Work-Based Learning Fair for grades 6-12 #
Job shadowing, internships and mentorships are among the work-based learning opportunities in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Students in grades 6-12 and their parents will hear directly from work-based learning students and business partners during a Work-Based Learning Fair 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Monacan High, 11501 Smoketree Drive. Families are asked to register in advance.
Eight Chesterfield County educators win 2022 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence #
Worldwide adventures in learning await eight Chesterfield County teachers who were named 2022 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence winners and will receive a total of $107,000 in professional development grants from the Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation.
The annual program recognizes excellence in public education by awarding cash grants to outstanding public school teachers from Chesterfield, Richmond, Henrico and Hanover and the Department of Juvenile Justice in those localities. These Chesterfield County teachers won 2022 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence:
- Kara Barton of Old Hundred Elementary won $14,500 to cultivate wonder, support student inquiry and provide multiple means of expression while developing early literacy skills by visiting Reggio-inspired classrooms in the United States and abroad.
- Kimberly Bliley of Bird High won $14,000 to understand how students with intellectual disabilities are supported by New Zealand’s Disability Strategy by learning its application in education and employment and participate in an inclusive and non-disabling society.
- Jennifer Deckert of Chesterfield Virtual School won $12,500 to explore building community, kindness and compassion in the classrooms of Denmark, which established mandatory empathy classes for all students and is known as the second happiest country in the world.
- Sam Leone of Cosby High won $15,000 to travel North America and Europe exploring diverse engineering applications including architecture, roller-coasters, sporting equipment, motor sports and fine woodworking to enhance knowledge of engineering and manufacturing processes.
- Shelley Loker of Gates Elementary won $11,000 to implement play-based learning into the kindergarten classroom by exploring classrooms in London and Oxford, England, and by attending a play-based early education conference in Miami.
- Victoria Parent of Monacan High won $15,000 to study indigenous and colonial history of the Philippines, deepen understanding of Asian American Pacific Islander identity, explore generational immigrant experiences and increase AAPI voices in English curriculum.
- Nicole Stonestreet of Manchester High won $15,000 to study the development and evolution of democracy as it followed various trade routes through Greece, Italy and Croatia around the Adriatic Sea.
- Julia West of Providence Middle won $10,000 to collaborate with English as a Second Language teachers across the country; participate in a Spanish immersion program in Costa Rica; and attend a TESOL conference.
In addition to the eight teachers named as R.E.B. winners, three Chesterfield County Public Schools teachers were recognized as finalists and received a $1,000 grant in recognition of their achievements in the classroom:Heather Andre of Cosby High, Erin Murtagh of Monacan High and Kimberley Raimist of Bird High.
National School Psychology Week #
Nov. 7-11 is National School Psychology Week. This year’s national theme is “Together We Shine,” which recognizes the important contributions of school psychologists.
Last week at the Gold Star Gala, we honored Teachers of the Year from every Chesterfield County school, including our 2023 Teacher of the Year Vivian Rivera-Maysonet.
Parents and caregivers are invited for Coffee + Conversation, free virtual sessions offering helpful information. The 1-2 p.m. Nov. 9 gathering will focus on bullying. Register for the topics that most interest you at tinyurl.com/CCPSCandC. Coffee + Conversation is hosted by #oneCCPS Family and Community Engagement Office and Chesterfield County Prevention Services.
Cold and flu season is upon us. Here are some quick reminders:
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Wash hands often with soap and water; use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
- If a fever is present, stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Read the current student COVID-19 FAQ here. If a student tests positive for COVID, contact your school nurse immediately.
Report fraud, waste and abuse using anonymous hotline #
Organizations worldwide lose an estimated 5 percent of their annual revenues to fraud, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In honor of International Fraud Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19), Internal Audit is bringing awareness to its fraud, waste and abuse hotline (804-318-8000).
Chesterfield County residents and employees are encouraged to report wrongdoing involving fraud, waste and abuse of Chesterfield government and school assets or resources. Examples of violations include:
- Falsification of records
- Serious abuse or excessive use of time
- Theft of funds
The hotline (804-318-8000) can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and callers can remain anonymous as caller ID and call-back features have been disabled to maintain confidentiality. Visit the reporting fraud, waste and abuse website for more information.
November is College and Career Readiness Month #
Schools explore college and career readiness in a variety of ways, including days when students and teachers dress to represent their college or future career. Read more about CCPS college and career opportunities.
Bond referendum: Community Facilities Bond Plan #
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Chesterfield residents will vote on the Community Facilities Bond Plan, which would authorize the issuance of $540 million in general obligation bonds. If approved, the Community Facilities Bond Plan will, over the next eight to 10 years, fund 26 capital improvement projects split among four categories: schools, public safety, libraries and parks.
Some $375 million of the bonds would be allocated to Chesterfield County Public Schools for seven projects that include replacing three elementary schools and building another while also building a new high school in western Route 360, expanding Thomas Dale High School and replacing Midlothian Middle School. Meanwhile, the $165 million that would be allocated for county government projects includes $81.1 million for public safety, $45.7 million for libraries and $38.2 million for parks and recreation. Read more in English or in Spanish or visit chesterfield.gov/bond.
Families invited to Nov. 5 touch-a-truck event #
The VDOT Richmond District will host its second Highway Heroes event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. Family friendly activities include demonstrations, helicopters, fire trucks and food vendors. This free event leads up to Crash Responders Safety Week (Nov. 14-18) and highlights the importance of safe driving and the roles our highway workers/first responders play in keeping the traveling public safe.
Career and Technical Center applications are open #
Students may apply through Dec. 2 to attend Chesterfield Career and Technical Center for the 2023-24 school year. Learn more about the application process at oneccps.org/ctc/apply/. Open house events will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, for students and families to learn more about programs at both CTC campuses:
- ESL information session: Courthouse campus (10101 Courthouse Road) 10 a.m.
- Courthouse campus open house (10101 Courthouse Road): 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Hull Street campus open house (13900 Hull Street Road): noon-2 p.m.
Open houses showcase high school specialty centers and regional schools #
During eighth grade, students decide whether or not to apply to a specialty center within Chesterfield County Public Schools, to a governor’s school or to a regional technology school. Here’s how students and parents can learn more:
- Review information at bit.ly/CCPSoptions, including this video: youtu.be/ZJyBavpvqag.
- Attend one or more open houses at specialty centers and regional schools, listed at bit.ly/CCPSoptions.
Here is the 2022-23 timeline for eighth graders who want to apply to a specialty center or regional school:
- At ccpsopportunities.com, the applications for specialty centers and governor’s schools were available starting Oct. 14 and the application for CodeRVA is available starting Jan. 2.
- The deadline to apply for specialty centers and governor’s schools is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 2, and the deadline to apply for CodeRVA is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 17.
- In March, students will find out if they have been accepted.