Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meeting – May 24, 2018

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings:

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

1:30 p.m.        Work Session

6:30 p.m.        Monthly Meeting

 

All meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia.  Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend.  A live stream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us.  To view “BoardDocs”,where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public.  If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

 

 

Check out, comment on Henrico Schools’ proposed plan for 2018-25

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Check out, comment on Henrico Schools’ proposed plan for 2018-25

Henrico, Va., May 15, 2018 – What should Henrico County Public Schools look like in 2025? The school division wants to know your views on a draft version of a new guiding document. A draft of Henrico Schools’ 2018-25 Strategic Plan, along with a brief survey, are now available by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics.” The deadline to complete the survey is May 30.

The proposed plan was created by committees comprised of school parents, students, Henrico Schools staff members, interested citizens and others. The groups, formed in January from a pool of applicants, concentrated on different areas of the new plan. The plan includes descriptions of eight major goals and how the school division plans to reach them. The goals are each tied to one or more of the four cornerstones that comprise Henrico Schools’ core values. 

In addition to the online survey, there will be an opportunity to comment on the proposed plan in person at a May 24 public hearing held before the School Board’s monthly meeting.

 

Public hearing to comment on Henrico Schools’ proposed plan for 2018-25

When:
May 24 at 5:30 p.m. (before School Board’s 6:30 p.m. meeting)

Where:
New Bridge Learning Center auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

 

Online survey to comment on Henrico Schools’ proposed plan for 2018-25

When:
Complete by May 30 at 11:59 p.m.

How:
Complete by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics” or by going to http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/b581g5a8be

The School Board is expected to vote on adoption of the plan in June.

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Special Meeting

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold a special meeting on:

Monday, May 14, 2018

3:00 p.m.        Work Session

The special meeting will take place at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, Fairfax Room, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, VA.  A closed session will be held during the work session to discuss matters covered under Items A(1) and A(8) of Section 2.2-3711 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, pertaining to personnel matters, including the appointment of the Superintendent, and regarding specific legal matters requiring the provision of legal advice concerning the appointment of the Superintendent. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend, however the only purpose of the meeting is for the Board to enter into closed session. No additional business will be discussed in open session. To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public.  If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

 

From bus drivers to nurses – come join the Henrico Schools team

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Henrico, Va. May 10, 2018 – Love your job and make a difference: come talk to us about joining the dedicated team of Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico County Public Schools will hold a job fair May 16 to talk with candidates for a host of positions. Full-time and substitute positions are available. Openings include those for:

  • Bus drivers
  • School nutrition workers
  • School nurses (RN/LPN and substitutes)
  • Instructional assistants
  • Custodians
  • Construction and Maintenance staff members (equipment operators, plumbers and HVAC technicians)

Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand for the event at the Eastern Henrico Government Center. The job fair for bus driver candidates will take place in the building’s Community Room; the event for other positions will take place in the center’s Multipurpose Room.

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

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

Henrico County Public Schools job fair

When: 
May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: 
Eastern Henrico Government Center
3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

Questions? Call the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed. 

Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions.

Henrico Schools crowns top teachers, leaders for 2018

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Henrico, Va., May 9, 2018 – Henrico Schools employs about 3,900 teachers, but only one is honored each year with the division’s Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. Nichole Gross, an eighth-grade teacher at Fairfield Middle School, was awarded that honor Tuesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School. Amber Hornbarger, a fourth-grade teacher at Glen Lea Elementary School, was named HCPS’ First-Year Teacher of the Year.

Other finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award were Trevvett Elementary School’s Jessica Capano; Matthew Togna of J.R. Tucker High School; Benjamin Fabian of Douglas Freeman High School; and Taylor Allen of Ward Elementary School. Other finalists for First-Year Teacher of the Year were Leigh Anne Pastore of Echo Lake Elementary School and John Rolfe Middle School teacher Devon Garrett.

“I’m grateful for all of you and what you do,” Gross told the crowd of educators. “I’m grateful for my mom, who when I acted up, made me read a novel and write a five-page essay … I’m thankful for the grandmother I never got to meet, who was an English teacher. I’m thankful for my grandfather who raised my dad to read a newspaper every single day. In my household, literacy was always at the forefront. And I’m thankful now to be able to give other kids the same opportunity that I have a passion for.”

Gross grew up in Washington. Her passion for teaching reading in underprivileged communities began early; at age 16, she created her own reading program through the Summer Youth Employment Program. She attended the University of Virginia, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and a master’s degree from Capella University. Before joining the Fairfield faculty in 2008, she spent several years working in information technology at a large corporation.

Hornbarger’s roots in Henrico County are deep. She attended Springfield Park Elementary School, Hungary Creek Middle School and J.R. Tucker High School. Her father’s family attended Glen Lea, where Hornbarger now teaches, and her maternal grandmother was crowned “Miss Short Pump” in the 1950s. Hornbarger received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“My roots are here and I plan to stay in the county,” said Hornbarger. “This honor is confirmation that I’ve entered the right career, but I know this is my first year and I still have so much to learn and explore. I absolutely love what I do, the staff I work with and my supportive administration and specialists. My students thrive because of the incredible foundation that Henrico County schools provide.”

The school system also announced three winners of the Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award: Tuckahoe Middle School’s Earl Estes, an exceptional education teacher; Robbi Moose, the principal of Hungary Creek Middle School; and Kourtney Bostain, the division’s assistant director of instructional technology. The three were chosen from individuals nominated by their peers for their vision, passion, innovation and student-centered focus. The award is named in honor of Corallo, a former HCPS assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who died in 2013.

Nichole Gross, a teacher at Fairfield Middle School, accepts the 2018 Gilman Teacher of the Year Award from Patrick Kinlaw, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent.
Nichole Gross, a teacher at Fairfield Middle School, accepts the 2018 Gilman Teacher of the Year Award from Patrick Kinlaw, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent.
Amber Hornbarger, a fourth-grade teacher at Glen Lea Elementary School, accepts the award for Henrico Schools' 2018 First-Year Teacher of the Year.
Amber Hornbarger, a fourth-grade teacher at Glen Lea Elementary School, accepts the award for Henrico Schools’ 2018 First-Year Teacher of the Year.
Nichole Gross, a teacher at Fairfield Middle School, displays her 2018 Gilman Teacher of the Year Award at a ceremony Tuesday evening. With Gross are, at left, Michelle "Micky" Ogburn, Henrico School Board chair and the Board representative from the Three Chopt District; Patrick Kinlaw, Henrico Schools superintendent; and Beverly Cocke, School Board representative from the Brookland District.
Nichole Gross, a teacher at Fairfield Middle School, displays her 2018 Gilman Teacher of the Year Award at a ceremony Tuesday evening. With Gross are, at left, Michelle “Micky” Ogburn, Henrico School Board chair and the Board representative from the Three Chopt District; Patrick Kinlaw, Henrico Schools superintendent; and Beverly Cocke, School Board representative from the Brookland District.

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meeting

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting:

Thursday, May 10, 2018       

1:30 p.m. Work Session

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia.  Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.  The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend.  A live stream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us.  To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public.  If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meeting

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia will hold a special work session on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., in the Main Office Conference Room at Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Virginia.  The sole purpose of this special work session will be to announce that the School Board will hold closed meetings in an undisclosed location for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools.  The special work session is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend; however, please note that this special work session, which is solely for the purpose of making the announcement about future closed meetings, will last no longer than a few minutes. 

Apply by May 13 to be part of new Henrico County Public Schools Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee

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Henrico, Va., May 1, 2018 – Applications are now being accepted for Henrico County Public Schools’ new Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. Formation of the 26-person committee is the school division’s next step in its efforts to increase equity and diversity. The deadline to apply is May 13.
 
To apply go to http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/b581g5a814 or go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics.”


The group will include one teacher, one student, one parent and one school leader from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. Five seats are reserved for interested citizens, preferably one from each magisterial district. The committee will be chaired by the director of equity and diversity and supported by a liaison from the Henrico School Board.


The committee will meet approximately nine times, generally the first Tuesday evening of each month, between June and March. Members will also be part of one or more subcommittees devoted to focused topics. The smaller groups will meet as necessary.


Applicants are requested to provide demographic information, respond to several questions, and provide one personal recommendation in the event that they become a finalist. The demographic information will be used to ensure diverse representation. Personal recommendations will only be requested during the final selection process.


Questions about the process can be directed to Monica Manns, the school division’s director of equity and diversity, at mmanns@henrico.k12.va.us.


One source that will inform the new committee’s agenda will be information gleaned from a series of community listening sessions. The sessions are being held in each magisterial district by the school division’s Office of Equity and Diversity. Feedback received at the forums will be shared with the advisory committee, as well as School Board members and Henrico Schools administrators. The final listening session will be today from 4-5 p.m. at the Twin Hickory Area Library at 5001 Twin Hickory Road in Glen Allen. In addition, a survey will be forthcoming. The data from the sessions and survey will help guide the division’s next steps.


“If we identify themes emerging, those will be possible areas of focus for the Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee,” Manns said. 



Spring Family Learning Series offers workshops for parents, teachers

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HCPS Family Learning Series

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


To Register:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Training Locations

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

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

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

Henrico County students with disabilities prepare to compete

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forecast: April showers, chance of extreme job satisfaction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions? Call the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed. 

Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions.

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

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

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

Family Learning Series Summit will feature workshops, food, activities

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

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

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

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

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

 

The event will feature:

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

What:
Family Learning Series Summit 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Academy at Virginia Randolph Annual Spring Plant Sale

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

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

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

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

Advanced Career Education Center Greenhouse and Landscape Plant Sale

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

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

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

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

April 19 is the day to register your child for kindergarten

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Henrico, Va. March 30, 2018 – Entering kindergarten is a big step for children and their families. It all starts Thursday, April 19 when Henrico County Public Schools will join with 12 other central Virginia school divisions to register new students for the 2018-19 school year. To enroll a child in Henrico County Public Schools, […]

Henrico Schools’ community safety forum will be opportunity for public to present ideas

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Henrico, Va. March 27, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ March 28 community safety forum will offer a chance to find out about the school division’s current safety efforts – and to suggest ideas for making them stronger. The forum will start with an explanation of the forum agenda, followed by a brief safety video and remarks […]

Henrico County Public Schools hires director to oversee equity and diversity efforts

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Henrico, Va., March 26, 2018 – Monica Manns will be the first director of Henrico Schools’ new Office of Equity and Diversity. Manns was introduced Thursday evening at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board. The new position is part of the school division’s core leadership team and reports directly to the superintendent. Manns […]

Henrico, Va., March 26, 2018 – Monica Manns will be the first director of Henrico Schools’ new Office of Equity and Diversity. Manns was introduced Thursday evening at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board. The new position is part of the school division’s core leadership team and reports directly to the superintendent.

Manns has extensive experience in education in Henrico County and in other diverse settings, serving as a principal, teacher, counselor, consultant and administrator.

From 2009-13, she worked for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, serving first as principal of the alternative John G. Wood School, then as the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls’ director of education and vice president of educational services.

Manns is familiar with Henrico County Public Schools. From 2004-07 she was department chair for special education at the Academy at Virginia Randolph. From 2013-16 – first as a consultant and then a prevention specialist – she helped the school division lay the foundation for remaking student disciplinary policy and support systems. During her time at Henrico Schools, she also helped start a mindfulness program for schools in Henrico, and helped launch a voluntary reading group for African-American male students at Fairfield Middle School. She left Henrico Schools in 2016 and is eager to return.

“I’m really excited,” Manns said. “I want to spend time learning, listening, and helping people have collaborative, solution-oriented conversations around issues of equity and diversity. If we do that, we can all work together and move things forward.”

After beginning her career in 1996 as a vocational counselor helping people transition from incarceration to the workforce, she was drawn to education’s preventative power. She worked as a special education teacher in Fairfax Schools and at an alternative school run by Lutheran Family Services of Virginia; as a vocational coordinator for high-risk students; and as statewide training coordinator for United Methodist Family Services. She has also worked as a coordinator of individualized education plans for students with various special needs, including gifted education.

Manns has served on the board of the Henrico Education Foundation since 2016, where she has focused on issues of equity and preventive discipline. She serves on the boards of the adoption advocacy group Children’s Home Society; of SisterFund, which awards grants to local groups supporting African-American girls and women; and of the Stone Foundation, which promotes expanded health care. In 2012, she was part of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 under 40” feature, the publication’s annual list of people under 40 who are leading change and making a mark in the Richmond area.

Manns grew up in Roanoke and in Silver Spring, Md. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Kentucky. She has a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Kentucky; a master’s in education from Virginia Tech; and a certificate in educational administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is working on a doctorate in special education administration at the College of William and Mary.

“I think my background and experiences have helped me to be aware of diversity on a wide scale,” Manns said. “Not just ethnic and racial diversity, but economic as well. I’ve worked on poverty issues in cities and in Appalachia. My stepmother was an immigrant from El Salvador, my stepfather is Italian-American, my father is African-American and my mom is Native American. My kids are adopted from Ethiopia.”

Manns will oversee Henrico Schools’ efforts at increasing equity and diversity across the school division. One of her first efforts will be guiding the creation of the HCPS Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. The new group will be comprised of students, parents, staff and community members. The group had previously been referred to as a task force. Manns will also oversee community listening sessions this spring to get public input on issues of diversity and equity. More information about the advisory committee and the listening sessions will be announced as it becomes available.

“Henrico County is a beautifully diverse place, and our school division is an incredible reflection of that diversity,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, Henrico Schools superintendent. “Monica will help take our equity and diversity efforts to a new, higher level. This being a cabinet-level position means that all of our efforts as a leadership team will be viewed through that lens of equity and diversity.”

“We are so happy to have Monica to lead our equity and diversity efforts,” said Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn, School Board chair and Three Chopt District representative. “She has the right mix of education, training and real world experience to make positive changes in our school system and communities. Simply put, Monica is a person who gets things done, and we look forward to having her onboard.”

