Washington Redskins reading program added to summer learning opportunities in Chesterfield

A new reading partnership with the Washington Redskins is adding excitement to summer learning for elementary students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Details about the Redskins Read program will be shared during CCPS Night at the Chesterfield Libraries, scheduled 6-8 p.m. May 15 at every county library except Bon Air, which is closed for renovations. Also available during the library event will be summer reading lists for middle school and high school students.

“The school year ends in June, but learning continues year-round,” said Superintendent Marcus Newsome. “Reading is fundamental for success in education. That’s why we encourage every student to read throughout the summer. We are appreciative of our partnership with the Washington Redskins and are encouraged by their incentives to spur our students to read as much as possible.”

In the Redskins Read program, every 10 minutes a student reads equals a yard and 100 reading minutes equal a touchdown. Students who read the most can win prizes, classes can win visits with writers, and one elementary school will win a reading rally with a Redskins player or former player plus an addition to the school library.

In addition to reading initiatives, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers summer instruction that makes it easy to study a new subject or boost academic skills. Participating in summer classes or taking advantage of other resources available through Chesterfield County Public Schools helps students prepare for academic success when classes start in September.

Brochures with all of the details about summer classes are available in school offices and online at mychesterfieldschools.com. Here are summaries of summer learning opportunities offered by Chesterfield County Public Schools:

Online resources for independent study

Even before school dismisses for the summer, students have access to a collection of helpful resources at https://sites.google.com/a/ccpsnet.net/parent-sol-resources/This site includes multimedia experiences, activities, links to other websites and additional resources aligned to Virginia’s Standards of Learning that students, parents and teachers are encouraged to use to support student learning. SOL links are live now; summer learning links will soon be clickable.

Online classes

Registration is open for online high school classes offered by Chesterfield County Public Schools:

  • Registration closes May 23 for health and P.E. classes.
  • Registration closes June 13 for all other summer online classes. These classes — several as honors-level classes — are available this summer: English 9; American Literature; British Literature; World Literature; World History I; World History II; Virginia and U.S. History; Virginia and U.S. Government; Algebra I; Algebra II; Geometry; Earth/Space Science; Biology I; Biology II; Chemistry; Physics; Psychology; Sociology; and Economics and Personal Finance.

Summer online tuition costs $250 per class for Chesterfield County residents and $500 per class for all other students. For more information, visit ccpsonline.ccpsnet.net.

Elementary students

Academic classes in language arts and math, English for Speakers of Other Languages and a sixth-grade SOL workshop will be offered for elementary students. Classes will meet 8 a.m.-noon Mondays through Thursdays June 30-July 31. (The SOL workshop covers the same dates but has a slightly different time — 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — and will be held at middle schools.) Tuition ranges from $90 to $224. Students must register before May 30 at their home schools.

Middle school students

Academic classes in English, social studies, math and science and English for Speakers of Other Languages will be offered for middle school students. Classes will meet 8:30 a.m.-
1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays July 7-31. Middle school students can register for the full session (July 7-31) for $224 or can register for the first session (July 7-17, $112) or the second session (July 21-31, $112). Students register at their home schools through June 13. Students who receive a late registration permission form may sign up if space remains available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-25 at the Chesterfield Technical Center, 10101 Courthouse Road.

High school students

Academic classes and English for Speakers of Other Languages will be offered for high school students. Classes will meet 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 30-Aug. 7. Students register at their home schools through June 13. Students who receive a late registration permission form may sign up if space remains available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-25
at the Chesterfield Technical Center, 10101 Courthouse Road. Tuition is $250 for Chesterfield County residents. If space is available, students who live outside Chesterfield County may pay $500 and register 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25 at the Chesterfield Technical Center. Graduation for students who complete their high school requirements during the summer will take place at
10 a.m. Aug. 9 at Cosby High School, 14300 Fox Club Parkway.

Fine Arts Academy

Students can explore Japanese drumming, painting, acting, sculpture, violin, jewelry making, claymation and other creative areas at the Fine Arts Academy. Open to grades K-12, the Fine Arts Academy will run Mondays through Thursdays July 7-31 at Manchester Middle School, 7401 Hull Street Road. Classes will meet 8-10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., making it possible for students to enroll in two classes if they wish. Students register at their home schools for the Fine Arts Academy; registration is open through June 13. Tuition ranges from $100 to $200
per class.

Special education

Special education classes for elementary students in Chesterfield County Public Schools will be offered 8 a.m.-noon Mondays through Thursdays June 30-July 31. Tuition is $180. Students register at their home schools through May 30.

Special education classes for Chesterfield County Public Schools students in grades 6-12 will be offered 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 30-July 31 at Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road. Tuition is $225. Students register at their home schools through May 30.

SOL Academy

The SOL Academy is free and open to Chesterfield County high school students who passed a class but did not yet pass the end-of-course SOL test. Chesterfield County Public Schools offers a special curriculum taught by master teachers to help students prepare for re-testing. The SOL Academy will meet July 7-29 at Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road. Students can choose to attend 7:30-9:30 a.m., 9:50-11:50 a.m. or both time slots if necessary. Online registration will run May 26-July 1 at mychesterfieldschools.com.

SAT/ACT Academy

Free and open to rising juniors and seniors in Chesterfield County Public Schools who have taken the PSAT, the SAT/ACT Academy will meet at Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road. Depending on which test sections they want to focus on, students can choose to attend 7:30-9:30 a.m., 9:50-11:50 a.m. or both time slots. Three SAT/ACT Academies are scheduled: July 7-10, July 14-17 and July 21-24. Online registration will start May 26 at mychesterfieldschools.com.