From the Castle

The Ultimate Guide - Updated on 1/16/22

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Greetings from the Castle!


#DeeperUnity is about Inclusion & Belonging, Access & Opportunity, Restoration & Healing, and Relationships & Connections. As we continue to work on creating an environment that is safe, welcoming, and loving for each student at Thomas Dale, we welcome your engagement, commitment, and investment in your child's future and the future of our school community. We have an amazing school year ahead of us. Historians in the future will point to this year as the beginning of the new chapter in education. We are writing history together! Let's DO this!!!

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(NEW!) Week At-A-Glance

Here is what you need to know about this week!
Monday (1/17)
  • No School

Tuesday (1/18)

  • Virginia Schools Survey opens (students will take this in their 3-Even class)
  • 11th Grade Seminar Peer Leaders meeting in Room 104 during Seminar

Wednesday (1/19)

  • Have an amazing day!

Thursday (1/20)

  • 10th Grade Seminar Peer Leaders meeting in Room 104 during Seminar

Friday (1/21)

  • Have an amazing day!

(REMINDER!) Mask Up in School!!

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(NEW!) Scheduling Information HUB

We've consolidated everything you need to know about your child selecting courses for Thomas Dale for the 2022-2023 school year.

Check it out HERE!

Inside the document, you will find extremely important information and our timeline. Additionally, you will also see our Course Offering Sheet broken down by grade level. There is a tab for our Career Cluster Pathways - this a MUST-SEE!!!!

(NEW!) Job Shadow and Knightchella

To each of our Thomas Dale community members, we sincerely hope your year has started off with hope and some exciting opportunities. For us, we are preparing our third annual Knightchella, and your student is personally invited!

Knightchella is an opportunity for our Junior students to learn from someone that currently works in a field they would like to work in. For thirty-fifty-minute session, the Junior students will be able to meet with professionals to go over their elevator pitches, resumes, professional social media creation, and even dive more into the professional's day-to-day work experiences to prepare them for the world that awaits them. Unfortunately, with all the mitigations by CCPS with field trips due to Covid, students will meet with a business partner at a designated day/time in our library either virtually or in person. However, students can use a student holiday, with your permission, as an opportunity to schedule a Job Shadow Day. No matter which avenue a student takes, this will help our juniors be equipped when they exit Thomas Dale with a diploma in one hand and an opportunity in the other hand. We want "No Empty Hands" for our students and we work diligently each day to reach this goal.

We are certain your student has talked about Knightchella, but maybe you are still asking, "Where did Knightchella come from?" Knightchella was born out of the excitement of Coachella for concertgoers around the world Coachella is deemed to not just be a music festival, but a festival where the best in music gather to perform in front of diverse fans in a thriving and creative environment. The anticipation that Coachella brings, creates an excitement that cannot be mirrored, hence, why this event is considered to be the best. Although we might not have bands, we are committed to create a professional volunteer roster of the best in our community and surrounding areas, to give our students a dynamic and elevated academic experience. From February until March, our professional partners and students can sign up for a time slot to make the perfect professional connection.

What can you do to help? We are asking you to encourage your student to sign up today! Additionally, we invite you to sign up to be a professional volunteer, as well as share this initiative with the professionals within your community. Also, we would love it if you had time to volunteer to help students in the library during their virtual meeting technically, or simply by easing any nervousness they may experience during their time with the professionals. With over 500 Juniors, we are asking for everyone to get involved with this event. Your partnership with Knightchella will help the Class of '23, be prepared for post graduation.

If you would like to be a participating member of Knightchella, you can complete our Knightchella Business Partner Form. Please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Millner, Assistant Principal, either via email ( or phone (804) 396-8272.

(NEW!) Reading SOL - MAIN Campus

The following information pertains to Main Campus students; West Campus students do not need to read any further. Our 11th grade students will be testing for the Reading SOL on January 26 and January 27.

  • MAIN Campus will run on an alternative bell schedule for these two days; the testing block will run from 8:30-11:00 *Testing Bell Schedule*
  • WEST Campus will run our normal bell schedule; no changes to the school day at the WEST Campus
  • January 26th testing of Even day ENG11 students, Seniors needing Verified Credit, and CCPS Online students
  • January 27th testing of 1st PD & Odd day ENG11 students
  • On both testing days MAIN Campus 9th, 10th, & 12th graders will report to their Seminar (or adjusted Seminar) locations; this is not a true Seminar class and students will not be marked for attendance during the holding/testing block
  • Non-testing 11th graders who report to school before the testing block has completed, will be held in the Lg Auditorium.

