Charlottesville High School will present “South Pacific” February 22-25 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center (MLK PAC). Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Times are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday and 3:00pm on Sunday. Click here to order tickets online.
This award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical first appeared on Broadway in 1949 and re-emerged in a 2008 Broadway revival.
In an interview with C-VILLE Weekly previewing the play, CHS drama teacher and director David Becker said, “It’s probably one of the most lush, most memorable scores of musical theater written during the golden age…What I was really interested in doing with the show was finding a way to bridge then with now.” For more comments from Becker along with several members of the cast, read the complete C-VILLE Weekly article here.
Theatre CHS has won numerous Virginia High School League awards. Student leadership in directing, costuming, poster design, and more is a hallmark of the program. For more information, call 245-2410.
On February 13, Charlottesville High School was pleased to host a ribbon-cutting to celebrate a new partnership, the CHS/CFA Institute Finance Academy. The aim is to support financial education and cultivate interest and awareness of the investment profession for students at CHS.
The CHS/CFA Institute Finance Academy will impact three programs at CHS:
Student Investment Group
In 2015, a self-started team of students called the Student Investment Group was established by student Lucas Higgins ’18. The club went on to excel in college-sponsored investment competitions hosted by both UVA and the Wharton School of Business at Penn. Furthermore, Lucas raised $25,000 to establish an investment fund for the club to manage. So far, the group has given $2,500 to the local nonprofit City Schoolyard Garden.
Economics and Personal Finance Classes
To fulfill state graduation requirements, all CHS students must take a course in economics and personal finance. These classes are taught by Meagan Maynard, Deb Tewksbury, and Yumeca Webb, all of whom have been nationally honored as Gold Star Teachers by the Working in Support of Education group. The award recognizes that these teachers’ classes have extremely high rates of success in passing the Financial Literacy Certification Test. Relatedly, CHS has repeatedly earned the Blue Start School award for this program’s success.
AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a national program that helps underrepresented students build a bridge to higher education. In Charlottesville, the AVID program starts with a school-wide emphasis for fifth- and sixth-graders at Walker Upper Elementary School and continues with the process of applying to be part of a cohort at Buford Middle School and Charlottesville High School. From CHS, we have sent first-generation college students to colleges and universities in Virginia and beyond, including UVA, George Mason, and Howard University. As part of their program, AVID students benefit from partnerships with the UVA School of Medicine, the Tom-Tom Founders Festival, and, most recently, Project SERVE with CFA Institute. These partnerships offer opportunities to develop research experience, leadership abilities, and professional presentation and pitch skills.
One of the first concrete steps of this partnership was the renovation of the classroom that hosts AVID seniors and the Student Investment Group. The environment is modeled after college classrooms and modern corporate offices and includes room for collaboration, flexible workspaces, and new technology.
About CFA Institute
Headquartered here in Charlottesville, CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. Our aim is to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. There are more than 150,000 CFA charterholders worldwide in 165+ countries and territories. CFA Institute has eight offices worldwide and there are 149 local member societies. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org
The CHS BACON Club (Best All-around Club of Nerds), has had a busy winter full of activity, achievements, and awards.
Most recently, the BACON Science Bowl team upset powerhouse Langley High School in the state Science Bowl tournament and finished in second place. BACON advisor Dr. Matt Shields called the victory “truly bonkers.”
“Our team went undefeated through the early brackets which landed them in the semi-finals against Langley,” said Dr. Shields, “Already the best showing that BACON had ever had, the team was happy with what was looking like a third place medal. But they put Langley on the ropes early in the match and just kept swinging. A few brilliant moves and a hail Mary at the buzzer left Langley stunned and sent our team to the finals. Their only defeat of the day was against TJ in the final round.” (Dr. Shields happily admits that his degrees are in engineering, not sports metaphors.)
Other recent accomplishments include:
The Zero Robotics team finished individual competition first in the world (yes, the world!) and travelled to MIT in Boston for the finals. The team wrote computer code for robots on the International Space Station and, while at MIT, got to watch the robots execute the programmed maneuvers via live feed from space. Read more here.
