Entries by Cindy Brown

2017-18 REB Awards: Nominate an outstanding principal

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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 […]

School Board Meeting Thursday, Oct. 12

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, according to the following schedule: School Board Work Session 2:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the […]

HCPS Band Showcase: One cool night, nine cool marching bands

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All nine of Henrico County’s high school marching bands will be in action at the HCPS Band Showcase Oct. 16 at Glen Allen High School’s stadium. The performance is free, but donations are being accepted to benefit the Henrico Christmas Mother. In addition to cash donations, the holiday campaign is seeking canned food; jars of […]

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

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Highland 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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Accreditation information has been updated since this news release was issued. For the latest information about 2017-18 state accreditation ratings, along with frequently asked questions, visit our accreditation page. 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 […]

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’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 […]

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 […]

School Board Meeting Thursday, August 24

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, August 24, 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 […]

24 Henrico County schools earn Virginia Index of Performance awards for academic achievement

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Twenty-four Henrico County schools have earned 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement, and Short Pump Middle School was one of only nine schools in the commonwealth to earn the highest designation. Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education announced that 386 schools statewide had earned the designation, along […]

Help spread the word: HCPS seeks to fill slots for teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians before fall

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Henrico Schools needs your help spreading the word as the school division seeks to fill important positions before the start of the school year. In order to get 2017-18 off to a successful start, HCPS needs to fill slots for teachers, bus drivers, school nutrition workers and custodians. Henrico Schools is seeking teachers for grades […]

School Board Meeting Thursday, August 10

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2017, according to the following schedule: School Board Work Session 1:00 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 […]

Henrico County Public Schools educators will attend retreat on developing inclusive classrooms, closing gaps

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A group of educators from Henrico County Public Schools will participate in a workshop that helps participants develop more inclusive learning communities. The retreat gives educational leaders the chance to focus on eliminating disparities based on race and socioeconomic status in all areas of school life and academic achievement. Called the Henrico Educational Equity Initiative, […]