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Church Hill People's News, Richmond VA

Posts tagged Chimborazo ES

Sep 15 '14

Food, music, and fun for a cause at Jazz on the Hill

Asbury Jazz (2)


Aug 28 '14

Jazz on the Hill coming to Chimborazo in September

The second Jazz on Hill will be on Saturday, September 27th in Chimborazo Park from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. The event is hosted by Asbury UMC to benefit Chimborazo Elementary School’s music program.

From Barbara Branch:

We are planning for an even bigger and better event than last year’s and need community-wide support and participation to make it happen and to attain our goal of City and Regional wide attendance. If you can help in anyway with planning and/or to support on the day of the event, contact Pastor Marilyn Heckstall at 804.426.3373. Ticket sales are being handled by Linda Porter. She can be reached at either 804.674.5220 or email:

Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.


Aug 27 '14

George Mason, Chimborazo show marked improvement in SOL scores

Student achievement improved statewide during 2013-2014 on challenging mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests first introduced three years ago, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported today. Statewide, 74% of students passed the mathematics assessment for their grade level or course, compared with 71% during 2012-2013 and 68% the previous year. Students posted gains on eight of the nine individual grade-level and end-of-course mathematics SOL tests, with the biggest increases in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, Algebra I and Algebra II.

In Richmond, scores improved in 21 of the 34 tested areas, an improvement over last year when scores fell in 75% of the tested subjects.

Two of the five area elementary schools saw impressive improvement over last year. Scores rose in 10 of 11 categories at Chimborazo ES and 10 of 11 at George Mason, but fell in all 11 at Bellevue, 6 of 11 at Fairfield, and 6 of 11 at Woodville.

Scores at MLK MS improved or held steady in 10 of their 14 categories, and in 11 of 14 at Armstrong. Franklin Military, serving grades 6-12, saw scores rise or hold steady in only 10 of 22 reporting categories, though with generally better scores than either MLK or Armstrong. MLK MS, for example, improved from 11% to 12% passing for 7th grade math (compared to a 29% pass rate citywide). Only in Civics & Economics did more than 50% of the students pass the test.

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Richmond City SOL Scores

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East End Schools SOL Scores



Jun 12 '14
Jun 6 '14

New principals next year at Chimborazo, Woodville

An RTD article by Zachary Reid says that 7 Richmond schools will have new principals next year, including Chimborazo Elementary and Woodville Elementary.

The new leaders chosen for four of the city middle schools are all from outside of Richmond Public Schools. The new elementary school principals have not been named yet.

This school year marks Cheryl Burke’s 19th year as principal of Chimborazo Elementary. Woodville has been led this year by Interim Principal Kara Lancaster-Gay.

This follows an early February emergency principal change at Martin Luther King Middle School where Rickie Hopkins replaced 3rd year principal Dr. Valerie Harris.


Apr 30 '14

Student taken to hospital after being hit by car

Report of a Chimborazo student taken to the hospital after being hit by a car this morning.


Mar 22 '14

One day left to help Chimborazo reading project

We gave this project a shout-out on Twitter and bumped an old post a few days ago, but it needs a full push:

Ms. Bohman at Chimborazo Elementary School has a Donors Choose project to get reading materials for her kindergarten class.

Over the past 3 days over $900 has been pledged to bring the total to $1,859, but the listing expires on Sunday and right now still needs $348 to get funded. This is an easy way to directly support a teacher in a neighborhood classroom.


Feb 7 '14

Can you help a neighborhood classroom?

DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help students in need:

Here’s how it works: Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.

When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You’ll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you’ll also receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.

In our area:


Jan 30 '14

Interested in checking out Chimborazo ES?

Take a tour of Chimborazo Elementary School:

Come on a tour Tuesday Feb. 11 at 9:30 AM or Wednesday Feb. 12 at 9:30 AM. Email for more information. If you’d like to go on a tour but can’t make next Tuesday or Wednesday, give us a shout out and we’ll schedule another one for you.

We are well on our way to becoming an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School. Here is an update on our progress.

Students and teachers are hard at work as each grade level wraps up their third unit of inquiry. The 2nd 9 weeks have been full of student-led learning!

  • Pre-Kindergarten students are thinking critically as they discover the ways we use our bodies to communicate with the world around us.
  • Kindergarteners are becoming citizens of the world as they study maps, globes, cultures, and traditions.
  • First graders are embracing the IB attitudes as they develop community and learn about how we express ourselves.
  • Second grade students are drawing connections to realize how customs help to express beliefs and values.
  • In third grade, students look forward to using their creativity in tackling difficult problems and reflecting on their learning.
  • Fourth graders are taking on the roles of inquirers and communicators as they participate and engage in their learning.
  • Fifth grade students are becoming open-minded as they recognize multiple ways to solve math problems!

As a school, our students have been eager to write about and share their learning. The students have become open-minded and interested in the customs, viewpoints, and traditions of those around them. We are all looking forward to facilitating our students’ learning as we approach the second half of the school year!


Jan 30 '14

Update from Chimborazo ES

Trip to VUU
Mr. Corey Gibson (4th grade teacher) organized a Saturday trip to VA Union Univ. for 20 4th and 5th graders. The students spent the day in sessions including one on the expectations and benefits of attending college. Mr. Gibson a VUU grad and noted “Mr. VUU” enjoyed the day with students that ended in the football L. M. Brown Classic.

