April 20 is the day to register your child for kindergarten

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Entering kindergarten is a big step for children and their families. It all starts Thursday, April 20 when Henrico County Public Schools will join with 12 other central Virginia school divisions to register new students for the 2017-18 school year. To enroll a child in Henrico County Public Schools, the child must reside in Henrico County with a parent or court-appointed legal custodian and be 5 years old by Sept. 30.

What parents and guardians need to know:

Where do I register? 
Children should be registered at the school they will attend. Not sure? Use our online School Locator tool to find the school for your address: http://henricoschools.us/school-locator/.

When do I register?
Thursday, April 20, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

What should I bring?

  • An official state-issued birth certificate for your child.
  • Proof of residency. You will need:
  • A picture ID: driver’s license, DMV ID, military ID or other picture ID; AND:
  • A current house contract, lease agreement, mortgage statement or tax assessment; AND:
  • A current utility bill (dated within the past 30 days).

Will the school require anything else? 
Before the school year starts, you will need to present:

What if I have other questions?
More information is available at the Henrico County Public Schools website at http://henricoschools.us/elementary-schools/kindergarten/.

Henrico Schools garners national honor for remaking its Code of Student Conduct, supports

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Micky Ogburn, Henrico School Board representative from the Three Chopt District, and Superintendent Pat Kinlaw accept a first-place Magna Award Saturday as part of their participation in the National School Boards Association conference.

Henrico County Public Schools has been recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. The revised Code categorizes conduct violations more thoroughly and then prescribes a range of intervention options.

Besides the Code revision, the award recognized HCPS’ recent moves to increase behavioral support systems and interventions. The division’s Student Support and Disciplinary Review Office adopted an aggressively proactive role, adding staff members to focus on prevention, intervention and support. The school division has added school-based family advocates, along with school-based crisis resource teachers and behavioral instructional assistants. A pilot program also brought a full-time psychologist and a social worker to the Campus of Virginia Randolph, providing more in-school counseling. A resulting 58 percent drop in out-of-school suspensions has prompted an expansion to more schools.

Micky Ogburn, School Board representative from the Three Chopt District, and Superintendent Pat Kinlaw accepted the award as part of their participation in the conference.

For more information about Henrico Schools’ current initiatives for enhancing student achievement, go to http://henricoschools.us/how-were-improving/.

Glen Allen Elementary School principal receives REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership

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Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, has been awarded the 2016-17 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 schools.

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.

“I’m very humbled by this,” Halquist-Pruden said to teachers and school leaders who surprised her at the school. “You make this even more special and I’m glad you can share it with me. It’s your hard work that makes my job easier. This is for all of us.”

Halquist-Pruden has been with Henrico County Public Schools since 1994. She became principal at Glen Allen in 2011. She previously worked as a teacher at Glen Lea Elementary School; a school counselor at Longan Elementary School; a resource teacher at Trevvett Elementary School; and as assistant principal and associate principal at Short Pump Elementary School. She is originally from Virginia Beach.

Melissa Halquist-Pruden receives REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership
Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Glen Allen Elementary School, reacts to a surprise gathering of teachers and school leaders at the school on Wednesday, March 22. Halquist-Pruden is the 2016-17 HCPS recipient of the REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.
Melissa Halquist-Pruden receives REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership
Teachers and school leaders surprise Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Glen Allen Elementary School. Halquist-Pruden is the 2016-17 HCPS recipient of the REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.
Melissa Halquist-Pruden receives REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership
2016-17 REB Award winner Melissa Halquist-Pruden with HCPS school leaders. From left to right are: Beverly L. Cocke, Henrico School Board chair and Brookland District representative; Mary Cox, director of elementary school education; Halquist-Pruden; and Beth Teigen, assistant superintendent for instruction.

Board chooses Option C for 2017-18 phase of middle school redistricting; Public input set for larger 2018-19 phase

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The Henrico County School Board made a decision at its monthly meeting on Thursday on the small-scale first phase of a two-year middle school redistricting process. The Board chose Option C for the first phase, which will move a small pocket of Hungary Creek Middle School’s attendance area to Holman Middle School starting in fall 2017. The move is designed to reduce overcrowded conditions at Hungary Creek, and will only apply to students who are currently in fifth-grade or younger.

The redistricting process now shifts to the larger-scale 2018-19 phase, which would affect more HCPS middle schools. While the small-pocket part of Option C was chosen for the 2017-18 phase, the more sweeping Option C proposal is just one option being considered for the 2018-19 phase, along with Option A.

Where is the pocket and how will affected families be notified?
The pocket affected by the Board’s move is a small area north of West Broad Street where Gaskins and Hungary roads intersect with Springfield Road. Sixty-eight rising students from Springfield Park and Longan elementary schools will be shifted from Hungary Creek to Holman, and those families will receive detailed information about the change and next steps shortly. Affected students would not be moved again as part of the 2018-19 phase.

What’s next?
With the 2017-18 shift decided, the process will now focus on draft options for more extensive 2018-19 shifts. The new Hungary-Creek-to-Holman pocket move will be reflected on maps for the drafts of 2018-19 Option A and 2018-19 Option C, as the public and School Board consider those next-phase possibilities.

How can I comment on the larger-scale 2018-19 options?
There are two in-person events specifically designed for public input:

  • At an informal open-house-style community input session April 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School (6900 Wilkinson Road), members of the public can drop by, see maps of proposed options displayed in the gym and discuss the draft options with staff members and the redistricting consultant.
  • A public hearing May 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at New Bridge Auditorium (5915 Nine Mile Road) will be a more formal format with an agenda that will include a chance for members of the community to address the Board. Each person’s remarks will be limited to three minutes.

