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Information Regarding Make-Up Time for Chesapeake Public Schools

Due to inclement weather, the Chesapeake Public School System was closed Wednesday, February 25 through Friday, February 27, 2015.

To meet state requirements, the missed instructional time will be made up as noted below:
  • The teacher work day on April 3, 2015, will become a regular session day for all students and the teacher workday will be waived.
  • Five minutes will be added to the end of the elementary day beginning Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Morning preschool and kindergarten will operate on their regular schedule; however, afternoon preschool and kindergarten will be increased by the five minutes that is being added to the end of the day.
  • Five minutes will be added to the end of the middle school day beginning Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
  • High schools already had six minutes added to the end of their school day beginning February 25, 2015, due to previous inclement weather. An additional five minutes will be added to the end of the day - for a total of eleven minutes added to the end of the day - beginning Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
  • All of the additional minutes will end with the closing of school in June.

Beginning February 25, 2015, and ending June 10, 2015, six additional minutes will be added to the instructional day for high school students ONLY. The school division was closed Tuesday, February 17 through Friday, February 20, 2015, due to inclement weather. Banked time was able to be utilized for our elementary and middle school students for all four missed days; however, due to block scheduling at the high school level, instructional time needs to be made up for one of the missed days. The six additional minutes for the high school students only will make up for this lost instructional time.

February is African American History Month
Black History Month 2015
Chesapeake Public Schools is proud to honor African American History Month. The theme for 2015 is A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture.

Chesapeake Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
National Board Certified Teachers
Pictured from left to right: Amie Seigle, Chesapeake Public Schools staff development administrator; Eleanor Joyce, Virginia Department of Education coordinator for National Board Certification; Nancy Ritinski, Great Bridge High School teacher; Jeff Johnson, Great Bridge High School principal; Dalphine Joppy, Chesapeake Public Schools director of staff development. Not pictured: Susan Pollard, Oscar Smith High School teacher; Terri Meehan, Southeastern Elementary School teacher
Congratulations to our division's new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs)--Nancy Ritinski, Great Bridge High School and Susan Pollard, Oscar Smith High School. We would also like to extend congratulations to Terri Meehan, Southeastern Elementary School, who recertified as a National Board Certified Teacher. Newly certified and recertified NBCTs were recognized at the Southeastern Virginia National Board Certified Teachers Regional Network (SEVA) 2015 Recognition Reception, held at Virginia Wesleyan College on Friday, February 6, 2015. Congratulations again to all of Chesapeake's National Board Certified Teachers!

DOLLAR$ and $EN$E - February Publication
Dollar$ and $en$e
Dollar$ and $en$e is a publication produced while the budget for the 2015-2016 school year (FY 2016) is proposed, discussed, and approved. It contains the latest budget news and important dates and clarifies budget misconceptions in order to help the CPS community better understand the budget and the budget process.

Click here to view the February 2015 online newsletter. [.pdf]

Click here to view the 2015-2016 Superintendent's Proposed Operating, Categorical, & Special Funds Budgets [.pdf]

Click here to view the December 2014 online newsletter. [.pdf]

Click here to view the Superintendent's Public Service Announcement concerning Lottery Funds.  [video] [2 mins.]

Reading and Language Arts K-5 Textbook Adoption
The Chesapeake Public Schools Reading and Language Arts Department is seeking parental/community input for the citywide adoption of the new K-5 reading and language arts textbooks. Citizens are invited to examine the proposed textbooks and provide feedback. Textbooks are on display at all elementary schools, as well as the Central Library, Indian River Library, Russell Memorial Library, South Norfolk Library, and the Parent Resource Center. Parent/community review forms will be available at each site for citizens to comment on the materials. Additionally, the review form is also available at this link.

2015-2016 Calendar Options
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Parents, faculty and staff, and the community are invited to review the 2015-2016 calendar options and participate in the online survey.

Click here to view the Calendar Options.

February is School Board Appreciation Month
School Social Work Week
The month of February marks the annual observance of School Board Appreciation Month -- a good time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public education. Please take the time to tell your locally elected board members that you appreciate what they do for students in Chesapeake and for speaking out for public schools.

Chesapeake School Board Approves the Resolution Concerning the Funding of Public Education in Virginia
Resolution Concerning the Funding of Public Education in Virginia
On December 8, 2014, the Chesapeake School Board approved a funding resolution from the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) of which school boards are being asked to adopt. This resolution focuses on joining together to amplify our voices to the General Assembly about our need for them to invest appropriately in public education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Click here to view the full Resolution. [.pdf]

Chesapeake Science and Planetarium/Observatory Center Project "Unlocking the Future"
Chesapeake Planetarium sketch
YouTube Presentation: Chesapeake Science and Planetarium/Observatory Center Project "Unlocking the Future"

The Trustees of the Beazley Foundation have approved a challenge grant of $125,000 to the Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation for technological improvements to the Chesapeake Planetarium. The Foundation is required to raise $250,000 in matching contributions, and once the total of $375,000 is reached, the funds will be used to purchase a new digital star projector system to replace the 1960s equipment presently in the planetarium. The equipment will be utilized in the present planetarium while a new Science Center is designed, funded, and constructed over the next several years, then moved to the new location.

Click here to view the Chesapeake Planetarium case study brochure.

Click here to learn how to donate to this project.

Free & Reduced Meal Application
Free and Reduced Meal application
MyOnline Free and Reduced meal application entry makes it easy and convenient to apply for meal benefits for all your children. Simply enter the requested information as accurately as possible and all data will be instantly and securely sent to School Nutrition Services for processing. You will receive written notification of the results within 10 days. Click here to apply.

TDAP Immunization Requirements for School Entrance
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TDAP is a requirement for rising 6th graders and all newly enrolled 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders.

View the Immunization Policy.

View School Entrance/Health Forms.

New Student Registration for the 2014-2015 School Year
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Chesapeake Public Schools Offers MyPaymentsPlus

Chesapeake Public Schools offers MyPaymentsPlus, a state-of-the art online service that provides you the convenience and information you need to manage your student's meal account.

Login today to to:
Make payments
Check account balances
Receive notifications when balance is low
Monitor student purchases

2015 Legislative Agenda
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Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) - The New Blueprint for the Future of Public Education
Click here to view VASS - The New Blueprint for the Future of Public Education
Calendar of Events
Winter Concerts & Music Programs Schedule
Join the Chesapeake Public Schools in celebrating the music of the season!
Click here to download the schedule [.pdf]

Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology Information Night/Practical Nursing Program Information Night
February 26
7:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
Click here to view the flier.

Chesapeake Public Schools
Elementary Art Show
March 3
6:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m
ODU Tri-Cities Center

Gifted Education Advisory Committee Meeting
March 5
6:30 p.m
Greenbrier Middle School

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
General Meeting
March 24
7:00 p.m
School Administration Building
Click here to view the flier.

Grassfield High School Laps for Lymphoma
March 28

Wellness Centers
Extended Hours
The Wellness Centers at Knells Ridge Square and Washington Shoppes now have EXTENDED hours. Click here for more information.

Peachjar eflyers
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Chesapeake Public Schools provides the service of electronic flyer (eflyer) dissemination via Peachjar, a free online service for our students and parents to receive announcements from their child's school, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organizations in the city of Chesapeake, and state supported organizations.

Click on the Peachjar eflyers logo above to learn more about Peachjar or to submit your request.

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