23 Henrico County schools earn Virginia Index of Performance awards for academic achievement

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Twenty-three Henrico County schools have earned 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement, and Short Pump Middle School was one of only nine schools in the commonwealth to earn the highest designation. Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education announced that 386 schools statewide had earned the designation, along with 17 school divisions.

Henrico Schools’ 23-award total was the most in the Richmond area.

The awards fall into three tiers, based primarily on state and federal benchmarks and progress during 2015-16 toward goals set by the governor and the Board.

A complete list of HCPS schools earning 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards is below.

Henrico County schools earning 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards:

Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence
The awards’ top tier, these are schools and school divisions meeting all state and federal achievement benchmarks and achieving all applicable excellence goals for elementary reading, enrollment in Algebra I by the eighth grade, enrollment in college-level courses, high school graduation, attainment of advanced diplomas, increased attainment of career and industry certifications, and, if applicable, participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

  • Short Pump Middle School

Board of Education Excellence Awards
The awards’ second tier, these are schools and school divisions 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
  • Echo Lake Elementary School
  • Gayton Elementary School
  • Glen Allen Elementary School
  • Kaechele Elementary School
  • Nuckols Farm Elementary School
  • Rivers Edge Elementary School
  • Shady Grove Elementary School
  • Short Pump Elementary School
  • Three Chopt Elementary School
  • Tuckahoe Elementary School
  • Twin Hickory Elementary School
  • Holman Middle School
  • Pocahontas Middle School
  • Glen Allen 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
  • Pemberton Elementary School
  • Pinchbeck Elementary School
  • Springfield Park Elementary School
  • Trevvett Elementary School
  • Deep Run High School

Help spread the word: HCPS seeks to fill slots for teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians before fall

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Henrico Schools needs your help spreading the word as the school division seeks to fill important positions before the start of the school year. In order to get 2017-18 off to a successful start, HCPS needs to fill slots for teachers, bus drivers, school nutrition workers and custodians. Henrico Schools is seeking teachers for grades K-12, with a particular need for teachers in reading, math, English, Spanish and technical education. HCPS is also recruiting for substitutes in all fields, especially teachers.

Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department will be on hand for a job fair Aug. 10 at the school division’s Central Office headquarters in eastern Henrico County. Also present to talk with interested candidates will be representatives from the HCPS Pupil Transportation, School Nutrition Services and Custodial Services departments.

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

Good bus driver candidates will be paid while they train.

When: Thursday, Aug. 10 from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Eastern Henrico Government Center/HCPS Central Office (Community Room), 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 high school diploma or equivalent; 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 County Public Schools educators will attend retreat on developing inclusive classrooms, closing gaps

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A group of educators from Henrico County Public Schools will participate in a workshop that helps participants develop more inclusive learning communities. The retreat gives educational leaders the chance to focus on eliminating disparities based on race and socioeconomic status in all areas of school life and academic achievement. Called the Henrico Educational Equity Initiative, the workshop will include faculty from four HCPS schools: Donahoe and Fair Oaks elementary schools; Elko Middle School; and Varina High School. The retreat is organized by the nonprofit Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

Held at Sweet Briar College from July 17-20, HCPS educators will learn about how bias and prejudice can affect learning and teaching. Through interactive workshops and small group discussions, participants will design different approaches to creating a supportive learning environment. At the conclusion of the retreat, educators will design 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 program is funded by the Robins Foundation. The workshop’s goals align with Henrico Schools’ current areas of focus, which include cultural competency and equity, as well as family engagement.

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