Tours for Potential Venable Students

Ven-Bldg_edVenable will be offering tours to parents on the dates listed below.  All tours take place at 9:15 a.m. and last approximately 30-45 minutes. We limit the number of participants on each tour to ensure that everyone can hear and ask questions.  Please call Ms. Lawson in the Venable office to register – 434-245-2418.

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 3
  • December 1
  • January 19
  • February 23
  • March 16
  • April 13

Parents should plan to arrive in the front office a few minutes early to sign in and receive visitors’ passes.  Please allot time for parking as there are typically few spots available on site and many of the neighborhood streets do not permit non-resident parking during the day.

Unfortunately, requests for tours at other dates and times cannot be honored due to the disruption to classes.

If you are an out-of-division family who would like to apply for a space at Venable next year, we begin accepting applications in April.  Click here for information about the application process. 

Tours for Potential Jackson-Via Students

Front of Jackson-Via Elementary SchoolJackson-Via will be offering tours to parents on the dates listed below.  All tours take place at 9:15 a.m. and last approximately 30-45 minutes. We limit the number of participants on each tour to ensure that everyone can hear and ask questions.  Please call Ms. Harlow in the Jackson-Via office to register – 434-245-2416.

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 18
  • December 2
  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 10
  • April 14

Parents should plan to arrive in the front office a few minutes early to sign in and receive visitors’ passes.  Please allot time for parking as there are typically few spots available on site and many of the neighborhood streets do not permit non-resident parking during the day.

Unfortunately, requests for tours at other dates and times cannot be honored due to the disruption to classes.

If you are an out-of-division family who would like to apply for a space in Charlottesville City Schools next year, we begin accepting applications in April.  Click here for information about the application process. 

Holiday Performances

Page banner showing a collage of performances including Walker orchestra, CHS choir, and CHS band.There are numerous ways to enjoy the arts this season with Charlottesville City Schools. Upcoming performances include:

Calendar of Performances

  • Dec 5 All City Band Concert 7 p.m. MLK PAC
  • Dec 12 Greenbrier 4th grade 6 p.m., 1:30 p.m. daytime performance 3rd and 4th grade
  • Dec 12 Johnson Winter concert 6 p.m., 1 p.m. daytime performance K, 2nd and 4th grade
  • Dec 12 Jackson-Via Winter concerts: 2nd Grade at 6 p.m.; 3rd Grade at 6:45 p.m.; 4th Grade at 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec 13 Walker Orchestra 7 p.m.
  • Dec 14 CHS Holiday Pops Choir Concert 7 p.m. MLK PAC
  • Dec 14 Burnley-Moran 6:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Dec 18 Clark Winter Concert 5:30 p.m., daytime performance 1:30 p.m.
  • Dec 19 Venable Winter Concert 6 p.m., daytime performance 1 p.m.
  • Jan 19 “Pinocchio” play by Stage Left Productions, Walker 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec 19 Jackson-Via,daytime performance 10 a.m.
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CHS Winter Exam Schedule and Bus Information

notebook with clock and pencilCHS will hold winter exams from December 14-19.  Early morning exams will begin on December 13 during early the early morning class period. On exam days, school will end at 1:25 p.m., and bus service will be provided.  School will operate on a singleton schedule on Dec. 11-13.

Bus Information for Exam Days:
There will be no CATEC or early morning bus runs Dec. 14-19.
On Dec. 14-19, all buses will arrive by 8:50. Early departure buses will depart at 11:25 a.m.. Regular departure buses will depart at 1:25 p.m..
On Dec. 19, students not enrolled in virtual classes will depart at 11:15 a.m.  Students taking virtual exams will depart at 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 11-13 will run as regular days.

Zero Robotics Team Earns 1st in International Programming Competition

A team of 12 computer programmers from the Charlottesville High School BACON Club (Best All-Around Club of Nerds) earned first place in round one of  the Zero Robotics competition hosted by NASA and MIT.

The international competition requires students to write computer code to control a robot in 3D zero gravity space. After placing 1st among 200 international teams, the CHS team now advances to the next round, where it must create a code-writing alliance with two other teams.  Finalists in the competition compete by running their code with real satellites aboard the International Space Station.

The competition is sponsored by the world’s premier space and defense agencies and the MIT. More than 200 teams from all over the world participate in the competition, primarily from elite schools specializing in science and technology. This is BACON’s sixth straight year of excellence in the Zero Robotics competition.

CHS Sigma Lab Director and BACON Club sponsor Dr. Matthew Shields credits the ingenuity of the students for their success.

“In order to create our final code submission, the team actually wrote a program to help them write their program,” said Shields. “I’m sure that is one reason they ended up on top.”

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Upcoming Events at CHS

calendar clipartThere’s a lot going on — mark your calendar!

CHS Event Calendar Nov-Dec 2017

Nov 28

  • PTO Meeting 5:30 p.m.

Nov 30

  • CHS Community Coffee with Dr. Irizarry 8 a.m.

Dec 2

  • SAT testing (pre-registration required)

Dec 5

  • All City Band Concert 7 p.m.

Dec 6

  • Sigma Lab Open House 5 p.m.

Dec 9

  • ACT Testing (pre-registration required)

Dec 14-19

Dec 14

  • Holiday Pops Choir Concert 7 p.m.

