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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Feb. 12, 2021

Black History Month event #

Black History Month Event: Stamped

An evening with Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Join Jason Reynolds and Dr. Kendi as they discuss their collaboration on “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” a young adult adaptation of Dr. Kendi’s “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” Registration is now open.

This moderated virtual event will be hosted by Chesterfield County Public Library on Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 7- 8 p.m. You must be registered to receive the event link. Register here

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Honor recipient and The Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author, winner of the National Book Award and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. 

This event is brought to you with support from the Friends of Chesterfield County Public Library in partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools.

For more information, or to register, please call 804-751-CCPL (2275) or visit

Gates Elementary celebrates Chinese New Year with wish tossing tradition #

Chesterfield County Public Schools serves a diverse community of learners. Teachers go the extra mile every day to find innovative ways to connect with their students and encourage them to explore and welcome differences. 

Team Chesterfield staff members embrace and celebrate the diversity of one another and their students because they recognize that together these differences make a stronger learning community. One such teacher who exemplifies this mindset is Kai Chen, the lead Chinese teacher at Gates Elementary. 

To learn what Mr. Chen’s students did today, read the Wednesday Spotlight.

Children celebrating Chinese New Year

CCPSOnline registration open for the 2021-22 school year #

CCPSOnline is built for flexibility and offers all students the opportunity to take select middle school courses and high school credit courses online. CCPSOnline offers asynchronous learning opportunities for students, so assignments can be completed in a manner that best fits the student’s lifestyle. Students also choose to pursue CCPSOnline because they prefer the online course opportunities for the following reasons:

  • Access to courses not offered at their home school
  • To take required courses to free up their schedule for electives and/or career pathways
  • Get ahead of, complete, or makeup graduation requirements
  • Simply prefer online learning

For course information, costs, frequently asked questions, online application, and the application tracker, click here. Students are also encouraged to consult with their school counselor if they have questions.

Registration for the 2021-22 CCPSOnline school year is open through Friday, July 9, at 5 p.m. (Registration for the summer session is not open yet.)

Career and Technical Center (CTE) registration open for the 2021-22 school year #

The Career and Technical Center program has expanded over the years to allow students more opportunities to explore potential college and career paths through hands-on courses designed to support specific interests. CTE courses prepare students with the skills, knowledge and credentials they need to be successful post-graduation. Students choose CTE courses for the following reasons:

  • Work-based learning opportunities, such as internships, apprenticeships, and volunteer experiences that allow students to apply their skills.
  • Dual enrollment courses offer the opportunity for qualifying students to earn college credit at reduced cost.
  •  Industry credentials are valuable professional certifications that give CCTC students an edge on the competition for jobs or college admissions.
  • Hands-on instruction provides the opportunity for students to study with expert instructors and then apply the newly learned skills by doing, making, fixing, creating and experimenting in a safe learning environment.

For more information about the program, available courses, frequently asked questions and the online application, click here.  Students are also encouraged to consult with their school counselor if they have questions. Acceptance status will be posted mid-to-late March, pending the volume of applications submitted.

Registration for the 2021-22 school year is open through Sunday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m.

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year #

We are looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2034!

Online preregistration, a list of frequently asked questions, and detailed information about the kindergarten registration process for the 2021-22 school year will be available for families of incoming kindergarten students at the end of February.

School division and community supports #

Welcoming Communities: LGBTQ+ Families

The CCPS Office of Family and Community Engagement recently held a panel discussion, the first in a series of supports, for LGBTQ+ families and their advocates. The panel consisted of parents of LGBTQ+ youth, students, teachers, and counselors and provided general information and insights.  

Watch their discussion and be on the lookout for their next event!

Mental Health First Aid Classes #

Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can learn to help them.

Chesterfield County’s Mental Health Prevention Services team will offer monthly Mental Health First Aid classes from January through June. Classes are for adults only.

  • Mental Health First Aid Adult (next available session is Feb. 24.)
    • The adult class is focused on helping an adult showing signs of a mental health emergency. For class information, dates and times, click here. To register for a Mental Health First Aid Adult class, click here

To see other available classes for parents, visit the Chesterfield County Prevention Programs website.

Safe Routes to School: February newsletter #

Are you looking for something to do at home with your child? Look no further! Safe Routes to School has two new exercise challenges to help students get moving. Read their February newsletter for brain break ideas, a book suggestion, and fun activities in addition to the challenges.

Fun nutrition education and activities #

Our Food and Nutrition Services team has gathered recipes, food safety tips, and fun activities for families. Included as a resource is the February edition of the Teen Food and Fitness newsletter that has several recipes, healthy nutrition guidance, and fun activities to promote wellness in teens. Also included with the resources is the February edition of the Nutrition Nuggets newsletter which has alternatives to fast food, winter fun activities, and tasty recipes.

Whether it’s activities to get your whole family moving or healthy recipes, these resources are a fun way for kids to learn more about nutrition and developing a healthy lifestyle. Click here to see all of our Food and Nutrition Services’ educational resources.

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