As we approach the end of the year, we have two brief and anonymous surveys we hope you will complete if they apply to your family.
The first survey is about our Special Education program. If your student receives services while at school, please share your feedback with us. Link to survey: Special Education Family Survey 2018
The second survey is about your child’s experiences with City Schoolyard Garden, the nonprofit that works with us to use school gardens as educational classrooms. Please complete this survey before June 10, and while you are at it, you can sign up for a raffle to win some CSG prizes. Link to survey: City Schoolyard Garden Family Survey 2018
Thank you for partnering with us by providing your valuable feedback and best wishes for the end of the school year!
We have two important announcements about the future of Buford. The first is that at the end of this year, Mr. Eric Johnson will be leaving Buford to become the principal of Charlottesville City Schools’ hospital education program at U.Va. Medical Center. We are tremendously appreciative of Mr. Johnson’s service at Buford and are delighted that he will remain on the Charlottesville Schools staff in this new position.
The second announcement is related. Because of the timing of Mr. Johnson’s announcement, we were in the position to move quickly to identify his successor. Starting this summer, Mrs. Stephanie Carter will become the new principal at Buford. Since 2014, Mrs. Carter has headed up Lugo-McGinness Academy, the alternative learning center at Charlottesville City Schools. She has won statewide attention for her redesign of that program — and all the while, she has also overseen our division’s virtual education and career and technical education programs. Please join me in thanking Mr. Johnson for his excellent service at Buford and wishing him well in his new role in hospital education. And please also join me in welcoming Mrs. Carter to the Buford community.
The new leader of the Charlottesville City Schools Hospital Education Program at U.Va. will be Eric Johnson. Mr. Johnson has served as principal at Buford since 2008. He earned his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Virginia and his master’s in middle school education from James Madison University. He had previously served as a principal and assistant principal at other schools in the area since 2000. At Buford, Mr. Johnson has been known for his tremendous warmth and abilities in nurturing the school’s community. He has been a powerful advocate for our partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, a program that began at Buford, and he also helped establish the AVID program at Buford, which is key to the program’s success at Charlottesville High School. Mr. Johnson has also been active in the community in areas such as serving as chairman of the board of the African American Teaching Fellows Program.
At Buford Middle School, Stephanie Carter will assume responsibilities as principal. Mrs. Carter has overseen the work of Lugo-McGinness Academy since it was established in 2014, transforming our alternative learning center into a state model for trauma-sensitive, student-centered education. After establishing the model at LMA, she has developed satellite programs at Buford and Walker. In addition, since 2011, Ms. Carter has overseen the launch and growth of our division’s virtual education programs as well as our career and technical education (CTE) programs, both of which draw on her background in instructional technology. In 2017, Mrs. Carter was named Outstanding Community Partner by U.Va.’s Teen Health Center, and in 2008, she earned a Virginia Department of Education award for excellence in CTE programs. She has also served on state-wide committees and presented widely.
Walker student Hazel Conklin won the stockpile division at the regional soap box derby in Culpeper! She was assisted in this STEM project by Troy Brown, Elias Garcia, and Oliver Jackson (not pictured). Congrats also to their advisor, iSTEM teacher Chris Chamberlin. Hazel has qualified to compete in the Local Masters Race this June, also in Culpeper.
Students Hallie Goode and Allie Floyd have been awarded the Red Cross Youth Heroes Award for our region for their kindness and persistence in helping and befriending Walker’s functional skills students. Way to model kindness and inclusivity, girls!
This spring, Ms. Washburg and Ms. Woods’ 6th grade classes collaborated to host the Confidence Carnival! Positive affirmations, games, face painting, and a visit from a UVA Women’s Basketball player made for a great morning!
Peer mentors at Walker not only welcomed the City’s fourth-graders for a visit, but they even wrote personalized letters to each student (delivered at the elementary schools) to express greetings!
The 3rd annual AVID College and Career Night at Walker brought many families and community representatives to the school for a fun-filled evening helping students peer into the future.
“El Espectaculo!” at Walker was spectacular. Fifth-graders in the event showcase what they’ve learned across the curriculum in the Elementary Spanish program. Here’s a nice recap: http://bit.ly/2Hs6RwT.
