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Henrico Schools using “Anonymous Alerts” system to improve communication about safety concerns

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Aug. 27, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools has a new way for those who see something to say something. Students, parents and guardians, staff and community members now have access to an app and website called “Anonymous Alerts” to communicate with school administrators. The system provides a new way to voice […]

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Henrico, Va. Aug. 27, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools has a new way for those who see something to say something. Students, parents and guardians, staff and community members now have access to an app and website called “Anonymous Alerts” to communicate with school administrators. The system provides a new way to voice safety concerns – from threats and bullying to worries about classmates who may be depressed. The free tool establishes encrypted, anonymous two-way communication between those submitting reports and administrators, and allows those using the system to include photos, screenshots and videos with their reports.
 
A mobile app is available for download for iOS and Android devices, and an app is also available for Chromebook laptops from the Chromebook Store. Users can choose from multiple languages. Students and others making reports can also use HCPS’ Anonymous Alerts website, available at https://report.anonymousalerts.com/henrico/. Each HCPS school’s webpage also includes a link to the site.
 
The app requires an activation code, which is Henrico. There is no activation code needed for the web version of Anonymous Alerts.
 
Using the system, school administrators will not only be able to engage in anonymous two-way communication with those submitting reports, they can get incident reports in real time and analyze trends.
 
The app and website replace Henrico County Public Schools’ previous anonymous safety reporting system called “Silence Hurts.” That system was not available as an app, and did not allow two-way communication or the ability to include photos, screenshots and videos.

Henrico County Public Schools is pleased to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts®.

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Sharing Henrico County Public Schools is pleased to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts®. What is the Anonymous Alerts app? The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for […]

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Henrico County Public Schools is pleased to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts®.

What is the Anonymous Alerts app?

The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.

The system allows for 1-way or 2-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

How does it work?

To use this revolutionary new app, students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the  

Henrico County Public Schools website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or text link to submit a report expressing their concern. Anonymous Alerts® mobile applications can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or the Chrome stores.

Henrico County Public Schools supplies students an activation code, making the app remarkably easy to use and students select which school the message should go to.  In addition, informational posters explaining how to use the app will be displayed throughout schools and offices in the district.

To send reports from the Web/Internet go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/henrico   

To send a report from your phone:

  • Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play store, or the Chrome store
  • Start the App, enter activation code: henrico  
  • Send important reports to school officials
  • Add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident 

In an emergency, always call 9-1-1!

Anonymous Alerts Overview Video

Anonymous Alerts Overview Video

March 3, 2020 – Virginia’s primary day – will be an HCPS student holiday and a staff clerical day

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Aug. 8, 2019 – In response to community and staff concerns about safety, the Henrico School Board voted at its Thursday work session to make March 3, 2020 a student holiday and staff clerical day. Virginia, along with a dozen other states, will hold its presidential primary elections that day, often referred […]

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Henrico, Va. Aug. 8, 2019 – In response to community and staff concerns about safety, the Henrico School Board voted at its Thursday work session to make March 3, 2020 a student holiday and staff clerical day. Virginia, along with a dozen other states, will hold its presidential primary elections that day, often referred to as “Super Tuesday.” Many HCPS schools serve as polling places.

Members of the public need easy access to school facilities to visit polling places in gyms, auditoriums and other school common areas. Because of this, schools are not able to screen visitors with the same thoroughness they use during a regular school day.

In a similar vote in March, the Board voted to close schools for the state primary election that took place June 11. The move was in response to concerns raised by some parents, staff and community members about school polling access.

The change will not require further changes to the 2019-20 school year, because the school division has enough time built into the calendar to accommodate the added holiday.

Students and families can expect further information from their schools if any plans need to be adjusted.

For Henrico County Public Schools’ updated 2019-20 calendar, visit www.henricoschools.us/calendars.

“Back-to-School Kickoff” set for Aug. 17 at Dorey Park

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Aug. 1, 2019 – While Sept. 3 will be the day students return to their classrooms, the excitement of the 2019-20 school year starts earlier, at Henrico Schools’ second annual “Back-to-School Kickoff.” The Aug. 17 event will be held at Henrico County’s Dorey Park. There will be a mix of family activities, […]

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HCPS’ “Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” program wins workforce-readiness award from Virginia School Boards Association

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Sharing  Henrico, Va. July 24, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools’ initiative to celebrate students entering the workforce has been recognized with a first-place award from the Virginia School Boards Association. Henrico Schools won first place among large Virginia school divisions in the 2019 Excellence in Workforce Readiness Awards for its Career and Technical Education […]

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Henrico Schools students don hardhats in April at Junior Achievement Finance Park at Henrico County's Libbie Mill Library

Henrico Schools students don hardhats in April at Junior Achievement Finance Park at Henrico County’s Libbie Mill Library, as representatives of their future employers look on. The students took part in HCPS’ 2019 Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day.

Henrico, Va. July 24, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools’ initiative to celebrate students entering the workforce has been recognized with a first-place award from the Virginia School Boards Association. Henrico Schools won first place among large Virginia school divisions in the 2019 Excellence in Workforce Readiness Awards for its Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day program.

 
The organization recognized the winners at its 2019 conference, held Tuesday in Richmond. 
 
HCPS’ Letter-of-Intent Signing Day mimics ceremonies that honor high school athletes as they gather in gyms to sign letters-of-intent to play for NCAA athletic programs. The Henrico program recognizes students entering the workforce with a similar ceremony before family and members of the media. 
 
“Preparing students for the workforce and making sure they have options for success is at the core of Henrico Schools’ mission,” said Beverly Cocke, the Henrico School Board’s Brookland District representative. “We are honored to be recognized by the Virginia School Boards Association for our efforts to celebrate the hard work of our students as they plan for their futures.”

Beverly Cocke, the Henrico School Board’s Brookland District representative, and Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education, display a plaque honoring the school division's 2019 Excellence in Workforce Readiness Award

Beverly Cocke, the Henrico School Board’s Brookland District representative, and Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education, display a plaque honoring the school division’s 2019 Excellence in Workforce Readiness Award on Tuesday at a Richmond conference of the Virginia School Boards Association. The school division was recognized for a unique recognition program for students entering the workforce.

 
“We’re proud of this award, because we believe so strongly in the signing-day program and in workforce readiness,” said Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education. “Our goal with the Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day was to bring attention to students entering the workforce, to help them and their parents understand the value of this option. We didn’t anticipate how the program would resonate with people across the country and in Canada. It’s now being replicated far and wide and has sparked a movement to celebrate students entering the workforce.”
 
At the signing day ceremony, students and representatives of their future employers both sign letters-of-intent outlining what students must do before and during employment, what the employer will provide in pay and training, and an estimate of the position’s value. Similar to signing day for athletes, students don a hat or other form of promotional clothing representing the company, Henrico County Public Schools and the school division’s Career and Technical Education program.
 
The first event, held in 2018, was featured on CNN Headline News, Fox News and Today.com. A school division Facebook post about the signing day reached more than 4.9 million people, was shared more than 25,000 times and prompted more than 36,000 likes when it was shared by Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and other projects. The 2019 edition, held in April, was greatly expanded. More than 100 students took part. The event lasted much of the day and was organized into smaller ceremonies, by industry.
 
Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education, and Beverly Cocke, the School Board’s Brookland District representative, display a plaque honoring the school division's 2019 Excellence in Workforce Readiness Award

Mac Beaton, director of Henrico Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education, and Beverly Cocke, the School Board’s Brookland District representative, display a plaque honoring the school division’s 2019 Excellence in Workforce Readiness Award Tuesday at a Richmond conference. Behind them are Tyrone Foster, Virginia School Boards Association president; John Poggi of Johnson Controls, an award sponsor; Whit Blake of Johnson Controls; Jim Meyer, a member of the Spotsylvania County School Board; and Paul Nichols, superintendent of Mecklenburg County Public Schools.

