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Elizabeth Scott Elementary earns national award for second time

Elizabeth Scott Elementary School has been selected as a 2023 National ESEA Distinguished School. No more than two schools per state receive this prestigious designation each year. Learn more about Elizabeth Scott’s success here.

On Dec. 4, Chesterfield County Public Schools leaders joined Virginia Department of Education representatives to announce the award to students and staff members. Watch a video from the announcement.

Much more than soda tabs

At Manchester High, Trish Angle's vocation classes are collecting soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond. So far, they have collected 39.4 pounds of aluminum tabs. In addition to benefiting families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are receiving medical treatment, this project allows Manchester High students to practice measurement, explore science (they use magnets to find and discard tabs that are not aluminum) and develop packaging skills. 

Anyone who would like to support this ongoing project can drop soda tabs at Manchester High and ask that they be delivered to Trish Angle.  See more photos on the school website.

Team Chesterfield is recruiting educators in 13 critical needs areas

Chesterfield County Public Schools invites highly qualified educators in 13 critical needs areas to apply to join Team Chesterfield. Candidates in these areas who apply by Jan. 16 at will be considered for interviews during a Jan. 20 hiring fair: 

  • Library

  • Math

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Earth and space science

  • Middle school science

  • Special education

  • Spanish

  • ESL

  • English

  • Language arts

  • Reading specialists

  • Elementary education

Email if you have questions. Learn more about Chesterfield County Public Schools at

Read to Run at Chalkley Elementary

By reading “J.D. and the Hair Show Showdown,” Chalkley Elementary fifth graders earned new shoes through a program called Read to Run. On Dec. 1, Curtis & Co. management consulting company in partnership with nonprofit Shood put smiles on faces by putting shoes on feet. See more photos on Chalkley’s website.

Statewide video winner

Parker B., a junior at Clover Hill High, won first place in this year’s student video contest sponsored by the Virginia School Boards Association. Titled “Colorfully United” and featuring crayons and multiple languages, Parker’s video can be viewed at Superintendent Mervin Daugherty and Chesterfield County School Board Chair Ann Coker congratulated Parker when his video was shown at the association’s fall conference.

Does your child need school immunizations? 

If your student is not up to date on immunizations, consider adding it to the list for winter break. Ask your healthcare provider which vaccines your child needs, and they'll work with you to schedule them. Learn more at

Winter (break) is coming

Winter break for students and teachers will begin Dec. 22 and continue through Jan. 5. School offices and school system buildings will remain open to the public Dec. 22, Dec. 27-29 and Jan. 2-5.

Special education information for parents

  • Survey due today (Dec. 15): Parents of school-age children and youth with disabilities who receive special education services are asked to complete the Virginia Department of Education annual parent involvement survey. The survey is open through Dec. 15. Please complete one survey for each of your children who received special education services in the 2022-23 school year. If you have questions, please email Chiquita Seaborne or call 804-225-3898.

  • Updated guide to special education: Available now from the Virginia Department of Education is the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. The department developed this new guide to help those involved in special education, whether as families, teachers, school administrators, advocates or students. Meeting the needs of children with disabilities requires an understanding of rights and responsibilities, which include the child’s rights and the school’s responsibilities to meet their needs. This guide includes a description of the special education process and what is required during each step of that process. The guide is currently available in English; translations will soon be available in Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Calling all CCPS student artists!

You’re invited to use your creativity to brighten a new headquarters being built for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Construction is underway on the office building (located on Midlothian Turnpike and named Springline at District 60) that is expected to open in 2025.

It’s important that the headquarters show that students are at the center of Chesterfield County Public Schools, and incorporating art by our creative and talented student artists will make that clear.

All students in Chesterfield County Public Schools (from prekindergarten through 12th grade) are encouraged to create an original work of visual art in a medium of their choice that expresses the contest theme of “Better Together.” Designs will be judged on the creative use and communication of the theme. Only two-dimensional works, please. Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2024.

One overall winner from each level (elementary, middle and high) will be chosen and announced in February. Each winning entry, along with many of the works submitted for this contest, will be used as inspiration and reproduced within the overall interior design of the school system’s new headquarters.

There are two ways to submit artwork: