Oct. 8 festival will show elementary, middle school students what Hermitage HS has to offer – and how to prepare


As part of Henrico County Public Schools’ ongoing efforts to engage families, Hermitage High School will hold School Fest 2016, a celebration featuring family fun, information about the high school’s many options and tips for academic readiness. hermitage-hs-sign

The high school wants families at its elementary and middle school “feeder schools” – where students are zoned to attend Hermitage – to be proactive about academic preparation. For elementary students, that means knowing what it takes to advance to middle school and be successful; for middle schoolers, it means understanding what is required to attend Hermitage, and what to do now to thrive there.

School Fest will be held Oct. 8 at Hermitage. Visitors will also have a chance to find out more about academic options such as the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage, one of HCPS’ two career and technical education centers. Hermitage is also home to the Center for the Humanities, one of HCPS’ specialty centers that admit students by application after middle school. The centers are “schools within schools” that offer students a chance to specialize in a particular academic area. School Fest will also feature face painting, a bouncy house, door prizes, student performances and hands-on activities.

What: School Fest 2016
When: Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228

School Board Meetings Thursday, September 22


The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, September 22, 2016, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session 2:00 p.m.
School Board Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m.

These meetings will take place in the auditorium of New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Also, a live stream of all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

Henrico Schools holding two job fairs; School division seeking bus drivers and substitutes for teaching, other areas


Henrico County Public Schools is holding job fairs on two successive days to find candidates for positions with the school division. Positions include full-time and substitute bus drivers as well as substitutes for teachers, school nutrition services workers, clerical workers, nurses, school security personnel, alternative ed technicians and instructional assistants. Members of the HCPS Human Resources Department and representatives from hiring departments will be present to conduct preliminary interviews with candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: Eastern Henrico Government Center/HCPS Central Office, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
Positions sought:

  • Substitute teachers
  • Substitute clerical workers
  • Substitute nurses
  • Substitute school security personnel
  • Substitute alternative ed technicians
  • Substitute instructional assistants


When: Thursday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Varina Area Library (Henrico County Public Library), 1875 New Market Road, Varina, Va. 23231
Positions sought:

  • Full-time bus drivers
  • Substitute bus drivers
  • Substitute school nutrition services workers

Henrico Schools is also expected to hold job fairs Oct. 6, Nov. 1 and Dec. 1.

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.

Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a high school diploma or equivalent; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B permit with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions.

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 Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed.

Henrico Schools sees accreditation boost; All high schools gain full accreditation


Four more Henrico County schools have become fully state-accredited, according to information the Virginia Department of Education released today. For the first time since the 2012-13 school year, all nine HCPS high schools are fully accredited.

The number of fully accredited schools rose to 48 of the school division’s 67 K-12 schools. Dumbarton, Johnson and Ward elementary schools all regained full accreditation, as did Highland Springs High School.

“Overall, more schools have earned full accreditation and others are making gains toward that goal,” said HCPS Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw. “We still have work to do. We must also remember to look beyond the numbers and consider the whole child. We want our students, families and schools to know that we’re proud of the hard work and dedication that goes into educating the children of Henrico County.

“Of course, we’ll never stop striving for improvements. In the coming year, our community can expect to see schools focus on several key areas including K-12 literacy, cultural competency and equity, family engagement, and closing behavioral gaps. This focus will support our students as they strive for academic success.”

The division has been implementing an aggressive plan to support student achievement. The schools where new initiatives have been implemented most successfully are helping guide improvements at other schools. The efforts include an intensive focus on literacy; on early elementary grades and middle schools; and on new staff development opportunities and providing teachers with support. Middle schools working toward full accreditation are receiving additional resources for students who need more support in math or other subject areas. The division is also exploring the possibility of expanded specialty center options to provide additional high-quality educational choices for middle school students and their families.

The Virginia Department of Education revamped its accreditation categories in 2014 in order to recognize schools that made significant gains.

The categories include:

  • Fully accredited.
  • Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark (Schools that are not fully accredited but are within a narrow margin of the adjusted SOL pass rates required for full accreditation in one or more subject areas.)
  • Partially accredited: Improving (schools making progress toward meeting SOL criteria, as defined by state guidelines).
  • Partially accredited: Warned (Schools which may be seeing higher scores, but are not making enough progress toward state guidelines to be designated as improving).
  • Accreditation denied.

Schools’ accreditation ratings are based primarily on SOL exam pass rates. In recent years, Virginia’s SOL exams have become more difficult.

School leaders also encourage Henrico County citizens to get involved in schools to help students succeed. For information on how to become a mentor, school-community partner, volunteer or PTA member, go to henricoschools.us and click “Community.”

Please see the chart below for a list of Henrico County schools and their state accreditation ratings:

HCPS schools fully accredited for 2016-17
Elementary schools
Colonial Trail
Echo Lake
Glen Allen
Nuckols Farm
Rivers Edge
Seven Pines
Shady Grove
Short Pump
Springfield Park
Three Chopt
Twin Hickory
Middle schools   High schools  
Hungary Creek
Short Pump
Deep Run
Glen Allen
Highland Springs


HCPS schools designated “Partially accredited: Improving,” “Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark” or “Partially accredited: Warned” for 2016-17
Elementary schools
Highland Springs
Middle schools High schools
To be determined None

Schools in bold moved to full state accreditation.

The status of Donahoe, Fair Oaks, Glen Lea, Mehfoud, Montrose, Ratcliffe, Sandston and Varina elementary schools, and Brookland, Elko, Fairfield and Rolfe middle schools has not yet been officially determined by the Virginia Department of Education. L. Douglas Wilder Middle School was denied accreditation.

For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent on English reading and writing SOL tests, and at least 70 percent on assessments in mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion. Accreditation ratings may also reflect an average of achievement over several years.

For more information about the accreditation process and 2016-17 accreditation ratings visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website.



Henrico Schools seeks book donations for middle and high school reading challenge


When you’re challenging students to read more than a half a million books, you need a lot of reading material. Henrico County Public Schools is asking its middle and high school students to read 30,000 books per school during the 2016-17 school year as part of the “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Challenge.” As part of the effort to promote literacy, the school division is requesting donations of new or gently used age-appropriate books and magazines.

“While we are blessed with resources in Henrico, in regard to our literacy focus we believe the more choices that students have, the better,” Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw said.

The school division is seeking books or magazines in English, Spanish and other languages. Items can be dropped off during regular hours at the main office of any HCPS high school or middle school. Suggestions for possible book donations are available for high schools at http://tinyurl.com/book-list-hs-grades and for middle schools at http://tinyurl.com/book-list-ms-grades or by going to hcpslibraries.org. Because the challenge began the first day of school, donations are needed as soon as possible. Collections will continue throughout the school year.

“We want to increase students’ interest in reading, and the public can assist with donations,” said Omega Wilson, the school division’s director of high school education. “Studies show that when kids have more choice, they’re more likely to read and to learn from what they’re reading.”

Donated material will be reviewed by HCPS personnel before being distributed to classrooms.

The challenge is designed to increase reading and writing across the curriculum, in courses ranging from English and history to art and health. Students will electronically log the books they read. The winning high school and middle school will be announced in June 2017.