News Tips – Nov. 16, 2015

Native American presentation

Ecoff Elementary will host Native American guests on Nov. 17. All students have been immersed in Native American studies for the past few weeks: In music, they learned about Native American music and instruments. In PE, they learned dance steps. They used technology to create decorations for the event. During library visits, they read stories and researched Native American culture. In art, they created vests, T-shirts and headdresses that they will wear on Nov. 17. For more information, call 768-6185.

50th day of school

  • Spring Run Elementary kindergartners will celebrate the 50th day of school 2-2:30 p.m. 18 with a 1950s-style sock hop. For more information, contact 639-6352.
  • Watkins Elementary kindergartners will celebrate the 50th day of school 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 18 by wearing 1950s clothes and participating in 1950s activities. For more information, contact


Middle schools are competing to reduce energy use throughout November. Contact for more information or go to

College and Career Readiness Month

College and Career Readiness Month in November will help every Chesterfield County student answer this question: “What will I be when I grow up?” The idea is to have fun while helping students define and achieve successful futures beyond high school.

This is the fifth year that Chesterfield County Public Schools has designated a time to purposefully help students envision and plan for their futures while making connections and understanding how skills and knowledge learned in grades K-12 relate to their potential careers. These college-and-career events are open to the media:

  • Spring Run Elementary (call 639-6352 for more information)
  • 23 — Grades 1-5 will dress up to represent their future careers.
  • 24 — Teachers will talk about how they prepared for college and decided to be a teacher. Teachers and students are invited to wear college shirts or sweatshirts.
  • Matoaca Middle (call 590-3110, ext. 3032, for more information)
  • 24 — Career Day will take place 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. with many speakers and presentations.

Concussion baseline testing

Students in the HOSA chapter of the Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center at Monacan High are offering free concussion baseline testing 2-7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 4-8 p.m. Nov. 19 to all students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The purpose is to establish a baseline for how an individual athlete’s brain functions without a concussion so that if a concussion is suspected, the diagnosis and return-to-play clearance process are more accurate. Students will receive a copy of their baseline results, and a copy will be sent to high school students’ athletic trainers and middle school students’ principals. For more information, contact

De-feet Diabetes

To raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Gates Elementary students and staff members will pay a dollar to run a lap and put up a sneaker in P.E. De-feet Diabetes will take place 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16-20. For more information, contact

Table Talk

It’s normal to struggle with stress. A hectic schedule, demanding workplace, family duties or taking care of everyday responsibilities have caused us all stress at some point in our lives. Even though stress is common, high stress levels are far from healthy. Table Talk offers dinner and a panel discussion of how to reduce your day-to-day stress 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. For more information, go to

Proposed 2016-17 calendar

The Chesterfield County School Board is seeking comments from parents, students, employees and the community about the proposed calendar for 2016-17. The proposed calendar and an online form for comments are available at If they prefer, people may email comments to or mail them to Proposed Calendar, Chesterfield County Public Schools, P.O. Box 10, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 4; the School Board is scheduled to vote on the calendar during its Dec. 8 meeting.


Hopkins Road Elementary will hold Fall Family Fitness Night 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 17. Families will participate in wellness activities. For more information, call Alexandra Kitchen at 743-3665.

Walking Wednesdays

If it’s Wednesday, then Bellwood Elementary students and staff members are walking 8:50-9:20 a.m. Students and staff members living within a mile of the school will join together and encourage fitness by walking to school. The program began Nov. 4 and will continue for several weeks. For more information, contact

Elementary and high school leaders

From 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 17, students from the Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center at James River High will lead Clover Hill Elementary’s Student Leadership Council officers and third-grade ambassadors in interactive workshops focusing on leadership. This is the sixth annual Leadership Institute at Clover Hill Elementary. For more information, contact or 739-6220.

Family reading event

Each month, Clover Hill Elementary will hold Library Literacy Nights to help students develop a love of reading. November’s theme is “Wild About Reading,” and the event will take place 6-8 p.m. Nov. 19. Parents will choose books to read with their students, and there will be stations with wild activities. For more information, contact or 739-6295.


Thomas Dale High will present “Shrek the Musical” at 7 p.m. Nov. 19-21. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, call 768-6245.


Midlothian High will present “The Secret in the Wings” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21. Tickets cost $5 Nov. 19 and $10 Nov. 20-21. For more information, call 378-2440.

Latin Con

Latin students from Chesterfield County middle and high schools will attend the Virginia Junior Classical League Convention, also known as Latin Con, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 22-23 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Nearly 2,000 Latin students from throughout the state will gather for competitions and camaraderie. Students will compete in multiple academic, graphic arts and creative arts events. Schools will compete to show the most Latin spirit. Students will also participate in workshops, a toga banquet and state office elections. For more information, contact