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Have a happy Thanksgiving! Schools are closed Nov. 21-23

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


The school calendar for 2019-20 has been proposed – what do you think?
We told you about this draft of the 2019-20 calendar in an earlier issue of the Binder, but it’s not too late to give us your input. Here are the highlights again:

  • Classes would begin on 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 mid-term exams would take place in December 2019 instead of January 2020 in hopes of avoiding complications caused by inclement weather.
  • Winter Break would be Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 – Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Students return to class on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
  • Spring Break would be Monday, April 6, 2020 – Friday, April 10, 2020, plus an additional student and staff holiday Monday, April 13, 2020.
  • Classes would end Friday, June 12, 2020

See the complete draft calendar and give us your thoughts. Feedback will be shared with a committee, which will make a recommendation to the School Board for further feedback and possible revisions.


How should Henrico Schools allocate its funds?
Have thoughts on budget priorities in your public schools? In November and December, take advantage of these opportunities to make your voice heard on the budget for the 2019-20 school year. The School Board will hold two public hearings, and there will also be a stakeholders’ meeting in each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. The stakeholders’ meetings will feature presentations by HCPS staff members, but the public hearings will simply allow for public comments. A stakeholder is anyone with an interest or concern. Remaining input sessions are:

  • Tuckahoe District stakeholders' meeting (Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m., Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va.)
  • Three Chopt District stakeholders' meeting (Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.)
  • Fairfield District stakeholders' meeting (Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m., Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.)
  • Brookland District stakeholders' meeting (Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m., Libbie Mill Branch Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va.)
  • Public hearing before School Board (Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m., New Bridge Learning Center auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.)

10 Henrico County teachers recognized for classroom excellence with grants, awards

The Community Foundation has recognized 10 Henrico County teachers for outstanding instruction for 2018. Four HCPS teachers won the REB Award for Teaching Excellence and six additional teachers were finalists. The winners received grants ranging from $10,000 to $12,000, which they will use to become even better instructors, traveling to places such as Europe and Africa to continue their love of learning and pursue cutting-edge study in their fields.

Holiday plant sales
Deck your halls (and maybe deck your deck, if it’s really warm) with poinsettias, greenery and other holiday plants from Henrico Schools students at two sales in December!

ACE Center at Hermitage Holiday Plant Sale:
  • 6.5” poinsettias: $7
  • 6.5” jumbo-sized potted amaryllis: $15
  • 4.5” Christmas cactus: $4
  • Fresh green wreaths, swags and more, priced at $15 and up.

When: Dec. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When: ACE Center at Hermitage (greenhouse building), 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.

For questions or pre-orders, contact Jennifer Mazza at hjmazza@henrico.k12.va.us. 

Academy at Virginia Randolph Poinsettia Sale:
  • 5” poinsettias: $4
  • 6.5” poinsettias: $8
  • 8” poinsettias: $15

When: Dec. 6-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Academy at Virginia Randolph (greenhouses), 2204 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va.

For questions or pre-orders, contact Sunnie Caldwell at sdcaldwell@henrico.k12.va.us or 804-261-5085.

Family Learning Series
From holiday stress to tax refunds, the HCPS Family Learning Series has lots of upcoming workshops for families. Check out the full list of HCPS’ Family Learning Series for fall and winter. Here are a few workshops on the horizon:

  • Virginia’s Individual and Family Support Program (Nov. 27)
  • Preparing for Life Beyond High School (Nov. 28)
  • Managing Holiday Stress (Dec. 4 and 5)
  • Getting a Tax Refund – Now What Do You Do? (Dec. 11)
  • The (Winter) Break You Need (Dec. 12)

From town hall meetings to school visits, Dr. Amy Cashwell is hitting all of Henrico County
From one end of Henrico County to the other, Dr. Amy Cashwell is getting to know the people and places that make up her new school division. Check out the new superintendent's travels at “Amy’s Passport,” a name we chose because Henrico County is so diverse and interesting that you don’t have to go far to see the world.

Come be a part of the 100 Men Challenge and make a difference
The 100 Men Challenge at the Academy at Virginia Randolph brings men from all walks of life to the campus to spend time with male students. The program, which provides students with strong male role models, won awards for innovation this year from both the National Association of Counties and the Virginia Association of Counties. Find out more about this effective, rewarding local program. Questions? Contact Jesse Casey, principal, at jmcasey@henrico.k12.va.us.

High school specialty centers: Open houses are continuing

Each HCPS high school specialty center is holding an open house this fall. Open houses enable you to take tours, ask questions and learn more about centers’ offerings. Attending one of Henrico Schools’ specialty centers is an opportunity to concentrate on a specialized interest while completing a rigorous academic program.


It was a great year: Check out the 2018 HCPS Annual Report

2018 was a year of tradition and transition: check out Henrico Schools’ many successes in the 2018 HCPS Annual Report, now available.

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!


Important dates

Nov. 21-23: Schools closed for Thanksgiving holiday


Dec. 11-14: Early dismissal for high schools


Dec. 13: School Board work session and monthly meeting


Dec. 20–Jan. 2, 2019: Schools closed for Winter Break see the full HCPS calendar


Did you know?

Henrico County Public Schools won three awards for communications and public relations from the regional chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. The awards went to the HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations for communications projects: the “Heart of Henrico” employee recognition program, for communications supporting the HCPS Department of Career and Technical Education’s “CTE National Letter-of-Intent Signing Day,” and for The Binder, the e-newsletter you are now reading. Thank you, Henrico County citizens – your support allows us to do good work!

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