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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Sept. 23, 2022

New this week #

Groundbreaking marks the start of new Falling Creek Middle #

School and county leaders broke ground today on a replacement building for Falling Creek Middle School.

Virginia Public School Authority bonds are being used to finance the new building, which is expected to cost about $100 million and open for the 2024-25 school year. The new building will accommodate up to 1,800 students and is being built next to the current Falling Creek Middle School, which was built in 1966 and has a capacity of 1,080 students. Falling Creek Middle enrollment is 1,469 (as of Sept. 30, 2021).

“Now is the right time to replace Falling Creek Middle with a larger, 21st-century building,” said Debbie Bailey, Chesterfield County School Board member representing the Dale District. “Despite renovations and improvements over the decades, it is showing its age. The new building will better reflect the importance this community places on public education. I love that our new school building is going up so close to our current building because students and staff members will be able to see how it progresses — and anticipate moving into the new building in 2024. As a former teacher, I understand the energy and excitement that will create.”

Several speakers, including Superintendent Merv Daugherty, noted that joint leadership by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and School Board enabled construction on the replacement school to begin sooner than originally expected. “Our School Board and Board of Supervisors agree that we need to provide top-quality teaching and learning environments to affirm to families that they are making their home in the right place,” Dr. Daugherty said. “I want to thank our School Board and Board of Supervisors for their joint leadership, which is making it possible to replace Falling Creek Middle — and plan for a new middle school in the Route 360 corridor.”

Click here for more information about Falling Creek Middle School.

Let’s chat about parenting #

Parents and caregivers are invited for Coffee + Conversation, free virtual sessions 1-2 p.m. offering helpful information. Register for the sessions that most interest you. Coffee + Conversation is hosted by #oneCCPS Family and Community Engagement Office and Chesterfield County Prevention Services.

Find volunteer opportunities online #

Volunteer and partnership opportunities at schools are now available on the school division website. Through this listing, parents and community members can seek out specific ways to help schools. Check back often to find volunteer opportunities that fit your interests.

From VDSS: P-EBT Phishing Scam #

There is a phishing scam circulating and P-EBT recipients are being asked to call or text a phony 1-866 number ending in 0486 from “VA EBT.” Do not respond to or engage with any unsolicited phone number asking for your card number or PIN. Please be aware that the Office of School Nutrition Programs will never call cardholders and ask them to activate their cards. If you have engaged with an invalid phishing 866 number, please immediately contact the Virginia EBT client customer service help desk at 1-866-281-2448 to report your card stolen. More information is online at PEBTVA.com.

Latest edition of CCPS on the Go is on its way #

The latest edition of CCPS on the Go! is on its way to every Chesterfield County home. This award-winning publication is full of information about Chesterfield County Public Schools. Designed to improve the reach of our communication, the publication is initially funded through federal relief funds. Digital versions are available online.

Oct. 4 is deadline for openings on advisory committees #

Advisory committees established by the Chesterfield County School Board are one way community members connect with their local schools. Advisory committee members are appointed from each of the county’s five magisterial districts and include parents, teachers, staff members, students and others interested in helping Chesterfield County Public Schools achieve its vision of creating a better tomorrow. Advisory committee members who are appointed by the School Board must reside in the district they represent; community representatives on the Gifted Education Advisory Committee are appointed by the superintendent and can reside in any magisterial district.

Click the application button at bit.ly/BdCom to apply by Oct. 4 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:

  • Bermuda District seat on Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
  • Midlothian District seat on Special Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2024)
  • Bermuda District seat on School Health Advisory Board (partial term ending June 30, 2023)

Bond referendum includes financing for new schools #

This fall, Chesterfield County is holding a referendum on the Community Facilities Bond Plan. A bond referendum is a component of the process in which citizens vote on the financing of the county’s long-range capital plan.

Voters will consider one question to approve financing for schools, public safety, libraries and parks projects. An affirmative vote grants the county authority to issue general obligation bonds to finance a specific list of projects identified over time and with public input. The total amount of the bonds for which voter approval is sought is $540 million, including $375 million for school facilities and $165 million for other county facilities (public safety, libraries and parks).

There are several resources available for voters seeking more information before they head to the polls. Everything can be found on the bond plan web page. Resources on the website include:

Learn more about the Community Facilities Bond Plan by requesting a speaker for your organization or event. Complete the Chesterfield Speakers Bureau form to submit your request. Once the form is received, someone will be in touch to schedule a speaker.

There is one remaining community meeting:

For more information, visit the Chesterfield County website.

Minutes With Merv #

Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Merv Daugherty has been working on a series of videos to talk about issues that are important to families. This video provides information about the school system’s literacy plan. Check out the full Minutes With Merv playlist.

My Stop Android App #

My Stop has 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 theMy Stop web page, which can be accessed on mobile devices. Click here for more information about the My Stop app or to troubleshoot issues.

Nominate outstanding principals by Nov. 3 for R.E.B. Award #

The Community Foundation, in partnership with the R.E.B. Foundation, invites nominations for the 2022-23 R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. This initiative recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.

The awards will recognize one principal each from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. Each winner will receive a $30,000 grant: a $10,000 unrestricted cash grant to the principal and $20,000 to be used for school-based initiatives of the recipient’s choosing. Nominations are solicited from the school community and the public. (Principals may not self-nominate.) The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 3. Details and the nomination form are here.

Chesterfield County Airport to host open house and movie night #

The Chesterfield County Airport invites the community to its first-ever open house and movie night 5:30-10 p.m. Oct. 1. At 7:30 p.m., “Planes” (rated PG) will be shown on a large screen. Before the movie, this free, family-friendly event will include aircraft and apparatus displays from the Chesterfield Fire and EMS, Police and Sheriff departments, Virginia Department of Aviation and Virginia State Police MedFlight 1. Free popcorn and water will be available during the movie while supplies last. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. Get all of the details here.

This list of 2022-23 special dates may be helpful for celebrating milestones, recognizing school staff members and more.

In case you missed it... #

Apply for free or reduced-price meals #

During the pandemic, the federal government issued a waiver allowing all children to eat for free at school. This meant the application for free or reduced-price meals was not required during this time. However, the federal waiver has expired and families must now complete an application to receive free or reduced-price meals. All others will pay for meals as they did before the pandemic. Complete the free or reduced price meal application for the 2022-23 school year here in English or here in Spanish. If you need a paper form, contact [email protected].

Recognize a game-changing staff member #

Team Chesterfield staff members go above and beyond to connect with students, build stronger relationships, provide engaging learning opportunities and help families. Each month, the Superintendent chooses four staff members from each magisterial district to be recognized for outstanding service. One central office member monthly will be recognized as well.

 You can nominate employees for the Game Changer award here.

Principal for a Morning will happen Oct. 10-11 #

Chesterfield County Public Schools is looking for local business owners, community/civic leaders, or faith-based leaders to shadow school principals. Please share this information with friends and family members who are in these roles. 

Through the Principal for a Morning program, community leaders shadow a principal or building leader for about three hours as they conduct their daily routine. Participants will experience and learn about the logistics of monitoring school buildings and grounds, bus duty, morning announcements, classroom walk-throughs, lunch duty and assembly programs. 

This year’s opportunities will be held Monday, Oct. 10, and Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Many Chesterfield County schools have engaged in Principal for the Morning in previous years, and community leaders and principals always gain valuable knowledge from the experience. The program fosters beneficial partnerships between schools and businesses also allows local leaders to spend time in our schools seeing our innovative classrooms and practices. Use the QR code above or visit bit.ly/22PFAM if you or someone you know is interested in participating.

Chesterfield Mental Health Services Open House #

Updated on September 28, 2022
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