What’s Happening at Walker

What’s Happening at Walker Upper Elementary School

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    End of Year Surveys: Special Education and City Schoolyard Garden

    As we approach the end of the year, we have two brief and anonymous surveys we hope you will complete if they apply to your family. The first survey is about our Special Education program. If your student receives services while at school, please share your feedback with us. Link to survey: Special Education Family Survey 2018 The second survey is about your child’s experiences with City Schoolyard Garden, the nonprofit that works with us to use school gardens as educational classrooms. Please complete this survey before June 10, and while you are at it, you can sign up for a raffle ...

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    2018 Walker and Buford Spring Highlights and News

    Walker student Hazel Conklin won the stockpile division at the regional soap box derby in Culpeper! She was assisted in this STEM project by Troy Brown, Elias Garcia, and Oliver Jackson (not pictured). Congrats also to their advisor, iSTEM teacher Chris Chamberlin. Hazel has qualified to compete in the Local Masters Race this June, also in Culpeper. Students Hallie Goode and Allie Floyd have been awarded the Red Cross Youth Heroes Award for our region for their kindness and persistence in helping and befriending Walker’s functional skills students.  Way to model kindness and inclusivity, girls! This spring, Ms. Washburg and Ms. Woods’ 6th grade classes collaborated to host ...

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    Walker School welcomes future fifth graders

    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 ...

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  • Walker Announces Adam Hastings as New Principal

    Charlottesville City Schools is pleased to announce that Dr. Adam Hastings will be the next principal of Walker School. Dr. Hastings comes from Piedmont Virginia Community College, where he has been the Dean of Business, Mathematics, and Technology. He has an extensive background at Charlottesville City Schools: he has served on the School Board, he was director of CATEC, and he was assistant principal at CHS. Working in other area school divisions, he began his career teaching English and has experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school-level. A Letter from Dr. Hastings April 13, 2018 Dear Walker Families and Community Members: What a pleasure ...

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  • Kids College @ CATEC

    STEM & Hands-on Fun for Rising 7-10th Graders, June 19-30 Rising 7-10th graders can enjoy a wide range of hands-on, skill-based STEM and technical academies at CATEC. From culinary arts to IT/engineering to firefighting, these academies give a glimpse of CATEC’s offerings and are organized as part of PVCC’s Kids College summer program. KidsCollege scholarships available based on financial need. CATEC Foundation scholarships area available for rising 10th graders to attend KidsCollege@CATEC academies. See full brochure here (and some key info is below)  Who?  Rising 7th-10th graders  Dates:  June 18-22 (session 1)  June 25-29 (session 2)  Times:  AM academies: 9am – 12:15pm (early drop-off available at 8am)  PM academies: 1:15pm – 4:30pm (after-care available ’til ...

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    Fabulous Fine Arts @ Cville Schools

    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 ...

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  • Walker and Buford Highlights Winter 2018

    Congratulations to our 2017 Geography Bee school champs: fifth grade Walker student Elias Garcia and Buford seventh grader Aidan Peters (repeat winner)! Our Minds in Motion Team XXL just gave a lively performance at TEDxCharlottesville at The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville. In partnership with the Richmond Ballet, Minds In Motion provides our Walker and Buford  students a weekly opportunity to learn about dance, dedication, and performance. Walker teacher Ms. Cynthia Scheiber was selected as Monticello Media’s Teacher of the Month for October. She won a Papa John’s Pizza party for all of her students and gifts from Cityspa Day Spa and Albemarle ...

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    Minds in Motion Team XXL performs at The Paramount Theatre

    The Minds in Motion Team XXL performed a dance at The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville as part of the TEDxCharlottesville event.  Team XXL is comprised of dancers from Walker Upper Elementary School and Buford Middle School who have auditioned to participate in the dance troupe.  Sponsored by the Richmond Ballet Rhythm in partnership with Charlottesville City Schools, Minds in Motion is offered in our elementary schools to all fourth graders and continues as an optional after-school program in the upper elementary and middle school.  Read more about all of our dance and theater options here. The TEDxCharlottesville event, meant to inspire the community with “ideas worth spreading,” ...

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  • Follow Walker School on Social Media

    Stay connected with Walker School by following school happenings on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook.com/WalkerSch Twitter.com/WUESWolverines

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    Buford and Walker Fall 2017 Highlights

    Six Buford Middle School engineers traveled to the National Museum of American History in D.C.  At the Smithsonian, they ran a design challenge for CEOs and educational leaders. Brendan Martin and his students also presented their experiences and the tools they use, such as Seesaw and Trello. Read more about how we are “building bridges to engineering” through our innovative iStem program in the October 2017 edition of Bloom Magazine and follow @CCS_iSTEM on Twitter for ongoing updates. As one response to the Charlottesville events of August 11-12, Mr. Cormier prompted his art students to consider a quote about “learning to love” by Nelson Mandela. Their beautiful ...

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