2012-2013 News Archive

The following articles are displayed in descending order from the beginning of the school year.  The most current news can be found at the bottom of the page.

CHHS Student Meets President

It's not every 17-year-old rising senior who gets to shake hands with the President of the United States.Colonial Heights student Nicholis Ball was one of the few high school students who got that opportunity when he was selected to attend American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.
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Photo by: Caitlin Davis
Article by: Caitlin Davis, Aug 1, 2012

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Martin's A+ School Rewards


Welcome to the start of a new school year and another year of A+ School Rewards. Starting October 7, 2012 through March 30, 2013, CHHS will have the opportunity to earn cash through MARTIN'S A+ School Rewards Program.

All you have to do is: 
            Log on to
www.martinsfoods.com/aplus to register online (starting August 26)
            Dial 1-888-448-4642 to register your card over the phone

After you register your card, each shopping trip at any MARTIN'S using your BONUSCARD earns CASH for our school! Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the MARTIN'S website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt. Our school will receive a check at the end of the program and the money can be used for any of our school's educational needs.

Remember, even if you registered your card last year, you must re-register this year for our school to receive credit. Attending to this simple process makes a HUGE difference to our school. We need your support. Please be sure to register your card to benefit Colonial Heights High School using ID # 02947.

*This information can be accessed at any time by clicking on the Martin's button on the right side of the CHHS homepage.

Coca Cola Truckload Fund Raiser

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Spirit Week - Homecoming 2012

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BLAST Program


  BLAST is a time when students can get their homework done and get help on subjects that they need additional help.

WHO? All students are encouraged to attend this after school opportunity, regardless of their grade level or GPA.  This program can benefit ALL students!

WHEN? BLAST meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.  A bus is available for those students who need a ride home.

WHERE? CHHS Media Center/Library

HOW? There are sign up sheets for BLAST in the Media Center/Library.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Snacks are provided for BLAST students.  Join us at BLAST to complete your homework, get extra help, improve your study skills, and even improve your grades!


Are you a good tutor who likes to help others?  Are you conscientious and dedicated?  You can earn volunteer hours by tutoring at BLAST (on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays)!  If interested, please attend the interest meeting on Friday, September 28 at 7:10 a.m. in the Media Center/Library to get more information and to pick up a tutor application.

Battle of the Brains

Photo courtesy of www.battleofthebrains.net and CBS6.

Congratulations to the CHHS Battle of the Brains team for defeating West Point at their match this past Saturday.  Go Colonials!

Halloween Make Up & Accessories For Sale at Friday's Football Game

Looking for some Halloween make up and/or accessories? Come support the Colonial Players & the ITS Troupe #3431 so they can attend the State Thespian Conference. All items are only $1 each and will be sold during Friday's football game!


Coins for Cancer

In addition to Cupcakes for Cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness month, please help DECA raise awareness and fund research for breast cancer by donating your change to COINS FOR CANCER! DECA members (wearing pink shirts) are collecting coins during lunch. If you make a donation of $20 or more, you will receive a FREE Coins for Cancer t-shirt!

Click here to read more about Coins for Cancer.

Click the image below to view the front and back design of the t-shirt!



Are you interested in developing your leadership skills? Apply for a chance to attend the HOBY Leadership Conference at JMU from May 31 - June 2.  Only one CHHS Sophomore will be chosen to attend!  Please click here to download the application (or pick one up in Room 1).  All applications are due by Friday, October 26!

The Colonial Players present "Two Faced"

1st Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day

EVERYONE is invited to join us at the 1st Annual Turkey Trot! 

This is a family/community activity on Thanksgiving Day, where we celebrate living in Colonial Heights.  Proceeds raised by the Turkey Trot will support Colonial Heights School programs and scholarships.

Please see the flyer below for additional information.

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First Annual Turkey Trot a Success thanks to the Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce

Please click here to view the article published by the Hopewell News and learn more about the 2012 Turkey Trot.

All money raised will be used to replenish the Bonnie Rager Fund - a fund to help students in need.
Photo and article by: Sarah Steele Wilson, Newsroom Editor of Progress Index

Community Forum

Lions Club Fund Raiser

Holiday Food Drive

L.A. Christmas Carol

This Friday and Saturday, The Drama and Choir Departments of CHHS present: "L.A. Christmas Carol."

Come see this modernized version of Charles Dickens' classic!

