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Meet Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ new superintendent

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Henrico, Va. Aug. 8, 2018 – Amy Cashwell wants to meet you. Henrico Schools’ new superintendent will hold five informal meet-and-greet sessions in August, where members of the public can drop by and talk with the school division’s new leader. There will be a meet-and-greet opportunity in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts. Meet-and-Greet […]

Henrico, Va. Aug. 8, 2018 – Amy Cashwell wants to meet you. Henrico Schools’ new superintendent will hold five informal meet-and-greet sessions in August, where members of the public can drop by and talk with the school division’s new leader. There will be a meet-and-greet opportunity in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts.

Meet-and-Greet Sessions

  • Aug. 13 from 3-4 p.m.: Twin Hickory Area Library (5001 Twin Hickory Road)
  • Aug. 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Varina Area Library (1875 New Market Road)
  • Aug. 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Fairfield Area Library (1001 N. Laburnum Ave.)
  • Aug. 21 from 5-6 p.m.: Libbie Mill Library (2100 Libbie Lake E. St.)
  • Aug. 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Tuckahoe Area Library (1901 Starling Drive)

Besides the informal meet-and-greet sessions, Cashwell will hold a series of town hall meetings in late September and early October. Those will feature a short presentation as well as a chance to ask questions and share ideas.

Cashwell began work as Henrico’s superintendent July 1. She was selected by the Henrico School Board after a search that included extensive public involvement.

In her previous position as chief academic officer for Virginia Beach Schools’ Department of Teaching and Learning, Cashwell oversaw a number of departments, including those dealing with instruction, instructional technology, student support services, exceptional education, and opportunity and achievement. She joined Virginia Beach Schools in 1998 as a teacher before becoming an assistant principal and principal. She assumed her role as chief academic officer in 2013. 

Cashwell is an alumna of Longwood University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and education. She earned a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the George Washington University. Cashwell also earned a doctorate from George Washington, in education administration and policy studies. She is originally from Virginia Beach.

Find out more about Henrico Schools’ new superintendent and read a brief interview by going to http://henricoschools.us/henrico-county-public-schools-selects-amy-cashwell-as-new-superintendent/

Momentum for new year starts with Henrico County Public Schools’ “Back-to-School Kickoff”

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Henrico, Va., Aug. 7, 2018 – While Sept. 4 will be the day students first fill the hallways and cafeterias, the excitement of the 2018-19 school year starts earlier, at Henrico Schools’ first-ever “Back-to-School Kickoff.” The Aug. 18 event will be held on the grounds of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. There will be a […]

Henrico, Va., Aug. 7, 2018 – While Sept. 4 will be the day students first fill the hallways and cafeterias, the excitement of the 2018-19 school year starts earlier, at Henrico Schools’ first-ever “Back-to-School Kickoff.” The Aug. 18 event will be held on the grounds of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.

There will be a mix of family activities, including a DJ, food trucks, inflatables, onsite school registration and a Splash Zone. 

The divisionwide event is sponsored by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement, and all Henrico County families are invited to attend. Overflow parking will be available at nearby Harvie Elementary School, with shuttles to the recreation center.

Back-to-School Kickoff activities include:

  • DJ
  • ManUp Walk a Mile With Your Child (8 a.m.)
  • School performances: step teams, drumlines and more throughout the day
  • Keynote speaker: Loren Johnson, Highland Spring HS football head coach and winner of three straight state titles
  • Splash Zone
  • Meet and talk with school leaders
  • Kids’ inflatable activities 
  • Face painting 
  • Giveaways for kids
  • Food trucks on site
  • Free books
  • Math and reading activities 
  • Information fair (vendors with information about family resources)
  • Onsite school registration
  • School supplies
  • HCPS job opportunities and initial interviews

Henrico Schools Back-to-School Kickoff
When: Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.

2018-2019 Per Pupil Expenditure

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July 2018 A state regulation requires us annually to make available the average per pupil expenditures (pdf). Shown below is a comparison of average per pupil expenditures for operations.   Sources of Financial Support 2016-2017 State Average (Actual) 2016-2017 Henrico Average (actual) 2017-2018 Henrico Average (Budget) 2018-2019 Henrico Average (Budget) State Funds $3,996 $3,252 $4,075 […]

Henrico Schools invites you to an informal conversation about planned Brookland District elementary school

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Henrico, Va., July 23, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is holding an informal community conversation about a new elementary school planned for Henrico County’s Brookland magisterial district. The forum will be held Aug. 6 at Libbie Mill Library and is open to the public.  In 2016 voters approved a bond referendum that included funding […]

Henrico, Va., July 23, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is holding an informal community conversation about a new elementary school planned for Henrico County’s Brookland magisterial district. The forum will be held Aug. 6 at Libbie Mill Library and is open to the public. 