The Virginia School Boards Association is a nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards that promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training and services. To see a list of competition winners, go to vsba.org/images/uploads/news/VSBA_2019WorkforceAwardsRelease.pdf

2019-2020 Per Pupil Expenditure

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Sharing Dear Patrons:             The Code of Virginia Section §22.1.92 requires the division to annually make available the average per-pupil expenditures.  Shown below is a comparison of average per-pupil expenditures for operations. Average Per Pupil Expenditures for Operations SOURCES OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT 2017-2018 STATE AVERAGE (ACTUAL) 2017-2018 HENRICO AVERAGE (ACTUAL) 2018-2019 HENRICO AVERAGE (BUDGET) 2019-2020 HENRICO […]

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Dear Patrons:

            The Code of Virginia Section §22.1.92 requires the division to annually make available the average per-pupil expenditures.  Shown below is a comparison of average per-pupil expenditures for operations.

Average Per Pupil Expenditures for Operations
SOURCES OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT

2017-2018

STATE

AVERAGE

(ACTUAL)

2017-2018

HENRICO

AVERAGE

(ACTUAL)

2018-2019

HENRICO

AVERAGE

(BUDGET)

2019-2020

HENRICO

AVERAGE

(BUDGET)

STATE FUNDS

$4,166

$3,430

$4,319

$4,572

SALES & USE TAX

1,053

1,085

1,116

1,166

FEDERAL FUNDS

867

684

809

820

LOCAL FUNDS

6,462

4,852

4,342

4,675

TOTAL

$12,548

$10,051

$10,586

$11,233

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.  

Sincerely,

Amy E. Cashwell, Ed.D.

Tragedy in Virginia Beach: Important resources; Wear blue June 3

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Sharing To the Henrico team and all the students and families of Henrico County Public Schools, Like many of you, I’ve been thinking about the tragedy that unfolded Friday in Virginia Beach where an unspeakable act of violence claimed the lives of 12 people and injured four more. As we prepare to see your precious […]

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School Board statement on recent acts of vandalism

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Sharing Henrico, Va. May 13, 2019 – Today, Henrico County School Board chair and Varina District representative John W. Montgomery Jr., issued the following statement on behalf of the Henrico County School Board: “I join my colleagues on the Board in expressing our disappointment and disgust for the acts of vandalism discovered Sunday at Godwin High […]

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Henrico, Va. May 13, 2019 – Today, Henrico County School Board chair and Varina District representative John W. Montgomery Jr., issued the following statement on behalf of the Henrico County School Board:

“I join my colleagues on the Board in expressing our disappointment and disgust for the acts of vandalism discovered Sunday at Godwin High School as well as those discovered last Friday in neighborhoods near Freeman High School. Hate, intolerance and threats to the physical and emotional well-being of our school communities are unacceptable and contrary to our core values as a school system and society.

“At the same time, this Board and our dedicated faculty and staff stand encouraged by the tremendous show of community support in response to these acts. We appreciate the families and organizations that have offered their hand in partnership, including the Henrico branch of the NAACP, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, and many other families and community-minded citizens. On behalf of the entire School Board, I say ‘thank you.’

“We must also thank Henrico Police for their tireless efforts to investigate this matter and to increase their visibility in the neighborhoods near several schools this week. Our schools are safe because of the tremendous work done every day by the men and women of Henrico Police.”

Members of the Henrico County School Board are:

John W. Montgomery Jr., chair, Varina District
Roscoe D. Cooper III, vice chair, Fairfield District
Beverly L. Cocke, Brookland District
Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn, Three Chopt District
William A. “Bill” Pike Jr., Tuckahoe District

 

Henrico Schools crowns its top teacher, first-year teacher and exceptional education teacher

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Sharing Henrico, Va., May 8, 2019 – Henrico Schools employs about 4,000 teachers, but only one is honored each year with the division’s Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. Greg Lyndaker, a history and psychology teacher at Henrico High School, was awarded that honor Tuesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School. Amelia Kirchgessner, […]

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Henrico, Va., May 8, 2019 – Henrico Schools employs about 4,000 teachers, but only one is honored each year with the division’s Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. Greg Lyndaker, a history and psychology teacher at Henrico High School, was awarded that honor Tuesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School. Amelia Kirchgessner, a music teacher at Chamberlayne Elementary School, was named HCPS’ First-Year Teacher of the Year. The school division’s Christie Award, given to the exceptional education teacher of the year, went to Sarah Gordon of Lakeside Elementary School.  

Other finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award were Hermitage High School’s Emilia Texler; Deep Run High School’s Kareem Texler; Sharon Middleton of Skipwith Elementary School; and Chris Moseley of Varina High School. Finalists for First-Year Teacher of the Year were Nirali Jantrania of Deep Run High School and Ian Jeffrey of Gayton Elementary School. Finalists for the Christie Award were Gayton Elementary School’s Rebecca Nikitakis, Varina High School’s Michele Andrews and Mills Godwin High School’s Kendra Thomas.

“I’m honored and humbled to be the recipient of this award,” Lyndaker told the crowd of educators. “I come from a teaching family who instilled in me the idea that passion and education are the great equalizers. I wouldn’t be who I am without amazing teachers who inspired me and our students wouldn’t be who they are without your love, guidance and passion for them.  

“You all give up so much of your energy, time, sweat and tears to this profession, not always knowing if it has paid off, and that can be very hard. But as Tom Hanks says in ‘A League of Their Own,’ it’s supposed to be hard. If it weren’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great … That’s what we do as teachers, we just keep pushing.”  

Lyndaker is originally from Watertown, N.Y. He attended Utica College, and is an alumnus of the State University of New York College at Potsdam. Before joining the Henrico High School faculty in 2013, Lyndaker taught at a middle school in upstate New York and at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls.

Kirchgessner grew up in Henrico County, and graduated from Douglas Freeman High School. She also attended Tuckahoe Middle School and Maybeury Elementary School. After graduating from Longwood University, she worked as a long-term substitute teacher in several Virginia school divisions before joining the faculty at Chamberlayne.

Gordon grew up in Richmond and attended the Collegiate School. She is an alumna of the University of Richmond and Mary Washington University. Before joining Henrico Schools, she worked at Northstar Academy, a school for students with disabilities.  

 
Greg Lyndaker of Henrico High School was named Henrico Schools’ 2019 Gilman Teacher of the Year Tuesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School.

Greg Lyndaker of Henrico High School was named Henrico Schools’ 2019 Gilman Teacher of the Year Tuesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School.

Amelia Kirchgessner, a music teacher at Chamberlayne Elementary School, was named Henrico Schools’ 2019 First-Year Teacher of the Year Tuesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School.

Amelia Kirchgessner, a music teacher at Chamberlayne Elementary School, was named Henrico Schools’ 2019 First-Year Teacher of the Year Tuesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School.

Finalists for Henrico Schools’ Christie Award were Mills Godwin High School’s Kendra Thomas; Varina High School’s Michele Andrews; award-winner Sarah Gordon; and Gayton Elementary School’s Rebecca Nikitakis.

Finalists for Henrico Schools’ Christie Award were Mills Godwin High School’s Kendra Thomas; Varina High School’s Michele Andrews; award-winner Sarah Gordon; and Gayton Elementary School’s Rebecca Nikitakis.

Finalists for Henrico Schools’ 2019 Gilman Teacher of the Year award stand with the superintendent and members of the School Board after a ceremony Tuesday at Glen Allen High School. Pictured are: Kareem Texler of Deep Run High School; Emilia Texler of Hermitage High School; Micky Ogburn, Three Chopt District representative; Bill Pike, Tuckahoe District representative; Beverly Cocke, Brookland District representative; Gilman winner Greg Lyndaker of Henrico High School; Amy Cashwell, superintendent; Sharon Middleton of Skipwith Elementary School; John Montgomery, chair and Varina District representative; and Chris Moseley of Varina High School.

Finalists for Henrico Schools’ 2019 Gilman Teacher of the Year award stand with the superintendent and members of the School Board after a ceremony Tuesday at Glen Allen High School. Pictured are: Kareem Texler of Deep Run High School; Emilia Texler of Hermitage High School; Micky Ogburn, Three Chopt District representative; Bill Pike, Tuckahoe District representative; Beverly Cocke, Brookland District representative; Gilman winner Greg Lyndaker of Henrico High School; Amy Cashwell, superintendent; Sharon Middleton of Skipwith Elementary School; John Montgomery, chair and Varina District representative; and Chris Moseley of Varina High School.

