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Freshman Orientation-Welcome 9th Grade Students!

Welcome to our 9th-grade Black Knights! Link CrewNinth-graders: Come meet new classmates, get your schedules, and tour CHS!

Date: August 20, 2018

Time: Orientation begins promptly at 9am and will finish at 1:30pm.

What: This is a required — but fun — program for all incoming freshmen. Students will receive their schedules, tour the school, and meet with their upperclassmen mentors, Link Crew Leaders. Lunch is provided.

Transportation: School buses will be running their regular fall routes to transport students to the building. Buses will drop students off at the MLK Performing Arts Center entrance. Buses will transport students back home at the conclusion of the orientation program at 1:30pm. Students are encouraged to ride the bus, but parents may provide transportation.

Information: Information on bus routes and pick-up times can be found below.

2018-19 Bus Routes

Note for parents: If you are going to provide transportation for your child, please understand the orientation program is for students only. There are no accommodations available for parents while their children are in the orientation program. It is strongly recommended that you simply drop off and pick up later.

Picture of Elizabeth Korab, April Douglas, and Vee Parrish.

BME staff “Stepping Out” in neighborhoods near you!

BME administrative team, left to right: Assistant Principal April Douglas, Principal Dr. Elizabeth Korab, Administrative Technician Vivelar Parrish.

The Burnley-Moran staff is coming to your neighborhood to say “Hi!” Come out to these locations on Friday, August 17, 2018 to meet the bus and staff. Hope to see you there!

Stepping Out Schedule for August 17, 2018:

  • 1:10-1:25 Meet and Greet at Westhaven
  • 1:35-1:50 Meet and Greet at First Baptist Church
  • 1:55-2:10 Meet and Greet at Northeast Park
  • 2:15-2:30 Meet and Greet at Smith St. at Martin St.
  • 2:35-2:50 Meet and Greet at Christ Community Church
  • 2:55-3:10 Meet and Greet at Burnley-Moran Car Rider Parking Lot (top of Riverdale Dr.)

Rick Wellbeloved-Stone

Modified from messages sent to current Charlottesville High School families and staff. If you wish to receive copies of any future messages related to this matter, please sign up here.

Dear Charlottesville High School community—

Rick Wellbeloved-Stone, a former CHS environmental sciences teacher, was sentenced on July 30, 2018 for the production of child pornography. One part of the evidence at the sentencing hearing included photographs taken at CHS during the time frame of 2012-2014. These photographs appear to have been made in his classroom during the school day without students’ knowledge. The police have worked to notify impacted families when possible.

Law enforcement has maintained a 24/7 tipline in case anyone has information relating to this matter. The number is 866-347-2423. Any former students who have information to share or who are concerned that they might have been photographed can contact this number.

The Charlottesville City Schools staff has cooperated fully with law enforcement. We are sorry that this violation of trust occurred in our school, and we are also sorry to relay unsettling news. But we want to give you the facts that are now available as part of our ongoing commitment to being honest and supportive of our community and families. Thank you.

For questions that are not related to the investigation, contact:

Beth Cheuk
cheukb1 at

El regreso a la escuela 2018

feature image of kids and busLe enviaremos por correo cartas con información de regreso a la escuela. Las letras en inglés contienen información personalizada para su familia. Si necesita una traducción al español de la carta, consulte estas cartas:

Para leer este sitio web en español, indica “Translate” (traducir) en la parte por encima de la página y escoja Spanish.

Más información de regreso a la escuela en este sitio web


Horario regular de las escuelas:

escuela primaria:  8:00am to 2:30pm
Buford and Walker: 8:30am to 3:15pm
CHS: 9:05am to 3:50pm (con un inicio retrasado de una hora el segundo jueves de algunos meses)


Si tiene preguntas acerca de las escuelas de Charlottesville, llame a nuestra línea telefónica en español al 434-245-2548. Un profesor de español le devolverá la llamada.

First Page of the Letter in English

(Use the “Translate” button to translate the letter into many languages)


1. Log into PowerSchool
PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected. In August, log in to complete back-to-school forms and learn teacher assignments (see
below). Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account.

See the back of this sheet for instructions & personalized access codes. Call your school or 245-2943 for help.

A link to PowerSchool can be found on the “Parent” menu at the bottom of every page of this web site.

2. Complete Back-to-School Forms Online
To complete your back-to-school forms, log into PowerSchool and click on “Re-Registration” at left. Simply edit previous info and answer the remaining questions. After you finish your first child, the program can “snap” updates into other children’s forms.

For kindergartners and new students, these forms are not required.