In 2016 voters approved a bond referendum that included funding for the new school. It will be built adjacent to Holladay Elementary School, located near the Lakeside neighborhood at 7300 Galaxie Road. The new school is slated to open for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

While the school’s general location has been determined, planning for the facility is just getting started. The community conversation will include a brief presentation about the project site, the timeline for construction and some possible programming options for the school. School division leaders will be on hand, including Beverly Cocke, the School Board’s Brookland District representative. Most of the time will be set aside for attendees’ questions, thoughts and ideas.

A Spanish interpreter will be present. Need an interpreter for a language other than Spanish or English? Please send a message to Val Gooss, educational specialist, ESL and world languages, at vpgooss@henrico.k12.va.us, or contact the Welcome Center at 804-527-4604.

Community conversation about planned elementary school

Who: 
Members of the community are invited to attend

When:
Aug. 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where:
Libbie Mill Library
2100 Libbie Lake E. Street
Henrico, Va. 23230

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Henrico County Public Schools selects Amy Cashwell as new superintendent

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Dr. Amy Cashwell new superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools. Henrico, Va., June 5, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools has selected Dr. Amy E. Cashwell, a longtime educator and administrator with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, as its new superintendent. The School Board made the announcement and introduced Cashwell to Henrico Schools staff members […]

Dr. Amy Cashwell new superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools.

Henrico, Va., June 5, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools has selected Dr. Amy E. Cashwell, a longtime educator and administrator with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, as its new superintendent. The School Board made the announcement and introduced Cashwell to Henrico Schools staff members Tuesday morning at a special work session at New Bridge Learning Center auditorium. Cashwell will begin work as superintendent July 1.

In her current position as chief academic officer for Virginia Beach Schools’ Department of Teaching and Learning, Cashwell oversees a number of departments, including those dealing with instruction, instructional technology, student support services, exceptional education, and opportunity and achievement. She joined Virginia Beach Schools in 1998 as a teacher before becoming an assistant principal and principal. She assumed her current role in 2013.

Cashwell is an alumna of Longwood University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and education. She earned a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the George Washington University. Cashwell also earned a doctorate from George Washington, in education administration and policy studies. She is originally from Virginia Beach.

“It is an honor to have been selected to serve the Henrico County community as superintendent,” Cashwell said. “I am committed to maintaining the legacy of excellence within Henrico County Public Schools and to working collaboratively with the Henrico community to build upon the division’s reputation for academic excellence and innovation.”

Michelle “Micky” Ogburn, School Board chair and the Board’s Three Chopt District representative, expressed the Board’s unanimous support.

“I am honored to have worked with my fellow School Board members in selecting Dr. Cashwell to be our next superintendent,” Ogburn said. “Her experience as a classroom teacher and extensive leadership across many facets of Virginia Beach Public Schools as their chief academic officer bode well for her success in guiding HCPS to even greater achievement. She charted a course that resulted in bringing all VBCPS schools across the line to accreditation and in making equity a driving principle in the day-to-day operations of the school system. I believe she will be able to forge meaningful, collaborative relationships with our staff and the greater Henrico community as she has done so successfully in Virginia Beach. I look forward to working with Dr. Cashwell and am truly excited for the future.”

During her time in Virginia Beach, Cashwell concentrated on a variety of initiatives, including those related to equity, social and emotional support systems for students, exceptional education, and technology. In 2016 she was recognized by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education as its Outstanding Educator of the Year for her role in launching a school-based instructional technology support program. The Center for Digital Education, a national education research and media group, named Cashwell one of its top 30 “technologists, transformers and trailblazers” for 2017. The group cited Cashwell’s leadership in carving out an independent role for instructional technology, and in helping schools become laboratories for testing the instructional possibilities of new technology.

“As a former educator in Henrico County, I have a deep love for the community and its children, and I see such a bright future for HCPS with Dr. Cashwell at the helm,” said Aaron Spence, Virginia Beach City Public Schools superintendent. “For the four years I have had the good fortune to work with her in Virginia Beach, she has proven herself a compassionate, competent professional who is driven to improve the learning experience for all children and for the teachers and staff she supports. Our loss is Henrico County’s gain, and the School Board should be commended for its decision and its vision.”

