April 19 is the day to register your child for kindergarten


Sharing Henrico, Va. March 30, 2018 – Entering kindergarten is a big step for children and their families. It all starts Thursday, April 19 when Henrico County Public Schools will join with 12 other central Virginia school divisions to register new students for the 2018-19 school year. To enroll a child in Henrico County Public […]

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Henrico Schools’ community safety forum will be opportunity for public to present ideas


Sharing Henrico, Va. March 27, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ March 28 community safety forum will offer a chance to find out about the school division’s current safety efforts – and to suggest ideas for making them stronger. The forum will start with an explanation of the forum agenda, followed by a brief safety video and […]

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Henrico County Public Schools hires director to oversee equity and diversity efforts


Sharing Henrico, Va., March 26, 2018 – Monica Manns will be the first director of Henrico Schools’ new Office of Equity and Diversity. Manns was introduced Thursday evening at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board. The new position is part of the school division’s core leadership team and reports directly to the superintendent. […]

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Henrico, Va., March 26, 2018 – Monica Manns will be the first director of Henrico Schools’ new Office of Equity and Diversity. Manns was introduced Thursday evening at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board. The new position is part of the school division’s core leadership team and reports directly to the superintendent.

Manns has extensive experience in education in Henrico County and in other diverse settings, serving as a principal, teacher, counselor, consultant and administrator.

From 2009-13, she worked for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, serving first as principal of the alternative John G. Wood School, then as the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls’ director of education and vice president of educational services.

Manns is familiar with Henrico County Public Schools. From 2004-07 she was department chair for special education at the Academy at Virginia Randolph. From 2013-16 – first as a consultant and then a prevention specialist – she helped the school division lay the foundation for remaking student disciplinary policy and support systems. During her time at Henrico Schools, she also helped start a mindfulness program for schools in Henrico, and helped launch a voluntary reading group for African-American male students at Fairfield Middle School. She left Henrico Schools in 2016 and is eager to return.

“I’m really excited,” Manns said. “I want to spend time learning, listening, and helping people have collaborative, solution-oriented conversations around issues of equity and diversity. If we do that, we can all work together and move things forward.”

After beginning her career in 1996 as a vocational counselor helping people transition from incarceration to the workforce, she was drawn to education’s preventative power. She worked as a special education teacher in Fairfax Schools and at an alternative school run by Lutheran Family Services of Virginia; as a vocational coordinator for high-risk students; and as statewide training coordinator for United Methodist Family Services. She has also worked as a coordinator of individualized education plans for students with various special needs, including gifted education.

Manns has served on the board of the Henrico Education Foundation since 2016, where she has focused on issues of equity and preventive discipline. She serves on the boards of the adoption advocacy group Children’s Home Society; of SisterFund, which awards grants to local groups supporting African-American girls and women; and of the Stone Foundation, which promotes expanded health care. In 2012, she was part of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 under 40” feature, the publication’s annual list of people under 40 who are leading change and making a mark in the Richmond area.

Manns grew up in Roanoke and in Silver Spring, Md. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Kentucky. She has a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Kentucky; a master’s in education from Virginia Tech; and a certificate in educational administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is working on a doctorate in special education administration at the College of William and Mary.

“I think my background and experiences have helped me to be aware of diversity on a wide scale,” Manns said. “Not just ethnic and racial diversity, but economic as well. I’ve worked on poverty issues in cities and in Appalachia. My stepmother was an immigrant from El Salvador, my stepfather is Italian-American, my father is African-American and my mom is Native American. My kids are adopted from Ethiopia.”

Manns will oversee Henrico Schools’ efforts at increasing equity and diversity across the school division. One of her first efforts will be guiding the creation of the HCPS Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. The new group will be comprised of students, parents, staff and community members. The group had previously been referred to as a task force. Manns will also oversee community listening sessions this spring to get public input on issues of diversity and equity. More information about the advisory committee and the listening sessions will be announced as it becomes available.

