What’s Happening in Charlottesville Schools

What’s Happening in the Charlottesville Schools

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  • Naia Fairchild and Francis MacCall, homecoming queen and king. Photo courtesy ScimmagePlay.

    Superintendent Message October 24, 2016

    October 24, 2016 Dear families— The first quarter of the year is almost over, and I hope that most of you have connected with your students’ teachers at back-to-school nights or conferences. We want to work with you to make sure we’re meeting the needs of all our students. We’ve seen a number of examples this month of ways that we challenge and encourage our students to do their best, from all-state jazz musicians to elementary STEM successes to the very special moment when Naia Fairchild was named the CHS homecoming queen.  In the arts, athletics, academics, in gardens, at camps, in labs, ...

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    Atkins Named One of Two Finalists for National Superintendent Award

    Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, has been named one of two finalists for the AASA Women in School Leadership Award for Superintendents. Each year, the AASA, or School Superintendents Association, joins with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to offer awards recognizing the country’s outstanding female teacher (or school-based employee), principal, and superintendent. “We are so proud of Dr. Atkins and her leadership in Charlottesville and beyond. We are delighted but not surprised to see her excellence recognized on a national stage,” noted School Board chair Amy Laufer. Atkins, a former Virginia Superintendent of the Year, was nominated ...

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  • Life After High School

    The Special Education Advisory Committee invites families from all our schools for a special evening to discuss “Life After High School,” considering questions about how to prepare your child to live independently after graduation.  Join us on November 18 from 5:30-7:30pm in the CHS A-Commons.

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  • CHS Continues to Outperform State & Nation on SAT

    13 Students Recognized for High Performance on PSAT Continuing a long tradition, students at Charlottesville High School excelled on the SAT college-readiness test, far surpassing their state and national peers (see chart, right).  In addition, based on the related PSAT test taken last fall, 13 CHS seniors  were recognized as semi-finalists or received letters of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Two National Merit Semifinalists: In the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, two CHS students are semifinalists: Steven Newman and Jonah Weissman. They are invited to apply to become finalists, eligible to receive National Merit Scholarships. Semifinalists represent less than the ...

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    Superintendent Message September 19, 2016

    September 19, 2016 Dear families— What a start we’ve had for the school year! We’ve hosted visits from the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Governor!  Our programs and teachers have already won awards and grants. We’ve opened a student-run credit union branch at CHS, and we’ve jumped  into a season of fine arts performances by both our students and visiting professionals. We’re off to a smooth start, with more exciting events to come.  Read on for practical information and for highlights from these first weeks of school. –Dr. Rosa S. Atkins View previous editions of the Superintendent Message.

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    Buford Middle School Hosts U.S. Secretary of Education

    Stop on the National “Back-to-School Bus Tour” Honors Engineering Innovations U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and senior Department of Education officials will visit Buford Middle School on Monday afternoon, September 12, as part of the DOE’s Back-to-School Bus Tour to celebrate progress in communities and states across the country. At Buford Middle School, the focus will be on the innovative middle-school engineering curriculum developed by Albemarle and Charlottesville public schools in partnership with the University of Virginia, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and the Smithsonian Institution. Fluvanna County Public Schools serves as the beta tester of the acclaimed curriculum. The ...

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  • Teachers and principals at the Shannon Grant Award Ceremony

    Seven Charlottesville Staff Members Win Shannon Grants for Innovative Projects

    Seven Charlottesville City Schools staff and teachers received grants from the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. Totaling $6,214, the grants make possible six innovative educational projects, ranging from STEM fields to therapeutic games. “We are so appreciative of the Shannon Foundation for their generosity and support of public education in our area,” noted Jim Henderson, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  “The impact of these projects is significant, and these projects are a perfect tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Shannon.” Charlottesville grant-winners are: Lisa Dreyer, Buford Middle School, $710, “Circuit Girls”.  Circuit Girls is an after-school club designed to build a bridge to STEM-related ...

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  • CHS Screenagers Poster

    Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

    You and your device-using child are invited to attend Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, an acclaimed documentary exploring the potential impact of students’ time on phones and other devices. The event is open to the whole community, including families from other schools or school divisions. WHEN: Wednesday, 9/14 at 7pm WHERE: Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center TICKETS: $10 — purchase online SPONSORED BY: Charlottesville High School PTO

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    Superintendent Message May 2016

    May 19, 2016 Dear families— The school year is drawing to a close! I’m so proud of our students, teachers, and staff for what they’ve accomplished this year.  Among many other highlights, in April Charlottesville City Schools earned national recognition for our environmental stewardship, our health and wellness programs for students and staff, and our sustainability education. These are all areas in which we excel and set a standard for others.   View previous editions of the Superintendent Message.

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    Schools Receive National Recognition for Environmental Programs

    In 2016, the Charlottesville City School division received a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award. Just 3 organizations in Virginia and 15 districts across the country were honored. The award recognizes innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. The Charlottesville City Schools’ environmental program relies on community partnership. In addition to the schools’ internal efforts, the school division received support from a host of departments from the City of Charlottesville, along with businesses such as Intrastate Pest Management and Republic Services, and also with nonprofits ...

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