What’s Happening in Charlottesville Schools

What’s Happening in the Charlottesville Schools

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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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  • photo of kids in Buford garden holding a chicken

    CSYG and Buford Middle hold annual Fall Harvest Festival

    Buford Middle School and City Schoolyard Garden recently hosted the 10th anniversary of the annual Fall Harvest Festival to celebrate the school garden’s bountiful harvest and the people that make it happen. “The Harvest Festival brings our community together to appreciate everything the garden brings—teamwork, leadership, exploration, discovery and, of course, the wonderful vegetables, herbs, and flowers that the students grow,” said CSYG Executive Director Jeanette Abi-Nader. Open to all City of Charlottesville families, the Harvest Festival offered garden tours, face painting, scavenger hunts, a petting zoo, and a local artisan marketplace selling wares such as jewelry and homemade jam. Additionally, food ...

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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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  • Group shot with students, staff, and Secretary Qarni.

    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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    Bus stop meet and greets connect schools and families

    Whether dropping in to visit schools or hosting Parent University information workshops or swinging by bus stops with breakfast and books, our family engagement team is always looking for ways to connect schools and families. Throughout the year, Family Engagement Coordinators Velvet Coleman and Bianca Johnson can be seen visiting neighborhood bus stops at their morning bus stop meet and greets. The visits have been widely-received by the community since they began in August 2018, and it is not uncommon to see principals, teachers, and administrators stop by to help greet students and their families. “Strong relationships between our families,  our schools, ...

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  • Sylvia Elder accepts dedication plaque.

    New track dedication celebrates legacy of Coach Curtis Elder

    The Charlottesville High School community held a dedication ceremony for the new Curtis Elder Track and Field Complex at CHS to honor the rich legacy of former CHS Track Coach Curtis Elder. “The power to win must come from within,” was just one of Coach Elder’s many inspiring mantras for his players, and one he took to heart.  During his 44 seasons of coaching, Coach Elder’s teams won 253 track meets, 20 district and 20 regional track championships, and 7 state track championships.  He was also nominated for national track coach of the year in 2005 and in 1999 and was ...

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  • Venable student with tshirt

    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! Burnley-Moran: Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-7pm (includes picnic) Clark: Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-7pm Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm Johnson: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm Venable:  Thursday, September 19, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Potluck to follow) Walker: Tuesday, September 10, 6-8pm Buford: Parent-Teacher Conferences Thursday 9/26 and Tuesday, 10/1, 4-7pm plus Harvest Festival 10/4 at 5:30pm CHS: Monday, September 16, 5-7pm CATEC: Wednesday, September 25, 5-7pm Lugo-McGinness: Back-to-School Potluck, August 20

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    Superintendent appointed to Governor’s Commission on African American History Education

    Charlottesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins will serve on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s new commission to review Virginia’s history standards and instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African American history in the Commonwealth. “Virginia is the birthplace of our country, and it is so fitting that our Commonwealth would lead the way in these efforts,” said Dr. Atkins. “When I look at the makeup of the Commission and the individuals the Governor has selected, I feel really honored to be able to work with such talented people who are so passionate about understanding and teaching students about America’s ...

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  • School SRO officer with child on first day of school

    2019-20 school year begins

    Cville Schools officially opened the 2019-20 school year with our staff convocation on August 14, 2019 at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center followed by a variety of activities to prepare for our students’ return.  Here is a glimpse of some of theback-to-school excitement.

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