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Church Hill People's News, Richmond VA

Posts tagged schools

Oct 6 '14

George Mason Elementary to celebrate “Walk to School Day”


George Mason Elementary School will celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The global event emphasizes safer school routes, increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety and reducing our carbon footprint.

Walkers will meet t Bethlehem Baptist Church (1920 Fairmount Ave) at 8:15 AM. Pedometers will be distributed to all walkers.


Oct 3 '14

Open House at Bellevue next Thursday

Bellevue Elementary will be hosting an Open House this Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 5:00-7:00 PM.

There will be a brief program in the Bellevue Elementary School Auditorium and then you will have a chance to check out “the talented students, committed volunteers, outstanding staff, and powerful programs.”

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A message from Charla Armstead, Communities In School?s, Site Coordinator at Bellevue Elementary:

“We have now completed our 3rd week of school and it has been filled with excitement and enthusiasm! We eager to open our doors and invite community members, partners, and future partners to Celebrate a New School Year, Greet Our Talented Students, Interact with Amazing Teachers and Volunteers, and Preview Our Powerful Programs.

Please join us to gain new insight on what makes Bellevue a School of Excellence, A Community of Caring and An All Around GREAT PLACE TO LEARN AND GROW!

Please make sure you let everyone in your group? and/or community? know?.?

We are eager to develop on-going partnerships and relationships that will positively impact the students, teachers, and community.

?With Great Enthusiasm?,

Charla Armstead?,? M.A., M.Div.
Communities In Schools of Richmond Site Coordinator
Bellevue Elementary School
2301 East Grace St.
Richmond, Virginia 23223
804-780-4417 phone


Sep 16 '14

Fairfield Court Elementary only Fully Accredited neighborhood school, one of 11 city-wide

PHOTO via Fairfield Court Elementary School

Fairfield Court Elementary is the only one of the eight area schools Fully Accredited for the 2014-2015 school year. The status of Armstrong High School will be determined by the Board of Education in October, after having been previously Accredited with Warning and again failing to meet the benchmark targets in 3 of the 4 tested subjects. The other 6 neighborhood schools are classified as Accredited with Warning, including MLK Middle School which did not meet the targets in any of the four tested subjects.

For Richmond Public Schools, only 11 of the 44 schools are Fully Accredited for this year.

Elementary and middle schools are Fully Accredited if students achieve all of the following pass rates:

  • English – 75 percent or higher
  • Mathematics – 70 percent or higher
  • Science – 70 percent or higher
  • History – 70 percent or higher

High schools are Fully Accredited if:

  • Students achieve pass rates of 75 percent or higher in English and 70 percent or higher in mathematics, science and history; and
  • Attain a point value of 85 or greater based on the Graduation and Completion Index (GCI).

The percentage of schools meeting state accreditation standards declined statewide for a second consecutive year as a consequence of the growing impact of more rigorous reading, writing, science and mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests introduced since 2011.

Sixty-eight percent, or 1,246, of Virginia’s 1,827 public schools are rated as Fully Accredited for 2014-2015 compared with 77 percent for 2013-2014, and 93 percent for 2012-2013. The number of schools Accredited with Warning rose to 545, an increase from last year’s total of 393. The drop in accreditation came despite statewide improvements in mathematics performance and hundreds of schools that also saw incremental gains in reading, writing and science.

Ten schools in six divisions have been denied state accreditation for 2014-2015 because of persistently low student achievement, including L. Douglas Wilder Middle in Henrico County and Fred D. Thompson Middle in Richmond.

The status of 14 schools will be determined by the Board of Education in October. Under Virginia’s accountability program, a school that has been on academic warning for three consecutive years and fails to meet state standards for a fourth consecutive year can apply for Conditional Accreditation — if the local school board agrees to reconstitute the school’s leadership, staff, governance or student population. A reconstituted school can retain conditional accreditation for up to three years if it is making acceptable progress. The three Richmond schools seeking conditional accreditation are Armstrong High, George Wythe High and Thomas C. Boushall Middle.

Priority schools — comprising the lowest-performing five percent of Title I schools — must engage a state-approved turnaround partner to help design and implement school-reform models that meet state and federal requirements. Of the 36 schools identified as Priority schools for 2014-2015, 12 are Richmond schools: Binford Middle, Blackwell Elementary, Elkhardt Middle, Fred D. Thompson Middle, G.H. Reid Elementary, Ginter Park Elementary, Henderson Middle, John Marshall High, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle, Oak Grove/Bellemeade Elementary, Richmond Alternative and Woodville Elementary.

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2014-2015 School Accreditation Status 2014-2015 School Accreditation Status


Tags: schools
Sep 15 '14

Franklin Military car wash fundraiser on Tuesday

The Franklin Military Academy senior class will be hosting a car wash fundraiser on the rear parking lot of the school on Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM as part of Back to School Night.


