Dear Buford Families,
At Buford, we are actively working to create an inclusive environment that provides for the physical and emotional safety of all of our students.
Some of the immediate actions we have taken include:
- Increasing supervision in the hallways and during transition.
- Mobilizing groups for students who need skills in conflict resolution and social-emotional awareness.
- Having direct conversations with students about how we should treat one another including a no-tolerance policy for bullying.
- Beginning discussions with student on how to intervene and how to report.
- Instituting a homeroom in the mornings to provide students a calmer, less chaotic start to the day,.
- Continuing the “Peace Squad” club (originated for fifth- and sixth-graders at Walker School) so students can continue to learn the skills of being an “upstander” and can continue to promote the trademark message, “Kindness is cool.
- Training for staff with a certified trainer has also been scheduled for 11/7.
- Announcing the creation of a committee to address school culture. To volunteer, see details, below.
While this work will be ongoing, several events held during the week of 10/22-26 have directly addressed this issue.
- Monday, 10/22 – Buford United Student Assembly, which reiterated school expectations and the message of kindness and inclusion.
- Wednesday, 10/24 – Unity Day celebration, which spread the message of kindness, inclusion, and unity.
- Thursday, 10/25 – Presentations from Liz Ianelli, a psychotherapist and clinical industry expert on bullying, and Susan Sutton, a nationally recognized school counselor and cyberbullying consultant, followed by a Q&A with Mrs. Carter.
- Friday, 10/26 – Susan Sutton’s student presentation on cyberbullying.
The emotional and physical safety of our kids is deeply important to me not only as a principal, but also as a parent. I look forward to working with all of our families as we continue to shape and mold Buford Middle School into the school we want it to be for all of our students.
Mrs. Stephanie Carter
In addition to the above events and others that are planned for the 2nd quarter, we are seeking parent volunteers to serve on a committee to address school culture. Our school needs your voice! If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 434-245-2411.
Singer/cellist BJ Griffin and his pianist Jason Brown spent three days in music workshops with Walker, Buford, and CHS orchestra students. The visit culminated with a performance with the CHSO for Walker and Buford orchestra students at the CHS Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.
“I can’t say enough positive things about this experience,” said Fine Arts Coordinator Aaron Eichorst. “It’s the best kind of instruction and engagement we strive to provide. What an honor to be part of it.”
During the performance, students sang along and clapped to Griffin’s renditions of pop hits by artists like Michael Jackson, Lordes, and Ed Sheeran.
Griffin is known for his solo and ensemble performances that mix classical, jazz, and pop music. He is also a singer/songwriter that has worked throughout the east coast. For more about Griffin, visit https://www.
Charlottesville City Schools, in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, celebrated a week of garden activities, visits from farm animals, and made-from-scratch lunches made with local ingredients provided by area farmers through Local Food Hub.
During Charlottesville Healthy Schools Week and VA Farm to School Week students sampled a variety of healthy foods including farmer’s market salsa and vegetable soup while also taste-testing local goat cheese, pears, and apples.
On Thursday, Charlottesville City Schools hosted special guest Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni at Venable School. Secretary Qarni and members of his staff joined students for lunch, visited the garden to see goats from Caramont Farms, and sampled cherry tomatoes, CSYG’s October Harvest of the Month.
Throughout the week, students across the division also mingled with goats, bees, chickens, and sheep in our school gardens and learned about composting, apple pressing, wool carding, and more.
Charlottesville City Schools partners with the local nonprofit City Schoolyard Garden for a shared vision: Young people thrive with the opportunity to engage with nature, to enhance their academic learning through hands-on experience, to cultivate skills for healthy living, and to grow in leadership.
Together, Charlottesville City Schools and City Schoolyard Garden manage nine garden spaces including one at all six Charlottesville public elementary schools, Buford Middle School, Charlottesville High School, and our alternative high school, Lugo-McGinness Academy. These gardens encompass over 26,383 square feet of diverse organic gardens with over 33,724 student interactions for over 3,500 youth each year.
Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents. Additional recognition for CCS from a variety of Niche categories include:
- #2 of 133 – Most Diverse School Divisions
- #3 of 132 – Best Places to Teach in Virginia
- #6 of 132 – Districts with the Best Teachers in Virginia.
- A+ ranking in College Prep and Diversity categories and A in Academics and Teachers.
We’re proud of the good work of our students and teachers, and we appreciate the support of our community. While any given ranking system has its limitations, Charlottesville City Schools has done so well by so many measures, that the combined feedback paints a portrait of excellence. Three other indicators would include:
- 100 percent of Charlottesville City Schools met the state’s accreditation standards in 2017-18, compared with 86 percent of schools statewide. Out of 132 divisions in Virginia, Charlottesville is one of just 65 divisions that presently have all their schools fully accredited.
- CHS students far surpass the state and nation on SAT exams.
- CHS has earned 11 blue ribbon awards from the Virginia Music Educators Association in recognition of musical excellence.
Having trouble creating your PowerSchool account? Need to add a child to the account? Want a hand finishing up your back-to-school forms? Working on your free/reduced lunch application?
Call or stop by during our Help Nights on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 4-5. All Charlottesville families are welcome to attend either event. iSe habla español!
- On Tuesday, 9/4, from 5-7pm, we’ll be at Clark School (1000 Belmont Avenue).
- On Wednesday, 9/5, from 5-7pm, we’ll be at CHS (1400 Melbourne Rd).
- Just need a student ID or a password reset? For student IDs, you can call your school. For password resets or other questions, call either 245-2943 or 245-2962. During the help nights, you can also call 245-2943 from 5-7pm.
These important back-to-school forms are required for all returning students every year. (If you completed forms for a new student this spring or summer, you do not need to do them again.) Most of the answers are pre-completed for you. These forms help with:
- health and emergency information
- field trip permissions
- authorizations for a friend or relative to pick your child up from school
- accurate bus information
- and much more!
Thanks to all who have completed them, and if you need any assistance, please call us or join us for the Help Nights for Back-to-School Forms.
The first day of school is almost here, and we can’t wait to welcome back our students!
- Open house is Monday, August 20, 2017 from 4-6pm
- School starts on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Hours are 8:30am -3:15pm
- Buford School Supplies List 2018-19
- Letter to parents from Principal Carter, August 6, 2018
- Community Visits schedule–Come meet your administrators!
Buford Middle School students are assigned a Chromebook (computer) and charger 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 2018-2019 school year.
Pick-Up Dates and Times (in Buford Cafeteria)
- Monday, August 13th: 3-6pm
- Tuesday, August 14th: 3-6pm
- Wednesday, August 15th: 4-6pm
- Thursday, August 16th: 3-6pm
- Friday, August 17th: 3-6pm
- Tuesday, August 21st: 3-6pm
Please take advantage of these dates and times so your child can avoid long lines on the first day of school. *Chromebooks will not be distributed during Open House.
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 will be mailed to your home in August.