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Colonial Heights Middle School
One goal of Colonial Heights Schools is to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction throughout the division. Two years ago the seventh grade team at the Middle School developed and implemented an authentic problem-based STEM unit. The See Less Sea-Less Seagulls unit has received wide recognition in the local papers, as well as a number of commendations. The project was featured at the 2015 VASCD Annual Conference, and a paper about it was recently published in Science Scope—a nationally refereed journal on the topic of science education.
Most recently, the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition selected the See Less Sea-Less Seagulls unit as one of the 2016 Programs That Work awardees. This is prestigious award shared with only seven other divisions this year. Governor Terry McAuliffe recognized the seventh grade teachers at a reception for the award at the Library of Virginia in January. Joe Douglas, Kate Ewalt, Virginia Russell, Melinda Kelly, Allison Whitley and Bill Hortz attended the event.
You can read the nationally-published article on the project by clicking on the PDF Link.
We would like to congratulate Benson Yang for winning the CHMS and CHPS Division-Wide Spelling Bees! Good Luck in the Regional Spelling Bee in March!
If you have any questions about purchasing a CHMS Yearbook, please contact Mrs. Selfe at CHMS.
VASDDC Theater Coach of the Year
Jeff Clevenger of Colonial Heights MS
We would like to introduce you to a new system our school has acquired to help protect your children, called V-soft. V-soft helps track visitors, students, faculty, contractors and volunteers at our school, thus providing a safer more monitored environment for the students.
When visitors, volunteers or contractors check-in, or parents come to pick up students, they will be asked to present a valid state issued ID for entering into the system. The system has the ability to provide alerts on people who may jeopardize the safety of the campus.
We feel certain this will help us keep our campus a little safer, and ask for your cooperation in presenting your valid state issued ID when checking in at the school. Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.
William V. Hortz
Happy 2016 CHMS!
We are ready to take on 2016, finish our first semester strong, and have a productive and successful second semester!
There are lots of events and opportunities to shine here at the middle school.
We are working hard to prepare for 8th grade SOL tests in Science and Civics. Afterschool remediation begins in February to help students sharpen their math and language skills. We have upcoming events in Drama, Band, SCA, FCA, FCCLA, and the other teams and clubs.
Parents, continue to stay involved in your student’s education. Check their grades on PowerSchool, look in their binder, check their agenda, and review their homework. Your involvement really makes the difference in your child’s success!
William V. Hortz