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• Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The Colonial Trail school counseling department will be sponsoring the following EXCITING special events throughout the school year to enhance our student community and foster an inclusive school environment!


October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness and Prevention Month.  Students in K-2 will focus on Bucket Filling Activities and students in grades 3-5 will participate in Leadership Development/Bullying Prevention activities.


October 10th students in 2nd – 5th grades will have a chance to MIX IT UP AT LUNCH!  Students will be randomly assigned (by grade level) to tables in the cafeteria for lunch that day.  This gives students a chance to make new friends and promote an inclusive school culture!  It’s a little crazy for us adults BUT THE KIDS LOVE IT!! 


The week of October 22nd – October 26  is College and Career Awareness week.  From clues provided about statewide colleges on the morning announcements (ie:  What college has a Hokie for a mascot?  VA Tech; Which college basketball team is know as the HAVOC? VCU) students will have the chance guess the correct answer and enter a raffle for fun prizes.


The week of January 28-February 1 is THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE  –  ONE school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible throughout the school, choosing from a 50 item checklist.


February 15 is National Noone Eats Alone Day (See

Friday April 12 – Career Day at Colonial Trail (Please consider volunteering!)



• Thursday, September 25th, 2014

I will visit your child’s classroom to talk about the 2019-2020  International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Moody Middle School  Wednesday Sept. 19.

If your child expresses interest in the program, he or she will receive an application and an invitation to the IB Open House Oct. 16.

If you and your child decide that applying to the IB program is a good choice and academic fit, return the completed application, stapled, NO LATER than Nov. 19.  SOONER IS BETTER as this allows the teachers plenty of time to complete their recommendations!!

If your child attended another school last year and would like a teacher from that school to provide the recommendation,  please write the teacher’s name, school, and a phone number where they can be reached on the application so I can coordinate the recommendation.

There is an Open House at Moody Middle School on October 16 in the auditorium!  It is highly recommended that you and your child attend if your child is interested in the program.  There are two sessions:  Session 1:  4:30 – 5:30 and Session 2:  6:00 – 7:00.  Since there are no makeup sessions please plan to attend one of these informative presentations and tour the school.

The writing prompt will be administered Nov. 30 in the CTES cafeteria from 8:30 – 10:00.  Paper and pencils will be provided.  A makeup date of December 5 has been scheduled.

This is an exciting time!  I hope that you will enjoy it with your child. If you have any questions please call or email me at 364-0055 or

• Monday, September 30th, 2013

Parking tips for IB Open House – OCT 16, 2018


If you are planning to attend  Moody for the IB Open House, please consider carpooling.  If you drive, we have designated areas for parking. Please park in the River of Life Community Church parking lot next to the school, or in the Christ Lutheran Church parking lot across from the school.  You may also park along Vernon Road, but please avoid parking in front of a neighbors driveway. Also, for safety reasons, cars cannot  park in the bus loop. It is the fire lane and cars will  be towed. 

We look forward to seeing you at the IB Open House at Moody!



• Tuesday, September 04th, 2012
Enrichment Programs
Excellent enrichment programs and other opportunities are available for gifted or high-ability, high interest students. Parents are encouraged to place their names on the mailing lists of these centers so that they will receive information about program offerings on a regular basis.
1.  College of William and Mary
Center for Gifted Education

2.  University of Virginia

National Research Center on the Gifted & Talented

3.  Johns Hopkins University

Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

4.  Math Science Innovation Center

5.  Virginia Association for the Gifted
Voice Mail: 804-355-5945

For additional information contact:
Judy Williams, Gifted Programs Specialist

Parent Resources
HCPS Gifted Advisory Council
Mrs. Stephanie Couch
Council Chair for 2011-2012
804-364-1291 (home)

Virginia Association for the Gifted

National Association for Gifted Children

• Friday, August 26th, 2011

Colonial Trail’s anti-bullying program is made up of:

Comprehensive, age appropriate classroom lessons addressing bullying and bullying prevention.

A link to “Silence Hurts” a anonymous bullying reporting system for concerned parents that can be accessed through the main CTES website.