 
 
Finalists for Henrico Schools’ 2019 First-Year Teacher of the Year award were Ian Jeffrey of Gayton Elementary School; award-winner Amelia Kirchgessner of Chamberlayne Elementary School; and Nirali Jantrania of Deep Run High School.

Finalists for Henrico Schools’ 2019 First-Year Teacher of the Year award were Ian Jeffrey of Gayton Elementary School; award-winner Amelia Kirchgessner of Chamberlayne Elementary School; and Nirali Jantrania of Deep Run High School.

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold the following meeting: Thursday, May 9, 2019        2:30 p.m.         Work Session The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held as deemed necessary. The meeting is open to […]

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

Thursday, May 9, 2019       

2:30 p.m.         Work Session

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held as deemed necessary. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. A live stream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us.  To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please go to http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. Anyone wishing to attend who is disabled and needs assistance should contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

Henrico Schools wants you! Job fair May 8

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Sharing When it comes to jobs, summer a good fit and some aren’t. It may be time to for you to spring into action and see what Henrico Schools has available! Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department and departmental representatives will be on hand May 8 at Libbie Mill Library to talk to candidates […]

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When it comes to jobs, summer a good fit and some aren’t. It may be time to for you to spring into action and see what Henrico Schools has available! Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department and departmental representatives will be on hand May 8 at Libbie Mill Library to talk to candidates for full-time and part-time bus drivers and school nutrition workers. 
 
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: May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St. Henrico, Va. 23230
 
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. 

Henrico County high schools ranked among best in the commonwealth, nation

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Sharing Henrico County high schools have again been ranked among the best in the nation and Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.  Of the 330 Virginia high schools ranked by the magazine, HCPS placed three in the top 50 and five in the top 100. Deep Run was ranked the No. 10 high school in […]

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Henrico County high schools have again been ranked among the best in the nation and Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. 
 
Of the 330 Virginia high schools ranked by the magazine, HCPS placed three in the top 50 and five in the top 100. Deep Run was ranked the No. 10 high school in the commonwealth, while Mills Godwin, Glen Allen, Douglas Freeman and J.R. Tucker were Nos. 33, 41, 71 and 97, respectively. All five schools were ranked in the top quarter of high schools nationally.
 
This year the magazine changed the way it ranks high schools. Besides using a revamped methodology, it ranked more schools. Previously only a small percentage of high schools qualified to be ranked. This year the magazine ranked 17,245 of the 23,000 public high schools they examined. Schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the process.
 
The rankings look at data from the 2016-17 school year and incorporate six elements:
 
  • College readiness, based on proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams.
  • The breadth of a school’s college curriculum, based on proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.
  • Math and reading performance, based on whether a school’s performance on state tests exceeded expectations, given the school’s proportion of underserved students.
  • How underserved students did on state tests, based on how a school’s black, Hispanic and low-income students performed compared with state students who aren’t underserved.
  • Graduation rates. This is based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2012-13 and graduated four years later. 
 
For the full rankings and to learn more about the methodology of the rankings, go to https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/us-news-ranks-best-high-schools.

Henrico Schools’ first countywide All-Star Prom will celebrate students of all abilities

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Sharing Henrico County students with different abilities will come together at Glen Allen High School May 4 for Henrico County Public Schools’ first countywide All-Star Prom.  The evening of dinner and dancing is geared to students with disabilities and a group of their typically developing peers at Henrico County high schools and program centers.  In 2018 Douglas […]

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Henrico County students with different abilities will come together at Glen Allen High School May 4 for Henrico County Public Schools’ first countywide All-Star Prom. 
 
The evening of dinner and dancing is geared to students with disabilities and a group of their typically developing peers at Henrico County high schools and program centers. 
 
In 2018 Douglas S. Freeman and Glen Allen high schools joined to create a similar event. This year the prom will expand and include students from across Henrico County.
 
Henrico Schools’ Department of Pupil Transportation will provide door-to-door transport to and from the event for families who need it. 
 
Student groups are involved in planning for the prom, and businesses, community groups and faith-based organizations will donate time and funds.
 
Countywide All-Star Prom
Who: Members of the media are invited to attend.
When: May 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Henrico, Va. 23060

Award-winning mentoring program will celebrate intensive service efforts at Tuesday’s “WE Day”

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Sharing The Henrico HEROES mentoring program – named Virginia’s best in 2014 – has long made a difference in the lives of students in Henrico County Public Schools. This year the program expanded its vision beyond the campuses of its 32 participating schools, involving its students and volunteers in a host of community service projects […]

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The Henrico HEROES mentoring program – named Virginia’s best in 2014 – has long made a difference in the lives of students in Henrico County Public Schools. This year the program expanded its vision beyond the campuses of its 32 participating schools, involving its students and volunteers in a host of community service projects and setting its sights on global impact.
 
The group will celebrate its year of intensive community service Tuesday with a “WE Day” gathering at Henrico High School from 10 a.m. to noon. The event commemorates Henrico HEROES’ participation in the WE Schools program, a nationwide service-learning initiative. Mentors and students at all 32 Henrico HEROES schools adopted community service projects this year as part of the WE Schools program, and will come together to share them. There will be speakers, a dance team, a drumline, games and prizes. Participants will also learn about plans to expand the service projects to address needs around the world. 
 
“We wanted to align our efforts with HCPS’ Henrico Learner Profile, creating good citizenship and awareness of needs across the world,” said Leslie Velez, Henrico HEROES director. “We may be helping campaigns to build schools in Kenya and train members of villages in farming techniques, or helping provide clean water in India. We want to introduce [students and mentors] to these ideas, so that they can take what they learn and apply it not only to local service projects, but also abroad.”
 
The Henrico Learner Profile, adopted in 2018, provides a guiding framework for education in Henrico County Public Schools. Find out more about the document by going to henricolearner.henricoschools.us.
 
This year, community service projects at Henrico schools included a baby shower at Glen Allen High School to collect baby items for babies in need. At L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, mentors and students assembled welcome bags for families in local homeless shelters, and read to students in the exceptional education program.
 
Mentors in the Henrico HEROES program meet with their students once a week for 30-45 minutes and participate in several program events. Find out more about the program at henricoheroes.henricoschools.us.
 
Find out more about the WE Schools initiative at we.org/we-schools/.
 
Henrico HEROES “WE Day”
Who: Members of the media are invited to attend.
When: April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Where: Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va. 23227

Holladay Elementary School holding celebration to mark 50 years as school prepares to double in size

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Sharing It’s a time of milestones for Holladay Elementary School. The Henrico County elementary school is celebrating its 50th anniversary, while it prepares for a construction project that will double the school’s size. Former students, teachers and administrators are invited back to Holladay May 1 to celebrate. Visitors will get a chance to reconnect with […]

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It’s a time of milestones for Holladay Elementary School. The Henrico County elementary school is celebrating its 50th anniversary, while it prepares for a construction project that will double the school’s size. Former students, teachers and administrators are invited back to Holladay May 1 to celebrate. Visitors will get a chance to reconnect with other Hawks, see photos and artifacts from the school’s first half-century, tour the school, enjoy refreshments and learn about the major addition planned for the campus. 
 
The addition to Holladay will be built behind the existing school. Construction will start in the fall and the addition will open for the 2021-22 school year. Holladay students will continue to attend the school during construction. 
 
Holladay Elementary School celebration:

Who: Friends and former students, teachers and administrators of Holladay Elementary School are invited to attend, as are members of the media. 
When: May 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Holladay Elementary School, 7300 Galaxie Road, Henrico, Va.
 

Visitors to Holladay Elementary School’s 50th anniversary celebration May 1 can learn more about the major addition planned for the Henrico County school. The existing school building is shown in white.

Henrico County Public Schools moving forward with planning process for possible redistricting

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Sharing Henrico County Public Schools staff members appeared at the School Board’s work session today to update the Board on what would be needed if HCPS chooses to redraw school boundaries in time for the 2021-22 school year.  Fall 2021 will see the opening of three new HCPS facilities. A major project will double the size […]

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Henrico County Public Schools staff members appeared at the School Board’s work session today to update the Board on what would be needed if HCPS chooses to redraw school boundaries in time for the 2021-22 school year. 
 
