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Hour of Code in All Schools, December 6-8

Logo for "Hour of Code"From December 6-8, all nine Charlottesville City Schools will be participating in the international “Hour of Code,” an event designed to expose all students to the world of computer programming.  Want to join the fun at home? Explore some of the age-appropriate activities here:

16-17 Zero Robotics programming team from CHS
16-17 Zero Robotics programming team from CHS, ranked #5 globally

Charlottesville City Schools Participate in International Hour of Code

From December 6-8, all Charlottesville City Schools will take part in this year’s Hour of Code events. Hour of Code is a national emphasis, taking place this year during December 5-11, to expose students to computer science. From elementary through high school, Charlottesville students will engage in a variety of programming activities, working on their own, in groups, or receiving mentoring from other students.

“The Hour of Code has really taken off, both in our area and around the world,” notes Charlottesville City Schools’ director of technology Jeff Faust. “The idea is to help students see that coding is not something that just a few experts can do – it’s something anyone can do, and it’s a skill that employers are looking for.”

Hour of Code events have spread around the world, with actors, athletes, and politicians pitching the program and stopping by schools to code with students.

Charlottesville City Schools has been an early adopter of technology and is a charter member of the League of Innovative Schools. With Chromebooks in students’ hands from third grade through high school, and with a growing array of computer science classes at CHS and CATEC, students can graduate with industry credentials and an increasingly valued skill set. A team of CHS students is presently ranked #5 in the world in the NASA- and MIT-sponsored Zero Robotics programming competition.

“In Charlottesville, we are well equipped to train our students in computer science,“ notes Susan Ramsey, the division’s science coordinator. “Charlottesville is a tech hub, and our schools are building a framework so that Charlottesville students grow up coding.  All students should graduate with a basic coding ‘literacy.’ For students who choose to dive in deeper, we have a built number of pathways, from workplace readiness to AP computer science classes.”
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Dr. Polly Sibert

Two Charlottesville Schools Orchestra Directors Win Awards​

Dr. Polly SibertThe directors of the orchestras at Charlottesville High School and Walker Upper Elementary School received awards this weekend.

Dr. Polly Sibert of Walker Upper Elementary School received James Madison University’s Outstanding Music Educator Award, awarded annually to an alum who demonstrates excellence in musicianship and pedagogy. Dr. Sibert is teaching her 25th year at Walker School.

Laura Mulligan ThomasLaura Mulligan Thomas, who received the same JMU music educator award in 2013, received the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association’s Philip Fuller award in recognition of her longtime service, leadership, and accomplishments. Over the course of more than three decades, she has grown the CHS orchestra program from a group of 8 students to an award-winning group of 145. Their next international tour will be to Ireland in the summer of 2017.

“We are so proud of these two directors,” noted Aaron Eichorst, Coordinator of Fine Arts for Charlottesville City Schools. “Our students, parents, and staff already recognize the quality of our schools’ music education programs, but these awards show that music professionals across the state recognize the excellence of our faculty, as well.”

Bingo

Bingo Night, 11/16 at 5:30pm

BingoAll Walker students & Charlottesville fourth-graders are invited to the Walker PTO’s Bingo Night.

  • Wednesday, November 16, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Walker lunchroom
  • Bingo cards $3 each (card is valid all evening)
  • Prizes for game winners!
  • Pizza and more available for purchase (or pre-order a pizza for $10)
  • Raffle and silent auction, too!

For more information, email: tlynch dot tlc at gmail dot com.

 

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Strategic Planning for 2017-2023

Strategic Planning logoFrom now through June 2017, we will be casting a vision for Charlottesville City Schools that will guide us through 2023.  We will be listening, evaluating, dreaming, and planning.

We’ll be seeking broad community input from:

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Parents
  • Administrators
  • Community members

Be Part of the Process!

Use this brief Google form to start sharing ideas or to let us know how you’d like to be involved.

Related Documents:

For More Information:

Jeff Faust, faustj1@charlottesvilleschools.org
Beth Cheuk, cheukb1@charlottesvilleschools.org
(434) 245-2962

Students examining and drawing butterflies at Camp Albemarle

Elementary Highlights for October 2016

Students examining and drawing butterflies at Camp Albemarle
Nature drawing activity at Camp Albemarle

Friday Knight Lights: Join families from all six elementary schools at the first-ever elementary tailgate party at the CHS Football game on November 4. Festivities include face-painting and visits from the CHS football team, band, and cheerleaders. The fun starts at 6 before kick-off at 7 (see flyer below).

The Walker Upper Elementary School Family extends an invitation to all current 4th graders and their families (and any CCS families, for that matter) to attend Bingo Night on Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30pm.

City fourth-graders have been on the go, between their annual science field trip to Camp Albemarle and their field trip Cabell Hall for the Charlottesville Youth Orchestra’s superhero-themed performance.

Jackson-Via students petting a goat during Farm-to-School Week
Farm-to-School Week fun

Thanks to the Special Education Advisory Committee for organizing a September ice cream social to help build community and support for our families in the special education program!

City Schools enjoyed special foods, visitors (including chickens and goats), plus time in the garden during Farm-to-School Week. Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden and Local Food Hub for organizing, and thanks also to Casa Alma and Caromount Farms for time with feathered and furry friends!

As you can see in the following video, fourth-grade students are enjoying their iSTEM lessons, part of a new, hands-on science, tech, engineering, and math lessons designed to build a bridge to the science and engineering programs at Buford and CHS. In the video, students find sweet success on the fifth attempt to correctly program their robot:

Students are visiting U.Va.’s Fralin Museum to brainstorm ideas for the museum’s annual competition of writing inspired by art.

More community helpers visit our our elementary schools! First, it’s “Lunch with a Cop,” when police officers visit schools at lunchtime, sometimes accompanied by McGruff the Crime Dog. Now, the Charlottesville Fire Department is making visits to teach home safety tips. Sometimes they even bring a fire truck to recess for “show and tell.” Thanks to all!

Community, four ways: "Lunch with Cop," Firefighter visits, Donuts with Dad, and friends on the playground
Community, four ways: “Lunch with Cop,” firefighter visits, “Donuts with Dad,” and friends on the playground
Burnley-Moran students responding to their senior pen pals. Photo courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress
Burnley-Moran students responding to their senior pen pals. Photo courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress

You’ve got mail! Burnley-Moran Bobcats have been writing and receiving letters from their senior pen pals at JABA’s Mary Williams Community Senior Center. In addition, their artwork is on display at the Welcome Gallery as part of art teacher Ryan Trott’s exhibition of his works inspired by children’s art.

Making globes at Clark
Making globes at Clark

Clark enjoyed its first whole-school meeting, with student leaders, dancing, book talks, awards, & singing happy 85th birthday to the school! And after reading the novel Rules, fourth-graders invited Clark’s occupational therapist, Lydia Cornejo, to answer student questions and make connections to the book.

Students "taste-testing" books at Greenbrier
“Book tasting” at Greenbrier

You’ve heard of taste-testing some new foods, but how about taste-testing some new books? Greenbrier fourth-graders rotated through stations hosted by “chef” and teacher Ms. Kumar. Second-graders spent a super-hero themed morning exploring Marvel-ous Matter! And the whole school donned orange as part of their Unity Day celebrations.

Richmond Ballet teaching CLASS students to tap
Richmond Ballet teaching CLASS students to tap at Jackson-Via

NBC news visited Jackson-Via for the visit of Alice the Goat during Farm-to-School Week, and students, staff, and PTO volunteers are gearing up for spirit week, which concludes with their annual Rocktoberfest event, with a potluck, games, and more. And the after-school CLASS program enjoyed dance classes with the Charlottesville Ballet in ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, and/or African dance form.

Sink or float? Parent-led density lesson at Johnson
Sink or float? Parent-led density lesson at Johnson

Johnson’s “Donuts with Dads” event overflowed from the cafeteria into the hallways with students plus their dads, uncles, friends, and grandfathers (not to mention some moms who wanted to be part of the fun, too). In addition to breakfast, students received a book to keep. Another day, guest/mom/Walker teacher Ms. Rasnake visited the school to offer a hands-on activity exploring density.

Scientific observation activity at Venable
Scientific observation activity at Venable

Venable’s back-to-school night had some new leaders in charge this year — the students. The new student-led format will also be a feature of the school’s spring parent-teacher conferences, thanks to a grant from the Shannon Foundation.

Flyer for Elementary Tailgate at CHS Football game on 11/4. Call 245-2962 for more info.

Face-painting at Buford Harvest Festival

Buford/Walker: October 2016 Highlights

Face-painting at Buford Harvest Festival
Face-painting at Buford Harvest Festival

Buford Middle School enjoyed another successful Harvest Festival, celebrating the school’s amazing garden and community. Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden for their leadership!

Young Women Leaders Program Food Drive
Young Women Leaders Program Food Drive

Buford students and their U.Va. mentors collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank through their involvement with the Young Women Leaders Program.

Buford engineering students recently made a presentation at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum to teach national leaders from education, technology, science, history, & math about the school’s innovative engineering partnership with U.Va, the Smithsonian, and other partners.

Learning by building
Learning by building

CHS and Buford students explored how businesses use technology in Charlottesville’s annual CBIC Tech Tour.

Buford history students have been doing some hands-on learning about life on the Great Plains, delivering wheat to the market and building a sod house.

Throughout the month of October, the National Junior Honor Society at Buford Middle School, an organization of 8th graders dedicated to community service, is holding a winter hat and glove drive to help the children of Charlottesville. Items may be dropped off in the school’s bins.

