Space remains in adult education classes

There is still time to register for adult education classes offered by Chesterfield County Public Schools. Here are a few opportunities; you can register online:
  • Plate welding begins Jan. 31. The class costs $850 and meets 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through May 22.
  • Dental Assistant 1 begins Feb. 1. The class costs $500 and meets 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through May 22.
  • Medical Assistant 1 begins Feb. 12. The class costs $775 and meets 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 23.
Many more adult education classes are available, including additional workforce training courses, enrichment classes, GED assistance and English language skills. Questions? Call 804-768-6140.
3 months ago, Brian Bolanos
Town halls focus on proposed budget and priorities

Superintendent Mervin B. Daugherty proposed his FY 2025 budget during a Jan. 23 work session. You can view that presentation here; watch a video of the School Board work session here; and review budget details here.
The $913.7 million budget reflects commitment to continued educational excellence and addresses three sets of priorities:
  • Compensation and required increases: Providing a 4% salary increase to employees and allowing for increased costs for services and state-mandated increases
  • Maintaining service levels: Continuing the quality education and support services our community values
  • Additional needs: Addressing other needed items for schools based on final state revenue numbers

Public meetings throughout January and February offer opportunities to learn about the FY 2025 budget and speak up about your priorities. Here are remaining town halls and School Board work sessions:
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Manchester High (12601 Bailey Bridge Road), which is in the Matoaca District.
  • A budget town hall for Spanish speakers will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Manchester Middle (7401 Hull Street Road).
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Thomas Dale High (3626 W. Hundred Road), which is in the Bermuda District.
  • The School Board will hold a second work session on the budget at 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Public Meeting Room.
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Midlothian Middle (13501 Midlothian Turnpike), which is in the Midlothian District.
  • On Feb. 13 in the Public Meeting Room, the School Board will hold a third work session on the budget at 4 p.m., then will hold a public hearing on the budget at the start of a 6:30 p.m. business meeting.
  • The School Board will meet to adopt the budget at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Public Meeting Room.

Budget work sessions and public hearings are livestreamed on Swagit and shown on Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28.
3 months ago, Brian Bolanos
High school students invited to Feb. 24 RVA Teen Summit

High school students are invited to attend the RVA Teen Summit on Feb. 24. This is the second year for the event, which is designed to connect central Virginia students and provide a safe space for them to speak out. This flyer provides details. Free and open to CCPS high school students, the summit will take place at the Richmond Convention Center with transportation provided from four hubs. Students can get a permission slip here or at their school’s front office. Completed permission slips are due by Feb. 15 either returned to the front office at your child's school or emailed to amelia_bartilotti@ccpsnet.net.
3 months ago, Brian Bolanos
Chesterfield County Public Schools is holding two job fairs

Chesterfield County Public Schools is seeking outstanding teachers:
  • Elementary teacher job fair: The primary focus of this event is finding qualified K-5 teachers, including special education and ESL. Candidates must apply by Jan. 31 to be considered for an interview. Applications will be reviewed, and qualifying teachers will be invited to an in-person interview between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 3. Questions? Call 804-748-1984 or email careers@ccpsnet.net.
  • Job fair for high-needs schools: This virtual job fair is seeking teachers for high-needs schools. Candidates must apply by Feb. 11 to be considered for an interview. CCPS high-needs schools are Bellwood Elementary, Chalkley Elementary, Ettrick Elementary, Falling Creek Elementary, Hopkins Elementary, Carver Middle, Falling Creek Middle, Matoaca Middle, Salem Church Middle, Bird High and Meadowbrook High. Applications will be reviewed, and qualifying teachers will be invited to a virtual interview Feb. 12-16. Questions? Call 804-748-1984 or email careers@ccpsnet.net.
3 months ago, Brian Bolanos
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Chesterfield County Public Schools families with students in grades K-6 are invited to a free performance of “Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World.” The Virginia Opera will present two performances that tell the real-life story of a young girl living in Mexico City and her friendship with famed artist Frida Kahlo, who paints her portrait. Families invited to free “Frida Kahlo” opera

Families can use this form to reserve free seats for
  • 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 performance at Meadowbrook High
  • 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 performance at Elizabeth Davis Middle
Questions? Call 804-639-8632.
3 months ago, Beth Celuck
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Learn more about the Superintendent's FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Click here to learn more.
3 months ago, Jenny O'Quinn
ADHD is topic of Feb. 7 Coffee & Conversation

