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Surveys

graphic 2019-20 surveysPreschool Parents and Guardians:

You are invited to take a short survey about how you found an early childhood program for your child. The survey will take about 10 minutes.  

Our program is working with the University of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education, and Virginia Early Childhood Foundation on the Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B5) initiative. We are working to make it easier for Virginia families to find great care and education programs for their young children. We want to hear from your family!

On a computer, tablet, or phone, go to: http://family.pdg-va.info and complete the survey by December 15.

The survey is voluntary. You do not have to take it. The survey is anonymous. It does not ask for your name, your child’s name, or the name of your early childhood program. No one will know what you say in the survey.

If you have any questions, please contact the project coordinator, Christina Taylor, by email (mmt2hg@virginia.edu) or by phone (434-297-6703).

Thank you for your input!

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Estimado padre, madre o tutor,

Le invitamos a completar una breve encuesta sobre cómo encontró un programa de primera infancia para su hijo. La encuesta dura unos 10 minutos. 

Estamos trabajando para hacer que a las familias de Virginia les resulte más fácil encontrar programas de educación y cuidado excelentes para sus hijos pequeños. Nuestro equipo en University of Virginia (UVA) está trabajando con el Departamento de Educación de Virginia y Virginia Early Childhood Foundation en la iniciativa Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B5). ¡Queremos escuchar las opiniones de su familia!

En una computadora, tableta o teléfono, ingrese a:  http://family.pdg-va.info

Complete la encuesta antes del 15 de diciembre.

Su participación en la encuesta es voluntaria. No es obligación completarla. La encuesta se completa de manera anónima. No se pregunta su nombre, el nombre de su hijo ni el nombre del programa de primera infancia. Nadie sabrá qué puso en la encuesta.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Christina Taylor, por correo electrónico (mmt2hg@virginia.edu) o por teléfono (434-297-6703).

 

Student and teacher/parent at Multicultural Day.

Multicultural Day presents “living museum”

Student displays project at Multicultural Day.Students had the opportunity to learn about more than 20 different countries in the annual Multicultural Day, a day that featured student projects, authentic cuisine, and other unique items from countries around the world.

As various grade levels visited the “living museum” throughout the day, students could ask questions, sample new foods, and get their passports stamped.  Thanks to ESL teacher Tracy Hardley for organizing this fun day for our community to celebrate diversity.

See more photos from Multicultural Day here.

See news coverage here.

Buford volleyball team 2019

Trojan volleyball sets all-time season record

Buford girls volleyball finished the season with a win over Collegiate School, ending 16-2, the best season record in school history.  Some of the team’s triumphs included Collegiate School in Richmond, local private schools Covenant School and Tandem Friends, and area public schools WIlliam Monroe and Prospect Heights. Way to go, girls!

During the historic season, players were inspired when they attended a women’s volleyball game at UVA and then had the opportunity to talk with UVA Head Coach Aaron Smith about college volleyball.

Buford volleyball team collage

Y Street youth volunteers at CHS

“Rev your Bev” campaign encourages better hydration

Rev Your Bev Day hydration station
“Rev Your Bev Day” hydration station encourages students to “Make a Splash” with healthy hydration.

Y Street, the award winning volunteer group of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, recently sponsored “Rev Your Bev Day” at more than 700 schools across the state, including Charlottesville High School.

About 10 CHS Y Street Youth hosted a hydration station during lunches where students could learn more about the benefits of drinking water rather than sugary soft drinks, take a survey and then taste-test waters flavored with fruit and other natural ingredients. The first choice, “Orange Crush,” was a blend of water, sliced oranges and vanilla extract, while the second option, “Lemon Rasberry,” blended lemon slices, whole rasperries, and fresh mint leaves in seltzer water.

Y Street youth volunteers at CHS
Y Street students Ashlyn Cherrix, Abbey Tackett, and Jamez Lynch.

Sponsored by Charlottesville Schools PE Coordinator Jessica Brantley, Y Street also holds other awareness campaigns throughout the year to promote active, nutritious, tobacco-free living. Club leaders Ashlyn Cherrix and Abbey Tackett attended a Y Street Youth Summit recently to learn more about leading the program at CHS.

Cherrix said they plan to offer hydration stations year-round where students can fill up their cups or water bottles with water throughout the school day.

For more on “Rev Your Bev Day,” see the CBS19 news coverage here.

