Spring Family Learning Series offers workshops for parents, teachers

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HCPS Family Learning Series Presented by Henrico Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center and Department of Family and Community Engagement To Register: Parents, guardians and teachers: please email tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787 to sign up to attend one (or more) of the spring workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend. SOLs and […]

HCPS Family Learning Series

Presented by Henrico Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center and Department of Family and Community Engagement


To Register:

Parents, guardians and teachers: please email tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787 to sign up to attend one (or more) of the spring workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend.


SOLs and Your Students
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Varina Area Library
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Students in grades 3-12 will take between two and four Standards of Learning (SOL) tests a year, depending on their grade level and the courses taken during the year. What can you do to help your child prepare for the SOL assessments? This session will highlight ways parents and families can help and support their children during the testing period.

SOL Preparation
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Eastern Henrico Recreation Center
6–7:30 p.m

It’s that time of year again and we are here to help you to support your child. Come hear about ways to support your student, review strategies for success, and learn how to use the Virginia Department of Education website to use practice materials and other resources. Learn about SOL requirements for students in grades 3-12.

Understanding Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
New Bridge Learning Center
Noon–1:30 p.m.

Dyslexia literally means difficulty with words. Yet, multiple terms have been used to describe and address dyslexia. Basic facts about dyslexia will be presented and discussed as well as strategies to address the challenges faced by students, their families and teachers.

Raising a Confident Child: What’s Your Parenting Style?
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
New Bridge Learning Center
6–7:30 p.m.

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can instill in their child. A kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they’re afraid of failing or disappointing others. This can end up holding them back, so parents must encourage and support children as they attempt to tackle difficult tasks. Parents want to raise children with healthy self-esteem and confidence, but how do you avoid creating an inflated ego and feelings of entitlement? What’s your parenting style? Parenting style is “the emotional climate in which parents raise their children.” Your parenting style can affect everything from how much your child weighs to his or her self-image. Do you believe in lots of discipline or are you more permissive? Find out about the different types of parenting and learn about which will works best for you.

Summer Enrichment Activities
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
New Bridge Learning Center
Noon–1:30 p.m.

The school bell may stop ringing, but summer is a great time for all kinds of learning opportunities for kids. Explore the multitude of learning and experiential activities for children ages preschool to high school. We will share difference activities that can be done at home as well as provide information on various camps and summer enrichment events in the Richmond area.

Training Locations

Eastern Henrico Recreation Center
1440 North Laburnum Avenue
Henrico, Va. 23223
804-652-1450

Varina Area Library
1875 New Market Road
Henrico, Va. 23231
804-501-1980

New Bridge Learning Center
5915 Nine Mile Road
Henrico, Va. 23223
804-652-3738

Henrico County students with disabilities prepare to compete

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Henrico, Va., April 24, 2018 – Two spring events will give Henrico students with disabilities a chance to compete alongside their nondisabled peers. The two competitions – one each for elementary and middle school students – feature track and field events and other outdoor activities. High school students will serve as volunteers for the competitions. 


The two annual Henrico competitions, coordinated by Special Olympics Virginia, are:

Little Feet Meet (elementary schools): May 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain date May 3)
J.R. Tucker High School, 2910 N. Parham Road, Henrico, Va. 23294

Meet in the Middle (middle schools): May 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain date May 4) 
Collegiate School, 103 North Mooreland Road, Richmond, Va. 23229 


Admission to the events is free. The public is invited to come cheer on and celebrate the participants.


More than 1,000 athletes and their partners from HCPS elementary schools are expected to attend Little Feet Meet; more than 300 students with and without disabilities from HCPS middle schools are expected to attend the middle school event.


The events are part of the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools initiative, which seeks to create a day of fun, collaboration and inclusion among students who may not spend time together in classes. The initiative seeks to give students with and without disabilities the opportunity to train together, to create friendships and to foster mutual respect. 


For more information about Special Olympics Virginia, go to www.specialolympicsva.org.

