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Rapids are Honor Band for 21st Time

James River High School

James River RegimentThe James River High School orchestra and the James River High School bands had their state music assessment last week.

For the twenty first time in history, James River High School is officially a 2016 Virginia State Honor Band.

The Symphonic Band received a rating of Excellent.

The orchestra and wind ensemble received the most prestigious rating of Superior.

Those ratings, combined with the rating of Superior that the James River High School Marching Band received in the fall, sealed the deal.

The James River High School Rapids are a 2016 Virginia State Honor Band.





Danny Murphy



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Deadline for Bravo! Nominations is April 1

Chesterfield Education Foundation

Bravo! AwardsApril 1 is the deadline to nominate outstanding alumni of Chesterfield County Public Schools for Bravo! Awards.

The 2016 Bravo! Awards gala will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016. All students who have attended CCPS high schools are eligible.

The Chesterfield Education Foundation provides private support for public schools through classroom grants, scholarships, teaching awards, and project start-up funds.

The foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization incorporated in 1989.

For over one hundred years, Chesterfield County has been proud of the quality of its public education programs. Students who have attended our high schools have made remarkable contributions to their professions, their communities, the Commonwealth, and beyond.

The Chesterfield Education Foundation is seeking nominations of individuals who are recognized by their peers as “people who have made a difference” and come from a broad spectrum of fields: the best of the best.
We invite you to nominate a former CCPS high school student who has made outstanding contributions to his or her profession and community.

Alumni are recognized in the fall of each year at a gala awards banquet. This event allows the foundation to support the students and teachers of Chesterfield County Public Schools through grants from the Chesterfield Education Foundation.

Additional nomination forms may be obtained at, or by calling (804) 639-8774.

CLICK HERE for the online nomination form.





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RAPIDfever – In the Spotlight

RapidfeverThe parents at James River High School pulled out all of the stops last Friday evening.

RAPIDfever was a resounding success thanks to the James River sponsors, donor, coaches, parents, families and the RAPIDFever Committee.

The cause?

The funding of the athletic program and infrastructure for the Rapids and James River High School. 

All of those in attendance were grateful to live in a community that acknowledges the values instilled in our young people by their participation in team sports at the high school level.

Stay tuned for the full report on the success of RAPIDfever.

RAPIDfever…is in the Winterfield Veterinary Hospital Spotlight!





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acac Midlothian

acac MidlothianIs your teenager eating too much fast food, sodas, and sugary snacks? With most teens lacking basic hydration; poor water intake and limited milk, we are seeing a higher incidence of poor bone mass and higher rates of stress fractures in young athletes.

Fifty – sixty percent of bone mass develops during puberty (11-15yrs.) and peaks before the age of 20years. Teens should aim for 1300mg of calcium per day. Magnesium and vitamin D3 are also important for calcium absorption. Vitamins A, C and E are important antioxidants that aid in muscle recovery and repair. B vitamins play important roles in energy production and new cell synthesis.

A variety of vegetables, seeds, dairy products, and animal products can provide these important nutrients for proper growth and optimal performance. Try limiting the amount of highly processed sugary snacks and chips that you buy and set out fresh foods that the whole family can enjoy.

written by Donna Wheeler, acac nutritionist




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Midlothian 11 Atlee 10
Trinity Episcopal 5 Kenston Forest 3
Thomas Dale 4 Manchester 3


Manchester 5 Thomas Dale 3



Deep Run 18 Lee-Davis 1



Monacan 4 Powhatan 0
Thomas Dale 4 Manchester 1


Thomas Dale 2 Manchester 0
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Patrick Henry 9 Highland Springs 0
Hanover 7 Henrico 2
Atlee 8 Armstrong 1
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Patrick Henry 8 Highland Springs 1
Thomas Dale 7 Manchester 2
Hanover 8 Henrico 1
Atlee 9 Armstrong 0
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Jason Wells

Your SafetyThis weekend, I had the privilege of meeting with someone who had survived the attacks at the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013. The attacker, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, entered the facility in the morning and began randomly shooting at people with the intent to kill as many as possible. He was eventually killed himself, but the harm was already done. On that terrible day 12 innocent people lost their lives to the hands of a sick, disturbed shooter. 12 people. Contractors, government employees, patriots doing their part to support the mission of the United States Navy. Just moments before the attack these were people with mortgage payments, plans to watch football that weekend, scheduling conflicts at work…. Within minutes, they were suddenly gone forever.

The first-hand account that I heard was nothing short of inspiring. What truly moved me was the sincerity of the story and the humility of the person recounting the events. Even after two and half years, the memories were still fresh for her and the emotion was still very real. However, it was not the kind of story that the mainstream media looks for to increase their ratings. It was something far more moving, far more human and genuine than any camera can capture or news reporter can evoke. It was anxiety; it was stress. It was confusion and chaos. Most important, it was reflection. For four hours she and her co-workers remained locked in their offices as the sounds of fire alarms and faint “pops” echoed through the outside hallway. It gave them time to remember the important things. They reached out to their families, they told their children they loved them and that everything would be fine. They comforted each other through the horror, and even managed to find a moment to share a brief smile and a light laugh. They spoke with the metropolitan police department and gave them any information they could provide to help. They looked out the windows at the people gathered around the facility, anxiously looking on. Those inside looking to the outside for help, those on the outside looking in helplessly. And while they waited, military and law enforcement did what they do—they ran into there that was an unknown, only knowing that death was happening. But do we really expect anything less from such people?

And then it was over. The lockdown ended and they went home. When they sat in their office for four long hours, they prayed to see their families, to see them one more time and hug them close. By God’s Grace their prayers were answered. For my storyteller, she went home and was met at her door by family and friends, a reunion of tears and comfort. The first day of many needed to pick up the pieces and rebuild.

This weekend I had the unique privilege of her sharing that experience with me. Again, fire alarms and four hours in lockdown don’t make for a Hollywood Blockbuster or the top story on the evening news. But I believe that the best of who we are rises to the moment, and often times that moment is one of tragedy. As such, the story needs to be told. If others won’t share the story, then I will.

JWELLS001Jason Wells is the President and Founder of the National Advancements for Proactive Safety, an educational non-profit organization committed to providing a safe community through intervention processes. He is a former Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors in Strategic Security and Protection Management. Mr. Wells is currently pursuing his doctorate in Strategic Security with a focus on proactive interventions to stop threat-related behavior. He can be contacted at

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Tuesday Dogtopia Weather

Tuesday Weather



Partly sunny, with a high near 76.





weatherTuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.





Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.





weatherWednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.





A chance of showers after 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 30%.





weatherThursday Night
A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 30%.





Partly sunny, with a high near 63.





weatherFriday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.





Partly sunny, with a high near 59.





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March Madness Food Bank Collection

Manchester Middle is helping support the Kids Summer Food Program of the Chesterfield Food Bank, which provides food to students who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year. To collect as much food as possible for the food bank, Manchester Middle has created a bracket with various grade-level teams competing:
• Round 1 is March 7-11 — grade levels compete
• Round 2 is March 14-18 — winners advance
• Round 3 is March 21-23 — finalists compete
• Final is March 24 — winners announced
For more information, email

Dreambox challenge

Crenshaw Elementary is participating in a Dreambox challenge with students from across the world. For more information, call 739-6250.

Youth Art Month

Bellwood Elementary will celebrate Youth Art Month with fun attire. Throughout March, students and staff members will wear items with patterns on Mondays, warm colors (red, yellow or orange) on Tuesdays, cool colors (blue, green or purple) on Wednesdays, animal prints on Thursdays and Bellwood spirit colors (green, yellow and white) on Fridays. For more information, call 743-3600.

Cardinal Craze

To celebrate Youth Art Month, the halls at Crenshaw Elementary feature cardinals (the school mascot). Earlier, students took home large posters to decorate. Students can use any type of material, mimic a famous artist, pattern their cardinal on a book character or another animal, give it colorful designs or try any other original idea. Starting March 7 and continuing throughout March, the colorful creations will hang throughout the school. For more information, email


Field trips

Fourth-grade classes from Spring Run Elementary will take field trips to the Chesapeake Bay 9:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. March 15-16 and 8:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. March 17. For more information, call 639-6352.

Author visit

Clay McLeod Chapman will visit Midlothian Middle 9-10 a.m. March 15 to speak to sixth-grade students about his trilogy (“The Tribe”), writing, his career and his experiences as a writer and artist. He is an alumnus of Chesterfield County Public Schools. This visit is sponsored by bbgb bookstore in Carytown. For more information, email

Motorcycle reading event

Curtis Elementary students, parents, teachers and staff members are reading “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary. Each student received a copy. Teachers are reading the book to their classes, and students are reading at home with their parents. To end the reading activity with a roar at 6:30 p.m. March 15, the PTA will show a movie based on the book during a movie night in the school cafeteria. Before the movie, a local club will hold a motorcycle parade at 5:30 p.m. that will travel down Route 10 and end at Curtis Elementary. Students will have the opportunity to look at different motorcycles and talk with the riders, including police officers. For more information, email

Creating fish mural

To celebrate Youth Art Month and spruce up for the school’s 50th anniversary, the staff and students of Watkins Elementary are collaborating to make a 38-feet-by-5-feet mural. The mural is inspired by the book “Only One You” by Linda Kranz, which tells of a little fish about to go out into the world.

Students will work on elements of the mural in art classes:
• making fish out of clay
> 10:30 a.m.-noon on March 15 and March 17
> 9:30 a.m.-noon and 12:45-3:15 p.m. on March 18
> 10:30 a.m.-noon on March 23
• glazing fish
> 12:45-2:20 p.m. March 15-16
> 10:30 a.m.-noon March 22-23
> 9:30 a.m.-noon and 12:45-3:15 p.m. on March 25

Installation of the clay fish is expected to be finished in April. To see images from this project, CLICK HERE.  For more information, email or


Book battle

Spring Run Elementary students will compete in a Battle of the Books 9:45-10:45 a.m. March 16. For more information, call 639-6352.

Book and breakfast

Ecoff Elementary will hold a book-and-breakfast meeting 8:15-9 a.m. March 16. Students in grades 3-5 read “Ghosts of Belle Isle,” and author Steven K. Smith will be at the meeting. Students will be surprised with a signed copy of his newest book, “Secret of the Staircase.” For more information, call 768-6185.

Computers for families

At the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse 5:30-7 p.m. March 16, about 40 preselected families will be given computers that have been refurbished by students participating in the Virginia STAR program. Six Chesterfield County schools are part of this statewide program that teaches students to refurbish surplus computer hardware, then donates those refurbished computers to families in need: CTC@Courthouse, Matoaca High, Bird High Meadowbrook High, Carver College and Career Academy and Salem Middle. Through a partnership with Microsoft, each computer is equipped with a new operating system and Microsoft Office software. For more information, call 639-8910.

Symphony field trip

Students from Bailey Bridge Middle, Salem Church Middle, Enon Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, Robious Elementary and Clover Hill Elementary will attend Discovery Concerts by the Richmond Symphony at the Carpenter Theatre. Performances will take place 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. March 16 and March 18. For more information, call 804-788-4717, ext. 114.


Visiting author

Shelley Pearsall, author of several books for young people, will be at Falling Creek Middle March 18. Students are reading two of her books, and she will speak with students and sign books in the school library.

Here’s the schedule:
• 10:20-11:30 a.m. meeting with 60 students
• 11:40 a.m.-12:50 p.m. meeting with 60 students
• 1:40-2:55 p.m. meeting with 90 students
• 3:15-4 p.m. meeting with 70 students

For more information, email

Dance concert

The Specialty Center for the Visual and Performing Arts will present a senior dance concert titled “RESOLUT16N” at 7 p.m. March 18-19 in the auditorium of the main campus of Thomas Dale High. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, go to

Steel Pan Festival

Scheduled March 19 at Bird High, this regional Steel Pan Festival will promote the music of the Caribbean and include an instructional workshop and a concert. The 1-3 p.m. workshop will teach students in grades 3-7 how to play the steel drum; registration is required for the workshop. The 7-9 p.m. concert will include performances by Chesterfield’s Hands and Pans group, the Rhythm Project of the Virginia Arts Festival, George Mason University steel pan ensemble and Longwood University steel pan ensemble. The evening will end with a joint performance by all groups — a 50-plus-member steel pan ensemble. Concert tickets cost $5. For more information, email


Elementary students from Chesterfield County Public Schools will demonstrate enthusiastic problem-solving and teamwork during STEAMmania 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19 at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. in Richmond. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. STEAMmania will include minute-to-win-it challenges, such as balancing four empty soda cans on a paper plate floating in water or bouncing a pingpong ball onto a piece of bread covered in marshmallow fluff. In addition to minute-to-win-it competitions for elementary school teams, there will be opportunities for parents, siblings and others to participate in minute-to-win-it games and additional hands-on engineering activities.

STEAMmania will also include
• timed competitions that challenge school teams to creatively and efficiently solve problems in the areas of science engineering (2016 theme is weather and static electricity), math engineering (theme is mega-math Minecraft), art engineering (theme is towers), social engineering (theme is Native Americans), musical engineering, technology engineering and STEAM
• displays of student projects created through scientific investigation or innovations achieved using the engineering design process or scientific method
• awards ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. for grades K-2 and at 1:30 p.m. for grades 3-5

Parents and family members of Chesterfield County Public Schools students who are participating in STEAMmania can enter the event at no cost; others will have to pay admission to the Science Museum of Virginia. More information about STEAMmania is available in the events section of

Run on the Wild Side

Marguerite Christian Elementary PTA is hosting its third annual Run on the Wild Side 5K and kids one-mile fun run on March 19. For more information, click here:

STEAM Night and auction

Woolridge Elementary will gather March 22 for STEAM Night and a class basket auction. Classrooms will be open with STEAM presentations so parents can see the creative engineering projects students have worked on. Money from the auction will help buy new playground equipment. If you own a business and would like to donate a basket for the auction, contact


The fourth annual spring dance at Providence Elementary will take place 6:30-8 p.m. March 23. For more information, email

Life After High School

On March 24 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, hundreds of seniors who are not sure what comes next for them after high school will attend a resource fair. On hand to offer information about opportunities will be employers, two-year college representatives, training program representatives and career college representatives. Two sessions will take place: 8:30-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, email or

Music in Our Schools

Spring Run Elementary students and staff members will wear music-themed clothing for Music in Our Schools Spirit Day on March 24. For more information, call 639-6352.

Kindergarten awards

Spring Run Elementary will hold a kindergarten awards ceremony at 2 p.m. March 24. For more information, call 639-6352.

Field day

Spring Run Elementary will hold field day on March 25: 9-11 a.m. for grades 3-5 and noon-2 p.m. for grades K-2. For more information, call 639-6352.

Field trip

Providence Elementary fifth-graders will visit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. March 25. For more information, email

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