Category Archives: CCS Home

Holiday Performances

Page banner showing a collage of performances including Walker orchestra, CHS choir, and CHS band.There are numerous ways to enjoy the arts this season with Charlottesville City Schools. Upcoming performances include:

Calendar of Performances

  • Dec 5 All City Band Concert 7 p.m. MLK PAC
  • Dec 12 Greenbrier 4th grade 6 p.m., 1:30 p.m. daytime performance 3rd and 4th grade
  • Dec 12 Johnson Winter concert 6 p.m., 1 p.m. daytime performance K, 2nd and 4th grade
  • Dec 12 Jackson-Via Winter concerts: 2nd Grade at 6 p.m.; 3rd Grade at 6:45 p.m.; 4th Grade at 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec 13 Walker Orchestra 7 p.m.
  • Dec 14 CHS Holiday Pops Choir Concert 7 p.m. MLK PAC
  • Dec 14 Burnley-Moran 6:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Dec 18 Clark Winter Concert 5:30 p.m., daytime performance 1:30 p.m.
  • Dec 19 Venable Winter Concert 6 p.m., daytime performance 1 p.m.
  • Jan 19 “Pinocchio” play by Stage Left Productions, Walker 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec 19 Jackson-Via,daytime performance 10 a.m.
Sigma Lab at CHS

Facilities planning for the future

Making sure that our facilities meet the needs of students and staff

Charlottesville City Schools is growing! Since our enrollment has been increasing about 3 percent annually, we need to consider the future of our school facilities. Together, let’s consider how we can best meet our students’ needs, particularly for our classes serving preschool through grade 8. Our school division’s growth also presents an opportunity to modernize our schools for 21st-century learning.

Graphic showing enrollment growth from 1986-2011 and 2011-2018Upcoming Meetings:

    • Community conversation – January 31, 2018 – 6 p.m., CHS library

    • January PTO Meetings (possible agenda item)
      • 1/8 Venable 6 p.m.
      • 1/10 Buford and Walker joint PTO meeting (at Buford) 6 p.m.
      • 1/16 Burnley-Moran 6 p.m.
      • 1/18 Johnson 6 p.m.
      • 1/23 Greenbrier 7 p.m.
    • Local church outreach meeting (planning underway)

    • Planning Commission outreach (planning underway)

    • PHAR outreach meeting (planning underway)

    • School Board discussion/public comment – February 2, 2018, 5:30 p.m., CHS 

      • School Board meetings are live streamed at ustream.com (search for Charlottesville City Schools). Watch regularly scheduled meetings on the first Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.
      • Meetings are also recorded and later televised on Public Access Channel 14 on Thursday & Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 12 and 7 p.m. of the same week as the meeting.

Community Meetings Slideshow

Charlottesville City Schools contracted VMDO Architects to study capacity and growth in the division. VMDO’s findings, along with the UVA Weldon Cooper Center’s study on enrollment trends in Charlottesville, were presented at two community meetings in November.

Title slide "Charlottesville City Schools Public Forums on Capacity & Growth." Click on the image to view full slideshow presentation.
Click to view full slideshow presentation.

 

Click here to jump to a topic:

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs on Growth and Capacity Solutions for Charlottesville City Schools

Frequently Asked Questions coming soon. Please help us compile this list by providing your own questions/feedback using the Community Survey.

Next Steps

Meet

The next Community Meeting will be January 31 at 6 p.m. at CHS Media Center followed by a series of school PTO meetings and community outreach meetings where we will provide information and gather feedback from community members. Additionally, there will be discussion and an opportunity for public comment at the regularly scheduled School Board meeting on February 2 at 5:30pm in the Charlottesville High School library.

Stay in Touch

Stay informed and share your thoughts! We will continue to post future
updates on this web page. Look for a more robust community survey coming in January.

Consider

Next decisions:
1) Consensus about moving forward with expansion plans?
2) One new elementary, or three expanded elementaries? Centralized preschool?
3) Other questions as they emerge from community feedback.

 

Additional Resources

Complete the community survey

A very brief  survey is available to capture some initial thoughts. Please look for a more detailed survey coming in January.

Graphic: Every Learner. Every Day. Everyone.

