October is national Bullying Prevention Month. All month long we will be discussing topics related to bullying, what to do if someone is being bullied, and providing other resources to our students related to this topic.
There are 3 main components of bullying behavior. Bullying is defined as:
an intentional, aggressive and repeated behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength.
It can take several forms:
In the following weeks we will share information on signs your child may be being bullied, how to support a child who is being bullied, and understanding and handling cyberbullying. For more information on these and other bullying related topics, visit: www.stompoutbullying.org
By now I'm sure that you and your student can't wait to see what classes they'll be taking at Buford and we can't wait to share them with you! Good news is that the waiting is almost over!
On Monday, August 13th schedules will go live! Your student's class schedule may be found online through PowerSchool at (https://sis.charlottesvilleschools.org/public/). If you are unsure how to get into PowerSchool, guidance for accessing PowerSchool can be located at: http://charlottesvilleschools.org/student-parent-logins/. Students username and passwords for PowerSchool do not change from year-to-year, so if you aren't sure of your child's login, check with your student.
CAYIP (Community Attention Youth Internship Program) is currently accepting applications for the 2018 CAYIP Summer Session! Please note, there are some exciting changes this year!
CAYIP Application- parent/guardian and medical information
This week all students received information regarding their elective courses for next year. Please review this information with your student and have them return it to either their STRIVE teacher or the Guidance department as soon as possible (rising 7th grade is due to Ms. Geddy by February 1, rising 8th grade is due January 30th, and rising 9th grade is due by February 8th.)
Here are some valuable resources to help you and your student choose the right courses for them:
CCS Program of Studies
Daily Bell Schedule
Elective Worksheet for Rising 7th graders
Elective Worksheet for Rising 8th graders
Video Explaining Scheduling for Rising 8th graders
Elective Worksheets for Rising 9th graders
Please feel free to contact your student's counselor if you have any questions or concerns!
This week, all 7th graders will have the chance to begin establishing a 6 year Academic and Career Plan (ACP). This state of Virginia requires that all 7th grade students have an ACP, but it is not a binding document. A copy of this plan is kept in a student's academic record, and we will also send a copy home at the end of the school year with the final report card. View the presentation below and a blank copy of the 6 year plan below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!
We are getting excited for the 2017-2018 school year to begin! If you are registering your child in Charlottesville City Schools for the first time this year, please refer to the following instructions on how to register your child!
Buford Middle School Registration Checklist
Charlottesville, Va 22902
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Buford Media Center
Please RSVP for the event at http://tinyurl.com/newstudentRSVP
Well, we've made it to the end of the 2016-2017 school year! What a year it has been! As we in the counseling department wrap up our last week of work, we wanted to let you know about a couple of important dates:
Summer PTO meeting: 7/11, 5-6 pm
Summer Sports Orientation (fall sports): 7/11, 6-7 pm
If you are a family with a child new to CCS and Buford this year, we invite you to join us for our New Student Orientation! It will be held on Monday, August 21st at 9:00 am (please note this new time) in our media center. RSVP here: www.tinyurl.com/newstudentRSVP
We hope you have a wonderful summer and are looking forward to a great 2017-2018 school year!
New this summer! Rising 7-10th graders can enjoy a wide range of hands-on, skill-based STEM and technical academies at CATEC. From culinary arts to IT/engineering to firefighting, these academies give a glimpse of CATEC’s offerings and are organized as part of PVCC’s Kids College summer program.
Who? Rising 7th-10th graders
Dates: June 19-23 (session 1) June 26-30 (session 2)
Times: AM academies: 9am – 12:15pm PM academies: 1:15pm – 4:30pm
Where: CATEC, 1000 E. Rio Road
Cost: $135 (scholarships available)
More info: Click here
Registration link: Click here (pick “Kids College”)
Many parents have reached out to us regarding the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why." Based on a young adult novel of the same name, the series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who commits suicide and leaves behind audio 13 audio recordings for people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself.
This series is raising a lot of concerns from mental health professionals, especially when teens are watching it without guidance or support, as it sensationalizes teen suicide and suggests that mental illness is not treatable. We want to make sure families know that we take any report of a student wanting to hurt him or herself very seriously. We have a district-wide protocol that we follow, which involves informing the parent and ensuring the student receives the help they need.
For more information and resources on how to handle the tough questions that may arise if or when you decide to let your child watch the series, please check out this site from the National Association of School Psychologists and other resources below.
This week, all 7th graders had the chance to begin establishing a 6 year Academic and Career Plan (ACP). This state of Virginia requires that all 7th grade students have an ACP, but it is not a binding document. A copy of this plan is kept in a student's academic record, and we will also send a copy home at the end of the school year with the final report card. View the presentation below and a blank copy of the 6 year plan below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!