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CHS orchestra reaches fundraising goal

The Charlottesville High School orchestra will be heading to France. Thanks to an anonymous $10,000 donation made through the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the 52-member string ensemble raised just over $190,000. During their travels, the group will perform at Chartres Cathedral in Charlottesville’s sister city Besançon, and at the American Cathedral in Paris. This will be […]

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Albemarle school board begins cuts & other school news

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors last week adopted a tax rate of 79.9 cents per $100 of assessed real estate value—a 3.3-cent increase over the previous rate of 76.6 cents—but even with the hike, the county schools are $3.9 million short of their $164.3 million funding request.  To reach a balanced budget, the Albemarle […]

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Albemarle High School to offer artistic focus

Albemarle High School will soon offer its students a new way to organize some of their courses. Beginning this fall, what school officials are calling a Fine Arts Pathway will allow incoming freshman and rising sophomores the opportunity to focus their high school electives in the fine and performing arts. “When I think about the […]

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CATEC reaches milestone on transformative plan & other school news

After months of debate, the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center Board last week adopted a strategic plan that symbolizes the first major structural change to the school in its 40-year history. The plan outlines a five-year transformation of CATEC’s current model of programming into one based on content-focused “institutes” that will align with local employer […]

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Joe Tornello, Buford Middle School

Joe Tornello, Band Director, Buford Middle School   What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? To convince the students that hard work, dedication, discipline and commitment are the keys to success, not only in the Buford Band, but also in all areas of the student’s life.   The musical challenge of my job is […]

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City students sing—and play—for their supper

Thanks to steady leadership in the classroom, students at Buford Middle School continue to make musical strides. Under the tutelage of band director Joe Tornello, the Buford Band recently captured “straight superior” ratings at District Music Assessments. This marks 31 consecutive years in which a Buford band has received the top rating. “When I got […]

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Charlottesville High School considers weighted electives

At the request of Charlottesville High School Principal Jill Dahl, the Charlottesville School Board will consider weighting some arts and other electives that currently do not provide students with the opportunity to earn honors-level credit. Weighting grades, school officials said, would better reflect the challenge of the classes and remove a disincentive to take some […]

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Paramount kicks off arts education program

Nearly 1,000 students filed into the Paramount Theater Monday to watch actor and artist Kevin Reese construct a 17-foot wide mobile that extended into the audience. Reese’s one-man play, A Perfect Balance, kicked off the 2013-14 season of the Paramount Theater’s Arts Education program. “I believe in this thoroughly because it takes you out into […]