Colonial Heights Middle School

Colonial Heights Middle School is the middle school serving the City of Colonial Heights, a community of approximately 17,400 citizens, located twenty miles south of the state capital, Richmond, Virginia. The building serves a sixth, seventh, and eighth grade population of just over 700 students.

Section 508 Compliance

Colonial Heights Public Schools believes it is essential that our websites are accessible by all people.  The Division will modify its current websites in a manner consistent with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998 (29 U.S.C. § 794 (d)) to make our web content more accessible to people with disabilities.

Our Cafeteria Is Under Construction

Due to some of the remodeling going on the campus of CHMS, our cafeteria will be offering a limited menu, starting on Thursday, May tenth until the end of the school year.  
Students still have a choice of options via the school menu or can bring a lunch from home.
Thank you for you patience as we will have an updated kitchen and lunchroom for the next school year. 

CHMS 8th Grade Dance Is SOON!

disco ball
Be there this June 8th, 2018; 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Buy your tickets soon.  They go on sale May 21st during 8th grade lunch. 
For more details about the dance, 
click on the dancing couple. 
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Athletic Physicals for 2018-2019


Date:     Thursday, May 31

Time:     4:00

Location:     CHHS


Get ready for Summer conditioning and FALL sports


Cost:     $25.00—cash or check

(make checks payable to CHMS)

You must have your physical form filled out and signed by a parent in advance in order to receive your physical.   Have your parents fill out all information BEFORE arriving.   You may get physical and concussion forms in your school’s main office or online at:

Both the Physical AND Concussion forms are required. Physicals will be given by Appomattox Regional Health Care. Forms and info will be emailed to middle school students and parents!


Questions?? Contact Lora Brewer at

 Or at the main office 804-524-3420

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Last Day of School is Approaching

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The countdown is on.  
Last day of school is June 14th.  
Have a great summer and see you back on September 4th.

CHMS Teacher of the Year, Carolyn Crinkley

Congratulations to Mrs. Crinkley for being our Teacher of the Year.

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Carolyn Crinkley, a sixth-grade mathematics teacher at Colonial Heights Middle School, was surprised in her classroom on Thursday afternoon as she was named the division’s Teacher of the Year for the 2018-19 school year.

Crinkley’s superiors, including Superintendent Dr. Joseph Cox Jr., Assistant Superintendent Haidee Napier, School Board Chair Mike Yates, CHMS Principal Bill Hortz and Instructional Specialist Joseph Douglas, showed up to surprise Crinkley in front of her sixth-grade math class with the announcement and a bouquet of flowers.

Recognized for her ability to make kids think on a deeper level, Crinkley originally taught seventh-grade math at CHMS for 12 years before leaving when she had a baby. She left with the intention of only being out of school for a year, which turned into 13.


Tales from the Ukrops 10K

CHMS's very own Casey Wray completed the Ukrop's 10K.  

Chris Wray has run the 10K before, but not while pushing a three-wheeled stroller carrying his 15-year-old son, Casey, who has hydrocephalus, a neurological disorder.

“I lost 60 pounds to push,” said Wray, of Colonial Heights, who was joined by five others in “Team Casey,” which had lost a total of 264 pounds for the race.
Congratulations to Casey and Chris and to all the other students and staff who completed the race.  

A Letter From Dr. Cox regarding the new grading scale for the next school year

    April 9, 2018.  

               Dear Parents and Guardians:

During the summer of 2017 the Colonial Heights School Board unanimously approved the 10 Point Grading Scale for implementation during the 2018-2019 school year. At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, Colonial Heights Public Schools will be transitioning to a 10 Point Grading Scale for students in grades 3-12. An important part of the transition is making sure that parents and students are fully informed prior to the change and are provided time to ask questions about the new grading scale and how it might impact their student.

In preparation, the school division has evaluated different scales and options in te1ms of how grades are weighted to determine the best fit for our schools. Please see the reverse side of the letter for information about the new grading scale and topics related to grading. 

Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the School Administration Office or your child's school. We appreciate your interest and understanding during this transition.



Dr. Joseph O. Cox, Jr.  

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CHMS Groundbreaking Ceremony

Our Auditorium is going through some changes

Ground Breaking Ceremony for CHMS

Artist's rendition of what the cafeteria will look like after remodeling


Colonial Heights Public Schools


Cordially invites you to the

Construction Groundbreaking Ceremony


Colonial Heights Middle School


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

3:00 p.m.


Please gather by the Cafeteria Entrance of

CH Middle School located at

500 Conduit Road


Many thanks to Publix in Colonial Heights for donating $500 to each of our schools. Publix opens for business in Colonial Square Shopping Center November 1 at 7am.

CHMS PTO Shirt Order Form

Help out CHMS PTO
Click the PDF icon for the PTO shirt order form: 
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CHMS PTO Tee Shirts for sale
(available in RED only)    (available in WHITE or LIGHT GREY)     (available in NAVY only)     (available in WHITE or LIGHT GREY)

Make checks payable to CHMS PTO.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Media Release: Colonial Heights Police and Public Schools Conduct Annual Training

On October 26, 2017, the Colonial Heights Police Department and Colonial Heights Sherriff’s Office, in coordination with Colonial Heights Public Schools, conducted active shooter training and a lock down drill at the Colonial Heights Middle School, and Colonial Heights High School to include its Vocational building. This critical training allows officers to practice a coordinated response to an active shooter incident, as well as for school staff and students to practice proper school procedures in a lock down situation.
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CHMS's Gym Gets A Facelift


Green check mark over the Colonial Heights Public School Logo

All schools in Colonial Heights have met the SOL accreditation standards of the Virginia Department of Education for the 16th year in a row. 

Only 65 of the Commonwealth’s 132 school divisions had all schools accredited for the 2017-2018 school year.  This places Colonial Heights Public Schools in an elite group.  This success can be attributed directly to the efforts of our teachers in the classrooms, the diligence of our students, our parent partners, and school administration providing quality leadership and support for their staff members and students.

Thank you to all of our Faculty and Staff!  Congratulations to our students!


Special Education Advisory Committee

For a printable version of this flyer, 
click here: 
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Fly Fishing Club


Dear Parents
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

CHMS Calendar of Events

Principal's Message

Principal William Hortz


2017-2018 Is Coming to a Close

It is hard to believe our school year is coming to an end.  2017-2018 academic year will soon be in the past.  Parents, we hope you will work with us to help your student do their best!

Students, how will YOU finish?  Will you make that extra effort to review for your SOL tests? Will you stay focused in class and keep your grades up? Are you ready to finish this school year with your best possible effort? 

We are working hard to prepare for semester and end-of-year SOL tests in Math, English, Science and Civics. We have upcoming events in Drama, Band, SCA, FCA, FCCLA, and the other teams and clubs.  The 8th Grade Dance, 8th Grade DC Field Trip, 8th Grade Picnic and Grades 6, 7 and 8 Awards Assemblies are only a few weeks away!

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!  Let’s finish strong and have a great summer!

William V. Hortz

Principal, Colonial Heights Middle School


Follow CHMS on Twitter

Colonial Heights Middle School is now on Twitter.
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CHMS Tweets Live Stream

CHMS Athletic Participation Forms.

Parents and Guardians who have children in any school sponsored athletic programs, clip art of a kid yelling into a doctor's stethoscope
And click here for the Concussion Fact Sheet and Risk Form.  
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Thank you. Colonial Heights Middle School. 

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Summer Reading

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My School Bucks - Changes

Beginning on November 1, 2015, the fee applied during checkout on will decrease from $2.50 to $1.95 and applied only to a single deposit and not per child. 
These changes bring fees in line with surrounding school systems and help to alleviate costs for Parents.  All fees are displayed at the time of payment prior to completing a transaction.
If you are not using MySchoolBucks, please consider this option for quick and secure updating of available funds for lunch and breakfast for your child. Additionally, you will receive access to transaction history, meal purchase history, and can receive low balance alerts. The process is very easy and you can use your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card to supply funds to your child's account. Visit to create an account.