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Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meetings

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings: Thursday, October 25, 2018 3:00 p.m.        Work Session6:30 p.m.        Monthly Meeting 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 session as […]

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

3:00 p.m.        Work Session
6:30 p.m.        Monthly Meeting

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 session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend.  A live stream of 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.

Henrico County Council of PTA’s Meeting with School Board Members

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Sharing I was excited to visit again with members of the HCCPTA. Please consider joining your school’s PTA and take a moment to thank these folks for their tireless support of our schools and their advocacy for our students.   Follow Us

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I was excited to visit again with members of the HCCPTA. Please consider joining your school’s PTA and take a moment to thank these folks for their tireless support of our schools and their advocacy for our students.

Henrico Education Association

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Sharing Thanks to members of the Henrico Education Association for inviting me to dialogue and problem-solve around issues that face our teachers. We are fortunate to enjoy a strong relationship and I look forward to continuing the positive dialogue. If you’re looking for more information about the HEA, visit this link: http://www.veanea.org/home/2399.htm Follow Us

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Thanks to members of the Henrico Education Association for inviting me to dialogue and problem-solve around issues that face our teachers. We are fortunate to enjoy a strong relationship and I look forward to continuing the positive dialogue. If you’re looking for more information about the HEA, visit this link: http://www.veanea.org/home/2399.htm

Lay Advisory Committee

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Sharing Did you know that Henrico Schools has a Lay Advisory Committee – and you’re invited to its meetings? The committee advises the School Board on important educational matters. It acts as a liaison among the School Board, parents and guardians, the Board of Supervisors, community members and teachers – and brings together members of […]

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Did you know that Henrico Schools has a Lay Advisory Committee – and you’re invited to its meetings? The committee advises the School Board on important educational matters. It acts as a liaison among the School Board, parents and guardians, the Board of Supervisors, community members and teachers – and brings together members of these groups to discuss various issues. I was there for the first of five meeting throughout the school year to share details about our Strategic Plan and Henrico Learner Profile. Perhaps the best part was to sit, take questions and share new ideas with LAC members. Anyone interested in education and the school system is welcome to attend these meetings. The remaining meetings for 2018-19 are below.

All meetings are at 7 p.m. and are held at Moody Middle School, 7800 Woodman Road, Henrico, Va. Topics are to be determined:

  • Nov. 12, 2018
  • Jan. 14, 2019
  • March 12, 2019
  • May 13, 2019

Senior Convocation

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Sharing It was my pleasure to accept Douglas S. Freeman High School’s invitation to deliver the keynote address for the Class of 2019’s Senior Convocation. I likened the senior class to architects, and told students “You design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future that is unknown.” Later, students and […]

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It was my pleasure to accept Douglas S. Freeman High School’s invitation to deliver the keynote address for the Class of 2019’s Senior Convocation. I likened the senior class to architects, and told students “You design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future that is unknown.” Later, students and parents heard our message about the six key skills and tools that we expect students to learn while in our schools: Critical thinking, creative thinking, quality character, global citizenship, communicating and collaborating. I can’t wait to see what these amazing students do as they return to the “drawing board” and design their futures.

Teacher Advisory Council

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Sharing We had a big crowd at the Hermitage High School library for the first meeting of the Teacher Advisory Council. TAC is an opportunity for each school to choose a teacher representative who engages in dialogue with me and members of the central leadership team. At this meeting, we shared information about efforts to […]

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We had a big crowd at the Hermitage High School library for the first meeting of the Teacher Advisory Council. TAC is an opportunity for each school to choose a teacher representative who engages in dialogue with me and members of the central leadership team. At this meeting, we shared information about efforts to unravel teacher salary compression, next steps for implementing the Henrico Learner Profile and Deeper Learning Model, an Equity and Diversity update, as well as an early look at the draft school calendar proposal for 2019-2020. My thanks to these teachers who brought good questions and thoughtful observations to our attention. A first look at the proposed school calendar for 2019-2020 is expected to be made public by the end of October.

Band Showcase: One cool night, nine cool marching bands 

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 13, 2018 – All nine of Henrico County’s high school marching bands will be in action at the HCPS Band Showcase Oct. 22 at Glen Allen High School’s stadium.  The performance is free, but donations are being accepted to benefit the Henrico Christmas Mother. In addition to cash donations, the holiday […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 13, 2018 – All nine of Henrico County’s high school marching bands will be in action at the HCPS Band Showcase Oct. 22 at Glen Allen High School’s stadium.
 

The performance is free, but donations are being accepted to benefit the Henrico Christmas Mother. In addition to cash donations, the holiday campaign is seeking canned food; jars of peanut butter; cereal and crackers; and new hats, gloves and socks. 

What:
Henrico County Public Schools Band Showcase
 
Who:
The public and media are invited to attend.
 
When:
Oct. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
Where:
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, Va. 23060

Eighth-graders will have a chance to explore careers at ChamberRVA’s “Mission Tomorrow”

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 12, 2018 – Eighth-graders will have an opportunity to engage with representatives of more than 140 employers at ChamberRVA’s “Mission Tomorrow” career fair Oct. 18 and 19. The event, held at the Richmond Raceway, will give area eighth-graders a chance to have fun while they learn about a host of business […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 12, 2018 – Eighth-graders will have an opportunity to engage with representatives of more than 140 employers at ChamberRVA’s “Mission Tomorrow” career fair Oct. 18 and 19. The event, held at the Richmond Raceway, will give area eighth-graders a chance to have fun while they learn about a host of business and government employers. More than 12,000 students are slated to attend.
 
Exhibitors at the event have set up interactive booths. Students can approach exhibits that interest them, enjoy engaging hands-on activities and talk with employers.
 
Students will be able to ask about job responsibilities, as well as salary ranges and advancement opportunities. They can also find out about the educational requirements of various jobs and use that information to plan as they move into high school and beyond.
 
The event will offer tours of the career fair for parents and guardians each morning from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Parents and guardians can see what their students will experience at Mission Tomorrow, and talk later with them about careers the students found interesting.
 
Parents and guardians are also welcome to support the event as volunteers. To volunteer, go to ChamberRVA’s website at www.chamberrva.com/volunteers/.
 
Mission Tomorrow career fair 
 
Who: Students, parents and guardians, and members of the media are invited to attend. 
When: Oct. 18 and 19, 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va. 

Challenger Day will get students with cognitive and physical challenges onto the field

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 12, 2018 – Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 17 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 12, 2018 – Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 17 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, crafts, therapy dogs, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. More than 350 students are expected to attend, and volunteers – many from Capital One – will be on hand to work with the students in grades K-5 and their teachers. 
 
Challenger Day is an offshoot of the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball, a league for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. The program helps provide participants with some of the benefits of athletic competition: exercise, socialization, teamwork, sportsmanship and self-esteem. 
 
The event is a joint collaboration of the Henrico Education Foundation, Capital One, I Have a Dream Foundation-Richmond, the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks, Henrico County Public Schools and Tuckahoe Sports. 
 
Challenger Day:
 
Who:Members of the media are invited to attend.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Rain date: Thursday, Oct. 18) 
Where: Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex, 2400 Little League Drive Henrico, Va. 23233 
 
For more information contact the Henrico Education Foundation’s Courtney Baytop at clbaytop@henrico.k12.va.us. 

