Walker School was excited to host more than 400 fourth grade students for tours and planned activities to help them learn about their future school. More than 60 current fifth grade peer mentors were on hand to answer questions, facilitate team building exercises, and most importantly, put these future Walker Wolverines at ease about their upcoming transition.
That evening, students were invited back with their families for an Open House, starting with a pizza dinner at 5:30pm in the cafeteria, presentations from 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the auditorium, and a scavenger hunt from 6:45-7:30 p.m.
The Charlottesville City Schools division has six elementary schools (grades preK-4) that feed into Walker Upper Elementary School (grades 5-6).
For more information about this and other programming planned by our wonderful Walker Upper Elementary School Counseling Team, please visit their blog at https://bit.ly/2qoLO72.
The CLASS program of Charlottesville City Schools in partnership with Charlottesville Parks and Recreation offers Camp ExL 2018 to provide affordable, safe, enriching, and fun activities for our students in the summer. It is going to be summer full of fun as we follow the antics of our favorite storybook characters. Enjoy swimming, crafts, music, cooking, games, field trips, and more!
Who: Students in pre-K*—3 rd grade during the 2017-2018 school year (*pre-K students must have birth date prior to Oct. 1, 2013)
When: June 18th—July 27nd (closed July 4th)
Where: Burnley-Moran, Jackson-Via, and Venable Elementary Schools
Hours: 9am-4pm are the standard hours; extended hours can start as early as 7:30am or end as late as 6pm.
Cost: See flyer for details.
Register: Registration begins on March 12 for all Charlottesville city students and residents. Camp ExL applications are available using the links below. Copies are also available at the schools. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon.
An inclusion leader will be assigned to each camp site to help children with special needs participate successfully in camp. For more information contact Sarah Blech, Therapeutic Recreation Manager, 970-3264.
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.
December was a time for holiday performances and seasonal fun at Charlottesville City Schools. Here is a festive look back on some of the best moments.
We loved seeing so many moms, dads, grandparents, uncles, and family friends participating in elementary family engagement events like Muffins for Moms, and Doughnuts for Dads. Student and family engagement facilitator Velvet Coleman was featured in The Daily Progress for her efforts to help all our students be more successful in school.
Elementary students across the division visited the Paramount Theater twice so far this year to view live performances of My Father’s Dragon and Guess How Much I Love You and I Love my Storybook.
Students also visited Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for tours and engaging cross-curricular lessons that made connections between history, math, science, and literacy!
In November, a variety of Thanksgiving and fall fun activities included Thanksgiving pow wows, churning butter, and art projects reminding our youngest learners to be grateful.
Clark Elementary third graders learned about writing haiku poetry using inspiration from a neighborhood walk. They also worked on writing book recommendations for their peers and posted them on a bulletin board.
First-year engineering students from U.Va. designed a learning activity for Clark students which involved leading the kids through a series of activity stations to solve a spy mystery.
Several schools celebrated International Day, including Johnson and Clark. Students prepared exhibits that represented different countries, sampled a variety of foods from around the world, and dressed in costume. Our families were instrumental in participating in this fun and educational opportunity to celebrate differences.
Congratulations to Nathan Jordan, a first-grader at Johnson Elementary for being a 2017 Imagine a Day without Water Student Art Contest Winner in the 1st – 2nd Grade Category. The annual contest is sponsored by the City of Charlottesville Public Works.
Also at Johnson, Ms. Wayland’s fourth graders had their opinions published in the New York Times Kids Edition in November. The editors sent them each their own copy of the newspaper, and the class celebrated with a reading party. The NY Times opinions editors visited the class earlier this year to teach them about voicing their opinions in a constructive way. You can read more about it here.
Thank you, Ms. Rickabaugh for leading the effort to create a Painted Rock Garden in the Johnson schoolyard garden. Students painted rocks that celebrate each individual’s uniqueness after reading the books Something Beautiful and Only One You. Read more about it here.
Mrs. U along with the Jackson-Via Bully Nots and First Friends student group presented the 10th annual Bully-Not assembly at Jackson-Via. This entertaining production was a joyful reminder about kindness, caring, and community. Principal Malone encouraged students to send out kindness boomerangs that will surely return to them. See more here.
CHS AVID students visited their buddies at Jackson-Via to play games and talk about preparing for college.
Jackson-Via STEM and Literacy Night provided an excellent educational opportunity for families to learn about these fields while having fun with Straw Rockets, Hot Wheels, and BeeBots.