A virtual Coffee & Conversation discussion will focus on ADHD. The CCPS Office of Family and Community Engagement will host the free webinar 1-2 p.m. Feb. 7, and Melissa Ackley of Chesterfield Mental Health Prevention Services will be the featured speaker. Click here to register and to see upcoming Coffee & Conversation topics.
3 months ago, Beth Celuck
We’re hiring cafeteria workers during Jan. 24 job fair

Chesterfield County Public Schools is hiring part-time food service associates to work in school cafeterias during a job fair 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Swift Creek Middle, 3700 Old Hundred Road South. Online registration is encouraged but not required.
  • Work where you will make a difference.
  • Hourly pay is $15 to $21.73.
  • $1,250 bonus to be paid in May 2024.
  • Questions? Call 804-748-1984 or email careers@ccpsnet.net.
3 months ago, Brian Bolanos
Learn about school district’s budget during January and February meetings

Budget season for Chesterfield County Public Schools begins Jan. 23 when Superintendent Mervin B. Daugherty presents his budget proposal to the Chesterfield County School Board. Public meetings throughout January and February offer opportunities to learn about the FY 2025 budget and speak up about priorities:
  • The superintendent will present the proposed budget during a School Board work session at 4 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Public Meeting Room (10001 Iron Bridge Road).
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Meadowbrook High (4901 Cogbill Road), which is in the Dale District.
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Clover Hill High (13301 Kelly Green Lane), which is in the Clover Hill District.
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Manchester High (12601 Bailey Bridge Road), which is in the Matoaca District.
  • A budget town hall for Spanish speakers will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Manchester Middle (7401 Hull Street Road).
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Thomas Dale High (3626 W. Hundred Road), which is in the Bermuda District.
  • The School Board will hold a second work session on the budget at 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Public Meeting Room.
  • A budget town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Midlothian Middle (13501 Midlothian Turnpike), which is in the Midlothian District.
  • On Feb. 13 in the Public Meeting Room, the School Board will hold a third work session on the budget at 4 p.m., then will hold a public hearing on the budget at the start of a 6:30 p.m. business meeting.
  • The School Board will meet to adopt the budget at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Public Meeting Room.
Budget work sessions and public hearings will be livestreamed at http://chesterfieldschoolsva.swagit.com/live/ and shown on Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28. Details about the budget will be posted on oneccps.org.
3 months ago, Brian Bolanos
Nominations are open for R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence

Nominate outstanding teachers for R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence! The program is accepting nominations through 5 p.m. Feb. 20. About 15 central Virginia teachers are selected each year to receive amazing grants up to $15,000 to support professional development. Award winners have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world — all to continue their love for learning and to pass it on to their students. Details can be found on the foundation’s website.
3 months ago, Brian Bolanos
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Breaking ground Jan. 19 for new Davis Elementary

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Davis Elementary School is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 19. The public event will take place on the soccer fields behind the current Davis Elementary (415 S. Providence Road). This will be the first school built using a new elementary school prototype for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Scheduled to open in August 2025, the new building is part of a community facilities bond plan approved by Chesterfield County voters. Virginia Public School Authority bonds will cover most of the building’s $51 million cost, supplemented by federal funds from the American Rescue Plan.
3 months ago, Brian Bolanos
Registration begins Jan. 9 for adult education classes

Chesterfield County Public Schools offers a robust array of adult education classes, and registration for spring opens at 9 a.m. Jan. 9 via this website. Also, additional details about adult education and a catalog are available here. Workforce training, enrichment classes, GED assistance and English language skills are offered. Here are a few specific classes scheduled this spring:
  • practical nursing
  • heavy equipment operator training
  • veterinary assistant
  • cosmetology
  • Medicare basics
  • drumming
  • digital photography
  • cake decorating
  • CPR
4 months ago, Beth Celuck
Feb. 2 is deadline for student artists
You’re invited to use your creativity to brighten a new headquarters being built for Chesterfield County Public Schools. It’s important that the headquarters shows 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 Feb. 2. 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:
4 months ago, Beth Celuck
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Prepare now for snow and other emergencies It may sometimes be necessary to close schools, delay opening or release students early when bad weather occurs or there is another emergency. Families should have a plan in place for these times.

