What’s Happening in Charlottesville Schools

What’s Happening in the Charlottesville Schools

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    January 2020 News and Highlights

      A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins Dear staff, family, and community: As we start 2020, I’ve been looking ahead to what the year will bring. Here are four areas you will hear more about: Facilities. In early 2019, our Board endorsed a plan to reconfigure our schools. We received $3 million from the City to help us plan and design a new Walker (for preschool) and Buford (for grades 6-8). Once the bidding process is complete, the City will then select a firm to help with this work. Find updates here, and stay tuned! Equity. The last year or so has been marked ...

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    Apply now for preschool

    It’s time to apply for preschool! Charlottesville City Schools offers free classes for qualifying three- and four-year-olds. https://youtu.be/LDWiy7USKzs Applications are due to your local elementary school by March 1. Learn more and get the application here! Questions? Call 434-245-2813.  

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    Walker EDGE Club Spotlight: After-school cooking club is recipe for learning valuable life skills

    The Walker Upper Elementary Cooking Club is an after-school activitiy option for fifth and sixth grade students in the EDGE program who want to learn about basic food preparation and cooking skills. Led by advisor Becky Calvert, the group meets once a week in the school kitchen for an hour and prepares a variety of recipes such as egg rolls, tomato soup, mini-quiches, mac & cheese, homemade granola, fruit and yogurt parfaits, kale chips, crepes, open face roasted veggie sandwiches, mango salsa,  cranberry orange muffins and vegetable jambalaya. “The kids love cooking and are more likely to try something new if they made ...

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  • Budget Development Process underway for FY2020-21

    It’s time to develop the 2020-21 budget for Charlottesville City Schools! We’d like to hear from you. FY2020-21 Budget Development Calendar FY2020-21 Budget Development Presentation for PTOs Upcoming opportunities for the community to learn more and share your thoughts are: Thursday, December 5 at 5 pm, CHS Media Center, School Board Meeting Wednesday, January 8 at 6 pm, Walker/Buford PTO at Walker (open to entire community) Thursday, January 9 at 5 pm, CHS Media Center, School Board Meeting Monday, January 13 at  5:30 pm, CHS PTO (open to entire community) Tuesday, January 21 at 5 pm at Jackson-Via PTO (open to entire community) Thursday, February 6 at 5 pm, CHS ...

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  • Energy and Water Management Winter Quarter poster

    City and Schools promote energy and water conservation-Winter Quarter Update

    Charlottesville City Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team are working together to reduce the energy and water footprint of all City schools. On April 11th, 2019 the School Board approved an Energy and Water Performance resolution, showing a commitment to achieving and maintaining high performing school facilities.  Continuing on past efforts, the City’s maintenance and development teams are specifying high efficiency building equipment, such as high-efficiency chillers and LED lighting, and are enhancing operational control through advanced building automation systems. Charlottesville Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team continue to investigate ways to accelerate the installation ...

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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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    Draft Calendar for 2020-21

    UPDATE: The Charlottesville School Board voted to approve this draft in January 2020. The Albemarle County School Board will vote on the calendar (with a possible slight change) later in January. The Charlottesville-Albemarle School Calendar Committee has created a draft calendar for the 2020-21 school year.  The proposed calendar is nearly identical to this year’s. Please take a minute to review the draft and share your thoughts with us. Draft 2020-21 calendar (pdf) Link to Google form to provide feedback A joint committee from Charlottesville Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools will review the feedback and then present a recommendation to the School Boards in ...

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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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  • November 2019 News and Highlights

      A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins  Dear staff, family, and community: Recently, CHS celebrated “I’m First Day,” a nation-wide initiative to support students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college. The event included hand-written notes of encouragement and a photo wall featuring CHS staff and students who were (or will be) first in their family. As a first-generation college student myself, I am proud that our schools prepare so many of our students to be trailblazers in this way, and I was touched to learn that so many of my colleagues on the staff are themselves first-generation college ...

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    4th graders present annual Minds in Motion performance at MLK PAC

    Our fourth graders amazed us this week with their Minds in Motion performances at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center! Through a unique partnership with Richmond Ballet, each year city fourth graders are introduced to creative expression and live performance through movement and dance at their schools. This year, Minds in Motion teaching artists from Richmond Ballet visited each elementary school for two-week residencies which culminated in two live performances of “Journey of the Monarch.” More photos from the performances can be found on our Facebook page. In addition, a video of the performance will be broadcast on Charlottesville’s public acess ...

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