(UPDATED!) COVID-19 Guidance

Please ensure you taken time to review the CCPS website regarding COVID Guidance:

Significant changes to ensure you know:

  • Definition of "fully vaccinated" is now changed. Students who are 18 or older will need the booster at the 6-month and beyond point to be considered "fully vaccinated." Students who are under 18 do not require the booster to be considered "fully vaccinated."
  • Isolation for a positive case is 10 days.
  • Quarantine for a close contact is now 5 days, unless your child is "fully vaccinated" or has had a positive COVID case within the past 90 days.

(REMINDER!) What to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to quarantine

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to quarantine due to exposure, please send an email to ME ( and to our Nurse (

You can also call the clinic at 804-768-6245 extension 6636. Do NOT leave a message on our Attendance Line.

(REMINDER!) Canvas While Quarantined

If your child has to quarantine for an exposure or isolate for a positive case, please have them log into their Canvas Courses daily to check for work, learning experiences, or assignments loaded by their teachers. All of our teachers are loading their content in Canvas, and your child will be able to keep up while quarantined.

(REMINDER!) Senior Class

Senior class dues will be collected during lunches the week of January 17-21. This will be the last week to get a free senior t-shirt with your dues. Dues are $25 and support class activities and graduation.

Seniors with their dues paid by January 27 will also be entered into a raffle for 2 FREE Prom tickets!!!

(NEW!) Communication from CCPS

It’s budget season for CCPS

Superintendent Merv Daugherty will present his 2022-23 budget proposal during the Jan. 25 School Board budget work session, and the School Board will hold community town halls to gather community feedback. Click here for the budget calendar, including these town halls:

  • Bermuda District town hall: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Thomas Dale High

  • Matoaca District town hall: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Matoaca High

  • Dale District town hall: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Meadowbrook High

  • Midlothian District town hall: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Greenfield Elementary

  • Clover Hill District town hall: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Clover Hill High

  • Midlothian District town hall: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Robious Middle

  • Matoaca District town hall: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Cosby High

  • Town hall in Spanish: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Chalkley Elementary

Coffee + Conversation series continues

Parents and caregivers are invited for weekly Coffee + Conversation, free virtual sessions 1-2 p.m. offering helpful information. Register for the sessions that most interest you: Coffee + Conversation is hosted by #oneCCPS Family and Community Engagement Office and Chesterfield County Prevention Services.

Children’s Museum offers scholarships to cover cost of membership

The Children’s Museum is offering scholarships to cover annual memberships for 345 Chesterfield County families whose household income is less than $35,000 per year. Details are on the application form, which is provided in English and in Spanish. Questions? Contact Candace Ross at

(UPDATED!) Mark Your Calendars

Below, you will find the important dates for the school year that we have marked. There are many more important dates that I will add and keep here as we know them. For example, graduation, exams, SOL testing, Prom, etc. are not yet set. As they are, this is where I will add them in addition to sending separate notifications.


  • 26th (Reading SOL at MAIN Campus; Alternate Bell Schedule Posted above)
  • 27th (Reading SOL at Main Campus, Alternate Bell Schedule Posted above)
  • 31st (Report Cards Issued)


  • 4th (Club Meetings during Seminar for Fun Friday, FUN FRIDAY BELL SCHEDULE)
  • 11th (No School for Students)
  • 21st (No School)
  • 24th (College and Career Symposium, 6-7:30pm)


  • 3rd (Snow Date for College and Career Symposium)
  • 18th (No School for Students), End of 3rd Quarter Grading Period
  • 23rd (SAT Day for Junior Students)
  • 29th and 30th (Cap and Gown Distribution, 4-7pm, Bus Loop Drive-Thru)
  • 29th and 30th (Junior Class Ring Distribution, 4-7pm, Bus Loop Drive-Thru)


  • 1st (Report Cards Issued)
  • 4th-8th (No School)
  • 15th (No School)
  • 26th (VIRTUAL meeting for families of ELs)
  • 30th (PROM)


  • 3rd (No School)
  • 12th (12th Grade Awards Ceremony for Community and Scholarships, 6-7:30pm)
  • 13th (12th Grade Academic Awards Assembly, 10:30am)
  • 25th (Graduation at 7pm, VCU Siegel Center)
  • 30th (No School)


  • 2nd (Last Day of School for Students)
  • 3rd (No School for Students)
  • 17th (Report Cards Mailed Home)


Senior ad space is 50% full! Though the deadline is 2/1, the deadline will be cut early if the space fills prior to then. Order your ad today by visiting and using code 4232. Sizes and pricing can be found here.

