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A Word from Dr. Gurley

Dear families,

We are celebrating an enormous win for our students: Our hopes for school reconfiguration are now becoming a reality. Within five years, weDr. Gurley will see our elementaries become K-5 schools, with our current kindergarteners on track to be the first class of 5th graders in their neighborhood schools. Buford Middle School will become a proper 6-8 middle school, with vast improvements to facilities and learning spaces. Walker will become a centralized preschool that provides wraparound services for qualifying students and their families. See our website for details.

Our community has said for more than ten years that these changes are necessary for our students’ future success. I am grateful to our City Council and city staff for their work and commitment in this difficult but ultimately very meaningful process. Thank you also to each one of you who contributed your time and voice, from project design to advocating for funding.

Read on below for more good news and updates from around our division.

And, this month many of our families are observing important holidays including Easter, Passover and Ramadan. I wish all those celebrating a peaceful, memorable time with friends and loved ones.


Dr. Royal A. Gurley, Jr.


2022 golden apple winners

Cville Schools educators are outstanding! Join us in congratulating these 9 educators in our division for receiving a Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching and community involvement. Top row, L to R: Andrew Josselyn, Matthew Resnick, Bridget Drain, Huma Ahmad, and Caitlin Natale; Bottom row, L to R: Brenning Greenfield, Melanie-Ann Johnson, Lindsay Kamide, and Jenny Isaacs-Lowe. Click here to learn about their impact.

  • scholarship recipient It has been a banner year so far for CHS seniors earning scholarships! Kaymin Hester won this year’s $50,000 Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship. Karen Bernadino-ZamoraJakia Maupin, and Pray Meh won the inaugural Allen Scholarship, $10,000 a year for four years for CHS seniors who will be first-gen college students. Full scholarships have been earned by three students of whom we are currently aware: Asadullah Faqirzada, who relocated to Charlottesville from Afghanistan, earned a Questbridge Scholarship to Boston College, and Abby Brissett and Lucas Fuller have earned Posse Scholarships to Davidson and UVa, respectively. We will not announce all scholarships in this newsletter, but CHS will honor seniors’ scholarships and awards at its annual senior recognition night on June 7. Congratulations to all!

  • Summer opportunities Now’s the perfect time to make summer plans! Check out our new online hub for enriching summer activities offered by our division, the city, and partners in our schools: Click here to browse.

  • flyerSuperintendent Royal Gurley will be in your neighborhood in the next few weeks. Come on by to say hello! Hosted by CCS Student and Family Engagement.
    • Tuesday, April 19, 7-7:30am, Friendship Court Bus Stop (418 Garrett St.)
    • Thursday, April 21, 7-7:30am, Greenstone on 5th Bus Stop (720 Prospect Ave.)
    • Wednesday, April 27, 6:45-7:15am, Mel’s Cafe (719 W. Main St.)
    • Thursday, April 28, 6:30-7am, Forest St. & Concord Ave.
    • Tuesday, May 3, 6:45-7:15am, Nassau St. & Carlton Ave.

  • register for kindergartenWe are so excited to welcome the class of 2035 to school in August! Kindergarten and new student registration is now open. Click here to learn more. FYI: Reregistration for current students (including preK students who are rising kindergarteners) will open soon: stay tuned!

  • choir holiday showCongratulations to CHS music students and Choral Director Will Cooke, Band Director Jason Hackworth, and Orchestra Director Laura Mulligan Thomas for winning the school’s 12th Virginia Music Educators Association Blue Ribbon Award. The award recognizes their top ensembles’ “superior” performances at district assessments in March. See the award-winning musicians in person! CHS Spring Concerts at MLK PAC:
    • Choir: Wednesday, April 27, 7-9pm
    • Band: Friday, May 6, 7-9 pm
    • Orchestra: Wednesday, May 18, 7:30pm (final concert for the retiring Laura Thomas)

  • buzz by belmont All families are invited to join the Clark Elementary School Bees for the annual Buzz-by-Belmont 5K Family Fun Run/Walk–back in person! Now in its 16th year, this celebration of fitness, student achievement, and family fun starts and finishes at Clark Elementary School and has become a local tradition. Saturday, April 30, 8:30-10am. 

  • school board updates“Mini-Minutes” from the Charlottesville School Board provide a quick summary of important takeaways from meetings. Click here to read the latest Mini-Minutes from the April 14 meeting.

  • poetry Cianna Washburg’s seventh grade English classes recently made their voices heard through spoken word, performing poems about issues like climate change, COVID, identity, and more. See photos here.

  • TreeFamilies are invited to share their feedback on our Gifted Program through a brief survey. For grades K-4, click here for surveyFor grades 5-8, click here for survey. 

  • teacher and student Help spread the word: Charlottesville City Schools is hiring! Join our team of teachers, administrators and support staff, offering the very best in curriculum and community. Open positions include hires for the current school year, summer, and 2022-23. Click here to learn more.

  • Calendar icon• CHS Graduation at Ting Pavilion: Thursday, June 9, 7 pm
    • Day of Play: April 22-24
    • For other upcoming events, see our Google calendar

More Looks at CVille Schools


Invention inspiration! Members of CHS BACON (Best All-Around Club of Nerds) shared engineering fun with third graders at Greenbrier’s recent Invention Convention.

students in the outdoors

Burnley-Moran (left) and Jackson-Via (right) students love learning outdoors when the weather is warm!

Walker staff
Walker staff are showing their support for autism awareness and acceptance in April!

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