Perfect GED score
Damien Hollon achieved a perfect score of 4,000 on the GED® test. His was one of just two perfect scores among the 21,237 GED tests given in Virginia in 2011. By passing the test, Hollon earned his GED certificate, which is equivalent to a high school diploma.
Now 24, Hollon dropped out during his junior year of high school when he was 16. He decided to earn his GED for three reasons: to get a better job, to provide for his family and “to honor the memory of my mother who always nudged me in that direction.” He took the GED test through the Adult Continuing Education Office of Chesterfield County Public Schools.
The GED test has five content areas (reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics). The minimum passing score is an average of 450 or higher on each subject test (a total standard score of 2,250 or higher). In addition, test takers must score at least 410 in each subject.
Reading Teacher of the Year
The Richmond Area Reading Council selected Lauren Lineweaver as the Richmond Area Reading Teacher of the Year. She is the reading specialist at Falling Creek Elementary. An educator for 16 years, she is a graduate of James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received her master’s degree in reading.
Virginia Honor Bands
Six Chesterfield high schools earned Virginia Honor Band status: Clover Hill, Cosby, Thomas Dale, James River, Matoaca and Monacan. To achieve this honor, the school’s marching band must achieve a superior rating in the fall and the school’s concert band or orchestra must achieve a superior rating in the spring.
High school orchestras achieving a superior rating are Clover Hill, Thomas Dale and James River. Also, Bird High’s wind symphony received a superior rating.
Middle school bands achieving a superior rating are Bailey Bridge, Midlothian, Robious, Salem Church and Tomahawk Creek. Middle school orchestras achieving a superior rating are Elizabeth Davis, Matoaca, Midlothian, Robious and Tomahawk Creek.
First Book grant
The prekindergarten program of Chesterfield County Public Schools won a First Book grant of $5,487.50 for the 2012-13 school year. This means that every prekindergarten student will receive five or six books at the beginning of the school year to keep for a home library.