Spence was principal at Henrico County’s Deep Run High School when it opened in 2002.

Cashwell will hold several forums across Henrico County in coming months to talk with families, students, staff members and other interested Henrico citizens. Information about the forums will be announced as it becomes available.

Cashwell will be Henrico County Public Schools’ first female superintendent.

As part of its selection process, the School Board used information gathered from two public input sessions and an online survey that garnered more than 3,000 responses. The Board had set a target date of July 1 for having a new superintendent in place. Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent since 2014, will retire June 30.

For a recap of the superintendent search process, click here. 

  • What attracted you to Henrico County?

    Henrico County Public Schools has always had a reputation for academic excellence and innovation. During my 20-plus years as an educator, I’ve come to know Henrico for a number of reasons. I’ve collaborated with the staff here on various projects, from preschool implementation to alternative behavior programs, and have just known the reputation Henrico has across the state. I was also drawn to Henrico’s approach to innovation. I’m interested in early technology adoption, but I think of innovation as not just about technology, but about being forward-thinking

    Tell us a little bit about the vision you’re developing for the school division?

    Community is important to me, so as I begin my time in Henrico, I’ll be excited to get to know the community at large – including the business community, the broader educational community and higher ed institutions – and think about how we can work together to strengthen opportunities for students in Henrico County Public Schools. It will be important to develop those community connections and get a sense of what the broader community sees as needs and priorities. How can we create strong connections, pathways, opportunities and internships? That’s very important to me.

    I absolutely understand that I’ll have big shoe to fill, and I certainly want to continue Henrico’s tradition of academic excellence. Certainly the school division has made great strides in reaching full state accreditation for all its schools. A priority for me and part of my vision is to help all schools across the county achieve the same level of academic excellence and meet those state benchmarks. That will give us a level playing field and an equitable situation for students, no matter which school they attend in Henrico County.

    Obviously you’re just getting to know Henrico, but at first glance, are there some things you see as similarities with Virginia Beach, and things that appear as differences?

    One similarity seems to be the high value that both organizations place on staff and the staff being a family. I’ve seen the school division’s “Heart of Henrico” features on the website. That’s the kind of thing that shows that the school division recognizes the importance of the individuals who make up the organization, no matter their role. Whether you’re driving a bus, in a food line or in front of a classroom, we all make up this learning community. That strong sense of community and family within Henrico Schools is something that is also present in Virginia Beach and it’s something that is important to me.

    Another similarity is this idea of creating a robust network of pathways and opportunities for students, particularly in the secondary arena. We have a strong academy structure that runs throughout our secondary schools, and Henrico also offers a variety of paths for students, in your high schools and your technical and career education centers. Henrico’s industry credentialing is top tier. When we look at what’s happening across Virginia, that’s one area I also see as part of my vision – creating even stronger networks and pathways, and I think Henrico has some rich opportunities, given its location. Both school divisions have been trailblazers in terms of industry credentialing and certifications for students leaving school with those “stackable” credentials that they can take anywhere into the workplace and into higher ed.

    That said, I certainly recognize that every community is unique. I would never propose to take things out of Virginia Beach and put them here in ready-made, cookie cutter form. Certainly I was involved in a lot of innovative, exciting projects there and I think I bring that spirit of innovation and creativity to Henrico, but for me it’s going to be knowing the community, connecting with what’s important here and working together to continue moving forward.

    What are some things you’d like people here to know about you?

    I am a passionate educator. I am an avid advocate for public education. Even though I left the classroom many years ago, I think of myself as a teacher at heart. I’m here for the students – I’m student-centered. My decision-making is very much based on thinking about opportunities for students and providing equitable opportunities.

    What can HCPS staff members and people in the community expect as this school year concludes and as the new one gets underway?

    They can expect a smooth transition. They can expect to be able to rely on the excellence that they’ve recognized and helped build up to this point. They can expect to see me – a lot of me, I hope – out in the schools and in the community. I’m a hands-on individual. I like to be as connected as possible to the learning environments and see things first-hand. I recognize it will be summer when I come in but I will certainly be taking opportunities to get to know as many staff members and other groups as possible. And of course I’m really looking forward to fall and connecting with students.

