Matoaca High School

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Breakfast & Lunch

Mission Statement

The Chesterfield County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services, as a partner in education, contributes to a successful academic experience.  We provide an innovative, nutritious and cost efficient program which strives to encourage a lifetime of good nutrition.

Our Values

  • To serve nutritionally sound meals that are popular and affordable to all students.
  • To adhere to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
  • To exceed our customers’ expectations in quality and service
  • To encourage students to experience new foods
  • To manage all resources efficiently
  • To provide an enjoyable, pleasant, customer friendly eating environment
  • To advance the public’s image of school breakfast and lunch
  • To remain financially self-supporting
  • To grow professionally through continuous education
  • To maintain high standards of sanitation and safety
  • Teamwork between staff, students and community
  • Promote the mission as stated by Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Utilize technology as needed to enhance effectiveness of the program

Lunch Program

Think outside the lunchbox and encourage your children to choose school meals! They are the best deal in town: $1.50 for breakfast in all schools, $2.45 for elementary school lunch, $2.55 for middle school lunch and $2.75 for high school lunch. Adults pay $1.85 for breakfast and $3.55 for lunch in school cafeterias.

Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Application Process

Families must reapply for meal benefits each school year.  If your student received free meals during the 2020-21 school year, their benefit will expire October 19, 2020.

Recipes

Community Eligibility Provision

This school year, seven CCPS schools will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision meals program (CEP).   Bellwood Elementary, Bensley Elementary, Chalkley Elementary, Ettrick Elementary, Falling Creek Elementary, Harrowgate Elementary and Falling Creek Middle.

This program allows all students to receive a full breakfast and lunch meal at no charge for the entire school year.  Parents do not need to fill out any paperwork or an application for their child to receive meals at no charge in the cafeteria.  We hope you will encourage your child to join us in the cafeteria daily for a healthy, nutritious breakfast and lunch that will help fuel their academic day.

This program is only offered at the schools listed.  If you have students attending other CCPS schools, please submit an application to see if your students qualify for meal benefits.

MySchoolBucks.com

Are you tired of writing checks or searching every morning for cash to pay for your child’s lunch?  MySchoolBucks.com can help.  There are many benefits to this website, which is secured through Verisign.

  • Decrease the chance of your child running out of breakfast or lunch money
  • Eliminate the need to send lunch money daily or weekly
  • Deduct from your credit card or debit card automatically or by request depending on which method you prefer
  • Enable you to check your child’s account for the past seven days to see what they are eating and have purchased
  • Allow you to place limits on how your child may spend the money in his or her account.  We recommend setting a daily spending limit rather than a weekly spending limit.
  • Let you check payment history with MySchoolBucks.com
  • Notify you by e-mail when your child’s account balance drops to a certain level.

How does MySchoolBucks.com work?
First, you need a computer with Internet access. Go to MySchoolBucks.com and follow the on-screen direction.  We encourage a $10 minimum payment.  Once your account is set or a payment is made, it will take up to 1 hour for the account to show updates.  If there are any problems with MySchoolBucks.com parents can call 1-800-479-3531 and select option 5 to speak with a representative.

Use MySchoolBucks.com to make EASY lunch payments for your child!
Call 1-800-479-3531 or visit www.MySchoolBucks.com to enroll in this convenient, free service!

Other helpful links.

www.dietaryguidelines.gov

Return Checks

In an effort to curb the cost and time our district expends each year in returned checks, Food and Nutrition Services has contracted with Envision Payment Solutions.  A $50 fee is charged for each returned check, plus the value of the check.  If you have any questions, please call at 1-877-290-5460.

Office of Food and Nutrition Services
7610 Whitepine Road
N Chesterfield, VA 23237
(804) 743-3717

We are excited to offer MealViewer, a convenient online menu service that allows you to view your student’s daily menus online or on the MealViewer app. Parents can:
  • View allergen information
  • View nutritional information
  • Set up profiles for you and your students

Go to https://www.schools.mealviewer.com or download the mobile app on your smartphone and register your free account. Set up your student profile by first selecting their school. Continue profile setup by selecting the appropriate allergens and let them ‘favorite’ their most loved meals. You will receive notification every time any of these are served! 

