CHESTERFIELD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Educating a Diverse Community

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1 CHESTERFIELD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Educating a Diverse Community January 2012

2 Chesterfield County Public Schools mychesterfieldschools.com Vision Chesterfield County Public Schools will provide an engaging and relevant education that prepares every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Mission Chesterfield County Public Schools, in partnership with students, families and communities, emphasizes and supports high levels of achievement through a global education for all, with options and opportunities to meet the diverse needs and interests of individual students. Goals The Design for Excellence six-year strategic plan illuminates the path to achieving the School Board s vision. The goals of the Design for Excellence 2020 are Goal 1. All learners will acquire, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information to solve meaningful problems and to achieve success as productive, thriving global citizens. Goal 2. All learners will demonstrate the 21st-century learning and technology skills and knowledge that will prepare them for success in school, postsecondary education, work and life in a global society. Goal 3. Working in partnership with school and family, all learners will understand, model and embrace the important attitudes and attributes necessary to be responsible global citizens. Nondiscrimination Chesterfield County Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, religion, disability or national origin in employment or in its educational programs and activities. For more information, go to mychesterfieldschools.com. 2

3 Superintendent s Message Children are constantly moving toward their futures, and it is our role to nurture the potential in each child. Who knows how high our students will soar? Providing opportunities for all students in Chesterfield is an important annual action in the Design for Excellence 2020, the strategic plan of Chesterfield County Public Schools. This Educating a Diverse Community booklet details the array of services available to our students, families and schools. Parents whose children learn differently may use this guide to find services to help them achieve success. We cannot know where each student will land, but we are teaching them the foundational knowledge and the 21st-century skills needed to fulfill their potential no matter where their path leads. Marcus J. Newsome, Ed.D. 3

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5 Table of Contents Schools Chesterfield Community Academy...7 Connections Program...8 Chesterfield Community High School...9 Prekindergarten Instructional Services Adult Continuing Education...12 English for Speakers of Other Languages...13 Exceptional Education Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports...15 Gifted Education CCPS Online...18 Secondary Education GED Prep...19 Summer Session...20 Student Support Services Child Study and Pre-referral Services...21 Communities In Schools...22 Economically Challenged Students...23 Homebound Instruction...24 Health Issues...25 Homeschooling...25 Pupil Placement and Student Conduct...26 School Counseling Services...27 School Psychologists and Educational Diagnosticians Parent-Teacher Resource Center...29 School Social Workers...30 Title I

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7 Chesterfield Community Academy Focus areas Offer instruction for middle school students who are in long-term suspension or are expelled Provide SOL-driven instruction in the four core areas that is in alignment with the content at a student s home school Provide instruction in social, employment and study skills Offer counseling for anger management, substance abuse and peer relationships Coordinate with county s Mental Health Office to provide services to students as a requirement for placement at the end of suspension Additional information The goal is to successfully provide instruction/services to at least 50 students. Students are offered skills to help them experience success when they return to home schools at the end of their suspension. The staff is qualified and motivated. Virginia Standards of Learning practice tests are used to help students prepare for final SOL administration. SOLs are administered at the Chesterfield Technical Center to all students who need to be tested. Students and parents sign agreements for participation in the program and to be provided transportation Academy staff members provide grades and progress reports to home schools at nine-week intervals and when requested through the Office for Student Conduct. Instruction Division Center 600 Southlake Blvd. Richmond, VA phone fax Robert Talley Director Vicki Blankenship Administrative Assistant 7

8 Connections Program Focus areas This program offers evening instruction for high school students who are in longterm suspension or are expelled. Students take grade-level coursework and demonstrate their ability to function in an alternative school environment. Students who succeed in this program have the opporunity to apply for readmission to Chesterfield County Public Schools. Additional information Students receive instruction in the four core subjects of math, science, social studies and English. Classes held four evenings a week. Instruction provided by certified teachers. Capacity of 40 students. Assist students with prevention and intervention strategies that address inappropriate behaviors that are disruptive to the learning environment. Help students develop appropriate behaviors based on Chesterfield County Public School s core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and accountability. Instruction Division Center 600 Southlake Blvd. Richmond, VA phone fax Robert Talley Director Vicki Blankenship Administrative Assistant 8

