Superintendent Blog Post Category
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
Congratulations to Clover Hill Elementary School’s Carolyn Harlow, one of six Virginia teachers selected as a state finalist for the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award — regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science teachers — recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning.
Welcome back, teachers! Our team has been preparing for your arrival, and we cannot wait to welcome you back! Thank you to the office team members, principals, and leaders that have organized us for your return. Thank you to the support and cleaning staff members, many who worked hard throughout the weekend, for getting our …Read More
The Superintendent’s Transition Team meets for the first time today. We have national leaders from the education field, local business and community leaders leaders and some of our award-winning staff members on the team. Together, we’ll chart our path toward the future seeking to maintain the quality work we have going on while modernizing and …Read More
Today we’ll welcome nearly 500 educators new to Chesterfield County Public Schools. As part of New Educator Orientation, they’ll spend this week learning more about CCPS and the school they’ll serve. Excited by the passion and enthusiasm! This is going to be a great year! Welcome to the team!! #oneCCPS.
I spent this morning with members of the Chesterfield Business Council, getting to know our community even better. Business support of our public schools is so critically important! And it’s just as important that our two-way partnership supports the business community. By providing them with a high-quality, skilled workforce, we are perhaps the business community’s …Read More
I did a photo shoot yesterday with members of our Transportation Department. We have great drivers, a great support team and outstanding leaders. Getting our students to school safely … is there a more important job? Want to join our team? Apply here
I’ve learned a lot about our great school division in the five-plus weeks that I’ve been Superintendent. I’ve also assembled leaders from across the area to serve on my transition team. Learn more about my transition plan