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News and notes from Henrico County Public Schools; Volume 2 Issue 7



2019-20 is just around the corner, and the school calendar has been approved

After considering feedback and recommendations, the Henrico School Board has adopted a final calendar for the 2019-20 school year. Thanks to everyone who shared views during the process.
Some highlights:

  • Classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 (In Virginia, school divisions are required by law to open after Labor Day unless a waiver is granted by the Virginia Department of Education.).
  • High school midterm exams will follow the normal format and take place Dec. 17-20, 2019.
  • Winter Break will be Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 – Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Students return to class Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
  • Spring Break will be Monday, April 6, 2020 – Friday, April 10, 2020, plus an additional student and staff holiday Monday, April 13, 2020.
  • Classes will end Friday, June 12, 2020.

See the final calendar here, along with month-by-month highlights for the year and a printable PDF.



New year, new career: Come to a job fair Jan. 16 
Sensing an “auld lang syne” from the universe that you should start the year with a new job? Come start a resolution Jan. 16 at Henrico Schools’ job fair at Varina Area Library. We’re looking for full-time and part-time bus drivers, custodial workers and school nutrition workers, along with temporary instructional assistants. 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.

Jan 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va.



Want to be a teacher? Come find out how you can get into the classroom sooner than you think 

  • Save the date: a Licensure Information Session will be Jan. 28. We’ll walk you through the steps you need to become a licensed teacher and the next great member of the Henrico team! If you’re curious about teaching and have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, come join us. Have an expired provisional teaching license? We’d like to talk with you, too!
  • Jan. 28 from 4-6 p.m., Henrico Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.

Traveling the world without leaving Henrico County? “Amy’s Passport” is superintendent’s homegrown travelogue 

Amy Cashwell, superintendent of Henrico Schools, arrived in July, and getting to know her new home has sparked the creation of a unique “passport.” “Amy’s Passport” contains a synopsis of what she’s been up to since she arrived, collects some thoughts and suggests some goals. Check out a digital version of the booklet.


Family Learning Series

From study strategies to smartphones, the HCPS Family Learning Series has lots of upcoming workshops for families. Check out the full list of upcoming programs and register. Don’t miss the final sessions of the fall/winter season:

  • Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smartphone? Social Media tips, tricks and secrets (Jan. 8)
  • Homework and Study Strategies (Jan. 9)
  • Dyslexia Presentation and Simulation (Jan. 15)
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Students, Families and School Staff (Jan. 16)
  • Positive Behavior Support Strategies to Use at Home (Jan. 22)

Who is the Heart of Henrico?

Know an unsung hero? There’s a way to recognize the employees who help to make Henrico Schools so special. Tell us about an HCPS staff member who embodies commitment, strength and caring and deserves a shout-out as the Heart of Henrico. We welcome suggestions from students, families, co-workers or community members!




Find out more about Online Health and P.E. at open houses

We have what you need to know about summer Online Health and P.E., including deadlines and policies. You can also find out more at either of two open houses in February:

  • Feb. 5 at 7 p.m., Glen Allen High School auditorium, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., Varina High School auditorium, 7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va.



If it’s happening in Henrico Schools, it’s probably on HCPS-TV

From Sportswire, our weekly show devoted to HCPS athletics, to Today’s Classroom, a regular peek inside classes at every grade level in Henrico County, HCPS-TV has it. See stories about amazing HCPS staff members, watch school performances, hear school talks by visiting authors, and much more. Bookmark hcpstv.henricoschools.us and watch videos and episodes on demand, or watch many videos and show episodes at our YouTube channel. You can also watch the HCPS-TV channel in Henrico County – for Comcast, it’s on channel 99 and for Verizon FiOS, it’s on channel 38. Check it out to see school activities, special events, sports highlights and more!



Henrico Education Foundation’s Bill Bosher Fund gets major boost, poised to help even more HCPS students

The endowment fund designed to continue the educational legacy of William C. Bosher Jr. has gotten a major boost. Dr. Baxter Perkinson Jr., a well-known Richmond dentist and founder of Virginia Family Dentistry, has announced a matching grant to the fund of up to $25,000. If donors meet the entirety of the matching offer, the fund’s endowment will grow by $50,000. Donors have answered Perkinson’s challenge with $20,000 in donations so far. Another $5,000 is still needed to meet the matching gift challenge. To help meet the goal, visit the Henrico Education Foundation’s website, henricogives.org, or call 804-652-3869.

The foundation has seen a lot of growth in the past four years, and is adding a staff member to oversee one if its key initiatives. Darryl Williams will manage the foundation’s Community Learning Center initiative, which integrates academics, youth development, family support, health and social services, and community development at challenged schools. To find out how you can help, go to henricogives.org.


Important dates

Did you know?

Henrico Schools’ policies are reviewed and updated regularly. To see what policies are up for review this month, go to our policies and regulations page.

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