What’s Happening at Clark

What’s Happening at Clark Elementary School

  • Student and teacher high-five after successfully completing a coding challenge.

    First-graders learn computer coding during “Hour of Code”

    When our Clark Bees visited the library this week for specials, not only did they choose a book to check out, but they learned how to create some basic computer coding using their Chromebooks. “We are all computer programmers today,” said librarian Mary Craig as she explained the lesson to her first grade students.  “We are not playing the games today. We are learning how to make them!” See photo gallery here. In conjunction with Virginia Computer Science Education Week, teachers across the Charlottesville City Schools division have been participating in “Hour of Code,” a national effort to emphasize computer science in ...

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  • UVA student plays game with Clark kindergartener.

    Clark, Walker students “kid-test” UVA Engineers’ designs

    Kindergarteners and fourth graders from Clark Elementary visited the engineering design lab in UVA’s Rice Hall to put UVA’s first-year engineering students’ designs to the test. UVA Professor Reid Bailey tasked his students with designing educational games and devices that would teach children about science, technology, engineering, and math.  The designs ranged from a marble railway counting game to a JENGA-like game to learn fractions. One of the crowd favorites was a cornhole-like game based on the popular game “Minecraft” where participants earned cannonballs (black hacky sacks) to knock down castles by answering math questions.  See photo gallery here. Meanwhile other UVA ...

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    News and Highlights December 2018

    A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins and the Charlottesville School Board    Dear community members— Thanks to so many of you who have shared your voice and time with us during our conversations about equity at Charlottesville City Schools. At our second forum this past week, we reflected back some of the action items that have arisen so far from parents, staff, students, and community members. Participants voted on their top-priority action items. In addition, we invited participants to add any ideas that were missing from our summaries. We are still listening. We need to hear from as many voices as possible. You ...

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  • November is Family Engagement Month

    November is National Family Engagement month, and we want you to know how much we value our partnership with families. See why student-family-school partnerships are so important to a child’s success in this video interview with Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins and PreK-2nd grade Family Engagement Facilitator Velvet Coleman. For more tips and resources, visit our Family Engagement web page here.

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    Highlights and News November 2018

    A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins Dear families – As we look ahead to our second Community Forum on Equity on November 27 at 7:30 p.m. at CHS, I wanted to give you a few updates. Thanks to all of you who came to our first forum in October. With more than 400 community members, employees, and students present, along with many following along on Facebook, we were able to hear valuable feedback on issues of equity and achievement in our schools. We also gathered hundreds of responses from our online surveys and have made that data available to you at www.charlottesvilleschools.org/NYT. ...

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    CCS librarians November newsletter now available

    The November 2018 edition of the CCS elementary librarians newsletter is now available. “It’s Elementary, My Dear” provides up-to-date information about all the great things happening in our six school libraries. This month, read about the division-wide as well as world-wide Read for the Record event. Read it here!

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    Math learning sessions offer resources for Clark parents

    Our parents and staff of Boys & Girls Club Cherry Ave. spent a recent morning learning about multiplication with arrays and the box method from our math specialist, Mr. Spencer. We enjoyed some breakfast goodies while we learned about what our students are learning. Our next parent learning session is Nov. 20th. This is a great opportunity to get some resources before the Thanksgiving break!

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    A neighborhood tradition: Buzz by Belmont 5K Fun Run and Kids Dash

    Our annual Buzz by Belmont 5K Fun Run was a wonderful event that brought family and friends from our neighborhood out on a beautiful fall morning. Walkers, runners, and strollers participated in this family-friendly celebration of community, achievement, and wellness. T-shirts, refreshments, give-aways, and prizes for age-group champs were provided. All proceeds from the event benefit our Clark Educational Opportunity Fund.

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    November is Family Engagement Month!

    November is National Family Engagement month, and we want you to know how much we value our partnership with families. Research shows that parental involvement is very important to a child’s success. There are many ways that families can engage with our schools. In fact, coming up on November 27th at 7:30pm is our second community forum on equity at Charlottesville High School. We hope you will plan to join us as we continue discussing ways to better serve all of our children.  PreK-2nd Family Engagement Coordinator Velvet Coleman is available to support families with a variety of resources. Her latest ...

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    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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