9 Chesterfield Community High School Focus areas Serve at-risk students in Chesterfield County Provide academic programs to help ensure students earn a high school diploma and are prepared for further education or employment Establish close relationships with students to foster emotional health and wellbeing Provide community services within the school through Communities In Schools Resources/special academic and service programs Offer 4x4 schedule that allows students to accelerate graduation Provide small classes (17-1 student-teacher ratio) Offer built-in interventions: strategic reading, literary readiness 10, algebra readiness 1 and 2, algebra parts 1 and 2, geometry parts 1 and 2 Offer vocational opportunities: building trades 1 and 2, catering and commercial foods 1 and 2, health occupations 1, landscaping 1, information technology fundamentals and education for employment Provide dual enrollment: keyboarding, business computer applications and careers Hold Tutorial Tuesday and Activity Period Thursday in-school sessions for intervention and makeup Coordinate with Thomas Dale High School limited seats in world language and JROTC Offer athletics: boys basketball, golf, cross country, track and soccer Provide FastTrack English Language Learners serving overage, non-degreeseeking ESOL students Offer Communities In Schools provides guidance and services to students and includes the Student Assistance Team, which makes referrals to and receives services from outside agencies Provide support for healthy relationships, teen parenting and anger management Sponsor Bright Beginnings (back-to-school shopping program) and Give Kids a Smile (dental screening and work) Serve more than 1,000 community and county students who take night classes only or night classes in addition to their day schedules House alternative education programs day and night ISEAP (GED preparation) and pre-ged Branders Bridge Road Chester, VA phone fax Jamie Accashian, Principal 9

10 Prekindergarten What is prekindergarten? At 12 schools, Chesterfield County offers prekindergarten to provide school-readiness skills to eligible children so that they are prepared for the kindergarten curriculum. Eligible children with the greatest need have priority for the limited number of prekindergarten spots. When are applications accepted for prekindergarten? Applications for prekindergarten are accepted throughout the year. The main application window is February through April, with multiple dates and times available for applying. Applying does not guarantee acceptance into prekindergarten. After April, prekindergarten rosters are determined for the following school year and other applications are placed on a waiting list for possible openings. Fulghum Center 4003 Cogbill Road Richmond, VA phone , or David Williams, Instructional Specialist for Head Start Linda Rector Instructional Specialist for Title I Debi Melland Instructional Specialist for VPI Who is eligible? Prekindergarten classes are offered for children who are 4 years old by Sept. 30, who show an educational need, who exhibit risk factors or whose families meet federal income guidelines. Children must live in the attendance zone of Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Davis, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hopkins, Providence or Reams Road elementary school. For more information, call , or What information should parents bring when applying for prekindergarten? parent s photo ID child s certified birth certificate proof of county residency by providing one of these documents lease for at least one year or deed of a residence or property located in Chesterfield County contract or lease free of contingencies to occupy a Chesterfield residence within two months of the date of enrollment resident manager s letter on company letterhead stating that residence is a corporate residence located in Chesterfield weekly receipts for temporary residence in a hotel or motel for up to 60 days (will require renewal or evidence of more permanent residency within 60 days of enrollment) proof of income child s Social Security number (requested) 10

11 Prekindergarten (continued) Does the child need to accompany the parent to apply? Yes. Children will be given a brief screening to obtain a broad sampling of their skills. If the child is accepted into prekindergarten, what items are required by the first day of school? record of a physical examination within the past 12 months updated records listing dates of each required immunization What if a family does not have a doctor or does not have health insurance? Contact the Chesterfield Health Department at or the Bon Secours Care-A-Van at What if a parent is unable to attend on one of the prekindergarten application days? To have the best chance at being selected for one of the limited number of prekindergarten spots, parents should make every effort to attend one of the prekindergarten application days. If this is not possible, parents should call to set up an appointment to complete an application as soon as possible. Applications taken after April 19 will be placed on a waiting list. More about prekindergarten Prekindergarten programs operate five days a week within the same hours as the schools where they are based. Each classroom has 16 to 18 children, a highly qualified teacher or classroom educator and a full-time assistant. The classroom environment is guided by a research-based curriculum aligned with the state preschool standards, which promotes children s emotional, social, cognitive and physical growth. Children s development is reported to parents twice a year, and there are opportunities throughout the year for parents and families to be involved. Bus transportation is available. Prekindergarten children riding a bus must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult at the bus stop when the bus arrives for pickup and dropoff. A child not met by a parent or designated adult will be returned to the school office, and the parent will be called to pick up the child. Parents who do not regularly meet their child at the bus stop risk having their child removed from the prekindergarten program. Free or reduced-price lunches are available for children from families that qualify. Prekindergarten programs are available in 12 Chesterfield schools. Parents who live in these elementary school zones may apply for a limited number of prekindergarten spots: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Davis, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hopkins, Providence or Reams Road. Parents who are not sure which school zone they live in may call or go online to mychesterfieldschools.com, go to the parents section and click find my school. 11

