High School Weekly 6.3.22

Hello Dragons and Dragon Families!

Welcome to the end of another week! Can you believe it’s almost over? What a year it’s been!

Weekly Updates

On Wednesday evening we had our senior graduation. It was a touching ceremony, with remarks from Superintendent Matt Haas, school board member Graham Paige, and senior and Emily Couric Scholar Anneka Meyers. This group of students was especially dear to me, having started their high school journeys the same year I started teaching at Community Lab (then Murray High School). They’ve been through a lot over the last four years, and I couldn’t be prouder of all they’ve achieved and the people they’ve become. Best of luck on the journey ahead!

I want to thank all of our students for the work they’ve put in this year and, more importantly, for the contributions they’ve made to our school community. At the end of the day, a small school like ours depends on the kindness and creativity of our students more than it does on any systems or programs we put in place. It has been a challenging year, but you’ve risen to meet it. I’d also like to send a special thank you to all our families for their support for what we do and what their students do. It takes all of us, this year more than ever!

Action Items

Check out our Kick-Off to Summer Event tomorrow, organized by our Community Cares and Equity Team!  NOTE: If you are planning on dropping your student off, please know this will not be conducted like a school event, with lots of adult supervision. It has many moving parts, and our adult manpower will be very limited.  It will be more like dropping them off at the YMCA, where they are trusted to be on their own, with only minimal direct supervision.

Important Dates

June 10: Last day of school – early dismissal

Lunch Menu Week of 6/6

Until next year!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers

High School Weekly 5.27.22

Hello Dragons and Dragon Families!

Welcome to the end of another week! The weather has been up and down the last few days but it looks like we avoided the tornadoes!

Weekly Updates

I wanted to use this space this week to highlight some amazing work from some of our 10th graders. This year we initiated the 10th Grade Personal Project, an (optional) opportunity for students to pursue an interest of their own with the help of a staff advisor. Students had to come up with a learning goal (something they were going to learn about) and a product goal (something they would make). Here is a little about what they did!

  • Reily organized and executed a bake sale, with proceeds going to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA!
  • Annika investigated forensics and the decomposition of dead bodies!
  • Tessa researched solar panels and created a learning module for students!
  • Miles designed a robot arm that can draw pictures from a computer image!
  • Thomas created a computer program that simulates particle physics!
  • Lily researched the people of the Ata cama Desert and created an awesome booklet to present what she learned!
  • Edison started a high school Community Cares club, which he plans to continue working with next year!

Click here to read more about these amazing projects!

Finally, a big shout out to Lucy for a successful run in her first year as SOL testing coordinator! Great job!

Action Items

5/30: No School (Memorial Day)

6/1: High School Graduation

6/4: Kick Off to Summer 2022 (Block Party at CLS!)

Interested in arts workshops this summer? Check out Crozet Arts!

Lunch Menu Week of 5/31

Until Next Week!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers

High School Weekly 5.20.22

Hello Dragons and Dragon Families!

Welcome to the end of another week! It feels like summer and the end of the school year is getting close!

Weekly Updates

Today was our last official day for seniors! It was a bittersweet occasion as always. Congratulations to our terrific batch of seniors and best of luck on all your endeavors!

On Thursday we had the return of a Community Lab School tradition. Ms. Racette’s Government students presented their “Issue Briefings”: each student researched an issue and presented it on a poster. We altered our schedule so that all students could spend part of lunch checking out their fellow students’ work. I was blown away by the topics students chose, the depth of their investigations, and the sensitivity of their conclusions. Terrific work! Kudos to all of them and to Ms. Racette!

We finished up IB testing on Tuesday. Congratulations to all of our IB students! Results will be available in July. SOL testing began this week with Science, Reading (11th Grade), and the World History 1 SOL’s. We will continue next week with all Math SOL’s on Monday and make-up and retake exams Tuesday-Thursday.

Action Items

5/23: All Math SOL’s

5/24: World History 1 Make-up/Retakes

5/25: Reading and Earth Science Make-up/Retakes

5/26: Math Make-up/Retakes

Lunch Menu Week of 5/20

Until Next Week!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers

High School Weekly 5.13.22

Hello Dragons and Dragon Families!

Welcome to the end of another week! Another big shout out to our IB students, who finished up week 2 of IB Exams this week. We have one more exam next week (IB Spanish), and then testing is done for the year!

Weekly Updates

This week our Cell Phone Policy Committee wrapped up its work of designing a cell phone policy for our high school students. As you may know, our middle school students (like all ACPS middle school students) are governed by the “Away For The Day” policy, which requires cell phones to be out of sight during school hours. For the high school, we all agreed that that would not be the right approach, so we asked any interested high school students to join us in coming up with a policy that we could all agree on. We ended up with around 10 high school students and four staff members, who met weekly for several weeks. This week, we put the finishing touches on the policy, and students from the committee went to classrooms and explained the details. Everything about the policy can be found here.

Action Items

IB Tests are wrapping up next week and SOL’s are getting started!

5/16: IB Spanish Paper 1/Paper 2 Reading (12:30pm-3:15pm)

5/17: IB Spanish Paper 2 Listening (9:30am-10:45am)

5/17: All Science SOL’s

5/18: 11th Grade Reading SOL

5/20: World History 1 SOL

5/23: All Math SOL’s

Lunch Menu Week of 5/16

Until Next Week!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers

High School Weekly 5.6.22

Hello Dragons and Dragon Families!

Welcome to the end of another great week at Community Lab! We’d like to send out a special thank you to our terrific PTSO and all the parents and students who contributed to Teacher Appreciation Week. It really means a lot to all of us!

Here are a few highlights from the last week at Community Lab:

  • Our IB students kicked off their final exams. Congratulations to all who finished this week and best of luck to all those with exams to come!
  • IB Art students are working on their Comparative Studies!
  • Health I students wrapped up their nutrition unit!
  • Biology students finished their unit on evolution!
  • Audio/Video Production students turned in their 11th assignment, leaving only one more to go!

Action Items

5/9: IB Math Paper 2 (10am-12pm)

5/12: IB English Paper 1 (12:45-3:15pm)

5/16: IB Spanish Paper 1/Paper 2 Reading (12:30pm-3:15pm)

5/17: IB Spanish Paper 2 Listening (9:30am-10:45am)

5/17: All Science SOL’s

5/18: 11th Grade Reading SOL

5/20: World History 1 SOL

5/23: All Math SOL’s

6/1: High School Graduation!

Lunch Menu Week of 5/9

Until Next Week!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers

High School Weekly 4.29.22

Hello Dragons and Dragon Families!

We’re putting April to bed this week and heading into May! This is the home stretch, Dragons. Don’t slow down!

Weekly Updates

Here are a few highlights from the last week at Community Lab School:

  • My IB Math Juniors are learning about probability!
  • Mr. Bryant’s PE 2 students are doing HIIT workouts!
  • Ms. Craddock’s IB Film students filmed their first two scenes!
  • Sra. Pryor’s Spanish 1 students wrote letters to their pen pals!

Action Items

IB Exams and SOL’s are coming up soon!

5/3: IB History Paper 1 (1pm-3pm)

5/4: IB History Paper 2 (10am-12pm)

5/5: IB ESS Paper 1 (2pm-3:15pm)

5/6: IB ESS Paper 2 (9:30am-12pm)

       IB Math Paper 1 (1pm-3pm)

5/9: IB Math Paper 2 (10am-12pm)

5/12: IB English Paper 1 (12:45-3:15pm)

5/16: IB Spanish Paper 1/Paper 2 Reading (12:30pm-3:15pm)

5/17: IB Spanish Paper 2 Listening (9:30am-10:45am)

5/17: All Science SOL’s

5/18: 11th Grade Reading SOL

5/20: World History 1 SOL

5/23: All Math SOL’s

6/1: High School Graduation!

Lunch Menu Week of 5/2

Until Next Week!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers

High School Weekly 4.22.22

Hello Dragons and Dragon Families!

Welcome to the end of a short week! We have a few full weeks ahead of us but summer is fast approaching!

Weekly Updates

Here are some highlights from this week at Community Lab:

  • Barnes’ Photography students are getting to work on making album covers!
  • Mr. Bryant’s Health I students looked at food labels and learned about how to evaluate and understand them!
  • Ms. Hostetter’s Ecology students looked at the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles!
  • Ms. Glover’s English students celebrated Poetry Month by looking at poems by Elizabeth Acevedo, Cecily Parks, Elisa Gabbet, and Clint Smith!

