School bus road-e-o

CCPS bus drivers gathered June 3 for a road-e-o, a friendly competition to demonstrate skills needed to safely transport students. The road-e-o included spotting safety problems and navigating an obstacle course. Some school system leaders also tried driving a bus (accompanied by an experienced trainer). School Board Chair Dot Heffron, Chief of Operations Josh Davis and Transportation Director Calvin Frye only knocked over a few cones on the obstacle course!
19 days ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
A parked school bus
A person standing in front of a school bus
A driver trying to park a school bus
A parked school bus
Two parked school buses in an empty lot
A man driving a school bus and smiling
A man driving a school bus and smiling
A woman driving a school bus and smiling
Retrieve your student’s medication June 3-4
Parents and guardians must pick up their children’s medications from the school clinic, but the medications must be available for student use through the last day of school on May 31. All remaining student medications, including over-the-counter medications, may be picked up from the school clinic during normal school hours June 3-4.
After 4 p.m. June 4, all leftover medications will be packed and turned over to the Chesterfield County Police Department for disposal. Once medications are packed for police collection, they cannot be retrieved so it is important for parents to pick up medications on time. Late pickups are not permitted, and medications cannot be stored at the school during the summer.
All medications must be picked up even if your student will attend summer school. At the beginning of summer school, parents will need to provide children’s medication to the summer school coordinator at your child’s summer site. Please contact your child’s school nurse to request a copy of the medication order for all medications being administered during summer school.
24 days ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
El Librotazo, the big book party, is planned for July 9: During this event, each child in attendance from birth through high school will select 3 to 5 books to keep to add to their home libraries. Additionally, attendees will enjoy activities, cultural performances, a mobile exhibit from the Children’s Museum of Richmond, music, food and more. This free event will be held Tuesday, July 9 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. Chesterfield County Public Schools will host the event in partnership with the Chesterfield Education Foundation and Dominion Energy.
about 2 months ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
El Librotazo, the big book party logo with two balloons
Senior walk at Gates Elementary

Senior walk at Gates Elementary is always a heartwarming milestone. Each year, fifth graders decorate the hallways of Gates Elementary with their handprints before they move on to middle school. When those students return just before high school graduation for their senior walk, they always locate their handprints for a picture. Graduating seniors also re-connect with teachers and former classmates while inspiring current Gates students to achieve at high levels on their way to high school graduation.
about 2 months ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Seniors walking down the hallway with their caps and gowns
Seven graduating seniors posing in front of balloons
A high school senior giving an elementary school student a high five
A group of high school seniors walking down the hallway
A group of high school students pointing at the wall
Two seniors putting their hands on the wall
A high school student putting her hand on the wall
Growing gardens and gardeners Each week, the Gates Elementary garden club tends to the school’s outdoor garden and learns how to use indoor grow towers. Almost 30 students in grades 3-5 gather with teacher Jessica Coe and master gardener Kandi Chamberlain to get their hands in the dirt and learn about growing plants.
2 months ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Students planting
Students planting
Students planting
Group of students sitting outside
Prom closet seeks community donations

This video shows how Monacan High is helping trim the cost of prom by offering free dresses, suits and accessories for students. As a service learning project, students run the Chiefs Closet like a boutique — complete with attractive displays, business communications and social media promotions. Community donations to the prom closet are welcome and can be left in the front office of Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive). This year’s prom is May 11. If you have questions, please email teacher meredith_shuman@ccpsnet.net.
2 months ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Spring Into Wellness on April 29

Families are invited to a mental health resource fair organized by Chesterfield County Public Schools. Spring Into Wellness will take place 4:30-7:30 p.m. April 29 at CTC@Hull (13900 Hull Street Road). Registration is required for this free event. In addition to more than 30 wellness vendors, speakers will cover these topics: Motivation and goal setting for tweens and teens; Understanding your child’s nature for happier parenting; and College prep and student wellness. Register at https://bit.ly/48EpdGM.
2 months ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Glowing kindergartners Kindergarten classes at Gates Elementary glowed with learning on the 100th day of school. Working under black lights all day, they wore neon vests and wrote with highlighters.
3 months ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Kids in glowing vests in classroom
Kids in glowing vests in classroom
Kids in glowing vests in classroom
World Language Camp

World Language Camp features daily rotations through four languages and cultures: French, Spanish, German and Latin. Students who will be in grades 2-5 in 2024-25 will enjoy memorable and meaningful activities. Camp runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and the cost is $115 for each one-week session. Sign up now using this form. This camp and other Chesterfield County Public Schools camps are part of the summer programs webpage.
  • June 24-27 at Old Hundred Elementary
  • July 8-11 at Beulah Elementary
3 months ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Clipart of students saying hello in various languages
Camps for grades 5-8

Chesterfield County Public Schools offers two summer camps for students who will be in grades 5-8 in 2024-25:

