What’s Happening in Charlottesville Schools

What’s Happening in the Charlottesville Schools

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  • December 2022 News and Highlights

      A Word from the School Board At Thursday’s School Board meeting, Chairperson Lisa Larson-Torres read the following statement about the pending adoption of Virginia’s K-12 history standards. This statement will be sent to the State Board of Education and key staff members at the Virginia Department of Education: We, the members of the Charlottesville School Board, are writing to request that the Board return to its usual process of consideration and approval of the state’s K-12 history standards as developed and recommended in August 2022 by history educators, professors, historians, parents, and others. We strongly encourage the VDOE to stay the course on its ...

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    Charlottesville School Board Statement about Virginia’s Revised History Standards

    December 1, 2022 To the members of the State Board of Education, We, the members of the Charlottesville School Board, are writing to request that the Board return to its usual process of consideration and approval of the state’s K-12 history standards as developed and recommended in August 2022 by history educators, professors, historians, parents, and others. We strongly encourage the VDOE to stay the course on its longstanding commitment to developing a more inclusive and honest curriculum. The “August” Revisions Throughout 2020-22, our Commonwealth trusted a committee of history educators, historians, museum professionals, parents, and community groups to conduct the scheduled seven-year revision ...

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  • Name Recommendations Announced for Clark and Venable

    Like many communities, universities, and K-12 schools across the country, Charlottesville City Schools is aware that our schools’ names send a message to our students, staff, and community and should therefore reflect our values. Update on School Names After two years of public feedback, the division’s Naming of Facilities Committee is recommending new names for the first two schools discussed. Although the committee considered keeping or modifying the names Venable and Clark, in the end, members decided that maintaining the original names in any way would continue to uphold the original, problematic namesakes. The final step of the process was for third ...

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  • Revised Draft Calendar for 2023-24 School Year

    Revised Draft Calendar and Survey for 2023-24

    Thanks to all the people (more than 1200!) who filled out the recent calendar survey about our initial draft calendar. We received divided feedback about the various elements of the draft calendar, including the idea of starting a week earlier, having a week off at Thanksgiving, and how important it is to mirror Albemarle County Public Schools’ calendar. As a result, we are going to hit “pause” on the bigger changes. One theme of the community feedback was “if you’re going to make these larger changes to the calendar, we’d need more advanced notice.” Therefore, our calendar committee will resume work ...

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  • November 2022 News and Highlights

      A Word from Dr. Gurley Dear families and staff, Our community is going through so much right now. Between the gun violence in our community this fall, the UVA shootings last weekend, and multiple hoax 911 calls that have prompted school lockdowns, we are grieving and afraid and tired. And yet: our schools continue to be a place of hope and growth. Pre-K teachers gather their students around them to enjoy a book. Elementary students write about what they want to be when they grow up (a few examples from Clark: a teacher, a doctor, a pizzamaker). CHS band members learn from JMU musicians. And students ...

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    Chris Long Foundation Launches EdZone Partnership with Charlottesville City Schools

    EdZone program begins impacting Charlottesville youth through distribution of essential needs items Charlottesville, VA — On Wednesday, November 30th, the Chris Long Foundation and Charlottesville City Schools officially launched the latest component of the Foundation’s new EdZone program: the distribution of essential needs items at all six CCS elementary schools during the 2022-2023 school year. Each elementary school (Burnley-Moran, Clark, Greenbrier, Jackson-Via, Johnson, Venable) will identify a dedicated space (an “EdZone closet”) where students can access basic supplies that many other students take for granted. Essential needs items include things like soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, menstrual hygiene products, deodorant, clean ...

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  • Award-winning CHS band celebrating success at tournatment of champions

    CHS Celebrations Fall 2022

    ⚫ 🟠 Go Black Knights! ⚫ 🟠   Join us in celebrating these recent CHS accomplishments:  CHS graduation rates 🎓 The class of ’22 posted a 93% on-time graduation rate, surpassing the state average. Since 2017, the school has posted rates at 90% or above. Graduation is not just a “CHS” thing – it is a preschool, elementary, Walker, Buford, AND CHS accomplishment.  Golf state championship ⛳ Congrats to senior Preston Burton, who earned the school’s first-ever state championship in golf and led the team to fourth place. Congrats also to CHS teacher and coach Josh O’Grady! Read the Daily Progress story here. Band awards 🎺 Kudos to ...

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  • Renovated lab spaces at CATEC support the new IT partnership with CISCO.

    Charlottesville School Board Statement about CATEC

    For over 50 years CATEC has successfully existed as a joint operation between ACPS and CCS as equal financial partners, all as documented by our written partnership agreement that dates back to 1969. This is further evidenced by our recent investment of millions of dollars into the physical infrastructure that comprises the CATEC facility, not to mention our continuous investment in CATEC’s curriculum and operations. To date, we have had surface level discussions with ACPS which resulted in our having questions on behalf of our students around the future operation and governance of CATEC in the event of a change in ownership. We ...

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  • October 2022 News & Highlights

      A Word from the School Board Dear families, students, and community members – In response to the Youngkin administration’s proposed changes regarding the treatment of students who identify as transgender and non-binary, the Charlottesville City School Board strongly affirms Superintendent Dr. Gurley’s commitment to “continue to support our LGBTQ+ students, staff, parents/guardians, and others within our school communities.” In this stance, we are supported by federal Title IX legislation, which extends school protections based on gender identity. In addition, our approach is in keeping with Virginia law, which requires the Virginia Department of Education to issue guidance to support transgender students according to ...

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  • Preston Burton Wins First-Ever State Golf Title for CHS

    Golfing Knights Finish Fourth Statewide October 12, 2022 CHS golfer Preston Burton has made CHS history by taking home the school’s first-ever state title. The senior won the Virginia High School League Class 3 state championships at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club in Richmond on Tuesday. Coached by Joshua O’Grady, the CHS Golf Team also finished fourth, the second-best state finish in CHS history. The individual win caps a banner career for Burton, who was also a four-time All-District First Team; two-time District Player of the Year; two-time Regional Player of the Year; and two-time All State. Additionally, he holds the school’s record for ...

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