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What’s Happening at Charlottesville High School

  • Yearbook order deadline extended to 2/14

    The Chain yearbook staff would like to remind all CHS Black Knights that the deadline to order 2019-20 yearbooks is February 14. Books must be pre-ordered; there will not be extra copies available for purchase in the spring. More information on ordering a yearbook and purchasing a senior ad can be found here. 

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  • Female students present poster to judge.

    UVA-CHS collaborate on annual student research symposium

    In its sixth year, the UVA Research Symposium at Charlottesville High School featured a variety of student team research projects from Ms. Ray’s Biology II class. Top honors went to the project “Rabies in Humans” by senior Thurston Whitlow and junior Ella Harriman. “It was very interesting learning about research while raising awareness about this disease and exploring real world and real problems,” said Whitlow. Each year, students are paired with UVA  physicians, librarians, and scientists from the UVA School of Medicine and visit the campus library. UVA School of Medicine Laboratory Specialist Brandon Kemp said, “The first thing I like to do is ...

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  • CHS boys hoops wins Holiday Classic

    The Charlottesville High School Boys Basketball team beat Albemarle High  School 61-56 to claim the Daily Progress Holiday Championship trophy! Jake Bowling and Zymir Faulkner both earned all tournament honors and Faulkner was the tournament MVP.  Isaiah Washington, Nic Motley, and Christian Stewart all had strong performances over the weekend to propel the Black Knights to the championship. Courtesy Rodney Redd, GoCville.org See media coverage of game here. For more on CHS winter sports and game schedules, visit gocville.com.

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  • CHS students in Richmond to see unveiling of Kehinde Wiley statue.

    Students attend “Rumors of War” unveiling at the VMFA

    Charlottesville High School art students and teachers traveled to the Virginia Fine Arts Museum in Richmond, VA to witness the much-anticipated unveiling of the sculpture, “Rumors of War,” created by American artist Kehinde Wiley. According to a media release by the Virginia Fine Arts Museum, “Rumors of War” expands Wiley’s well-known efforts to use art to include more black and brown men and women in visual, historical, and cultural narratives. The statue, inspired by traditional portrayals of white subjects in equestrian portraiture and monuments, depicts a young African American rider in urban street clothes striking a heroic pose on a muscular ...

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  • Y Street youth volunteers at CHS

    “Rev your Bev” campaign encourages better hydration

    Y Street, the award winning volunteer group of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, recently sponsored “Rev Your Bev Day” at more than 700 schools across the state, including Charlottesville High School. About 10 CHS Y Street Youth hosted a hydration station during lunches where students could learn more about the benefits of drinking water rather than sugary soft drinks, take a survey and then taste-test waters flavored with fruit and other natural ingredients. The first choice, “Orange Crush,” was a blend of water, sliced oranges and vanilla extract, while the second option, “Lemon Rasberry,” blended lemon slices, whole rasperries, and ...

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  • CHS orchestra director elected new VBODA president

    For the first time, an orchestra director will lead the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA), and it is our very own CHS orchestra teacher, Ms. Laura Mulligan Thomas!  This will be the third time a female has been elected president of the VBODA, an organization of high school, middle school, and elementary school band and orchestra directors within the Commonwealth of Virginia, whose mission is to help promote opportunities of music education to K-12 students.  The primary arbiter for various band and orchestra events throughout the state, the VBODA organizes many competitions and provides outstanding individual student musicians opportunities to ...

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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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  • group photo of Dr. Irizarry, Dr. Atkins, and students with VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni.

    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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  • Two AVID CHS graduates

    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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