This information is for 7th graders who will be 8th graders next year.
Eighth grade students have an option to take up to 3 periods of electives, depending on the other courses they are placed in. After you have read the course descriptions (found below) please visit this link and enter all elective choices online by January 30th.
Band (Full Year): This course will focus on developing musicianship by studying chromatic scale, major scales, drums (rudiments and various rolls), intermediate methods and rhythms, concert music, and rehearsal skills. Audition for placement required.
Orchestra (Full Year): The Buford Orchestra program is arranged into four different levels-beginning, lower intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced. Each level focuses on playing technique, music literature, and performance appropriate to the level of the class. Audition for placement required.
Chorus (Full Year): Come be a part of the Buford Middle School Chorus! This course is emphasizes intensive instruction in vocal techniques, reading and writing or music, vocal expression, dynamic contrast, signing in three and four part harmonies, musical notation, diction, sight reading, ear training, and breathing techniques. Audition for placement required.
AVID (Full Year): AVID 8 is an academic elective that focuses on college readiness and skills necessary for rigorous high school coursework. Students will develop their skills in note-taking, tutor-facilitated study groups, and WICOR strategies. Students accepted into AVID 8 will be encouraged to enroll in higher-level courses. Application and interview required.
Garden Aid (Full Year): In the garden aide class, students take leadership roles in maintaining the garden throughout the school year. Their class time includes planting, harvesting, and watering, along with planning for the next growing season and learning hands-on about the science and history of growing food.
Introduction to Band (Full Year): This is a beginning band course open to all students that are interested in learning a concert instrument. Instruments that students can choose from are: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and Baritone. Students will learn fundamental skills necessary to play an instrument and instruction will focus on rhythmic and pitch accuracy and tone.
Spanish*, French*, or Latin* (Full Year): This rigorous course is an accelerated high school credit course in the Spanish, French or Latin language and culture. Emphasis is placed on listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading comprehension, and effective written communication at the beginning level. Students must receive a C or above in part I to be recommended for part II.
Engineering I* (Full Year): Does engineering interest you? Do you imagine yourself designing solutions to problems? Engineering may be a career for you! Engineering is a hands-on course in which students work together to explore the fascinating field of engineering!
Independent Living* (Full Year): This course allows students to explore strategies for living independently by focusing on relationships, applying financial literacy, and consumerism, managing resources in the areas of apparel, nutrition, and wellness and housing. They will develop leadership roles and plan for careers.
Art (Full Year): Students will use a variety of mediums in developing painting and sculpture skills. Students produce works that are developed from preliminary ideas and sketches. They compare and contrast art from different world cultures and investigate how content can influence meaning.
Art (Half Year)^: Through application, art history, art theory, and formal discussion, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the visual arts. The course will explore line, value, perspective, basic design, printing, sculpture, and color theory. Students will be responsible for creating, organizing, and maintaining a portfolio.
Family and Consumer Science (Half Year)^: The students will focus on career research and workplace readiness skills. Students will develop a basic understanding of money management skills and will enhance their knowledge of nutrition and wellness practices. Students will also practice the use of the sewing machine.
Foundations of Engineering (Half Year)^: Do you remember a world before cell phones, the internet, or computers? Inventions have significantly changed the way our society and the world work! Inventions and Innovations will let students explore inventions and solutions and how to turn ideas into life changing inventions.
Introduction to Guitar (Half Year)^: Beginning guitar gives students the opportunity to learn via collaboration with peers, to gain responsibility and self-discipline through musical expression in a group activity. This course will include the study of beginning guitar techniques such as basic scales, strumming patterns, arpeggios, use of a pick, and chord progression.
Introduction to Theater (Half Year)^: This course will help new artists as
they take their first steps towards understanding the basics of theater: acting, direction, play writing, and stage creation.
Computer Science (Half Year)^: Students will cover topics such as: programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. During this 18 week course students will be encouraged to learn by hands on experiences and collaboration with peers.
Early Morning PE (Full Year)^: Students who want to take an additional elective can sign up for early morning PE. The days this course meets is TBD but it will meet from 7:30-8:15 am. Students must provide their own transportation.
*= HS credit course
^= Must choose 2 semester courses
For additional information and scheduling help specific to Buford watch this
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”)