Grand opening event will celebrate new Achievable Dream Academy at Highland Springs Elementary School

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Achievable Dream Academies logoHighland Springs Elementary School will welcome community leaders and hundreds of parents to the school Sept. 29 for the ceremonial grand opening of the school’s unique new educational program, An Achievable Dream Academy.

In addition to tours and remarks from school and county leaders, visitors will be present for the school’s daily morning meeting for students in grades K-2. The meeting will give guests a glimpse of academy components such as etiquette training and “speaking green,” or using the language of business and money.

The program got off the ground in July during the school’s summer intersession; this semester marks its debut among all of the school’s students in grades K-2.

A public/private partnership with An Achievable Dream was approved by the Henrico School Board in January 2017; this fall marks the first academic year the program has been implemented. Faculty and staff members of the new academy provide students with a well-rounded education using the “SAME” curriculum (Social, Academic and Moral Education) along with extensive extracurricular, experiential and cultural activities. Students learn important life skills through a specialized curriculum that includes ethics, etiquette, peaceful conflict resolution and healthy living.

The Achievable Dream program, founded in 1992, also operates in public schools in Newport News and Virginia Beach. Program alumni include lawyers, teachers, engineers and naval officers. Find out more about An Achievable Dream at achievabledream.org.

Who: Members of the media are invited to attend
When: Friday, Sept. 29 from 7:45 to 9 a.m. (tours available after the program)
Where: Highland Springs Elementary School, 600 Pleasant Street, Highland Springs, Va. 23075

Spread the word: Henrico Schools seeking bus drivers, school nutrition workers and school nurses at Oct. 4 job fair

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Do you know someone who would be a good fit for the Henrico County Public Schools team? The school division is seeking school nutrition workers, bus drivers and school nurses – important positions that help keep our students safe, happy and healthy. HCPS is holding a job fair Oct. 4 to interview candidates for full-time and substitute positions. Good bus driver candidates will be paid while they train. Henrico Schools is seeking both full-time registered nurses and substitutes.

Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department will be on hand for a job fair Oct. 4 at Henrico County Public Library’s Varina Area Library. Also present to talk with interested candidates will be representatives from the HCPS Pupil Transportation and School Nutrition Services departments.

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

Job fair for candidates for bus drivers and school nutrition workers (full-time and substitutes), along with full-time and substitute school nurses

When: Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 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 valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license 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 planning to hold a job fair Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Henrico County Public Library’s Libbie Mill Library.

School Board Meetings Thursday, September 28

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, September 28, 2017, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session 3:30 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.

6 more Henrico schools gain full state accreditation; Total number of fully accredited schools at five-year high

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Six more Henrico County schools regained full state accreditation, according to information the Virginia Department of Education released today. Adams, Donahoe, Holladay, Lakeside, Longdale and Sandston elementary schools are all now fully accredited. The total brings to 10 the number of Henrico County schools regaining full state accreditation in the past two years. And to keep the momentum going, all other fully accredited Henrico County schools, including all nine high schools, maintained their top ratings.

The number of fully accredited schools rose to 54 of the school division’s 67 K-12 schools, or 81 percent – the highest number of fully accredited schools in five years.

In the period since 2014-15, the school division has cut by more than half the number of schools not fully accredited; during that stretch, the number of schools not fully accredited has shrunk from 28 to 13.

“Our goal is full accreditation for all our schools, and seeing 10 schools regain accreditation in the past two years is significant progress,” said Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw. “We’ll keep moving forward. We still have work to do. What we’re so proud of is the commitment and dedication we’ve seen in supporting our students – not only from our staff members and the School Board, but from families and the larger community.

“In the coming year, we’ll keep building on what’s working and introduce some new strategies. Our intense focus on literacy is paying off and we’ll continue to make that a fixture of what we do. We’re also embarking on a transformation of our middle schools that we believe will engage students in ways that encourage success. We’ll also continue to concentrate on engaging families, as well as fostering cultural competency and equity.”

While six Henrico County schools regained full state accreditation, additional evidence of progress includes:

  • Divisionwide, every sub-group of students saw improvement in reading. Subgroups are: black, Hispanic, white and Asian students; along with students with disabilities; students who are economically disadvantaged; and English learners.
  • Divisionwide, every sub-group of students saw improvement in math.
  • At the Henrico County middle schools that have not yet regained full accreditation, there was an average per-school improvement of 6 percentage-points in math. John Rolfe Middle School saw a math increase of 15 points.
  • The elementary schools that weren’t fully accredited a year ago averaged a 6-point growth in reading. Adams Elementary School’s reading improvement was 15 points and Highland Springs Elementary School’s was 12 points.

The Virginia Department of Education’s accreditation categories include:

  • Fully accredited
  • Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark (Schools that are not fully accredited but are within a narrow margin – 2 points – 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).
  • Partially accredited: Reconstituted (Schools which may be making progress, but fail to meet state requirements for full accreditation for four consecutive years. Reconstituting a school may include restructuring its governance, faculty, instructional program and/or its student population to improve instruction and raise student achievement.)
  • Accreditation denied
  • 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 math, 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.

School leaders 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.”

For more specifics on how Henrico Schools is improving, go to http://henricoschools.us/how-were-improving/.