Sustained note: For 19th straight year, Henrico Schools among America’s “Best Communities for Music Education”

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Henrico, Va. April 19, 2018 – For the 19th straight year, Henrico County Public Schools has been named a national leader in music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has received the honor each year since the music-industry group began compiling its list of America’s “Best Communities for Music […]

Henrico, Va. April 19, 2018 – For the 19th straight year, Henrico County Public Schools has been named a national leader in music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has received the honor each year since the music-industry group began compiling its list of America’s “Best Communities for Music Education” in 1999. 
 
The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and families who believe in music education and work to make music education accessible to all students.
 
“This recognition honors the professionalism of our teachers, and the diversity and inclusiveness of our program offerings,” said Rick Tinsley, Henrico Schools’ music education specialist. “It also recognizes the strong support provided by our school division administration and our community. We have talented students and excellent music educators in Henrico County and it is always appreciated when hard work and dedication is recognized.”
 
Studies have shown an association between exposure to the arts and academic and civic engagement.
 
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation is funded by music trade association activities and donations. The foundation works to promote music education as an important part of the core educational curriculum. 
 
To find out more about the “Best Communities for Music Education” program, go to https://www.nammfoundation.org/what-we-do/best-communities-music-education.
 

33,000 likes? Henrico Schools’ “signing day” for students entering the workforce strikes chord on social media

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Henrico, Va., April 16, 2018 – Recognizing students entering the workforce is a compelling idea, if the online response to Henrico Schools’ first-ever “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” is any indication. A school division Facebook post about the event drew a huge response after it was reposted by actor Mike Rowe, well-known for hosting […]

Henrico, Va., April 16, 2018 – Recognizing students entering the workforce is a compelling idea, if the online response to Henrico Schools’ first-ever “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” is any indication. A school division Facebook post about the event drew a huge response after it was reposted by actor Mike Rowe, well-known for hosting Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” as well as other projects.

The March 28 signing-day celebrated students graduating from Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education program. The event emulated ceremonies that have become common for high school athletes signing letters-of-intent to play for NCAA programs. Students and representatives of their future employers signed symbolic letters of agreement, as families and members of the media looked on.

As of Monday, the school division’s April 11 description of the event and accompanying photos had been viewed on more than four million screens, been “liked” more than 33,000 times, been shared more than 24,000 times, and had generated more than 3,100 comments. 

“This is the way forward,” Rowe wrote on his Facebook page, which has more than 5 million followers. “No attempt to close the skills gap will ever succeed, until or unless we celebrate those who are willing to learn a skill that’s in demand. This is not just a terrific idea, it’s a model for every other technical school in the country. A big thanks and a hearty congratulations to whomever pushed this idea forward. Here’s hoping others will follow Henrico’s lead.”

“Thanks Mike,” responded Beverly Cocke, who represents the Brookland District on the School Board and serves as the School Board’s representative on the HCPS Career and Technical Education Advisory Board. “It was our Director of CTE, the most awesome Mac B[eaton], who came up with the idea!

“As a HCPS School Board member, I can honestly say it was one of the most inspiring events I’ve attended this year. The parents were proud, the students were confident in their futures and the employers were grateful – winners all around. We’re already planning next year’s event. We would love to have you visit anytime and see the great things going on!”

“My compliments to Mac,” said Rowe. “Invite me to the next one. If I can make it, I will.”

Henrico County Public Schools’ original post can be seen on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools/posts/1679712538789231. Rowe’s comments can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/posts/1882478288428972. For more information about Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education, go to https://henricocte.com. 
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Listening sessions: Henrico Schools seeks community input on equity

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Henrico, Va., April 13, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ new Office of Equity and Diversity wants to hear from members of the community. Monica Manns, the office’s new director, will hold listening sessions at five Henrico County Public Library locations in late April and early May to hear residents’ ideas about equity and diversity in the […]

Henrico, Va., April 13, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ new Office of Equity and Diversity wants to hear from members of the community. Monica Manns, the office’s new director, will hold listening sessions at five Henrico County Public Library locations in late April and early May to hear residents’ ideas about equity and diversity in the school division.

