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School Supplies Lists 2019-20

School-Supply-Lists2School starts August 21.  Now is a great time to get your school supplies!

Below are this year’s CCS school supplies lists.  Copies of these lists are available at area stores. If you have any questions, please call your school.

And if you need assistance getting school supplies for this year, contact your school counselor. People who registered for this year’s Back-to-School Bash can pick up their supplies at their school open house.  For more information about the Back to School Bash, including a link to register, visit www.cvillebacktoschoolbash.com/.

School Supply Lists for the 2019-20 School Year:

Need a open house schedule? Click here.

Need a summer reading list? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

For CHS fall information (including senior portraits), click here.

clay statue of girl reading

Summer Reading at Charlottesville City Schools

clay statue of girl reading
Sculpture by Kara, Johnson Elementary 3rd grader.

Reading never takes a vacation!  Make this important and fun activity a part of your summer.  Below is information about our summer reading programs.

Also, you and your family might enjoy meeting up with Books on Bikes, a group of Charlottesville City Schools teachers, librarians, staff, and even trained doggie pals as they make summertime deliveries of books and freezy-pops.

Summer Reading Recommendations and Information:

Need a school supply list? Click here.

Need a open house schedule? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

 

Summer School begins June 17

CHS SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION

CHS will offer both face-to-face and virtual summer classes for current students and rising 9th-graders this summer.

  • Summer School Dates: June 17 – July 26
  • Closed July 4 and 5 in observance of Independence Day
  • NOTE: many of our popular courses such as Health/PE and Virtual Economics & Personal Finance do have capacity limits. Registration will be accepted in the order in which it is received.

To enroll:

  • Register online: Online registration and payment for summer school classes begins April 15.
  • Register in person: On-site registration at CHS will be held April 15 from 9:30am-11:30am. After this date, registration and payment can be dropped off in the CHS main office and receipts will be mailed.
  • Additionally, all registrants must complete the student information form and send it back to school. This sheet was sent home in the CHS third quarter mailing. Copies are also available in the Buford Middle School office for interested 8th graders.

Limited bus transportation will be available:

Face-to-Face Courses

General information and rules and regulations about face-to-face courses can be found here.

  • Economics and Personal Finance (1 credit)
  • English 9 (1 Credit)
  • English 10 (1 Credit) – *End of Course SOL Exam
  • English 11 (1 Credit) – *End of Course SOL Exam
  • English 12 (1 Credit)
  • Government (1 Credit)
  • VA & US History (1 Credit) – *End of Course SOL Exam
  • World History 1 (1 Credit) – *End of Course SOL Exam
  • World History 2 (1 Credit) – *End of Course SOL Exam
  • Biology (1 Credit) – *End of Course SOL Exam
  • Earth Science (1 Credit) – *End of Course SOL Exam
  • Algebra 1 (1 Credit) – *End of Course SOL Exam
  • Algebra 2 (1 Credit) – *End of Course SOL Exam
  • Geometry (1 Credit)
  • PE 09 (.5 Credit) – SESSION 1 (June 18 – July 6)
  • PE 10 (.5 Credit) – SESSION 1 (June 18 – July 6)
  • PE 09 (.5 Credit) – SESSION 2 (July 9 – July 27)
  • PE 10 (.5 Credit) – SESSION 2 (July 9 – July 27)
  • Behind-the-Wheel for driver’s education: this is a separate sign-up. Click here!

Please note: Our summer school program does not provide alternate PE curriculum for students with injuries or illness that prevent them from completing the course work. If a student is unable to complete the PE curriculum due to injury or illness, they will be removed from the course and are encouraged to take it during the school year when they are well.

Virtual (Online) Courses

General information and rules and regulations about virtual (online) courses may be found here.

  • PE 09 (.5 Credit)
  • Health 09 (.5 Credit)
  • PE 10 (.5 Credit)
  • Health 10 / Driver’s Ed (.5 Credit)
  • Economics and Personal Finance (1 Credit)

Please note: Our summer school program does not provide alternate PE curriculum for students with injuries or illness that prevent them from completing the course work. If a student is unable to complete the PE curriculum due to injury or illness, they will be removed from the course and are encouraged to take it during the school year when they are well.

Cost

Students attending CHS in the 2019-20 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.

Course In District Tuition Price Out of District Tuition Price Reduced Lunch Tuition Price Free Lunch Tuition Price
Full Credit Course $400 each $550 each $200 each $25 Each
1/2 Credit Course:
PE 09 & 10
Health 9 & 10
$200 each $350 each $100 each $25 Each

You may bring your tuition payment (cash, check or money order payable to Charlottesville High School) to the CHS Office.

