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June 11, Virginia’s primary day, will now be a student holiday and staff clerical day

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Sharing Henrico, Va. March 14, 2019 – In response to community and staff concerns about safety, the Henrico School Board voted at its Thursday work session to make June 11 a student holiday and staff clerical day. Virginia’s primary elections will take place that day, and many HCPS schools serve as polling places. Because members […]

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Henrico, Va. March 14, 2019 – In response to community and staff concerns about safety, the Henrico School Board voted at its Thursday work session to make June 11 a student holiday and staff clerical day. Virginia’s primary elections will take place that day, and many HCPS schools serve as polling places.

Because members of the public need easy access to school facilities to visit polling places in gyms, auditoriums and other school common areas, schools are not able to screen visitors with the same thoroughness they would employ during a regular school day. Some parents, staff and community members have raised concerns about the public polling access.

The change will not require further changes to the school year, because the school division has enough time built into the calendar to accommodate the added holiday. Some schools may need to adjust their exam schedules, however, as well as certain ceremonies and events. Students and families can expect further information from their schools as plans are adjusted.

The holiday does not affect June 11 graduation exercises, which will take place as scheduled for Deep Run, Douglas Freeman and Mills Godwin high schools.

The change to the calendar was made after a February effort to move the state’s primary day was unsuccessful during the General Assembly’s session.

Q: What do you mean by “concerns about safety”?

A: Many Henrico schools are used as polling places. On voting days, the general public must have easy access to the polls, which are often located in gymnasiums, auditoriums or other common areas. Staff members, parents and community members have continued to raise concerns about safety because we are unable to screen visitors the way we normally would on a non-voting day. We believe that the best way to address these concerns is to make Tuesday, June 11, a student holiday and staff clerical day.

QDo you have enough “banked instructional time” to do this?

A: Yes! While we had several weather-related closings and delays this year, we do not anticipate falling below Virginia’s minimum number of instructional hours for the year.

Q: Why now? Didn’t you know about elections earlier than this?

A: This year’s school calendar was approved back in December of 2017. At that time, primary elections for June 2019 had not yet been scheduled. Also, just last month we were following a proposal in the General Assembly to move the June primary elections to a day when students would not be in school, but that proposal ultimately failed.

Q: What about final exams?

A: Schools will adjust their exam schedule, which may include exams being given on Monday, June 10. Specific information will come from your student’s school and/or teachers.

Q: What about school awards programs and ceremonies?

A: Schools may need to reschedule certain events. Specific information will come from your school’s principal.

Q: What does “clerical day” mean, again?

A: Clerical days are work days that allow teachers and staff to complete grades, plans, paperwork and other necessary tasks on a flexible schedule.

Q: What about high school graduations on June 11?

A: The change does not impact the June 11 graduation ceremonies of Deep Run, Freeman and Godwin high schools, which will take place at the Siegel Center as scheduled.

Q: What about elections during the 2019-2020 school year?

A: There are no changes to the 2019-20 school calendar (next school year) at this time. We will revisit primary elections in the year 2020 at a later date.

Q: Where can I go to review calendar information for the current school year as well as next school year?

A: Visit our calendar page: https://henricoschools.us/calendars/

Sports Backers recognizes 49 Henrico County schools

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Sharing Henrico, Va. March 12, 2019 – Forty-nine Henrico County schools have been named 2019 Active RVA Fit Schools, recognizing their success at incorporating physical activity into their curricula. The certification is given by Richmond nonprofit Sports Backers as part of its Active RVA initiative to promote fitness in the Richmond area. To qualify, a school […]

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Representatives of some Henrico Schools gather March 7 at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture to learn about fitness and celebrate being named “Active RVA Fit Schools.” Forty-nine Henrico Schools received the designation from the nonprofit group Sports Backers for incorporating fitness into their school curricula.

Henrico, Va. March 12, 2019 – Forty-nine Henrico County schools have been named 2019 Active RVA Fit Schools, recognizing their success at incorporating physical activity into their curricula. The certification is given by Richmond nonprofit Sports Backers as part of its Active RVA initiative to promote fitness in the Richmond area. To qualify, a school must show it has made fitness part of its culture through programs and infrastructure, and show measurable results in increasing physical activity among its students, staff and local community.
 
“This shows how physical activity and wellness are becoming part of the culture in our schools,” said Benita Turner, HCPS specialist for health, physical education and driver education. “Studies show that exercise improves academic performance, but making it part of the school day takes commitment from leaders and teachers at all levels of the school division.”
 
The certified HCPS schools for 2019 are:
 
– Academy at Virginia Randolph
– Arthur Ashe Jr. Elementary School
– Colonial Trail Elementary School
– Crestview Elementary School
– Deep Run High School
– Donahoe Elementary School
– Dumbarton Elementary School
– Echo Lake Elementary School
– Fair Oaks Elementary School
– Fairfield Middle School
– Gayton Elementary School
– Glen Allen Elementary
– Glen Lea Elementary School
– Greenwood Elementary School
– Hermitage High School
– Holladay Elementary School
– Holman Middle School
– Hungary Creek Middle School
– John Rolfe Middle School
– Johnson Elementary School
– Kaechele Elementary School
– Lakeside Elementary School
– Longdale Elementary School
– Maybeury Elementary School
– Mehfoud Elementary School
– Mills Godwin High School
– Montrose Elementary School
– Moody Middle School
– Nuckols Farm Elementary School
– Pocahontas Middle School
– Quioccasin Middle School
– R.C. Longan Elementary School
– Ratcliffe Elementary School
– Ridge Elementary School
– Rivers Edge Elementary School
– Ruby F. Carver Elementary School
– Sandston Elementary School
– Seven Pines Elementary School
– Shady Grove Elementary School
– Short Pump Elementary School
– Springfield Park Elementary School
– Three Chopt Elementary School
– Trevvett Elementary School
– Tuckahoe Elementary School
– Tuckahoe Middle School
– Varina Elementary School
– Varina High School
– Virginia Randolph Education Center
– Ward Elementary School
 
 
School representatives were recognized March 7 at a conference at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.
 
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Photo caption: Representatives of some Henrico Schools gather March 7 at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture to learn about fitness and celebrate being named “Active RVA Fit Schools.” Forty-nine Henrico Schools received the designation from the nonprofit group Sports Backers for incorporating fitness into their school curricula. 
 

Spring 2019 Student Information Updates

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Sharing A message for all Henrico County Public Schools student households: Starting Monday, February 25, through Sunday, March 3, you can update important student information online through the Rycor Online Forms Portal! This is the chance to make sure your family’s information (such as a home and/or mobile phone number) is up to date. Important […]

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A message for all Henrico County Public Schools student households:

Starting Monday, February 25, through Sunday, March 3, you can update important student information online through the Rycor Online Forms Portal! This is the chance to make sure your family’s information (such as a home and/or mobile phone number) is up to date.

Important Notes:

 If you already have an account in the PowerSchool Parent Portal or Rycor Online Forms, do not create another account. Simply sign in to your existing account.

How to Complete the Student Information Record in Rycor:

Once in Rycor, under the ‘Completed Forms’ section, click the ‘Edit’ button to the right of the ‘Student Information Record-Spring 2019 Update’. This will allow you to review and make any changes to the student information record. Once you are finished please sign, date, and type your name then click ‘Submit’ to update any changes.

Even if you do not have changes to your student’s information, it is important to login to Rycor and simply sign to validate the information is correct.   This will alert the school and prevent a paper copy from being sent home to collect any changes.

Click here for more information about how you can access Rycor Online Forms.

Henrico County Public Schools is recruiting for 2019-20 Early Learning Preschool

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Sharing HCPS’ Early Learning Preschool is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2019. The program is fully funded by Head Start, Title I and Virginia Preschool Initiative programs. To apply, parents or guardians must submit a pre-application online at […]

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HCPS’ Early Learning Preschool is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2019. The program is fully funded by Head Start, Title I and Virginia Preschool Initiative programs.

To apply, parents or guardians must submit a pre-application online at https://goo.gl/8ZLunL (English) or https://goo.gl/aQn0ek (Spanish). A family advocate will contact you to schedule an appointment to complete the application process.

Family advocates can answer questions about the program and guide prospective families through the application process.

