Johnson students dino-dancing as part of a teacher appreciation video. Need a smile? Watch the video here!
A (Farewell) Message from the Superintendent
Dear staff and families–
After 15 years as your superintendent, I can safely say that public schools work because we are all in it together. As I reflect on our community and what we have — and have not yet — been able to accomplish, I remember Dr. King’s reminder of our mutual interdependence; we are “tied in a single garment of destiny.” The future health and prosperity of Charlottesville depends on all of the members of our community.
So I say thank you to all the fibers in this single garment — to students, bus drivers, nutrition workers, parents, aunties, teachers, custodians, instructional assistants, volunteers, community partners, School Board members, taxpayers, City employees and Council members, and so many more…. Thank you for working toward our mutual prosperity.
I also add, “Do not tire of doing good.” Life together is challenging. The past six years have made us feel more divided than united. COVID-19 has brought massive change and challenge. And these challenges make us weary. Self-care and rest are key — but let us continue to find new ways to connect and serve each other. Let us find a way to balance holding high expectations and extending a healthy measure of grace.
Best wishes for you, Charlottesville! I’m confident in the future success of your schools and your community!
—Dr. Rosa S. Atkins
Senior staff present artwork by Sahara Clemons CHS ’19 to Dr. Atkins as farewell present.
As we bid farewell to Dr. Atkins, we look ahead to a transitional time. We will be guided in the months to come by Acting Superintendent Jim Henderson, who retired from the schools in 2020 as associate superintendent following a career dedicated to Charlottesville Schools.
In addition, the School Board has contracted the executive search services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to guide the hiring of the next superintendent.
Follow the process at charlottesvilleschools.org/superintendent. We want to hear from you! Help us find the right superintendent for Charlottesville City Schools! Follow the process at charlottesvilleschools.org/superintendent.
We want to hear from you! Help us find the right superintendent for Charlottesville City Schools!
Help us get ready for the fall! Registering or re-registering now will help us prepare. If you hope for your child to ride the bus this fall, please help us by updating your records!
For Returning Students (students who are currently enrolled)
New students (students who are NOT currently enrolled)
Congrats to Theatre CHS for placing second in the state in the VHSL one-act competition for class 3 with their performance of “Shakespeare’s R & J.” And further congrats to junior Cole Lyman, who won “actor of the year” in the competition!
In addition, Charlottesville City Schools has been named as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the nation! This distinction was awarded to 686 districts across the country! Thank you to all the administrators, teachers, students, parents and community members for your support of music education! Need more fine arts in your life? CHS Orchestra returns for a free spring concert TONIGHT (Wednesday, May 19) at 7pm outdoors at the athletic stadium.
“By having first-generation law students reviewing the essays of young adults who were the first members in their own family to apply to college, we were able to build a connection between individuals who could relate to one another in a unique and special way.”—Chelsea Park, CHS AVID Coordinator
Read about this wonderful partnership between University of Virginia School of Law students and Charlottesville High School first-gen college-bound students that led to an abundance of college acceptances and scholarships (including a full ride to Syracuse University for one student)!
Solar-powered night lights, plant-your-own-herb-gardens kits, and decorate-your-own-t-shirt kits were among the fun activities included in hundreds of Climate Action Activity Kits given to Walker Upper Elementary School students this spring. Thank you, Community Climate Collaborative, Virginia Discovery Museum, City of Charlottesville Energy & Water Management team, and others for supporting our students’ hands-on learning.
Courtesy CBS19. Watch their news story here!
Burnley-Moran enjoyed a perfect spring day for their Art Walk! Students visited several outside stations with their classmates to view artwork created by schoolmates. During their visits, the students took time to draw the images in their own booklets and to write reflections on each piece responding to prompts such as “What kind of mood or feeling could the artist be showing?” “Does this artwork remind you of anything from your life?” or “What does this artwork inspire you to do?”
Want to go to a virtual gallery? This year’s annual CCS student art show is online at https://tinyurl.com/cvilleschools. The show also features a student-created coloring book exploring the theme of “Resilience,” a quality that has taken on special meaning during the pandemic.
On Sunday May 23, the YMCA will open registration for the fall YMCA After School program in Charlottesville City Schools (formerly the CLASS program). On Sunday afternoon, we will notify families in elementary school (including Walker). In the meanwhile, learn more here — registration links will be posted to this page on Sunday.
Honorees and teachers Susan Muse, Emily Waters, and Bria Williams
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we partnered with the Kindness Cafe to deliver a custom treat to every school-based staff. The Kindness Cafe, managed by former teachers from CCS and ACPS, provides meaningful employment for adults with cognitive disabilities while creating a joyful, inclusive community space.
And while our teachers are amazing, we know that not all our superstars are teachers, so this spring we’ve been honoring our “unsung heroes.” Staff members have nominated their peers — from the ranks of our custodians, IT staff, nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and more — to shine a spotlight on those who go above and beyond. This week’s winners are shown here — scroll through our Facebook page to see others.
Spring sports are fully underway — and the athletic department wants students to look ahead by scheduling their sports physicals now and checking gocville.org for summer training schedules. We’re always proud of our Black Knights, but going toe-to-toe with the defending state champion is big. So here’s to baseball knocking off Fluvanna; girls’ soccer tying Western, and boys’ soccer (themselves the defending state champions) beating Western! Go Black Knights!
Special honors came in this week for three seniors:
Images courtesy CBS19 and ScrimmagePlay.
It hasn’t been a traditional year for our seniors, but CHS has been working to find ways to celebrate them and their accomplishments.
May 21-22: School Board Retreat
May 31: Memorial Day (no school)
June 10: School Board Meeting
June 5: CHS Graduation, 10 am
June 8: Synchronous Virtual Learning Day due to primary election
June 11: Last Day of School (Early Dismissal/Remote Learning Day)