Entries by Cindy Brown

HCPS wins national communications awards

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Sharing Henrico, Va. July 17, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools has been recognized for its communications efforts with four awards from the National School Public Relations Association. The school division was awarded two Golden Achievement Awards, given for exemplary work in all aspects of school public relations activities, programs and projects. The awards recognize: […]

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Calling all HEROES: A two-hour training session can show you how easy it is to make a difference as a mentor

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Sharing Henrico, Va. July 11, 2019 – Want to make a big difference for a student in grades 3-5 during the 2019-20 school year? All it takes is 30-45 minutes per week from October to May. Come to a two-hour training session in August or September and get started with Henrico Schools’ award-winning mentoring program, […]

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Join our team: Come to HCPS’ July job fair

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Sharing Henrico, Va. July 8, 2019 – Ready for a job where you can make a difference in your community? Don’t sweat it: join our team as we gear up for a new school year! Stop by a job fair Thursday at the Varina Area Library and talk with HCPS human resources representatives as well […]

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“Amy’s Passport” update charts progress on superintendent’s HCPS recommendations

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Sharing Henrico, Va. June 27, 2019 – An update to Amy Cashwell’s recommendations for Henrico County Public Schools marks the division’s progress on a host of initiatives championed by the superintendent in her first year on the job. The digital update to “Amy’s Passport” reports on the goals outlined in the passport-themed document, which Cashwell […]

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7 Henrico schools honored by Va. Board of Education for achievement, improvement

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Sharing Henrico, Va. June 25, 2019 – Seven Henrico County schools were recognized by the Virginia Board of Education as part of its new Exemplar Performance School Awards. Five Henrico County schools were recognized for high student achievement and another two were recognized by the Board for significant improvement over a three-year span. The Board […]

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Henrico Schools seeks applicants from every HCPS school to serve on redistricting committee

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Sharing Henrico, Va., June 7, 2019 — Henrico Schools is seeking citizens to serve on a committee to lead the process of examining and redrawing school attendance zones. The school division is beginning a comprehensive redistricting process to realign attendance zones for elementary, middle and high schools, with a goal of having new boundaries in […]

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Summer, shmummer! Think “Back-to-School Kickoff”

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Sharing   Henrico, Va., June 14, 2019 – It’s the last day of school and we know what’s on the minds of students everywhere: where can I get together with families and educators from across Henrico County and get the 2019-20 school year started in a fun and educational setting? Well, save the date! On […]

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Henrico, Va., June 14, 2019 – It’s the last day of school and we know what’s on the minds of students everywhere: where can I get together with families and educators from across Henrico County and get the 2019-20 school year started in a fun and educational setting? Well, save the date! On Aug. 17 at Henrico County’s Dorey Park, Henrico County Public Schools will hold its second annual Back-to-School Kickoff, with a host of activities to get ready for the new school year!

The division-wide event is sponsored by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement, and all Henrico County families are invited to attend.

Back-to-School Kickoff activities include:

  • An information fair (vendors with information about family resources).
  • School performances throughout the day.
  • Dorey Park Farmer’s Market.
  • DJ and dance contests.
  • Meet and talk with school leaders.
  • Kids’ activities.
  • Merchandise vendors.
  • Giveaways.
  • Food trucks on site.
  • Free books for all ages.
  • Free school supplies (first 100 students get a free book bag).
  • Help with using Schoology and PowerSchool.
  • Math and reading activities.
  • Onsite school registration.
  • Complete online forms.
  • HCPS job-opportunities booth for prospective teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers.

Save the Date: Henrico Schools Back-to-School Kickoff:
When: Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico, Va.

Henrico County Public Schools honors four staff members with Chris Corallo Leadership Award

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Sharing Henrico Va. June 11, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools has named four staff members as recipients of the Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award. The four recipients were surprised at their schools by family members and HCPS leaders. They were presented with the award by Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. The four were chosen from […]

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Henrico Va. June 11, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools has named four staff members as recipients of the Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award. The four recipients were surprised at their schools by family members and HCPS leaders. They were presented with the award by Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. The four were chosen from a group of candidates nominated by their peers for their vision, passion, innovation and student-centered focus.