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico seleccionan a Amy Cashwell como nueva Superintendente

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Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico seleccionan a Amy Cashwell como nueva Superintendente Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico han seleccionado a la Dra. Amy E. Cashwell, educadora y administradora de larga trayectoria en las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Virginia Beach, como su nueva superintendente. La Junta Escolar hizo el anuncio […]

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico seleccionan a Amy Cashwell como nueva Superintendente

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico han seleccionado a la Dra. Amy E. Cashwell, educadora y administradora de larga trayectoria en las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Virginia Beach, como su nueva superintendente. La Junta Escolar hizo el anuncio e introdujo a Cashwell al personal de las escuelas de Henrico el martes por la mañana en una sesión de trabajo especial en el auditorio del Centro de Aprendizaje New Bridge. Cashwell comenzará a trabajar como superintendente el 1 de julio.

En su posición actual como directora académica del Departamento de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje de las Escuelas de Virginia Beach, Cashwell supervisa una serie de departamentos, incluidos los que se ocupan de instrucción, tecnología educativa, servicios de apoyo estudiantil, educación excepcional y oportunidades y rendimiento. Ella se unió a las escuelas de Virginia Beach en 1998 como maestra antes de convertirse en subdirectora y directora. Ella asumió su papel actual en el 2013.

Cashwell es ex-alumna de la Universidad Longwood, donde obtuvo un título de bachiller en estudios liberales y educación. Obtuvo una maestría en administración educativa y supervisión de la Universidad George Washington. Cashwell también obtuvo un doctorado de George Washington en administración de educación y estudios de política. Ella es originaria de Virginia Beach.

“Es un honor haber sido seleccionada para servir a la comunidad del Condado de Henrico como superintendente”, dijo Cashwell. “Estoy comprometida a mantener el legado de excelencia dentro de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico y a trabajar en colaboración con la comunidad de Henrico para construir sobre la reputación de excelencia académica e innovación de la división”.

Michelle “Micky” Ogburn, Presidente de la Junta Escolar y el representante de la Junta del distrito Three Chopt expresó el apoyo unánime de la Junta.

“Me siento honrado de haber trabajado con mis compañeros miembros de la Junta Escolar para seleccionar a la Dra. Cashwell para que sea nuestra próxima superintendente”, dijo Ogburn. “Su experiencia como maestra de salón de clase y su amplio liderazgo en muchas facetas de las Escuelas Públicas de Virginia Beach como su directora académica es un buen presagio de su éxito al guiar a HCPS a un logro aún mayor. Ella trazó un curso que resultó en llevar a todas las Escuelas Públicas de Virginia Beach al otro lado de la línea a la acreditación y en hacer que la equidad sea un principio de conducción en las operaciones cotidianas del sistema escolar. Creo que podrá forjar relaciones de colaboración significativas con nuestro personal y la gran comunidad de Henrico, como lo ha hecho con éxito en Virginia Beach. Espero trabajar con la Dra. Cashwell y estoy realmente emocionado por el futuro “.
Durante su tiempo en Virginia Beach, Cashwell se concentró en una variedad de iniciativas, incluidas aquellas relacionadas con la equidad, los sistemas de apoyo emocional y social para los estudiantes, la educación excepcional y la tecnología. En 2016 fue reconocida por la Sociedad de Virginia para la Tecnología en la Educación como su Educadora Destacada del Año por su papel en el lanzamiento de un programa de apoyo a la tecnología educativa basada en la escuela. El Centro para la Educación Digital, un grupo nacional de investigación y medios educativos, nombró a Cashwell como una de sus 30 mejores “tecnólogos, transformadores y pioneros” para 2017. El grupo citó el liderazgo de Cashwell en forjar un rol independiente para la tecnología educativa y en ayudar a las escuelas a convertirse en laboratorios para probar las posibilidades de instrucción de la nueva tecnología.

“Como antiguo educador en el Condado de Henrico, tengo un profundo amor por la comunidad y sus hijos, y veo un futuro tan brillante para HCPS con la Dra. Cashwell a la cabeza”, dijo Aaron Spence, superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Virginia Beach. “Durante los cuatro años que he tenido la suerte de trabajar con ella en Virginia Beach, ella ha demostrado ser una profesional compasiva y competente que se esfuerza por mejorar la experiencia de aprendizaje para todos los niños y para los maestros y el personal que ella apoya. Nuestra pérdida es la ganancia del Condado de Henrico, y la Junta Escolar debe ser elogiada por su decisión y su visión.”

Spence era Director de la Escuela Secundaria Deep Run cuando abrió en el 2002.

Cashwell llevará a cabo varios foros en el Condado de Henrico en los próximos meses para hablar con las familias, los estudiantes, el personal y otros ciudadanos interesados ​​de Henrico. La información sobre los foros se anunciará a medida que esté disponible. Cashwell será la primera dama superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de Henrico.

Como parte de su proceso de selección, la Junta Escolar utilizó información recopilada de dos sesiones de opinión pública y una encuesta en línea que obtuvo más de 3,000 respuestas. La Junta estableció una fecha objetivo del 1 de julio para tener un nuevo superintendente en su lugar. Patrick C. Kinlaw, superintendente de la división desde 2014, se jubilará el 30 de junio.

Resumen de lo Búsqueda de un nuevo superintendente

Family Learning Series – Summer Sessions

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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 summer workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend. Dyslexia Simulation – Kristin Kane, family resource  coordinator, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center Tuesday, July 10, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.Glen […]

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 summer workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend.

Dyslexia Simulation

– Kristin Kane, family resource  coordinator, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Glen Allen Branch Library (HCPL) – 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

The presentation will highlight the prevalence, characteristics, intervention and accommodations for dyslexia. Participants will get an overview of dyslexia and participate in an intensive simulation intended to generate robust conversation about children with dyslexia and their experiences in the classroom. The content will also review where dyslexia can be found in the Virginia Department of Education’s resources and provide attendees with a broad base of additional resources that can be used or shared with families. This short simulation is intended to give the participant the power of empathy.


A Great Start in Kindergarten: How Parents Can Help

– Mary E. Cox, director of elementary education, Henrico County Public Schools

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Belmont Recreation Center – 1600 Hilliard Road, Henrico, Va. 23228

Beginning kindergarten is such an exciting time for children and their families! Join us for this workshop to learn more about the kindergarten day in HCPS schools, as well as what you can do to prepare your child for a successful start to school.

We’ll be sharing many ideas and resources and making some great learning materials that you can use at home.


Empowering Super Hero Dads

– Darryl A. Williams, family and community engagement coordinator, Henrico County Public Schools

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Belmont Recreation Center – 1600 Hilliard Road, Henrico, Va. 23228

Super hero dads have the power to recognize that even if they cannot fix a problem or disability, they can take action to improve their child’s outcomes. This session will identify challenges that can prevent fathers of children with disabilities from being actively involved in their child’s education and ways to combat those challenges. We will also discuss the importance of connecting with other dads for ideas and support.


Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smartphone? Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets

– Catava Burton, educational specialist, HCPS Department of Professional Development and School Improvement, Henrico County Public Schools

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Tuckahoe Area Library (HCPL) – 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va. 23229

Learn the latest texting slang, secret apps and social media tricks. Information will also be provided on bullying/cyberbullying, human trafficking, internet safety and the psychological impact of these issues. Strategies will also address what you as parents can do to keep your children safe. Bring your smartphone!


The Must-have Resource for Parenting in the Digital Age

– Jonathan D. Gregori, instructional technology specialist, Henrico County Public Schools

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuckahoe Area Library (HCPL) – 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va. 23229

Media and technology are at the center of all our lives. This is especially true of our children, who spend more than 50 hours on screen time per week. Many parents and teachers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Henrico County Public Schools is dedicated to helping all learners thrive in a world of media and technology. The goal of this session is to empower Henrico families with information to make safe, smart and ethical decisions online and harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in a child’s life.


Navigating the Code of Student Conduct

– William Noel Sr., director, Department of Student Support and Disciplinary Review – Henrico County Public Schools

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center (Exit Door 7, Family Engagement) – 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

Frequent suspensions are linked to poor academic performance, student disengagement and potentially, the school-to-prison pipeline. To confront this issue, Henrico County Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct was revamped to address concerns about exclusionary practices and student discipline. In this informative session, participants will find out how HCPS’ Code of Student Conduct went from a traditional (punitive) document to an instructional (disciplined) document with regard to inappropriate student behavior. Participants will find out about practices that address disparities in student discipline, as well as important information to help navigate the Code of Student Conduct.


Homework and Study Strategies for Students with Disabilities

– Tracy Lee, family engagement specialist/special projects coordinator – Virginia Department of Education

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 • 6 -7:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center (Exit Door 7, Family Engagement) – 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

This session will help parents understand how to help their children with homework and study strategies. We will discuss different methods for working with kids who are disorganized, inattentive and easily frustrated. We’ll also discuss how to deal with kids who rush through their homework, as well as those who procrastinate. We’ll discuss tips and tricks that may help students study for tests and, finally, we’ll discuss concrete strategies for strengthening your relationship with your child.


