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boy playing with large blocksIt’s time to apply for preschool! Charlottesville City Schools offers free classes for qualifying three- and four-year-olds. Apply by March 1.

Questions?

Call 434-245-2813.

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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.

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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.

Eligibility

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.

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December 2016 Elementary Highlights

Children at the elementary tailgate party at CHS
Friday Knight Lights: future CHS cheerleaders.

The first-ever all-elementary tailgate was a success.  Their cuteness and cheers propelled the CHS football team to a big win. Thanks to the Burnley-Moran PTO for organizing the event.

Second-graders across the division enjoyed their annual field trip to Monticello, filled with history, beauty, gardens, and even math.  Visiting Monticello’s “edible laboratory,” students guessed the weights of pumpkins, recorded weather, and tasted fennel.

Monticello magic -- something for each of our second-graders.
Monticello magic — something for each of our second-graders.

Thanks to a partnership with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, students in the after-school CLASS program have new, fun options for staying on the move and healthy, as profiled by the Newsplex.

Students building a structure to protect lettuce from frost
Protecting lettuce from the freeze.

As part of the new iSTEM program, third-grade engineers in every school designed, built, and are testing frost-covers for their schools’ lettuce plants. Who can keep their lettuce healthy this winter?

Students from Burnley-Moran, Johnson, and Venable went to see a national production of “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” at the Paramount Theater.

Students conducting a science experiment with cabbage in the garden
Experimenting in the garden at BME.

Burnley-Moran students used their garden for both history and science this fall. Kindergartners studied “long ago” by “hunting” with arrows made with the garden’s corn cobs (using baskets as targets).  First graders boiled cabbage leaves to see how adding either a base or an acid will change the color of the purple cabbage water to either blue or red.

Multiplying with cookies
Multiplying with cookies at Clark.

Clark third-grade bakers practiced their math skills twice, by measuring ingredients and then laying out the cookies in even rows for multiplication practice.  Students also held their own Thanksgiving Day parade (with floats) after reading Balloons Over Broadway.

Loading the truck for the food drive at Greenbrier
Loading the truck for the food drive at Greenbrier.

Greenbrier students collected 1,199 cans of food for the Salvation Army, and students have been watching the progress of their new garden shed’s living roof.  All that’s left is the planting! Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden and volunteers!

Family collecting kale from the garden's harvest
Sharing the garden’s harvest with families at Jackson-Via.

Jackson-Via welcomed Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe to lunch in recognition its school-wide free & reduced lunch program.  And the school celebrated  “Family Harvest Day,” sharing fifteen pounds of kale, lettuce, and baby spinach from their garden with families, students, and teachers.

International Day at Johnson
International Day at Johnson.

Johnson hosted a number of special events, from an art workshop hosted by the Embassy of Oman, to their annual International Day celebration honoring their students’ varied backgrounds, to a kindergarten and pre-k soup supper, and a Thanksgiving pow-wow with kindergarten-aged native Americans.  Plus, the students earned a school-wide dance party by earning so many compliments!

Students working together with Legos
Working together at Venable.

As part of their celebration of International Education Week, Venable students practiced saying hello non-verbally in the style of different cultures.  And then they made a mannequin challenge to document those greeting poses! Venable students have also been using their voices (singing the national anthem for UVA women’s soccer), their hands (making useful objects out of gourds from the garden), and their ears and eyes (finding matches during bingo night).


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.

Five of  our teachers were honored at the 2016 Chamber of Commerce dinner, serving as the guests of Bill Kehoe, recipient of the 2016 Chamber Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award. The outstanding teachers honored from Charlottesville City Schools were Michael Keller and Brendan Martin of Buford Middle School, Michel Ann Sizemore of Jackson Via Elementary, and Sarah Gallagher and Rachel Rasnake of Walker Upper Elementary.

Mr. Chambers, highlighted by the Virginia Education Association
Mr. Chambers, highlighted by the VEA.

Mr. Ernest Chambers, physical education teacher at Burnley-Moran Elementary, was profiled in the Virginia Education Association’s Journal of Education.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave a shout-out to the schools’ partnership with City Schoolyard Garden and Local Food Hub, which supports innovating programs such as as our Harvest of the Month program, our extensive Farm-to-School Week offerings, and our year-round commitment to fresh, local foods and garden classrooms.  Thanks to both organizations for your support!

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:

  • Multiple elementary concerts, 12/13 (Burnley-Moran’s is on 12/15)
  • 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
  • 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 family-friendly Peter and the Wolf, 1/21,  2pm, MLKPAC
  • No School for Teacher Workday, 1/23
  • Stage Left Theater presents family-friendly Beauty and the Beast, 1/24, 6:30pm, Walker Auditorium
  • 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.

Students examining and drawing butterflies at Camp Albemarle

Elementary Highlights for October 2016

Students examining and drawing butterflies at Camp Albemarle
Nature drawing activity at Camp Albemarle

Friday Knight Lights: Join families from all six elementary schools at the first-ever elementary tailgate party at the CHS Football game on November 4. Festivities include face-painting and visits from the CHS football team, band, and cheerleaders. The fun starts at 6 before kick-off at 7 (see flyer below).

The Walker Upper Elementary School Family extends an invitation to all current 4th graders and their families (and any CCS families, for that matter) to attend Bingo Night on Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30pm.

City fourth-graders have been on the go, between their annual science field trip to Camp Albemarle and their field trip Cabell Hall for the Charlottesville Youth Orchestra’s superhero-themed performance.

Jackson-Via students petting a goat during Farm-to-School Week
Farm-to-School Week fun

Thanks to the Special Education Advisory Committee for organizing a September ice cream social to help build community and support for our families in the special education program!

City Schools enjoyed special foods, visitors (including chickens and goats), plus time in the garden during Farm-to-School Week. Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden and Local Food Hub for organizing, and thanks also to Casa Alma and Caromount Farms for time with feathered and furry friends!

As you can see in the following video, fourth-grade students are enjoying their iSTEM lessons, part of a new, hands-on science, tech, engineering, and math lessons designed to build a bridge to the science and engineering programs at Buford and CHS. In the video, students find sweet success on the fifth attempt to correctly program their robot:

Students are visiting U.Va.’s Fralin Museum to brainstorm ideas for the museum’s annual competition of writing inspired by art.

More community helpers visit our our elementary schools! First, it’s “Lunch with a Cop,” when police officers visit schools at lunchtime, sometimes accompanied by McGruff the Crime Dog. Now, the Charlottesville Fire Department is making visits to teach home safety tips. Sometimes they even bring a fire truck to recess for “show and tell.” Thanks to all!

Community, four ways: "Lunch with Cop," Firefighter visits, Donuts with Dad, and friends on the playground
Community, four ways: “Lunch with Cop,” firefighter visits, “Donuts with Dad,” and friends on the playground
Burnley-Moran students responding to their senior pen pals. Photo courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress
Burnley-Moran students responding to their senior pen pals. Photo courtesy Ryan M. Kelly/Daily Progress

You’ve got mail! Burnley-Moran Bobcats have been writing and receiving letters from their senior pen pals at JABA’s Mary Williams Community Senior Center. In addition, their artwork is on display at the Welcome Gallery as part of art teacher Ryan Trott’s exhibition of his works inspired by children’s art.

Making globes at Clark
Making globes at Clark

Clark enjoyed its first whole-school meeting, with student leaders, dancing, book talks, awards, & singing happy 85th birthday to the school! And after reading the novel Rules, fourth-graders invited Clark’s occupational therapist, Lydia Cornejo, to answer student questions and make connections to the book.

Students "taste-testing" books at Greenbrier
“Book tasting” at Greenbrier

You’ve heard of taste-testing some new foods, but how about taste-testing some new books? Greenbrier fourth-graders rotated through stations hosted by “chef” and teacher Ms. Kumar. Second-graders spent a super-hero themed morning exploring Marvel-ous Matter! And the whole school donned orange as part of their Unity Day celebrations.

Richmond Ballet teaching CLASS students to tap
Richmond Ballet teaching CLASS students to tap at Jackson-Via

NBC news visited Jackson-Via for the visit of Alice the Goat during Farm-to-School Week, and students, staff, and PTO volunteers are gearing up for spirit week, which concludes with their annual Rocktoberfest event, with a potluck, games, and more. And the after-school CLASS program enjoyed dance classes with the Charlottesville Ballet in ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, and/or African dance form.

Sink or float? Parent-led density lesson at Johnson
Sink or float? Parent-led density lesson at Johnson

Johnson’s “Donuts with Dads” event overflowed from the cafeteria into the hallways with students plus their dads, uncles, friends, and grandfathers (not to mention some moms who wanted to be part of the fun, too). In addition to breakfast, students received a book to keep. Another day, guest/mom/Walker teacher Ms. Rasnake visited the school to offer a hands-on activity exploring density.

Scientific observation activity at Venable
Scientific observation activity at Venable

Venable’s back-to-school night had some new leaders in charge this year — the students. The new student-led format will also be a feature of the school’s spring parent-teacher conferences, thanks to a grant from the Shannon Foundation.

