CHS BACON competition

CHS Highlights, February 2016

CHS SARA Poster March 2016_WebThe Scholastic Bowl team at CHS won every single game in the district competition and qualified for regionals. Team members are Anna Davis, Santiago Padron, Sam Rimm-Kaufman, Matthew Robinson, Noah Robinson, Luca Sun, and Jonah Weissman. In addition, the team qualified for nationals in the 3-2-1 online quiz competition.

CHS will host a community-wide parenting forum (“Engaging the Instagram Generation”) on 3/23 at 7pm in the MLKPAC.  The (rescheduled) event will feature community experts and a student panel for discussion on issues such as  communication, substance abuse, and sexual harassment.

Because of the division-wide 2-hour delay on 3/1, CHS will NOT have its monthly 1-hour delay in March (previously scheduled for 3/10.)

Marcos-Science-Olmypiad-by2Another weekend, another CHS BACON competition…. The CHS science club (Best All-around Club of Nerds) has been busy. In January, Winter Storm Jonas snowed the students out of the Zero Robotics global finals at MIT, so they camped out at the school’s Sigma Lab and attended virtually as their code controlled a satellite on the International Space Station. They also competed at the Jefferson Lab’s Science Bowl in Norfolk and qualified for the VirginiaFIRST robotics state championship. Finally, they organized and fielded two teams in the regional Science Olympiad, held for a third year at CHS. Junior Ellie Bright served as tournament director, leading a team of students to organize the regional event that attracted 1000 people from across the state for hands-on science competitions. In addition to the two CHS teams, Buford’s BACON Bits club competed for the first time.

All the arts, all in one night…. On February 10, CHS held its annual celebration of the arts, featuring the CHS band, choir, orchestra, jazz band, visual artists, and a sneak peek of Aida, the school’s spring musical (running 3/17-20).


IMG_1071edEnglish 10 (honors and unleveled) students are completing research projects that use international folk tales as a lens into world cultures. In unleveled classes, individual students choose whether to earn “academic” or “honors”-level credits. An honors credit requires additional assignments and other elements that increase the level of challenge.

choir-all-state2Thirteen students represented CHS in this year’s All-District Choir, and congrats to Nathanael Hartke and Charlie Manning, who earned places in this year’s All-Virginia Choir! In addition, Adam Olszewski was named an alternate.

Local author Chris Barcomb visited AVID and creative writing classes to speak about his experiences as an author, a retired policeman, and a person who has thrived despite challenges.

scrimmageplay-girls-BBIt was another successful basketball season for the boys and girls.  After winning the Jefferson District regular season (13-1) and tournament titles, the girls placed 2nd in Conference 23 and qualified for regionals.  ScrimmagePlay magazine ran a nice feature on junior leaders Destinee McDonald & Alajiah Ragland.  After a strong regular season, the boys qualified for the conference semi-finals.

The CHS String Ensemble performed Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at the Paramount Theater in January, featuring Mary Stelow and Micah Hunter-Chang as soloists.

Lugo-McGinness Academy, the CCS alternative education center, hosted a very successful midday roundtable and luncheon with local civil rights trailblazers in honor of Black History Month.


maker-Monday2CHS librarian Kelly Kroese is hosting “Maker Mondays” during lunch, offering students creative opportunities that range from origami to music composition apps.

To help freshmen make the transition to high school, this year, a group of 42 CHS student mentors have been collaborating on lessons and activities to present to freshmen during Black Knight Time.
In honor of Chinese New Year, Chinese and nutrition classes collaborated to make dumplings, sharing both knowledge and tasty food.

Six CHS students qualified for the state finals in track, and 13 qualified for regionals! In the Conference 23 finals, Susannah Birle (55m) and Tariq Carrington (55m and long jump) placed 1st.  At regionals, Carrington placed 1st in 55 m and long jump, as well as 3rd in high jump. Jaron White set the CHS record in 300 m, and the boys’ 4×200 relay tean of Carrington, White, Thomas Birle, and Hussein Osman placed 1st, breaking the CHS & meet record. Osman also qualified for states in 500 m, as did Emonta Burnley (triple jump) & Susannah Birle (55 m). Good luck at states!

At the state swimming meet, Zachary Greenhoe placed third in the 200 freestyle  while the boys placed 14th. Congratulations!

Congratulations to our staff members:

  • Liz Petry of CHS recently attended the 2016 Space Exploration Educators Conference, meeting and learning from astronauts, NASA scientists, astrophysicists, and more. She runs the NASA Club at CHS.
  • In April, Chinese teacher Daniel Stolkowski will present at the National Chinese Language Conference to an international audience.

finalposterUpcoming events include:

  • March 1, 2-Hour Delay at All Schools (due to presidential primary elections)
  • March 3, School Board Meeting, CHS Media Center, 5pm
  • March 14-23 (except weekends), ArtConnections Division-Wide Exhibition at CHS Small Gym
  • Mary 15-May 9, CCS Faculty Art Exhibition at MLKPAC lobby
  • March 17-20, Theater CHS presents Aida
  • March 19: Saturday Celebrations Family Event at ArtConnections, 10am-2pm
  • March 21: Registration opens for Camp ExL (the summer CLASS camps)
  • March 23: Open House with Musical Entertainment at ArtConnections, 4-8pm
  • March 25: End of 3rd quarter
  • March 30: All-City Choral Festival, 7pm, MLKPAC 
  • April 1: Snow Make-Up day

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