What’s Happening in Charlottesville Schools

What’s Happening in the Charlottesville Schools

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    November is Family Engagement Month!

    November is National Family Engagement month, and we want you to know how much we value our partnership with families. Research shows that parental involvement is very important to a child’s success. There are many ways that families can engage with our schools. In fact, coming up on November 27th at 7:30pm is our second community forum on equity at Charlottesville High School. We hope you will plan to join us as we continue discussing ways to better serve all of our children.  PreK-2nd Family Engagement Coordinator Velvet Coleman is available to support families with a variety of resources. Her latest ...

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    School Board passes dress code resolution

    In November 2018, the Charlottesville City Schools School Board unanimously passed a resolution that bans students from wearing clothing that depicts symbols “associated with racial hatred and violence.” Citing the events of  August 11-12, 2017 in Charlottesville, board members resolved that  “student dress that is disruptive of the learning environment, that contains language or images that are discriminatory, or that promotes violent conduct or contains threats includes, but not limited to, clothing that depicts Confederate imagery or the Nazi swastika or contains images and language associated with the Ku Klux Klan and other White Nationalist groups, is prohibited and will not be ...

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    CCS News and Highlights October 3, 2018

    A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins Dear families — “Every Learner. Every day. Everyone.” These words embody our mission – that at Charlottesville City Schools, we want to support all of our learners. How are we doing on that? By some measures, we’re doing great. Our graduation rate rose to 92.6%, and for black students, that rate has risen 25 points since 2006. Data shows that as students move through our schools, they show strong growth. As we’ve emphasized social-emotional learning and added supports for positive behaviors, our suspensions have dropped significantly. However, by other measures, we still have work to do. On Virginia’s ...

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    VA Sec. of Ed visits as division celebrates VA Farm to School, Healthy Schools Week, and Buford Fall Harvest Festival

    Charlottesville City Schools, in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, celebrated a week of garden activities, visits from farm animals, and made-from-scratch lunches made with local ingredients provided by area farmers through Local Food Hub. During Charlottesville Healthy Schools Week and VA Farm to School Week students sampled a variety of healthy foods including farmer’s market salsa and vegetable soup while also taste-testing local goat cheese, pears, and apples. On Thursday, Charlottesville City Schools hosted special guest Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni at Venable School. Secretary Qarni and members  of his staff joined students for lunch, visited the garden to see goats ...

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    Graduation Rates Rise; Community Forum on Equity Scheduled for 10/23

    Continuing a pattern of growth, the Charlottesville High School on-time graduation rate rose to 92.6 percent for the class of 2018, which exceeds the state’s overall rate. The drop-out rate fell to 4.8 percent, also superior to the state’s rate. The on-time graduation rate also rose for African-American students in Charlottesville, hitting 88.3 percent. Since 2006, this rate for Charlottesville’s black students has risen almost 25 points. “We are so proud of our students and the staff who support them. The growth in our black students’ graduation rates in the last twelve years is tremendous,” noted Dr. Rosa Atkins, superintendent. “Even so, ...

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    Buzz-by-Belmont: Clark 5K Family Fun Run/Walk and Kids Dash Registration Open

    Charlottesville-area residents can now register to participate in the 14th Annual Clark Elementary School “Buzz by Belmont” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 26. The race is a celebration of fitness, student achievement, and family fun that starts and finishes at Clark Elementary School and has become a tradition in the neighborhood and Charlottesville fitness community. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. and takes participants along a rolling course through the diverse neighborhoods that comprise the Clark Elementary School district. There will also be a free Kids Dash for elementary students (Pre-K to 4th grade) which will start at 9:00 a.m. on the ...

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    Charlottesville Schools Ranked #6 in Virginia

    The 2019 Niche.com K-12 rankings are out, and Charlottesville City Schools earned an A+ , placing #6 overall among Virginia school districts and landing in the top 3% in the nation. Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents. Additional recognition for CCS from a variety of Niche categories include: #2 of 133 – Most Diverse School Divisions #3 of 132 – Best Places to Teach in Virginia #6 of 132 – Districts with the Best Teachers in Virginia.  A+ ranking in College Prep and Diversity categories and A in Academics and Teachers. We’re proud of the good ...

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  • Members of the Charlottesville 12 and School Board stand with first Charlottesville 12 Scholarship recipient Kely Oufoula Kossi

    Charlottesville 12 awards $5000 scholarship to CHS student

    Recognized for her high grade point average, leadership, and community work, CHS Class of 2018 graduate Kelly Oufoula Kossi received the first Charlottesville 12 Scholarship at the June School Board meeting where several members of the original Charlottesville 12 attended and received commendation by Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins. “We have before us representatives of the Charlottesville 12, the courageous 12 students who integrated Venable Elementary and Lane High School in September, 1959 after being denied both equal access and even any access to our schools during Massive Resistance,” said Dr. Atkins. Of the 12 African American children who were the first to ...

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    Response to White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville in August 2017

    The events of August 11 and 12, 2017, certainly provided challenges to the Charlottesville community, and in response to those challenges, our teachers provided incredible learning and reflection opportunities for our staff and students.   Our response to the rallies began with our teachers, who returned to work just days after the rallies. We held an emotional and healing staff-wide convocation to address the events directly. Giving teachers time, space, and resources was one of our first priorities. Even our elementary students have been given opportunities to process these events through conversation, counseling, community-building activities, and more. As a school division that embraces ...

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    Open House Schedules

    Come meet your teachers and see your classrooms! Open houses this year will be on Monday, August 19, 2019. School starts on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 CATEC Open House is Wednesday, August 14, from 5-7pm Monday, August 19, 2019 Elementary Schools: 1–3pm Walker Upper Elementary: 3-5pm Buford Middle School: 4-6pm Tuesday, August 20, 2019 CHS Freshman Orientation: 9am-1:30pm CHS Virtual Orientation for online classes: 1:30pm See here for more information. CHS Open House 5-7pm Wednesday, August 21, 2019 First day of school. See school hours below. 3-year-olds: 9:00am to 2:00pm Elementary (preK-4 through 4th grade): 8:00am to 2:30pm Buford and Walker: 8:30am to 3:15pm CHS: 9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on ...

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