News Tips – Feb. 29, 2016

Preschoolers at Midlothian High

Midlothian High service learning students will host preschoolers and their parents for Read Across America Day. The March 2 event, which starts at 10:45 a.m. and lasts until noon in the school library, will include storytelling, crafts and refreshments. For more information, email


Project-based learning

Third-graders at Bettie Weaver Elementary are involved in project-based learning about the lack of clean drinking water in many African countries. Students have learned that many African children must walk many miles each day to find water that is dirty and contaminated. Students are raising money to help build a well in Africa via (search for Bettie Weaver). They will present what they have learned during a PTA meeting at 7 p.m. March 1. For more information, call 378-2540.


March Madness and Read Across America

Reams Road Elementary will celebrate March Madness and Read Across America Feb. 29-March 4. The school will spotlight four authors during morning announcements, staff members and students will dress as favorite storybook characters, and classes will meet with their Ram Buddies (two different grade levels partnering to promote literacy). For more information, call Melinda Manz at 674-1370.


Gaming tournament

The Cisco networking class will host a gaming tournament 5-11 p.m. March 4 at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse. This year’s featured game is Counter Strike: Global Offensive, but other games, such as Minecraft, will also be available. Individuals and teams can register. Individual registration is $20 or $25; team registration costs $90 or $125. For more information, go to


Dr. Seuss Week

Swift Creek Elementary welcomes guest readers during Dr. Seuss Week 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 29-March 4. For more information, call 739-6305.


Dr. Seuss Day

Wells Elementary welcomes guest readers March 4 for Dr. Seuss Day. For more information, call 768-6265.


Read Across America

Gates Elementary will celebrate Read Across America and the birthday of Dr. Seuss starting at 9:30 a.m. March 2. Students will wear shirts with words and listen to stories throughout the day from about 100 guest readers including members of the media, soldiers, first responders and elected officials. For more information, email


Read Across the World

Spring Run Elementary will celebrate Read Across the World Feb. 29-March 4. Principal Chris Hart will travel virtually to a different country each day to read a book, giving clues to students to help them figure out where in the world he is. Also, there will be spirit days throughout the week:

  • Monday — Celebrate “Fox in Socks” by wearing crazy socks.
  • Wednesday — This is the birthday of Dr. Seuss, so wear Dr. Seuss outfits or wacky hair for Wacky Wednesday or do both.
  • Thursday — Wear animal-themed shirts for “If I Ran the Zoo” Day.
  • Friday — For “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut” Day, dress as a book character or wear clothes with words on them.

For more information, call 639-6352.


Read Across America Week

Alberta Smith Elementary will celebrate Dr. Seuss Feb. 29-March 4 by encouraging students to do random acts of kindness in honor of “Horton Hears a Who.” There will also be daily events:

  • Monday — Wear a crazy hat for “The Cat in the Hat.”
  • Wednesday — Wear red and white to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
  • Thursday — Wear crazy socks for “Fox in Socks.”
  • Friday — Dress as your favorite book character.

For more information, contact


Blood drive

Carver College and Career Academy will hold a blood drive 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8. Community members are welcome to sign up and give blood. For more information, contact


Lucky Clover 5K

Clover Hill Elementary is holding a Lucky Clover 5K and kids fun run March 12. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes. For more information, go to


Playwriting showcase

Thomas Dale High will present a student playwriting showcase March 3-4 in the small auditorium of the main campus. Admission is free. For more information, call 768-6245.



Elizabeth Davis Middle theater students will perform “Disney’s Lion King Jr.” at 3:30 p.m. March 2, 7 p.m. March 3, 7 p.m. March 4 and 3 p.m. March 5. Tickets cost $5 in advance, $6 day of show. For more information, contact


Reading event

With the theme “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” Providence Elementary families will gather March 8 for reading adventures. Dinner will be served 5-7 p.m. Activities will run 6:15-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 674-1345.


Youth Art Month

Bellwood Elementary will celebrate Youth Art Month with fun attire. Throughout March, students and staff members will wear items with patterns on Mondays, warm colors (red, yellow or orange) on Tuesdays, cool colors (blue, green or purple) on Wednesdays, animal prints on Thursdays and Bellwood spirit colors (green, yellow and white) on Fridays. For more information, call 743-3600.