Congratulations to Buford students Sohl Park, Pray Meh, and Maya Wilmer, who placed 1-2-3 in the Rumi Forum’s Annual Peace and Dialog Art Contest.

Ready for fall foliage? Walker art students beat nature to the punch by creating beautiful leaf-inspired art.

Leaf artworks by Walker students
Details from works by Nyonnika, Isaac, and Hannah.
Jin Pickering Making Lemonade
Jin Pickering Making Lemonade

Sixth-grader Jin Pickering recently used a lemonade stand to raise money to feed the homeless through the Haven, tripling his goal!

The Walker Upper Elementary School Family extends an invitation to all current and future Walker students to attend Bingo Night on November 16 at 5:30pm.

Walker CLASS students played “Human Hungry Hippos” to end a great week!

CLASS students playing human hungry hippos
CLASS students playing human hungry hippos
Walker students testing soil samples
Walker students testing soil samples

Walker’s new swimming program for 5th-graders is off to a good start and was featured by NBC29.

As part of our new iSTEM program to build a bride to the engineering programs at Buford and CHS, Walker students recently measured their soil components for their green roof project.

CHS Marking Knights performing at Caroline Invitation, earning 2nd overall and 1st for color guard

CHS: October 2016 Highlights

CHS Marking Knights performing at Caroline Invitation, earning 2nd overall and 1st for color guard
CHS Marking Knights performing at Caroline Invitation, earning 2nd overall and 1st for color guard

The CHS Marching Knights received a prestigious invitation to perform in the London London’s New Year’s Day Parade & Festival in 2018. Schools are vetted before invitations to the largest New Year’s event in the world. It will be the band’s first international trip!

The band is also enjoying a strong marching season, recently earning 1st place Percussion, 1st place Music, and 1st place class AAA at the Midlothian High School Showcase of Bands. On October 29 at 2pm, they will host their annual Cavalcade competition, a great chance to see and hear top bands from across the state.

CHS earned top honors (again) as a w!se Blue Star school for financial literacy, and the schools’s three economics and personal finance teachers also earned top honors as Yellow Star teachers. Congratulations to our students and teachers Meagan Maynard, Deb Tewksbury, and Yumeka Webb-Jordan!

4 CHS singers singing to support the organization SARA
Knightingales singing to support SARA

Knightingales Brianna Ramirez, Rebecca Sutphin, Casey Casarez, and Kiana Anderson were invited to sing with the UVA Women’s Chorus in a benefit concert for SARA (the Sexual Assault Resource Agency of Charlottesville).

CHS history teacher Zach Bullock was named one of 50 worldwide “flipped ambassadors” by the Flipped Learning Global Initiative. In flipped classrooms (used by a number of teachers at CHS and in other Charlottesville schools), teachers typically present “lectures” via brief video presentations that students watch as homework. That leaves class time for activities, solving problems, and the opportunity to ask questions of teachers or classmates.

IMG_2394Elizabeth Bambury and Rachael Inlow took advantage of a Jefferson-Madison Regional Library program, listening in English & español to acclaimed Chilean poet Christian Formoso. iMuy bien!

Congrats to Caleb Rose and Stella Sokolowski, just named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble. Only 40 are selected from across Virginia! And 15 CHS Orchestra members were selected for the 2015 South Central Senior Regional Orchestra!

Latino Student Association holds salsa-tasting event during lunch
Latino Student Association holds salsa-tasting event during lunch

Two signs of diversity…. Photography students have hung an exhibition of their images of CHS students and staff in the atrium. Part of the national Inside Out project, the images showcase the beauty and diversity of our students. In addition, a new Latino Student Association has formed and has held events at CHS to promote an appreciation for Latino cultures.

Francis MacCall and Naia Fairchild, who has Down syndrome, served as king and queen of homecoming. In March 2015, Naia and her mother offered the keynote address to the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Art field trip to Ix Park with artist Chicho
Art field trip to Ix Park with artist Chicho

Art I and art II classes visited Ix Art Park to work with local artist Chicho Lorenzo. Students cut stencils and spray-painted their designs on canvas and around the Art Park.

CHS and Buford students explored how businesses use technology in Charlottesville’s annual CBIC Tech Tour.

Two recent evening events benefited students, a college night and a workshop about how the latest brain research can make learning easier.

Human anatomy students at the UVA Health Sciences Library learning from medical school mentors
Human anatomy students at the U.Va. Health Sciences Library learning from medical school mentors

Students in human biology took a field trip to the U.Va. Health Sciences library, where mentors from the medical school assisted the students with research projects. The students will present their research in the spring.

CHS students recently hosted French peers from Charlottesville’s sister city of Besançon, part of a series of exchanges between the two communities.