High school early dismissal, after-school activities cancelled

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Sharing Due to the anticipated effects of Tropical Storm Michael, which include heavy rains, possible flash flooding and damaging wind gusts, please read carefully: Henrico County HIGH SCHOOLS will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Advanced Career Education Center students will not travel to afternoon ACE Center programs. They will remain at […]

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Due to the anticipated effects of Tropical Storm Michael, which include heavy rains, possible flash flooding and damaging wind gusts, please read carefully:

Henrico County HIGH SCHOOLS will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

Advanced Career Education Center students will not travel to afternoon ACE Center programs. They will remain at their “home” high schools until dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

Elementary schools will dismiss at their normal times (2:10 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.)

The Achievable Dream Certified Academy at Highland Springs Elementary School will dismiss on its Friday dismissal schedule which means students will dismiss today at 2:40 p.m.

Middle schools also will dismiss at their normal time (3:15 p.m.)

All after-school activities for Thursday, Oct 11, will be cancelled.

The School Board work session, which begins today at 2 p.m., will take place as scheduled at the New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road.

Looking ahead: We anticipate a normal on-time start to the school day on Friday, Oct. 12. However, we will be monitoring conditions overnight, including the possibility of localized flooding and power outages. If any schools are impacted by storm damage or a loss of electricity, we will communicate again on Friday morning.

 

Learn about advocacy, talk with School Board members at County Council of PTAs meeting

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 11, 2018 – Are you a PTA member at your student’s school? Come to the Henrico County Council of PTAs meeting Oct. 16 at Hungary Creek Middle School. The meeting will discuss advocacy and will offer information to PTA groups on what happens at the state level and how the actions […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 11, 2018 – Are you a PTA member at your student’s school? Come to the Henrico County Council of PTAs meeting Oct. 16 at Hungary Creek Middle School. The meeting will discuss advocacy and will offer information to PTA groups on what happens at the state level and how the actions of our lawmakers affect health, safety and education in our schools. The meeting will also include magisterial-district breakout sessions where attendees can talk with their School Board representative. 
 
The Henrico County Council of PTAs includes representatives of the individual school PTA organizations in Henrico County. 
 
Henrico County Council of PTAs meeting 
 
When: Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hungary Creek Middle School, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va.

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold the following meeting: Thursday, Oct. 11, 20182 p.m.        Work session The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary. The meeting […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold the following meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
2 p.m.        Work session

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. A livestream of 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 http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

Bill Pike sworn in as Henrico School Board’s new Tuckahoe District representative

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 5, 2018 – Bill Pike, a former administrator and teacher in Henrico Schools, was sworn in Friday morning as Tuckahoe District representative on the Henrico School Board. The Board, in a special work session Thursday, selected Pike to finish the term of veteran Tuckahoe representative Lisa Marshall, who resigned in August […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 5, 2018 – Bill Pike, a former administrator and teacher in Henrico Schools, was sworn in Friday morning as Tuckahoe District representative on the Henrico School Board. The Board, in a special work session Thursday, selected Pike to finish the term of veteran Tuckahoe representative Lisa Marshall, who resigned in August for health reasons. Pike was formerly principal at Lakeside Elementary School and assistant principal at Hermitage High School. He was also a teacher before becoming an administrator. Pike will serve on the Board until a new Tuckahoe representative, elected in November 2019, assumes office in January 2020.
 
The Board made the selection from a pool of three finalists: Pike, Melissa Dart and Marcie Shea. 
 
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve,” Pike said. “I hope to be a quick learner, so that I can start working to support our students, their families, our employees and our community.”
 
“We were impressed with Bill’s experience and his capacity for teamwork. He is a consensus builder with deep roots in Henrico County,” said Micky Ogburn, School Board chair and Three Chopt District representative. “His experience as a principal will give a different dimension to the Board. We are confident that he will represent the citizens of the Tuckahoe District in an attentive and energetic way, and we look forward to having him on the Board and getting down to work.
 
“All three finalists were capable and dedicated candidates, so this decision wasn’t easy. We thank Marcie Shea and Melissa Dart for stepping forward to offer their time and considerable expertise. In fact, we owe a debt of gratitude to all the applicants, as well as to everyone who contributed to the process through public comments, emails, letters and in other ways. People in Henrico love their county and their public schools, and that was particularly evident during this process.”
 
Marshall’s resignation became effective Aug. 22 and the Board publicized a call for applicants, with a deadline of Aug 30. Eleven people applied for the position. After interviewing selected applicants Sept. 6, the Board settled on three finalists. Henrico citizens offered their input on the finalists at a Sept. 20 public hearing.
 
Pike was sworn in at Henrico Circuit Court by Judge Richard S. Wallerstein Jr., as his son, School Board members and HCPS staff members looked on. His first Board meeting as Tuckahoe District representative will be at an Oct. 11 work session at New Bridge Learning Center auditorium.

Bill Pike, new Tuckahoe District representative on the Henrico School Board.

Bill Pike is sworn in Friday morning by Judge Richard S. Wallerstein Jr. as Tuckahoe District representative on the Henrico School Board.

After being sworn in as the Tuckahoe District’s new representative on the Henrico School Board, Bill Pike stands with Micky Ogburn, School Board chair and Three Chopt District representative, Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ superintendent, Beverly Cocke, Brookland District representative, and Roscoe Cooper III, Fairfield District representative.

Visit by German delegation

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Sharing I enjoyed joining Henrico County leaders to welcome a delegation from Saarpfalz-Kreis, Germany. Henrico and Saarpfalz-Kreis established a sister county partnership in 1997; the partnership is highlighted by regular exchanges of students and government officials. There was a welcome breakfast at Godwin High School followed by a tour of the school. Follow Us

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I enjoyed joining Henrico County leaders to welcome a delegation from Saarpfalz-Kreis, Germany. Henrico and Saarpfalz-Kreis established a sister county partnership in 1997; the partnership is highlighted by regular exchanges of students and government officials. There was a welcome breakfast at Godwin High School followed by a tour of the school.

Town halls continue…

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Sharing It’s been wonderful getting out to talk with families and staff members at the town hall series. We set it up to include one town hall meeting in each Henrico magisterial district – this week I visited Wilder, Rolfe and Quioccasin middle schools and got some fantastic input from people who attended. The questions […]

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It’s been wonderful getting out to talk with families and staff members at the town hall series. We set it up to include one town hall meeting in each Henrico magisterial district – this week I visited Wilder, Rolfe and Quioccasin middle schools and got some fantastic input from people who attended. The questions and comments have been thought-provoking and will be so helpful as we move forward on a number of key initiatives. If you haven’t been able to attend a town hall meeting, there’s still one left – Oct. 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Hungary Creek Middle School. I hope you can make it!

Fall in love with a job at Henrico Schools

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 4, 2018 – A crisp fall day makes everything feel new – and so does a job you love. If you want a rewarding career that makes a difference, come be part of the team at Henrico County Public Schools. We’re holding a job fair at Tuckahoe Area Library Oct. 10. […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 4, 2018 – A crisp fall day makes everything feel new – and so does a job you love. If you want a rewarding career that makes a difference, come be part of the team at Henrico County Public Schools. We’re holding a job fair at Tuckahoe Area Library Oct. 10. HCPS is looking for school nutrition workers to keep students fed and ready to learn, and bus drivers to transport them safely and on time. Our construction and maintenance team is seeking carpenters, plumbers and people with experience in heating and air conditioning, to keep our schools in great condition. Temporary instructional assistants are also needed.
 
Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand at the event.
 
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
 
Henrico County Public Schools job fair 
When: Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va.
 
Questions? Contact 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. 

Deep Run High School named 2018 “Blue Ribbon School” by U.S. Department of Education

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – Deep Run High School was named one of 349 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018 by the U.S. Department of Education, in an announcement made today. Deep Run was honored as among Virginia’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The award, now […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – Deep Run High School was named one of 349 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018 by the U.S. Department of Education, in an announcement made today. Deep Run was honored as among Virginia’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The award, now in its 36th year, also honors schools that have closed significant achievement gaps. 
 
“It’s a tremendous honor that wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of our students, their families, our teachers, staff and the entire Wildcat community,” said Lenny Pritchard, Deep Run principal. “Amazing things can happen when communities come together to do what’s best for students, and Deep Run is very grateful to be recognized on the national stage.”
 
The schools will be honored Nov. 7-8 at a ceremony in Washington.
 
Henrico schools that have won the honor are:
  • Deep Run High School: 2018
  • Twin Hickory Elementary School: 2014
  • Nuckols Farm Elementary School: 2012
  • Shady Grove Elementary School: 2007
  • Pocahontas Middle School: 2006
  • Short Pump Elementary School: 2003
  • Quioccasin (Byrd) Middle School: 1999-2000
  • Adams Elementary School: 1998-99
  • Baker Elementary School: 1996-97
  • Tuckahoe Middle School: 1994-96
  • Douglas S. Freeman High School: 1992-93
  • Mills Godwin High School: 1988-89
  • Longan Elementary School: 1985-86
  • Brookland Middle School: 1984-85
  • Hermitage High School: 1983-84

Henrico County students will take the floor at VCU’s Siegel Center as part of new “STEAM” team

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – Excited yells at VCU’s Siegel Center are usually reserved for Rams games. On Oct. 4 and 5, the cheers will be from Henrico County students learning concepts that could give them a competitive edge in school and their careers. The “STEAM in Sports” event at VCU will use […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – Excited yells at VCU’s Siegel Center are usually reserved for Rams games. On Oct. 4 and 5, the cheers will be from Henrico County students learning concepts that could give them a competitive edge in school and their careers. The “STEAM in Sports” event at VCU will use sports as a way to teach sixth-grade students about STEAM concepts – science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.
 
More than 700 students from Short Pump and John Rolfe middle schools will populate the arena over the two days in an event sponsored by VCU’s athletics department, the VCU School of Education and other local partners. 
 
On the basketball floor, they’ll use sports equipment with built-in smart technology. Basketballs, soccer balls, softballs, golf and tennis equipment and vertical jump stations communicate with iPads that allow students to chart their performance. The MathScience Innovation Center will give students a different look at sports with its NASCAR station, and students will learn engineering concepts by building a virtual stadium. At VCU’s basketball training facility across the street, students will see firsthand the science of athletic performance, including nutrition, hydrotherapy, weights, physical therapy, video editing, computer coding and more.
 
Students will hear about how the concepts relate to a variety of academic disciplines and are applicable to a variety of careers. 
 
When students return to their schools, they’ll continue learning. Both middle schools have the same equipment used at the event, and the schools’ P.E. teachers attended training sessions over the summer. The teachers learned how to use the smart sports gear in their own classes, and ways to work with teachers across the school to incorporate the technology in a variety of subjects.
 
“We’re excited for the students,” said Rachael Toy, Henrico Schools’ STEAM specialist. “We wanted to make sure that this was not just a one-and-done event. They’ll take these concepts back to their classrooms. There are a lot of cross-disciplinary opportunities for both students and teachers.”
 
STEAM in Sports
 
Who: 
Members of the media are invited to attend
 
When:
  • Oct. 4, 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (Short Pump Middle School sixth-graders)
  • Oct. 5, 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (John Rolfe Middle School sixth-graders)
Where: 
Stuart Siegel Center at VCU (1200 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va.)

Know an amazing principal? Nominate him or her for a 2018-19 REB leadership award

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – 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 […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – 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. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

To find out more and download a nomination form, go to tcfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/Awards/REB-Awards-for-Distinguished-Educational-Leadership.

Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a completed nomination form, downloaded from the foundation’s website, a one- to two-page typeset letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership. It can be accompanied by up to three one-page letters of support. Principals may not nominate themselves.

When: Nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered, and must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8. Emailed or faxed nominations are not accepted.

Where: Please mail nominations to:

REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership
The Community Foundation
Attn: Stacey Keeley, Donor Engagement Officer
7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110
Richmond, Va. 23225

For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of HCPS’ Department of Professional Learning and Leadership, at 804-652-3840. More information is also available at tcfrichmond.org

Award recipients will be announced in March 2019.

 

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meeting: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 5 p.m.  Special Work Session to Select and Appoint the Tuckahoe Magisterial District School Board Representative The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

5 p.m.  Special Work Session to Select and Appoint the Tuckahoe Magisterial District School Board Representative

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the special work session as deemed necessary. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. A live stream of 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 804-652-3724.

6 more Henrico schools gain state accreditation

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 27, 2018 – Six additional Henrico County schools achieved accreditation in 2018, according to information released today by the Virginia Department of Education. Fair Oaks, An Achievable Dream Certified Academy at Highland Springs, Laburnum, Mehfoud, Montrose and Varina elementary schools earned a status of “Accredited.” The total brings to 16 the […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 27, 2018 – Six additional Henrico County schools achieved accreditation in 2018, according to information released today by the Virginia Department of Education. Fair Oaks, An Achievable Dream Certified Academy at Highland Springs, Laburnum, Mehfoud, Montrose and Varina elementary schools earned a status of “Accredited.” The total brings to 16 the number of Henrico Schools regaining state accreditation over the past three years. All nine Henrico high schools maintained accreditation.
 
The number of accredited schools rose to 60 of the school division’s 67 K-12 schools, or 90 percent – the highest number of accredited schools in six years.
 
In the period since 2014-15, the school division has cut from 28 to 7 the number of schools designated as not accredited or accredited with a qualifier.
 
“When families choose Henrico County Public Schools, they do so because they trust that their students will be challenged academically and be ‘life-ready’ when they graduate,” said Superintendent Amy Cashwell. “Our students are taught to think critically and creatively, they communicate and collaborate, and as global citizens they learn to inspire the trust of others and believe in themselves to succeed. What we see in today’s new ratings is evidence that the hard work of our students, their families and our schools is paying off.”
 
The schools that regained accreditation saw impressive upticks. Fair Oaks Elementary School saw a 5-percentage-point gain in math, while students with disabilities at the school gained 15 percentage points in math and 11 in English. Laburnum and Highland Springs elementary schools both saw 9-percentage-point gains in science. Montrose had a 3-percentage-point gain in English, and Varina and Mehfoud elementary schools both gained 4 percentage points in English.
 
In addition to the six Henrico County schools that regained state accreditation, additional evidence of progress included:
  • All nine high schools are performing at or above the highest state standard (level 1) in the indicators for graduation, and for academic achievement in English.
  • All elementary schools were at or above the highest state standard (level 1) for the absenteeism indicator.
  • Every school in Henrico County was at or above the highest state standard (level 1) for the indicators for English learners’ performance in math and English.
  • The five middle schools designated as “Accredited with conditions” all made gains in English, with an average gain of 2.7 percentage points.
Henrico County Public Schools continues to pursue an aggressive plan to ensure that all its schools reach and maintain accreditation. As part of that strategy:
  • HCPS hired eight instructional coaches in 2018 to provide additional support to teachers at 16 schools. The coaches are also part of Henrico Schools’ strategy for improving teacher retention at these schools. Another instructional coach will focus on helping students with disabilities at seven additional schools.
  • Sixteen teachers specializing in STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) were hired in 2018 at elementary schools with the most at-risk populations. The school division also created a new STEAM specialist position and hired two STEAM school coordinators.
  • Staff members will get more professional development at schools where achievement gaps have been identified.
  • Schools will get more training and coaching to help students with disabilities, particularly in reading and math.
The Department of Education revamped the way it describes accreditation this year. The new accreditation system describes schools as “Accredited,” “Accredited with conditions” or “Accreditation denied.” The scale is designed to reward schools where students show academic growth. Elementary and middle schools are rated on six indicators and high schools are rated on nine indicators; schools may earn a level one, two or three for each indicator.
  • Accredited: Schools with all school quality indicators at level one or two.
  • Accredited with conditions: Schools with one or more school-quality indicators at level three.
  • Accreditation denied: Schools that fail to adopt or fully implement required corrective actions to address level three indicators.
The new state system replaces the scale that rated schools as “Fully accredited,” “Accreditation denied,” or “Partially accredited” with qualifiers such as “Approaching benchmark,” “Improving,” “Warned” or “Reconstituted.”
 
