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What’s Happening at Charlottesville High School

  • Orchestra students learn from visiting singer/cellist

    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 ...

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    CHS hosts Cavalcade marching band competition

    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. As host, the CHS Band did not compete, however, they performed their “Starry Nights” exhibition.  The performance featured evening sky-themed music (think “Moonlight ...

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  • Secretary Qarni receives tshirt from two Venable students

    VA Sec. of Ed visits as division celebrates VA Farm to School, Healthy Schools Week, and Buford Fall Harvest Festival

    Charlottesville City Schools, in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, celebrated a week of garden activities, visits from farm animals, and made-from-scratch lunches made with local ingredients provided by area farmers through Local Food Hub. During Charlottesville Healthy Schools Week and VA Farm to School Week students sampled a variety of healthy foods including farmer’s market salsa and vegetable soup while also taste-testing local goat cheese, pears, and apples. On Thursday, Charlottesville City Schools hosted special guest Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni at Venable School. Secretary Qarni and members  of his staff joined students for lunch, visited the garden to see goats ...

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    Graduation Rates Rise; Community Forum on Equity Scheduled for 10/23

    Continuing a pattern of growth, the Charlottesville High School on-time graduation rate rose to 92.6 percent for the class of 2018, which exceeds the state’s overall rate. The drop-out rate fell to 4.8 percent, also superior to the state’s rate. The on-time graduation rate also rose for African-American students in Charlottesville, hitting 88.3 percent. Since 2006, this rate for Charlottesville’s black students has risen almost 25 points. “We are so proud of our students and the staff who support them. The growth in our black students’ graduation rates in the last twelve years is tremendous,” noted Dr. Rosa Atkins, superintendent. “Even so, ...

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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…                          

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    Charlottesville Schools Ranked #6 in Virginia

    The 2019 Niche.com K-12 rankings are out, and Charlottesville City Schools earned an A+ , placing #6 overall among Virginia school districts and landing in the top 3% in the nation. Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents. Additional recognition for CCS from a variety of Niche categories include: #2 of 133 – Most Diverse School Divisions #3 of 132 – Best Places to Teach in Virginia #6 of 132 – Districts with the Best Teachers in Virginia.  A+ ranking in College Prep and Diversity categories and A in Academics and Teachers. We’re proud of the good ...

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    Back-to-School Nights

    After a great start to the school year, attend a Back-to-School Night to check in with teachers and get a better sense of what’s coming up! As Yom Kippur approaches, we note that we accidentally scheduled some back-to-school nights on 9/18. We apologize & will develop better systems to prevent a recurrence. If you can’t attend but want to meet with your teacher or get school updates, please contact your school. Burnley-Moran:  Tuesday, September 18, 5:30-7pm Clark: Tuesday, September 18, 5:30-7pm Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 18, 6-7:30pm Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 18, 6-7:30pm Johnson: Tuesday, September 18, 6-7:30pm Venable:  Thursday, September 20, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Pot Luck to follow) Walker: Tuesday, September 11, 6-8pm CHS: Monday, ...

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    Help Nights for Back-to-School Forms

    Having trouble creating your PowerSchool account? Need to add a child to the account? Want a hand finishing up your back-to-school forms? Working on your free/reduced lunch application? Call or stop by during our Help Nights on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 4-5.  All Charlottesville families are welcome to attend either event. iSe habla español! On Tuesday, 9/4, from 5-7pm, we’ll be at Clark School (1000 Belmont Avenue). On Wednesday, 9/5, from 5-7pm, we’ll be at CHS (1400 Melbourne Rd). Just need a student ID or a password reset? For student IDs, you can call your school. For password resets or other questions, call either 245-2943 ...

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    CHS Fall 2018 Information

    The 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: The CHS open house is Monday, August 20 from 5-7pm. Virtual education orientation is August 20, beginning at 1:30pm. Click here for important information about requirements and session schedule. CATEC orientation is  Wednesday, August 15, from 5-7pm. 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: 2018-19 CHS School Supplies List ...

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    Congratulations, Class of 2018!

    Members of the Charlottesville High School Class of 2018 received their diplomas at graduation exercises on June 7, 2018 in John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.  A recording of the live event can be seen at http://bit.ly/2018CHSGraduation. Congratulations, Class of 2018 CHS Black Knights!

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