Yearly Archives: 2015

What do Teachers of the Year say about their jobs?

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Chesterfield County will celebrate outstanding educators on Oct. 29 Chesterfield County Public Schools asked its Teachers of the Year, “What do you enjoy most about your job?” Here are a few of their responses: Melanie Brown of Hening Elementary I believe I am doing what I was born to do, and I am making a …Read More


The Great Listen

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Get ready now to participate with StoryCorp in #TheGreatListen during Thanksgiving. While families gather for the holiday, StoryCorps is encouraging people to use its free app to interview grandparents or other elders and help capture an entire generation of American lives and experiences. This is a project for some history classes but if your child’s class …Read More


School system budget wins national awards

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For the second year in a row, the budget document of Chesterfield County Public Schools has achieved two national awards. The award-winning FY 2016 budget is available online at mychesterfieldschools.com. Meritorious Budget Award Chesterfield County Public Schools won a Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. This is the second consecutive …Read More


Meeting notices 10-14-2015

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Members of the Chesterfield County School Board may attend a meeting with faith leaders 8-9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 in the boardroom of the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road. The Capital Construction Goals and Accountability Committee, which includes members of the Chesterfield County School Board and the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, will meet at …Read More


A Message From the Superintendent

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Superintendent Marcus Newsome announced today that he will retire effective July 1, 2016. Here is his letter to the School Board and employees of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Dear Members of the Chesterfield County School Board and Employees: This letter is presented to inform you of my intention to retire as Superintendent of Chesterfield County …Read More


Make numbers fun and part of everyday life

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Make numbers fun and part of everyday life. While grocery shopping, allow your child to weigh the produce. Collect coins and count/roll them every week. Play counting games with Legos or Cheerios. Watch a baseball game and discuss batting averages. Quiz your children on math facts while driving together. Sort buttons or poker chips into …Read More


Fairs and open houses offer specialty center information

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To help students and their parents learn about the variety of high school options, Chesterfield County Public Schools will hold two information fairs plus open houses at every specialty center and governor’s school. Students who choose to apply to a specialty center or governor’s school do so in eighth grade, so middle school students and …Read More


Marching band event postponed for one week

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Because of field conditions, the marching band exhibition scheduled for tonight has been postponed for a week. Starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at James River High, 3700 James River Road, you can experience the drums, horns, dance teams and precision moves of every high school marching band in Chesterfield County. Admission is free. The …Read More


Cosby High is named a National Blue Ribbon School

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Principal Brenda Mayo (center of front row), School Board Vice Chair Dianne Smith (to Dr. Mayo’s left) and Superintendent Marcus Newsome celebrated Cosby High’s recognition with staff members who undertook the Blue Ribbon application process. The U.S. Department of Education today named Cosby High School a National Blue Ribbon School; only 335 schools out of …Read More


91 percent of Chesterfield students graduate in four years

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Innovative classroom lessons with real-life applications are keeping Chesterfield County Public Schools students engaged, in school and successfully achieving more rigorous graduation standards, according to data released today by the Virginia Department of Education. 91 percent of Chesterfield County Public Schools students who entered ninth grade in 2011 graduated in four years, according to the …Read More


Lifetime Goal

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Learning is a lifetime goal, and parents can demonstrate their own appreciation of learning. “What is one thing you learned today?” is a nice question for everyone to answer at the dinner table. Ask your children daily about their school day. You don’t need to know every detail, and often kids are reluctant to share …Read More


Reading is FUNdamental, as the old saying goes

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Students at Bettie Weaver Elementary School were reminded of that Tuesday morning, when former Washington Redskins linebacker and Chesterfield County native Dion Foxx said that the ability to read can affect student success in every class they ever take. The 600 or so Bettie Weaver Elementary students were reminded of the fun part of fundamental …Read More


PTRC

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The Parent-Teacher Resource Center of Chesterfield County Public Schools serves as a liaison between home and school, helping parents participate fully and effectively in their children’s educational development and helping teachers gain knowledge about diverse learners and other topics. The center’s website offers 24/7 access to resources: http://mychesterfieldschools.com/ptrc/.#TableTalk


Parents and teen drivers are invited to informative program

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Parents and teen drivers are invited to the Come Home Alive safe driving program. With the goal of reducing car crashes and saving lives, the program brings together parents, students, school officials, law enforcement representatives and community members. Stressing the influence that parents have on teen drivers, Come Home Alive complements the driver education course …Read More


Absences easily add up

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Excused and unexcused absences easily add up to too much time lost in the classroom. Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days. Once too many absences have occurred, they can affect learning, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused. Before you know it, …Read More


Crazy mornings

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Mornings can be crazy, but @CommonwealthParenting and @CompletelyKidsRichmond have advice on stopping the madness: http://www.completelykidsrichmond.com/2015/08/back-to-school-morning-mania-how-to-stop-the-madness/ #TableTalk


Chesterfield teacher is named top educator in region

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History teacher Chris Averill thought today’s assembly at Cosby High was to encourage members of the Class of 2016 to work hard throughout the school year. That was not true. The real reason for the assembly was to surprise Averill with the news that he has been chosen as the top educator from approximately 12,000 …Read More


Attendance Matters

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Attendance matters: #TableTalk


Apparently, we have apps

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Chesterfield County Public Schools has two free apps to help students, parents and the community easily access information about career and technical education and about breakfasts and lunches in school cafeterias. Career and technical education A new app is available for career and technical education in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The app enables parents, students, …Read More


You can see 10 halftime shows at once on Oct. 5!

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Experience the drums, horns, dance teams and precision moves of every high school marching band in Chesterfield County at the annual marching band exhibition, which will start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at James River High School, 3700 James River Road. Admission is free. The event will open with Midlothian Middle and Robious Middle band …Read More


Meeting notices Sept. 10, 2015

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Under Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia to discuss employee discipline and 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. Sept. 16 in the School Board conference room of the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road. Members …Read More


Chesterfield County Public Schools re-introduces federal food program to high schools

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High school cafeterias in Chesterfield County Public Schools are changing. For the first time in 20 years, they are returning to the federal breakfast and lunch program. What does this mean for families? The biggest change is that families with high school students will now be able to apply for free or reduced-price meals, just …Read More


Join the PTA

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Join the PTA or another school organization such as band boosters. This shows your children that you value school and education and connects you with a parent network. Read more here: http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/09/back_to_school_10_tips_for_par.html. #TableTalk


Expect the best!

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Kindergarten families, these tips are especially for you: Expect the best! Expect that your child’s teacher will work productively with you. Expect that your child will make friends and will love coming to school. Your expectations are contagious! Make sure your child’s teacher knows how your child will get home this year. Send a note …Read More


Promote your child’s success

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Parents often ask, “How can we help our children succeed in school?” Good news! There is a lot you can do to promote your child’s success in school. Check out Page 5 of this year’s student health handbook for details:http://mychesterfieldschools.com/wp-content/uploads/parents_files/CCPShealth2015.pdf #‎TableTalk