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.
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 titled “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.
Transportation Update #
We’re hiring bus drivers
As of Oct. 6, there were 63 bus driver vacancies. Four new drivers started on routes this week. We have additional candidates in training and others who are moving through the hiring process.
Would you or someone you know like to be a bus driver? Here is what you can expect:
- Paid training beginning on the first day of training class
- State-approved CDL school bus driver training course provided free-of-charge
- Eligibility for a $50 perfect-attendance bonus each month
- Eligibility for a $100 safe-driving bonus each semester
- Eligibility for retention bonuses
- Full-time benefits: Virginia Retirement System, Health/Dental/Life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Paid Leave, Employee Assistance Program
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:
Congrats to R.E.B. finalists! #
Congratulations to the 2022 finalists for the R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence! These instructors from Chesterfield County Public Schools and three other central Virginia school systems demonstrate a sincere passion for teaching while also serving as mentors, coaches and champions for their students. Selected from 75 nominations submitted by students, parents and colleagues, these 25 finalists (11 from CCPS) are in the running to receive cash grants to continue their own love of learning as they pursue adventures of a lifetime. Winners will be announced in November.
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.
Oct. 10-14 is National School Lunch Week #
Team Chesterfield is ready to celebrate National School Lunch Week Oct. 10-14. Check out these awesome and informative posters — poster 1, poster 2 — designed by students in the Mass Communications Specialty Center at Manchester High School. This year’s national theme of “Peace, Love & School Lunch” highlights the importance of a healthy school lunch to students’ success both in and out of the classroom.
Bullying Prevention Month #
October is Bullying Prevention Month. #oneCCPS standards for student conduct prohibit bullying, and schools teach respectful expectations and behaviors using the Promote Respect anti-bullying program. Concerns about bullying should be reported immediately; one way is the “report bullying” link on every school website.
Disability History and Awareness Month #
More than a decade ago, at the request of a group of young people with disabilities, Virginia began recognizing October as Disability History and Awareness Month: “Disability history education and awareness will promote positive attitudes in schools creating a culture of mutual respect, understanding and equal opportunities for all.” #oneCCPS joins Virginians and others nationwide to increase awareness, respect and acceptance for students with disabilities.
Register today for the Oct. 31-Nov. 3 SAT Academy #
The SAT Academy helps prepare students for the SAT test. The next academy session will run from Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Clover Hill High School. Classes meet from 3:40-5:40 p.m. daily. Transportation is provided to take students to Clover Hill High and return them to their home high school. Click here to register.
There is no fee for the academy, but it is necessary to purchase a book for the course. This can be done through Online School Payments.
The SAT test is not administered during the academy. Contact your counselor for more information about the SAT test visit the CollegeBoard website.
ESL College Awareness Program #
Chesterfield County Public Schools invites English learners in middle school and high school and their families to a free College Awareness Program at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and Oct. 20 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull. Register by calling the ESL Family Engagement Office at 804-706-6073 or 804-706-6075.
Get answers to your questions about college #
- What is a reach school, a competitive school and a safety school?
- What’s the Common App? What’s the Coalition App?
- What is the difference between early action, early decision, rolling admission and open admission?
Get answers to these questions and more during college application assistance events organized by Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield County Public Library and GRASP. These free 10 a.m.-noon Saturday sessions for high school seniors and families will take place at the Central Library (7051 Lucy Corr Blvd.). Registration is required, so register here today for the session that fits your schedule:
- Oct. 22
- Nov. 12
Also, students and families can access helpful information about applying to college here.
During the in-person events, GRASP representatives will discuss financing options including scholarships. Other experts will offer tips for writing admission essays, securing letters of recommendation and building a resume with academics plus extracurricular activities.
Instructional assistant job fair #
We continue to seek outstanding people to serve in instructional assistant roles across the school division. Instructional assistants work closely with teachers and students to support classroom instruction.
When: Thursday, Oct. 13
Where: Monacan High School (11501 Smoketree Drive, Richmond, VA) from 4-7 p.m.
Every job available within Chesterfield County Public Schools is posted on our website, including positions for teachers, cafeteria staff, substitute teachers, administrators, instructional assistants, facilities employees, bus drivers and more. Find a job that makes a difference: Work in Chesterfield County Public Schools!
Mega Mentors works to help increase student success. Beginning in October, the organization will offer two ways for students to participate:
In-school mentoring sessions are available to students in grades 3-12 at participating schools; and any CCPS student in grades 6-12 can participate in after school virtual sessions. Sessions are held twice per month. See the flyer for more information.
Each year in the Denim Drive, families donate used denim clothing of all kinds. Goodwill tracks the denim donated on behalf of each Chesterfield County school, then awards nine cash prizes ($1,000, $750 and $500) to the top three elementary, middle and high schools. The denim is sold in Goodwill stores or recycled. Clean out your closet and support your school on these denim collection dates:
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at Bird High School (10301 Courthouse Road)
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15-16 at [email protected] (13900 Hull Street Road)
Free event will feature every Chesterfield County high school marching band #
Don’t miss this fall’s marching band exhibition featuring every high school in Chesterfield County Public Schools! Starting at 6:25 p.m. Oct. 10 on the Monacan High football field (11501 Smoketree Drive), everyone is invited to experience the bold sounds and precision moves of drumlines, brass and woodwinds alongside the beautiful choreography of color guards as 10 halftime shows march across the field. Admission is free. Rain date is Oct. 18.
The event will begin at 6:25 p.m. Oct. 10 with a combined performance of the national anthem by the bands of Robious Middle, Midlothian Middle and Providence Middle. The high school marching bands will then perform in this order:
- Meadowbrook Roaring Regiment
- Manchester Marching Lancers
- L.C. Bird Skyhawk Marching Band
- Matoaca Marching Warriors
- Monacan Marching Chiefs
- Midlothian Trojan Marching Band
- Cosby Titan Band
- James River Regiment
- Clover Hill Marching Cavaliers
- Thomas Dale Marching Knights
Let’s see your favorite fall sports and activities photos #
Please share your best fall 2022 sports and activities photos with Chesterfield County Public Schools for possible use in publications and online. We’re looking for active images of students of all ages. Share your photos using this quick-and-easy form.
Pink Flamingo Week is coming! Donate coats to keep Chesterfield kids warm #
Many children in our school community have needs outside the classroom. As we begin to prepare for cooler weather, we want to ensure students have what they need to stay warm. Chesterfield Education Foundation, in support of and in partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools, is sponsoring Pink Flamingo Week from Oct. 19-26 to make sure every Chesterfield student who needs a coat can get one. During this week, we will partner with community groups to coordinate a coat drive effort across our county.
- Do you own a business?
- Are you part of a community group?
- Are you an individual who would like to help this cause by hosting a coat drive?
You can help! Join in our effort by completing this brief form. Those who are interested in hosting a drive will receive a toolkit with tips, information to share via social media and flyers to help get the word out.
Let’s talk parenting! Parents and caregivers are invited for Coffee + Conversation, free virtual sessions 1-2 p.m. offering helpful information. On Oct. 12, Eric Faw from Chesterfield County Prevention Services will lead a conversation about preteen and early teen development. Strategies and suggested resources will be available for families who are face-to-face with the “Jekyll and Hyde” years. Register for the sessions that most interest you. Coffee + Conversation is hosted by #oneCCPS Family and Community Engagement Office and Chesterfield County Prevention Services.
How to nominate Someone You Should Know #
Someone You Should Know is a video series designed to share stories about interesting people working in Chesterfield County Public Schools. You can see the videos on the #oneCCPS YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/ccpsva). Nominate teachers and staff members by filling out the super-simple form at bit.ly/CCPSsomeone.