Charlottesville City Schools Fund

This PEF committee-advised fund supports programs and initiatives in need of support in Charlottesville City public schools.

Elementary Spanish Program for Grades K–6

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade in the Charlottesville City Schools receive thirty minutes of instruction in conversational Spanish twice a week with a qualified Spanish teacher. The curriculum is based on thematic units of study that support the academic content at each grade-level. In addition, students learn about Spanish-speaking people and cultures in our community and around the world. Children in the primary grades focus on listening to and speaking Spanish. Starting in second grade, students begin reading in Spanish and participate in more complex writing activities. By fifth grade, the ability of our students to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish is so strong that they will take Spanish I as sixth graders! Our student will have the opportunity to leave sixth grade with a high school credit. Your gifts will provide instructional materials, cultural experiences and support the annual El Espectaculo! – the showcase presentation to families and community whereby students share what they are learning in elementary Spanish.

For additional information, contact:
Beverly Catlin
Coordinator of Instruction
Charlottesville City Schools
434-245-2421

AVID: The Road to College

More than 280 students in grades 6–12 in the Charlottesville City Schools participate in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), an in-school college preparatory program. These students demonstrate strong academic potential but need support to reach their capabilities as they may face obstacles to achievement, may be from underserved populations, and may be first generation college enrollees. Through early intervention AVID teachers guide students toward honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment classes, and support them in being academically successful. Students participate in twice-weekly tutoring sessions, college and career seminars, and collaborative study groups. They explore college options and tour university campuses. As seniors, they receive ongoing assistance in completing and submitting college applications and filing for financial aid. In Charlottesville, AVID is helping to close the achievement gap and prepare students for four-year college eligibility. 100% of AVID students are accepted to college! Your gifts will support tutors, college visits, and college application fees for students in the program.

For additional information, please contact:
Beverly Catlin
Coordinator of Instruction
Charlottesville City Schools
Phone: 434-245-2421
Email: catlinb1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Students Lead the Way for STEM Innovation Center

Recognizing that the traditional high school science courses fall short when it comes to preparing students for today’s job market, students from the award-winning Charlottesville High School science club, Best All-around Club of Nerds (BACON), began to imagine a space within their school dedicated to scientific research and projects. Working with their club sponsor, Dr. Matt Shields, the students submitted a proposal for the space they envisioned. Five months later, the dream of these forward thinking students is becoming a reality. Approximately 6,000 square feet of the current Charlottesville High School Media Center will be renovated to house the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Innovation Center, a space that will more closely resemble a high tech company than a traditional classroom. Not only will the STEM Innovation Center expose students to cutting edge STEM equipment, but also, the environment’s design will house technologies and spaces that enable Charlottesville High School students to collaborate with scientists, businesses, universities and students from around the globe. The center will offer a variety of STEM courses for Charlottesville High School students, including dual enrollment engineering courses and STEM electives that will also be designed with student input. Your gifts will support specialized equipment, storage units, modern furniture, competition fees and travel expenses.

For additional information, please contact:
Libbey Kitten
Coordinator of Science
Charlottesville City Schools
Phone: 434245-2667
Email: Kittenl1@charlottesvilleschools.org

No Ordinary Science Classrooms

Science classrooms at Buford Middle School are being transformed into state-of-the-art learning environments for both Charlottesville City Schools and University of Virginia students! Working with faculty and students in UVAs Curry School of Education and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Buford teachers and staff are using advanced manufacturing technologies, such as 3-D printers, to help our students better understand complex scientific concepts, and gain expertise in engineering and design. High definition audio and video links, provide Buford classes with direct, real-time, access into mirrored facilities at UVAs science labs. The combined school and university facilities comprise the Commonwealth Engineering Design Academy, one of the nation’s first, if not the first, K-12 advanced manufacturing laboratories. This partnership extends the findings from the National Science Foundation, the FabLab Classroom: Preparing Students for the Workforce Revolution and related support from the Macarthur Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Motorola Innovation Generation Foundation, Canon, and the U.S. and Virginia Departments of Education. Your gifts will support specialized equipment for the labs, summer programming, transportation of middle school students to the university, stipends for students, professional learning for teachers, and curriculum development.

For more information, please contact:
Paula Culver-Dickinson
Coordinator of Professional Development
434-245-2830.
Email: culverp1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Charlottesville High School: Outdoor Learning Laboratory

An Outdoor Learning Laboratory offers Charlottesville High School a remarkable opportunity to expand its already innovative curricula to a unique campus–based outdoor educational laboratory. As envisioned it will engage students in a living classroom that will offer hands – on practical learning about the environment, sustainability of the built landscape, and (local) agricultural arts. Charlottesville City Schools believe the forward nature of this effort will intersect with the increasing cultural awareness of the environment and related issues and the expansion of professions related to the environment, sustainability, and agriculture. Charlottesville City School Division seeks $45,000.00 for garden design, installation, and outdoor classroom structure.

Reach Jim Henderson at Charlottesville City Schools about this request at
(434) 245-2400 or henderj1@charlottesvilleschools.org