Get ready for breakfast fun March 7-11! #
Elizabeth Scott Elementary instructional designer Tracey Curcio has been nationally recognized. She is one of two educators in Virginia and one of 117 nationwide to win the Presidential Award of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science teachers, the award honors teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning. Award winners receive a $10,000 unrestricted award from the National Science Foundation, a presidential certificate and a trip to the nation’s capital for a series of recognition events and professional development activities. A virtual ceremony to honor all winners took place Feb. 24. Click here for more information about the Presidential Award of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Transportation update #
- Since school began, 206 drivers have been added to the road.
- We started the year with hundreds of double-back routes, and now they have all been eliminated.
- Up to eight more drivers can possibly be assigned to routes next week based on CDL test scheduling and results.
Coffee + Conversation #
Parents and caregivers are invited for weekly Coffee + Conversation, free virtual sessions 1-2 p.m. offering helpful information. Building resilience is the topic for March 9. Register for the sessions that most interest you: bit.ly/3f4C7V7. Coffee + Conversation is hosted by the school system’s Family and Community Engagement Office and Chesterfield County Prevention Services.
Check your mailbox! #
The second edition of CCPS on the Go is landing in mailboxes this week. Delivered to every residential address in Chesterfield County, this printed newsletter is packed with news from Chesterfield County Public Schools. Digital versions of CCPS on the Go are available in English and in Spanish. One more edition is planned for this school year; this publication is initially funded through federal relief funds to improve reach of communication throughout the school district.
COVID-19 update #
In collaboration with Chesterfield County and Risk Management, Chesterfield County Public Schools on Feb. 28 shared important updates related to COVID-19 guidance, effective March 1:
- Masks are now optional on school buses
- Masks are now optional for CCPS staff and visitors
Guidance has been shifting over the last several weeks, reflecting the changing nature of COVID-19. On Feb. 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted the requirement for masks on school buses and provided new tools to evaluate COVID-19 community levels and corresponding precautions.
For more information, see the COVID-19 Guidance page.
Upcoming dates #
- March is Women’s History Month.
- March is Youth Art Month.
- March is Music in Our Schools Month.
- March is Theater in Our Schools Month.
- March is Middle Level Education Month.
- March is VSBA Equity in Education Month.
- March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
- March is Gender Equality Month.
- March is Greek American Heritage Month.
- March is Irish American Heritage Month.
- March 4 is Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day.
- March 4 is National Employee Appreciation Day.
- March 6-12 is National School Social Work Week.
- March 6-12 is National Foreign Language Week.
- March 7-11 is National School Breakfast Week.
- March 7-11 is Virginia’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.
- March 8 is International Women’s Day.
- March 11 is Johnny Appleseed Day. (There is also one in September.)
- March 13 is the start of daylight saving time.
- March 14 is Pi Day.
- March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day.
- March 19 is Holi.
- March 20 is the vernal equinox.
- March 20-26 is National Poison Prevention Week.
- March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
- March 22 is National Agriculture Day.
- March 22 is World Water Day.
- March 23 is the anniversary of Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty or give me death” speech.
- March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility.
Awards for Chesterfield volunteers #
Chesterfield County is accepting nominations for the Chesterfield Community Champions awards, which honor residents who volunteer their time and resources. To nominate a volunteer in your life, complete a nomination form before March 14. There are seven categories for nominating volunteers:
- Youth (ages 12 and younger)
- Teen (ages 13 and older)
- Youth group (two or more volunteers under age 18)
- Adult (ages 18 to 59)
- Senior (ages 60 and over)
- Group (two or more volunteers with no age restriction)
- Organization (a business, church, etc.)