12 10101 Courthouse Road Chesterfield, VA phone fax Dawn Wells, Program Manager Adult Continuing Education Dawn Wells, Acting GED Chief Examiner Focus areas Catherine Dillingham, Acting ESOL Coordinator Lorraine Callis, Secretary for GED/ESOL Terri West, Secretary for Workforce/Enrichment GED General Educational Development program Provide classes and testing for adults 18 and older Offer free testing for first-time test takers at various times throughout the year ($58 value) Offer day and evening classes at sites throughout the county ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages Offer classes to all nationalities based on level (literacy to advanced) Prepare adult students with conversation and writing skills as quickly as possible to help them assimilate into American culture Provide registration for day or evening classes day classes offered at Beulah United Methodist Church and evening classes at Meadowbrook High School ($70 per semester) Workforce/Enrichment Programs Offer classes to all county adults, with senior discounts for residents with Super Senior Passports (obtained from Community Relations Department). Provide industry certification available through classes in medical assistant, nurse assistant; dental assistant, HVAC, EKG technician and medical billing. Publicize 100-plus classes in program guides published each August and December (program guides are mailed to former students and available online and at county and school sites) Resources Adult Continuing Education program guide mychesterfieldschools.com Virginia Department of Education doe.virginia.gov Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center theliteracyinstitute.org 12

13 English for Speakers of Other Languages Focus areas Implement sheltered instruction and collaborative classes for English language learners Offer in-service training for English for Speakers of Other Languages and mainstream teachers in the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol model Initiate additional outreach to parents and families of English language learners Expand the Parents as Educational Partners program Specialize content-area training provided to mainstream teachers who serve English language learners Disseminate resource guide for teaching English language learners All elementary school English language learners and level 3 and 4 middle school English language leaners are served in their home schools. ESOL secondary centers Falling Creek Middle Manchester Middle Providence Middle Salem Church Middle Lloyd C. Bird High Chesterfield Community High James River High Meadowbrook High ESOL instruction is available, with parental permission, to identified English language learners. ESOL instruction incorporates Chesterfield County Public Schools curriculum and Virginia Standards of Learning. ESOL program content stresses English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. ESOL instruction includes a variety of methods and practices that integrate language and content. Parent support provided at the ESOL center schools. Interpreter/translator service provided to families of students who are English language learners. Funding provided by Chesterfield County Public Schools and Title III No Child Left Behind Act. Fulghum Center 4003 Cogbill Road Richmond, VA phone fax Laura Kuti, Instructional Specialist Maria Manning, Secondary Liaison Lolly Young, Elementary Liaison Carole Jones, Elementary Liaison and SIOP Coach, Donna Kite, Secretary Welcome Center Trailer No. 4 at Falling Creek Elementary phone fax Sharon Lommel, Welcome Center Assistant Gloria Janer, Interpreter/Translator

14 14 Focus areas The Office of Exceptional Education serves students ages 2-21 with identified special needs. Services are provided for students with autism, developmental delays, emotional disabilities, severe disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, speech and language impairments and visual impairments. Students are determined to be eligible for special education through a referral, evaluation and eligibility process that takes place in the school the student would normally attend. Instruction Division Center 600 Southlake Blvd. Richmond, VA phone fax Michael Asip Director of Exceptional Education Valerie Doebler, Assistant Director Beverly Bowlus Administrative Assistant Exceptional Education Students found eligible for special education services are provided specialized instruction, supports and services according to Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in compliance with federal and state regulations and division procedures. Special education teachers, therapists and support staff members collaborate with general education staff members to provide students with disabilities with relevant, rigorous instruction attuned to the individual needs of the student. The goal is to provide students with disabilities opportunities to progress in their mastery of knowledge and skills beyond the Standards of Learning or alternate assessments. Parents are integral participants in all facets of special education, including referral, evaluation, eligibility and developing the IEPs to support the student s achievement. The Parent-Teacher Resource Center helps parents and staff members promote student success by sponsoring workshops, providing office and phone consultations, compiling requested information packets and operating a library of educational and parenting resources. Chesterfield students with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in a state-supported initiative to promote students to be self-directed advocates for their own learning. Chesterfield County supports students learning more about themselves and their learning needs, eventually leading their educational planning meetings. Chesterfield teachers, administrators, and support staff members work with students and their families to promote strong citizenship and exemplary student conduct in supportive, nurturing environments. Positive behavioral interventions and supports are provided to enhance opportunities for student success in this area.