Children are not admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not guaranteed acceptance into the program. Henrico Schools encourages families of children with special needs to apply; if children require special accommodations, families should notify school staff when scheduling the appointment. The program is no cost for families and transportation will be provided for preschool students in accordance with HCPS transportation guidelines. HCPS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities.

For additional information, call New Bridge Learning Center at 804-328-8100. You can also go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics,” or go straight to henricoschools.us/foundationallearning-family-engagement/preschoolrecruitment/.

La Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico está reclutando alumnos para el Aprendizaje Temprano Pre-escolar del 2019-20

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Sharing El Aprendizaje Temprano Pre-escolar esta diseñado para proveer un ambiente pre-escolar de alta calidad para los niños que viven en el Condado de Henrico que tendran 4 anos de edad  para el 30 de Septiembre del 2019.  El programa es totalmente financiado por Head Start, Title I y La Initiativa Pre-escolar de Virginia. Para […]

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El Aprendizaje Temprano Pre-escolar esta diseñado para proveer un ambiente pre-escolar de alta calidad para los niños que viven en el Condado de Henrico que tendran 4 anos de edad  para el 30 de Septiembre del 2019.  El programa es totalmente financiado por Head Start, Title I y La Initiativa Pre-escolar de Virginia.

Para aplicar, los padres o guardianas deben (1) entregar una pre-aplicación  al https://goo.gl/8ZLunL (Ingles) o https://goo.gl/aQn0ek (Español); {2} un Consejero Familiar estará en contacto para hacer una cita para completar el proceso de aplicación.

Los consejeros familiares pueden responder a sus preguntas sobre el programa y guiar a las familias prospectivas por el proceso de aplicación.

Los niños no serán admitidos en base del tiempo que aplicaron y no son garantizados un puesto dentro del programa. La Escuelas de Henrico les urge a las familias con niños con necesidades especiales que apliquen. Si sus niños requieren acomodaciones especiales, por favor especifique al momento de hacer su cita con los proveedores. El programa es totalmente gratis. Transportación será proveída a alumnos pre-escolares según las regulaciones de trasporte escolar.

HCPS, no discrimina a base de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad o edad en sus programas o actividades.

Para información adicional, contacte al New Bridge Learning Center al 804-328-8100 o 804-328-8104 o visite henricoschools.us y toque el subtítulo TEMA CANDENTE { HOT TOPIC}  También puede ir directamente al  https://henricoschools.us/foundational-learning-family-engagement/reclutamiento_preescolar/.

Henrico Education Foundation’s Bill Bosher Fund gets major boost

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Sharing Dr William C. Bosher Jr. Henrico, Va., Dec. 13, 2018 – The endowment fund designed to continue the educational legacy of William C. Bosher Jr. has gotten a major boost. Dr. Baxter Perkinson Jr., a well-known Richmond dentist and founder of Virginia Family Dentistry, has announced a matching grant to the fund of up to […]

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Henrico, Va., Dec. 13, 2018 – The endowment fund designed to continue the educational legacy of William C. Bosher Jr. has gotten a major boost. Dr. Baxter Perkinson Jr., a well-known Richmond dentist and founder of Virginia Family Dentistry, has announced a matching grant to the fund of up to $25,000. If donors meet the entirety of the matching offer, the fund’s endowment will grow by $50,000.

 
“I was friends with Bill Bosher for a long time. His passion, dedication and love for public education is something that both Elaine and I share,” Perkinson said. “As such, it was a pleasure to host the William C. Bosher Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund event to raise both awareness and charitable funds to strengthen public education in Henrico County. Elaine and I will match any contribution dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000, so I hope people will join us in donating to this worthy cause. I can’t think of a better way to honor a visionary educational leader like Bill, who had an incredible impact on students across the commonwealth.”
 

Perkinson’s challenge grant, and donations from other individuals, were announced at an event hosted by Perkinson and his wife Elaine, at the Midlothian office of Virginia Family Dentistry. The gathering was attended by Bosher’s family and friends, educational and community leaders, and others.

Among those attending a recent gathering to announce donations to the William C. Bosher Jr. Fund were (back row): Gerald Britt, Henrico Education Foundation Board member; John Montgomery, Varina representative, Henrico School Board; Mike Taylor, Henrico Education Foundation executive director; Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools superintendent; Bob Michie, Henrico Education Foundation Board member; John Delandro, vice chair, Henrico Education Foundation Board. Front row: Micky Ogburn, chair and Three Chopt representative, Henrico School Board; Jo Anne Bosher; Veronica Hinckle, chair, Henrico Education Foundation Board; Dr. Baxter Perkinson; Jay Shively, Henrico Education Foundation chief development officer.

 
“From our specialty centers to state education policy, it’s easy to see the ways that Bill Bosher strengthened public education across Virginia,” said Mike Taylor, executive director of the Henrico Education Foundation, which leads fundraising for the campaign and the school division. “We are honored to have the opportunity to name the endowment after Dr. Bosher and memorialize his incredible legacy.”
 
Donors have answered Perkinson’s challenge with $20,000 in donations so far. Another $5,000 is still needed to meet Perkinson’s matching gift challenge. To help meet the goal, visit the Henrico Education Foundation’s website, henricogives.org, or call 804-652-3869.
 
The endowment will be a permanent way to help future students and educators, in ways that reflect Bosher’s educational ideas and values. The interest the endowment generates will fund advanced teacher training and leadership development, classroom innovation, and initiatives to prepare students for college and career success. It will also expand access to educational opportunities by providing assistance to financially disadvantaged students.
 
So far, more than $100,000 has been raised toward the fund’s first-phase establishment goal of $500,000. The eventual goal for the endowment is $5 million.
 
The Dr. William C. Bosher Jr. Memorial Teaching for Excellence Endowment was created to continue the educational legacy of Bosher, Henrico Schools’ superintendent from 1981 to 1994. Bosher was also superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools; Virginia superintendent of public instruction; and professor and dean of the VCU School of Education. Earlier in his career, Bosher taught at J.R. Tucker High School, served as an HCPS educational specialist, and was principal at Highland Springs High School.

Henrico School Board, superintendent back “March for More” rally

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Dec. 7, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools leaders are standing in support of Saturday’s rally for increased state education funding.  In a message to Henrico Schools employees, Amy Cashwell, superintendent, announced her support, as well as that of the School Board.  “At 10 a.m., we will rally at Richmond’s Martin Luther […]

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Henrico, Va., Dec. 7, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools leaders are standing in support of Saturday’s rally for increased state education funding. 

In a message to Henrico Schools employees, Amy Cashwell, superintendent, announced her support, as well as that of the School Board. 

“At 10 a.m., we will rally at Richmond’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. Then, at 11 a.m., we will make the short walk to the steps of the Virginia State Capitol to stand up in support of you, our faculty and staff members, who play such a critical role in the lives of our students. Our School Board joins me in knowing how effectively you stand up and advocate for our students, and so we believe it’s time to do the same for you. The event is open to all who wish to participate, and I welcome the opportunity to let you know that the School Board and I stand in support.”

“March for More” rally for increased state education funding:

Who: The event is open to the public and interested persons are invited to attend.
When:  Saturday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m. rally, 11 a.m. march.)
Where: Begins at Richmond’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School (1000 Mosby St.); ends at Virginia State Capitol steps.

The March for More was conceived by school and city leaders in Richmond, and has grown to include school divisions from across central Virginia. Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent, spoke at the Nov. 28 press conference announcing the march.

The march is in support of restoring state money cut during the recession. According to a 2018 study by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, state funding for K-12 education in Virginia is down 9 percent since 2009, while the overall student population has grown by 5 percent. Additionally, the average salary for a teacher in Virginia is almost $9,000 less than the national average, according to a 2016 study by the National Education Association. Find out more about the March for More at https://morebetterstronger.com.

Henrico County Public Schools wins 3 awards for communications and public relations 

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Nov. 5, 2018 – Three Henrico County Public Schools initiatives have been recognized by the regional chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.  The group’s Chesapeake Chapter honored the projects in its annual communications contest, and announced the winners at its fall conference in Richmond Nov. 2. The awards recognize outstanding […]

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Henrico, Va., Nov. 5, 2018 – Three Henrico County Public Schools initiatives have been recognized by the regional chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. 

