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Church Hill People's News, Richmond VA

Posts tagged Woodville ES

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.


May 24 '14

Student arrest for attempted playground arson at Woodville


From wtvr:

Richmond fire investigators said the incident happened on May 9, but that the child was just charged Friday. […] The child was removed from class, and put in handcuffs before being placed in a police car, which investigators said is standard procedure.


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:


Sep 27 '13

North Church Hill Choice Neighborhoods meeting on Wednesday

The 2nd public meeting for the North Church Hill Choice Neighborhoods planning effort will held this Wednesday, October 2, at Woodville Elementary School (2000 North 28th Street):

The City of Richmond and Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) are gaining momentum and making progress, and they need your participation to make sure that we continue to move forward in the right direction!

The meeting will include:

  • A report-back on community priorities from the July 31st Kick-off meeting
  • A summary of existing conditions, issues, and opportunities
  • An overview of the upcoming working group process and expected outcomes

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please call (804) 780-4344 (TTY/TDD 711) or email

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Sep 26 '13

Parent upset after boy jumped on Woodville playground

A Woodville ES parent is upset after her son was beaten on the playground at recess:

He says his love for school has been tested this week, after he was jumped by a group of girls on the playground during Wednesday recess.

“They pushed me on the ground, they kicked me, they punched me,” Keshawn said.

His injuries were treated by doctors at VCU Medical, who put Keshawn into a neck brace to help reduce the pain […]

“I was left there crying on the ground,” Keshawn detailed in a letter describing what happened.

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Jul 30 '13

Meet & Greet and Back-To-School Night elementary schedule


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Jul 29 '13

Creighton/Church Hill North planning meeting this Wednesday

Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille announced a few upcoming events at the last regularly scheduled City Council meeting:

The regular 7th District community meeting will not take place. Instead, the City of Richmond, RRHA, and The Community Builders will be hosting a Planning Kickoff Meeting to begin the comprehensive effort designed to transform the Church Hill North and Creighton Court communities into “our neighborhood of choice”. The meeting is this Wednesday July 31 from 6-8PM at Woodville Elementary (2000 North 28th Street).

There will be a 7th District Community Cleanup on Saturday August 3 from 8AM-noon. Meet at 24th and Fairmount Avenue. Focus will be area between Q Street, Nine Mile Road, 25th Street, and 28th Street.

National Night Out will take place Tuesday August 6. Several civic associations will again be coming together and hosting a community gathering at 24th and Fairmount Avenue from 5-8PM. There will be a special event during the day at the Woodville ES field and the Fairfield pool from 11AM-2PM.

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Mar 27 '13

Woodville’s Principal Taylor wins R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership

Woodville’s Rosalind Taylor was one of four principals in the region to win the R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership:

Rosalind Taylor, Woodville Elementary School
Taylor, who leads a school in one of the area’s poorest neighborhoods, was honored for insistence that Woodville students strive for the same standards as their suburban peers, her nomination says. “She is tireless in her efforts to acquire additional resources for the school, resulting in more than 40 community partnerships, 100 volunteers and monthly workshops to engage families.”

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Jan 25 '13

Woodville’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream Celebration

Woodville’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream Celebration will take place on Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

We invite you to join Woodville families, students, staff, and partners for a celebration of music, song, student performances, and inspiration. This event is hosted by Woodville’s community and Micah partners including St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Woodville Presbyterian Church, Richmond Community Church, Mount Tabor Baptist Church, Communities in Schools of Richmond, and many other community members. We take this opportunity each year to celebrate the importance of community, giving back, and honoring the legacy of Dr. King.

We hope that you will join us for this joyous occasion.

The celebration will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 815 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Please contact Jonti Simmons, the Communities in Schools Site Coordinator at Woodville, if you have any questions at 804-780-4009 or

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Dec 25 '12

Woodville Elementary gets new playground over break

It will be a happy new year for students at one Richmond school. The playground at Woodville Elementary, which was suspiciously burned to the ground two days before the start of school, is now cleaned up and ready for kids.

For the first time this entire school year, kids will be able to play on the equipment and use the area when they get back from Christmas break.

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Nov 18 '12

Woodville students recognized with Spirit of Giving Award

The students at Woodville Elementary were honored with the Spirit of Giving Award as part of National Philanthropy Day 2012:

The winner of this year’s “Spirit of Giving” award on National Philanthropy Day were the students of Woodville Elementary School, in Richmond, Virgina.

Fourth and fifth graders in the National Honor Society learned about a rural village in Tanzania in need of textbooks for their school. They created the “Tanzania Project” and proceeded to educate their fellow students. Contributions from the student body raised enough funds to purchase 350 textbooks for students in the village of Mwitkira, Tanzania.

The students and their teachers were honored November 13th, 2012 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

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Sep 2 '12

Overnight fire at Woodville playground

Richmond firefighters arrived around 4 a.m. today at Woodville Elementary School, in the 2000 block of North 28th Street and found one of the school’s playground’s in flames. […] It will not be known until mid-week, at the earliest, if the entire playground equipment will need to be replaced.

The playground at George Mason Elementary School burned in June of 2009. W.E. Singleton, a retired real estate investor and local philanthropist, helped cover the cost of the replacement.

Jun 5 '12

Weekend theft from Woodville Elementary

6/1/12 – 6/4/12              9:24 p.m. – 9:51 a.m.    
2000 N. 28th St.
An unknown person(s) broke into the school and stole electronics and documents.

Apr 3 '12

Sports Backers wins $10,000 to help keep Woodville running

The Sports Backers are one of seven applicants who were recently awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Saucony Run For Good Foundation. The grant was submitted by Sports Backers on behalf of Woodville Elementary School; Sports Backers has partnered with Woodville Elementary School for the past three years to encourage its students to participate in their youth running program.

With funding from the Saucony Run For Good Foundation, Sports Backers will be able to provide the assistance and resources necessary to help launch the new Woodville Runs for Fun program this spring. The money will go toward basic necessities such as running shoes, socks, and athletic gear for over 500 students. It will also give students the opportunity to participate in local running events. The Woodville Runs for Fun program will be modeled after the Sports Backers successful Kids Challenge program which was inaugurated in 2005. The incentive-based fitness program provides students with prizes at the 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 mile marks as they work towards the goal of completing their first “marathon” over a 10-week period.

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Jan 29 '12

Neighborhood schools are the poorest in the area

A Richmond Times-Dispatch article today connecting the dots between working in the state’s least-affluent schools and principal turn-over lists the "25 Least-affluent schools in Central Virginia".

Five of the 25 poorest in Central Virginia are in the East End of Richmond (#2 Fairfield Court ES, #3 George Mason ES, #4 Woodville ES, #10 MLK MS, #15 Chimborazo ES). Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is the least-affluent middle school in the state of Virginia. The only neighborhood elementary school not making the list is Bellevue ES.

At Chimborazo, 88 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch — a leading national indicator of poverty — making the school the 15th poorest of the 276 public schools in the 20 localities in central Virginia.