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Black History Month decorations at Clark Elementary

Celebrating Black History Month (all year long!)

"Ladies of Soul" perform at annual Clark Elementary Soul Feast.
“Ladies of Soul” perform at annual Clark Elementary Soul Feast.

There are many activities going on this month to celebrate Black History Month ranging from classroom decorations to special morning announcements to Soul Feasts and assemblies. 

Like several of our schools, Clark Elementary held its annual  Soul Feast, which featured a full menu of fried chicken, collards, and more. This year the “Ladies of Soul” (all Clark staff members) gave a special performance.

Burnley-Moran will host a Career Day that features African-American leaders from throughout our city. Last year’s event brought more than 40 local professionals together–many of them CHS alumni.

Teacher shows her classroom door decorations for Black History Month
Jackson-Via teacher Christen Edwards decorates her classroom door to celebrate Black History Month.

CHS is hosting its annual speaker series  featuring a variety of guests like documentary photographer Ruddy Rowe. Additionally, CHS will host a film screening to tell the story of Drewary Brown to a new generation of Charlottesville residents, and CHS’s African-American history students visited Jefferson School for a special program with Monticello and other community partners. 

Meanwhile, we want to applaud the efforts of our teachers, librarians, and World History Coordinator Annie Evans for their year-round work to incorporate local and African-American history across the curriculum all year long.  From preK-12th grade, our students encounter diverse voices, stories, and experiences in classroom materials, the arts, and student activities. 

Charlottesville City Schools is one of six school systems statewide involved in Changing the Narrative, a Virginia Humanities initiative that aims to explore black history and culture in schools and encourages young people of color to explore and highlight their heritage.

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Winter Sports Postseason and Spring Try-out Information

Tierenni Younger; P/C Daily Progress/Zack Wajsgras
Tierenni Younger; P/C Daily Progress/Zack Wajsgras

As we head into the post-season, congratulations to our teams and athletes for another strong season of athleticism and sportsmanship, and best wishes as regional competitions begin! See details, below, and check for Twitter updates at @CHSBlackKnights or @cville_dsa (Director of Student Activities) for future results and competition times.

And it’s time to look ahead for spring sports!

Basketball

Congrats to the boys and girls teams for finishing up their last week of regular-season play in an impressive fashion.  The girls finished tied for 2nd in the district and regional standings and will get to host several playoff games. The boys finished the season with a bang by upsetting top-ranked Louisa County in a road game!  The boys team also qualified for regionals.

  • Regional play begins 2/15 with girls hosting William Byrd at 6pm and boys playing at Salem.

Swimming regional champ Ella Reed with coach Jason Hackworth
Ella Reed with Coach Jason Hackworth

Swimming

Congratulations to CHS 10th-grader Ella Reed for capturing the Region 4D Championship in the 200 Intermediate!  In addition, Zoe DeGuzman qualified for state in the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke, and  Howard Zu  will also be swimming in the 100 Breaststroke.

Track

Good luck to track athletes in regional play. At the Jefferson District meet, the women’s team placed 3rd and the men came in 4th. Many athletes qualified for the regional meet based on their season and Jefferson District performances: Kristina Abraham, Susannah Birle, Charlotte Bloor, Aliyah Cobbs, Avyonne Cobbs, Jude Fairchild, Asha Gupta, Autumn Hiller, Lucia Hoskins, Miles Kershner, Graham Lenert, Reece McKee, Grace McMahon-Gioeli, Adam Moreland, Elodie Price, Eliza Schock, Lewis Tate, Edison Tennant, Kika Van der Pluijm, Isaac Vik, Joe Von Storch, and members of the men’s 4×800 Relay.

Jefferson District meet highlights included Lewis Tate’s High Jump victory and 2nd-place finishes for Susannah Birle in 55M and 300M; Kika Van der Pluijm in 1000M; and Joe Von Storch in 300M.

Nima Tamang wrestling. Photo by Danielle Lewandowski.
Nima Tamang, P/C Danielle Lewandowski

Wrestling

Congrats to David Wiles for qualifying for states during the Wrestling team’s regional meet on 2/8 and 2/9. Congratulations also to the following wrestlers for their Jefferson District success:  Nima Tamang (3rd) and 4th-place finishers Stuart Applestein, Javion Vest, David Wiles, and Ben Yates.

Other Recognition:

Field Hockey’s Talia Marshall was the January 31 Newsplex Student Athlete of the Week for her behind-the-scenes leadership.