Fall 2021 will see the opening of three new HCPS facilities. A major project will double the size of the existing Holladay Elementary School at 7300 Galaxie Road, and new buildings will open to replace the existing J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs high schools on their current sites. Those projects, along with projected population trends in Henrico County, prompted a review of school attendance boundaries throughout the county. 
 
Any specifics about school redistricting in Henrico County remain many months away. However, because being ready for the possibility takes a great deal of planning, HCPS is moving forward with a process that includes establishing a timeline, collecting data, hiring a consultant and involving the community.
 
The planning timeline to implement redistricting for fall 2021 would be:
 
May 2019: Award contract to redistricting consultant.
Summer 2019: Collect data and create a committee of community members to lead the process and recommend a plan.
Fall 2019 to winter 2019-20: Plan for around 30 public meetings.
Spring 2020: School Board approval.
Fall 2021: New boundaries in place for 2021-22 school year.
 
No redistricting proposals would be implemented without a great deal of public input and participation. Henrico Schools will share information about the planning process as it becomes available. Information will be posted to Henrico Schools’ redistricting page, at https://henricoschools.us/redistricting2021. The page can also be reached by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics.”

Henrico Schools’ Gifted Education Advisory Council seeks applicants for upcoming terms

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Sharing Henrico County Public Schools is seeking applicants to serve on the school division’s Gifted Education Advisory Council. The group meets five times a year and advises the school division about the educational needs of all gifted students in the division. The committee studies gifted education needs and policy, and works with the superintendent’s office […]

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Henrico County Public Schools is seeking applicants to serve on the school division’s Gifted Education Advisory Council. The group meets five times a year and advises the school division about the educational needs of all gifted students in the division. The committee studies gifted education needs and policy, and works with the superintendent’s office to make improvements. It provides an annual report to the School Board and promotes good relationships among the School Board, schools, families and the community. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on April 30 and can be mailed, emailed or submitted in person.
 
The council is seeking applicants for terms varying from one to three years.
 
Openings for a three-year (2019-22) term:
– One parent/guardian representative from the Brookland District.
– One parent/guardian representative from the Fairfield District.
– One parent/guardian representative from the Three Chopt District.
– One parent/guardian representative from the Tuckahoe District.
 
Openings for a two-year (2019-21) term:
– Two parent/guardian representatives from the Tuckahoe District.
– One school principal.
 
There is one opening for a one-year term:
– One rising seventh- or eighth-grade middle school student representative.
 
Apply by April 30 by going to https://henricoschools.us/wp-content/uploads/GEAC-Interest-Form2019.pdf and completing the application at the bottom. The form can be emailed to Scott Bray at sebray@henrico.k12.va.us, dropped off at HCPS Central Office at 3820 Nine Mile Road, or returned by mail to:
 
Henrico County Public Schools Gifted Education Programs Office
P.O. Box 23120, Henrico, Va. 23223 
 
Henrico Schools is committed to providing educational opportunities commensurate with students’ needs and abilities, and using multiple criteria to identify gifted students from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. To find out more about gifted education in Henrico Schools go to https://henricoschools.us/gifted/.

Second HCPS “Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” will build on national attention

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Sharing Since Henrico County Public Schools held its first Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day in March 2018, the HCPS Department of Career and Technical Education has fielded hundreds of calls from school divisions asking for advice on replicating the idea. On April 23, some of those same school systems will send representatives – […]

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Since Henrico County Public Schools held its first Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day in March 2018, the HCPS Department of Career and Technical Education has fielded hundreds of calls from school divisions asking for advice on replicating the idea. On April 23, some of those same school systems will send representatives – from as far away as Minnesota – to take in Henrico Schools’ second signing day.
 
The event’s second edition will last for much of the day and be organized into smaller ceremonies, by industry. The signing day will again be held at the Junior Achievement Finance Park, located on the third floor of the Libbie Mill Library. More than 100 students will take part.
 
The concept mimics ceremonies that honor high school athletes as they gather in gyms to sign letters-of-intent to play for NCAA athletic programs. Henrico Schools’ Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day recognizes students entering the workforce with a similar ceremony before family and members of the media. Students and representatives of their future employers will both sign letters-of-intent outlining what students must do before and during employment, what the employer will provide in pay and training, and an estimate of the position’s value. Similar to signing day for athletes, students will don a hat or other form of promotional clothing representing the company, Henrico County Public Schools and the school division’s Career and Technical Education program.
 
The 2018 event was featured on CNN Headline News, Fox News and Today.com. A school division Facebook post about the signing day reached more than 4.9 million people, was shared more than 25,000 times and prompted more than 36,000 likes when it was shared by Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and other projects.
 



Who:
Members of the media are invited to attend.
 
When:
April 23 (ceremonies are grouped by industry area)
  • 10:30-11:30: Health services
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Human services
  • 2-3 p.m.: IT and technology
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Skilled trades
  • 4:30: Closing remarks
Where:
Libbie Mill Library (Junior Achievement Finance Park, third floor), 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230



Photo captions: Henrico Schools’ 2018 Career and Technical Education Letter-of-Intent Signing Day drew national attention by recognizing students entering the workforce. The 2019 edition will take place April 23 at Henrico County’s Libbie Mill Library.


Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold the following meetings: Thursday, April 18, 20193 p.m.         Work Session6:30 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 as deemed […]

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019
3 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 as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. A livestream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please click http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. Anyone wishing to attend who is disabled and needs assistance should contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

Henrico County students with disabilities get ready for Special Olympics Virginia events

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Sharing Three spring events will give Henrico County students with disabilities – and their nondisabled peers – a chance to compete alongside each other. The competitions include one each for HCPS elementary, middle and high school students and feature track and field events and other outdoor activities. High school students will serve as volunteers for […]

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Three spring events will give Henrico County students with disabilities – and their nondisabled peers – a chance to compete alongside each other. The competitions include one each for HCPS elementary, middle and high school students and feature track and field events and other outdoor activities. High school students will serve as volunteers for the competitions. 
 
The annual Henrico competitions, coordinated by Special Olympics Virginia, are:
  • Big Feet Meet (high schools): April 16, 9:30 a.m. to noon (rain date April 17), Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va. 23231 
  • Little Feet Meet (preschools and elementary schools): April 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon (rain date April 26), Douglas S. Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229 
  • Meet in the Middle (middle schools): May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (rain date May 3), Collegiate School, 103 North Mooreland Road, Richmond, Va. 23229 
Admission to the events is free. The public is invited to come cheer on and celebrate the participants.
 
Around 1,800 athletes and their partners from HCPS schools are expected to take part in the three events.
 
The events are part of the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools initiative, which seeks to create a day of fun, collaboration and inclusion among students who may not spend time together in classes. The initiative seeks to give students with and without disabilities the opportunity to train together, to create friendships and to foster mutual respect. 
 
For more information about Special Olympics Virginia, go to www.specialolympicsva.org.

Spring Family Learning Series offers workshops for HCPS parents, guardians and teachers

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Sharing Henrico County Public Schools’ spring edition of its Family Learning Series includes topics such as choosing child care; drug use among teens; and strengthening parent-child relationships. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. Workshops are held at public libraries and school facilities across Henrico County. Register for workshops by […]

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Henrico County Public Schools’ spring edition of its Family Learning Series includes topics such as choosing child care; drug use among teens; and strengthening parent-child relationships. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. Workshops are held at public libraries and school facilities across Henrico County.
 
Register for workshops by emailing Terry Talbott at tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or by calling 804-652-3787. Parents, guardians and Henrico County Public Schools staff members are welcome to register. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend. For details on the sessions, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series-spring-2019-sessions/.
 
Henrico Schools Spring Family Learning Series
  • “Choosing Quality Child Care”: April 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Parent-Child Relationships: Actions that Matter”: April 17, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • “And the Survey Says…” (workshop on the results of a survey on youth drug use in Henrico County): April 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “And the Survey Says…” (workshop on the results of a survey on youth drug use in Henrico County): April 24, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • “Parent’s Voice in the Special Education Process”: April 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Transition and Student IEPs”: May 7, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • “Depression and Teenagers”: May 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Medicaid Waivers”: May 8, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • “Preparing for Life Beyond High School”: May 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will attend a meeting hosted by Superintendent Amy Cashwell with Henrico County faith leaders Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 10 a.m., at the Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East Street, Henrico, Va. Henrico faith leaders received invitations to the meeting to build new relationships and […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will attend a meeting hosted by Superintendent Amy Cashwell with Henrico County faith leaders Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 10 a.m., at the Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East Street, Henrico, Va.