 
If you have any questions, contact MealViewer directly: mealviewer.support@e-hps.com or call (866) 351-2248.
Check out YOUR school menus today!

School menus for elementary, middle and high schools

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Gluten-free menus

A word about our menus

Here are just a few menu items that make school breakfasts and lunches healthy and nutritious:

  • whole-grain rolls, biscuits, buns and pizza crust
  • cupped fruit in natural or extra-light syrup
  • reduced-fat dressings
  • baked fries (no frying at all in elementary or middle schools)
  • whole-grain breading on chicken and nuggets
  • 100% beef and reduced-fat burgers
  • low-fat and fat-free milk
  • vegetarian choice every day

Important information

Chesterfield County Public Schools provides nutritious breakfasts and lunches, offering milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains and meeting strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. The nutritional integrity of school meals has always been a priority, and the school system is meeting the challenges set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. School lunches must meet tough federal standards that require

  • age-appropriate calorie limits (Some portions will be reduced.)
  • larger servings of vegetables and fruits (Students are required to take at least one fruit or vegetable.)
  • wider variety of vegetables, including dark green vegetables, red/orange vegetables and legumes (Cooked and fresh versions will be offered daily.)
  • fat-free or 1 percent milk (Flavored milk must be fat free. Whole milk and 2 percent milk will not be available.)
  • more whole grains (At least half of all the grains in school meals must be whole grains.)
  • minimum and maximum levels for all grain products and protein products
  • less sodium

GROUPING SYMBOLS

Grouping symbols used to indicate levels of instruction are as follows:

  • H Classes for those students who have been placed in an advanced/honors program based on their having met specific criteria
  • P Classes for students who need more instruction in basic skill based on prior student performance criteria
  • C Comprehensive classes preparatory for higher education or employment upon graduation.
  • O Classes in which students are not grouped by achievement and ability levels

GRADING SCALE/LETTER GRADE POINTS

 ASSIGNED BY COURSE LEVEL

  1. Weighting of letter grades is used for High School Grade Point Average (GPA) and class rank only.
Letter GradeNumerical RangeComprehensive & Progressing LevelsHonors LevelAdvanced Level AP/DE/IB*/Industry certification**
A+97-1004.55.05.5
A90-964.04.55.0
B+86-893.54.04.5
B80-853.03.54.0
C+76-792.53.03.5
C70-752.02.53.0
D+66-691.52.02.5
D60-651.01.52.0
Fbelow 600.00.00.0

*AP-Advanced Placement

*DE-Dual Enrollment

*IB-International Baccalaureate

**Industry Certification Courses include:

CP383H, CP391H, CP392H, IT491H, IT492H, IT493H, IT494H, IT495H, TC245H, TC247H, TC391H, TC392H, TE303H, TE304H, TE306H, TL391H, TL392H

Grading to Support Student Learning

Grades should support student learning, measure student achievement and give feedback on specific areas of strength and weakness. As a school division, we’re continuing the process of assessing our grading system and revising report cards to more accurately report student progress — both strategies identified in the Design for Excellence 2020, the strategic innovation plan of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

A grading practices committee made up of students, teachers, parents and administrators was charged with studying this issue. During the 2013-14 school year, the Chesterfield County School Board reviewed recommendations from the grading committee, suggested changes and hosted a public engagement session with students, staff members and parents to receive additional input.

The grading practices committee proposed a 10-point grading scale as an alternative to the previous 6-point grading scale that was being implemented. Many school divisions in Virginia and across the country have made this switch in recent years. The 10-point scale is based on the College Board’s grading scale. Most colleges and many high schools use this scale. The 10-point scale makes our students more competitive for college admissions and scholarships, and serves as a motivator that will increase student attendance and enrollment in more-rigorous course offerings.

In addition, the committee proposed that the school division move toward standards-driven grading at the elementary level which measures a student’s performance against a standard — providing a more accurate measure. Such a transition would also help make grading practices more consistent from teacher to teacher and from school to school.

