2011-2012 News Archive

Congratulations Class of 2012

PARC Supported Employment Award

Calling all phones!

Do you have a cell phone you no longer use?
Does it just sit in a drawer and collect dust?
Don't trash it, RECYCLE it!

SkillsUSA-ICT is conducting a cell phone drive until May 19. We are collecting old phones to encourage recycling and get them out of landfills.

We need the phones only - no accessories.

If you have phones you'd like to contribute, please put them in the labeled box in the main office.

We appreciate your support!

CHHS Volunteer-A-Thon 2012

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Volunteer-A-Thon, sponsored by the CHHS National Honor Society. Over 250 Colonial Heights students helped out and made a difference! Some accomplishments include packaging 10,000 meals for "Stop Hunger Now," beautifying the CHHS courtyards, making dog beds, donating peanut butter and jelly, sewing and decorating pillowcase dresses for little girls in Africa, separating bottle caps, crushing aluminum cans, stuffing Easter eggs, packing meals for the "Backpack Program," creating Easter decorations for nursing homes, and even washing cars!

A special thank you to goes out to the CHHS Ambassadors for helping to raise money for Stop Hunger Now, and to the Skills USA - ICT and the Key Clubs for their generous donations for Stop Hunger Now. There were also several businesses and organizations that made donations. We raised over $2,500 in less than 2 weeks!

Skills USA ICT - District Champions


Congratulations to SkillsUSA-ICT students, Rachel Reese and Lindsey Spence, who competed on March 10, 2012 in Districts at the Chesterfield Technical Center and won the following awards:

Rachel Reese
- 1st Place Gold Medal in Customer Service
Lindsey Spence - 1st Place Gold Medal in Club Scrapbook

Rachel and Lindsey will go on to state competitions in Hampton, VA on April 20-21, 2012.

We would also like to congratulate Deanthony Babers, who is running for state office.

Guidance Department Spring Newsletter

To view the new webpage for the CHHS Guidance Department, please click here or go to the "Parents & Students" tab at the top of this website and click on "Guidance."

State of the Superintendent of School

On Thursday, March 22, Colonial Heights teachers, Mrs. Amy Crafton and Mr. Jeff Blankenbecler and Colonial Heights students, Valerie Knapp, and Kevin Napier, spoke before the Department of Education in Richmond.  Each was given a three-minute opportunity to voice his or her experience with the new math SOL tests.  Although speaking before the State Superintendent of School was a little intimidating, the group says the experience was an interesting and worthwhile one.  They appreciated the opportunity to share their concerns.

2011-2012 Yearbook

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Kelsi's Krusade

  Thank you to everyone who participated in this
wonderful event


After Prom Poinsettia Sale


Christmas Poinsettia Sale

Sponsored by CHHS After Prom 2012

 Florist Quality Premium 6 1/2 inch pots, foil wrapped red Poinsettia

 Cost is $10.00 each

 Please return this order form to the CHHS Main office by Tuesday, November 22nd with your payment.


Make checks payable to CHHS After-Prom Committee

 Orders may be picked up Thursday, December 1 at the  CHHS Senior Side of the Cafeteria from 3:30 - 7pm
Questions? Please email Lynne Norton at Lynne_Norton@colonialhts.net

B.L.A.S.T. (Better Learning at After School Tutorial)

BLAST has started!  Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to complete homework and get extra help as needed.  Blast will take place every Tuesday and Thursday in the Library Media Center from 2:30 to 3:20.  This program can benefit ALL students.  Blast Schedule

CHHS & Martin's A+ School Rewards Program

CHHS has registered with Martin's A+ School Rewards Program.  To support CHHS through this program, just go to this website: http://richmond.martinsfoods.com/aplus/ or click on the picture in the Quick Links on the right and register your BONUSCARD.  Thank you for your support!

Band Performance at Football Game Tonight

The "Marching Colonials" will be performing their show entitled "Turbo Charged" this Friday, September 30th, in the CH football stadium.  The show is FREE and they will be performing at 6:30pm!  

Due to the weather, the students have yet to perform a show in uniform for an audience.  This will be a fantastic performance opportunity for the kids, and chance for you to see the debut performance of this OUTSTANDING show (it's a racing show!).  Don't be late, and bring all your friends and family!

Principal's Message - Beginning of the 2011-2012 School Year

Colonial Heights High School is a fully-accredited school that has prided itself in its rich tradition of educational excellence since 1957.  Student enrollment numbers are under 1000, so we are a relatively small school where pupils get the personalization they need. 

The high school offers a wide range of course work from a highly qualified and caring staff.  This year, online opportunities will be made available to our students.  We are also implementing a block schedule.  Not only will this allow struggling learners to obtain the remediation they need to graduate on time, but it will also provide more learning opportunities for the advanced student.   The goal of block scheduling is to allow our children to become more competitive, regardless of the post-secondary path they follow. 

Besides a well-established Career and Technical Education program, the high school also has a ninth grade transition program that has been emulated by other school divisions.  Our ninth grade orientation program for parents and students causes a flurry of emotion from all participants.  It is the proper kick- off to the welcoming and exciting school year that awaits.