For a brief explanation of the Virginia Department of Education’s new accreditation standards read a one-page document at this link: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/accreditation/school-accred.pdf
 
For a more detailed explanation, visit this page on VDOE’s website:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/accreditation/2017-school-accred.shtml
 

HCPS schools accredited for 2018-19

(Schools in bold regained accreditation)

Elementary schools:

Adams
Ashe
Baker
Carver
Chamberlayne
Colonial Trail
Crestview
Davis
Donahoe
Dumbarton
Echo Lake
Fair Oaks
Gayton
Glen Allen
Greenwood
Harvie
Highland Springs
Holladay
Johnson
Kaechele
Lakeside
Laburnum
Longan
Longdale
Maybeury
Mehfoud
Montrose
Nuckols Farm
Pemberton
Pinchbeck
Ridge
Rivers Edge
Sandston
Seven Pines
Shady Grove
Short Pump
Skipwith
Springfield Park
Three Chopt
Trevvett
Tuckahoe
Twin Hickory
Varina
Ward
 
Middle schools:
Holman
Hungary Creek
Moody
Pocahontas
Quioccasin
Short Pump
Tuckahoe
 
High schools:
Deep Run
Douglas Freeman
Glen Allen
Mills Godwin
Henrico
Hermitage
Highland Springs
J.R. Tucker
Varina
 
Schools designated as “Accredited with conditions” were Glen Lea and Ratcliffe elementary schools and Brookland, Elko, Fairfield, John Rolfe and L. Douglas Wilder middle schools.
 

Town hall meetings continue across Henrico County

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 26, 2018 – Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ new superintendent, continues to hold town hall meetings this fall to talk with members of the public. Cashwell will begin the meetings with a short presentation about the school division’s four cornerstones: safety and wellness, academic growth, equity and opportunity, and relationships. She will also discuss HCPS’ […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 26, 2018 – Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ new superintendent, continues to hold town hall meetings this fall to talk with members of the public. Cashwell will begin the meetings with a short presentation about the school division’s four cornerstones: safety and wellness, academic growth, equity and opportunity, and relationships. She will also discuss HCPS’ new strategic plan  Henrico Schools’ new learner profile; and the school division’s new emphasis on a “deeper learning” model for students. The presentation will be followed by time for attendees to ask questions and share ideas. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions relating to these or other areas.
 
Henrico County Public Schools Town Hall Meetings (all meetings are 6:30-8 p.m.)
 
Oct. 1: L. Douglas Wilder MS, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. (Fairfield District)
Oct. 2: John Rolfe MS, 6901 Messer Road, Henrico, Va. (Varina District)
Oct. 4: Quioccasin MS, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. (Tuckahoe District)
Oct. 9: Hungary Creek MS, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va. (Brookland District)
 
A town hall meeting is being held in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts. The series kicked off with a Sept. 19 meeting at Short Pump Middle School, in the Three Chopt District.
 
The meetings come on the heels of five successful meet-and-greet sessions with the new superintendent held at Henrico County libraries in August. Since starting July 1, Cashwell has met with students, families, county officials and Henrico Schools staff members at sites across the county in an effort to get to know the people and places of her new school division.
 
Keep up with Dr. Cashwell as she gets to know the people and places of Henrico County. Check out “Amy’s Passport” at https://henricoschools.us/amyspassport/.

$449,224 grant to Maymont benefits Henrico students

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Sharing It was an honor to join Pamela Northam, first lady of Virginia, Henrico County Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank Thornton, and our friends at Maymont for an exciting announcement. Maymont has been awarded a $449,224 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Bay Watershed Education and Training Program to fund meaningful outdoor and […]

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It was an honor to join Pamela Northam, first lady of Virginia, Henrico County Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank Thornton, and our friends at Maymont for an exciting announcement. Maymont has been awarded a $449,224 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Bay Watershed Education and Training Program to fund meaningful outdoor and classroom learning experiences! The lessons will aim to increase understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related ocean, coastal, riverine, estuarine and Great Lakes ecosystems. Through the B-WET program, Maymont will implement its Bay Watershed in Science Education (B-WISE) program in collaboration with Henrico County Public Schools. The three-year project will engage approximately 7,200 students and 240 sixth grade science and core content teachers, eventually extending to all 12 of our middle schools. Students will be empowered with the knowledge, skills, attributes and experiences to be stewards of our environment and, ultimately, life ready! Read more about it here: https://maymont.org/press-room/media-release-noaa-grant/

School faculty meetings

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Sharing I’m continuing the Henrico tradition of the superintendent holding a faculty meeting at every school in the county. They started the week of Sept. 17 with a visit to the faculty at Douglas S. Freeman High School. I shared excerpts of a book I like called “The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue […]

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I’m continuing the Henrico tradition of the superintendent holding a faculty meeting at every school in the county. They started the week of Sept. 17 with a visit to the faculty at Douglas S. Freeman High School. I shared excerpts of a book I like called “The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence” by Tom Peters. Aside from that, the majority of the time is spent hearing from the faculty about their proudest accomplishments and what they’re doing to prepare “Life Ready” students. We also set aside plenty of time for questions and answers. I look forward to spending quality time with the faculties at all 72 schools and program centers!

Town Hall meetings

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Sharing On Sept. 19 I held the first of five open-to-the-public “Town Hall”-style meetings. This one was for the Three Chopt District, taking place at Short Pump Middle School. We were honored to be joined by School Board Chair Micky Ogburn, County Manager John Vithoulkas, and numerous leaders from within the school division. I shared […]

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On Sept. 19 I held the first of five open-to-the-public “Town Hall”-style meetings. This one was for the Three Chopt District, taking place at Short Pump Middle School. We were honored to be joined by School Board Chair Micky Ogburn, County Manager John Vithoulkas, and numerous leaders from within the school division. I shared a brief video about what I’ve learned so far in my Henrico County travels, along with the four cornerstones of our strategic plan (Safety and Wellness, Academic Growth, Equity and Diversity, Relationships), the Henrico Learner Profile, and our Deeper Learning model. Then we set aside most of the time to take questions from families and interested citizens. The feedback from these meetings will be very helpful in working with our School Board to continually meet the needs of today’s students and families. I can’t wait for the next four Town Halls, which take place in October. More details are available at this link: https://henricoschools.us/come-to-a-town-hall-meeting-and-share-ideas-with-henrico-county-public-schools-new-superintendent/

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meetings: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 2 p.m.        Work session 6:30 p.m.        Monthly meeting All meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the work session […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meetings:

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

2 p.m.        Work session

6:30 p.m.        Monthly meeting

All meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 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. A live stream of 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 804-652-3724.

Announcement of new J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs high schools

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Sharing Transformative. That’s the word people are using to describe the exciting announcement Sept. 20 at Highland Springs High School. Henrico County will be replacing Highland Springs (built in 1952) and J.R. Tucker High School (built in 1962) with brand new buildings that will serve our communities for many years to come. Construction starts next […]

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Transformative. That’s the word people are using to describe the exciting announcement Sept. 20 at Highland Springs High School. Henrico County will be replacing Highland Springs (built in 1952) and J.R. Tucker High School (built in 1962) with brand new buildings that will serve our communities for many years to come. Construction starts next fall (at or beside the existing sites) and the goal is to have the new schools open in fall 2021. It’s exciting and ambitious and a wonderful thing for the families of our county. There’s plenty of planning to do and we want you to play a big role (more on that later). Because Henrico County citizens have repeatedly voiced their strong support for public schools – in the 2013 meals tax vote and the 2016 bond referendum – the future is bright for our children. Thank you to the School Board, Board of Supervisors and John Vithoulkas, county manager, for visionary leadership in creating this plan. And a special thanks to the cheerleaders from J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs high schools, who came out to cheer on the huge news for their schools!

Interested in high school specialty centers? Get the scoop at a fall information session

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 21, 2018 – Attending one of Henrico Schools’ specialty centers is an opportunity for high school students to focus on a specialized interest while completing a rigorous academic program. Find out more about the specialty centers offered by Henrico Schools at one of four information sessions scheduled for eighth-graders and their […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 21, 2018 – Attending one of Henrico Schools’ specialty centers is an opportunity for high school students to focus on a specialized interest while completing a rigorous academic program. Find out more about the specialty centers offered by Henrico Schools at one of four information sessions scheduled for eighth-graders and their parents or guardians. All sessions are the same and cover information about all of HCPS’ specialty centers, so attend the one that’s most convenient for your family. Each session starts at 7 p.m.
 
Specialty Center Information Sessions 
(All sessions start at 7 p.m. and cover the same information)
 
– Sept. 26: Varina High School (7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va.)
– Oct. 4: Henrico High School (302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va.)
– Oct. 9: Douglas S. Freeman High School (8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.)
– Oct. 15: J.R. Tucker High School (2910 N. Parham Road, Henrico, Va.)
 
For more information on HCPS specialty centers, go to https://henricoschools.us and use the drop-down menu for “Schools,” and then choose “Specialty Centers,” or go directly to https://henricoschools.us/specialty-centers/.

First Day of School 2018!

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Sharing I was delighted to spend the day visiting several schools, and it was amazing to watch the buildings come alive as students returned! Thanks to our special guests Gov. Ralph Northam, Del. Lamont Bagby and School Board Member Roscoe Cooper, III, for joining me at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School where we greeted students […]

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I was delighted to spend the day visiting several schools, and it was amazing to watch the buildings come alive as students returned! Thanks to our special guests Gov. Ralph Northam, Del. Lamont Bagby and School Board Member Roscoe Cooper, III, for joining me at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School where we greeted students during the morning arrivals. From there I stopped by Henrico High School, Ridge Elementary School and Short Pump Middle School to offer words of encouragement. I want all of our students to know that here in Henrico County they are cared for as individuals by Team HCPS, and I’m looking forward to many more school visits throughout the month of September. By the way, did you know that at Henrico High School the librarians will go from class-to-class on a bicycle to encourage students to check out a book? What a wonderful idea…and I just had to try it out for myself!

Public service announcement: Joint special meeting of the Henrico County School Board and Board of Supervisors

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a joint special meeting with the Henrico County Board of Supervisors Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Victor W. Kreiter Stadium at Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Avenue, Highland Springs, Va. 23075.  The purpose of the meeting is to make […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a joint special meeting with the Henrico County Board of Supervisors Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Victor W. Kreiter Stadium at Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Avenue, Highland Springs, Va. 23075.  The purpose of the meeting is to make an announcement pertaining to public school facilities.  Parking will be available on East Beal Street. 

First meeting of Henrico Schools’ Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee moved to Sept. 24

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 19, 2018 – The inaugural meeting of Henrico Schools’ Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee will now take place Monday. The meeting was originally scheduled for Sept. 17, but was postponed because of tornado warnings. The meeting site – HCPS’ Central Office on Nine Mile Road – is unchanged. Subcommittees will meet […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 19, 2018 – The inaugural meeting of Henrico Schools’ Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee will now take place Monday. The meeting was originally scheduled for Sept. 17, but was postponed because of tornado warnings. The meeting site – HCPS’ Central Office on Nine Mile Road – is unchanged. Subcommittees will meet at 6 p.m. and the general committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
 
While members of the public are welcome to come and observe the meeting, only committee members will be able to participate.
 
The new committee is part of Henrico Schools’ expanded efforts on equity and diversity. The 26-person group was formed this summer from a pool of 270 applicants. It includes one teacher, one student, one parent and one school leader from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. The committee is chaired by the director of equity and diversity and supported by a liaison from the Henrico School Board.
 
Inaugural meeting, Henrico Schools’ Equity and Diversity Committee
 
When: Sept. 24 (subcommittees will meet at 6 p.m.; general committee meeting at 7 p.m.)
Where: Henrico County Public Schools Central Office/Eastern Henrico Government Center (Multipurpose Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
 
One source that will inform the new committee’s agenda will be information gleaned from a series of spring community listening sessions. The sessions were held in each magisterial district by the school division’s Office of Equity and Diversity.
 
In addition to the larger committee, which will meet monthly, members are part of one or more subcommittees devoted to focused topics. The smaller groups will meet as necessary.
 
To find out more about Henrico Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity across the school division, go to https://henricoschools.us/equity-and-diversity/.

Be a Henrico HEROES mentor: A little time can make a big difference in the life of a child

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Sharing Photo caption: Some Henrico HEROES mentors and students celebrate at an end-of-year celebration in spring 2018. Henrico, Va., Sept. 19, 2018 – Being a mentor with Henrico HEROES can take as little as 30-45 minutes a week  – but the impact can be huge. The group, named the commonwealth’s top mentoring program in 2014, […]

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Photo caption: Some Henrico HEROES mentors and students celebrate at an end-of-year celebration in spring 2018.

Henrico, Va., Sept. 19, 2018 – Being a mentor with Henrico HEROES can take as little as 30-45 minutes a week  – but the impact can be huge. The group, named the commonwealth’s top mentoring program in 2014, will hold its first training session Thursday and another Oct. 4.

 
The process is easy. Mentors complete an application, undergo a background check, and attend a training session. The program runs from October to May. Mentors meet with their students once a week for 30-45 minutes and participate in a programwide kickoff and end-of-year celebration. To learn more, contact Leslie Waller at 804-652-3813 or email henricoheroes@henrico.k12.va.us. Henrico HEROES is administered by Henrico County Public Schools.
 
Studies show that mentoring pays big dividends for students. It improves students’ attendance and academic motivation, and students with a mentor are more likely to enroll in college, to volunteer and to be involved in sports and other extracurricular activities. 

Meeting of the Henrico Partnership for Family and Community Engagement Council:

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Sharing Since I arrived in Henrico County, I’ve been impressed with the spirit of cooperation I see as people work to solve challenges. I was reminded of that again when I attended the Henrico Partnership for Family and Community Engagement Council meeting at Libbie Mill Library. The partnership is made up of groups and agencies […]

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Since I arrived in Henrico County, I’ve been impressed with the spirit of cooperation I see as people work to solve challenges. I was reminded of that again when I attended the Henrico Partnership for Family and Community Engagement Council meeting at Libbie Mill Library. The partnership is made up of groups and agencies from across Henrico that work together to strengthen families and communities – from social services to mentoring to mental health issues and much more. It was my pleasure to learn more about the council partners and share information about HCPS’ new 2018-25 Strategic Plan, four cornerstones and Henrico Learner Profile. I’m proud that Henrico Schools is part of such a caring, collaborative community.

