What’s Happening in Charlottesville Schools

What’s Happening in the Charlottesville Schools

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    Outdoor Classroom Dedicated to Late, Beloved Walker Teacher Leslie Diehl

    This spring, Walker Upper Elementary School dedicated a new cross-curricular outdoor classroom in memory of Leslie Diehl, a beloved science teacher at the school who passed away last year.  The classroom was developed as part of an extension of City trails behind adjacent Crow Pool. The renovations to the trail and the classroom were a collaborative project between the City of Charlottesville and the schools.  Chris Gensic, the City’s park and trail planner, was separately looking to make improvements to the trail that are an an offshoot of Greenleaf Park, while staff at Walker School  were hoping to take advantage of the ...

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    CLASS Camp ExL Registration Open

    The CLASS program of Charlottesville City Schools offers Camp ExL to provide affordable, safe, enriching, and fun activities for our students in the summer.  It is going to be an “Olympic” Summer! Enjoy swimming, crafts, music, cooking, games, field trips, and more! Who: Students in pre-K*—3 rd grade during the 2015-2016 school year (*pre-K students must have birth date prior to Oct. 1, 2011) When: June 13th—July 22nd (closed July 4th) Where: Clark, Johnson and Venable Elementary Schools Hours:  9am-4pm are the standard hours; extended hours can start as early as 7:30am or end as late as 6pm Cost: See brochure for details.  Availability: spaces are limited, ...

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  • CHS students at the Wharton School

    CHS Investment Club Places 4th in Global Competition Sponsored by Wharton School

    The Charlottesville High School Investment Team placed 4th on April 30 in an international competition sponsored by the Wharton Business School and Aberdeen Asset Management. In the finals, held in Philadelphia at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, CHS competed against 14 other teams from areas as far away as California and China. Although more than 500 teams from around the world entered the competition, CHS was the only Virginia team to reach the finals. The CHS Investment Team was started in September by 10th-grader Lucas Higgins. Other team members are Caroline Clark, Thomas Inigo, Maggie Randle, and William Werner. ...

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  • Collage: CHS Students selected for US State Department Travel Fellowships

    Four CHS Students Selected for U.S. State Department Travel Fellowships

    Four students — Fré Halvorson-Taylor, Santiago Padrón, Matthew Robinson, and Elsa Schenck — are Charlottesville High School’s most recent recipients of U.S. State Department travel fellowships. In the past years, a number of CHS students and Charlottesville schools teachers have earned places in these selective programs designed to foster international understanding and language development in critical areas such as Arabic or Mandarin. Recent recipients: Santiago Padrón, recipient of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) will spend the summer in China. He is presently completing his third year of Mandarin Chinese at CHS.  As suggested in the name of the program, NSLI-Y is sponsored by ...

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    Superintendent Message March 2016

    March 23, 2016 Dear families and community members, Let’s take a moment to appreciate our teachers. Sure, you’ve liked some more than others. (Here’s a secret: They’ve liked some parents more than others, too!)  Setting aside our personal feelings at one moment or another, join me in a time of appreciation for the way our teachers go above and beyond the call of duty in their support of our children…. View previous editions of the Superintendent Message.   Other Monthly Updates:

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    Spring Fine Arts Performances

    At Charlottesville City Schools, we value the fine arts.  We invite you to come see our students perform this spring, whether in band, choir, dance, theater, orchestra, the visual arts or more. Upcoming Events March 14-23 (except weekends), ArtConnections Division-Wide Exhibition at CHS Small Gym March 15-19, Virginia Festival of the Book events at Charlottesville City Schools. See schedule here. March 15-May 9, CCS Faculty Art Exhibition at Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center lobby March 17-20, Theater CHS presents Aida at MLKPAC (click for times and info) March 19: Saturday Celebrations Family Event at ArtConnections, 10am-2pm March 23: Open House with Musical Entertainment at ArtConnections, 4-8pm March 30: All-City Choral Festival, ...

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    Superintendent Message February 2016

    February 23, 2016 Dear families— “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education is a big talking point in education today.  What does STEM look like at Charlottesville City Schools? It starts in elementary and continues for the rest of our students’ lives.  View previous editions of the Superintendent Message.

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  • Teachers with a check to the International Neighbors

    Student and Teacher Leadership

    Let’s give a shout-out for community leadership to CHS student Jenna Warren and Charlottesville City Schools teachers Kari Miller & Tracy Hardley! Jenna served on the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Youth Service Award committee. On March 21, that committee granted $10,000 to International Neighbors, a local nonprofit led by ESOL teachers at Jackson-Via (Kari Miller) and Burnley-Moran (Tracy Hardley). The award will help them continue to support our refugee and immigrant students outside the walls of our schools. Read more from Charlottesville Tomorrow.

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    Superintendent Message January 2016

    January 12, 2016 Dear families— Welcome back to school!  I hope you had a restful break, and that the second half of your school year is smooth and rewarding. We’re looking ahead to the 2016-17 year, particularly its budget.  Our top priorities for next year’s budget include maintaining competitive salaries to retain our strong staff.  We’ll continue to support our also-strong STEM and arts programs.  Although it is grant-funded, we’re also excited about our plans for an extended learning day to support students who need assistance for improved literacy. We are meeting with the School Board regularly and will host a number of forums for ...

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    Charlottesville Schools Ranked #6 in Virginia

    Charlottesville City Schools fared very well in the 2016 Niche.com K-12 rankings.  CCS placed tops in Virginia, and percentage-wise, tops in the country. In Virginia: Charlottesville City Schools was ranked #6 overall. Nationally: Charlottesville City Schools is in the top 3 percent. CCS received an A+ in Educational Outcomes, Student Culture and Diversity, and Teachers. We received A ratings in Academics and Extra-Curriculars and Bs in all remaining categories. We’re proud of the good work of our students and teachers, and we appreciate the support of our community. While any given ranking system has its limitations, Charlottesville City Schools has done so well by so ...

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