High School Weekly 5.14.21

Hello Community Lab Students and Families!

Well, we’ve made it to the end of another busy week, and we’re halfway through May! Does it feel like this was an especially long week to you? Is it just me?

One big event I’d like to celebrate this week is the conclusion of our first IB exam! As you know, this year is the first year we are offering IB courses. Most IB courses are two years, which means that their examinations will be next May. But one course, IB Environmental Systems and Society, taught by Ms. Racette, had its exam this week. So I want to send out a special congratulations to junior Alyssa Montoya and to Ms. Racette for making it through a very demanding course under extremely difficult circumstances. Great job!

This week you should have received an email about summer school options. Summer school will run from July 6 – July 30. We will be offering a mix of academic and creative arts activities. You can find more information here. If you are interested, please fill out this interest form. The deadline for filling out the form is Wednesday, May 19.

Finally, remember that SOL testing is later this month! You’ve an email from Stephanie Passman if you have tests to take this spring, and you can contact her with any questions. Normal class schedules will run on SOL test dates.

  • Tuesday, May 25 – 11th grade Reading SOL
  • Tuesday, June 1 – World History I SOL
  • Wednesday, June 2 – Biology SOL

Until next week!

Josh Flaherty and the Community Lab Team

Teacher Weekly Summaries

John Baran Jenna Barazi Don Barnes Mae Craddock
Josh Flaherty Cathy Glover Miles Gooch Dom Morse
Ouida Powe Cindy Pryor Fran Racette Destiny Reimers
Sarah Severs Andrew Sherogan Dustin West Kristen Wilson

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

 

High School Weekly 5.7.21

Hello Community Lab School Students and Families!

Can you believe it’s May? What a year this has been. It’s hard to believe we’re closing in on the end!

Our awesome PTO is hosting a BYO picnic next Friday (5/14) at Darden Towe Park, and you’re all invited! Click here for more information. Should be a lot of fun!

Summer also means summer jobs for many of our students. If you need help finding a job or polishing up your resume, our counselor Dr. Powe can help. Check here for more information!

Here are a few highlights from our teachers:

  • Mr. Baran’s students are learning about trigonometry and got an introduction to my former substitute teacher, Mr. SOHCAHTOA!
  • Mr. West’s students are preparing for their non-SOL SOL next week by writing a persuasive essay on the electoral college, free speech, or a topic of their choice. Ask them how it’s going!
  • Sra. Pryor’s Spanish 1 students are reading Las aventuras de Isabel, a Spanish-language classic!
  • Ms. Barazi’s Biology students are learning about DNA and RNA, two of my favorite nucleic acids!

Until next week,

Josh Flaherty and the Community Lab School Team

Teacher Weekly Summaries

John Baran Jenna Barazi Don Barnes Mae Craddock
Josh Flaherty Cathy Glover Miles Gooch Dom Morse
Ouida Powe Cindy Pryor Fran Racette Destiny Reimers
Sarah Severs Andrew Sherogan Dustin West Kristen Wilson

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

 

High School Weekly 4.30.21

Hello Community Lab Students and Families!

Can you believe it’s the end of April already! We’re nearing the end of a truly bizarre year.

On that note, second semester SOL tests are coming soon! Students will take their tests at school, following all of the COVD-safety procedures. Testing starts at 10 am each day, and regular class schedules will continue so that students can join their classes after finishing testing. Contact Stephanie Passman (spassman@k12albemarle.org) with questions.

May 25 – 11th grade Reading SOL test

May 26 or 27 – Algebra and Geometry SOL tests

June 1 – World History I SOL test

June 2 – Biology SOL test

Additionally, Ms. Glover’s English 10 students will be taking the Writing Assessment next week. Students do not need to come into the building for this, but they will need to log into Ms. Glover’s zoom classroom.

Tech Notes: Students should be sure to update Chrome and Zoom, says Ms. Craddock. (I learned how to put emojis in the zoom chat this week, so watch out!)

In other news, Ms. Barazi’s students are learning about the difference between mitosis and meiosis, Mr. West’s students are having SO MUCH FUN learning about punctuation, and Ms. Craddock has an absolutely hilarious librarian joke. All of this and more in the teacher summaries below!

Until next week,

Josh Flaherty and the Community Lab Team

Teacher Weekly Summaries

John Baran Jenna Barazi Don Barnes Mae Craddock
Josh Flaherty Cathy Glover Miles Gooch Dom Morse
Ouida Powe Cindy Pryor Fran Racette Destiny Reimers
Sarah Severs Andrew Sherogan Dustin West Kristen Wilson

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

 

High School Weekly 4.23.21

Hello Community Lab School Families!

Welcome to the end of another week! Fourth quarter is fully underway, and there’s a lot going on around our school:

  • Ms. Wilson’s World History students are getting ready to look at Greek Mythology!
  • Mr. Baran’s Geometry students are wrapping up a unit on Congruent Triangles!
  • Mr. Sherogan’s Economics and Personal Finance students are playing the (virtual) stock market!
  • Ms. Craddock is recommending The Obsession by Jesse Q Sutanto!

