From the Castle

Special Edition: The Ultimate Guide

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Greetings from the Castle!


UPDATED AS OF 6/13/2021 (All NEW! Information is moved to the top)

"Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity." -Nat Turner

We wanted to house everything in one location to try and bring clarity to the confusion. The purpose of this Special Edition of From the Castle is to try and do just that.

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(NEW!) Week of June 14 At-A-Glance

This week At-A-Glance

This week will be designated only for exams. Any student who is either exempt from an exam or has already taken the exam will not be required to log in or attend that class - attendance will not be counted. Teachers have already communicated requirements with students, and students are welcome to take their exams virtually even if they are in-person students. If you have any questions about a specific class or exam, please contact your child's teacher directly.

Students who are on campus (but do not have an exam) will be supervised in a quiet space by a member of the department from the class the student is exempt from (more explanation in the section below).

For students who get their lunch from school, we will serve a grab-and-go at dismissal time each day.

Monday, June 14 (12:35pm dismissal)

  • 1st (8:30am-10:25am)

  • 2-Even (10:35am-12:35pm, WEST dismiss at 12:30pm)

Tuesday, June 15 (12:35pm dismissal)

  • 2-Odd (8:30am-10:25am)

  • 3-Odd (10:35am-12:35pm, WEST dismiss at 12:30pm)

Wednesday, June 16 (12:35pm dismissal)

  • 3-Even (8:30am-10:25am)

  • 4-Even (10:35am-12:35pm, WEST dismiss at 12:30pm)

Thursday, June 17 (12pm dismissal)

  • 4-Odd (8:30am-10:25am)

  • Make-Up, by appointment (10:30am-12:00pm)

Friday, June 18 (No School)

Exam Week for 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade

As a reminder, the week of June 14-17 is designated only for Final Exams. Notice that the schedule above is different from our "testing" bell schedule that we used for SOLs/PSAT. Students who are exempt from an exam (or have taken it prior to exam day) do not need to attend that class on exam day, and they will not be marked absent. For example, if a student has to take the 1st block exam, but is exempt from their 2E exam, they may take their exam virtually or come to school on Monday 6/14 from 8:30-10:25 and then immediately exit the building before the 2E exam begins. Students who ride the bus or need to stay at school during a block for which they are exempt from the exam will stay in a quiet holding room designated within each department. Good luck on your exams!

(UPDATED!) Yearbook Information

Less than 50 guaranteed yearbooks available! Yearbooks will be delivered in late July, and ordering ahead is the only way to guarantee your copy. Order yours today at using code 4232.

Sports Physicals for Next Year

Make plans to get your child's physical for sports for next year! June 17 from 3:30pm-5:30pm, right here at Thomas Dale. We will share more information soon...just mark your calendar!

From the Librarians

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Calendar Updates for June

June 3: Senior Chromebook Collection (All underclass students will keep theirs for next year)

June 11: NO SCHOOL (This is our graduation date, and there will be no school for students)

June 18: NO SCHOOL in celebration of Juneteenth (the updated final exam schedule for underclass students is below)

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Final Exam Information

Your child's teachers will communicate specifics about the exams for their classes. I wanted to give you an up-front summary of the schedule and the exemptions. Students will NOT be required to take their exam in-person.

The graphics below are the schedules for Seniors and for underclassmen and underclasswomen exams.

Here are the exemptions:

SOL Testing

● SOL Exemption: Any student, Grades 9-12, who is required to take the SOL test for the

current year and earns a score of at least 350 (making them eligible for LAVC) may earn

a second semester teacher made exam exemption with exceptions as noted below.

Senior Exemption Requirements

● The student shall have earned an A or B for the semester in the course in which the

exemption is granted.

● In first period, the student shall have been absent no more than four times in the fourth

quarter. In every other period, the student shall have been absent no more than two times.

● Extenuating circumstances may be appealed to the principal.