Football’s Sabias Folley, Marcus Targonski, and Isaiah Washington were recognized at the Falcon Club Banquet honoring  excellence.

Third-graders with their wares at market day.

Elementary School Highlights

Clark students working on a design challenge with "Hot Wheels" trackThe start of 2019 has been a busy one for our creative and innovative elementary students in Charlottesville City! Keep reading for some of our recent elementary activities.

Bee-bot robots set up on a course at iSTEM night.

And looking ahead, mark your calendars now for Parent University! All PK-Grade 4 families are welcome to attend either night for parent workshops, information booths, and a chance to connect with other families.  Jackson-Via will host the first night on 3/5 from 5:30-7:30, or join us at Greenbrier on 3/14 from 5:30-7:30.

Math and STEM nights are a big hit with families as they come to school to design, build, play math games together. STEM stations include a Bee Bot obstacle course, a parachute drop, straw rockets and a photo booth!

Students are using their critical thinking skills to solve challenges at Clark Elementary. A team of third- graders worked together to complete a challenge from BreakoutEDU. Fourth-graders at Clark also worked in teams to explore the effects of mass and force on motion and energy.

Clark students and staff also made a thank-you video to show how much they are enjoying and benefiting from their summertime classroom renovations:

Jump! Hop! Push-ups on the wall! Jackson-Via students have a new way of releasing energy as they walk the school’s new sensory path in their hallway. For more details, see the following video or click here for NBC29’s coverage:

Greenbrier students presenting at MLK JR CelebrationAnd a successful book swap at Jackson-Via collected 1300 books, sending home 3 books per child!

Happy birthday to Martin Luther King Jr.! Greenbrier held its annual MLK Jr. birthday celebration on January 25. For the assembly, each grade level created a mural with a famous quote from MLK Jr. and spoke about what the quote meant to them. After a presentation of the “I Have a Dream” speech with pictures of Greenbrier students showing examples of character, the students sang “Happy Birthday” to Martin Luther King Jr. and enjoyed cake with their lunch.

1st-graders learning what dissolves in water.What materials dissolve in water? At Venable, first-grade scientists worked together to experiment with the solubility of different liquids and solids including cornstarch and rocks.

First and third-graders building the Great Wall of ChinaBobcat Buddies in third grade and first grade at Burnley-Moran worked together to design and build a representation of the Great Wall of China.

Families, math games, and pizza were abundant at the Greenstone Community Center for Johnson’s K-second grade Quest Math night. The stations were led by third- and fourth-graders who wore “Johnson Math Teacher” t-shirts and “teacher” badges. Students left with math games to play at home.

In art class at Jackson-Via, Pre-K and second-grade students constructed sculptures with an assortment of materials.

Jackson-Via sculptors displaying their art

 

Third-graders with their wares at market day.Third-graders across the city recently participated in Market Day at their schools. They learned about economics and ancient civilizations while creating items to sell at a school “market.”

Third-graders waiting for a performance at the Paramount TheatreElementary students from Burnley-Moran, Johnson, Venable, and Walker went to the historic Paramount Theater to attend the play Phantom Toll Booth on Thursday, January 24. They enjoyed watching the actors bring the classic by Norton Juster to life!

Walker students engaged in participatory budgeting.At Walker Upper Elementary School, 15 sixth-grade student groups presented proposals of how they would spend a $6,000 grant as a part of a participatory budgeting program. (Yes, 6,000 real dollars generously donated by CFA Institute.) On January 16, students hosted a referendum, and the winning project was a proposal to have soccer and basketball tournaments at recess. The project was organized by parent Serena Gruia For more details, check out the story on Cville Tomorrow.

Fore more updates, follow @CvilleSchools or your own school on Facebook or Twitter!

 

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Course Registration Information for 2019-20

Now is the time when current seventh grade students select their elective choices for their eighth grade year.

All seventh graders should complete the course request survey by January 30.

Eighth grade students have an option to take up to three periods of electives, depending on the other courses they take. Please select from the list of elective options for 2019-20 (see below).

For additional information and scheduling help specific to Buford, watch these helpful videos produced by our school counselors.

