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8th Grade Writing SOL

SOL Virginia Standards of Learning

The 8th grade students will be taking the Virginia Writing Grade 8 SOL in March.  Your child’s English teacher should have notified you of their testing days.  If you have no received this information, please contact their English teacher.  Transportation will be provided for all Option 1 and Option 2 students.


Doodle for Google Contest

2021 Doodle for Google Entries due February 26th Instructions and entry form here

This is the last week to enter!!

Bring your creativity to life in a Doodle that expresses this year’s theme, “I am strong because…” Use markers, crayons, paint, or any medium you choose for the chance to be a Doodle for Google winner. The National Winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage, and will win a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 tech grant for their school.  Watch this short video with details.  

CPS Equity Council Student Visual Arts Competition: Lift Every Voice

african american profile made from music notesThe Chesapeake Public Schools Equity Council is proud to announce a student visual arts contest and exhibition. The Equity Council is seeking artwork that is powerful, thought-provoking, and inspired by the theme: Lift Every Voice.  Students from all grade levels and artistic abilities are eligible and encouraged to show their creativity and their talent. Students must submit their artwork virtually by Friday, February 26, 2021. Submitted artwork will be organized into a virtual art gallery and selected original works will be on display in public venues throughout the district. Select student artists will also be recognized at the March 22 School Board Meeting and celebrated in the Superintendent’s Spotlight.  For more information, please click the links below.

EQUITY: 2021 Student Art Exhibition Full Information

CPSEC Student Visual Arts Exhibition Submission


CTE Awareness Month

CPS I am CTE Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.  CTE encompasses many different types of education, from the classroom, learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside the classroom. Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.

Career and Technical Education:

  • Integrates with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum.
  • Educates students for a range of career options through 17 Career Clusters and over 79 Career Pathways.
  • Fulfills employer needs that are in high demand.
  • Prepares students to be college and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills, and technical, job-specific skills.
  • High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.

In Chesapeake, The CTE Program area includes the following in middle school: Technology Education,  and Family and Consumer Science Education.

In high school we offer Technology Education, Family & Consumer Science,  Business and Information Technology and Marketing Education, Teachers for Tomorrow, Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC), Chesapeake Career Center, The STEM Academy at Grassfield High School, as well as Project Lead the Way Courses at the Science and Medical Academy at Deep Creek High School.


NEW ParentVUE Absence Button

Beginning Wednesday, February 3, 2021, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to report their student(s) as absent or tardy electronically in ParentVUE. Available in both the ParentVUE web access and mobile device app, this new feature will appear as a button on the home screen.

The Report Absence feature allows parents and guardians to report absences up to seven days in advance and can accommodate single-day and multi-day absences. For each absence reported, parents and guardians must provide a short note to explain the reason. This note will help school attendance secretaries select the correct attendance code for the absence/tardy. If a doctor’s note or other documentation is available, there is an option to upload that resource when parents report the absence or tardy.

Parents and guardians will receive a confirmation message once an absence or tardy has been submitted successfully. Please be aware that parents and guardians cannot delete or modify reported absences/tardies. Any changes or cancellations must be communicated to the school attendance secretary by an email or phone call. Parents can review student attendance information, including any reported absences/tardies, by selecting the Attendance tab in ParentVUE. Parents and guardians will see the reported absence/tardy coded as “Unexcused” immediately after they submit an absence. Once the school attendance secretary reviews the parent-submitted absences/tardies, the parent will see the reported change to the correct attendance code.

This is the new preferred method for parents to report absences and tardies. This electronic notification would serve as the written notice required for student absences and tardies.

Jolliff Reads

girl reading bookWe are excited to announce that our school will be participating in a whole school reading experience in February that we will call Jolliff Reads! Students, staff, and the wider school community will experience the book Restart by Gordon Korman together throughout the month of February. This book will allow us to share discussions about middle school, redemption, second chances, bullying, and other pertinent subjects across grade levels and classrooms.

Chapters of the book will be recorded by members of the school community to be played during Core Plus.

There will be daily questions about what was read the day before – correct answers will be entered into a drawing for small prizes.

On Mondays, students will be able to participate in discussion groups about the book led by school staff
All teachers are asked to link at least one lesson each week to the book
At the end of the month, we will participate in a culminating activity that will include some form of community service.

Virginia PTA Citizenship Essay Contest

We are seeking writers to respond to the 2021 Citizenship Essay Contest!  The theme, “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?” encourages all students to share their thoughts on citizenship. girl at a computer typingEssays are submitted online and are due by February 1st.  More details are below.

2021 Virginia PTA Citizenship Essay Contest

Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2021 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?” Please visit the website for details.  


February 01, 2021

PTA Spirit Wear

Jolliff Middle School logo

We have some pretty amazing stuff available including this student-created design! Oliver, we LOVE this design and can’t wait to rock it! Look how creative and cool it is (pictured on the left)! See below for details or you can click here to purchase!