HCPS schools fully accredited for 2017-18

Schools in bold regained full accreditation

Elementary schools:

  • Adams
  • Ashe
  • Baker
  • Carver
  • Chamberlayne
  • Colonial Trail
  • Crestview
  • Davis
  • Donahoe
  • Dumbarton
  • Echo Lake
  • Gayton
  • Glen Allen
  • Greenwood
  • Harvie
  • Holladay
  • Johnson
  • Kaechele
  • Lakeside
  • Longan
  • Longdale
  • Maybeury
  • Nuckols Farm
  • Pemberton
  • Pinchbeck
  • Ridge
  • Rivers Edge
  • Sandston
  • Seven Pines
  • Shady Grove
  • Short Pump
  • Skipwith
  • Springfield Park
  • Three Chopt
  • Trevvett
  • Tuckahoe
  • Twin Hickory
  • Ward

Middle schools:

  • Holman
  • Hungary Creek
  • Moody
  • Pocahontas
  • Quioccasin
  • Short Pump
  • Tuckahoe

High schools:

  • Deep Run
  • Freeman
  • Glen Allen
  • Godwin
  • Henrico
  • Hermitage
  • Highland Springs
  • Tucker
  • Varina

The status of Fair Oaks, Highland Springs, Mehfoud, Montrose, and Varina elementary schools, and Brookland, Fairfield and John Rolfe middle schools have not yet been officially determined by the Virginia Department of Education. Glen Lea, Laburnum and Ratcliffe elementary schools, along with Elko and L. Douglas Wilder Middle Schools, were denied accreditation.

Highland Springs High School English teacher chosen as teacher of the year for Central Virginia

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Greenlee Naughton - Teacher of the Year for Central VirginiaGreenlee Naughton’s accolades keep growing. The Highland Springs High School English teacher was named Monday as one of Virginia’s eight 2018 regional teachers of the year.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe surprised Naughton Monday morning with an announcement at a school assembly that had been billed as a celebration of Highland Springs’ second straight year of full accreditation. In May Henrico County Public Schools named Naughton its top teacher for 2017.

One of the eight regional winners will be selected as the commonwealth’s 2018 teacher of the year, an honor that will be announced Sept. 18 in a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Naughton was selected as the winner for Region 1, which stretches from Goochland to Sussex and includes 15 counties and cities. The 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year will be the commonwealth’s nominee in the National Teacher of the Year awards.

Greenlee Naughton with Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Highland Springs High School English teacher Greenlee Naughton is congratulated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a surprise announcement Monday at the school.

“It was a complete and utter shock,” Naughton said after the announcement.

“Both my parents were teachers. I tell people I ignored it for many years and went into a different field. When I was home on maternity leave the shootings at Columbine High School happened. It’s interesting that today is 9/11, because I know there were a number of people who joined the military after 9/11 and I’ve kind of likened that to my situation with Columbine. I remember watching the coverage and thinking, ‘I really should be a teacher.’

“This is the pinnacle of my career – to be recognized for something I chose to do later in my life. I couldn’t be happier or prouder of my students and what they accomplish, which is the ultimate goal as a teacher.”

Naughton is originally from Suffolk and is an alumna of Randolph-Macon College. She received her master’s degree from the University of Richmond and her doctorate from VCU. Before joining the Highland Springs faculty in 2014, she taught at Hanover High School for eight years and for six years at schools in Charlotte, N.C. In 2012, she won an REB Award for Teaching Excellence from the Community Foundation.

Highland Springs High School English teacher Greenlee Naughton poses with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a group of state, county and school division officials Monday at the school.

Highland Springs High School English teacher Greenlee Naughton poses with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a group of state, county and school division officials Monday at the school.

A panel reviewed nominees’ portfolios and selected the eight regional teachers of the year. The panel included classroom teachers, representatives of professional and educational associations, representatives from the business community and 2017 Virginia Teacher of the Year Toney McNair Jr. of Chesapeake’s Indian River Middle School. The same panel will interview each of the eight regional teachers to select the 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year.

School Board Meeting Thursday, September 14

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2017, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session 2:00 p.m.

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the 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.

As school year kicks off, HCPS holding two job fairs to interview candidates for bus drivers and cafeteria workers

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Bus drivers and cafeteria workers are some of the most important people within our school division. They interact every day with students and help keep them safe, happy and healthy. Want to be part of the committed team at Henrico County Public Schools? HCPS is holding two job fairs to interview candidates for bus drivers and school nutrition workers, for both full-time and substitute positions. Good bus driver candidates will be paid while they train. HCPS is also seeking math teachers at the middle school and high school levels.

Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department will be on hand for job fairs Sept. 12 at Henrico County Public Library’s Libbie Mill branch, and on Sept. 14 at Cedar Street Baptist Church on Church Hill. Also present to talk with interested candidates will be representatives from the HCPS Pupil Transportation and School Nutrition Services departments.

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

SEPT. 12 JOB FAIR
Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Libbie Mill Library (Henrico County Public Library), 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230

SEPT. 14 JOB FAIR
Thursday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Cedar Street Baptist Church, 2301 Cedar Street, Richmond, 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 Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions.