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2014-15 School Year


Colonial Heights School Board Meeting:

October 28th, 2014 

Closed Session 5:00 p.m. (Conference Room)

Open Session 7:30 p.m. (Audio Visual Room)

Located at the Colonial Heights Technical Center


News & Announcements
Top of PagePublic Hearing Notification: 2015-16 Budget
Top of PageColonial Heights Public Schools Meet Full SOL Accreditation for 13th Year In a Row!

All schools in Colonial Heights have met the SOL accreditation standards of the Virginia Department of Education for the thirteenth year in a row.  Of the one hundred thirty-two divisions in Virginia, only twenty-two had all schools accredited.  This places Colonial Heights Public Schools in an elite group.  This success can be attributed directly to the efforts of our teachers in the classrooms, the diligence of our students, our parent partners, and school administration providing quality leadership and support for their staff members and students.

Thank you to all of our Faculty and Staff!  Congratulations to our students!

Click to Read The Colonial Voice Article on 'Colonial Heights Schools Fully Accredited'

Click to Read the WTVR-6 Article on SOL Results

Click to Read the CHPS Memo Sent To Faculty and Staff

Top of PageColonial Heights Exceeds State Graduation Rate

The Virginia On-Time Graduation report for the Class of 2014 was recently released by the Virginia Department of Education.  Colonial Heights High School's 2014 graduation rate was 94.8%, as compared to the State rate of 89.9%.  This rate reflects the number of students that entered the ninth grade together as a cohort and graduated in four years.  Only nine high schools out of 327 in the Commonwealth had a higher graduation rate than CHHS.  The Class of 2014 had a dropout rate of 2.6%, as compared to the state rate of 5.4%.  Congratulations to the Class of 2014 for a job well done!

Class of 2014

2014 Graduation Rate

2014 Dropout Rate

Hanover County



CHHS Average



Chesterfield County



New Kent HS



Wmburg-James County



Henrico County



Prince George HS



Powhatan HS



Petersburg HS



Dinwiddie HS



Hopewell HS



Top of PageHomework Battles: Keeping the Peace

Join Tracy Lee, Family Resource Coordinator, on October 14th at CHMS Library for an event called "Homework Battles: Keeping the Peace". Topics covered include: getting organized and managing time, strategies for children with different homework issues, and ways in which parents can help children succeed. See the attached flyer for more information.

Click to Read Memo on Homework Battles

Top of PageMemo Regarding Enterovirus D68

Recent media reports have described an increase in respiratory illnesses caused by Enterovirus D68 among pediatric patients.  While there not have been locally confirmed cases, we would like to share with you information form the Virginia State Health Department regarding symptoms and ways to prevent the spread of Enterovirus D68. 

Click to Read Memo Concerning Enterovirus D68

Top of PageSpecial Education Advisory Committee - First Meeting
The first Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meeting of the 2014-2015 school year will take place on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:15pm in the AV Room at the Colonial Heights High School Technical Center.  The public is welcome and all parents of students with disabilities within the city of Colonial Heights are especially encouraged to attend!
Top of Page2014-15 School Supply Lists

Top of PageRegistration and Orientation Information

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Quick dates to note:

New residents to the City of Colonial Heights are encouraged to register their children for school before the first day, Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  All schools are open for new student registration between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Each of the Colonial Heights elementary schools is holding orientation for kindergarten students on Friday, August 29, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • All elementary schools will also hold a special "MEET THE TEACHER" on Thursday, August 28, 2014 for NEW and current students and their parents in grades 1-5
  • Colonial Heights Middle School will hold orientation activities for all sixth grade students and new seventh and eighth grade students on Thursday, August 28, 2014
  • Colonial Heights High School will hold a special orientation program for all rising freshmen (grade 9) and their parents on Thursday, August 28, from 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium of CHHS.  

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Top of PageColonial Heights Public Schools: Fully Accredited for 12th Year in a Row

Colonial Heights Public Schools has been identified as one of thirty-six of Virginia's one hundred thirty-three school divisions that has been fully accredited for the current school year.  Schools are required to meet pass rates of 70% in math, science, and history and a rate of 75% in reading in grades 3-11.  In addition, school divisions must attain a point value of 85 or greater on the Graduation Completion Index.  Colonial Heights High School had a Graduation Completion Index score of 95.5.  2013-2014 is the twelfth consecutive year that all schools and the division have been fully accredited.

Top of PageKindergarten Registration Begins April 10, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Kindergarten Registration Starts April 10Children who are five years old by September 30 can start kindergarten this fall!  But first, they need to be registered. Please contact your residentially zoned school to make an appointment and receive a registration packet. Find out who to contact and what to bring to your school.   You may also contact the School Administration Office for more information at 524-3400 and press '11'.

We look forward to seeing all of our new students this fall!
Top of PageCongratulations Colonial Heights High School Competition Cheerleaders!

Colonial Heights Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Cox joins the 2013 All-Conference and All-Regional Competition Cheerleaders.  Congratulations ladies!
Top of PageRecognition of Colonial Heights Public Schools Retirees

Thirteen employees of the Colonial Heights City school division retired during the 2012-2013 school year.  At their meeting on November 19, 2013, the School Board presented a resolution to each of the retirees to recognize their years of service to Colonial Heights Public Schools.

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Top of PageMath Comes Alive at Lakeview Elementary!

Elementary teachers recently dressed as dominoes to encourage students to think flexibly about numbers and to reinforce the relationship between addition and subtraction! Kudos to our creative teachers.
Top of PageSchool boards seeking to revamp state testing
The following article appeared in the Petersburg Progress-Index on October 29, 2013.

Colonial Heights joins 27 others calling on lawmakers for change
Top of PageSchool Board Recognizes Teachers of the Year

At their meeting on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the School Board recognized each of the recipients of the Teacher of the Year Award for the 2013-2014 school year. Dr. Cox, Dr. Douglas, and Mrs. Napier announced and welcomed the selected division candidates. Congratulations to all of these exemplary teachers!

The Colonial Heights High School Teacher of the Year is Mr. Bill Ryan. Mr. Ryan teaches earth science and GIS and has worked in the division for 35 years. The Colonial Heights Middle School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Carolyn Crinkley. Mrs. Crinkley teaches 6th grade math and has worked in the division for 19 years. The Lakeview Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Marde Mott. Mrs. Mott is a speech pathologist and has worked in the division for 4 years. The North Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Kathy Young. Mrs. Young teaches 5th grade and has worked in the division for 23 years. The Tussing Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Cindy James. Mrs. James teaches 5th grade and has worked in the division for 33 years.

Mrs. Marde Mott was selected as the Colonial Heights Division Teacher of the Year!

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Top of PageSchool Board Holds Community Forum at Colonial Heights High School

The School Board held a Community Forum at Colonial Heights High School on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in the high school cafeteria.  Members of the School Board sought community input and ideas to provide the best education possible for students, and to help advance school improvement efforts. The format of the event asked participants to present input concerning "What we do well," and "What we can do better."  The event had a great turnout involving parents and members of the school community. Refreshments were served, courtesy of the Colonial Heights High School PTO.

Top of PageVirginia Retirement System (VRS) Retirement Plan Information
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Top of PageColonial Heights Public Schools Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
These photographs from the New Employee Orientation were take by Ms. Karen Olivares from the Virginia Education Association.

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Top of PageSuperintendent's Message

As Superintendent I look forward to following Colonial Heights students in their career as Colonial Heights "Colonials!" I hope that you and your families will be active participants in our many programs, working hard academically and giving your best in all that you do!


Dr. Joseph O. Cox, Superintendent

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