“I appreciate all the community support and feedback around these issues that I’ve heard so far,” Manns said. “These sessions will be a chance for me to listen further and learn more. If we identify themes emerging from the talks, those will be possible areas of focus for the Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee.”

The application process for the new advisory committee is in the planning stages; it will be comprised of students, parents, staff and community members. More information will be forthcoming.

The sessions will begin with an introduction and an update on the advisory committee. The bulk of the time will be for reserved for citizens to talk. Feedback received at the listening sessions will be shared with School Board members, Henrico Schools administrators and the new advisory committee. In addition, a survey will be forthcoming. The data from both will help guide the division’s next steps.
The equity and diversity listening sessions include one in each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts:  

April 23 (6-7 p.m.)
Sandston Branch Library
23 E. Williamsburg Road
Sandston, Va. 23150

April 24 (6-7 p.m.)
Fairfield Area Library
1001 N. Laburnum Ave.
Henrico, Va. 23223

April 25 (5-6 p.m.)
Glen Allen Branch Library
10501 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, Va. 23060

April 30 (5:30-6:30 p.m.)
Tuckahoe Area Library
1901 Starling Drive
Henrico, Va. 23229

May 1 (4-5 p.m.)
Twin Hickory Area Library
5001 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, Va. 23059  

More information about Manns and Henrico Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity across the school division can be found at henricoschools.us/henrico-county-public-schools-hires-director-to-oversee-equity-and-diversity-efforts.

Forecast: April showers, chance of extreme job satisfaction

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Henrico, Va. April 12, 2018 – Grab your resume as you head out in April, because it’s raining career opportunities at Henrico County Public Schools. Advance your career by joining the dedicated team of Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico Schools will hold a job fair April 19 to talk with candidates for bus drivers, bus […]

Henrico, Va. April 12, 2018 – Grab your resume as you head out in April, because it’s raining career opportunities at Henrico County Public Schools.

Advance your career by joining the dedicated team of Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico Schools will hold a job fair April 19 to talk with candidates for bus drivers, bus assistants and school nutrition workers. Full-time and substitute positions are available. 

Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand for the event at Henrico County Public Library’s Libbie Mill Library.

Don’t know how to drive a bus? Qualified bus driver candidates will be paid while they train.

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

Job fair for candidates for bus drivers, bus assistants and school nutrition workers

When: 
April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 
Libbie Mill Library (Henrico County Public Library)
2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230

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.

Public Service Announcement – Joint special meeting of the Henrico County School Board and Board of Supervisors

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a joint special meeting with the Henrico County Board of Supervisors to discuss the proposed school division budget for fiscal year 2018-19. The meeting will be held Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of Hungary Creek Middle School, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen […]

The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a joint special meeting with the Henrico County Board of Supervisors to discuss the proposed school division budget for fiscal year 2018-19. The meeting will be held Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of Hungary Creek Middle School, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend; however, there will not be an opportunity for public comment. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance at this meeting, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

Family Learning Series Summit will feature workshops, food, activities

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Henrico, Va., April 10, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ first-ever Family Learning Series Summit aims to engage and empower parents and guardians through workshops, information, activities and food. The April 28 event will feature sessions geared toward parents and guardians, covering more than 30 topics. Included will be workshops on: parenting; literacy; diversity; exceptional education; study skills; and mental health.

“The summit is a chance for parents and guardians to get free information from experts, in a friendly, engaging setting,” said Pam Bell, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. “People pay large registration fees for similar conferences, but we want everyone to have a chance to attend.

“Parents and guardians will have a chance to select breakout sessions on topics that pique their curiosity, and to learn about HCPS programs that can help them to make collaborative decisions with their child’s school. Our goal is to build strong partnerships with families and equip them with a toolbox of resources to help them help their children.”