Community members are also encouraged to weigh in by using the online survey/comment form. The form, along with news and resources related to the process, can be found on HCPS’ website, at henricoschools.us/redistricting.

The redistricting process will not affect current middle or high school students.

Spring student information updates in ZippSlip

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From March 22 until March 27, Henrico County Public Schools is providing an easy way to complete the Spring Student Information Record updates online. This is the chance to make sure your family’s information (such as a home and/or mobile phone number) is up to date.

Important Note: Even if you do not have changes to your student’s information, it is important to login online and select “No” for no changes.  This will alert the school and prevent a paper copy from being sent home in an effort to collect the changes manually.

To get started immediately, click the link below to get to ZippSlip, which offers a secure way to receive and update school forms without using paper:

https://www.zippslip.com/ZippSlip/PermissionManager/VA/Henrico/Henrico+County

For additional information, and to communicate with our technology specialists:

Phone: (804) 328-5214, Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30

Email: wtmartin@henrico.k12.va.us

Blog: http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/integrateddatasystems/zippslip/zippslip-for-parents/

If you are a returning user to ZippSlip:

  • Enter the email address you used at registration. This is your login.
  • Enter the password you created when you registered.
  • If you cannot remember your password, you can use the automated link “Forgot my Password” and the system will allow you to setup another password.
  • After you login you will see the packet for Spring Student Information Record Updates.

If you are a new user to ZippSlip:

  • Click the green button “Not a User?” located beneath the login section.
  • As a part of the setup to connect student and parent, you will be required to enter the 11 digit Student ID # and Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy) for each of your children in Henrico County Public Schools.
  • Review the ZippSlip Terms and Conditions and then submit the request.
  • After you login you will see the packet for Spring Student Information Record Updates.

Ways to help Baker Elementary School: Give to emergency fund or donate items to school-supply drive

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Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies. A fire on Sunday, March 19 caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in eastern Henrico County.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has announced the creation of the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. Donations can be made by going to a secure portal on the foundation’s website, henricofoundation.org.

For donations of school supplies and classroom materials, the Henrico County Council of PTAs is organizing a supply drive. Items can be dropped off at the main offices of the three schools where Baker students are temporarily assigned:

  • Mehfoud Elementary School, 8320 Buffin Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Road, Henrico, Va.
  • New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.

A list of needed items is below. For more information about donating school supplies, contact Cean Gilliland with Henrico County Public Schools at jcgillil@henrico.k12.va.us.

Funds and supplies will be used to provide the extensive materials Baker students, staff and faculty need to continue learning.

Baker Elementary School: Needed student supplies

  • Pocket folders
  • Loose notebook paper
  • Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Washable markers
  • Highlighters
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Composition books
  • Resealable zipper-style bags (sandwich and gallon sizes)

Baker Elementary School: Needed teacher and classroom supplies

  • Large pads of paper for classroom easels
  • Sticky notes
  • Vinyl folders
  • Small rugs for reading centers
  • Magnets
  • Desk organizers
  • Clear tape
  • Masking tape
  • Pens in various colors
  • Gift cards for additional supplies

Also welcome are treats for teachers, such as snacks, Keurig-style coffee pods and bottled water.

For further information or to coordinate delivery to Baker Elementary School temporary locations, contact Cean Gilliland, HCPS PTA liaison, at 804-652-3694 or by emailing jcgillil@henrico.k12.va.us.

Important Information for Baker Elementary School Students and Families

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School resumes on Wednesday, March 22, 2017:

Pre-K students and students in the Early Childhood Special Education Program will temporarily attend school at the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road.

Students in grades K-2 will temporarily attend Mehfoud Elementary School, 8320 Buffin Road.

Students in grades 3-5 will temporarily attend Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Road.

School hours for Baker students will remain the same: 8:10 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

 Open houses:

Please join us for open houses at all three schools on Tuesday, March 21. All open houses will take place at the same time, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at each site. Please visit at a time convenient for your family. Families also will be welcome to join their students for a “back to school” assembly Wednesday morning at each school.

 Contact information:

Mehfoud Elementary: To reach Baker staff, contact: (804) 328-5228

Varina Elementary: To reach Baker staff, contact: (804) 226-3134

New Bridge Learning Center: (804) 328-8106

Fire update:

The fire on Sunday morning damaged a mechanical room, the “heart” of the school that contains Baker’s water, heating/cooling, electrical and other necessary systems. It will take some time to assess the damage and make necessary repairs. There is no immediate timetable for the return to the school. Crews will continue to clean and deodorize the building this week. After that, the building must be inspected for safety. We will not reopen Baker until the building is safe for all students and staff.

Transportation:

Bus stop pickup and dropoff times may change slightly. Transportation information will be brought to your student’s “new” school during the day on Tuesday, and will also be available for pickup at the Tuesday open houses from 4-6 p.m. Transportation information will also be updated in PowerSchool on Tuesday.

Car Drop Off/Pick Up

As drop off/pick up patterns will be new to Baker families who will be attending Mehfoud or Varina elementary schools, please know it may take a few days to get the traffic patterns moving smoothly and efficiently. Additional Henrico Police will be on hand to support the flow of traffic this week.

Classrooms:

Your student’s class will have its own classroom thanks to the available space at each “new” school. 

Medication and student records:

Your child’s medication and student records will be transferred to the “new” school.

Breakfast and lunch:

Your child’s lunch number and account will remain the same.

After-school activities:

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 Baker “Heroes”:

Finally, when you see the Baker teachers and staff this week, please give them a pat on the back for all their efforts to make this as smooth a transition as possible. We know there may be some bumps in the road, but we stand ready to help you and your family. We will get through this together!

Additional questions can be directed to the team at Baker. You can expect additional communication from Dr. Hardy, Mr. Orth, and the incredible teachers and staff of Baker Elementary School.

