School Board renames Godwin specialty center for beloved teacher


Todd PhillipsThe Henrico School Board voted Thursday to rename Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a beloved teacher and former center director. The Center for Medical Sciences will now become the Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences. The Board took the action at its monthly meeting.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director who died in a car accident in June. Last year he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

Specialty centers are schools-within-schools that allow students to immerse themselves in a particular academic area.

Mills Godwin High School will celebrate Phillips’ life with the T-Philly Birthday Bash Concert on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the school at 2101 Pump Road. The concert will benefit the T-Philly Memorial Fund, set up by Phillips’ family in his honor. His birthday is Oct. 30. Because Phillips loved playing music, organizers consider the concert a particularly fitting way to honor him. Concert tickets and commemorative t-shirts will be on sale at the door for $15 each. T-Philly Birthday Bash Concert

The five bands featured at the concert will be:

  • Fordson Labs.
  • Mis’Calculations.
  • TAP’d.
  • And student bands GTC and Open Late.

More Henrico schools making gains in core subject areas


The overall number of fully accredited Henrico County schools rose to 48 this year, up from 45, according to updated 2016-17 accreditation information approved today by the Virginia Department of Education. Other schools can point to positive academic indicators such as improving SOL pass rates. Seven HCPS schools were denied accreditation by the Department. Despite the designation, each of the seven schools – Glen Lea, Montrose and Ratcliffe elementary schools, and Elko, Fairfield, John Rolfe and L. Douglas Wilder middle schools – can point to indicators of progress:

  • At Montrose, pass rates in science jumped 14 percentage points, from 60 to 74 percent.
  • Glen Lea met accreditation standards for social studies and science.
  • Students at Ratcliffe saw language arts pass-rates rise.
  • At Wilder, pass rates in science rose 12 percentage points, and the school is now home to a new achievement center from the group Higher Achievement. The group’s centers use community involvement, year-round learning, mentoring, homework coaching, field trips and college visits to create a culture of high expectations.
  • Fairfield Middle School exceeded accreditation benchmarks in social studies and science. The school also saw four-year highs in reading pass-rates among sixth- and seventh-graders and in earth science pass-rates among eighth-graders.
  • Elko Middle School’s science pass-rates jumped 9 percentage points and social studies rose 7 percentage points.
  • At John Rolfe Middle School, math pass-rates rose 5 percentage points.

“Of course, there is still work to be done and we’ll never stop striving for improvements,” said Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw. “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 greater academic success.”

A designation of accreditation denied means that the school has not met requirements for full or partial accreditation for four years, will craft an agreement for the school with state officials and will make regular progress reports to the Virginia Department of Education.

Six other schools with an undetermined September status – Donahoe, Fair Oaks, Mehfoud, Sandston and Varina elementary schools, as well as Brookland Middle School – are now listed as partially accredited.

As mentioned above, 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. For the first time since the 2012-13 school year, all nine HCPS high schools were accredited.

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.

To find out more about the ways HCPS is enhancing student achievement, go to

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 pass rates, but are not making enough progress toward state guidelines to be designated as improving).
  • Partially accredited: Reconstituted (Schools that have not met requirements for full accreditation for four years).
  • Accreditation denied.

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

For more information on accreditation, including answers to frequently asked questions, go to

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 and click “Community.”

Below, please see the accompanying chart 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


Hungary Creek




Short Pump


High schools

Deep Run


Glen Allen

Godwin Henrico


Highland Springs



  • Partially accredited: Improving: Adams Elementary School
  • Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark: Holladay, Lakeside and Longdale elementary schools
  • Partially accredited: Warned: Highland Springs and Laburnum elementary schools
  • Partially accredited: Reconstituted: Donahoe, Fair Oaks, Mehfoud, Sandston, Varina elementary schools, and Brookland Middle School

Glen Lea, Montrose and Ratcliffe elementary schools, along with Elko, Fairfield, John Rolfe and L. Douglas Wilder middle schools were denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education.

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.

College and Career Night: One-stop shopping for your future


Students will have a chance to consider a host of options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2016 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 150 colleges and universities, professional programs, businesses and branches of the military.

Last year’s event also saw the introduction of a timesaving feature: pre-registration barcodes.

In past years, aisles could sometimes be glutted with students and parents filling out information cards to leave with colleges. Students are now asked to fill out a brief questionnaire ahead of the event at to receive a personal barcode. When they find colleges at the event that pique their interest, students can quickly transfer their contact information by having a personal barcode scanned.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Douglas S. Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229


Among the institutions and businesses expected to participate are:

Appalachian State University

Averett University

Bluefield College

Bluefield State College

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging

Bowie State University

Bridgewater College

Bryant & Stratton College- Richmond

Bryant University

Bryn Athyn College

Campbell University

Capitol Technology University

Catawba College

Centura College

Charleston Southern University

Chowan University

Christopher Newport University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Colgate University

College of Charleston

College of William and Mary

Concord University

Culinary Institute of Virginia

Davidson College

Davis & Elkins College

Eastern Mennonite University

ECPI Technical College- Glen Allen

Elizabeth City State University

Elon University

Fairmont State University

Ferrum College

Florida Institute of Technology

Gardner-Webb University

George Mason University

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampton University

Henrico Police

High Point University

Hollins University

Howard University

Indiana Institute of Technology

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

James Madison University

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Johnson & Wales University

Johnson C. Smith University

Kansas State University

King University

Liberty University

Living Arts College

Longwood University

Lynchburg College

Marshall University

Mary Baldwin College

Medical Careers Institute- ECPI University

Meredith College

Methodist University

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Mount St. Mary’s University

Morgan State University

Norfolk State University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina State University

Nova Southeastern University

Old Dominion University

Pennsylvania State University

Pfeiffer University

Potomac State College of WVU

Queens University of Charlotte

Radford University

Randolph College

Randolph-Macon College

Regent University

Roanoke College

Saint Vincent College

Salem Academy and College

Shenandoah University

Southside Regional Medical Center- Professional Schools

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Stevenson University

Sweet Briar College

T3 Concepts

The Apprentice School

The Citadel

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

United States Coast Guard Academy

Universal Technical Institute

University of Alabama

University of Dayton

University of Kentucky

University of Mary Washington

University of Missouri

University of Mount Olive College

University of Richmond

University of South Carolina

University of Virginia

University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Vanderbilt University

VCU Clinical Lab Science

Virginia College in Richmond

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia State University

Virginia Tech

Virginia Wesleyan College

Wake Forest University

Washington and Lee University

Wellesley College

West Virginia University

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

William Peace University

Wilson College

Winthrop University



Bank of America

College Funding Group

Davis Materials & Mechanical Engineering, Inc.

Henrico Adult Education

Henrico County – St. Mary’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing

Henrico County Division of Fire

Henrico County General Government

International Union of Operating Engineers Local #147 Apprenticeship

Iron Workers Local #28

Minuteman Press of Glen Allen

Moseley Architects

Network of Enterprising Women

Republic Services

Richmond Electricians’ JATC

SERVPRO of Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond, and Tri-Cities

The Network Doctor LLC

Tutor Doctor

United States Marine Corp

Virginia Army National Guard

Virginia Division of Registered Apprenticeship

Walter Cornett Landscaping

Wells Fargo & Co.

Job candidates: Elect to join Henrico Schools’ team


Election season is in full swing; could you be a candidate for a bright future with Henrico County Public Schools? The school division is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers; full-time school nutrition manager trainees; and substitutes for both school nutrition and custodial services. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the Glen Allen branch of Henrico County Public Library Nov. 1 to talk with interested candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at

“See why driving a bus, working in one of our 72 schools’ cafeterias or substituting as a custodian are great jobs for individuals with flexible schedules, who want to earn extra money and who enjoy working with students,” said Mary Alderson, human resources specialist.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Glen Allen Branch Library (Henrico County Public Library), 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

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 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.

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.

Henrico Schools is also expected to hold a job fair Dec. 1.

School Board Meetings Thursday, October 27


The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, October 27, 2016, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session 2:30 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, To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.



School Board proposes renaming of Godwin specialty center


The Henrico School Board is proposing to rename the specialty center at Mills Godwin High School for a beloved teacher and former center director. Under the proposal, the school’s Center for Medical Sciences would become the Todd Phillips Center for Medical Sciences at Godwin High School.

Phillips was a longtime teacher and center director who died in June in a car accident. Last year he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its former emphasis on math, science, and technology.

The School Board is expected to take action on the proposal at its next meeting on Thursday, October 27.


2016-17 REB Awards: Nominate an outstanding principal


The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a one- to two-page typeset letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership.

It can be accompanied by up to three one-page letters of support. Principals may not nominate themselves.

When: Nominations must be mailed and received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Emailed or faxed nominations are not accepted.

Where: Please mail nominations to:
REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership
The Community Foundation
Attn: Susan Hallett, Vice President, Programs
7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110
Richmond, Va. 23225

*For questions regarding nominations, please contact Leslie Traylor, HCPS human resources specialist, at 804-652-3671. More information is also available at

Countywide PTA meeting offers chance to get information about Nov. 8 bond referendum


Calling all Henrico County PTA members: come to a countywide meeting sponsored by the Henrico County Council of PTAs and find out more about the 2016 Henrico County bond referendum. The referendum will be on the ballot Nov. 8.

The annual meeting is a chance for PTA members at all HCPS schools to come together and share information. Following the business meeting, school and general government leaders will answer questions about the fall bond referendum. Among those present for the discussion will be Superintendent Pat Kinlaw and members of the Henrico School Board.

The 2016 referendum will include funds for full renovations to some schools as well as new school construction; parks; libraries; fire stations; and roads.

You can also find more details about the referendum by going to

What: Countywide PTA meeting, sponsored by the Henrico County Council of PTAs
When: Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va. 23227

School Board Meeting Thursday, October 13


The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2016, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session 1:30 p.m.

This meeting 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 meeting is 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, To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

“Evening with Henry Winkler” benefit for Henrico Schools selling individual tickets, table sponsorships


henry-winkler-event-2016_supplemental-post-cardThe Henrico Education Foundation is selling individual tickets and 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.

Individual tickets for the event are $25 and tables of eight are $150 and can be purchased at or by calling 804-652-3869, ext. 3.

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 or call 804-652-3869, ext. 3. For more information, please email the Henrico Education Foundation’s Mike Taylor at or Courtney Baytop at