News Tips – Nov. 23, 2015

News tips from Chesterfield County Public Schools / 804-748-1405

Whack-a-Watt prize patrol

Chesterfield County middle schools competed to reduce energy use throughout November, and a prize patrol will soon sweep in to notify the winning schools. Assemblies are scheduled at 9:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the schools projected to win the Whack-a-Watt competition. Also, the prize patrol will visit several other middle schools to award prizes to winners in the student essay contest. For details, contact for more information or go to

Native American dioramas

Hopkins Elementary second-graders will display diorama projects at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23, creating a Native American Museum. Students will also offer their rendition of a Native American powwow, with drums and dancing. For more information, call 743-3665.

Grandparents are invited

First-grade classes at Woolridge Elementary will host a breakfast for grandparents at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 23 in the cafeteria. For more information, call 739-6330.

Turkey Trots

  • Beulah Elementary will hold its third annual Turkey Trot 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 24. Students have collected canned goods all month for the Sherbourne United Methodist Church food pantry to help families in need. During the Turkey Trot, all grade levels will run, walk or trot a mile on a turkey-themed track during their resource period. Many students made turkey posters and decorations to help celebrate the event and the spirit of giving. For more information, contact Patti Planton at 743-3620.
  • On 24, all Ecoff Elementary students will participate in the school’s annual Turkey Trot. Throughout November, students brought in food donations for FeedMore and socks for the Christmas Mother. As a reward, they get to socialize while exercising in the fresh air. The school has donated thousands of pounds of food over the years. For more information, call 768-6185.

Latin Con

Latin students from Chesterfield County middle and high schools will attend the Virginia Junior Classical League Convention, also known as Latin Con, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 22-23 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Nearly 2,000 Latin students from throughout the state will gather for competitions and camaraderie. Students will compete in multiple academic, graphic arts and creative arts events. Schools will compete to show the most Latin spirit. Students will also participate in workshops, a toga banquet and state office elections. For more information, contact

College and Career Readiness Month

College and Career Readiness Month in November will help every Chesterfield County student answer this question: “What will I be when I grow up?” The idea is to have fun while helping students define and achieve successful futures beyond high school.

This is the fifth year that Chesterfield County Public Schools has designated a time to purposefully help students envision and plan for their futures while making connections and understanding how skills and knowledge learned in grades K-12 relate to their potential careers. These college-and-career events are open to the media:

  • Spring Run Elementary (call 639-6352 for more information)
  • 23 — Grades 1-5 will dress up to represent their future careers.
  • 24 — Teachers will talk about how they prepared for college and decided to be a teacher. Teachers and students are invited to wear college shirts or sweatshirts.
  • Matoaca Middle (call 590-3110, ext. 3032, for more information)
  • 24 — Career Day will take place 8:30-11:15 a.m. with many speakers and presentations.


Curtis Elementary students will walk to Thomas Dale High to see the Drama Club perform “Shrek the Musical” 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 24. For more information, contact

Book drive

Monacan High is collecting books for the Christmas Mother 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on school days through Dec. 4. Organized by the Student Government Association, students are donating new or gently used children’s books. The pickup will occur Dec. 9, time TBA. For more information, contact

Seasonal concert

Cosby High’s orchestra and guitar ensemble will present a concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 that will include seasonal music. Also participating will be students from Tomahawk Creek, Bailey Bridge and Midlothian middle schools. Admission is $7. For more information, contact