Yearly Archives: 2016

Chesterfield County School Board seeks public input on 2017-18 calendar

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The Chesterfield County School Board is seeking comments from parents, employees and the community about the proposed calendar for 2017-18, which is available online at mychesterfieldschools.com. Comments may be emailed to calendar@ccpsnet.net or mailed to Proposed Calendar, Chesterfield County Public Schools, P.O. Box 10, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Comments will be accepted through Jan. 4. The …Read More


First Review of the 2017-18 School Calendar

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CCPS MEMORANDUM #112 (2016)               December 13, 2016 TO:   School Board FROM:  Dr. James F. Lane Superintendent SUBJECT: First Review of the 2017-18 School  Calendar PERTINENT INFORMATION: Chesterfield County Public Schools proposed calendar for the 2017-18 school year includes 180 student days, beginning September 5, 2017, the first Tuesday after Labor …Read More


Meeting Notices Dec. 9, 2016

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Under Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia for discussion of the evaluation of performance of a specific employee and under Section 2.2-3711(A)(2) for the discussion or consideration of admission or disciplinary matters or any other matters that would involve the disclosure of information contained in a scholastic record concerning any student of any Virginia …Read More


Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Lane receives 2016 Impact Award

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Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Lane recently received the Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) 2016 Impact Award in recognition of his work on CodeRVA, a collaborative effort made up of 13 school systems to design a high school of the future focused on coding and computer science. “Chesterfield County Public …Read More


Chesterfield County Public Schools participating in Hour of Code as part of first-ever Innovation Days

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Chesterfield County Public Schools is promoting creativity, technology awareness and career-readiness skills through its first-ever Innovation Day focused on the Hour of Code. Schools across the county have planned computer science-related learning opportunities for students throughout the week. “Our classrooms are designed to by fun, engaging learning environments. Innovation Days like the Hour of Code …Read More


Does your teen show signs of a reading problem?

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Teens who can’t read well often find ways to hide the problem. Watch for these signs: Your teen doesn’t read spontaneously, either for pleasure or information; he gets upset when he has reading assignments; he has trouble reading signs or following instructions on a package; or he frequently reads words out of order or incorrectly. …Read More


Ask questions before your child turns in writing assignments

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Before your child turns in a writing assignment, help her review it. Here are some questions to keep in mind: Can you understand what she’s trying to say? Does each paragraph focus on one specific idea? Does each sentence have a subject and a verb, and express a complete thought? Has your child used words …Read More


School is safer when teens take helpful action

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Students can do a lot to make the school a safer place. Talk to your teen about actions she might take. For example, she could train to be a peer counselor and help others settle disputes. Or serve as a mentor to a younger student. Encourage her to make new students feel welcome and part …Read More


What do parents of successful students have in common?

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There’s no recipe for creating a successful student. But the parents of many successful students have some things in common. They encourage and support their children. They read to them. They make sure that their kids get enough sleep and exercise, and that they eat breakfast before coming to school. And these parents expect their …Read More


These strategies help take the stress out of tests

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With college applications ahead, some high school students get anxious about every quiz and test. Your teen still needs to study, but sharing these test-taking strategies with him may ease his mind: Read all the test questions carefully. Answer the easy questions first. Mark the tough ones, so you can return to them easily. For …Read More


Don’t send a helicopter message to your child

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Helicopter parents who rescue their children at the first sign of trouble are sending them a message: “You can’t do it without me.” Their children never learn how to handle situations themselves. They may not even believe they can. As long as your child is safe, let him try to solve a problem on his …Read More


Chesterfield County Public Schools Graduation Schedule Announced

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Approximately 4,500 Chesterfield County students are expected to receive their high school diplomas during graduation ceremonies scheduled for June 2017. This year’s graduation ceremonies will be spread out over two weeks and will be hosted on two different university campuses. Tickets will be required to attend graduation; however, plans are underway to stream graduations live …Read More


For science practice, have your teen teach you

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One of the best ways to learn something is to try to explain it to someone else. Instead of just looking over your teen’s science homework, have her teach it to you. To do it, she’ll need to consider questions such as: What is the main idea? What makes it useful? Do I agree with …Read More


Do you know what your child is watching?

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Take time today to evaluate your child’s use of screen media. How many hours a day does she spend watching TV, playing video games, surfing the internet or texting? Are screens distracting her from her schoolwork? Find out what your child is looking at or playing online. Then, make a plan. Set a screen-time schedule …Read More


Make changes that help your sleepy teen get going in the morning

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If your teen has trouble getting up in the morning, help him make changes to other parts of his day. Have him study in the afternoon, for example, so he won’t have to stay up late. Make sure he gets plenty of exercise so he’ll sleep well at night. Encourage him to organize things each …Read More


Meeting Notices Nov. 30, 2016

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Members of the Chesterfield County School Board may attend a community meeting about the replacement Enon Elementary School at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Enon Elementary, 2001 East Hundred Road. Members of the Chesterfield County School Board may visit Ecoff Elementary at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Ecoff Elementary, 5200 Ecoff Avenue. Members of the Chesterfield County …Read More


Clover Hill High Marching Band to perform in the 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Mass Band

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Clover Hill High’s Marching Band, the Marching Cavaliers, will be performing on Dec. 7 as part of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. The group has been invited to perform on the pier of the U.S.S. Battleship Missouri as part of the 75th Pearl Harbor Mass Band, which consists …Read More


Take a look at your child’s homework

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Experts say that reviewing your child’s homework is important no matter what grade he’s in. Set aside time each day to look at your child’s homework, even if you aren’t there when he does it. Ask him to tell you about it. Was it easy? Challenging? What can he tell you about the subject? Compliment …Read More


Good attendance is part of being a good student

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Classwork and participation are key to your teen’s success in school. Regular attendance matters! Your teen must be in school unless she is sick or has an emergency. So avoid scheduling medical appointments during school hours. Don’t ask your teen to babysit younger children when she should be in school. And if she skips school …Read More


Are you an ‘askable’ parent?

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Children are full of questions, and they will seek answers where they can. Being an “askable” parent is the best way to ensure that you will be your child’s primary source of information and values. Tell your child you want to answer her questions. Never punish, tease or judge your child for asking a question. …Read More


Volunteering benefits the community…and your teen

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When you volunteer as a family, you make the community better and your family stronger. And you help teach your teen many important lessons. Volunteering teaches teens tolerance. It gives them the confidence that they can make a difference. It promotes responsibility. Search the internet for local organizations working on issues that matter to your …Read More


To build math and science skills, do the laundry

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Doing laundry with your child is a great chance to help him put his math and science skills into action. To practice observation, for example, ask your child, “Does this shirt feel different from that one? Why could that be?” Sorting clothes by color or family member helps him learn to classify. You can also …Read More


Two Chesterfield County Public Schools students win Virginia War Memorial 2016 Veterans Day Essay Contest

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Two Chesterfield County Public Schools students won the Virginia War Memorial 2016 Veterans Day Essay Contest, and the students both read their winning essays at the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 at the Virginia War Memorial. The winner for the middle school category is Jordan Bowe, an eighth-grade student at Matoaca Middle, who wrote …Read More


Bensley Elementary named National Title I Distinguished School

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Bensley Elementary has been named a National Title I Distinguished School. Bensley is the sixth school in Virginia to be honored with this recognition twice. Chesterfield County Public Schools has seen five other schools receive this recoginition previously, with Bensley Elementary being the first in 2002. The National Title I Association has been selecting examples …Read More


Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers receive W!SE Gold Star Teacher Award

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Thirty Chesterfield County Public Schools Personal Finance and Economics teachers received the W!SE Gold Star Teacher Award. To be considered for the Gold Star Teacher Award, a teacher must achieve a 93 percent pass rate in at least one of their classes on either the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. …Read More