“Henrico County is a beautifully diverse place, and our school division is an incredible reflection of that diversity,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, Henrico Schools superintendent. “Monica will help take our equity and diversity efforts to a new, higher level. This being a cabinet-level position means that all of our efforts as a leadership team will be viewed through that lens of equity and diversity.”

“We are so happy to have Monica to lead our equity and diversity efforts,” said Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn, School Board chair and Three Chopt District representative. “She has the right mix of education, training and real world experience to make positive changes in our school system and communities. Simply put, Monica is a person who gets things done, and we look forward to having her onboard.”

In addition to facilitating the new advisory committee, Manns will develop, implement and assess Henrico Schools’ short- and long-range cultural diversity plans in pursuit of the division’s goals, and coordinate related professional development for staff members. She will collaborate with other HCPS departments on academic programs and curricula; help to recruit and retain a diverse workforce; serve as a contact point for parent and employee concerns about cultural diversity; connect with community organizations; and serve as a coach and trainer for students, families and employees on cultural diversity issues.

Manns will also help solidify new relationships with some community groups on issues of equity and diversity. The school division is expanding its work with the nonprofit Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. The group provides Henrico Schools with ongoing guidance and support with challenges such as bullying, equity, racial relations, harassment, ethics and cultural responsiveness. The organization was recognized in 2013 and 2016 by the General Assembly for its work with schools, businesses and communities.

Public Service Announcement – March 21 Henrico County School Board meeting (time change)


The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will attend a meeting of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors to review the FY2018-19 Annual Financial Plan. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. 9 a.m., in the county manager’s third-floor conference room at the Parham Road Government Center.

The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance at these meetings, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

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Laburnum Elementary School principal receives REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership


Henrico, Va. March 20, 2018 – Nicole Henderson, principal of Henrico County’s Laburnum Elementary School, has been awarded the 2017-18 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing.

Henderson plans to use the bulk of her project funding to buttress Laburnum’s “Toddler Tuesday” program. The program brings about 20 toddler-age children to Laburnum twice a month to work on foundational literacy and numbers skills. Henderson wants to buy more books and materials for the program and expand it to include more children.

“What an honor it is to share this with all of you,” Henderson told staff members at a surprise gathering Monday in the school’

s library. “I’m so proud of you and the work you do every day. I don’t care if you’re a teacher or work in the cafeteria … it doesn’t matter what you do. We are one team – one Laburnum – and the work that you do every day is unparalleled. This is a ‘W’ for all of us.”

Henderson joined Henrico Schools in 2000 as a teacher at Arthur Ashe Elementary School, before becoming an assistant principal at Ratcliffe and Short Pump elementary schools. In 2010 she left for a three-year stint as an assistant principal with Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland, before returning to Henrico in 2013 to become Laburnum’s principal. Originally from Richmond, Henderson is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University.



Nicole Henderson, principal of Henrico County’s Laburnum Elementary School, was surprised by staff members and Henrico Schools leaders at the school Monday. Henderson has been awarded the 2017-18 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.


Patrick C. Kinlaw, Henrico Schools superintendent, reads a statement about the 2017-18 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership, as Nicole Henderson looks on. Henderson, principal of Henrico County’s Laburnum Elementary School, was surprised by staff members and Henrico Schools leaders at Laburnum Monday.

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“National Signing Day” isn’t just for athletes: Ceremony will celebrate students entering workforce


Henrico, Va. March 19, 2018 – In recent years, it’s become a common sight: heralded high school athletes gather in gyms to sign letters-of-intent to play for NCAA athletic programs, as their classmates cheer and members of the media look on.

Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education program has decided that athletes aren’t the only ones who deserve to have their hard work recognized as they look to the future. The program will hold its first ever “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” March 28.

“This is a celebration of students who are entering the workforce or post-secondary training with a plan,” said Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education. “They’ve chosen to maximize their high school opportunities for career training and industry certifications, with an eye on becoming successful and financially secure much earlier in life.