Dec 20 – Jan 2

  • Winter Break

Dec 27

  • Band to London, UK
Sigma Lab at CHS

Facilities planning for the future

Making sure that our facilities meet the needs of students and staff

Charlottesville City Schools is growing! Since our enrollment has been increasing about 3 percent annually, we need to consider the future of our school facilities. Together, let’s consider how we can best meet our students’ needs, particularly for our classes serving preschool through grade 8. Our school division’s growth also presents an opportunity to modernize our schools for 21st-century learning.

Graphic showing enrollment growth from 1986-2011 and 2011-2018Upcoming Meetings:

    • Community conversation – January 31, 2018 – 6 p.m., CHS library

    • January PTO Meetings (possible agenda item)
      • 1/8 Venable 6 p.m.
      • 1/10 Buford 6 p.m.
      • 1/16 Burnley-Moran 6 p.m.
      • 1/18 Johnson 6 p.m.
      • 1/23 Greenbrier 7 p.m.
    • Local church outreach meeting (planning underway)

    • Planning Commission outreach (planning underway)

    • PHAR outreach meeting (planning underway)

    • School Board discussion/public comment – February 2, 2018, 5:30 p.m., CHS 

      • School Board meetings are live streamed at ustream.com (search for Charlottesville City Schools). Watch regularly scheduled meetings on the first Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.
      • Meetings are also recorded and later televised on Public Access Channel 14 on Thursday & Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 12 and 7 p.m. of the same week as the meeting.

Community Meetings Slideshow

Charlottesville City Schools contracted VMDO Architects to study capacity and growth in the division. VMDO’s findings, along with the UVA Weldon Cooper Center’s study on enrollment trends in Charlottesville, were presented at two community meetings in November.

Charlottesville City Schools Public Forums on Capacity and Growth slideshow presentation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs on Growth and Capacity Solutions for Charlottesville City Schools

Frequently Asked Questions coming soon. Please help us compile this list by providing your own questions/feedback using the Community Survey.

Next Steps

Meet

The next Community Meeting will be January 31 at 6 p.m. at CHS Media Center followed by a series of school PTO meetings and community outreach meetings where we will provide information and gather feedback from community members. Additionally, there will be discussion and an opportunity for public comment at the regularly scheduled School Board meeting on February 2 at 5:30pm in the Charlottesville High School library.

Stay in Touch

Stay informed and share your thoughts! We will continue to post future
updates on this web page. Look for a more robust community survey coming in January.

Consider

Next decisions:
1) Consensus about moving forward with expansion plans?
2) One new elementary, or three expanded elementaries? Centralized preschool?
3) Other questions as they emerge from community feedback.

 

Additional Resources

Complete the community survey

A very brief  survey is available to capture some initial thoughts. Please look for a more detailed survey coming in January.

Graphic: Every Learner. Every Day. Everyone.

Minds in Motion dance troupe performing at The Paramount Theatre of Charlottesville.

Minds in Motion Team XXL performs at The Paramount Theatre

Minds in Motion dance troupe performing at The Paramount Theatre of Charlottesville.The Minds in Motion Team XXL performed a dance at The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville as part of the TEDxCharlottesville event.  Team XXL is comprised of dancers from Walker Upper Elementary School and Buford Middle School who have auditioned to participate in the dance troupe. 

Minds in Motion dance troupe performing at The Paramount Theatre of Charlottesville.Sponsored by the Richmond Ballet Rhythm in partnership with Charlottesville City Schools, Minds in Motion is offered in our elementary schools to all fourth graders and continues as an optional after-school program in the upper elementary and middle school.  Read more about all of our dance and theater options here.

The TEDxCharlottesville event, meant to inspire the community with “ideas worth spreading,” included a wide array of speakers and performers. Read more  about TEDx here.

 

 

Draft Calendar for 2018-19

Draft 2 of 2018-19 academic calendar. Call 245-2962 with questions.Thanks for your strong response to our request for feedback about the draft 2018-19 academic calendar! Your feedback primarily raised two questions centered around half-days and winter break. Half-days are under discussion among the committee. As for winter break, please take another brief survey about two options for the holidays.

Image showing Dec-Jan calendar with two options for winter break. Both are two weeks. One starts Thursday, 12/19. The other starts Monday, 12/24.Comments about this year’s calendar:

  • Winter break: Based on community feedback, we are conducting a follow-up survey to see what break scenario is preferred. Two scenarios:
    • The last day of school before break should be Friday, December 21, and students should return to school on Monday, January 7. (Ten days marked below in gold.)
    • The last day of school before break should be Wednesday, December 19, and students should return to school on Thursday, January 3. (Ten days marked below in purple.)
  • Spring break: Our practice is to designate the first full week of April as our spring break. We are sometimes asked, Can’t you align spring break with U.Va.’s?   U.Va.’s spring break is typically at the beginning of March, which for K-12 students would make for a very long stretch without a break later in the spring. So while we recognize that this would be a good solution for U.Va. families, we feel that it doesn’t represent the interests of all our students and staff. Our 2016 survey of the initial draft indicated that a majority of respondents favored keeping spring break during the first week of April.
  • Half-days: Based on community feedback, one half-day has been eliminated in draft 2.
  • History about the calendar development: For over a decade, the Charlottesville and Albemarle County school divisions have worked together for a common calendar. A joint committee creates a draft calendar, and then we ask for input from students, teachers, administration, and parents. If necessary, the committee makes revisions to the draft before submitting a recommended calendar to the two school boards for approval.