The group’s Chesapeake Chapter honored the projects in its annual communications contest, and announced the winners at its fall conference in Richmond Nov. 2.

The awards recognize outstanding communications projects produced by school divisions and local schools in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

  • The “Heart of Henrico” initiative, which highlights the extraordinary work of HCPS employees, won top honors in the category of special campaigns. Recipients are selected from online nominations and the Department of Communications and Public Relations creates a short video to showcase each honoree. A video at youtu.be/8GgtHK–v3Y explains what the award is and why it was created. You can see past recipients and nominate someone at heartofhenrico.henricoschools.us.
  • Communications in support of HCPS’ “CTE National Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” won second place in the region for a campaign for a special event. The event, held in April by HCPS’ Department of Career and Technical Education, had high school seniors gather with future employers in front of families and the media to sign employment letters-of-intent. The event was similar to those commonly held by schools for athletes signing with NCAA sports programs. The signing day drew national media attention. An HCPS Facebook post and photos about the signing day drew 36,000 likes, was shared more than 25,000 times and generated more than 3,400 comments.
  • “The Binder,” Henrico Schools’ e-newsletter, won an honorable mention among regional web publications and e-newsletters. The publication is emailed to HCPS families and staff members about every two weeks, and includes news, reminders and important dates.

How should Henrico Schools allocate its funds? Share your thoughts on HCPS’ budget for the 2019-20 school year  

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Nov. 5, 2018 – Henrico Schools will hold seven input sessions to get community views on the school division’s budget for the 2019-20 school year. Two public hearings will be held before the School Board at New Bridge Learning Center auditorium, while the remaining five sessions are stakeholders’ meetings that will be […]

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Henrico, Va., Nov. 5, 2018 – Henrico Schools will hold seven input sessions to get community views on the school division’s budget for the 2019-20 school year. Two public hearings will be held before the School Board at New Bridge Learning Center auditorium, while the remaining five sessions are stakeholders’ meetings that will be held at public libraries in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts.  

At the stakeholders’ meetings, a short presentation by HCPS budget staff members will be followed by opportunities to comment and ask questions. The two public hearings are simply opportunities for public comment and will include no presentations or discussion. The school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders and the superintendent’s budget is scheduled to be released in January.  

The input opportunities will be:  

  • Nov. 8* at 5:30 p.m. (New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.)
  • Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. (Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va.)
  • Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. (Tuckahoe Area Public Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va.)
  • Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. (Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.)
  • Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. (Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.)
  • Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. (Libbie Mill Branch Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va.)
  • Dec. 13* at 5:30 p.m. (New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.)  

*Public hearings that will include opportunities to comment before the Board, but no presentations or discussion.

To see details about past budgets, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics,” or go to https://henricoschools.us/budget-finance/.

 

Report details strengths, recommendations for school division’s exceptional education program

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Sharing Report details strengths, recommendations for school division’s exceptional education program Henrico, Va. Sept. 27, 2018 – An independent report that examined Henrico County Public Schools’ exceptional education program makes 27 recommendations to build on the program’s strengths. The 78-page document, “A Review of Equity and Parent Engagement in Special Education in Henrico County Public […]

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Report details strengths, recommendations for school division’s exceptional education program

Henrico, Va. Sept. 27, 2018 – An independent report that examined Henrico County Public Schools’ exceptional education program makes 27 recommendations to build on the program’s strengths. The 78-page document, “A Review of Equity and Parent Engagement in Special Education in Henrico County Public Schools,” was commissioned in early 2018 by the school division’s former superintendent, Patrick C. Kinlaw, and John Vithoulkas, Henrico county manager.

The report was presented to the School Board Thursday. The four authors interviewed more than 100 parents, educators, advocates, lawyers and community leaders. They analyzed data from Henrico Schools and compared HCPS to similar school divisions.

The report looked largely at four areas of the division’s exceptional education program: placement and identification of students with disabilities, student discipline, parent and family engagement, and staffing. The report cited things the school division is doing well, while making recommendations for improvements. A number of the report’s suggestions are in line with Henrico Schools’ current initiatives, or are part of improvements the division had undertaken before the review was conducted.

Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools superintendent, said, “This review is a tremendous step toward building on our successes while also getting independent perspectives on where we can grow. Every school division has room for improvement, and we believe that Henrico is leading the region by not only asking for this review in the first place, but also working with our community to take the next steps together.”

The report’s authors were: Anne Holton, a visiting professor at George Mason University, former Virginia secretary of education and former Virginia first lady; Adai Tefera, an assistant professor at VCU’s School of Education specializing in how educational policies affect equity among students; Melissa Cuba, an evaluation specialist with Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium and a doctoral student in the VCU School of Education, and a former special education and foreign language teacher in Arlington County; and Ashlee Lester, a doctoral student in VCU’s School of Education studying educational psychology.

“The School Board is very grateful to Anne Holton and her team for their extensive review,” said Micky Ogburn, School Board chair representing the Three Chopt District. “As expected, there were many examples of what’s working in our school division. For those items that need more attention we’re happy to share that we have several efforts in place already.”

The review cited as strengths HCPS’ high rate of including students with disabilities in general education classes, and the fact that the division isn’t identifying students disproportionately according to race. It also cited the division’s drop in out-of-school student suspensions, a byproduct of HCPS’ revised Code of Student Conduct and implementation of a number of behavioral support programs. Reviewers said that most HCPS

parents and guardians are satisfied with many aspects of their students’ special education services, and that the school division had dedicated, effective special education teachers whose morale was generally high.

The report also recommended ideas for moving forward. The authors said that the division should consider revamping or closing the Virginia Randolph Education Center, a dedicated school for students with disabilities, and suggested HCPS investigate other options. Among the recommendations regarding discipline, the report said that HCPS should expand its use of data, create a plan that focuses on race and culture, continue to revamp its Code of Student Conduct and investigate alternate solutions. It also suggested Henrico Schools expand staff training and behavioral support programs. In the area of parental and family engagement, the report cited the need to improve communication and trust and suggested the division give parents more access to classrooms, strengthen support resources and use in-house legal counsel when possible to resolve disputes. Finally, in the area of staffing, the report suggested making more use of principals and general education teachers in celebrating the successes of students with disabilities, making instructional assistants full-time employees and focusing on teacher retention and recruitment.

“Our review found that Henrico has made progress in reducing the use of exclusionary discipline in the schools,” Tefera said. “Henrico has also drastically reduced referrals from schools to juvenile court in recent years. But students with disabilities, and particularly students of color with disabilities, continue to be disciplined at a much higher rate than their peers, regardless of gender and economic status. This has negative consequences for educational outcomes, and our report includes a number of concrete recommendations to address the problem.”

Holton added, “There are indications that many parents of students with disabilities in Henrico are reasonably satisfied with their children’s education, but that many parents – particularly those dealing with more complex disabilities – voiced concerns. We made recommendations aimed at enhancing communications and trust. We appreciate the opportunity to have worked with Henrico on this review and hope the recommendations contribute to the county’s efforts to ensure success for all Henrico’s students.”

Read the entire report by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics,” or go directly to https://henricoschools.us/special-education-whats-working-whats-not-how-can-henrico-improve/.

Henrico County to build new J.R. Tucker, Highland Springs high schools

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 20, 2018 – Henrico County plans to construct a new J.R. Tucker High School and a new Highland Springs High School, replacing two of its oldest public high schools with modern facilities that will serve the community long term. Each new school is expected to cost $80 million and begin construction […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 20, 2018 – Henrico County plans to construct a new J.R. Tucker High School and a new Highland Springs High School, replacing two of its oldest public high schools with modern facilities that will serve the community long term.

Each new school is expected to cost $80 million and begin construction in fall 2019, with a goal of opening in fall 2021. The schedule will allow students who are currently freshmen to spend their senior years in the new buildings, according to a plan outlined today by county government and school officials.

“Public schools are the lifeblood of any community,” Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Henrico’s high quality of life depends on having schools that are great — from the quality of instruction and programming to the design and physical condition of the buildings. It’s time to bring a modern facility to the Tucker and Highland Springs communities.”