“Signing Day is a way of recognizing their hard work and the value of the career-preparation training they’ve received through Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education program.”

Students and representatives of their future employers will both sign letters-of-intent outlining what students must do before and during employment, what the employer will provide in pay and training, and an estimate of the position’s value.

More than 20 students are expected to take part in the event. Similar to National Signing Day for athletes, families and members of the media can watch students sign letters-of-intent for employment. The students will don a hat or other form of promotional clothing representing the company, Henrico County Public Schools and the school division’s Career and Technical Education program. There will be large video screens on each side of the table showing the letter-of-intent being signed.

Members of the media are invited to attend.

March 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Libbie Mill Library (Junior Achievement Finance Park, third floor)
2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230

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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, March 22, 2018, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session 2:30 p.m.

School Board Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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Henrico ARTS Festival moves into fifth year with huge exhibit of student art, appearance by artist and writer Noah Scalin


Henrico, Va. March 16, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival moves into its fifth year with a weekend of fine art, a guest speaker, music and more. This year’s Henrico ARTS Festival – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will be held March 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Douglas S. Freeman High School. The theme is “Art opens doors.”

Both days will feature displays of fine art from every school in the division and activities sponsored by local community partners and cultural centers. March 24 will feature a sidewalk drawing contest from 10 a.m. to noon and a 1 p.m. presentation by Richmond artist and writer Noah Scalin. Scalin’s “Skull-a-Day” project garnered international attention and launched a 2008 book. The project has been featured in such places as The New York Times, BoingBoing and theAtlantic.com. Find out more about Scalin and see his work at noahscalin.com.

March 25 will feature a noon-2 p.m. visit from Studio Two Three, which will bring its printmaking truck to the school’s bus loop. Visitors to the truck will have a chance to make prints of work by Studio Two Three, much of it relating to Richmond.

The festival aims to use Henrico Schools as a hub for building arts connections across the community.

“We’re excited to visit our fifth different community in five years,” said Mike Kalafatis, Henrico Schools art specialist. “The goal is to have the festival reach all of our high schools once by 2022. Every year we offer more interactive art experiences for students and families.”

Saturday, March 24 (all activities are free)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Performances, exhibits and activities
10 a.m. to noon: Sidewalk chalk contest
1 p.m.: Presentation by artist and writer Noah Scalin

Sunday, March 25 (all activities are free)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Performances, exhibits and activities
Noon to 2 p.m.: Studio Two Three printmaking truck

Douglas S. Freeman High School,
8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229

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Henrico Schools will hold community safety forum


Henrico, Va. March 14, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools will hold a community safety forum March 28 to discuss safety at the school division’s 72 schools and program centers.

The forum will start with an explanation of the forum agenda, followed by a short safety video and remarks from representatives of Henrico Police, Henrico Fire and the school division. Attendees will then be divided into small groups, led by a moderator, to present their thoughts and ideas about school safety. Attendees’ feedback will compiled and posted on the school division website, henricoschools.us.

The safety forum will be open to the public and will be attended by School Board members, Henrico Schools administrators and representatives of Henrico Schools’ Department of Safety and Emergency Management.

More details about the forum will be forthcoming.

School safety is one of Henrico Schools’ four cornerstones, along with academic progress, closing gaps and relationships.

Community Safety Forum

March 28 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Hungary Creek Middle School
4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

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March 14 “Walkout” – An update for Henrico County students and families


Dear Henrico families,


This message is primarily for those with students in high school and middle school.

Many students across the nation – including large numbers of students in Henrico County – are planning to walk out of classes for 17 minutes on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Your family may have already received information about this from your school’s principal. Henrico County Public Schools has specific plans to address these unique circumstances at our middle and high schools (no elementary school involvement is anticipated at this time.)

What is the position of Henrico County Public Schools on this issue?

