Superintendent Blog Post Category
Excited to announce the new location for CodeRVA on Friday. CodeRVA is an innovative regional high school focused on computer science. Learn more at coderva.org.
Preparing to participate in Thursday’s Dancing with New Dimensions, a dance contest sponsored by Clover Hill High School’s famous show choir. Come cheer us on!
Excited to announce a new partnership between Ettrick Elementary and Virginia State University. Students from VSU’s College of Education will be working in Ettrick classrooms to provide small-group instruction as part of their training and required field work. Ettrick students will benefit from the role models, and teachers will have an extra set of hands …Read More
Have you checked out the school division’s Annual Report for 2015-16? There are more than a dozen pages of student, staff and school successes. Chesterfield County Public Schools is a great place with great people doing great things!
Great meeting today with our community’s faith leaders. We talked about our transition plan and how we will fund operations moving forward. Our faith community is a wonderful partner — providing support for teachers, volunteers in schools and even weekend backpack programs to support families. Thank you!!
Excited to announce a proposed FY 2018 operating budget that includes raises and coverage for local and state retirement programs, funding to continue to reduce class size and innovative ideas for enhancing classroom instruction. Click here to learn more!
It’s Virginia Principals Appreciation Week! Our school-based leaders are fantastic and are helping create bright futures for our students. Principals, thank you for everything that you do to support students, staff and your community!
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!
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.
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
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!
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
Check out this article about CodeRVA published by VASCD at http://publications.catstonepress.com/i/751683-fall-2016. Well done to our team!
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
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!
Spent yesterday discussing the draft accountability matrix with Dr. Staples, state superintendent of Virginia’s public schools. Hearing that accreditation may be multiple measures in the future! That would be a great step forward.
Great School Board meeting last night. Visit http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/chesterfield/Board.nsf/Public to see more information on the various agenda items.
The Superintendent’s Transition Team meets again on Monday. The committee consists of elected officials, educators, business leaders, civic leaders and the faith community. This high-powered group is helping identify opportunities that will take the school division from good to great.
Good progress on the school accreditation front. Read more here: http://mychesterfieldschools.com/blog/93-percent-of-chesterfield-county-schools-are-fully-accredited/.
School Board report shows positive developments when it comes to affecting student behaviors. Read more here.
Team Chesterfield, I wanted to offer heartfelt thanks for an A.W.E.S.O.M.E. first week for our amazing school division! I visited eight schools on Tuesday, and the great work that all of our employees put into preparing for the arrival of nearly 60,000 students was clear immediately. The buildings were clean, and the classrooms looked spectacular. …Read More
Looking forward to speaking to the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce today! We’ll be talking about the future of education and our work to create Advance College Academies while increasing career and technical education opportunities. Our partners form a solid foundation of support for the school division. Our graduates must be ready to meet the …Read More
We had a great first day of school! School leaders from across the division visited schools throughout the county and were impressed by how quickly students got down to work. The atmosphere was electrifying, leading to perhaps one of the best school openings ever. We appreciate our parents’ ongoing support!
This is the last day of teacher work week. Our school-based staff, central office leaders and support personnel have done a great job getting our schools ready for students next week. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. We’ll see everyone on Tuesday!
Robious Middle staff past and present converged on the school Wednesday to celebrate social studies teacher Susan Coleman. Ms. Coleman began her 50th year of teaching earlier this week, and she shows no signs of slowing down, either. Past and current colleagues talked about the difference she has made in the lives of thousands of …Read More