• News Release: 1/16/2020 Schools to Watch honors seventh Chesterfield school

    The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform seeks to improve academic and developmental outcomes for all students in the middle grades annually by identifying schools that exemplify best practices, promote effective policies, develop leadership, and engage their community. This national group of educators is committed to promoting academic achievement and the best practices that go into engaging students, helping them achieve and celebrating the healthy development of our young people.  
    Providence Middle School last week joined the ranks of Chesterfield County schools to be honored with the national Schools to Watch designation. There are now seven Chesterfield County middle schools with this honor.
    “Middle school can be a challenging time for growth and transition; however, our schools are continuing to find ways to support our students and help them along the path to success,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “We pride ourselves on providing students with amazing learning experiences in remarkable learning environments, and we’re excited that outside organizations are recognizing the great work our teachers and staff are doing.”
    These Chesterfield County schools also have been designated as national Schools to Watch:
    Redesignated in 2020; originally designated in 2017

    • Robious Middle
    • Swift Creek Middle 
    • Bailey Bridge Middle 
    Designated in 2019:
    • Elizabeth Davis Middle
    Redesignated in 2019; originally designated in 2016
    • Midlothian Middle 
    • Tomahawk Creek Middle 
    The goal of the Schools to Watch program is to identify and recognize outstanding middle schools. The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, which oversees the program, says that Schools to Watch share these characteristics:
    • They are academically excellent. These schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
    • They are developmentally responsive. These schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
    • They are socially equitable. These schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources and supports.

  • “Relaunch Chesterfield” Aims to Reopen Chesterfield Businesses


    Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County have united to support a coordinated relaunching of the Chesterfield economy.   Relaunch focuses on issues for businesses and elected officials around the county to consider as reopening plans are made. "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to work in conjunction with the Governors’ Covid-19 Business Task Force recommendations as they too begin the work of relaunching Virginia’s economy. 

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" will be developed in partnership with business leaders across a broad array of industry sectors and organizations around the county, including but not limited to the following sections:

    • Health and Safety First/Internal & External Customers
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Hospitality
    • Arts & Entertainment
    • Healthcare Services
    • Personal Care Service Industry
    • K-12 Education & Childcare and Daycare

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to serve as a start to the conversation for returning more employees and businesses to work, rather than serving as a final, prescriptive set of answers or solutions.

    We are currently seeking participants to work and lead in these individual industry workgroups.  Please submit your information to be considered for an interested industry cluster workgroup by clicking here.    

    Businesses are resilient in creating opportunities to thrive in challenging conditions.  Businesses ability to pivot their business model and allow others to learn from that change is important for the greatest number of businesses to relaunch. By joining efforts and bringing businesses and resources together we have the ability to make adjustments quickly and start commerce sooner. 

    When the Commonwealth is ready to open Virginia, Chesterfield will be ready to open.

    We are looking for 8-10 people for each industry workgroup indicated to develop a framework for success.  Models and examples are already available as a guide from across the Country.  Workgroups using best practices can have the best opportunity for a successful plan.