Action Items

Please check Schoology to see where your student stands heading into the final stretch. Remember, students who have NMY’s will be registered to retake that class next year.

Upcoming Dates

4/23: School Dance (7-9:30 pm)

5/17: Science SOL’s

5/18: 11th Grade Reading SOL

5/20: World History 1 SOL

5/23: Math SOL’s

Lunch Menu Week of 4/25

Until Next Week!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers

High School Weekly 4.15.22

Hello Dragons and Dragon Families!

Welcome to the end of a beautiful week! I hope everyone had a restful break and came back ready to tackle the fourth quarter!

Weekly Updates

Here are a few highlights from the last week at Community Lab School:

  • Baran’s Algebra 1 students have been working on equations and inequalities!
  • Mr. Bryant’s Health 1 students took an assessment on the digestive system!
  • Ms. Hostetter’s Biology students are starting a unit on genetics!
  • Ms. Racette’s IB ESS students talked about overfishing and the rise of aquaculture!

Action Items

Students must receive an 80% or above to get credit in any of their Community Lab School courses. Dr. Powe will be registering students who fall below this mark to retake these courses next year. Additionally, students who are below 70% in any course will be registered to take that course over the summer at their base school. Please talk to Dr. Powe if you have any questions.

Our School Dance (Night in the Woods) will be Saturday, April 23, from 7-9:30 pm at Community Lab School! Tickets are $2.

Upcoming Dates

4/22: No School (Teacher Work Day)

4/23: School Dance (7-9:30 pm)

5/17: Science SOL’s

5/18: 11th Grade Reading SOL

5/20: World History 1 SOL

5/23: Math SOL’s

Lunch Menu Week of 4/18

Until Next Week!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers

High School Weekly 3.25.22

Hello Dragon Students and Families!

Welcome to the end of another full week! We’ve had a lot going on, and just one more week before Spring Break!

Weekly Updates

Here are some highlights from the last week at Community Lab:

  • Barnes’ Art I students started working their painting unit!
  • Ms. Hostetter’s IB Biology students learned about lipids (fats) and looked at health claims about fats throughout history!
  • Sra. Pryor’s Spanish 3 students finished up their podcast discussions!
  • Ms. Racette’s Government students talked about current events, including the nomination hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson and the death of Madeleine Albright!
  • Juniors took the SAT on Wednesday!

Action Items

One of our 9th graders, Gwen Cox, has put together a survey for students who might be interested in a trash cleanup project she is leading. Any students who are interested should fill out this survey to let her know!

Upcoming Dates

4/1 Half day for students

4/4-4/8 Spring Break

Lunch Menu Week of 3/28

Until Next Week!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers

High School Weekly 3.18.22

Hello Dragons and Dragon Families!

Welcome to the end of another (slightly abbreviated week)! Spring Break is just around the corner!

Weekly Updates

Here are some highlights from the last week at Community Lab School:

  • Mr. Bryant’s Health I students learned about a topic near and dear to my heart: the circulatory system!
  • Ms. Craddock’s IB Film students investigated Blaxsploitation films!
  • As part of Women’s History Month, Ms. Glover’s students examined the lives of 17th-century poet and feminist Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, race car driver Janet Guthrie, and teen peace activist, Sadako Sasaki!
  • Ms. Hostetter’s Biology students began looking at everyone’s favorite nucleic acids: DNA and RNA!

Action Items

  • Check out The Dragon’s Lair, the new student newspaper produced by Ms. Wilson and the Newspaper Club!
  • You can submit material (photos, quotes, cover art ideas) directly to the Yearbook at yearbookcls22@gmail.com!
  • Juniors, don’t forget the SAT is this coming Wednesday, March 23rd! 

Friday, March 25, will be an A Day.

Upcoming Dates

3/23 SAT (Juniors)

4/1 Half day for students

4/4-4/8 Spring Break

Until Next Week!

Josh Flaherty and the High School Team

An archive of all High School Weekly newsletters can be found on the Leadership Blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/high-school-weekly/ 

Lunch Menu Week of 3/21

Click on the links below to see what our teachers have been up to this week!

John BaranDon BarnesJonathan BryantMae Craddock
Josh FlahertyCathy GloverMiles GoochBecca Hostetter
Ouida PoweCindy PryorFran RacetteB.J. Santos
Dustin WestKristen WilsonDestiny Reimers