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Church Hill People's News, Richmond VA

Posts tagged schools

Apr 3 '14

After school care or programs for preschool children?

I am interested in sending my 4-year-old son to the preschool at Chimborazo Elementary starting in September. The school day ends at 3:00, and unfortunately, the after school program run by Parks and Recreation at the school is only for kids in Kindergarten and up.

I work until 5:00, so I will be in need of after school care from 3:00 to about 5:30, Monday through Friday.

If anyone is interested, or knows a reputable after school program in the area that could pick him up, please send me an email at

Thank you,
Tricia Noel


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.


Mar 14 '14

Fairfield students to be moved while school roof is repaired

From the RTD:

Some students and teachers from Richmond’s Fairfield Court Elementary School will be bused to another school for at least two weeks so school officials can make emergency repairs to the East End school.

The building’s roof has long leaked, but a repair scheduled for spring break had to be moved up after a student was hit by a falling ceiling tile during an after-school program this week.


Mar 11 '14

MLK athletics claims 3 trophies for 2013-2014

At MLK, cheerleading is not just a sport – it’s a serious matter! Coach Loretta Watson’s squad mesmerizes crowds during halftime of the boys and girls games. When basketball season ends, the squad stays active with community service and travel, including their annual visit to the CIAA “Super Saturday” to watch the cheer expo and meet college cheerleaders. In recent months the squad cheered during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new MLK building, for Mayor Jones when he presented his “State of the City Address”, and will again be inspiring runners as part the Monument Avenue 10k Spirit Contest. To cap off an outstanding season, the MLK Titan Cheerleaders won 1st place in the inaugural RPS Middle Cchool Cheerleading Competition held at Armstrong High School in February.

In February, Coach Justin Wingfield’s Boys Basketball 2014 team matched the accomplishment of the previous year by advancing to the final game of the playoffs and claiming the 2nd place trophy.

Under the guidance of coach Wallesha Tennessee, the team went 11-2 and won their end-of-season tournament. As 6th and 7th graders, this team had made it to the semifinals. With discipline, dedication and growth, the graduating 8th grade class claimed the 2013-2014 season championship. After missing 4 games due to injury, team captain Rayne Hood was able to rejoin the team for the championship game where the Lady Titans beat previously undefeated Albert Hill Middle School. Taitonia Owens was names the game’s MVP.

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Mar 10 '14

Demolition underway at old MLK

Demolition has started at the adjacent building two months after the opening of the new MLK Middle School.


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Feb 25 '14

Bellevue needs your Farm Fresh Market 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.

Thanks in part to your efforts, we have raised over 40,000 points to date. Every receipt helps the PTA get closer to our goal of 100,000 points which we can use to purchase educational equipment for the school!

For more information about what we have been up to, visit us on the web at and find us on Facebook at


Feb 11 '14

Mid-year principal shakeup at MLK

From wtvr:

“We are in a sense of emergency, not a sense of urgency,” says Richmond Public School Board Member, Shonda Harris-Muhammed.

She confirmed that principal at Martin Luther King Middle School, Dr. Valerie Harris, is retiring. The school’s new leader, currently the principal at Thompson Middle School, will start at MLK next week.


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:


Feb 6 '14

New cycling team at Armstrong

Richmond Cycling Corps is helping to get a Cycling Team up and rolling at Armstrong High School:

1st Armstrong High Cycling Team meeting was today: 8 new students showed up…5 of which were women! We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us, but we’ve never been a group to shy from a challenge. Making history…again…Let’s Go!


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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Jan 27 '14

An opportunity to support Fairfield ES

A message from Gwen Corley Creighton, Director of Richmond Promise Neighborhood:

The Content of Our Character Awards
On February 27, a very special group of Fairfield Court Elementary School students will be honored with a Content of Our Character Award. Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional character throughout this school year.

How You Can Support These Students
Each of the 130 award recipients will receive a new book bag filled with fun, educational prizes donated from the community. If you or your organization has prizes (numbering 130) to contribute please let us know. Past prizes have included things like rulers, crayons, jump ropes and books.


Jan 17 '14

Considering Bellevue for next year?

Are you considering Bellevue for your child next year? If so, you are invited to attend an informal gathering at the home of Christina Mastroianni and George Milton at 2714 East Grace Street on January 18, 2013 from 2-4 PM:

We will be on hand with a few other neighborhood parents to talk frankly and openly about our experience at Bellevue and to answer any questions you may have. Remember that Bellevue is an Open Enrollment school so even if you do not live in the catchment area you can submit a request to transfer in February.

Questions? Feel free to contact me at or 804-232-0282.


Jan 6 '14

Coleman named School Board Chairman

7th District School Board representative Donald Coleman was chosen to be School Board Chairman at the group’s Monday night meeting. Kristen Larson, 4th District, was selected as the new Vice Chair.


Jan 6 '14

Ribbon cutting at the new MLK Middle School

 The new Martin Luther King Middle School officially opened today in a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Mayor Jones and attended by a bevy of local government officials and members of Richmond Public Schools administration. Making good an idea which has been around in some fashion since at least 2007, the $40 million project represents the first new middle school built in the city since Lucille Brown in 1998, and the first new school in the East End since Chimborazo Elementary in 1968.