Early bird pricing for yearbooks ends on 2/1/22. Yearbooks are currently $65 and go to $70 after 2/1/22. Order your yearbook at using code 4232 today.

CCPS Survey

Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to continuously improving our schools. We value families' voices as they partner with us to provide meaningful learning experiences for our students. We are interested in your perspectives as we review high school coursework and consider the curriculum's impact on students' futures. We invite you to complete the survey linked below by January 11th to provide your input in this review.

For the purposes of this survey, please answer when considering your oldest student who is currently in grades 6-11.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

School Experiences and Outcomes survey - parent/guardian - English

School Experiences and Outcomes survey - parent/guardian - Spanish

Scholarship "Green Sheet" is Updated!

CCPSOnline Registration Information for Summer and for 2022-2023

For more information, visit

School Year 2022-23

Registration opens on February 1 and closes on April 29.

Classes start on August 22, 2022 and end on May 26, 2023.

Summer 22 Accelerate (6 Weeks)

Registration opens on February 1 and closes on April 29.

Classes start on June 20, 2022 and end on July 28, 2022.

Summer 22 High School Repeat (4 Weeks)

Registration opens on May 2 and closes on June 1.

Classes start on June 27, 2022 and end on July 21, 2022.

Squire Magazine for the Arts

The Fall digital edition of the Squire Magazine is published! This is a great place for students to display their hard work and creativity. The winter edition submission deadline is January 19th. Students can submit writing, artwork, photography, and audio/video performances. Submission guidelines are here.
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Chromebook Lost/Damaged/Stolen Information

The first incident of a lost/stolen Chromebook should be charged $100, no matter the age of the Chromebook or the condition. Subsequent instances are charged at a depreciated value over the normal three-year replacement schedule of a Chromebook. Chromebooks in their first year would be charged $300, second year $200, and last year at $100. Chromebooks older than three years would continue to be charged $100 for each incident. Technology Support Analysts can assist with determining the age of a Chromebook. All students in grades 8-12 should have received a new Chromebook in Fall of 2021 as part of the normal cycle. Elementary Chromebooks vary in age.

Accidental Damage
A damaged Chromebook is reviewed by our vendor for warranty repair and damages are deemed accidental or intentional. Damage deemed accidental after vendor inspection is generally covered under warranty and no charges would be issued.

Intentional Damage
The actual cost of repair or replacement should be charged to families with intentional damage, not to exceed $185. A damaged Chromebook is reviewed by our vendor for warranty repair and damages are deemed accidental or intentional. Charges should not be levied until an itemized report is available from the vendor and sent to the school for review.

Replacement Accessories
Accessory items that need replacement due to normal wear and tear will be replaced at no cost to families. Lost/stolen/intentional damage should be charged as follows:

  • Chromebook Case - $17
  • Power adapter (charger) - $20

*Note that families may purchase an alternative power supply for home use, additional use, or replacement. The specifications are a Type USB-C, 45-watt power adapter. The link below describes an appropriate model. However, any adapter meeting the requirements will work.

Link to replacement adapter:

A DEAL for Juniors and Seniors!

All Juniors and Seniors who pay their dues by January 27 will be entered for a raffle to win free Prom Tickets!!! We will draw 5 names, and each winner will get TWO FREE TICKETS to Prom! January 27 is the cut-off for entry, and we will draw names on January 28. All Juniors and Seniors who pay their class dues by January 27 are eligible!

Click HERE to pay Junior Dues ($20)

Click HERE to pay Senior Dues ($25)

Our Prom Planning Committee is hard at work and will soon have a finalized date and location...we will communicate that as soon as it is locked in. We do know, however, that we will start selling tickets on January 31 for an Early-Bird price.

CCPS Calendar Update

At its Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting, the School Board voted unanimously to update the current school calendar to make four days full workdays for school division staff and a holiday for students:

  • Friday, Jan. 14
  • Friday, Feb. 11
  • Friday, March 18
  • Friday, June 3

Signing Students Out of School Early

Hello Parents/Guardians,

The end of the day can be quite hectic as your student is finishing their class and preparing to be dismissed. We ask if you are planning on picking your student up early, please do so before 2:45pm. We also ask that you please bring a photo ID with you for security purposes.


Office Staff

Dues for 9th, 10th, and 11th

Class dues for each grade level can be paid using the links below! These funds help us pay for the activities and events throughout each year and also stay with your child's class through the four years of high school. Thank you so much for your attention to this!

