Opening of the CHS student-run writing lab.

December 2016 CHS Highlights

16-17 Zero Robotics programming team from CHS
16-17 Zero Robotics programming team from CHS.

The Zero Robotics programming team of the CHS BACON science club has coded their way to the top (again). At the end of round three of the competition, the team finished #2 (US) and #4 (world). For round four, they are partnered with teams from the UK and Australia. Good luck!

CHS’s pilot of a “double robot” allows student Ashton Ryan to attend his math class from home. Thanks to Ashton for working with us to see if this technology would be a good solution for students in the hospital or with other situations that keep them out of school. In addition to Charlottesville Tomorrow (see first link), NBC29 featured the story.

Alaijah Ragland. Image courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress.
Alaijah Ragland. Image courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress.

Basketball season’s underway, and the boys’ and girls’ teams are off to a strong start. In the first game of the season, Alaijah Ragland reached the rare milestone of scoring more than 1000 points in her high school career; she was also named Schewels Athlete of the Week.

Signs of unity and appreciation:  Link Crew, the CHS mentoring program, created a “Wall of Thanks” for students & staff. Click here to see a few of their notes.  And the “Becoming a Global Citizen” class created a unity display of posters reminding students that “we are black, white, Muslim, Christian,” (and more), and “we are unified, Americans, together, Black Knights.”

Matt Savage piano workshop
Matt Savage piano workshop.

Piano students enjoyed a workshop with sixteen-year-old prodigy Matt Savage. Savage, who is on the autism spectrum, has toured the world and performed for heads of state. Thanks to the Charlottesville Jazz Society for the opportunity!

The CHS marketing and finance department hosted a panel discussion with Union Bank reps to discuss financial planning as part of their EverFi programs. Students Maia Shortridge and Dyshe Smith and spoke as part of the event.

Ever Fi financial literacy event and Theatre CHS at LiveArts.
EverFi financial literacy event and Theatre CHS at LiveArts.

At this year’s one-act play conference and Virginia Theatre Association conference, Theatre CHS earned a variety of awards. Emma Strock was honored as “best actress” at the former, and at the latter, Elliot Craft got a nod for best actor, Patrick O’Shea earned 1st and 2nd in costume and scene design. CHS earned a shout-out for sound/music design, placed 2nd in Improvathon, and won an honorable mention for best one-act play for “The 39 Steps.” Finally, all six seniors earned college callbacks. You can see “The 39 Steps” at CHS from 12/9-11.

Senior night for volleyball
Senior night for volleyball.

Congratulations to the CHS football team, who ended their season in the regional semi-finals, after earning their first home play-off game in more than a decade.  Sabias Folley (for both offense and defense), Trejon Bryant,  Rakeem Davis, Larry Henderson,  Lorenzo Louderback, and Shandon Pritchett earned first-team all-conference honors. Davis was also named Falcon Club Player of the Week in November.

The volleyball team also qualified for the play-offs, and both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams qualified for regionals.

DE environmental sciences analyzing data about the school's solar energy harvest
DE environmental sciences analyzing data about the school’s solar energy harvest.

Environmental science students at CHS have been busy, whether they are heading outside to do water testing in McIntire Park or analyzing the data of for the energy gained from the school’s solar panels.

Mr. Bullock’s history students “visited” the Great Wall of China thanks to Google Virtual Reality, while Mr. Deegan’s students explored history by way of Broadway, examining lyrics from Hamilton.

Coding artists.
Coding artists.

Art students have been using scratch programming to add sound  to their art.  Does that maken them enginartists?

Kibiriti Majuto ’17 was featured in an article in The Atlantic, titled “The Refugee who Became Class President.” Kibiriti is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and serves as the CHS senior class president, among other leadership roles in the school and community.

Choir singing national anthem. Courtesy Ashley Thornton/ScrimmagePlay
Choir singing national anthem. Courtesy Ashley Thornton/ScrimmagePlay.

The CHS choir sang the national anthem at the last home (regular season) football game, and the Sirens (an all-female a cappella group) sang at U.Va.’s annual Lighting of the Lawn. In addition, the band performed at the City’s Veterans Day celebration.