15 Exceptional Education (continued) Co-teaching, collaborative and consultative models support inclusion in general education classes to the maximum extent appropriate for each student. Specialized instruction and supports can be provided in general education classes, pull-out classes or specialized programs. Transition services are provided to assist students in planning postsecondary education, training or employment opportunities. IEPs for Chesterfield students reflect appropriate goals addressing postsecondary options for students with disabilities. Goal-directed transition planning provides students with meaningful coursework and activities that contribute to greater on-time graduation and postsecondary options. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Chesterfield County Public Schools is moving to add positive behavioral interventions and supports at every school. So far, 25 Chesterfield schools have embraced this approach and are collaborating with Virginia s Effective Schoolwide Discipline initiative. Participating are 15 elementaries (Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Crenshaw, Davis, Ecoff, Enon, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Jacobs Road, Reams Road, Salem Church, Swift Creek and Watkins), six middle schools (Bailey Bridge, Carver, Elizabeth Davis, Falling Creek, Providence and Salem Church) and four high schools (Bird, Chesterfield Community, Meadowbrook and Monacan). All Chesterfield schools will participate by Positive behavioral interventions and supports provide a framework for developing a well-orchestrated system of tiered interventions that produce and sustain improvements in student behavior. Positive behavioral interventions and supports, also known as PBIS, are not a program. They are a schoolwide, systematic approach employing data-driven problemsolving to build innovative and effective solutions using evidence-based practices and research-based interventions. Behavior change is an instructional process. The goal of PBIS is not just to manage or control students; the goal is to maximize each student s skills in self-management and decision making. To change student behavior, schools first change adult behavior. PBIS establishes a positive coaching model that builds skills and improves practices for students and staff members. Students learn skills in communication, problem-solving, self-control and self-management. Faculty and staff members learn skills in behavior coaching and learn to more effectively provide guided practice and scaffolded supports, feedback and encouragement, as students learn self-management skills. Teachers become more proficient in establishing trust, building motivation and engaging students in the learning process. Instruction Division Center 600 Southlake Blvd. Richmond, VA phone fax Carolyn Lamm, Coordinator 15

16 Gifted Education Gifted Education Program Services Providing Opportunities for Optimal Learning Grades K-2 English and Mathematics School-Based Program In-Class Differentiation All Elementary Schools 16 Instruction Division Center 600 Southlake Blvd. Richmond, VA Patty Cover Instructional Specialist Robin Forbes Coordinator of Special Programs and School-Based Services Instructional Consultants Leslie Baskin-Asip, Lorisue Hammond, Courtney Howard, Karen Speers, Elizabeth Sutton, Sandy Bickford Administrative Secretary Grades 3-5 English/Mathematics School-Based Program Cluster Grouping In-class Differentiation All Elementary Schools Grades 6-8 English/Mathematics Social Studies/Science School-Based Program Cluster Grouping/Honors In-Class Differentiation All Middle Schools Grades 9-12 English/Mathematics Social Studies/Science School-Based Program Cluster Grouping/Honors AP/Dual Enrollment In-Class Differentiation All High Schools Grades 6-8 Summer Regional Governor s School (doe.virginia.gov) Grades 3-5 English/Mathematics Center-Based Program In-Class Differentiation Winterpock, Greenfield, Hening, M. Christian Grades 6-8 English/Mathematics Social Studies/Science Center-Based Program In-Class Differentiation Manchester, Matoaca, Midlothian, Robious Grades 9-12 Speciality Centers Regional Programs Appomattox Regional Governor s School (www.args.us) Maggie L. Walker Governor s School (www.gsgis.k12.va.us) Grades Summer Residential Governor s School (doe.virginia.gov)

17 Gifted Education (continued) Focus areas Recognize and identify diverse gifted learners and offer a comprehensive program that Provides an appropriately differentiated instructional program responsive to student ability and learning needs. Assists students in achieving maximum use of potential to achieve personal success. Provides a continuum of program service options. Addresses the social and emotional needs of diverse gifted students. Supports an educational environment that challenges gifted learners and enables students to perform at levels of excellence. Facilitates the development of self-directed learners. Student identification and placement Identification and placement of gifted students begins with a student being nominated to the Gifted Education Identificaton and Placement Committee at the student s school. Students may be nominated by a parent, staff member, community member or student. Nomination forms are available at all schools. The deadlines are Oct. 15 for students in grade 5, Jan. 15 for students in grades 6-12 and students in grades 2-4 and March 15 for students in grades K-1. Permission for assessment is requested from the parent or guardian of each candidate the committee recommends for assessment. A combination of data is gathered over a period of time and may include aptitude science achievement characteristics rating scale social studies achievement vocabulary achievement grades comprehension achievement product evaluation math problem-solving achievement interview/observation The criteria vary depending on the student s grade level. Assessment results are reported on a student profile. Parents or guardians receive a copy of the student profile with the eligibility decision at the end of the identification-and-placement process. Gifted Education Advisory Committee The Gifted Education Advisory Committee is composed of 22 members approved by the Chesterfield County School Board. Selection of members is based on a balanced representation of parents, professional staff members and community members from each magisterial district. The purpose of the committee is to advise the School Board, through the superintendent, of the educational needs of all gifted students in the division. The committee prepares and submits a written report annually, which includes reviews of plan implementation and makes suggestions for program improvement. 17

18 CCPS Online Focus areas CCPS Online offers online instruction to assist students who are experiencing difficulty in acquiring their coursework because of scheduling conflicts or special circumstances. CCPS Online provides resources to challenge students who would like to increase their academic rigor. The department also helps students prepare for Advanced Placement classes by allowing them to register for pre-ap classes so they may learn the Advanced Placement structure. CCPS Online assists students who wish to accelerate their learning or need to retake a course to graduate. CCPS Online is available to students in Chesterfield County and has also been approved as a multidivision online provider by the Virginia Department of Education. For the school year, there are 10 online classes available to students outside Chesterfield County. For details, go to mychesterfieldschools.com. Fulghum Center 4003 Cogbill Road Richmond, VA phone fax David Rankin Manager of Online Learning Katie Skeens Secretary 18

19 Secondary Education GED Prep Focus areas Designed for students who are unable to earn a traditional high school diploma Provide academic instruction to prepare students to pass General Educational Development (GED) tests Comprehensive career development component of the program includes vocational assessments, instruction in workplace-readiness skills, in-depth career investigations and exploration of postsecondary education and training opportunities. Junior Achievement financial literacy training provided through partnership with area business volunteers Provide community services within the program through Communities In Schools Service learning component includes recycling initiative and an Adopt-a-Trail partnership with Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department. Provide, in partnership with Chesterfield County Mental Health Department, support in the areas of drug and alcohol prevention and healthy relationships Additional information Participation is voluntary. Application forms are obtained through the school counseling department of the home school. Applications are accepted year-round, and students are placed in a timely manner. Abbreviated school week includes a variety of class schedules to accommodate student needs. Transportation can be provided. All students have individualized learning plans. Smaller class sizes allow staff members to establish closer relationships with students to help them be successful. Concurrent enrollment opportunities available at community colleges for qualified students. Students who earn a GED are eligible to attend college, enlist in the military or enter the workplace. Students participate in graduation ceremony with Chesterfield Community High. There is a 97 percent pass rate for all students taking the GED test Courthouse Road Chesterfield, VA phone Marianne Feeney Instructional Specialist Melissa Radtke Secondary GED Liaison 19

20 Purpose The Office of Summer Session supports the belief that all children can learn. To enable all students to successfully achieve the high academic standards established by Virginia and Chesterfield County Public Schools, summer session provides additional time and supplemental instruction in a compressed time frame. The primary purpose is to provide ongoing instruction to students who need assistance beyond the established school year. Almost all school buildings operate a summer program that is managed by a site coordinator. It is a goal of the school system to hire as many Chesterfield County teachers as possible to work with their schools students during summer session. Each spring, principals appoint a site coordinator who works with the building s administrative team to organize and run the summer program at each school. The summer program on the elementary and middle school level is primarily reinforcement, focused mostly on mathematics and language arts. Students are referred for participation based on their average grade at the end of the third marking period. Individual schools are encouraged to offer enrichment programs that meet the needs of their specific community. Instruction Division Center 600 Southlake Blvd. Richmond, VA phone fax Cecilia M. Donohue Program Manager Karen Newcomb, SOL/SAT Academy Teacher Consultant Delores Parson Secretary Summer Session The high school program provides students with the opportunity to earn a full Carnegie unit of credit. Students enroll either to repeat a course or to advance by taking a new course. Generally, summer classes are in the core subjects of mathematics, science, English and social studies. The school system also offers a three-week Standards of Learning review class for high school students who pass a class but are not successful with the end-of-course SOL test. The review class targets specific content reinforcement to help students prepare to re-take the SOL test. An SAT Preparation Academy is offered parallel to the SOL Academy. Dates Summer session dates are established in early fall. Generally, the program covers July through the first two weeks of August. 20

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