School is Out

Clip Art of a chalk board that says, 'School's out!'
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.  

Click the PDF icon for the complete letter from Dr. Cox. 
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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

CHMS's Gym Gets A Facelift


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.


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 Olympics Little Feet Meet


Please Join Us for the

Special Olympics

5th Annual

Little Feet Meet

Hosted by the Office of Support Services

Wednesday, April 25th 9:30-11:30am

Colonial Heights Football Field (Volunteers should arrive by 8:15)


For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Lisa Kochuba at lisa_kochuba@colonialhts.net

School Spirit Night At El Caporal

Spirit Night at El Caporal flyer

Book Fair Week


CHMS Library


Apr. 16 - Apr. 20



Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and longĀ­ lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.

Remember, all purchases benefit our school. See you at the Book Fair!



 Come to the Book Fair! 

Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday     Thursday     Friday
April 16     April 17      April 18       April 19      April 20
7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
 Available Apr. 09 -  Apr. 22 only! 

Shop Online  April 16 - April 22

Support our school by purchasing books online. Shop more dates, 24 hours a day!


Order books for all ages and grades Enjoy a larger. expanded selection

Shop school, classroom, and student wish lists!


Cheerleading News

Click on the Cheer bullhorn
for the PDF file. 
A Cheer bullhorn clip art


Cheerleading News  
Are you interested in becoming a middle school cheerleader?
Mandatory Interest Meeting:
Thursday, April 19th
at 6:00 pm in the middle school library. A parent must attend.
Packets will be given out at this meeting and all applications should be filled out and turned in that night. Try outs will be held May 22-24th. The specific times for try outs will be announced at a later date. If you cannot complete your packet at the interest meeting, packets will be due no later than April 27th.

CHMS PTO Nominations

  Click on the icon 
  For the PDF file 
Colonial Heights School PTO                                              PDF Icon
500 Conduit Road
Colonial Heights, VA 23834


CHMS Parents,

It’s that time of the year again – time to nominate PTO officers for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone for any of the following positions, please complete the bottom of this form and return it to the school or you may email us confidentially at chmspto@colonialhts.net Submissions are needed by April 13, 2018.


Vice President


We are also looking for parents interested in serving as Committee Chairpersons for the following:



Volunteer Coordinator
Special Events
Staff Appreciation
Activity Night
Box Tops/Campbell’s Soup Labels
T-Shirt Sales
Sports Banquet
8th Grade Dance/Picnic


If you are interested in any of the committees listed above, or have questions about what is involved, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Thank you!
Katie Warren
CHMS Nominating/Membership


Yes, I am interested in serving on the CHMS Board for the 2018-2019 school year.

I am interested in the position/committee.



Student’s Name:



Spring Break

Spring Break begins Friday, March 30th.
See you back on Monday, April 9th.  
Clip art for Spring Break.

"A Life Like Yours"

CHMS Karaoke Contest

CHMS Drama Club 
Clip Art of a couple singing Karaoke
Friday, March 9th at 6:30 PM 
In the CHMS Cafeteria 
$6 for dinner, drink and the show. 
Menu includes:
Pasta (with red or white sauce), bread, salad bar.  

School Spirit Night at El Caporal

CHMS Holiday Break

A clip art version of a Christmas Tree.
Have a great holiday break and see you back, January 2 of 2018.

CHMS Family Reading Night

CHMS Family Reading Night

Chick-Fil-A Inside Southpark Mall

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Chick-fil-A Cow | Mark Turnauckas | Flickr

Join CHMS Extreme Readers for a night of food and fun.

We will get together to eat, talk, and discuss Gordon Korman’s book, Slacker.

Come to visit with friends and family as well as enjoy prizes, raffles, free books, and food!

In preparation for Gordon Korman’s visit to CHMS in March, we will be giving away another Korman book on this night.  Come to family reading night and be among the first to receive a new book for FREE!


Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 7th!

Prizes, Raffles, Free Books, Food, and Fun

Free vector graphic: Pacman, Pac-Man, Dots, Game, Yellow - Free ...

Questions?   emily_chiodo@colonialhts.net

School's out for Thanksgiving

Clip Art of a pumpkin, leaves and the words, Happy Thanksgiving.
Early Release on Wednesday, 11/22, at 10:55 AM.  
Enjoy your time off.   

It's Time For Bloopers!

The "Bloopers" logo, the Comedy Improv Team at CHMS
CHMS Improv Team Present: 
A cartoon looking slice of pizza.


Dinner and improv comedy for one low price.

Tuesday, November 21st at 5:30

Just $5 for 2 slices of pizza and a drink...and a show!

(extra slices available for $1 a slice...while they last)

All proceeds benefit the drama club

Great Parent Workshop

Does your child have difficulty ...
  • Following directions?
  • Getting organized?
  • Paying attention?
  • Starting or completing tasks?
  • Regulating anger?
  • Managing anxiety?
Then join us for a parent workshop on strategies to
help your child work through these struggles and
improve their performance both in and out of the classroom!
Monday, November 6th, 2017
6:00-7:30 PM
Colonial Heights High School Technical Building
Media Center
3451 Conduit Road
* Dinner and Childcare WILL BE PROVIDED
** Registration required by Thursday, Nov. 2nd
Presented by: Lisa Kochuba, Family Resource Coordinator,CHPS Ruchi Sharma, School    Psychologist Abby Gernert, Elementary School Psychologist

CHMS Raised $1000 for Hurricane Relief

"One Hundred Dresses"

A cartoon dress on display as a Logo for the 100 Dresses play.
A comedy/drama
By Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills
Thursday October 26th
At 6:00 PM
In the CHMS Auditorium
Tickets are only $2.00 (students and adults)
Proceeds benefit the CHMS Drama Club

School Spirit Night Tonight!

Colonial Heights, Virginia

CHMS Family Reading Night at Chick-Fil-A

CHMS Family Reading Night at Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A Inside Southpark Mall

Thursday, October 19th




Join CHMS Extreme Readers at Chick-Fil-A inside Southpark Mall for fun conversations about Gordon Korman’s book, Ungifted, as well as trivia, raffles, prizes, more free books, and food!

In preparation for Gordon Korman’s visit to CHMS in March, we will be giving away many of his books throughout the school year.  Come to family reading night and be among the first to receive the next book, Slacker, for FREE!


Mark your calendar for Thursday, 10/19 for

Cheerful - Free vector graphics on PixabayPRIZES, RAFFLES, TRIVIA, FOOD & FUNWink - Free illustrations on Pixabay


Contact Emily Chiodo with questions ~  emily_chiodo@colonialhts.net


Central Registration Summer Hours

Do you need to register your child for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year?  The Central Registration Office, located in the Technical Center at 3451 Conduit Rd, has announced summer hours of operation. The Office is open 7:30am-3:00pm Mon-Thur with extended hours in August. Kindergarten registration is happening right now and Grades 1-12 registration will begin on July 5. 
Click the attached flyer for details.