What‘s Happening at All Elementary

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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.

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All 3rd graders (and 5th-graders at Walker School) recently enjoyed a concert by Ensemble Plus Ultra, an internationally acclaimed British vocal group that specializes in Renaissance music. The concert was part of the schools’ partnership with the Tuesday Evening Concert Series.

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Symphony Preludes at Clark

The Charlottesville Symphony Preludes program has been making the rounds of the elementary schools, offering instrument demonstrations and show-and-tell.

Fourth-graders across the division have completed or will soon participate in a special robotics unit, a program piloted last year at Johnson and Jackson-Via.

Pietro Ciliberto of Venable and Anthony Medina of Jackson-Via received 2nd place and honorable mention  in the poetry and prose categories of the Writer’s Eye competition sponsored by U.Va.’s Fralin Museum of Art.  In addition, Calvin Lin of Jackson-Via was selected as 1 of 75 runners-up (out of about 5,000 national entries) for a Scholastic Storyworks contest.

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CLASS fun at Greenbrier

CLASS (Creative Learning After School and in Summer) offers after-school activities for elementary (including Walker) students. Recent highlights from Greenbrier, for instance, include a talent show, a kids vs staff basketball game, and an activities fair.  Registration for the summer CLASS program (Camp ExL) begins March 21.

Not even a foot of snow could stop Burnley-Moran students from taking advantage of their garden.  In January, students headed outside for  a science lesson on states of matter (snow, water, steam).  Thanks to our schools’ garden coordinators and the good folks at City Schoolyard Garden!

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BME students with their AVID buddies from CHS

Second graders from Burnley-Moran have been partnering with a CHS AVID class this year, participating in activities such as reading, writing, coding, problem-solving, and even a field trip to CHS. Currently, they are working together to brainstorm real-world innovations that can be applied at Burnley-Moran.

Remember the awesome field trip day sponsored by the U.Va. women’s basketball team for area students? As a follow-up, the women’s team visited Clark to eat pizza and have a dance party with Mr. Geddy’s class (winners of the game’s poster contest). Thanks, team!

And U.Va. Today recently ran an article about how their College Mentors reach out to elementary students, including those at Clark, to introduce children to college life.

Greenbrier held its annual MLK Jr. Celebration with student readings and songs.  They also held a Black History Day observation that brought African-American professionals from all walks of life to the school.  The school’s PJ and Reading night has been rescheduled for 2/29.

Good luck to the Odyssey of the Mind teams at Greenbrier, Johnson, and Walker in their upcoming competition!

Jackson-Via recently held a very successful math night. Parents, teachers, and CHS volunteers helped with math-related games, puzzles, and art activities. Plus, they had pizza. (Pizza is a natural way to learn about fractions, right?)

STEAM Team at Johnson, Math Night at Jackson-Via, and Invention Convention at Venable
STEAM Team at Johnson, Math Night at Jackson-Via, and Invention Convention at Venable

The STEAM Team is now underway at Johnson, with exposure to designing, building, coding, making, and more.

Venable 3rd-graders in Ms. Shook’s class recently wrote and recorded an original song with the newly founded group, Stories to Art. Meanwhile, 1st-graders held an Invention Convention using recyclables to let their imagination and problem-solving skills run free.

MsRuthRyanKellyDailyProgress_squareCongratulations to our staff members:

Preschool registration is underway, with applications for 3- and 4-year-olds due March 1. The program is free for qualifying families. The preschool program recently received an $80,000 grant to improve the reach and access of preschool programs in our community.

