What‘s Happening at CHS

Holiday Performances

Page banner showing a collage of performances including Walker orchestra, CHS choir, and CHS band.There are numerous ways to enjoy the arts this season with Charlottesville City Schools. Upcoming performances include:

Calendar of Performances

  • Dec 5 All City Band Concert 7 p.m. MLK PAC
  • Dec 12 Greenbrier 4th grade 6 p.m., 1:30 p.m. daytime performance 3rd and 4th grade
  • Dec 12 Johnson Winter concert 6 p.m., 1 p.m. daytime performance K, 2nd and 4th grade
  • Dec 12 Jackson-Via Winter concerts: 2nd Grade at 6 p.m.; 3rd Grade at 6:45 p.m.; 4th Grade at 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec 13 Walker Orchestra 7 p.m.
  • Dec 14 CHS Holiday Pops Choir Concert 7 p.m. MLK PAC
  • Dec 14 Burnley-Moran 6:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Dec 18 Clark Winter Concert 5:30 p.m., daytime performance 1:30 p.m.
  • Dec 19 Venable Winter Concert 6 p.m., daytime performance 1 p.m.
  • Jan 19 “Pinocchio” play by Stage Left Productions, Walker 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec 19 Jackson-Via,daytime performance 10 a.m.
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CHS Winter Exam Schedule and Bus Information

notebook with clock and pencilCHS will hold winter exams from December 14-19.  Early morning exams will begin on December 13 during early the early morning class period. On exam days, school will end at 1:25 p.m., and bus service will be provided.  School will operate on a singleton schedule on Dec. 11-13.

Bus Information for Exam Days:
There will be no CATEC or early morning bus runs Dec. 14-19.
On Dec. 14-19, all buses will arrive by 8:50. Early departure buses will depart at 11:25 a.m.. Regular departure buses will depart at 1:25 p.m..
On Dec. 19, students not enrolled in virtual classes will depart at 11:15 a.m.  Students taking virtual exams will depart at 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 11-13 will run as regular days.

Zero Robotics Team Earns 1st in International Programming Competition

A team of 12 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 hosted by NASA and MIT.

The international competition requires students to write computer code to control a robot in 3D zero gravity space. After placing 1st among 200 international teams, the CHS team now advances to the next round, where it must create a code-writing alliance with two other teams.  Finalists in the competition compete by running their code with real satellites aboard the International Space Station.

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.”

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Upcoming Events at CHS

calendar clipartThere’s a lot going on — mark your calendar!

CHS Event Calendar Nov-Dec 2017

Nov 28

  • PTO Meeting 5:30 p.m.

Nov 30

  • CHS Community Coffee with Dr. Irizarry 8 a.m.

Dec 2

  • SAT testing (pre-registration required)

Dec 5

  • All City Band Concert 7 p.m.

Dec 6

  • Sigma Lab Open House 5 p.m.

Dec 9

  • ACT Testing (pre-registration required)

Dec 14-19

Dec 14

  • Holiday Pops Choir Concert 7 p.m.

Dec 20 – Jan 2

  • Winter Break

Dec 27

  • Band to London, UK

CHS Fall 2017 Highlights


CHS students holding message "Hate has no home here."
CHS students at the paint-in.
CHS musicians perform with Fab 5 singers from Metro-Nashville Public Schools at school assembly.
CHS musicians perform with Fab 5 singers from Metro-Nashville Public Schools at  aschool assembly.

Fine Arts

CHS hosted a group of singers from the Metro Nashville Public Schools to collaborate on a joint musical recording of entertainer BeBe Winan’s song “Right Now (We Need One Another.”  Read The Daily Progress coverage here. A response to this summer’s violence, this beautiful video was shown at the Dave Matthews Band Concert for Charlottesville.

Forty CHS students stayed after school for a “paint-in” organized by art teacher Rachel McLaughlin (see photo, above) as one response to the Charlottesville events of August 11-12. The inspirational messages have been posted around the school.

Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS
Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS

The CHS Theatre program will present “A Night of One Act Performances” at the Black Box Theater on October 25 at 7 p.m. The evening will feature two plays, “1601” and “The Firebugs.” In fact, the musical “1601” is student-created and directed!  Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for VIP seating. Click here to order tickets online.

