What’s Happening at Walker

What’s Happening at Walker Upper Elementary School

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    Fine Arts in March & April

    March Performances and Key Dates for Charlottesville City Schools Spring performance and exhibition season for Charlottesville City Schools begins in March. Come join us for one of these community events: Piedmont Council for the Arts Rising Stars Award Ceremony March 3, 7-9pm, The Haven (112 Market St.) CHS seniors Faith Brown (music — cello), Elliot Craft (theater), and Patrick O’Shea (visual arts) are among the honorees! Piedmont Council for the Arts will assemble the area’s most talented high school artists, writers, and performers for the 20th annual Arthur C. Greene Rising Stars Awards Ceremony. For more information, contact the PCA at 971-2787.   Painted Violins Auction to Support CHS ...

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    Recently at Walker

    2017 is proving to be a great year at Walker Upper Elementary!  Students involved with Stage Left Theatre gave a fabulous final production of the play Beauty and the Beast on January 24, while numerous STEM activities – including experiments with water filtration, simulated boat travel up the James River, and projects using coordinate planes and virtual reality demonstrations – have all been happening throughout the months of January and February.  Meanwhile, in the classrooms, students recreated the setting of the 1998 novel ‘Among the Hidden’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Enjoy the photo gallery!

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    Highlights and News: January 24, 2017

    January 24, 2017 Dear families, As you know, we are developing the strategic plan that will guide our Charlottesville schools through the year 2023. So far, we have gotten a great response from students, staff, and parents — and we want to hear from you, too. Three opportunities are available for staff and parents: A community-wide listening session will be held this Wednesday (1/25) at CHS at 7pm. Join us! An online survey is another way you can share your feedback and ideas. A schedule of school-based meetings is on the web site, as well. This monthly newsletter will reflect on some of the ideas we’ve heard so ...

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    STEM Nights at Charlottesville Elementary Schools

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) 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 ...

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    December 2016 Buford/Walker Highlights

    Eighth-grader Marco Lopez won the middle-school category of the Charlottesville Public Works’ “Imagine a Day without Water” art contest. Congratulations! Seventh-graders were able to enjoy a performance “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” at the Paramount Theatre, telling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. The waiting list is long for Buford students who want to spend their lunch going to neighboring Johnson Elementary to help young friends read. The weekly program is so popular that a once-per-quarter limit has been implemented for Buford students. Buford students explored a wide variety of futures on career day, with visits from more than 20 professionals ranging from video game programmer, radio ...

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    Two Charlottesville Schools Orchestra Directors Win Awards​

    The 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 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 ...

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    Buford/Walker: October 2016 Highlights

    Buford Middle School enjoyed another successful Harvest Festival, celebrating the school’s amazing garden and community. Thanks to City Schoolyard Garden for their leadership! Buford students and their U.Va. mentors collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank through their involvement with the Young Women Leaders Program. Buford engineering students recently made a presentation at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum to teach national leaders from education, technology, science, history, & math about the school’s innovative engineering partnership with U.Va, the Smithsonian, and other partners. CHS and Buford students explored how businesses use technology in Charlottesville’s annual CBIC Tech ...

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    Buford/Walker Highlights for September 2016

    U.S. Secretary of Education John King visited Buford Middle School as one of the first stops on his Back-to-School Bus Tour, crossing the country to highlight school success stories. Past and current Buford engineering students led the visitors in engineering activities. The Buford engineering program has received international attention; it is a partnership with other area public schools, U.Va., PVCC, and the Smithsonian Institute.  Earlier in the summer, Buford staff and students presented at the International Society of Technology Education in Denver, and still other students and staff participated in a two-week engineering academy at U.Va. to continue developing the ...

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    Online Back-to-School Forms with InfoSnap

    The online service for doing back-to-school forms for the 2016-17 year has been closed.  If you still need to complete your forms, please ask your school for a paper set. Thanks to all of you who completed the forms online!  

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    Back-to-School Nights

    After 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

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