About Y Street

Founded in 2004, Y Street is the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s teen volunteer
group for high school students. Y Street youth work on obesity and tobacco-use prevention
campaigns, as well as campaigns such as Rev Your Bev and Share The Air, to help promote a healthier Virginia. Y Street members have worked on public health issues with top government officials, including the U.S. Surgeon General and Virginia’s Governor, Attorney General, and First Lady. For more information, visit www.YStreet.org.

Burnley Moran food drive poster

1000+ items collected for area food bank

Burnley Moran food drive posterCongratulations to our BME third graders for exceeding their goal of collecting 1,000 items for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

The students collected 1,136 food item donations to feed those in need throughout 25 counties across Virginia.  A school-wide effort, the third graders initiated the project with the help of their teachers and Assistant Principal Ms. Adriane Butler. Instructional Coach April Douglas helped students chart the donations each day to keep track of their goal.

boxes of food donations at Burnley-MoranThird grade teacher Cristin McGarey told NBC29 reporter Annie Schroeder she hopes her students learned a lesson far beyond what they can learn in the classroom.

“We can take a lot of our skills and knowledge of things that we’re doing in school and give it back to the community,” McGarey said.

See the full NBC29 coverage here.

 

Johnson students in library.

Johnson Specials Monthly Digest November 2019 is now available

Students holding "Bring Your Parents to Special" flyers.The Specials teachers and your child are excited to share their amazing experiences in our classes!  We would like to welcome you to join us on November 18 to 22 for “Bring a Grown-up to Specials Week.”  Drop in to see what we are doing in Art, Music, PE, Library and/or Spanish!  Please return RSVP forms or call the school if you would like to visit.

Here’s a look at what our Specials classes have been up to recently:

Art

by Jocelyn Johnson

 johnsoj2@charlottesvilleschools.org

Johnson student showing self-portrait.Art students have been busy acting like artists—looking at art, discussing design, creating their own work and reflecting on it.  Four-year-olds used thin and thick lines to describe autumn trees, inspired by Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life. Kinders drew and painted Frida Kahlo-inspired self-portraits using a VARIETY of lines. 1st graders strived for BALANCE through symmetry in their cut-paper collages, inspired by the glass sculptures of Chihuly.  2nd graders drew elaborate cylindrical birthday cakes, adorned with PATTERN after artist Wayne Thiebaud.  3rd graders aimed for UNITY between painted leaves and backgrounds in work inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe. And 4th graders considered proportion as completed pastel self-portraits set in landscapes, after Vincent VanGogh. I am enjoying seeing every student grow and create!

GOT GOURDS? We could use about 15 small colorful gourds for our K-4 still life project. If you would like to donate a few, please drop them off anytime before Thanksgiving break!   Finally thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to help hang work this quarter!  I will have more opportunities to help after Winter break!

Music

by Sydney Boggs

boggsS1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Pre-K has been exploring the bars of xylophones and what it means to create sound effects for a story! They also have been learning new songs about love and friendship as well as movement games that promote sharing and teamwork, like “Here Comes a Bluebird Through My Window.” Pre-K will have a Winter Concert during the school day on Friday, December 13th at 11:15am!

Student showing sign that says "I am thankful for my brother."

Kindergarten has been learning new songs about friendship, love, and about how to make each day special like the song, “Roses and Thorns.” They have been using the numbers one through ten to organize patterns in songs and poems. They have been continuing to practice their steady beat on several percussion instruments, including the hand drums!

1st Grade & 2nd Grade is getting ready for their concert! They have been learning about many different winter holidays including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. In addition, they have been practicing gratitude by sharing what in life makes them feel thankful. 1st grade has some fun and beautiful songs up their sleeves for their concert- and they can’t wait to share their talents with you on Monday, December 9th at 6pm!

3rd Grade & 4th Grade recorders are in full swing!!! The students have been very excited to earn their recorder belts!! Ask your child what Recorder Karate is all about if you haven’t already! They have been bringing home music and also have access to practice mp3 files here: Recorder Karate Songs.

*3rd and 4th grade will be beginning Ukuleles very soon!! Stay tuned for more updates on this!*

Library

by Ms. Rebecca Flowers

flowerr1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Johnson students in library.October in the library means it’s time to get creepy! We had a lot of fun reading our favorite slightly spooky Fall and Halloween stories last month. One of our favorite authors, Aaron Reynolds, and illustrator, Peter Brown were featured during our readings of Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear. Kindergarten and 1st-grade students made their own creepy carrot to take home and share with their families. Other students may have chosen to make creepy carrots and glow-in-the-dark creepy pairs of (paper) underwear during Tinker Time this month. Hopefully, you weren’t too scared!