Jade, a CEO of a modeling agency in LA, must face her past and consequences of her present behavior before she can get into the Christmas spirit.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 PM.
All tickets are only $5!

CHHS Student earns spot in U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

Congratulations to CHHS student, Brendan Cutrer, for earning a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. 

This U.S. Army All-American Marching Band is comprised of 125 of the nation's finest high school marching band musicians.  Brendan will travel to Texas to perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  The game and halftime performance will be nationally broadcasted live on NBC.

CHHS Senior Nominated for Leadership Award Program

Congratulations to CHHS Senior, Thompson Rowe, for being elected as a candidate in the Lexus of Richmond 18th annual "Pursuit of Perfection" Leadership Award Program.

Each week during the 2012-2013 school year, a student finalist is chosen by selected officials from Sports Radio 910, 1140 WRVA and Lexus of Richmond.  The weekly award winner selection is based upon academics, athletics, leadership, citizenship and community service.  Each winner becomes a candidate for the Lexus of Richmond "Pursuit of Perfection" Leadership Award Program, which includes as $10,000 scholarship.

Weekly award winners are interviewed on Richmond's Morning News on 1140 WRVA. 

Click here to listen to Thompson Rowe's December 12 interview on 1140 WRVA

To learn more about the lexus of Richmond "Persuit of Perfection" Leadership Award Program, click here.

Congratulations to the Colonial Heights Marching Colonials for Completing their 2012-2013 Season as Champions

With 89 members, the Colonial Heights High School marching band may be small in number, but it is big in precision and power.

It certainly showed during the band's last competition of the season.

"It felt great because you could walk off that field knowing you did a really good job, and have that sense of pride," said band member Andrea Nadeau.

Please click here to continue reading this article by NBC12 News.

Article & Photo: Karla Redditte, NBC12 News

Order Your 2012-2013 Yearbook Today!

You could Save Lives by Donating Bone Marrow

A fourth grade student at Tussing Elementary, Ryan Bell, has recently been diagnosed with aplastic anemia.  This potentially fatal blood disorder may be treated by bone marrow transplantation.  You could become a hero for Ryan and others who are battling this disorder by registering to donate bone marrow.

On Saturday, January 26, stop by Tussing Elementary between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to register and get a quick oral swab.  You will be contacted further if you are a positive match (you must be age 18-55 and in good health to donate).

To learn more about Ryan's story, how to register to donate your bone marrow and the Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS) organization, please click on the flyer below.

Teens for Jeans

Did you know that over 1.7 million teenagers are homeless?  The item that these teenagers request the most from homeless shelters is a pair of jeans!

How many pairs of jeans do you have that you've outgrown or simply no longer wear? Donate these jeans to the Teens for Jeans program sponsored by Aeropostale.

The school that collects the most pairs of jeans will win a $10,000 grant, a party, and an Aeropostale hoodie for every student in the school!

Bring your old pairs of jeans to Mrs. Moody in Room 204 any time between now and Friday, February 8, 2013.

Thank you for helping teenagers in need!

Government Day

"Government Day is an opportunity for our students to see 'government in action,' says CHHS Government teacher, Julie McConnell.  On Thursday, January 24th, a group of ten CHHS seniors had the opportunity to participate in Government Day.  Each student shadowed a city official and saw first-hand what it takes to be in that position.  The positions included City Manager, Mayor, City Council, Sheriff, Commonwealth Attorney, Chief of Police.  At the end of the day, there was a "Mock City Council Meeting" and each student gave a verbal report on their activities and fielded questions from the Council.


Colonial Heights Academic Challenge Team competes at the VHSL “Scholastic Bowl”

As the questions began, the students had their hands poised over their buzzers poised, hoping to be the first one to have the correct answer, within three seconds, hoping to help their team score a win, at the VHSL "Scholastic Bowl," held at Dinwiddie High School on Wednesday.

"I was proud of team's accomplishments and to build on our success," David Flickinger, Mathematics Lead Teacher at Colonial Heights High School and Academic Challenge Team Coach, said in an email after the tournament. "We have some plans to focus practices on certain areas of interest like Physics Laws, poets and their works, Religion, etc."

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Article & photo by: Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer, Hopewell News

CH20 - "Quench for a Cause"

 We have reached our $5,000 goal!

Thank you for your support and for helping to save the lives of thousands of children and adults in third world countries.

Click here to learn more about CH20.

Click here to check out a video, created by CHHS students, for Quench for a Cause.

Honor Roll Distribution

PARENTS & STUDENTS: Due to block scheduling, the Honor Roll will only be distributed at the end of the school year.

Stop Hunger Now - Can Drive

BETA Club Food Pantry Drive

Abigail Richey crowned Colonials' first ever state swim champ!

The Colonials swimmers made a big splash at VHSL AAA State finals. In only its third season, the girls team finished 17th in the state meet.

Sophomores Abigail Richey and Elizabeth Magnusson led the team with outstanding swims. Also swimming for the Colonials were Bethany Kocik, Josh McBryde, Christa Niner and Emily Warro.

In addition to taking first in the 200 Freestyle, Abigail took third in the 500 Free. Elizabeth finished 4th in the 100 free and placed in the 50 free. Josh swam the prelims in the boys 100 Butterfly. Emily, Christa, and Bethany rounded out the girls' 200 yard and 400 yard free relay teams.

Congratulations to all of our swimmers!!

Article & photo by: Mike Kocik and swim team parents

Vocal Division of the James Bland Music Competition

Congratulations to Erin Brannan who placed 1st, and Jakeirra Clark, who placed 2nd in the Vocal Division of the James "Bland Music Competition" on March 17, 2013.  Erin will compete again in April at the next level at Longwood University.

State Championships

Congratulations to the CHHS students who qualify to compete for (or have already won) State Championships in the following areas: swimming, track, wrestling, band and chorus.  Great job and good luck, Colonials!
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Back row from left to right:  Justin Trent, Zac Firesheets, Brandon Sipple, Christopher Charleston
Middle row from left to right: Jerrid Whaling, Dylan Gregg, Emyle Warro, Josh McBryde
Front row from left to right: Erin Brannan, Abigail Richey, Elizabeth Magnusson
Not pictured: Melanie Hawkins, Bethany Kocik, Alexis Page, Mark Williams

Fine Arts Festival - Wednesday, March 27*

*This event was originally scheduled for Monday, March 25, but was rescheduled for Wednesday, March 27 due to inclement weather.*

Changes to Current School Year Calendar

ATTENTION PARENTS & STUDENTS:  Two additional vacation days have been approved for the current school year.*

Friday, March 29, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013

*Confirmed 3/26/2013.
Please note that these days are subject to change if inclement weather days are needed in the future.

Team Rusty 5K Run/Walk - Saturday, April 13, 2013

Career Fair - Thursday, April 25th

Congratulations to Mr. Jim Crinkley

"Jim Crinkley announced recently his decision to step down as coach of the Colonial Heights High School girls basketball team. Crinkley, who coached the Colonials on the hardcourt for 37 years, will continue to teach at the school and coach the Colonial Heights golf team."

>> Please click here to continue reading this article, published in the Hopewell News on April 16, 2013.

Article and photo by: David Breidenbach, Hopewell News

CHHS Student One of First to Sign on with RBC as they join the National Junior College Athletic Association

"Frank Barksdale of Petersburg, Ryan Dell of Cosby and Doug Jackson of Colonial Heights high schools were the first three signees announced as Richard Bland College of the College of William & Mary joined the National Junior College Athletic Association during an event Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Students at the two-year school near Petersburg, Va. will compete in five sports starting this fall."

>> Please click here to continue reading this article, published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on April 18, 2013.

Article by: Jordan Bondurant, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Photo by: AP Photo/The Progress-Index, Patrick Kane

CHHS Receives The Blue Ribbon School Award 2012-2013

Congratulations to the students and faculty of the Music Department of Colonial Heights High School on receiving The Blue Ribbon School Award 2012-2013, from the Virginia Music Educators Association.

This prestigious award recognizes schools throughout the Commonwealth who have superior performing ensembles.  Superior performance is evidenced by the district Performance Assessment rating from each of the top performing groups of each ensemble course taught at the school (band, choir, and orchestra).

The Virginia Music Educators Association congratulates Colonial Heights High School on the attainment and implementation of the highest ideals of music education for the students at Colonial Heights High School.

Central District Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Mike Smielecki for being named Central District Coach of the Year!  Mr. Smielecki is the CHHS Boys' Tennis coach.  He teaches AP Psychology, Government, and World History I at CHHS.