Sep 15 '14

School supply drive helps get students ready for the new year

By Geoffrey Cooper, MD, president of the Church Hill Association

The Church Hill Association holds two potluck picnics every summer that are open to all in the community. At the CHA August Community Picnic, neighbors were encouraged to bring donations of school supplies or financial contributions to support Chimborazo and Bellevue Schools. Members of our community contributed $370 in checks and approximately $750 in supplies for a total contribution of over $1000!

The Church Hill Association gives away 75% of its profits each year to community nonprofit organizations (including the schools), and these donations were in addition to CHA’s yearly contributions.

Thank you Church Hill Community for giving so generously to support our neighborhood.


Sep 11 '14

MLK Middle closing early due to power outage


Tags: MLK MS schools
Sep 2 '14

Today is the 1st day of school

Today is the 1st day of school for all of the neighborhood public schools. Good luck to all of the staff, students, and parents at Fairfield Court Elementary, Woodville Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, George Mason Elementary, Bellevue Elementary, Martin Luther King Middle School, Armstrong High School, and Franklin Military Academy.


Tags: schools
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



Aug 22 '14

Can you help a neighborhood classroom this year?

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.

These next 3 days are an especially good time to donate, as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is picking up the 2nd half of most of these projects when donors commit to the 1st half. Your donation goes twice as far.

In our area:


Aug 14 '14

Church Hill Academy continues to grow, moving to Fulton

Laura Kebede has a piece in the RTD on Church Hill Academy‘s move to larger digs:

Church Hill Academy teachers will no longer have to set up and tear down their classrooms each day thanks to a recent move to a shared space at Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church in Fulton Hill.


Their capacity has increased from five to seven classrooms with potential for additional space as the school expands. The school year will begin Sept. 2 with 37 students from the East End.


Jul 22 '14

Historical marker planned for Kennedy High School

A piece by Chris Suarez on RVA Open Source tells a bit of the history of Kennedy High School and Armstrong High School, and has the details on a historical marker planned to commemorate Kennedy HS:

Established in 1968, JFK opened as a state-of-the-art school facility for the East End’s various neighborhoods including – but not limited to – several housing projects. Located at 2300 Cool Lane, Kennedy was built within a mile of Armstrong High School.

“In my heart, it’s still the landmark high school in the city of Richmond.” said former Kennedy faculty member, Pernell Taylor, “I’ve been to a lot of high schools throughout Virginia and it ranks with the best. I’m so proud to have been a part of it.”

A former basketball, track and football coach and physical education teacher at JFK Kennedy for 30 years, Taylor says he was one of the original teachers offered a position at the new Kennedy school which included two gymnasiums, an auditorium with a balcony, a greenhouse and air conditioning (an unprecedented luxury at the time for most Richmond Public Schools).


“I think it’s critical we don’t lose this history,” said 7th District School Board Representative and Chairman Donald Coleman. “I know it’ll bring joy to a lot of people who believe they lost something. Kennedy is a significant part of Richmond history. It was part of a critical transition period for Richmond Public Schools and African-American people.”

PHOTO via Richmond Public Schools


Jul 21 '14

Back-to-School Rally set for August; vaccinations, shots, and physicals available now

Northside Coalition for Children has announced a Back-to-School Rally for August 9th at MLK Middle School.

The Richmond City Health District has immunizations and physicals available now, with dated for vaccinations in August and September. In addition, vaccinations, Tdap shots, and physicals will be available at a special event on August 22nd.

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Jun 23 '14

Register today and Wednesday for GED classes at Fulton’s NRC



Jun 13 '14

Planning to consider design for new MLK pre-school building

The agenda for the June 16 meeting of the City Planning Commission has a few items of local interest:

  • ORD. 2014-133 To authorize the special use of the property known as 3126 N Street for the purpose of a parking area, upon certain terms and conditions.
    The subject property is a 26,582 square foot corner lot, which is situated on the northeast side of the intersection of N and North 31st Streets. Situated on the property is a 71 space parking area that currently serves the Thirty First Street Baptist Church. The applicant proposes to provide parking for the proposed school located across the intersection at 3015 N Street. The subject property is located in the R-6 Single-Family Attached Residential zoning district, which only allows parking areas as an accessory use serving principal permitted uses. The parking area currently serves a church use that is located on the adjacent property. The applicant would like the parking area to serve a proposed school located across the intersection from the parking area. The parking area serving a use not located on the subject property constitutes the parking area as a principal use, which is not permitted in the R-6 zoning district. Therefore, the applicant has requested a special use permit.
  • UDC No. 2014-21 Final Location, Character and Extent review of a new building on the site of the Martin Luther King School, to contain a pre-kindergarten program, 1000 Mosby Street
    The new building will be single story with an area of 22,097 gsf building to accommodate 260 students in pre-school ages 3 through 5.

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Jun 12 '14