The First Tech Challenge team finished second at a regional tournament in Lynchburg and has qualified for the state tournament on February 24th in Richmond.
BACON successfully launched a weather balloon approximately 100,000 feet and recovered it. See the video here. Another launch is being planned for the spring. Meanwhile, the club is going even bigger by partnering with UVA and Twiggs Space Labs to launch a satellite into space.
BACON hosted and competed in the Virginia Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, which brought about 40 schools from all over the state. BACON finished 5th in the all-day competition and qualified for states at UVA on April 14.
The latest gadgets in the Sigma Lab include a new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and a Phantom 4 drone. Don’t be surprised if you see the drone flying over CHS sometime soon. They have been testing it, and the high definition video it captures is impressive!
Members of BACON are also giving back to our Cville Schools community by participating in various outreach efforts including teaching elementary kids about robots, helping Walker Upper Elementary students with their own VR headset, and volunteering at our iSTEM Nights.
BACON earning 2nd in Virginia in Science Bowl at Jefferson Lab. BACON was second only to the perennial champ, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. BACON (Best All-around Club of Nerds) team members were Jamie Nachbar, Stephen Newman, Clara Stelow, and Peter Manto. Read more about other recent BACON accomplishments here.
Four track & wrestling boys winning Jeff District events (and boys’ track winning 2nd overall). Congratulations to our district champs: Mathieson Haworth (both 300 & 500m), Isaac Kenner (wrestling, 152 lbs), Isaac Vik (1000m), and Joe Von Storch (long jump).
CHS alum and JMU football record-setter Rashard Davis ’12 winning a Super Bowl ring!
Congratulations to all! What a nice glimpse of the good things going on at Charlottesville High School!
Here are just a few highlights of what has been happening lately in the Fine Arts program at Charlottesville City Schools.
The annual CHS Symphony/Chorus/Fine Arts Celebration featured all of the Charlottesville High School fine arts in one evening. The performance combined the talents of the CHS Symphony, CHS Choir, CHS Jazz Band, CHS Visual Arts, and CHS Theatre. CHS Choir teacher Will Cooke noted that eight CHS Choir alumni were also singing among the choir.
CHS orchestra teacher Laura Thomas credits the strong foundational programs in the elementary and middle schools for enabling the successes at the high school.
“The Symphony Orchestra is the product of so many behind the scenes, long-term arrangements and effort,” said Thomas during her remarks to the audience. “In Charlottesville, it starts at the elementary schools where we have such a solid general elementary music program. And then in fifth grade at Walker, where many choose an instrument and or continue to sing. And then, we have this world-class music program at Buford, and at the high school we schedule the String Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble at the same time, so that we can actually combine to rehearse and create this wonderful thing. I was just telling my students a couple days ago, ‘This doesn’t happen everywhere. The symphony orchestra is really a rare thing at a high school.’ I am so very, very proud of this symphony orchestra, and I hope you are too.”
To view selections from the performance, use the following links:
The Walker Upper Elementary School fifth grade beginner band and the Buford Middle School jazz band both recently performed for their schools. Walker band teacher Susan Allen showcased each section of the band–brass, woodwinds, and percussion–to teach the audience about the different instruments.
17 Buford Middle School musicians made the 2018 Junior Regional Orchestra! The JRO auditions were held on January 27 at Jouett Middle School and included musicians from Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Cville/Albemarle. Each student played two scales, two prepared excerpts, and a sight-reading selection. The JRO event will take place on March 23-24 at Heritage High School in Lynchburg.
For the month of February, artwork by Johnson Elementary students is on display at Charlottesville City Hall and artwork by CHS students is featured in the teen section of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
CHS art students in Ms. Mildonian’s classes have been painting portraits for children of Puerto Rico who were affected by the hurricanes last year. In partnership with memoryproject.org, these artists are using photographs of the children to create special keepsakes which will be hand-delivered to the children when they are completed.
“We want our kids to understand that sharing kindness through artistic expression can be really meaningful,” said Mildonian. Hopefully, these paintings will make the children of Puerto Rico, many who have lost everything, feel loved and not forgotten.”
What happens when second grade students combine art, reading, and STEM all in one unit? Clark Elementary students make bioluminescent creatures using circuits and glow paint! This illuminating cross-curricular activity was inspired by the Hot Read of the Month, “Glow: Animals that Make Their Own Light.” iSTEM teacher Teresa Amasia helped the students design their own light-up sea creatures by building a suspended pendulum and using glow in the dark paint.
The CCS Faculty Art Exhibit, a long-standing tradition for Charlottesville City Schools, is now on display in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performance Arts Center (MLK-PAC) lobby from January 22, 2018 to March 26, 2018. The show features drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, digital art and mixed-media created by faculty and staff members who work for the nine schools in our division. With more than 20 participants, the exhibit includes works from visual art teachers, school counselors, instructional assistants, administrators, and other support staff. Read more about it here.
CHS art students took a field trip to the Second Street Gallery to view Adejoke Tugbiyele’s multi-media exhibit “Language of the Heart.” Internationally known, Tugbiyele’s work draws from her experience as a Nigerian-American. She uses a combination of installation, sculpture, video, photography, drawings, and collaborative performance as a metaphor for self-progress. She worked with our students to create a collaborative, mixed-media figure of a superhuman. Special thanks to the artist and to SSG Director and Chief Curator, Kristen Chiacchia, and Outreach Director, Lou Haney for providing this opportunity.
TheatreCHS is busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming production, “South Pacific.” Tickets are on sale now for the performance which runs February 22-25, 2018 at the MLK Performing Arts Center at CHS. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://theatrechs.seatyourself.biz.
The annual Venable Elementary School Soul Fest will be held on February 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. In addition to great food, the event includes some amazing performers who will join the third grade chorus and first grade presenters this year. Thanks to Jon Lohman and the Virginia Folklife Program, the students will perform along with former musical director for the Virginia State University Gospel Choir Cora Harvey Armstrong, a renowned gospel singer from Virginia. In addition, Mr. Benjamin Nussbaum’s fourth grade class will present their video, “The Rainbow Schoolbus Goes Deep Into Protesting,” which was showcased at the Virginia Film Festival earlier this fall.
The CHS Marching Band travelled to London to march in the 2018 London New Year’s Day parade. The largest New Year’s parade in the world, it includes more than 8,000 performers and an audience of 500,000 people. Band director Jason Hackworth helped plan the trip itinerary which included a tour of London’s most famous landmarks like Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London.
Student Aleena Haidari and alum Kibirti Majuto earned an opportunity to ride on a float in the New Year’s Day 2018 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California after winning an essay contest about social justice. The float, titled “Keeping the Promise,” honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other social justice advocates. Each student also received a $5,000 grant to be used for community projects or furthering their education.
At the December School Board meeting, members of the Student Investment Club donated $1,350 of their earnings to City Schoolyard Garden.
Jonah Weissman — along with several U.Va. students — was awarded a scholarship from the SANS Institute for scoring in the top 100 of a cybersecurity program being tested in Virginia.
Student Ian Clickner’s poem, “Rap del fauno,” was published in Albricias, a student journal of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, an honor society for students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese.
CHS student Jacob Floyd presented his Veteran’s History Project at the “Human Side of War” presentation at Cityspace. The project is part of an annual assignment in which students interview veterans and create videos or podcasts for history teacher Matt Deegan’s classes.
The CHS BACON Club launched a giant weather balloon attached to a transmitter that was built with a laser cutter and 3D printers. Designed to be reusable, the balloon was expected to reach 100,000 feet and travel 70 mph during its one hour flight. See video of the launch here. And, speaking of 3D printers, the lab has a new one!
The CHS Zero Robotics team will travel to MIT on January 11 for the final round of the 2017 Zero Robotics contest sponsored by NASA and MIT. During the finals, CHS students’ code will control small robots aboard the International Space Station. Astonauts aboard the ISS will judge the final round of robot maneuvers while the teams watch via a live video feed.
The Sigma Lab has had a variety of cross-curricular activity. Besides the typical engineering and robotics projects, the Garden-to-Market classes and the art classes have been using the lab to help them build benches and bird houses to go around CHS. Also, educators from Shanghai recently toured the lab to learn more about creating their own STEM curriculum in China.
