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News and notes from Henrico County Public Schools; Volume 2 Issue 14



Don’t forget to give us your thoughts; Complete 2019 Henrico Schools Survey by March 29

Parents and  guardians: you should have received an email with a link to the 2019 Henrico Schools Survey. You can help HCPS make decisions about programs and allocation of resources, and help us figure out what we can do better as we make our 2018-25 Strategic Plan a reality. Find out more about the 2019 Henrico Schools Survey.



Tonight is Family Learning Night! Stop by Henrico High School from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The winter/spring edition of HCPS’ Family Learning Series is in full swing! Tonight is Family Learning Night, an informative evening of parenting workshops and discussions, family-oriented information tables and fun (no registration required). After tonight, there are two workshops left in the series. Register for the two remaining workshops and find out more. The remaining opportunities are:

  • “Family Learning Night – Let’s Make It Happen!”: March 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • “Dyslexia Simulation”: March 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Summer Planning for Students and Families”: March 27, noon-1:30 p.m.


Early Learning Preschool is now recruiting for 2019-20

HCPS’ Early Learning Preschool is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2019. The program is fully funded by Head Start, Title I and Virginia Preschool Initiative programs. Interested? Fill out a pre-application and an HCPS family advocate will contact you to complete the process.


Pocahontas principal wins REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership

Kim Sigler, principal of Pocahontas Middle School, was named Henrico’s 2019 recipient of the REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership! The award recognizes principals who create an exceptional educational environment. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing.


Keep track of your students’ journey with the HCPS Planning Guide
What courses are required for an HCPS Advanced Studies diploma? How long do students have to drop a class? What about community service hours? Check out the HCPS Planning Guide for Students and Parents for everything you need to know to chart your student’s career from middle school to the walk across the high school graduation stage.


ARTS Festival this weekend: Come see fantastic student art, a keynote speaker, performances and more

The “ARTS” in Henrico Schools’ ARTS Festival stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students. We’re betting that includes YOU. Come out and see displays of fine art from every school in the county and activities sponsored by local community partners and cultural centers. After a noon performance Saturday by the Varina H.S. band, hear a 1 p.m. keynote speech by muralist, illustrator and Varina alumna Amelia Blair Langford. Find out more about Langford’s work at amelialangford.com. All activities are free.

  • March 23-24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va.


Equity and diversity in our school division
The next meeting of the HCPS Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee is April 15 at the Academy at Virginia Randolph – and citizens are welcome to sit in on the committee’s activities and address the group during a comment period. Find out more about the committee and the HCPS Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunities. The schedule for the monthly committee meetings is:

  • 7-8 p.m.: Committee meetings
  • 8-9 p.m.: Board meeting
  • 9-9:30 p.m. Public comment

June 11 now a student holiday, staff clerical day
In response to community and staff concerns about safety, the Henrico School Board has made June 11 a student holiday and staff clerical day. Virginia’s primary elections will take place that day, and many HCPS schools serve as polling places. Find out more about the change.


49 HCPS schools earn “Active RVA” designation
Forty-nine Henrico County schools have been named 2019 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.


Nominate a teacher for Henrico Citizen’s ninth-annual Henrico's Top Teachers issue

Recognize a great Henrico County teacher in your life – nominate him or her for inclusion in the Henrico Citizen’s annual Top Teachers issue! Nominations accepted through March 31 by going to the Henrico Citizen’s Top Teachers nomination form.



Important dates


Did you know?

If you’re uncertain about one of the school division’s policies, check out Henrico Schools’ Policies and Regulations Manual. The manual contains the school division’s official policies, as adopted by the School Board. The Policies and Regulations Manual is available online and  you can search for areas you want to explore.

You can also suggest new policies or policy changes for consideration at any time. Find out more at our Policies and Regulations page.

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