What’s Happening at Johnson

What’s Happening at Johnson Elementary School

  • CHS students interviewing and photographing local African-Americans. Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress

    Highlights and News: January 24, 2017

    January 24, 2017 Dear families, As you know, we are developing the strategic plan that will guide our Charlottesville schools through the year 2023. So far, we have gotten a great response from students, staff, and parents — and we want to hear from you, too. Three opportunities are available for staff and parents: A community-wide listening session will be held this Wednesday (1/25) at CHS at 7pm. Join us! An online survey is another way you can share your feedback and ideas. A schedule of school-based meetings is on the web site, as well. This monthly newsletter will reflect on some of the ideas we’ve heard so ...

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    STEM Nights at Charlottesville Elementary Schools

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) STEM education is one of the most talked about elements of K–12 education today.  Charlottesville City Schools provides a wide variety of STEM-related opportunities for students beginning in pre-Kindergarten and continuing through high school.  These opportunities help CCS students discover and develop their interest in these disciplines. Throughout the school year, a variety of STEM-related programs enhances the learning possibilities of all students. These include in-school activities like robotics and coding workshops, as well as family nights which enable students and their families to have fun with math and science. STEM & Math Night at Jackson-Via Jackson-Via recently held its ...

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    December 2016 Elementary Highlights

    The first-ever all-elementary tailgate was a success.  Their cuteness and cheers propelled the CHS football team to a big win. Thanks to the Burnley-Moran PTO for organizing the event. Second-graders across the division enjoyed their annual field trip to Monticello, filled with history, beauty, gardens, and even math.  Visiting Monticello’s “edible laboratory,” students guessed the weights of pumpkins, recorded weather, and tasted fennel. Thanks to a partnership with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, students in the after-school CLASS program have new, fun options for staying on the move and healthy, as profiled by the Newsplex. As part of the new iSTEM program, third-grade engineers ...

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  • Students examining and drawing butterflies at Camp Albemarle

    Elementary Highlights for October 2016

    Friday Knight Lights: Join families from all six elementary schools at the first-ever elementary tailgate party at the CHS Football game on November 4. Festivities include face-painting and visits from the CHS football team, band, and cheerleaders. The fun starts at 6 before kick-off at 7 (see flyer below). The Walker Upper Elementary School Family extends an invitation to all current 4th graders and their families (and any CCS families, for that matter) to attend Bingo Night on Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30pm. City fourth-graders have been on the go, between their annual science field trip to Camp Albemarle and their field ...

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  • Rwandan and Johnson drummers making music together.

    Elementary Highlights for September 2016

    In response to a suggestion from Burnley-Moran Elementary School, the Charlottesville Police Department is starting a “lunch with a cop” program in our elementary schools.  Police officers visit with students during lunch, answering questions, enjoying conversation, and building positive relationships. City Schoolyard Garden started its “Harvest of the Month” program in September with delicious local peaches. The monthly fresh and local snack is also connected to science- and garden-related lesson plans. Our elementary schools have proven that it’s never too early in the year for some arts and inspiration! Rwandan brothers Patrick and Pacifique Niyosenga visited schools to perform and share their story of overcoming challenges. Pacifique ...

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  • Friday Knight Lights: Elementary Tailgate on 11/4/16

    Join families from all six Charlottesville elementary schools for the first-ever Friday Knight Lights City Schools Tailgate! Face-painting, sign-decorating, visits with the band, cheerleaders, and football team! Friday, November 4, 6-7 pm (game starts at 7) Game tickets free for students & younger sibs, $7 for others  

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  • Students celebrating Thanksgiving

    Elementary Highlights: May 2016

    Registration is open for the summer’s Camp ExL through the Charlottesville Schools’ CLASS program. Students at all elementary schools recently enjoyed visits from  the Kennedy Center courtesy of Ash Lawn Opera. Guests came to dance and offer a child’s introduction to the opera. Summer is Books on Bikes season! This team of Charlottesville teachers and librarians makes regular book-and-popsicle runs into several city neighborhoods to build relationships & make sure our students have some good summer reads. They’ll kick off their season with a bike/walk parade on Saturday, June 4, at 10am. The parade starts at Clark and finishes at the downtown branch of the ...

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    Elementary Education at Charlottesville City Schools

    What’s special or unique about elementary school in Charlottesville? Plenty.  Read on to see what makes our schools stand out: City Schoolyard Garden: Through a unique partnership with the local nonprofit City Schoolyard Garden, all our elementary schools have their own gardens! The gardens serve as outdoor classrooms, science labs, reading centers, and more.  Coordinators at each school work with our teachers and the staff at City Schoolyard Garden to develop activities that extend learning through gardening, experiments, science activities, cooking, composting, and more. Fine Arts: Charlottesville City Schools is committed to the fine arts. We recognize that art and music are not “frills,” but an ...

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    Elementary Highlights: March 2016

    Kindergarten registration/open house will be Thursday, April 21 from 3-6pm at your local elementary schools.  Help us get the word out! Registration is open for the summer’s Camp ExL through the Charlottesville Schools’ CLASS program. Elementary Schools honored Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day with events ranging from green eggs & ham at Greenbrier’s lunch to cat-in-the-hat headgear in the hallways, to special guests (including the cat himself at Johnson), and dress-as-your-favorite-character day at Clark. Fourth-graders enjoyed Dr. Kaboom this month at the Paramount Theater. The nationally acclaimed Dr. Kaboom offers one-man science shows that explore a variety of science concepts. How’s your bracket?  Not ...

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    Elementary Highlights February 2016

      The City elementary schools observed “Random Acts of Kindness Week” with a variety of activities.  For instance, Jackson-Via created a compliment wall for students and parents to express their appreciation to teachers. Art Connections, the division-wide student art show, will run 3/14-23 (except weekends) in the CHS Small Gym, with two special family events. The “Saturday Celebration” with hands-on art projects will be Saturday, March 19, from 10am-2pm.  And the open house with musical performances will be Wednesday, March 23, from 4-8pm. Kindergarten students recently celebrated the 100th day of school, marked by activities such as completing 100-piece puzzles or hands-on counting activities. All 3rd graders (and ...

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