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. 

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Fall Reminders

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Senior Portraits:

  • Senior make up portraits will be November 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the PAC.
  • Students should check with their English teacher for sitting times and passes.
  • Please bring your address, contact information, and email address for the Life Touch rep to verify.
  • Wear a white undershirt so you can easily change tops for your portraits.

Upcoming dates:

  • Fall Choir Concert, 10/23, 7 p.m.
  • PTO Meeting, 10/24, 5:30 p.m.
  • Theater performance, 10/25, 7 p.m.
  • End of first quarter, 10/26
  • No school for students, 10/27
  • ACT Testing, 10/28 (pre-registration required)
  • No school for students, 11/6 and 11/7
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 11/7, 3 – 7 p.m.

Fall Sports Information:

Follow CHS on Facebook and Twitter @CHSBlackKnights

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Students and adults walking to school at Venable.

Elementary Fall 2017 Highlights

Students and adults walking to school at Venable.
Walk to School Day at Venable

Our schools recently celebrated “Walk to School Day.” At Venable, students walked by grade and were greeted by CHS cheerleaders.  Venable also celebrated the new track at the start of their annual Walk-A-Thon. This track was paid for by the Venable PTO and built by the city Parks & Rec department last summer. It is a great addition for Venable and the the neighboring community, including Lugo-McGinness Academy (Charlottesville’s high school alternative program).

The 2nd annual All-Elementary “Friday Knight Lights” Tailgate will be Friday, October 20 at 6 p.m. at CHS. Get to meet cheerleaders and band members before chearing on the CHS Black Knights before their game at 7 p.m.!

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visits with students in the Johnson Elementary garden.
Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visits Johnson

We celebrated Farm-to-School week, presented by our Nutrition Department in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden and the Local Food Hub. Activities ranged from locally sourced lunches to visits with chickens and goats. The week wrapped up at Johnson with a visit from the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe visit to Clark STEM fair.
Virginia Governor McAuliffe discusses robotics with CHS student

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also visited Charlottesville and attended a Clark Elementary School STEM fair. Clark fourth graders, along with the governor, rotated through activities featuring drones, robots, and driverless cars. Running the stations were volunteers from PVCC, Perrone Robotics, and our own talented CHS BACON students.

All nine of Charlottesville City Schools received “Virginia Naturally” state recognition for increasing the environmental awareness and stewardship of our students.

Photo of Bloom Magazine page.
Bloom Magazine

Read more about how we are “building bridges to engineering” through our innovative iStem program in the October 2017 edition of Bloom Magazine and follow @CCS_iSTEM on Twitter for ongoing updates.

Students lining up to start the Clark 5K
Buzz-by-Belmont Clark 5K

The annual Clark Elementary 5K Buzz-by-Belmont Fun Run to benefit the Clark Educational Fund was a success! Thank you to all of our runners, volunteers, and community partners that helped with this event.

The hallways in several of our elementary schools are filled with “The Best Part of Me” writing and photos inspired by Wendy Ewald’s book, “The Best Part of Me.”

Best of me collage
The Clark “Best of Me” collage lines the hallways with student writing and portraits.

Students paining a mural at Burnley-Moran
Mural-making at Burnley-Moran

Burnley-Moran Elementary is celebrating  Spirit Week the week of 10/16-10/20. The festivities will end with the second annual All-Elementary Football Tailgate on October 20 at 6 p.m. at Charlottesville High School. Meanwhile, Mr. Ryan Trott’s fourth-grade art students have been creating a beautiful hallway mural designed by kids from the Blue Ridge Academic Program. The mural focuses on positive messages of perseverance, effort, and accepting challenge and can be seen on the Burnley-Moran hallway walls leading to the basement level.

New York Times opinion editors work with Ms. Wayland's students.
New York Times at Johnson

Fourth-graders in Mrs. Wayland’s class at Johnson Elementary were invited to serve as guest op-ed writers for the November issue of The New York Times for Kids. Two Times editors and their photographer came to conduct a workshop and take headshots of the young columnists. In addition, the whole school is participating in a community-building art project. Students are decorating a fist-sized rock. Each looks lovely on its own, but they will be even more beautiful when combined with others to line trails and walkways around the campus.

bike safety at Greenbrier
Bike safety at Greenbrier

Students at Greenbrier Elementary are bringing their bikes and helmets to school and learning all about bike safety in PE class! Mr. Green is teaching them how to complete a pre-ride check, safety gear needed for riding, proper hand signals, and reading safety signs.