Parent’s Voice in the Special Education Process

– Henry J. Millward Jr., director, Office of Specialized Education Facilities and Family Engagement – Virginia Department of Education

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 • 6-7:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center (Exit Door 7, Family Engagement )- 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

Parents of children identified as having a disability play an important role in the education of their children. Federal and state laws require that parents and school staff members work together to provide children with appropriate educational services. This session will provide information and resources about the special education process and how parents can maximize their voices and be active participants in improving outcomes for their children. Definitions, procedures and an overview of the Individualized Education Plan will be included in this session.


Back-to-School Strategies for a Successful Year

– Pam Bell, director, Department of Family and Community Engagement – Henrico County Public Schools

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 • 6-7:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center (Exit Door 7, Family Engagement) – 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

This session will focus on a variety of ways to help your child jump-start their school year with key strategies they can use for success throughout the school year. It is true that when people “begin with the end in mind” they are typically more successful. You will receive tools to help navigate the Virginia Department of Education website, see the curriculum guide for your child’s grade level, see real examples of SOL questions, discover more than 30 ways to help your child study, and discuss various organizational strategies so your PEATC student starts and ends on top! Get ready!

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 summer workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend.

Henrico Schools’ spelling champ headed to national championship

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Henrico Schools’ spelling champ headed to national championship Henrico, Va., May 25, 2018 – Spelling champion Joseph Chambers is headed to the big dance. The Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader bested the champions of 56 other schools in January to become Henrico County’s winner. He then captured the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling trophy in March, defeating […]

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.

March 14 “Walkout” – An update for Henrico County students and families

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Dear Henrico families,   This message is primarily for those with students in high school and middle school. Many students across the nation – including large numbers of students in Henrico County – are planning to walk out of classes for 17 minutes on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in response to the tragedy […]

Dear Henrico families,

 

This message is primarily for those with students in high school and middle school.

Many students across the nation – including large numbers of students in Henrico County – are planning to walk out of classes for 17 minutes on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Your family may have already received information about this from your school’s principal. Henrico County Public Schools has specific plans to address these unique circumstances at our middle and high schools (no elementary school involvement is anticipated at this time.)


What is the position of Henrico County Public Schools on this issue?

We believe that students are participating in the walkout to honor the 17 victims and to raise awareness of our community’s collective belief in safe schools. While we do not encourage walking out of class, students do not forfeit their First Amendment rights when they enter school. Such a walkout may present significant safety and classroom instruction concerns, but it also presents opportunities for learning and growth. Henrico Schools believes in engaging our students in diverse educational, social and civic learning experiences that inspire and empower students to become contributing citizens. Out of this unspeakable tragedy, a valuable teaching moment has emerged.

School principals and their administrative teams have been working this week to maximize the instructional opportunities while minimizing safety concerns. For example, schools have:

  • Worked with student leaders to identify the goals of the walkout and to set expectations.
  • Asked what Standards of Learning can be met through planning and participating.
  • Asked how students can participate safely.
  • Asked how to accommodate students who do not wish to participate.
  • Developed a plan to take attendance before and after the walkout.
  • At the middle school level, required parents/guardians to give written consent.

Plans may differ from school to school based on unique safety concerns, the goals of student leaders, and the outcome of continued discussions between students and their school administrators.

What is our expectation of students for these 17 minutes?

Our expectation is that students will act peacefully and remain on school property in a designated safe space. Leaving school property without permission is a “category one” violation of the Code of Student Conduct. We expect students to return to class promptly after the 17 minutes of reflection.

Do students face disciplinary action (such as a suspension) for participating?

Generally, no. Students may receive a follow-up discussion (a “teachable moment”) based on their actions. Should other issues arise beyond leaving class for 17 minutes, then normal disciplinary procedures would be considered and applied as needed. All students must remember: disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not acceptable.

What is the role of Henrico County Public Schools employees?

Employees will not be active participants in the walkout. School Board policy precludes employees from engaging in any activity supporting or opposing a partisan political cause while on duty, while on school property during school hours, or while representing the school division. While some may consider the occasion to be partisan or political in nature, others may consider it a non-partisan moment of remembrance and honor for the Parkland victims. Either way, we believe the effort is, and should be, student-led, yet monitored by adults. Employees, while on school time, will carry out their professional duties.

