Entries by Cindy Brown

New job on your holiday list? Come to HCPS’ Dec. 5 job fair

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Get yourself a little something this holiday season: a career you’ll love. Henrico Schools will hold a job fair Dec. 5 to talk with people interested in joining the dedicated team of Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. HCPS is seeking full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. Representatives from the […]

Come see the creative, hands-on ways Henrico students are learning at the Henrico Education Foundation’s Innovative Grants Showcase

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Growing salads in the cafeteria? Using camera-equipped drones to teach coding skills to elementary students? The Henrico Education Foundation awarded $71,925 in grants this fall to Henrico County teachers and principals with innovative classroom ideas. Find out more about these groundbreaking projects at the Henrico Education Foundation Innovative Grants Showcase on Nov. 28. The showcase […]

Adding buses with seat belts a first for Henrico County Public Schools, state

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Henrico Schools has added some school buses with seat belts for general student use, a first in Virginia. Buses with 3-point shoulder-and-lap belts were purchased to replace older buses. The addition to the fleet includes 22 buses for general student use and two for students in the division’s exceptional education program. The buses began transporting […]

Foundation recognizes Henrico County teachers with grants, awards for classroom excellence

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The Community Foundation has recognized nine Henrico County teachers for outstanding instruction for 2017. Five winning HCPS teachers were awarded professional development grants in the annual REB Awards for Teaching Excellence. Four others were named finalists. Across the Richmond area, a total of 16 winners and 14 finalists were selected from among the 112 teachers […]

Teens face some big issues; How can you help them navigate?

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It isn’t always easy to know how to help teenagers. Come to “Critical Teen Issues: Workshops for Educators and Parents,” talk with experts and learn about effective ways to help teens navigate a host of important issues. The informal workshops will be on Nov. 30 at Hermitage High School. Attendees may choose one workshop lasting […]

Can a strategic plan meeting really be entertaining? Yes!

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Helping create a school division’s new strategic plan is a critical task – but can it also be entertaining and inspiring? If you have doubts, Adolph Brown III may cause you to reevaluate. The prominent teacher and speaker, who will appear Nov. 29 at Hermitage High School, is well-known for his dynamic style, inspirational message […]

Thursday is the deadline to nominate a principal for the REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership

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Thursday, Nov. 16 is the last day to nominate an outstanding principal for the REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The awards provide a tangible, public way to recognize a 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 […]

Henrico County Public Schools creating position to oversee equity and diversity efforts

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Henrico County Public Schools is creating a new Office of Equity and Diversity, and will hire a director-level position to oversee it. The new director of equity and diversity will oversee Henrico Schools’ efforts at increasing equity and diversity across the school division. Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw made the announcement Thursday evening at the School […]

School Board Meetings Thursday, Nov. 9

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meetings on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, according to the following schedule: School Board Work Session 2:30 p.m. Budget 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 […]

Share your thoughts on HCPS’ budget for fiscal year 2018-19

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Henrico Schools will hold seven meetings prior to the release of the superintendent’s budget in January to get community input on the school division’s budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. A short presentation by HCPS budget staff members will be followed by opportunities to comment and ask questions. As is customary, the school division will […]

Come hear an education visionary and help Henrico Schools chart a course for the future

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Henrico County Public Schools wants input from Henrico citizens in the creation of a new strategic plan for 2018-25. Kicking off the process will be a talk by education guru David Stephen, co-founder of Boston-based New Vista Designs for Learning. Stephen’s cutting-edge work in curricula, programming and school design is informed by this essential question: […]

Grant for almost $600,000 will enable HCPS, foundation, to increase after-school and summer academic opportunities

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Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, more Henrico students will get tutoring and academic opportunities outside of regular school hours. The state agency awarded a federal grant for $593,193 to the Henrico Education Foundation to expand a program at Glen Lea Elementary School run jointly by Henrico Schools and the foundation. […]

Special School Board meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 25

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following special meeting today, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, according to the following schedule: Community Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the auditorium at Short Pump Middle School, 4701 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, Va. The meeting is open to the public […]

College and Career Night: One-stop shopping for your future

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It’s never too early to get a jump on your future. Students of all ages are invited to investigate options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2017 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, […]

College & Career nightIt’s never too early to get a jump on your future. Students of all ages are invited to investigate options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2017 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, as well as about 50 representatives of career options such as businesses and branches of the military.

The event recently saw the introduction of a timesaving feature: pre-registration barcodes. In past years, aisles could sometimes be glutted with students and parents filling out information cards to leave with colleges. Students are now asked to fill out a brief questionnaire ahead of the event at www.gotocollegefairs.com to receive a personal barcode. When they find colleges at the event that pique their interest, students can quickly transfer their contact information by having a personal barcode scanned. 

