Rising sixth-graders can get immunized in July at four Henrico County walk-in clinics

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Henrico, Va., July 17, 2018 – Rising sixth-graders can get vaccinated at walk-in clinics in July at four Henrico County middle schools. The first two clinics are Wednesday. Henrico County Public Schools’ Department of School Health Services has teamed up with the Henrico Health Department to hold the clinics on July 18 and 25. The clinics will offer students the Tdap vaccine, which can protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, as well as the vaccine for HPV, which can protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus. The Tdap vaccine, a booster, is required for all children entering the sixth grade.

In order to be vaccinated, students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If a participating student has health insurance, the accompanying parent or guardian should bring insurance or Medicaid cards. There is no Henrico residency requirement for the vaccinations and there will be no out-of-pocket costs to participating families. If there is a line, those present when the clinic ends may still receive vaccinations.

“This is a huge opportunity for our community and can potentially reduce the number of students not allowed into instruction on our first day or days for failure to have a required vaccine,” said Robin Gilbert, supervisor of Henrico Schools’ Department of Student Health Services.

Walk-in clinics for Tdap and HPV vaccines

July 18
9-11 a.m. at Brookland Middle School, 9200 Lydell Drive, Henrico, Va.

1-3 p.m. at Holman Middle School, 600 Concourse Blvd., Glen Allen, Va.

July 25
9-11 a.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road, Henrico, Va.

1-3 p.m. at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 

Questions? Contact the Henrico County Health Department’s West End Clinic at 804-501-4651. 

School bus drivers now earn more; Henrico Schools also seeking school nutrition workers, skilled trade workers, teachers

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Henrico, Va. July 16, 2018 – We’re preparing for the best school year ever and we’d love to talk with you about joining our team. Henrico County Public Schools will hold a job fair Wednesday at the Henrico County Training Center to talk about opportunities with the school division. School division bus drivers now earn more – $14.18 per hour to start for full-time drivers and up to $14.86 for experienced drivers. Substitute drivers now earn $13.51 per hour. Henrico Schools is also seeking school nutrition workers, plumbers, carpenters and technicians specializing in heating and air conditioning.
 
Henrico Schools is also seeking teachers in some hard-to-staff areas: Spanish, French, special education, math, physics, technical education, and family and consumer science. If you have an expired Virginia teaching license, are a retired teacher in one of these subjects, or hold at least an undergraduate degree in one of these areas, come talk to us. We need you, too. 
 
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.
 
Henrico County Public Schools job fair
When: 
July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Where: 
Henrico County Training Center
7701 E. Parham Road, Henrico, Va. 23294
 
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.

Want to contribute to Henrico Schools’ equity and diversity efforts? There are three opportunities in July

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Henrico, Va., July 11, 2018 – If you’d like to participate in Henrico County Public Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity across the school division, we’d like your input. Henrico Schools’ Department of Equity and Diversity is holding three opportunity meetings in July.

  • Help create a manual on monthly diversity recognition to give school leaders guidance on the best ways to recognize marginalized groups. The manual will include six nationally recognized heritage months: Black History Month, Hispanic-Latino History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian History Month and National American Indian History Month. 
    July 16 from 4-6 p.m., Henrico County Public Schools Central Office (Community Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Give your input on multicultural books being considered for incorporation into middle and high school courses for 2018-19. Open to students and adults.
    July 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Henrico County Public Schools Central Office (Multipurpose Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.  
  • Provide input on the creation of a religious sensitivity support document aimed at helping inform school leaders.
    July 18 from 5-6 p.m., Henrico County Public Schools Central Office (Multipurpose Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.