What about students who choose not to participate?

Schools will provide designated areas where students opting not to participate will be supervised. In most cases, this will likely be their classroom.

What about visitors to school property during the walkout time?

We expect that adults, such as parents and other relatives, might want to participate. However, as is true at any time during the school day, the campus is not open to unlimited access by the public. Anyone who enters the campus during the school day must follow normal procedures that begin with signing-in at the school’s main office.

What can I do before the walkout takes place?

We encourage families to have a discussion with their student(s) about his or her beliefs related to the walkout. Discuss your family’s expectations for their actions and behavior on March 14. Remind students that their school division is interested in respecting their wishes while being protective of everyone’s safety.

I still have specific questions and concerns about my student and/or my student’s school. Where do I go for answers?

Your school principal will be happy to discuss additional questions or concerns.

What about the next national walkout scheduled to take place on April 20, 2018?

We will continue to monitor plans and share updates in the coming weeks.

Please know that we are proactively working with students, school faculties and local law enforcement to ensure any student-led efforts are handled in the most peaceful, respectful way and in the best interests of our children. Thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Patrick C. Kinlaw
Superintendent

Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn, Chair
Henrico County School Board
Three Chopt District

Marzo 14, 2018 “Demostración” – Un mensaje para los estudiantes y familias de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico

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Estimadas familias de Henrico, Este mensaje está dirigido principalmente para estudiantes de escuelas medias y secundarias. Muchos estudiantes de todo el país, incluyendo gran cantidad de estudiantes en el Condado de Henrico, planean hacer una demostración saliendo de las clases durante 17 minutos el miércoles 14 de marzo a las 10 a.m. en respuesta a […]

Estimadas familias de Henrico,

Este mensaje está dirigido principalmente para estudiantes de escuelas medias y secundarias.

Muchos estudiantes de todo el país, incluyendo gran cantidad de estudiantes en el Condado de Henrico, planean hacer una demostración saliendo de las clases durante 17 minutos el miércoles 14 de marzo a las 10 a.m. en respuesta a la tragedia en la Escuela Secundaria Marjory Stoneman Douglas en Parkland, Florida. Es posible que su familia ya haya recibido información sobre esto del director de su escuela. Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico tienen planes específicos para abordar estas circunstancias especiales en nuestras escuelas medias y secundarias (no se anticipa la participación de escuelas primaria en este momento).

¿Cuál es la posición de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico sobre este tema? Creemos que los estudiantes están participando esta demostración para honrar a las 17 víctimas y difundir a nuestra comunidad la convicción colectiva de que las escuelas son seguras.   Si bien no los alentamos a salir de las clases, los estudiantes no pierden sus derechos de la Primera Enmienda al entrar a la escuela. Tal retirada puede presentar preocupaciones significativas de seguridad y de instrucción en el aula, pero también presenta oportunidades para el aprendizaje y el crecimiento. Las Escuelas de Henrico creen en involucrar a nuestros estudiantes en diversas experiencias educativas, sociales y de aprendizaje cívico que inspiran y capacitan a los estudiantes para convertirse en ciudadanos contribuyentes. De esta tragedia indescriptible, ha surgido un valioso momento de enseñanza.

Los directores de las escuelas y sus equipos administrativos han estado trabajando esta semana para maximizar las oportunidades de enseñanza mientras se minimizan las preocupaciones de seguridad. Por ejemplo, las escuelas:

  • Trabajaron con líderes estudiantiles para identificar los objetivos de la demostración y establecer expectativas.
  • Preguntaron qué estándares de aprendizaje se pueden cumplir a través de la planificación y la participación.
  • Preguntaron cómo los estudiantes pueden participar de manera segura.
  • Preguntaron cómo acomodar a los estudiantes que no desean participar.
  • Desarrollaron un plan para tomar asistencia antes y después de la demostración.
  • En ciertas escuelas medias, se les pidió a los padres / tutores que den su consentimiento por escrito.

Los planes pueden diferir de una escuela a otra en base a preocupaciones de seguridad únicas, las metas de los líderes estudiantiles y el resultado de discusiones continuas entre los estudiantes y sus administradores escolares.

 ¿Cuál es nuestra expectativa de estudiantes para estos 17 minutos?

