At 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road, the Chesterfield County School Board will hold a special called meeting to approve a contract for a modular classroom at Watkins Elementary.
Second-grade students at Crestwood Elementary will participate in a program called “Land of Dragons and the Sun” at 7 p.m.
Word wall ball
Kindergarten classes at Alberta Smith Elementary will enjoy a word wall ball 9-10 a.m., which will include choreographed dances and a certificate ceremony.
Orchestras from Monacan High, Midlothian High, Midlothian Middle and Providence Middle will participate in an Electrify Your Strings concert with Mark Wood at 7 p.m. at Monacan High. Tickets are $10; they can be pre-ordered or will also be available at the door.
Contact: Jenny Ryan, 378-2480, ext. 235
Graduation ceremonies will be held at the VCU Siegel Center for Monacan High at 10 a.m., Clover Hill High at 2:30 p.m. and Thomas Dale High at 7 p.m. Tickets are required.
Graduation ceremonies will be held at the VCU Siegel Center for Cosby High at 10 a.m., Midlothian High at 2:30 p.m. and James River High at 7 p.m. Tickets are required.
Clover Hill High will host a book signing for ninth-grade author Sidney McPhail. She will sign “Seven Summits: The Magical Talent” 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. in the school library. The book was published by Deep Sea Publishing.
Contact: Lori Papa, 639-4940, ext. 5012
Tomahawk Creek Middle families will kick off summer reading 7-8:30 p.m. The theme is “Own the Night.” Families are asked to bring blankets, flashlights and favorite books to read as they camp out. A special storytelling event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the outdoor classroom.
Contact: Charlotte Mashburn, 378-7120, ext. 7213
Chalkley Elementary fifth-graders will visit Washington, D.C.
Graduation ceremonies will be held at the VCU Siegel Center for Meadowbrook High at 10 a.m., Bird High at 2:30 p.m. and Chesterfield Community High at 7 p.m. Tickets are required.
Alumni from Chalkley Elementary and Chesterfield County Public Schools will visit Chalkley Elementary to talk about careers and educational paths.
Contact: Stacy Hassler, 674-1300
Bailey Bridge Middle girls will participate in the Fit 4 Life adventure race at Pocahontas State Park.
A choral concert will be held at Matoaca Middle.
Falling Creek Elementary students in grades K-5 will participate in field day activities.
Contact: Matt Capehart, 743-3630
Falling Creek Elementary prekindergarten students will enjoy the water park at Pocahontas State Park 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Contact: Christy Davis, 743-3630
Graduation ceremonies will be held at the VCU Siegel Center for Matoaca High at 10 a.m. and Manchester High at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are required.
Tomahawk Creek Middle eighth-grade students will participate in Career Day 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Contact: Rebecca Fox, 378-7120
To celebrate the end of their school year and their upcoming move to middle school, Curtis Elementary fifth-graders will skate 9-11 a.m. at the Chester Skateland.
During this last week of school, Salem Church Middle will be filled with activities related to the summer Olympics. Students will participate in physical and mental activities related to the Olympics. On June 14, there will be a Have a Healthy Summer Fair in which many community organizations will provide resources and information on ways for children to stay healthy. On June 15, students will participate in a medal ceremony and pose for a photo organized in the shape of the Olympic logo.
Bailey Bridge Middle will hold awards assemblies in the auditorium.
On the west campus, Matoaca Middle will hold a seventh-grade assembly 8:30-10 a.m. and a sixth-grade assembly 12:30-2 p.m.
Curtis Elementary families will eat at CiCi’s Pizza in Chester 5-8 p.m.
Chalkley Elementary will hold a promotion ceremony for fifth-graders.
Sixth-grade students at Matoaca Middle’s west campus will have field day 9-11:20 a.m.
The Special Education Advisory Committee will meet 4:30-6 p.m. at the Parent-Teacher Resource Center in the Fulghum Center, 4003 Cogbill Road.