The Walker Peace Squad visited all six elementary schools to perform an original play and raise the question, “What are some ways you can stand up when you see someone being mean to someone else?”
Buford, Walker, and CHS parents and guardians are invited to take a survey about college-level classes sponsored by the CHS PTO and Counseling Department. The survey is part of a national conversation about college prep and high school stress.
Buford’s Aidan Peters qualified to compete at the VA State Geographic Bee at Longwood University.
Amanda, Eleanor, Ella, Emma, Harriet, Niharika, and Saba represented Buford in the History Day regionals at UVA! Ella and Emma will represent us at the state finals!
The Buford Middle School Orchestra earned a Superior rating for their beautiful performance at the District Orchestra Assessment.
17 Buford orchestra students made the 2018 Junior Regional Orchestra while 14 band students made the All-District Band—more than any other middle school in the area!
Buford’s Abby Paquette and Elisabeth Scharf shared their experiences in the Foundations of Engineering and Engineering 1 classes at the International Techology and Engineering Educator Association in Atlanta, GA.
Buford students performed well in the Virginia Mathematics League Contest–the 7th grade team came in fifth in the league and fourth in the region; Christian Millard was ranked in the top 35 7th graders in the league; The 8th grade team came in fourth in the league and third in the region; and Camden Baucom was ranked in the top 35 8th graders in the league!
In other math news, the Buford MathCounts team finished 2nd in regional competition.
Buford student Miya Anderson participated in the 29th Annual African-American Read-in on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Buford Middle School. Students read excerpts from their favorite books and poems to celebrate Black History Month and African-American literature.
Engineering 1 students at Buford Middle watched a live virtual tour of MIT let by the CHS BACON Zero Robotics team. The tour gave these 8th graders a glimpse into what opportunities are ahead in the Cville Schools iSTEM program!
Eight Buford girls participated in the Girls Excelling in Math Tournament run by the Village School. The 8th grade team of Abby Paquette, Lidia Shimer, Lucy Armengol, and Sylvie Bon-Harper finish is 1st place and Abby finished 2nd overall as an individual. The 7th grade team of Sarah Burns, Vicky Gonzalez, Elie Lewin, and Lowell Tolton finished in 2nd place and Sarah finished 5th overall as an individual.
Congratulations to eighth grader Silas McClellan who correctly spelled “subterranean” to become the 2017-18 school spelling bee champion for Buford Middle School.
Buford Middle School civics students Abby, Jaimin, and Kaia presented their project “Hate Speech vs. Right to Assembly and Free Speech (Permit or No Permit)” at the Public Education Foundation 2018 Luncheon at the Boar’s Head Inn.
Congratulations to our Fencing Team for hosting another successful tournament. Students competed fiercely on three different stages. Ms. Carney has sponsored our team for several years and continues to do a wonderful job. https://buff.ly/2E1lXaF
Charlottesville City Schools has a full menu of opportunities to enjoy the fine arts for all ages this spring!
5/1 (Tuesday) Johnson Elementary PreK, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades presents “Celebrating Friendship” Spring Performance, 6pm. 245-2417.
5/2 (Wednesday): Buford Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:30pm, Buford Auditorium. 245-2411.
5/3-5/5 (Thursday-Saturday) CHS Theatre presents Chicago, 7pm, Black Box Theatre at Charlottesville High School. http://bit.ly/CHSTheatreTickets. 245-2410
5/4 ( Friday) Greenbrier Elementary First Grade Spring Performance, 10:30am. 245-2415.
5/4 (Friday) Buford Band Spring Concert, 7pm, Buford Auditorium. 245-2411.
5/6 (Sunday) CHS Band Spring Concert, 7pm, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. 245-2410
5/7 (Monday) Venable grades 1 and 2 Spring Performance, 6 pm, 245-2418.
5/15 (Tuesday), Clark Elementary K-4 Spring Performance, 6pm. 245-2414.
5/16 (Wednesday) Walker and Buford Chorus Spring Concert 7pm, Buford Auditorium. 245-2411.
5/17 (Thursday) Burnley-Moran K/1 Spring Performance, 6:30pm. 245-2413.