“Books and Breakfast” at Greenbrier Elementary was well worth the early wake-up to gather with more than 100 friends and family. Kudos to the staff for hosting such a large turnout!
Greenbrier students had the chance to make stone soup after reading the picture book “Stone Soup.” The popular folk story reminds people to share and “bring what you’ve got.” Sharing the meal they prepared together, the students also enjoyed salad using some of the vegetables from their City Schoolyard Garden.
Thanks to the generosity of many in our community, many of our children received gifts, toys, books, and food from the Toy Lift and PB &J programs during the holiday season. It was an exciting day when a U-Haul full of items arrived at Greenbrier Elementary and many volunteers helped unload the gifts.
Venable student James Fox was thrilled to be named Thursday’s Hero by the U.Va. football team. He had a special visit with the Hoos and special guests. You can see it here.
“The Rainbow Schoolbus Goes Deep into Protesting,” a short film about peace created by Venable students in Mr. Nussbaum’s class, was featured during the Virginia Film Festival Family Day.
The Burnley-Moran Girls on the Run team wrapped up their season with a celebratory final 5K run after a 3-month season of goal-setting, personal achievement and teamwork.
PreK and K students at Burnley-Moran participated in a Community Helpers Job Fair that included volunteer students from CATEC. Students rotated through various stations including dentistry and cosmetology.
What better way for Burnley-Moran students to learn about our community than to ride on the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) bus and tour the neighborhood!
Our schools recently celebrated “Walk to School Day.” At Venable, students walked by grade and were greeted by CHS cheerleaders. Venablealso celebrated the new track at the start of their annual Walk-A-Thon. This track was paid for by the Venable PTO and built by the city Parks & Rec department last summer. It is a great addition for Venable and the the neighboring community, including Lugo-McGinness Academy (Charlottesville’s high school alternative program).
We celebrated Farm-to-School week, presented by our Nutrition Department in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden and the Local Food Hub. Activities ranged from locally sourced lunches to visits with chickens and goats. The week wrapped up at Johnson with a visit from the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also 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.
All nine of Charlottesville City Schools received “Virginia Naturally” state recognition for increasing the environmental awareness and stewardship of our students.
The annual Clark Elementary 5K Buzz-by-Belmont Fun Run to benefit the Clark Educational Fund was a success! Thank you to all of our runners, volunteers, and community partners that helped with this event.
The hallways in several of our elementary schools are filled with “The Best Part of Me” writing and photos inspired by Wendy Ewald’s book, “The Best Part of Me.”
Burnley-Moran Elementary is celebrating Spirit Week the week of 10/16-10/20. The festivities will end with the second annual All-Elementary Football Tailgate on October 20 at 6 p.m. at Charlottesville High School. Meanwhile, Mr. Ryan Trott’s fourth-grade art students have been creating a beautiful hallway mural designed by kids from the Blue Ridge Academic Program. The mural focuses on positive messages of perseverance, effort, and accepting challenge and can be seen on the Burnley-Moran hallway walls leading to the basement level.
Fourth-graders in Mrs. Wayland’s class at Johnson Elementary were invited to serve as guest op-ed writers for the November issue of The New York Times for Kids. Two Times editors and their photographer came to conduct a workshop and take headshots of the young columnists. In addition, the whole school is participating in a community-building art project. Students are decorating a fist-sized rock. Each looks lovely on its own, but they will be even more beautiful when combined with others to line trails and walkways around the campus.
Students at Greenbrier Elementary are bringing their bikes and helmets to school and learning all about bike safety in PE class! Mr. Green is teaching them how to complete a pre-ride check, safety gear needed for riding, proper hand signals, and reading safety signs.
Back-to-School Night was a great community event with over 400 Jackson-Via family members who explored Jackson-Via, met with teachers, and shared a delicious pot luck dinner.
At Jackson-Via Math and Literacy Night, the pre-school and kindergarten families gathered for “Shiver Me Letters (and numbers),” and participated in activities that engaged the whole family.
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.
Students from all six CCS elementary schools gathered for the annual all-elementary school tailgate to cheer on the Black Knights at the CHS v. Western Albemarle football game. The Black Knights were victorious with the final score, 35-26!
The Burnley-Moran PTO organized the event which included tailgate games, food, and pre-game visits from the CHS cheerleaders, football players, and marching band.