 

Deep Run Marathon Dance raises $174,688 for charities

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While the students who participated in the 11th annual Deep Run Marathon Dance are still recovering today, some Virginia nonprofits are being energized by an infusion of funds.

The 27-hour Deep Run High School event raised $174,688 for the organizations, bringing its 11-year fundraising total to more than $1.9 million. The Deep Run Marathon Dance ranks second nationally in fundraising for such events.

The 367 participating students checked in on Friday night, March 17 and left 27 hours later.

Proceeds from the Deep Run Marathon Dance go to different community organizations each year. This year, funds will go to 12 Virginia nonprofits:

  • Boys to Men Mentoring Network of Virginia
  • Church Hill Activities and Tutoring
  • Full Circle Grief Center
  • Gracie’s Guardians (Richmond Animal League)
  • Hope for Families
  • Keep Virginia Beautiful
  • Making of Miracle Stories Animal Rescue of Virginia (MOMSVa)
  • OAR of Richmond
  • Piedmont Search and Rescue
  • The Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Foundation
  • The Sophie House
  • Wintergreen Adaptive Sports

More information about the event is available at marathondance.org.

In addition to the included photographs, downloadable video is available. Interested members of the news media can email ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us for access.

At 27-hour Deep Run Marathon Dance, students will add to event’s $1.7 million fundraising legacy

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Students dance at the 2016 Deep Run Marathon Dance. The Deep Run High School event has raised more than $1.7 million in its 10-year existence.

The 11th annual Deep Run High School Marathon Dance will be held March 17-18 at the Henrico County school. The 10 preceding charity events have raised a total of more than $1.7 million for Virginia nonprofits.

More than 600 participating students will check in on the evening of Friday, March 17 and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. The participants will take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. This year, proceeds from the Deep Run Marathon Dance will go to 12 nonprofits.

The 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 18 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 2017 Marathon Dance will be held March 17-18 at Deep Run High School. Opening ceremonies begin Friday, March 17 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

Public hearing set for March 16 on first phase of proposed middle school redistricting for Henrico Schools

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The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing on March 16 at Glen Allen High School to get feedback – on the first phase only – of a proposed redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. The first phase would take effect for the 2017-18 school year and would affect a small number of students entering Hungary Creek Middle School. A second proposed phase would be more comprehensive and would take effect for the 2018-19 school year.

In response to overcrowding at Hungary Creek, a small number of students – perhaps 30 to 50 – would attend a new school in fall 2017. The new school has not been decided, nor have the affected areas of Hungary Creek’s attendance zone. No current middle or high school students will be moved to a new school zone in the redistricting process. Draft redistricting options for all phases will be presented to the Board on March 9 and will be available on Henrico Schools’ website March 10 at http://henricoschools.us/redistricting/.

While this public hearing is intended only to hear feedback on options for the smaller 2017-18 changes, there will be ample opportunities later to comment on options for the more comprehensive 2018-19 plan, including a May 11 public hearing.

Community members are encouraged to sign up in advance to speak at the public hearing. To sign up, call the clerk of the School Board at 804-652-3808. A sign-up sheet will be available at the meeting, but there may be more speakers than allotted time. Each speaker will have three minutes to make comments. Organized neighborhoods are asked to designate a spokesperson; that person would make remarks and then ask those in attendance who agree with the expressed views to stand as a show of their support.

What: Public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 phase of HCPS’ middle school redistricting process
When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va., 23060

Update: High demand prompts Henrico Schools to extend registration for hiring event

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TeacherHiringEventIllustrationBecause of intense interest, Henrico County Public Schools has extended the online registration period for its Feb. 25 teacher-hiring event. Interested teachers and other professionals may now register online through Feb. 24, the day before the event. The school division is holding the large-scale event to talk with interested teachers and other professionals about opportunities within Virginia’s sixth-largest school division.

To give us the opportunity to review your resume, please register in advance by Feb. 24: Click here to register for the Teacher Hiring Event. 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 Schools is seeking teachers for all content areas for the 2017-18 school year, as well as school counselors, librarians, psychologists, social workers and nurses to join our family in schools throughout Henrico County. In 2016, 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.
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Henrico County Public Schools has more than 50,000 students enrolled in 72 schools and program centers.

When: Feb. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (In case of inclement weather, the event will be held March 11.)
Where: Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

For questions or more information, please call 804-652-3664.

Henrico Schools seeking children for 2017-18 preschool program

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Henrico County Public Schools is recruiting families for inclusion in its preschool program for the 2017-18 school year.

The preschool program 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, 2017. The program is funded by Head Start and Title I funds; by the Virginia Preschool Initiative; and by the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus program.

The application process starts Feb. 13. To apply, parents or guardians must pick up an application packet at their area elementary school and submit a pre-application online. The pre-application is available in English at https://goo.gl/8ZLunL and in Spanish at https://goo.gl/aQn0ek. Once the pre-application has been submitted, an HCPS family advocate will contact applicants to schedule an appointment to complete the application process. Family advocates can answer questions about the program and guide prospective families in applying.

To find the elementary school zone for your neighborhood, go to henricoschools.us/school-locator/. Phone numbers for HCPS elementary schools can be found at henricoschools.us/elementary-schools/.

The elementary schools offering the preschool program are: Adams; Arthur Ashe; Baker; Chamberlayne; Crestview; Donahoe; Dumbarton; Fair Oaks; Glen Lea; Greenwood; Harvie; Highland Springs; Holladay; Johnson; Laburnum; Lakeside; Longan; Longdale; Montrose; Ratcliffe; Ridge; Sandston; Seven Pines (taught at Sandston); Skipwith; Trevvett; and Ward.

Families that don’t live in one of the school zones offering the program should call HCPS’ New Bridge Learning Center at 804-328-8100 to discuss possible alternatives.

Children are not admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and applying is not a guarantee of acceptance for the program. Henrico Schools encourages families of children with special needs to apply; if children require special accommodations, families should notify school staff members when scheduling their appointment. Transportation will be provided for preschool students in accordance with HCPS transportation guidelines. HCPS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities.

For more information about the HCPS preschool program, go to henricoschools.us and click on “Support Services,” and then “Preschool.”

2017-18 School Year Calendar

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The Henrico School Board has adopted a final calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The Board voted on the calendar at its work session Feb. 9 after getting feedback from HCPS families, teachers and staff members on a number of calendar draft proposals.

Some highlights of the 2017-18 school year calendar:

  • Teachers report to work for back-to-school meetings and training: Aug. 28, 2017
  • Classes begin: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017*
  • Winter Break: Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 – Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 (students return to school Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)
  • Spring Break: April 2-6, 2018
  • Classes end: Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Potential “make-up day”: Feb. 19, 2018

*In Virginia, school divisions are required by law to open after Labor Day unless a waiver is granted by the Virginia Department of Education.

The calendar process begins annually with a committee comprised of representatives from Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond. The committee then proposes adjustments in response to employee and community feedback.

To review the current 2016-17 school year calendar, including 2017 graduation dates, visit our calendars page.

 

Get new reads for the holidays? Donate gently-used or new books and magazines to Henrico County Public Schools

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If you received gifts of books or magazines this holiday season, Henrico Schools can help you make some room. As part of its intense focus on literacy, the school division is requesting donations of new or gently used age-appropriate books and magazines. HCPS is seeking books or magazines in English, Spanish and other languages.

HCPS middle and high schools are embracing a mix of ambitious schoolwide and individual reading goals during the 2016-17 school year as part of the “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Challenge.”

“While we are blessed with resources in Henrico, in regard to our literacy focus we believe the more choices that students have, the better,” Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw said.

Items can be dropped off during regular hours at the main office of any HCPS high school or middle school. Suggestions for possible book donations are available for high schools at http://tinyurl.com/book-list-hs-grades and for middle schools at http://tinyurl.com/book-list-ms-grades or by going to hcpslibraries.org. Collections will continue through the end of the school year.

“We want to increase students’ interest in reading, and the public can assist with donations,” said Omega Wilson, the school division’s director of high school education. “Studies show that when kids have more choice, they’re more likely to read and to learn from what they’re reading.”

HCPS staff members will review donated reading material before it is distributed to classrooms.

The challenge is designed to increase reading and writing across the curriculum, in courses ranging from English and history to art and health. Students are electronically logging the books they read.

2017 REB Awards: Nominate an outstanding teacher

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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.

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 must be submitted by Feb. 27.

How: Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For 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 HCPS Human Resources Specialist Leslie Traylor at 804-652-3671.

Tejas Muthusamy captures fourth straight HCPS spelling title

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Tejas Muthusamy spells a word at the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee Wednesday night. The Moody Middle School eighth-grader won the contest, making the fourth year he has won the title, and his sixth year as a finalist.

Moody Middle School eighth-grader Tejas Muthusamy won Henrico Schools’ Divisionwide Spelling Bee Wednesday, making the fourth year he has won the title, and his sixth year as a finalist. This is the final year that Muthusamy is eligible to compete in the annual HCPS bee. 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.

Muthusamy won in round 5 by correctly spelling “mangonel,” a military machine used primarily during the Middle Ages for hurling stones and other missiles. He clinched the win in round 6 by spelling “funambulist,” a word for tightrope walker or tightrope dancer. Hungary Creek Middle School eighth-grader Andre Tran was runner-up.

Muthusamy will compete next in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 11 at the Library of Virginia. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 he won that bee and advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps bee will be held in late May and is televised by ESPN.

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Students introduce themselves at the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee. The annual contest brings together spelling champions from each of Henrico Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools to determine who will represent the school division at the regional competition.

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The champion and runner-up of the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee stand onstage with Henrico Schools leaders. From left to right: “Rich” Hall, director of elementary education; Tejas Muthusamy, 2017 champion; Beverly Cocke, Brookland District representative and chair, Henrico School Board; Andre Tran, 2017 runner-up; Ingrid Grant, director of middle school education; Mary Cox, director of elementary education; Beth Teigen, assistant superintendent for instruction.

Spelling champions from across Henrico County will tussle at 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee

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Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 46 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN.

The annual matchup of orthographic titans will be streamed live by HCPS-TV. You can watch on your computer or mobile devices by going to the division’s website at henricoschools.us.

Who: Members of the media and the public are invited to attend the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee.
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18. (Inclement-weather date: Jan. 19)
Where: Hungary Creek Middle School auditorium, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

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Participants prepare to compete at the 2016 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee.

Survey: Help shape the future of middle schools in Henrico County

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Henrico County Public Schools is reimagining middle schools, and the school division needs your help. HCPS is asking Henrico families to take a brief online survey to provide feedback about the exploration of additional middle school specialty centers.

HCPS is considering establishing the centers – called Young Scholar Academies – to enable students in grades 6-8 to concentrate in a particular academic area. The proposed programs would add more options to Henrico Schools’ three existing middle school International Baccalaureate programs.

The survey is available at http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/b581g59b5a or by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics.” The survey will solicit input through Nov. 28 and is open to families at all grade levels. Families can also contact their school directly to obtain a paper copy of the survey in English or Spanish. The survey is part of the school division’s continuing efforts to innovate by engaging families.

The programs would offer a theme or focus designed to give middle school students an opportunity to explore a special interest, gift, talent or skill. The centers would aim to provide more high-quality options for students with diverse learning needs.

The survey can be completed in 2-3 minutes.

Foundation honors Henrico teachers with 2016 REB Awards

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reb2016hcpsThe Community Foundation has recognized eight Henrico County teachers for outstanding instruction for 2016. Five HCPS teachers were awarded grants in the annual REB Awards for Teaching Excellence. Three others were named finalists.

The foundation’s awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. This year’s honorees received professional development grants of $8,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by inspiring classroom performance.

2016 REB Award grant recipients:

  • Mindy Dobrinski, Holman Middle School: $11,000 to travel to diverse climates, cuisines and cultures of the four corners of the U.S. to learn lessons that can only be learned by participating in real life.
  • Kyla Zabala, Highland Springs High School: $10,000 to tour historical theatres to compare current and historical trends by focusing on Shakespeare, Cervantes, Tennyson and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Alfonso J. Favale, Springfield Park Elementary School: $8,000 to inspire students through technology by creating videos that compare and contrast the cultures, landscapes and ecologies of Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Lisa Grossman, Maude Trevvett Elementary School: $8,000 to explore all of Virginia – from Williamsburg to the Eastern Shore, Northern Virginia to the Valley and the small towns of Southwest Virginia.
  • Sara Vogt, Glen Allen High School: $10,000 to participate in the teacher program at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and to travel to Asia to study strictness vs. flexibility.

Finalists (all receive $750):

  • Jaclyn Claytor, Nuckols Farm Elementary School
  • Todd Ritter, Henrico High School
  • Timothy Towslee, Glen Allen High School

More information is available at tcfrichmond.org about the REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, as well as the REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership.

School Board renames Godwin specialty center for beloved teacher

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Todd PhillipsThe Henrico School Board voted Thursday to rename Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a beloved teacher and former center director. The Center for Medical Sciences will now become the Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences. The Board took the action at its monthly meeting.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director who died in a car accident in June. Last year he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

Specialty centers are schools-within-schools that allow students to immerse themselves in a particular academic area.

Mills Godwin High School will celebrate Phillips’ life with the T-Philly Birthday Bash Concert on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the school at 2101 Pump Road. The concert will benefit the T-Philly Memorial Fund, set up by Phillips’ family in his honor. His birthday is Oct. 30. Because Phillips loved playing music, organizers consider the concert a particularly fitting way to honor him. Concert tickets and commemorative t-shirts will be on sale at the door for $15 each. T-Philly Birthday Bash Concert

The five bands featured at the concert will be:

  • Fordson Labs.
  • Mis’Calculations.
  • TAP’d.
  • And student bands GTC and Open Late.

More Henrico schools making gains in core subject areas

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The overall number of fully accredited Henrico County schools rose to 48 this year, up from 45, according to updated 2016-17 accreditation information approved today by the Virginia Department of Education. Other schools can point to positive academic indicators such as improving SOL pass rates. Seven HCPS schools were denied accreditation by the Department. Despite the designation, each of the seven schools – Glen Lea, Montrose and Ratcliffe elementary schools, and Elko, Fairfield, John Rolfe and L. Douglas Wilder middle schools – can point to indicators of progress:

  • At Montrose, pass rates in science jumped 14 percentage points, from 60 to 74 percent.
  • Glen Lea met accreditation standards for social studies and science.
  • Students at Ratcliffe saw language arts pass-rates rise.
  • At Wilder, pass rates in science rose 12 percentage points, and the school is now home to a new achievement center from the group Higher Achievement. The group’s centers use community involvement, year-round learning, mentoring, homework coaching, field trips and college visits to create a culture of high expectations.
  • Fairfield Middle School exceeded accreditation benchmarks in social studies and science. The school also saw four-year highs in reading pass-rates among sixth- and seventh-graders and in earth science pass-rates among eighth-graders.
  • Elko Middle School’s science pass-rates jumped 9 percentage points and social studies rose 7 percentage points.
  • At John Rolfe Middle School, math pass-rates rose 5 percentage points.

“Of course, there is still work to be done and we’ll never stop striving for improvements,” said Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw. “In the coming year, our community can expect to see schools focus on several key areas, including K-12 literacy, cultural competency and equity, family engagement, and closing behavioral gaps. This focus will support our students as they strive for greater academic success.”

A designation of accreditation denied means that the school has not met requirements for full or partial accreditation for four years, will craft an agreement for the school with state officials and will make regular progress reports to the Virginia Department of Education.

Six other schools with an undetermined September status – Donahoe, Fair Oaks, Mehfoud, Sandston and Varina elementary schools, as well as Brookland Middle School – are now listed as partially accredited.

As mentioned above, the number of fully accredited schools rose to 48 of the school division’s 67 K-12 schools. Dumbarton, Johnson and Ward elementary schools all regained full accreditation, as did Highland Springs High School. For the first time since the 2012-13 school year, all nine HCPS high schools were accredited.

The division has been implementing an aggressive plan to support student achievement. The schools where new initiatives have been implemented most successfully are helping guide improvements at other schools. The efforts include an intensive focus on literacy; on early elementary grades and middle schools; and on new staff development opportunities and providing teachers with support. Middle schools working toward full accreditation are receiving additional resources for students who need more support in math or other subject areas. The division is also exploring the possibility of expanded specialty center options to provide additional high-quality educational choices for middle school students and their families.

To find out more about the ways HCPS is enhancing student achievement, go to http://henricoschools.us/how-were-improving.

The Virginia Department of Education revamped its accreditation categories in 2014 in order to recognize schools that made significant gains. The categories include:

  • Fully accredited.
  • Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark (Schools that are not fully accredited but are within a narrow margin of the adjusted SOL pass rates required for full accreditation in one or more subject areas.)
  • Partially accredited: Improving (schools making progress toward meeting SOL criteria, as defined by state guidelines).
  • Partially accredited: Warned (Schools which may be seeing higher pass rates, but are not making enough progress toward state guidelines to be designated as improving).
  • Partially accredited: Reconstituted (Schools that have not met requirements for full accreditation for four years).
  • Accreditation denied.

Schools’ accreditation ratings are based primarily on SOL exam pass rates. In recent years, Virginia’s SOL exams have become more difficult.

For more information on accreditation, including answers to frequently asked questions, go to http://henricoschools.us/accreditation.

School leaders also encourage Henrico County citizens to get involved in schools to help students succeed. For information on how to become a mentor, school-community partner, volunteer or PTA member, go to henricoschools.us and click “Community.”

Below, please see the accompanying chart for a list of Henrico County schools and their state accreditation ratings:

HCPS schools fully accredited for 2016-17:

Elementary schools

Ashe

Baker

Carver

Chamberlayne

Colonial Trail

Crestview

Davis

Dumbarton

Echo Lake

Gayton

Glen Allen

Greenwood

Harvie

Johnson

Kaechele

Longan

Maybeury

Nuckols Farm

Pemberton

Pinchbeck

Ridge

Rivers Edge

Seven Pines

Shady Grove

Short Pump

Skipwith

Springfield Park

Three Chopt

Trevvett

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Ward

Middle schools

Holman

Hungary Creek

Moody

Pocahontas

Quioccasin

Short Pump

Tuckahoe

High schools

Deep Run

Freeman

Glen Allen

Godwin Henrico

Hermitage

Highland Springs

Tucker

Varina

  • Partially accredited: Improving: Adams Elementary School
  • Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark: Holladay, Lakeside and Longdale elementary schools
  • Partially accredited: Warned: Highland Springs and Laburnum elementary schools
  • Partially accredited: Reconstituted: Donahoe, Fair Oaks, Mehfoud, Sandston, Varina elementary schools, and Brookland Middle School

Glen Lea, Montrose and Ratcliffe elementary schools, along with Elko, Fairfield, John Rolfe and L. Douglas Wilder middle schools were denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education.

For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent on English reading and writing SOL tests, and at least 70 percent on assessments in mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion. Accreditation ratings may also reflect an average of achievement over several years.

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

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Students will have a chance to consider a host of options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2016 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 150 colleges and universities, professional programs, businesses and branches of the military.

Last year’s event also saw the introduction of a timesaving feature: pre-registration barcodes.

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

When: Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Douglas S. Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229

 

Among the institutions and businesses expected to participate are:

Appalachian State University

Averett University

Bluefield College

Bluefield State College

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging

Bowie State University

Bridgewater College

Bryant & Stratton College- Richmond

Bryant University

Bryn Athyn College

Campbell University

Capitol Technology University

Catawba College

Centura College

Charleston Southern University

Chowan University

Christopher Newport University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Colgate University

College of Charleston

College of William and Mary

Concord University

Culinary Institute of Virginia

Davidson College

Davis & Elkins College

Eastern Mennonite University

ECPI Technical College- Glen Allen

Elizabeth City State University

Elon University

Fairmont State University

Ferrum College

Florida Institute of Technology

Gardner-Webb University

George Mason University

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampton University

Henrico Police

High Point University

Hollins University

Howard University

Indiana Institute of Technology

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

James Madison University

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Johnson & Wales University

Johnson C. Smith University

Kansas State University

King University

Liberty University

Living Arts College

Longwood University

Lynchburg College

Marshall University

Mary Baldwin College

Medical Careers Institute- ECPI University

Meredith College

Methodist University

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Mount St. Mary’s University

Morgan State University

Norfolk State University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina State University

Nova Southeastern University

Old Dominion University

Pennsylvania State University

Pfeiffer University

Potomac State College of WVU

Queens University of Charlotte

Radford University

Randolph College

Randolph-Macon College

Regent University

Roanoke College

Saint Vincent College

Salem Academy and College

Shenandoah University

Southside Regional Medical Center- Professional Schools

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Stevenson University

Sweet Briar College

T3 Concepts

The Apprentice School

The Citadel

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

United States Coast Guard Academy

Universal Technical Institute

University of Alabama

University of Dayton

University of Kentucky

University of Mary Washington

University of Missouri

University of Mount Olive College

University of Richmond

University of South Carolina

University of Virginia

University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Vanderbilt University

VCU Clinical Lab Science

Virginia College in Richmond

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Military Institute

Virginia State University

Virginia Tech

Virginia Wesleyan College

Wake Forest University

Washington and Lee University

Wellesley College

West Virginia University

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

William Peace University

Wilson College

Winthrop University

Wyotech

Arcadis

Bank of America

College Funding Group

Davis Materials & Mechanical Engineering, Inc.

Henrico Adult Education

Henrico County – St. Mary’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing

Henrico County Division of Fire

Henrico County General Government

International Union of Operating Engineers Local #147 Apprenticeship

Iron Workers Local #28

Minuteman Press of Glen Allen

Moseley Architects

Network of Enterprising Women

Republic Services

Richmond Electricians’ JATC

SERVPRO of Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond, and Tri-Cities

The Network Doctor LLC

Tutor Doctor

United States Marine Corp

Virginia Army National Guard

Virginia Division of Registered Apprenticeship

Walter Cornett Landscaping

Wells Fargo & Co.

School Board proposes renaming of Godwin specialty center

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The Henrico School Board is proposing to rename the specialty center at Mills Godwin High School for a beloved teacher and former center director. Under the proposal, the school’s Center for Medical Sciences would become the Todd Phillips Center for Medical Sciences at Godwin High School.

