Successes in Chesterfield County Public Schools 11-17-2014

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High school marching bands earn honors

Marching bands from Chesterfield County recently earned high ratings from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association:

Seven bands achieved a superior rating, which is the highest rating:

  • Clover Hill High’s Marching Cavaliers directed by Steve Conley
  • Cosby High’s Titan Band directed by Earl Shaffer Jr.
  • Manchester High’s Marching Lancers directed by Brian Morton
  • Matoaca High’s Marching Warriors directed by Donald Davis
  • Midlothian High’s Marching Trojans directed by Gordon Rawls
  • Monacan High’s Marching Chiefs directed by Jenny Ryan
  • Thomas Dale High’s Marching Knights directed by David Holley and Steve Barton

Two bands achieved the next-highest rating of excellent:

  • Bird High’s Skyhawk Band directed by Emily Oyan
  • James River High’s Regiment directed by Justin Turpin

Schools and teachers recognized for financial literacy

Working in Support of Education, a nonprofit that promotes financial literacy, recently honored three schools and five educators in Chesterfield County Public Schools for student achievement on the 2013-14 W!SE financial literacy certification test:

James River High, Midlothian High and Thomas Dale High are Blue Star Schools. Only 284 schools across the country achieved this honor by having a 75 percent pass rate on the W!SE test and having either a majority of students in a particular grade take the test or having the students who took the test achieve an average score of at least 80 percent.

Winners of W!SE Gold Star Teacher Awards are Midlothian High teacher Steve Hayward; James River High teachers Rose Malone and Alex Addison; and Monacan High teachers Monica Boehling and Tobie Peacock. Only 495 educators across the country achieved this recognition by having 90 percent or more of the students in at least one of their classes pass the W!SE financial literacy certification test.