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CHS Curriculum Fair January 2017

Come to CHS on January 10 from 5-7pm to learn about your options for classes next year!




January 10th


Charlottesville High School





-AP Classes
-Dual Enrollment
“Honors-Option” Classes
-Course Selection
-PSAT Results
-Virtual Classes

1/7 Teacher Recommendations
1/11-1/20 Student Registration
1/30 Student Meetings with Counselors

CHS Departments
CHS Student Clubs

Pizza and drinks will be provided to attendees

Honors-Option Classes:  Based on the success and popularity of the “honors-option” classes at CHS, all English 9 and 10 classes will be “honors-option” beginning in 2017-18. Students in these classes choose whether to take the course for academic or honors credit. Students who choose honors credit complete additional assignments and requirements. Honors-option classes are also offered in world language and economics and personal finance courses. For questions, call 245-2410.

Golden Apple Teacher Awards | Sponsored by Better Living Building Supply

Nominate a Teacher for the Golden Apple Awards!

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Better Living Building Supply & Cabinetry is sponsoring the 16th Annual Golden Apple Awards for outstanding teachers in our community’s school systems.

Applications and information are available here.  Please return all forms to your principal by Thursday, February 2, 2017.


About the Golden Apple Award

The Golden Apple Award is a means of selecting and honoring some of the most outstanding teachers in our community.  One winner will be selected from each school. Award recipients receive a Golden Apple, as well as gift certificates from local businesses. As a “Golden Apple” teacher, each recipient is eligible to receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant. Grants are awarded to eight candidates: three elementary, two middle, and two high school candidates, and one from the schools that are members of the VAIS. The grant award is used for classroom materials or to support the recipient’s continued professional development.


Candidates are teachers at any level (pre-school through grade 12) and in any discipline. Candidates for this award have demonstrated excellence in teaching and involvement in the community outside the school.

Golden Apple Award recipients who received this award within the past three years are not eligible for nomination.

Award Ceremony

Golden Apple Award recipients are invited to a reception in their honor on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on McIntire Road. Golden Apple grant recipients will be selected and announced at the reception.

Opening of the CHS student-run writing lab.

December 2016 CHS Highlights

16-17 Zero Robotics programming team from CHS
16-17 Zero Robotics programming team from CHS.

The Zero Robotics programming team of the CHS BACON science club has coded their way to the top (again). At the end of round three of the competition, the team finished #2 (US) and #4 (world). For round four, they are partnered with teams from the UK and Australia. Good luck!

CHS’s pilot of a “double robot” allows student Ashton Ryan to attend his math class from home. Thanks to Ashton for working with us to see if this technology would be a good solution for students in the hospital or with other situations that keep them out of school. In addition to Charlottesville Tomorrow (see first link), NBC29 featured the story.

Alaijah Ragland. Image courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress.
Alaijah Ragland. Image courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress.

Basketball season’s underway, and the boys’ and girls’ teams are off to a strong start. In the first game of the season, Alaijah Ragland reached the rare milestone of scoring more than 1000 points in her high school career; she was also named Schewels Athlete of the Week.

Signs of unity and appreciation:  Link Crew, the CHS mentoring program, created a “Wall of Thanks” for students & staff. Click here to see a few of their notes.  And the “Becoming a Global Citizen” class created a unity display of posters reminding students that “we are black, white, Muslim, Christian,” (and more), and “we are unified, Americans, together, Black Knights.”

Matt Savage piano workshop
Matt Savage piano workshop.

Piano students enjoyed a workshop with sixteen-year-old prodigy Matt Savage. Savage, who is on the autism spectrum, has toured the world and performed for heads of state. Thanks to the Charlottesville Jazz Society for the opportunity!

The CHS marketing and finance department hosted a panel discussion with Union Bank reps to discuss financial planning as part of their EverFi programs. Students Maia Shortridge and Dyshe Smith and spoke as part of the event.