Volunteers Needed
We need mentors for our students! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Charles Meadows at

Jaguar Facts
Chimborazo has 450 students in grades PK-5. It started in 1905 in what is now the Lava Loft building. In 1952 it moved to its current Location. Principal Cheryl Burke has been at the helm for the past 15 years and has brought many resources to Chimborazo during her time there including IB PYP.

First Lady’s Luncheon
Twenty eight of our students, 8 parents and Principal Burke attendedThe Inaugural First Lady’s Luncheon. The Luncheon took place at the Science Museum of Va. Sunday, January 13. Mrs. Dorothy McAuliffe shared her vision of healthy nutrition  for children that included demonstrations and a sit down four course meal. Our children were treated as royalty and were so elated to participate in such as festive, informative and personal event.

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Dec 3 '13

Get books at the Chimborazo Elementary School Book Fair

The Chimborazo Elementary School Book Fair will be open to all next week. Stop by the school to purchase books for holiday gift giving.

There will be a special café for guests for lunch and readers during the week of Dec 9th.

Chimborazo Elementary School Book Fair
Mon, Dec 9th to Wed, Dec 17th, 2013
8:30 am to 9:30 am
10:30am to 2:00 pm
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Contact Barbara Branch at or (703)625-6019 for more information.

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Oct 23 '13

Teaching garden going in at Chimborazo Elementary

A Chimborazo update from Kristen Hughes:

Exciting things are happening at Chimborazo Elementary School! Volunteer crews (including the folks in this picture from Capital One) are installing an outdoor teaching garden at the school. They have so far been working for two days on the project.

Yesterday they also laid down grass seed under the big pin oak trees along East Marshall Street as well.

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Oct 14 '13

Chimborazo is off to a great start this year

An update from Chimborazo Elementary by Catherine Illian:

Our two new IB Coordinators are Kindergarten teacher Ms. Molly Bohman and Exceptional Ed. teacher Mrs Sirez McCoy. They are helping our teachers create learning units across disciplines and incorporate inquiry based experiences into all aspects of their teaching. Students are engaged and inquiring!

Kindergarten students can be overheard discussing their latest hypothesis as they explore the playground. Fourth grade students look forward to mornings when they see a portion of a photograph and use their thinking skills to predict what the whole image may be. Third graders enjoy developing their own science experiments and put their research skills to the test. First grade students relish the opportunity to use their communication skills as they role play conflict resolution scenarios. Our students are leading their learning through inquiry-based experiences.

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Pre-K is learning what it means to be part of a community.

Kindergartners are learning about our relationships and responsibilities to determine how we fit into our communities.

1st grade is learning about responsibility as they explore how the past has impacted the present.

2nd grade is learning how beliefs and values shape societies.

3rd grade’s current unit is about gaining perspective of individual viewpoints through studying the change and growth of communities.

4th grade is re-enacting history to understand how explorers and inhabitants struggled to “Share the Planet”

5th grade is learning about “How the World Works” through and exploration of matter, sound, and scientific investigation.

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Jazz on the Hill on September 6th at 29th and Marshall was a smashing success and all who attended loved the awesome live music including Ban Caribe. We raised over $2,000 for Chimborazo’s IB Program thanks to Rev. Marilyn Heckstall of Asbury United Methodist Church. Look for Jazz on the Hill in September next year!

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How YOU can help!

  1. Join the PTA. $5 per person. Forms can be found at Chimborazo Elementary School 3000 East Marshall Street, Richmond, Va 23223.
  2. Donate. Help our teachers with projects and supplies! Check out the Donors Choose Chimborazo Page here.
    We currently have one project from Miss Campbell’s Kindergarten class. Look for more projects in the upcoming weeks!
  3. Volunteer. Chimborazo needs volunteers in many areas! Kindergarten and first grade teachers need classroom helpers one day a week from 9-12. We also need helpers in art and many other opportunities!

Please email Charles Meadows at for more information.


Check our IB PYP Learner Profile. All students and teachers are exploring what it means to be a learner. Our coordinators Ms. Molly Bohman and Ms. Sirez McCoy created this awesome info-graphic to explain what kinds of learners we want to be at Chimborazo.

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Aug 29 '13

Jazz on the Hill to benefit Chimborazo IB

As part of Chimborazo Elementary School’s two-year effort to establish the district’s first elementary International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program, Asbury Church will host Jazz on the Hill on September 6.

The street festival is a fundraiser to help Chimborazo ES meet a $500,000 fundraising goal to cover application fees, training, and an IB coordinator position. Individuals desiring to contribute to this effort can make tax-deductible donations payable to
The Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation.

Jazz on the Hill
29th and Marshall Streets
Friday, September 6, 2013 6:30-10PM
Admission: $5.00 minimum donation

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Aug 19 '13

Sidewalk Chalk of Love for Chimborazo Elementary

The concept is simple. Neighbors gather together on the school grounds between 3:00pm-5:00pm the afternoon/night before the first day of school (Monday, September 2nd) and “chalk up the walk” with uplifting and encouraging messages of love, drawings, quotations, etc. Then we go home and pray it doesn’t rain. Bring your kids! Bring your pets! Bring your neighbors! Bring some chalk!

Sidewalk Chalk of Love – BACK TO SCHOOL @ Chimborazo Elementary School
Monday, September 2 3-6PM

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