Some of our other favorite Fall reads have been, “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams,” If You’re a Monster and You Know It” by Rebecca Emberly, “Halloween Pie” by Michael O. Tunnell, “The Scarecrow” by Beth Ferry and the Fan brothers, “The Hallo-wiener” by Dav Pilkey, “The Runaway Pumpkin” by Kevin Lewis, “I Just Ate My Friend” by Heidi McKinnon, and “Hey, That’s My Monster” by Amanda Noll.

Therapy dog visits Johnson.

3rd and 4th graders have been learning to use the library catalog and where fiction and non-fiction books are located in the Johnson Library. We will start practicing our alphabetizing and Dewey Decimal skills soon and perfecting them throughout the year, so students can find books in our school library and also at their local public library.

We welcomed therapy dogs to the library this month and are excited that we will have a regular therapy dog visiting Johnson on Mondays starting soon. Stay tuned to hear all about Ms. Trisha and her dog Tank!

Discover new books with your kids by reading their library books with them every night. If they need more, they can always return their books and get new books during morning checkout from 7:40 a.m.-8:00 a,m.

Physical Education

by Kelly Walters

walterk1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Johnson PE Class plays with parachute and ball.Temperatures are dropping outside but students in the Johnson gym are cranking up the heat! We learned what maintaining an elevated heart rate feels like by doing step aerobics and a Tabata scarf workout. We played with a 5-foot beach ball to strengthen our cooperation skills and practiced giving constructive feedback for basketball skills. All 2-4th-grade students practiced or performed the 5 fitnessgram tests and showed awesome effort! In health, we learned how to wash our hands and how to use cold-prevention strategies.

Physical Education is all about growing. We learn valuable cognitive, physical, and social skills through games and activities. Thank you for encouraging and supporting your children as they continue to develop into the healthiest and happiest version of their amazing self. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas you’d like to share please email, call, or come see me.

Spanish

by Sra. Smith

Spanish students at Johnson show their Calaveras masks.Kindergarten and First grades: Students have been learning about colors, numbers, weather and seasons. We are now focusing on family members and holidays celebrated in Spanish Speaking Countries. We discussed how families celebrate certain holidays and compared it to how we may view and celebrate here in the United States. In lieu of El dia de los muertos, students decorated masks called Calaveras.

Second Grade: Students created a Calavera Flip Book and wrote about how and why El dia de los muertos is celebrated in Mexico and other Spanish Speaking Countries.  We focused on family members and how this holiday compares to Halloween. We discussed how families get together and prepare for this important day. They are also learning family vocabulary and how to describe members of their family.

Student-made sugar skull.

Third Grade: We completed our Me gusta and No me gusta unit and activities and are focusing on family members and descriptive adjectives.  Students learned about El dia de los muertos which is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st & 2nd. They created Ofrendas and were displayed on international day.

Fourth Grade: My students are working on descriptive adjectives and family vocabulary. In lieu of El dia de los muertos, students enjoyed making Calaveras which are Sugar Skulls. These are an important part of the holiday that children from Mexico look forward to.

graphic of hands holding plant

City and Schools promote energy and water conservation

water and energy management posterCharlottesville City Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team are working together to reduce the energy and water footprint of all City schools. On April 11th, 2019 the School Board approved an Energy and Water Performance resolution, showing a commitment to achieving and maintaining high performing school facilities. 

Continuing on past efforts, the City’s maintenance and development teams are specifying high efficiency building equipment, such as high-efficiency chillers and LED lighting, and are enhancing operational control through advanced building automation systems. Charlottesville Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team continue to investigate ways to accelerate the installation of high performance equipment throughout our schools.

The City is also working with each school to raise awareness about energy and water saving practices through education and outreach efforts that include distributing educational materials and providing tips and strategies that students and faculty can use to reduce the energy and water impact at our schools. 

Each quarter a different theme emphasizes aspects of energy and water efficiency/conservation. The 2019-2020 themes are:

  • Fall (September – November): The Value of Energy and Water
  • Winter (December – February): Understanding Our Energy and Water Use
  • Spring (March – May): Smart Energy and Water Use
  • Summer (June – August): Keep Going! Summertime Savings

Education around these themes is provided via posters and visual reminders displayed throughout schools as well as through announcements, newsletters, and social media. Teachers will be referencing materials periodically in the classroom, and parents are encouraged to continue these efforts at home. 

Have questions about this program? Contact the City’s Energy and Water Management Team at EnergyWaterTeam@charlottesville.org

Learn more about other green initiatives at Charlottesville City Schools here.

