Yearly Archives: 2015

Goals for the year

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Have your child set goals for the year. This process helps children think about what they want to achieve (such as getting a lead in the school musical) or issues that need to be addressed (such as handing in homework on time). Research says goal setting is most effective when it involves self-improvement vs. competing …Read More


Avoid cabin fever!

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Avoid cabin fever! Several ideas for family fun are available at http://tinyurl.com/qz3n3cg. One suggestion is to play word-building charades. Your child has probably noticed that some letters reach above the middle space on her lined paper, some stay inside it and some dip below it. In this game, you translate the way letters look into …Read More


Online survey offers easy way for community members to participate in search for next superintendent

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Open meetings are scheduled Jan. 19-20; one site has changed A survey is now available at mychesterfieldschools.com asking Chesterfield County community members to describe the abilities and traits they would like to see in the next superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Here is a direct link to the survey, which will remain open for …Read More


Creating strong readers

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Try these simple strategies for creating strong readers: Invite a child to read with you every day. When reading a book where the print is large, point word by word as you read. This will help the child learn that reading goes from left to right and understand that the word he or she says …Read More


School Board members to be sworn in Dec. 15

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Members of the Chesterfield County School Board will take their oaths of office during an investiture at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in Chesterfield’s 1917 Courthouse, 10011 Iron Bridge Road. The School Board members were elected in November to four-year terms that begin Jan. 1, 2016, and end Dec. 31, 2019. Superintendent Marcus Newsome will welcome …Read More


Chesterfield County School Board seeks community input as search for new superintendent begins

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The Chesterfield County School Board invites you to complete a survey to help with our search for the next superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. This survey will be open through Feb. 12. Community Survey The Chesterfield County School Board has hired BWP & Associates to conduct a national search for the next superintendent of …Read More


Calendar for 2016-17 school year is set

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The Chesterfield County School Board last night approved the calendar for the 2016-17 school year. The calendar accompanies this news release and is also available at mychesterfieldschools.com. Here are highlights: Classes begin Sept. 6, the first Tuesday after Labor Day. Classes end June 16 for students. There are 180 student days. Winter break is Dec. …Read More


News Tips – Dec. 7, 2015

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Read 2 Rover Each month, Ecoff Elementary students participate in Read 2 Rover. Students from every grade are chosen to read in small groups with a therapy dog. There can be as many as six dogs involved. This month’s Read 2 Rover will take place 3-3:45 p.m. Dec. 7. For more information, call 768–6185. Gingerbread …Read More


Deter the display of inadequacy

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Deter the display of inadequacy. Your child may have given up. She feels inadequate or less than, and she communicates this by displaying an I-can’t-do-it attitude. If you feel hopeless and notice yourself enabling your child, then this might be the goal of her misbehavior. Stop trying so hard to convince your child that she is …Read More


Advisory committees set meetings for coming year

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Advisory committees established by the Chesterfield County School Board focus on specific topics and hold meetings that are open to the public. Here are the areas they focus on and their schedules for the 2015-16 school year: The Citizen Budget Advisory Committee helps evaluate and allocate resources in alignment with the Design for Excellence 2020 …Read More


Power struggle

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Thwart the power struggle. If your child’s behavior makes you feel angry or even threatened, you are probably engaged in a power struggle. Your response may be to punish, fight back or just give in. If your child continues to defy you or he does what you ask but slowly or in a sloppy manner, his …Read More


Meeting notices 12-1-2015

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Under Section 2.2-3711(A)(2) of the Code of Virginia to discuss student discipline, the Chesterfield County School Board will hold a closed meeting at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 in the School Board conference room of the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road. Members of the Chesterfield County School Board, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and legislative …Read More


Cabin fever

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If too much togetherness is creating cabin fever, then why not have a scavenger hunt? Come up with a list of hard-to-find or hidden things in your house and give it to your child. Searching for the items can help keep her body and brain moving. Just be sure you match the quest with her age and abilities. …Read More