Upcoming events include:

 

  • March 1, 2-Hour Delay at All Schools (due to presidential primary elections)finalposter
  • March 3, School Board Meeting, CHS Media Center, 5pm
  • March 14-23 (except weekends), Art Connections Division-Wide Exhibition at CHS Small Gym
  • Mary 15-May 9, CCS Faculty Art Exhibition at MLKPAC lobby
  • March 17-20, Theater CHS presents Aida
  • March 19: Saturday Celebrations Family Event at Art Connections, 10am-2pm
  • March 21: Registration opens for Camp ExL (the summer CLASS camps)
  • March 23: Open House with Musical Entertainment at Art Connections, 4-8pm
  • March 25: End of 3rd quarter
  • March 30: All-City Choral Festival, 7pm, MLKPAC 
  • April 1: Snow Make-Up Day

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

Extended Learning Grant: Update

Summer-ReadingInformation added 11/20/15:

Charlottesville City Schools earned a state grant to extend the school day for students who need extra assistance with literacy. The 2015-16 school year is a planning time. We will pilot the concept during summer school 2016, and we will launch the extended-day program in August 2016. Selected students in grades 1-6 will participate three afternoons a week. The plan for students in grade 1-4 is to have a half-hour after-school recess, followed by brief (20-minute) whole-group instruction and a longer (40-minute) small-group session, ending at 4pm. We are currently working with Walker staff to develop a plan that allows students to continue to participate in EDGE clubs. We will be meeting with teachers throughout December to share information and gather feedback. During the spring, we will continue planning and, later, start identifying students who would benefit. We anticipate that it might be approximately 50-60 students per school.

A timeline for implementation is as follows:

  • December 2015: Share details and gather feedback from teachers at the schools
  • January 2016: Begin application process for positions required by the program
  • March 2016: Develop an instructional template based on teacher feedback and the current instructional model at Charlottesville City Schools
  • April 2016: Train after-school instructors
  • May 2016: Select participating students
  • June/July 2016: Notify selected students and provide families with detailed information. Continue to make revisions to the instructional plan based on summer school experiences
  • September 2016: Division-wide implementation of the extended-day program for identified students

Information originally posted 10/16/15
edIMG_4310Charlottesville City Schools has received a grant from the Governor’s Office to support extended learning for our students.  The grant will provide extended learning hours for students in grades 1-6 who need extra assistance with literacy.

We will use the 2015-16 school year to plan a program that will meet our students’ needs. As we make these decisions, the School Board and administration will be in contact with teachers, parents, and experts in the field. We will pilot the concept during summer school in 2016, and then the extended hours for identified students will be part of the 2016-17 school year.

Our current plans call for students who read below their grade levels to receive after-school instruction three afternoons a week. Our draft plan draws on elements from after-school programs already in place at Clark, Greenbrier, and Venable.  It also leverages the strengths of existing partnerships.

We know that literacy is foundational to success, and this grant provides an exciting opportunity to help all of our students grow in proficiency and confidence.  Stay tuned as this planning process unfolds.

–Dr. Rosa S. Atkins

Media Coverage about the Grant

 

 

Charlottesville Schools Fully Accredited for 2017-18

GrpGraduatesThe Virginia Department of Education has published its 2017-18 accreditation ratings on its website, and 100 percent of Charlottesville City Schools met the state’s accreditation standards, compared with 86 percent of schools statewide. Out of 132 divisions in Virginia, Charlottesville is one of just 65 divisions that presently have all their schools fully accredited. Accreditation is based primarily on Standards of Learning (SOL) test results.

“We’re delighted that our schools have all achieved accreditation for the 2017-18 year based on success on the state’s SOL tests,” said Director of Student Achievement Dr. Kendra King . “We have traditionally excelled on these tests. However, these tests are just one indicator. We have a much broader scope of what excellence looks like for our learning communities, and we are always wanting to improve. We are less interested in this school-wide measure (and its associated pressures to meet arbitrary pass rates) than in meeting the needs of all our students.”

Superintendent Message October 2015

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October 15, 2015

Dear community members,

CHS_IMG_3492I hope you’ve all gotten settled into the routines of the new school year. We continue to be pleased with our smooth start and the progress of our students.  Fall conferences have been held at some schools, but for many, they will be held on November 3.  Remember that teachers are available to answer questions and address concerns at any time of year. We want to hear from you and work with you to meet the needs of our students.

More from the Superintendent: Update on Extended Learning Program in 2016-17

JON2015LionIMG_4341I’d also like to give an update about a grant that Charlottesville City Schools received from the Governor’s Office to support extended learning for our students.  The grant will provide extended learning hours for students in grades 1-6 who need extra assistance with literacy.

We will use this year to plan a program that will meet our students’ needs. As we make these decisions, the School Board and administration will be in contact with teachers, parents, and experts in the field. We will pilot the concept during summer school in 2016, and then the extended hours for identified students will be part of the 2016-17 school year.

JON2015robotIMG_4342Our current plans call for students who read below their grade levels to receive after-school instruction three afternoons a week. Our draft plan draws on elements from after-school programs already in place at Clark, Greenbrier, and Venable.  It also leverages the strengths of existing partnerships.

We know that literacy is foundational to success, and this grant provides an exciting opportunity to help all of our students grow in proficiency and confidence.  Stay tuned as this planning process unfolds.

–Dr. Rosa S. Atkins

Division-Wide Updates

deberry2October 23 marks the end of the first grading period. Please check PowerSchool (or Canvas) to resolve any questions before then.

Notice that several school holidays have been consolidated on this year’s academic calendar, so students will have no school on Friday, October 30, as well as Monday and Tuesday, November 2-3. Enjoy the long weekend!

Charlottesville and Albemarle County are co-hosting a community forum on “free-range parenting” at Burley Middle School on 10/27 from 7:30-9pm. Community experts will address topics and answer audience questions about how to provide children safe opportunities to experience independence.

Bingler-Theodose2During the homecoming football game on October 23, the athletic field will be named DeBeery-Bingler Field in honor of two legendary coaches and mentors.

Raymond Dixon, one of the “Charlottesville 12” who integrated Charlottesville City Schools, passed away in September.  In the fall of 1959, when he was 9 years old, Mr. Dixon was one of the first African-American students to attend Venable School. We honor the courage and perseverance of Mr. Dixon and his classmates, who paved the way for so many to follow.

CHS News

CHS15edIMG_3854Based on their strong performance on last year’s PSAT test, 22 students earned semi-finalist or commended student status. Laura Holt is a semi-finalist who will continue to the scholarship phase. Commended students are Talis Basham, David Caraway, Nicholas Damiani, Zofia Ferki, Soren Grzegorczyk, Juliet Halvorson-Taylor, Chris Hays, Sachi Hilliard, Michael Inlow, Kellyn Kusyk, Charles Manning, Eamon O’Brien, Max Patek, Josh Press-Williams, Lucy Pugh-Sellers, Sam Rimm-Kaufman, Nathan Shuster, Ariana Smith, Mary Stelow, Hannah Winstead, and Caton Yang.  Congratulations to all!

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CHS students visiting 2nd Street Gallery.

Piedmont Council for the Arts recently recognized four CHS students as Rising Stars: Micah Hunter­-Chang, Emma Kane, Kate Kayton, & Saoirse Lee.

Caton Yang and Kibiriti Majuto recently represented Charlottesville Schools in a discussion with Governor McAuliffe and other state leaders. The roundtable focused on improving the evaluation process (de-emphasizing SOL testing) and other hallmarks of “schools of the future.”

CHS-2015IMG_3651_2CHS has several new clubs this fall. Girls Learn International raises awareness about challenges and injustices faced by young women around the world. And 9th-graders Zyahna Bryant and Keshawna Nelson recently established the Black Student Union amid broad support. The students noted that they called the club a “union” to signify that all are welcome to join the club, which will explore issues relevant to African Americans.

CHS2015Collage Hands ProjectFor the fourth year, 9th-grader Ashton Ryan organized a community coat drive, collecting more than 700 jackets for those in need.

The CHS science club BACON is participating in high-tech  service, 3-D printing prosthetic hands in a partnership with Northrop Grumman and a national group called Enabling the Future.

In athletic news, CHS golf is having another record-setting season, with four students qualifying for regionals:  Zach Russell, AJ Stouffer, Emmy Timberlake, and Banks Northington. In addition, CHS field hockey earned local attention and a national shout-out from US Field Hockey for its inclusion of male players.