Back-to-School Night was a great community event with over 400 Jackson-Via family members who explored Jackson-Via, met with teachers, and shared a delicious pot luck dinner.

Jackson-Via students and staff dress as pirates for "Shiver Me Letters" math and literacy night.
Jackson-Via pirates

At Jackson-Via Math and Literacy Night, the pre-school and kindergarten families gathered for “Shiver Me Letters (and numbers),” and participated in activities that engaged the whole family.

Upcoming Days Off for Students: To mark the end of the first quarter, there will be a teacher workday (no school for students) on Friday, 27, October 27. Coinciding with Election Day is another break on Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7, while teachers have a professional learning day and a workday.

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School registration: PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more. You can customize how you receive calls, emails, or texts. Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account. If you have not completed your online re-registration, please do so right away.

Buford middle school students visit the Smithsonian to present.

Buford and Walker Fall 2017 Highlights

Buford middle school students visit the Smithsonian to present.
Buford students presenting at the Smithsonian

Six Buford Middle School engineers traveled to the National Museum of American History in D.C.  At the Smithsonian, they ran a design challenge for CEOs and educational leaders. Brendan Martin and his students also presented their experiences and the tools they use, such as Seesaw and Trello.

Photo of Bloom Magazine page.
Bloom Magazine

Read more about how we are “building bridges to engineering” through our innovative iStem program in the October 2017 edition of Bloom Magazine and follow @CCS_iSTEM on Twitter for ongoing updates.

As one response to the Charlottesville events of August 11-12, Mr. Cormier prompted his art students to consider a quote about “learning to love” by Nelson Mandela. Their beautiful artworks were then displayed along with the full quote on a wall in the cafeteria for all the school to see and learn from.

Cauliflower mac-n-cheese or roasted cauliflower pizza? Buford students had the chance to taste test and vote for their favorite dish as part of the Veg-Off and Harvest Festival organized by City Schoolyard Garden.

Buford PE classes were visited by the Charlottesville Cardinals wheelchair basketball team, offering an inspirational model for how to overcome challenges.

Photo of Wheelchair Basketball Players with Quote: When people first see the game, they see the wheelchairs. After five minutes, they see the sports."

Walker School held its iSTEM Family Night in October, with marble mazes (for mastering mass) and a CSI crime scene to help students solve the Case of the Missing iPhone.

Walker English students dressed in medical masks, robes, and gloves to do "sentence surgery."
Sentence surgeons at work

Walker students are using putting the fun in fundamentals. Students learned about human, natural, and capital resources by creating their own show, “Top Chef: Pizza Edition,” in Ms. Trent and Mr. Piedra’s classes. Other out-of-the box learning activities were English students performing “sentence surgery” in Ms. Stromberg’s classes, or art students using icing to create color-wheel cookies in Ms. Pagni’s classes.

Pizza creations at Walker.

 

During Mix It Up Day, 30 United Way volunteers played B-I-N-G-O at lunchtime to give our fifth and sixth grade students (sitting in mixed-up seating arrangements) a chance to get to know each other better!

Ninth-grader Anisha Tamang won 1st in the National Dance Foundation’s 2017 Middle School Art Contest! She made this award-winning collage last year at Buford.

The Walker Peace Squad raised nearly $900 to benefit hurricane victims and the “Concert for Charlottesville Fund” at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

Upcoming Days Off for Students: To mark the end of the first quarter, there will be a teacher workday (no school for students) on Friday, 27, October 27. Coinciding with Election Day is another break on Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7, while teachers have a professional learning day and a workday.

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School registration: PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more. You can customize how you receive calls, emails, or texts. Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account. If you have not completed your online re-registration, please do so right away.