The 2019 recipients are:

– Kristen Cross, a librarian at Crestview Elementary School. Cross’ nomination cited her leadership in transforming the school’s library program and the many programs she has instituted. It also noted her leadership during the school’s wholesale renovation, spearheading the library’s move and reconstruction using an open design.

– Charles Cuccherini, a biology teacher at J. R. Tucker High School. Cuccherini’s nomination described his ability to inspire students to engage in the content and think critically about science beyond the classroom. It also mentioned his leadership role in implementing the “Deeper Learning” educational model at Tucker, and in improving student behavior by leading students to reflect on their behavior and choices.

– Danny Jones, a first-grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary School. One of Jones’ nominations described his “endless energy, contagious enthusiasm, positive morale and sound leadership skills” and said, “He is an advocate for all students and teaches like his hair is on fire.”

Nominators also cited his efforts to make sure students are life-ready, his initiative in leading professional development, his work as a Greenwood “house leader” and his staff leadership in all-things technology.
– Kim Powell, Sandston Elementary School principal. Powell’s nomination described her as a dynamic and innovative leader. It cited her advocacy of Sandston as a Deeper Learning school and the many popular programs she has put in place. The nomination also described her work beyond the school campus, creating a program to provide needy families with crockpots, food, coats and shoes.

The award, presented annually, is named in honor of Corallo, a former HCPS assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who passed away in 2013.


Kristen Cross, a librarian at Crestview Elementary School, is congratulated by her family after being presented with the 2019 Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award.

Charles Cuccherini, a biology teacher at J.R. Tucker High School, stands in his classroom after being presented with the 2019 Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award. Standing with Cuccherini are Art Raymond, J.R. Tucker principal; Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent; and Julia Brown, the colleague who nominated Cuccherini for the award.

Danny Jones, a first-grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary School, poses with students in the school library after being presented with the 2019 Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award.

Kim Powell, principal of Sandston Elementary School, is flanked by Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools superintendent, and Rich Hall, director of elementary education. Powell was presented with the 2019 Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award.

20 Henrico County schools earn Virginia performance awards

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Sharing Because of a system error with the Virginia Department of Education’s data application, Echo Lake Elementary School was inadvertently left off the May 29 list of schools reported as qualifying for 2019 Virginia Board of Education Excellence Awards. This news release has been updated to include Echo Lake Elementary School. Henrico Va. June 7, […]

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Henrico Schools seeks applicants from every HCPS school to serve on redistricting committee

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Sharing Henrico, Va., June 7, 2019 — Henrico Schools is seeking citizens to serve on a committee to lead the process of examining and redrawing school attendance zones. The school division is beginning a comprehensive redistricting process to realign attendance zones for elementary, middle and high schools, with a goal of having new boundaries in […]

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If you can’t attend your Henrico County student’s graduation, watch the livestream at your desk or on-the-go

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Sharing Henrico, Va. June 5, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools will again provide livestreaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at VCU’s Siegel Center June 11-13. The stream can be accessed via our home page at http://henricoschools.us. Graduations will also be replayed later in June on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel […]

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Henrico Schools sets sites, dates for USDA summer food service

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Sharing Henrico, Va., June 4, 2019 — Henrico County Public Schools will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, offering meals to children during the summer at 30 area sites. The federal program is administered in Henrico by the HCPS Department of School Nutrition Services, in an effort to ensure that […]

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Be an HCPS bus driver! Come talk June 5

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Sharing Henrico, Va. May 30, 2019 – What drives you? At Henrico Schools’ Pupil Transportation Department, it’s the school transportation needs and safety of our students. On June 5, drop by a job fair at the Henrico Training Center, say “yellow” and talk school buses with HCPS departmental and human resources representatives. We’re seeking candidates […]

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20 Henrico County schools earn Virginia performance awards

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Sharing Henrico Va. May 29, 2019 – Twenty Henrico County schools have earned 2019 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement. Gov. Ralph Northam and the Virginia Board of Education announced that 270 schools statewide had earned the designation, along with nine school divisions. Henrico County Public Schools’ 20-award total was tops […]

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School Board meetings Thursday, May 23

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold the following meetings: Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:30 p.m. Work Session 6:30 p.m. Monthly Meeting 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 […]

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