Come out to bump, set and spike with a volleyball tournament to determine who are the best volleyball players at Buford. If you are interested see Mr. Walters for more information.
Students in Ms. Marcy Wisbauer’s Independent Living class participated in the CHEF Kids cooking program at the PB&J Fund, a local non-profit group that teaches culinary arts and nutrition to area students.
The eighth graders made homemade chicken parmesan while learning about proper knife handling, basic slicing, dicing, and chopping skills, food prep safety, and how to choose healthy and affordable food options. See photo gallery here.
“We have a couple of students in the class that may want to become chefs, so this exposes them to what it would be like to work in a professional kitchen,” said Wisbauer.
CHEF Kids program manager John Robinson said the program is popular with middle school kids who may have never had opportunities to cook meals from scratch. More than 11,000 students have passed through the PB&J Fund kitchen or participated in one of the on-site programs since the kitchen opened in 2013.
Along with cooking, Wisbauer teaches a variety of life skills lessons as part of the Independent Living elective course, including money management, sewing, career exploration, and workplace readiness skills.
- Davis, Moriah. “Buford Middle School 8th Graders Take Hands-On Cooking Class at PB&J Fund.” Home – WVIR NBC29 Charlottesville News, Sports, and Weather, 6 Dec. 2018, www.nbc29.com/clip/14707672/buford-middle-school-8th-graders-take-hands-on-cooking-class-at-pbj-fund.
Dear Buford Families,
At Buford, we are actively working to create an inclusive environment that provides for the physical and emotional safety of all of our students.
Some of the immediate actions we have taken include:
- Increasing supervision in the hallways and during transition.
- Mobilizing groups for students who need skills in conflict resolution and social-emotional awareness.
- Having direct conversations with students about how we should treat one another including a no-tolerance policy for bullying.
- Beginning discussions with student on how to intervene and how to report.
- Instituting a homeroom in the mornings to provide students a calmer, less chaotic start to the day,.
- Continuing the “Peace Squad” club (originated for fifth- and sixth-graders at Walker School) so students can continue to learn the skills of being an “upstander” and can continue to promote the trademark message, “Kindness is cool.
- Training for staff with a certified trainer has also been scheduled for 11/7.
- Announcing the creation of a committee to address school culture. To volunteer, see details, below.
While this work will be ongoing, several events held during the week of 10/22-26 have directly addressed this issue.
- Monday, 10/22 – Buford United Student Assembly, which reiterated school expectations and the message of kindness and inclusion.
- Wednesday, 10/24 – Unity Day celebration, which spread the message of kindness, inclusion, and unity.
- Thursday, 10/25 – Presentations from Liz Ianelli, a psychotherapist and clinical industry expert on bullying, and Susan Sutton, a nationally recognized school counselor and cyberbullying consultant, followed by a Q&A with Mrs. Carter.
- Friday, 10/26 – Susan Sutton’s student presentation on cyberbullying.
The emotional and physical safety of our kids is deeply important to me not only as a principal, but also as a parent. I look forward to working with all of our families as we continue to shape and mold Buford Middle School into the school we want it to be for all of our students.
Mrs. Stephanie Carter
In addition to the above events and others that are planned for the 2nd quarter, we are seeking parent volunteers to serve on a committee to address school culture. Our school needs your voice! If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 434-245-2411.
Singer/cellist BJ Griffin and his pianist Jason Brown spent three days in music workshops with Walker, Buford, and CHS orchestra students. The visit culminated with a performance with the CHSO for Walker and Buford orchestra students at the CHS Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.
“I can’t say enough positive things about this experience,” said Fine Arts Coordinator Aaron Eichorst. “It’s the best kind of instruction and engagement we strive to provide. What an honor to be part of it.”
During the performance, students sang along and clapped to Griffin’s renditions of pop hits by artists like Michael Jackson, Lordes, and Ed Sheeran.
Griffin is known for his solo and ensemble performances that mix classical, jazz, and pop music. He is also a singer/songwriter that has worked throughout the east coast. For more about Griffin, visit https://www.
Charlottesville City Schools, in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, celebrated a week of garden activities, visits from farm animals, and made-from-scratch lunches made with local ingredients provided by area farmers through Local Food Hub.
During Charlottesville Healthy Schools Week and VA Farm to School Week students sampled a variety of healthy foods including farmer’s market salsa and vegetable soup while also taste-testing local goat cheese, pears, and apples.
On Thursday, Charlottesville City Schools hosted special guest Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni at Venable School. Secretary Qarni and members of his staff joined students for lunch, visited the garden to see goats from Caramont Farms, and sampled cherry tomatoes, CSYG’s October Harvest of the Month.
Throughout the week, students across the division also mingled with goats, bees, chickens, and sheep in our school gardens and learned about composting, apple pressing, wool carding, and more.
Charlottesville City Schools partners with the local nonprofit City Schoolyard Garden for a shared vision: Young people thrive with the opportunity to engage with nature, to enhance their academic learning through hands-on experience, to cultivate skills for healthy living, and to grow in leadership.
Together, Charlottesville City Schools and City Schoolyard Garden manage nine garden spaces including one at all six Charlottesville public elementary schools, Buford Middle School, Charlottesville High School, and our alternative high school, Lugo-McGinness Academy. These gardens encompass over 26,383 square feet of diverse organic gardens with over 33,724 student interactions for over 3,500 youth each year.