Or, you can pay your summer school tuition online through MySchoolBucks at http://bit.ly/chssummertuition. A convenience fee will apply.

Steps to Register Online

    1. Complete your online registration (opens April 15): go to http://bit.ly/CHSsummer2019 to complete the online form.
    2. Pay summer tuition online at bit.ly/chssummertuition (convenience fee applies) or bring cash, check or money order to CHS office.
    3. ALL students must complete a Student Information Form – mail or bring into CHS office.

Walk-In Registration on April 15

Walk-in registration will held be at Charlottesville High School on April 15th at 9:30am – 11:30am.

Additional Questions? Please contact:

Rumi art contest winner

Buford students sweep Rumi Forum art contest

Our Buford School artists swept the 2019 Peace & Dialogue Art Contest hosted by Rumi Forum Charlottesville (RFC). Congratulations Ella Brown (1st place), Ezhar Zahid (2nd place), and Amare Anderson (3rd place)! Using the theme, “E Pluribus Unum-From Many, One,” students were asked to explore their understanding of diversity and community, and how, in our country, we are many and yet, also one.

These students and their families will attend the RFC awards dinner where they will be recognized for their outstanding work.

Rumi art contest winner Rumi Art Contest winner Rumi art contest winner

collection of paint brushes

“Watercolor Wonders” ArtQuest sessions coming soon

collection of paint brushesWhen we return from Spring Break, our final ArtQuest session of the school year will begin! Art teacher Desmond Cormier will be leading students in “Watercolor Wonders” on the following dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6.

Additionally, the annual ArtQuest program exhibit will be held downtown at CitySpace Gallery and will begin with an opening reception on Friday, May 3 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. as part of the Charlottesville First Fridays tradition. We encourage you to visit multiple galleries that evening with your ArtQuest student including the regional high school student art show at the McGuffey Art Center.

The ArtQuest exhibit will be on view for the month of May. More information to come.

Printer Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. shows CHS students how to make a letterpress print

Fine arts flourish at Cville Schools

The fine arts program at Charlottesville City Schools infuses our schools with enrichment and experiences that encourage artistic expression at all grade levels.  Here are just a few of the recent arts-related events and accomplishments we are celebrating.

All-Virginia Choir, Band, Orchestra participants 2019Congratulations to our musicians who represented Charlottesville High School in the 2019 All-Virginia Choir, Bands, and Orchestra at the Richmond Marriott and Convention Center; culminating performances were held at the Carpenter Center. Pictured left to right, top row: Adria Cafferillo, Choir; Reid Dodson, Symphonic Band, Parker Nelson, Choir, Margaret Ann Doran, Choir, and Anna Bon-Harper, Symphonic Band. Seated: Sarah Garretson, Orchestra.

CHS theater students at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, home to the Broadway play "Hamilton."
CHS theater students at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City, home to the Broadway play “Hamilton.”

TheatreCHS students just returned from New York City where they participated in the Broadway Theatre Group Hamilton Summit. Students enjoyed two days of acting, dance, and vocal workshops with cast members from “Hamilton.” They will also visit the Upward Citizens Brigade Improv Club and saw  “Hamilton” on Broadway in the Richard Rogers Theatre. Click here for news coverage of their trip.

Portrait by ninth grade CHS student Emily Morris.
Portrait by ninth-grade CHS student Emily Morris featured in the 2019 ArtConnections exhibit.

The annual division-wide ArtConnections exhibit featured student art from across the division. Two evening open houses which included performances by the Walker and Buford School jazz bands gave the public an opportunity to celebrate the many talents of our kindergarten through 12th grade artists. A Saturday celebration attracted more than 600 visitors and featured hands-on art activities including letterpress printmaking with visiting artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

Printer Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. shows CHS students how to make a letterpress print
Printer Amos Kennedy shows CHS art students how to make a letterpress print.

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. also conducted several letterpress workshops at our schools and other places in the Charlottesville-area as part of his “Finding Wisdom” residency with Virginia Humanities’ Virginia Center of the Book. Charlottesville High School art students got to make their own prints using their own words of wisdom.

Congratulations to the following CHS musicians who earned selection by competitive audition for the 2019 All-Virginia Orchestra and Band: Senior Sarah Garretson placed third chair cello in the All-Virginia Orchestra while junior flutist Reid Dodson and senior horn player Anna Bon-Harper were selected for All-Virginia Band.

