Teachers at Burnley-Moran, Greenbrier and Johnson elementaries are the recipients of grants to fund innovative, hands-on learning opportunities for children in the 2021-22 school year.
The recipients are:
Bethany Crawley, Johnson Elementary, $750 for “Diverse Book Clubs”: Fourth graders feel safe, valued, and heard as they participate in monthly book clubs to explore the vibrant mix of cultures, languages, religions, backgrounds, families, personalities, and abilities that make up their diverse community.
Joan Evans, Burnley-Moran Elementary School, $676 for “Children, Children What Do You See?”: Five-and six-year-olds gain experience and confidence exploring the walking trail around their school as they use binoculars to recognize, analyze, and record the nesting activity of bluebirds along the Bluebird Trail.
Teresa Seto, Greenbrier Elementary, $379 for “Make It Simple”: Third grade students perform
activities, design experiments, and test hypotheses using five simple machines and a spring scale to see and understand the effect of distance and force on work.
Charlottesville City Schools received top honors this week in a statewide competition recognizing school divisions that address childhood hunger and provide “healthier, more nutritious school meals.”
The 2021 Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) Food for Thought Competition named Charlottesville City Schools the winner of the Healthy School Meals category for divisions of 10,000 pupils or less.
The award honored the school division’s recent efforts, which include a commitment to purchasing local and cooking from scratch when possible. A partnership with the nonprofit Cultivate Charlottesville has been key, with outcomes such as the schools’ Harvest of the Month Program, youth-led outreach, and improved access to fresh meals. VSBA also recognized how the division adapted to serve meals during the pandemic via serving stations and bus routes throughout the community, services which continued for virtual students even after the schools reopened in the spring.
Carlton Jones, Coordinator of Nutrition for the city schools, accepted the award at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday. He highlighted the efforts of his team, including Sandra Vazquez, Coordinator of Nutrition, school nutrition managers and staff. He also thanked community partner Cultivate Charlottesville, the School Board, City Council and all school staff and volunteers.
“I want to thank the entire community for supporting us during this pandemic and during some of these tough times,” Jones said.
Acting superintendent Jim Henderson congratulated the department and its leaders, noting “The nutrition team’s work is foundational to our work teaching children. We thank you for your dedication, your flexibility, and your commitment.”
“The nutrition team’s work is foundational to our work teaching children. We thank you for your dedication, your flexibility, and your commitment.”
Virginia has put into place several new immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten, 7th grade, and 12th grade this fall.
Unless otherwise noted, documentation of these vaccinations needs to be turned into the school nurse for attendance in the fall.
For rising 12th graders:
Now required: Second dose of meningococcal meningitis vaccination (MenACWY)
For rising 7th graders:
Now required: First dose of meningococcal meningitis vaccination (MenACWY)
Now required: First dose of HPV vaccine
Note: After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent’s or guardian’s sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.
These changes impact only students entering the grades listed, not those entering other grades.
These changes are included in Virginia General Assembly House Bill 1090, starting July 1, 2021, which effectively requires Virginia’s immunization recommendations and requirements to coincide with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Click here for more information about immunizations.
Fifth Community Meeting Tuesday, August 3 IN PERSON at Buford
This summer, we are meeting to listen, dream, and (yes) make a budget for our preschool/middle school redesign. You can find slides and videos for each meeting, below. Our next interactive meeting with tours of Buford, activities by Wildrock, and free food will be IN PERSON on Tuesday, August 3 at 6pm in the Buford cafeteria. The first part of the meeting will also be on Zoom for those at home — register here. And we’ll have special tours of Walker on Saturday, August 7 at 10am. Mark your calendar and bring the family to both meetings!
We’re Hiring! Help us Hear from the Community!
We are trying to get feedback as we plan and dream for the redesign of Buford (middle school) and Walker (preschool). We need your help to get it right! We are looking to hire Peer Engagers to help get the word out and to gather input from the community in a range of formats.