9th Grade ($10)

10th Grade ($15)

11th Grade ($20)

Dismissal Procedures

If you are picking your child up from MAIN, please use the Staff Parking Lot. All students are directed by staff to exit the building from that side. Parents/Families will be directed to one of three exit paths (marked below). The black arrow will be the primary, the yellow arrow will be used once the buses on that side depart, and the blue arrow will be for exiting around the building like drop-off.

It takes EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US following the procedures. It makes the process difficult if we have people who ignore these directions and choose to do their own thing. Remember, Thomas Dale has MANY moving parts that we must coordinate at the same time for a safe and efficient dismissal.

  • West Campus: buses, pick-up, walkers
  • Main Campus, buses, pick-up, walkers, and student drivers
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Senior Parent Knight (Materials)

It was an excellent session, and we are so thankful for those who joined us live! If you were unable to join us, or you would just like to review the presentation, here's what you need!

Chromebook Exchange and Deployment

Did your child miss Chromebook Deployment Day? Not to worry!

Your child can get his/her Chromebook from the Chromebook Help Desk at either campus.

  • from 12:50-1:50pm at the Main Campus (Room 504)
  • from 2-2:45pm at the West Campus (Room 116)

School-Wide Expectations and Student Handbook

This post is in every update to The Ultimate Guide. I'm bringing it to the top as an Updated post, so that you see it again and take some time to review what it means to be a high school student. We predicted that we would need 6 weeks of school to establish relationships and community and to re-establish routines, procedures, and rules associated with the operation of a high school.

Some of our students - not all - are testing the boundaries of the rules and acting in a manner inconsistent with what I am positive you've instilled in them. I need your help with reinforcing that there are rules and expectations associated with being a high school student. This year's challenges alone are enough to make things difficult. None of us needs irresponsible behavior making it even more so.

Thank you for your support and partnership, and thank you for taking time to talk with your child about rules, expectations, and appropriate behavior at school. Below you will find two important links: the CCPS Student Code of Conduct and our Student Handbook.


I wanted to ensure the STUDENT HANDBOOK is included in every release of The Ultimate Guide.

In it, you will find our school-wide expectations (Kindness, Accountability, Respect, Engagement) as well as pertinent information regarding the operations and procedures of our school day.

Also, many of you will begin getting school clothes ready for the new year. Please take time to review the dress code within the student handbook.


We will make fee payment for extra-curricular and non-academic fees available online throughout OSP service. HERE is the link. Student athletic passes and Adult Fall Season passes are also available for purchase at this time.

The only academic and course-related fees will be the Dual Enrollment tuition for John Tyler Community College. Dual Enrollment fees can be paid using the link above.

Are You and Your Child Part of the School's Canvas Course?

Join now (if you aren't already)!!!

Thomas Dale High School Students and Families

Direct Link through Canvas:

OR Canvas Join Code: WPCL6C

Arrival Procedures and Maps

Arrival and Dismissal are 2 of our most hectic times of the day. It takes every single one of us following the guidelines below to make it SAFE and as smooth as possible.



  • Students who ride the bus OR walk to school will enter through Door 1 or Door 9 (Door 9 is reserved for students who intend to get their free breakfast)
  • Students who get dropped off in the morning will enter through Door 9
  • All students should report directly to their 1st period class after they pick-up their grab and go optional breakfast (except on Day 1 for Camp Squire, they report to Seminar-marked as Homeroom on their schedule)



  • Students who ride the bus OR walk to school will enter through Door 2; there are a handful of designated buses that will drop off at Door 33
  • Students who drive will enter through Door 5 or Door 2
  • Students who get dropped off will enter through Door 14 (Families who drop their children off will enter Main Campus from W. Hundred Road, drive around the right side of the building all the way to Door 14, drop off, and then continue around the building to exit out through Old Centralia Road. Vehicles arriving for drop-off WILL NOT enter Main Campus from Old Centralia Road - this is extremely important.) This entrance is ONLY for student drivers.
  • All students should report directly to their 1st period class after they pick-up their grab and go optional breakfast
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Dismissal Procedures and Maps

Dismissal is even MORE hectic, because it is all happening in a condensed timeframe!



