News Tips – Feb. 8, 2016

Motorcycle will rev up reading event

Curtis Elementary students, parents, teachers and staff members will read “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary. During three assemblies to kick off this Reading Month activity, Denise Cordova will ride up on a motorcycle, talk with students about her motorcycle, then give a copy of the book to a student. The kickoff assemblies will take place Feb. 10 at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Weather permitting, they will be on the blacktop/playground area. If the weather is bad, then the assemblies will take place inside the school. After each assembly, students will return to their classrooms to receive their own copy of “The Mouse and the Motorcycle.”

Teachers will read the book to their classes, and students will be assigned chapters to read at home with their parents. At 6:30 p.m. March 17 at the end of the reading activity, 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.

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Hand to Heart greeting cards

At Midlothian High, students in the autism suite are learning new skills by operating a greeting card business. They are using embossing and die-cut machines to craft holiday cards, thank you notes and other cards. For more information, call 378-2440.


Art exhibit

About 40 pieces of art created by Thomas Dale High students are on display at the Chester Library. For more information, contact


Student awaiting heart transplant

Providence Middle will hold a students vs. staff basketball tournament Feb. 12. Money from the tournament and from other fundraisers will help cover medical costs of a student who is awaiting a heart transplant. For more information, call 674-1355.


Strike Out Cancer

The Student Council Associations of Manchester High and Clover Hill High are teaming up for the second annual Strike Out Cancer bowling competition 4-6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Bowl America, 11532 Hull Street Road. Last year’s event raised more than $10,500 for Hitting Cancer Below the Belt.

Teams of students, teachers and administrators will lace up their bowling shoes for a friendly competition. The number of teams is expected to be greater this year as more and more folks from each school are signing up.

The school that raises the most money will claim the We Bowled You Over trophy, currently on display in the front office of Manchester High. Additionally, student officers of the school that knocks down the most pins will present their school’s spirit wear to the losing administration to wear to work the next day. Orange-and-blue-clad administrators roamed the halls of Clover Hill High last year; they have vowed not to let that happen again.

Proceeds from the event will be presented to Hitting Cancer Below the Belt, a local nonprofit that supports efforts to prevent cancer. It was founded by Melinda Conklin after her husband, Rich, died of colon cancer. Their children attended Clover Hill High, and Rich Conklin coached JV football there. For more information about Hitting Cancer Below the Belt, go to

This year, four additional schools in central Virginia are replicating this event. Douglas Freeman and Mills Godwin high schools held their event Jan. 29, and Monacan and Midlothian high schools are scheduled 4-6 p.m. Feb. 18 at Bowl America, 11532 Hull Street Road.

Spectators are welcome to watch the fun of Strike Out Cancer. For more information about any of the events, email


Superintendent search

The Chesterfield County School Board wants to hear from community members during the search for the next superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. (Dr. Marcus Newsome announced in the fall that he will retire as superintendent at the end of this school year.) An online survey is available until Feb. 12 at Information from the survey and other public engagement efforts will become part of a leadership profile for the school system that will help recruit the best candidates. For more information, go to


Reading Night

Crenshaw Elementary will hold Reading Night 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9. For more information, email



Spring Run Elementary will hold a Battle of the Books competition at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10. For more information, call 639-6352.


Father-daughter dances

On Feb. 12, Spring Run Elementary will hold a father-daughter dance 6-8 p.m. and Crenshaw Elementary will hold a father-daughter dance 6:30-8 p.m. Woolridge Elementary fathers and daughters will dance 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19. For more information, call Spring Run at 639-6352 or Crenshaw at 739-6250 or Woolridge at 739-6330.



Midlothian High will present “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11-13 in the school theater. Tickets cost $5 Feb. 11 and $10 Feb. 12-13. For more information, call 378-2440.


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. Feb. 10 to discuss positive behavior supports and student behavior. 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.



The Spring Run Elementary PTA will offer after-school enrichment classes Feb. 8-March 25. For more information, call 639-6352.


Theater performance

Cosby High will present its fourth annual Midwinter Showcase at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. Students will perform “The Sequence,” “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” and “Psych,” written by a Cosby High student. For more information, email


International Night

Cosby High is holding an International Night 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 18. Open to the public, the event starts with dinner in the commons area at 5:30 p.m.; several local restaurants will offer inexpensive meals. There will be multiple performances and exhibits, including an Avenues of Countries area featuring culture, language, religion and ethnicity projects. For more information, call 639-8340.


Talent show

Midlothian Middle School will hold a talent show for students 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18. For more information, contact


Chinese New Year

Watkins Elementary will celebrate Chinese New Year during assemblies scheduled 9:35-10:15 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 12:45-1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Chinese acrobats on an international tour will perform. For more information, email


Community service

During school days through May, Winterpock Elementary’s Student Council Association is collecting soda can tops to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. For more information, email


Rain Forest Island

Crenshaw Elementary students will explore Rain Forest Island 3:50-4:50 p.m. on Fridays through March 11. Focusing on social studies, ecosystems, and life sciences, this program offers challenges for adventurous tribes. For more information, call Jackie Maclin at 748-1123.