Draft Calendar for 2018-19

Draft 2 of 2018-19 academic calendar. Call 245-2962 with questions.Thanks for your strong response to our request for feedback about the draft 2018-19 academic calendar! Your feedback primarily raised two questions centered around half-days and winter break. Half-days are under discussion among the committee. As for winter break, please take another brief survey about two options for the holidays.

Image showing Dec-Jan calendar with two options for winter break. Both are two weeks. One starts Thursday, 12/19. The other starts Monday, 12/24.Comments about this year’s calendar:

  • Winter break: Based on community feedback, we are conducting a follow-up survey to see what break scenario is preferred. Two scenarios:
    • The last day of school before break should be Friday, December 21, and students should return to school on Monday, January 7. (Ten days marked below in gold.)
    • The last day of school before break should be Wednesday, December 19, and students should return to school on Thursday, January 3. (Ten days marked below in purple.)
  • Spring break: Our practice is to designate the first full week of April as our spring break. We are sometimes asked, Can’t you align spring break with U.Va.’s?   U.Va.’s spring break is typically at the beginning of March, which for K-12 students would make for a very long stretch without a break later in the spring. So while we recognize that this would be a good solution for U.Va. families, we feel that it doesn’t represent the interests of all our students and staff. Our 2016 survey of the initial draft indicated that a majority of respondents favored keeping spring break during the first week of April.
  • Half-days: Based on community feedback, one half-day has been eliminated in draft 2.
  • History about the calendar development: For over a decade, the Charlottesville and Albemarle County school divisions have worked together for a common calendar. A joint committee creates a draft calendar, and then we ask for input from students, teachers, administration, and parents. If necessary, the committee makes revisions to the draft before submitting a recommended calendar to the two school boards for approval.

Highlights and News Fall 2017

Sup-Message-Header-slightly-bigger

October 19, 2017

Dear families—

Sigma Lab at CHS
A glimpse of what renovated and expanded facilities could look like: Sigma Lab at Charlottesville High School

As we wrap up the first quarter of the year, I want to say thanks to all of you for partnering with us for the education of your children. It’s been an eventful year in our community. Even so, our schools continue to excel and thrive. All of our Charlottesville City Schools were once again fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education, all our schools just received state-wide recognition for our sustainability and environment education programs, and our SAT scores continue to climb well-above national and state averages. To support these strong accomplishments, we are strengthening our efforts to improve and modernize our facilities.

Last fall, we hired VMDO Architects to study school capacity and make recommendations for modernization projects. We also contracted with UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service to study our enrollment trends.

Projections show our Pre-K – 12th grade enrollment will grow by more than 600 students in the next decade. Thus, the time to prepare for capacity solutions is now.

Our School Board is in the process of considering possible options. Later, you will be invited to take part in community discussions. We need your input as we seek for ways to maximize our learning spaces to meet the needs of our community. We hope you will join us!

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, Superintendent

Division-Wide News

schoolbus_fb

Upcoming Days Off for Students: To mark the end of the first quarter, there will be a teacher workday (no school for students) on Friday, October 27. Coinciding with Election Day is another break on Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7, while teachers have a professional learning day and a workday.

PowerSchoolP-01-square

PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more. Using PowerSchool, you can customize how you receive calls, emails, or texts from the schools. Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account. If you have not completed your online re-registration, please do so right away. Canvas is a similar program that allows students and parents to access day-to-day classwork, readings, grades, and more.

As a follow-up to the August events in Charlottesville, a number of our teachers and administrators have given interviews with national media outlets such as NPR, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and many others. These staff members have allowed the country to see how thoughtfully and carefully they have handled this situation.  You can find some glimpses of this work in the below highlights. Thanks for the good work you’re doing in our schools, and thanks for representing us so well in the media!

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visits with students in the Johnson Elementary garden.

We celebrated Farm-to-School week, presented by our Nutrition Department in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden and the Local Food Hub. Activities ranged from locally sourced lunches to visits with chickens and goats. The week wrapped up at Johnson with a visit from the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe visit to Clark STEM fair.
Virginia Governor McAuliffe discusses robotics with CHS student

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also visited Charlottesville and attended a Clark Elementary School STEM fair. Clark fourth graders, along with the governor, rotated through activities featuring drones, robots, and driverless cars. Running the stations were volunteers from PVCC, Perrone Robotics, and our own talented CHS BACON students.