The new J.R. Tucker will be built on the school’s North Parham Road campus, where the existing 1962 building now stands.

The new Highland Springs is planned on a wooded property along East Beal Street, adjacent to the existing school, and will front South Airport Drive. The existing school building, which opened in 1952 and was renovated in 2008, will be retained.

Funding for the schools’ construction plan is expected to come from several sources. The 2016 bond referendum identified $55 million to renovate J.R. Tucker and $42 million to build an east area technical center, or business innovation center, in the Varina District. Henrico plans to use those funds and cover the remaining $63 million with a combination of other sources, including $26 million in meals tax reserves, $4.8 million in other available funds and up to $32.2 million in Virginia Public School Authority bonds.

“There’s tremendous excitement to go around for everybody,” Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Amy E. Cashwell said. “To think about what our goals are as a school system, which include preparing students to be life ready, and to then design learning programs around those goals, is a wonderful opportunity. This will take our classrooms to the next level, and it brings great value to see new learning centers serve as the centerpieces of their communities.”

Cashwell added, “I’m proud to work with a School Board and Board of Supervisors that work together to demonstrate that schools are a priority to meet the needs of 21st century, globally competitive students.”

Henrico government and school officials will spend the coming months refining plans for the J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs projects, including completing designs for the new schools, determining how students will be accommodated during construction and exploring future uses for the existing Highland Springs High School building. One potential use expected to be considered is the east area technical center.

“Clearly, we have plenty of work ahead of us, but I’m confident the county administration, working closely with the Board of Supervisors, School Board and school administration, will get the job done,” Vithoulkas said. “It’s a bold move to build two high schools simultaneously — something Henrico hasn’t done in more than 60 years. We have the resources and the need to transform two of our oldest high schools as well as the communities around them. It’s an opportunity we heartily embrace.”

All Henrico stakeholders can look forward to additional opportunities to become informed and/or involved in the brainstorming and planning process in the coming weeks and months.

Highland Springs High School

Highland Springs High School

JR Tucker High School

JR Tucker High School

New school year, new opportunities with Henrico County Public Schools

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 7, 2018 – A new school year is underway – we want you to be part of Henrico County’s dedicated educational team. Come to a job fair Wednesday at the historic Henrico Theatre and talk with us about open positions with Henrico County Public Schools. We’re seeking full-time and substitute bus […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 7, 2018 – A new school year is underway – we want you to be part of Henrico County’s dedicated educational team. Come to a job fair Wednesday at the historic Henrico Theatre and talk with us about open positions with Henrico County Public Schools. We’re seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, cafeteria workers and temporary instructional assistants. Have you worked as an equipment operator or electrician? Are you experienced with plumbing or HVAC? The HCPS Department of Construction and Maintenance wants to talk with you.

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: Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Henrico Theatre (second floor), 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs, 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. 

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Henrico School Board sets Sept. 13 public hearing on three finalists for Tuckahoe District seat

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Sept. 7, 2018 – The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing Thursday to get input from citizens on finalists for the Board’s vacant Tuckahoe District seat. Three finalists were chosen from a pool of applicants to serve the remainder of former representative Lisa Marshall’s term. The veteran member of […]

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 7, 2018 – The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing Thursday to get input from citizens on finalists for the Board’s vacant Tuckahoe District seat. Three finalists were chosen from a pool of applicants to serve the remainder of former representative Lisa Marshall’s term. The veteran member of the Board resigned in August for health reasons.

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.

“We need to hear from the public,” said Micky Ogburn, School Board chair and Three Chopt District representative. “It’s their opportunity to weigh in on what qualities are important and who they want as their representative from the Tuckahoe District.”

Henrico County citizens are invited to speak about the vacancy at the 4 p.m. hearing, which will follow the Board’s work session. 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 School Board will select and announce the appointee at a special work session Sept. 20Oct 4

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.  

Public hearing to solicit input on candidates for Tuckahoe District School Board seat

When: Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.  Postponed to September 20 at 4 p.m.
Where: New Bridge Learning Center auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.

Meet Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ new superintendent

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Aug. 8, 2018 – Amy Cashwell wants to meet you. Henrico Schools’ new superintendent will hold five informal meet-and-greet sessions in August, where members of the public can drop by and talk with the school division’s new leader. There will be a meet-and-greet opportunity in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts. […]

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Henrico, Va. Aug. 8, 2018 – Amy Cashwell wants to meet you. Henrico Schools’ new superintendent will hold five informal meet-and-greet sessions in August, where members of the public can drop by and talk with the school division’s new leader. There will be a meet-and-greet opportunity in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts.

Meet-and-Greet Sessions

  • Aug. 13 from 3-4 p.m.: Twin Hickory Area Library (5001 Twin Hickory Road)
  • Aug. 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Varina Area Library (1875 New Market Road)
  • Aug. 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Fairfield Area Library (1001 N. Laburnum Ave.)
  • Aug. 21 from 5-6 p.m.: Libbie Mill Library (2100 Libbie Lake E. St.)
  • Aug. 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Tuckahoe Area Library (1901 Starling Drive)

Besides the informal meet-and-greet sessions, Cashwell will hold a series of town hall meetings in late September and early October. Those will feature a short presentation as well as a chance to ask questions and share ideas.

Cashwell began work as Henrico’s superintendent July 1. She was selected by the Henrico School Board after a search that included extensive public involvement.

In her previous position as chief academic officer for Virginia Beach Schools’ Department of Teaching and Learning, Cashwell oversaw a number of departments, including those dealing with instruction, instructional technology, student support services, exceptional education, and opportunity and achievement. She joined Virginia Beach Schools in 1998 as a teacher before becoming an assistant principal and principal. She assumed her role as chief academic officer in 2013. 

Cashwell is an alumna of Longwood University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and education. She earned a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the George Washington University. Cashwell also earned a doctorate from George Washington, in education administration and policy studies. She is originally from Virginia Beach.

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/

Momentum for new year starts with Henrico County Public Schools’ “Back-to-School Kickoff”

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Aug. 7, 2018 – While Sept. 4 will be the day students first fill the hallways and cafeterias, the excitement of the 2018-19 school year starts earlier, at Henrico Schools’ first-ever “Back-to-School Kickoff.” The Aug. 18 event will be held on the grounds of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. There will be […]

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Henrico, Va., Aug. 7, 2018 – While Sept. 4 will be the day students first fill the hallways and cafeterias, the excitement of the 2018-19 school year starts earlier, at Henrico Schools’ first-ever “Back-to-School Kickoff.” The Aug. 18 event will be held on the grounds of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.

There will be a mix of family activities, including a DJ, food trucks, inflatables, onsite school registration and a Splash Zone. 

The divisionwide event is sponsored by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement, and all Henrico County families are invited to attend. Overflow parking will be available at nearby Harvie Elementary School, with shuttles to the recreation center.

Back-to-School Kickoff activities include:

  • DJ
  • ManUp Walk a Mile With Your Child (8 a.m.)
  • School performances: step teams, drumlines and more throughout the day
  • Keynote speaker: Loren Johnson, Highland Spring HS football head coach and winner of three straight state titles
  • Splash Zone
  • Meet and talk with school leaders
  • Kids’ inflatable activities 
  • Face painting 
  • Giveaways for kids
  • Food trucks on site
  • Free books
  • Math and reading activities 
  • Information fair (vendors with information about family resources)
  • Onsite school registration
  • School supplies
  • HCPS job opportunities and initial interviews

Henrico Schools Back-to-School Kickoff
When: Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.

2018-2019 Per Pupil Expenditure

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Sharing July 2018 A state regulation requires us annually to make available the average per pupil expenditures (pdf). Shown below is a comparison of average per pupil expenditures for operations.   Sources of Financial Support 2016-2017StateAverage(Actual) 2016-2017HenricoAverage(actual) 2017-2018HenricoAverage(Budget) 2018-2019HenricoAverage(Budget) State Funds $3,996 $3,252 $4,075 $4,269 Sales & Use Tax 1,055 1,062 1,071 1,103 Federal Funds […]

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July 2018

A state regulation requires us annually to make available the average per pupil expenditures (pdf). Shown below is a comparison of average per pupil expenditures for operations.