Phillips was a longtime teacher and center director who died in June in a car accident. Last year he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its former emphasis on math, science, and technology.

The School Board is expected to take action on the proposal at its next meeting on Thursday, October 27.

 

Henrico Schools holding two job fairs; School division seeking bus drivers and substitutes for teaching, other areas

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Henrico County Public Schools is holding job fairs on two successive days to find candidates for positions with the school division. Positions include full-time and substitute bus drivers as well as substitutes for teachers, school nutrition services workers, clerical workers, nurses, school security personnel, alternative ed technicians and instructional assistants. Members of the HCPS Human Resources Department and representatives from hiring departments will be present to conduct preliminary interviews with candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers.
SEPT. 21 JOB FAIR

When: Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: Eastern Henrico Government Center/HCPS Central Office, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
Positions sought:

  • Substitute teachers
  • Substitute clerical workers
  • Substitute nurses
  • Substitute school security personnel
  • Substitute alternative ed technicians
  • Substitute instructional assistants

SEPT. 22 JOB FAIR

When: Thursday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Varina Area Library (Henrico County Public Library), 1875 New Market Road, Varina, Va. 23231
Positions sought:

  • Full-time bus drivers
  • Substitute bus drivers
  • Substitute school nutrition services workers

Henrico Schools is also expected to hold job fairs Oct. 6, Nov. 1 and Dec. 1.

Substitute teacher candidates must have a four-year college degree and be at least 19. Candidates for substitutes for clerical workers, school security staff members, alternative ed technicians and instructional assistants must have a high school diploma or GED. Substitutes for nurses must have a nursing degree (RN or LPN) and a current license, as well as CPR/AED and first aid certification cards.

Applicants are encouraged to print and complete the application form for substitutes by going to henricoschools.us/careers and clicking on “All substitute positions.” The form will also be available at the job fair. Along with the completed application, candidates should bring two signed reference letters to the job fair. Teacher candidates should bring transcripts showing degree and date awarded. Candidates for nurse substitutes should bring their license and certification cards.

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

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 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.

Henrico Schools sees accreditation boost; All high schools gain full accreditation

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Four more Henrico County schools have become fully state-accredited, according to information the Virginia Department of Education released today. For the first time since the 2012-13 school year, all nine HCPS high schools are fully accredited.

The number of fully accredited schools rose to 48 of the school division’s 67 K-12 schools. Dumbarton, Johnson and Ward elementary schools all regained full accreditation, as did Highland Springs High School.

“Overall, more schools have earned full accreditation and others are making gains toward that goal,” said HCPS Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw. “We still have work to do. We must also remember to look beyond the numbers and consider the whole child. We want our students, families and schools to know that we’re proud of the hard work and dedication that goes into educating the children of Henrico County.

“Of course, we’ll never stop striving for improvements. In the coming year, our community can expect to see schools focus on several key areas including K-12 literacy, cultural competency and equity, family engagement, and closing behavioral gaps. This focus will support our students as they strive for academic success.”

The division has been implementing an aggressive plan to support student achievement. The schools where new initiatives have been implemented most successfully are helping guide improvements at other schools. The efforts include an intensive focus on literacy; on early elementary grades and middle schools; and on new staff development opportunities and providing teachers with support. Middle schools working toward full accreditation are receiving additional resources for students who need more support in math or other subject areas. The division is also exploring the possibility of expanded specialty center options to provide additional high-quality educational choices for middle school students and their families.

The Virginia Department of Education revamped its accreditation categories in 2014 in order to recognize schools that made significant gains.

The categories include:

  • Fully accredited.
  • Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark (Schools that are not fully accredited but are within a narrow margin of the adjusted SOL pass rates required for full accreditation in one or more subject areas.)
  • Partially accredited: Improving (schools making progress toward meeting SOL criteria, as defined by state guidelines).
  • Partially accredited: Warned (Schools which may be seeing higher scores, but are not making enough progress toward state guidelines to be designated as improving).
  • Accreditation denied.

Schools’ accreditation ratings are based primarily on SOL exam pass rates. In recent years, Virginia’s SOL exams have become more difficult.

School leaders also encourage Henrico County citizens to get involved in schools to help students succeed. For information on how to become a mentor, school-community partner, volunteer or PTA member, go to henricoschools.us and click “Community.”

Please see the chart below for a list of Henrico County schools and their state accreditation ratings:

HCPS schools fully accredited for 2016-17
Elementary schools
Ashe
Baker
Carver
Chamberlayne
Colonial Trail
Crestview
Davis
Dumbarton
Echo Lake
Gayton
Glen Allen
Greenwood
Harvie
Johnson
Kaechele
Longan
Maybeury
Nuckols Farm
Pemberton
Pinchbeck
Ridge
Rivers Edge
Seven Pines
Shady Grove
Short Pump
Skipwith
Springfield Park
Three Chopt
Trevvett
Tuckahoe
Twin Hickory
Ward
Middle schools   High schools  
Holman
Hungary Creek
Moody
Pocahontas
Quioccasin
Short Pump
Tuckahoe
Deep Run
Freeman
Glen Allen
Godwin
Henrico
Hermitage
Highland Springs
Tucker
Varina

 

HCPS schools designated “Partially accredited: Improving,” “Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark” or “Partially accredited: Warned” for 2016-17
Elementary schools
Adams
Highland Springs
Holladay
Laburnum
Lakeside
Longdale
Middle schools High schools
To be determined None

Schools in bold moved to full state accreditation.

The status of Donahoe, Fair Oaks, Glen Lea, Mehfoud, Montrose, Ratcliffe, Sandston and Varina elementary schools, and Brookland, Elko, Fairfield and Rolfe middle schools has not yet been officially determined by the Virginia Department of Education. L. Douglas Wilder Middle School was denied accreditation.

For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent on English reading and writing SOL tests, and at least 70 percent on assessments in mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion. Accreditation ratings may also reflect an average of achievement over several years.

For more information about the accreditation process and 2016-17 accreditation ratings visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website.

 

 

Henrico Schools seeks book donations for middle and high school reading challenge

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When you’re challenging students to read more than a half a million books, you need a lot of reading material. Henrico County Public Schools is asking its middle and high school students to read 30,000 books per school during the 2016-17 school year as part of the “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Challenge.” As part of the effort to promote literacy, the school division is requesting donations of new or gently used age-appropriate books and magazines.

“While we are blessed with resources in Henrico, in regard to our literacy focus we believe the more choices that students have, the better,” Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw said.

The school division is seeking books or magazines in English, Spanish and other languages. Items can be dropped off during regular hours at the main office of any HCPS high school or middle school. Suggestions for possible book donations are available for high schools at http://tinyurl.com/book-list-hs-grades and for middle schools at http://tinyurl.com/book-list-ms-grades or by going to hcpslibraries.org. Because the challenge began the first day of school, donations are needed as soon as possible. Collections will continue throughout the school year.

“We want to increase students’ interest in reading, and the public can assist with donations,” said Omega Wilson, the school division’s director of high school education. “Studies show that when kids have more choice, they’re more likely to read and to learn from what they’re reading.”

Donated material will be reviewed by HCPS personnel before being distributed to classrooms.

The challenge is designed to increase reading and writing across the curriculum, in courses ranging from English and history to art and health. Students will electronically log the books they read. The winning high school and middle school will be announced in June 2017.

Henrico County Health Department offering back-to-school immunization clinics Aug. 29-Sept. 2

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The Henrico County Health Department will offer back-to-school immunization clinics for children enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade in Henrico County Public Schools. The five clinics will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 2 at the department’s West Clinic facility at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

On three days that week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – immunizations will be by appointment only. Tuesday and Thursday will be walk-in clinics.

Schedule: 2016 back-to-school immunization clinics

  • Monday, Aug. 29: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment
  • Tuesday, Aug. 30: 8-11 a.m. (walk-in)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment
  • Thursday, Sept. 1: 12:30-3:30 p.m. (walk-in)
  • Friday, Sept. 2: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment

While no appointment is needed for the walk-in clinics, space is limited.

Parents or guardians must bring insurance cards and are encouraged to bring immunization records, should they be available. School entrance vaccines will only be given to students under age 18 if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Appointments are also available at the Henrico County Health Department’s East Clinic at 1400 N. Laburnum Ave. Call 804-652-3190 to schedule an appointment.

“Evening with Henry Winkler” event to benefit Henrico Schools

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Henry Winkler Event 2016_Supplemental Post CardThe Henrico Education Foundation will be selling table-sponsorships for its Nov. 3 fundraiser with actor and author Henry Winkler. Winkler is best known for his role as Fonzie in the popular 1970s sitcom “Happy Days.” He is also known for his “Hank Zipzer” fictional young adult book series. The evening will include remarks and conversation with Winkler; coffee and dessert; and a book sale and signing.

Tables of eight for the event are $150 and can be purchased at www.henricogives.org or by calling 804-652-3869, ext. 3. Individual tickets will be released in early fall.

The doors at Glen Allen High School will open at 6 p.m. and entertainment will be provided until the start of the event at 7 p.m. There will be a book sale and book signing at 8:30 p.m. Free child care is available for toilet-trained children ages 3-10.

The Henrico Education Foundation prepares students for college, career and community by connecting philanthropy with strategic initiatives that strengthen public education in Henrico County.

When: Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Rd, Henrico, Va. 23060

For questions pertaining to the event or sale of tickets, please visit www.henricogives.org or call 804-652-3869, ext. 3. For more information, please email the Henrico Education Foundation’s Mike Taylor at mike@henricogives.org or Courtney Baytop at clbaytop@henrico.k12.va.us.

Caucus in Quioccasin: PTA will meet to change name, middle school will unveil new marquee

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Quioccasin Middle School officially adopted its new name July 1, but there are still loose ends to tie up before school starts again in the fall. The PTA of the school formerly known as Harry F. Byrd will hold a brief meeting July 14 and formally vote to change the name of the organization to reflect the Quioccasin name. The same evening, the school will hold a brief unveiling of the new marquee sign in front of the building, near Quioccasin Road.

Who: Members of the media are invited to attend, as are members of the public. Only members of the school PTA may vote at the meeting.
When: The PTA meeting will be July 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. 23238

Henrico Schools wins 9 national awards

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Nine Henrico County Public Schools’ initiatives have been recognized in the 2016 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize groundbreaking county government programs across the nation. HCPS winners were:

  • Homegrown Diesel Tech: A Partnership of Schools and Central Automotive Maintenance, Henrico County Public Schools
  • Instructional Technology Website
  • ZippSlipping into Libraries
  • Parchment: The eTranscript and Credential-Management Solution
  • PowerSchool: An Elementary School Parent-Portal Pilot Program
  • Teacher Scholars’ Program
  • The Locker: Developing a School Intranet
  • Using ZippSlip to Improve Pupil Transportation and Parent Communication
  • Instructional Design Website: Making Instruction Easy for Teachers

Detailed descriptions of the school division’s winning programs can be found at http://henrico.us/manager/programs/naco-awards/2016-2/.

Across all departments and agencies, Henrico County earned 28 Achievement Awards from the organization, plus two Best of Category awards. Henrico’s 28 awards are the most of any county in Virginia for the 11th consecutive year, and were the sixth most nationally. The counties winning more awards than Henrico ranged in population from 1 million to 10 million residents; Henrico County has about 325,000 residents.