Sixteen CHS Orchestra and Band members were selected for the 2017 South Central Senior Regional Orchestra. Congratulations to Laura Mulligan Thomas and Jason Hackworth, plus the following students: Alice Owen, Frances Owen, Margaret Lather, Kiran Klubock-Shukla, Jamila Pitre, Parker Sullivan, Joshua Rugumayo, and Victoria Kremer, violin; Tilden Fernandez and Joe von Storch, viola; Sarah Garretson, Carmen Day, and Owen Fernandez, cello; Claire Inlow, clarinet; Ella McLaren, bassoon; and Anna Bon-Harper, french horn.

Music department receives baby grand piano donation
Music department receives baby grand piano donation

In other music news, Victoria Kremer earned 1 of the 20 first-soprano spots in the 2017 Virginia Senior Honors Choir. The CHS Marching Knights won 1st place overall for class AAA at the Lynchburg Classic. And CHS Choir Teacher Will Cooke and his students celebrated when they received a baby grand piano from a generous donor.

Ninth-grader Anisha Tamang won 1st in the National Dance Foundation’s 2017 Middle School Art Contest! She made this award-winning collage last year at Buford.

18 AVID seniors were admitted to Longwood University.
AVID seniors today, freshmen tomorrow!


General News

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Demetrius Ragland, one of VA’s two reps at the Global Youth Institute in Iowa

Congratulations and good luck to senior Demetrius Ragland for being one of two delegates representing VA this month at the Global Youth Institute in Iowa. His project studies food insecurity in Haiti.

Steven Newman and Jonah Weissman were named National Merit semifinalists, and a number of CHS students earned commended student status: Campbell Brickhouse, Owen Fernandez, Tilden Fernandez, Margaret Fitch, Emma Hale, Fré Halvorson-Taylor, Rachel Inlow, Charlotte MacDonald, Jamie Nachbar, Risa Purow-Ruderman, and Roland Ryan.

18 of our CHS AVID seniors got their first college admissions offers from Longwood University. The CHS AVID program, a college preparatory program that focuses primarily on students who will be first-generation college students, recently visited Longwood University (LU), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Lynchburg College, Virginia State University (VSU) and Virginia Tech (VT).  15 were also recently admitted to VSU. Way to go, seniors!

CHS Scholastic Bowl team at Battle of the Brains competition against Matoaka High School.
Battle of the Brains

CHS Scholastic Bowl team was victorious over Matoaka High School in round one of  the televised Battle of the Brains competition.

Vietnam War panel at CHS.
PBS panel on Vietnam War at CHS.

CHS hosted a Vietnam War video screening and panel discussion in connection with the WHTJ/WCVE PBS initiative, “Vietnam: Virginia Remembers.” Panelists included several retired Vietnam War veterans who shared their perspective with students from CHS and The Miller School. Senior Nadiya Khaydari also presented a student documentary she produced in teacher Matt Deegan’s history class. The event coincided with the recent documentary series “The Vietnam War,” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.



CHS football v Harrisonburg_webThe CHS Football is off to a strong 5-2 start, including a 76-7 romp for Homecoming.  At the end of September, quarterback Sam Neale was named Falcon Club Player of the Week.

To conclude a great season, CHS Golf placed third at regionals, with senior AJ Stouffer placing second and qualifying for states. See this video of AJ putting for birdie on #11 at the state match in Blacksburg, VA.

Volleyball, field hockey, and cross country have had solid seasons, including  three thrilling overtime wins for field hockey and cross country’s first place finish at the Rod Camden Invitational in Lynchburg.

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Upcoming Days Off for Students: To mark the end of the first quarter, there will be a teacher workday (no school for students) on Friday, 27, October 27. Coinciding with Election Day is another break on Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7, while teachers have a professional learning day and a workday.

School registration: PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more. You can customize how you receive calls, emails, or texts. Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account. If you have not completed your online re-registration, please do so right away.

Governor McAuliffe visit to Clark STEM fair.
Virginia Governor McAuliffe discusses robotics with CHS student

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe visited Charlottesville and attended a Clark Elementary School STEM fair. Clark fourth graders, along with the governor, rotated through activities featuring drones, robots, and driverless cars. Running the stations were volunteers from PVCC, Perrone Robotics, and our own talented CHS BACON students.

Lugo-McGinness Academy administrator Stephanie Newcomb Carter was recognized by the UVA Teen and Young Adult Health Center as 2017 Outstanding Community Partner. Lugo-McGinness Academy provides an alternative educational setting for Charlottesville students in grades 5-12.