News Tips – Nov. 23, 2015

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News tips from Chesterfield County Public Schools / 804-748-1405 Whack-a-Watt prize patrol Chesterfield County middle schools competed to reduce energy use throughout November, and a prize patrol will soon sweep in to notify the winning schools. Assemblies are scheduled at 9:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the schools projected to win the Whack-a-Watt …Read More


Tackle the winter blues

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Here are Richmond Family Magazine tips to tackle the winter blues: Exercise daily. Bask in the sunshine, at least 30 minutes a day. If sunshine is not an option, use light therapy. Limit sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Veggies, especially leafy greens, go far in reducing cravings. Spend time with friends. Journal five points of gratitude …Read More


News Tips – Nov. 16, 2015

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Native American presentation Ecoff Elementary will host Native American guests on Nov. 17. All students have been immersed in Native American studies for the past few weeks: In music, they learned about Native American music and instruments. In PE, they learned dance steps. They used technology to create decorations for the event. During library visits, …Read More


Chesterfield County teachers win 7 of 16 R.E.B. awards

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Chesterfield County teachers won seven of this year’s R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. The annual awards program, which is a partnership between the Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation, recognizes excellence in public education by awarding cash grants to outstanding public school teachers in central Virginia. This year, 102 teachers were nominated by students, parents …Read More


News Tips – Nov. 9, 2015

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News tips from Chesterfield County Public Schools / 804-748-1405 On most Mondays, Chesterfield County Public Schools will email information about interesting activities and events that members of the media are invited to cover. If something included here intrigues you, then you are welcome to cover it. When you arrive at the school, please go to …Read More


School Board seeks input on 2016-17 calendar by Dec. 4

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The Chesterfield County School Board is seeking comments from parents, students, employees and the community about the proposed calendar for 2016-17, which is available online at mychesterfieldschools.com. Also available online is a form to use to submit comments about the proposed calendar. Here are direct links to the proposed 2016-17 calendar and the online form for …Read More


The National PTA

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The National PTA offers this advice in Parents’ Guides to Student Success: At the beginning of high school, sit down with your child’s teachers, counselor or other adviser to discuss what it will take for your child to graduate, your child’s goals and your child’s plans after high school. Create a plan together to help …Read More


Meeting notices November 2, 2015

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Members of the Chesterfield County School Board may attend the R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence ceremony at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard in Richmond. Members of the Chesterfield County School Board may attend a reception sponsored by the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs/PTSAs 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at …Read More


Chesterfield County Public Schools is one of six districts nationwide chosen as Ambassador Districts for #GoOpen

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Chesterfield County Public Schools is one of six school districts nationwide to be selected as Ambassador Districts for the #GoOpen campaign of the U.S. Department of Education. The initiative, which encourages states, school districts and educators to replace traditional textbooks with openly licensed educational materials, was announced Oct. 29 during an Open Education Symposium held …Read More


Your child’s behavior

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These tips come from richmondfamilymagazine.com: If your child’s behavior frequently makes you feel bothered and annoyed, leading you to constantly remind, nag, or scold them, then your child may be looking for attention — negative attention but attention nonetheless. What should you do? Step back from giving negative attention. Instead of reminding her, allow your …Read More


Every Chesterfield County school is accredited

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Every school within Chesterfield County Public Schools is accredited once again, according to 2015-16 school year information released by the Virginia Department of Education. The school division is one of the largest in the state with no schools denied accreditation. Of the 61 comprehensive schools within the Chesterfield County school division, 52 are fully accredited …Read More


Communities In Schools of Chesterfield Receives Grants to Support Three Initiatives

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October 22, 2015 Chesterfield, Va. – Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chesterfield announced today that they have been awarded three new grants to support their integrative student support services within Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS). CIS of Chesterfield was awarded a Community Impact grant of $62,500 from the United Way of Greater Richmond to support …Read More