What's Going on at School

Bensley Elementary
Families will dine at CiCi’s in Chester on October 7.

The school will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fruit and Vegetable Program. Through this grant, staff and students will have the opportunity to try a new fruit or vegetable twice a week during the school year in an effort to promote a healthier school environment.

Beulah Elementary
At 9:45 a.m. on October 8, the Dale Ruritan Club will present dictionaries to third-grade students.

Kindergartners will visit the pumpkin patch at Chesterfield Berry Farm on October 9.

The school will host a Muffins and Math workshop at 8:15 a.m. on October 16 in the cafeteria for first-grade students and their parents.

Jamestown interpreters will visit fourth-grade classes on October 16.

The school will celebrate Read Aloud Week October 18-25. This year’s theme is “Pockets Full of Poetry.”

Prekindergarten students will visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond on October 19.

The school will host its monthly newspaper recycling drive October 19-23.

Students and their families will dine at the Chick-fil-A in Chester 5-8 p.m. on October 21.

Fourth-grade students will visit Jamestown on October 22.

The school will take fall pictures on October 23.

Curtis Elementary

Students and families will skate 6:30-8:30 p.m. on October 8 at Chester Skateland.

The school will have a Ukrop’s Café Night at the Bermuda Square location 5-8 p.m. on October 13.

Students and their families will dine at the Chick-fil-A in Chester 5-8 p.m. on October 15.

The PTA will meet at 7 p.m. on October 20, and the school book fair will be open for family night.

Fourth-grade students will visit Jamestown on October 21.

Kindergarten students will visit the fire station on October 22 to learn about fire safety and community helpers.

Enon Elementary
Students and their families will skate 6:30-8:30 p.m. on October 12.

The PTO will meet at 7 p.m. on October 13.

Students and their families will dine at River’s Bend Bistro on October 15.

The school will participate in Read Aloud to a Child Week October 19-23.

Ettrick Elementary
The school will present information to families about the Olweus bullying prevention program 7-8 p.m. in the cafetorium on October 13.

Harrowgate Elementary
The PTA will meet at 7 p.m. on October 20.

Hopkins Elementary
The Meadowbrook High band will visit the school to help celebrate students’ successes on October 13.

Representatives from the MathScience Innovation Center will visit the school October 14-15 to teach hands-on lessons in third-grade classrooms.

At 9:30 a.m. on October 16, the Dale Ruritan Club will present dictionaries to third-grade students.

The school will host a book fair in the library October 19-23. Family night will be October 20.

Marguerite Christian Elementary
A Chester Kiwanis representative will be at the school at 9:30 a.m. on October 7 to present Terrific Kids certificates to students.

At 10 a.m. on October 23, fifth-grade students will create snacks that represent various elements to enjoy in rooms C3 and C34.

Fourth-grade students will visit Maymont 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on October 23.

Third-grade students will conduct pumpkin experiments 1-2:45 p.m. in the bus loop on October 23.

Salem Elementary

Kindergarten classes will visit the pumpkin patch at Chesterfield Berry Farm on October 9.
Students will enjoy Fall Fun Night in the cafeteria 6:30-8 p.m. on October 15.
Fourth-grade classes will visit Jamestown on October 16.

Falling Creek Middle
Students will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through October 15. A festival will be held on October 9 from 6-9 p.m. Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and countries in Central America and South America will be represented.

Matoaca Middle
Walmart will present a $500 check to the school at 3:15 p.m. on October 13 to help purchase school supplies for teachers and students. The presentation will take place at the west campus.

Providence Middle
Providence Middle and the University of Richmond are partnering for the second year in a leadership program. The UR the Future Leadership Program will connect 18 eighth-grade students with faculty and students from the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Five sessions are scheduled throughout the year, during which Providence Middle students will work with University of Richmond students and faculty in workshops, team-building exercises, and breakout sessions designed to explore the concepts of leadership. On October 14, students will be at the University of Richmond 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Salem Middle
A book fair will run through October 9. Family Night will be held 6-8 p.m. on October 8 in the library.

The school will host its annual fall yard sale 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on October 10 in the parking lot. Recyclables will also be collected.

Forensic science students from VCU will work with classes in October and November. A session on October 19 will cover microscopy and run 10:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Chesterfield Community High
Come Home Alive, a teen driver awareness program for 10th-grade students and parents, will be held October 14 at 7 p.m. in the L.C. Bird High auditorium.

Chesterfield Technical Center
The school’s chapter of SkillsUSA will sponsor its 12th annual car show at Tractor Supply Co., 6801 Lake Harbour Dr. Car clubs and individuals from across Virginia will display all types of vehicles, including classic cars, street rods, muscle cars, 4x4s, and minitrucks. The event will be open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on October 10; the rain date is October 11.

L.C. Bird High
Juniors will receive their school rings on October 7 at 7 p.m.

The school is joining Virginia Advanced Study Strategies and will celebrate at 2 p.m. on October 8 at Monacan High. VASS is a nonprofit organization created in 2007 as a partnership between Virginia and the National Math and Science Initiative. Its mission is to encourage high school students to prepare for exciting careers in math and science by enrolling in Advanced Placement classes.

Pansies purchased through the PTSA will be available for pick up 1-6 p.m. on October 9 on the sidewalk outside the band room door.

Author and illustrator Trevor Romain will speak as part of the Strategies for Success conference on October 10. He will discuss the topic “Bully-Proof Your Child.” The full conference is 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. If you wish to attend just the keynote speech by Romain, which begins at 8:30 a.m., the cost is $5.

The choirs will perform in their annual Music Booster Concert at 7 p.m. on October 13.

Come Home Alive, a teen driver awareness program for 10th-grade students and parents, will be held October 14 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Seniors will take formal portraits 8-11 a.m. on October 16.

The marching band will compete at Hanover High on October 17.

The marching band will perform at 7 p.m. on October 20.

Visiting science author, engineer, and historian John L. Lienhard, author of How Invention Begins: Echoes of Old Voices in the Rise of New Machines, will hold a panel discussion open to all members of the community 7-8:30 p.m. October 20 in the auditorium. The event is a partnership between Chesterfield County Public Schools and Virginia State University.

Matoaca High
A representative of Full Sail University will visit information technology and theater classes on October 7 to discuss prospective media arts education and careers.

The school is joining Virginia Advanced Study Strategies and will celebrate at 2 p.m. on October 8 at Monacan High. VASS is a nonprofit organization created in 2007 as a partnership between Virginia and the National Math and Science Initiative. Its mission is to encourage high school students to prepare for exciting careers in math and science by enrolling in Advanced Placement classes.

Students are hosting exchange students through the German-American Exchange Program through October 15.

Randy Rowlett will speak with seniors on October 16 and 21 in a session titled “So You’re 18,” which aims to help students understand their obligations as legal adults and citizens.

The Spanish Club and guest speakers will present “Spanish in Our Community” 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. on October 21.

The school is participating in the Empty Bowls project to benefit Freedom House. Students will paint ceramic bowls and donate them. Homeless people will benefit when members of the public pay $20 for a soup dinner.

Meadowbrook High
Come Home Alive, a teen driver awareness program for 10th-grade students and parents, will be held October 8 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
The International Baccalaureate program will hold an open house at 7 p.m. on October 22. Eighth-grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Thomas Dale High
Come Home Alive, a teen driver awareness program for 10th-grade students and parents, will be held October 19 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

All Chesterfield County Schools

Elementary and middle schools will participate in the United Way coin drive through October 9.

Chesterfield schools will dismiss students three hours early on October 12.

All of Chesterfield’s high school specialty centers, two governor’s schools, Chesterfield Technical Center, and online education will participate in an information fair at 7 p.m. on October 13 at Thomas Dale High. Eighth-grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Chesterfield County Teachers of the Year will be honored at the Holiday Inn Koger Center on October 15. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation.

Art created by 37 students is on display through November 6 at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Chesterfield is the first school division in the nation to exhibit in the Department of Education’s student art exhibition program.

In October, GED® tests are free. The usual cost is $45, but first-time test takers who register in October will pay nothing to take the test. GED stands for General Educational Development, and a GED certificate is equivalent to a high school diploma. Registration for GED tests takes place at the Chesterfield Technical Center 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. To register, applicants must bring their driver’s license and Social Security card. Preregistration is available online at www.ged123.org.

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