A full 20 students qualified for the regional orchestra, which means that about 20 percent of the highly competitive spots are occupied by students from CHS! Senior Mary Stelow earned the concertmaster chair for the second consecutive year. Other qualifiers are Campbell Brickhouse, Faith Brown, Cameron Ciambotti, Randall Crittenden, Carmen Day, Micah Hunter-Chang, Claire Jenkins, Rachel Jones, Victoria Kremer, David Kriete, Saoirse Lee, Charlie Manning, Leighton Read, Bethany Reitsma, Matthew Robinson, Noah Robinson, Caleb Rose, Parker Sullivan, and D Thomas.

Children-of-Eden_smThis year’s competition one-act play, Children of Eden, is student-directed, with direction and choreography by Emma Kessler and Daniel Neale, and with music direction by Saoirse Lee. A free send-off performance will be 10/21 at 7pm.

Other student activities at CHS include a joint constitutional debate held with (and not against) students from St. Anne’s-Belfield. And Chinese classes recently observed the Mid-Autumn Festival by learning about the holiday—and by eating mooncakes.

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Choosing a mooncake in Chinese class.

CHS has held several successful college-prep events, including a workshop on essay-writing and a regional college fair that attracted more than 800. A college planning night will be held on 10/26.

Finally, speaking of college,  Andrew Gamma ’15 was among the graduates featured in a recent news article about our dual-degree program with PVCC. If you are interested in dual enrollment or a dual degree, ask your counselor.

Middle Grade News

Walker collageAt Walker, sixth-grade students hosted a colonial fair representing the cultures and history of the 13 colonies from New Hampshire to Georgia.

Some Walker students have gotten their hands in the goo— making “ooblek” and then making inferences about it. Others have gotten their hands in the dirt, carefully sifting through soil layers for an archaeology lab.

In response to the tragic summer drowning of their friend (Yu Be Chaw), some ESL students at Walker recently wrote a letter to and met with Dr. Atkins to explore how to expand opportunities for swimming lessons for Charlottesville students.

Walker and Greenbrier will have enhanced lighting installed this year thanks to a state security grant.WLK_IMG_4196

At Buford, French and history students enjoyed a live performance by musicians from our sister city of Besançon. The group uses songs from the past to teach French & history through music. In addition, US History II students learned about life on the prairie by working on a barbed wire fence & sod house!

As part of their fall harvest, City Schoolyard Garden aides gathered gourds to give to the school’s art students for use in still life work. Once the gourds are dry, the art students will polish and burn designs on them to convert them into artworks and bird houses.

Gourds CollageBuford students and staff represented the division at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, through a partnership that has developed ways to use historic inventions to teach science and engineering. Our students presented their work to national leaders of STEM organizations.

Elementary News

BME_IMG_9543City elementary schools have completed their visits to Camp Albemarle to learn about our watershed, and thanks to City Schoolyard Garden and the Local Food Hub, they also enjoyed a busy Farm-to-School Week.

Burnley-Moran students discovered that skills + service= acorn math. Students gathered acorns for injured bear cubs, fawns, and squirrels who can’t find their own food. The children totaled their haul and subtracted the number of acorns that didn’t meet the standards set by the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

IMG_4809It’s been a busy season for Clark Bees — they participated in a Belmont community “Yard Dreams” art project sponsored by PVCC, they hosted area beekeepers (and buzzing friends) as part of Farm-to-School Week, and they hosted their annual Buzz-by-Belmont 5K. In addition, fourth-graders completed a multi-faceted water unit, with a trip to Camp Ablemarle, a classroom visit from a student’s hydrologist father, and a service project that collected $113 to dig wells to provide clean water in South Sudan.

2 (1)Greenbrier held a spirit day with t-shirts featuring a design selected from school-wide entries. Congratulations to kindergartener Liam Yeaton, the winning artist. In addition, teacher Linda Thornton earned a Horace Mann Donors Choose grant to purchase ten stability balls for her first-graders to use (in addition to their traditional chairs). Stability balls promote active engagement and other benefits.

