Successes in Chesterfield County Public Schools

Art recognition
Seven art teachers from Chesterfield County Public Schools won Leadership Awards from Artsonia, which is an online gallery of student art:

  • Sarah Matthews and Sheila Donahue at Watkins Elementary, which was ranked No. 1 among Virginia schools and No. 12 in the country.
  • Mary Beth Conley, Heather Levet and Patricia Groe at Elizabeth Scott Elementary, which was ranked No. 3 in Virginia.
  • Lisa Anderson and Margaret Kopalchick at Evergreen Elementary, which was ranked No. 10 in Virginia.

The awards are based on the amount of artwork posted in 2012-13 and each school’s online fans. To view the artwork, go to

Grant for running program
Crestwood Elementary is one of just 59 schools across the United States to win a $2,500 grant to inspire students to be more active and make healthy choices. The ING Run for Something Better grant awarded to health and PE teacher Henry Castelvecchi will support Crestwood’s running program, increase participation in the school’s annual 5K, improve student fitness and increase participants’ learning potential as they set goals and work to achieve those goals. Crestwood’s running club works out 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Mondays through mid-November, then will start again in the spring.

Telly Award for Meadowbrook

The media program at Meadowbrook High won a Bronze Telly Award for an informational video created with Chesterfield Crime Solvers. Under the supervision of teacher Randy West, Meadowbrook students spent about 18 months writing, directing, acting in and editing the video.

Environmental awards
Three Chesterfield County schools were named 2013 Virginia Naturally Schools for their environmental conservation and stewardship: Clover Hill High for the sixth year, James River High for the fifth year and Robious Elementary for the fourth year. Across the state, only 48 schools were recognized in this program overseen by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.


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