What’s Happening in Charlottesville Schools

What’s Happening in the Charlottesville Schools

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    Looking ahead to 2021-22: Walker, Buford and CHS academic counseling begins

    It’s already time to think about next year! Whether you are at CHS, Buford, or Walker Upper Elementary, school counselors are beginning to meet with students and families about course offerings for 2020-21. Want to learn more about options available next school year? Attend any of the following upcoming events to meet administrators, counselors, teachers, and ask questions: Buford Family Curriculum Night, TBA CHS Curriculum Fair, February 5, 9am-2pm Buford Engineering Expo TBA Walker Rising 5th Grade Parent Night, TBA CATEC Signing Day Thursday, May 20th Have questions? Ask your teacher, counselor, or principal! CHS Academic Advising Timeline January 14th-January 22nd: Teachers will enter recommendations for students. It is ...

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  • Two girls participate in Hour of Code activity at Venable.

    January 2020 News and Highlights

      A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins Dear staff, family, and community: As we start 2020, I’ve been looking ahead to what the year will bring. Here are four areas you will hear more about: Facilities. In early 2019, our Board endorsed a plan to reconfigure our schools. We received $3 million from the City to help us plan and design a new Walker (for preschool) and Buford (for grades 6-8). Once the bidding process is complete, the City will then select a firm to help with this work. Find updates here, and stay tuned! Equity. The last year or so has been marked ...

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    Walker Club Spotlight: After-school cooking club is recipe for learning valuable life skills

    The Walker Upper Elementary Cooking Club is an after-school activitiy option for fifth and sixth grade students who want to learn about basic food preparation and cooking skills. Led by advisor Becky Calvert, the group meets once a week in the school kitchen for an hour and prepares a variety of recipes such as egg rolls, tomato soup, mini-quiches, mac & cheese, homemade granola, fruit and yogurt parfaits, kale chips, crepes, open face roasted veggie sandwiches, mango salsa,  cranberry orange muffins and vegetable jambalaya. “The kids love cooking and are more likely to try something new if they made it,” said Calvert. “They ...

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  • CHS students in Richmond to see unveiling of Kehinde Wiley statue.

    Students attend “Rumors of War” unveiling at the VMFA

    Charlottesville High School art students and teachers traveled to the Virginia Fine Arts Museum in Richmond, VA to witness the much-anticipated unveiling of the sculpture, “Rumors of War,” created by American artist Kehinde Wiley. According to a media release by the Virginia Fine Arts Museum, “Rumors of War” expands Wiley’s well-known efforts to use art to include more black and brown men and women in visual, historical, and cultural narratives. The statue, inspired by traditional portrayals of white subjects in equestrian portraiture and monuments, depicts a young African American rider in urban street clothes striking a heroic pose on a muscular ...

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  • CHS orchestra director elected new VBODA president

    For the first time, an orchestra director will lead the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA), and it is our very own CHS orchestra teacher, Ms. Laura Mulligan Thomas!  This will be the third time a female has been elected president of the VBODA, an organization of high school, middle school, and elementary school band and orchestra directors within the Commonwealth of Virginia, whose mission is to help promote opportunities of music education to K-12 students.  The primary arbiter for various band and orchestra events throughout the state, the VBODA organizes many competitions and provides outstanding individual student musicians opportunities to ...

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  • November 2019 News and Highlights

      A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins  Dear staff, family, and community: Recently, CHS celebrated “I’m First Day,” a nation-wide initiative to support students who will be the first in their family to graduate from college. The event included hand-written notes of encouragement and a photo wall featuring CHS staff and students who were (or will be) first in their family. As a first-generation college student myself, I am proud that our schools prepare so many of our students to be trailblazers in this way, and I was touched to learn that so many of my colleagues on the staff are themselves first-generation college ...

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  • Minds in Motion kids performing at MLK PAC

    4th graders present annual Minds in Motion performance at MLK PAC

    Our fourth graders amazed us this week with their Minds in Motion performances at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center! Through a unique partnership with Richmond Ballet, each year city fourth graders are introduced to creative expression and live performance through movement and dance at their schools. This year, Minds in Motion teaching artists from Richmond Ballet visited each elementary school for two-week residencies which culminated in two live performances of “Journey of the Monarch.” More photos from the performances can be found on our Facebook page. In addition, a video of the performance will be broadcast on Charlottesville’s public acess ...

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    City, City Schools install historic marker at Johnson Elementary School

    On Wednesday, October 23, the City of Charlottesville and Charlottesville City Schools dedicated a new historic marker focused on the desegregation of Johnson Elementary School in October 1962. Honoring the trailblazers who were part of the school’s desegregation, the City of Charlottesville and Charlottesville City Schools unveiled a new marker near the school’s entrance on Cherry Avenue, followed by a ceremony in the school auditorium, The sign continues the story of Charlottesville City Schools’ desegregation as detailed on a historic marker in front of Venable Elementary School (with a duplicate sign near the Albemarle County Office Building, the former site of Lane ...

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  • Clark students collaborating in a STEM activity.

    News and Highlights: October 2019

      A Word from Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins  Dear staff, family, and community: As the end of the first quarter approaches on October 31, I hope the year has gotten off to a good start for you and your family. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and all those who helped them attain a school-high on-time graduation rate of 95.7 percent! Our black students’ rate was even higher — 95.9!  As CHS Principal Irizarry noted, “Even as we celebrate, we set new goals. As we continue to emphasize increased rigor and high expectations, we will expect to see more students pursuing the advanced diploma. But regardless of ...

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    Charlottesville High School on-time graduation rate hits all-time high of 95.7 percent

    Charlottesville High School’s on-time graduation rate rose again to 95.7 percent, continuing a rising trend that exceeds the state rate, yields one of the highest rates among Virginia cities, and sets a new school standard. “We are so proud of our students and staff,” notes Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins. “This is no small accomplishment. It really demonstrates the value of creating systems of supports in our schools so that we are meeting students’ individual needs so that they can succeed.” The school’s rate surpasses the state’s average of 91.5 percent and tops the state’s averages in most groups, including for black students. ...

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