Henrico faith leaders received invitations to the meeting to build new relationships and partnerships to serve students, families and schools in the county. Interested citizens are invited to observe. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance at this meeting, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

Two student horticulture programs are hosting spring plant sales, and your garden wants you to go

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Sharing It’s not really spring until the Academy at Virginia Randolph and the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage host their plant sales. Students at the two schools have been hard at work preparing plants for the annual events. There’ll be a large selection of flowers, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets at terrific prices. Enjoy […]

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It’s not really spring until the Academy at Virginia Randolph and the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage host their plant sales. Students at the two schools have been hard at work preparing plants for the annual events. There’ll be a large selection of flowers, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets at terrific prices. Enjoy your own vegetables and fruits this summer! Want to attract pollinators? Both sales feature lots of flowers that will bring bees and butterflies to say hello. 
 
Academy at Virginia Randolph Annual Spring Plant Sale
The students at Virginia Randolph have grown some amazing-quality plants this year: petunias, geraniums, lantana, new guinea impatiens, caladiums, begonias and many more. They also have stunning combination planters and can customize a planter for you onsite. Cash and checks only please.
 
When: April 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: The Academy at Virginia Randolph, 2204 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060
  • 4-inch vegetables and herbs are $1.50
  • 4-inch annuals and houseplants starting at $3 (6-inch are $5)
  • 1-gallon perennial daylilies and iris are $5
  • 8-inch hanging baskets are $7
Advanced Career Education Center Greenhouse and Landscape Plant Sale
The sale features a huge variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Pick up vinca, marigolds, morning glory, sedum, coreopsis and delightful coneflowers. Vegetables and fruits include peppers, cucumbers, watermelon and many varieties of tomato. Cash and checks only please.
 
When: April 30 and May 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where:Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228
  • Hanging baskets starting at $10
  • Four-packs are $1.50
  • Succulents starting at $2
  • Pots: 3.5-inch for $1, 4.5-inch for $3 ($4.50 for deep pots) and 6.5-inch for $5

All Henrico Reads: Author Lisa Scottoline to address students, public in two Glen Allen High School appearances

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Sharing Henrico, Va., April 8, 2019 – Author Lisa Scottoline will discuss her books in two appearances Wednesday at Glen Allen High School as part of the 11th-annual All Henrico Reads program. At a morning event at the school, Scottoline will speak to students from across Henrico County about her book “Keep Quiet.” At a free […]

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Henrico, Va., April 8, 2019 – Author Lisa Scottoline will discuss her books in two appearances Wednesday at Glen Allen High School as part of the 11th-annual All Henrico Reads program.
 
At a morning event at the school, Scottoline will speak to students from across Henrico County about her book “Keep Quiet.” At a free evening event open to the public, she will discuss her novel “After Anna.” Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for sale after the evening talk and the author will be available to autograph them.
 
“Keep Quiet” is an emotionally gripping, morally complex story about the devastating consequences of a father’s decision to protect his son. Booklist said the author “brings tension to a boil” in the book’s “intriguing exploration of human frailties, justice and family relationships.” 
 
“After Anna” is an engaging thriller and a novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue. Publisher’s Weekly lauded the book as “filled with plenty of twists and complex characters.” The book includes layers of family drama and is centered on the return of an estranged child, murder and a search for the truth. Told from multiple points of view, the book illustrates the intensity of different perceptions.
 
Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels. She also writes the weekly “Chick Wit” column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Find out more about the author at scottoline.com
 
All Henrico Reads is an annual literary program designed to foster community discussion of a chosen book, while highlighting the importance of reading for all ages. It is sponsored by Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico County Public Library and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library. 
 
The student event will be streamed live from the HCPS website, henricoschools.us.
 
April 10 from 10:15-11:45 a.m.
 
Public event:
April 10 from 7-8:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
 
Where:
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, Va. 23060

Make a difference and get on-the-job training: April showers bring opportunities with HCPS

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Sharing Henrico, Va. April 4, 2019 – Of course April showers bring May flowers – and for people who want to be part of a team making a difference, they also bring a downpour of job possibilities. If you’ve mist being part of your community and don’t want to simply follow the cloud, consider a […]

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Henrico, Va. April 4, 2019 – Of course April showers bring May flowers – and for people who want to be part of a team making a difference, they also bring a downpour of job possibilities. If you’ve mist being part of your community and don’t want to simply follow the cloud, consider a position as an HCPS bus driver or school nutrition worker. Rain or shine, our drivers and cafeteria workers are key members of the Henrico Schools team.

Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department and departmental representatives will be on hand April 9 at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. We’re eager to talk to candidates for full-time and part-time bus drivers and school nutrition workers. 

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: April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.

Questions? Contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed. 

Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions. 

April 11 is the day to register your child for kindergarten

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Sharing Henrico, Va. March 29, 2019 – Entering kindergarten is a big step for children and their families. It all starts Thursday, April 11 when Henrico County Public Schools will join with 14 other central Virginia school divisions to register new students for the 2019-20 school year. To enroll a child in Henrico County Public […]

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Henrico, Va. March 29, 2019 – Entering kindergarten is a big step for children and their families. It all starts Thursday, April 11 when Henrico County Public Schools will join with 14 other central Virginia school divisions to register new students for the 2019-20 school year. To enroll a child in Henrico County Public Schools, the child must reside in Henrico County with a parent or court-appointed legal custodian and be 5 years old by Sept. 30.

What parents and guardians need to know:

Where do I register?  Children should be registered at the school they will attend. Not sure? Use our online School Locator tool to find the school for your address: https://henricoschools.us/school-locator/.

When do I register? Thursday, April 11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

What should I bring?

  • An official state-issued birth certificate for your child.
  • A photo ID for the child’s parent or legal guardian (driver’s license, DMV ID, military ID or other picture ID).
  • Proof of residency. You must provide:
    • A current lease agreement, house contract, mortgage statement or tax assessment.
    • A current utility bill (dated within the past 30 days).

If you are living “doubled” with another person or family, the homeowner or primary renter must accompany you to school to register the child. Certain verification and forms are also needed from the parent or legal guardian, as well as from the homeowner or primary renter.

  • The parent or guardian living in a “doubled” household must provide:
    • A notarized affidavit of address, completed in conjunction with the homeowner or primary renter. The document is available from each school.
    • Two pieces of business correspondence with their name at the address they are verifying as their domicile.
    • A valid photo ID.
  • In addition to completing the notarized affidavit with the parent or guardian, the homeowner or primary renter must provide:
    • A current deed or lease.
    • A current utility bill (dated within the past 30 days).
    • A valid photo ID.

Will the school require anything else?  Before the school year starts, you will need to present: An up-to-date record of your child’s immunizations.

A physical exam form signed by a qualified U.S.-licensed health care provider and dated no more than 12 months before the enrollment date. The form can be downloaded at https://henricoschools.us/registration/.

What if I have other questions? More information is available at the Henrico County Public Schools website at https://henricoschools.us/registration/.

For milestone twentieth year, Henrico Schools among America’s “Best Communities for Music Education”

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Sharing Henrico, Va. March 28, 2019 – For the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, Henrico County Public Schools is the ultimate earworm: the industry group can’t get HCPS out of its head. For the twentieth straight year, the group selected the school division as one of America’s top places for music education. Henrico Schools […]

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Henrico, Va. March 28, 2019 – For the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, Henrico County Public Schools is the ultimate earworm: the industry group can’t get HCPS out of its head. For the twentieth straight year, the group selected the school division as one of America’s top places for music education. Henrico Schools has received the honor annually since the group began awarding it in 1999. HCPS is the only school division that has been recognized for all 20 years of the program.
 
Recipients were informed of their selection to the list this week.
 
The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and families who believe in music education and work to make music education accessible to all students.
 
“This recognition says a lot about our teachers, and about the diversity and inclusiveness of our program offerings,” said Rick Tinsley, Henrico Schools’ music education specialist. “It’s also indicative of the strong support for music education within our school division leadership and in our community. Henrico County has tremendous students and music educators and we appreciate when their dedication is recognized.”
 
Studies have shown an association between exposure to the arts and academic and civic engagement.
 
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation is funded by music trade association activities and donations. The foundation works to promote music education as an important part of the core educational curriculum. 
 
To find out more about the “Best Communities for Music Education” program, go to https://www.nammfoundation.org/what-we-do/best-communities-music-education.

Calling all J.R. Tucker alumni: Connect with other Tigers and celebrate the school’s next chapter

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Sharing Henrico, Va. March 26, 2019 – Fifty-three classes have graduated from J.R. Tucker High School since the school opened in 1962. The school’s many alumni and friends are invited to gather at the Parham Road campus April 20 to connect with other Tigers, reminisce about the existing school and celebrate the next chapter. Construction […]

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Henrico, Va. March 26, 2019 – Fifty-three classes have graduated from J.R. Tucker High School since the school opened in 1962. The school’s many alumni and friends are invited to gather at the Parham Road campus April 20 to connect with other Tigers, reminisce about the existing school and celebrate the next chapter. Construction on a new school is slated to begin in the fall on the site of the school’s football stadium and practice field. When the new school is completed in 2021, the existing school will be demolished. J.R. Tucker students will continue to attend the school while the new facility is built.
 
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors are invited to walk the J.R. Tucker campus, including the gym and football stadium. There will be J.R. Tucker clothing and other items for sale, as well as yearbooks, and visitors can buy hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. School booster groups will also hold fundraising events.
 
In September 2018, Henrico officials announced the replacement of both J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs high schools. Both new schools will open for the 2021-22 school year. Unlike the plan for J.R. Tucker, the replacement of Highland Springs High School does not involve demolishing the existing school building.
 
Renderings of each project were presented at a Feb. 28 School Board meeting and can be seen in BoardDocs, a web-based tool for publishing School Board meeting agendas, audio and related material. Find the renderings by going to henricoschools.us and clicking on “School Board and BoardDocs” at the top. At the BoardDocs site, click “Meetings” to find materials from the Feb. 28 monthly meeting.
 
J.R. Tucker High School Alumni Event
 
When: 
April 20*
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Campus walkaround
  • 11 a.m. to noon: JRTHS pep band plays
  • Noon: Group photo of J.R. Tucker alumni on football field
*Booster events start at 8 a.m.
 
Where: 
J.R. Tucker High School
2910 N. Parham Road
Henrico, Va. 23294
 


A rendering of the new J.R. Tucker High School campus, by Moseley Architects.The new facility is slated to open in 2021.

The existing J.R. Tucker High School, as viewed from North Parham Road.

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold the following meetings: Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:30 p.m.         Work Session6:30 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 as […]

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

Thursday, March 28, 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 as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. A livestream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please go to http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. Anyone wishing to attend who is disabled and needs assistance should contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

Henrico Schools’ 2-day countywide ARTS Festival grows bigger every year

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Sharing Henrico, Va. March 18, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival moves into its sixth year with a weekend of fine art, food, a guest speaker, music and more. This year’s Henrico ARTS Festival – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will be held March 23-24 from […]

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Henrico, Va. March 18, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival moves into its sixth year with a weekend of fine art, food, a guest speaker, music and more. This year’s Henrico ARTS Festival – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will be held March 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Varina High School. The theme is “Art makes connections.”
 
Both days will feature displays of fine art from every school in the division and activities sponsored by local community partners and cultural centers. Saturday will feature a 1 p.m. presentation by Richmond muralist, illustrator and Varina H.S. alumna Amelia Blair Langford. Find out more about Langford and see her work at amelialangford.com.
 
Varina High School will also hold a STEAM fair at the festival Saturday. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.
 
The festival aims to use Henrico Schools as a hub for building arts connections across the community.
 
Sixth-annual Henrico ARTS Festival (all activities are free)
 
Saturday, March 23 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Performances, exhibits, activities and Varina H.S. STEAM fair.
Noon: Performance by Varina H.S. band.
1 p.m.: Presentation by muralist and Varina H.S. alumna Amelia Blair Langford.
2 p.m.: Arthur Ashe E.S. musical performance, featuring the All-Star Drummers.
 
Sunday, March 24
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Exhibits and activities
 
Where:
Varina High School, 
7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va.

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will attend a meeting of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors to review the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Annual Financial Plan. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 9 a.m., in the county manager’s third-floor conference room at the Parham Road Government Center, 4301 […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will attend a meeting of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors to review the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Annual Financial Plan. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 9 a.m., in the county manager’s third-floor conference room at the Parham Road Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road, Henrico, Va.

The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Anyone wishing to attend who is disabled and needs assistance at this meeting should contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

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/

Pocahontas Middle School principal receives REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership

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Sharing Henrico, Va. March 13, 2019 – Kim Sigler, principal of Henrico County’s Pocahontas Middle School, has been awarded the REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership for 2018-19. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the […]

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Henrico, Va. March 13, 2019 – Kim Sigler, principal of Henrico County’s Pocahontas Middle School, has been awarded the REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership for 2018-19. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond.
 
The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal professional development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing.
 
Sigler plans to use the project money to support reading, health and P.E. instruction as Pocahontas moves to prioritize STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. Pocahontas uses a “STEAM in Sports” curriculum, and the funds will help connect that with the school’s literacy program.
 
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Community Foundation,” Sigler told school faculty members at a surprise gathering in the school’s library. “At Pocahontas, we do it together and we do it together every day. I can’t imagine another place I’d rather spend from 8:05 [a.m.] until – whenever. You make it all possible. We do excellence every day. That’s not just what we do, it’s who we are, and I think that speaks volumes about you.”
 
Sigler has been principal of Pocahontas since 2009. She joined Henrico Schools as a teacher in 1999 after teaching for seven years in Stafford County. She also teaches a leadership course open to Pocahontas seventh- and eighth-graders.
 
Originally from Staunton, Sigler is an alumna of Mary Washington College, now the University of Mary Washington.


Kim Sigler, principal of Henrico County’s Pocahontas Middle School, is congratulated by Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools superintendent, on being named a 2019 recipient of the REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.

Faculty members of Pocahontas Middle School applaud the announcement of Kim Sigler as recipient of the 2019 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. Sigler, the school’s principal since 2009, was recognized at a surprise gathering Tuesday in the school’s library.

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. 
 

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold the following meeting: Thursday, March 14, 2019       2 p.m.         Work Session The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held as deemed necessary. The meeting is open […]

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

Thursday, March 14, 2019       
2 p.m.         Work Session

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held as deemed necessary. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. A livestream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us.  To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please go to http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. Anyone wishing to attend who is disabled and needs assistance should contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

HCPS Family Learning Night offers workshops, resources for parents and guardians

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Sharing Henrico, Va., March 7, 2019 – Henrico Schools will hold its 2019 Family Learning Night at Henrico High School March 19. “Family Learning Night: Let’s Make it Happen” aims to engage, inform and empower parents and guardians through an evening of parenting workshops and discussions, family-oriented information tables and fun. Tabletop workshop sessions will […]

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Henrico, Va., March 7, 2019 – Henrico Schools will hold its 2019 Family Learning Night at Henrico High School March 19. “Family Learning Night: Let’s Make it Happen” aims to engage, inform and empower parents and guardians through an evening of parenting workshops and discussions, family-oriented information tables and fun. Tabletop workshop sessions will cover a host of topics, including preparation for testing; mentoring; reading on the go; learning strategies; help with planning for life after high school; and services and resources for students with disabilities moving into adulthood.
 
The event will feature a special session on social media and its effects on students. There will also be vendors with tables featuring information on topics of interest to families, such as academic support, camps and summer jobs. Light snacks will be available, as well as a kids’ zone.
 
No registration is required for this divisionwide event, but there will be a sign-in table, and the school with the highest percentage of attendees will win a morning breakfast for its staff, or a lunchtime dessert party. Door prizes will be given away, courtesy of Amazon.
 
The event is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement.
 
