Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2018

2 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.

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Interested in high school specialty centers? Get the scoop at a fall information session

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 21, 2018 – Attending one of Henrico Schools’ specialty centers is an opportunity for high school students to focus on a specialized interest while completing a rigorous academic program. Find out more about the specialty centers offered by Henrico Schools at one of four information sessions scheduled for eighth-graders and their parents or guardians. All sessions are the same and cover information about all of HCPS’ specialty centers, so attend the one that’s most convenient for your family. Each session starts at 7 p.m.
 
Specialty Center Information Sessions 
(All sessions start at 7 p.m. and cover the same information)
 
– Sept. 26: Varina High School (7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va.)
– Oct. 4: Henrico High School (302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va.)
– Oct. 9: Douglas S. Freeman High School (8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.)
– Oct. 15: J.R. Tucker High School (2910 N. Parham Road, Henrico, Va.)
 
For more information on HCPS specialty centers, go to http://henricoschools.us and use the drop-down menu for “Schools,” and then choose “Specialty Centers,” or go directly to http://henricoschools.us/specialty-centers/.
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Henrico County to build new J.R. Tucker, Highland Springs high schools

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 20, 2018 – Henrico County plans to construct a new J.R. Tucker High School and a new Highland Springs High School, replacing two of its oldest public high schools with modern facilities that will serve the community long term.

Each new school is expected to cost $80 million and begin construction in fall 2019, with a goal of opening in fall 2021. The schedule will allow students who are currently freshmen to spend their senior years in the new buildings, according to a plan outlined today by county government and school officials.

“Public schools are the lifeblood of any community,” Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Henrico’s high quality of life depends on having schools that are great — from the quality of instruction and programming to the design and physical condition of the buildings. It’s time to bring a modern facility to the Tucker and Highland Springs communities.”

The new J.R. Tucker will be built on the school’s North Parham Road campus, where the existing 1962 building now stands.

The new Highland Springs is planned on a wooded property along East Beal Street, adjacent to the existing school, and will front South Airport Drive. The existing school building, which opened in 1952 and was renovated in 2008, will be retained.

Funding for the schools’ construction plan is expected to come from several sources. The 2016 bond referendum identified $55 million to renovate J.R. Tucker and $42 million to build an east area technical center, or business innovation center, in the Varina District. Henrico plans to use those funds and cover the remaining $63 million with a combination of other sources, including $26 million in meals tax reserves, $4.8 million in other available funds and up to $32.2 million in Virginia Public School Authority bonds.

“There’s tremendous excitement to go around for everybody,” Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Amy E. Cashwell said. “To think about what our goals are as a school system, which include preparing students to be life ready, and to then design learning programs around those goals, is a wonderful opportunity. This will take our classrooms to the next level, and it brings great value to see new learning centers serve as the centerpieces of their communities.”

Cashwell added, “I’m proud to work with a School Board and Board of Supervisors that work together to demonstrate that schools are a priority to meet the needs of 21st century, globally competitive students.”

Henrico government and school officials will spend the coming months refining plans for the J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs projects, including completing designs for the new schools, determining how students will be accommodated during construction and exploring future uses for the existing Highland Springs High School building. One potential use expected to be considered is the east area technical center.

“Clearly, we have plenty of work ahead of us, but I’m confident the county administration, working closely with the Board of Supervisors, School Board and school administration, will get the job done,” Vithoulkas said. “It’s a bold move to build two high schools simultaneously — something Henrico hasn’t done in more than 60 years. We have the resources and the need to transform two of our oldest high schools as well as the communities around them. It’s an opportunity we heartily embrace.”

All Henrico stakeholders can look forward to additional opportunities to become informed and/or involved in the brainstorming and planning process in the coming weeks and months.

Highland Springs High School

Highland Springs High School

JR Tucker High School

JR Tucker High School

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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 Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Victor W. Kreiter Stadium at Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Avenue, Highland Springs, Va. 23075.  The purpose of the meeting is to make an announcement pertaining to public school facilities.  Parking will be available on East Beal Street. 

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First meeting of Henrico Schools’ Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee moved to Sept. 24

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 19, 2018 – The inaugural meeting of Henrico Schools’ Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee will now take place Monday. The meeting was originally scheduled for Sept. 17, but was postponed because of tornado warnings. The meeting site – HCPS’ Central Office on Nine Mile Road – is unchanged. Subcommittees will meet at 6 p.m. and the general committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
 
While members of the public are welcome to come and observe the meeting, only committee members will be able to participate.
 