Ever Fi financial literacy event and Theatre CHS at LiveArts.
EverFi financial literacy event and Theatre CHS at LiveArts.

At this year’s one-act play conference and Virginia Theatre Association conference, Theatre CHS earned a variety of awards. Emma Strock was honored as “best actress” at the former, and at the latter, Elliot Craft got a nod for best actor, Patrick O’Shea earned 1st and 2nd in costume and scene design. CHS earned a shout-out for sound/music design, placed 2nd in Improvathon, and won an honorable mention for best one-act play for “The 39 Steps.” Finally, all six seniors earned college callbacks. You can see “The 39 Steps” at CHS from 12/9-11.

Senior night for volleyball
Senior night for volleyball.

Congratulations to the CHS football team, who ended their season in the regional semi-finals, after earning their first home play-off game in more than a decade.  Sabias Folley (for both offense and defense), Trejon Bryant,  Rakeem Davis, Larry Henderson,  Lorenzo Louderback, and Shandon Pritchett earned first-team all-conference honors. Davis was also named Falcon Club Player of the Week in November.

The volleyball team also qualified for the play-offs, and both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams qualified for regionals.

DE environmental sciences analyzing data about the school's solar energy harvest
DE environmental sciences analyzing data about the school’s solar energy harvest.

Environmental science students at CHS have been busy, whether they are heading outside to do water testing in McIntire Park or analyzing the data of for the energy gained from the school’s solar panels.

Mr. Bullock’s history students “visited” the Great Wall of China thanks to Google Virtual Reality, while Mr. Deegan’s students explored history by way of Broadway, examining lyrics from Hamilton.

Coding artists.
Coding artists.

Art students have been using scratch programming to add sound  to their art.  Does that maken them enginartists?

Kibiriti Majuto ’17 was featured in an article in The Atlantic, titled “The Refugee who Became Class President.” Kibiriti is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and serves as the CHS senior class president, among other leadership roles in the school and community.

Choir singing national anthem. Courtesy Ashley Thornton/ScrimmagePlay
Choir singing national anthem. Courtesy Ashley Thornton/ScrimmagePlay.

The CHS choir sang the national anthem at the last home (regular season) football game, and the Sirens (an all-female a cappella group) sang at U.Va.’s annual Lighting of the Lawn. In addition, the band performed at the City’s Veterans Day celebration.

Opening of the CHS student-run writing lab.
Opening of the CHS student-run writing lab.

Need help writing a paper?  You’re in luck, because there is now a student-run CHS writing lab operating during lunch hours.

CATEC students continue their successful launch of their new CISCO partnership for IT certification. Culinary students also held their annual Thanksgiving fundraiser, offering pies and other holiday dishes, and nursing students hosted a blood drive.

First draft of the 2017-18 calendar. To receive this data by phone or in an alternate format, please call 434-245-2962.Remember, following winter break (12/19-12/30), there is a teacher workday on Monday, January 2, 2017.  Students return to school on Tuesday, January 3.

The draft calendar for the 2017-18 school year has been posted online. The calendar is developed jointly by the Albemarle and Charlottesville schools, through the work of a committee that includes staff and parents. The School Board will vote on this calendar at its January meeting.

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New this year for winter closing notifications: This year, all families will receive emails and calls at all times (including early morning) unless families customize their settings via PowerSchool. Find instructions here.  If you have not yet set up your PowerSchool account, call 245-2943.

The division will be holding a number of events to gather feedback and input for our 2017-2023 Strategic Plan. A community-wide listening session will be held at CHS on Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm — come join us! Or if you wish to participate in a smaller, school-based session on another day, please contact your principal or write goodnews@charlottesvilleschools.org. Learn more or take a brief survey here.

Polly Sibert and Laura Thomas
Award-winners Sibert and Thomas.

A big congratulations to Dr. Polly Sibert of Walker and Laura Mulligan Thomas of CHS. These two orchestra directors received statewide recognition this week for their continued excellence and leadership. Dr. Sibert won the JMU Outstanding Music Educator Award, given to one alum annually. Laura Thomas won the Philip Fuller Award from the VA Band/Orchestra Directors Association. Details are here.

The Charlottesville Schools community extends condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and students of Patricia Stanton, who taught Latin at CHS for more than 40 years until her passing in November.

CHS teachers Josh O’Grady and Zachary Bullock were able to present their experiences on the teaching  the “History of Sports in America” and implementing the “flipped classroom” at the annual conference of the National Council of Social Studies in DC.

Messrs. Bullock and O'Grady at the NCSS conference in DC.
Messrs. Bullock and O’Grady at the NCSS conference in DC.
Rodney Redd, CHS Athletic Director
Rodney Redd, CHS Athletic Director.

Rodney Redd was named athletic director at Charlottesville High School, bringing broad experience as an athletic director, coach, and teacher.  Welcome!

In November, the Special Education Advisory Committee hosted a community discussion about how to prepare your child for “Life After High School, Now.”

Multi-aged kids coding at Johnson for "hour of code"
Multi-aged coders at Johnson for “Hour of Code.”

Across the division, Charlottesville Schools participated in the international Hour of Code, a event designed to expose students to computer programming. Charlottesville Schools has extensive and growing support to help students learn to code.

At its fall conference, the Virginia Board of Education honored Charlottesville City Schools for receiving a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.

Upcoming events include:

  • CHS Holiday Pops Concert, 12/8, 7pm, MLKPAC
  • CATEC Open House, 12/14, 5pm
  • CHS Band Concert, 12/14 at MLKPAC at 7:30pm
  • Winter Break and Teacher Workday, 12/19 through Monday, 1/2
  • Classes resume, Tuesday, 1/3
  • School Board Meeting, 1/5, 5pm, CHS Media Center
  • CHS Curriculum Fair, 1/10,  5-7, CHS Atrium
  • Community Budget Presentation, 1/10, 5:30pm, CHS Media Center
  • No School for Martin Luther King Day, 1/16
  • End of 2nd Quarter, 1/20
  • CHS Orchestra presents Peter and the Wolf, 1/21,  3pm, MLKPAC
  • No School for Teacher Workday, 1/23
  • Community Strategic Plan Listening Session (open to all), 1/25, 7pm, CHS

Remember that you can subscribe to our Google calendar of school holidays and as well as Google calendars for school-specific events. Instructions are at charlottesvilleschoools.org/calendar.

Dr. Polly Sibert

Two Charlottesville Schools Orchestra Directors Win Awards​

Dr. Polly SibertThe directors of the orchestras at Charlottesville High School and Walker Upper Elementary School received awards this weekend.

Dr. Polly Sibert of Walker Upper Elementary School received James Madison University’s Outstanding Music Educator Award, awarded annually to an alum who demonstrates excellence in musicianship and pedagogy. Dr. Sibert is teaching her 25th year at Walker School.

Laura Mulligan ThomasLaura Mulligan Thomas, who received the same JMU music educator award in 2013, received the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association’s Philip Fuller award in recognition of her longtime service, leadership, and accomplishments. Over the course of more than three decades, she has grown the CHS orchestra program from a group of 8 students to an award-winning group of 145. Their next international tour will be to Ireland in the summer of 2017.

“We are so proud of these two directors,” noted Aaron Eichorst, Coordinator of Fine Arts for Charlottesville City Schools. “Our students, parents, and staff already recognize the quality of our schools’ music education programs, but these awards show that music professionals across the state recognize the excellence of our faculty, as well.”

CHS Marking Knights performing at Caroline Invitation, earning 2nd overall and 1st for color guard

CHS: October 2016 Highlights

CHS Marking Knights performing at Caroline Invitation, earning 2nd overall and 1st for color guard
CHS Marking Knights performing at Caroline Invitation, earning 2nd overall and 1st for color guard

The CHS Marching Knights received a prestigious invitation to perform in the London London’s New Year’s Day Parade & Festival in 2018. Schools are vetted before invitations to the largest New Year’s event in the world. It will be the band’s first international trip!

The band is also enjoying a strong marching season, recently earning 1st place Percussion, 1st place Music, and 1st place class AAA at the Midlothian High School Showcase of Bands. On October 29 at 2pm, they will host their annual Cavalcade competition, a great chance to see and hear top bands from across the state.

CHS earned top honors (again) as a w!se Blue Star school for financial literacy, and the schools’s three economics and personal finance teachers also earned top honors as Yellow Star teachers. Congratulations to our students and teachers Meagan Maynard, Deb Tewksbury, and Yumeka Webb-Jordan!

4 CHS singers singing to support the organization SARA
Knightingales singing to support SARA

Knightingales Brianna Ramirez, Rebecca Sutphin, Casey Casarez, and Kiana Anderson were invited to sing with the UVA Women’s Chorus in a benefit concert for SARA (the Sexual Assault Resource Agency of Charlottesville).

CHS history teacher Zach Bullock was named one of 50 worldwide “flipped ambassadors” by the Flipped Learning Global Initiative. In flipped classrooms (used by a number of teachers at CHS and in other Charlottesville schools), teachers typically present “lectures” via brief video presentations that students watch as homework. That leaves class time for activities, solving problems, and the opportunity to ask questions of teachers or classmates.

IMG_2394Elizabeth Bambury and Rachael Inlow took advantage of a Jefferson-Madison Regional Library program, listening in English & español to acclaimed Chilean poet Christian Formoso. iMuy bien!

Congrats to Caleb Rose and Stella Sokolowski, just named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble. Only 40 are selected from across Virginia! And 15 CHS Orchestra members were selected for the 2015 South Central Senior Regional Orchestra!

Latino Student Association holds salsa-tasting event during lunch
Latino Student Association holds salsa-tasting event during lunch

Two signs of diversity…. Photography students have hung an exhibition of their images of CHS students and staff in the atrium. Part of the national Inside Out project, the images showcase the beauty and diversity of our students. In addition, a new Latino Student Association has formed and has held events at CHS to promote an appreciation for Latino cultures.

Francis MacCall and Naia Fairchild, who has Down syndrome, served as king and queen of homecoming. In March 2015, Naia and her mother offered the keynote address to the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Art field trip to Ix Park with artist Chicho
Art field trip to Ix Park with artist Chicho

Art I and art II classes visited Ix Art Park to work with local artist Chicho Lorenzo. Students cut stencils and spray-painted their designs on canvas and around the Art Park.

CHS and Buford students explored how businesses use technology in Charlottesville’s annual CBIC Tech Tour.

Two recent evening events benefited students, a college night and a workshop about how the latest brain research can make learning easier.

Human anatomy students at the UVA Health Sciences Library learning from medical school mentors
Human anatomy students at the U.Va. Health Sciences Library learning from medical school mentors

Students in human biology took a field trip to the U.Va. Health Sciences library, where mentors from the medical school assisted the students with research projects. The students will present their research in the spring.

CHS students recently hosted French peers from Charlottesville’s sister city of Besançon, part of a series of exchanges between the two communities.


Life After High School

The Special Education Advisory Committee invites families from all our schools for a special evening to discuss “Life After High School,” considering questions about how to prepare your child to live independently after graduation.  Join us on November 18 from 5:30-7:30pm in the CHS A-Commons.

Interested in the Special Education Advisory Committee? Come to the next meeting on Tuesday, November 15, at 8:45am at the CHS Lower Building.

Flyer about "Life After High School" program sponsored by the Special Education Advisory Committee. Event held on 11/18 at CHS at 5:30. Call 245-2962 for details.

Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Courtesy Bart Isley/ScrimmagePlay

CHS: September 2016 Highlights

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently hosted an event at CHS, recognizing the 15th anniversary of the state’s insurance program for qualifying students.  The governor surprised the school by arriving early and staying late, squeezing in visits to orchestra and engineering classes.

Governor McAuliffe visiting orchestra and engineering classes.
Governor McAuliffe visiting orchestra and engineering classes.
The Knights United Credit Union team.
The Knights United Credit Union team.

CHS opened the newest student-run branch of the UVA Community Credit Union at the start of the year. Some students get a job, other students open an account, and all students have access to real-life financial literacy learning opportunities.

Nearly 300 CHS students attended a showing of the documentary Freedom Riders, followed by a panel discussion with the film-maker and several of the civil rights activists featured in the movie. The session was part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ 50th anniversary conference, held in Charlottesville.

Students gathering to greet Alice Waters at CHS garden.
Students gathering to greet Alice Waters at the CHS garden thanks to City Schoolyard Garden.

City Schoolyard Garden hosted a reception in the CHS gardens for Alice Waters, the acclaimed chef, author, and advocate for local foods, and several CHS students attended an event with Waters and other leaders in food sustainability as part of the NEH conference.

The CHS PTO got off to a strong start with a community presentation of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.  The award-winning documentary explores the potential impact of young people’s frequent use of phones and other devices.

Renovated lab spaces at CATEC support the new IT partnership with CISCO.
Renovated lab spaces at CATEC support the new IT partnership with CISCO.

CATEC held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its new partnership with IT leader CISCO and revnovated labs to support the program. Participating students can now graduate  as a Cisco Certified Network Administrator or with the CompTIA A+ credential, which is considered to be the building block of an IT certificate.

Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Courtesy Bart Isley/ScrimmagePlay
Sabias Folley in scrimmage vs Brookville. Courtesy Bart Isley/ScrimmagePlay.

Fall athletics are underway, and running back Sabias Folley was named the Schewels Athlete of the Week earlier this month. CHS football has won two big wins at the start of the season.

CHS  received a statewide award from Jobs for Virginia Graduates in recognition of the the school’s attainment of all five of the program’s goals, including targets such as graduation and job or military placement.

CHS engineering teacher Matthew Shields won a 2016 Yale Educator Award.  He’s one of 55 teachers across the country recognized for inspiring students to achieve excellence.

Following a visit to Longwood University, 24 CHS AVID students earned their first college acceptance letters through the university’s instant admission program. AVID is a national program geared toward college readiness and closing the achievement gap.

From a CHS Cybercamp to Virginia Governors School programs to U.S. State Department travel fellowships (and more), CHS students gained valuable experiences this summer. To learn more about opportunities for next year, check in with your counselor.

CHS Cybercamp 2016 participants and leaders
CHS Cybercamp 2016 participants and leaders.

The CHS String Ensemble recently performed on the Downtown Mall, announcing their summer 2017 tour of Ireland.  This will mark the award-winning group’s fifth European tour.


Photo and Yearbook Information

senior-portraitsIt’s time to order your yearbook and get your photos or senior portraits made!

You can order your yearbook or place an ad (including senior and baby ads) here.

Upcoming Dates & Info:

  • Senior Portraits
    • Submit privately taken photos by October 1 via email to Mr. Toole. Use an outside photographer or hire a  CHS Commercial Photography III student do it for a small fee.
  • September 27 & 28:  Non-senior pictures in the PAC Lobby during school hours.
  • September 30: Deadline to get the $50 early bird yearbook price
  • October 25: Non-senior picture make-ups in the PAC lobby during school hours
CHS Screenagers Poster

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

CHS-Screenagers-PosterYou and your device-using child are invited to attend Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, an acclaimed documentary exploring the potential impact of students’ time on phones and other devices. The event is open to the whole community, including families from other schools or school divisions.

WHEN: Wednesday, 9/14 at 7pm
WHERE: Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center
TICKETS: $10 — purchase online
SPONSORED BY: Charlottesville High School PTO