When: Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va. 23227

Confirmed college participants as of Oct. 23
Institutions not on the list may be present at the event, but have not confirmed their availability. 

Alderson Broaddus College

Allegheny College

Applachian State University

Averett University

Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Barton College

Belmont Abbey College

Bluefield College

Bluefield State College

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

Bowie State University

Bowling Green State University

Brandeis University

Brevard College

Bridgewater College

Bryant & Stratton College – Richmond

Bryant University

Bryn Athyn College

California College of the Arts

Campbell University

Capitol Technology University

Catawba College

Cedar Crest College

Central Virginia Community College

Centura College

Charleston Southern University

Chowan University

Christopher Newport University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Colby College

Colgate University

College of Charleston

Columbia College

Columbia University

Concord University

Culinary Institute of Virginia – ECPI

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

Danville Community College

Davidson College

Davis & Elkins College

East Carolina University

Eastern Mennonite University

ECPI Medical Careers Institute

Elizabeth City State University

Elon University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Emory and Henry College

Fairmont State University

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Ferrum College

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Southern College

Fortis College

Francis Marion University

Frostburg State University

Gardner-Webb University

George Mason University

Glenville State College

Greensboro College

Guilford College

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampton University

High Point University

Hollins University

Hood College

Howard University

Indiana Institute of Technology

ITT Technical Institute

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

James Madison University

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

John Tyler Community College

Johnson & Wales University

Johnson C. Smith University

Juniata College

Kansas State University

Keystone College

Kent State University

King University

Lenoir-Rhyne College

Liberty University

Lincoln College of Technology

Lincoln Memorial University

Living Arts College

Long Island University

Longwood University

Lord Fairfax Community College

Louisburg College

Lousiana State University

Lynchburg College

Marshall University

Mary Baldwin College

Marymount University

McDaniel College

Mercer University

Meredith College

Methodist University

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Milligan College

Mississippi State University

Montana State University

Moore College of Art & Design

Morgan State University

Mount St. Mary’s University

National College

Norfolk State University

North Carolina A & T State University

North Carolina Outward Bound School

North Carolina State University

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Norwich University

Nova Southeastern University

Ohio Technical College PSI

Ohio Valley University

Old Dominion University

Patrick Henry College

Pennsylvania State University

Pfeiffer University

Potomac State College of WVU

Queens University of Charlotte

Quinnipiac University

Radford University

Randolph College

Randolph-Macon College

Regent University

Richard Bland College

Ringling College of Art and Design

Roanoke College

Rutgers University

Saint Augustine’s College

Saint Leo University

Saint Vincent College

Salem Academy and College

Salisbury University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Sentara School of Health Sciences

Seton Hall University

Shaw University

Shenandoah University

Shepherd University

South University

Southern Methodist University

Southern Virginia University

Southside Regional Medical Ctr Professional Schools

St. Andrews University

St. Bonaventure University

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Stevenson University 

Stratford University

Strayer University

Susquehanna University

Sweet Briar College

The Apprentice School

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

The Art Institutes

The Citadel

The College of Saint Rose

The College of William and Mary

The Council on International Educational Exchange

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Tidewater Community College

Towson University

Tusculum College

United Assoc of Mechanical Trades School

United States Air Force Academy

United States Coast Guard Academy

United States Merchant Marine Academy

United States Military Academy

United States Naval Academy

Universal Technical Institute

University of Alabama

University of Charleston

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Maine

University of Mary Washington

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Missouri

University of Mount Olive 

University of North Carolina at Asheville

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of Notre Dame

University of Richmond

University of Scranton

University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina–Aiken

University of Tennessee: Knoxville

University of Virginia 

University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Vanderbilt University

VCU Clinical Laboratory Science

VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity

VCU School of Allied Health

VCU School of Dentistry

Virginia College in Richmond

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Intermont College

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia State University

Virginia Tech

Virginia Union University

Virginia University of Lynchburg

Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Western Community College

Wagner College

Wake Forest University

Warren Wilson College

Washington and Lee University

Wellesley College

Wells College

West Liberty University

West Virginia State University

West Virginia University

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Widener University

William Peace University

Wilson College

Winston-Salem University

Winthrop University

WyoTech

York College of Pennsylvania

School Board meetings, Thursday, Oct. 26

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, Oct. 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, Va. Closed sessions […]

Henrico Schools holding Oct. 30 job fair

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Your next opportunity could begin Oct. 30 at Henrico Schools’ job fair. Come to Henrico County Public Library’s Fairfield branch and talk with school division representatives about openings for full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department will be on hand for the […]

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, […]