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CHS Winter Exam Schedule and Bus Information

notebook with clock and pencilCHS will hold winter exams from December 14-19.  Early morning exams will begin on December 13 during early the early morning class period. On exam days, school will end at 1:25 p.m., and bus service will be provided.  School will operate on a singleton schedule on Dec. 11-13.

Bus Information for Exam Days:
There will be no CATEC or early morning bus runs Dec. 14-19.
On Dec. 14-19, all buses will arrive by 8:50. Early departure buses will depart at 11:25 a.m.. Regular departure buses will depart at 1:25 p.m..
On Dec. 19, students not enrolled in virtual classes will depart at 11:15 a.m.  Students taking virtual exams will depart at 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 11-13 will run as regular days.

Zero Robotics Team Earns 1st in International Programming Competition

A team of 12 computer programmers from the Charlottesville High School BACON Club (Best All-Around Club of Nerds) earned first place in round one of  the Zero Robotics competition hosted by NASA and MIT.

The international competition requires students to write computer code to control a robot in 3D zero gravity space. After placing 1st among 200 international teams, the CHS team now advances to the next round, where it must create a code-writing alliance with two other teams.  Finalists in the competition compete by running their code with real satellites aboard the International Space Station.

The competition is sponsored by the world’s premier space and defense agencies and the MIT. More than 200 teams from all over the world participate in the competition, primarily from elite schools specializing in science and technology. This is BACON’s sixth straight year of excellence in the Zero Robotics competition.

CHS Sigma Lab Director and BACON Club sponsor Dr. Matthew Shields credits the ingenuity of the students for their success.

“In order to create our final code submission, the team actually wrote a program to help them write their program,” said Shields. “I’m sure that is one reason they ended up on top.”

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Upcoming Events at CHS

calendar clipartThere’s a lot going on — mark your calendar!

CHS Event Calendar Nov-Dec 2017

Nov 28

  • PTO Meeting 5:30 p.m.

Nov 30

  • CHS Community Coffee with Dr. Irizarry 8 a.m.

Dec 2

  • SAT testing (pre-registration required)

Dec 5

  • All City Band Concert 7 p.m.

Dec 6

  • Sigma Lab Open House 5 p.m.

Dec 9

  • ACT Testing (pre-registration required)

Dec 14-19

Dec 14

  • Holiday Pops Choir Concert 7 p.m.

Dec 20 – Jan 2

  • Winter Break

Dec 27

  • Band to London, UK
Minds in Motion dance troupe performing at The Paramount Theatre of Charlottesville.

Minds in Motion Team XXL performs at The Paramount Theatre

Minds in Motion dance troupe performing at The Paramount Theatre of Charlottesville.The Minds in Motion Team XXL performed a dance at The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville as part of the TEDxCharlottesville event.  Team XXL is comprised of dancers from Walker Upper Elementary School and Buford Middle School who have auditioned to participate in the dance troupe. 

Minds in Motion dance troupe performing at The Paramount Theatre of Charlottesville.Sponsored by the Richmond Ballet Rhythm in partnership with Charlottesville City Schools, Minds in Motion is offered in our elementary schools to all fourth graders and continues as an optional after-school program in the upper elementary and middle school.  Read more about all of our dance and theater options here.

The TEDxCharlottesville event, meant to inspire the community with “ideas worth spreading,” included a wide array of speakers and performers. Read more  about TEDx here.



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.