3. See Teacher Assignments or Student Schedules

The earliest way to learn your student’s schedule and teacher assignment is to check PowerSchool.

Your school will let you know when your schedule/teacher assignment has been posted in PowerSchool.


Free/Reduced Lunch
You’ll receive an 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
Balances are posted in PowerSchool. Families will receive alerts if their meal
balance falls below -$10. You can set other alerts or pay online at “My Payments Plus.” (Online payments charge a service fee of about 4 percent.) Learn more at

Calls/Emails/Text Messages
Choose whether to receive calls, emails, or texts from the schools. Log into PowerSchool and click on School Messenger at the left. Then hover over your user name in top right
corner and select “Preferences.” Edit your settings and click “Save” at bottom. Don’t see an option for text messaging? Select the correct telephone number and add texting for at least one type of message.

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

Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube
Follow us at @CvilleSchools! Many schools have accounts, as well.

CHS Chromebook Distribution

Welcome back — the start of school is almost here!

lenovo-thinkpad-chromebook-laptop-6806-010Get Your Chromebooks

Charlottesville High School students are assigned a Chromebook (computer) and charger for the school year.

Chromebooks will be distributed the week of August 6 according to the following schedule (please take advantage of these dates and times to avoid long lines):

  • Monday, 8/6, 2-6pm: Freshmen
  • Tuesday, 8/7, 2-6pm: Sophomores
  • Wednesday, 8/8, 2-6pm: Juniors
  • Thursday, 8/9, 10am-6pm:  Seniors & make-up time for other classes
  • Friday, 8/10: CHS closed.

The final opportunity to pick up a Chromebook before school starts will be at the Open House on Monday, August 20.

TIP: Use your child’s Chromebook to log into PowerSchool and easily complete your back-to-school forms with InfoSnap! Information about creating a PowerSchool account will be mailed to your home in August. 

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Back-to-School Information

feature image of kids and busWe look forward to welcoming our students back on August 22, 2018 for the first day of school. See below for important dates such as back-to-school open houses, and school supplies lists.

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Back-to-School Information:


Regular School Hours:

Elementary: 8:00am to 2:30pm
Buford and Walker: 8:30am to 3:15pm
CHS: 9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on the 2nd Thursday of some months)

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Summer Awards and Special Recognitions

School may be out for the summer, but many of our students are busy at work making presentations at conferences and receiving awards and opportunities at the state and national level.

Cole Fairchild hallway picture
Cole Fairchild; Photo: Eze Amos

CHS student Cole Fairchild and engineering teacher Matt Shields were selected as part of the 2018 cohort of Bezos Scholars and recently attended an all-expenses paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Each year, the Bezos Family Foundation selects rising public high school seniors who apply with an educator partner to the year-long leadership development program.  After attending the festival, scholars return home to organize their own community change projects, known as Local Ideas Festivals (LIFs). We can’t wait to see what Cole and Mr. Shields have planned.

Zyahna Bryant; Photo: Matt Eich
Zyahna Bryant; Photo: Matt Eich

Meanwhile, CHS student Zyahna Bryant is preparing to accept multiple awards for her student leadership on social justice issues.  In September, Zyahna will travel to Connecticut to accept the 2018 Harriet Beecher Stowe Foundation Student Stowe Prize and $1,000 for her essay on social justice. In October, she will accept the 2018 Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement. In addition, this spring she was the recipient of the 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations for her advocacy work at CHS and recently attended a two-day conference at Princeton that included presentations, celebrations, and a $1,000 prize.

2018 VA Governor's School attendees
2018 VA Governor’s School attendees

In addition, the following CHS students are attending the 2018 Summer Virginia Governor’s School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts: Rachel E. Beling-Humanities, Talia Marshall-Humanities, Alyce Yang-Humanities, Davida Rimm-Kaufman-Agriculture, Adria Cafferillo-Instrumental Music (Flute), Sahara Clemons-Visual Arts, Sophia Greenhoe-Dance, Linnea Schenck-VA Governor’s Foreign Language Academies (French). Congratulations on earning this distinguished opportunity!

Jack Timmins and Adela Cervantes have been selected to present at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in San Francisco this summer.
Jack Timmins and Adela Cervantes will present at the 2018 International Space Station Research and Development Conference.

Jack Timmins and Adela Cervantes have been selected to present at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in San Francisco this summer. Way to go, Jack and Adela!



Buford engineers presenting work at STEM conference
Buford middle school students presenting at the National Museum of American History

And lastly, a group of Buford Middle School engineering students have been conference-hopping this summer, presenting their work with the Smithsonian Invention Kits at national conventions in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. The students have been sharing their projects, challenging audiences to make speakers out of every day items, and leading workshops to teach the teachers about using the invention kits in their own labs.


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CHS Fall 2018 Information

CHS Black Knights logoThe first day of school is Wednesday, August 22. See below for new school counselor assignments, bus routes, supplies list, and other important back-to-school information.

School Day Hours:

  •  9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on the 2nd Thursday of some months)

Open House Information:

Save-the-Dates for Rising 9th-Graders:

  • August 20,  9th Grade Orientation (LINK Crew), 9am -1:30pm
  • August 20, Open House, 5-7pm
  • August 22, 1st day of school, 9:05am

School Supplies List:

Summer Reading List:

Chromebook Distribution Information

Bus Routes:

School Counseling:

  • Please visit our CHS Counseling website for important dates,  career and college preparation information, and more!
  • College Counselor Assignments have changed for 2018-19 school year. Our caseloads are determined by our students’ last names and if they are part of the ESL program. Please see the distribution below to know which counselor to contact.

    College Counselor Assignments

    Kerry Avakian
    (434) 245-2684Cr-Hi:
    David Wilkerson
    (434) 245-2689Ho-M:
    Brianna Hill
    (434) 245-2687

    Melanie Key
    (434) 245-2686

    Department Chair & T-Wa:
    Sarah Elaine Hart
    (434) 245-2688

    We-Z & ESL:
    Lisa Morales
    (434) 245-2685

    Office hours for school counselors are 8:30-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Please contact your student’s counselor if you would like to request an appointment.

Fall Sports Information:

  • Visit to follow CHS sports and activities, including try-out info and parent meetings.

Senior Portrait Information:

  • Senior Picture Day: August 9, 2018, 9am-4pm, CHS small gym – View slots here
  • Senior Make-Up: September 12, 2018, 9am-pm, CHS small gym – View slots here
  • See a FAQ about senior portraits below.
  • For questions regarding price, packages or setup, contact Lifetouch for more info at 540-562-3107 or 800-366-0639.

Senior Portrait FAQ


Senior Portraits —

Q: Where do I view my photo slot?
A: Visit (link coming soon)

Q: What if the time doesn’t work for me?
A: Contact Ms. Dianne Ewing at

Q: What if I miss my time slot?
A: If you can come to the MLKPAC before 3:30pm on Senior Picture Day, come on out.  Otherwise do make ups.

Q. Where do I take my photo?
A: Go to the PAC, and they will direct you from there.

Q: What should I wear?
A. Wear an undershirt and bring several of your favorite outfits.

Q: Should I take a photo?
A: Yes, it gets you a Senior id, you may want to use the formal shot to send out to relatives, and it’s the first check on your name and image for the yearbook.  You can still submit a private photo as well.

Q: What if I want to submit a personal photo?
A: First, take your photo with Lifetouch on Senior Picture Day in the PAC and then do your private setting.  Submit the private one by October 1st to Ms. Ewing at  Make sure it’s a high-resolution photo (300 DPI) and rename it with your first and last name.  Place your name in the subject along with the words “Senior Photo.”  Example: Barney Rubble Senior Photo.

9th-11th Grade Portrait Information:

  • Non-Senior Picture Day: September 18-19, 9am-4pm, MLK PAC or CHS small gym
  • Non-Senior Picture Make-Up Day: October 17, 9am-4pm, MLK PAC or CHS small gym

Staff Portrait Information:

  • Staff Picture Day: August 17, 2018
    • Individual portraits: 12-4pm
    • Staff group photo: 11:45am

For a downloadable PDF of the CHS Summer Events calendar (July-August), click here.


Johnson teacher sitting with student.

Open House Schedules

Johnson teacher sitting with student.

Come meet your teachers and see your classrooms! Open houses this year will be on Monday, August 20, 2018. School starts on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Wednesday, August 15

CATEC Open House is Wednesday, August 15, from 5-7pm

Monday, August 20

  • CHS Freshman Orientation: 9am-1:30pm
  • Elementary Schools: 1–3pm
  • Walker Upper Elementary: 3-5pm
  • Buford Middle School: 4-6pm
  • CHS 5-7pm

Wednesday, August 22

First day of school. See school hours below.

  • Elementary: 8:00am to 2:30pm
  • Buford and Walker: 8:30am to 3:15pm
  • CHS: 9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on the 2nd Thursday of some months)

Need a school supply list? Click here.

Need a summer reading list? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

For CHS fall information (including senior portraits), click here.

For information about required vaccinations, click here.