 

Sources of Financial Support

2016-2017
State
Average
(Actual)

2016-2017
Henrico
Average
(actual)

2017-2018
Henrico
Average
(Budget)

2018-2019
Henrico
Average
(Budget)

State Funds $3,996 $3,252 $4,075 $4,269
Sales & Use Tax 1,055 1,062 1,071 1,103
Federal Funds 871 877 784 799
Local Funds 6,249 4,599 4,556 4,554

Total

$12,171 $9,790 $10,486 $10,725

Thank you for your interest in and support of Henrico County Public Schools. Through a strong collaborative relationship with stakeholders throughout the community, we will continue to ensure the best possible education for the students within the division.

Henrico Schools invites you to an informal conversation about planned Brookland District elementary school

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Sharing Henrico, Va., July 23, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is holding an informal community conversation about a new elementary school planned for Henrico County’s Brookland magisterial district. The forum will be held Aug. 6 at Libbie Mill Library and is open to the public.  In 2016 voters approved a bond referendum that included […]

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Henrico, Va., July 23, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is holding an informal community conversation about a new elementary school planned for Henrico County’s Brookland magisterial district. The forum will be held Aug. 6 at Libbie Mill Library and is open to the public. 

In 2016 voters approved a bond referendum that included funding for the new school. It will be built adjacent to Holladay Elementary School, located near the Lakeside neighborhood at 7300 Galaxie Road. The new school is slated to open for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

While the school’s general location has been determined, planning for the facility is just getting started. The community conversation will include a brief presentation about the project site, the timeline for construction and some possible programming options for the school. School division leaders will be on hand, including Beverly Cocke, the School Board’s Brookland District representative. Most of the time will be set aside for attendees’ questions, thoughts and ideas.

A Spanish interpreter will be present. Need an interpreter for a language other than Spanish or English? Please send a message to Val Gooss, educational specialist, ESL and world languages, at vpgooss@henrico.k12.va.us, or contact the Welcome Center at 804-527-4604.

Community conversation about planned elementary school

Who: 
Members of the community are invited to attend

When:
Aug. 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where:
Libbie Mill Library
2100 Libbie Lake E. Street
Henrico, Va. 23230

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Henrico County Public Schools selects Amy Cashwell as new superintendent

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Sharing Dr. Amy Cashwell new superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools. Henrico, Va., June 5, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools has selected Dr. Amy E. Cashwell, a longtime educator and administrator with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, as its new superintendent. The School Board made the announcement and introduced Cashwell to Henrico Schools staff […]

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Dr. Amy Cashwell new superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools.

Henrico, Va., June 5, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools has selected Dr. Amy E. Cashwell, a longtime educator and administrator with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, as its new superintendent. The School Board made the announcement and introduced Cashwell to Henrico Schools staff members Tuesday morning at a special work session at New Bridge Learning Center auditorium. Cashwell will begin work as superintendent July 1.

In her current position as chief academic officer for Virginia Beach Schools’ Department of Teaching and Learning, Cashwell oversees a number of departments, including those dealing with instruction, instructional technology, student support services, exceptional education, and opportunity and achievement. She joined Virginia Beach Schools in 1998 as a teacher before becoming an assistant principal and principal. She assumed her current role in 2013.

Cashwell is an alumna of Longwood University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and education. She earned a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from the George Washington University. Cashwell also earned a doctorate from George Washington, in education administration and policy studies. She is originally from Virginia Beach.

“It is an honor to have been selected to serve the Henrico County community as superintendent,” Cashwell said. “I am committed to maintaining the legacy of excellence within Henrico County Public Schools and to working collaboratively with the Henrico community to build upon the division’s reputation for academic excellence and innovation.”

Michelle “Micky” Ogburn, School Board chair and the Board’s Three Chopt District representative, expressed the Board’s unanimous support.

“I am honored to have worked with my fellow School Board members in selecting Dr. Cashwell to be our next superintendent,” Ogburn said. “Her experience as a classroom teacher and extensive leadership across many facets of Virginia Beach Public Schools as their chief academic officer bode well for her success in guiding HCPS to even greater achievement. She charted a course that resulted in bringing all VBCPS schools across the line to accreditation and in making equity a driving principle in the day-to-day operations of the school system. I believe she will be able to forge meaningful, collaborative relationships with our staff and the greater Henrico community as she has done so successfully in Virginia Beach. I look forward to working with Dr. Cashwell and am truly excited for the future.”

During her time in Virginia Beach, Cashwell concentrated on a variety of initiatives, including those related to equity, social and emotional support systems for students, exceptional education, and technology. In 2016 she was recognized by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education as its Outstanding Educator of the Year for her role in launching a school-based instructional technology support program. The Center for Digital Education, a national education research and media group, named Cashwell one of its top 30 “technologists, transformers and trailblazers” for 2017. The group cited Cashwell’s leadership in carving out an independent role for instructional technology, and in helping schools become laboratories for testing the instructional possibilities of new technology.

“As a former educator in Henrico County, I have a deep love for the community and its children, and I see such a bright future for HCPS with Dr. Cashwell at the helm,” said Aaron Spence, Virginia Beach City Public Schools superintendent. “For the four years I have had the good fortune to work with her in Virginia Beach, she has proven herself a compassionate, competent professional who is driven to improve the learning experience for all children and for the teachers and staff she supports. Our loss is Henrico County’s gain, and the School Board should be commended for its decision and its vision.”

Spence was principal at Henrico County’s Deep Run High School when it opened in 2002.

Cashwell will hold several forums across Henrico County in coming months to talk with families, students, staff members and other interested Henrico citizens. Information about the forums will be announced as it becomes available.

Cashwell will be Henrico County Public Schools’ first female superintendent.

As part of its selection process, the School Board used information gathered from two public input sessions and an online survey that garnered more than 3,000 responses. The Board had set a target date of July 1 for having a new superintendent in place. Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent since 2014, will retire June 30.

For a recap of the superintendent search process, click here. 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico seleccionan a Amy Cashwell como nueva Superintendente

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Sharing Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico seleccionan a Amy Cashwell como nueva Superintendente Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico han seleccionado a la Dra. Amy E. Cashwell, educadora y administradora de larga trayectoria en las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Virginia Beach, como su nueva superintendente. La Junta Escolar hizo el […]

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Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico seleccionan a Amy Cashwell como nueva Superintendente

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico han seleccionado a la Dra. Amy E. Cashwell, educadora y administradora de larga trayectoria en las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Virginia Beach, como su nueva superintendente. La Junta Escolar hizo el anuncio e introdujo a Cashwell al personal de las escuelas de Henrico el martes por la mañana en una sesión de trabajo especial en el auditorio del Centro de Aprendizaje New Bridge. Cashwell comenzará a trabajar como superintendente el 1 de julio.

En su posición actual como directora académica del Departamento de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje de las Escuelas de Virginia Beach, Cashwell supervisa una serie de departamentos, incluidos los que se ocupan de instrucción, tecnología educativa, servicios de apoyo estudiantil, educación excepcional y oportunidades y rendimiento. Ella se unió a las escuelas de Virginia Beach en 1998 como maestra antes de convertirse en subdirectora y directora. Ella asumió su papel actual en el 2013.

Cashwell es ex-alumna de la Universidad Longwood, donde obtuvo un título de bachiller en estudios liberales y educación. Obtuvo una maestría en administración educativa y supervisión de la Universidad George Washington. Cashwell también obtuvo un doctorado de George Washington en administración de educación y estudios de política. Ella es originaria de Virginia Beach.

“Es un honor haber sido seleccionada para servir a la comunidad del Condado de Henrico como superintendente”, dijo Cashwell. “Estoy comprometida a mantener el legado de excelencia dentro de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico y a trabajar en colaboración con la comunidad de Henrico para construir sobre la reputación de excelencia académica e innovación de la división”.

Michelle “Micky” Ogburn, Presidente de la Junta Escolar y el representante de la Junta del distrito Three Chopt expresó el apoyo unánime de la Junta.