The CHS Orchestra continues its tradition of excellence, recently earning top honors at the 2019 District Orchestra Assessments. The String Ensemble earned all “Superior” ratings and straight A’s in all 28 subcategories for their performance and sight reading at grade 6, the most difficult level of music.   The top CHSO has earned a superior rating at every District Assessment performance at grade 6 since 1984. Here is a sample:

Meanwhile, the CHS Concert Orchestra earned all “Superior” ratings and nearly straight A’s in all subcategories for their stage performance at grade 5 and also earned “Excellent” for sight reading.

CHS Knightengales choir dance troupe group photo
The CHS Knightengales

The Knightengales, Charlottesville High School’s all female ensemble, earned all Superior ratings at the District 13 Concert Assessment. Congratulations to (pictured left to right) Lolly Lynch, Anne Boura, Al-Nisa Utz, Casey Casarez, Emily Webber, Emma Harrison, Renee Lyons, Kyla Rose, Bobbie Jo Fassler, Eliza Smith, Sylvie Bowman, Courtney Snapp, Ceci Becker, Parker Nelson, and Esmerelda Lopez. The troupe recently performed with other Charlottesville-area women’s ensembles in a concert benefitting The Shelter for Help in Emergency.

CHS All-Virginia Choir students 2019
CHS 2019 All-Virginia Choir students

Congratulations to the following CHS choir students who earned positions in this year’s All-Virginia Choir to be held in Richmond in April:  (pictured left to right) Adria Cafferillo, Margaret Anne Doran, Parker Nelson, Eoin Sprinkle, Sarah Garretson, and Javier Fortune.

Meanwhile, the Buford Middle School Symphonic Band was one of three middle schools in our district to receive unanimous Superior ratings at District 13 Concert Band assessments. The band is now preparing to travel for their spring trip to the MUSICALE Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia in April.

 

Other Notable News

Buford students visit local courthouse.
Buford eighth grade students visit Charlottesville District Court.

Buford Middle School 8th grade Civics and Economics classes visited Charlottesville District Court where they got to see what they are learning about in the classroom in real-time action. Thanks to Judge Downer, the court clerks, members of the Sheriff’s department, and the Commonwealth’s Attorneys for giving our students this valuable educational opportunity.

The CHS Black Knight Debate team hosted the VHSL Regional Debate Tournament which included schools from Blacksburg, Danville, Bedford County, Salem, and Sherando. CHS won first place in the Sweepstakes, and the following students will advance to Super-Regionals in April: LINCOLN-DOUGLAS- Dani Szabo (1st), Ellie Detert (4th), and Alex Ralston (5th ); PUBLIC FORUM – Lena Keesecker & Talia Sherman (3rd) and John Emery & Maisie Fischman (4th).

Walker Debate Team group photo
Walker School first-year debate team

Walker students in Mrs. Scheiber’s 6th grade Language Arts classes participated in the  Charlottesville League Debate competition at Jack Jouett Middle School.  They had to debate the topic, “The benefits of zoos outweighs the harms.”  Congratulations to this group of first-year debaters which includes the following teams: Olivia Wade and Cyrus Wyatt, Zoe Kershner and Sela Knight, Evan English and Robert Scott, Naia Downs-Reeve and Maya Butler, and Elle Polifka and Ellery Long.  All teams won at least one out of three rounds of competition and special recognition goes to team Cyrus and Olivia for winning two rounds, and to Sela, Cyrus, and Olivia for receiving outstanding speaker points.

American Legion representatives present Walker student with award.
Mohammad Haidari receives award for winning first place in the American Legion Post 74 writing contest.

Congratulations to the following CHS students for being selected as winners of the Tupelo Press Mirabella Poetry & Prose teen writing contest. These students were invited to read their works at the area awards ceremony held at St. Anne’s-Belfield School: “pale-lunged” by Rachel Beling, “Al Hudaydah” by Kiran Klubock-Shukla, “A First Goodbye” by Cassie Hersman, and “The Radioactive Ghost of Kilkenny” by James O’Brien.  Their writings will be included in an annual anthology of teen writing which will also include “The Evil Lake” by Lily Deleo, “Hope” by Mathew Farina, “A Father” by Ari Pyle, “Warmth” by Robin Guziejka, “Our Soldiers” by Colin Saint,  and “Our Sweet Sensations” by Nyah Catherine-Lim.

Sixth grade Walker student Mohammad Haidari won first place in District 13 in the American Legion Post 74 writing contest. He received a certificate and check for his essay, “I Like Living in America Because…” and moved on to the regional competition.

Using a generous PTO grant that funded 20 point-and-shoot digital cameras, students in Rachel Wilson’s photography classes at CHS visited Clark and Johnson Schools to teach elementary kids the basics of digital photography.

Photo collage of CHS students teaching Clark students about photography.

 

ArtConnections postcard

ArtConnections exhibit features student artwork and community-wide letterpress printmaking project

ArtConnections poster

Charlottesville City Schools celebrated student artistic achievement with the annual division-wide Jeff Suling Art Exhibit March 4-13 in the Charlottesville High School small gymnasium.  This year, the exhibit also included a special opportunity for City students to work with renowned letterpress artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

Known as “ArtConnections,” the exhibit aims to illustrate how art relates to and connects diverse areas of school curriculum and students’ everyday lives. Selected student artwork from preschoolers through 12th graders was featured and the community was invited to three public receptions which included two evening open houses and a Saturday celebration with hands-on art activities.

More about Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. and “Finding Wisdom” letterpress printing project

photo of artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.Charlottesville City Schools participated in a large scale community printmaking project called “Finding Wisdom,” led by Detroit-based printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. Kennedy conducted both in-school workshops as well as created a display of original prints based on ideas generated by Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Schools students.  Earlier this year, both school divisions collected aphorisms, statements, and words of wisdom from students which Kennedy printed in his signature style from handset wood and metal type, and eco-friendly and affordable chipboard. Prints are on display at various locations including CHS, Buford and Walker Schools.

Members of the community were able to engage with Kennedy on March 9 at the “ArtConnections” celebration at CHS, where he led a printmaking workshop. This event was free and open to the public (more details about “ArtConnections” mentioned above).

Throughout the month of March, Kennedy will be conducting in-school workshops working with art students at six city schools (CHS, Buford, Walker, Burnley-Moran, Johnson, and Venable). Prints generated during the in-school workshops will also be displayed at each school.

The “Finding Wisdom” residency coincides with the VA Festival of the Book and is supported by Virginia Humanities Virginia Center for the Book. It involves many facets of the Charlottesville-Albemarle community including Boys & Girls Club, JMRL, PVCC, Jefferson School Tenants, Descendants of the enslaved at Monticello, UVA, and other local cultural organizations. 

Screenshot of Buford Middle School Registration video

Course Registration Information for 2019-20

Now is the time when current seventh grade students select their elective choices for their eighth grade year.

All seventh graders should complete the course request survey by January 30.

Eighth grade students have an option to take up to three periods of electives, depending on the other courses they take. Please select from the list of elective options for 2019-20 (see below).

For additional information and scheduling help specific to Buford, watch these helpful videos produced by our school counselors.

Rising 8th grade students:

Rising 7th grade students:

 

Elective Course Descriptions

  • Band (Full Year): This course will focus on developing musicianship by studying chromatic scale, major scales, drums (rudiments and various rolls), intermediate methods and rhythms, concert music, and rehearsal skills. Audition for placement required.
  • Orchestra (Full Year): The Buford Orchestra program is arranged into four different levels-beginning, lower intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced. Each level focuses on playing technique, music literature, and performance appropriate to the level of the class. Audition for placement required.
  • Chorus (Full Year): Come be a part of the Buford Middle School Chorus! This course is emphasizes intensive instruction in vocal techniques, reading and writing or music, vocal expression, dynamic contrast, signing in three and four part harmonies, musical notation, diction, sight reading, ear training, and breathing techniques. Audition for placement required.
  • AVID (Full Year): AVID 8 is an academic elective that focuses on college readiness and skills necessary for rigorous high school coursework. Students will develop their skills in note-taking, tutor-facilitated study groups, and WICOR strategies. Students accepted into AVID 8 will be encouraged to enroll in higher-level courses. Application and interview required.
  • Garden Aid (Full Year): In the garden aid class, students take leadership roles in maintaining the garden throughout the school year.  Their class time includes planting, harvesting, and watering, along with planning for the next growing season and learning hands-on about the science and history of growing food.
  • Introduction to Band (Full Year): This is a beginning band course open to all students that are interested in learning a concert instrument. Instruments that students can choose from are: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and Baritone.  Students will learn fundamental skills necessary to play an instrument and instruction will focus on rhythmic and pitch accuracy and tone.
  • Spanish*, French*, or Latin* (Full Year): This rigorous course is an accelerated high school credit course in the Spanish, French or Latin language and culture. Emphasis is placed on listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading comprehension, and effective written communication at the beginning level. Students must receive a C or above in part I to be recommended for part II.
  • Engineering I* (Full Year): Does engineering interest you? Do you imagine yourself designing solutions to problems? Engineering may be a career for you! Engineering is a hands-on course in which students work together to explore the fascinating field of engineering!
  • Independent Living* (Full Year): This course allows students to explore strategies for living independently by focusing on relationships, applying financial literacy, and consumerism, managing resources in the areas of apparel, nutrition, and wellness and housing. They will develop leadership roles and plan for careers.
  • Art (Full Year): Students will use a variety of mediums in developing painting and sculpture skills. Students produce works that are developed from preliminary ideas and sketches. They compare and contrast art from different world cultures and investigate how content can influence meaning.
  • Art (Half Year)^: Through application, art history, art theory, and formal discussion, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the visual arts. The course will explore line, value, perspective, basic design, printing, sculpture, and color theory. Students will be responsible for creating, organizing, and maintaining a portfolio.
  • Family and Consumer Science (Half Year)^: The students will focus on career research and workplace readiness skills. Students will develop a basic understanding of money management skills and will enhance their knowledge of nutrition and wellness practices. Students will also practice the use of the sewing machine.
  • Foundations of Engineering (Half Year)^: Do you remember a world before cell phones, the internet, or computers? Inventions have significantly changed the way our society and the world work! Inventions and Innovations will let students explore inventions and solutions and how to turn ideas into life changing inventions.
  • Introduction to Guitar (Half Year)^: Beginning guitar gives students the opportunity to learn via collaboration with peers, to gain responsibility and self-discipline through musical expression in a group activity. This course will include the study of beginning guitar techniques such as basic scales, strumming patterns, arpeggios, use of a pick, and chord progression.
  • Introduction to Theater (Half Year)^: This course will help new artists as
    they take their first steps towards understanding the basics of theater: acting, direction, play writing, and stage creation.
  • Computer Science (Half Year)^: Students will  cover topics such as: programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data.  During this 18 week course students will be encouraged to learn by hands on experiences and collaboration with peers.
  • Early Morning PE (Full Year)^: Students who want to take an additional elective can sign up for early morning PE. The days this course meets is TBD but it will meet from 7:30-8:15 am. Students mustprovide their own transportation.

*= HS credit course
^= Must choose 2 semester courses

Students visit the Fralin Museum of Art at The University of Virginia for the Writers Eye program. Photo Credit: coe sweet photography

Two Buford students among Writer’s Eye contest winners

Buford student portrait
Ariela Milstein
Lowell Tolton

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia announced the winners of Writer’s Eye 2018, the Museum’s annual literary competition challenging

writers of all ages to create original works of poetry and prose inspired by art.

In the Poetry category, Buford student Ariela Milstein placed first for her original work, “A Broken Home,” and Lowell Tolton earned first place honorable mention for her poem, “Just Am.”

Nearly 2000 Charlottesville City School students in grades 3-8 visited the Fralin Museum of Art last fall to participate in the program. After an interactive tour, students were asked to use the art as inspiration for their writing.

“For many of our students, visiting an art museum is a new experience,” said Charlottesville City Schools Literacy Coordinator Jen Davis. “The Writer’s Eye program helps our students look at art through a detailed lens and produce creatively written pieces using the art as the springboard.”

Students visit Fralin Art Museum at UVA.
Students contemplate a multi-media painting at the Fralin Museum of Art.

While touring the museum, students viewed a special collection of 12 original works ranging from a 1910 Edward Henry Potthast oil painting, “The Balloon Vender,” to more contemporary pieces like Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s mixed-media work, “Home: As you See Me.”  Then the students wrote about their observations, emotions, and feelings invoked by the artwork, a concept known as ekphrasis.

Museum docents helped the young writers consider their own human experiences using prompts such as, “Does this painting remind you of a place you’ve been or an experience you’ve had?” and “Imagine a conversation between the figures in this painting—what are they talking about?”

Walker Upper Elementary teacher Jenifer Snyder visited the museum with students who are learning English as a second language. “It was amazing to see how these students were able to think deeply about small details in the artwork and then put their ideas down on paper.”

This year 4,406 individuals participated in the Writer’s Eye tours, and many others sought out the artwork on their own. Community and student docents gave 348 tours to students from 36 public schools and 19 independent schools in the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton, and Waynesboro, and nine surrounding counties: Albemarle, Augusta, Appomattox, Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock.

Contestants submitted 1,306 entries in four age-related categories: Grades 3–5, 6– 8, 9–12 and university/adult. Entries for the younger grades are judged by panels of local writers and teachers.

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on March 17 from 3-5 p.m. in UVA’s Newcomb Hall Ballroom, and their works will be published in a 27-page full color anthology, available to the public for free.