Charlottesville City’s elementary schools will hold kindergarten open houses on Thursday, April 20 at 3:30 – 6:00 PM. Students should visit the open house for the school they will attend. (Not sure which elementary school your child will attend? Find out here.)
Registration will begin Monday, March 20 for Camp ExL, the summer program from CLASS. Spaces are limited and will fill up fast! Forms will not be accepted before March 20.
Program dates run from June 19th—July 28th between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with additional wraparound hours available for extra cost. This fun summer opportunity is open to students in pre-k—3rd grade during the 2016-2017 school year.
Jackson-Via will be offering tours to parents on the dates listed below. All tours take place at 9:15 a.m. and last approximately 30-45 minutes. We limit the number of participants on each tour to ensure that everyone can hear and ask questions. Please call Ms. Harlow in the Jackson-Via office to register – 434-245-2416.
Parents should plan to arrive in the front office a few minutes early to sign in and receive visitors’ passes. Please allot time for parking as there are typically few spots available on site and many of the neighborhood streets do not permit non-resident parking during the day.
Unfortunately, requests for tours at other dates and times cannot be honored due to the disruption to classes.
Check Out What’s Been Going On at Jackson-Via Elementary!
STEM & Math Night
On January 31st, we had a night full of STEM activities where students were joined by members of the science club BACON (Best All-around Club Of Nerds) in STEM-related activities that included building a marble maze, competing in a “Hot Wheels” challenge, and exploring the mechanics of wind energy!
On January 27, violinist, YouTube sensation, and VCU graduate Eric Stanley visited Jackson-Via to encourage students to stay inspired with his entertaining mix of fun classical, pop, jazz, and hip-hop music!
On Friday, January 20, Jackson-Via third grade students had their “Greek Market” sale. Students crafted items (and imagined services) based on what they’ve been learning in the curriculum, and sold them for “Classroom Bucks: Franklin Funds, Davis Dollars or Morgan Money.” The third-grade team did a great job, and the kids had a ball!
PJs and Popcorn Night | Fun with Literacy
On Thursday, January 19th students and parents went through literacy stations wearing their pajamas and enjoying popcorn!
STEM education is one of the most talked about elements of K–12 education today. Charlottesville City Schools provides a wide variety of STEM-related opportunities for students beginning in pre-Kindergarten and continuing through high school. These opportunities help CCS students discover and develop their interest in these disciplines.
Throughout the school year, a variety of STEM-related programs enhances the learning possibilities of all students. These include in-school activities like robotics and coding workshops, as well as family nights which enable students and their families to have fun with math and science.
STEM & Math Night at Jackson-Via
Jackson-Via recently held its 2017 Math & STEM evening, where CHS students from the science club BACON (Best All-around Club Of Nerds) came to help run the activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
In November, the Special Education Advisory Committee hosted a community discussion about how to prepare your child for “Life After High School, Now.”
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join families from all six Charlottesville elementary schools for the first-ever Friday Knight Lights City Schools Tailgate! Face-painting, sign-decorating, visits with the band, cheerleaders, and football team!
Friday, November 4, 6-7 pm (game starts at 7)
Game tickets free for students & younger sibs, $7 for others