In addition to facilitating the new advisory committee, Manns will develop, implement and assess Henrico Schools’ short- and long-range cultural diversity plans in pursuit of the division’s goals, and coordinate related professional development for staff members. She will collaborate with other HCPS departments on academic programs and curricula; help to recruit and retain a diverse workforce; serve as a contact point for parent and employee concerns about cultural diversity; connect with community organizations; and serve as a coach and trainer for students, families and employees on cultural diversity issues.

Manns will also help solidify new relationships with some community groups on issues of equity and diversity. The school division is expanding its work with the nonprofit Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. The group provides Henrico Schools with ongoing guidance and support with challenges such as bullying, equity, racial relations, harassment, ethics and cultural responsiveness. The organization was recognized in 2013 and 2016 by the General Assembly for its work with schools, businesses and communities.

Public Service Announcement – March 21 Henrico County School Board meeting (time change)

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will attend a meeting of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors to review the FY2018-19 Annual Financial Plan. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. 9 a.m., in the county manager’s third-floor conference room at the Parham Road Government Center.

The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance at these meetings, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

Laburnum Elementary School principal receives REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership

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Henrico, Va. March 20, 2018 – Nicole Henderson, principal of Henrico County’s Laburnum Elementary School, has been awarded the 2017-18 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing.

Henderson plans to use the bulk of her project funding to buttress Laburnum’s “Toddler Tuesday” program. The program brings about 20 toddler-age children to Laburnum twice a month to work on foundational literacy and numbers skills. Henderson wants to buy more books and materials for the program and expand it to include more children.

“What an honor it is to share this with all of you,” Henderson told staff members at a surprise gathering Monday in the school’

s library. “I’m so proud of you and the work you do every day. I don’t care if you’re a teacher or work in the cafeteria … it doesn’t matter what you do. We are one team – one Laburnum – and the work that you do every day is unparalleled. This is a ‘W’ for all of us.”

Henderson joined Henrico Schools in 2000 as a teacher at Arthur Ashe Elementary School, before becoming an assistant principal at Ratcliffe and Short Pump elementary schools. In 2010 she left for a three-year stint as an assistant principal with Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland, before returning to Henrico in 2013 to become Laburnum’s principal. Originally from Richmond, Henderson is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

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Nicole Henderson, principal of Henrico County’s Laburnum Elementary School, was surprised by staff members and Henrico Schools leaders at the school Monday. Henderson has been awarded the 2017-18 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.

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Patrick C. Kinlaw, Henrico Schools superintendent, reads a statement about the 2017-18 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership, as Nicole Henderson looks on. Henderson, principal of Henrico County’s Laburnum Elementary School, was surprised by staff members and Henrico Schools leaders at Laburnum Monday.

“National Signing Day” isn’t just for athletes: Ceremony will celebrate students entering workforce

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Henrico, Va. March 19, 2018 – In recent years, it’s become a common sight: heralded high school athletes gather in gyms to sign letters-of-intent to play for NCAA athletic programs, as their classmates cheer and members of the media look on.

Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education program has decided that athletes aren’t the only ones who deserve to have their hard work recognized as they look to the future. The program will hold its first ever “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” March 28.

“This is a celebration of students who are entering the workforce or post-secondary training with a plan,” said Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education. “They’ve chosen to maximize their high school opportunities for career training and industry certifications, with an eye on becoming successful and financially secure much earlier in life.

“Signing Day is a way of recognizing their hard work and the value of the career-preparation training they’ve received through Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education program.”

Students and representatives of their future employers will both sign letters-of-intent outlining what students must do before and during employment, what the employer will provide in pay and training, and an estimate of the position’s value.

More than 20 students are expected to take part in the event. Similar to National Signing Day for athletes, families and members of the media can watch students sign letters-of-intent for employment. The students will don a hat or other form of promotional clothing representing the company, Henrico County Public Schools and the school division’s Career and Technical Education program. There will be large video screens on each side of the table showing the letter-of-intent being signed.

Who:
Members of the media are invited to attend.

When:
March 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Where:
Libbie Mill Library (Junior Achievement Finance Park, third floor)
2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meetings

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, March 22, 2018, 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 sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Also, a live stream of all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

Henrico ARTS Festival moves into fifth year with huge exhibit of student art, appearance by artist and writer Noah Scalin

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Henrico, Va. March 16, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival moves into its fifth year with a weekend of fine art, a guest speaker, music and more. This year’s Henrico ARTS Festival – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will be held March 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Douglas S. Freeman High School. The theme is “Art opens doors.”

Both days will feature displays of fine art from every school in the division and activities sponsored by local community partners and cultural centers. March 24 will feature a sidewalk drawing contest from 10 a.m. to noon and a 1 p.m. presentation by Richmond artist and writer Noah Scalin. Scalin’s “Skull-a-Day” project garnered international attention and launched a 2008 book. The project has been featured in such places as The New York Times, BoingBoing and theAtlantic.com. Find out more about Scalin and see his work at noahscalin.com.

March 25 will feature a noon-2 p.m. visit from Studio Two Three, which will bring its printmaking truck to the school’s bus loop. Visitors to the truck will have a chance to make prints of work by Studio Two Three, much of it relating to Richmond.

The festival aims to use Henrico Schools as a hub for building arts connections across the community.

“We’re excited to visit our fifth different community in five years,” said Mike Kalafatis, Henrico Schools art specialist. “The goal is to have the festival reach all of our high schools once by 2022. Every year we offer more interactive art experiences for students and families.”

When:
Saturday, March 24 (all activities are free)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Performances, exhibits and activities
10 a.m. to noon: Sidewalk chalk contest
1 p.m.: Presentation by artist and writer Noah Scalin

Sunday, March 25 (all activities are free)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Performances, exhibits and activities
Noon to 2 p.m.: Studio Two Three printmaking truck

Where:
Douglas S. Freeman High School,
8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229

Henrico Schools will hold community safety forum

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Henrico, Va. March 14, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools will hold a community safety forum March 28 to discuss safety at the school division’s 72 schools and program centers.

The forum will start with an explanation of the forum agenda, followed by a short safety video and remarks from representatives of Henrico Police, Henrico Fire and the school division. Attendees will then be divided into small groups, led by a moderator, to present their thoughts and ideas about school safety. Attendees’ feedback will compiled and posted on the school division website, henricoschools.us.

The safety forum will be open to the public and will be attended by School Board members, Henrico Schools administrators and representatives of Henrico Schools’ Department of Safety and Emergency Management.

More details about the forum will be forthcoming.

School safety is one of Henrico Schools’ four cornerstones, along with academic progress, closing gaps and relationships.

What:
Community Safety Forum

When:
March 28 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Where:
Hungary Creek Middle School
4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

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 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 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

LAST DANCE: After 12 years as a powerhouse for local nonprofits, Deep Run Marathon Dance sets finale

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Henrico, Va. March 6, 2018 – After 12 years and nearly $2 million in fundraising for Virginia nonprofits, the Deep Run Marathon Dance will spin, hop and shimmy to a close March 16-17.

The Henrico County high school’s annual event has raised a total of $1,973,000 for a variety of charities since its 2007 inception, and hopes to top the $2 million mark with its concluding effort. More than 6,000 Deep Run students have participated in the dance over the years.

Kathleen Kern, the Deep Run teacher who launched the event and has spent considerable time running it with her husband David, will hang up her dancing shoes this year. She said that the event’s long run is a testament to the community’s support.

“The event wouldn’t have been possible without the businesses, volunteers, donors and other ardent supporters who never waiver when I call repeatedly with requests,” said Kern. “So many local businesses share the same values of charitable giving that we advocate for the dance. The resources they have provided over the years have enabled this event to succeed for 12 years.”

Around 600 participating students will check in on the evening of Friday, March 16 and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. The participants will take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. The proceeds from the event will go to 13 area nonprofits.

The dance will contain some nods to the inaugural event, including an attempt to replicate 2007’s “neon rave.” The Deep Run dance ranks second nationally in fundraising among such events. For more information about the dance and this year’s recipients, go to the event website, marathondance.org.

Who:
Members of the media are invited to attend. Members of the public are invited to attend the finale Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Because the number of participants has grown in recent years, only registered dancers are permitted on the dance floor. Interested members of the public can donate until March 31 by sending a check to: Deep Run HS, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23059, Attn: Kathleen Kern, DRMD director. Checks should be made payable to “DRHS.” Checks will also be accepted at the event.

When:
The final Deep Run Marathon Dance will be held March 16-17 at Deep Run High School. Opening ceremonies begin Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The Saturday finale starts at 7:30 p.m.

Where:
Deep Run High School gymnasium
4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23059

30 Henrico schools earn Sports Backers’ “Active RVA” designation

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Henrico, Va. March 6, 2018 – Thirty Henrico County schools have been named 2018 Active RVA Fit Schools, recognizing their success at incorporating physical activity into their curricula.

The certification is given by Richmond nonprofit Sports Backers as part of its Active RVA initiative to promote fitness in the Richmond area. To qualify, a school must show it has made fitness part of its culture through programs and infrastructure, and show measurable results in increasing physical activity among its students, staff and local community.

“Studies show that physical activity leads to improved academic performance,” said Benita Turner, HCPS specialist for health, physical education and driver education. “I’m proud of the commitment from everyone in the school division who made this happen – HCPS leaders, health and physical education teachers, principals and classroom teachers. Together we are bringing physical activity, physical education, wellness integration and brain breaks into the classroom.”

The certified HCPS schools for 2018 are:

  • Carver Elementary School
  • Crestview Elementary School
  • Jackson Davis Elementary School
  • Dumbarton Elementary School
  • Echo Lake Elementary School
  • Fair Oaks Elementary School
  • Gayton Elementary School
  • Glen Allen Elementary School
  • Hermitage High School
  • Holladay Elementary School
  • Johnson Elementary School
  • Kaechele Elementary School
  • Lakeside Elementary School
  • Maybeury Elementary School
  • Mehfoud Elementary School
  • Montrose Elementary School
  • Moody Middle School
  • New Bridge Learning Center
  • Nuckols Farm Elementary School
  • Pinchbeck Elementary School
  • Ridge Elementary School
  • Rivers Edge Elementary School
  • Shady Grove Elementary School
  • Short Pump Elementary School
  • Springfield Elementary School
  • Three Chopt Elementary School
  • Trevvett Elementary School
  • Tuckahoe Middle School
  • Twin Hickory Elementary School
  • Varina High School
Representatives of Henrico Schools were recognized March 1 at an awards program for achieving Active RVA Fit Schools status from Richmond Sports Backers.
Representatives of Henrico Schools were recognized March 1 at an awards program for achieving Active RVA Fit Schools status from Richmond Sports Backers.

Public Service Announcement – County School Board of Henrico County will hold the following meetings

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings, according to the following schedule:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Work Session                                 2:00 pm

Public Input Session on the Superintendent Position Qualifications                             6:00 pm

 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Special Work Session to Establish Superintendent Position Qualifications                        9:00 am

 

All meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia. Closed sessions will be held during the work sessions as deemed necessary.

 

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend.  Also, a live stream of all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us.  To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public.  If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

 

 

School Board to hear citizens’ views on superintendent search March 8 at New Bridge Learning Center

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Henrico, Va., March 2, 2018 – A March 8 public input session will give citizens another opportunity to make their voices known on what they’d like to see in Henrico Schools’ next superintendent. The School Board will hold a public input session at 6 p.m. in the New Bridge Learning Center auditorium. The session will take place after the Board’s regularly scheduled work session. Citizens will have four minutes to address the Board from the podium at the public input session. Citizens can sign up ahead of time by contacting Debbie Ward, clerk of the School Board, at dnward@henrico.k12.va.us or at 804-652-3808. However, signing up in advance is not required.

Public input session

When:
March 8 at 6 p.m.

Where:
New Bridge Learning Center auditorium
5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

The school division also continues to gather input through a survey, available through March 7. So far more than 3,200 people have completed the survey on the qualities and experience the Board should seek in a new superintendent. The anonymous survey takes about five minutes to complete and is available online in English and Spanish at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HenricoCountySearch. It is also available by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics.” A paper version of the survey is available in schools’ main offices. Surveys must be submitted before midnight on March 7.

The Board is working with the Virginia School Boards Association in the search process. The association will view individual surveys, but the Henrico School Board will only see the compiled survey results.

In addition to the March 8 gathering and an input meeting last week at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, the School Board has set a search timeline, with a target of having a new superintendent in place by July 1. Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent since 2014, has announced that he will retire June 30.

For more information and a complete timeline of the search process, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics.”

It’s March: Skip the brackets and fill out an application

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Henrico, Va. March 1, 2018 – Most people will find their tournament brackets in shambles this month. But there is one way to make a smart pick: apply for a job with Henrico County Public Schools.

Advance your career by joining the dedicated team of Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico Schools will hold a job fair March 7 to talk with candidates for bus drivers and school nutrition workers. Full-time and substitute positions are available.

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

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

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

 

Job fair for candidates for bus drivers and school nutrition workers

When:
March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:
Varina Area Library (Henrico County Public Library)
1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va. 23231

 

Questions? Call the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed.

Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions.

Superintendent search: Input meeting set for March 1

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Henrico, Va., Feb. 23, 2018 – A March 1 meeting will give citizens a chance to interact with Henrico School Board members to discuss what they’d like to see in the school division’s next superintendent.

The 6:30 p.m. community input meeting at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will start with a brief introduction, after which attendees will break into small groups and meet with their district’s School Board representative. After the group meetings, everyone will gather again to share their group’s thoughts among all attendees before the meeting concludes. The event is part of a process the Board adopted to gather input from community members, school families and staff members.


Community input meeting

When: March 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227

 

The school division also continues to gather input through a survey, available through March 7. So far more than 3,000 people have completed the survey on the qualities and experience the Board should seek in a new superintendent. The anonymous survey takes about five minutes to complete and is available online in English and Spanish at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HenricoCountySearch. It is also available by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics.” A paper version of the survey is available in schools’ main offices. Surveys must be submitted before midnight on March 7.

