Embracing college and career readiness #
November is College and Career Readiness Month, but November just isn’t big enough for all the activities in Chesterfield County Public Schools so October also holds opportunities for college and career exploration. Exploring potential paths to college and career is part of goal 1 of the school system’s strategic plan: All students and staff will embody an infinite learner mindset. Woven throughout each school year are experiences and opportunities to help students explore paths to their future. Here are some upcoming opportunities.
Specialty center open houses start Oct. 17 #
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:
Attend one or more open houses at specialty centers and regional schools, which are listed below and are also 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 are available starting Oct. 14 and the application for CodeRVA is available starting Jan. 2.
- Deadline to apply for specialty centers and governor’s schools is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 2, and deadline to apply for CodeRVA is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 17.
- In March, students will find out if they have been accepted.
Here are the open houses at specialty centers and regional schools:
- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17: Meadowbrook Academy for Developing Entrepreneurs at Meadowbrook High
- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17: International Baccalaureate Program at Meadowbrook High (for students zoned for Bird, Manchester, Matoaca, Meadowbrook and Thomas Dale high schools)
- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17: International Baccalaureate Program at Midlothian High (for students zoned for Clover Hill, Cosby, Midlothian, Monacan and James River high schools)
- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19: Health Professions and Therapies Specialty Center at
- Monacan High
- 6 p.m. Oct. 18: CodeRVA (this open house will also be available virtually via link on coderva.org)
- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20: Humanities Specialty Center at Monacan High
- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24: Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill
- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25: Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies at Bird High
- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26: Information Technology Specialty Center at Matoaca High
- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27: Spanish Immersion Specialty Center at Manchester High
- 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1: Governor’s Health Science Academy at Cosby High
- 6 p.m. Nov. 2: Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
- 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3: Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center at James River High
- 6 p.m. Nov. 9: Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (virtual information forum via link at www.mlwgs.com/events)
- 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10: Mass Communications Specialty Center at Manchester High
- 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15: Specialty Center for the Arts at Thomas Dale High
6 p.m. Dec. 13: CodeRVA (will also be available virtually via link on coderva.org)
- While every day is a good day to appreciate our bus drivers, Oct. 19 in Virginia is officially School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day. (Also, Oct. 17-21 is School Bus Safety Week.)
- The Lucian Hunter Foundation of Hope annually honors bus drivers from central Virginia school systems. George “Bear” Garrett (pictured) received this year’s Stellar Bus Driver Award for Chesterfield County Public Schools.
The final community meeting to share information about the community facilities bond plan will be held virtually via Facebook Live on Monday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. More information is available at chesterfield.gov/bond.
Find important information on the school division website #
MyChesterfieldSchools.com is where you can find news updates, information about events and opportunities and what is happening in schools.
Additionally, all available job openings can be found by visiting the Careers page.
Are you interested in participating on a School Board advisory committee? Current openings on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (Bermuda District) and School Health Advisory Board (Bermuda and Midlothian districts) are posted here.
Transportation Update #
My Stop App #
Reminder: My Stop notified the school division that their Android mobile phone app is no longer available for Android phones, but an update is in progress. The My Stop app helps families see their child’s school bus location and an approximate time it will arrive at the bus stop. Until the Android app update is released, families with Android phones may find the same student bus information on the My Stop web page, which can be accessed on mobile devices. Click here for more information about the My Stop app or to troubleshoot issues.
Superintendent Merv Daugherty shared the following stats on transportation at the Tuesday, Oct. 11 School Board meeting.
Pink Flamingo Week is Oct. 19-26 #
During Pink Flamingo Week, be sure to watch CCPS social media for details about where to drop off coats to keep local students warm. You can also support this effort by donating online to the Chesterfield Education Foundation. For each $25, a warm coat will be purchased for a Chesterfield County child.
On-time graduation rate and dropout rate improve over pre-pandemic data #
According to data released by the Virginia Department of Education, Chesterfield County Public Schools achieved improvements in 2022 in both the on-time graduation rate and the dropout rate when compared to pre-pandemic numbers:
“Chesterfield students and teachers are working hard to achieve success, and that effort is reflected in the data,” said Superintendent Merv Daugherty. “Everyone in Chesterfield schools is committed to doing what’s best for kids. As we say, all means all. We are here to educate all students, and we are working to help all students graduate on time and make sure no student drops out.”
Dr. Daugherty noted that Virginia graduation requirements were different during the 2020 and 2021 COVID-19 pandemic years, so data from those years cannot readily be compared to pre- and post-pandemic data. Read more here.
Calendar info #
- Chesterfield schools that follow the traditional calendar will dismiss students three hours early on Oct. 28.
- All Chesterfield students will be out of school Nov. 7-8. Nov. 7 is parent-teacher conference day, and Nov. 8 is a holiday.
- All Chesterfield schools and school offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 23-25.
Download complete calendars at bit.ly/CCPScals.
Chesterfield County Public Schools partners with VCU Health Sports Medicine to provide athletic training personnel/services to our high schools. Currently, VCU is seeking certified athletic trainers to serve CCPS at Clover Hill and James River high schools.
If you or someone you know is interested in these opportunities, click on the links below:
Tech It Out begins Oct. 18 #
Are you ready to Tech It Out? Join Techy Becky, Moseley Elementary instructional designer, and Cat Tompkins, Family and Community Engagement specialist, in virtual conversations about technology and children (birth-11 years). Sign up here for the 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 conversation about raising healthy kids in a digital world: tinyurl.com/techitout10.
Welcome to the Middle Ages, a resource for middle school parents and caregivers. This free webinar series is a guide through the middle school years, which can be exciting and challenging. The 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 session is called “Bracing for Battles, Besties and Brain Games” and focuses on social and emotional wellness. Get details and register for all of the Middle Ages sessions that interest you at bit.ly/3ud81qz.
Gifted education referrals #
Chesterfield County Public Schools conducts an annual referral process to identify gifted students, and Oct. 26 is the deadline to refer students currently in grades 2-12. Students are evaluated during the current school year for services that will formally begin in the 2023-2024 school year. The gifted education overview offers more information.
- Parents, teachers, community members, and students can refer a student for gifted evaluation by filling out this online form.
- March 1 is the deadline to refer students currently in grades K-1 within Chesterfield County Public Schools.
- A fall assessment opportunity is available for students in grades 2-12 who are not enrolled in Chesterfield County Public Schools but who live in Chesterfield County. This referral deadline is Oct. 26.
Details about how Chesterfield County Public Schools identifies, serves and supports gifted learners are available here.