April 28, 2009 Manchester Middle School’s team did well in the Knowledge Masters Open for sixth grade. Manchester Middle was the top team in Chesterfield, fourth in Virginia and 41st in the world. Also making a good showing were teams from Robious Middle School (fifth in Virginia, 61st in the world) and Midlothian Middle School (ninth in Virginia, 169th in the world). Masters of knowledge Schools T DAY Chesterfield County Public Schools (804) 748-1405 • chesterfield.k12.va.us Educating students for life School Board invites residents to discuss growth-related issues 6:30-9 p.m. May 12 Tech Center students heading to national event Two students from the Cisco Networking Academy at the Chesterfield Technical Center won gold medals at Virginia’s SkillsUSA internetworking competitions. Eli Woods won in the postsecondary bracket, and Carter Horton won in the secondary bracket. They will represent Virginia at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June. Other students from the Chesterfield Technical Center also won awards at the state SkillsUSA competition: • Sydney Griffith, first place for poster • Bryan Hogan, second for job skills demonstration • Knakeesha Samuels, second for commercial baking • Desteney Smith, second for occupational display • • • • • • • • • • • • • Success stories Nicole Trammell, second for photography Collin Wagner, second for culinary arts technical exam Cameron Brittig, third for current events Jason Fischer, third for automotive refinishing technology Eric Stevens, third for plumbing Grace Freeman, fourth for photography Jessica Ransom, fourth for advertising design Joshua Richer, fourth for HVAC and refrigeration Edniesha Brown, fifth for nail care technology Tyler Harris, fifth for nail care technology Douglas Kizzie, fifth for job interview William Proffitt, fifth for extemporaneous speaking Justin Williams, fifth for industrial motor control Residents are invited to join the Chesterfield County School Board in a public engagement session 6:30-9 p.m. May 12 at the Fulghum Center, 4003 Cogbill Road. The interactive meeting will focus on recommendations offered earlier this school year by the Growth Task Force. Made up of school officials, county leaders and community residents, the Growth Task Force was established in 2008 by the School Board to study growth-related issues and make planning and budget recommendations. The task force’s complete report is available at chesterfield.k12.va.us. During the May 12 public engagement session, participants will split into three groups to discuss the task force’s recommendations and suggest actions in these areas: • school construction, including capacity and efficient use of facilities and connecting schools to the community • cost and financing of school construction • alternatives to bricks and mortar, including early graduation, alternative scheduling and online learning For more information, call 748-1405. Salem Middle School students Khalil Breedlove, Dante Edmonds and Drew Defibaugh won a Bandfest video contest sponsored by SAFE, Chesterfield County Department of Youth Planning and Development and Southside Church. Their public service announcement aims to help young people resist substance abuse. Salem Middle music teacher Patricia Bray and art teacher Corey Talbott offered support as the students composed music, wrote lyrics, designed a skit and taped the PSA. The JROTC of Meadowbrook High School won three first-place trophies, four second-place trophies and a third-place trophy at the central Virginia All-Army JROTC Drill and Athletic Competition. This year, Meadowbrook JROTC has earned more than 30 trophies. During a service project called Here’s My Dollar, third-grade students at Bensley Elementary School raised $54.38 for the Chesterfield County Humane Society. Spirited scientists At the Virginia Science Olympiad state tournament, Matoaca Middle won the Spirit Award and also won awards for pentathlon, trajectory and anatomy. One event (pictured above) was designing and building a bridge. Matoaca Middle qualified for the state tournament by winning second place in regional competition earlier.