VISITS TO TWIN HICKORY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND DEEP RUN HIGH SCHOOL

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Sharing I’m continuing my school tour, and recently I stopped by two school “neighbors”: Twin Hickory Elementary School and Deep Run High School. Thanks to principals Mike Dussault and Lenny Pritchard for showing me some of the many cool things happening at their schools. The visits not only give me a chance to see our […]

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I’m continuing my school tour, and recently I stopped by two school “neighbors”: Twin Hickory Elementary School and Deep Run High School. Thanks to principals Mike Dussault and Lenny Pritchard for showing me some of the many cool things happening at their schools. The visits not only give me a chance to see our amazing staff members and students in action, but to learn more about the communities that make up Henrico County. My goal is to visit each of our 72 schools and program centers this fall (that’s a lot of passport stamps!). 
 

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meeting, which was originally scheduled for today: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018        4 p.m.         Public Hearing to Solicit Input Regarding Candidates to Fill the Tuckahoe Magisterial District Vacancy The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meeting, which was originally scheduled for today:

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018       

4 p.m.         Public Hearing to Solicit Input Regarding Candidates to Fill the Tuckahoe Magisterial District Vacancy

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. A live stream of School Board 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 804-652-3724.

Henrico Schools’ Fall Family Learning Series offers workshops for parents, guardians and teachers

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 13, 2018 – Families face challenges; Henrico Schools’ Family Learning Series is here to help. The school division’s fall edition kicks off Tuesday with a workshop on making the transition to middle school. The series continues through Oct. 23 with topics such as homework and study strategies and raising confident children. […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 13, 2018 – Families face challenges; Henrico Schools’ Family Learning Series is here to help. The school division’s fall edition kicks off Tuesday with a workshop on making the transition to middle school. The series continues through Oct. 23 with topics such as homework and study strategies and raising confident children. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. Workshops are held at public libraries and school facilities across Henrico County.
 
Register for workshops by emailing Terry Talbott at tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or by calling 804-652-3787. Parents, guardians and Henrico County Public Schools staff members are welcome to register. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend.
 
 
Henrico Schools Fall Family Learning Series
  • Middle School and Beyond (Sept. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.)
  • Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone? Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets (Sept. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.)
  • Anxiety and Stress in Elementary Students: Building “Worry Warriors” (Sept. 26, noon–1:30 p.m)
  • Homework and Study Strategies (Oct. 2, 6–7:30 p.m.)
  • Building a Better Budget (Oct. 3, noon-1:30 p.m.)
  • Drug Awareness for Parents and Guardians: A Henrico County Adolescent Substance Abuse Needs-Assessment (Oct. 9, 6–7:30 p.m.)
  • Drug Awareness for Parents and Guardians: A Henrico County Adolescent Substance Abuse Needs-Assessment (Oct. 10, noon–1:30 p.m.)
  • Raising a Confident Child: What’s Your Parenting Style? (Oct. 16, 6–7:30 p.m.)
  • School Accreditation and SOL Testing: What is it and why? (Oct. 17, noon–1:30 p.m.)
  • Assistive Technology and Students with Disabilities (Oct. 23, 6–7:30 p.m.)

Hurricane Florence prompts School Board to revise timeline to select Tuckahoe District representative

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 11, 2018 – The Henrico School Board has revised its timeline to select a new representative for the Tuckahoe magisterial district, because of the threat of Hurricane Florence. The Board had scheduled a Thursday public hearing to hear input on the three finalists for the position, but postponed the hearing due […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 11, 2018 – The Henrico School Board has revised its timeline to select a new representative for the Tuckahoe magisterial district, because of the threat of Hurricane Florence. The Board had scheduled a Thursday public hearing to hear input on the three finalists for the position, but postponed the hearing due to the forecast.
 
The new timeline is:
  • Thursday, Sept. 20 (4 p.m.): Public hearing to solicit input regarding the candidates. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 4  (5 p.m.): Special work session to select and appoint the Tuckahoe District representative.
  • Friday, Oct. 5  (8:30 a.m.): New Board member takes oath of office at Henrico County Circuit Court.Thursday, Oct. 11: New Tuckahoe District School Board member attends first School Board meeting.
 
The finalists for the seat are:
  • Melissa Dart, a member of the HCPS Special Education Advisory Committee.
  • Bill Pike, former principal of Lakeside Elementary School and former assistant principal at Hermitage High School.
  • Marcie Shea, a former teacher at Douglas Freeman High School and a current PTA volunteer.
Henrico County citizens are invited to speak about the vacancy at the 4 p.m. hearing on Sept. 20. Members of the public will have four minutes each to address the Board. Citizens may sign up in advance to speak at the public hearing by contacting Debbie Ward, clerk of the School Board, at 804-652-3808 or by emailing dnward@henrico.k12.va.us.
 
The appointed member will serve on the School Board representing the Tuckahoe District until a new member, elected in November 2019, assumes office in January 2020.

HCPS’ new Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee will hold first meeting Sept. 17

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 11, 2018 – Part of Henrico Schools’ expanded efforts on equity and diversity has been the creation of an Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. The new group’s first meeting will be Monday evening at Henrico Schools’ Central Office on Nine Mile Road. While members of the public are welcome to come and […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 11, 2018 – Part of Henrico Schools’ expanded efforts on equity and diversity has been the creation of an Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. The new group’s first meeting will be Monday evening at Henrico Schools’ Central Office on Nine Mile Road.
 
While members of the public are welcome to come and observe the meeting, only committee members will be able to participate.
 
The 26-person committee was formed this summer from a pool of 270 applicants. The group includes one teacher, one student, one parent and one school leader from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. The committee is chaired by the director of equity and diversity and supported by a liaison from the Henrico School Board.
 
Inaugural meeting, Henrico Schools’ Equity and Diversity Committee
 
When: Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Where: Henrico County Public Schools Central Office/Eastern Henrico Government Center (Multipurpose Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
 
One source that will inform the new committee’s agenda will be information gleaned from a series of spring community listening sessions. The sessions were held in each magisterial district by the school division’s Office of Equity and Diversity.
 
In addition to the larger committee, which will meet monthly, members will be part of one or more subcommittees devoted to focused topics. The smaller groups will meet as necessary.
 
To find out more about Henrico Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity across the school division, go to https://henricoschools.us/equity-and-diversity/.

Come to a town hall meeting and share ideas with Henrico County Public Schools’ new superintendent

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 10, 2018 – Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ new superintendent, will hold five town hall meetings this fall to talk with members of the public. Cashwell will begin the meetings with a short presentation about the school division’s four cornerstones: safety and wellness, academic growth, equity and opportunity, and relationships. She will […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 10, 2018 – Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ new superintendent, will hold five town hall meetings this fall to talk with members of the public. Cashwell will begin the meetings with a short presentation about the school division’s four cornerstones: safety and wellness, academic growth, equity and opportunity, and relationships. She will also discuss HCPS’ new strategic plan; Henrico Schools’ new learner profile; and the school division’s new emphasis on a “deeper learning” model for students. The presentation will be followed by time for attendees to ask questions and share ideas. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions relating to these or other areas. There will be a town hall meeting in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts.

Henrico County Public Schools Town Hall Meetings (all meetings are 6:30-8 p.m.)