Also, shoutout to 8th-grader Mirabelle, who introduced a geometry-focused spinoff of The Price is Right called The Angle is Right! Check your TV listings!

The PTO has big plans in the works. They have extended their Scavenger Hunt through April. Read all about what they are up to here!

As you have probably heard, we will be offering summer school opportunities at Community Lab School this summer. Keep an eye out for updates!

Until next week,

Josh Flaherty and the Community Lab School Team

Teacher Weekly Summaries

John Baran Jenna Barazi Don Barnes Mae Craddock
Josh Flaherty Cathy Glover Miles Gooch Dom Morse
Ouida Powe Cindy Pryor Fran Racette Destiny Reimers
Sarah Severs Andrew Sherogan Dustin West Kristen Wilson

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

 

Return to A/B Yearlong Schedule for ACPS High Schools in 2021-22

Dear Community Lab School Families and Students:

Our Superintendent, Dr. Haas, recently announced that he is recommending to our School Board that beginning with the new school year on August 23, all students will be able to attend school in person, five days per week. There also will be an all-virtual option for any families or students who prefer to continue with online learning.

While planning for both of these options is underway and details will be provided as plans are finalized and approved, there is one decision that already has been made. Beginning with the new school year, we no longer will need to use a 4X4 schedule for student classes. The 4X4 schedule this year was specifically employed to keep students and faculty safe during the public health restrictions protecting against the spread of the COVID virus.

Recent positive developments that include the success of our mitigation practices, new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to lower physical distancing requirements and the vaccination program, no longer make the 4X4 schedule necessary at this time.

As part of his announcement, Dr. Haas did point out that “My recommendation is that our School Board approve this plan as the default unless, of course, circumstances materially change.”

We will continue to keep you updated on our progress and the details for next year as soon as they become available.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

Yours sincerely,

Chad S. Ratliff, Principal

Middle School Weekly 4.16.21

Welcome to the 4th Quarter, Community Middle!

We have officially entered the final quarter of this very strange year, and we continue to be so thankful for your partnership on this journey. We have to document this year! On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Barnes is going to take photographs of students who are in school. We’ll coordinate with families that are virtual over the coming weeks to get your portraits, too. So, bring your best smile to school next week.

 

The end of the school year also means that it’s time for SOL testing. Virtual students, information is in the email that Stephanie sent earlier this week. Hybrid students will take their SOL tests on the following days:

 

Date

Test

Grade Level

May 19 OR 20*

Reading SOL

6th, 7th, 8th graders

May 26 OR 27*

Math/Alg/Geometry SOL

6th, 7th, 8th graders

June 2

Science SOL

8th graders

*Come on your regularly scheduled day, Wednesday or Thursday

Over the past week, students learned about persuasive techniques used in propaganda and created their own. What did your child create; was it serious or light-hearted? They also studied the breakdown of Germany’s democracy after World War I, and the subsequent rise of facism. What role did your child play in the Treaty of Versailles simulation, and how did they decide that Germany should be treated. Throughout the week, the students journaled about ideas of influence, values, obedience, choices, and consequences. Be on the lookout for these big ideas in your daily life this weekend with your family!

The Food Drive is underway and lasts until April 30th.  We have collection boxes inside the front doors, or you can pass items off to the staff members in the morning! Specific needs from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank include: low-sodium canned goods, low-sugar pasta sauce, baby formula, diapers, and baby food, soap, feminine products, toothbrushes, boxed mac and cheese, low sugar and whole grain cereals, whole grain pasta and rice, and canned tuna and chicken. Thanks for helping us support our community!

Are you aware of all of the informative resources available for families? The Albemarle Resource Center publishes a monthly newsletter that you can access here: https://www.k12albemarle.org/our-departments/special-education/prc/newsletters. Our PTO has also started their own newsletter, and you can sign up to receive emails here:  http://eepurl.com/htFtqf  Please also feel free to email the PTO with questions, concerns, or things to post.

Upcoming Events:
4/19 – Picture Day for Monday/Wednesday students
4/20 – Picture Day for Tuesday/Thursday students
4/30 – Final day of Food Drive

Have a wonderful weekend,

Stephanie and the Community Middle Team

An archive of all Middle School Weekly newsletters can be found on the leadership blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/middle-school-weekly/

High School Weekly 4.16.21

Hello Murray Community Students and Parents!

Welcome to the end of another week! Some great happenings this week!

  • An unnamed student told Ms. Santos that they “love squats.” A first for Ms. Santos, apparently!
  • Do you know the difference between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells? If you’re child is in Ms. Barazi’s Biology class, you should ask them! (And please let me know, because I don’t.)
  • Our do-it-all librarian Mae Craddock is recommending The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. Check out her weekly summary below for details!
  • What do Henry David Thoreau and Michelle Obama have in common? Both of them are being read by Ms. Glover’s English 11 students right now!

A reminder: Our annual food drive is going on right now and will continue until April 30. Feel free to drop off food in the building, or hand it off to the temperature checkers in the morning!

On Monday our yearbook coordinator and resident photographer, Mr. Barnes, will be taking individual photos of students for the yearbook. There will be no regular student photos for parents to order this year, because of COVID. Be ready with your best smile!

Did you know that ACPS publishes a monthly parent resource newsletter. Well, consider yourself informed! You can access the current newsletter and back issues here.

Until next week,

Josh Flaherty and the Murray High School Team

Teacher Weekly Summaries

John Baran Jenna Barazi Don Barnes Mae Craddock
Josh Flaherty Cathy Glover Miles Gooch Dom Morse
Ouida Powe Cindy Pryor Fran Racette Destiny Reimers
Sarah Severs Andrew Sherogan Dustin West Kristen Wilson

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

 

Community Lab School Weekly 4.2.21

Hello Community Lab Families!

You read that right! Last night the school board approved Dr. Haas’ recommendation to officially change our name to Community Lab School, effective July 1. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the students, staff, families, and community members who participated in the (very long) search for a new name. Many, many options were considered and we received a huge amount of feedback from all of you. But the one idea that kept coming up in survey after survey was community. We know how much that means to all of you, and how much it means to all of us. Welcome to the new era!

The other half of that new name is “Lab,” of course, and this week we have new “Research Bites” from our embedded UVA researcher Shereen El Mallah. We received feedback from 92 students, 65 families, and 21 staff members. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

Can you believe it’s Spring Break already? This has been such a strange year that I need these “landmarks” to remind me where we are. Here are a couple of highlights from the last week from our middle school and high school:

  • The middle school students did TED-talk style presentations on different endangered animals!
  • Mr. Baran’s geometry students wrapped up a unit on triangles with an investigation into corporate logos and their use of congruent triangles!
  • Tal’s math students took a look at everyone’s favorite theorem—the Pythagorean Theorem!
  • Ms. Racette’s Government students did a deep dive into the First Amendment!
  • I made an appearance in the 6th Grade Math classes to talk about imaginary numbers (a very real thing)!
  • Mr. Sherogan’s Art 1 students began working on Blind Portraits: How do you draw a portrait of someone if you don’t know what they look like?

A few other announcements from teachers:

  • Ms. Santos wants to remind all Health 1 students that after break they will transition to PE 1 and will need comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes.
  • Ms. Craddock wants to remind students to use Spring Break to read about that isn’t for school! Some suggestions: 
    • “The Last Lie” by Patricia Forde
    • “The Grace Year” by Kim Liggett
    • “Love is a Revolution” by Renee Watson
    • “A Pho Love Story” by Loan Lee
    • “Man in the Shadows” by Chris Morphew
  • And from our PTO: The Spring Scavenger Hunt is ON!!  Click here to participate anytime between Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 11.

Have a great break everyone!

Josh Flaherty and the Community Lab School Team

Golden Apple Nominations

Hello, Dragon Families,

We know that one of the reasons students love our school is because of our amazing teachers. It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but it is time to nominate a teacher for this year’s Golden Apple Award. Which outstanding teacher do you want to recognize this year?

More information and the nomination form can be found here.

Nominations are due by April 30.

Thanks for continuing to partner with us!
Chad and Stephanie

High School Weekly 3.26.21

Hello Murray Community Families!

Can you believe there’s only one more week before Spring Break? It’s been a strange year, so I’m no longer surprised when things don’t make sense.

A couple of quick highlights from our teachers:

  • Ms. Craddock is recommending Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath!
  • Ms. Wilson’s World History students are getting ready to dive into Ancient River Valley civilizations! (Her 2nd block students may or may not have beaten me in a world history Kahoot this week.)
  • Ms. Barazi’s Biology students are learning about photosynthesis and (drum roll) cellular respiration!

And, finally, a message from our PTO:

In an effort to make communication easier for parents (and we’ve learned through the past year that connection and community are so important!), the PTO has started a new MailChimp account. We encourage all families to sign up to receive emails from us here:  http://eepurl.com/htFtqf  Please also feel free to email the PTO with questions, concerns, or things to post.

Here’s what you can expect to see in PTO emails:

  • Exciting new community-building opportunities for families and students!
  • PTO minutes and/or newsletters, as well as specific PTO events. 
  • Opportunities to support our school in unique ways that fit your schedule and talents.

Until next week,

Josh Flaherty and the Murray High School Team

 

Teacher Weekly Summaries

John Baran Jenna Barazi Don Barnes Mae Craddock
Josh Flaherty Cathy Glover Miles Gooch Dom Morse
Ouida Powe Cindy Pryor Fran Racette Destiny Reimers
Sarah Severs Andrew Sherogan Dustin West Kristen Wilson

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