The Binder October 23, 2018 Volume 2 Issue 5

Today is election day! Make sure to get out and vote

Make your voice heard at the voting booth today. Polls close at 7 p.m., and anyone in line at that time will be allowed to vote. To find your polling place or get other information, go to the Virginia Department of Elections website.

The school calendar for 2019-20 is under construction – what do you think?

Check out the draft of the 2019-20 calendar and give us your input. In this draft:

  • 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.

  • Public hearing before School Board (Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m., New Bridge Learning Center auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.)
  • Varina District stakeholder’s meeting (Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m., Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va.)
  • Tuckahoe District stakeholder’s meeting (Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m., Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va.)
  • Three Chopt District stakeholder’s meeting (Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.)
  • Fairfield District stakeholder’s meeting (Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m., Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.)
  • Brookland District stakeholder’s 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.)

Family Learning Series

From helping kids deal with anxiety and stress, to staying aware of your student’s changing digital world, 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:

  • Anxiety and Stress in Elementary Students – Building “Worry Warriors” (Nov. 13)
  • Making Great Critical Thinkers Through STEAM (Nov. 14)
  • Virginia’s Individual and Family Support Program (Nov. 27)
  • Preparing for Life Beyond High School (Nov. 28)

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



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.



Henrico Schools wins 8 national awards for innovation

Eight Henrico County Public Schools’ programs have been recognized in the 2018 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize groundbreaking county government programs across the nation. Winning were:
  • The Academy at Virginia Randolph’s 100 Men Challenge (Academy at Virginia Randolph)
  • Feeding a Need for Real-World Experience (Department of Career and Technical Education, ACE Center at Hermitage)
  • “Printing” is More Than Just What You Read (Department of Career and Technical Education, ACE Center at Hermitage)
  • Art, Reading, Science and Community: From a Tiny Seed a Garden Grows (Fair Oaks ES)
  • Maggie Walker Governor’s School: Remaking an Old-School Application Process (HCPS Operational Technology and Gifted Education departments)
  • Spreading Goodwill Through Books (HCPS Library Services Department in conjunction with Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia)
  • The Work-Van Project: Students Upgrade Skills and County Vehicles (Department of Career and Technical Education, ACE Center at Highland Springs)
  • Video Training for Secure School Testing (HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations, Human Resources Department, HCPS Office of Testing, the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School and HCPS Department of Legal Services)

Read more about Henrico Schools’ winning programs.


Thursday is the deadline to nominate an amazing principal for a 2018-19 REB leadership award

The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. The deadline is Nov. 8, so hurry to recognize that great principal!


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!



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.

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Did you know? ...

In 2017-18, the voter-approved meals tax funded 93 projects at 49 schools throughout the county, modernizing securi­ty and replacing 50-year-old bathrooms, ag­ing kitchens, warped gym floors, dim light­ing and more. Thank you for your strong support of public schools in Henrico County!

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