Nuestra expectativa es que los estudiantes actúen pacíficamente y permanezcan en la propiedad de la escuela en un espacio seguro designado. Salir de la propiedad de la escuela sin permiso es una infracción de “categoría uno” del Código de Conducta Estudiantil. Esperamos que los estudiantes regresen a clases puntualmente después de los 17 minutos de reflexión.

¿Los estudiantes enfrentan una consecuencia disciplinaria (como una suspensión) por participar?

En general, no. Los estudiantes pueden recibir una discusión de seguimiento (un “momento de enseñanza”) en función de sus acciones. En caso de que surjan otros problemas más allá de dejar la clase por 17 minutos, entonces los procedimientos disciplinarios normales se considerarán y se aplicarán según sea necesario. Todos los estudiantes deben recordar: la alteración del orden que interrumpe las operaciones escolares no es aceptable.

¿Cuál es el rol de los empleados de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico?

 Los empleados no participarán activamente en la demostración. La política de la Junta Escolar impide a los empleados participar en cualquier actividad que apoye o se oponga a una causa política partidista mientras están de servicio, mientras están en la propiedad de la escuela durante el horario escolar, o mientras representan a la división escolar. Mientras que algunos pueden considerar que la ocasión es de naturaleza partidista o política, otros pueden considerarla como un momento no partidista de recuerdo y honor para las víctimas de Parkland. De cualquier manera, creemos que el esfuerzo es, y debe ser, dirigido por los estudiantes, pero monitoreado por adultos. Los empleados, mientras están en horario escolar, llevarán a cabo sus tareas profesionales.

¿Qué pasa con los estudiantes que eligen no participar?

Las escuelas proporcionarán áreas designadas donde los estudiantes que opten por no participar serán supervisados. En la mayoría de los casos, este será probablemente su salón de clases.

¿Qué pasa con los visitantes a la propiedad de la escuela durante el tiempo de la manifestación?

Esperamos que los adultos, como los padres de familia y otros familiares, quieran participar. Sin embargo, como es cierto en cualquier momento durante el día escolar, el campus no está abierto al acceso ilimitado por parte del público. Cualquier persona que ingrese al campus durante el día escolar debe seguir los procedimientos normales que comienzan con el inicio de sesión en la oficina principal de la escuela.

¿Qué puedo hacer antes de que ocurra la demostración?

 Animamos a las familias a tener una discusión con sus estudiantes sobre sus opiniones relacionadas con la huelga. Discuta las expectativas de su familia sobre sus acciones y comportamiento el 14 de marzo. Recuérdeles a los alumnos que su división escolar está interesada en respetar sus deseos y proteger la seguridad de todos.

 

Todavía tengo preguntas e inquietudes específicas sobre mi estudiante y / o la escuela de mi hijo. ¿A dónde busco las respuestas?

El director de su escuela estará encantado de analizar preguntas o inquietudes adicionales.

 

¿Qué pasa con la próxima demostración nacional programada para el 20 de abril de 2018?

 Continuaremos monitoreando los planes y compartiremos las actualizaciones en las próximas semanas.

Por favor sepa que estamos trabajando proactivamente con los estudiantes, el cuerpo docente de la escuela y la policía local para garantizar que los esfuerzos dirigidos por los alumnos se lleven a cabo de la manera más pacífica, respetuosa y en el mejor interés de nuestros niños. Gracias por tu tiempo y atención.

Atentamente,

Patrick C. Kinlaw
Superintendente

Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn
Presidente, Consejo Escolar del Condado de Henrico
Representante del Distrito Three Chopt

An important message about school safety

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  Henrico County Public Schools families, In the week since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., we have received numerous requests for information about school safety. We are most appreciative of our community’s concerns, and we would like to address the following questions: Where can I find detailed information about […]

Un mensaje importante sobre la seguridad escolar

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Familias de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico, Después de una semana desde la tragedia en la Escuela Secundaria Marjory Stoneman Douglas en Parkland, Florida, hemos recibido numerosas solicitudes de información sobre la seguridad escolar. Agradecemos las inquietudes de nuestra comunidad y nos gustaría responder las siguientes preguntas: ¿Dónde puedo encontrar información detallada sobre […]

11 more creative classroom ideas will come to life, thanks to Henrico Education Foundation grant program

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Henrico, Va., Feb. 1, 2018 – From literacy resources to teacher training, the Henrico Education Foundation’s latest grants will empower students with creative, evidence-based ways to learn. The foundation has selected 11 classroom projects to receive a total of $34,759 in the second round of its Innovation Grants for 2017-18. The foundation expects the funded […]