  • Students who ride the bus will be dismissed from class first, beginning at 2:55pm (the first two days of school will be a bit earlier to allow the students more time to find their bus)
  • Students who walk OR get picked up in the afternoon will do so through Door 9 beginning close to 3:05pm



  • Students who drive will be dismissed beginning at 2:55pm (earlier on the 1st day of school). Students will exit through Door 2, 4, or 5 and report directly to their cars to drive off of campus immediately
  • Students who ride the designated buses at Door 33 will be released before 3:00pm as well
  • Students who walk will be released beginning at 2:55pm and exit through Door 1 or Door 2.
  • Students who get picked up will be released beginning at 2:55pm and exit through Door 31 or Door 33. Families who are picking up will need to park in the STAFF LOT on the east side of the building closer to Curtis Elementary; you may park in a slot or begin the line-up procedure, behind the few buses that are parked at Door 33. No vehicles will enter Main Campus in the morning from Old Centralia Road - this presents a safety issue for our students.
  • Students who ride the bus will be dismissed from their last class of the day by bus number beginning at 3:00pm. Students will remain in class until their bus is called, and then report directly to their bus.
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Bus Route Information

To get your child's bus information, please click HERE.

If you need directions on how to navigate the above link, please check out THIS DOCUMENT.

From the TDHS Libraries

Would you like to visit the library before or after school? Do you want to visit the library during the school day? Check out our library procedures.

Join the Get Knighted Reading Challenge! Read 4 Virginia Readers' Choice titles, and vote for the best YA book in Virginia. For more information, click here.

StudentVUE and ParentVUE App on Phones

Lots of folks are having issues with the parentvue app on their phone. That's because it has CHANGED! HERE are directions on what to do to fix the problem. You do NOT need a new activation code. The old one still works, you just have to reinstall the app and follow the directions I have given you here.

The URL has also changed if you use your computer for ParentVUE. For now, you will be redirected and can just bookmark the new URL. The URL is: - This URL also works for students!

Building Management Plan

For full transparency and to ensure every single one of us in the Thomas Dale community is on the same page, I'm including our Building Management and Operations plan so that you can see how we will operate once school begins. I am also including several infographics regarding different components of the school day below.

Some of the information/links in the plan will have teacher-only access for internal communication purposes. Where appropriate, I've updated viewing rights and a more community/family oriented communication.

Additionally, CCPS has created an informational site that will be helpful as well:

Click HERE to review our Building Management and Operations Plan.

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CCPS School Calendar for 2021-2022

Please check out the 2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR.

One important note that we all need to be aware of is the start to the school year.

  • August 23 is the first day of school for 9th grade students
  • August 24 is the first day for all other students

Need to Schedule a Meeting with an Administrator or Counselor??

If you or your child need to schedule a meeting, please access THIS PAGE. You will have links to pick a time to meet with our administrative and counseling staff. A list of administrators, counselors, and student loads are included at the bottom of The Ultimate Guide - just scroll to the bottom.

Send a Teacher (or more!) Some Love and Appreciation

Our teachers are (and have been) working extremely hard to do something that has never been done before. It is oftentimes difficult for them to get their "buckets filled," and one way to do that is when they get a note of appreciation from others.

Take just a few moments, and you can have your child do so too, to send some teacher love and appreciation to the greatest teachers in the Commonwealth of Virginia!

Simply click HERE to get started, and they will receive and electronic copy of your note.


This year, our Learning Management System will be Canvas. All of your child's classes will be in Canvas, which he/she can access from Rapid Identity.

Your child will need to join the Thomas Dale High School Students and Families course in Canvas by clicking HERE.

Once your child has joined, I need you to join as well by following THESE INSTRUCTIONS. You will also need to use these instructions to become an Observer/Parent for each of your child's courses once they are loaded on August 15. The Student and Family course linked above is available for you to join now.

When you and your child are in the Thomas Dale Students and Families Canvas Course, make sure you go through the modules; there is one for students and one for parents. This is an important step to understanding Canvas.


Please take a moment and make sure all ParentVUE information is accurate. You can use THESE DIRECTIONS if you need to make a change.

Counselor and Administrator Information


HERE is the website for Counselor information.


HERE is the website for Administrator information.

  • Principal: Chris Jones
  • 9th Grade students with last name A-K, L-Z: Karen Lee
  • 10th-12th Grade and 9th Grade Specialty Center students with last name A-Di: Jeff Millner
  • 10th-12th Grade and 9th Grade Specialty Center students with last name Do-J: Jeanine Grabham
  • 10th-12th Grade and 9th Grade Specialty Center students with last name K-Ra: Heidi Hicks
  • 10th-12th Grade and 9th Grade Specialty Center students with last name Re-Z: Beth Clark
  • 10th-12th Grade students NEW to Thomas Dale: Catherine Mazzola
  • Coordinator of Special Education: Krista DeVauld
  • Specialty Center Coordinator: Jamie Barrack
  • Director of Student Activities: Ricky Talman