City Selects VMDO Architects to Develop Design Options for Buford/Walker (April 2021)
In April 2021, the City selected local educational architecture firm VMDO to gather community feedback and present design options for Buford Middle School (which would serve grades 6-8) and Walker School (which would become a preschool center). See “VMDO Architects selected to design city schools reconfiguration project” (Daily Progress, 4/4/21). The Request for Proposals for design options were initially posted in December 2019 and submissions were received by the end of January, but the pandemic raised other priorities.
City Council Meets for Update on Walker/Buford Redesign (November 2020)
School Board Endorses Facilities Plan to Reconfigure Buford and Walker: February 11, 2019
As part of the budget planning process for the 2019-20 year, the Charlottesville School Board held discussions with Charlottesville City Council about school facilities, enrollment growth, and their implications for equity.
The School Board endorsed a school reconfiguration plan that would create a preschool center, return 5th-graders to elementary schools, and modernize Buford Middle School for grades 6-8. The Charlottesville City Council approved a $3 million allocation for design and planning work on school reconfiguration. (The funds would be outside the schools’ operating budget, as part of the CIP or Capital Improvement Project process.)
The over-arching ideas are:
Move the schools’ 3- and 4-year-old preschool classes to a dedicated preschool center on the current Walker Upper Elementary School campus. This specialized center would allow for additional classrooms, before/after school care, and services that are targeted to meet the needs of our youngest learners.
Return fifth-graders to elementary schools, the environment that is most developmentally appropriate for their needs. This will required continued monitoring of the enrollment capacity of our elementary schools.
Remodel Buford Middle School to maximize opportunities for grades 6-8. This will eliminate one of the two middle-grade transitions that we current require as our students presently first move from elementary to Walker in grade 5 and again move from Walker to Buford in grade 7.
This winter, Charlottesville City Schools held a series of discussions relating to our rising student enrollment. We presented a number of options and offered a preliminary survey to solicit additional input. We also briefed community leaders such as City Council and the Planning Commission.
What We Heard
We heard strong support for returning to centralized preschool with services that focus on the needs of our eligible three- and four-year-old students (and their families). Aside from allowing us to specialize in early childhood education, a centralized preschool would free up space in our crowded elementary schools.
We heard a preference for maintaining our commitment to small neighborhood elementary schools (over a model of enlarging three of our elementary schools). This would likely require the construction of a seventh elementary school on currently owned or future-acquired property.
We did NOT hear a consensus about relocating fifth-graders to the elementary schools. However, returning fifth-grade to elementary schools had previously arisen as a strong preference in prior community surveys and meetings. This would require a preschool center and the remodeling of Buford for 6th- through 8th-graders. Elementary capacity would still need to be addressed.
We heard an interest in additional options. These options include a 5-8 campus that provides updated facilities and eliminates a school transition during the critical “middle grade” years. Another option is creating a specialty academy to serve students in the elementary or middle-grade years.
We heard interest in combining our capacity needs and our modernization needs. If we can identify solutions that both expand capacity and modernize our facilities, there is support for a greater investment that would provide our community with a bigger return.
We heard support for our out-of-division student program even as we heard reminders that we should minimize the impact of the program on overcrowding. In other words, we will continue to strive to admit only those students who will fill otherwise unused seats in existing classrooms. Relatedly, we heard support for continuing to offer spaces to the children of employees of the City Schools and the City. And we heard from community members who want to make sure that once we have built a relationship with a nonresident student, we should view that child as a “Charlottesville student,” or “one of our own,” not as an outsider who should be sent away.
New data points in August. Updated enrollment figures will help us make informed decisions. This data will help us critically re-evaluate and tweak our interpretation of enrollment trends as projected by our partner, U.Va.’s Weldon Cooper Center.
Learning cottages. The “elementary wave” we’ve been seeing continues to max out our elementary schools and is beginning to make an impact at Walker and Buford. We have purchased one additional unit for next year with the option to buy others if needed. We have also completed the most time-consuming part of the planning process: site studies at campuses to identify the best placements.
