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
Outstanding School Counselors of the Year
Each year, Chesterfield County Public Schools recognizes outstanding school counselors who go above and beyond in order to maximize student success and promote access and opportunity for all students. Congratulations to these top school counselor leaders who are all in for all students:
- Outstanding First Year Counselor of the Year: Shenell Tolson (Harrowgate Elementary and Elizabeth Scott Elementary) and Ashlene Jones (Robious Middle)
- Outstanding Elementary School Counselor of the Year: Maria Bediako (Crestwood Elementary)
- Outstanding Middle School Counselor of the Year: Balsorah Lynch (Carver Middle)
- Outstanding High School Counselor of the Year: Merel Williams (Cosby High)
are open to students in grades 9-12. With learning available 24/7 in a no-bells, no-limits virtual environment, the flexibility of CCPSOnline classes can help high school students create the schedule they want. Act now to take advantage of this Chesterfield County Public Schools opportunity:
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.
CCS Auditions- Are you ready to step into the Spotlight? Auditions for our award-winning choral program are happening this month during Titan Time in the Chorus Room. See Ms. Andre in room 507 for details.
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.
Titan Lasering will be open several times throughout the 3rd quarter with new Valentines Day, Spring, and Graduation gift products. We are also able to accept online orders and custom orders. Please check out our website for more information.
Physics club will meet in room 140, Thursday, January 18th after school.
DMV Learner's Permit Testing (10th Graders)
Cosby High School is excited to announce that we will be continuing to offer the DMV Learner's Permit testing to all eligible students here at Cosby in the New Year. For more information regarding testing dates, required forms etc.- please access the Driver's Education section on the Cosby website. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to test in a familiar and convenient location!
literary Magazine Submissions
Use the QR code found on flyers around the school to submit to Cosby's Literary Magazine. We take writing that is both fiction and non-fiction. Short stories, art work, poems, and essays are all options for submission. Submit the Google Form. If chosen, publication of your work can be done anonymously and submissions are judged blindly.
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.
Artful giving - National Art Honors Society students at Cosby High School bought and created 240 art packages and gave them to the Chesterfield Food Bank to be distributed during the holidays. Teachers who serve as sponsors of Cosby’s National Art Honors Society are A.C. Braun, Dana Dabney and Jim Linkowitz.
Original oratory winners - Congratulations to Chesterfield speech and debate teams that brought home trophies from a national tournament hosted by George Mason University in December:
- Cosby High student Cebastian B. (standing on left in back row) won first place and the Eagle Trophy in original oratory. Jaclyn Clark, NBCT, coaches the Cosby High team.
- Bird High student Kyle-Joseph S. (sitting on left in front row) placed third in original oratory. Melissa Ligh, NBCT, coaches the Bird High team.
Physics/Astronomy Club - The Physics Club is meeting every week on Thursday after school in Room 140. If you need help in physics and need tutoring, don't hesitate to drop by.
Learn about earning college credits while in high school
- Parents and students are invited to learn about the advanced academic programming available in Chesterfield County high schools. The Dec. 6 virtual session is for rising 11th and 12th grade families; the Dec. 14 virtual session is for rising 9th and 10th grade families:
- Families of rising 11th and 12th graders: Are you interested in learning about college readiness, advanced academics and opportunities your student has to earn college credit in high school? Rising juniors, seniors and their families are invited to a virtual information session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 to learn about advanced academic course offerings, talk about expectations for participation in rigorous courses and discuss how these can benefit students in their college experience. Also, Brightpoint Community College will discuss dual enrollment courses. Register here for the Dec. 6 session. The meeting link will be emailed to you before the event.
- Families of rising 9th and 10th graders: Are you interested in learning about college course readiness and advanced academics? Rising 9th and 10th graders and their families are invited to a virtual information session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 to learn about pathways of rigorous, college-level courses that will count for high school graduation while simultaneously earning college credit. Also, Brightpoint Community College will discuss dual enrollment courses. Register here for the Dec. 14 session. The meeting link will be emailed to you before the event.
Special education information for parents
- Survey due Dec. 15: Parents of school-age children and youth with disabilities who receive special education services are asked to complete the Virginia Department of Education annual parent involvement survey. The survey is open through Dec. 15. Please complete one survey for each of your children who received special education services in the 2022-23 school year. If you have questions, please email Chiquita Seaborne or call 804-225-3898.
- Updated guide to special education: Available now from the Virginia Department of Education is the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. The department developed this new guide to help those involved in special education, whether as families, teachers, school administrators, advocates or students. Meeting the needs of children with disabilities requires an understanding of rights and responsibilities, which include the child’s rights and the school’s responsibilities to meet their needs. This guide includes a description of the special education process and what is required during each step of that process. The guide is currently available in English; translations will soon be available in Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, Urdu and Vietnamese.
- Website: Lots of helpful information is available on the special education for families webpage of the Virginia Department of Education.
Families invited to free showing of “Screenagers Under the Influence” -
Chesterfield County Public Schools invites parents and teens to a free showing of "Screenagers Under the Influence: Addressing Vaping, Drugs and Alcohol in the Digital Age" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at CTC@Hull (13900 Hull Street Road). A panel discussion with health specialists will follow the screening. Get more information and reserve your free tickets here.
"Screenagers Under the Influence: Addressing Vaping, Drugs and Alcohol in the Digital Age" examines the impact of technology on teens' decision-making about vaping, drugs and alcohol. Exploring the latest research and learning more about the personal experiences of teens and families, the film highlights the changing landscape of the substances, offering solutions for how to best empower teens as they face decisions about what they will and will not be influenced by.
The film debunks myths and depicts strategies parents and schools can use to encourage healthy decision-making, support teen mental health, set limits and create healthy home environments. The film also includes many ways young people are using their wisdom and strength to help each other and themselves through this complicated terrain around substance use.
Register for upcoming Coffee & Conversations,
scheduled through January. The next of these virtual gatherings is titled “Helping Your Child With Self-Regulation” and will take place 1-2 p.m. Dec. 6. Coffee & Conversation is hosted by the Chesterfield County Public Schools Office of Family and Community Engagement.
Coffee & Conversation set for Dec. 6 - Copy and past the link below to register for upcoming Coffee & Conversations, scheduled through January. The next of these virtual gatherings is titled “Helping Your Child With Self-Regulation” and will take place 1-2 p.m. Dec. 6. Coffee & Conversation is hosted by the Chesterfield County Public Schools Office of Family and Community Engagement.
Keep your eyes on the prize, class of 2024! Here is your graduation schedule:
May 20: Matoaca High at 9 a.m. at Virginia State University and Thomas Dale High at 3 p.m. at Virginia Commonwealth University
May 21 at Virginia Commonwealth University: Cosby High at 9:30 a.m. and Manchester High at 2 p.m.
May 22 at Virginia Commonwealth University: James River High at 9:30 a.m. and Midlothian High at 2 p.m.
May 23 at Virginia Commonwealth University: Clover Hill High at 9:30 a.m. and Monacan High at 2 p.m.
May 24 at Virginia Commonwealth University: Meadowbrook High at 9:30 a.m. and Bird High at 2 p.m.
May 28 at Career and Technical Center @ Hull: Carver College and Career Academy at 3 p.m.
Graduating seniors will receive tickets to share with family and friends. The ceremonies are not open to the public but will be livestreamed.