2019 Education and Outreach

Fall Quarter: The Value of Energy and Water

The energy and water that we use at home and in our school are typically provided using finite resources. In Virginia, fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) are used to produce over 60% of the electricity that we use, with nuclear and renewables making up the rest. We also use natural gas directly to heat our school and to heat our water. The water we use is pumped from reservoirs fed by rivers and is treated before coming to our homes and school as clean, potable water.  Simply put, our demand for electricity, natural gas, and water (the amount we use) has a direct impact on these resources. We have a responsibility to manage what we use but we’re also empowered with the ability to make lasting change.

In many cases we use more than we need, so we already have simple opportunities to reduce our impact. The best place to start is just becoming aware of when and how we use energy and water throughout our typical day. As you do your normal activities, think about how long you leave your lights on, leave your phone plugged in, and leave the water running. Now think about how you can adjust your behaviors to trim that up a bit.  It’s a game of inches, not miles, and small changes add up to big savings.

Fall Quarter Tips:

  • Last one out? Flip the switch!
  • Turn the water off when not in use.

 

Two students perform their original lyrics in the hip hop workshop.

6th graders participate in hip hop workshop and attend live performance at Paramount Theater

Agent Skidoo teaches student about hip hop lyrics.Grammy-winning hip hop artist, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, dropped by Walker School to lead Ms. Bohannon’s music students in a behind-the-scenes hip hop song writing workshop.

Skidoo demonstrated some of his own rhymes and beats, and then encouraged students to write their own hip hop verses. One by one (or in some cases two by two), students mustered up courage to share their own original raps to background beats booming through the auditorium.

“Learning writing and rhyming skills through music is a perfect lesson for this age group,” said Charlottesville Schools Fine Arts Coordinator Aaron Eichorst. “Through this experience, the sixth graders are learning that their voice is important, and that they can have agency over things that matter to them through creative expression.”

Two students perform their original lyrics in the hip hop workshop.The workshop is part of a larger educational experience for area youth provided by the Paramount Arts Education Program. Nearly 400 city sixth graders, along with other area youth, attended the Secret Agent 23 Skidoo performance at The Paramount.  The concert was one of eleven live arts performances scheduled for area students during the 2019-20 school year. Read more about the performance at The Paramount here.

“Through our partnership with The Paramount Theater, our students are able to experience meaningful opportunities through live fine arts year after year,” said Eichorst. “For many of them, visiting the beautifully restored historic Paramount Theater with their classmates is their first experience seeing live music, dance, storytelling, or theater.”

See photo album of the workshop here. 

Read more about the visit, including details from the live performance at The Paramount here.

photo collage of pictures at The Paramount Theater performance.
Following the hip hop music writing workshop at Walker Upper Elementary School, all city sixth graders took a field trip to the historic Paramount Theater in Charlottesville to watch Secret Agent 23 Skidoo perform live.

More on Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has earned a loyal national following. His latest album, Wake Up The Dream is an Amazon Original Album described as a “funk-filled trip through your subconscious.” 2016’s space-themed Infinity Plus One took home music’s biggest prize at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Best Children’s Album of the Year. Positive themes of empowerment, love, imaginations set loose, hope, ambitions, and dreams run through 23 Skidoo’s extensive catalog.  For more, visit the web site.

More on The Paramount Arts Education Program

The Paramount Arts Education Program is committed to presenting the finest arts education performances for area school children. The support and generosity of their Arts Education Partners allows The Paramount to make these programs accessible to ALL children in Central Virginia by offering performances at a reduced cost or free of charge. Over 195,000 students and teachers from all over the region have attended a live performance at The Paramount since 2004. For more, visit the web site.

Related news coverage

 

Logo for Certified Financially Literate from Wise Program

CHS receives Blue Star School Award for financial literacy among students

Logo for Certified Financially Literate from Wise ProgramFor the fifth time, CHS students have earned the W!SE Financial Literacy Blue Star School Award by demonstrating financial literacy on a national, standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test.

Additionally, three CHS teachers were recognized by W!se as Gold Star Teachers for achieving a 93% pass rate or higher in 2018-19–Hank Sohn, Yumeca Webb-Jordan, and former CHS teacher Meagan Maynard.

The W!se program aims to to help high school students graduate as financially capable young adults by providing high school programming that provides students with vital knowledge about personal finance.

To earn this coveted award, a school must have achieved an 80% passing rate on the W!se Financial Literacy Certification Test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the test or achieve a minimum average score of 85%.

CHS will be honored along with other Blue Star schools at the W!se MoneyPOWER Institute in New York City on November 5th.

Congratulations on this achievement and Go Black Knights!