The Board is working with the Virginia School Boards Association in the search process. The association will view individual surveys, but the Henrico School Board will only see the compiled survey results.

In addition to the March 1 gathering, the Board will hold a public input session at 6 p.m. on March 8 at the New Bridge Learning Center auditorium. The session will take place after the Board’s regularly scheduled work session. Citizens will have four minutes to address the Board from the podium at the public input session. Citizens can sign up ahead of time by contacting Debbie Ward, clerk of the School Board, at dnward@henrico.k12.va.us or at 804-652-3808. However, signing up in advance is not required.

The School Board has set a search timeline, with a target of having a new superintendent in place by July 1. Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent since 2014, has announced that he will retire June 30.

For more information and a complete timeline of the search process, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics.”

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 the school division’s approach to safety and security?

Information about safety and security in Henrico County Public Schools is always available. If you visit http://henricoschools.us/health-safety/ you will find detailed descriptions of the following:

  1. What to do in an emergency
  2. Personnel who support the school division’s safety efforts
  3. Required safety and security audits
  4. Our 11-page crisis manual covering topics from preparedness to recovery: http://henricoschools.us/pdf/HealthSafety/CrisisPreparedness.pdf

What is a crisis plan?

Every school has a crisis plan that follows “best practices” in school safety. The plans use a combination of guidelines created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety. Crisis plans are maintained by the school, updated regularly, and they are maintained in real time. Every school’s crisis plan is reviewed at least three times a year to ensure it is complete, thorough and updated.

Do safety plans differ from school to school?

Henrico County Public Schools is home to 72 schools and program centers. We believe that one centrally created crisis plan cannot adequately serve the needs of all schools. Each school’s crisis plan follows a template and is customized to meet the unique needs and characteristics of the campus. Virginia requires that all plans be completed and approved by the last day in September. In Henrico County, we take that a step further. We require that all plans be submitted, reviewed and approved by Henrico Schools’ Office of School Safety before the first student sets foot on campus at the beginning of the school year. The week prior to that, faculty and staff members complete emergency readiness training.

What kind of safety training do students and school employees receive?

Everybody (students, faculty and staff) takes part in training. Our drill schedule includes twice the number of active shooter drills required by Virginia. Evacuation drills are practiced from the classroom, cafeteria, library, gymnasium and auditorium. Reverse evacuation drills are practiced so that students who are outside can quickly return to the building and be accounted for. Additionally, we carry out fire drills and bus evacuation drills. When drills are complete, observers meet to debrief and try to identify the ways to improve.

What partnerships do you have with Henrico Police and Fire?

Every school has an assigned “School Resource Officer” who is a sworn officer with Henrico Police. Our SRO’s and other counterparts in public safety share their expertise as we develop and carry out our emergency readiness plans. They meet with us regularly to review plans and protocols, to brainstorm new ideas and to plan training exercises. We conduct comprehensive safety audits in one-third of our schools every year, and members of the audit team include police officers and firefighters.

What is a school safety audit?

Audits help schools meet today’s best practices in school safety. The audit process ensures schools are following their safety and crisis plans, including policies and protocols established by the School Board. A comprehensive audit cycle takes three years. This means one-third of the schools receive a comprehensive audit in a given year, and the remaining schools receive an interim audit. A comprehensive audit is a day-long event carried out by a team of subject-matter experts that include police supervisors, a fire marshal, and staff from the Henrico Schools’ offices of School Safety, Pupil Transportation, Technology, and Construction and Maintenance. Interim audits are conducted for the next two years to ensure that recommendations from the comprehensive audit are completed.

Additionally, the members of the safety audit team conduct three unannounced visits to each school every school year to ensure that security and visitor protocols are carried out with fidelity at all times. This includes ensuring that visitors are being “buzzed in” at the front office, that their identification is checked against the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry, and that visitor badges are displayed prominently at all times.

What can I do to help?

We want students and families to feel comfortable sharing information that is seen or heard in our school communities. School personnel are trained to locate the appropriate resources and access the necessary supports when school safety is in question. Individuals can also share tips online using the “Silence Hurts” link that is built into each individual school’s website.

What is the Office of School Safety?

Henrico County Public Schools has maintained a countywide Office of School Safety since 2008. The office is staffed with experienced employees who are fully dedicated to crisis planning and emergency readiness. In addition to bringing their own public safety, emergency management and school administration skills and experience to the table, the School Safety administrators routinely work with our partners in police, fire and mental health to provide our students, staff and visitors at all schools with a welcoming learning environment that maximizes safety. Education first, safety always.

What’s next?

School safety is one of the four cornerstones of Henrico County Public Schools. While we are proud of the work we do in school safety, we are never satisfied that we have done enough. We are always open to new ideas based on the experiences of others. We meet regularly with our school safety counterparts throughout Virginia to share ideas. Our goal is to understand and implement the present day’s best practices in school safety.

No school system can prevent every possible tragedy that may occur. But we know that with effective planning, training, and continuous improvement, Henrico County Public Schools is continuously striving to make our schools safer than they have ever been.

Sincerely,

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

Patrick C. Kinlaw
Superintendent

Feb. 21, 2018

 

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 las estrategias de seguridad y protección de la división escolar?
La información sobre la seguridad en las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico siempre está disponible. Si usted visita en enlace http://henricoschools.us/health-safety/
usted encontrara información detallada acerca de lo siguiente:

  1. Que hacer en caso de emergencia
  2. Personal que apoya en los esfuerzos de seguridad de la división escolar
  3.  Auditorías de seguridad obligatorias
  4. Nuestro manual de crisis abarca temas desde preparación hasta recuperación:   http://henricoschools.us/pdf/HealthSafety/CrisisPreparedness.pdf

¿Qué es un plan de crisis?

Cada escuela tiene un plan de crisis que sigue las “mejores prácticas” en seguridad escolar. Los planes usan una combinación de pautas creadas por la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional y el Centro para la Seguridad Escolar de Virginia. Los planes de crisis son mantenidos por la escuela, se actualizan regularmente y se mantienen en tiempo real. El plan de crisis de cada escuela se revisa al menos tres veces al año para garantizar que esté completo, comprensivo y actualizado.

¿Los planes de seguridad difieren de una escuela a otra?

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico son el hogar de 72 escuelas y centros de programas. Creemos que un plan de crisis creado centralmente no puede atender adecuadamente las necesidades de todas las escuelas. El plan de crisis de cada escuela sigue un patrón y está personalizado para satisfacer las necesidades y características únicas del campus. Virginia requiere que todos los planes se completen y aprueben antes del último día de septiembre. En el Condado de Henrico, llevamos eso un paso más allá. Requerimos que todos los planes sean enviados, revisados ​​y aprobados por la Oficina de Seguridad Escolar antes de que el primer alumno ponga el pie en el campus al comienzo del año escolar. La semana anterior, los miembros de la facultad y el personal completan la capacitación de preparación para emergencias.

¿Qué tipo de entrenamiento reciben los estudiantes y los empleados de la escuela?

Todos (estudiantes, profesores y personal) pasan por un entrenamiento. Nuestro programa de simulacros incluye el doble de ejercicios de tirador activo requeridos por Virginia. Los simulacros de evacuación se practican desde el salón de clases, la cafetería, la biblioteca, el gimnasio y el auditorio. Los simulacros de evacuación inversa se practican para que los estudiantes que están afuera puedan regresar rápidamente al edificio y ser contabilizados. Además, llevamos a cabo simulacros de incendio y simulacros de evacuación de autobuses. Cuando se completan los simulacros, los observadores se reúnen para informar y tratar de identificar las formas de mejorar.

¿Qué colaboración tienen con el departamento de policía y bomberos de Henrico?

Cada escuela tiene un “Oficial de Recursos Escolares” asignado que es un oficial de la Policía de Henrico. Nuestras SRO y otras contrapartes en seguridad pública comparten su experiencia a medida que desarrollamos y llevamos a cabo nuestros planes de preparación para emergencias. Se reúnen con nosotros regularmente para revisar planes y protocolos, para intercambiar ideas nuevas y planificar ejercicios de capacitación. Llevamos a cabo auditorías integrales de seguridad en un tercio de nuestras escuelas cada año, y los miembros del equipo de auditoría incluyen oficiales de policía y bomberos.

¿Qué es una auditoría de seguridad escolar?

Las auditorías ayudan a las escuelas a cumplir con las mejores prácticas actuales de seguridad escolar. El proceso de auditoría garantiza que las escuelas sigan sus planes de seguridad y crisis, incluidas las políticas y los protocolos establecidos por la Junta Escolar. Un ciclo de auditoría completo lleva tres años. Esto significa que un tercio de las escuelas recibe una auditoría integral en un año determinado, y las demás escuelas reciben una auditoría provisional. Una auditoría integral es un evento de un día realizado por un equipo de expertos en la materia que incluye supervisores policiales, un jefe de bomberos y personal de las oficinas de Seguridad Escolar, Transporte Estudiantil, Tecnología y Construcción y Mantenimiento de las Escuelas Henrico. Las auditorías intermedias se llevan a cabo durante los próximos dos años para garantizar que se completen las recomendaciones de la auditoría integral.

Además, los miembros del equipo de auditoría de seguridad realizan tres visitas no anunciadas a cada escuela cada año escolar para garantizar que la seguridad y los protocolos de los visitantes se lleven a cabo con fidelidad en todo momento. Esto incluye asegurar que los visitantes “toquen el timbre” en la oficina principal, que su identificación se verifique contra el Registro de Delincuentes Sexuales de la Policía del Estado de Virginia, y que los pases de visitante se muestren prominentemente en todo momento.

¿Qué puedo hacer para ayudar?

Queremos que los estudiantes y las familias se sientan cómodos compartiendo información que ven o escuchan en nuestras comunidades escolares. El personal escolar está capacitado para ubicar los recursos apropiados y acceder a los apoyos necesarios cuando la seguridad escolar está en duda. Las personas también pueden compartir consejos en línea usando el enlace “Silencio Duele” que está integrado en el sitio web de cada escuela individual.

¿Qué es la Oficina de Seguridad Escolar?

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico han mantenido una Oficina de Seguridad Escolar a nivel del condado desde 2008. La oficina cuenta con empleados experimentados que están totalmente dedicados a la planificación de crisis y la preparación para emergencias. Además de aportar sus propias habilidades y experiencia en seguridad pública, gestión de emergencias y administración escolar, los administradores de Seguridad Escolar trabajan habitualmente con nuestros asociados en policía, bomberos y salud mental para proporcionar a nuestros estudiantes, personal y visitantes de todas las escuelas un ambiente de aprendizaje acogedor que maximiza la seguridad. La educación primero, la seguridad siempre.

¿Qué viene después?

La seguridad escolar es una de las cuatro piedras angulares de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico. Si bien estamos orgullosos del trabajo que hacemos en materia de seguridad escolar, nunca estamos satisfechos de haber hecho lo suficiente. Siempre estamos abiertos a nuevas ideas basadas en las experiencias de los demás. Nos reunimos regularmente con nuestros homólogos de seguridad escolar en toda Virginia para compartir ideas. Nuestro objetivo es comprender e implementar las mejores prácticas actuales en seguridad escolar.

Ningún sistema escolar puede prevenir cada posible tragedia que pueda ocurrir. Pero sabemos que, con una planificación efectiva, capacitación y mejora continua, las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico se esfuerzan continuamente para estar más seguras que nunca.

Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn
Consejo Escolar

Patrick C. Kinlaw
Superintendente

 

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meetings

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, February 22, 2018, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session            2:00 p.m.

School Board Monthly Meeting        6:30 p.m.

These meetings will take place in the auditorium of New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Also, a live stream of all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

 

Board sets timeline, seeks input in superintendent search

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The Henrico School Board has begun the process of hiring a new superintendent for the school division, and the public will be a big part of the search! What qualities should the Board seek in a new school leader? What areas of expertise should the person have? We need your thoughts.

Take the five-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HenricoCountySearch (Survey closed March 7)

This survey is anonymous and confidential. The survey is available at the above link in both English and Spanish. A paper version of the survey will be available in the main offices of Henrico schools soon. Surveys must be submitted before midnight on March 7. Individual survey data may be viewed by representatives of the Virginia School Boards Association, which is advising the school division on the search, but the School Board will only see the compiled survey results.

Besides the survey, there are other ways to get involved. The Board will hold a community input meeting on the search March 1 at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School and a public input session March 8 at the New Bridge Learning Center following the School Board’s regularly scheduled work session. The Board hopes to have a new superintendent in place by July 1.

The School Board adopted the following timeline for finding Henrico Schools’ next superintendent:

Feb. 14 to March 7: Board members meet with PTA groups and school faculties by request.
March 1, 6:30-8 p.m.: Community input meeting (L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico).
March 7: Survey deadline.
March 8, 6 p.m.: Public input session (New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico).
March 9, 9-11 a.m.: Board meets to establish position qualifications (New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico).
March 13: Board provides position qualifications to Virginia School Boards Association.
March 15 to April 10: Candidates submit applications.
April 18, 11 a.m.: Board meets with Virginia School Boards Association in closed session at New Bridge Learning Center.
April/May: Interviews with candidates.
May/June: New superintendent announced.
July 1: Anticipated start date of new superintendent.
Again, to take the five-minute survey, use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HenricoCountySearch (Survey closed March 7)

The survey closes March 7.

For questions or issues about completing the survey, contact Director of Communications and Public Relations Andy Jenks at (804) 652-3726 or ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us

Henrico Schools seeking children for 2018-19 preschool program

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Henrico, Va., Feb. 14, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is now recruiting for 2018-19 Federal Programs Preschool. The Federal Programs Preschool is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2018.

The program is fully funded by Head Start, Title I, the Virginia Preschool Initiative and the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus programs.

How the application process works:

  • Parents or guardians must submit a pre-application form online at https://goo.gl/8ZLunL (English) or https://goo.gl/aQn0ek (Spanish).
  • An HCPS family advocate will make contact to schedule an appointment to complete the application process.

Family advocates can answer questions about the program and guide prospective families through the application process.

Children are not admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not guaranteed acceptance into the program. Henrico County Public Schools encourages families of children with special needs to apply; if children require special accommodations, families should notify school staff members when scheduling the appointment. There is no cost for the program for families and transportation will be provided for preschool students in accordance with the school division’s transportation guidelines. Henrico Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities.

For additional information, call New Bridge Learning Center at 804-328-8100. You can also go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics,” or go straight to http://henricoschools.us/foundational-learning-family-engagement/preschoolrecruitment/.

 

 

School Board will hold special meeting Feb. 13 regarding superintendent search

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, according to the following schedule:

 

Special Meeting                       5 p.m.

 

The special meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.  The Board will be joined by representatives of the Virginia School Boards Association to organize and plan the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools.  The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend.  There will not be an opportunity for public comments at the Feb. 13 special meeting, however, public input will be a crucial piece of the search process.  Please be assured that several opportunities for public input will be scheduled as plans are organized.

 

As with all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings, a live stream of the special meeting will available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us.  To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public.  If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

Superintendent Pat Kinlaw to retire June 30

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Distinguished career spans 40 years in education; 20 in Henrico County

 

Henrico, Va. Feb. 6, 2018 – Patrick C. Kinlaw, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent, is announcing his intention to retire effective June 30, 2018. 

“The last four years have been the highest honor of my career. I am so humbled by the opportunities I have been afforded in Henrico County,” Kinlaw shared, expressing gratitude in his announcement to all Henrico Schools colleagues. 

“I want to thank you for what you do each day to support our precious students and school community,” Kinlaw said. “Please know that I am forever indebted to what you do and the opportunities, wonderful relationships and kindness that you have extended to me over the last 20 years.”

Kinlaw has served in a variety of Henrico County Public Schools leadership positions since 1997. The School Board unanimously named him superintendent in January 2014. 

School Board Chair Micky Ogburn said the School Board recently offered Kinlaw a contract extension, but following lengthy and careful consideration Kinlaw decided that after 40 years in public education the time was right to chart the course for the next superintendent.

“The Board’s support is so appreciated. And as tempting as it was given the great and promising work underway, I am ready to move on to the next chapter in my life,” Kinlaw said. 

“That’s typical Pat,” Ogburn said. “He’s been putting Henrico County first for a long time. It’s his turn now. I just respect him so much for how he’s doing this. There is no one more dedicated to the students, families and employees of Henrico County Public Schools than Pat Kinlaw, the consummate professional.”

Ogburn added, “This gives the School Board maximum flexibility in selecting Pat’s successor. Once the new superintendent is on board, Pat’s offered to help mentor that person to help continue the positive momentum that we’re seeing in our schools and communities.”

Under Kinlaw’s leadership, Henrico County Public Schools began to frame the school division’s work around four cornerstones: student safety, academic progress, closing gaps and relationships. In 2017, the number of fully state accredited schools in Henrico County rose to 54 out of 67 elementary, middle and high schools – the highest number of fully accredited schools in five years. 

Also in 2017, under Kinlaw’s leadership, Henrico County Public Schools received a national honor for remaking its Code of Student Conduct and related student support systems. Henrico was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place Magna Award “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the National School Boards Association.

Kinlaw began his career with Henrico County Public Schools in 1997 as the director of staff development. In 2004 he became the assistant superintendent for administrative services. In 2010 he was named deputy superintendent. Over time, he accumulated a variety of additional responsibilities including policy, elementary education, leadership development and special projects.

Prior to joining Henrico Schools, Kinlaw spent 12 years with Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina. He also spent time early in his career at Longwood University and at East Carolina University, his alma mater.

What’s next?

A special meeting of the School Board is now scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. at the New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road. The Board will be joined by representatives of the Virginia School Boards Association to organize and plan the search process. The meeting is open to the public.

Moving forward, public input will be a key component of the search process. A new superintendent is expected to be in place by July 1.

Kinlaw answered questions about his post-career plans with characteristic humor. “I look forward to spending more time with my family, engaging in activities that my current schedule does not allow, hopefully some travel … and sleeping in on snow days!”

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 projects to affect more than 9,700 students, teachers and family members. The Henrico School Board voted to accept the funds on Jan. 25.

The Henrico School Board voted Jan. 25 to accept $34,759 in funds for innovative classroom grants from the Henrico Education Foundation

The Henrico School Board voted Jan. 25 to accept $34,759 in funds for innovative classroom grants from the Henrico Education Foundation. Pictured are Patrick Kinlaw, Henrico Schools superintendent; Lisa Marshall, Tuckahoe District representative; Michelle “Micky” Ogburn, Three Chopt District representative and Board chair; Mike Taylor, Henrico Education Foundation executive director; John Montgomery Jr., Varina District representative and Board vice chair; Beverly Cocke, Brookland District representative; and Roscoe Cooper III, Fairfield District representative.

Henrico teachers and administrators apply for the annual grants to fund new projects with strong academic goals that aim to narrow the achievement gap and improve student engagement. The resulting programs and project-based initiatives let students explore real-world problems and challenges.

Among the 11 grant applications receiving funds are:

  • $1,500 for an autoclave machine at Mills Godwin High School’s medical sciences specialty center. Autoclaves are used in the medical field to sterilize medical devices and other substances.
  •  $1,000 for Ridge Elementary School to create a live cam for students and families to observe the hatching and development of baby chicks, aiding in the study of biology and life cycles.
  •  $8,000 for a pilot program at Donahoe, Laburnum and Montrose elementary schools to help teachers learn more techniques for engaging in positive ways with students.
  •  Funds for literacy resources to help Crestview and Rivers Edge elementary schools reach their goal of all students reading on grade-level by third grade.

To see details about the 11 grants, go to henricogives.org, then click on “Grants” and then “Cycle 2.”

The annual grants are announced by semester. The fall round provided $71,925 for 13 projects, bringing the foundation’s grant total for 2017-18 to a record-setting $113,684. Since 2014-15, the foundation has increased grant funding by 64 percent, providing more than $345,000 in funding for Innovation Grants for 81 projects.

Since 1993 the Henrico Education Foundation has played a vital role in meeting the educational needs of children. The nonprofit not only provides additional funding for public education, it also works with parents, teachers and administrators to continually identify and develop initiatives that improve school performance and student achievement. The foundation supports all schools in Henrico County, working to provide every student and teacher the support and resources they need for success. For more information, go to henricogives.org.

Quioccasin eighth-grader captures Henrico Schools’ spelling title

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Henrico Schools' 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion Joseph Chambers is flanked by runner-up Jackson Glagola and former four-time champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy donated funds for the creation of the trophy, which is new this year.

Henrico Schools’ 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion Joseph Chambers is flanked by runner-up Jackson Glagola and former four-time champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy donated funds for the creation of the trophy, which is new this year.