Opening of the CHS student-run writing lab.
Opening of the CHS student-run writing lab.

Need help writing a paper?  You’re in luck, because there is now a student-run CHS writing lab operating during lunch hours.

CATEC students continue their successful launch of their new CISCO partnership for IT certification. Culinary students also held their annual Thanksgiving fundraiser, offering pies and other holiday dishes, and nursing students hosted a blood drive.


First draft of the 2017-18 calendar. To receive this data by phone or in an alternate format, please call 434-245-2962.Remember, following winter break (12/19-12/30), there is a teacher workday on Monday, January 2, 2017.  Students return to school on Tuesday, January 3.

The draft calendar for the 2017-18 school year has been posted online. The calendar is developed jointly by the Albemarle and Charlottesville schools, through the work of a committee that includes staff and parents. The School Board will vote on this calendar at its January meeting.

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New this year for winter closing notifications: This year, all families will receive emails and calls at all times (including early morning) unless families customize their settings via PowerSchool. Find instructions here.  If you have not yet set up your PowerSchool account, call 245-2943.

The division will be holding a number of events to gather feedback and input for our 2017-2023 Strategic Plan. A community-wide listening session will be held at CHS on Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm — come join us! Or if you wish to participate in a smaller, school-based session on another day, please contact your principal or write goodnews@charlottesvilleschools.org. Learn more or take a brief survey here.

Polly Sibert and Laura Thomas
Award-winners Sibert and Thomas.

A big congratulations to Dr. Polly Sibert of Walker and Laura Mulligan Thomas of CHS. These two orchestra directors received statewide recognition this week for their continued excellence and leadership. Dr. Sibert won the JMU Outstanding Music Educator Award, given to one alum annually. Laura Thomas won the Philip Fuller Award from the VA Band/Orchestra Directors Association. Details are here.

The Charlottesville Schools community extends condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and students of Patricia Stanton, who taught Latin at CHS for more than 40 years until her passing in November.

CHS teachers Josh O’Grady and Zachary Bullock were able to present their experiences on the teaching  the “History of Sports in America” and implementing the “flipped classroom” at the annual conference of the National Council of Social Studies in DC.

Messrs. Bullock and O'Grady at the NCSS conference in DC.
Messrs. Bullock and O’Grady at the NCSS conference in DC.
Rodney Redd, CHS Athletic Director
Rodney Redd, CHS Athletic Director.

Rodney Redd was named athletic director at Charlottesville High School, bringing broad experience as an athletic director, coach, and teacher.  Welcome!

In November, the Special Education Advisory Committee hosted a community discussion about how to prepare your child for “Life After High School, Now.”

Multi-aged kids coding at Johnson for "hour of code"
Multi-aged coders at Johnson for “Hour of Code.”

Across the division, Charlottesville Schools participated in the international Hour of Code, a event designed to expose students to computer programming. Charlottesville Schools has extensive and growing support to help students learn to code.

At its fall conference, the Virginia Board of Education honored Charlottesville City Schools for receiving a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.


Upcoming events include:

  • CHS Holiday Pops Concert, 12/8, 7pm, MLKPAC
  • CATEC Open House, 12/14, 5pm
  • CHS Band Concert, 12/14 at MLKPAC at 7:30pm
  • Winter Break and Teacher Workday, 12/19 through Monday, 1/2
  • Classes resume, Tuesday, 1/3
  • School Board Meeting, 1/5, 5pm, CHS Media Center
  • CHS Curriculum Fair, 1/10,  5-7, CHS Atrium
  • Community Budget Presentation, 1/10, 5:30pm, CHS Media Center
  • No School for Martin Luther King Day, 1/16
  • End of 2nd Quarter, 1/20
  • CHS Orchestra presents Peter and the Wolf, 1/21,  3pm, MLKPAC
  • No School for Teacher Workday, 1/23
  • Community Strategic Plan Listening Session (open to all), 1/25, 7pm, CHS

Remember that you can subscribe to our Google calendar of school holidays and as well as Google calendars for school-specific events. Instructions are at charlottesvilleschoools.org/calendar.