“Evening with Henry Winkler” event to benefit Henrico Schools

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Henry Winkler Event 2016_Supplemental Post CardThe Henrico Education Foundation will be selling table-sponsorships for its Nov. 3 fundraiser with actor and author Henry Winkler. Winkler is best known for his role as Fonzie in the popular 1970s sitcom “Happy Days.” He is also known for his “Hank Zipzer” fictional young adult book series. The evening will include remarks and conversation with Winkler; coffee and dessert; and a book sale and signing.

Tables of eight for the event are $150 and can be purchased at www.henricogives.org or by calling 804-652-3869, ext. 3. Individual tickets will be released in early fall.

The doors at Glen Allen High School will open at 6 p.m. and entertainment will be provided until the start of the event at 7 p.m. There will be a book sale and book signing at 8:30 p.m. Free child care is available for toilet-trained children ages 3-10.

The Henrico Education Foundation prepares students for college, career and community by connecting philanthropy with strategic initiatives that strengthen public education in Henrico County.

When: Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Rd, Henrico, Va. 23060

For questions pertaining to the event or sale of tickets, please visit www.henricogives.org or call 804-652-3869, ext. 3. For more information, please email the Henrico Education Foundation’s Mike Taylor at mike@henricogives.org or Courtney Baytop at clbaytop@henrico.k12.va.us.

L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will celebrate opening of achievement center

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L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will celebrate the opening of a new achievement center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 26.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature speeches by former Va. Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the school’s namesake; HCPS Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw; and Patrick Collins, president of TowneBank of Richmond, a sponsor of the center.

The center is part of a model by the group Higher Achievement, and focuses on fostering student success during the pivotal middle school years. The centers use community involvement, year-round learning, mentoring, homework coaching, field trips and college visits to create a culture of high expectations. The group now has four achievement centers in the Richmond area. There are also centers at schools in Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

Who: Members of the media are invited to attend.

When: Tuesday, July 26 at 10 a.m.

Where: L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227

Henrico Schools seeks substitute teachers, clerical workers, nurses

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Henrico County Public Schools is seeking substitutes for teachers, clerical workers, nurses, school security personnel, alternative ed technicians and instructional assistants. Members of the HCPS Human Resources Department will be at the Eastern Henrico Government Center July 20 to talk with interested candidates.

Substitute teacher candidates must have a four-year college degree and be at least 19. Candidates for substitutes for clerical workers, school security staff members, alternative ed technicians and instructional assistants must have a high school diploma or GED. Substitutes for nurses must have a nursing degree (RN or LPN) and a current license, as well as CPR/AED and first aid certification cards.

Applicants are encouraged to print and complete the application form for substitutes by going to henricoschools.us/careers and clicking on “All substitute positions.” The form will also be available at the job fair. Along with the completed application, candidates should bring two signed reference letters to the job fair. Teacher candidates should bring transcripts showing degree and date awarded. Candidates for nurse substitutes should bring their license and certification cards.

“HCPS considers substitute employees a vital part of our professional staff,” said Adrienne Strother, human resources analyst. “Substitutes have the responsibility of providing continuity to the educational program during the absence of a regular employee. These are also perfect jobs for people with flexible schedules who want to earn extra money and who enjoy working with students.”

When: Wednesday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Eastern Henrico Government Center/HCPS Central Office, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

Questions? Call the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or the substitutes office at 804-652-3512.

Rebuild America volunteers bringing energy, elbow grease to Highland Springs High School

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RebuildAmerica2015_chipperA wave of Richmond-area volunteers is planning to give Highland Springs High School a fresh look. Members of the group Rebuild America will put in some long hours July 18-22. Volunteers will be at the Henrico County school from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 400 people – many affiliated with Faith Landmarks Ministries – will contribute to the makeover during the initiative. The participants will brave the summer heat to rake, prune, paint, weed, scrub and generally spruce up the school.

In 2015 the group tackled makeovers at three HCPS elementary schools. Focusing on one larger school this year will enable the group to coordinate its volunteers, tools and leadership and accomplish more in a short time.

“When the economy declined, a lot of maintenance projects were put on hold. We wanted to get involved and show people in the community that we care,” said Lisa Isbell, Rebuild America’s administrator as well as Faith Landmarks Ministries’ member services coordinator.

“I love Highland Springs: it’s a small town and everyone knows each other. Highland Springs High School has so much pride already. This is just an effort to help spruce up some things that they may not have the time and resources to do.”

Saturday, July 23 the group will hold a block party at the school to share the improvements with neighborhood families. The event will feature music; free grilled food; games; medical screenings; clothing, grocery and toy giveaways; free haircuts; and a vintage car show.

What: Rebuild America Block Party
When: Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va. 23075

Caucus in Quioccasin: PTA will meet to change name, middle school will unveil new marquee

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Quioccasin Middle School officially adopted its new name July 1, but there are still loose ends to tie up before school starts again in the fall. The PTA of the school formerly known as Harry F. Byrd will hold a brief meeting July 14 and formally vote to change the name of the organization to reflect the Quioccasin name. The same evening, the school will hold a brief unveiling of the new marquee sign in front of the building, near Quioccasin Road.

Who: Members of the media are invited to attend, as are members of the public. Only members of the school PTA may vote at the meeting.
When: The PTA meeting will be July 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. 23238

Job fair: HCPS seeks bus drivers, school nutrition substitutes

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Henrico Schools is hiring bus drivers and school nutrition substitutes. If you’re a good driver but lack bus-driving experience, don’t worry: HCPS may pay you while you learn.

Find out more at a Henrico Schools job fair. Interview for a bus driver position; or if you like working in food services and want a flexible schedule, the HCPS Department of School Nutrition Services needs you.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources, Pupil Transportation and School Nutrition Services departments will be at Henrico County Public Library’s Libbie Mill branch July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. HCPS representatives will conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers.

“It may be summertime, but we’re gearing up for the new school year,” said Mary Alderson, HCPS human resources specialist. “If you enjoy working with children and want a flexible schedule and extra money, come see why driving a bus or working in a cafeteria could be the best job for you. We’ll even pay you while you’re training to be a bus driver, and you don’t need any experience to start.”

Henrico Schools welcomes all candidates with good driving records and clean criminal background checks. All candidates for bus drivers will receive pay during the training program, which provides a Virginia commercial driver’s license and all credentials needed to transport Henrico County students on a school bus.

Candidates for bus driver must be at least 21 years old; have a high school diploma or equivalent; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; pass a physical and drug test; and have no felony convictions.

When: Tuesday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Libbie Mill Library (Henrico County Public Library), 2100 Libbie Lake East Street, Henrico, Va. 23230

Questions? Call the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed.

Henrico Schools wins 9 national awards

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Nine Henrico County Public Schools’ initiatives have been recognized in the 2016 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize groundbreaking county government programs across the nation. HCPS winners were:

  • Homegrown Diesel Tech: A Partnership of Schools and Central Automotive Maintenance, Henrico County Public Schools
  • Instructional Technology Website
  • ZippSlipping into Libraries
  • Parchment: The eTranscript and Credential-Management Solution
  • PowerSchool: An Elementary School Parent-Portal Pilot Program
  • Teacher Scholars’ Program
  • The Locker: Developing a School Intranet
  • Using ZippSlip to Improve Pupil Transportation and Parent Communication
  • Instructional Design Website: Making Instruction Easy for Teachers

Detailed descriptions of the school division’s winning programs can be found at http://henrico.us/manager/programs/naco-awards/2016-2/.

Across all departments and agencies, Henrico County earned 28 Achievement Awards from the organization, plus two Best of Category awards. Henrico’s 28 awards are the most of any county in Virginia for the 11th consecutive year, and were the sixth most nationally. The counties winning more awards than Henrico ranged in population from 1 million to 10 million residents; Henrico County has about 325,000 residents.