News Tips Jan. 19, 2016

Community forums

The Chesterfield County School Board wants to hear from community members as the search begins 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.) Here are opportunities for community members to share their ideas:

  • Community forums are scheduled on these dates:
  • 7 p.m. 19 at Manchester High for the Matoaca District
  • 7 p.m. 19 at Clover Hill High for the Clover Hill and Midlothian districts
  • 7 p.m. 20 at Carver Middle for the Bermuda District
  • 7 p.m. 20 at Meadowbrook High for the Dale District
  • An online survey is available until 12 at

Information from the survey and forums will become part of a leadership profile for the school system that will help recruit the best candidates. For more information, go to

Acts of Courage Museum Night

Robious Middle seventh-graders will present Acts of Courage Museum Night 6-8 p.m. Jan. 21. This event invites you to board the Titanic and see its luxuries. After traveling the ornate corridors and listening to the talented musicians, you will experience the tragic sinking from multiple perspectives. The students will present the full immigrant experience from Ellis Island to tenement life and show how they interpret courage through music, letters, stories and art. This event and its exhibits demonstrate seventh-graders’ project-based learning. For more information, call 378-2510.

Art as community service

Monacan High art classes created 30 paintings for the Richmond Animal League’s fundraising event, Small Art With Big Heart. RAL is auctioning small artworks (the pieces Monacan students are donating measure 5 inches square) to raise money for its mission of finding homes for dogs and cats. RAL representatives will pick up the paintings from Monacan High at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and talk with the students about how money from their paintings will be used. Clover Hill High students have also created art to benefit the Richmond Animal League. All of the artworks will be on display 5-9 p.m. Feb. 5 at 119 W. Broad St. in Richmond. For more information about Monacan’s participation, contact

Resource fair

Chesterfield County Public Schools invites parents and teachers of students with disabilities and students with disabilities to an exceptional education resource fair for grades K-12. The free event will take place 4-6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Representatives from many organizations will offer information, and guest speakers will provide overviews of available services. Registration is required by calling 639-8749 or by using this online form:

Mock interviews

Barbering students will participate in mock interviews 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 3 (this is a change from a previously announced date) at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull. Local business representatives will conduct practice interviews to help students prepare for real job interviews. For more information, email

Hour of Code

Swift Creek Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade students will meet after school 4-5 p.m. Jan. 19 for Mathletes: Hour of Code. For details about this nationwide program, go to For information about Swift Creek Elementary’s plan, call 739-6305.

Talent show

Providence Middle’s talent show will start at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 22. For more information, call Synthia Atkinson at 674-1355.

Gators of Change

Swift Creek Elementary students will meet as Gators of Change 3:45-4:30 p.m. Jan. 22. This is a club for fourth- and fifth-graders; they discuss how to make a positive change in the school and community, then implement their plans. For more information, call Stacey Mitchell at 739-6305.

Magical math

Hopkins Elementary will welcome Brian Curry and his Magical Math Tour at 2:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 26. For details about this fun, energizing and educational event, go to For information about the Hopkins Elementary assemblies, call 743-3665.

Medieval history

Dr. Leigh Ann Craig, a VCU history professor who specializes in medieval history, will visit Winterpock Elementary 8:30-10 a.m. Jan. 26 to help fifth-grade Center Based Gifted students prepare for project-based learning about the Middle Ages. The students will host a medieval fair 1:20-2:30 p.m. Jan. 29. For details, contact


Woolridge Elementary’s Running Club will run 2-4 p.m. Jan. 31 around the bus loop. For more information, call 739-6330.

Calendar changes

Anticipating an unusually high turnout for the presidential primaries, the Chesterfield Electoral Board asked in October that Chesterfield County Public Schools be closed to students on March 1. School leaders agreed that the teaching-and-learning process could be disrupted at the nearly 50 schools used as polling precincts. With polls open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. March 1 and with the potential of 40,000 visitors in schools, Chesterfield County Public Schools agreed to cancel school for students on March 1, changing that date to a student holiday and teacher workday. To make up the lost instructional time, early-release days previously scheduled for Jan. 27 and Feb. 24 were eliminated. Jan. 27 and Feb. 24 are now full instructional days for teachers and students. This change in the 2015-16 school calendar was first communicated to employees and parents via digital newsletters on Oct. 22. The revised calendar is posted here: