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Usted también puede conocer información importante sobre la educación de su hijo/hija. Sólo tiene que llamar al número (434) 245-2548 y dejar un mensaje con la siguiente información:

  • su nombre
  • su número telefónico para que alguien le devuelva la llamada
  • su preguntaUn representante bilingüe escuchará su mensaje, le buscará la información necesaria, y le llamará.

Las escuelas de Charlottesville City Schools apoyan a todas las familias de sus estudiantes, no importa el idioma. ¡Por favor, involúcrese con la educación de su hijo/hija hoy!

Para leer este sitio web en español, indica “Translate” (traducir) en la parte por encima de la página y escoja Spanish.

Top-Right Corner of Buford Counseling Newsletter October

Buford Counseling Newsletter October 2020

Welcome to the fall! Enjoy the October Newsletter from the Buford Counseling Department.

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MAP Testing at Buford

logo for map testsDear Buford Families:

During the weeks of October 19-30, 2020, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on their CCS Chromebook. MAP Growth scores help teachers understand exactly where each child is by measuring achievement and growth in Reading and Mathematics. Teachers use these results to tailor classroom instruction and academic supports to meet the needs of every student. Students can use these results to set personal learning goals.

What’s the MAP test?

MAP Growth tests are unique. These tests adapt to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. Students cannot pass or fail this test. This test will not affect grades. In fact, it’s normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly, so please do not help them figure out an answer! These results provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn. You will receive a Family Report showing a summary of how your child is performing academically once testing is complete.

Why are the tests important this year?

Given the challenges of learning from home, MAP Growth test results are especially important this year. These results will help us know what students are ready to learn. To MAP test remotely, we need your support. Before your child’s scheduled MAP test session, you will be asked to help determine if there are any issues with your child’s computer. On the day of the test, try to provide a quiet testing environment and minimize distractions as much as possible. You may also be asked to assist your child when they are logging into the test session. The proctor/teacher will provide a way for you and your child to communicate directly with them if an issue arises. Click here for more information on how you can support your child while taking the MAP test at home.

Test Dates

Your child is scheduled to take their MAP Reading test during their Language Arts class on Monday and Tuesday, October 19 and 20. Their MAP Math test is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, October 26 and 27 during their math class. Teachers will conduct a practice test session prior to the test to prepare your student for what to expect on test day.

Working Together

Students across the US have been successfully remote MAP testing since March. In Charlottesville City Schools, students in grades 2-11 will complete the MAP Reading and Math Growth tests this fall and again later in the year. Combined with previous MAP test results, we will be able to monitor your child’s progress over time and determine if your child is receiving instruction that is maximizing their growth every year, in every grade.
We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. Please let me or your student’s teacher know if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,

Pamela Davis
Assistant Principal

Online Learning Tips

As we approach the end of the first quarter on November 6, we wanted to offer some tips and information for staying on top of online learning. (Thanks to our friends at William Monroe High School for sharing this list!)

  1. Time Management. It is important that students stay up to date with assignments.  Putting off work until later has a tendency to compound the problem and becomes overwhelming for students to catch up.  Using the weekly agenda to see assignments for the week has proven to be beneficial. Be on the look-out for more help and tips from CHS.

  2. Procrastination. Many students are “saving” the workload for one day and then realizing it’s too much. Virtual students should be spending 45 minutes per day per subject.  These timeframes are the minimum. Classes such as DE and AP may be more demanding.

  3. Teacher Emails. You can expect teachers to respond to your questions within 24 hours after you contact them Monday thru Friday.

  4. Grades. Official grades are stored in the Powerschool Parent Portal, which is now connecting properly with Canvas.  Families, if you do not have a login, please contact the front office for this information.  All students can log in with their user name (the first part of their email address) and password to monitor their current grades. While assignments can be viewed in Canvas, official grades are in PowerSchool.

  5. Attendance. Attendance is still being recorded and it is essential that your students are attending zoom meetings and completing work. Students need to log in to all their classes on  Fridays for their asynchronous work.  Please contact the front office with student absences daily.


Need to check in with a teacher? Email or send a Remind message.

Need Canvas help? Visit our Canvas page for information, videos, and more.

  • Note: on the calendar view in Canvas, students can see that completed assignments are crossed off, but the observer does not see the items get crossed off. For observers to see this information, click on the assignment. It will take you to a screen with submission details.

BMS Messages

Buford Return to Learn graphicThis page contains the most recent messages from Buford Middle School.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Good Evening Buford Families:

The second week of school is almost complete, and both teachers and students are settling into a good routine. We really appreciate your support in making this happen for the students! Please continue to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, as we are here to help.

Tomorrow is Asynchronous Friday. It is important that students remember to engage with each of their classes before 1pm tomorrow to be considered present for classes. Logging in to the class, or submitting a class assignment, or communicating with a teacher are the ways a student can engage with their class in order to be marked present for attendance. Asynchronous assignments should be completed by the start of the next school week.

If your student is interested in participating in the Charlottesville Debate League this year, please look for information on their Language Arts teacher’s Canvas home page. If you have any questions about the CDL, please contact Mr. Herron for more information and a permission form.

As always, thank you for all of your support!

 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Good Afternoon Buford Families:

Attendance will be taken on Fridays for asynchronous learning.  In order for students to be marked present, students must do one of the following for each class:

  1. Log into Canvas to get the assignment for the class;
  2. Complete and submit an assignment;
  3. Meet or communicate with a teacher regarding assignments.

Students must engage with each course by 1:00pm each Friday during virtual learning.  Your student’s Friday schedule in PowerSchool will now show each class.

We apologize for any confusion and appreciate your patience and support.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Good Evening Buford Families:

Just a friendly reminder that all students will be completing work for their classes asynchronously tomorrow, meaning students will complete class assignments independently on Friday.  These assignments can be found in each of their class’ Canvas pages.  Teachers will be looking for students to submit work through Canvas each period.  This will be the expectation for each Friday.

Thank you, again, for your patience and support!

Have a good evening.

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Good Evening Buford Families:

Today was a busy day, but overall it was a good start to the school year!  Students and teachers were excited to get back to the work of instruction and learning.  As we progressed through the day, we wanted to be sure to share some important bits of information.

Zoom and Chromebooks:  We noticed that many students had difficulties using Zoom today.  This app has been updated on student chromebooks.  Please allow Zoom to update, if prompted, when students try to log into Zoom for class meetings.

Internet Access:  If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the main office at 434-245-2411.  

Library Services:  Please visit the Library Canvas page for information on how to access books during this time of virtual learning.  Guidelines for the library are:

  1. Students will not have physical access to the library. 
  2. By the end of next week, a virtual library space will be located directly outside of the main office.
  3. Students, parents, and teachers will have direct access to the catalog.  Please see the Canvas page for instructions on checking out, picking up, and returning books.
  4. Parents/guardians/responsible adults may enter the building to pick up/drop off books – MASKS are MANDATORY at all times.
  5. Pick up hours and days are MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS from 9:00 – 3:00. Please email Mrs. Curry if additional times are needed.  

Early Morning/Afternoon Health and Physical Education:  All students who were registered for early morning or afternoon HPE have been scheduled into Virtual HPE.  On the student’s schedule, it will look like the student will be enrolled in two classes during one class period.  If one of the periods says“VIR”, it means that the course is totally virtual.  Please visit the course Canvas page for more information.

Again, thank you for all of your support!  Together, we will make this year a success!

 

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Learning at Buford

Buford Return to Learn graphicWe’re eager to see you — virtually — on Tuesday, September 8. Log in by 8:30 for your first meeting of the day. This page gives you login-instructions, tells you how to get help, and describes the tools we’ll use. Find a printable version of this guide here.

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How to Log in to Canvas to Start Your Day

Screenshot of the little circle in the left corner of the Chromebook login1. Log into your Chromebook

2. Click on white circle in bottom left corner (or just click on the Canvas logo at the bottom of the screen)

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3. Click on image to see all apps

4. Click on Canvas icon

5.  Click on your class

6.  Click on Virtual Meeting link

Need Support?

Scheduling Question?

Contact counselor (434-245-2411)

  • 7th Grade – Mr. Ullrich
    • ullricw1@charlottesvilleschools.org
  • 8th Grade – Mr. Epps
    • eppsj1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Technology Question?

  1. Ask your teacher for support
  2. Still stuck? Your teacher will submit a ZenDesk request for you
  3. Buford Tech Support responds to ZenDesk requests
    • Mrs. Rod
    • Tech Support hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

What to Expect with Virtual Learning

Examples of how students may connect and engage in their classes

 

Illustration of Student working with teacher, Student/Teacher:

  • Google Meet or Zoom:
    • Meet with teachers in real-time (whole group, small group or one-on-one)
    • WeVideo:
  • Watch and review instructional videos from teachers
  • Canvas:
    • Receive announcements from teachers
    • Receive feedback from teachers on assignments

Student-Content

  • Student-Content IllustrationNearpod:
    • Go through a lesson (real-time or self-paced) and interact with the resources
  • Canvas Studio Videos:
    Watch videos that include teacher prompts and interactive questions
  • Canvas Google Cloud:
    Complete an activity from a template that a teacher has provided

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  •  Flipgrid:
    • Create video to share with others
    • Review/respond to other submissions
  • Jamboard:
    • Add responses to a collective board
    • Review/respond to other submissions
  • Canvas Discussion Boards:
    • Contribute to class discussions
    • Review/respond to other submissions

Canvas — Pairing Codes and More

canvasCharlottesville City Schools uses Canvas, a widely used online “learning management system,” an interactive classroom web site. This page has links and information to help you  get started.

 

Link to Log into Canvas

Link to Canvas Training for Families/Providers

 

How Students can Generate a Pairing Code

 

Creating a Parent Account

Reporting a Problem with Your Canvas Account (lost password, etc.)

More Canvas Information:

  • Teachers can post all their class content in one place, including a calendar for due dates, links to class resources like videos, posted homework assignments (and a drop-box for turning it in), etc.
  • Students can see all their assignments, due dates, and class materials  in one spot. They can turn in assignments and see teacher feedback and grades.
  • Parents can create accounts so they can get a glimpse into the classroom, see what assignments are in the works, keep an eye on due dates, etc.

PowerSchool vs. Canvas?

  • PowerSchool contains grades and attendance. It’s the authoritative source for report cards. It also contains links to other tools so you can complete back-to-school paperwork, edit how you receive phone calls/emails/texts, and more.
  • Canvas is a classroom resource. It contains assignments, hand-outs, links to resources, and more. It also shows grades. If the grades in Canvas and PowerSchool don’t match up, please ask your student or teacher. 
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Reminder: 7th-Grade Required Vaccinations

Image of "Are you Ready for 7th Grade? Don't forget your T-Dap Shot" with illustration of immunization.Reminder, students entering 7th grade, the state requires that parents and/or guardians provide documentation of a Tdap vaccine.  This documentation should be sent to the Buford office.  Even though we are starting the school with virtual education, this requirement still applies to all students.

Need an Appointment?

Your family can make an appointment with your health care provider or the Thomas Jefferson Health District (1138 Rose Hill Drive). Their number is 434-972-6269.

In 2019, this requirement shifted from incoming 6th-graders to incoming 7th-graders. For details, you can find the Code of Virginia § 32.1-46.A.4.