“Me siento honrado de haber trabajado con mis compañeros miembros de la Junta Escolar para seleccionar a la Dra. Cashwell para que sea nuestra próxima superintendente”, dijo Ogburn. “Su experiencia como maestra de salón de clase y su amplio liderazgo en muchas facetas de las Escuelas Públicas de Virginia Beach como su directora académica es un buen presagio de su éxito al guiar a HCPS a un logro aún mayor. Ella trazó un curso que resultó en llevar a todas las Escuelas Públicas de Virginia Beach al otro lado de la línea a la acreditación y en hacer que la equidad sea un principio de conducción en las operaciones cotidianas del sistema escolar. Creo que podrá forjar relaciones de colaboración significativas con nuestro personal y la gran comunidad de Henrico, como lo ha hecho con éxito en Virginia Beach. Espero trabajar con la Dra. Cashwell y estoy realmente emocionado por el futuro “.
Durante su tiempo en Virginia Beach, Cashwell se concentró en una variedad de iniciativas, incluidas aquellas relacionadas con la equidad, los sistemas de apoyo emocional y social para los estudiantes, la educación excepcional y la tecnología. En 2016 fue reconocida por la Sociedad de Virginia para la Tecnología en la Educación como su Educadora Destacada del Año por su papel en el lanzamiento de un programa de apoyo a la tecnología educativa basada en la escuela. El Centro para la Educación Digital, un grupo nacional de investigación y medios educativos, nombró a Cashwell como una de sus 30 mejores “tecnólogos, transformadores y pioneros” para 2017. El grupo citó el liderazgo de Cashwell en forjar un rol independiente para la tecnología educativa y en ayudar a las escuelas a convertirse en laboratorios para probar las posibilidades de instrucción de la nueva tecnología.

“Como antiguo educador en el Condado de Henrico, tengo un profundo amor por la comunidad y sus hijos, y veo un futuro tan brillante para HCPS con la Dra. Cashwell a la cabeza”, dijo Aaron Spence, superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Virginia Beach. “Durante los cuatro años que he tenido la suerte de trabajar con ella en Virginia Beach, ella ha demostrado ser una profesional compasiva y competente que se esfuerza por mejorar la experiencia de aprendizaje para todos los niños y para los maestros y el personal que ella apoya. Nuestra pérdida es la ganancia del Condado de Henrico, y la Junta Escolar debe ser elogiada por su decisión y su visión.”

Spence era Director de la Escuela Secundaria Deep Run cuando abrió en el 2002.

Cashwell llevará a cabo varios foros en el Condado de Henrico en los próximos meses para hablar con las familias, los estudiantes, el personal y otros ciudadanos interesados ​​de Henrico. La información sobre los foros se anunciará a medida que esté disponible. Cashwell será la primera dama superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de Henrico.

Como parte de su proceso de selección, la Junta Escolar utilizó información recopilada de dos sesiones de opinión pública y una encuesta en línea que obtuvo más de 3,000 respuestas. La Junta estableció una fecha objetivo del 1 de julio para tener un nuevo superintendente en su lugar. Patrick C. Kinlaw, superintendente de la división desde 2014, se jubilará el 30 de junio.

Resumen de lo Búsqueda de un nuevo superintendente

Family Learning Series – Summer Sessions

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Sharing To Register: Parents, guardians and teachers: please email tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787 to sign up to attend one (or more) of the summer workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend. Dyslexia Simulation – Kristin Kane, family resource  coordinator, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center Tuesday, July 10, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 […]

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Parents, guardians and teachers: please email tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787 to sign up to attend one (or more) of the summer workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend.

Dyslexia Simulation

– Kristin Kane, family resource  coordinator, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Glen Allen Branch Library (HCPL) – 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

The presentation will highlight the prevalence, characteristics, intervention and accommodations for dyslexia. Participants will get an overview of dyslexia and participate in an intensive simulation intended to generate robust conversation about children with dyslexia and their experiences in the classroom. The content will also review where dyslexia can be found in the Virginia Department of Education’s resources and provide attendees with a broad base of additional resources that can be used or shared with families. This short simulation is intended to give the participant the power of empathy.


A Great Start in Kindergarten: How Parents Can Help

– Mary E. Cox, director of elementary education, Henrico County Public Schools

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Belmont Recreation Center – 1600 Hilliard Road, Henrico, Va. 23228

Beginning kindergarten is such an exciting time for children and their families! Join us for this workshop to learn more about the kindergarten day in HCPS schools, as well as what you can do to prepare your child for a successful start to school.

We’ll be sharing many ideas and resources and making some great learning materials that you can use at home.


Empowering Super Hero Dads

– Darryl A. Williams, family and community engagement coordinator, Henrico County Public Schools

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Belmont Recreation Center – 1600 Hilliard Road, Henrico, Va. 23228

Super hero dads have the power to recognize that even if they cannot fix a problem or disability, they can take action to improve their child’s outcomes. This session will identify challenges that can prevent fathers of children with disabilities from being actively involved in their child’s education and ways to combat those challenges. We will also discuss the importance of connecting with other dads for ideas and support.


Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smartphone? Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets

– Catava Burton, educational specialist, HCPS Department of Professional Development and School Improvement, Henrico County Public Schools

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Tuckahoe Area Library (HCPL) – 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va. 23229

Learn the latest texting slang, secret apps and social media tricks. Information will also be provided on bullying/cyberbullying, human trafficking, internet safety and the psychological impact of these issues. Strategies will also address what you as parents can do to keep your children safe. Bring your smartphone!


The Must-have Resource for Parenting in the Digital Age

– Jonathan D. Gregori, instructional technology specialist, Henrico County Public Schools

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuckahoe Area Library (HCPL) – 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va. 23229

Media and technology are at the center of all our lives. This is especially true of our children, who spend more than 50 hours on screen time per week. Many parents and teachers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Henrico County Public Schools is dedicated to helping all learners thrive in a world of media and technology. The goal of this session is to empower Henrico families with information to make safe, smart and ethical decisions online and harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in a child’s life.


Navigating the Code of Student Conduct

– William Noel Sr., director, Department of Student Support and Disciplinary Review – Henrico County Public Schools

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 • Noon to 1:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center (Exit Door 7, Family Engagement) – 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

Frequent suspensions are linked to poor academic performance, student disengagement and potentially, the school-to-prison pipeline. To confront this issue, Henrico County Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct was revamped to address concerns about exclusionary practices and student discipline. In this informative session, participants will find out how HCPS’ Code of Student Conduct went from a traditional (punitive) document to an instructional (disciplined) document with regard to inappropriate student behavior. Participants will find out about practices that address disparities in student discipline, as well as important information to help navigate the Code of Student Conduct.


Homework and Study Strategies for Students with Disabilities

– Tracy Lee, family engagement specialist/special projects coordinator – Virginia Department of Education

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 • 6 -7:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center (Exit Door 7, Family Engagement) – 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

This session will help parents understand how to help their children with homework and study strategies. We will discuss different methods for working with kids who are disorganized, inattentive and easily frustrated. We’ll also discuss how to deal with kids who rush through their homework, as well as those who procrastinate. We’ll discuss tips and tricks that may help students study for tests and, finally, we’ll discuss concrete strategies for strengthening your relationship with your child.


Parent’s Voice in the Special Education Process

– Henry J. Millward Jr., director, Office of Specialized Education Facilities and Family Engagement – Virginia Department of Education

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 • 6-7:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center (Exit Door 7, Family Engagement )- 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

Parents of children identified as having a disability play an important role in the education of their children. Federal and state laws require that parents and school staff members work together to provide children with appropriate educational services. This session will provide information and resources about the special education process and how parents can maximize their voices and be active participants in improving outcomes for their children. Definitions, procedures and an overview of the Individualized Education Plan will be included in this session.


Back-to-School Strategies for a Successful Year

– Pam Bell, director, Department of Family and Community Engagement – Henrico County Public Schools

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 • 6-7:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center (Exit Door 7, Family Engagement) – 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

This session will focus on a variety of ways to help your child jump-start their school year with key strategies they can use for success throughout the school year. It is true that when people “begin with the end in mind” they are typically more successful. You will receive tools to help navigate the Virginia Department of Education website, see the curriculum guide for your child’s grade level, see real examples of SOL questions, discover more than 30 ways to help your child study, and discuss various organizational strategies so your PEATC student starts and ends on top! Get ready!

To register:

Parents, guardians and teachers: please email tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787 to sign up to attend one (or more) of the summer workshops. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend.

