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Flyer for all-elementary tailgate

All-Elementary football tailgate coming soon

Flyer for all-elementary tailgateStudents and families from all six CCS elementary schools are invited to gather for the annual all-elementary school tailgate to cheer on the Black Knights at the CHS v. Louisa County High School football game.

Organized by the Venable Elementary PTO, Friday Knight Lights 2018 will include tailgate games, food, and pre-game visits from the CHS cheerleaders, football players, and marching band.

Orchestra students learn from visiting singer/cellist

BJ Griffin with Walker orchestra students.Singer/cellist BJ Griffin and his pianist Jason Brown spent three days in music workshops with Walker, Buford, and CHS orchestra students. The visit culminated with a performance with the CHSO for Walker and Buford orchestra students at the CHS Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.

“I can’t say enough positive things about this experience,” said Fine Arts Coordinator Aaron Eichorst. “It’s the best kind of instruction and engagement we strive to provide. What an honor to be part of it.”

During the performance, students sang along and clapped to Griffin’s renditions of pop hits by artists like Michael Jackson, Lordes, and Ed Sheeran.

Griffin is known for his solo and ensemble performances that mix classical, jazz, and pop music. He is also a singer/songwriter that has worked throughout the east coast. For more about Griffin, visit


Visit Venable: Tours for prospective parents

Ven-Bldg_edVenable will be offering tours to prospective parents on the dates listed below.  All tours take place at 9:15 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. We limit the number of participants on each tour to ensure that everyone can hear and ask questions.  Please call Ms. Lawson in the Venable office to register – 434-245-2418.

Upcoming Dates:

  • October 25
  • December 6
  • January 10
  • February 7
  • March 7
  • April 11

Parents should plan to arrive in the front office a few minutes early to sign in and receive visitors’ passes.  Please allot time for parking as there are only a few spots available on site and many of the neighborhood streets do not permit non-resident parking during the day.

Unfortunately, requests for tours at other dates and times cannot be honored due to the disruption to classes.

If you are an out-of-division family who would like to apply for a space at Venable next year, we begin accepting applications in April.  Click here for information about the application process. 

CHS Marching Band performing "Starry Knights" at 2018 Cavalcade.

CHS hosts Cavalcade marching band competition

CHS Marching Band on the field at Calvalcade at CHS showing scenes of Van Gogh's "Starry Nights."Nearly 1700 musicians participated in the Charlottesville High School Marching Knights  Cavalcade, an annual high school marching band competition, on Saturday, October 6 at the Charlottesville High School stadium.

The competition included 22 bands from high schools across Virginia for an afternoon of music and marching performances. A panel of judges evaluated the bands in each of five classes in music, marching, general effect, color guard, percussion and drum major. Awards were given to the top finishers in each division.

CHS Marching Band performing "Starry Knights" at 2018 Cavalcade.As host, the CHS Band did not compete, however, they performed their “Starry Nights” exhibition.  The performance featured evening sky-themed music (think “Moonlight Sonata” and “Twinkle Twinkle”) and visuals featuring Van Gogh’s famous painting. The band recently competed with this performance in the 2018 Hermitage Classic competition and placed 2nd out of 12 A/AA bands.

The Cavalcade competition has been a tradition in the Charlottesville music community for 30 years, starting under the direction of long-time band director and community member Vincent Tornello. The competition is highly regarded by Virginia bands not only for its top-notch musical and marching performances, but also for its beautiful setting in Charlottesville and the warm hospitality provided by the CHS Band community.


two elementary students, boy and girl, playing in classroom.

8 Ways Every Parent Can Support their Children in School

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents,” says Velvet Coleman, Family Engagement Coordinator for Charlottesville City Schools.

A Message to Families from Ms. Coleman

Coleman’s latest list of tips for families includes eight ways parents can support their children in school.

Tips for Academic Success

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What’s Happening? Black Knights on Twitter

As the @CHSBlackKnights Twitter feed suggests, our students and staff have been busy since the first day of school. Here are a few recent stories from the feed…

The Second St. Gallery is featuring the “Teeny Tiny Trifecta” art exhibit–small works of contemporary art by local artists including CHS student Sahara Clemons and Walker art teacher Samantha Pagni! Online sales open 9/8 here.



Zyahna Bryant traveled to Hartford, Connecticut to accept the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center 2018 Student Prize. Congratulations, Zyahna!


Cole Fairchild attended his first School Board meeting as our newest student representative. He is one of three students selected to serve for the 2018-19 school year.


100+ students showed up for the first BACON Club meeting.


Members of the Cross Country team were among the 400+ volunteers helping with the Charlottesville Track Club ‘s 36th Annual Womens 4-Miler to benefit the UVA Cancer Center Breast Care Program.


“Dreaming America: Poems by Detained, Undocumented Latin American Teens” is a play devised, directed and performed by TheatreCHS students, inspired by the book of the same title. Performance is coming up on September 18 at CHS.


Tina Yawson from Charlottesville’s sister city in Winneba, Ghana visited with Ms. Sweet’s art students and several coordinators and instructional coaches.


Black Knights translate for families at our ESL Back to School Night.


First CHS BSU meeting of the year! Great turnout and discussion!


Our Link Crew leaders meet with their assigned freshmen crews and get to know them by sharing Hi’s and Low’s.


Cville Weekly had this to say: “There’s something so charming about employing a group of high schoolers to perform at your reception, but make no mistake: These aren’t your regular high schoolers. By the time they’re rising seniors—like the kids in Chestnut Oak, one of the quartets in the current CHS string ensemble —many of them have already performed in world-class venues such as the Chartres Cathedral in France or St. Mary’s Church in Killarney, Ireland. In other words, they’re practically pros.”


After an emotional 11-month recovery from a lacerated pancreas, field hockey player Alex Ferguson scored the game-winning goal in the Black Knights’ season opener. She is the first Schewels Athlete of the Week for the 2018-19 season.  Read the C’ville Varsity story here. PC: Cville Varsity


Mr. Deegan’s World History students tell their personal stories in a creative way using Mad Libs to build “Where I’m From” books, inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem. Thanks for the idea and materials, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities!