You’re invited to a Henrico Schools town hall meeting

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Henrico citizens are invited to an HCPS town hall meeting on academic progress. Come take part in a conversation with school and county leaders about how HCPS is addressing academic challenges and enhancing student achievement. The meeting will be Dec. 5 at Varina High School.

The overall number of fully accredited Henrico County schools rose to 48 this year, up from 45, but more work remains. The meeting will begin with a brief update, followed by a question-and-answer session on what schools are doing to meet the challenges and to become fully accredited.

Among those present to talk with attendees will be School Board representatives John Montgomery of the Varina District and Roscoe Cooper III of the Fairfield District. Representing the Board of Supervisors will be Tyrone Nelson, Board chairman and Varina District supervisor, and Frank Thornton, Fairfield District supervisor. Also taking part will be John Vithoulkas, Henrico county manager; Patrick C. Kinlaw, HCPS superintendent; and several school principals and other HCPS leaders.

When: Dec. 5 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Members of the news media: School and county leaders will be available for interviews before the start of the meeting.
Where: Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va. 23231

To see some of Henrico Schools’ current initiatives for enhancing student achievement, go to http://henricoschools.us/how-were-improving/.

For information on accreditation, including answers to frequently asked questions, go to http://henricoschools.us/accreditation.

Job candidates: Start the new year with a new career

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cafeteriaA new year is fast approaching; make 2017 the best year yet by joining the Henrico County Public Schools family. The school division is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, along with substitutes for both school nutrition and custodial services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the Henrico Workforce Resource Center in eastern Henrico Dec. 6 to talk with interested candidates.

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

“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, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Henrico Workforce Resource Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road, Richmond, Va. 23223

Questions? Call the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664.dsc_3813

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.

The school division is expected to hold another job fair Jan. 10 at Henrico County Public Library’s Varina Area Library. The division is also planning to hold its large-scale HCPS Teacher Hiring Event Feb. 25 at Glen Allen High School.

Survey: Help shape the future of middle schools in Henrico County

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Henrico County Public Schools is reimagining middle schools, and the school division needs your help. HCPS is asking Henrico families to take a brief online survey to provide feedback about the exploration of additional middle school specialty centers.

HCPS is considering establishing the centers – called Young Scholar Academies – to enable students in grades 6-8 to concentrate in a particular academic area. The proposed programs would add more options to Henrico Schools’ three existing middle school International Baccalaureate programs.

The survey is available at http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/b581g59b5a or by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics.” The survey will solicit input through Nov. 28 and is open to families at all grade levels. Families can also contact their school directly to obtain a paper copy of the survey in English or Spanish. The survey is part of the school division’s continuing efforts to innovate by engaging families.

The programs would offer a theme or focus designed to give middle school students an opportunity to explore a special interest, gift, talent or skill. The centers would aim to provide more high-quality options for students with diverse learning needs.

The survey can be completed in 2-3 minutes.

Foundation honors Henrico teachers with 2016 REB Awards

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reb2016hcpsThe Community Foundation has recognized eight Henrico County teachers for outstanding instruction for 2016. Five HCPS teachers were awarded grants in the annual REB Awards for Teaching Excellence. Three others were named finalists.

The foundation’s awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. This year’s honorees received professional development grants of $8,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by inspiring classroom performance.

2016 REB Award grant recipients:

  • Mindy Dobrinski, Holman Middle School: $11,000 to travel to diverse climates, cuisines and cultures of the four corners of the U.S. to learn lessons that can only be learned by participating in real life.
  • Kyla Zabala, Highland Springs High School: $10,000 to tour historical theatres to compare current and historical trends by focusing on Shakespeare, Cervantes, Tennyson and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Alfonso J. Favale, Springfield Park Elementary School: $8,000 to inspire students through technology by creating videos that compare and contrast the cultures, landscapes and ecologies of Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Lisa Grossman, Maude Trevvett Elementary School: $8,000 to explore all of Virginia – from Williamsburg to the Eastern Shore, Northern Virginia to the Valley and the small towns of Southwest Virginia.
  • Sara Vogt, Glen Allen High School: $10,000 to participate in the teacher program at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and to travel to Asia to study strictness vs. flexibility.

Finalists (all receive $750):

  • Jaclyn Claytor, Nuckols Farm Elementary School
  • Todd Ritter, Henrico High School
  • Timothy Towslee, Glen Allen High School

More information is available at tcfrichmond.org about the REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, as well as the REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership.

School Board Meetings Thursday, November 10

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings, which includes a Public Input Session to solicit input related to the Proposed FY 2017-2018 Annual Financial Plan, on Thursday, November 10, 2016, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session 1:00 p.m.
Public Input Session 5:30 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, 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 seeks budget input for FY 2017-18

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Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from interested members of the public on the Fiscal Year 2017-18 HCPS budget.

As is customary, the school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal will then be made public in January. An extensive public review process will follow that is expected to last through April.

There will be opportunities in November and early December for input on the budget at various locations throughout Henrico and at two monthly meetings of the Henrico School Board. For a complete timeline of the budget process, visit henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics.”

Opportunities for input on FY 2017-18 HCPS budget:

Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.: Stakeholders meeting (Brookland District), Libbie Mill Library (HCPL), 2100 Libbie Lake E. St., Henrico, Va. 23230

Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m.: Public input session (Henrico School Board), New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.: Stakeholders meeting (Three Chopt District), Deep Run High School Library, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23059

Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m.: Stakeholders meeting (Tuckahoe District), Tuckahoe Area Library (HCPL), 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va. 23229

Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.: Stakeholders meeting (Varina District), Varina Area Library (HCPL), 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va. 23231

Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Stakeholders meeting (Fairfield District), Fairfield Library (HCPL), 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va. 23223

Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m.: Public input session (Henrico School Board), New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223