What‘s Happening at Buford

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!


Buford Return to Learn graphic

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)

scrreenshot of carot in chromebook that shows all apps

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 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

Student-StudentsStudent-Students Illustration

  •  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. 
Image of "Are you Ready for 7th Grade? Don't forget your T-Dap Shot" with illustration of immunization.

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.



photo of pencils, notebooks

Back-to-School Supplies Lists for 2020-21

School-Supply-Lists2School starts September 8.  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.

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

School Supply Lists for the 2020-21 School Year:

Registration for free supplies from the Back-to-School Bash partnership is now closed. If you registered, you’ll receive information about how to pick up your supplies.

Screenshot of School Counselor Jacob Epps on tour of building

Hey future Trojans! Check out this school tour and meet the teachers!

We are excited to welcome our new Buford Trojans when schools re-open. For now, get to know your future school by joining Principal Dr. Jesse Turner, Assistant Principal Kevin Anderson, and School Counselor Joshua Epps for a virtual tour made especially for you!

Also, we hope the video below helps you see the many faces of Buford Middle School. We can’t wait to meet you face-to-face. Go Trojans!

Buford virtual forum screenshot showing Sally Hudson and student participants

Students engage with elected officials via virtual forums

Buford virtual forum screenshot showing Sally Hudson and student participants
Del. Sally Hudson speaks with Buford students during a virtual forum Q&A.

Buford seventh and eighth grade students had the opportunity to meet with a variety of elected officials throughout the spring thanks to the efforts of history teacher Matt Resnick.

About 30 students joined the virtual forums to engage online with local leaders such as Del. Sally Hudson, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Charlottesville city councilors to learn about their jobs and ask questions.

Related Link

“Buford virtual forums connect students with elected officials.” – The Daily Progress