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Division News

2014 VSBA Green Schools Challenge
Celebrate GIS Day on November 19th by going on a virtual scavenger hunt!
Nine school divisions across the state received top awards in the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association's (VSBA) Green Schools Challenge, a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community.

Congratulations to Chesapeake Public Schools for being recognized as a VSBA Certified Green School Division - Gold Certification!

James D. Mullins Leadership Award Recipient
Kim Pinello
Kim Pinello, principal of Hickory Elementary School, was awarded the James D. Mullins Leadership Award on Friday, November 14, 2014. This award was established in 1994 to recognize administrators who show exceptional support of reading. Congratulations, Mrs. Pinello!

VASSP 2015 Outstanding Secondary School Assistant Principal of Virginia
Brian Haughinberry
Congratulations to Brian Haughinberry, assistant principal at Grassfield High School, for being selected by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) as the 2015 Outstanding Secondary School Assistant Principal of Virginia! Mr. Haughinberry will be presented the award on June 29, 2015, during the annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition in Roanoke, Virginia. Congratulations to Mr. Haughinberry for this leadership recognition!

Virginia Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children 2014 Teacher of the Year
Anne Reilly
The Virginia Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) recognized Anne Reilly, a fifth grade teacher at Crestwood Intermediate, as their CEC 2014 Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year Award recognizes an individual who currently provides services to students with exceptional needs and their families. Congratulations, Anne!

Pictured: Renee Carney, principal, and Anne Reilly, teacher

VHSL Class 5A State Champions: Hickory High School
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The Hickory High School competition cheer team is celebrating another successful season. The season started off with a second place finish at the Southeastern District Competition. The Hawks then rallied to secure their second Conference 10 Regional Championship. The season ended at the VHSL State Championships where the Hickory Hawks captured their second straight state championship in the 5A division. The Hawks posted the highest score of any team in all divisions at the state championship. The Hawks are coached by Chris Boykin and assistant coach, Tiffany Finder.

VHSL Class 6A State Champions: Grassfield High Cheer
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Congratulations to Grassfield High School Varsity Cheer program for earning the VHSL Class 6A Championship. This all-girl squad, coached by Ms. Dusti Harrell, also celebrates an undefeated season after winning the 2014 Southeastern District Championship, 2014 Conference 2 Championship, 2014 Region 6A South Championship, and the state title! Congratulations Grizzly Cheer!

Congratulations to the Western Branch Middle School First LEGO League Team!
Bruin Brick Builders
The Bruin Brick Builders will be representing Western Branch Middle School at the Virginia/DC First LEGO League State Competition, December 6-7, at James Madison University. The team won Tournament Champion for Division II on November 8, 2014, at the Newport News Regional Competition.

Congratulations to the Greenbrier Panthers Lego Team!
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The Greenbrier Panthers LEGO Team earned two top awards at the regional tournament on Saturday, November 15. The team received the Division I Champion's Award for fully embracing the FLL Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the robot game and project. The Robot Performance Award was earned for getting the highest score during the robot game.

Chesapeake Science and Planetarium/Observatory Center Project "Unlocking the Future"
Chesapeake Planetarium sketch
YouTube Presentation: Chesapeake Science and Planetarium/Observatory Center Project "Unlocking the Future"

The Trustees of the Beazley Foundation have approved a challenge grant of $125,000 to the Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation for technological improvements to the Chesapeake Planetarium. The Foundation is required to raise $250,000 in matching contributions, and once the total of $375,000 is reached, the funds will be used to purchase a new digital star projector system to replace the 1960s equipment presently in the planetarium. The equipment will be utilized in the present planetarium while a new Science Center is designed, funded, and constructed over the next several years, then moved to the new location.

Click here to view the Chesapeake Planetarium case study brochure.

Click here to learn how to donate to this project.

Bricks from the Great Bridge 4-Room School House
Bricks from the Great Bridge 4 Room School House
Bricks from the Great Bridge 4-Room School House will be available to the public beginning November 3 through December 23, 2014, at the Department of School Plants, 1021 Great Bridge Boulevard. The bricks are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 2 per person. Bricks can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., excluding holidays observed by the school division. For additional information, please call the Department of School Plants at 757-547-0139.

Free & Reduced Meal Application
Free and Reduced Meal application
MyOnline Free and Reduced meal application entry makes it easy and convenient to apply for meal benefits for all your children. Simply enter the requested information as accurately as possible and all data will be instantly and securely sent to School Nutrition Services for processing. You will receive written notification of the results within 10 days. Click here to apply.

TDAP Immunization Requirements for School Entrance
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TDAP is a requirement for rising 6th graders and all newly enrolled 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders.

View the Immunization Policy.

View School Entrance/Health Forms.

New Student Registration for the 2014-2015 School Year
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Chesapeake Public Schools Offers MyPaymentsPlus

Chesapeake Public Schools offers MyPaymentsPlus, a state-of-the art online service that provides you the convenience and information you need to manage your student's meal account.

Login today to to:
Make payments
Check account balances
Receive notifications when balance is low
Monitor student purchases

Weather Watchers
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Help report weather conditions in your area. Being a Weather Watcher assists the school division in making appropriate decisions when it comes to school delays and closings during hazardous weather conditions. Become a Weather Watcher today by emailing
Sign up by December 10, 2014.

2015 Legislative Agenda
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Calendar of Events

Early Release Day
November 26

Great Bridge Middle School
5th Annual Poinsettia Fundraiser Sale
November 24 - December 8

Parent Information Night for the Governor's School for the Arts
December 4
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Oscar Smith High School
Open to all parents of current 8th grade and high school students. Please use the theatre entrance.
Download the flier.

Western Branch High School Holiday Craft Show
December 6
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

December 14
Oscar Smith High School Auditorium
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Interested musicians can register from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day with a $10 registration fee.
Download the flier for more information.

2015 Foreign Language Academies
The 2015 Governor's Summer Residential Foreign Language Academies will include full-immersion academies in French, German, and Spanish; a partial-immersion Japanese Academy; and a Latin Academy. Please note that students, current sophomores and juniors, are nominated by the Foreign Language Department in their schools and schools are limited in the number of students they may nominate. Students may not apply directly to the VDOE. Interested home-school students should submit an application to the public high school they are zoned to attend. You may also visit this webpage for more information.

Summer Residential Governor's School
Summer Residential Governor's School provides intensive educational experiences. Applications are now available for the 2015 Summer Residential Governor's School for current sophomores and juniors. For additional information, contact the guidance office at your child's high school. You may also visit this webpage for more information.

Peachjar eflyers
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Chesapeake Public Schools provides the service of electronic flyer (eflyer) dissemination via Peachjar, a free online service for our students and parents to receive announcements from their child's school, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organizations in the city of Chesapeake, and state supported organizations.

Click on the Peachjar eflyers logo above to learn more about Peachjar or to submit your request.

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Click on the BoardDocs icon to view more information regarding School Board meetings and minutes.
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Wellness Centers
The Wellness Centers at Knells Ridge Square and Washington Shoppes are open and processing prescriptions.
Click here for more information.

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