Cardinal Craze

To celebrate Youth Art Month, the halls at Crenshaw Elementary feature cardinals (the school mascot). On Feb. 19, students took home large posters to decorate. Students can use any type of material, mimic a famous artist, pattern their cardinal on a book character or another animal, give it colorful designs or try any other original idea. Starting March 7 and continuing throughout March, the colorful creations will hang throughout the school. For more information, email


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. March 9 to discuss testing and diploma options for students with disabilities. 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.


School dedication

There will be a dedication for Carver College and Career Academy 3-5 p.m. March 20. Many alumni will attend. For more information, call 768-6156.


Visiting author

Shelley Pearsall, author of several books for young people, will be at Falling Creek Middle March 18. Students are reading two of her books, and she will speak with students and sign books in the school library. Here’s the schedule:

  • 10:20-11:30 a.m. meeting with 60 students
  • 11:40 a.m.-12:50 p.m. meeting with 60 students
  • 1:40-2:55 p.m. meeting with 90 students
  • 3:15-4 p.m. meeting with 70 students

For more information, email


Motorcycle reading event

Curtis Elementary students, parents, teachers and staff members are reading “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary. Each student received a copy. Teachers are reading the book to their classes, and students are reading at home with their parents. To end the reading activity with a roar at 6:30 p.m. March 15, the PTA will show a movie based on the book during a movie night in the school cafeteria. Before the movie, a local club will hold a motorcycle parade at 5:30 p.m. that will travel down Route 10 and end at Curtis Elementary. Students will have the opportunity to look at different motorcycles and talk with the riders, including police officers. For more information, email


Dance concert

The Specialty Center for the Visual and Performing Arts will present a senior dance concert titled “RESOLUT16N” at 7 p.m. March 18-19 in the auditorium of the main campus of Thomas Dale High. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, go to


Steel Pan Festival

Scheduled March 19 at Bird High, this regional Steel Pan Festival will promote the music of the Caribbean and include an instructional workshop and a concert. The 1-3 p.m. workshop will teach students in grades 3-7 how to play the steel drum; registration is required for the workshop. The 7-9 p.m. concert will include performances by Chesterfield’s Hands and Pans group, the Rhythm Project of the Virginia Arts Festival, George Mason University steel pan ensemble and Longwood University steel pan ensemble. The evening will end with a joint performance by all groups — a 50-plus-member steel pan ensemble. Concert tickets cost $5. For more information, email



Elementary students from Chesterfield County Public Schools will demonstrate enthusiastic problem-solving and teamwork during STEAMmania 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19 at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. in Richmond. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. STEAMmania will include minute-to-win-it challenges, such as balancing four empty soda cans on a paper plate floating in water or bouncing a pingpong ball onto a piece of bread covered in marshmallow fluff. In addition to minute-to-win-it competitions for elementary school teams, there will be opportunities for parents, siblings and others to participate in minute-to-win-it games and additional hands-on engineering activities. STEAMmania will also include

  • timed competitions that challenge school teams to creatively and efficiently solve problems in the areas of science engineering (2016 theme is weather and static electricity), math engineering (theme is mega-math Minecraft), art engineering (theme is towers), social engineering (theme is Native Americans), musical engineering, technology engineering and STEAM
  • displays of student projects created through scientific investigation or innovations achieved using the engineering design process or scientific method
  • awards ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. for grades K-2 and at 1:30 p.m. for grades 3-5

Parents and family members of Chesterfield County Public Schools students who are participating in STEAMmania can enter the event at no cost; others will have to pay admission to the Science Museum of Virginia. More information about STEAMmania is available in the events section of


Model County Government

Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield County’s Department of Youth Planning and Development and Chesterfield County’s office of Virginia Cooperative Extension organize Model County Government to give high school government students a firsthand look at local government. Model County Government will take place March 8-9. On March 8 in Conference Room D136 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, there will be dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m., then a School Board meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. On March 9 at various locations, Model County Government students will shadow school system and county leaders 8 a.m.-noon, then gather for lunch noon-2 p.m., then attend a Board of Supervisors meeting 3-5 p.m. For more information, contact


Run on the Wild Side

Marguerite Christian Elementary PTA is hosting its third annual Run on the Wild Side 5K and kids one-mile fun run on March 19. For more information, click here: