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Walker Buford United sponsors community forum

Graphic for Walker Buford United PTO community forumThe Walker-Buford United PTO hosted a community forum on September 11 in the Walker School auditorium for Charlottesville City Schools families.

Watch recorded Facebook livestream here:

Part 1
Part 2

The forum was an opportunity to engage in dialogue about planning and implementation of recent adopted changes across the district.  A panel of school representatives included school principals Dr. Adam Hastings (Walker), Dr. Jesse Taylor (Buford), and Dr. Eric Irizarry (CHS).  Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about division-wide changes such as unleveling and differentiation, as well as other topics such as the gifted education program and how to become more involved with the PTO.

The next Walker Buford United PTO meeting will be at Buford School on Wednesday, October 9 at 6 p.m.

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New PTO merger unites Walker and Buford

logo for Walker Buford United PTOWe are excited to announce a new and combined parent teacher organization that includes Walker Upper Elementary School and Buford Middle School. Walker Buford United will support both schools today and lay the groundwork for a strong PTO during and after our future school reconfiguration.

For more, please read the following announcement that was published in the first Walker Buford United PTO newsletter:

Dear Parents and Community of Walker and Buford:

With August 21 right around the corner, we are getting excited for the return of our amazing students!

We have been hard at work this summer preparing for a successful fall in both schools. Our minds and efforts have been focused on two important areas: instruction and community building. We want Walker and Buford to be safe, positive, and fun schools in which every child has the opportunity to grow and learn. As principals, we are committed to equity in our schools: more than options and access, we want to ensure that every child meets her or his full potential.

We are particularly excited by the merging of our two Parent Teacher Organizations. This is a very important step in easing the transition between Walker and Buford as we develop shared practices, communication, and parent support. This will be real work. Together, we have an entire community to bring together in our schools. With over 1,300 students, we have important work to connect each family and our PTO. We greatly appreciate the support of the new PTO and look forward to engaging all of our community in supporting our schools.

With hope for a wonderful school year,
Dr. Adam Hastings, Principal, Walker Upper Elementary
Dr. Jesse Turner, Principal, Buford Middle

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, plan to attend the Back to School Bash at the Sprint Pavilion on August 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information about the Back to School Bash, including a link to register, visit www.cvillebacktoschoolbash.com/.

  • For assistance with other school supplies, any fees, or other needs, please contact your school principal or counselor.

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.

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Summer Reading at Charlottesville City Schools

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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:

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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.

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“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.