Rising 8th grade students:

Rising 7th grade students:

 

Elective Course Descriptions

  • Band (Full Year): This course will focus on developing musicianship by studying chromatic scale, major scales, drums (rudiments and various rolls), intermediate methods and rhythms, concert music, and rehearsal skills. Audition for placement required.
  • Orchestra (Full Year): The Buford Orchestra program is arranged into four different levels-beginning, lower intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced. Each level focuses on playing technique, music literature, and performance appropriate to the level of the class. Audition for placement required.
  • Chorus (Full Year): Come be a part of the Buford Middle School Chorus! This course is emphasizes intensive instruction in vocal techniques, reading and writing or music, vocal expression, dynamic contrast, signing in three and four part harmonies, musical notation, diction, sight reading, ear training, and breathing techniques. Audition for placement required.
  • AVID (Full Year): AVID 8 is an academic elective that focuses on college readiness and skills necessary for rigorous high school coursework. Students will develop their skills in note-taking, tutor-facilitated study groups, and WICOR strategies. Students accepted into AVID 8 will be encouraged to enroll in higher-level courses. Application and interview required.
  • Garden Aid (Full Year): In the garden aid class, students take leadership roles in maintaining the garden throughout the school year.  Their class time includes planting, harvesting, and watering, along with planning for the next growing season and learning hands-on about the science and history of growing food.
  • Introduction to Band (Full Year): This is a beginning band course open to all students that are interested in learning a concert instrument. Instruments that students can choose from are: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and Baritone.  Students will learn fundamental skills necessary to play an instrument and instruction will focus on rhythmic and pitch accuracy and tone.
  • Spanish*, French*, or Latin* (Full Year): This rigorous course is an accelerated high school credit course in the Spanish, French or Latin language and culture. Emphasis is placed on listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading comprehension, and effective written communication at the beginning level. Students must receive a C or above in part I to be recommended for part II.
  • Engineering I* (Full Year): Does engineering interest you? Do you imagine yourself designing solutions to problems? Engineering may be a career for you! Engineering is a hands-on course in which students work together to explore the fascinating field of engineering!
  • Independent Living* (Full Year): This course allows students to explore strategies for living independently by focusing on relationships, applying financial literacy, and consumerism, managing resources in the areas of apparel, nutrition, and wellness and housing. They will develop leadership roles and plan for careers.
  • Art (Full Year): Students will use a variety of mediums in developing painting and sculpture skills. Students produce works that are developed from preliminary ideas and sketches. They compare and contrast art from different world cultures and investigate how content can influence meaning.
  • Art (Half Year)^: Through application, art history, art theory, and formal discussion, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the visual arts. The course will explore line, value, perspective, basic design, printing, sculpture, and color theory. Students will be responsible for creating, organizing, and maintaining a portfolio.
  • Family and Consumer Science (Half Year)^: The students will focus on career research and workplace readiness skills. Students will develop a basic understanding of money management skills and will enhance their knowledge of nutrition and wellness practices. Students will also practice the use of the sewing machine.
  • Foundations of Engineering (Half Year)^: Do you remember a world before cell phones, the internet, or computers? Inventions have significantly changed the way our society and the world work! Inventions and Innovations will let students explore inventions and solutions and how to turn ideas into life changing inventions.
  • Introduction to Guitar (Half Year)^: Beginning guitar gives students the opportunity to learn via collaboration with peers, to gain responsibility and self-discipline through musical expression in a group activity. This course will include the study of beginning guitar techniques such as basic scales, strumming patterns, arpeggios, use of a pick, and chord progression.
  • Introduction to Theater (Half Year)^: This course will help new artists as
    they take their first steps towards understanding the basics of theater: acting, direction, play writing, and stage creation.
  • Computer Science (Half Year)^: Students will  cover topics such as: programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data.  During this 18 week course students will be encouraged to learn by hands on experiences and collaboration with peers.
  • Early Morning PE (Full Year)^: Students who want to take an additional elective can sign up for early morning PE. The days this course meets is TBD but it will meet from 7:30-8:15 am. Students mustprovide their own transportation.

*= HS credit course
^= Must choose 2 semester courses

Buford International Night graphic

International Night to celebrate different cultures-Volunteers needed

Buford International Night graphicBuford’s annual International Night will be on February 21, 2019 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Buford cafeteria.

International Night is a popular school tradition that features International foods, exhibits, and performances. Come enjoy a fun evening and learn about different cultures from Buford students and families that have connections with other countries. Also, please bring a dish to share.

Volunteers are needed to help set up before the event, serve food samples, and clean up afterward. To sign up to help, use this link: www.tinyurl.com/2019BufordInternationalNight.

Students visit the Fralin Museum of Art at The University of Virginia for the Writers Eye program. Photo Credit: coe sweet photography

Two Buford students among Writer’s Eye contest winners

Buford student portrait
Ariela Milstein
Lowell Tolton

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia announced the winners of Writer’s Eye 2018, the Museum’s annual literary competition challenging

writers of all ages to create original works of poetry and prose inspired by art.

In the Poetry category, Buford student Ariela Milstein placed first for her original work, “A Broken Home,” and Lowell Tolton earned first place honorable mention for her poem, “Just Am.”

Nearly 2000 Charlottesville City School students in grades 3-8 visited the Fralin Museum of Art last fall to participate in the program. After an interactive tour, students were asked to use the art as inspiration for their writing.

“For many of our students, visiting an art museum is a new experience,” said Charlottesville City Schools Literacy Coordinator Jen Davis. “The Writer’s Eye program helps our students look at art through a detailed lens and produce creatively written pieces using the art as the springboard.”

Students visit Fralin Art Museum at UVA.
Students contemplate a multi-media painting at the Fralin Museum of Art.

While touring the museum, students viewed a special collection of 12 original works ranging from a 1910 Edward Henry Potthast oil painting, “The Balloon Vender,” to more contemporary pieces like Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s mixed-media work, “Home: As you See Me.”  Then the students wrote about their observations, emotions, and feelings invoked by the artwork, a concept known as ekphrasis.

Museum docents helped the young writers consider their own human experiences using prompts such as, “Does this painting remind you of a place you’ve been or an experience you’ve had?” and “Imagine a conversation between the figures in this painting—what are they talking about?”

Walker Upper Elementary teacher Jenifer Snyder visited the museum with students who are learning English as a second language. “It was amazing to see how these students were able to think deeply about small details in the artwork and then put their ideas down on paper.”

This year 4,406 individuals participated in the Writer’s Eye tours, and many others sought out the artwork on their own. Community and student docents gave 348 tours to students from 36 public schools and 19 independent schools in the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton, and Waynesboro, and nine surrounding counties: Albemarle, Augusta, Appomattox, Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock.

Contestants submitted 1,306 entries in four age-related categories: Grades 3–5, 6– 8, 9–12 and university/adult. Entries for the younger grades are judged by panels of local writers and teachers.

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on March 17 from 3-5 p.m. in UVA’s Newcomb Hall Ballroom, and their works will be published in a 27-page full color anthology, available to the public for free.

Academic advising season begins

CHS logoScheduling for next year is underway! Now is the time for students to weigh options and discuss their future course selections with their teachers, school counselors, and families.

Here is the latest message from CHS Principal Dr. Eric Irizarry.

For a complete overview of the course selection process, please view this video provided by the CHS school counseling team:

More information about the process and the Program of Studies is available here.

Additional information and scheduling help specific to Buford Middle School is available here.

Flyers advertising CATEC open houses In addition, Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) has a wide variety of career and technical course offerings. Two upcoming events where you can learn more:

  • CATEC Community Open House, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 5-7 p.m.
  • CATEC at Barnes and Noble, Friday, February 8, 2019 from 10-11:30 and 1:45-3pm.

 

Course Selection Timeline:

  • January 21: Teacher recommendations for core classes are posted to PowerSchool. Students can log in to their accounts to view recommendations. Parents can also log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to view recommendations and give input.
  • January 28-February 1: Student Curriculum Fair for students each day during lunch period. Students can learn more about course offerings and ask questions.
  • January 29: Community Curriculum Fair at CHS. Families are invited to learn more about course offerings and ask questions.
  • February 4-22: Freshman academic advising and one-on-one meetings with counselors
  • February 5-29: Junior academic advising and one-on-one meetings with counselors
  • February 13-17: Buford Middle School academic advising for rising freshmen
  • February 19-March 8: Sophomore academic advising and one-on-one meetings with counselors
  • March 27: Course selections completed and posted to student PowerSchool accounts. Parents can log in to Parent Portal to review and will receive printed copies of the schedules  in the CHS Quarter 3 mailing.

 

 

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Walker Stage Left Theatre presents “The Trial of Goldilocks”

ad for Stage Left Theatre play "The Trial of Goldilocks"Walker Stage Left Theatre students presented their latest play, “The Trial of Goldilocks,” on Friday, January 18, 2019 in the Walker School auditorium.

Beginning in fifth grade, students at Walker and Buford can perform with the after-school club Stage Left Theater, which offers two free, family-friendly performances each year to packed crowds.  Recent plays include Peter PanThe Wizard of OzBeauty and the Beast, and more.

Under the direction of Rod and Kristina Durrer, the Walker Upper Elementary School and Buford Middle School programs were combined in 2014 to bring the fine art of theatre to 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the Charlottesville City Schools.

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CHS earns triple gold in 2019 Advocacy in Action Awards

Advocacy in Action Award winner badgeThe Charlottesville High School music program is a triple-gold winner in the 2019 Music for All Advocacy in Action Awards for its 2018 music collaboration with students from Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Recognized for excellence in three categories, Community Service Project, Community Engagement, and Community Event, members of the CHS Orchestra and CHS Choir joined talents with the “Fab 5,” a student quintet from Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School in Nashville to perform Bebe Winans’ hit song, “Right Now (We Need One Another).”  The efforts were a direct response to the deadly events of August 11-12, 2017 in Charlottesville, VA.

Under the leadership of CHS Orchestra Director Laura Mulligan Thomas and CHS Choir Director Will Cooke, the students performed the song at a school-wide assembly at Charlottesville High School followed by various locations around the city, including the street where Heather Heyer lost her life. Video footage of the collaboration was shared with the community via social media and broadcasted on a jumbotron as part of the Concert for Charlottesville featuring headlining musicians such as Dave Matthews, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder. Held at University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium, the concert was attended by over 50,000 people and live-streamed on such platforms as Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and HuffPost.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our students’ efforts for community advocacy through music,” said Cooke. “The collaboration created immeasurable positive feeling and healing within our school communities, our local communities, and beyond—including a follow-up gathering to record a second song in support of the Parkland, Florida survivors.”

Charlottesville High School’s submission will be part of the Music for All Advocacy in Action website, which is a clearinghouse of practical advocacy examples that can be adapted and replicated by programs nationwide. To read more about the project and see the video, visit https://advocacy.musicforall.org/submission/right-now-we-need-one-another-event/.

CHS musicians on stage holding hands wearing "Cville" tshirts “Building bridges between schools and communities starts with identifying what we already share,” said Thomas. “Students in a Virginia choir and orchestra were eager to collaborate with students in a Tennessee choir because we all speak the same musical language; we share the culture of rehearsals, practice, and performance. The students in Nashville recorded a video for us, we responded with an invitation, and the resulting collaboration was awe-inspiring for our students, teachers, and community!”

For more information about Music for All, please visit www.musicforall.org.

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Students brainstorming with teacher during participatory budgeting exercise.

Participatory Budgeting program concludes with $6,000 award

Students raising hands during participatory budgeting discussionTo conclude a semester-long participatory budgeting project, sixth grade students at Walker Upper Elementary School  hosted a showcase Wednesday, January 16, 2019 . to present a variety of student proposals for school improvements.

Visitors, along with students and school staff, voted for their favorite project, and the winning proposal was awarded a $6000 donation to help fund the project by the CFA Institute.

A proposal to organize student basketball and soccer tournaments and award prizes received the most votes. See the proposal here:

Basketball and Soccer Tournaments Proposal

“CFA Institute is excited to support the Participatory Budgeting Project to help students discover how finance can transform lives and communities” said Kelli E. Palmer, director of corporate citizenship for CFA Institute.

Participatory budgeting, a process that has gained national and local attention, engages members of a community to deliberate and make decisions on how to use resources. The entire sixth-grade class began this project in the fall with the prompt, “How might we improve the school experience at Walker?”

Students discussiong participatory budgeting ideas during brainstorming session.“What I love most about this project is that it is an activity that includes everyone,” said Principal Adam Hastings. “Oftentimes, special projects such as this are only accessible to a handful of students, but in this case, we wanted every student to have a voice.”

Serena Gruia, Walker School parent and founder of Creative Might design studio, developed the Participatory Budgeting Program (#PBatWalker) and, along with social studies teachers and volunteers, led students through a series of collaborative efforts using the framework, “Discover, Dream, Decide, Design, Do.”

“The intention behind this project is to build community, demonstrate the need for and power of student agency, and create a space for students to make a valuable impact on their environment,” said Gruia.

Proposed school improvements included a school garden, upgraded bathrooms, and offering athletic tournaments. To see student-produced videos of all 15 proposals and learn more about #PBatWalker,  visit www.PBatWalker.com.

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