Subsequently, a team of school division staff members worked to redefine expectations for student report cards to reflect the recommendations of the committee. Prior to the committee work, report cards had not been revised or updated for several decades. The report cards represented how we used to teach, learn and assess and did not take into account many of the 21st-century skills that our students are learning today.

The committee recommendations were approved by the school board. During the 2014-15 school year, the implementation of the 10-point grading scale and modification to the middle and high school report cards occurred. In looking forward to the 2015-16 school year, changes to the elementary report card, to include standards-driven grading and inclusion of 21st century skills, will be implemented.

Changes to Grading Practices

The primary purpose of grades is communication of student achievement on specified standards. Standards include content and skills. They include Chesterfield County Public Schools standards; state, national and international standards; and any additional standards specified by the teacher. Grades shall support learning by accurately representing student achievement and providing students with feedback.

The main audience for grade communication is the student and the student’s family. For high school, prospective colleges and employers are also important audiences.

Teachers must be able to relate all graded work to specific standards, and they will use professional judgment in selecting, managing and assessing student assignments. Teachers need to be able to clearly explain and justify the grade determination process. Weighting and categorization of grades shall be written and clearly communicated to students and parents.

Consensus and consistency are expected within subject areas and grade levels throughout the school division. It is an expectation that teachers have a sufficient number of grades for each category so that one low (or high) grade does not skew the reporting on a student’s academic ability.

A 10-point grading scale was implemented to create a level playing field for Chesterfield County students, bringing our school division in line with other large school divisions in Virginia. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, students in grades K-1 will be graded on a 4-point scale. Students receiving a 1 are performing below standard; students receiving a 4 are those whose performance exceeds the standard.

For the first time, students will also be assessed on performance in work-related skills. Parents will receive feedback on a student’s work in the areas of critical thinking, responsibility, collaboration, communication, self-management and technology literacy.

Changes to the Elementary Report Cards

The purpose of a report card is to accurately and clearly communicate student achievement to parents, based on Chesterfield County Public Schools objectives for each grade level. The report card is intended to inform parents and guardians about learning successes and areas in need of improvement.

When reviewing the student report cards, school division leaders did not believe that the current report card structure provided parents with a precise, detailed portrait of a student’s understanding, progress and performance. Changes to the middle and high school report card were implemented during the 2014-15 school year. Changes to the elementary report card will be implemented during the 2015-16 school year.

Through a proposed new report card, students in grades K-1 will be graded on a 4-point scale. Students receiving a 1 are performing below standard; students receiving a 4 are those whose performance exceeds the standard.

Students in grades 2-5 would receive a letter grade for their work in a subject and then receive ratings of 1-4 on subject-specific objectives within the content areas. For example, a student’s overall reading grade could be reported as a “B” for the marking period and the student could receive a 2 (approaching the standard) in “comprehension of non-fiction reading material.”  In addition, teachers will be able to indicate a child’s reading level as above, on or below the current reading benchmark.

The goal is to provide parents with a clearer understanding of their student’s strengths and weaknesses and areas where parents can provide additional support at home.

Report cards will also measure student progress on obtaining 21st-century skills and give parents information about student progress in the development of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and technological literacy skills.

Please click on the links below to download PDF versions of the form.

Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Application Process

To apply for free or reduced-price meals, please fill out an application, sign it and return it to your child’s school immediately or mail it to:

Chesterfield County Public School Food and Nutrition Services
ATTN:  FR
7610 Whitepine Road
N. Chesterfield, VA 23237

Applications packets will be given to all students in elementary, middle and high schools on the first day of school.

If you were approved for free or reduced meals in Chesterfield during the 2018-2019 school year, your current application will expire on October 15, 2019. You must reapply for meal benefits each school year.

**Applications must be printed in landscape format. Printing the form in portrait format will cause a delay in the application process.

Please remember only one application per household. If approved, free or reduced qualifies your child/children for breakfast and lunch

Life Threatening Allergies

Nondiscrimination: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly: In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.