Children working in Johnson Elementary's schoolyard garden.
Children working in Johnson Elementary’s schoolyard garden.

All nine of Charlottesville City Schools received “Virginia Naturally” state recognition for increasing the environmental awareness and stewardship of our students.

Lugo-McGinness Academy administrator Stephanie Newcomb Carter was recognized by the UVA Teen and Young Adult Health Center as 2017 Outstanding Community Partner. Lugo-McGinness Academy provides an alternative educational setting for Charlottesville students in grades 5-12.

Photo of Bloom Magazine page.
Bloom Magazine

Read more about how we are “building bridges to engineering” through our innovative iStem program in the October 2017 edition of Bloom Magazine and follow @CCS_iSTEM on Twitter for ongoing updates.

Walker Peace Squad makes online donation.
Walker Peace Squad makes  donation

Across our schools, various fundraisers took place to help victims of recent events and natural disasters. The Walker Upper Elementary Peace Squad raised $868 for  hurrican victims and the Concert for Charlottesville Fund.

Joining the Charlottesville City Schools staff is Krissy Vick, community relations liaison. You may hear from her in future communications. Beth Cheuk will remain active in communications but will take on additional responsibilities in grant-writing and other areas.

We’ve expanded our Facebook and Twitter pages! Our school division (@CvilleSchools), all our schools, and programs ranging from iSTEM to athletics have active social media accounts. To see an ever-growing list, click here.

CHS News

CHS students holding message "Hate has no home here."
CHS students at the paint-in.
CHS musicians perform with Fab 5 singers from Metro-Nashville Public Schools at school assembly.
CHS musicians perform with Fab 5 singers from Metro-Nashville Public Schools at  aschool assembly.

Fine Arts

CHS hosted a group of singers from the Metro Nashville Public Schools to collaborate on a joint musical recording of entertainer BeBe Winan’s song “Right Now (We Need One Another.”  Read The Daily Progress coverage here. A response to this summer’s violence, this beautiful video was shown at the Dave Matthews Band Concert for Charlottesville.

Forty CHS students stayed after school for a “paint-in” organized by art teacher Rachel McLaughlin (see photo, above) as one response to the Charlottesville events of August 11-12. The inspirational messages have been posted around the school.

Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS
Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS

The CHS Theatre program will present “A Night of One Act Performances” at the Black Box Theater on October 25 at 7 p.m. The evening will feature two plays, “1601” and “The Firebugs.” In fact, the musical “1601” is student-created and directed!  Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for VIP seating. Click here to order tickets online.

Sixteen CHS Orchestra and Band members were selected for the 2017 South Central Senior Regional Orchestra. Congratulations to Laura Mulligan Thomas and Jason Hackworth, plus the following students: Alice Owen, Frances Owen, Margaret Lather, Kiran Klubock-Shukla, Jamila Pitre, Parker Sullivan, Joshua Rugumayo, and Victoria Kremer, violin; Tilden Fernandez and Joe von Storch, viola; Sarah Garretson, Carmen Day, and Owen Fernandez, cello; Claire Inlow, clarinet; Ella McLaren, bassoon; and Anna Bon-Harper, french horn.

Music department receives baby grand piano donation
Music department receives baby grand piano donation

In other music news, Victoria Kremer earned 1 of the 20 first-soprano spots in the 2017 Virginia Senior Honors Choir. The CHS Marching Knights won 1st place overall for class AAA at the Lynchburg Classic. And CHS Choir Teacher Will Cooke and his students celebrated when they received a baby grand piano from a generous donor.

Ninth-grader Anisha Tamang won 1st in the National Dance Foundation’s 2017 Middle School Art Contest! She made this award-winning collage last year at Buford.

18 AVID seniors were admitted to Longwood University.
AVID seniors today, freshmen tomorrow!

 

General News

Demetrius Ragland
Demetrius Ragland, one of VA’s two reps at the Global Youth Institute in Iowa

Congratulations and good luck to senior Demetrius Ragland for being one of two delegates representing VA this month at the Global Youth Institute in Iowa. His project studies food insecurity in Haiti.

Steven Newman and Jonah Weissman were named National Merit semifinalists, and a number of CHS students earned commended student status: Campbell Brickhouse, Owen Fernandez, Tilden Fernandez, Margaret Fitch, Emma Hale, Fré Halvorson-Taylor, Rachel Inlow, Charlotte MacDonald, Jamie Nachbar, Risa Purow-Ruderman, and Roland Ryan.