For such a small school, we offer an expansive list of sports and extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.  Many of these programs would not be in fruition had it not been for the dedication of our coaches, volunteers, parents, School Board, City Council, and community.  The latest two additions to our school are the CHHS swim team and German Club.  I would encourage all students to become involved in their high school by participating in any of our school activities.  Whether it is our award-winning Band program or our Japanese Animation Club, there truly is a niche for everyone.

Innovators for Change Book Club

Based on teacher recommendations, select students were invited to join the Innovators for Change Book Club.  The students read the book 2030 Technology that will Change the World over the summer.  They met September 8th to discuss important topics from the book and to collaborate on a culminating group project.  Some of the students may even have the opportunity to meet the author and participate in extended activities that are being developed through Virginia State University.

Yearbook Staff Shines at Yearbook Camp

In July, co-editor-in-chiefs Kaylee Waldrop & Tracy Akers, managing editor Margo Kollman, staff member Lauren Walwer, and yearbook sponsor Mrs. Creasey went to the Gettysburg Yearbook Experience, an intense yearbook camp hosted by Herff Jones. While there, Kaylee was nominated to work as a DA (basically a camp assistant) at next summer's camp. She also won an award for her coverage ideas, for which they gave her a nice plaque and the title "Coverage Queen." Lauren Walwer also won a plaque for best group copy. Given that over 500 people from schools all over the country participate, this is pretty exciting and quite an accomplishment for these girls!

The Marching Colonials began their marching season in August.  Band and Color Guard members attended Band Camp 2011 in August. Band Camp was interrupted by an earthquake that shook the area. Several practices were washed out by Hurricane Irene in September. For two weeks band members worked in small groups to learn a new musical and marching performance entitled "Turbocharged." The racing themed performance includes the repertoire: Turbo Charged by Daniel Valadie with Fast Car by Tracy Chapman. The performance is fast paced and includes four flag changes, energetic marching maneuvers and difficult formations to communicate the theme, "Turbocharged."


During the past three months, the color guard and band traveled to Chesapeake, Henrico, Powhatan, and James Madison University to compete in marching band competitions.  The band also attended football games to add spirit to these events and performed during half time. 


Drum Major, Alex Rivero, led the Marching Colonials during the 2011 marching band season.  On October 22 the band traveled to James Madison University to participate in the annual Parade of Champions competition.  They won first place trophies for their outstanding performance.  On October 29th, the band performed for their VBODA Marching Band assessment held at Massaponax High School High School.  They earned superior ratings for Music Performance, Visual Performance, and General Effect.  This assessment is the first step in achieving recognition as a Commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band.


On the evening of October 29th they competed at Powhatan High School.  The Marching Colonials were awarded first place trophies for percussion, color guard, drum major, music and general effect.  They won the Grand Champion honor with the highest score earned by any band during the day long competition. 

Article and photos provided by: Debbie Walwer

Government students visit Washington D.C.

On Friday, May 18, Mrs. Julie McConnell took her Government students to Washington, D.C. to tour the Capitol building and view the House of Representatives in action.

Skills USA ICT - States

Congratulations to SkillsUSA-ICT students who competed at states and won the following awards:

Lindsey Spence - silver medal - Club Scrapbook

Rachel Reese - 9th place- Customer Service

Deanthony Babers - elected Region 3 Vice President for the state of VA


Congratulations to the following DECA students, who competed this weekend (March 10-11, 2012) in Norfolk at the State Competition:

Top Eight - Role Play
Davianna O'Berry
Jaclyn Gergle
Gabby Kiser & Jonathan Colb
Caitlin Ashby & Lauren Jackson

Plaques were also awarded to the following students for placing 1st in both Virtual Business Challenges:

First Place - Virtual Business Challenges
Dustin Lowery & David Lamm
Monia Crapa
Blake Gwaltney & Marissa Ki

CHHS DECA was also recognized and awarded a plaque for being a Platinum Chapter. 

Special recognition goes out to the teams of Jonathan Colb & Gabby Kiser and Caitlin Ashby & Lauren Jackson, who finished 2nd and 8th overall in the state of Virginia, and qualified for the national competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

DECA's 2nd Annual Cruise In' for CANCER Car Show

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Therapy Dogs Visit Mother's Day Out Program


Therapy dogs from Clever Canines Therapy & Obedience Club came to visit the children in the Mother's Day Out program on Friday, November 11th.  The dogs are all registered with Therapy Dogs Incorporated and regularly visit nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers as well as attend a reading program for children at the Hopewell and Prince George libraries.  The Mother's Day Out students learned about safety around dogs and got to visit with each of the four therapy dogs present.

Article by: Julie Bowles



News & Events

FCCLA Cleans Up!

10/01/2011 - On Saturday, the FCCLA
club worked on the crosswalk garden. 5 girls pulled weeds (10 garbage bags full!) and planted mums to try and clean up the area. This has been selected as our club's community service project for the year.