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School Bus Info Now on Twitter

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Chesterfield County School BusChesterfield County parents can now get information via Twitter if school buses are delayed. The school system’s five area offices for transportation started tweeting today, the first day after spring break. Each area transportation office plans to tweet as soon as possible if a bus is running late by 15 minutes or more either picking students up in the morning or returning students to their bus stops in the afternoon.

“Twitter will help us provide timely information for parents and students about buses that may be delayed by traffic or for some other reason. It’s free and our community already uses Twitter,” said Dr. Robert Wingfield, director of pupil transportation for Chesterfield County Public Schools. “Our goal is always to be on time picking up and dropping off students, but when that is not possible we want our parents to know.

“Chesterfield County Public Schools has been tweeting as @ccpsinfo since 2009 and has more than 14,000 followers. Now we are joining other school systems across the country that tweet bus updates.”

Here are the Twitter handles for the five area transportation offices, which transport students in all grades of Chesterfield County Public Schools:

  • Follow @busBirdMBK for information from area 1, which oversees transportation in the area around Bird High and Meadowbrook High.
  • Follow @busMidloMonJR for information from area 2, which oversees transportation in the area around Midlothian High, Monacan High and James River High.
  • Follow @busCHCosbyMan for information from area 3, which oversees transportation in the area around Clover Hill High, Cosby High and Manchester High.
  • Follow @busMatDale for information from area 4, which oversees transportation in the area around Matoaca High and Thomas Dale High.
  • Follow @busSpecialNeeds for information from area 5, which oversees transportation for students who have special needs.

Parents who are unsure which area office runs their children’s school buses can find out by going to, locating their children’s school and bus route, then following the Twitter feed for that area office.

Generally, each tweet will start with the name of the school and the bus route that is running late so that parents will be able to easily see if their children are affected. At least for now, employees in the area transportation offices will focus on tweeting out information and will not reply to tweets. Office employees will be tweeting, not school bus drivers.


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 Danny Murphy

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“…before you judge, look at yourself.”

Trinity Episcopal School

Trinity Episcopal SchoolThe Reverend Moses Joshua had a lot to say yesterday morning at Trinity Episcopal School.

Reverend Joshua, a religion and values teacher at St. Michael’s Episcopal School, delivered a funny, engaging and personal talk to the students gathered for yesterday morning’s Chapel.

Speaking about acceptance of and respect for others, he told the students, “There are no perfect people. All of us have faults. So before you judge, look at yourself.”

A great message to begin the first week back from the Easter break on the right foot.

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Russell Wilson – in the Spotlight

Collegiate SchoolThe Richmond Forum provided a memorable evening for everyone who had an opportunity last weekend to see Collegiate alum and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ’07, and renowned historian Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

It was extra-special for about 100 Collegiate students and teachers, who shared a few moments with Russell in the Student Room of the Altria Theater.

Russell entered with open arms, hugging former teachers and coaches standing near the doorway, and quickly surveying the room for more familiar faces, before addressing the students.

“Every teacher in this room has meant a lot to my success, to my sister’s success, and to my brother’s success,” he said.

Two students presented him with the NFL Golden Football that Collegiate received in January, in honor of Russell’s participation in two previous Super Bowls. As they watched, he signed his name and also wrote, “Go Hawks! Go Cougars!”

The evening’s festivities included opening music from Collegiate’s Jazz Band and the national anthem sung by Collegiate junior Olivia Laskin

For a heartwarming and vivid recounting of the evening, read Weldon Bradshaw’s Reflections column CLICK HERE.

Russell Wilson…is in the Winterfield Veterinary Hospital Spotlight!


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2016 JRHS Summer Sports Camps

James River High School

James River RapidsThe 2016 James River Rapids Sports Camps On-Line Registration is now Open!

Have you seen the line-up for our 2016 James River Rapids Summer Sports Camps for students K-8?

It is definitely something that you need to check out.

The camps are run by James River Rapids coaches and players to work on fundamentals and have fun in the process.

Camp Time 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Friday, with an optional Stay-n-Play from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday for an extra fee.

Here is the schedule:

  • June 20–June 24 Girls/Boys Basketball
  • June 27–July 1 Baseball/Softball
  • July 5–July 8 Football/Girls & Boys Lacrosse
    (no camp on Monday, July 4)
  • July 11–July 15 Cheer
  • July 18–July 22 Girls/Boys Soccer
  • July 25–July 29 Girls/Boys Volleyball


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Spring Green

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The Weed That Can Grow Just About Anywhere.


In the Robious Corridor, this is the time of year when your grasses begin to turn green, spring bulbs begin to pop-up, early spring flowers are blooming and everyone is anxious for the warmer weather to return in earnest. You look across your lawn and are dismayed when you see large patches of brown grass in your otherwise green lawn. What’s going on?

If your lawn looks somewhat like the lawn in the picture below, then you have a grassy weed known as Nimblewill. This grassy weed is native to areas where warm-season grasses survive, but has adapted to grow in the northern parts of the US as well. In fact, this grass can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. You can find it growing in full sun or deep shade, on highly fertile soils or on compacted sites. It will thrive in both wet areas or during a drought.

Spring-GreenNimblewill resembles Bermuda grass or bent grass in growth and appearance, but in the northern areas, it acts more like zoysia grass in that it does not turn green until the weather is consistently warm, usually into May or June and then begin to go dormant in September.

The fact that it can form large patches of grass in a lawn that is green for only a short time in the northern parts of the US make it a hated grass for many homeowners, similar to those who may have planted zoysia grass in their lawns and are having a hard time attempting to control it.

Nimblewill spreads by seeds and by short above ground roots called stolons. The seed heads will form from mid-summer until it goes dormant.

The stolons are short, wiry and very tough. There are small swellings on the stolons called nodes and it is from these sites that roots and new shoots will grow as it spreads out. Despite the extensive rooting, Nimblewill can easily be pulled from the ground.

Some people think that they can remove it by raking it up, but it will soon grow back from any little piece of stolon that is left behind.

Controlling Nimblewill can be accomplished in one of two ways. Once the grass has totally exited dormancy, it can be sprayed with a non-selective weed control containing the active ingredient, glyphosate. Two or three applications may be required to totally control it. Then the area will have to be reseeded once it has died off.

Spring-GreenThe other method is to use a specialized weed control product called Tenacity. This product can be used on Nimblewill or bentgrass and will control those plants in cool-season turfgrasses without damaging the desired grass. Since this is a specialized product, it is usually better to have a professional lawn care company apply the product. Once the grass has been controlled, the site needs reseeding as well.

Nimblewill will blend in with your existing lawn when it is fully active, but will be unsightly for the better part of a year while it is dormant. Your lawn will look much nicer without this plant growing out of place.

Do you have issues Nimblewill? Contact Alex or Anne at their Spring-Green office for control options to remove Nimblewill from your lawn.

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acac midlothian

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Steward 13 Fredericksburg Christian 3


Hermitage 16 Meadowbrook 3



Steward 13 Walsingham Academy 12


Douglas Freeman 16 Glen Allen 2



Goochland 7 Buckingham 0

Veritas 10 Grove Christian 1




Benedictine 8 Steward 1

Hanover 9 Highland Springs 0

Henrico 9 Patrick Henry 0


Mills Godwin 8 James River 1

Atlee 9 Varina 0

Spotsylvania 7 Armstrong 2

Patrick Henry 9 Henrico 0




St. Catherine’s 181

St. Christopher’s (JV) 188

New Community 220

Saint Gertrude 236




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Dogtopia Chesterfield

Dogtopia Tuesday Weather



Sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.


weatherTuesday Night

Clear, with a low around 29. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.



Sunny, with a high near 59.


weatherWednesday Night

A chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 50%.



Showers likely, mainly after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


weatherThursday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 60%.



A chance of showers before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


weatherFriday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.


weatherSaturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.




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Food Fair registration is open

Online registration for the wildly popular Food Fair of Chesterfield County Public Schools opened at 7 p.m. April 4. Tickets have been snapped up rapidly in previous years, so families should be ready to reserve their free tickets promptly. Online registration is available here starting at 7 p.m. April 4: The Food Fair gives students and parents the opportunity to taste food being considered for school lunches and breakfasts. Their feedback will help shape next year’s menus. This year’s Food Fair will take place April 13 at Clover Hill High. There will be two tastings: 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. For each tasting, 500 tickets are available. The Food Fair is free, but online registration is required. For more information, go to


School dedication

There will be a dedication ceremony for Carver College and Career Academy 8-9 a.m. April 5. Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton will be the keynote speaker. After the program, there will be a reception in the library. For more information, call 768-6156.

