Quioccasin eighth-grader captures Henrico Schools’ spelling title

Henrico Schools' 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion Joseph Chambers is flanked by runner-up Jackson Glagola and former four-time champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy donated funds for the creation of the trophy, which is new this year.

Henrico Schools’ 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion Joseph Chambers is flanked by runner-up Jackson Glagola and former four-time champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy donated funds for the creation of the trophy, which is new this year.

Henrico Schools' 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee runner-up Jackson Glagola claps for champion Joseph Chambers. Chambers, a Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader, won in Round 11 by correctly spelling "viscera," a word for internal organs.

Henrico Schools’ 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee runner-up Jackson Glagola claps for champion Joseph Chambers. Chambers, a Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader, won in Round 11 by correctly spelling “viscera,” a word for internal organs.











Henrico, Va., Jan. 25, 2018 – Joseph Chambers eviscerated the competition Thursday to become Henrico Schools’ 2018 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion. The Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader won in Round 11 by correctly spelling “viscera,” a word meaning inner organs of the body. The contest brings together spelling champions from each of HCPS’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools to determine who will represent Henrico County Public Schools at the regional competition. Pocahontas Middle School eighth-grader Jackson Glagola was runner-up.

Among the words the 13-year-old Chambers spelled to win the title were “guarana,” “udometer” and “mealymouthed.”

With Chambers’ win, Quioccasin becomes the first school to host Henrico Schools’ new spelling trophy. The trophy, topped with a whimsical bee, was made possible by a donation from four-time Henrico spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy, now a student at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, donated money for the trophy to the Henrico Education Foundation, which had the trophy made. Each year the winner’s name will be added to the trophy and it will reside with the student’s school until a new champion is crowned.

Chambers will compete next in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 10 at the Library of Virginia. The regional winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held in late May and televised by ESPN.

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11 more Henrico teachers celebrate climb to profession’s highest level


11 Teachers achieve certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Henrico, Va., Jan. 24, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools had 11 teachers achieve certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2017. Board certification is the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment. Ten additional Henrico teachers renewed their certifications.

Becoming certified is a rigorous process. Teachers must submit detailed portfolios to be reviewed by their peers. The portfolios include videos of the candidates teaching, documented professional accomplishments, reflective essays and examples of student work. Teachers must also must pass an exam relevant to his or her subject and level of instruction.

The teachers were recognized in a pinning ceremony Jan. 11 at VCU’s Vlahcevic Concert Hall along with teachers from the city of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield and Hanover.

The newly certified teachers from Henrico County Public Schools are:

– Megan Bouton, Echo Lake Elementary School
– Kevin Carr, Glen Allen Elementary School
– Brianne Kintzer Conway, Douglas S. Freeman High School
– Melissa Christine Daniels, Deep Run High School
– Heather Dedie, Holman Middle School
– Donna Marshall, Lakeside Elementary School
– Amanda Nevetral, Central Office, Gifted Programs
– Hattie B. Smart, Deep Run High School
– Jenny Noel Smith, Quioccasin Middle School
– Keisha Tennessee, Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage
– Shannon Wakefield, Tuckahoe Elementary School

Henrico teachers recognized for renewing their certification included:

– Shannon Bailey, Douglas S. Freeman High School
– Deborah Baulsir, Rivers Edge Elementary School
– Ryan Conway, Glen Allen High School
– Heidi Craft, Varina High School
– Laura Graham, Hermitage High School
– Teresa McNeely, Maude Trevvett Elementary School
– Candace Mirabile, George H. Moody Middle School
– Sarah Modrak, Pinchbeck Elementary School
– Greenlee Naughton, Highland Springs High School
– Nancy Nelson, Henrico High School

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Teachers: Save the date – Henrico Schools holding major hiring event Feb. 17


Henrico, Va., Jan. 22, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is holding a major hiring event to talk with interested teachers and other professionals about opportunities within Virginia’s sixth-largest school division.

Henrico Schools is seeking teachers for all content areas for the 2018-19 school year, as well as school counselors, librarians, psychologists, social workers and nurses to join our family in schools throughout Henrico County. The school division will also be interviewing candidates for bus driver positions. In 2017, the event drew hundreds of applicants to talk with staff members from the school division’s human resources department, as well as representatives from individual schools.

In order to accommodate teaching schedules, the job fair will be held on a Saturday morning.

To give us an opportunity to review your resume, please register in advance. Or, go to https://henricoschools.us/careers/. Walk-ins are also welcome to attend. For questions or more information, please call 804-652-3664.

Attendees are encouraged to bring multiple hard copies of their resumes to share with school administrators.

Henrico County Public Schools has more than 50,000 students enrolled in 72 schools and program centers.


Feb. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

(In case of inclement weather, the event will be held March 24.)


Glen Allen High School

10700 Staples Mill Road

Glen Allen, Va. 23060

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Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meetings


The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, January 25, 2018, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session 2:30 p.m.

School Board Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m.

These meetings will take place in the auditorium of New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Also, a live stream of all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

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2018 REB Awards: Nominate an outstanding teacher


Henrico, Va. Jan. 19, 2018 – The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding teacher in Henrico County Public Schools. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.

Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive cash grants to support professional development activities. Nominations are invited from parents, students, educators and the community at large. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students.

Nominations must be made online. A letter in support of the nomination must be written by another individual and submitted online with the nomination.

The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school
staff and administrators (except for the school principal), and the community at large.

Nominations and letters of support must be submitted by Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.

Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For detailed instructions, eligibility criteria and a link to the nomination portal, please visit tcfrichmond.org.