Fleshing out options and responding to opportunities. In response to community feedback (see above), we can continue to explore our options and opportunities. In doing this work, we continue to work with VMDO Architects and the City’s Facilities team.
Fall community meetings. We will meet with City Council, community partners, and the community-at-large to be transparent and responsive to the hopes and concerns of all.
Previous Updates to this page (January 2018)
Charlottesville City Schools is growing! Since our enrollment has been increasing about 3 percent annually, we need to consider the future of our school facilities. Together, let’s consider how we can best meet our students’ needs, particularly for our classes serving preschool through grade 8. Our school division’s growth also presents an opportunity to modernize our schools for 21st-century learning.
(POSTPONED) Community Conversation: January 31, 2018 – 6 p.m., Charlottesville High School media center
Charlottesville City Schools contracted VMDO Architects to study capacity and growth in the division. VMDO’s findings, along with the UVA Weldon Cooper Center’s study on enrollment trends in Charlottesville, were presented at two community meetings in November.
The next Community Meetings will be January 23 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and January 31 at 6 p.m. at CHS Media Center followed by a series of school PTO meetings and other community outreach meetings where we will provide information and gather feedback from community members. Additionally, there will be discussion and an opportunity for public comment at the regularly scheduled School Board meeting on February 2 at 5:30pm in the Charlottesville High School library.
Stay in Touch
Stay informed and share your thoughts! We will continue to post future
updates on this web page. Look for a more robust community survey coming in January.
1) Consensus about moving forward with expansion plans?
2) One new elementary, or three expanded elementaries? Centralized preschool?
3) Other questions as they emerge from community feedback.
American School & University Magazine, “Prepare for Growth” (October 2017; sign-up required to see article). Article projects 5 percent growth in PK-12 enrollment in the South over the years 2017-2025.
Charlottesville High School ranked #7 among Virginia school divisions for average SAT score, continuing its history of surpassing state and national averages.
“We’re delighted to see that our students continue to excel on this exam even during a season when the testing process and more have been disrupted,” noted Dr. Kendra King, Director of Student Services and Achievement.
For the combined score, CHS students’ average rose from 2019 to 1156, which surpassed the state by 40 points and the nation by 105 points. In reading/writing, CHS’s average of 595 surpassed the state by 28 and the nation by 67. In math, CHS’s average of 561 surpassed Virginia by 12 and the US by 38.
The SAT also publishes the percentage of seniors who have met or surpassed their college readiness benchmarks. Overall, the CHS percentage of college readiness (61 percent) exceeds state (55) and national (45) averages.
When the data is disaggregated by race and ethnicity, areas for growth appear. Average scores for white students exceeded their state and national peers by 99 and 148 points, respectively. Similarly, multi-racial students were 73 points above the state average and 98 above the national. Black seniors attained the national average, but were 40 points below their state peers. Hispanic seniors at CHS exceeded the national average by 76 points and were 14 points below the state average. Due to small sample sizes, College Board did not release data for other groups.
“We are proud to be among Virginia’s top performers on this test — but we want to eliminate race and ethnicity as indicators of success on this and other assessments,” noted Dr. King. “Even during this pandemic, we continue to keep equity as a priority.”
For the past two years, CHS has served as a pilot site for the SAT’s school-day assessment program. Principal Eric Irizarry noted that offering the test during school hours is one of the ways that the school is trying to increase access to the SAT.
In other rankings, Charlottesville City Schools was named #8 among Virginia school divisions by the web site Niche.com. The division earned an A or A+ in college preparation, diversity, and quality of teaching.
It’s time to order your yearbook and get your photos or senior portraits made.
You can order your yearbook or place a senior ad with a special message and photos here.
See details below.
Want to say something special to your senior that they will have forever? Buy an ad space to share your message and pictures on balfour.com. These can be baby photos, senior photos, and any photos in between. Go beyond words with this sweet “goodbye and good luck” message!
