News Tips – Nov. 9, 2015

News tips from Chesterfield County Public Schools / 804-748-1405

On most Mondays, Chesterfield County Public Schools will email information about interesting activities and events that members of the media are invited to cover. If something included here intrigues you, then you are welcome to cover it. When you arrive at the school, please go to the office, identify yourself as a reporter and use your driver’s license to sign in through the visitor ID system.

War Memorial

On Veterans Day, Midlothian High will dedicate its newly erected War Memorial at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. The memorial began as a student-driven project to honor Midlothian High graduates who died while serving their country. With community support through a GoFundMe campaign and a generous donation from Cross Creek Nursery, the project quickly expanded to include a brick walkway/reflection area. Veterans of American Legion Post 186, school leaders, community leaders and guests will attend the dedication of the memorial and honor veterans for their service. The names of Midlothian graduates who have died during war are inscribed on the memorial; the brick walkway will honor those who have served or are serving in the military. On Nov. 11, Air Force Maj. Charles A. Ransom will be remembered and honored as the memorial’s sole inscription; he died at age 31 on April 27, 2011, in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. For more information, contact or call 378-2440.


  • Bellwood Elementary will honor veterans at 2:30 p.m. 10 by welcoming them to a Veterans Day celebration. The event will include performances by second-graders, slideshow and reception. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms. For more information, contact
  • Carver Middle will present a Veterans Day concert at 8:15 a.m. 11. Seventh-grade band and choral students will perform patriotic and military selections. Staff Sgt. Justin Billingsley from the 4th Marine Corps District Recruiting Command will be the guest speaker. All veterans and members of the military and their families are invited to attend. For more information, call Shirley Conley or Skip Choate at 524-3620.
  • Davis Elementary will hold a Veterans Day assembly 9:45-10:15 a.m. 11, honoring veterans with speakers and music by fourth-graders. For more information, contact or 674-1310.
  • If weather permits, Manchester Middle will commemorate Veterans Day with an outdoor gathering at 9:50 a.m. 11. The band and chorus will perform, and Boy Scouts will raise the flag and lead about 1,500 students and staff members in the Pledge of Allegiance. Also, at 7 p.m. Nov. 11, Manchester Middle will present a Veterans Day concert.
  • Alberta Smith Elementary fourth-graders will present a concert honoring veterans that will include songs and essays. The event begins at 7 p.m. 11. For more information, contact
  • Jacobs Road Elementary students will present a Veterans Day musical 7-8 p.m. 12. For more information, call Carol Hamrick at 674-1320.
  • Salem Church Elementary’s second- and fourth-grade students will present a Veterans Day program with songs honoring veterans at 2 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. 12. For more information, contact

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:

  • Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Spring Run Elementary (call 639-6352 for more information)
    • 11 — For Military Career Day Awareness, students and staff members will dress in patriotic colors or military attire.
    • 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.

Online voting for Midlothian High

Midlothian High has qualified as one of 50 large schools nationally competing for 11 $100,000 grants provided through the Celebrate My Drive competition. Only two Virginia schools qualified from 7,000 submissions. The next round involves a voting competition that will begin Nov. 9 and run through Nov. 13. All votes will be submitted by visiting, voting once per day per email address. For more information, contact or 378-2440.


Monacan High will present “You Can’t Take It With You” at 7 p.m. Nov. 12-14. Tickets cost $7. For more information, contact or 378-2480.

Ambassador District for #GoOpen

Chesterfield County Public Schools is one of six school districts nationwide to be selected as Ambassador Districts for the #GoOpen campaign of the U.S. Department of Education. The initiative, which encourages states, school districts and educators to replace traditional textbooks with openly licensed educational materials, was announced Oct. 29 during an Open Education Symposium held at the White House.

“Our innovative and effective educational strategies are being recognized across the United States,” said Dr. Marcus Newsome, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. “Chesterfield County Public Schools is transforming public education to help our students become self-directed learners and problem-solvers and to empower our teachers as creative educational leaders. Continuing to do the same thing in the same way year after year after year is no longer an option in our school district. We look forward to supporting other school districts along their path to success.”

Additional information is online at

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. Here are direct links to the proposed 2016-17 calendar ( and an online form for comments ( 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. For more information, go to


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.

Coat drive

Falling Creek Middle is collecting coats through mid-November. Cecelia Greenwood and Success program students are coordinating the Coats for Kids drive for Falling Creek Middle. Last year, they collected 100 coats. This year, the goal is 150 to 200. For more information, contact

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

Henricus field trip

Second-graders from Spring Run Elementary will visit Henricus Historical Park 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 11. For more information, call 639-6352.

Field trip

First-graders from Spring Run Elementary will visit Willow Lawn 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Nov. 12. For more information, call 639-6352.

Bravo! Awards

Members of the Chesterfield County School Board may attend the Bravo! Awards dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St. in Richmond. Given by the Chesterfield Education Foundation, these awards recognize outstanding alumni of Chesterfield County Public Schools. For more information, go to

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. Nov. 18 with a 1950s-style sock hop. For more information, contact 639-6352.

Elementary and high school leaders

From 9 a.m. to noon on 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 School. 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.