Education

SOL challenge: Schools target critical thinking to raise lagging scores
Published on Sep 5th, 2013
20 comments This year marks Charlottesville and Albemarle schools' second attempt to rebound from drops in pass rates on the math Standards of Learning exams, but last week’s report from the Virginia Department...
Bowing out: At CHS, it's the principal of the thing
Published on Aug 22nd, 2013
19 comments Less than two months after he took the top job at Charlottesville High School, new principal Aaron Bissonnette's resignation less than a week before the first day of school has sparked concern and...
Investing in the future: Albemarle weighs pre-k expansion
Published on Aug 22nd, 2013
0 comments Kelly Shifflett tears up when she talks about turning needy families away from Bright Stars, Albemarle County’s preschool program for at-risk youth. And in recent years, the number of those calls the...
Ones to watch: Top high school athletes have what it takes
Published on Aug 22nd, 2013 (All day)
0 comments They started young and worked hard, and now comes the pay-off. The following local youth athletes are setting local records and looking to the future with an eye on competing at higher levels. Keep...
Ditching the SOL? County considers testing alternative
Published on Jun 27th, 2013
3 comments In Albemarle County Public Schools, the current debate is not about whether there’s too much standardized testing; it’s about which test is most effective.  While the state stands behind its...
Game on: Curry School professor tackles academics with CHS athletes
Published on Jun 20th, 2013
2 comments Long before research, teaching and thoughts of tenure filled Paul C. Harris’ workdays, he was an eighth-grade boy who loved baseball and basketball. But after falling short of the honor roll that...
FunStuff: Charlottesville events October 11 and beyond
Published on Oct 7th, 2012
0 comments UVA HomecomingsHomecomings at UVA is an event-packed weekend every fall surrounding a home football game. Should be a good one this year, as Virginia and Maryland are ranked pretty closely in the ACC...
Learning curve: Tablets in city schools get mixed reviews
Published on Aug 20th, 2012
14 comments In April, a headline in the daily paper, "Tablets in Charlottesville schools prove successful," drew snickers from some teachers, parents, and students familiar with the bold technological...
Colacello's words in Orth's mouth
Published on May 2nd, 2012
0 comments In last week's "Big winner: Emily Couric scholarshipper gets $30K," a remark made by Maureen Orth's colleague, Bob Colacello– "I do in-depth pieces on superficial people–" was mistakenly...
Big winners: Top Emily Couric scholarshipper gets $30K
Published on Apr 24th, 2012
1 comments Every year the nonprofit Emily Couric Leadership Forum picks an academic superstar demonstrating extraordinary leadership from among the seniors at each local high school– and a real-life...
Balance of power part 2: What's at stake in the 2011 elections
Published on Oct 25th, 2011
11 comments When the Hook started gathering lists of candidates who would appear on Albemarle and Charlottesville ballots, we came up with an eye-popping 38 names of people who want to govern on the local and...
Live and Learn
Published on Sep 29th, 2011
0 comments PREP/Parent Resource Center hosts a Parent Conference and Resource Fair for those concerned for children with special needs. Parents and caregivers can learn more about special education, how schools...
Good kill, good food: How to thank a chicken
Published on Jul 19th, 2011
1 comments For anthropologist-turned-local farmer Elizabeth Van Deventer of Davis Creek Farms, killing animals to eat involves showing respect and gratitude for the sustenance they will provide....
The Writer's Palette
Published on Jun 5th, 2011
0 comments Rising 7th and 8th graders can explore the various tints and hues that writers of all genres use in The Writer's Palette at WriterHouse. Instructor Jen Wilson helps young writers focus on generating...
Friedman's field: The man who never left community college
Published on May 19th, 2011
12 comments Frank Friedman has been in community college for 33 years. The good news? He did get several degrees beyond an associate's, and a pretty sweet job as president of Piedmont Virginia Community College....
Missoula Children's Theatre Residencies
Published on Apr 29th, 2011
0 comments The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the nation's largest touring children's theatre, rolls into Charlottesville again this summer for two week-long residencies. The tour team arrives in...
Family Camping Seminar
Published on Apr 29th, 2011
0 comments Want to do something really special with your family in Shenandoah National Park? Spend the night under the stars camping. Learn from park rangers and camping experts how to pitch a tent, build a...
Sober blow? Controversy erupts after student gets breathalyzed
Published on Apr 21st, 2011
93 comments An allegation of drinking some spiked lemonade at Western Albemarle High School led to a 10th grade girl getting pulled out of class and forced to take an on-campus, police-administered breathalyzer...
Charlottesville City Schools presents "Art Connections 2011"
Published on Mar 19th, 2011
0 comments The Charlottesville City Schools, K-12, presents "Art Connections 2011," featuring work by area students. Charlottesville High School Small Gym. 1400 Melbourne Road. 242 9759.
Steve Cossman offers 16mm direct filmmaking workshop and screening at The Bridge
Published on Mar 11th, 2011
0 comments In association with The Bridge Film Series, Steve Cossman will offer a workshop in "direct filmmaking," which involves a variety of techniques for directly affecting 16mm film, including scratching...
'Unpardonable': Faulty IT system vexes college-bound County seniors
Published on Mar 10th, 2011
55 comments Now is a crucial time for parents and their college-bound high school seniors, but problems with a new high-tech student information system Albemarle unveiled last year have added more stress to the...
Wall scrawl: City censors image on free speech monument
Published on Feb 15th, 2011
103 comments Did the City recently violate the First Amendment that its own free speech monument was designed to honor? A prominent constitutional attorney thinks so.  Last week, a rather Picasso-esque image...
Life After High School
Published on Feb 10th, 2011
0 comments PREP/Parent Resource Center, sponsors a conference and resource fair for students with disabilities and their parents. Community members, educators, and agencies are welcome to attend. The...
History of Picture Books
Published on Feb 8th, 2011
0 comments Parents, grandparents, and teens can come to Scottsville Library and join the discussion of the history of picture books and tips on evaluating them with Joanne Washington, Librarian at Fluvanna...
Snap: Frat guys ready to cross... Alderman
Published on Feb 5th, 2011
2 comments Along Alderman Road near Scott Stadium, this group of fellows was carrying a big maroon banner bearing the fraternity initials of Phi Sigma Kappa. (Or was it Phi Kappa Psi? Or was it Phi Delta Theta...
UVA crime: Bill would yank big cases from campus cops
Published on Feb 1st, 2011
15 comments Susan Russell began advocating soon after her daughter reported getting raped at UVA in 2004. FILE PHOTOS BY COURTENEY STUART, HAWES SPENCER When a serious crime occurs on campus, who should...
Kids in the Kitchen
Published on Jan 26th, 2011
0 comments The Junior League of Charlottesville invites families to get out and get active at the annual Kids in the Kitchen event in the Albemarle High School cafeteria. This international initiative is...
Hitchcock takes a new look at the end of WW II
Published on Jan 19th, 2011
0 comments UVA History Professor William Hitchcock visits the Miller Center to discuss and sign copies of his new book The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe. The book landed on...
UVA hosts "Beyond Walls" Symposium
Published on Jan 15th, 2011
0 comments Reko Rennie at work on a project. Photo: Eva Galvin, 2009. The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and UVA's McIntire Department of Art present "Beyond Walls," a symposium discussing the work of...
Kiplinger kudos for UVA
Published on Jan 12th, 2011
5 comments Study here and save! FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER According to Kiplinger, the University of Virginia offers the third best bang for the buck in 2011 in a list of 100 colleges that "deliver a stellar...