The new committee is part of Henrico Schools’ expanded efforts on equity and diversity. The 26-person group was formed this summer from a pool of 270 applicants. It includes one teacher, one student, one parent and one school leader from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. The committee is chaired by the director of equity and diversity and supported by a liaison from the Henrico School Board.
 
Inaugural meeting, Henrico Schools’ Equity and Diversity Committee
 
When: Sept. 24 (subcommittees will meet at 6 p.m.; general committee meeting at 7 p.m.)
Where: Henrico County Public Schools Central Office/Eastern Henrico Government Center (Multipurpose Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
 
One source that will inform the new committee’s agenda will be information gleaned from a series of spring community listening sessions. The sessions were held in each magisterial district by the school division’s Office of Equity and Diversity.
 
In addition to the larger committee, which will meet monthly, members are part of one or more subcommittees devoted to focused topics. The smaller groups will meet as necessary.
 
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/.
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Be a Henrico HEROES mentor: A little time can make a big difference in the life of a child

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Photo caption: Some Henrico HEROES mentors and students celebrate at an end-of-year celebration in spring 2018.

Henrico, Va., Sept. 19, 2018 – Being a mentor with Henrico HEROES can take as little as 30-45 minutes a week  – but the impact can be huge. The group, named the commonwealth’s top mentoring program in 2014, will hold its first training session Thursday and another Oct. 4.
 
The process is easy. Mentors complete an application, undergo a background check, and attend a training session. The program runs from October to May. Mentors meet with their students once a week for 30-45 minutes and participate in a programwide kickoff and end-of-year celebration. To learn more, contact Leslie Waller at 804-652-3813 or email henricoheroes@henrico.k12.va.us. Henrico HEROES is administered by Henrico County Public Schools.
 
Studies show that mentoring pays big dividends for students. It improves students’ attendance and academic motivation, and students with a mentor are more likely to enroll in college, to volunteer and to be involved in sports and other extracurricular activities. 
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Hurricane Florence prompts School Board to revise timeline to select Tuckahoe District representative

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 11, 2018 – The Henrico School Board has revised its timeline to select a new representative for the Tuckahoe magisterial district, because of the threat of Hurricane Florence. The Board had scheduled a Thursday public hearing to hear input on the three finalists for the position, but postponed the hearing due to the forecast.
 
The new timeline is:
  • Thursday, Sept. 20 (4 p.m.): Public hearing to solicit input regarding the candidates. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 4  (5 p.m.): Special work session to select and appoint the Tuckahoe District representative.
  • Friday, Oct. 5  (8:30 a.m.): New Board member takes oath of office at Henrico County Circuit Court.Thursday, Oct. 11: New Tuckahoe District School Board member attends first School Board meeting.
 
The finalists for the seat are:
  • Melissa Dart, a member of the HCPS Special Education Advisory Committee.
  • Bill Pike, former principal of Lakeside Elementary School and former assistant principal at Hermitage High School.
  • Marcie Shea, a former teacher at Douglas Freeman High School and a current PTA volunteer.
Henrico County citizens are invited to speak about the vacancy at the 4 p.m. hearing on Sept. 20. Members of the public will have four minutes each to address the Board. Citizens may sign up in advance to speak at the public hearing by contacting Debbie Ward, clerk of the School Board, at 804-652-3808 or by emailing dnward@henrico.k12.va.us.
 
The appointed member will serve on the School Board representing the Tuckahoe District until a new member, elected in November 2019, assumes office in January 2020.
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HCPS’ new Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee will hold first meeting Sept. 17

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 11, 2018 – Part of Henrico Schools’ expanded efforts on equity and diversity has been the creation of an Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. The new group’s first meeting will be Monday evening at Henrico Schools’ Central Office on Nine Mile Road. While members of the public are welcome to come and […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 11, 2018 – Part of Henrico Schools’ expanded efforts on equity and diversity has been the creation of an Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. The new group’s first meeting will be Monday evening at Henrico Schools’ Central Office on Nine Mile Road.
 
While members of the public are welcome to come and observe the meeting, only committee members will be able to participate.
 
The 26-person committee was formed this summer from a pool of 270 applicants. The group includes one teacher, one student, one parent and one school leader from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. The committee is chaired by the director of equity and diversity and supported by a liaison from the Henrico School Board.
 
Inaugural meeting, Henrico Schools’ Equity and Diversity Committee
 
When: Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Where: Henrico County Public Schools Central Office/Eastern Henrico Government Center (Multipurpose Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
 
One source that will inform the new committee’s agenda will be information gleaned from a series of spring community listening sessions. The sessions were held in each magisterial district by the school division’s Office of Equity and Diversity.
 
In addition to the larger committee, which will meet monthly, members will be part of one or more subcommittees devoted to focused topics. The smaller groups will meet as necessary.
 
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/.

New school year, new opportunities with Henrico County Public Schools

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 7, 2018 – A new school year is underway – we want you to be part of Henrico County’s dedicated educational team. Come to a job fair Wednesday at the historic Henrico Theatre and talk with us about open positions with Henrico County Public Schools. We’re seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, cafeteria workers and temporary instructional assistants. Have you worked as an equipment operator or electrician? Are you experienced with plumbing or HVAC? The HCPS Department of Construction and Maintenance wants to talk with you.

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

Don’t have bus driving experience? Qualified driver candidates will be paid as they train. 

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

Henrico County Public Schools job fair 
When: Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Henrico Theatre (second floor), 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs, Va.

Questions? Contact 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. 

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Henrico School Board sets Sept. 13 public hearing on three finalists for Tuckahoe District seat

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 7, 2018 – The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing Thursday to get input from citizens on finalists for the Board’s vacant Tuckahoe District seat. Three finalists were chosen from a pool of applicants to serve the remainder of former representative Lisa Marshall’s term. The veteran member of the Board resigned in August for health reasons.

The finalists for the seat are:

  • Melissa Dart, a member of the HCPS Special Education Advisory Committee.
  • Bill Pike, former principal of Lakeside Elementary School and former assistant principal at Hermitage High School.
  • Marcie Shea, a former teacher at Douglas Freeman High School and a current PTA volunteer.

“We need to hear from the public,” said Micky Ogburn, School Board chair and Three Chopt District representative. “It’s their opportunity to weigh in on what qualities are important and who they want as their representative from the Tuckahoe District.”

Henrico County citizens are invited to speak about the vacancy at the 4 p.m. hearing, which will follow the Board’s work session. Members of the public will have four minutes each to address the Board. Citizens may sign up in advance to speak at the public hearing by contacting Debbie Ward, clerk of the School Board, at 804-652-3808 or by emailing dnward@henrico.k12.va.us.

The School Board will select and announce the appointee at a special work session Sept. 20Oct 4

The appointed member will serve on the School Board representing the Tuckahoe District until a new member, elected in November 2019, assumes office in January 2020.  

Public hearing to solicit input on candidates for Tuckahoe District School Board seat

When: Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.  Postponed to September 20 at 4 p.m.
Where: New Bridge Learning Center auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.

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Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a special work session on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at noon, specifically for the Board to enter into a closed meeting solely for the purpose of interviewing applicants for the Tuckahoe Magisterial District School Board vacancy. The meeting will take place in the auditorium of […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a special work session on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at noon, specifically for the Board to enter into a closed meeting solely for the purpose of interviewing applicants for the Tuckahoe Magisterial District School Board vacancy. The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. The beginning of the meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend, but please note the only action will be to enter into closed 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.

School Board seeks applicants to replace Marshall as Tuckahoe District representative

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The following is a news release that was sent to media outlets on Aug. 24. Applicants who are interested in full details and application materials
Henrico, Va. Aug. 24, 2018 – The Henrico County School Board is seeking interested candidates to fill the remainder of the term previously served by veteran Tuckahoe District representative Lisa Marshall, who resigned for health reasons. The Board discussed the process of finding a replacement for Marshall Thursday at its regularly scheduled work session. Tuesday was Marshall’s last day on the Board. 
 
Minimal qualifications are (1) be a registered voter; and (2) reside in the Tuckahoe Magisterial District in Henrico County, Va. Applicants must send a letter expressing their interest and a current resume to Debbie Ward, School Board clerk. In addition, interested applicants must complete a Statement of Economic Interests and a Certificate of Qualification for Appointment.
 
The forms, as well as desired characteristics for applicants, can be found online at henricoschools.us (under “Hot Topics”), or by using the following link: http://henricoschools.us/school-board-seeks-applicants-for-tuckahoe-district-seat/.
 
Some of the characteristics desired for the position are: past involvement with the school division, ability to work collaboratively in the interest of all Henrico County students, professionalism, and adequate time and energy to devote to representing the Tuckahoe District. 
 
All completed applications, to include letter of interest, resume, Statement of Economic Interests and the Certificate of Qualification for Appointment, (either in electronic or hard copy form) must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. Applications received after that time will not be considered. Submit materials or direct questions to the school board clerk at dnward@henrico.k12.va.us, 804-652-3808, or P.O. Box 23120, Henrico, Va. 23223.
 
Selection Timeline:
Wednesday, Aug. 22: School Board position vacant
Thursday, Aug. 30 (4:30 p.m.): Application deadline
Thursday, Sept. 6 (noon): Special work session to interview selected applicants in a closed meeting
Thursday, Sept. 13 (4 p.m.): Public hearing to solicit input regarding the candidates
Thursday, Sept. 20 (5 p.m.): Special work session to select and appoint the Tuckahoe District representative
Thursday, Sept. 27: New Tuckahoe District School Board member attends first School Board meetings
 

Note: The appointed member will serve on the School Board representing the Tuckahoe District until a new member, elected in November 2019, assumes office in January 2020.

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Lisa Marshall announces resignation from Henrico School Board

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Aug. 20, 2018 – Lisa Marshall, the Tuckahoe District representative on the Henrico School Board since 2008, announced today that she is stepping down from the Board for health reasons. In a letter to the Board’s other members, Marshall said that Tuesday will be her last day.  “As you know, I was diagnosed […]

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Henrico, Va. Aug. 20, 2018 – Lisa Marshall, the Tuckahoe District representative on the Henrico School Board since 2008, announced today that she is stepping down from the Board for health reasons. In a letter to the Board’s other members, Marshall said that Tuesday will be her last day. 
 
“As you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2018 within days of Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw announcing his retirement,” Marshall said. “It was important to me that the Tuckahoe District be fully represented during our superintendent search so I participated fully in the search throughout treatment. My efforts were rewarded in our excellent selection of Superintendent Amy Cashwell who I know will well serve HCPS.
 
“Several weeks ago I underwent surgery and am thrilled to share that my prognosis is very good, yet I still have months of treatment ahead. I had hoped to serve out the remainder of my School Board term. However, it became clear after attending our Aug. 9, 2018 School Board meeting that I simply do not have the energy and stamina required to fully represent the Tuckahoe District. My energy must be focused on restoring my health and my full-time employment.
 
“It has been my great honor and privilege to serve the Tuckahoe District for the past 11 years alongside you for some, or in Mr. Montgomery’s case, all of those years. I will cherish our friendship and the excellent working relationship I had with wonderful Division Leadership Team members and so many HCPS employees.”
 
Micky Ogburn, School Board chair, praised Marshall’s service to Henrico Schools.
 
“There is no person who is more dedicated to the students and families of the Tuckahoe District than Lisa,” Ogburn said. “Our heartfelt wishes for a speedy and full recovery go to Lisa and her husband, Lem, and their three adult children, Emily, Jack and Lauren.
 
“The citizens of the Tuckahoe District have wisely trusted Lisa’s leadership by electing her to three terms on the School Board, and she responded with 11 years of devoted public service. She is, and will continue to be, a courageous advocate, a compassionate listener, a trusted confidante and, above all, a loyal and loving wife, mother and friend. Today is a difficult day, but we know it is the right decision for Lisa and her family. We will miss her so much.”
 
Marshall was first elected to the Board in 2007. She was re-elected in 2011, and won a third term in 2015, running unopposed. 
 
The School Board has a regularly scheduled work session Thursday at 2:30 p.m., where members are expected to update the public on the process of selecting Marshall’s successor.

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meetings: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 2:30 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 […]

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

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

2:30 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.

Teachers new to Henrico Schools will learn about students, community through bus tours

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Sharing Teachers new to Henrico Schools will learn about students, community through bus tours Henrico, Va. Aug. 14, 2018 – Teachers can be most effective when they better understand their students and the communities in which they teach. A series of community bus tours Aug. 20 will take teachers new to the school division to visit […]

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Teachers new to Henrico Schools will learn about students, community through bus tours 
Henrico, Va. Aug. 14, 2018 – Teachers can be most effective when they better understand their students and the communities in which they teach. A series of community bus tours Aug. 20 will take teachers new to the school division to visit schools in their students’ “feeder patterns” – the elementary, middle and high schools they are zoned to attend. The tour will also include stops at important community gathering places, religious sites and food destinations. Tours will be conducted by principals, HCPS central office employees and school resource officers. Buses will leave the front of each high school at 8:30 a.m.
 
Community Bus Tours
 
Who: Members of the media are invited to follow along. 
When: Aug. 20 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. 
Where: Tours will begin at each of HCPS’ nine high schools 
 
Douglas Freeman H.S.            .  
8701 Three Chopt Road          
Henrico, Va. 23229
 
Deep Run H.S
4801 Twin Hickory Road  
Glen Allen, Va. 23059 
 
Glen Allen H.S. 
10700 Staples Mill Road                 
Glen Allen, Va. 23060
 
Mills Godwin H.S.
2101 Pump Road
Henrico, Va. 23238
 
Hermitage H.S.
8301 Hungary Spring Road 
Henrico, Va. 23228
 
Varina H.S.
7053 Messer Road
Henrico, Va. 23231
 
Highland Springs H.S. 
15 S. Oak Ave.
Highland Springs, Va. 23075
 
Henrico H.S. 
302 Azalea Ave.
Henrico, Va. 23227
 
J.R. Tucker H.S.
2910 Parham Road
Henrico, Va. 23294
 
The activity is a joint project of Henrico Schools’ departments of Professional Learning and Leadership; Equity and Diversity; Family and Community Engagement; and Pupil Transportation. The Henrico County Planning Department also contributed to the effort.

Meet Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ new superintendent

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Aug. 8, 2018 – Amy Cashwell wants to meet you. Henrico Schools’ new superintendent will hold five informal meet-and-greet sessions in August, where members of the public can drop by and talk with the school division’s new leader. There will be a meet-and-greet opportunity in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts. […]

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Henrico, Va. Aug. 8, 2018 – Amy Cashwell wants to meet you. Henrico Schools’ new superintendent will hold five informal meet-and-greet sessions in August, where members of the public can drop by and talk with the school division’s new leader. There will be a meet-and-greet opportunity in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts.

Meet-and-Greet Sessions

  • Aug. 13 from 3-4 p.m.: Twin Hickory Area Library (5001 Twin Hickory Road)
  • Aug. 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Varina Area Library (1875 New Market Road)
  • Aug. 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Fairfield Area Library (1001 N. Laburnum Ave.)
  • Aug. 21 from 5-6 p.m.: Libbie Mill Library (2100 Libbie Lake E. St.)
  • Aug. 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Tuckahoe Area Library (1901 Starling Drive)

Besides the informal meet-and-greet sessions, Cashwell will hold a series of town hall meetings in late September and early October. Those will feature a short presentation as well as a chance to ask questions and share ideas.

Cashwell began work as Henrico’s superintendent July 1. She was selected by the Henrico School Board 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/

Momentum for new year starts with Henrico County Public Schools’ “Back-to-School Kickoff”

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Henrico, Va., Aug. 7, 2018 – While Sept. 4 will be the day students first fill the hallways and cafeterias, the excitement of the 2018-19 school year starts earlier, at Henrico Schools’ first-ever “Back-to-School Kickoff.” The Aug. 18 event will be held on the grounds of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.

There will be a mix of family activities, including a DJ, food trucks, inflatables, onsite school registration and a Splash Zone. 

The divisionwide event is sponsored by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement, and all Henrico County families are invited to attend. Overflow parking will be available at nearby Harvie Elementary School, with shuttles to the recreation center.

Back-to-School Kickoff activities include:

  • DJ
  • ManUp Walk a Mile With Your Child (8 a.m.)
  • School performances: step teams, drumlines and more throughout the day
  • Keynote speaker: Loren Johnson, Highland Spring HS football head coach and winner of three straight state titles
  • Splash Zone
  • Meet and talk with school leaders
  • Kids’ inflatable activities 
  • Face painting 
  • Giveaways for kids
  • Food trucks on site
  • Free books
  • Math and reading activities 
  • Information fair (vendors with information about family resources)
  • Onsite school registration
  • School supplies
  • HCPS job opportunities and initial interviews

Henrico Schools Back-to-School Kickoff
When: Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.