Outside Photographers for senior pictures:
If using an outside photographer, senior pictures are due November 15. Submit the original JPEG by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
$65 before October 25
$75 after October 25
All ad spaces, yearbooks, and accessories can be purchased at balfour.com.
Upcoming Dates & Info:
September 16: Senior Portrait Make-up Day
September 17-18: Non-Senior School Picture Days
October 14: Picture Make-up Day
October 25: Last day to buy yearbook at reduced price
November 15: Senior portraits from outside photographers due to Ms. Helm
Chromebooks will be distributed at CHS open house on August 20 from 5-7 p.m. Complete your re-registration forms in PowerSchool (not needed for new students) to give permission for your child to receive a Chromebook. Call 245-2410 or 245-2962 for PowerSchool assistance.
(434) 245-2686Department Chair & T-Wa:
Sarah Elaine Hart
(434) 245-2688We-Z & ESL:
(434) 245-2685Office hours for school counselors are 8:30-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Please contact your student’s counselor if you would like to request an appointment.
Fall Sports Information:
Visit gocville.org to follow CHS sports and activities, including try-out info and parent meetings.
Q: Where do I view my photo slot?
A: You will receive your appointment times in the mail via Lifetouch by late July.
Q: What if the time doesn’t work for me?
A: Contact Lifetouch at 540-562-3107 or 800-366-0639.
Q: What if I miss my time slot?
A: If you can come to the MLKPAC before 3:30pm on Senior Picture Day, come on out. Otherwise do make ups.
Q. Where do I take my photo?
A: Go to the PAC, and they will direct you from there.
Q: What should I wear?
A. Wear an undershirt and bring several of your favorite outfits.
Q: Should I take a photo?
A: Yes, it gets you a Senior id, you may want to use the formal shot to send out to relatives, and it’s the first check on your name and image for the yearbook. You can still submit a private photo as well.
Q: What if I want to submit a personal photo?
A: First, take your photo with Lifetouch on Senior Picture Day in the PAC and then do your private setting. Submit the private one by October 1st to Ms. Hannah Helm at email@example.com. Make sure it’s a high-resolution photo (300 DPI) and rename it with your first and last name. Place your name in the subject along with the words “Senior Photo.” Example: Barney Rubble Senior Photo.
9th-11th Grade Portrait Information:
Non-Senior Picture Day: September 17-18, 9am-4pm, MLK PAC or CHS small gym
Non-Senior Picture Make-Up Day: October 14, 9am-4pm, MLK PAC or CHS small gym
The annual Buzz-by-Belmont 5K Family Fun Run/Walk is going virtual! Now in its 15th year, this celebration of fitness, student achievement, and family fun starts and finishes at Clark Elementary School and has become a tradition in the neighborhood and Charlottesville fitness community. The event is hosted by the Clark Elementary School PTO.
We are continuing the tradition of this race but in a format that is safe given the ongoing pandemic and encourage students, families and community members to sign up and commit to running or walking the route anytime from October 9-12.
There will be no official timing this year, but feel free to time yourself or race your family members. All proceeds from the race benefit the Clark Education Opportunity Fund.
The rolling course tours some of Charlottesville’s most vibrant neighborhoods, passing through Downtown Belmont, around Belmont Park and touching the diverse areas of Belmont, Carlton and Sixth Street that comprise the Clark Elementary School district. Please consult the route map before you run. There will be signs posted on the route from October 9-12.
This year’s event is being sponsored in part by a Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School mini-grant. The Safe Routes to School program aims to encourage students to walk to school regularly and safely. In addition to providing built-in exercise for students, the program seeks to reduce traffic congestion and emissions around schools.
When: Friday October 9 through Monday October 12, 2020
Who: Anyone is welcome. We encourage families to walk or run the route together!
Where: Start and finish at Clark Elementary School, 1000 Belmont Avenue.