Monthly Archives: December 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


Talk saves lives!

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Attended an informative session on suicide prevention last night at James River High. Student support specialists, county mental health providers and suicide prevention specialists shared warning signs and strategies for response. The key: open communication with your children. Talk saves lives!


Last week of school for 2016

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This is the last week of school for 2016. I can’t believe how quickly the first several months have flown by. As I’ve visited schools, I’ve been deeply impressed with what I’ve seen. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.


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


Hour of Code movement

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This week, Chesterfield County schools will be participating in the Hour of Code movement. This global initiative will reach tens of millions of students in 180-plus countries. There are more than 500,000 computing jobs nationwide. Computer science graduates enjoy the second-highest starting salary and the highest full-time employment rate (76 percent) within six months of …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


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


National Title I Distinguished

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So honored to have been part of the recent announcement that Bensley Elementary is a National Title I Distinguished School! Did you know that Bensley is one of just six schools in Virginia to have earned this prestigious academic honor more than once? Chesterfield County has six National Title I Distinguished Schools in total!