If schools are closed, open late or close early, then announcements will be posted on oneccps.org and social media and will be communicated to families via text and email. If schools are open regular hours, then no announcement will be made. To receive emergency messages, parents and guardians should make sure their contact information, including cell number, is up to date in ParentVue. Chesterfield County Public Schools officials make decisions as early as possible, but sometimes there is too much uncertainty to make an early determination. When this happens, decisions are typically made about 4:30 a.m. When Chesterfield County Public Schools closes because of severe weather, transportation is not provided to Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School and CodeRVA Regional High School.
4 months ago, Beth Celuck
Happy new year!
  • Students and teachers return from winter break on Jan. 8.
  • Bellwood and Falling Creek elementaries are in intersession Jan. 8-12.
  • All schools and school offices are closed Jan. 15.
  • Jan. 19 is an early release day for students at all schools except Bellwood and Falling Creek elementaries.
  • School year calendars are available online.
4 months ago, Beth Celuck
Wooden blocks turning from 2023 to 2024
Marching toward winter break - Superintendent Merv Daugherty’s winter break video may be the best thing you see today. Huge shoutout to Clover Hill High’s Marching Cavaliers and band director Brianna Gatch!
  • 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.
4 months ago, Brian Bolanos
The Clover Hill High's Marching Cavaliers pose for a photo in front of the school
Act by Jan. 16 to be considered for critical needs hiring fair

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 bit.ly/24needs 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 careers@ccpsnet.net if you have questions. Learn more about Chesterfield County Public Schools at oneccps.org.
4 months ago, Brian Bolanos
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Financial literacy awards - Congratulations to the Chesterfield County high schools that were named Blue Star Schools for student performance on the W!se financial literacy certification test:
  • Cosby High
  • James River High
  • Midlothian High
  • Monacan High
Schools earn Blue Star School designation by achieving an 80% passing rate on the W!se financial literacy certification test with at least half the students on a grade level or at least 10% of school enrollment having taken the certification test.

Congratulations to the 29 economics and personal finance teachers who earned the 2022-23 Gold Star Teacher Award:
  • Bird High: Adam Canning
  • Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse: Mary Mayo
  • CCPSOnline: Chad Seay, Janice Skipwith, Kim Leggette, LaTizzia Bragg-Bullock and Samantha Uzzle
  • Clover Hill High: Kyle Miller and Stephanie Mercado
  • Cosby High: David Templeton, Jenna Brown, Mike Shuman and Nichola Woznyj
  • Thomas Dale High: Bill Wright, Felicia Campbell and Towns Josey
  • James River High: Jeffrey Bourassa and Madison Irving
  • Manchester High: Brian Graham, Charlie Krausse and Paul Kline
  • Matoaca High: Kendra Pahl and William De Salvatore
  • Midlothian High: Brett Ridens, Gabriel Taylor and Trish Reese
  • Monacan High: Adrian Murray, Carolyn Manheim and Meredith Shuman
Teachers earn this recognition by achieving a 93% passing rate on the W!se financial literacy certification test in at least one class.
5 months ago, Brian Bolanos
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Learn about earning college credits while in high school - Parents and students are invited to learn about the advanced academic programming available in Chesterfield County high schools. The Dec. 6 virtual session is for rising 11th and 12th grade families; the Dec. 14 virtual session is for rising 9th and 10th grade families:
  • Families of rising 11th and 12th graders: Are you interested in learning about college readiness, advanced academics and opportunities your student has to earn college credit in high school? Rising juniors, seniors and their families are invited to a virtual information session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 to learn about advanced academic course offerings, talk about expectations for participation in rigorous courses and discuss how these can benefit students in their college experience. Also, Brightpoint Community College will discuss dual enrollment courses. Register here for the Dec. 6 session. The meeting link will be emailed to you before the event.
  • Families of rising 9th and 10th graders: Are you interested in learning about college course readiness and advanced academics? Rising 9th and 10th graders and their families are invited to a virtual information session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 to learn about pathways of rigorous, college-level courses that will count for high school graduation while simultaneously earning college credit. Also, Brightpoint Community College will discuss dual enrollment courses. Register here for the Dec. 14 session. The meeting link will be emailed to you before the event.
5 months ago, Brian Bolanos
Special education information for parents
  • Survey due 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.
  • Website: Lots of helpful information is available on the special education for families webpage of the Virginia Department of Education.
5 months ago, Brian Bolanos