Walker Peace Squad makes online donation.
Walker Peace Squad makes  donation

Across our schools, various fundraisers took place to help victims of recent events and natural disasters. The Walker Upper Elementary Peace Squad raised $868 for  hurrican victims and the Concert for Charlottesville Fund.

CHS Fall 2017 Highlights

 

CHS students holding message "Hate has no home here."
CHS students at the paint-in.
CHS musicians perform with Fab 5 singers from Metro-Nashville Public Schools at school assembly.
CHS musicians perform with Fab 5 singers from Metro-Nashville Public Schools at  aschool assembly.

Fine Arts

CHS hosted a group of singers from the Metro Nashville Public Schools to collaborate on a joint musical recording of entertainer BeBe Winan’s song “Right Now (We Need One Another.”  Read The Daily Progress coverage here. A response to this summer’s violence, this beautiful video was shown at the Dave Matthews Band Concert for Charlottesville.

Forty CHS students stayed after school for a “paint-in” organized by art teacher Rachel McLaughlin (see photo, above) as one response to the Charlottesville events of August 11-12. The inspirational messages have been posted around the school.

Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS
Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS

The CHS Theatre program will present “A Night of One Act Performances” at the Black Box Theater on October 25 at 7 p.m. The evening will feature two plays, “1601” and “The Firebugs.” In fact, the musical “1601” is student-created and directed!  Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for VIP seating. Click here to order tickets online.

Sixteen CHS Orchestra and Band members were selected for the 2017 South Central Senior Regional Orchestra. Congratulations to Laura Mulligan Thomas and Jason Hackworth, plus the following students: Alice Owen, Frances Owen, Margaret Lather, Kiran Klubock-Shukla, Jamila Pitre, Parker Sullivan, Joshua Rugumayo, and Victoria Kremer, violin; Tilden Fernandez and Joe von Storch, viola; Sarah Garretson, Carmen Day, and Owen Fernandez, cello; Claire Inlow, clarinet; Ella McLaren, bassoon; and Anna Bon-Harper, french horn.

Music department receives baby grand piano donation
Music department receives baby grand piano donation

In other music news, Victoria Kremer earned 1 of the 20 first-soprano spots in the 2017 Virginia Senior Honors Choir. The CHS Marching Knights won 1st place overall for class AAA at the Lynchburg Classic. And CHS Choir Teacher Will Cooke and his students celebrated when they received a baby grand piano from a generous donor.

Ninth-grader Anisha Tamang won 1st in the National Dance Foundation’s 2017 Middle School Art Contest! She made this award-winning collage last year at Buford.

18 AVID seniors were admitted to Longwood University.
AVID seniors today, freshmen tomorrow!

 

General News

Demetrius Ragland
Demetrius Ragland, one of VA’s two reps at the Global Youth Institute in Iowa

Congratulations and good luck to senior Demetrius Ragland for being one of two delegates representing VA this month at the Global Youth Institute in Iowa. His project studies food insecurity in Haiti.

Steven Newman and Jonah Weissman were named National Merit semifinalists, and a number of CHS students earned commended student status: Campbell Brickhouse, Owen Fernandez, Tilden Fernandez, Margaret Fitch, Emma Hale, Fré Halvorson-Taylor, Rachel Inlow, Charlotte MacDonald, Jamie Nachbar, Risa Purow-Ruderman, and Roland Ryan.

18 of our CHS AVID seniors got their first college admissions offers from Longwood University. The CHS AVID program, a college preparatory program that focuses primarily on students who will be first-generation college students, recently visited Longwood University (LU), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Lynchburg College, Virginia State University (VSU) and Virginia Tech (VT).  15 were also recently admitted to VSU. Way to go, seniors!

CHS Scholastic Bowl team at Battle of the Brains competition against Matoaka High School.
Battle of the Brains

CHS Scholastic Bowl team was victorious over Matoaka High School in round one of  the televised Battle of the Brains competition.

Vietnam War panel at CHS.
PBS panel on Vietnam War at CHS.

CHS hosted a Vietnam War video screening and panel discussion in connection with the WHTJ/WCVE PBS initiative, “Vietnam: Virginia Remembers.” Panelists included several retired Vietnam War veterans who shared their perspective with students from CHS and The Miller School. Senior Nadiya Khaydari also presented a student documentary she produced in teacher Matt Deegan’s history class. The event coincided with the recent documentary series “The Vietnam War,” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

 

Sports

CHS football v Harrisonburg_webThe CHS Football is off to a strong 5-2 start, including a 76-7 romp for Homecoming.  At the end of September, quarterback Sam Neale was named Falcon Club Player of the Week.

To conclude a great season, CHS Golf placed third at regionals, with senior AJ Stouffer placing second and qualifying for states. See this video of AJ putting for birdie on #11 at the state match in Blacksburg, VA.

Volleyball, field hockey, and cross country have had solid seasons, including  three thrilling overtime wins for field hockey and cross country’s first place finish at the Rod Camden Invitational in Lynchburg.

CHS Black Knights logo Follow CHS Athletics
on the web at http://www.gocville.org
and @CHSBlackKnights on Facebook and Twitter.

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Upcoming Days Off for Students: To mark the end of the first quarter, there will be a teacher workday (no school for students) on Friday, 27, October 27. Coinciding with Election Day is another break on Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7, while teachers have a professional learning day and a workday.

School registration: PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more. You can customize how you receive calls, emails, or texts. Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account. If you have not completed your online re-registration, please do so right away.

Governor McAuliffe visit to Clark STEM fair.
Virginia Governor McAuliffe discusses robotics with CHS student

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe visited Charlottesville and attended a Clark Elementary School STEM fair. Clark fourth graders, along with the governor, rotated through activities featuring drones, robots, and driverless cars. Running the stations were volunteers from PVCC, Perrone Robotics, and our own talented CHS BACON students.

Lugo-McGinness Academy administrator Stephanie Newcomb Carter was recognized by the UVA Teen and Young Adult Health Center as 2017 Outstanding Community Partner. Lugo-McGinness Academy provides an alternative educational setting for Charlottesville students in grades 5-12.

Burnley Moran Mural painting project

BME Mural Project

Burnley Moran students paint mural.Mr. Ryan Trott’s fourth-grade art students have been busy painting a beautiful hallway mural designed by kids from the Blue Ridge Academic Program. The mural focuses on positive messages of perseverance, effort, and accepting challenge and can be seen on the Burnley-Moran hallway walls leading to the basement level.

The project is going so well that we hope to add other murals around our school with messages of diversity, kindness, and strength of character!

 

Highlights and News Fall 2017

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October 19, 2017

Dear families—

Sigma Lab at CHS
A glimpse of what renovated and expanded facilities could look like: Sigma Lab at Charlottesville High School

As we wrap up the first quarter of the year, I want to say thanks to all of you for partnering with us for the education of your children. It’s been an eventful year in our community. Even so, our schools continue to excel and thrive. All of our Charlottesville City Schools were once again fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education, all our schools just received state-wide recognition for our sustainability and environment education programs, and our SAT scores continue to climb well-above national and state averages. To support these strong accomplishments, we are strengthening our efforts to improve and modernize our facilities.

Last fall, we hired VMDO Architects to study school capacity and make recommendations for modernization projects. We also contracted with UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service to study our enrollment trends.

Projections show our Pre-K – 12th grade enrollment will grow by more than 600 students in the next decade. Thus, the time to prepare for capacity solutions is now.

Our School Board is in the process of considering possible options. Later, you will be invited to take part in community discussions. We need your input as we seek for ways to maximize our learning spaces to meet the needs of our community. We hope you will join us!

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, Superintendent

Division-Wide News

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Upcoming Days Off for Students: To mark the end of the first quarter, there will be a teacher workday (no school for students) on Friday, October 27. Coinciding with Election Day is another break on Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7, while teachers have a professional learning day and a workday.

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PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more. Using PowerSchool, you can customize how you receive calls, emails, or texts from the schools. Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account. If you have not completed your online re-registration, please do so right away. Canvas is a similar program that allows students and parents to access day-to-day classwork, readings, grades, and more.

As a follow-up to the August events in Charlottesville, a number of our teachers and administrators have given interviews with national media outlets such as NPR, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and many others. These staff members have allowed the country to see how thoughtfully and carefully they have handled this situation.  You can find some glimpses of this work in the below highlights. Thanks for the good work you’re doing in our schools, and thanks for representing us so well in the media!

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visits with students in the Johnson Elementary garden.

We celebrated Farm-to-School week, presented by our Nutrition Department in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden and the Local Food Hub. Activities ranged from locally sourced lunches to visits with chickens and goats. The week wrapped up at Johnson with a visit from the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe visit to Clark STEM fair.
Virginia Governor McAuliffe discusses robotics with CHS student

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also visited Charlottesville and attended a Clark Elementary School STEM fair. Clark fourth graders, along with the governor, rotated through activities featuring drones, robots, and driverless cars. Running the stations were volunteers from PVCC, Perrone Robotics, and our own talented CHS BACON students.

Children working in Johnson Elementary's schoolyard garden.
Children working in Johnson Elementary’s schoolyard garden.

All nine of Charlottesville City Schools received “Virginia Naturally” state recognition for increasing the environmental awareness and stewardship of our students.

Lugo-McGinness Academy administrator Stephanie Newcomb Carter was recognized by the UVA Teen and Young Adult Health Center as 2017 Outstanding Community Partner. Lugo-McGinness Academy provides an alternative educational setting for Charlottesville students in grades 5-12.

Photo of Bloom Magazine page.
Bloom Magazine

Read more about how we are “building bridges to engineering” through our innovative iStem program in the October 2017 edition of Bloom Magazine and follow @CCS_iSTEM on Twitter for ongoing updates.

Walker Peace Squad makes online donation.
Walker Peace Squad makes  donation

Across our schools, various fundraisers took place to help victims of recent events and natural disasters. The Walker Upper Elementary Peace Squad raised $868 for  hurrican victims and the Concert for Charlottesville Fund.

Joining the Charlottesville City Schools staff is Krissy Vick, community relations liaison. You may hear from her in future communications. Beth Cheuk will remain active in communications but will take on additional responsibilities in grant-writing and other areas.

We’ve expanded our Facebook and Twitter pages! Our school division (@CvilleSchools), all our schools, and programs ranging from iSTEM to athletics have active social media accounts. To see an ever-growing list, click here.

CHS News

CHS students holding message "Hate has no home here."
CHS students at the paint-in.
CHS musicians perform with Fab 5 singers from Metro-Nashville Public Schools at school assembly.
CHS musicians perform with Fab 5 singers from Metro-Nashville Public Schools at  aschool assembly.

Fine Arts

CHS hosted a group of singers from the Metro Nashville Public Schools to collaborate on a joint musical recording of entertainer BeBe Winan’s song “Right Now (We Need One Another.”  Read The Daily Progress coverage here. A response to this summer’s violence, this beautiful video was shown at the Dave Matthews Band Concert for Charlottesville.

Forty CHS students stayed after school for a “paint-in” organized by art teacher Rachel McLaughlin (see photo, above) as one response to the Charlottesville events of August 11-12. The inspirational messages have been posted around the school.

Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS
Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS

The CHS Theatre program will present “A Night of One Act Performances” at the Black Box Theater on October 25 at 7 p.m. The evening will feature two plays, “1601” and “The Firebugs.” In fact, the musical “1601” is student-created and directed!  Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for VIP seating. Click here to order tickets online.

Sixteen CHS Orchestra and Band members were selected for the 2017 South Central Senior Regional Orchestra. Congratulations to Laura Mulligan Thomas and Jason Hackworth, plus the following students: Alice Owen, Frances Owen, Margaret Lather, Kiran Klubock-Shukla, Jamila Pitre, Parker Sullivan, Joshua Rugumayo, and Victoria Kremer, violin; Tilden Fernandez and Joe von Storch, viola; Sarah Garretson, Carmen Day, and Owen Fernandez, cello; Claire Inlow, clarinet; Ella McLaren, bassoon; and Anna Bon-Harper, french horn.

