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2017-08-16 / Announcements

Citizens Fire Academy open for registration


Visitors peruse the Chesterfield County Fire Museum in Ettrick last October. 
ASH DANIEL Visitors peruse the Chesterfield County Fire Museum in Ettrick last October. ASH DANIEL Registration is now open for the Chesterfield County Citizens Fire Academy, where participants can learn about the services Chesterfield Fire and EMS provides and what it is like to be a firefighter. Topics will include: history of the fire service and fire prevention; fire ground operations and incident review; portable fire extinguisher training; live demonstrations and hands-on evolutions; CFEMS Special Operations including hazmat, dive and technical rescue; EMS Operations of the department and EMS Med-Flight; Emergency Communications Center tour and a fire station tour. Eight sessions will be held between Thursday, Oct. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center, 6610 Public Safety Way. For more information or to register, call 748-1426 or email firemarshal@chesterfield.gov.


Sanctuary Rescue, a small, foster-based dog rescue, was recently awarded $2,000 from Knight Magee Insurance Solutions through the 2017 Safeco Insurance Change Agents program. The program rewards independent agents whose volunteer efforts make a difference in their communities and recognizes that small, everyday steps can have a big local impact. Left to right: Anthony Abel, Safeco Insurance territory manager; Adri Herron, president of Sanctuary Rescue; Brandi Patterson, KMI licensed agent; Rion Phillippi, KMI administrative assistant; Kate Magee, KMI agency owner; Sierra Knight Magee, KMI agency owner; and Margaret Barrè, volunteer at Sanctuary Rescue. Dogs: Cashes and Stella. Sanctuary Rescue, a small, foster-based dog rescue, was recently awarded $2,000 from Knight Magee Insurance Solutions through the 2017 Safeco Insurance Change Agents program. The program rewards independent agents whose volunteer efforts make a difference in their communities and recognizes that small, everyday steps can have a big local impact. Left to right: Anthony Abel, Safeco Insurance territory manager; Adri Herron, president of Sanctuary Rescue; Brandi Patterson, KMI licensed agent; Rion Phillippi, KMI administrative assistant; Kate Magee, KMI agency owner; Sierra Knight Magee, KMI agency owner; and Margaret Barrè, volunteer at Sanctuary Rescue. Dogs: Cashes and Stella. Education

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education honored 18 Chesterfield County schools with 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement. The state awards recognize schools that exceed minimum state accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and state board. Eight Chesterfield schools earned Virginia Board of Education Excellence Awards: Gordon, Grange Hall, Robious, Bettie Weaver, Winterpock and Woolridge elementary schools and Cosby and Midlothian high schools. Statewide, 147 schools won this award for meeting all state and federal accountability benchmarks and making significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the Virginia Board of Education. Ten Chesterfield schools earned Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards: Bon Air, Enon, Elizabeth Scott, Alberta Smith, Spring Run, Swift Creek and Watkins elementary schools, along with Midlothian, Robious and Tomahawk Creek middle schools. Statewide, 231 schools won this award for meeting all state and federal benchmarks and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the state board.

More than 300 public educators from up and down the East Coast recently attended the #GoOpen Regional Summit held at the Fulghum Conference Center at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Hull. The national conference, hosted by Chesterfield County Public Schools, focused on Open Educational Resources (OER) in a digital learning environment and is part of the school division’s commitment to the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign, which encourages states, school districts and educators to use OERs to transform teaching and learning. OERs are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research and other purposes.

Achievements

Sam Raymond, a rising ninth grader at James River High School, was one of 23 winners of the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Middle and high school students submitted original video games and game design concepts in platforms including GameMaker, Gamestar Mechanic, Scratch and Unity. Raymond won the Middle School Unity category and received a cash prize of $1,000, a lifetime premium consumer subscription to Gamestar Mechanic and the opportunity for a consultation with a game industry professional.

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