Camp EPIC (Exploring Pathways in Careers) is packed with exciting, hands-on career experiences 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10-13 (Monday through Thursday) at two sites. The cost is $150. Sign up using this form for one of these sessions:
  • CTC@Courthouse: CyberWatch, Dental Discoveries, Energy Explorers, Farm to Table, Just Desserts, Motor Sport Legends, Next Level Chef, Pet Pals or Robot Wranglers
  • CTC@Hull: Animation Nation, Beauty Stars, Just Desserts, Next Level Chef, Pet Pals, Rescue 911!, Robot Wranglers, Top Model or True Detective
Team SKILLS is a basketball camp where students improve basketball skills, develop teamwork and learn important life lessons 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday in the Midlothian Middle gym. The cost is $75 for each one-week session. Sign up now using this form.
  • June 24-28
  • July 1-3 (Camp is closed July 4.)
  • July 8-11
  • July 15-18
3 months ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Two girls spinning a basketball on their finger
A young boy working on the brakes of a car
Summer is for camps!

Summer camps offer a chance to explore new areas, and registration is open now! Chesterfield County Public Schools is offering four different camps in 2024, and they are expected to fill up fast. Get the details and register here for Camp EPIC, Cultural Arts Camp, Team SKILLS and World Language Camp.
4 months ago, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Two students baking in class
Three students playing a game with red plastic cups
A student drilling into wood while being supervised by a teacher
A group of boys dribbling a basketball ball
A virtual Coffee & Conversation discussion will focus on intellectual disabilities. The Family and Community Engagement Office of Chesterfield County Public Schools will host the free webinar 1-2 p.m. Feb. 28, and a representative of Chesterfield Mental Health will be the featured speaker. Click here to register and to see upcoming Coffee & Conversation topics.
4 months ago, Beth Celuck
Infographic coffee stains. Text in post.
Neighborly connection - FIRST Robotics and engineering students from Bird High mentored students at Gates Elementary; the schools are located next to each other. In the new Lego lab at Gates Elementary, the older students helped the younger students learn to code robots and prepare for FIRST Lego League competition. Everyone’s commitment and hard work paid off when the Gates Elementary team (the RoboStars) brought home two trophies from a local tournament: first place for robot performance and first place for innovation skit.
5 months ago, Brian Bolanos
Three students playing a robotics game in class
Two high school students helping two younger students code a robot
Two girls playing a robot game together
A robotics competition in a school gymnasium
Two students looking at what another girl is writing in her notebook
A group of students holding up a #1 finger as they win a trophy
A ceiling full of books - Rachel Nordgaard uses ceiling tiles to encourage Gates Elementary students to read and share books. Watch this video to learn about her innovative approach.
5 months ago, Brian Bolanos
A teacher helping two girls as they color a ceiling tile
Chesterfield Virtual School is open for Chesterfield County students in grades K-8. As Virginia’s first virtual school, the Chesterfield Virtual School provides the opportunity to learn with teachers from across the country and students from all over Chesterfield County. The Chesterfield Virtual School works for students who are self-sufficient and self-driven. School days begin at 7:45 a.m. with morning meetings. Before students are dismissed for the day at 2:15 p.m., teachers cover all core academic subjects. After-school clubs offer additional connections for students. The Chesterfield Virtual School also offers gifted instruction, honors classes, special education and ESL.
5 months ago, Brian Bolanos
Parents can create list of books their student cannot check out

Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to be at the forefront of ensuring that parents and guardians have transparency about school library books.

The district recently added a feature to the online catalog for school libraries that offers another avenue for families to be involved in what their children read. Starting now, parents can create a list of books that their student will not be allowed to check out. (This new feature is in addition to existing opportunities for parents that provide online access to their student’s school library accounts and the ability to opt in to receive an email when their student checks out a book.)

Follow these steps to take advantage of this new method of overseeing what your child can check out from the school library:
  • Look up your public access catalog login ID by going to ParentVUE using a web browser on a computer or mobile device (not using the mobile app). In ParentVUE, go to My Account to find Adult ID#. (Contact your school if you need help accessing your ParentVUE account.) Your public access catalog login ID is your ParentVUE adult ID number with G added to the front. For example, if your ParentVUE adult ID number is 123456, then G123456 is your public access catalog ID.
  • Select your child’s campus on the school system’s library catalog page.
  • Click My Account on the left side of the screen.
  • You will be prompted for a library card number and PIN. Your library card number is your ParentVUE ID number with G added to the front. Your PIN is the last four digits of your ParentVUE ID number.
  • Add books you do not want your student to be able to check out to a prohibited resource list. This document provides details about how to build a prohibited resource list for your student.
5 months ago, Brian Bolanos
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.
5 months ago, Beth Celuck
Poster - information in post
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.
5 months ago, Beth Celuck
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.
6 months ago, Brian Bolanos
The Clover Hill High's Marching Cavaliers pose for a photo in front of the school
Holidays Around the World - Gates Elementary first graders learned about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and traditions in China, Mexico and the Netherlands during the annual Holidays Around the World program. The young travelers carried passports and suitcases while visiting different classrooms to hear stories, complete crafts and watch videos.
6 months ago, Brian Bolanos
A blue paper passport