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The new MLK Middle School is set to open January 6:
The new Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School has two notable connections to the decrepit old school it will soon replace in the East End of Richmond.
One of them — reuse of the old auditorium — city officials couldn’t tout enough during a walking tour of the $41 million school Wednesday.
The other — an academic program that has been among the worst in the state based on Standards of Learning exams — school officials were promising to fix as fast as possible.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/12/06/new-mlk-set-to-open-in-january_30461/
A message from Christina Mastroianni, PTA President of Bellevue Elementary School:
Discount Shopping Cards
Want another way to help your local school while saving money at the same time? Purchase a Discount Card for $10 and enjoy a year’s worth of savings at twelve local and citywide restaurants and stores. Call Christina Mastroianni at 804-232-0282 or email me at President@BellevuePTA.org to get your card.
Annual Holiday Concert
Join us for The Annual Holiday Concert at Bellevue Elementary School on Thursday December 19, 2013 from 6-8pm. Our students will be singing while our orchestra and band perform holiday inspired songs. While you are at the school take a moment to visit our museum dedicated to three great women who lived on the site of school, Elizabeth Van Lew, Mary Elizabeth Bowser and Maggie L. Walker.
Farm Fresh Receipts Update
Thanks to everyone who has dropped off the bottom of their Farm Fresh Receipts. We are currently at 20,000 points, well on our way to 100,000 by May 31st! Keep them coming – the Farm Fresh Receipts Mail Box is to the right of the front steps on Grace Street. Thanks again!
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/12/05/bellevue-elementary-update-holiday-concert-farm-fresh-receipts-discount-shopping-cards_30452/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (703)625-6019 for more information.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/12/03/get-books-at-the-chimborazo-elementary-school-book-fair_30433/
The school’s founder, Mike Maruca, is known to go door-to-door in Richmond’s public housing courts to recruit students. Maruca developed AJC to cater to students in high crime, high poverty areas.
“The need here is so overwhelming and this is very important to me. I do not view what we do as an alternative. I do not feel like we’re competitors [with public schools],” Maruca said.
AJC offers students smaller classes, prayer in school, a longer learning day, and mandatory summer school.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/11/19/a-look-at-anna-julia-cooper-school_30228/
Career Day at Bellevue Elementary School on November 15
Bellevue Elementary is holding it’s annual Career Day on November 15 from 12:30pm – 3:00pm and we are looking for folks who would be interested in sharing with our students what they do for a living. This is a wonderful opportunity for young students to learn first hand about a broad range of careers.
If you are interested please contact Christina Mastroianni at 804-232-0282 or via email at President@BellevuePTA.org no later than Wednesday November 13th.
Student Council Elections November 19th at Bellevue Elementary School
We will be holding our annual elections for Student Council Association on Tuesday November 19th. The student body will be electing a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Candidates have been busy campaigning these past few weeks and the school is full of fantastic campaign posters!
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/11/12/speakers-still-needed-for-career-day-at-bellevue_30078/
Two from the Bellevue PTA:
Career Day at Bellevue Elementary School on November 15
Bellevue Elementary is holding it’s annual Career Day on November 15 and we are looking for folks who would be interested in sharing with our students what they do for a living. This is a wonderful opportunity for young students to learn first hand about a broad range of careers. If you are interested please contact Christina Mastroianni at 804-232-0282 or via email at President@BellevuePTA.org no later than Wednesday November 13th.
Thanks for Dropping off Your Farm Fresh Receipts!
Thanks to everyone who has been taking advantage of the Farm Fresh Receipts drop box outside Bellevue to donate your Farm Fresh Receipts. We are on track to reach 100,000 points this year but PLEASE continue to drop them! Any and every point counts towards the PTA being able to purchase educational equipment for our school.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/11/06/want-to-be-a-part-of-career-day-at-bellevue_29964/
A weapons incident at Martin Luther King Jr Middle School has teachers at the school calling for something to be done.
Last Wednesday, October 30, several 6th grade students at MLK Middle School were discovered to have pellets for a BB gun when the students began throwing them in class. As the suspected source of pellets was being removed from the classroom, he is reported to have said of his teacher, “I’ll beat her ass, I don’t care who fucking knows it”. The student was then taken to the school security office where a knife was found on his person.
When reached by telephone, the 6th District School Board representative Shonda Harris-Muhammed was aware of the incident and said that “we don’t tolerate students bringing weapons of any kind”. She said that the school system would follow student code of conduct and all procedures as bound by law.
All students enter MLK through metal detectors. Their coats and bags are nominally searched. The morning crush of students easily overwhelms the security officers at the machines, though, and a beep from the detector is explained away as a cell phone in a pocket with no more follow up.
It has always been understood that to effectively search more than 600 students would require more time than is allowed between the arrival of the buses and the beginning of classes. Teachers at the school are complaining that this is inadequate, and that security needs to be more of a priority.
Cletisha Lovelace, from the RPS Office of Public Information said that “no changes were made [to security] as a result of last weeks incident.”
Here’s the kicker: a real search was made, not the day after the incident with the knife, but two days later. That Friday, classes were delayed for a reported 45 minutes as the students coming through in the morning were thoroughly searched to ensure that no Halloween candy made it through the doors.
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According to the school and system report cards on the Virginia Department of Education site, Richmond Public Schools reported 11,997 school safety violations system-wide last year (PDF), 7,776 of which were for Disorderly or Disruptive Behavior Offenses.
MLK Middle alone was responsible for 3,082 of these school safety violations (PDF), or 25.6% of all in RPS last year. In addition, MLK was responsible for 2,539 of the Disorderly or Disruptive Behavior Offenses reports, or 32.6% of the system total.
For some further context, there were 198 total offenses at Richmond’s Albert Hill MS (93 for Disorderly or Disruptive), 113 at Chesterfield’s Robious Middle School (35 for Disorderly or Disruptive), and 443 at Henrico’s John Rolfe (144 for Disorderly or Disruptive).
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/11/04/safety-complaints-at-mlk-after-student-with-knife-threatens-teacher_29919/
Franklin Military’s Senior Class of 2014 will host a Bizarre this Saturday, November 9th from 7 AM – noon. The Bizarre will include a yard sale and car wash.
We are asking for the support of our cadets, teachers, staff, community, and parents. You can show your support by purchasing tables for $10.00, having your cars washed for $5.00, or trucks for $10.00. See you there…
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/11/04/yard-salecar-wash-this-saturday_29905/
St.John’s Church Foundation Historical Interpreters will present Patrick Henry’s “GIVE ME LIBERTY or GIVE ME DEATH” speech in the Franklin Military Academy Auditorium located at 701 North 37th Street, on November 7th at 9:00 AM:
This year’s ceremony will be a ground breaking event. It will feature the re-enactment of the Virginia Convention debate in March 1775 including Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death” speech presented by the members of the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia. St. John’s Church is where George Washington, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson and other important figures in the American Revolution listened as Patrick Henry’s speech ignited the American Revolution inspiring support during a critical turning point in uniting the colonies against British rule.
The program will be held in the Franklin Military Academy Auditorium at 9:00 AM and end at 10:30 AM. Admission is free and it is open to the public.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/11/01/give-me-liberty-reenactment-next-week-at-franklin-military_29827/
Richmond Public Schools received a $50,000 grant by the Virginia Department of Education to study the pros and cons of turning MLK into a year-round school.
“We’ll be looking at how academics will be affected, community engagement, how different organizations would support the process,” said Richmond Public School, Chief Academic Officer Victoria Oakley.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/10/24/year-round-schedule-being-considered-for-mlk_29684/
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.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/10/23/teaching-garden-going-in-at-chimborazo-elementary_29651/
A message from Christina Mastroianni, PTA President at Bellevue Elementary School:
Would you like to volunteer an hour or two at a lovely school right in your neighborhood?
The Bellevue Elementary PTA is looking for volunteers to read to students, assist teachers with small group sessions and help out in art and music classes. If you would like to work with students – here is your opportunity! Please contact Christina at 804-232-0282 or email at President@BEllevuePTA.org.
And remember if you cannot volunteer but want to help out, become a Community Member of the PTA for $25.00. You can sign up at BellevuePTA.org using PayPal or send a check to the Bellevue PTA, 2301 East Grace Street, 23223. Thanks for your support!
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/10/22/can-you-volunteer-an-hour-or-two-at-bellevue_29629/
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!
Please email Charles Meadows at email@example.com for more information.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/10/14/chimborazo-is-off-to-a-great-start-this-year_29471/
Communities in Schools has a great volunteer opportunity at Bellevue ES coming up next week:
CIS of Richmond’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Please help us to uplift and inspire our students by transforming the school’s boring restrooms into areas of vibrancy and inspiration by painting fun colors and patterns on the students’ restroom walls and then stenciling character words or quotes to inspire them. Volunteers will also paint cork-board borders in all hallways.
Also, a reminder about Farm Fresh receipts:
Don’t forget to drop the bottom half of your Farm Fresh Market receipts in the mailbox just to the right of the entrance to Bellevue Elementary. The mail box is labeled FARM FRESH RECEIPTS. Every receipt helps the PTA get closer to our goal of 100,000 points! Thanks for your support! Visit us on the web at BellevuePTA.org and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BellevuePTA.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/10/08/volunteer-opportunity-at-bellevue-reminder-about-farm-fresh-receipts_29307/
George Mason Elementary will celebrate International Walk to School Day to promote safe school routes, pedestrian safety and the importance of physical activity.
The school has planned unique walking and bicycling activities involving students, parents and community leaders.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/10/08/wednesday-is-walk-to-school-day-for-george-mason_29304/
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