Henrico Schools’ spelling champ headed to national championship

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Sharing Henrico Schools’ spelling champ headed to national championship Henrico, Va., May 25, 2018 – Spelling champion Joseph Chambers is headed to the big dance. The Quioccasin Middle School eighth-grader bested the champions of 56 other schools in January to become Henrico County’s winner. He then captured the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling trophy in March, […]

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33,000 likes? Henrico Schools’ “signing day” for students entering the workforce strikes chord on social media

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Sharing Henrico, Va., April 16, 2018 – Recognizing students entering the workforce is a compelling idea, if the online response to Henrico Schools’ first-ever “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” is any indication. A school division Facebook post about the event drew a huge response after it was reposted by actor Mike Rowe, well-known for […]

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Henrico, Va., April 16, 2018 – Recognizing students entering the workforce is a compelling idea, if the online response to Henrico Schools’ first-ever “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” is any indication. A school division Facebook post about the event drew a huge response after it was reposted by actor Mike Rowe, well-known for hosting Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” as well as other projects.

The March 28 signing-day celebrated students graduating from Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education program. The event emulated ceremonies that have become common for high school athletes signing letters-of-intent to play for NCAA programs. Students and representatives of their future employers signed symbolic letters of agreement, as families and members of the media looked on.

As of Monday, the school division’s April 11 description of the event and accompanying photos had been viewed on more than four million screens, been “liked” more than 33,000 times, been shared more than 24,000 times, and had generated more than 3,100 comments. 

“This is the way forward,” Rowe wrote on his Facebook page, which has more than 5 million followers. “No attempt to close the skills gap will ever succeed, until or unless we celebrate those who are willing to learn a skill that’s in demand. This is not just a terrific idea, it’s a model for every other technical school in the country. A big thanks and a hearty congratulations to whomever pushed this idea forward. Here’s hoping others will follow Henrico’s lead.”

“Thanks Mike,” responded Beverly Cocke, who represents the Brookland District on the School Board and serves as the School Board’s representative on the HCPS Career and Technical Education Advisory Board. “It was our Director of CTE, the most awesome Mac B[eaton], who came up with the idea!

“As a HCPS School Board member, I can honestly say it was one of the most inspiring events I’ve attended this year. The parents were proud, the students were confident in their futures and the employers were grateful – winners all around. We’re already planning next year’s event. We would love to have you visit anytime and see the great things going on!”

“My compliments to Mac,” said Rowe. “Invite me to the next one. If I can make it, I will.”

Henrico County Public Schools’ original post can be seen on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools/posts/1679712538789231. Rowe’s comments can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/posts/1882478288428972. For more information about Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education, go to https://henricocte.com. 
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Listening sessions: Henrico Schools seeks community input on equity

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Sharing Henrico, Va., April 13, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ new Office of Equity and Diversity wants to hear from members of the community. Monica Manns, the office’s new director, will hold listening sessions at five Henrico County Public Library locations in late April and early May to hear residents’ ideas about equity and diversity in […]

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Henrico, Va., April 13, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ new Office of Equity and Diversity wants to hear from members of the community. Monica Manns, the office’s new director, will hold listening sessions at five Henrico County Public Library locations in late April and early May to hear residents’ ideas about equity and diversity in the school division.

“I appreciate all the community support and feedback around these issues that I’ve heard so far,” Manns said. “These sessions will be a chance for me to listen further and learn more. If we identify themes emerging from the talks, those will be possible areas of focus for the Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee.”

The application process for the new advisory committee is in the planning stages; it will be comprised of students, parents, staff and community members. More information will be forthcoming.

The sessions will begin with an introduction and an update on the advisory committee. The bulk of the time will be for reserved for citizens to talk. Feedback received at the listening sessions will be shared with School Board members, Henrico Schools administrators and the new advisory committee. In addition, a survey will be forthcoming. The data from both will help guide the division’s next steps.
The equity and diversity listening sessions include one in each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts:  

April 23 (6-7 p.m.)
Sandston Branch Library
23 E. Williamsburg Road
Sandston, Va. 23150

April 24 (6-7 p.m.)
Fairfield Area Library
1001 N. Laburnum Ave.
Henrico, Va. 23223

April 25 (5-6 p.m.)
Glen Allen Branch Library
10501 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, Va. 23060

April 30 (5:30-6:30 p.m.)
Tuckahoe Area Library
1901 Starling Drive
Henrico, Va. 23229

May 1 (4-5 p.m.)
Twin Hickory Area Library
5001 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, Va. 23059  

More information about Manns and Henrico Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity across the school division can be found at henricoschools.us/henrico-county-public-schools-hires-director-to-oversee-equity-and-diversity-efforts.

March 14 “Walkout” – An update for Henrico County students and families

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Sharing Dear Henrico families,   This message is primarily for those with students in high school and middle school. Many students across the nation – including large numbers of students in Henrico County – are planning to walk out of classes for 17 minutes on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in response to the […]

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Dear Henrico families,

 

This message is primarily for those with students in high school and middle school.

Many students across the nation – including large numbers of students in Henrico County – are planning to walk out of classes for 17 minutes on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Your family may have already received information about this from your school’s principal. Henrico County Public Schools has specific plans to address these unique circumstances at our middle and high schools (no elementary school involvement is anticipated at this time.)


What is the position of Henrico County Public Schools on this issue?

We believe that students are participating in the walkout to honor the 17 victims and to raise awareness of our community’s collective belief in safe schools. While we do not encourage walking out of class, students do not forfeit their First Amendment rights when they enter school. Such a walkout may present significant safety and classroom instruction concerns, but it also presents opportunities for learning and growth. Henrico Schools believes in engaging our students in diverse educational, social and civic learning experiences that inspire and empower students to become contributing citizens. Out of this unspeakable tragedy, a valuable teaching moment has emerged.

School principals and their administrative teams have been working this week to maximize the instructional opportunities while minimizing safety concerns. For example, schools have:

  • Worked with student leaders to identify the goals of the walkout and to set expectations.
  • Asked what Standards of Learning can be met through planning and participating.
  • Asked how students can participate safely.
  • Asked how to accommodate students who do not wish to participate.
  • Developed a plan to take attendance before and after the walkout.
  • At the middle school level, required parents/guardians to give written consent.

Plans may differ from school to school based on unique safety concerns, the goals of student leaders, and the outcome of continued discussions between students and their school administrators.

What is our expectation of students for these 17 minutes?

Our expectation is that students will act peacefully and remain on school property in a designated safe space. Leaving school property without permission is a “category one” violation of the Code of Student Conduct. We expect students to return to class promptly after the 17 minutes of reflection.

Do students face disciplinary action (such as a suspension) for participating?

Generally, no. Students may receive a follow-up discussion (a “teachable moment”) based on their actions. Should other issues arise beyond leaving class for 17 minutes, then normal disciplinary procedures would be considered and applied as needed. All students must remember: disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not acceptable.

What is the role of Henrico County Public Schools employees?

Employees will not be active participants in the walkout. School Board policy precludes employees from engaging in any activity supporting or opposing a partisan political cause while on duty, while on school property during school hours, or while representing the school division. While some may consider the occasion to be partisan or political in nature, others may consider it a non-partisan moment of remembrance and honor for the Parkland victims. Either way, we believe the effort is, and should be, student-led, yet monitored by adults. Employees, while on school time, will carry out their professional duties.

What about students who choose not to participate?

Schools will provide designated areas where students opting not to participate will be supervised. In most cases, this will likely be their classroom.

What about visitors to school property during the walkout time?

We expect that adults, such as parents and other relatives, might want to participate. However, as is true at any time during the school day, the campus is not open to unlimited access by the public. Anyone who enters the campus during the school day must follow normal procedures that begin with signing-in at the school’s main office.

What can I do before the walkout takes place?

We encourage families to have a discussion with their student(s) about his or her beliefs related to the walkout. Discuss your family’s expectations for their actions and behavior on March 14. Remind students that their school division is interested in respecting their wishes while being protective of everyone’s safety.

I still have specific questions and concerns about my student and/or my student’s school. Where do I go for answers?

Your school principal will be happy to discuss additional questions or concerns.

What about the next national walkout scheduled to take place on April 20, 2018?

We will continue to monitor plans and share updates in the coming weeks.

Please know that we are proactively working with students, school faculties and local law enforcement to ensure any student-led efforts are handled in the most peaceful, respectful way and in the best interests of our children. Thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Patrick C. Kinlaw
Superintendent

Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn, Chair
Henrico County School Board
Three Chopt District

Marzo 14, 2018 “Demostración” – Un mensaje para los estudiantes y familias de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico

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Sharing Estimadas familias de Henrico, Este mensaje está dirigido principalmente para estudiantes de escuelas medias y secundarias. Muchos estudiantes de todo el país, incluyendo gran cantidad de estudiantes en el Condado de Henrico, planean hacer una demostración saliendo de las clases durante 17 minutos el miércoles 14 de marzo a las 10 a.m. en respuesta […]

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Estimadas familias de Henrico,

Este mensaje está dirigido principalmente para estudiantes de escuelas medias y secundarias.

Muchos estudiantes de todo el país, incluyendo gran cantidad de estudiantes en el Condado de Henrico, planean hacer una demostración saliendo de las clases durante 17 minutos el miércoles 14 de marzo a las 10 a.m. en respuesta a la tragedia en la Escuela Secundaria Marjory Stoneman Douglas en Parkland, Florida. Es posible que su familia ya haya recibido información sobre esto del director de su escuela. Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico tienen planes específicos para abordar estas circunstancias especiales en nuestras escuelas medias y secundarias (no se anticipa la participación de escuelas primaria en este momento).

¿Cuál es la posición de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico sobre este tema? Creemos que los estudiantes están participando esta demostración para honrar a las 17 víctimas y difundir a nuestra comunidad la convicción colectiva de que las escuelas son seguras.   Si bien no los alentamos a salir de las clases, los estudiantes no pierden sus derechos de la Primera Enmienda al entrar a la escuela. Tal retirada puede presentar preocupaciones significativas de seguridad y de instrucción en el aula, pero también presenta oportunidades para el aprendizaje y el crecimiento. Las Escuelas de Henrico creen en involucrar a nuestros estudiantes en diversas experiencias educativas, sociales y de aprendizaje cívico que inspiran y capacitan a los estudiantes para convertirse en ciudadanos contribuyentes. De esta tragedia indescriptible, ha surgido un valioso momento de enseñanza.

Los directores de las escuelas y sus equipos administrativos han estado trabajando esta semana para maximizar las oportunidades de enseñanza mientras se minimizan las preocupaciones de seguridad. Por ejemplo, las escuelas:

  • Trabajaron con líderes estudiantiles para identificar los objetivos de la demostración y establecer expectativas.
  • Preguntaron qué estándares de aprendizaje se pueden cumplir a través de la planificación y la participación.
  • Preguntaron cómo los estudiantes pueden participar de manera segura.
  • Preguntaron cómo acomodar a los estudiantes que no desean participar.
  • Desarrollaron un plan para tomar asistencia antes y después de la demostración.
  • En ciertas escuelas medias, se les pidió a los padres / tutores que den su consentimiento por escrito.

Los planes pueden diferir de una escuela a otra en base a preocupaciones de seguridad únicas, las metas de los líderes estudiantiles y el resultado de discusiones continuas entre los estudiantes y sus administradores escolares.

 ¿Cuál es nuestra expectativa de estudiantes para estos 17 minutos?

Nuestra expectativa es que los estudiantes actúen pacíficamente y permanezcan en la propiedad de la escuela en un espacio seguro designado. Salir de la propiedad de la escuela sin permiso es una infracción de “categoría uno” del Código de Conducta Estudiantil. Esperamos que los estudiantes regresen a clases puntualmente después de los 17 minutos de reflexión.

¿Los estudiantes enfrentan una consecuencia disciplinaria (como una suspensión) por participar?

En general, no. Los estudiantes pueden recibir una discusión de seguimiento (un “momento de enseñanza”) en función de sus acciones. En caso de que surjan otros problemas más allá de dejar la clase por 17 minutos, entonces los procedimientos disciplinarios normales se considerarán y se aplicarán según sea necesario. Todos los estudiantes deben recordar: la alteración del orden que interrumpe las operaciones escolares no es aceptable.

¿Cuál es el rol de los empleados de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico?

 Los empleados no participarán activamente en la demostración. La política de la Junta Escolar impide a los empleados participar en cualquier actividad que apoye o se oponga a una causa política partidista mientras están de servicio, mientras están en la propiedad de la escuela durante el horario escolar, o mientras representan a la división escolar. Mientras que algunos pueden considerar que la ocasión es de naturaleza partidista o política, otros pueden considerarla como un momento no partidista de recuerdo y honor para las víctimas de Parkland. De cualquier manera, creemos que el esfuerzo es, y debe ser, dirigido por los estudiantes, pero monitoreado por adultos. Los empleados, mientras están en horario escolar, llevarán a cabo sus tareas profesionales.

¿Qué pasa con los estudiantes que eligen no participar?

Las escuelas proporcionarán áreas designadas donde los estudiantes que opten por no participar serán supervisados. En la mayoría de los casos, este será probablemente su salón de clases.

¿Qué pasa con los visitantes a la propiedad de la escuela durante el tiempo de la manifestación?

Esperamos que los adultos, como los padres de familia y otros familiares, quieran participar. Sin embargo, como es cierto en cualquier momento durante el día escolar, el campus no está abierto al acceso ilimitado por parte del público. Cualquier persona que ingrese al campus durante el día escolar debe seguir los procedimientos normales que comienzan con el inicio de sesión en la oficina principal de la escuela.

¿Qué puedo hacer antes de que ocurra la demostración?

 Animamos a las familias a tener una discusión con sus estudiantes sobre sus opiniones relacionadas con la huelga. Discuta las expectativas de su familia sobre sus acciones y comportamiento el 14 de marzo. Recuérdeles a los alumnos que su división escolar está interesada en respetar sus deseos y proteger la seguridad de todos.

 

Todavía tengo preguntas e inquietudes específicas sobre mi estudiante y / o la escuela de mi hijo. ¿A dónde busco las respuestas?

El director de su escuela estará encantado de analizar preguntas o inquietudes adicionales.

 

¿Qué pasa con la próxima demostración nacional programada para el 20 de abril de 2018?

 Continuaremos monitoreando los planes y compartiremos las actualizaciones en las próximas semanas.

Por favor sepa que estamos trabajando proactivamente con los estudiantes, el cuerpo docente de la escuela y la policía local para garantizar que los esfuerzos dirigidos por los alumnos se lleven a cabo de la manera más pacífica, respetuosa y en el mejor interés de nuestros niños. Gracias por tu tiempo y atención.

Atentamente,

Patrick C. Kinlaw
Superintendente

Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn
Presidente, Consejo Escolar del Condado de Henrico
Representante del Distrito Three Chopt

An important message about school safety

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Sharing   Henrico County Public Schools families, In the week since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., we have received numerous requests for information about school safety. We are most appreciative of our community’s concerns, and we would like to address the following questions: Where can I find detailed information […]

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Un mensaje importante sobre la seguridad escolar

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Sharing Familias de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico, Después de una semana desde la tragedia en la Escuela Secundaria Marjory Stoneman Douglas en Parkland, Florida, hemos recibido numerosas solicitudes de información sobre la seguridad escolar. Agradecemos las inquietudes de nuestra comunidad y nos gustaría responder las siguientes preguntas: ¿Dónde puedo encontrar información detallada […]

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11 more creative classroom ideas will come to life, thanks to Henrico Education Foundation grant program

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Feb. 1, 2018 – From literacy resources to teacher training, the Henrico Education Foundation’s latest grants will empower students with creative, evidence-based ways to learn. The foundation has selected 11 classroom projects to receive a total of $34,759 in the second round of its Innovation Grants for 2017-18. The foundation expects the […]

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An important message from the Henrico School Board regarding Short Pump Middle School

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Sharing Dear Henrico Schools Community Members, The Henrico County School Board is deeply concerned by the actions of students in the video taken in a Short Pump Middle School (SPMS) locker room. Adamantly, behavior of this type will not be tolerated in our schools. As noted in the HCPS Student Activities Contract, “Participation in athletics […]

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