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2018-2019 Per Pupil Expenditure

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Sharing July 2018 A state regulation requires us annually to make available the average per pupil expenditures (pdf). Shown below is a comparison of average per pupil expenditures for operations.   Sources of Financial Support 2016-2017 State Average (Actual) 2016-2017 Henrico Average (actual) 2017-2018 Henrico Average (Budget) 2018-2019 Henrico Average (Budget) State Funds $3,996 $3,252 […]

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Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting: Thursday, August 9, 2018 2:00 p.m.     Work Session The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia.  Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed […]

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

2:00 p.m.     Work Session

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

Henrico Health Department offering appointments for school physicals, immunizations

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Sharing Henrico, Va., July 26, 2018 – The Henrico County Health Department is offering appointments for school physical exams and back-to-school immunizations in August. Students in preschool through fifth grade can get physicals performed on three days: Aug. 1, 9 and 16. Immunizations will be offered Aug. 27, 29 and 31 to students in preschool […]

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Henrico, Va., July 26, 2018 – The Henrico County Health Department is offering appointments for school physical exams and back-to-school immunizations in August. Students in preschool through fifth grade can get physicals performed on three days: Aug. 1, 9 and 16. Immunizations will be offered Aug. 27, 29 and 31 to students in preschool through 12th grade. Services on these days are by appointment and will be at the Henrico County Health Department’s West Clinic at 8600 Powers Drive. 
 
If needed, immunizations required for school attendance can be given during physicals. The immunization 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 school attendance. 
 
Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, with a photo ID. Students getting vaccinated should bring immunization records, if available. 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 appointments. There will be no out-of-pocket costs to participating families for school-required immunizations. For physicals, uninsured or underinsured Medicaid clients (eligibility group A) will have no out-of-pocket costs. Other Medicaid clients or clients with other insurance may be charged a percentage of the cost for physicals. 
 
School physical exams (by appointment only)
When: Aug. 1, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16
Where: Henrico County Health Department West Clinic, 8600 Powers Drive, Henrico, Va.
To make an appointment, call 804-501-4651.
 
Back-to-school immunizations (by appointment only)
When: Aug. 27, Aug. 29 and Aug. 31
Where: Henrico County Health Department West Clinic, 8600 Powers Drive, Henrico, Va.
To make an appointment, call 804-501-4651.
 
Appointments can also be arranged at the department’s East Clinic by calling 804-652-3190. The East Clinic is at 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.
 

Henrico Schools invites you to an informal conversation about planned Brookland District elementary school

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Sharing Henrico, Va., July 23, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is holding an informal community conversation about a new elementary school planned for Henrico County’s Brookland magisterial district. The forum will be held Aug. 6 at Libbie Mill Library and is open to the public.  In 2016 voters approved a bond referendum that included […]

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Henrico, Va., July 23, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is holding an informal community conversation about a new elementary school planned for Henrico County’s Brookland magisterial district. The forum will be held Aug. 6 at Libbie Mill Library and is open to the public. 

In 2016 voters approved a bond referendum that included funding for the new school. It will be built adjacent to Holladay Elementary School, located near the Lakeside neighborhood at 7300 Galaxie Road. The new school is slated to open for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

While the school’s general location has been determined, planning for the facility is just getting started. The community conversation will include a brief presentation about the project site, the timeline for construction and some possible programming options for the school. School division leaders will be on hand, including Beverly Cocke, the School Board’s Brookland District representative. Most of the time will be set aside for attendees’ questions, thoughts and ideas.

A Spanish interpreter will be present. Need an interpreter for a language other than Spanish or English? Please send a message to Val Gooss, educational specialist, ESL and world languages, at vpgooss@henrico.k12.va.us, or contact the Welcome Center at 804-527-4604.

Community conversation about planned elementary school

Who: 
Members of the community are invited to attend

When:
Aug. 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where:
Libbie Mill Library
2100 Libbie Lake E. Street
Henrico, Va. 23230

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

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Sharing 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. […]

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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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Sharing 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 […]

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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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Sharing 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 […]

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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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Sharing 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 […]

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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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Sharing 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 […]

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

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Sharing 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 […]

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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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Sharing 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 […]

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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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Sharing 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 […]

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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 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.
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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.

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Henrico County Public Schools selects Amy Cashwell as new superintendent

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Sharing 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 […]

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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 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 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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Sharing 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 […]

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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 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. 

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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.

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Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meeting

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Sharing 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 […]

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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 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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Sharing 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 […]

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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 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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Sharing 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 […]

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Special Meeting

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Sharing 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 […]

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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 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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Sharing 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

Henrico County Public Schools job fair

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

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

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

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

Henrico Schools crowns top teachers, leaders for 2018

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Sharing 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meeting

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Sharing 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 […]

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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 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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Sharing 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 […]

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

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

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Sharing 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 […]

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Spring Family Learning Series offers workshops for parents, teachers

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Sharing 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 […]

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HCPS Family Learning Series

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


To Register:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Training Locations

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

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

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

Henrico County students with disabilities prepare to compete

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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Sharing 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 […]

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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 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.