Monthly Archives: November 2016

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


Making a difference

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Had the opportunity to lead a book discussion yesterday at Providence Middle School. The Young Men on a Mission program at Providence Middle is making a difference in the lives of eighth-grade students. Young Men on a Mission goals include: personal pride, academic success, awareness of higher education and career opportunities and forging positive relationships. …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


CodeRVA

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Check out this article about CodeRVA published by VASCD at http://publications.catstonepress.com/i/751683-fall-2016. Well done to our team!


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


Happy Thanksgiving, Team Chesterfield!

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You know the winter holidays are approaching when forecasters begin pontificating about when the first snowfall will occur. As much as everyone loves a good snow day, I find myself drawn this time of year to the lure of Thanksgiving. There’s just something special about family, a day of football and sitting down face to …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


Dancing with New Dimensions

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Getting ready for Clover Hill High’s annual Dancing with New Dimensions. Practicing today. Our students are so talented. Stay tuned for details about the actual event!


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


Update on Chesterfield County School Board December meeting notices – Dec. 13 meetings

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The Chesterfield County School Board will hold a quarterly work session at noon Dec. 13 in the public meeting room, 10001 Iron Bridge Road. Under Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia for discussion of the evaluation of performance of a specific employee, the Chesterfield County School Board will hold a closed meeting at 2 p.m. …Read More


Swift Creek Middle receives $1,700 Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership grant

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Swift Creek Middle received a grant for $1,700 from the Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership for the Home Energy Conservation Project. Dominion’s K-12 Educational Partnership grants are designed to encourage and enhance the study of energy and/or the environment. The grant will be used to purchase equipment that students can use to measure quantitative data and …Read More


Communities in Schools of Chesterfield hosts Painting Social Fundraiser

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Communities in Schools (CIS) of Chesterfield is hosting a Painting Social Fundraiser at 6-8 p.m. Nov. 15 at South Beach Bar and Grille, 13923 Hull Street Road. The event is open to the public, and tickets are $25 and include paint supplies and a paint instructor. A portion of the ticket sales and food and …Read More


Chesterfield County Public Schools students win art awards at the Virginia State Fair

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Chesterfield County Public Schools students from the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Courthouse won numerous awards in the Virginia State Fair Youth Arts and Crafts contest. Nineteen students from Chesterfield County Public Schools entered artwork into the competition. Four students won or tied for first place in their respective categories in the electronic media …Read More


Nine Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers receive 2016 R.E.B Awards for Teaching Excellence

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The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation recognized nine Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers at the 2016 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. The Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers will receive more than $56,800 cumulatively in professional development grants and were part of more than 30 outstanding public school teachers from across the region that were …Read More


Tomahawk Creek Middle Principal Dr. David Ellena honored as the 2016 Virginia Master in the Middle Educator of the Year

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Dr. David Ellena, principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle, was named the 2016 Virginia Middle School Association (VMSA) Master in the Middle Educator of the Year. The Master in the Middle Educator of the Year Award recognizes educators who serve in roles other than classroom teachers, who have demonstrated a devotion to working with young adolescents, …Read More


Meeting notice update 11-4-2016

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Second topic has been added to previously announced meeting: 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)(7) of the Code of Virginia for the consultation with legal counsel employed or retained by a public body regarding specific legal matters requiring …Read More


Chesterfield County Public Schools celebrate in “Fruit and Veggie Week”

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Chesterfield County Public Schools celebrated “Fruit and Veggie Week” on Oct. 10-13 at 18 elementary schools. New fruits and vegetables were highlighted each day, and samplings were offered to more than 12,000 students during lunch. Participating schools included those that have 30 percent or higher free or reduced lunches. The program highlighted the importance of …Read More


Brig. Gen. Allan Day to speak to Chesterfield County Public Schools students tomorrow

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Brig. Gen. Allan Day will be speaking to staff and students at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Brig. Gen. Day is the commander of Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, a field activity of the Defense Logistics Agency. This visit is a partnership between the Chesterfield …Read More


James River High Teacher Tara Brunyansky named James Madison University’s 2016 High School Teacher of the Year

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James Madison University (JMU) has named Tara Brunyansky the 2016 High School Teacher of the Year. Brunyansky teaches chemistry at James River High. A committee from the university chooses a high school chemistry teacher based on information gathered from students that have come to JMU’s chemistry department throughout the years. To be considered for the …Read More