Music department receives baby grand piano donation
Music department receives baby grand piano donation

In other music news, Victoria Kremer earned 1 of the 20 first-soprano spots in the 2017 Virginia Senior Honors Choir. The CHS Marching Knights won 1st place overall for class AAA at the Lynchburg Classic. And CHS Choir Teacher Will Cooke and his students celebrated when they received a baby grand piano from a generous donor.

Ninth-grader Anisha Tamang won 1st in the National Dance Foundation’s 2017 Middle School Art Contest! She made this award-winning collage last year at Buford.

18 AVID seniors were admitted to Longwood University.
AVID seniors today, freshmen tomorrow!

 

General News

Demetrius Ragland
Demetrius Ragland, one of VA’s two reps at the Global Youth Institute in Iowa

Congratulations and good luck to senior Demetrius Ragland for being one of two delegates representing VA this month at the Global Youth Institute in Iowa. His project studies food insecurity in Haiti.

Steven Newman and Jonah Weissman were named National Merit semifinalists, and a number of CHS students earned commended student status: Campbell Brickhouse, Owen Fernandez, Tilden Fernandez, Margaret Fitch, Emma Hale, Fré Halvorson-Taylor, Rachel Inlow, Charlotte MacDonald, Jamie Nachbar, Risa Purow-Ruderman, and Roland Ryan.

18 of our CHS AVID seniors got their first college admissions offers from Longwood University. The CHS AVID program, a college preparatory program that focuses primarily on students who will be first-generation college students, recently visited Longwood University (LU), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Lynchburg College, Virginia State University (VSU) and Virginia Tech (VT).  15 were also recently admitted to VSU. Way to go, seniors!

CHS Scholastic Bowl team at Battle of the Brains competition against Matoaka High School.
Battle of the Brains

CHS Scholastic Bowl team was victorious over Matoaka High School in round one of  the televised Battle of the Brains competition.

Vietnam War panel at CHS.
PBS panel on Vietnam War at CHS.

CHS hosted a Vietnam War video screening and panel discussion in connection with the WHTJ/WCVE PBS initiative, “Vietnam: Virginia Remembers.” Panelists included several retired Vietnam War veterans who shared their perspective with students from CHS and The Miller School. Senior Nadiya Khaydari also presented a student documentary she produced in teacher Matt Deegan’s history class. The event coincided with the recent documentary series “The Vietnam War,” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

 

Sports

CHS football v Harrisonburg_webThe CHS Football is off to a strong 5-2 start, including a 76-7 romp for Homecoming.  At the end of September, quarterback Sam Neale was named Falcon Club Player of the Week.

To conclude a great season, CHS Golf placed third at regionals, with senior AJ Stouffer placing second and qualifying for states. See this video of AJ putting for birdie on #11 at the state match in Blacksburg, VA.

Volleyball, field hockey, and cross country have had solid seasons, including  three thrilling overtime wins for field hockey and cross country’s first place finish at the Rod Camden Invitational in Lynchburg.

CHS Black Knights logo Follow CHS Athletics
on the web at http://www.gocville.org
and @CHSBlackKnights on Facebook and Twitter.

Buford and Walker News

Buford middle school students visit the Smithsonian to present.
Buford students presenting at the Smithsonian

Six Buford Middle School engineers traveled to the National Museum of American History in D.C. At the Smithsonian, they ran a design challenge for CEOs and educational leaders. Brendan Martin and his students also presented their experiences and the tools they use, such as Seesaw and Trello.

As one response to the Charlottesville events of August 11-12, Mr. Cormier prompted his art students to consider a quote about “learning to love” by Nelson Mandela. Their beautiful artworks were then displayed along with the full quote on a wall in the cafeteria for all the school to see and learn from.

Cauliflower mac-n-cheese or roasted cauliflower pizza? Buford students had the chance to taste test and vote for their favorite dish as part of the Veg-Off and Harvest Festival organized by City Schoolyard Garden.

Buford PE classes were visited by the Charlottesville Cardinals wheelchair basketball team, offering an inspirational model for how to overcome challenges.

Photo of Wheelchair Basketball Players with Quote: When people first see the game, they see the wheelchairs. After five minutes, they see the sports."