18 of our CHS AVID seniors got their first college admissions offers from Longwood University. The CHS AVID program, a college preparatory program that focuses primarily on students who will be first-generation college students, recently visited Longwood University (LU), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Lynchburg College, Virginia State University (VSU) and Virginia Tech (VT).  15 were also recently admitted to VSU. Way to go, seniors!

CHS Scholastic Bowl team at Battle of the Brains competition against Matoaka High School.
Battle of the Brains

CHS Scholastic Bowl team was victorious over Matoaka High School in round one of  the televised Battle of the Brains competition.

Vietnam War panel at CHS.
PBS panel on Vietnam War at CHS.

CHS hosted a Vietnam War video screening and panel discussion in connection with the WHTJ/WCVE PBS initiative, “Vietnam: Virginia Remembers.” Panelists included several retired Vietnam War veterans who shared their perspective with students from CHS and The Miller School. Senior Nadiya Khaydari also presented a student documentary she produced in teacher Matt Deegan’s history class. The event coincided with the recent documentary series “The Vietnam War,” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

 

Sports

CHS football v Harrisonburg_webThe CHS Football is off to a strong 5-2 start, including a 76-7 romp for Homecoming.  At the end of September, quarterback Sam Neale was named Falcon Club Player of the Week.

To conclude a great season, CHS Golf placed third at regionals, with senior AJ Stouffer placing second and qualifying for states. See this video of AJ putting for birdie on #11 at the state match in Blacksburg, VA.

Volleyball, field hockey, and cross country have had solid seasons, including  three thrilling overtime wins for field hockey and cross country’s first place finish at the Rod Camden Invitational in Lynchburg.

CHS Black Knights logo Follow CHS Athletics
on the web at http://www.gocville.org
and @CHSBlackKnights on Facebook and Twitter.

Buford and Walker News

Buford middle school students visit the Smithsonian to present.
Buford students presenting at the Smithsonian

Six Buford Middle School engineers traveled to the National Museum of American History in D.C. At the Smithsonian, they ran a design challenge for CEOs and educational leaders. Brendan Martin and his students also presented their experiences and the tools they use, such as Seesaw and Trello.

As one response to the Charlottesville events of August 11-12, Mr. Cormier prompted his art students to consider a quote about “learning to love” by Nelson Mandela. Their beautiful artworks were then displayed along with the full quote on a wall in the cafeteria for all the school to see and learn from.

Cauliflower mac-n-cheese or roasted cauliflower pizza? Buford students had the chance to taste test and vote for their favorite dish as part of the Veg-Off and Harvest Festival organized by City Schoolyard Garden.

Buford PE classes were visited by the Charlottesville Cardinals wheelchair basketball team, offering an inspirational model for how to overcome challenges.

Photo of Wheelchair Basketball Players with Quote: When people first see the game, they see the wheelchairs. After five minutes, they see the sports."

Walker School held its iSTEM Family Night in October, with marble mazes (for mastering mass) and a CSI crime scene to help students solve the Case of the Missing iPhone.

Walker English students dressed in medical masks, robes, and gloves to do "sentence surgery."
Sentence surgeons at work

Walker students are using putting the fun in fundamentals. Students learned about human, natural, and capital resources by creating their own show, “Top Chef: Pizza Edition,” in Ms. Trent and Mr. Piedra’s classes. Other out-of-the box learning activities were English students performing “sentence surgery” in Ms. Stromberg’s classes, or art students using icing  to create color-wheel cookies in Ms. Pagni’s classes.

Pizza creations at Walker.

During Mix It Up Day, 30 United Way volunteers played B-I-N-G-O at lunchtime to give our fifth and sixth grade students (sitting in mixed-up seating arrangements) a chance to get to know each other better!

As mentioned in the “division news” section, the Walker Peace Squad raised nearly $900 to benefit hurricane victims and the “Concert for Charlottesville Fund” at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

Elementary News

Students lining up to start the Clark 5K
Buzz-by-Belmont Clark 5K

The 2nd annual All-Elementary “Friday Knight Lights” Tailgate will be Friday, October 20 at 6 p.m. at CHS. Get to meet cheerleaders and band members before chearing on the CHS Black Knights before their game at 7 p.m.!

Students and adults walking to school at Venable.
Walk to School Day at Venable

The annual Clark Elementary 5K Buzz-by-Belmont Fun Run to benefit the Clark Educational Fund was a success! Thank you to all of our runners, volunteers, and community partners that helped with this event.

Our schools recently celebrated “Walk to School Day.” At Venable, students walked by grade and were greeted by CHS cheerleaders.

The hallways in several of our elementary schools are filled with “The Best Part of Me” writing and photos inspired by Wendy Ewald’s book, “The Best Part of Me.”

Best of me collage
The Clark “Best of Me” collage lines the hallways with student writing and portraits.
Students paining a mural at Burnley-Moran
Mural-making at Burnley-Moran

Burnley-Moran Elementary is celebrating  Spirit Week the week of 10/16-10/20. The festivities will end with the second annual All-Elementary Football Tailgate on October 20 at 6 p.m. at Charlottesville High School. Meanwhile, Mr. Ryan Trott’s fourth-grade art students have been creating a beautiful hallway mural designed by kids from the Blue Ridge Academic Program. The mural focuses on positive messages of perseverance, effort, and accepting challenge and can be seen on the Burnley-Moran hallway walls leading to the basement level.

New York Times opinion editors work with Ms. Wayland's students.
New York Times at Johnson

Fourth-graders in Mrs. Wayland’s class at Johnson Elementary were invited to serve as guest op-ed writers for the November issue of The New York Times for Kids. Two Times editors and their photographer came to conduct a workshop and take headshots of the young columnists. In addition, the whole school is participating in a community-building art project. Students are decorating a fist-sized rock. Each looks lovely on its own, but they will be even more beautiful when combined with others to line trails and walkways around the campus.

bike safety at Greenbrier
Bike safety at Greenbrier

Students at Greenbrier Elementary are bringing their bikes and helmets to school and learning all about bike safety in PE class! Mr. Green is teaching them how to complete a pre-ride check, safety gear needed for riding, proper hand signals, and reading safety signs.

Venable celebrated the new track at the start of their annual Walk-A-Thon. This track was paid for by the Venable PTO and built by the city Parks & Rec department last summer. It is a great addition for Venable and the the neighboring community, including Lugo-McGinness Academy (Charlottesville’s high school alternative program).

Jackson-Via students and staff dress as pirates for "Shiver Me Letters" math and literacy night.
Jackson-Via “pirates”

Back-to-School Night was a great community event with over 400 Jackson-Via family members who explored Jackson-Via, met with teachers, and shared a delicious pot luck dinner. At Math and Literacy Night, the pre-school and kindergarten families gathered for “Shiver Me Letters (and numbers),” and participated in activities that engaged the whole family.

School Board Update

Recent highlights:

  • The new wellness policy  was unanimously approved by the School Board in September. Thanks to parents, students, staff, and area experts for your input to make our revised wellness policy so strong! Read more here.student school board reps
  • The 2017-18 Student Representatives to the School Board are CHS students   Nadiya Khaydari,  Fré Halvorson-Taylor, and Lamia West.
  •  Charlottesville High School received a $50,000 grant from the CFA Institute that will benefit the CHS AVID program. CFA will be partnering with CHS to modernize learning spaces and develop our investing, & personal finance programs.
  • Four Charlottesville City Schools teachers received grants totaling $5,724 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.
  • For details, official minutes, or other reports, visit our electronic schoolboard, accessible via our web site.
  • Register here to receive notices of future Board meetings. We livestream at ustream.com.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events include:

October

Flyer for Friday Knight Lights tailgate.

  • All-Elementary Football Tailgate, 10/20, CHS, 6 p.m., Tickets $7, students and kids under 5 are free
  • CHS Football vs. W. Albemarle, 10/20, 7 p.m.
  • Cavalcade Marching Band Competition, 10/21
  • CHS Choir Fall Concert, MLKPAC CHS, 10/23, 7 p.m.
  • TheatreCHS presents “A Night of One-Act Plays,” 10/25, 7 p.m., Black Box, CHS
  • No School, 10/27, Teacher Work Day

November

  • School Board Meeting, 11/2, 5 p.m.
  • No School, 11/6, Professional Development Day
  • No School, 11/7, Teacher Work Day
  • CHS Band Veteran’s Day Concert , 11/11, Sprint Pavilion, 11-12 p.m.

Add the Venable events and the Cville Schools holidays to your Google calendar!

Remember that you can subscribe to our Google calendars for school-specific events and holidays. Instructions are at charlottesvilleschoools.org/calendar.

View previous Superintendent’s messages here.

Concert for Charlottesville features CHS music video

Nashville A music video collaboration produced by Charlottesville High School and Metro Nashville Public Schools  was featured among the long line-up of musical performers at the Dave Matthew’s Band Concert for Charlottesville in September .

“To see all of us up on the jumbotron at the Dave Matthews concert was truly a thrill,” said CHS Orchestra Teacher Laura Mulligan Thomas. “I get goose bumps every time I think about it.  It was our students singing and playing and trying to promote a positive message.”

The music video features 50 CHS orchestra students and 30 members of the CHS choir, along with Nashville’s Fab 5, a group of student singers that attend different schools at MNPS.

“It was remarkable that in such a short amount of time, we were able to join with the folks from Nashville to create a new song of hope for the future,” said CHS Choir Teacher Will Cooke.  

See the full music video here.

After the Charlottesville events of August 11-12, the Fab 5, on behalf of MNPS, sent a video recording of BeBe and CeCe Winans’ song, “Right Now (We Need One Another).”  Touched by such a powerful gesture,  Thomas and Cooke decided to invite the Fab 5 singers to come to Charlottesville to re-record the video in collaboration with CHS musicians.

 

Elementary kids cheer on the Black Knights.

Friday Knight Lights 2017

Elementary kids cheer on the Black Knights.
Go Black Knights!

Students from all six CCS elementary schools gathered for the annual all-elementary school tailgate to cheer on the Black Knights at the CHS v. Western Albemarle football game.  The Black Knights were victorious with the final score, 35-26!

The Burnley-Moran PTO organized the event which included tailgate games, food, and pre-game visits from the CHS cheerleaders, football players, and marching band.

PowerSchool Open for Schedules, Registration, and More

Learn your schedule, complete back-to-school forms, and more!

translation buttonStarting August 14, you can log in or create your account to see teacher assignments or schedules, complete your back-to-school paperwork online, and more. Bus schedule information will be posted in PowerSchool beginning around August 19.

In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.

A personalized letter giving you information about your PowerSchool account (and other updates) was mailed the week of 7/31. If the letter does not contain codes, you already have an account and can log back in.  See letter for more information. If you did not receive a letter and you need codes for one or more student, call your school. If you have further trouble setting up your account, you can call 245-2943.

  • Link to PowerSchool
  • Sample letter in English (the letter with your family’s access codes is being mailed to your home)
  • Ejemplo de carta en español (la carta con los códigos de acceso de su familia ha sido enviada por correo a su casa)
  • Need to translate these instructions into another language?  Click “translate” in the upper right corner and translate this page (and the letter, below) into the language of your choice.

Dear families –

The school year is almost here! The first day of school is Wednesday, August 23, and open houses will be Monday, August 21. Here are some tips to help you get your family off to a good start.

On August 14, the online program PowerSchool will re-open so that you can learn your child’s teacher assignment or schedule, review your pre-completed back-to-school forms, customize how you hear from us, and more.

PowerSchoolP-01-squarePowerSchool
PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more (see below). Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account.

Returning PowerSchool Users: Log back in (on or after August 14), using your parent account (not your child’s). If you don’t remember your username or password, visit the log-in page for help. A link to PowerSchool is on the parent menu at the bottom of every page at charlottesvilleschools.org. To add a child, log in and click “Account Preferences,” then “Students,” then “Add.” Enter the student’s “access info” from the back of this letter.

New PowerSchool Users: See the back of this sheet for instructions & personalized access codes.

Teacher Assignments/Schedules
The earliest way to learn your student’s schedule and teacher assignment is to check PowerSchool when it reopens on August 14. We will mail letters later that week.

In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.

Back-to-School Paperwork Online
To quickly complete your back-to-school forms, log into PowerSchool and click on “InfoSnap Student Enrollment.” You’ll find a complete set of forms for your student, with most of the answers pre-completed for you. Simply edit previous info and answer the remaining questions. After you finish your first child, the program can “snap” updates into your remaining children’s forms. We recommend using a computer (not a phone) – you can visit a library, use your child’s school chromebook, or take advantage of school computers at open house. The online forms include everything except the application for free/reduced lunch.

For kindergartners and students who are new to Charlottesville City Schools, these forms are not required unless you need to update the information.

Free/Reduced Lunch
Look for a paper application in the mail. Medicaid-qualifying families and students at Clark, Jackson-Via, and Johnson do not need to complete this form since they automatically qualify for free meals.

Meal Account Balance Checks
This year, we have switched from “My School Bucks” to “My Payments Plus.” You can set up low-balance reminders with My Payments Plus, and for a service fee of about 4 percent, you can pay online. We plan to connect this service with PowerSchool, as well. For more information, see charlottesvilleschools.org/nutrition.

  • To find the student ID number to create My Payments Plus account, log into PowerSchool and click on the Grades and Attendance tab.



Calls/Emails/Text Messages
Choose whether to receive calls, emails, or texts from the schools. Log into PowerSchool and click on Contact Manager at the left. Then click “Contacts” in a new screen. For your (first) child, click “Edit.” For each number or email you have, check the messages you would like to receive. Then click “Save.”

Bus Information
Bus routes will be mailed home with back-to-school information from your school.

Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube
For updates, follow us at @CvilleSchools! Many schools have accounts, as well.
Instructions for New PowerSchool Parent Portal Accounts

This letter will help you create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account so that you can get your teacher assignments, complete back-to-school forms, and view grades/attendance. You will need a letter for each of your children. (If you’re missing a letter, perhaps you already opened an account.) For assistance or an additional child’s codes, call 245-2943. Access IDs and passwords are unique for each student. You should keep this letter in a safe place.

Instructions to Open a New Account (see the letters mailed to your home for your personalized information)

  • Open an internet browser on your computer and direct your browser to https://sis.charlottesvilleschools.org/publicYou may also find a link on the “Parents” menu at the bottom of every page of the Charlottesville City Schools web site at http://www.charlottesvilleschools.org
  • Click the Create Account buttonA new screen will open. Parent’s information goes in the top section. You must give an email address.
    The parent or guardian chooses a username and password. Passwords must be at least 6 characters.
  • Children’s access information goes in the lower section.Use the Access ID and password from the letter or letters you received in the mail. Passwords are case sensitive and MUST be entered exactly as they appear above. If you have more than one child, you will receive more than one letter and should enter all children here.Remember to click Enter when you have finished entering all children.
  • Once you have completed the above, you will see this screen.  You can
    now use your new username/password to log in at: https://sis.charlottes-
    villeschools.org/public 
     (Or find a link at the bottom of our web site.)

To Add a Student to an Existing Parent Account:To add a child, log in and click “Account Preferences,” then “Students,”
then “Add.” Enter the student access data from the letter you received in the mail.

Student, parent, and teacher

Back-to-School Nights

FB-IMG_6666After a great start to the school year, attend a Back-to-School Night to check in with teachers and get a better sense of what’s coming up!

  • Burnley-Moran:  Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Clark: Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7pm
  • Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7pm
  • Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7pm
  • Johnson: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7:30pm
  • Venable:  Thursday, September 14, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Pot Luck to follow)
  • Walker: Tuesday, September 12, 6-8pm
  • Buford:  Friday, September 15,  Fall Harvest Festival 5:30-7:30pm
  • CHS: Monday, September 18, 5:30-7:30pm
  • LMA:  Thursday, September 14, 4:30-6pm

We Welcome Nashville Students and Staff!

Fab 5 Nashville

Charlottesville City Schools will host a special group of visitors from the Metro Nashville Public Schools later this week to collaborate on a joint musical recording of entertainer BeBe Winan’s song “Right Now (We Need One Another).”

The Fabulous 5, an ensemble of five Nashville area high school students, recorded a touching music video in response to the recent events in Charlottesville and sent it to the CCS staff. Produced under the direction of Cedric Caldwell, the head of Pearl Cohn Magnet High School’s Relentless Entertainment group, the video features scenes from the Unite the Right march and related events in Charlottesville on August 11-12.

Click here to watch video!

Under the leadership of CHS Orchestra Director Laura Thomas and CHS Choral Director Will Cook, members of the Charlottesville High School orchestra and choral group will record the song together and spend some time touring the city during the two-day visit.

Resources for Parents and Educators Following Charlottesville Rally on August 12, 2017

translation buttonThe joint superintendents and School Boards of Charlottesville and Albemarle County have created a message for our community: 

Joint Statement

Dear Members of our School Communities:

The events of this weekend were tragic beyond words and as such events always do, they extracted a heavy price.  A wonderful young lady was taken from us.  Two brave and devoted public servants also lost their lives.  Many of our neighbors suffered injuries and trauma and all of us are sharing in the pain.

One national television reporter asked how Charlottesville will now feel to have its name linked in memory to other cities and towns across our country that have suffered from unspeakable crimes against humanity.

How will we feel and what will we do?

The memory of this weekend’s events should survive as a community that responded forcefully in overcoming the darkest impulses of those who traffic in hatred, intolerance and brute force.

The message from Charlottesville to our nation must be stronger than ever before—that we are a community that values the safety of every person, the dignity of every resident, the respect of every background, the equality of every opportunity and the strength of every collaboration that promotes the common good.

As they should be, the values of our communities are found in our public schools.  Our schools, after all, are the source of our greatest dreams and aspirations for our children.  It is where we learn about the power of ideas, the importance of history, the strength of community and the right of every child to reach their highest potential.

Our schools are where we make acquaintance with civic responsibility.  The work we do in our schools must always bring to life our nation’s most sacred promise– “to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

There is no room in this sacred promise for hatred, racism, violence and intolerance.

The answer to the question from the national media about how Charlottesville will be known is that we will be known as the community that rededicated itself to the promise of America and to those ideals that define our nation’s highest calling.

We will be known as a community whose teachers and staff will continue to do what the best educators always have done—stand tall in modeling these American ideals in their work every day.

If you would like resources for discussing this matter with your family, we have compiled a list for your consideration below.

Dr. Rosa Atkins & Mr. Juan Wade
Charlottesville City Schools

Dr. Pam Moran & Ms. Kate Acuff
Albemarle County Public Schools

A Glimpse into How Our Staff is Moving Forward

This week has been hard, but as our teachers and staff have returned to school this week, we have tried to create space for processing. We want to support our teachers so that they can continue their amazing work of supporting our students. To see videos and pictures from our inspirational all-staff convocation, see @CvilleSchools on Facebook and Twitter.

Convocation Collage

Resources for Parents and Educators

A number of local agencies and national groups have created resources for family  discussions centered on race and/or community violence.

The following have been suggested by our school counselors as potential resources for your consideration. We recognize that this list is not complete, and that different families and teachers will find some links more useful than others.

All Ages

All Ages:

How Can Parents Help Their Children (following community violence)? (resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

How to Talk to Kids about Race and Books that Might Help (published on readbrightly.com)

How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville (Age-appropriate fiction recommendations from the New York Times)

How to Talk to Your Kids about the Violence in Charlottesville (compiled by the L.A. Times)

Post-Charlottesville Resources (from the Virginia Department of Education)

Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis (tips compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists)

Tragic Events (Resources) (compiled by the Fred Rogers Company)

What Charlottesville Means for Our Black Family (essay published on raceconscious.org)

Young Children

Young Children:

After a Crisis, Helping Young Children Heal (tips from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Once I Was Very Scared. (picture book available as a PDF and also available in Arabic, Spanish, and Turkish). Author: Chandra Ghosh Ippen.  Piplo Productions.

A Terrible Thing Happened. (book for ages 4-7) Author: Margaret M. Holmes. Dalmation Press. Franklin, Tennessee.

Teens

Teens:

Youth Resources for the Charlottesville Rally (compiled by the local organization Ready Kids)

For Educators

For Educators:
A Guide for Educators in a Community’s Most Difficult Moments (compiled by Albemarle County Public Schools)

When School Starts… (teacher resources compiled by The Washington Post)

I’m a Teacher In Charlottesville. This is How I’ll Talk to My Students. (Washington Post)

Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis (tips compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists)

For curricular resources, educators can check with their principal, coach, and area coordinators.

Counseling Resources

Community Counseling Resources:

  • Child and Family Clinic (up to age 18)
  • Adult Clink (18 and older) 972-1800
  • Walk-in Clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays (can call ahead at 972-1800), 9am-noon