Solar panel donation and installation
During the morning of April 19, Off Grid by Design is donating and installing a 1 kilowatt solar panel system at Falling Creek Middle. The solar panel will be installed along the bus loop, just behind the school’s garden. It will offer hands-on learning about the green power industry. The clean, renewable energy from the solar panel will power a recharging station for student Chromebooks and will recharge 12-volt batteries used with underwater robotics vehicles. Also, the solar panel will be linked to the school’s digital kiosk that records different types of information, so that students can understand the amount of energy generated from the sun. For more information, contact Cliff_Jones@ccpsnet.net or call 743-3640.
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:
Love Our Earth Week
Clover Hill Elementary is celebrating Love Our Earth Week April 18-22 with the theme “Grow the Good.” The Environmental Cabinet of the school’s Student Leadership Council has organized several activities, including an art contest and seed plantings. Students and staff members will wear green on Tuesday, read using flashlights on Wednesday, clean up school grounds on Thursday and dress like plants on Friday. For more information, email Lorena_Cavan@ccpsnet.net.
Career and Technical Center interview days
Students studying electricity, HVAC and plumbing at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse will interview with 42 area employers April 20-21. These real interviews for real jobs will take place at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. both days. Seniors are looking forward to the opportunity for a full-time job while the juniors are looking forward to being able to work part-time during their senior year. The rising seniors are considered student apprentices by the Department of Labor and Industry when they work alternating days for pay. For more information, email Dorcas_Yeager@ccpsnet.net.
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 Rachelle_Richards@ccpsnet.net for information. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 25 at James River High; email Brent_Vandell@ccpsnet.net for information.
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 Sarah_Takacs@ccpsnet.net.
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 Ann_Tierney@ccpsnet.net.
Crenshaw Elementary students will enjoy field day all day on April 22. For more information, email Allie_Strollo@ccpsnet.net.
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 Barbara_Schaedel@ccpsnet.net.
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.
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.
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.
Gordon Elementary will participate in Healthy Habits 3:50-4:50 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 24. For more information, email Lisa_Brown@ccpsnet.net.
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.
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.
Video via drone
Spring Run Elementary students will assemble on the football field at 2 p.m. April 21 to form the letters SRES and will be videotaped by a drone for a school video. For more information, call 639-6352.
Spring Run Elementary fifth-graders will go to Washington, D.C., 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28. For more information, call 639-6352.
Spring plant sale
The Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse will hold its annual spring plant sale 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 28-29 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2-19 on weekdays. For sale will be annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, mixed containers and hanging baskets. For more information, email Terry_Lautzenheiser@ccpsnet.net.
Elizabeth Davis Middle will hold its eighth annual recycling drive April 22-23. Cans and other aluminum items will be accepted for recycling 3:15-5:30 p.m. April 22 and noon-2:30 p.m. April 23. For more information, call 541-4700.
Elizabeth Davis Middle will gather at 7 p.m. April 28 for an Evening of the Arts, including visual art created by art and computer art students and music by band students. For more information, call 541-4700.
Reams Road Elementary will hold its annual book drive throughout May. All students are invited to donate gently used books. At the end of the month, students will be able to browse the donated books and choose at least one book to keep as a way to kick off their summer reading. For more information, call 674-1370.
Chesterfield Junior Cup
Students from elementary schools throughout Chesterfield County will compete in a tennis tournament at James River High 1-4 p.m. April 30. The rain date for the Chesterfield Junior Cup is May 1.
Second-graders from Davis Elementary will learn to swim on Tuesdays through May 31 at SwimRVA. Lessons run 10-10:45 a.m., 10:45-11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call 674-1310.
Davis Elementary fourth-graders will visit Pamplin Historical Park 9:30 a.m.-3:20 p.m. April 25. For more information, call 674-1310.
Davis Elementary kindergartners will visit the Science Museum of Virginia 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26. For more information, call 674-1310.
Davis Elementary third- and fourth-graders will visit the MathScience Innovation Center 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. April 26-29, May 2 and May 4. For more information, call 674-1310.
At 19 schools, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers a limited number of prekindergarten spots to provide school-readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need. Children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30 and who are zoned for a school that offers prekindergarten can apply. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. Families can apply for prekindergarten at Perrymont, 8610 Perrymont Road, between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on these dates: April 26, May 3 and May 10. For more information, go to http://mychesterfieldschools.com/parents/prekindergarten/.
Fourth-graders at Jacobs Road Elementary will present a recorder concert 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 26. For more information, call 674-1320.
Battle of the Books
Woolridge Elementary students will compete in a Battle of the Books 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26. For more information, call 739-6330.
Woolridge Elementary will enjoy field day April 29: 10 a.m.-noon for grades K-2 and 1-3 p.m. for grades 3-5. For more information, call 739-6330.
Curtis Elementary third-graders will attend “Johnny Appleseed” and have lunch at Swift Creek Mill Playhouse 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 26. For more information, call 768-6175.
Go Nuts for Reading
Spring Run Elementary students who read eight books and return their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free on April 29. Also, they may walk in a parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, call 639-6352.
Go Nuts for Reading
Marguerite Christian Elementary students who read eight books and return their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free on May 3. Also, they may walk in a parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, call 530-5733.