Walker School held its iSTEM Family Night in October, with marble mazes (for mastering mass) and a CSI crime scene to help students solve the Case of the Missing iPhone.

Walker English students dressed in medical masks, robes, and gloves to do "sentence surgery."
Sentence surgeons at work

Walker students are using putting the fun in fundamentals. Students learned about human, natural, and capital resources by creating their own show, “Top Chef: Pizza Edition,” in Ms. Trent and Mr. Piedra’s classes. Other out-of-the box learning activities were English students performing “sentence surgery” in Ms. Stromberg’s classes, or art students using icing  to create color-wheel cookies in Ms. Pagni’s classes.

Pizza creations at Walker.

During Mix It Up Day, 30 United Way volunteers played B-I-N-G-O at lunchtime to give our fifth and sixth grade students (sitting in mixed-up seating arrangements) a chance to get to know each other better!

As mentioned in the “division news” section, the Walker Peace Squad raised nearly $900 to benefit hurricane victims and the “Concert for Charlottesville Fund” at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

Elementary News

Students lining up to start the Clark 5K
Buzz-by-Belmont Clark 5K

The 2nd annual All-Elementary “Friday Knight Lights” Tailgate will be Friday, October 20 at 6 p.m. at CHS. Get to meet cheerleaders and band members before chearing on the CHS Black Knights before their game at 7 p.m.!

Students and adults walking to school at Venable.
Walk to School Day at Venable

The annual Clark Elementary 5K Buzz-by-Belmont Fun Run to benefit the Clark Educational Fund was a success! Thank you to all of our runners, volunteers, and community partners that helped with this event.

Our schools recently celebrated “Walk to School Day.” At Venable, students walked by grade and were greeted by CHS cheerleaders.

The hallways in several of our elementary schools are filled with “The Best Part of Me” writing and photos inspired by Wendy Ewald’s book, “The Best Part of Me.”

Best of me collage
The Clark “Best of Me” collage lines the hallways with student writing and portraits.
Students paining a mural at Burnley-Moran
Mural-making at Burnley-Moran

Burnley-Moran Elementary is celebrating  Spirit Week the week of 10/16-10/20. The festivities will end with the second annual All-Elementary Football Tailgate on October 20 at 6 p.m. at Charlottesville High School. Meanwhile, Mr. Ryan Trott’s fourth-grade art students have been creating a beautiful hallway mural designed by kids from the Blue Ridge Academic Program. The mural focuses on positive messages of perseverance, effort, and accepting challenge and can be seen on the Burnley-Moran hallway walls leading to the basement level.

New York Times opinion editors work with Ms. Wayland's students.
New York Times at Johnson

Fourth-graders in Mrs. Wayland’s class at Johnson Elementary were invited to serve as guest op-ed writers for the November issue of The New York Times for Kids. Two Times editors and their photographer came to conduct a workshop and take headshots of the young columnists. In addition, the whole school is participating in a community-building art project. Students are decorating a fist-sized rock. Each looks lovely on its own, but they will be even more beautiful when combined with others to line trails and walkways around the campus.

bike safety at Greenbrier
Bike safety at Greenbrier

Students at Greenbrier Elementary are bringing their bikes and helmets to school and learning all about bike safety in PE class! Mr. Green is teaching them how to complete a pre-ride check, safety gear needed for riding, proper hand signals, and reading safety signs.

Venable celebrated the new track at the start of their annual Walk-A-Thon. This track was paid for by the Venable PTO and built by the city Parks & Rec department last summer. It is a great addition for Venable and the the neighboring community, including Lugo-McGinness Academy (Charlottesville’s high school alternative program).

Jackson-Via students and staff dress as pirates for "Shiver Me Letters" math and literacy night.
Jackson-Via “pirates”

Back-to-School Night was a great community event with over 400 Jackson-Via family members who explored Jackson-Via, met with teachers, and shared a delicious pot luck dinner. At Math and Literacy Night, the pre-school and kindergarten families gathered for “Shiver Me Letters (and numbers),” and participated in activities that engaged the whole family.

