Get new reads for the holidays? Donate gently-used or new books and magazines to Henrico County Public Schools

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If you received gifts of books or magazines this holiday season, Henrico Schools can help you make some room. As part of its intense focus on literacy, the school division is requesting donations of new or gently used age-appropriate books and magazines. HCPS is seeking books or magazines in English, Spanish and other languages.

HCPS middle and high schools are embracing a mix of ambitious schoolwide and individual reading goals during the 2016-17 school year as part of the “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Challenge.”

“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.

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. Collections will continue through the end of 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.”

HCPS staff members will review donated reading material before it is 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 are electronically logging the books they read.

2017 REB Awards: Nominate an outstanding teacher

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The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding teacher in Henrico County Public Schools. The

Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.

Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive cash grants to support professional development activities. Nominations are invited from parents, students, educators and the community at large. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students.

Nominations must be made online.

Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school staff and administrators (except for the school principal), and the community at large.

When: Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 27.

How: Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For instructions, eligibility criteria and a link to the nomination portal, please visit tcfrichmond.org.

*A link to the Community Foundation’s nomination portal can be found at henricoschools.us, under Hot Topics. For questions regarding nominations, please contact HCPS Human Resources Specialist Leslie Traylor at 804-652-3671.

Job fair: HCPS hiring bus drivers, substitute cafeteria workers

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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 school nutrition workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at HCPS’ Central Office in eastern Henrico on Jan. 26 to talk with interested candidates.

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

“For individuals with flexible schedules, driving a bus or working in one of our school cafeterias can be great jobs. If you want to earn extra money and enjoy working with students, come talk with us,” said Mary Alderson, human resources specialist.

Interested but lack bus-driving experience? No problem; if you’re a good candidate, HCPS will pay you while training to earn your commercial driver’s license.

When: Thursday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: HCPS Central Office/Eastern Henrico Government Center (Community Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

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.

The school division will also hold its large-scale HCPS Teacher Hiring Event Feb. 25 at Glen Allen High School.

School Board Meetings Thursday, January 26

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, January 26, 2017, 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, 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.

Tejas Muthusamy captures fourth straight HCPS spelling title

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Tejas Muthusamy spells a word at the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee Wednesday night. The Moody Middle School eighth-grader won the contest, making the fourth year he has won the title, and his sixth year as a finalist.

Moody Middle School eighth-grader Tejas Muthusamy won Henrico Schools’ Divisionwide Spelling Bee Wednesday, making the fourth year he has won the title, and his sixth year as a finalist. This is the final year that Muthusamy is eligible to compete in the annual HCPS bee. The contest brings together spelling champions from each of HCPS’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools to determine who will represent Henrico County Public Schools at the regional competition.

Muthusamy won in round 5 by correctly spelling “mangonel,” a military machine used primarily during the Middle Ages for hurling stones and other missiles. He clinched the win in round 6 by spelling “funambulist,” a word for tightrope walker or tightrope dancer. Hungary Creek Middle School eighth-grader Andre Tran was runner-up.

Muthusamy will compete next in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 11 at the Library of Virginia. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 he won that bee and advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps bee will be held in late May and is televised by ESPN.

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Students introduce themselves at the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee. The annual contest brings together spelling champions from each of Henrico Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools to determine who will represent the school division at the regional competition.

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The champion and runner-up of the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee stand onstage with Henrico Schools leaders. From left to right: “Rich” Hall, director of elementary education; Tejas Muthusamy, 2017 champion; Beverly Cocke, Brookland District representative and chair, Henrico School Board; Andre Tran, 2017 runner-up; Ingrid Grant, director of middle school education; Mary Cox, director of elementary education; Beth Teigen, assistant superintendent for instruction.

Spelling champions from across Henrico County will tussle at 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee

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Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 46 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN.

The annual matchup of orthographic titans will be streamed live by HCPS-TV. You can watch on your computer or mobile devices by going to the division’s website at henricoschools.us.

Who: Members of the media and the public are invited to attend the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee.
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18. (Inclement-weather date: Jan. 19)
Where: Hungary Creek Middle School auditorium, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

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Participants prepare to compete at the 2016 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee.

School Board meeting Thursday, January 12

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2017, 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, 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.

New year, new career: Join the HCPS family as a bus driver

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hcpsbusdriver4Make 2017 the best year yet by joining Henrico County Public Schools as a full-time or substitute bus driver. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will be at Henrico County Public Library’s new Varina Area Library Jan. 10 to talk with interested candidates.

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

“Driving a bus is a great job for people with flexible schedules who enjoy working with students, and a great way to earn extra money,” said Mary Alderson, human resources specialist.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Varina Area Library (Henrico County Public Library), 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va. 23231

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.

The school division is also planning to hold its annual large-scale HCPS Teacher Hiring Event Feb. 25 at Glen Allen High School.