We believe that students are participating in the walkout to honor the 17 victims and to raise awareness of our community’s collective belief in safe schools. While we do not encourage walking out of class, students do not forfeit their First Amendment rights when they enter school. Such a walkout may present significant safety and classroom instruction concerns, but it also presents opportunities for learning and growth. Henrico Schools believes in engaging our students in diverse educational, social and civic learning experiences that inspire and empower students to become contributing citizens. Out of this unspeakable tragedy, a valuable teaching moment has emerged.

School principals and their administrative teams have been working this week to maximize the instructional opportunities while minimizing safety concerns. For example, schools have:

  • Worked with student leaders to identify the goals of the walkout and to set expectations.
  • Asked what Standards of Learning can be met through planning and participating.
  • Asked how students can participate safely.
  • Asked how to accommodate students who do not wish to participate.
  • Developed a plan to take attendance before and after the walkout.
  • At the middle school level, required parents/guardians to give written consent.

Plans may differ from school to school based on unique safety concerns, the goals of student leaders, and the outcome of continued discussions between students and their school administrators.

What is our expectation of students for these 17 minutes?

Our expectation is that students will act peacefully and remain on school property in a designated safe space. Leaving school property without permission is a “category one” violation of the Code of Student Conduct. We expect students to return to class promptly after the 17 minutes of reflection.

Do students face disciplinary action (such as a suspension) for participating?

Generally, no. Students may receive a follow-up discussion (a “teachable moment”) based on their actions. Should other issues arise beyond leaving class for 17 minutes, then normal disciplinary procedures would be considered and applied as needed. All students must remember: disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not acceptable.

What is the role of Henrico County Public Schools employees?

Employees will not be active participants in the walkout. School Board policy precludes employees from engaging in any activity supporting or opposing a partisan political cause while on duty, while on school property during school hours, or while representing the school division. While some may consider the occasion to be partisan or political in nature, others may consider it a non-partisan moment of remembrance and honor for the Parkland victims. Either way, we believe the effort is, and should be, student-led, yet monitored by adults. Employees, while on school time, will carry out their professional duties.

What about students who choose not to participate?

Schools will provide designated areas where students opting not to participate will be supervised. In most cases, this will likely be their classroom.

What about visitors to school property during the walkout time?

We expect that adults, such as parents and other relatives, might want to participate. However, as is true at any time during the school day, the campus is not open to unlimited access by the public. Anyone who enters the campus during the school day must follow normal procedures that begin with signing-in at the school’s main office.

What can I do before the walkout takes place?

We encourage families to have a discussion with their student(s) about his or her beliefs related to the walkout. Discuss your family’s expectations for their actions and behavior on March 14. Remind students that their school division is interested in respecting their wishes while being protective of everyone’s safety.

I still have specific questions and concerns about my student and/or my student’s school. Where do I go for answers?

Your school principal will be happy to discuss additional questions or concerns.

What about the next national walkout scheduled to take place on April 20, 2018?

We will continue to monitor plans and share updates in the coming weeks.

Please know that we are proactively working with students, school faculties and local law enforcement to ensure any student-led efforts are handled in the most peaceful, respectful way and in the best interests of our children. Thank you for your time and attention.


Patrick C. Kinlaw

Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn, Chair
Henrico County School Board
Three Chopt District

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Marzo 14, 2018 “Demostración” – Un mensaje para los estudiantes y familias de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico


Estimadas familias de Henrico,

Este mensaje está dirigido principalmente para estudiantes de escuelas medias y secundarias.

Muchos estudiantes de todo el país, incluyendo gran cantidad de estudiantes en el Condado de Henrico, planean hacer una demostración saliendo de las clases durante 17 minutos el miércoles 14 de marzo a las 10 a.m. en respuesta a la tragedia en la Escuela Secundaria Marjory Stoneman Douglas en Parkland, Florida. Es posible que su familia ya haya recibido información sobre esto del director de su escuela. Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico tienen planes específicos para abordar estas circunstancias especiales en nuestras escuelas medias y secundarias (no se anticipa la participación de escuelas primaria en este momento).

¿Cuál es la posición de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico sobre este tema? Creemos que los estudiantes están participando esta demostración para honrar a las 17 víctimas y difundir a nuestra comunidad la convicción colectiva de que las escuelas son seguras.   Si bien no los alentamos a salir de las clases, los estudiantes no pierden sus derechos de la Primera Enmienda al entrar a la escuela. Tal retirada puede presentar preocupaciones significativas de seguridad y de instrucción en el aula, pero también presenta oportunidades para el aprendizaje y el crecimiento. Las Escuelas de Henrico creen en involucrar a nuestros estudiantes en diversas experiencias educativas, sociales y de aprendizaje cívico que inspiran y capacitan a los estudiantes para convertirse en ciudadanos contribuyentes. De esta tragedia indescriptible, ha surgido un valioso momento de enseñanza.

Los directores de las escuelas y sus equipos administrativos han estado trabajando esta semana para maximizar las oportunidades de enseñanza mientras se minimizan las preocupaciones de seguridad. Por ejemplo, las escuelas:

  • Trabajaron con líderes estudiantiles para identificar los objetivos de la demostración y establecer expectativas.
  • Preguntaron qué estándares de aprendizaje se pueden cumplir a través de la planificación y la participación.
  • Preguntaron cómo los estudiantes pueden participar de manera segura.
  • Preguntaron cómo acomodar a los estudiantes que no desean participar.
  • Desarrollaron un plan para tomar asistencia antes y después de la demostración.
  • En ciertas escuelas medias, se les pidió a los padres / tutores que den su consentimiento por escrito.

Los planes pueden diferir de una escuela a otra en base a preocupaciones de seguridad únicas, las metas de los líderes estudiantiles y el resultado de discusiones continuas entre los estudiantes y sus administradores escolares.

 ¿Cuál es nuestra expectativa de estudiantes para estos 17 minutos?

Nuestra expectativa es que los estudiantes actúen pacíficamente y permanezcan en la propiedad de la escuela en un espacio seguro designado. Salir de la propiedad de la escuela sin permiso es una infracción de “categoría uno” del Código de Conducta Estudiantil. Esperamos que los estudiantes regresen a clases puntualmente después de los 17 minutos de reflexión.

¿Los estudiantes enfrentan una consecuencia disciplinaria (como una suspensión) por participar?

En general, no. Los estudiantes pueden recibir una discusión de seguimiento (un “momento de enseñanza”) en función de sus acciones. En caso de que surjan otros problemas más allá de dejar la clase por 17 minutos, entonces los procedimientos disciplinarios normales se considerarán y se aplicarán según sea necesario. Todos los estudiantes deben recordar: la alteración del orden que interrumpe las operaciones escolares no es aceptable.

¿Cuál es el rol de los empleados de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico?

 Los empleados no participarán activamente en la demostración. La política de la Junta Escolar impide a los empleados participar en cualquier actividad que apoye o se oponga a una causa política partidista mientras están de servicio, mientras están en la propiedad de la escuela durante el horario escolar, o mientras representan a la división escolar. Mientras que algunos pueden considerar que la ocasión es de naturaleza partidista o política, otros pueden considerarla como un momento no partidista de recuerdo y honor para las víctimas de Parkland. De cualquier manera, creemos que el esfuerzo es, y debe ser, dirigido por los estudiantes, pero monitoreado por adultos. Los empleados, mientras están en horario escolar, llevarán a cabo sus tareas profesionales.

¿Qué pasa con los estudiantes que eligen no participar?

Las escuelas proporcionarán áreas designadas donde los estudiantes que opten por no participar serán supervisados. En la mayoría de los casos, este será probablemente su salón de clases.

¿Qué pasa con los visitantes a la propiedad de la escuela durante el tiempo de la manifestación?

