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

 

ACPS Visual Arts Festival - 4/17 - 4/30

Message From Mr. Sherogan: 

The annual Albemarle County Public Schools Visual Arts Festival is currently on display at the Fashion Square Mall. The show is a celebration of the visual arts and the terrific work made by our students. MLS has a number of 2D pieces on display by the Red Robin Entrance to the mall. Our 3D work is past the Starbucks on the left. I encourage you to visit and tour the display and see the wide range of art and growth displayed from elementary all the way to high school. I'm always excited to see former students' work on display so please support our students, neighbors, and friends by stopping by and seeing the show.

Thanks,

Mr. S

Camp4Real 2016 Registration Open Now!

From PE Teacher Scott Williams:

We hope you are pumped for summer as much as we are! Our initial camps are up on the website and ready for both online or paper registration. Early bird rates last through June 3, so register soon! Please pass this info on to other families in and outside our school community as ANYONE can attend! Even rising 1st-6th grade students who are not Albemarle County Public School students are eligible. We even take a few rising kindergarten students each camp if they are ready for the experience and want a great transition into the school year!

Here are the camps we have scheduled thus far:

Meriwether Lewis #1 June 13-17
Westwood Hills (Waynesboro) June 13-17
Broadus Wood June 20-24
Bluff Park (Hoover, Alabama) June 20-24
Brownsville July 18-22
Hollymead August 1-5
Stone Robinson August 1-5
Meriwether Lewis #2 August 8-12

Please email me at Camp4Real@gmail.com if you would like to be added to our distribution list and Like Us on Facebook to keep current with C4R events and news!

Thank you so much for your support in our efforts to make our kids and community a happier and healthier one!  We are truly grateful for everyone in the Camp4Real family!

ACPS Community Technites

The DART Ed Tech team is sponsoring four Community Technites around the division during the last two weeks of April. These parent-focused events are designed to engage our families more fully in our Digital Learning Initiative, and may be particularly important for Middle School and Upper Elementary parents, though all will find valuable information.  

The events will include a presentation by DART Ed Tech team members and a discussion panel that focuses on internet safety, social media, screen time, and digital citizenship. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in meaningful dialogue around student technology use. We will also have a Tech Zone where parents can see and interact with amazing examples of student technology use. Below are the dates and times for the Technites; click here for a digital flier.

April 18th – JMS     6-8pm
April 20th – SMS    6-8pm
April 26th – WMS  6-8pm
April 28th – WAHS 6-8pm
 

Albemarle County Budget Meetings

From Dr. Matthew Haas, Deputy Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools:

We greatly value your engagement in our budget process. Over the coming weeks, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, along with county and school division staff, will host community meetings during which residents will have the opportunity to offer their views on budget priorities:

  • Wednesday, March 23, 7 pm - Western Albemarle High School Cafeteria
  • Thursday, April 7, 7 pm - North Garden Fire Station

Also, as a reminder, on Wednesday, March 30, beginning at 6 pm, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to listen to your thoughts on the proposed budget. The hearing will be in Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building, located at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville.

Find out more about upcoming opportunities for community engagement:
http://www.albemarle.org/department.asp?department=budget&relpage=20058