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What’s Happening at Charlottesville High School

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    CHS to host Starry Knight with Astronomical Society

    Join us for an evening of celestial wonder at the CHS Starry Knight telescope star party on Friday, November 15 from 7-8:30 p.m at the Curtis Elder Track and Field Complex at CHS. In partnership with the Charlottesville Astronomical Society, the CHS iSTEM team will share information about the wonders of space while participants engage in a variety of activities including stargazing through telescopes and making your own night-vision flashlights. This event is free and open to all Charlottesville City Schools families.

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    CHS receives Blue Star School Award for financial literacy among students

    For the fifth time, CHS students have earned the W!SE Financial Literacy Blue Star School Award by demonstrating financial literacy on a national, standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test. Additionally, three CHS teachers were recognized by W!se as Gold Star Teachers for achieving a 93% pass rate or higher in 2018-19–Hank Sohn, Yumeca Webb-Jordan, and former CHS teacher Meagan Maynard. The W!se program aims to to help high school students graduate as financially capable young adults by providing high school programming that provides students with vital knowledge about personal finance. To earn this coveted award, a school must have achieved an 80% passing rate on the ...

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    Knightly News now available

    For the latest news about what’s happening in Black Knight Nation, student opportunities and programs, fall calendar, and more, see Dr. Irizarry’s latest principal’s newsletter, Knightly News, here: https://mailchi.mp/6421292b58c7/newsletter.

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    Charlottesville High School on-time graduation rate hits all-time high of 95.7 percent

    Charlottesville High School’s on-time graduation rate rose again to 95.7 percent, continuing a rising trend that exceeds the state rate, yields one of the highest rates among Virginia cities, and sets a new school standard. “We are so proud of our students and staff,” notes Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins. “This is no small accomplishment. It really demonstrates the value of creating systems of supports in our schools so that we are meeting students’ individual needs so that they can succeed.” The school’s rate surpasses the state’s average of 91.5 percent and tops the state’s averages in most groups, including for black students. ...

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    CHS Choirs hold benefit concert and silent auction for Ocracoke School hurricane relief

    The choirs of Charlottesville High School presented a benefit concert earlier this week, along with a silent auction to benefit the Ocracoke School of Hyde County, NC. A small public school located on Ocracoke Island, NC, a remote barrier island in the Outer Banks, the Ocracoke School serves grades preK-12 and has been closed since Hurricane Dorian struck the area in early September. “We feel an obligation to help others, whenever and however we can,” said CHS Choir Director Will Cooke. “The island of Ocracoke was devastated, and we have an opportunity to use our time and talents to make a difference ...

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    $5,000 college scholarship opportunity available for seniors who join Gear Up

    Attention Seniors: Need money for college? If so, you could be eligible for up to $5,000. Don’t miss this first-come, first-served opportunity! Details: All CHS Seniors who were not part of our initial Gear Up cohort now have the opportunity to join! The Virginia Gear Up grant has opened up a limited number of additional spaces in the 2020 cohort, available on a first come, first served basis. CHS seniors who are not currently part of the Gear Up cohort can join by filling out the student information release form. All Gear Up students can receive a scholarship of up to $5000 for ...

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    CHS selects 2019-20 student School Board reps

    Congratulations to our 2019-20 student School Board representatives: Adrian Anderson, Tiara Strait, Ashlyn Cherrix, and alternate Eliana Goluboff-Schragger.  Dr. Kendra King, Director of Student Services and Achievement, and Dr. Eric Irizarry, CHS Principal, introduced the students to the School Board in September, and the three will each serve one trimester. A member of the varsity lacrosse team, senior Adrian Anderson is also involved in the Black Student Union, the Latin Club, and is interested in Engineering, currently enrolled in the Engineering 4 class. A National Honor Society inductee, senior Tiara Strait spends her free time working and volunteering in the community. She is a ...

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  • CHSO Strings Ensemble performs on Downtown Mall

    The Charlottesville High School Orchestra String Ensemble presented a short public performance at Central Place on the Downtown Mall on Wednesday, September 25 at 12:30 p.m. to kick-off fundraising efforts for a trip to Europe next year. Led by CHSO orchestra director Laura Thomas, the CHSO String Ensemble has been invited to participate in the 2020 Lisbon International Youth Music Festival. The festival features more than 30 concerts in the best halls and open-air venues in Portugal and celebrates youth orchestras, choirs, symphonic bands and ensembles from all over the world. For more information, visit www.chsorchestra.org. Related coverage: “CHS Orchestra Performs on Downtown Mall, Hopes ...

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    Secretary Qarni visits CHS to talk mental wellness

    Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visited Charlottesville High School for a round table discussion with students and staff to learn more about the variety of mental wellness initiatives at CHS. Recognized as a leader in using a multi-strand approach to mental wellness, social-emotional learning, and intentional community building, Charlottesville City Schools has implemented a wide range of student-led inititatives, particularly at the high school. CHS students shared some of these efforts with Secretary Qarni, including the Teen Mental Health First Aid program, the Green Dot bystander training program, the Link Crew freshman mentoring program, CHS’s calming space, and partnerships with Region Ten ...

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    Photo and Yearbook Information

    It’s time to order your yearbook and get your photos or senior portraits made. You can order your yearbook or place a senior ad with a special message and photos here. See details below. Senior ads: Want to say something special to your senior that they will have forever? Buy an ad space to share your message and pictures on balfour.com. These can be baby photos, senior photos, and any photos in between. Go beyond words with this sweet “goodbye and good luck” message! Outside Photographers for senior pictures: If using an outside photographer, senior pictures are due November 15. Submit the original JPEG by email to ...

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