5/18 (Friday) Walker Band Spring Concert, 6:30pm, Walker Auditorium. 245-2412.
5/18-5/19 (Friday-Saturday): CHS Dessert Theatre, Black Box Theatre. Friday at 7 and Saturday at 3 & 7. Featuring comic sketches and musical performances. General admission $5, VIP seating $10. For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/CHSTheatreTickets. 245-2410.
5/23 (Wednesday) CATEC Completers’ Ceremony, 7pm, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. 434-973-4461.
5/24 (Thursday) CHS Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:30pm, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. 245-2410.
5/25 Greenbrier Elementary Kindergarten Spring Performance, 10:30am. 245-2415.
May 28 (Monday) CHS Band performs for City’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Charlottesville Sprint Pavilion, 11am. 245-2471.
May 31 (Thursday) All CCS Elementary Schools Minds in Motion performance, Jamestown: A New World in Motion. Through a unique partnership with the Richmond Ballet and Charlottesville City Schools, Minds in Motion (MIM) is a year-long inclusive program that combines dance instruction with storytelling, academic lessons, and a large scale year-end performance. 7pm, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center. 245-2671.
6/1 (Friday) Buford Stage Left Theatre Presents: The Actor Games, Buford Auditorium, 6:30pm. 245-2411.
6/7 (Thursday): Charlottesville High School Graduation, 7pm, JPJ Arena, 245-2410.
Students attending CHS in the 2018-19 school year are considered “In District.” Students on Free or Reduced Lunch are eligible for reduced tuition rates. Out-of-district students are not eligible for Free/Reduced rates. Tuition is non-refundable.
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Here are just a few highlights of what has been happening lately in the Fine Arts program at Charlottesville City Schools.
The annual CHS Symphony/Chorus/Fine Arts Celebration featured all of the Charlottesville High School fine arts in one evening. The performance combined the talents of the CHS Symphony, CHS Choir, CHS Jazz Band, CHS Visual Arts, and CHS Theatre. CHS Choir teacher Will Cooke noted that eight CHS Choir alumni were also singing among the choir.
CHS orchestra teacher Laura Thomas credits the strong foundational programs in the elementary and middle schools for enabling the successes at the high school.
“The Symphony Orchestra is the product of so many behind the scenes, long-term arrangements and effort,” said Thomas during her remarks to the audience. “In Charlottesville, it starts at the elementary schools where we have such a solid general elementary music program. And then in fifth grade at Walker, where many choose an instrument and or continue to sing. And then, we have this world-class music program at Buford, and at the high school we schedule the String Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble at the same time, so that we can actually combine to rehearse and create this wonderful thing. I was just telling my students a couple days ago, ‘This doesn’t happen everywhere. The symphony orchestra is really a rare thing at a high school.’ I am so very, very proud of this symphony orchestra, and I hope you are too.”
To view selections from the performance, use the following links:
The Walker Upper Elementary School fifth grade beginner band and the Buford Middle School jazz band both recently performed for their schools. Walker band teacher Susan Allen showcased each section of the band–brass, woodwinds, and percussion–to teach the audience about the different instruments.
17 Buford Middle School musicians made the 2018 Junior Regional Orchestra! The JRO auditions were held on January 27 at Jouett Middle School and included musicians from Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Cville/Albemarle. Each student played two scales, two prepared excerpts, and a sight-reading selection. The JRO event will take place on March 23-24 at Heritage High School in Lynchburg.
For the month of February, artwork by Johnson Elementary students is on display at Charlottesville City Hall and artwork by CHS students is featured in the teen section of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
CHS art students in Ms. Mildonian’s classes have been painting portraits for children of Puerto Rico who were affected by the hurricanes last year. In partnership with memoryproject.org, these artists are using photographs of the children to create special keepsakes which will be hand-delivered to the children when they are completed.
“We want our kids to understand that sharing kindness through artistic expression can be really meaningful,” said Mildonian. Hopefully, these paintings will make the children of Puerto Rico, many who have lost everything, feel loved and not forgotten.”
What happens when second grade students combine art, reading, and STEM all in one unit? Clark Elementary students make bioluminescent creatures using circuits and glow paint! This illuminating cross-curricular activity was inspired by the Hot Read of the Month, “Glow: Animals that Make Their Own Light.” iSTEM teacher Teresa Amasia helped the students design their own light-up sea creatures by building a suspended pendulum and using glow in the dark paint.
The CCS Faculty Art Exhibit, a long-standing tradition for Charlottesville City Schools, is now on display in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performance Arts Center (MLK-PAC) lobby from January 22, 2018 to March 26, 2018. The show features drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, digital art and mixed-media created by faculty and staff members who work for the nine schools in our division. With more than 20 participants, the exhibit includes works from visual art teachers, school counselors, instructional assistants, administrators, and other support staff. Read more about it here.
CHS art students took a field trip to the Second Street Gallery to view Adejoke Tugbiyele’s multi-media exhibit “Language of the Heart.” Internationally known, Tugbiyele’s work draws from her experience as a Nigerian-American. She uses a combination of installation, sculpture, video, photography, drawings, and collaborative performance as a metaphor for self-progress. She worked with our students to create a collaborative, mixed-media figure of a superhuman. Special thanks to the artist and to SSG Director and Chief Curator, Kristen Chiacchia, and Outreach Director, Lou Haney for providing this opportunity.
TheatreCHS is busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming production, “South Pacific.” Tickets are on sale now for the performance which runs February 22-25, 2018 at the MLK Performing Arts Center at CHS. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://theatrechs.seatyourself.biz.
The annual Venable Elementary School Soul Fest will be held on February 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. In addition to great food, the event includes some amazing performers who will join the third grade chorus and first grade presenters this year. Thanks to Jon Lohman and the Virginia Folklife Program, the students will perform along with former musical director for the Virginia State University Gospel Choir Cora Harvey Armstrong, a renowned gospel singer from Virginia. In addition, Mr. Benjamin Nussbaum’s fourth grade class will present their video, “The Rainbow Schoolbus Goes Deep Into Protesting,” which was showcased at the Virginia Film Festival earlier this fall.
The CHS Marching Band travelled to London to march in the 2018 London New Year’s Day parade. The largest New Year’s parade in the world, it includes more than 8,000 performers and an audience of 500,000 people. Band director Jason Hackworth helped plan the trip itinerary which included a tour of London’s most famous landmarks like Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London.
Congratulations to our 2017 Geography Bee school champs: fifth grade Walker student Elias Garcia and Buford seventh grader Aidan Peters (repeat winner)!
Our Minds in Motion Team XXL just gave a lively performance at TEDxCharlottesville at The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville. In partnership with the Richmond Ballet, Minds In Motion provides our Walker and Buford students a weekly opportunity to learn about dance, dedication, and performance.
Walker teacher Ms. Cynthia Scheiber was selected as Monticello Media’s Teacher of the Month for October. She won a Papa John’s Pizza party for all of her students and gifts from Cityspa Day Spa and Albemarle Dental Associates. She was honored all month on local radio stations. Congratulations!
A group of Buford Middle School boys went on a college tour to Hampden-Sydney College. While there, they got to visit with school president Larry Stimpert.
During Buford Career Day, students heard presentations from a variety of community businesses and organizations including the Charlottesville Fire Department, Peacock Auto Repair, and the CATEC nursing program.
Many Buford artists had their work up for auction at the City Schoolyard Garden’s annual Cultivar Youth Gallery Night and Benefit at Mas Tapas.
The Buford Band played a concert to honor veterans at James Monroe’s Highland in observance of Veteran’s Day. The program included the University of Virginia Army ROTC cadets and a living timeline of veterans from the American Revolution to Desert Storm.
Stage Left Productions is currently practicing for their upcoming play, Pinocchio, that will be presented on January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Walker School.
UVA Engineering professor Greg Lewin and his first-year students visited Buford for a day of science and engineering demos. See a sample of the demos here.
After reading the book, A Long Way to Water by Linda Sue Park, students at Walker worked to determine the most effective way to carry water long distances.
New Peace Squad students attended a showing of Wonder. “This movie was a perfect way to celebrate this great group of students who ‘Choose Kind’ on a daily basis!” said adviser Charlotte Geddy.
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.
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.