Field trip

Fourth-graders from Curtis Elementary will visit Pamplin Historical Park 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5 to learn about the Civil War. For more information, call 768-6175.

James River field trips

Eighth-grade science students from Providence Middle will be aboard a research boat on the James River as they participate in Chesapeake Bay Foundation field trips. The April 5 trip will run 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call Alice Potts at 674-1355.


Battle of the Books

Three schools will compete to see which one will be the Battle of the Books champion: Jacobs Road Elementary, Reams Road Elementary and Providence Elementary. The battle will begin at 11 a.m. April 7. For more information, call 674-1320.

History Lives

History comes to life at Woolridge Elementary 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 7-8. Third-graders will transform the gym into a living museum, with each third-grader representing a historical figure. The students will be in character and will give short speeches to visitors. For more information, call 739-6330.


Crash simulations

For the senior classes at Clover Hill High and at James River High, the VCU School of Medicine will stage a car crash and demonstrate what happens in a trauma room. A MedFlight helicopter is scheduled to land. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 8 at Clover Hill High; email for information. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 25 at James River High; email for information.

Celebrating 25 years

Ecoff Elementary will celebrate its 25th anniversary on April 8. Families are invited to an open house 5-5:30 p.m. followed by a carnival 5:30-8 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Brock’s Barbecue, Carytown Burgers and Fries and Kona Ice. For details, call 768-6185.

Field trip

Woolridge Elementary fourth-grade classes will spend April 8 at Pamplin Historical Park. For more information, call 739-6330.



Matoaca Elementary’s Running Club is getting ready for the Virginia 529 Kids Run sponsored by Sports Backers. The one-mile event starts at 8 a.m. April 9. For details, call 590-3100.


Middle and high school students will demonstrate enthusiastic problem-solving and teamwork during the annual STEAM Expo 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull. The event is free and open to the public. STEAM (which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math) has exploded across Chesterfield County Public Schools, causing the annual STEAM fair to split into two events: the STEAM Expo on April 9 and an event in March for elementary students. New this year is a performing arts visual challenge. This “Stylin’ Face Off” challenges high school teams to create a contemporary Greek god or goddess — including costume, makeup, hair and character analysis — for a commercial. More information is available here:



Spring Run Elementary will recognize two Students of the Year at 3 p.m. April 12 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 639-6352.

Recorder concert

Spring Run Elementary fourth-graders will perform on recorders at 6 p.m. April 12 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 639-6352.

Field trip

Woolridge Elementary kindergarten classes will visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12. For more information, call 739-6330.

Testing is Table Talk’s timely topic for April

Helping your child prepare for tests is April’s topic for Table Talk: Meals With Meaning. Whether you have a third-grader taking SOLs or a high schooler taking the SAT or a student somewhere in between, parents will learn strategies to help children succeed by attending one of these Table Talk sessions: 6-8 p.m. April 12 at Clover Hill High or 6-8 p.m. April 14 at Meadowbrook High. Table Talk is always free and includes dinner and activities for children ages 5-12. Online registration is now open: Registration closes at 8 a.m. April 11, but space is limited so do not wait until the last minute to claim your space at Table Talk. For more information, email or call 748-1781.

Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee seeks to inform and involve parents in special education matters that affect more than 7,000 students with disabilities in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The committee will meet 5-6:30 p.m. April 13 to discuss Medicaid waivers. The committee meets at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Enter through Door 1 (facing Hull Street Road). Call 639-8918 for details.

Kindergarten registration day

Every Chesterfield County elementary school will register incoming kindergartners 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 14, so parents should take their children to the elementary school they are zoned to attend. For more information, go to


Jacobs Road Elementary students in grades 3-5 will hear a performance by the Richmond Symphony 9-10 a.m. April 14. For more information, call 674-1320.

Field trip

Curtis Elementary fifth-grade classes will visit Washington, D.C., on April 14. The students will leave the school at 7 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. During their D.C. visit, they will drive by the Capitol, tour the Museum of Natural History and take a walking tour of the monuments. For more information, call 768-6175.

Go Nuts for Reading

Alberta Smith Elementary students and Ecoff Elementary students who read eight books and returned their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free 6-9:30 p.m. April 15. Also, they will parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, email about Alberta Smith Elementary or email about Ecoff Elementary.

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