What‘s Happening at Buford

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Bus Schedules for 2017

school-busThe City of Charlottesville Pupil Transportation is moving to a more accurate way of crafting bus schedules, but this has delayed the release of the bus schedule information. Thanks for your patience. These schedules will likely be modified a bit during the first weeks of the school year. Bus information will also be posted to PowerSchool accounts shortly (and will be removed from this web site). You can also receive schedules at your school’s open house.

Schedules:

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Chromebook Distribution & Other Fall Info for Buford

Welcome back — the start of school is almost here!

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Buford Middle School students are assigned a Chromebook (computer), charger, and a carrying case for the school year. Buford students, along with their parents/guardians, will have the opportunity to pick up their Chromebook prior to the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Pick-Up Dates and Times (in Buford Cafeteria)

  • Monday, August 14th: 4 – 6pm
  • Tuesday, August 15th: 1 – 4pm
  • Wednesday, August 16th: 4 – 6pm
  • Thursday, August 17th: 1 – 4pm
  • Friday, August 18th: 9am – 4pm
  • Monday, August 21st: 10am – 1pm
  • Tuesday, August 22nd: 9am – 3pm

Please take advantage of these dates and times so your child can avoid long lines on the first day of school.

TIP: Use your child’s Chromebook to log into PowerSchool and easily complete your back-to-school forms with InfoSnap! Information about creating a PowerSchool account was mailed to your home.  Find a sample letter here.

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PowerSchool Open for Schedules, Registration, and More

Learn your schedule, complete back-to-school forms, and more!

translation buttonStarting August 14, you can log in or create your account to see teacher assignments or schedules, complete your back-to-school paperwork online, and more. Bus schedule information will be posted in PowerSchool beginning around August 19.

In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.

A personalized letter giving you information about your PowerSchool account (and other updates) was mailed the week of 7/31. If the letter does not contain codes, you already have an account and can log back in.  See letter for more information. If you did not receive a letter and you need codes for one or more student, call your school. If you have further trouble setting up your account, you can call 245-2943.

  • Link to PowerSchool
  • Sample letter in English (the letter with your family’s access codes is being mailed to your home)
  • Ejemplo de carta en español (la carta con los códigos de acceso de su familia ha sido enviada por correo a su casa)
  • Need to translate these instructions into another language?  Click “translate” in the upper right corner and translate this page (and the letter, below) into the language of your choice.

Dear families –

The school year is almost here! The first day of school is Wednesday, August 23, and open houses will be Monday, August 21. Here are some tips to help you get your family off to a good start.

On August 14, the online program PowerSchool will re-open so that you can learn your child’s teacher assignment or schedule, review your pre-completed back-to-school forms, customize how you hear from us, and more.

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PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more (see below). Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account.

Returning PowerSchool Users: Log back in (on or after August 14), using your parent account (not your child’s). If you don’t remember your username or password, visit the log-in page for help. A link to PowerSchool is on the parent menu at the bottom of every page at charlottesvilleschools.org. To add a child, log in and click “Account Preferences,” then “Students,” then “Add.” Enter the student’s “access info” from the back of this letter.

New PowerSchool Users: See the back of this sheet for instructions & personalized access codes.

Teacher Assignments/Schedules
The earliest way to learn your student’s schedule and teacher assignment is to check PowerSchool when it reopens on August 14. We will mail letters later that week.

In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.

Back-to-School Paperwork Online
To quickly complete your back-to-school forms, log into PowerSchool and click on “InfoSnap” (or PowerSchool Registration). You’ll find a complete set of forms for your student, with most of the answers pre-completed for you. Simply edit previous info and answer the remaining questions. After you finish your first child, the program can “snap” updates into your remaining children’s forms. We recommend using a computer (not a phone) – you can visit a library, use your child’s school chromebook, or take advantage of school computers at open house. The online forms include everything except the application for free/reduced lunch.

For kindergartners and students who are new to Charlottesville City Schools, these forms are not required unless you need to update the information.

Free/Reduced Lunch
Look for a paper application in the mail. Medicaid-qualifying families and students at Clark, Jackson-Via, and Johnson do not need to complete this form since they automatically qualify for free meals.

Meal Account Balance Checks
This year, we have switched from “My School Bucks” to “My Payments Plus.” You can set up low-balance reminders with My Payments Plus, and for a service fee of about 4 percent, you can pay online. We plan to connect this service with PowerSchool, as well. For more information, see charlottesvilleschools.org/nutrition.

Calls/Emails/Text Messages
Choose whether to receive calls, emails, or texts from the schools. Log into PowerSchool and click on Contact Manager at the left. Then click “Contacts” in a new screen. For your (first) child, click “Edit.” For each number or email you have, check the messages you would like to receive. Then click “Save.”

Bus Information
Bus routes will be mailed home with back-to-school information from your school.

Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube
For updates, follow us at @CvilleSchools! Many schools have accounts, as well.
Instructions for New PowerSchool Parent Portal Accounts

This letter will help you create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account so that you can get your teacher assignments, complete back-to-school forms, and view grades/attendance. You will need a letter for each of your children. (If you’re missing a letter, perhaps you already opened an account.) For assistance or an additional child’s codes, call 245-2943. Access IDs and passwords are unique for each student. You should keep this letter in a safe place.

Instructions to Open a New Account (see the letters mailed to your home for your personalized information)

  • Open an internet browser on your computer and direct your browser to https://sis.charlottesvilleschools.org/publicYou may also find a link on the “Parents” menu at the bottom of every page of the Charlottesville City Schools web site at http://www.charlottesvilleschools.org
  • Click the Create Account buttonA new screen will open. Parent’s information goes in the top section. You must give an email address.
    The parent or guardian chooses a username and password. Passwords must be at least 6 characters.
  • Children’s access information goes in the lower section.Use the Access ID and password from the letter or letters you received in the mail. Passwords are case sensitive and MUST be entered exactly as they appear above. If you have more than one child, you will receive more than one letter and should enter all children here.Remember to click Enter when you have finished entering all children.
  • Once you have completed the above, you will see this screen.  You can
    now use your new username/password to log in at: https://sis.charlottes-
    villeschools.org/public 
     (Or find a link at the bottom of our web site.)

To Add a Student to an Existing Parent Account:To add a child, log in and click “Account Preferences,” then “Students,”
then “Add.” Enter the student access data from the letter you received in the mail.

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School Supplies Lists 2017-18

School-Supply-Lists2School starts August 23.  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 on Monday, August 21. (The Sprint Pavilion event on August 19 has been cancelled.)

School Supply Lists for the 2017-18 School Year:

Summer-Reading

Summer Reading at Charlottesville City Schools

Summer-ReadingReading 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:

Buford students sharing their projects at the Making and Education Fair at American University.

School’s Out, But The Engineers Are In

Has anyone told the Buford engineers that school’s out?! This summer, they’ve already made presentations at U.Va. Curry School of Education, American University, and ISTE ’17 in San Antonio! (That’s the the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education.) To learn more about their summer activities, follow @CCS_iSTEM on Twitter.

 

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Online Back-to-School Forms with InfoSnap

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The online service for doing returning students’ back-to-school forms for the 2017-18 year will be available on August 14. To access your forms, please log into PowerSchool and click on InfoSnap or (PowerSchool Registration).  (The buttom will look like this:

In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this button to do your online forms.

Need help logging into PowerSchool?

  • Current account users: there is a username and password retrieval tool on the PowerSchool login page. Make sure ALL your students are connected to your account (see the letter you received for codes).
  • New users: you received a letter with the codes and instructions you need to set up your account. Be sure to connect ALL your students to your parent account.
  • A sample copy of the information letter is here.

Are you a registering a new student?

 

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Kids College @ CATEC

PVCC CATECSTEM & Hands-on Fun for Rising 7-10th Graders, June 19-30

New this summer! Rising 7-10th graders can enjoy a wide range of hands-on, skill-based STEM and technical academies at CATEC. From culinary arts to IT/engineering to firefighting, these academies give a glimpse of CATEC’s offerings and are organized as part of PVCC’s Kids College summer program.

 Who?  Rising 7th-10th graders
 Dates:  June 19-23 (session 1)  June 26-30 (session 2)
 Times:  AM academies: 9am – 12:15pm  PM academies: 1:15pm – 4:30pm
 Where:  CATEC, 1000 E. Rio Road
 Cost:  $135 (scholarships available)
 More info:  Click here
 Registration link:  Click here (pick “Kids College”)

Offerings

Culinary

  • Cooking Breakfast For Mom (or Dad!)
  • Make and Decorate Amazing Cupcakes
  • 101 Ways to Cook Eggs
  • How to Make Delicious Cookies and Quick Breads

Firefighting

  • Firefighting: All the Basics
  • Firefighting Scenarios: What Would YOU Do?

Cosmetology

  • Costmetology Basics: Hair, Skin, and Nails

Career Ready

  • Getting Job-ready in One Week!
  • Biz Kid$ Money Matters

IT/Engineering

  • Intro to Engineering & Design Projects
  • Intro to Unity Game Engine & Programming
  • 3D Terrain Exploration

Carpentry

  • Creative Makeovers: Refinish & Redesign
BOLT community dinner for middle schoolers April 24. Call 245-2411 for details.

UPCOMING at Buford: BOLT dinner

 

BOLT community dinner for middle schoolers April 24. Call 245-2411 for details.NEW DATE April 24

BOLT: Being Outstanding Leaders Together Against Drugs and Alcohol

Join us for BOLT: Being Outstanding Leaders Together Against Drugs and Alcohol!

Parents will hear from UVA’s Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.  Students will hear from David Flood, a national motivational speaker.  This will be a fun, family event promoting healthy lifestyles and leadership through drug and alcohol education!

WHEN:  April 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Monticello High School | 1400 Independence Way | Charlottesville, VA 22902

A free Bojangles’ dinner will be served from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED | Register at: www.youchoosecville.com