What: Henrico Schools Family Learning Night
When: March 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Vendor information tables (gym)
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: “Social media and HCPS kids: Did you know?”
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m.: Table-topic workshops (participants will have time to rotate through three tables)
Where: Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va. 23227
 



Henrico Schools’ 2018 Family Learning Series Summit drew families and other community members to experience workshops and browse information tables.
The 2019 edition – Family Learning Night – will take place March 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Henrico High School.

March on down to Tuckahoe Area Library for a Henrico Schools job fair

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Sharing Henrico, Va. March 7, 2019 – It’s said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Is it true? Let’s say your current job manely gives you paws. After you stop by Henrico Schools’ March 13 job fair and talk with the nice flocks on our human resources team, […]

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Henrico, Va. March 7, 2019 – It’s said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Is it true? Let’s say your current job manely gives you paws. After you stop by Henrico Schools’ March 13 job fair and talk with the nice flocks on our human resources team, ewe wool realize how special Henrico County Schools is. Ewe could end March on your way to a job that brings you pride. Don’t gambol with your happiness! 
 
Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand and eager to talk with you at Tuckahoe Area Library. We’re looking for full-time and part-time bus drivers, as well as school nutrition workers.
 
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: March 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va.
 
Questions? Contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed. 
 
Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions. 

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

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Feb. 18, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools’ winter/spring edition of its Family Learning Series includes topics such as smartphone secrets, a dyslexia simulation and summer planning for students and families. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. Workshops are held at public libraries and school […]

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Henrico, Va. Feb. 18, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools’ winter/spring edition of its Family Learning Series includes topics such as smartphone secrets, a dyslexia simulation and summer planning for students and families. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. Workshops are held at public libraries and school facilities across Henrico County.
 
Register for workshops by emailing Terry Talbott at tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or by calling 804-652-3787. Parents, guardians and Henrico County Public Schools staff members are welcome to register. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend. For details on the sessions, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series-winter-spring-2019-sessions/.
 
Henrico Schools Winter/Spring Family Learning Series
  • “Hidden in Plain Sight” (workshop on possible signs of drug and alcohol use by teens): Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Be Smart Community Safety Campaign”: Feb. 20, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smartphone? Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets”: Feb. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Is Your Child Struggling in School?”: Feb. 27, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Developmental Milestones”: March 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Developmental Milestones”: March 6, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Human Trafficking: Is It in My Community?”: March 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Raising a Confident Child: What’s Your Parenting Style?”: March 13, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Family Learning Night: Let’s Make It Happen!”: March 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • “Dyslexia Simulation”: March 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Summer Planning for Students and Families”: March 27, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Interested in teaching in Henrico County? Talk with school administrators at our major hiring event March 2

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Sharing Click here to register for the March 2 Teacher-Hiring Event. Registration deadline is Feb. 27 Henrico, Va. Feb. 14, 2019 – Teachers and other professionals interested in joining the HCPS team are invited to talk with administrators from schools across Henrico County at a major hiring event March 2 at Glen Allen High School. […]

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Henrico, Va. Feb. 14, 2019 – Teachers and other professionals interested in joining the HCPS team are invited to talk with administrators from schools across Henrico County at a major hiring event March 2 at Glen Allen High School. All 72 of Henrico County Public Schools’ schools and program centers will be represented at this special event, which drew hundreds of attendees in 2018.

While walk-ins are welcome, registration by Feb. 27 is strongly encouraged so that interviews with top candidates can be scheduled to take place at the hiring event.
Click here to register!

We’re seeking teachers for all content areas for the 2019-20 school year, as well as school counselors, librarians, psychologists, social workers and nurses to join our family in schools throughout Henrico County. The school division will also be interviewing candidates for bus driver positions. Come talk with staff members from the school division’s human resources department, as well as representatives from individual schools.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring multiple hard copies of their resumes to share with school administrators.

What:
Henrico County Public Schools Teacher-Hiring Event

When:
March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
(In case of inclement weather, the event will be held March 23.)

Where:
Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

Licensure Information Session: Are you interested in teaching but don’t have a license yet? During the teacher-hiring event, an information session about teacher licensure will be held in the auditorium from 10:30 a.m. to noon. You MUST register and bring your confirmation email in order to attend this special licensure information session, which is limited to 250 participants. Click here to complete the registration form.

Have questions or want more information? Call 804-652-3664.

The job fair is being held on a Saturday morning to accommodate teaching schedules.

Henrico County Public Schools has more than 50,000 students and employs almost 7,000 people.

Community Foundation needs your help to identify region’s outstanding teachers

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Feb. 12, 2019 – Who is the special teacher in your life? The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools – and give them the means to continue growing. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence […]

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Henrico, Va. Feb. 12, 2019 – Who is the special teacher in your life? The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools – and give them the means to continue growing. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.
 
Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive cash grants to support professional development activities. Nominations are invited from parents, students, educators and the community at large. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students.
 
Nominations must be made online. A letter in support of the nomination must be written by another individual and submitted online with the nomination.
 
Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school staff and administrators (except for the school principal), and the community at large.
When: Nominations and letters of support must be submitted by Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.
 
How: Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For detailed instructions, eligibility criteria and a link to the nomination portal, please visit https://www.cfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/REB-Awards-for-Teaching-Excellence#123671-award-amount.
 
*A link to the Community Foundation’s nomination portal can be found at henricoschools.us, under Hot Topics. For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of professional learning and leadership, at 804-652-3769.

Henrico Schools seeking children for 2019-20 preschool program

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Feb. 11, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools is now recruiting for 2019-20 Early Learning Preschool. Early Learning Preschool is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2019. The program is fully funded by Head […]

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Henrico, Va., Feb. 11, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools is now recruiting for 2019-20 Early Learning Preschool. Early Learning Preschool is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2019. The program is fully funded by Head Start, Title I and the Virginia Preschool Initiative programs.
 
How the application process works:
– Parents or guardians must submit a pre-application form online at  https://goo.gl/8ZLunL (English) or https://goo.gl/aQn0ek (Spanish).
– An HCPS family advocate will make contact 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 County Public Schools encourages families of children with special needs to apply; if children require special accommodations, families should notify school staff members when scheduling the appointment. There is no cost for the program for families and transportation will be provided for preschool students in accordance with the school division’s transportation guidelines. Henrico Schools 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 tohttp://henricoschools.us/foundational-learning-family-engagement/preschoolrecruitment/.
 

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/.

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold the following meetings: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 3 p.m.         Work session6 p.m.         Public hearing regarding the proposed annual financial plan for FY 2019-20 The meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed […]

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


Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

3 p.m.         Work session
6 p.m.         Public hearing regarding the proposed annual financial plan for FY 2019-20

The meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary. The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. A livestream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please go to http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. Anyone wishing to attend who is disabled and in need of assistance should contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

Job fairs scheduled before Valentine’s Day: Join HCPS on two February dates

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Feb. 4, 2019 – They say one is the loneliest number. That’s why Henrico Schools is holding two job fairs in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. The heart of the matter? Come check us out on two dates! Candy be any more obvious?     The Feb. 7 event is just […]

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Henrico, Va. Feb. 4, 2019 – They say one is the loneliest number. That’s why Henrico Schools is holding two job fairs in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. The heart of the matter? Come check us out on two dates! Candy be any more obvious?    
 
The Feb. 7 event is just for candidates for substitutes: substitute teachers, instructional assistants, clerical workers, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. The substitute hiring event will be at the Eastern Henrico Government Center. Candidates are encouraged to bring two signed reference letters and other supporting documents. For classroom teacher substitutes, that means a transcript with your degree or degrees and the dates earned. Candidates should also bring their current license, if applicable. Candidates for nursing substitutes should bring their cards for CPR/AED and first aid. 
 
On Feb. 13, we’re seeking candidates for full-time and part-time bus drivers, school nutrition workers and temporary instructional assistants. We also need qualified candidates for the school division’s Department of Construction and Maintenance. Come to Libbie Mill Library and talk with representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives. 
 
Don’t have bus driving experience? Qualified driver candidates will be paid as they train. 
 
Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers
 
Henrico County Public Schools substitute teacher hiring event 
When: Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Eastern Henrico Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
 
Henrico County Public Schools job fair for bus drivers, cafeteria staff and instructional aides
When: Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va.
 