Esperamos que los adultos, como los padres de familia y otros familiares, quieran participar. Sin embargo, como es cierto en cualquier momento durante el día escolar, el campus no está abierto al acceso ilimitado por parte del público. Cualquier persona que ingrese al campus durante el día escolar debe seguir los procedimientos normales que comienzan con el inicio de sesión en la oficina principal de la escuela.

¿Qué puedo hacer antes de que ocurra la demostración?

 Animamos a las familias a tener una discusión con sus estudiantes sobre sus opiniones relacionadas con la huelga. Discuta las expectativas de su familia sobre sus acciones y comportamiento el 14 de marzo. Recuérdeles a los alumnos que su división escolar está interesada en respetar sus deseos y proteger la seguridad de todos.


Todavía tengo preguntas e inquietudes específicas sobre mi estudiante y / o la escuela de mi hijo. ¿A dónde busco las respuestas?

El director de su escuela estará encantado de analizar preguntas o inquietudes adicionales.


¿Qué pasa con la próxima demostración nacional programada para el 20 de abril de 2018?

 Continuaremos monitoreando los planes y compartiremos las actualizaciones en las próximas semanas.

Por favor sepa que estamos trabajando proactivamente con los estudiantes, el cuerpo docente de la escuela y la policía local para garantizar que los esfuerzos dirigidos por los alumnos se lleven a cabo de la manera más pacífica, respetuosa y en el mejor interés de nuestros niños. Gracias por tu tiempo y atención.


Patrick C. Kinlaw

Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn
Presidente, Consejo Escolar del Condado de Henrico
Representante del Distrito Three Chopt

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LAST DANCE: After 12 years as a powerhouse for local nonprofits, Deep Run Marathon Dance sets finale


Henrico, Va. March 6, 2018 – After 12 years and nearly $2 million in fundraising for Virginia nonprofits, the Deep Run Marathon Dance will spin, hop and shimmy to a close March 16-17.

The Henrico County high school’s annual event has raised a total of $1,973,000 for a variety of charities since its 2007 inception, and hopes to top the $2 million mark with its concluding effort. More than 6,000 Deep Run students have participated in the dance over the years.

Kathleen Kern, the Deep Run teacher who launched the event and has spent considerable time running it with her husband David, will hang up her dancing shoes this year. She said that the event’s long run is a testament to the community’s support.

“The event wouldn’t have been possible without the businesses, volunteers, donors and other ardent supporters who never waiver when I call repeatedly with requests,” said Kern. “So many local businesses share the same values of charitable giving that we advocate for the dance. The resources they have provided over the years have enabled this event to succeed for 12 years.”

Around 600 participating students will check in on the evening of Friday, March 16 and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. The participants will take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. The proceeds from the event will go to 13 area nonprofits.

The dance will contain some nods to the inaugural event, including an attempt to replicate 2007’s “neon rave.” The Deep Run dance ranks second nationally in fundraising among such events. For more information about the dance and this year’s recipients, go to the event website, marathondance.org.

Members of the media are invited to attend. Members of the public are invited to attend the finale Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Because the number of participants has grown in recent years, only registered dancers are permitted on the dance floor. Interested members of the public can donate until March 31 by sending a check to: Deep Run HS, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23059, Attn: Kathleen Kern, DRMD director. Checks should be made payable to “DRHS.” Checks will also be accepted at the event.

The final Deep Run Marathon Dance will be held March 16-17 at Deep Run High School. Opening ceremonies begin Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The Saturday finale starts at 7:30 p.m.

Deep Run High School gymnasium
4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23059

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30 Henrico schools earn Sports Backers’ “Active RVA” designation


Henrico, Va. March 6, 2018 – Thirty Henrico County schools have been named 2018 Active RVA Fit Schools, recognizing their success at incorporating physical activity into their curricula.

The certification is given by Richmond nonprofit Sports Backers as part of its Active RVA initiative to promote fitness in the Richmond area. To qualify, a school must show it has made fitness part of its culture through programs and infrastructure, and show measurable results in increasing physical activity among its students, staff and local community.

“Studies show that physical activity leads to improved academic performance,” said Benita Turner, HCPS specialist for health, physical education and driver education. “I’m proud of the commitment from everyone in the school division who made this happen – HCPS leaders, health and physical education teachers, principals and classroom teachers. Together we are bringing physical activity, physical education, wellness integration and brain breaks into the classroom.”

The certified HCPS schools for 2018 are:

  • Carver Elementary School
  • Crestview Elementary School
  • Jackson Davis Elementary School
  • Dumbarton Elementary School
  • Echo Lake Elementary School
  • Fair Oaks Elementary School
  • Gayton Elementary School
  • Glen Allen Elementary School
  • Hermitage High School
  • Holladay Elementary School
  • Johnson Elementary School
  • Kaechele Elementary School
  • Lakeside Elementary School
  • Maybeury Elementary School
  • Mehfoud Elementary School
  • Montrose Elementary School
  • Moody Middle School
  • New Bridge Learning Center
  • Nuckols Farm Elementary School
  • Pinchbeck Elementary School
  • Ridge Elementary School
  • Rivers Edge Elementary School
  • Shady Grove Elementary School
  • Short Pump Elementary School
  • Springfield Elementary School
  • Three Chopt Elementary School
  • Trevvett Elementary School
  • Tuckahoe Middle School
  • Twin Hickory Elementary School
  • Varina High School
Representatives of Henrico Schools were recognized March 1 at an awards program for achieving Active RVA Fit Schools status from Richmond Sports Backers.
Representatives of Henrico Schools were recognized March 1 at an awards program for achieving Active RVA Fit Schools status from Richmond Sports Backers.
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Public Service Announcement – County School Board of Henrico County will hold the following meetings


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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Work Session                                 2:00 pm

Public Input Session on the Superintendent Position Qualifications                             6:00 pm


Friday, March 9, 2018

Special Work Session to Establish Superintendent Position Qualifications                        9:00 am


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


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



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School Board to hear citizens’ views on superintendent search March 8 at New Bridge Learning Center


Henrico, Va., March 2, 2018 – A March 8 public input session will give citizens another opportunity to make their voices known on what they’d like to see in Henrico Schools’ next superintendent. The School Board will hold a public input session at 6 p.m. in the New Bridge Learning Center auditorium. The session will take place after the Board’s regularly scheduled work session. Citizens will have four minutes to address the Board from the podium at the public input session. Citizens can sign up ahead of time by contacting Debbie Ward, clerk of the School Board, at dnward@henrico.k12.va.us or at 804-652-3808. However, signing up in advance is not required.

Public input session

March 8 at 6 p.m.

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

The school division also continues to gather input through a survey, available through March 7. So far more than 3,200 people have completed the survey on the qualities and experience the Board should seek in a new superintendent. The anonymous survey takes about five minutes to complete and is available online in English and Spanish at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HenricoCountySearch. It is also available by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics.” A paper version of the survey is available in schools’ main offices. Surveys must be submitted before midnight on March 7.

The Board is working with the Virginia School Boards Association in the search process. The association will view individual surveys, but the Henrico School Board will only see the compiled survey results.

In addition to the March 8 gathering and an input meeting last week at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, the School Board has set a search timeline, with a target of having a new superintendent in place by July 1. Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent since 2014, has announced that he will retire June 30.

For more information and a complete timeline of the search process, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics.”

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It’s March: Skip the brackets and fill out an application


Henrico, Va. March 1, 2018 – Most people will find their tournament brackets in shambles this month. But there is one way to make a smart pick: apply for a job with Henrico County Public Schools.

Advance your career by joining the dedicated team of Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico Schools will hold a job fair March 7 to talk with candidates for 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.


Job fair for candidates for bus drivers and school nutrition workers

March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Varina Area Library (Henrico County Public 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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