an IT certificate.

Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Courtesy Bart Isley/ScrimmagePlay
Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Courtesy Bart Isley/ScrimmagePlay.

Fall athletics are underway, and running back Sabias Folley was named the Schewels Athlete of the Week earlier this month. CHS football has won two big wins at the start of the season.

CHS  received a statewide award from Jobs for Virginia Graduates in recognition of the the school’s attainment of all five of the program’s goals, including targets such as graduation and job or military placement.

CHS engineering teacher Matthew Shields won a 2016 Yale Educator Award.  He’s one of 55 teachers across the country recognized for inspiring students to achieve excellence.

Following a visit to Longwood University, 24 CHS AVID students earned their first college acceptance letters through the university’s instant admission program. AVID is a national program geared toward college readiness and closing the achievement gap.

From a CHS Cybercamp to Virginia Governors School programs to U.S. State Department travel fellowships (and more), CHS students gained valuable experiences this summer. To learn more about opportunities for next year, check in with your counselor.

CHS Cybercamp 2016 participants and leaders
CHS Cybercamp 2016 participants and leaders.

The CHS String Ensemble recently performed on the Downtown Mall, announcing their summer 2017 tour of Ireland.  This will mark the award-winning group’s fifth European tour.

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Superintendent Message September 19, 2016

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Student pushing bike past busSeptember 19, 2016

Dear families—

What a start we’ve had for the school year! We’ve hosted visits from the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Governor!  Our programs and teachers have already won awards and grants. We’ve opened a student-run credit union branch at CHS, and we’ve jumped  into a season of fine arts performances by both our students and visiting professionals. We’re off to a smooth start, with more exciting events to come.  Read on for practical information and for highlights from these first weeks of school.

–Dr. Rosa S. Atkins

Division-Wide News

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Six Charlottesville teachers earned grants totaling $6,214 from the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. The grants make possible innovative educational projects, ranging from STEM fields to therapeutic games.

Teachers and principals at the Shannon Grant Award Ceremony
Shannon Grant winners from Charlottesville City Schools.

CHS News

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently hosted an event at CHS, recognizing the 15th anniversary of the state’s insurance program for qualifying students.  The governor surprised the school by arriving early and staying late, squeezing in visits to orchestra and engineering classes.

Governor McAuliffe visiting orchestra and engineering classes.
Governor McAuliffe visiting orchestra and engineering classes.
The Knights United Credit Union team.
The Knights United Credit Union team.

CHS opened the newest student-run branch of the UVA Community Credit Union at the start of the year. Some students get a job, other students open an account, and all students have access to real-life financial literacy learning opportunities.

Nearly 300 CHS students attended a showing of the documentary Freedom Riders, followed by a panel discussion with the film-maker and several of the civil rights activists featured in the movie. The session was part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ 50th anniversary conference, held in Charlottesville.

Students gathering to greet Alice Waters at CHS garden.
Students gathering to greet Alice Waters at the CHS garden thanks to City Schoolyard Garden.

City Schoolyard Garden hosted a reception in the CHS gardens for Alice Waters, the acclaimed chef, author, and advocate for local foods, and several CHS students attended an event with Waters and other leaders in food sustainability as part of the NEH conference.

The CHS PTO got off to a strong start with a community presentation of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.  The award-winning documentary explores the potential impact of young people’s frequent use of phones and other devices.

Renovated lab spaces at CATEC support the new IT partnership with CISCO.
Renovated lab spaces at CATEC support the new IT partnership with CISCO.

CATEC held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its new partnership with IT leader CISCO and revnovated labs to support the program. Participating students can now graduate  as a Cisco Certified Network Administrator or with the CompTIA A+ credential, which is considered to be the building block of an IT certificate.

Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Courtesy Bart Isley/ScrimmagePlay
Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Courtesy Bart Isley/ScrimmagePlay.

Fall athletics are underway, and running back Sabias Folley was named the Schewels Athlete of the Week earlier this month. CHS football has won two big wins at the start of the season.

