Mrs. Hogg Featured in Education Week

Murray High School Spanish teacher Mrs. Jennifer Hogg was recently quoted in an Education Week article about setting up classrooms in creative ways. Here’s a snippet:

Jennifer Hogg, a Spanish teacher at Murray High School in Charlottesville, Va., incorporated “desk-less” space in her classroom for the first time this school year. She set up a semi-circle of stools on a carpet at one end of her room, hoping it encourages her students to engage in free-flowing Spanish conversations.

She also has small, wheeling tables in her room that students can arrange in different configurations and move across the space.

“When students need work space that requires writing, drawing, or space for computer work, we simply wheel out more tables, wheel the chairs around, and get to work,” Hogg wrote in an email.

Read the full article here.

Murray Back to School Night Rescheduled for Thursday, Sept 27

Dear Murray Families:

Earlier today you received a message that Albemarle County Public Schools has cancelled all activities scheduled after 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. Thus, we have rescheduled Murray’s Back to School Night for Thursday, September 27, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

We will update the Murray website calendar to reflect the change and send reminder emails as the date approaches.  You can also follow us on Twitter @K12AlbemarleLabInstagram @K12AlbemarleLab, and our Leadership Blog for various updates and happenings around the schools.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused but look forward to seeing you in two weeks.


Chad S. Ratliff, Principal

Introducing ‘MAC Talks’ Speaker Series

We’re excited to introduce the inaugural MAC Talks speaker series for the 2018-19 school year! (What is “The MAC”?) MAC Talks strives to bring accomplished professionals from the arts, media, and design fields to enrich students’ understanding of the creative industries, build networks, broaden intellectual horizons, and to inspire action through the arts and design.

We can’t wait to welcome our first two distinguished speakers — more announcements coming soon!


Emily Morrison is Founder of The Front Porch, a nonprofit roots music school located on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.  Hailing from Ferrum, Virginia, she grew up in a family of musicians and educators in a region steeped in traditional music. She’s worn lots of hats since moving to Charlottesville to teach high school English in 2000, including founding and operating a summer day camp for children and directing a performing arts program at a Montessori school.  A desire to explore the creative process and build on fundamentals, she realized, was something relatable to music-lovers of all ages. From that spark, came The Front Porch. Established in 2015, The Front Porch is a roots music school dedicated to the education and promotion of traditional cultural art forms, fostering creativity, cultural exchange, and community wide learning. Emily was a 2017 “Founding Cville” recipient at the Tom Tom Festival and 2015 i.Lab graduate.  Emily has a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in Education from The College of William and Mary.



Eduardo Montes-Bradley is an award-winning documentarian, and photographer, lecturer, and published author. His documentaries have been selected to participate in domestic and international film festivals, and incorporated in the syllabus of academic courses, and are frequently screened at cultural events such as the Frankfurt Book Fair. Montes-Bradley is a founding member of Contrakultura Films, board member with the African American Heritage Center, and member of the International Advisory Committee with the UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, and was most recently awarded as UCLA Regents Lecturer. Montes-Bradley resides in Charlottesville where he produces photographic work, and documentary films for Heritage Film Project.

Middle School Sports Program

Dear Community Middle Families:

We are excited to announce we will be formally partnering with Burley Middle School to offer CPCS students access to the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Middle School Sports Program this year.

The Middle School Sports Program is held at the five ACPS comprehensive middle schools.  It runs two days a week, with practices held immediately following the end of Burley’s school day.  We will assist students traveling from CPCS to Burley on practice days.

All forms can be found online here or on the ACPR webpage.  You can also pick up paper copies with Ms. Lucy Akers-Allen at CPCS or Mr. Harold Boyd at BMS.  Please turn in registration forms and payment (check or cash) to Ms. Lucy at CPCS or Mr. Boyd at BMS (50% scholarships may be available for qualified students).

The 2018-19 Middle School Sports Program offerings are:

  • Tennis: Sept 10–Oct 10 (Registration now open!)
  • Basketball: Sept 10 – Oct 23 *physical required (Registration now open!)
  • Soccer: Nov 12 – Dec 5
  • Flag Football: Nov 13 – Dec 6
  • Girls Volleyball: Jan 28 – Mar 21 *physical required
  • Track: Apr 8 – May 1

Program or sport-specific questions should be directed to Mr. Boyd at and 434-295-5101.  The ACPR contact, Joe Clark, can be reached at and 434-296-5844.

Please join me in expressing our gratitude to Mr. Boyd and Burley Principal Jim Asher for being such gracious partners to the lab school.


Chad Ratliff, Principal