Camp4Real 2017 Summer Camp

Submitted by Scott Williams

Camp4Real dates are out! Join the MLS PE teachers Mr. Williams and Mr. Massie for Camp4Real (camp4real.com) this summer June 12-16 and August 7-11 at Meriwether Lewis!  Registration is now open for MLS camps as well as other camps around ACPS. Camp is open to both MLS and non-MLS students who will be rising 1st graders through rising 6th graders this summer. We do accept a few rising kindergarten students as it’s a great way for them to get acclimated with the school and two of their future teachers. We also love having some of our former campers come back and accept some rising 7th graders as well. Thanks for your support and we hope you join us for a camp that’s REAL Fun, REAL Food, REAL Active, and REAL Awesome!

Youth Football League Registration

Registration is opening March 1, 2017  for Central Virginia's only youth football league, the Jefferson District Youth Football League (JDYFL)!! The JDYFL Western Albemarle Warriors are looking for dedicated players who want to join the Warrior family and play football in a safe and fun environment. Register online: www.jdyfl.net. Questions? Contact Rachel Simon: rmg5r@virginia.edu. Interested in being a Volunteer Coach? Contact Jeff Buetow: gbuetow@comcast.net
GO WARRIORS!!

UVA's Chemistry's LEAD Camp

UVA Chemistry's LEAD will be hosting the fifth annual Chemistry Camp on Saturday, March 18th from 9:00am - 2:00pm for students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Students will be split into two age groups - K-2 and 3-5 - and each group will have a chance to participate in three, newly-designed chemistry experiments throughout the day.
The cost is $50 per child, $40 for each additional sibling and lunch will be provided.  Only 100 students will be accepted. Chemistry Camp is a great way to get kids interested in science and the students always have a great time!  Please click here for the application and for more information.

ArtFest in the West

Check out an upcoming FREE, family-friendly event & fundraiser to promote Arts education in all six Western Albemarle County public schools, which includes Meriwether Lewis.

Here are the basics:
Who: Families with kids from elementary to high school who love the Arts! 
What: ArtFest in the West, an Arts showcase event and fundraiser supporting Arts education in all six Western Albemarle County schools. The theme for this year’s showcase is Magical Medieval Night of Family Fun
When: March 3, 2017, 6-9pm
Where: Western Albemarle High School Cafeteria
Cost: FREE!
 

Contact: Ellen Beard at 434-984-2266 for more info or www.artsinwesterned.org

Event sponsored by Arts in Western Education (A.W.E.), a non-profit organization founded to support arts education in the six Western Albemarle County public schools which include Western Albemarle High School, Henley Middle School, and Brownsville, Crozet, Murray, and Meriwether Lewis Elementary Schools. 

Meriwether Lewis School Turns 95!  
Take Note Kindergarten Families and Celebrate 100 when you have 5th graders!  Learn about our school's history here and here!  


Community Events
Help An Eagle Scout Fund His Project
Caleb Harris attended MLS and is currently an 11th grader at Western.  Because his enthusiasm for music really caught fire at Meriwether, he has decided to do his Eagle Scout Project here and plans to install a tuned drum set to the upper playground.  Please visit his gofundme webpage if you are interested in learning more and would like to  give a donation to his project.

Boys LAX
Sign ups are open for the Spring season of boys lacrosse!  The Western Albemarle Lacrosse Club offers teams for grades 1-8, and the season begins Saturday March 4th. Sign up now to reserve your spot! 

DMR Adventure
DMR Adventures has theater classes for kids starting this week, and culminating with performances in May! A Year with Frog and Toad Kids meets on Wednesday evenings and Aladdin Kids meets on Saturday mornings. No experience needed! Click here to register.

Youth Choir Opportunity
A new youth choir is forming in Charlottesville and Crozet.  For information visit their website here.

Western Albemarle Talent Show
Western's Got Talent too!  Support Make a Wish Foundation and Western students on February 2nd at 7pm at Western Albemarle. 

Golden Apple Teacher Award Nomination Process is Now Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the 16th Annual Golden Apple Awards, a program designed to honor outstanding teachers in public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City. One winner is selected from each school, and eight winners also will receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant. Nomination criteria include creating a love of learning among all students, stimulating thought and dialogue in the classroom, raising student expectations for success, understanding and providing for individual student needs, and involving families in the education process.

Click here for more information and a nomination form! The deadline for school principals to receive nominations from students, parents, school staff, and community members is February 2, 2017. Golden Apple Award winners will be announced in May.

WAHS Got Talent Show and Fundraiser

Submitted by WAHS Leadership

The leadership class at Western Albemarle High School is currently organizing an annual WAHS Got Talent event.  It is a school wide talent show with a mix of actual talents and joke talents. We hope this can be a community event, open to all community members. The event will take place on February 2nd @ 7 PM in the Western Auditorium.  

UVA Saturday Enrichment Program is Accepting Applications

Submitted by Steve Gissendanner

In conjunction with the Curry School of Education Gifted Education Department, the University of Virginia announces the 35th year of the Saturday Enrichment Program. This program serves gifted and/or high ability students who are in K-5th grade. Applications for this program are available below.

http://curry.virginia.edu/community-programs/student-enrichment/sep/saturday

Education Spotlight

 

Bond Referendum 2016

WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
In July, 2016, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution requesting that a referendum be held on the question of the County issuing general obligation bonds for selected public school projects. The bond referendum will be on the ballot as part of the general election to be held on November 8. Registered voters will be able to respond ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to a question asking if the County can issue general obligation bonds totaling $35 million to finance projects for improvements to Albemarle County public schools –  including designing, building, expanding, and renovating school properties, including new buildings and additions, renovations, and improvements to existing buildings, installing new furnishings and equipment in the public schools.

WHAT WILL BE ON THE BALLOT?
The following question will be included on the ballot:

Shall the County of Albemarle, Virginia, contract a debt and issue general obligation bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $35,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds, in addition to any other available funds, to finance the costs of improvements to Albemarle County public schools including designing, building, expanding, and renovating school properties, including new buildings and additions, renovations, and improvements to existing buildings, installing new furnishings and equipment in the public schools, and the related costs to issue the bonds and to reimburse the County for temporary financing?

Webpage: http://www.albemarle.org/department.asp?department=br

Scheduled information sessions:

WHEN: Tuesday, September 6, 2016|  10 a.m.
WHAT: School Board Chair, Kate Acuff presents
WHERE: Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place

WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2016|  6 p.m.
WHAT: Community Forum conducted by the League of Women Voters
WHERE: Western Albemarle High School

WHEN: Tuesday, October 11, 2016|  6 p.m.
WHAT: Community Forum conducted by the League of Women Voters
WHERE: Monticello High School

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2016|  6 p.m.
WHAT: Community Forum conducted by the League of Women Voters
WHERE: Albemarle High School