*A link to the Community Foundation’s nomination portal can be found at henricoschools.us, under Hot Topics. For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, assistant director of school improvement and professional development, at 804-652-3769.

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Updates on make-up time and high school mid-term exams (Updated January 19, 2018)


Henrico County Public Schools is announcing the following plans:

  1. Due to missed instructional time caused by snow and ice, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, is now a FULL school day for all students. Feb. 19 has always been noted on the official 2017-18 school calendar as the potential make-up day.
  2. Mid-term exams for high school students and those who take high school level courses have been cancelled. This will allow high schools to recoup four FULL days of instructional time on Jan. 23-26, 2018. This decision is based on feedback received last school year when we surveyed principals, teachers, students and families about the best way to handle exams when two or more days of instructional time are missed. As a result:

Jan. 23, 24, 25 and 26 – Tuesday through Friday – will now be FULL school days for all high school students.

Students still have the option to take their exam(s) and should make arrangements by Wednesday, Jan. 17, with their teacher(s) to take these optional exam(s) on or before Jan. 26. If a student elects to take an exam, it will be counted as an exam grade if it helps a student’s semester grade.

Exams will not be given in alternate forms, such as tests or quizzes.

Exams for dual-enrollment courses, if required by a college or university, will be given over two class periods during the week of Jan. 22.

Monday, Jan. 29 remains a student holiday. As originally planned, this is a semester close-out, professional development and clerical day for teachers.

Note: For the 2018-19 school year mid-term exams will be administered in December 2018 as opposed to January 2019.

For questions, please contact your school.

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Job fair! Bus driver, cafeteria, custodial, classroom positions


Start your year with the dedicated team of Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico Schools will hold a job fair Wednesday, Jan. 17, to talk with candidates for substitute bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial workers and instructional assistants. Some full-time positions are also available.

When: Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Libbie Mill Library (Henrico County Public Library); 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23223

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.

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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Select 2018-19 courses using PowerSchool Parent Portal


In late January and early February, Henrico Schools will once again use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for students and their parents or guardians to make course selections for the fall of 2018. Parents or guardians of rising sixth- through 12th-grade students will review teachers’ core course recommendations and make course selections using the portal’s “Class Registration” icon. Families can select both core and elective courses. Computers, smart phones or tablets can be used to make selections. The portal also provides easy access to class grades, attendance records and student schedule information.

Parents of students currently in grades 5-11 who don’t already have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account will need to create one in order to access course requests for the 2018-19 school year. Find directions for creating a Parent Portal account by using the PowerSchool link at the top of this page.

Course selections through the portal must be completed during the following windows:

Students currently in grade 5: The window will open on Jan. 30 after 7 a.m. The window will close Feb. 9 at 10 p.m.
Students currently in grades 6-11: The window will open on Feb. 5 after 7 a.m. The window will close Feb. 16 at 10 p.m.

Questions? Contact the portal administrator or school counselor at your student’s current school.

PowerSchool Parent Portal: https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/

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Open houses set for summer Online Health and Physical Education program


Open houses for Online Health and Physical Education courses will be held at Glen Allen High School Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. and at Varina High School Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. If your student is interested in taking the Online Health and P.E. course this summer, you are encouraged to attend one of the open house meetings. A mandatory lottery determines program participants. Students may sign up for the lottery beginning Feb. 8; lottery sign-ups conclude March 2.

Summer Online Health and P.E. is a popular program for HCPS students. Because resources for online courses are limited, Henrico Schools caps the enrollment at 500 students. Priority will be given to rising 11th- and 12th-grade students to ensure they have the credits necessary for graduation. Rising ninth- and 10th-grade students will be eligible for a lottery for the remaining slots. Students not selected in the lottery should be prepared to take the course in regular summer school, during the school year or online during another summer. More information about the lottery and courses can be found at the summer Online Health and P.E. information page.

The courses are open to students who will be enrolled in Henrico County Public Schools and to HCPS students enrolled at Maggie Walker Governor’s School during school year 2018-19.

All students – including juniors and seniors – who wish to be considered for the summer Online Health and P.E. course must sign up for the lottery. Families of students interested in taking the class must fill out and submit the Online Health and P.E. lottery form (once per child). You may verify that you are signed up for the lottery by looking for your name on the lottery list.

Parents or guardians may sign their students up for the 2018 lottery beginning Feb. 8 at approximately 7 a.m. Sign-ups will conclude March 2 at 4 p.m. Everyone who signs up for the lottery will be contacted by email the week of March 5 to let them know if they were selected for the summer 2018 Online Health and Physical Education class. All communication will be through email, so it is important that email addresses be correct.

If selected, parents or guardians must go to their home-school counseling office at 4 p.m. during the March 12-23 window to register and pay for the class. If students are not selected through the lottery, they will not be able to register in the counseling office. Registration is not complete until forms and payment are received in the student’s home-school counseling office.

Henrico Schools is proud to offer this strong and popular summer online program. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we handle the high student demand in a fair and equitable way. If you have any questions regarding Online Health and Physical Education courses, contact Benita Turner at mbturner@henrico.k12.va.us or 804-652-3741, or Julie Ballowe at jfballow@henrico.k12.va.us.

Center for the Arts at Henrico High School – Online Health
Students enrolled in the dance, musical theater or theater curricula within the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School may enroll in this option of online health.

Only students enrolled in these curriculum areas will be accepted into this section. For the summer option, spots in both Online Health 9 and Online Health 10 will be filled on a first come, first served basis, as each course is capped at 35 students.

If you have any questions regarding the Center For the Arts at Henrico High School, please contact Erica Johnson at emjohnson@henrico.k12.va.us.

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