News Tips – April 11, 2016

Creativity at Work Day

Ecoff Elementary will hold Creativity at Work Day 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 11. Art teacher Katie Ford has scheduled local artists to speak about their creative careers and give demonstrations. Students will hear from a photographer, jewelry designer, weaver, ceramicist, sculptor, graphic design artist and a gallery owner/collage maker. For more information, call 768-6185.


VCU basketball players

Several VCU basketball players will visit Salem Church Elementary 3-4 p.m. April 12 to speak with fourth- and fifth-graders who are members of the S.T.A.R.S. (Students That Are Reaching for Success) leadership team. The VCU students will speak about their school careers, personal challenges and what they needed to do to attend college. The VCU students will also provide some basketball skills instruction. For more information, email


Kindergarten registration day

Every Chesterfield County elementary school will register incoming kindergartners 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 14, so parents should take their children to the elementary school they are zoned to attend. For more information, go to


Author visit

Children’s author Pamela Duncan Edwards will visit Evergreen Elementary on April 14. She will speak 10-10:45 a.m. to first- and second-grade classes, 11:25 a.m.-12:10 p.m. to kindergarten classes, 12:50-1:45 p.m. to fifth-grade classes and 2:15-3:05 p.m. to third- and fourth-grade classes. For more information, email


Food Fair

The annual Food Fair will take place April 13 at Clover Hill High. There will be two tastings: 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Tickets are free, but all tickets were reserved within two hours of being available, so the event is completely sold out. Reporters interested in covering the event are welcome. The Food Fair gives students and parents the opportunity to taste food being considered for school lunches and breakfasts. Their feedback will help shape next year’s menus. For more information, call 743-3717.


MOOC for rising ninth-graders

Rising ninth-graders have opportunities that have never before been available to students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. They can enroll in the first MOOC (massive open online course) ever offered by Chesterfield County Public Schools: Introduction to Computer Science. Students who successfully complete this course will earn a high school credit and be prepared for Advanced Placement computer science courses. Introduction to Computer Science will also prepare students to apply for CodeRVA, a regional high school scheduled to open in September 2017. This innovative school will offer accelerated, personalized learning and prepare students for jobs in computer science and information technology. To learn more about these unique opportunities, students who will be in ninth grade starting in September 2016 and their parents or guardians are invited to attend an informational meeting:

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 19 at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 20 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull; enter the door for the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center at the back of the building


Fine Arts Festival

The Fine Arts Festival will take place 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 16 and noon-4:30 p.m. April 17 at Thomas Dale High, home of the Visual and Performing Arts Specialty Center. The Fine Arts Festival is free and open to the community each year. Swirling with student creativity, this event will feature examples of visual arts and performing arts. On display will be thousands of paintings, drawings, sculptures and other visual art created by students in the 63 schools of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Three stages will feature student performers, including a variety of music, acting and singing. On April 17, there will be a special recognition at 3:30 p.m. in the main auditorium in honor of Superintendent Marcus Newsome, who is retiring at the end of this school year and who began his career in education as an art teacher. For more information, email or


Crash simulations

For the senior classes at Clover Hill High and at James River High, the VCU School of Medicine will stage a car crash and demonstrate what happens in a trauma room. A MedFlight helicopter is scheduled to land. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 8 at Clover Hill High; email for information. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 25 at James River High; email for information.


Mothers and sons

Woolridge Elementary has planned a mothers-and-sons event 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 15 at Sky Zone trampoline park. For more information, call 739-6330.


Go Nuts for Reading

Alberta Smith Elementary students and Ecoff Elementary students who read eight books and returned their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free 6-9:30 p.m. April 15. Also, they will parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, email about Alberta Smith Elementary or email about Ecoff Elementary.



Spring Run Elementary will recognize two Students of the Year at 3 p.m. April 12 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 639-6352.


Recorder concert

Spring Run Elementary fourth-graders will perform on recorders at 6 p.m. April 12 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 639-6352.


Field trip

Woolridge Elementary kindergarten classes will visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12. For more information, call 739-6330.



Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee seeks to inform and involve parents in special education matters that affect more than 7,000 students with disabilities in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The committee will meet 5-6:30 p.m. April 13 to discuss Medicaid waivers. The committee meets at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Enter through Door 1 (facing Hull Street Road). Call 639-8918 for details.



Jacobs Road Elementary students in grades 3-5 will hear a performance by the Richmond Symphony 9-10 a.m. April 14. For more information, call 674-1320.


Field trip

Curtis Elementary fifth-grade classes will visit Washington, D.C., on April 14. The students will leave the school at 7 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. During their D.C. visit, they will drive by the Capitol, tour the Museum of Natural History and take a walking tour of the monuments. For more information, call 768-6175.


Help in the gardens

Capital One employees will be at Falling Creek Middle 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14 to help prepare the gardens for planting. For more information, contact


Pep rally for Little Feet Meet

Ecoff Elementary will support students heading for the Little Feet Meet by holding a pep rally April 18. For more information, email


Little Feet Meet

More than 1,000 Special Olympic athletes from elementary schools across Chesterfield County will gather for the Little Feet Meet 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21 at James River High. The opening ceremony is about 11 a.m. Rain date is April 22. For more information, email


Field day

Crenshaw Elementary students will enjoy field day all day on April 22. For more information, email



At Woolridge Elementary, fourth-graders will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids” at 7 p.m. April 20 in the cafeteria. For more information, email



Woolridge Elementary third-graders will perform a musical show for the PTA at 7 p.m. April 21 in the cafeteria. For more information, call 739-6330.


Fire safety

Second-grade classes at Woolridge Elementary will learn about fire safety via the traveling fire house all day April 22. For more information, call 739-6330.




Woolridge Elementary’s fifth-grade carnival will take place 2:15-3:30 p.m. April 22. For more information, call 739-6330.


Wildcat 5K

Woolridge Elementary will host the Wildcat 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run at 2 p.m. April 24. Register by April 15 to get a race T-shirt or water bottle. For more information, call 739-6330.


Healthy Habits

Gordon Elementary will participate in Healthy Habits 3:50-4:50 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 24. For more information, email


Field trip

Curtis Elementary kindergarten and second-grade classes will visit the Metro Richmond Zoo on April 22. They will leave the school at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1 p.m. For more information, call 768-6175.



Midlothian Middle will present “Disney’s The Lion King Jr.” at 7 p.m. April 21-22 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 23. For more information, call 378-2460.


Students of the Year

Chesterfield County Public Schools will celebrate two Students of the Year from every school at 6 p.m. April 21 in the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center of the Career and Technical Center @ Hull. The event is sponsored by the Midlothian Rotary Club. For more information, call 748-1405.


Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Davis Elementary’s PTA will hold a Hispanic Heritage Celebration 6-8 p.m. April 19. For more information, call 674-1310.


Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Davis Elementary fifth-graders will participate in James River Ecology School 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 21-22. For more information, call 674-1310.