Questions? Contact Monica Manns, director of the HCPS Department of Equity and Diversity, at mmanns@henrico.k12.va.us or 804-652-3845. Want to know more about Henrico Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity? Go to http://henricoschools.us/equity-and-diversity/

Equity, inclusive classrooms the focus as Henrico Schools educators attend retreat 

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Henrico, Va. July 9, 2018 – A group of educators from Henrico County Public Schools participated in an intensive retreat aimed at giving them tools to develop more inclusive learning communities. The retreat was designed to give educational leaders the chance to focus on eliminating disparities based on race and socioeconomic status in all areas of school life and academic achievement. Called the Henrico Educational Equity Initiative, the workshops were facilitated by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. It was held at Sweet Briar College June 25-28 and included participants from five HCPS schools: Glen Allen Elementary School; Holman, Moody and Short Pump middle schools; and Glen Allen High School.

HCPS educators learned about how bias and prejudice can affect learning and teaching. Through interactive workshops and small group discussions, participants designed different approaches to creating a supportive learning environment. At the conclusion of the retreat, educators designed action plans for schools, focusing on closing gaps in opportunity and achievement, and on creating an inclusive school atmosphere.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with businesses, communities and school divisions to achieve success by eliminating prejudice through workshops and retreats. The goals of the retreat align with Henrico Schools’ cornerstones, which include equity and opportunity.

To find out more about Henrico Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity across the school division, go to http://henricoschools.us/equity-and-diversity/.

Amy Cashwell takes oath as new superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools

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Henrico, Va. July 2, 2018 – Amy Cashwell was sworn in Monday morning as the new leader of Henrico County Public Schools. Cashwell, a longtime administrator and educator with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, succeeds the retiring Patrick C. Kinlaw as the school division’s superintendent. 
 
Cashwell’s 10 a.m. swearing-in at Henrico County Circuit Court was witnessed by a group that included school division leaders and members of the School Board.
 
The Henrico School Board announced her selection June 5 after a search that included extensive public involvement.
 
In her previous position as chief academic officer for Virginia Beach Schools’ Department of Teaching and Learning, Cashwell oversaw a number of departments, including those dealing with instruction, instructional technology, student support services, exceptional education, and opportunity and achievement. She joined Virginia Beach Schools in 1998 as a teacher before becoming an assistant principal and principal. She assumed her role as chief academic officer in 2013.
 
Cashwell is an alumna of Longwood University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and education. She earned a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the George Washington University. Cashwell also earned a doctorate from George Washington, in education administration and policy studies. She is originally from Virginia Beach.
 
Find out more about Henrico Schools’ new superintendent and read a brief interview by going to http://henricoschools.us/henrico-county-public-schools-selects-amy-cashwell-as-new-superintendent/
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Henrico Schools’ Summer Family Learning Series offers workshops for parents, guardians and teachers

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Henrico, Va., June 28, 2018 – Families face challenges; Henrico Schools’ Family Learning Series is here to help. The school division’s summer edition kicks off July 10 with a workshop on dyslexia. The series continues through Aug. 21 with topics such as foolproof back-to-school strategies and dads as super heroes. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement.
  
Register for workshops by emailing Terry Talbott at tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or by calling 804-652-3787. Parents, guardians and Henrico County Public Schools staff members are welcome to register.
 
The summer workshops topics are below. For details on the sessions, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to http://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series-summer-sessions/.
 
  • Dyslexia Simulation (July 10, noon to 1:30 p.m., HCPL’s Glen Allen Branch Library)
  • A Great Start in Kindergarten: How Parents Can Help (July 17, noon to 1:30 p.m., Belmont Recreation Center)
  • Empowering Super Hero Dads (July 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Belmont Recreation Center)
  • Are You Smarter Than Your Child’s Smartphone? Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets (July 24, noon to 1:30 p.m., HCPL’s Tuckahoe Area Library)
  • The Must-have Resource for Parenting in the Digital Age (July 25, 6-7:30 p.m., HCPL’s Tuckahoe Area Library)
  • Navigating the Code of Student Conduct (July 31, noon to 1:30 p.m., New Bridge Learning Center)
  • Homework and Study Strategies for Students with Disabilities (Aug. 1, 6-7:30 p.m., New Bridge Learning Center)
  • Parent’s Voice in the Special Education Process (Aug. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., New Bridge Learning Center)
  • Back-to-School Strategies for a Successful Year (Aug. 21, 6-7:30 p.m., New Bridge Learning Center) 
 

24 Henrico County schools earn Virginia performance awards

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Henrico Va. June 27, 2018 – Twenty-four Henrico County schools have earned 2018 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement. Gov. Ralph Northam and the Virginia Board of Education announced that 349 schools statewide had earned the designation, along with 16 school divisions. 
 
Henrico County Public Schools’ 24-award total was tops in the Richmond area. Only the school divisions in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, with considerably more students, had more schools recognized in the state awards.
 
The awards fall into tiers, based primarily on state and federal benchmarks and progress toward goals set by the governor and the board. Henrico County schools earning awards:
 
Board of Education Excellence Awards
Divisions and schools meeting all state and federal benchmarks and making significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.
  
– Colonial Trail Elementary School
– Kaechele Elementary School
– Echo Lake Elementary School
– Gayton Elementary School
– Glen Allen Elementary School
– Nuckols Farm Elementary School
– Rivers Edge Elementary School
– Shady Grove Elementary School
– Short Pump Elementary School
– Three Chopt Elementary School
– Trevvett Elementary School
– Tuckahoe Elementary School
– Twin Hickory Elementary School
 
– Holman Middle School
– Pocahontas Middle School
– Short Pump Middle School
 
– Deep Run High School
– Mills Godwin High School
 
Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards
Schools meeting all state and federal benchmarks and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.
 
– Crestview Elementary School
– Davis Elementary School
– Pemberton Elementary School
– Springfield Park Elementary School
 
– Moody Middle School
 
– Glen Allen High School

School bus drivers now earn more; Henrico Schools also seeking school nutrition workers, teachers in math, science and Spanish

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Henrico, Va. June 25, 2018 – We’re preparing for the best school year ever and we’d love to talk with you about joining our team. Henrico County Public Schools will hold a job fair Wednesday to talk about opportunities with the school division. School division bus drivers now earn more – $14.18 per hour to start for full-time drivers and up to $14.86 for experienced drivers. Substitute drivers now earn $13.51 per hour. Henrico Schools is also seeking school nutrition workers and teachers in critical areas such as middle and high school math, Spanish and science. 
 
Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand for the event at the Workforce Resource Center in eastern Henrico County.
 
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: 
June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Where:Workforce Resource Center
, 121 Cedar Fork 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.

All children are now eligible for free meals as Henrico Schools participates in USDA summer food service

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Henrico, Va., June 20, 2018 — In an effort designed to ensure that children receive nutritious meals when school is not in session, all children are now eligible for meals at no charge at most summer sites run by Henrico County Public Schools and Henrico Recreation and Parks. In past years, the program focused on children enrolled in summer programs.
 
After the scheduled meal service for children enrolled in summer programs is over, meal service will begin for other children age 18 or younger who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents and guardians are not eligible for the free meal service. Henrico Schools is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program through its Division of School Nutrition Services.
 
Thirty-one sites will be serving meals to all children, while one program site – Echo Lake Elementary School – will continue the former policy of providing meal service only to children enrolled in summer programs. 
 
Food service will be from Monday through Thursday each week. (Please note that all sites will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.) Breakfast will be served from 7-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Specific breakfast and lunch times will vary depending on the location.
 
Service is on a first come, first served basis, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the administration of the meal service. Meals will be provided to children at the following sites:
 
Recreation and Parks Open Sites
 
Elementary schools:
Adams ES, 600 S. Laburnum Ave., June 25 – Aug. 9
Arthur Ashe ES, 1001 Cedar Fork Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Fair Oaks ES, 201 Jennings Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Mehfoud ES, 8320 Buffin Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Montrose ES, 2820 Williamsburg Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Ridge ES, 8910 Three Chopt Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Trevvett ES, 2300 Trevvett Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Ward ES, 3400 Darbytown Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
 
Recreation centers:
Confederate Hills Recreation Center, 302 Lee Ave., June 25 – Aug. 9
Dorey Recreation Center 2999 Darbytown Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., June 25 – Aug. 9
Elko Community and Recreation Center, 6216 White Oak Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Hidden Creek Community Center, 2417 Brockway Lane, June 25 – Aug. 9
 
Elementary School Open Sites
 
Baker ES, 6651 Willson Road, June 25-Aug. 9
Glen Lea ES, 3909 Austin Ave., June 25-Aug. 9 (Closed July 2-6)
Harvie ES, 3401 Harvie Road, June 25-Aug. 9
Highland Springs ES, 600 Pleasant St., July 9-Aug. 2
Ratcliffe ES, 2901 Thalen St., July 9-Aug. 2
Sandston ES, 7 Naglee Ave., July 9-Aug. 2
 
Middle and High School Open Sites
 
Brookland MS, 9200 Lydell Drive, June 25 – Aug. 9
CodeRVA Academy, 1405 Cummings Drive, July 9 – Aug. 9
Elko MS, 5901 Elko Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Fairfield MS, 5121 Nine Mile Road, June 25 – Aug. 2
Douglas S. Freeman HS, 8701 Three Chopt Road, June 25 – Aug. 2
Hermitage HS, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
Highland Springs HS, 15 S. Oak Ave., June 25 – Aug. 2
Moody MS, 7800 Woodman Road, June 25 – Aug. 9
John Rolfe MS, 6901 Messer Road, June 25 – Aug. 2
J.R. Tucker HS, 2910 Parham Road, June 25 – Aug. 2
Varina HS, 7053 Messer Road, June 25 – Aug. 2
L. Douglas Wilder MS, 6900 Wilkinson Road, June 25 – Aug. 2
 
Closed Enrollment Site
 
Echo Lake ES, 5200 Francistown Roa, July 9 – Aug. 2
 
 
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language) should contact the agency (state or local) where he or she applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA program discrimination complaint form (form AD-3027), found online at: 
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office; or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to the USDA by: 1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 2. fax: 202-690-7442; or 3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.
 
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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: Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:00 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 […]

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

2:00 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.

Fall into a rewarding job as a bus driver, school nutrition worker

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Henrico, Va. June 11, 2018 – We’re preparing for the best school year ever and we’d love to talk with you about joining our team. Henrico County Public Schools will hold a job fair on Wednesday to talk with candidates for positions as 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.
 
Henrico County Public Schools job fair
When: 
June 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Where: 
Varina Area 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.

Can’t attend your Henrico County student’s graduation? Live-stream will let you watch on a computer – or on-the-go

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Henrico, Va. June 8, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at VCU’s Siegel Center. The stream can be accessed via our home page at http://henricoschools.us. Graduations will also be replayed later in June on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38). The stream can be accessed on any desktop computer or on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets.

The HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo albums on the division’s Facebook page, facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools, and on the HCPS website. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing later at the division’s website. 

HCPS graduation information, including a replay schedule, can be found at the school division’s online graduation hub at http://henricoschools.us/graduation-2018/.

– Tuesday, June 12: J.R. Tucker High School (11 a.m.)
– Tuesday, June 12: Glen Allen High School (3 p.m.)
– Tuesday, June 12: Hermitage High School (7 p.m.)
– Wednesday, June 13: Henrico High School (11 a.m.)
– Wednesday, June 13: Highland Springs High School (3 p.m.)
– Wednesday, June 13: Varina High School (7 p.m.)
– Thursday, June 14: Douglas Freeman High School (11 a.m.)
– Thursday, June 14: Mills Godwin High School (3 p.m.)
– Thursday, June 14: Deep Run High School (7 p.m.)

Note: 15 minutes before each graduation, viewers should expect to see a graphic with the school name as music plays. Viewers who experience difficulty are advised to refresh or reload their browser.

Henrico County Public Schools selects Amy Cashwell as new superintendent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What attracted you to Henrico County?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resumen de lo Búsqueda de un nuevo superintendente

Family Learning Series – Summer Sessions

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To Register: Parents, guardians and teachers: please email tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787 to sign up to attend one (or more) of the summer workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend. Dyslexia Simulation – Kristin Kane, family resource  coordinator, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center Tuesday, July 10, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.Glen […]

To Register:

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

Dyslexia Simulation

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

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

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


A Great Start in Kindergarten: How Parents Can Help

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

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

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

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


Empowering Super Hero Dads

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


The Must-have Resource for Parenting in the Digital Age

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

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

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


Navigating the Code of Student Conduct

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

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

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


Homework and Study Strategies for Students with Disabilities

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

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

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


Parent’s Voice in the Special Education Process

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

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

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


Back-to-School Strategies for a Successful Year

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

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

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

To register:

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

Public Service Announcement – HCPS School Board Special Work Session

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a special work session on June 5, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. The purpose of the special work session will be to discuss personnel matters, including the superintendent position for Henrico County Public Schools. 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 at this meeting, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724. 

Henrico Schools’ spelling champ headed to national championship

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Photo caption: Henrico Schools’ 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee runner-up Jackson Glagola claps for champion Joseph Chambers at the January contest. Chambers, a Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader, also won the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling crown and is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Henrico Schools’ spelling champ headed to national championship

Henrico, Va., May 25, 2018 – Spelling champion Joseph Chambers is headed to the big dance. The Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader bested the champions of 56 other schools in January to become Henrico County’s winner. He then captured the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling trophy in March, defeating school division champs from a large swath of Virginia stretching from the Northern Neck to Southside.

Monday, Chambers joins 515 other regional champions at the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington. The finals of the Scripps bee will be televised Thursday on ESPN2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on ESPN from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

“I’m amazed that I’ve gotten this far,” Chambers said. “I come from a pretty good spelling family, but none of us had ever won even the Henrico Schools spelling bee. To prepare, I’ve been studying a document that the nice people at Scripps sent me. It’s 100 pages, 600 words in all. It’s not particularly fun to study, but sometimes I’ll come across a word that I had no idea even existed, describing an idea that I never thought needed expressing. For instance, a ‘gazoz’ is a nonalcoholic carbonated drink. Who knew?

“It’s also a pretty hectic time of year. All of the end-of-year testing is going on … along with the last quizzes, tests and projects. I also have tennis team. Maybe I’ll have time to chill a bit after the bee, but not much yet.”

Earlier rounds of the national bee will be shown online at espn.com on Tuesday and Wednesday. Chambers’ first spelling round is expected to begin Tuesday at 4 p.m. EDT.

This is the fifth straight year that Henrico County Public Schools’ winner has also captured the regional crown. Four-time HCPS spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy won the Times-Dispatch bee from 2014-17.

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meeting

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold a special work session on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 4 p.m. in the Main Office Conference Room at Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va. The sole purpose of the special work session will be for the Board to enter […]

The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold a special work session on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 4 p.m. in the Main Office Conference Room at Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va. The sole purpose of the special work session will be for the Board to enter into a closed meeting to discuss matters covered under Item A(1) of Section 2.2-3711 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, pertaining to the superintendent search. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend, however please be reminded that the sole purpose of the special work session will be for the Board to enter into a closed meeting. To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public

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

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. 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, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as […]

The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. 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, Va. 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 804-652-3724.

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 […]

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, Va. will hold a special meeting on: Monday, May 14, 2018 3 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 […]

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

Monday, May 14, 2018

3 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 804-652-3724.

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 […]

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 […]

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, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary. The meeting […]

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, Va. 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 804-652-3724.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.