Jackson-Via’s computer club continues to grow, with twenty students staying after school weekly to get up to “scratch” with their coding.

dsc02763-smJohnson hosted a highly successful Donuts with Dads event, filling the cafeteria with dads, grandfathers, uncles, and friends for a morning reading event. Afterwards, the men headed to the library to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Venable will host its annual “Trick or Read” on October 29, with costumed teachers, book-based activities, read-alouds, and more.

School Board Report

SchoolBoardGroup_sm2At their October meeting, the Board approved the timeline for developing the 2016-17 budget and heard an update about the division’s recycyling and composting program. The Board also discussed the 2014-15 year-end financial report, a document for reporting key measures on CCS priorities, and a proposed change in training for our non-discrimination policy. For more details 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 (search for Charlottesville City Schools).

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events include:

  • October 21, TheatreCHS presents Children of Eden, Black Box Theatre, 7pm
  • October 23, CHS Homecoming and Field Dedication, kick-off at 7:30pm
  • October 26, CHS College Planning Night
  • October 29, CHS Choir Fall Concert, 7pm, MLKPAC
  • No school on Friday (10/30), Monday (11/2), or Tuesday (11/3)

To find more events or to add our division-wide or school-specific Google calendars to your own e-calendar, visit charlottesvilleschools.org/calendar.

 

 

Fall Socials at Elementaries

1From potlucks to fun runs to read-alongs, Charlottesville’s elementary schools will be welcoming students and families during after-school hours this fall.  Plan to be part of your school community.

Schedule of Fall Socials in Charlottesville Elementary Schools:

  • Burnley-Moran: Community Potluck on Oct 20, 6:30-8 (PTO meeting, 5:30)
  • Clark: Buzz-by-Belmont 5K at 8am on October 10 (open to the whole community!) and Fall-into-Reading Night at October 20, 5:30-7
  • Greenbrier: Fall Fun Fair & Silent Auction, October 16, 5:30-8
  • Jackson-Via: PTO Fun Night on October 2 and Rocktoberfest on October 23 at 5pm
  • Johnson: Fall Festival on October 7, 5 – 7
  • Venable: Trick-or-Read on October 29, from 5:30 – 7

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Superintendent Message September 15, 2015

Superintendent-Message-HeaderedIMG_3535Dear Community Members,

Welcome back!  We’ve had a wonderfully smooth opening to the year, and the season of back-to-school nights is upon us. We hope you’ll join us at your school to meet your teachers and get a glimpse of school life.  Check the schedule on the back of this publication, or visit our new web site at charlottesvilleschools.org.

This document includes a checklist of ways to facilitate smooth interactions between your family and our school division. These items range from free online balance checks of your students’ lunch accounts to log-ins to get a glimpse of your students’ assignments, progress, grades and more through Canvas, our online learning system.

edIMG_3996_smOur roll-out of Chromebook laptops for students in grades 3-12 has also been smooth. This is the second phase of our 1:1 (one device per student) program.  These devices offer the creative powers of a laptop and the ease-of-use of a tablet.

Finally, phase three of our science lab renovations is now complete.  If you haven’t had the chance to tour the new science and engineering facilities at Buford (completed in 2013), the new Sigma Lab at CHS (2014), or the renovated science rooms at CHS (2015), I invite you to be our guest.

From laptops to renovated science spaces to extraordinary fine arts programs, we appreciate the way that our community supports our schools and the students who attend them.  Let’s get ready for a great year!