School Board Update

Recent highlights:

  • The new wellness policy  was unanimously approved by the School Board in September. Thanks to parents, students, staff, and area experts for your input to make our revised wellness policy so strong! Read more here.student school board reps
  • The 2017-18 Student Representatives to the School Board are CHS students   Nadiya Khaydari,  Fré Halvorson-Taylor, and Lamia West.
  •  Charlottesville High School received a $50,000 grant from the CFA Institute that will benefit the CHS AVID program. CFA will be partnering with CHS to modernize learning spaces and develop our investing, & personal finance programs.
  • Four Charlottesville City Schools teachers received grants totaling $5,724 from the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. The grants make possible innovative educational projects, ranging from STEM fields to therapeutic games.
  • For details, official minutes, or other reports, visit our electronic schoolboard, accessible via our web site.
  • Register here to receive notices of future Board meetings. We livestream at ustream.com.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events include:

October

Flyer for Friday Knight Lights tailgate.

  • All-Elementary Football Tailgate, 10/20, CHS, 6 p.m., Tickets $7, students and kids under 5 are free
  • CHS Football vs. W. Albemarle, 10/20, 7 p.m.
  • Cavalcade Marching Band Competition, 10/21
  • CHS Choir Fall Concert, MLKPAC CHS, 10/23, 7 p.m.
  • TheatreCHS presents “A Night of One-Act Plays,” 10/25, 7 p.m., Black Box, CHS
  • No School, 10/27, Teacher Work Day

November

  • School Board Meeting, 11/2, 5 p.m.
  • No School, 11/6, Professional Development Day
  • No School, 11/7, Teacher Work Day
  • CHS Band Veteran’s Day Concert , 11/11, Sprint Pavilion, 11-12 p.m.

Add the Venable events and the Cville Schools holidays to your Google calendar!

Remember that you can subscribe to our Google calendars for school-specific events and holidays. Instructions are at charlottesvilleschoools.org/calendar.

View previous Superintendent’s messages here.

Theatre CHS presents “A Night of One-Act Performances”

Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS
Poster design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS

Charlottesville High School will present two one-act plays on October 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the CHS BlackBox Theater. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for VIP seating. Click here to order tickets online.  

The first play is a Virginia High school League (VHSL) one-act called “1601” that is a student-written and student-directed musical. Featuring the CHS orchestra students as players, the show raises awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention. Click here for a sneak peak of the first rehearsal! 

The second play, a  Virginia Theatre Association Conference (VTA) one-act, is called “The Firebugs.” According to theater director David Becker, the play examines the idea of complacency in the face of danger.

“It’s a timeless piece,” said Becker. “I think it is a really powerful production that really resonates especially well now, but has resonated ever since it was written in 1953.” For more, click here to view Mr. Becker’s commentary on “The Firebugs.”

Theatre CHS has won numerous Virginia High School League awards. Student leadership in directing, costuming, poster design, and more is a hallmark of the program.  For more information, call 245-2410.
 

Find photos, videos, and more by visiting @TheatreCHS on Twitter.

 

Concert for Charlottesville features CHS music video

Nashville  A music video collaboration produced by Charlottesville High School and Metro Nashville Public Schools  was featured among the long line-up of musical performers at the Dave Matthew’s Band Concert for Charlottesville in September .

“To see all of us up on the jumbotron at the Dave Matthews concert was truly a thrill,” said CHS Orchestra Teacher Laura Mulligan Thomas. “I get goose bumps every time I think about it.  It was our students singing and playing and trying to promote a positive message.”

The music video features 50 CHS orchestra students and 30 members of the CHS choir, along with Nashville’s Fab 5, a group of student singers that attend different schools at MNPS.

“It was remarkable that in such a short amount of time, we were able to join with the folks from Nashville to create a new song of hope for the future,” said CHS Choir Teacher Will Cooke.  

See the full music video here.

After the Charlottesville events of August 11-12, the Fab 5, on behalf of MNPS, sent a video recording of BeBe and CeCe Winans’ song, “Right Now (We Need One Another).”  Touched by such a powerful gesture,  Thomas and Cooke decided to invite the Fab 5 singers to come to Charlottesville to re-record the video in collaboration with CHS musicians.