What’s Happening at Walker

What’s Happening at Walker Upper Elementary School

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    More elective options for Walker students in 2019-20

    After gathering feedback from student interest surveys, parent requests, and focus group input from previous years, Walker School is expanding its master schedule for 2019-20 to accommodate two elective choices for students in the 2019-20 school year. While the current schedule limits students to one elective, this change allows them to choose two elective options; one of the electives must be a fine arts course option which includes band, orchestra, general music, or art. The second elective choice can be an additional fine arts course, Spanish, or a proposed Pre-Engineering class (level I for 5th graders and level II for 6th ...

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    Walker students form new student government

    A new student government which includes two representatives from each homeroom and an elected executive council is underway at Walker School. “We’re so proud of them,” said Instructional Coach Erika Pierce. “After delivering campaign speeches, they have hit the ground running with so many ideas to make Walker School a great place to be.” The executive council is meeting weekly to brainstorm ideas, which include school-wide celebrations, improved recycling efforts, and talent shows.

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    UVAToday features Walker School efforts to test computer science program

    Walker Upper Elementary School students participated in a pilot program with UVA Curry School of Education & Human Development that combines computer science and engineering to study how water runoff affects playgrounds. During the 2017-18 school year, fifth and sixth grade students tested a series of 18 lessons created by a collaborative team of UVA faculty, researchers and Walker teachers.  Students had to use a variety of computer models and experiments to solve water runoff problems for pretend playgrounds they designed, as well as Walker School’s real playground. According to a March 29, 2019 article posted online by UVAToday, UVA is working ...

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  • Printer Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. shows CHS students how to make a letterpress print

    Fine arts flourish at Cville Schools

    The fine arts program at Charlottesville City Schools infuses our schools with enrichment and experiences that encourage artistic expression at all grade levels.  Here are just a few of the recent arts-related events and accomplishments we are celebrating. Congratulations to our musicians who represented Charlottesville High School in the 2019 All-Virginia Choir, Bands, and Orchestra at the Richmond Marriott and Convention Center; culminating performances were held at the Carpenter Center. Pictured left to right, top row: Adria Cafferillo, Choir; Reid Dodson, Symphonic Band, Parker Nelson, Choir, Margaret Ann Doran, Choir, and Anna Bon-Harper, Symphonic Band. Seated: Sarah Garretson, Orchestra. TheatreCHS students just ...

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    Walker Stage Left Theatre presents “The Trial of Goldilocks”

    Walker Stage Left Theatre students presented their latest play, “The Trial of Goldilocks,” on Friday, January 18, 2019 in the Walker School auditorium. Beginning in fifth grade, students at Walker and Buford can perform with the after-school club Stage Left Theater, which offers two free, family-friendly performances each year to packed crowds.  Recent plays include Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, and more. Under the direction of Rod and Kristina Durrer, the Walker Upper Elementary School and Buford Middle School programs were combined in 2014 to bring the fine art of theatre to 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the Charlottesville City Schools.

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  • Students brainstorming with teacher during participatory budgeting exercise.

    Participatory Budgeting program concludes with $6,000 award

    To conclude a semester-long participatory budgeting project, sixth grade students at Walker Upper Elementary School  hosted a showcase Wednesday, January 16, 2019 . to present a variety of student proposals for school improvements. Visitors, along with students and school staff, voted for their favorite project, and the winning proposal was awarded a $6000 donation to help fund the project by the CFA Institute. A proposal to organize student basketball and soccer tournaments and award prizes received the most votes. See the proposal here: “CFA Institute is excited to support the Participatory Budgeting Project to help students discover how finance can transform lives and ...

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

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  • Walker, Clark students “kid-test” UVA Engineers’ designs

    UVA Engineering first-year students from Professor Gregory C. Lewin’s engineering courses  recently visited Walker Upper Elementary School for a full day of design tests with fifth-grade students. The designs were interactive educational activities that align with Virginia Standards of Learning for science, technology, engineering, and math. The activities covered topics like food webs/energy transfer in ecosystems, the seasons and phases of the moon, the solar system, potential and kinetic energy, the symbiosis between bees and flowers, and trophic layers in the oceans. See photo gallery here. Meanwhile, kindergarteners and fourth graders from Clark Elementary visited the engineering design lab in UVA’s Rice ...

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    News and Highlights December 2018

    A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins and the Charlottesville School Board    Dear community members— Thanks to so many of you who have shared your voice and time with us during our conversations about equity at Charlottesville City Schools. At our second forum this past week, we reflected back some of the action items that have arisen so far from parents, staff, students, and community members. Participants voted on their top-priority action items. In addition, we invited participants to add any ideas that were missing from our summaries. We are still listening. We need to hear from as many voices as possible. You ...

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    Highlights and News November 2018

    A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins Dear families – As we look ahead to our second Community Forum on Equity on November 27 at 7:30 p.m. at CHS, I wanted to give you a few updates. Thanks to all of you who came to our first forum in October. With more than 400 community members, employees, and students present, along with many following along on Facebook, we were able to hear valuable feedback on issues of equity and achievement in our schools. We also gathered hundreds of responses from our online surveys and have made that data available to you at www.charlottesvilleschools.org/NYT. ...

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