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins


CCS Updates

edIMG_3461Charlottesville City Schools offers a number of ways for families to stay connected:

  • Students Photos and Schoolwork: To limit how CCS uses students’ images or artwork, please complete the Permission Checklist. Otherwise, you will give permission for your child to appear in photos and videos, for CCS to share images with partners such as City Schoolyard Garden, and for CCS to show your student’s schoolwork.
  • Electronic Report Cards: By completing the Permissions Checklist, parents can stop receiving paper report cards. All families have access to grades through PowerSchool. At year’s end, all families will receive a printed report card.
  • Meal Account Balances and Electronic Payments: CCS partners with My School Bucks so families may set up low-balance alerts (free) and make optional online payments (with a convenience fee).
  • PowerSchool and Canvas: Follow your students’ progress in PowerSchool (grades, attendance) and Canvas (assignments, grades, due dates, and more).
  • Google Calendar: See charlottesvilleschools.org/calendar to synch your e-calendar with the division and your school.
  • Social Media: Follow us @CvilleSchools on Facebook & Twitter!
  • Livestreamed Board Meetings: The community is invited to attend or speak at CCS Board meetings (held the first Thursday each month, 5pm, CHS Media Center). We also livestream at ustream.com.

Congratulations to our teachers! Buford ESOL teacher Gail Heard spent three weeks in the Philippines as part of a year-long program with the State Department’s Teachers for Global Classrooms. Johnson teacher Christine Esposito won awards from the National Council on Geographic Education, one for her outstanding teaching and another for the book she co-wrote. And CCS teachers won more than $11,000 in grants from the Shannon Foundation to support projects in science, gardening, photography and more. Grant-winners are Kena Brandt, Melissa Combs, Kathleen Gragg, Karl Helmstetter, Carmella Johnson, Samantha Pagni, Stephanie Tatel, and Mary-Elizabeth Via.

Elementary News

edIMG_4111For students at Clark, Johnson, and Venable, it’s their year to get a visit from the Richmond Ballet, who will perform the comic ballet Coppéia this month.

Burnley-Moran welcomed students back with its annual community field day, featuring fresh air and new friends.  They’ve also been leaving a “Positive Footprint,” following a national project for encouraging kindness.

Clark (Walker, and other schools) wrapped up another successful Books On Bikes season, with teachers and librarians visiting students’ neighborhoods to make summertime bike deliveries of free books and popsicles.

Clark students also attended a Charlottesville City Council meeting to present the memory quilt that students created with the assistance of the Crescent Hill Quilters. The collaboration would not have been possible without Clark Art teacher Evelyn Reid, Piedmont Council for the Arts and the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.

edIMG_3607_smGreenbrier hosted a huge crowd at its back-to-school picnic on September 11, a great opportunity to get to know Interim Principal Kenneth Leatherwood and assistant principal Cam Ellis.

Jackson-Via welcomed 93 grandparents and other guests to a Grandparents’ Day luncheon on September 11.

The first “Golden Shelf” winner of the year has been named at Johnson Elementary, just one example of how the library and school emphasize positive discipline to teach students to ROAR (be Respectful, Open-minded, Actively engaged, and Responsible).

Venable teachers donned superhero costumes and took to their neighborhood on the last day of summer to greet students and families. The school also hosted a back-to-school potluck and clothing swap. Venable was also featured in a Charlottesville Tomorrow article about the importance of play in kindergarten.

Middle Grade News

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Kindness in the lunch line at Walker.

Sixth-graders will attend a special music program by the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival on September 16 called Where Does Music Come From?

The always-active Peace Squad at Walker kicked off the year with a Kindness Rally. The group also held a photo challenge, with pix of teachers and students in their “Be Cool, Be Kind” t-shirts during summer travels.

With help from the United Way’s Day of Caring volunteers, Walker is organizing Mix-it-up-at-Lunch.  Students will play mixers in assigned seats to encourage new friendships. PE classes are also doing team-building activities.

This summer, Walker students completed a vibrant mural along the outdoor stairs leading from building A to B. The student-designed mural features figures inspired by the work of artist Keith Haring interspersed with hands that spell “art” in American Sign Language.

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Which broccoli is better?

Students from Buford and Walker participated in the summer Reflections Governor’s School, a program for those gifted in the visual arts.  Click here for a slide show.

Buford civics & economics classes conducted a neighborhood trash pick-up to study (and practice) community service. And history classes skyped with author Kenneth C. Davis!

Students enrolled in ESOL (English for Speakers of other languages) worked with Ms. Pagni from Walker School to create chalk self-portraits as a springboard to writing.

For Buford elections, candidates must complete an application and gather 75 signatures, and students must register to vote! For more authenticity, the City’s elections staff visits the school (with voting booths) to assist on election day.

Engineering teacher Brendan Martin and students Amara Green and Jasmine McCray (now a 9th-grader at CHS) presented at the Fab 11 conference at MIT this August.

After its successful Veg-Off taste-test last week, Buford is preparing for its Fall Harvest Festival on September 18. Organized with City Schoolyard Garden, the event is part back-to-school night and part garden party with food and live music.

Charlottesville High School News

edIMG_3956Before school even began, 34 CHS students gathered to learn about leadership and community-building at the CHS Student Council’s 2nd annual conference. The students participated in a roundtable with student leaders from U.Va., heard from CCS Board members and administrators, and planned school spirit events for the year.

Sophomore Taylor Shefski was selected to participate in this summer’s “James River Expedition,” a floating classroom along the river. Free for students, the trip is organized by the James River Association and funded by Dominion Resources.

Congratulations to Anna Hennigan ’15 who won (again) the C’ville Weekly’s youth fiction competition.

edIMG_3478CHS students bucked a national trend by sending their SAT scores in 2014-15 higher. The school continues to outperform Virginia, which outperforms the nation.

CHS will host a regional college fair with reps from 70 colleges. The event will be Sunday, September 20, and advanced online registration will provide a scannable card to save students the trouble of completing forms for each school.

Charlottesville’s coed golf team is having another record-setting season. Jefferson district champs, the team set a record at the Conference 23 regular season championship, with a team score of 300. In that tough conference, they earned 3rd for the regular season, with A.J. Stouffer named conference regular-season player of the year. Good luck as the rest of the season unfolds, boys and girl!

In other athletic news, ScrimmagePlay was on hand to capture in video CHS football’s big win over Harrisonburg, including Rashad Brock’s 99-yard TD run.

Kudos to the CHS students who participated in the highly competitive governor’s school programs this summer: Helen Atkins in Latin and Stefani Mitrovic in Spanish (Foreign Languages); Megan Bird and Chris Hays (Humanities); and Micah Hunter-Chang for violin and Dora Baker in theater (Visual and Performing Arts). Finally, a special shout-out to Sam Rimm-Kaufman, one of just six Virginia students selected for the program’s partnership with NASA.

School Board Meeting:  September 3

In their summer and September meetings, the School Board named the band room at Buford in honor of retired director Joseph V. Tornello, approved foreign-language textbook adoptions, and OKed the selection of Chromebooks for student computers in grades 3-12.  They also voted to keep the Virginia Retirement System’s delegate as the sole manager for investment contributions for the voluntary portion of the hybrid plan for employees. For more details 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 (search for Charlottesville City .

Upcoming Meetings & Events

September
15: Back-to-School Nights

  • Burnley-Moran, 5:30 (PTO at 5)
  • Clark, 5:30
  • Greenbrier, 6:30
  • J-Via, 5:30 (dinner); PTO, 5pm
  • Johnson, 6pm

16: United Way Day of Caring Projects

  • CATEC Back-to-School Night

17: Back-to-School Nights

  • Lugo-McGinness, 6pm
  • Venable, 5:30pm

18: Buford Harvest Festival, 6pm
19: CHS College Fair, 4-6pm, CHS
22: CHS Back-to-School Night, 5:30-7pm
24: Special Education Advisory Comm., 8:45am, Division Annex
27: CHS Orchestra Plays at Foxfield Family Day, 11am
28: No School for Students (Professional Learning Day)

October
1: School Board Meeting, 5pm. CHS Media Center
2:  Jackson-Via Fun Night
5:  Quest Advisory Comm., 7:30pm, Div. Annex
7:  Walk-to-School Day
Johnson Fall Festival, 5pm
10:  Buzz-by-Belmont 5K, 7:30am, Clark