The AVID program was honored to host Emerging Leaders as part of the Global Leadership Initiative. AVID students also participated in a panel discussion on the teenage brain at the UVA Curry School of Education.
A group of female CHS students attended the Women’s Global Leadership Forum, hosted by U.Va as part of its bicentennial celebrations. Women from the university and around the world gathered to discuss “The Role of Women in 21st Century Democracy.”
CHS alum Kendall Ballard earned her second all-region recognition for Ohio University. Read more here.
Both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams competed in 2017 Daily Progress Holiday Hoops tournament in December. The girls finished third after defeating Western Albemarle in the final game. The boys, also competing for third place against Western, eventually fell to the Warriors. Players Nick Motley, Jessica Antwi and TC Younger were selected for the all-tournament teams.
The CHS softball facility continues to see improvement. Last winter, new dugouts were erected and this year a new infield is being installed. A special thank you to the City of Charlottesville and Parks and Recreation for aiding us in this process.
In CHS football, Ben Casarez was featured in Scrimmage Play’s First Off the Field to discuss CHS’ exciting win over Monticello High. The game completed a 5-0 record at home for the Black Knights and secured a place in the regional play-offs in Salem, VA. Player Sam Neale has committed to play football for Washington and Lee University and Rakeem Davis will play for James Madison University.
The CHS Marching Band traveled to London to march in the 2018 Lord Mayor of London’s New Year’s Day Parade. There were over half a million spectators in the streets, and it was broadcast around the world to more than 250 million people. The band presented a beautiful violin to the Lord Mayor painted by CHS alum Vail Prior.
Charlotte MacDonald was the first recipient of a $1000 scholarship from The Virginia Marching Band Cooperative Control Board.
The annual CHS Symphony Choir Concert and Fine Arts showcase will be held on January 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the MLK-PAC.
The CHS Theater department came home with a host of awards from the Virginia Theatre Association State High School Festival. The CHS one-act play earned finalist (top 6 in VA), the improv team earned second, and the tech Olympics team placed third. Additionally, there were many individual award recipients and several college call-backs. Plans are now underway for CHS Theatre’s next productions, South Pacific and The Tempest.
The CCS Faculty Art Exhibit, a long-standing tradition for Charlottesville City Schools, is now on display in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performance Arts Center (MLK-PAC) lobby from January 22, 2018 to March 26, 2018.
The show features drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, digital art and mixed-media created by faculty and staff members who work for the nine schools in our division. With more than 20 participants, the exhibit includes works from visual art teachers, school counselors, instructional assistants, administrators, and other support staff.
The faculty exhibit overlaps ArtConnections 2018, the annual division-wide student art show. Together, these exhibits illustrate how the visual arts continue to play an important role in people’s lives beyond the school or classroom.
The show will be open during any public performance including the January 31, 2018 CHS Symphony concert, the CHS Musical Feb 23, 24, and 25, and our ArtConnections Saturday Celebration, March 17, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
If anyone is interested in viewing the exhibit, arrangements can be made by contacting Aaron Eichorst, fine arts coordinator for Charlottesville City Schools, at 434-245-2671.
The CHS Zero Robotics team will travel to MIT to compete in the final round of the Zero Robotics contest sponsored by NASA and MIT on January 11, 2018.
During the finals, CHS students’ code will control small robots aboard the International Space Station. Astronauts aboard the ISS will judge the final round of robot maneuvers while the teams watch via a live video feed.
The team of computer programmers from the Charlottesville High School BACON Club (Best All-Around Club of Nerds) earned first place in round one of the Zero Robotics competition earlier this year and then joined forces with two other teams to form an alliance for the finals.
The competition is sponsored by the world’s premier space and defense agencies and the MIT. More than 200 teams from all over the world participate in the competition, primarily from elite schools specializing in science and technology. This is BACON’s sixth straight year of excellence in the Zero Robotics competition.
CHS Sigma Lab Director and BACON Club sponsor Dr. Matthew Shields credits the ingenuity of the students for their success.
“In order to create our final code submission, the team actually wrote a program to help them write their program,” said Shields. “I’m sure that is one reason they ended up on top.”