  • Sept. 19, Short Pump MS, 4701 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, Va. (Three Chopt District)
  • Oct. 1, L. Douglas Wilder MS, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. (Fairfield District)
  • Oct. 2, John Rolfe MS, 6901 Messer Road, Henrico, Va. (Varina District)
  • Oct. 4, Quioccasin MS, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. (Tuckahoe District)
  • Oct. 9, Hungary Creek MS, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va. (Brookland District)

If you plan to attend one or more of the town halls and would like to a request an interpreter, please contact the Henrico County Public Schools ESL Welcome Center at (804) 527-4604. If you would like to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations not described here, please contact Communications and Public Relations at (804) 652-3726 or send an email to ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us

Si planea asistir a una o más de las reuniones públicas y desea solicitar un intérprete, comuníquese con el Centro de Bienvenida de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico al (804) 527-4604. Si desea solicitar un intérprete de lengua de señas u otras adaptaciones que no se describen aquí, comuníquese con Comunicaciones y Relaciones Públicas al (804) 652-3726 o envíe un correo electrónico a ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us.

The meetings come on the heels of five successful meet-and-greet sessions with the new superintendent held at Henrico County libraries in August. Since starting July 1, Cashwell has met with students, families, county officials and Henrico Schools staff members at sites across the county in an effort to get to know the people and places of her new school division.

Find out more about Henrico Schools’ new superintendent and read a brief interview by going to https://henricoschools.us/henrico-county-public-schools-selects-amy-cashwell-as-new-superintendent/. 

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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Sharing Due to the anticipated inclement weather, the public hearing scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. has been postponed until Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center. As of now, the 1:30 p.m. work session on Sept. 13 will take place as scheduled; however, additional […]

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Due to the anticipated inclement weather, the public hearing scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. has been postponed until Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center. As of now, the 1:30 p.m. work session on Sept. 13 will take place as scheduled; however, additional information will be provided should that change. 

The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meetings:

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 

1:30 p.m.        Work Session

4:00 p.m. Public Hearing to Solicit Input Regarding Candidates to Fill the Tuckahoe Magisterial District Vacancy postponed to Sept. 20, 2018, at 4 p.m.

The meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 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. A live stream of 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 804-652-3724.

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a special work session on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at noon, specifically for the Board to enter into a closed meeting solely for the purpose of interviewing applicants for the Tuckahoe Magisterial District School Board vacancy. The meeting will take place in the auditorium of […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a special work session on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at noon, specifically for the Board to enter into a closed meeting solely for the purpose of interviewing applicants for the Tuckahoe Magisterial District School Board vacancy. The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. The beginning of the meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend, but please note the only action will be to enter into closed session. 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 804-652-3724.

Hermitage High School athletic field ribbon cutting

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Sharing In 2016, Henrico voters overwhelmingly approved hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of school construction, renovation and expansion projects that are ongoing. Among the projects were the installation of new artificial turf playing fields at all nine high school stadiums. I joined Brookland District School Board Member Beverly Cocke, Supervisors Harvey Hinson and Tyrone Nelson, […]

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In 2016, Henrico voters overwhelmingly approved hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of school construction, renovation and expansion projects that are ongoing. Among the projects were the installation of new artificial turf playing fields at all nine high school stadiums. I joined Brookland District School Board Member Beverly Cocke, Supervisors Harvey Hinson and Tyrone Nelson, Hermitage High School faculty, and Henrico Recreation and Parks leaders to cut the ceremonial ribbon on the new surface at Hermitage High School’s Chester E. Fritz Stadium! 

2018 Convocation Highlights

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Sharing Faculty and staff Convocations: It was the highlight of the summer to introduce myself and deliver keynote addresses to the faculty and staff of every school in Henrico County (we have 72 schools and learning centers here.) The pride and spirit on display over these two days in late August were unlike anything I’d […]

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Faculty and staff Convocations: It was the highlight of the summer to introduce myself and deliver keynote addresses to the faculty and staff of every school in Henrico County (we have 72 schools and learning centers here.) The pride and spirit on display over these two days in late August were unlike anything I’d ever seen before! I shared some of my personal background, as well as the cornerstones of our 2018-2025 Strategic Plan and Henrico Learner Profile.

Check out our Facebook page for even more photo highlights of all four Convocation events!

August 2018 Highlights

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Sharing New Teacher Academy: Every August we welcome back first-year teachers and veteran teachers who are new to Henrico for a week of “New Teacher Academy” which allows me and other school division leaders the chance to share our mission, vision, and strategic goals for the year.  August Leadership Academy: My first opportunity to address […]

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New Teacher Academy: Every August we welcome back first-year teachers and veteran teachers who are new to Henrico for a week of “New Teacher Academy” which allows me and other school division leaders the chance to share our mission, vision, and strategic goals for the year. 

August Leadership Academy: My first opportunity to address our school administrators, principals, associate and assistant principals as a group came in early August. It was wonderful to meet everyone and to challenge our schools to be amazing!

Meet & Greet Events

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Sharing Community Meet and Greets: I had the pleasure of meeting dozens of interested parents, students, citizens and fellow Henrico Schools colleagues at five informal “meet and greets”. Our thanks to Henrico County Public Libraries at Twin Hickory, Varina, Fairfield, Libbie Mill and Tuckahoe for being such accommodating hosts! At each event, people who dropped […]

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Community Meet and Greets: I had the pleasure of meeting dozens of interested parents, students, citizens and fellow Henrico Schools colleagues at five informal “meet and greets”. Our thanks to Henrico County Public Libraries at Twin Hickory, Varina, Fairfield, Libbie Mill and Tuckahoe for being such accommodating hosts! At each event, people who dropped by to say hello also had the chance to fill out “I like, I wish, I want” comment cards, and that constructive feedback will be shared with our School Board.

Henrico County Council of PTA’s “Meet and Greet”: Thanks to members of the HCCPTA for inviting me to share our Henrico Schools’ cornerstones and Learner Profile. PTA parents are the unsung heroes of our schools, and I do hope you’ll contact your school’s PTA President to get involved this year!

School Visits: An Achievable Dream Certified Academy at Highland Springs welcomed this year’s class of “Dreamers” in grades K-3 for another incredible year of learning.

Police: I had a chance to meet with Chief Humberto Cardounel and Henrico’s finest for a daylong training exercise focused on making Henrico County schools as safe as they can be. 

Chamber RVA and Henrico Education Foundation: It was my pleasure to be invited to meet members of the business community as well as our philanthropic partners to share success stories and future ideas about doing what’s best for students and their families.

Back to School events

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Sharing Family and Community Engagement “Back to School Kickoff”: This was so much fun! Students, families, faculties and community partners came out on Saturday, Aug. 13 to celebrate the start of another amazing year! There were kids’ activities, live performances, school and community information, giveaways, food trucks and so much more. It was a great […]

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Family and Community Engagement “Back to School Kickoff”: This was so much fun! Students, families, faculties and community partners came out on Saturday, Aug. 13 to celebrate the start of another amazing year! There were kids’ activities, live performances, school and community information, giveaways, food trucks and so much more. It was a great way to meet so many proud supporters of public education. 

School Nutrition Services “Back to School” event: Students can’t learn unless their bodies are nourished with healthy options that allow them to perform their best at school. That’s why it was my pleasure to address the School Nutrition Services staff for all of our schools as they met for the start of another wonderful year. 

Pupil Transportation “Back to School” event: For many students and families, bus drivers are the first school system employees they see every morning, and the last ones they see at the end of every school day. Safe and reliable bus transportation is so important to what we do, which is why I was so happy to greet our drivers for their “Back to School” meetings.

School Board seeks applicants to replace Marshall as Tuckahoe District representative

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Sharing The following is a news release that was sent to media outlets on Aug. 24. Applicants who are interested in full details and application materialsshould visit this page: https://henricoschools.us/school-board-seeks-applicants-for-tuckahoe-district-seat/ Henrico, Va. Aug. 24, 2018 – The Henrico County School Board is seeking interested candidates to fill the remainder of the term previously served by veteran […]

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The following is a news release that was sent to media outlets on Aug. 24. Applicants who are interested in full details and application materials

Henrico, Va. Aug. 24, 2018 – The Henrico County School Board is seeking interested candidates to fill the remainder of the term previously served by veteran Tuckahoe District representative Lisa Marshall, who resigned for health reasons. The Board discussed the process of finding a replacement for Marshall Thursday at its regularly scheduled work session. Tuesday was Marshall’s last day on the Board. 
 
Minimal qualifications are (1) be a registered voter; and (2) reside in the Tuckahoe Magisterial District in Henrico County, Va. Applicants must send a letter expressing their interest and a current resume to Debbie Ward, School Board clerk. In addition, interested applicants must complete a Statement of Economic Interests and a Certificate of Qualification for Appointment.
 
The forms, as well as desired characteristics for applicants, can be found online at henricoschools.us (under “Hot Topics”), or by using the following link: https://henricoschools.us/school-board-seeks-applicants-for-tuckahoe-district-seat/.
 
Some of the characteristics desired for the position are: past involvement with the school division, ability to work collaboratively in the interest of all Henrico County students, professionalism, and adequate time and energy to devote to representing the Tuckahoe District. 
 
All completed applications, to include letter of interest, resume, Statement of Economic Interests and the Certificate of Qualification for Appointment, (either in electronic or hard copy form) must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. Applications received after that time will not be considered. Submit materials or direct questions to the school board clerk at dnward@henrico.k12.va.us, 804-652-3808, or P.O. Box 23120, Henrico, Va. 23223.
 
Selection Timeline:
Wednesday, Aug. 22: School Board position vacant
Thursday, Aug. 30 (4:30 p.m.): Application deadline
Thursday, Sept. 6 (noon): Special work session to interview selected applicants in a closed meeting
Thursday, Sept. 13 (4 p.m.): Public hearing to solicit input regarding the candidates
Thursday, Sept. 20 (5 p.m.): Special work session to select and appoint the Tuckahoe District representative
Thursday, Sept. 27: New Tuckahoe District School Board member attends first School Board meetings
 

Note: The appointed member will serve on the School Board representing the Tuckahoe District until a new member, elected in November 2019, assumes office in January 2020.

Lisa Marshall announces resignation from Henrico School Board

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Aug. 20, 2018 – Lisa Marshall, the Tuckahoe District representative on the Henrico School Board since 2008, announced today that she is stepping down from the Board for health reasons. In a letter to the Board’s other members, Marshall said that Tuesday will be her last day.  “As you know, I was diagnosed […]

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Henrico, Va. Aug. 20, 2018 – Lisa Marshall, the Tuckahoe District representative on the Henrico School Board since 2008, announced today that she is stepping down from the Board for health reasons. In a letter to the Board’s other members, Marshall said that Tuesday will be her last day. 
 
“As you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2018 within days of Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw announcing his retirement,” Marshall said. “It was important to me that the Tuckahoe District be fully represented during our superintendent search so I participated fully in the search throughout treatment. My efforts were rewarded in our excellent selection of Superintendent Amy Cashwell who I know will well serve HCPS.
 
“Several weeks ago I underwent surgery and am thrilled to share that my prognosis is very good, yet I still have months of treatment ahead. I had hoped to serve out the remainder of my School Board term. However, it became clear after attending our Aug. 9, 2018 School Board meeting that I simply do not have the energy and stamina required to fully represent the Tuckahoe District. My energy must be focused on restoring my health and my full-time employment.
 
“It has been my great honor and privilege to serve the Tuckahoe District for the past 11 years alongside you for some, or in Mr. Montgomery’s case, all of those years. I will cherish our friendship and the excellent working relationship I had with wonderful Division Leadership Team members and so many HCPS employees.”
 
Micky Ogburn, School Board chair, praised Marshall’s service to Henrico Schools.
 
“There is no person who is more dedicated to the students and families of the Tuckahoe District than Lisa,” Ogburn said. “Our heartfelt wishes for a speedy and full recovery go to Lisa and her husband, Lem, and their three adult children, Emily, Jack and Lauren.
 
“The citizens of the Tuckahoe District have wisely trusted Lisa’s leadership by electing her to three terms on the School Board, and she responded with 11 years of devoted public service. She is, and will continue to be, a courageous advocate, a compassionate listener, a trusted confidante and, above all, a loyal and loving wife, mother and friend. Today is a difficult day, but we know it is the right decision for Lisa and her family. We will miss her so much.”
 
Marshall was first elected to the Board in 2007. She was re-elected in 2011, and won a third term in 2015, running unopposed. 
 
The School Board has a regularly scheduled work session Thursday at 2:30 p.m., where members are expected to update the public on the process of selecting Marshall’s successor.

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meetings: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 2:30 p.m.        Work Session 6:30 p.m.        Monthly Meeting All meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the work session […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meetings:

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

2:30 p.m.        Work Session

6:30 p.m.        Monthly Meeting

All meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 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.  A live stream of 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 804-652-3724.

Teachers new to Henrico Schools will learn about students, community through bus tours

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Sharing Teachers new to Henrico Schools will learn about students, community through bus tours Henrico, Va. Aug. 14, 2018 – Teachers can be most effective when they better understand their students and the communities in which they teach. A series of community bus tours Aug. 20 will take teachers new to the school division to visit […]

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Teachers new to Henrico Schools will learn about students, community through bus tours 
Henrico, Va. Aug. 14, 2018 – Teachers can be most effective when they better understand their students and the communities in which they teach. A series of community bus tours Aug. 20 will take teachers new to the school division to visit schools in their students’ “feeder patterns” – the elementary, middle and high schools they are zoned to attend. The tour will also include stops at important community gathering places, religious sites and food destinations. Tours will be conducted by principals, HCPS central office employees and school resource officers. Buses will leave the front of each high school at 8:30 a.m.
 
Community Bus Tours
 
Who: Members of the media are invited to follow along. 
When: Aug. 20 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. 
Where: Tours will begin at each of HCPS’ nine high schools 
 
Douglas Freeman H.S.            .  
8701 Three Chopt Road          
Henrico, Va. 23229
 
Deep Run H.S
4801 Twin Hickory Road  
Glen Allen, Va. 23059 
 
Glen Allen H.S. 
10700 Staples Mill Road                 
Glen Allen, Va. 23060
 
Mills Godwin H.S.
2101 Pump Road
Henrico, Va. 23238
 
Hermitage H.S.
8301 Hungary Spring Road 
Henrico, Va. 23228
 
Varina H.S.
7053 Messer Road
Henrico, Va. 23231
 
Highland Springs H.S. 
15 S. Oak Ave.
Highland Springs, Va. 23075
 
Henrico H.S. 
302 Azalea Ave.
Henrico, Va. 23227
 
J.R. Tucker H.S.
2910 Parham Road
Henrico, Va. 23294
 
The activity is a joint project of Henrico Schools’ departments of Professional Learning and Leadership; Equity and Diversity; Family and Community Engagement; and Pupil Transportation. The Henrico County Planning Department also contributed to the effort.