September Message from the Director

September 5, 2017

Dear CBGS Families,
We hope you are ready for another great year at Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School. It is a pleasure to have your terrific students with us; and we’ve enjoyed a good start to our program year.

Here are a few items of note as we begin 2017-18:

  • Back-To-School Nights are great opportunities to hear about your students’ classes. We’ll start in the auditorium just to say hello and let you know what rooms to visit. The dates, by site, are:

    • Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 – Warsaw Campus
    • Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30 – Bowling Green Campus
    • Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 – Glenns Campus

  • Please join us!!

  • We hope you will take advantage of the use of Schoology to have notifications of school news and events sent to you; plus, it is a means to check on your child’s homework, attendance, grades, and progress. Parents of new students were recently provided your logins; families of
    returning students, the login is the same as last year. We understand, though, that logins and passwords get misplaced or stop working. Please let us know if you need your login information resent or a password reset. It is NO trouble at all! Just contact the site Office Associate, Site Lead, me, or any of your child’s teachers.
  • Remember there are junior and senior year fall weekend field trips coming up. Our summer mailing provided dates, and our website calendar is kept current so visit

Please let me know if I can answer concerns or questions at any time.

Enjoy the year!


July Message from the Director

Dear Students and Parents:

I hope that you are having an exciting summer!  Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School is gearing up to start a great school year. I wanted to share information about the opening of school.

Reminders of summer assignments

Summer science reading assignments are posted on the website. If you have questions on math assignments, please reach out to your mathematics teacher. All teacher emails can be found here on our website.

Also, students are reminded that summer is a great time to work on community service hours. Keep track of your hours; the form is found on our website.

Orientation Week for NEW Students – Monday August 21 through Thursday, August 24

Orientation for new students will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 21 through Thursday, August 24.  Students that are new to CBGS should report to their respective campuses. In addition to meeting your fellow CBGS-ers, orientation will consist of:  (1) an overview of the courses; (2) meeting teachers; (3) details about the overnight field studies program and day trips; (4) information on community service hours; (4) help on study skills; (5) an introduction to mathematics requisite skills; and (6) information on policies and guidelines.

For transportation:  Please check with your local school division regarding transportation for the Orientation Week. There will be no school on Friday, August 25.

First Week of School – Monday, August 28 through Thursday, August 31

School opens for ALL students on Monday, August 28th. Students will report to their respective campus at 8:00 a.m. and will be dismissed at 10:30 a.m. Attendance during the first week of school is very important. Again, please check with your local school division regarding transportation for the first week of school.  There will be no school on Friday, September 1 or on Labor Day, September 4th. However, there is an all day, all-site event, at Belle Isle State Park on Wednesday, August 30.

Field Studies

Field study trips and our annual Science Symposium are essential parts of the CBGS curriculum; students are required to participate. Scheduling is very difficult and we know conflicts are unavoidable. Still, we ask that you make every attempt to have your student keep their calendars clear on the dates listed below. We also stress that students may attend the trip of another site, if they are completely unable to go with their own site classmates.

Dates Grade Level Site
September 23-24 Juniors Warsaw (Colonial Beach, Essex, Northumberland)
September 24-25 Juniors Warsaw (Lancaster, Richmond, Westmoreland)
September 30- October 1 Juniors Glenns
October 1-2 Juniors Bowling Green
September 16-18 Seniors Glenns
September 23-25 Seniors Bowling Green
September 30-October 2 Seniors Warsaw
April 21-23 Sophomores Glenns
April 28-30 Sophomores Bowling Green
May 5-7 Sophomores Warsaw
Saturday, March 10, 2018 ALL STUDENTS AT ALL SITES:  CBGS Science Symposium


Fees:  A postal mailing should come to all families in July, and contains information on trip and other fees. If you would like to pay your student’s fees prior to the opening of school, please mail the check to:  Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, P.O. Box 1410, Tappahannock, VA  22560. Fees can be submitted to your site Office Associate once school begins, too. Any student in need of financial assistance should contact me at (804) 443-0267 or email

Please feel free to contact me this summer and throughout the year with questions or needs.

All the Best,

Terri L. Perkins, Ed.D.

Director – CBGS

May Message from the Director

Hello CBGS Community,

As is the case annually, I find myself unable to believe that we are in mid-May already. The school year flies by, full of teaching and learning, events, field experiences, competitions, and more.

On May 23rd we will bid farewell to our seniors. Well, they’ll stay with us until June 2nd, but we will gather at Essex County High School (at 7:00 p.m., in the auditorium) to honor their achievements at CBGS. Join us for Senior Night, if you can.

For our returning and new students: stay tuned!! Orientations, summer assignments, yearbooks, and the end-of-year picnic are all still to come. Oh yes, and exams, too. Don’t check out yet!

Please watch the website for continued information. If you are just looking to learn more about us, and are not in our program now, please email us with questions you may have.

Have a wonderful remainder of the school year!

Dr. Perkins

February Letter from the Director

Dear CBGS Families,

Second semester is upon us! As the year flies by, I highlight a few items for your information.

Parent Advisory Groups ~ All are welcome!

CBGS wants to hear from parents and include your involvement in the life of our school.

We have tried a single Parent Advisory Committee in past years, with meetings held in Tappahannock. While that’s a central location for our large, 14 school district area, it is still quite a drive for most parents.

This year we’re trying site-based parent meetings. Even if you did not sign up to be officially on the Parent Advisory Committee, I welcome your attendance at one of these gatherings:

  • Monday, February 27th at RCC-Warsaw (Room 110) at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28th at RCC-Glenns (Room 118) at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 1st at CBGS Bowling Green campus (Room 5) at 4:30 p.m.

On our agenda will be updates from the Director on our program, questions for parents around some of our challenges (and how you might see us solving them), and time for parent input.

Please join us!!

Calendar Planning for 2017-18

Ever wonder how a regional program can coordinate school calendars with 14 different school districts? The answer: Very carefully (but not perfectly.)

The good news is that there is great coordination and cooperation on all parts – district partners and CBGS. CBGS receives drafts of district calendars in the winter/spring, and our partners commit to providing transportation even when they are off on particular dates for teacher workdays or holidays. The bad news is that there is truly no way to match up every day off or on with each and every school district CBGS serves. The best we can do is hit as many major breaks as possible and keep stakeholders informed of our schedule.

We are currently collecting all 14 of the district’s drafts and attempting to match up as many as we can, while maintaining the required number of school days. An approved calendar should be ready by late March and we will post it on our website. Knowing we won’t hit all of the days off your child has in his/her home school, we invite you to provide any thoughts or ideas you may have for our calendar. Please email me at


Other News

We hope you’ll join us at the Senior Science Symposium on March 11th. Remember to be prompt if you’re aiming to see a particular presentation … once our students start their talks, the doors are strictly closed, as these are adjudicated events. Senior research projects showcase amazing work, so join us at VCU if you can.

Senior Night has been set for Tuesday, May 23rd at Essex High School (auditorium) at 7:00 p.m.

This is a lovely celebration of the accomplishments of our graduating students; we hope to see you there.

Important Second Semester Dates

Saturday, 3/11/17:  Science Symposium at VCU (VCU Student Commons and Activities Building ~ 907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond 23284)

Friday, 3/17/17:  End of Quarter 3

April 10 – 17th:  CBGS Spring Break (School is back open on Tuesday, 4/18)

Spring Sophomore Trips:

  • April 22-24 GLENNS
  • April 29-May 1 BOWLING GREEN
  • May 6-8 WARSAW

Tuesday, 5/23/17:  Senior Night

Thank you for all you do and please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

All the Best,