Register online at http://tiny.cc/fls/. After completing the form, online registrants will see a list of breakout sessions. Transportation for riders ages 4 and older is available by request via the registration form.

A continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event, where attendees can also register if they have not done so. The keynote speech will be at 9:15 a.m., followed by a schedule of breakout sessions.

 

The event will feature:

– Workshops for parents and guardians
– A keynote speech from comedian Micah “Bam-Bamm” White
– Food trucks (food available for purchase)
– An information fair with tables for organizations relevant to families
– Activities for children ages 4 and older
– Door prizes

What:
Family Learning Series Summit 2018

When:
April 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:
Hermitage High School
8301 Hungary Spring Road
Henrico, Va. 23228

All Henrico Reads: Author Reyna Grande to address students, public

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Henrico, Va., April 4, 2018 – The Los Angeles Review of Books called this year’s All Henrico Reads selection “a deeply personal coming-of-age story that extols the power of self-reliance and the love of books.” Author Reyna Grande will discuss “The Distance Between Us” April 11 in two appearances at Glen Allen High School.

At a morning event at the school, Grande will speak to students from across Henrico County. Her evening appearance is open to the general public and is free. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for sale after the evening talk and the author will be available to autograph them.

“The Distance Between Us” is an inspirational coming-of-age story that Publisher’s Weekly said “captures and inspires” readers. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

 

The memoir recounts Grande’s childhood growing up in extreme poverty in Mexico. After her parents leave to pursue opportunities in the U.S., Grande and her siblings are left with an uncaring family member. At age 9, she enters the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, joining her father. She soon learns that her new life in America – as well as her father – are not quite what she imagined. She is faced with new difficulties, including navigating the U.S. educational system, and her father’s alcoholism and violence. Grande finds refuge in reading and writing, inspired by Latina authors. She breaks free from her violent family life and pursues a college degree, and eventually a master’s degree in creative writing, becoming the first person in her family to go to college.

In addition to writing, Grande is also a frequent motivational speaker at high schools and colleges.

All Henrico Reads is an annual literary program designed to foster community discussion of a chosen book, while highlighting the importance of reading for all ages. It is sponsored by Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico County Public Library and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library.

The student event will be streamed live from the HCPS website, henricoschools.us.

 

When:
STUDENT EVENT
10:15-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11

PUBLIC EVENT
7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11
(Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)

Where:
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, Va. 23060

Great plants, prices: Check out spring sales at Henrico schools

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Henrico, Va. April 3, 2018 – Two Henrico schools want to put some spring in your step with beautiful plants at great prices. Stop by spring plant sales at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage and the Academy at Virginia Randolph. The sales feature a large selection of flowers, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets […]

Henrico, Va. April 3, 2018 – Two Henrico schools want to put some spring in your step with beautiful plants at great prices. Stop by spring plant sales at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage and the Academy at Virginia Randolph. The sales feature a large selection of flowers, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets at terrific prices. Students at the two schools have been hard at work preparing plants for the annual events.

 

Academy at Virginia Randolph Annual Spring Plant Sale

Among the flowers for sale are petunias, geraniums, lantana and more. The vegetables and herbs include a large selection of tomatoes, peppers, basil and rosemary. Only checks and cash are accepted.

When: April 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The Academy at Virginia Randolph, 2204 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

  • Vegetables, herbs and houseplants starting at $1
  • Annuals starting at $3
  • Perennials and flowering baskets starting at $5

Advanced Career Education Center Greenhouse and Landscape Plant Sale

The sale features a huge variety of annuals, perennials and herbs, from lavender to lemon thyme and iris to impatiens. Vegetables and fruits include peppers, cucumbers, watermelon and many varieties of tomato. Only checks and cash are accepted.

When: May 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228

  • Hanging baskets starting at $10
  • Four-packs ($1.50) and six-packs ($2.50)
  • Succulents starting at $2
  • Pots: 3.5-inch ($1), 4.5-inch ($3; $4.50 for deep pots), 6.5-inch ($5) and gallon ($6)