CHS  received a statewide award from Jobs for Virginia Graduates in recognition of the the school’s attainment of all five of the program’s goals, including targets such as graduation and job or military placement.

CHS engineering teacher Matthew Shields won a 2016 Yale Educator Award.  He’s one of 55 teachers across the country recognized for inspiring students to achieve excellence.

Following a visit to Longwood University, 24 CHS AVID students earned their first college acceptance letters through the university’s instant admission program. AVID is a national program geared toward college readiness and closing the achievement gap.

From a CHS Cybercamp to Virginia Governors School programs to U.S. State Department travel fellowships (and more), CHS students gained valuable experiences this summer. To learn more about opportunities for next year, check in with your counselor.

CHS Cybercamp 2016 participants and leaders
CHS Cybercamp 2016 participants and leaders.

The CHS String Ensemble recently performed on the Downtown Mall, announcing their summer 2017 tour of Ireland.  This will mark the award-winning group’s fifth European tour.

Walker and Buford News

Kori Ross demonstrates a generator during Sec. King's visit to Buford. Photo courtesy Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff
Kori Ross demonstrates a generator during Sec. King’s visit to Buford. Photo courtesy Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff.

U.S. Secretary of Education John King visited Buford Middle School as one of the first stops on his Back-to-School Bus Tour, crossing the country to highlight school success stories. Past and current Buford engineering students led the visitors in engineering activities. The Buford engineering program has received international attention; it is a partnership with other area public schools, U.Va., PVCC, and the Smithsonian Institute.  Earlier in the summer, Buford staff and students presented at the International Society of Technology Education in Denver, and still other students and staff participated in a two-week engineering academy at U.Va. to continue developing the “invention kits” that are at the heart of the curriculum.

Student drawing in the garden on the second day of school.
Drawing in the garden on the second day of school.

The Buford Band greeted Sec. King with Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and earned a shout-out in the Washington Post. What other middle school band can handle a Sousa march three weeks into the school year?!

A before-school gathering of students and families participating in AVID  came to Buford to get the year off to a good start. AVID is a national program geared toward college readiness and closing the achievement gap.  AVID students also participated in Sec. King’s visit by writing thoughtful responses to the prompt, “Opportunity is….”

Walker friends at open house.
Walker friends at open house.

Eleven Buford and Walker students were accepted to Reflections, the Summer Regional Governor’s School Program for Middle School Students Gifted in the Visual Arts: Arianna Deiter, Belaynesh Downs-Reeve, Meg Gist, Eleanor Hilgart, Chu Keyer, Nora Liang, Anna Meyer, Emily Morris, Kyle O’Shea, Sohl Park, Yasu Shinozak, and Georgia Trainum. In addition, CHS 9th-grader Sahara Clemons was selected as one of two student assistants for the program.

Walker students are already celebrating the fine arts — on back-to-back days, sixth-graders attended the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and fifth-graders enjoyed performances by Rwandan dancers and musicians (see elementary news for more details).

Plenty of room for rockets in the Delta Lat at Walker
Plenty of room to learn with straw-powered rockets in the Delta Lab at Walker.

The new iSTEM program designed to build a bridge to the Buford engineering program “blasted off” with straw-powered rockets in Walker’s Delta Lab.  Through the activity, students explored force, distance, mean, and measurement.

Bingo cards for Walker's Mix-it-Up Lunch
Bingo cards for Walker’s Mix-it-Up Lunch.

Walker will host its second Mix-It-Up-at-Lunch event with the help of United Way volunteers on the Day of Caring. The program features events like get-to-know-you Bingo to help students meet new friends and acquaintances.

To reinforce some positive behavior routines, Walker hosted a Jeopardy! game featuring Alec Trebec (Mr. K) and Vanna White (Mrs. Geddy).  Students had a fun time answering questions related to Walker’s resources and behavioral expectations.

Elementary News

"Lunch with a Cop" at Burnley-Moran
“Lunch with a Cop” at Burnley-Moran.

In response to a suggestion from Burnley-Moran Elementary School, the Charlottesville Police Department is starting a “lunch with a cop” program in our elementary schools.  Police officers visit with students during lunch, answering questions, enjoying conversation, and building positive relationships.

You’re invited to an ice cream social at Greenbrier on Sunday, September 25 from 2-4. Hosted by the Special Education Advisory Committee, the event is a casual way for parents with a child in special education to get to know each other and to build a social support network. It will also provide an opportunity for children to have fun in a safe environment.

Rwandan and Johnson drummers making music together.
Rwandan and Johnson drummers making music together.

City Schoolyard Garden started its “Harvest of the Month” program in September with delicious local peaches. The monthly fresh and local snack is also connected to science- and garden-related lesson plans.

Clark students playing "longitude-latitude" battleship
Clark students playing “longitude-latitude” battleship.

Our elementary schools have proven that it’s never too early in the year for some arts and inspiration! Rwandan brothers Patrick and Pacifique Niyosenga visited schools to perform and share their story of overcoming challenges. Pacifique founded the Niyo Cultural Centre, which is dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished Rwandan street children by teaching them drumming, dancing, and art to help them earn money to survive.

Burnley-Moran bobcats started off the year with their annual  leave a  “Positive Footprint” emphasis, following a national project for encouraging kindness, and they’ve already pulled out the bee-bots to make the programming-math connection.

Walking Wednesdays at Greenbrier
Walking Wednesdays at Greenbrier.

Clark bees have been busy with friction projects, community design activities, participating in the Belmont “Yard Dreams” community art project, observing the national “Dot Day” creativity project, and more!

Greenbrier has started its “Walking Wednesdays” program and welcomed a large crowd to its Back-to-School Picnic.

Girls doing a math activity with blocks
Hands-on learning at Jackson-Via.

Jackson-Via will welcome a canine friend on Fridays, as a therapy dog makes regular visits with kindergartners. And the school’s annual Grandparents Day lunch attracted a great showing.

Johnson students have been out in the garden, using their break-out boxes (and their brains), and welcoming guests to the school, including guest reader Superintendent Rosa Atkins.

Students painting
Let the art-making begin at Venable!

Each morning, Venable classrooms hold morning meetings to greet one another, establish daily goals, and complete a fun activity. The school recently held its new monthly school-wide morning meeting, a community-building exercise with greetings, music, activities, and a read-aloud.

School Board Update

Student School Board reps with CHS principal Dr. Eric Irizarry
Mollie Pepper, Nadiya Khaydari, and Fré Halverson-Taylor with CHS principal Dr. Eric Irizarry

At their September meeting, the Board welcomed its new student representatives: Fré Halverson-Taylor, Nadiya Khaydari, and Mollie Pepper.  The Board also received an award on behalf of CHS from the Jobs for Virginia Graduates program (see above), heard updates about City Schoolyard Garden, the new extended-day learning program in the elementary schools, and more. The Board voted to prioritize school facilities improvements at Walker and Buford. Initial reports indicate that the division’s enrollment will be up by more than 100 students over last year. The Board moved its April Board meeting to March 30 to improve the spacing of the monthly meetings.

Upcoming Events

Students voting for Veg-Off Competition at Buford
Buford Harvest Fest: Students voting for Veg-Off Competition

Upcoming events include:

  • Back-to-School Event and Fall Festivals (various)
  • September 23: Buford Fall Harvest Festival, 5:30pm
  • September 25: CHS Orchestra Performs at Foxfield Family Day, noon
  • September 25: Ice Cream Social for all families, hosted by the Special Education Advisory Committee. Greenbrier playground, 2-4pm
  • September 26: No School for Students: Professional Learning Day
  • October 6: School Board Meeting, 5pm, CHS  Media Center
  • October 14: CHS Homecoming Football Game, 7pm

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 charlottesvilleschoools.org/calendar.

Group of students working in lab.

Buford Middle School Hosts U.S. Secretary of Education

Stop on the National “Back-to-School Bus Tour” Honors EngiGroup of students working in lab.neering Innovations

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and senior Department of Education officials will visit Buford Middle School on Monday afternoon, September 12, as part of the DOE’s Back-to-School Bus Tour to celebrate progress in communities and states across the country.

At Buford Middle School, the focus will be on the innovative middle-school engineering curriculum developed by Albemarle and Charlottesville public schools in partnership with the University of Virginia, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and the Smithsonian Institution. Fluvanna County Public Schools serves as the beta tester of the acclaimed curriculum. The program is supported by a U.S. Department of Education “Investing in Innovation” i3 grant.

“We are delighted to host the Secretary of Education,” notes Dr. Rosa Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools. “It’s a wonderful way for Dr. King to see the innovations that the Department of Education is making possible here in the Charlottesville area.”

Based on a class originally taught at Princeton University, the curriculum features “invention kits” that teach middle-schoolers foundational science concepts as students recreate key inventions that shaped U.S. history. By studying inventions such as the electric motor or the telephone, students gain a hands-on understanding of electromagnetics, circuitry, and the engineering design process.

“This stop in Charlottesville highlights more than the success of the middle school engineering program. It spotlights how our community has partnered together to create extraordinary learning experiences for students,” explains Dr. Pam Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools.

This is the seventh and final Back-to-School Bus Tour organized by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize success stories in American schools. The tour will kick off Monday, Sept. 12, in the nation’s capital and end in Louisiana, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. This year’s “Opportunity Across America” tour will include stops in Washington, D.C.; Charlottesville, Virginia; Bristol, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis, Tennessee; Harvest, Alabama; Little Rock, Arkansas; Indianola, Mississippi; and Monroe, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. King and other senior Department officials will hold events touting the Administration’s key initiatives over eight years, highlighting the progress made to expand opportunity across the nation and the groundwork laid for continued momentum.

crossing guard helping students

A Note from Principal Isley

crossing guard helping studentsDear Clark Community,

We had a wonderful first week back to school! The students have been happily engaged in learning and I can tell this year is going to be a positive, productive one at Clark!

Thank you to all of our families who are helping to keep student safety at the forefront by dropping off car riders on the Monticello Ave. side of the building, where we have a crossing guard. As a reminder, the Belmont Ave. side of the building is for buses.

Beginning this upcoming week, our K-4 students will transition to the cafeteria for breakfast and to the classrooms themselves. Our K-1 Super Bees learned so much last week and are prepared to navigate through the school. We ask that parents allow students to proceed to their classrooms on their own in the mornings. We have many staff members stationed throughout the building to support students in finding classrooms and navigating through the building. Getting to class independently is a part of the process of children starting to see school as place that is theirs and that they feel confident navigating.

On that note, again we ask that parents follow our school and division visitation policy. We welcome parents to join students for lunch or to sign up as volunteers if they are interested in regular volunteering in the classroom. Volunteers need to complete a volunteer application prior to supporting classrooms and once approved, teachers will work with you on how best to support the classroom. Any other visits or conferences need to be scheduled with a teacher or administrator in advance. Our classrooms are building strong classroom communities and teachers will need to prepare students if any guests will be expected. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us create a successful learning environment for all students.

I hope you a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Anna Isley, Principal

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Photo and Yearbook Information

senior-portraitsIt’s time to order your yearbook and get your photos or senior portraits made!

You can order your yearbook or place an ad (including senior and baby ads) here.

Upcoming Dates & Info:

  • Senior Portraits
    • Submit privately taken photos by October 1 via email to Mr. Toole. Use an outside photographer or hire a  CHS Commercial Photography III student do it for a small fee.
  • September 27 & 28:  Non-senior pictures in the PAC Lobby during school hours.
  • September 30: Deadline to get the $50 early bird yearbook price
  • October 25: Non-senior picture make-ups in the PAC lobby during school hours