I. Advanced Placement Second Semester Teacher Final Senior Exam Exemption

Clarification: This applies only to seniors and for the end-of-year exam. In an AP course, second semester, for seniors who have met the attendance requirement, they may be exempt from their teacher-made final exam if they take the AP Test and maintain a “C” average for the second semester in that course.

II. Advanced Placement Second Semester Teacher Final Underclassmen Exam Exemption

Clarification: This applies only to underclassmen and for the end-of-year exam.

Part A: If an underclassman takes the AP Test for a course, meets the attendance requirements and has maintained a semester B average, that student may be exempt from the teacher-made final exam in that course.

Part B: For an underclassman in an AP course, the SOL Exam Exemption may also apply in a course with a corresponding SOL Test that is required and successfully passed.

III. Dual Enrollment First & Second Semester Teacher Exams

It is a requirement that first semester and second semester teacher made exams be taken by all students during the exam period in all courses where dual enrollment credit is offered. Failure to do so will negate the dual enrollment opportunity for credit and impact the existing high school grade.

IV. CCPS Online Exams

There are no exam exemptions granted for CCPS Online courses.

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Immunization for Current 11th Graders

To the parents of rising 12th graders:

For the 2021-2022 school year, the state of Virginia has a NEW immunization mandate for 12th grade students. All 12th graders are required to have their second dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Most students should have received their first dose of this series in middle school. Students MUST have received at least one dose, of this two dose series, in order to begin their 12th grade year.

Please contact your child's pediatrician and obtain documentation of the completed series or schedule an appointment for administration. You may also schedule appointments through Chesterfield County Health Department, 768-7454.

Please fax vaccine documentation to 768-6256, Attn: Clinic


Scan and email to our school nurse,


You may also bring in proof of vaccination to the school between 8am-4pm M-F.

Please call Jeannie O'Sullivan, RN at 768-6245 ext 6636 with any questions.

Thank you!

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

FREE Summer STEM Program!!

Click the link below and check it out!

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We have a new FORM for any Chromebook repairs!

If a Chromebook repair is required, families should take the following steps to request a replacement device (note that as of right now, all Chromebooks are handled through the Main Campus office):

  • Complete this GOOGLE FORM. If internet access is not available, you may call the Main Campus office (804-768-6245) during any school day from 8 am until 4 pm, and an office assistant can submit the form for you. Please have ready your student's ID number and the 6-digit Chromebook number (found on the barcode sticker on the Chromebook).
  • When it is ready, the school will contact you to pick up the replacement Chromebook.
  • When you go to pick up the replacement Chromebook, please bring the old device and charger (if you are told to bring it).
  • The front office will give you the replacement device to take home.

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.

Writing Your Resume Bullet Session

Enjoy a SHORT VIDEO on writing your resume I designed for our students. This will also be part of a Genius Hour session I will offer on January 20 at 10am.

In the video, there are two resources I share, and I am including them below:

Suggestion Box

Introducing our electronic Suggestion Box. Have an idea for making Thomas Dale better?

Share if HERE! You can also type the suggestion box address directly into your URL address bar:

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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.

School-Wide Expectations and Student Handbook

Please review our expectations pages for In-Person and Virtual Learning. Students are held accountable to these expectations.

Additionally, I wanted to ensure the STUDENT HANDBOOK was up top on The Ultimate Guide.

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Are you a Canvas Observer and Need to Reset Password?

Parents can reset passwords by going to and clicking on forgot password.

One-Page Glossary for Project Re-Start

Please click HERE to access our One-Pager that helps our families navigate Project Re-Start.


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 24. 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.

How to be...

Below are videos for you and your child to watch to help prepare for the virtual learning start to the school year.

For the sake of transparency, I wanted you to see what I've shared with teachers as well.


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

CCPS School Year Calendar for 2020-2021

Please access the school year calendar HERE.

Counselor and Administrator Information


HERE is the website for Counselor information.


HERE is the website for Administrator information.