Curtis Elementary third- and fourth-grade students will have an awards ceremony at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.
Matoaca Middle will hold an eighth-grade assembly at 9 a.m. in the east campus gymnasium. Center Base Gifted students will assemble in the auditorium 12:15-2:15 p.m.
Falling Creek Elementary first-grade students will Have a Ball Party with beach balls for mastering their sight words.
Contact: Annwyn Long, 743-3630
Matoaca Middle’s east campus will hold a field day. Seventh-grade students at the west campus will enjoy field day 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Curtis Elementary fifth-grade students will hold their closing ceremonies 9 a.m. in the cafeteria, followed by receptions in the fifth-grade classrooms.
Chesterfield County Public Schools will dismiss students three hours early.
This is the end of the fourth nine weeks and last day of school for students.
Family, friends and neighbors are invited to join Curtis Elementary for Community Day 8:40-11:55 a.m. The day will begin with students parading around the school led by the band of Thomas Dale High. Principal Cyndee Blount will close the parade on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Students will entertain the crowd with singing and dancing, and a magician will perform at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria.
Contact: Brenda Bush, 768-6175
Superintendent Marcus Newsome is one of the featured speakers at an Institute on Innovative/Transformation School Leadership and Teaching for Results. The institute will take place in Harris Hall at Virginia State University. Register by calling (804) 524-5924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
The Chesterfield County School Board will conduct a business meeting at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room, 10001 Iron Bridge Road. At 4 p.m. in the boardroom of the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road, the board will meet for a work session.
The best works by Chesterfield middle and high school students that were displayed during the school system’s Fine Arts Festival will be on display at the Gallery at UNOS, 700 N. Fourth St. in Richmond. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and the students’ art will be up through June 23.
College financial aid
GRASP is offering help to students and parents seeking financial aid for college. Appointments are available at the Meadowdale Library on Saturdays through July 28 and at other sites on Tuesdays.
Mobile web app
A brand-new mobile web app makes it easier than ever to stay current with Chesterfield County Public Schools. This free app for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices provides a news feed, calendar and phone numbers. Information at mychesterfieldschools.com tells users of iPhones, iPads, Droids and Blackberries how to add the app icon to their devices.
Spring Run Elementary staff members have been on the lookout and have identified many students demonstrating the core values. These H.E.R.O.s are announced on the school’s morning TV show and their pictures are displayed in the school.
Each Friday, two Spring Run Elementary students from every first-grade class will be recognized for academic, study or behavior achievements.
What’s Next Wednesdays
As part of What’s Next Wednesdays, fourth-grade students at Spring Run Elementary have written about their goals, education and jobs in the future. This spring, they will revise and edit their papers, type them and send them to the printer to publish their writings into a book titled “In Twenty Years” that is published for students every year.
Students at the Chesterfield Technical Center offer manicures, pedicures and foot massages 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays, staying open until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Contact: 768-6160, ext. 1046
The art teachers at Watkins Elementary have teamed with Artsonia, the world’s largest online kid’s art museum, to display student artwork at
Watkins Elementary is partnering with the Book Exchange on Midlothian Turnpike to give students who were not able to purchase books at the book fair an opportunity to purchase books. When turning in books for exchange, just ask that Watkins Elementary be on the credit slip. This will allow designated students the opportunity to go to the Book Exchange and choose a book for themselves.
Contact: Mallory Smith, 378-2530
Elizabeth Scott Elementary has challenged students to read at least 20 minutes a night. Students are graphing their minutes at school and at each milestone (500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 minutes), they receive a special bracelet and schoolwide recognition.
Clover Hill High’s Interact Club is helping the community in a variety of ways: picking up trash, volunteering at the Midlothian Food Festival, donating more than 700 pounds of food to the Central Virginia Food Bank and sponsoring a Chesterfield family through the Christmas Mother.
Contact: Rebekah Amato, 639-4940, ext. 6315
Monacan High students are making a difference in the community through various clubs. They help build ramps for those in need, hold canned food drives, collect coats, sort food for the Christmas Mother, collect jeans for the homeless and work with ESPN and the Salvation Army to collect sporting goods for children ages 10-17.
Watkins Elementary students have the opportunity to establish a savings account, make deposits and learn about the banking process, supported by Essex Bank. A bank representative will be available on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to assist students.
First-graders at Chalkley Elementary get together with their reading buddies at 1 p.m. on Fridays.
Swift Creek Middle participates in the Accelerated Reader Program. Each book in the library has an Accelerated Reader test that enables students to choose their favorite genre, authors and titles, then check their reading skills after they read.
Alberta Smith Elementary will recognize students for demonstrating the core values during a 7:45 a.m. breakfast on the first Thursday of each month.
Contact: Elizabeth Stefanko, 739-6295
At Chalkley Elementary, small groups of fifth-graders will meet weekly for Manners on the Move.
Family reading nights
Harrowgate Elementary’s library will be open 6-8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month for families to spend quality time together, share interests, discuss books and check out books.
Contact: Susan Bochman, 520-6015
The Watkins Elementary Chess Club will meet 8:15-9:10 a.m. the first Friday morning of each month in the cafeteria.
Contact: Becky Rose, 594-3519
Swift Creek Elementary’s Jog/Walk Club will meet at 8:40 a.m. Tuesdays on the school track.
Student of the Month
Spring Run Elementary fifth-graders will be recognized each month with the Student of the Month program.
Peaceful School Bus
Woolridge Elementary is implementing the Peaceful School Bus program, designed to create a climate of respect and cooperation on the bus. The program aims to build strong, positive relationships among students and bus drivers.
Contact: Nancy Drum, 739-6330
Make A Change
The Make A Change Club at Swift Creek Middle works to eliminate bullying and promote positive social behaviors among students. The MAC Club will work throughout the year to make a difference.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school health and fitness program sponsored by the NFL and the National Dairy Council. The James Farrior Foundation also supports Chesterfield schools involved with Fuel Up to Play 60. This year, six elementary schools in Chesterfield County — Hopkins, Jacobs Road, Davis, Crestwood, Matoaca and Spring Run — are piloting something new for this national program: collecting student data to see how Fuel Up to Play 60 improves health and fitness throughout the school year.
As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60, Spring Run Elementary will have a 20-minute morning exercise or activity each Monday and Friday 7:50-8:10 a.m.
Business and Community Resource Bank
The Business and Community Resource Bank offers an easy way to make a difference in schools by connecting people willing to share their knowledge with teachers who need classroom speakers or volunteers. Whether a community member would like to speak about his area of expertise, participate in a career day or mentor a student, the resource bank can make the connection with a school. To participate, fill out the resource bank survey at mychesterfieldschools.com.
Greenfield Elementary’s Mileage Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Contact: Jennie Raugh, 560-2720
Hening Elementary’s Shooting Stars mentoring program is entering its fourth year. The program matches students with staff mentors. Shooting Stars receives support from the Virginia Mentoring Partnership Organization through VCU.
Contact: Kitten Gilmore, 743-3655
At Hening Elementary, the Lunch Lady Program helps students who cannot pay for lunch. It is funded by contributions from the PTA, parents, staff members and community. Last year, more than 2,100 lunches were covered.
Providence Middle teachers are setting a great example for students: They are increasing their vocabulary by participating in Teachers R Reading book group.
Volunteer readers from Enterprise Holdings read to second- and third-grade students at Hening Elementary on most Wednesdays.
Contact: Bethany Dancey, 743-3655
Free supplies for school employees
From Crayons to Computers is packed with donated school and office supplies to be given away. Located in the Spring Rock Green shopping center at 7138 Midlothian Turnpike, the store is open to all Chesterfield County Public Schools employees 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when school is in session. Donations are welcome and are tax-deductible.
Contact: 276-7407 or 305-4279