Henrico Schools' 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee runner-up Jackson Glagola claps for champion Joseph Chambers. Chambers, a Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader, won in Round 11 by correctly spelling "viscera," a word for internal organs.

Henrico Schools’ 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee runner-up Jackson Glagola claps for champion Joseph Chambers. Chambers, a Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader, won in Round 11 by correctly spelling “viscera,” a word for internal organs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henrico, Va., Jan. 25, 2018 – Joseph Chambers eviscerated the competition Thursday to become Henrico Schools’ 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion. The Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader won in Round 11 by correctly spelling “viscera,” a word meaning inner organs of the body. The contest brings together spelling champions from each of HCPS’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools to determine who will represent Henrico County Public Schools at the regional competition. Pocahontas Middle School eighth-grader Jackson Glagola was runner-up.

Among the words the 13-year-old Chambers spelled to win the title were “guarana,” “udometer” and “mealymouthed.”

With Chambers’ win, Quioccasin becomes the first school to host Henrico Schools’ new spelling trophy. The trophy, topped with a whimsical bee, was made possible by a donation from four-time Henrico spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy, now a student at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, donated money for the trophy to the Henrico Education Foundation, which had the trophy made. Each year the winner’s name will be added to the trophy and it will reside with the student’s school until a new champion is crowned.

Chambers will compete next in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 10 at the Library of Virginia. The regional winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held in late May and televised by ESPN.

11 more Henrico teachers celebrate climb to profession’s highest level

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11 Teachers achieve certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Henrico, Va., Jan. 24, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools had 11 teachers achieve certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2017. Board certification is the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment. Ten additional Henrico teachers renewed their certifications.

Becoming certified is a rigorous process. Teachers must submit detailed portfolios to be reviewed by their peers. The portfolios include videos of the candidates teaching, documented professional accomplishments, reflective essays and examples of student work. Teachers must also must pass an exam relevant to his or her subject and level of instruction.

The teachers were recognized in a pinning ceremony Jan. 11 at VCU’s Vlahcevic Concert Hall along with teachers from the city of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield and Hanover.

The newly certified teachers from Henrico County Public Schools are:

– Megan Bouton, Echo Lake Elementary School
– Kevin Carr, Glen Allen Elementary School
– Brianne Kintzer Conway, Douglas S. Freeman High School
– Melissa Christine Daniels, Deep Run High School
– Heather Dedie, Holman Middle School
– Donna Marshall, Lakeside Elementary School
– Amanda Nevetral, Central Office, Gifted Programs
– Hattie B. Smart, Deep Run High School
– Jenny Noel Smith, Quioccasin Middle School
– Keisha Tennessee, Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage
– Shannon Wakefield, Tuckahoe Elementary School

Henrico teachers recognized for renewing their certification included:

– Shannon Bailey, Douglas S. Freeman High School
– Deborah Baulsir, Rivers Edge Elementary School
– Ryan Conway, Glen Allen High School
– Heidi Craft, Varina High School
– Laura Graham, Hermitage High School
– Teresa McNeely, Maude Trevvett Elementary School
– Candace Mirabile, George H. Moody Middle School
– Sarah Modrak, Pinchbeck Elementary School
– Greenlee Naughton, Highland Springs High School
– Nancy Nelson, Henrico High School

Teachers: Save the date – Henrico Schools holding major hiring event Feb. 17

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Henrico, Va., Jan. 22, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is holding a major hiring event to talk with interested teachers and other professionals about opportunities within Virginia’s sixth-largest school division.

Henrico Schools is seeking teachers for all content areas for the 2018-19 school year, as well as school counselors, librarians, psychologists, social workers and nurses to join our family in schools throughout Henrico County. The school division will also be interviewing candidates for bus driver positions. In 2017, the event drew hundreds of applicants to talk with staff members from the school division’s human resources department, as well as representatives from individual schools.

In order to accommodate teaching schedules, the job fair will be held on a Saturday morning.

To give us an opportunity to review your resume, please register in advance. Or, go to http://henricoschools.us/careers/. Walk-ins are also welcome to attend. For questions or more information, please call 804-652-3664.

Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple hard copies of their resumes to share with school administrators.

Henrico County Public Schools has more than 50,000 students enrolled in 72 schools and program centers.

When:

Feb. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

(In case of inclement weather, the event will be held March 24.)

Where:

Glen Allen High School

10700 Staples Mill Road

Glen Allen, Va. 23060

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meetings

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, January 25, 2018, 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 sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Also, a live stream of all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

2018 REB Awards: Nominate an outstanding teacher

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Henrico, Va. Jan. 19, 2018 – The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding teacher in Henrico County Public Schools. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.

Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive cash grants to support professional development activities. Nominations are invited from parents, students, educators and the community at large. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students.

Nominations must be made online. A letter in support of the nomination must be written by another individual and submitted online with the nomination.

Who:
The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school
staff and administrators (except for the school principal), and the community at large.

When:
Nominations and letters of support must be submitted by Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.

How:
Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For detailed instructions, eligibility criteria and a link to the nomination portal, please visit tcfrichmond.org.

*A link to the Community Foundation’s nomination portal can be found at henricoschools.us, under Hot Topics. For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, assistant director of school improvement and professional development, at 804-652-3769.

Updates on make-up time and high school mid-term exams (Updated January 19, 2018)

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Henrico County Public Schools is announcing the following plans:

  1. Due to missed instructional time caused by snow and ice, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, is now a FULL school day for all students. Feb. 19 has always been noted on the official 2017-18 school calendar as the potential make-up day.
  2. Mid-term exams for high school students and those who take high school level courses have been cancelled. This will allow high schools to recoup four FULL days of instructional time on Jan. 23-26, 2018. This decision is based on feedback received last school year when we surveyed principals, teachers, students and families about the best way to handle exams when two or more days of instructional time are missed. As a result:

Jan. 23, 24, 25 and 26 – Tuesday through Friday – will now be FULL school days for all high school students.

Students still have the option to take their exam(s) and should make arrangements by Wednesday, Jan. 17, with their teacher(s) to take these optional exam(s) on or before Jan. 26. If a student elects to take an exam, it will be counted as an exam grade if it helps a student’s semester grade.

Exams will not be given in alternate forms, such as tests or quizzes.

Exams for dual-enrollment courses, if required by a college or university, will be given over two class periods during the week of Jan. 22.

Monday, Jan. 29 remains a student holiday. As originally planned, this is a semester close-out, professional development and clerical day for teachers.

Note: For the 2018-19 school year mid-term exams will be administered in December 2018 as opposed to January 2019.

For questions, please contact your school.

Job fair! Bus driver, cafeteria, custodial, classroom positions

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Start your year with the dedicated team of Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico Schools will hold a job fair Wednesday, Jan. 17, to talk with candidates for substitute bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial workers and instructional assistants. Some full-time positions are also available.

When: Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Libbie Mill Library (Henrico County Public Library); 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23223

Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand for the event.

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

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

Questions? Call the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed.

Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions.