2017-18 REB Awards: Nominate an outstanding principal

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The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

To find out more and download a nomination form, go to tcfrichmond.org and click on “Grantseekers,” then “Awards,” or go directly to tcfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/Awards/REB-Awards-for-Distinguished-Educational-Leadership.

Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a completed nomination form, downloaded from the foundation’s website, a one- to two-page typeset letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership. It can be accompanied by up to three one-page letters of support. Principals may not nominate themselves.

When: Nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered, and must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2017. Emailed or faxed nominations are not accepted.

Where: Please mail nominations to:

REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership
The Community Foundation
Attn: Stacey Keeley, Donor Engagement Officer
7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110
Richmond, Va. 23225

For questions regarding nominations, please contact Leslie Traylor, HCPS human resources specialist, at 804-652-3671. More information is also available at tcfrichmond.org.

Award recipients will be announced in March 2018.

Thousands of Henrico County students will walk the walk Oct. 4

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Henrico County students will walk the walk in October. Students at some schools will take part in International Walk to School Day Oct. 4 by walking to school, walking at school and participating in associated events during October. The day is a celebration of the benefits of walking and biking to school.

Henrico Police will assist with street crossings for schools participating in Walk to School Day Oct. 4.

Nearly 4,000 schools across the nation have signed up with the National Center for Safe Routes to School to hold similar events that day. Some schools with limited pedestrian and bike access will hold “Walk at School” events instead, where students walk around a track or campus after arriving.

Walking and biking to school can yield a host of benefits, including increased fitness and greater safety awareness. Environmental benefits include less particulate matter and carbon emissions from vehicle use. Benefits to communities can include heightened neighborhood identity; safer streets; lower transportation costs; and improved accessibility. Because sidewalks and bike infrastructure can create greater access to businesses and higher property values, communities may see economic benefits as well. To find out more about Walk to School Day, go to walkbiketoschool.org.

Walk to School Day

When: Wednesday, Oct. 4
Where:

  • Carver Elementary School
  • Chamberlayne Elementary School
  • Crestview Elementary School
  • Dumbarton Elementary School*
  • Gayton Elementary School
  • Glen Allen Elementary School*
  • Lakeside Elementary School
  • Maybeury Elementary School
  • Pemberton Elementary School*
  • Ridge Elementary School
  • Rivers Edge Elementary School
  • Tuckahoe Elementary School
  • Tuckahoe Middle School*

Other times:

  • Fair Oaks Elementary School* (Walk at school Oct. 18)
  • Holladay Elementary School* (Different grade levels walk at school each day from Oct. 16-20)
  • Longan Elementary School* (Parade Walk Around the Block Day on Oct. 31)
  • Nuckols Farm Elementary School* (Walk at school Oct. 18)
  • Springfield Park Elementary School* (Different grade levels walk at 7:20 a.m. each day from Oct. 2-6)
  • Pocahontas Middle School* (Walk at school Oct. 11)

*Walking at school on track or around campus

For the most current list of participating schools, go to walkbiketoschool.org/registration/whoswalking.php.

6 more Henrico schools gain full state accreditation; Total number of fully accredited schools at five-year high

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Six more Henrico County schools regained full state accreditation, according to information the Virginia Department of Education released today. Adams, Donahoe, Holladay, Lakeside, Longdale and Sandston elementary schools are all now fully accredited. The total brings to 10 the number of Henrico County schools regaining full state accreditation in the past two years. And to keep the momentum going, all other fully accredited Henrico County schools, including all nine high schools, maintained their top ratings.

The number of fully accredited schools rose to 54 of the school division’s 67 K-12 schools, or 81 percent – the highest number of fully accredited schools in five years.

In the period since 2014-15, the school division has cut by more than half the number of schools not fully accredited; during that stretch, the number of schools not fully accredited has shrunk from 28 to 13.

“Our goal is full accreditation for all our schools, and seeing 10 schools regain accreditation in the past two years is significant progress,” said Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw. “We’ll keep moving forward. We still have work to do. What we’re so proud of is the commitment and dedication we’ve seen in supporting our students – not only from our staff members and the School Board, but from families and the larger community.

“In the coming year, we’ll keep building on what’s working and introduce some new strategies. Our intense focus on literacy is paying off and we’ll continue to make that a fixture of what we do. We’re also embarking on a transformation of our middle schools that we believe will engage students in ways that encourage success. We’ll also continue to concentrate on engaging families, as well as fostering cultural competency and equity.”

While six Henrico County schools regained full state accreditation, additional evidence of progress includes:

  • Divisionwide, every sub-group of students saw improvement in reading. Subgroups are: black, Hispanic, white and Asian students; along with students with disabilities; students who are economically disadvantaged; and English learners.
  • Divisionwide, every sub-group of students saw improvement in math.
  • At the Henrico County middle schools that have not yet regained full accreditation, there was an average per-school improvement of 6 percentage-points in math. John Rolfe Middle School saw a math increase of 15 points.
  • The elementary schools that weren’t fully accredited a year ago averaged a 6-point growth in reading. Adams Elementary School’s reading improvement was 15 points and Highland Springs Elementary School’s was 12 points.

The Virginia Department of Education’s accreditation categories include:

  • Fully accredited
  • Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark (Schools that are not fully accredited but are within a narrow margin – 2 points – of the adjusted SOL pass rates required for full accreditation in one or more subject areas.)
  • Partially accredited: Improving (schools making progress toward meeting SOL criteria, as defined by state guidelines).
  • Partially accredited: Warned (Schools which may be seeing higher scores, but are not making enough progress toward state guidelines to be designated as improving).
  • Partially accredited: Reconstituted (Schools which may be making progress, but fail to meet state requirements for full accreditation for four consecutive years. Reconstituting a school may include restructuring its governance, faculty, instructional program and/or its student population to improve instruction and raise student achievement.)
  • Accreditation denied
  • For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent on English reading and writing SOL tests, and at least 70 percent on assessments in math, science and history. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion. Accreditation ratings may also reflect an average of achievement over several years.

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

For more specifics on how Henrico Schools is improving, go to http://henricoschools.us/how-were-improving/.

HCPS schools fully accredited for 2017-18

Schools in bold regained full accreditation

Elementary schools:

  • Adams
  • Ashe
  • Baker
  • Carver
  • Chamberlayne
  • Colonial Trail
  • Crestview
  • Davis
  • Donahoe
  • Dumbarton
  • Echo Lake
  • Gayton
  • Glen Allen
  • Greenwood
  • Harvie
  • Holladay
  • Johnson
  • Kaechele
  • Lakeside
  • Longan
  • Longdale
  • Maybeury
  • Nuckols Farm
  • Pemberton
  • Pinchbeck
  • Ridge
  • Rivers Edge
  • Sandston
  • Seven Pines
  • Shady Grove
  • Short Pump
  • Skipwith
  • Springfield Park
  • Three Chopt
  • Trevvett
  • Tuckahoe
  • Twin Hickory
  • Ward

Middle schools:

  • Holman
  • Hungary Creek
  • Moody
  • Pocahontas
  • Quioccasin
  • Short Pump
  • Tuckahoe

High schools:

  • Deep Run
  • Freeman
  • Glen Allen
  • Godwin
  • Henrico
  • Hermitage
  • Highland Springs
  • Tucker
  • Varina

The status of Fair Oaks, Highland Springs, Mehfoud, Montrose, and Varina elementary schools, and Brookland, Fairfield and John Rolfe middle schools have not yet been officially determined by the Virginia Department of Education. Glen Lea, Laburnum and Ratcliffe elementary schools, along with Elko and L. Douglas Wilder Middle Schools, were denied accreditation.

Highland Springs High School English teacher chosen as teacher of the year for Central Virginia

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Greenlee Naughton - Teacher of the Year for Central VirginiaGreenlee Naughton’s accolades keep growing. The Highland Springs High School English teacher was named Monday as one of Virginia’s eight 2018 regional teachers of the year.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe surprised Naughton Monday morning with an announcement at a school assembly that had been billed as a celebration of Highland Springs’ second straight year of full accreditation. In May Henrico County Public Schools named Naughton its top teacher for 2017.

One of the eight regional winners will be selected as the commonwealth’s 2018 teacher of the year, an honor that will be announced Sept. 18 in a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Naughton was selected as the winner for Region 1, which stretches from Goochland to Sussex and includes 15 counties and cities. The 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year will be the commonwealth’s nominee in the National Teacher of the Year awards.

Greenlee Naughton with Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Highland Springs High School English teacher Greenlee Naughton is congratulated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a surprise announcement Monday at the school.

“It was a complete and utter shock,” Naughton said after the announcement.

“Both my parents were teachers. I tell people I ignored it for many years and went into a different field. When I was home on maternity leave the shootings at Columbine High School happened. It’s interesting that today is 9/11, because I know there were a number of people who joined the military after 9/11 and I’ve kind of likened that to my situation with Columbine. I remember watching the coverage and thinking, ‘I really should be a teacher.’

“This is the pinnacle of my career – to be recognized for something I chose to do later in my life. I couldn’t be happier or prouder of my students and what they accomplish, which is the ultimate goal as a teacher.”

Naughton is originally from Suffolk and is an alumna of Randolph-Macon College. She received her master’s degree from the University of Richmond and her doctorate from VCU. Before joining the Highland Springs faculty in 2014, she taught at Hanover High School for eight years and for six years at schools in Charlotte, N.C. In 2012, she won an REB Award for Teaching Excellence from the Community Foundation.

Highland Springs High School English teacher Greenlee Naughton poses with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a group of state, county and school division officials Monday at the school.

Highland Springs High School English teacher Greenlee Naughton poses with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a group of state, county and school division officials Monday at the school.

A panel reviewed nominees’ portfolios and selected the eight regional teachers of the year. The panel included classroom teachers, representatives of professional and educational associations, representatives from the business community and 2017 Virginia Teacher of the Year Toney McNair Jr. of Chesapeake’s Indian River Middle School. The same panel will interview each of the eight regional teachers to select the 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year.

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

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Twenty-four 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’ 24-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
  • Jackson Davis 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/.