Questions? Contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed. 
 
Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions. 

From cameras to commentary, HCPS students will power basketball livestreams

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Jan. 30, 2019 – When basketball teams from Mills Godwin and Hermitage high schools tip off tonight, there will be plenty of talented performers on the court. There will also be lots on the sidelines. A livestream of the game will feature Hermitage students in all aspects of the production, from color […]

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Henrico, Va. Jan. 30, 2019 – When basketball teams from Mills Godwin and Hermitage high schools tip off tonight, there will be plenty of talented performers on the court. There will also be lots on the sidelines. A livestream of the game will feature Hermitage students in all aspects of the production, from color commentary and sideline reporting to camera work, slow-motion replays and graphics.   
 
The livestream of the girls’ and boys’ games will be handled largely by Hermitage students who are on the staff of the student-run HERM-TV and are enrolled in the high school’s Video and Media Technology class. The livestream will start at 5:50 p.m. with the girls’ game and continue through the boys’ game, which is slated to start at around 7:30 p.m.
 
On Feb. 8, Varina High School students will get a similar opportunity for real-world video production experience. Students enrolled in Varina’s Center for Communications and Media Relations will handle many of the same video and reporting roles for a livestream of the Highland Springs/Varina boys’ game. That livestream will start about 7:30 p.m.
 
TV services staff members in Henrico Schools’ Department of Communications and Public Relations will direct the production, handle the main camera and play-by-play duties, and offer advice, but the students will do the bulk of the work. Students will rotate positions throughout the games, giving more students a chance to participate.
 
The live student productions can be viewed by going to henricoschools.us just before game time and clicking the livestream link. The Mills Godwin/Hermitage games can be seen again this weekend on the HCPS-TV channel in Henrico County – channel 99 on Comcast and channel 38 on Verizon FiOS. The games will also be available for viewing later at the school division’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/henricoschoolstv.
 
 


Student-staffed livestream productions:

Mills Godwin at Hermitage
(boys’ and girls’ games) 
Jan. 30 at 5:50 p.m.
 
Highland Springs at Varina
(boys’ game) 
Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

A Jan. 30 livestream of girls’ and boys’ basketball games is being handled largely by Hermitage High School students. The students are on the staff of the student-run HERM-TV and are enrolled in the high school’s Video and Media Technology class.

A Jan. 30 livestream of girls’ and boys’ basketball games is being handled largely by Hermitage High School students. The students are on the staff of the student-run HERM-TV and are enrolled in the high school’s Video and Media Technology class.


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Hermitage High School students consult with teacher Len Orange to prepare for a Jan. 30 livestream production of basketball games between Mills Godwin and Hermitage high schools.

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Hermitage High School students consult with John Gill of HCPS’ Department of Communications and Public Relations. The students were preparing for a Jan. 30 livestream production of basketball games between Mills Godwin and Hermitage high schools.

Henrico Schools’ recommended budget invests in teachers, opportunities for students

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Jan. 24, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools’ recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 includes funds to improve student/teacher ratios, expand opportunities for students and reduce the student laptop fee. The recommended financial plan adds $20.4 million over the current budget, and comes in at a total of $505,544,812 in the general […]

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Henrico, Va., Jan. 24, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools’ recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 includes funds to improve student/teacher ratios, expand opportunities for students and reduce the student laptop fee. The recommended financial plan adds $20.4 million over the current budget, and comes in at a total of $505,544,812 in the general fund. That’s an increase of 4.2 percent over the current year. The lion’s share of the budget – 76 percent – is devoted directly to instruction.
 
Some of the highlights include investment in areas such as: 
  • Studying and mitigating “salary compression” of HCPS staff.
  • Reducing the student laptop fee from $50 to $25 to help working families, with the intent to eliminate the entire fee by Fiscal Year 2022.
  • Adding teachers to improve pupil/teacher ratios.
  • Adding more reading specialists and investing in other ways to strengthen academic programming. 
  • Adding staff members so elementary teachers get planning periods for effective instruction.
  • Continuing to expand the Gifted Young Scholars Academy at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, and integrating STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) at all HCPS middle schools.
  • Expanding the Achievable Dream Academy to the fourth grade at Highland Springs Elementary School. 
  • Adding additional seats for Henrico students at CodeRVA Regional High School.
  • Offsetting the increasing costs of keeping the school division’s vehicles in good repair.
  • Improving and replacing instructional supplies, textbooks and technology infrastructure.
  • Converting instructional assistants from temporary to full-time positions.
  • Employee health insurance costs.
 
There will be a public hearing Feb. 14 at New Bridge auditorium for comment on the recommended budget. The public hearing will take place at 6 p.m., following the Board’s regular work session. New Bridge auditorium is at 5915 Nine Mile Road in eastern Henrico.
 
Henrico Schools’ recommended budget was put together and revised by HCPS and Henrico County staff members at the direction of the Henrico School Board, the Board of Supervisors and John Vithoulkas, Henrico county manager. The process included significant feedback from the public and from employees, including at meetings in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts, and at two School Board meetings. Community input, ideas and feedback were also received via email.
 
Employee raises will continue to be considered during the budget process. Henrico County, unlike its neighboring localities, uses a “Unified Pay Plan” in which all employees of the county (schools, government, police, fire, etc.) are paid according to a unified scale that would ultimately be approved later this spring by the Board of Supervisors. Look for more developments as the proposal advances. HCPS teachers are among the eligible staff members who have received pay increases totaling more than 12 percentage points since October 2015.
 
School Board members will review the proposal and provide additional feedback and direction to school division staff before a plan is approved in February, after which the plan moves to the Henrico Board of Supervisors for its approval. 
 
Find out more about the recommended plan by going to: https://henricoschools.us/budget-finance/

Want to teach? Find out how you can be in the classroom sooner than you think

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Jan. 22, 2019 – Have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or currently pursuing one? Interested in teaching? Come to Henrico County Public Schools’ Licensure Information Session and find out how you can be teaching sooner than you think. If you have a degree in math, science, world languages or English, you may […]

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Henrico, Va. Jan. 22, 2019 – Have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or currently pursuing one? Interested in teaching? Come to Henrico County Public Schools’ Licensure Information Session and find out how you can be teaching sooner than you think. If you have a degree in math, science, world languages or English, you may even be eligible to get your teaching license immediately. 
 
Representatives from career-switcher programs will be on hand to answer questions and talk with you about the various routes to teacher licensure. Interested in attending? Register for our Licensure Information Session at https://tinyurl.com/y7ulzcds.
 
For additional information, contact Shelby Elliott at 804-652-3429 or sgelliott@henrico.k12.va.us. Please note that this event isn’t for people currently in a teacher prep program; if that describes you, we encourage you to come instead to the annual HCPS Teacher Hiring Event March 2 at Glen Allen High School. Watch for more about that event as information becomes available. 
 
Henrico County Public Schools Licensure Information Session 
When: Jan. 28 from 4-6 p.m.
Where: Henrico Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.

Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meetings

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings: Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:00 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, Virginia.  Closed sessions will be held during the work session […]

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

Thursday, January 24, 2019

2:00 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, Virginia.  Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend.  A livestream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us.  To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public.  If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.

 

Community Foundation needs your help to identify region’s outstanding teachers

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Jan. 17, 2019 – Who is the special teacher in your life? The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools – and give them the means to continue growing. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence […]

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Henrico, Va. Jan. 17, 2019 – Who is the special teacher in your life? The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools – and give them the means to continue growing. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.
 
Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive cash grants to support professional development activities. Nominations are invited from parents, students, educators and the community at large. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students.
 
Nominations must be made online. A letter in support of the nomination must be written by another individual and submitted online with the nomination.
 
Who:The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school staff and administrators (except for the school principal), and the community at large.
 
When: Nominations and letters of support must be submitted by Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.
 
How: Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For detailed instructions, eligibility criteria and a link to the nomination portal, please visit https://www.cfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/REB-Awards-for-Teaching-Excellence#123671-award-amount.
 
*A link to the Community Foundation’s nomination portal can be found at henricoschools.us, under Hot Topics. For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of professional learning and leadership, at 804-652-3769.