Theatre CHS presents “A Night of One-Act Performances”

Poster Design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS
Poster design was created by Sahara Clemons, a junior at CHS

Charlottesville High School will present two one-act plays on October 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the CHS BlackBox Theater. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for VIP seating. Click here to order tickets online.  

The first play is a Virginia High school League (VHSL) one-act called “1601” that is a student-written and student-directed musical. Featuring the CHS orchestra students as players, the show raises awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention. Click here for a sneak peak of the first rehearsal! 

The second play, a  Virginia Theatre Association Conference (VTA) one-act, is called “The Firebugs.” According to theater director David Becker, the play examines the idea of complacency in the face of danger.

“It’s a timeless piece,” said Becker. “I think it is a really powerful production that really resonates especially well now, but has resonated ever since it was written in 1953.” For more, click here to view Mr. Becker’s commentary on “The Firebugs.”

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.

Find photos, videos, and more by visiting @TheatreCHS on Twitter.


Concert for Charlottesville features CHS music video

Nashville A music video collaboration produced by Charlottesville High School and Metro Nashville Public Schools  was featured among the long line-up of musical performers at the Dave Matthew’s Band Concert for Charlottesville in September .

“To see all of us up on the jumbotron at the Dave Matthews concert was truly a thrill,” said CHS Orchestra Teacher Laura Mulligan Thomas. “I get goose bumps every time I think about it.  It was our students singing and playing and trying to promote a positive message.”

The music video features 50 CHS orchestra students and 30 members of the CHS choir, along with Nashville’s Fab 5, a group of student singers that attend different schools at MNPS.

“It was remarkable that in such a short amount of time, we were able to join with the folks from Nashville to create a new song of hope for the future,” said CHS Choir Teacher Will Cooke.  

See the full music video here.

After the Charlottesville events of August 11-12, the Fab 5, on behalf of MNPS, sent a video recording of BeBe and CeCe Winans’ song, “Right Now (We Need One Another).”  Touched by such a powerful gesture,  Thomas and Cooke decided to invite the Fab 5 singers to come to Charlottesville to re-record the video in collaboration with CHS musicians.


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Fall Reminders

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Senior Portraits:

  • Senior make up portraits will be November 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the PAC.
  • Students should check with their English teacher for sitting times and passes.
  • Please bring your address, contact information, and email address for the Life Touch rep to verify.
  • Wear a white undershirt so you can easily change tops for your portraits.

Upcoming dates:

  • Fall Choir Concert, 10/23, 7 p.m.
  • PTO Meeting, 10/24, 5:30 p.m.
  • Theater performance, 10/25, 7 p.m.
  • End of first quarter, 10/26
  • No school for students, 10/27
  • ACT Testing, 10/28 (pre-registration required)
  • No school for students, 11/6 and 11/7
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 11/7, 3 – 7 p.m.

Fall Sports Information:

Follow CHS on Facebook and Twitter @CHSBlackKnights



PowerSchool Open for Schedules, Registration, and More

Learn your schedule, complete back-to-school forms, and more!

translation buttonStarting August 14, you can log in or create your account to see teacher assignments or schedules, complete your back-to-school paperwork online, and more. Bus schedule information will be posted in PowerSchool beginning around August 19.

In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.

A personalized letter giving you information about your PowerSchool account (and other updates) was mailed the week of 7/31. If the letter does not contain codes, you already have an account and can log back in.  See letter for more information. If you did not receive a letter and you need codes for one or more student, call your school. If you have further trouble setting up your account, you can call 245-2943.

  • Link to PowerSchool
  • Sample letter in English (the letter with your family’s access codes is being mailed to your home)
  • Ejemplo de carta en español (la carta con los códigos de acceso de su familia ha sido enviada por correo a su casa)
  • Need to translate these instructions into another language?  Click “translate” in the upper right corner and translate this page (and the letter, below) into the language of your choice.

Dear families –

The school year is almost here! The first day of school is Wednesday, August 23, and open houses will be Monday, August 21. Here are some tips to help you get your family off to a good start.

On August 14, the online program PowerSchool will re-open so that you can learn your child’s teacher assignment or schedule, review your pre-completed back-to-school forms, customize how you hear from us, and more.

PowerSchool is an online tool to help schools, students, and families stay connected throughout the year. You can check grades and attendance and more (see below). Make sure all of your students are added to your parent account.

Returning PowerSchool Users: Log back in (on or after August 14), using your parent account (not your child’s). If you don’t remember your username or password, visit the log-in page for help. A link to PowerSchool is on the parent menu at the bottom of every page at charlottesvilleschools.org. To add a child, log in and click “Account Preferences,” then “Students,” then “Add.” Enter the student’s “access info” from the back of this letter.

New PowerSchool Users: See the back of this sheet for instructions & personalized access codes.

Teacher Assignments/Schedules
The earliest way to learn your student’s schedule and teacher assignment is to check PowerSchool when it reopens on August 14. We will mail letters later that week.

In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.
In PowerSchool, look for this InfoSnap tab at the left to do your online back-to-school forms.

Back-to-School Paperwork Online
To quickly complete your back-to-school forms, log into PowerSchool and click on “InfoSnap Student Enrollment.” You’ll find a complete set of forms for your student, with most of the answers pre-completed for you. Simply edit previous info and answer the remaining questions. After you finish your first child, the program can “snap” updates into your remaining children’s forms. We recommend using a computer (not a phone) – you can visit a library, use your child’s school chromebook, or take advantage of school computers at open house. The online forms include everything except the application for free/reduced lunch.

For kindergartners and students who are new to Charlottesville City Schools, these forms are not required unless you need to update the information.

Free/Reduced Lunch
Look for a paper application in the mail. Medicaid-qualifying families and students at Clark, Jackson-Via, and Johnson do not need to complete this form since they automatically qualify for free meals.

Meal Account Balance Checks
This year, we have switched from “My School Bucks” to “My Payments Plus.” You can set up low-balance reminders with My Payments Plus, and for a service fee of about 4 percent, you can pay online. We plan to connect this service with PowerSchool, as well. For more information, see charlottesvilleschools.org/nutrition.

  • To find the student ID number to create My Payments Plus account, log into PowerSchool and click on the Grades and Attendance tab.

Calls/Emails/Text Messages
Choose whether to receive calls, emails, or texts from the schools. Log into PowerSchool and click on Contact Manager at the left. Then click “Contacts” in a new screen. For your (first) child, click “Edit.” For each number or email you have, check the messages you would like to receive. Then click “Save.”

Bus Information
Bus routes will be mailed home with back-to-school information from your school.

Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube
For updates, follow us at @CvilleSchools! Many schools have accounts, as well.
Instructions for New PowerSchool Parent Portal Accounts

This letter will help you create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account so that you can get your teacher assignments, complete back-to-school forms, and view grades/attendance. You will need a letter for each of your children. (If you’re missing a letter, perhaps you already opened an account.) For assistance or an additional child’s codes, call 245-2943. Access IDs and passwords are unique for each student. You should keep this letter in a safe place.

Instructions to Open a New Account (see the letters mailed to your home for your personalized information)

  • Open an internet browser on your computer and direct your browser to https://sis.charlottesvilleschools.org/publicYou may also find a link on the “Parents” menu at the bottom of every page of the Charlottesville City Schools web site at http://www.charlottesvilleschools.org
  • Click the Create Account buttonA new screen will open. Parent’s information goes in the top section. You must give an email address.
    The parent or guardian chooses a username and password. Passwords must be at least 6 characters.
  • Children’s access information goes in the lower section.Use the Access ID and password from the letter or letters you received in the mail. Passwords are case sensitive and MUST be entered exactly as they appear above. If you have more than one child, you will receive more than one letter and should enter all children here.Remember to click Enter when you have finished entering all children.
  • Once you have completed the above, you will see this screen.  You can
    now use your new username/password to log in at: https://sis.charlottes-
     (Or find a link at the bottom of our web site.)

To Add a Student to an Existing Parent Account:To add a child, log in and click “Account Preferences,” then “Students,”
then “Add.” Enter the student access data from the letter you received in the mail.

We Welcome Nashville Students and Staff!

Fab 5 Nashville

Charlottesville City Schools will host a special group of visitors from the Metro Nashville Public Schools later this week to collaborate on a joint musical recording of entertainer BeBe Winan’s song “Right Now (We Need One Another).”

The Fabulous 5, an ensemble of five Nashville area high school students, recorded a touching music video in response to the recent events in Charlottesville and sent it to the CCS staff. Produced under the direction of Cedric Caldwell, the head of Pearl Cohn Magnet High School’s Relentless Entertainment group, the video features scenes from the Unite the Right march and related events in Charlottesville on August 11-12.

Click here to watch video!

Under the leadership of CHS Orchestra Director Laura Thomas and CHS Choral Director Will Cook, members of the Charlottesville High School orchestra and choral group will record the song together and spend some time touring the city during the two-day visit.