Flyer for Elementary Tailgate at CHS Football game on 11/4. Call 245-2962 for more info.

Rwandan and Johnson drummers making music together.

Elementary Highlights for September 2016

"Lunch  with a Copy" at Burnley-Moran.
“Lunch with a Copy” at Burnley-Moran.

In response to a suggestion from Burnley-Moran Elementary School, the Charlottesville Police Department is starting a “lunch with a cop” program in our elementary schools.  Police officers visit with students during lunch, answering questions, enjoying conversation, and building positive relationships.

Rwandan and Johnson drummers making music together.
Rwandan and Johnson drummers making music together.

City Schoolyard Garden started its “Harvest of the Month” program in September with delicious local peaches. The monthly fresh and local snack is also connected to science- and garden-related lesson plans.

Clark students playing "longitude-latitude" battleship
Clark students playing “longitude-latitude” battleship.

Our elementary schools have proven that it’s never too early in the year for some arts and inspiration! Rwandan brothers Patrick and Pacifique Niyosenga visited schools to perform and share their story of overcoming challenges. Pacifique founded the Niyo Cultural Centre, which is dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished Rwandan street children by teaching them drumming, dancing, and art to help them earn money to survive.

Burnley-Moran bobcats started off the year with their annual  leave a  “Positive Footprint” emphasis, following a national project for encouraging kindness, and they’ve already pulled out the bee-bots to make the programming-math connection.

Walking Wednesdays at Greenbrier
Walking Wednesdays at Greenbrier.

Clark bees have been busy with friction projects, community design activities, participating in the Belmont “Yard Dreams” community art project, observing the national “Dot Day” creativity project, and more!

Greenbrier has started its “Walking Wednesdays” program and welcomed a large crowd to its Back-to-School Picnic.

Girls doing a math activity with blocks
Hands-on learning at Jackson-Via.

Jackson-Via will welcome a canine friend on Fridays, as a therapy dog makes regular visits with kindergartners. And the school’s annual Grandparents Day lunch attracted a great showing.

Johnson students have been out in the garden, using their break-out boxes (and their brains), and welcoming guests to the school, including guest reader Superintendent Rosa Atkins.

Students painting
Let the art-making begin at Venable!

Each morning, Venable classrooms hold morning meetings to greet one another, establish daily goals, and complete a fun activity. The school recently held its new monthly school-wide morning meeting, a community-building exercise with greetings, music, activities, and a read-aloud.

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A Note from Principal Isley

crossing guard helping studentsDear Clark Community,

We had a wonderful first week back to school! The students have been happily engaged in learning and I can tell this year is going to be a positive, productive one at Clark!

Thank you to all of our families who are helping to keep student safety at the forefront by dropping off car riders on the Monticello Ave. side of the building, where we have a crossing guard. As a reminder, the Belmont Ave. side of the building is for buses.

Beginning this upcoming week, our K-4 students will transition to the cafeteria for breakfast and to the classrooms themselves. Our K-1 Super Bees learned so much last week and are prepared to navigate through the school. We ask that parents allow students to proceed to their classrooms on their own in the mornings. We have many staff members stationed throughout the building to support students in finding classrooms and navigating through the building. Getting to class independently is a part of the process of children starting to see school as place that is theirs and that they feel confident navigating.

On that note, again we ask that parents follow our school and division visitation policy. We welcome parents to join students for lunch or to sign up as volunteers if they are interested in regular volunteering in the classroom. Volunteers need to complete a volunteer application prior to supporting classrooms and once approved, teachers will work with you on how best to support the classroom. Any other visits or conferences need to be scheduled with a teacher or administrator in advance. Our classrooms are building strong classroom communities and teachers will need to prepare students if any guests will be expected. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us create a successful learning environment for all students.

I hope you a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Anna Isley, Principal

Student, parent, and teacher

Back-to-School Nights

FB-IMG_6666After a great start to the school year, attend a Back-to-School Night to check in with teachers and get a better sense of what’s coming up!

  • Burnley-Moran:  Thursday, September 15, 5:30pm
  • Clark: Tuesday, September 20, 5:30pm
  • Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 20, 6pm
  • Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 20, 6pm  (PTO Meeting at 5:30pm)
  • Johnson: Tuesday, September 20, 6pm
  • Venable:  Thursday, September 15, 5:30pm
  • Walker: Tuesday, September 13, 6pm
  • Buford: Harvest Festival, Friday, September 23, 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • CHS: Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-7:30pm