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

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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.

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Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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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.

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

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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/

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Pocahontas Middle School principal receives REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership

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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.

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Sports Backers recognizes 49 Henrico County schools

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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. 
 
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Henrico Schools survey will inform school division’s decisions, chart progress

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Henrico, Va. March 5, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools is teaming up with a VCU research group to survey parents, guardians, staff members and students. The 2019 Henrico Schools Survey will be conducted March 11-29 in order to gauge participants’ thoughts and impressions regarding the school division and individual schools. 
 
The survey data will give the school division an idea of what it is doing well and what can be improved. The information will be used to help make decisions about school programs and the allocation of resources and staff. It will also give HCPS an indication of its progress on achieving the goals outlined in the division’s 2018-25 Strategic Plan.
 
The survey will have three versions: one for staff members, one for students in grades 5-12 and one for parents and guardians. Staff and students will complete theirs during the school day, while parents and guardians will receive an email March 11 with a link to the survey. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.
 
Participants have until March 29 to complete the survey, which will be available in multiple languages, including Spanish: https://henricoschools.us/encuesta/.
 
The survey is being conducted by Henrico Schools’ Department of Assessment, Research and Evaluation in collaboration with the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium at VCU’s School of Education.
 
To find out more about the 2019 Henrico Schools Survey, including answers to common questions, go to https://henricoschools.us/surveys/.
 
Find out more about the 2018-25 Strategic Plan at https://henricoschools.us/strategic-plan/.
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Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meetings

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

Thursday, March 14, 2019       
2:00 p.m.         Work Session


The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia.  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 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.

 

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

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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.

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

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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. 
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Henrico Schools survey will inform school division’s decisions, chart progress

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Henrico, Va. March 5, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools is teaming up with a VCU research group to survey parents, guardians, staff members and students. The 2019 Henrico Schools Survey will be conducted March 11-29 in order to gauge participants’ thoughts and impressions regarding the school division and individual schools. 
 
The survey data will give the school division an idea of what it is doing well and what can be improved. The information will be used to help make decisions about school programs and the allocation of resources and staff. It will also give HCPS an indication of its progress on achieving the goals outlined in the division’s 2018-25 Strategic Plan.
 
The survey will have three versions: one for staff members, one for students in grades 5-12 and one for parents and guardians. Staff and students will complete theirs during the school day, while parents and guardians will receive an email March 11 with a link to the survey. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.
 
Participants have until March 29 to complete the survey, which will be available in multiple languages, including Spanish: https://henricoschools.us/encuesta/.
 
The survey is being conducted by Henrico Schools’ Department of Assessment, Research and Evaluation in collaboration with the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium at VCU’s School of Education.
 
To find out more about the 2019 Henrico Schools Survey, including answers to common questions, go to https://henricoschools.us/surveys/.
 
Find out more about the 2018-25 Strategic Plan at https://henricoschools.us/strategic-plan/.
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Henrico Schools’ Family Learning Series offers workshops for parents, guardians and teachers

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

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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.

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

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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.
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Henrico Schools seeking children for 2019-20 preschool program

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

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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/.

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

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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/.

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Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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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.

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

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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. 
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From cameras to commentary, HCPS students will power basketball livestreams

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

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

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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.
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Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meetings

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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.

 

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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.

Moody Middle School eighth-grader captures Henrico Schools’ divisionwide spelling title

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Jan. 16, 2019 – Vishnoy Vadakkancheri bested competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2019 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion. The Moody Middle School eighth-grader won in Round 11 by correctly spelling “domiciliated,” a word meaning establishing residence. The contest brings together spelling champions from each of HCPS’ 45 […]

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Henrico, Va., Jan. 16, 2019 – Vishnoy Vadakkancheri bested competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2019 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion. The Moody Middle School eighth-grader won in Round 11 by correctly spelling “domiciliated,” a word meaning establishing residence. The contest brings together spelling champions from each of HCPS’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools to determine who will represent Henrico County Public Schools at the regional competition. Short Pump Middle School sixth-grader Adam Edwards was runner-up. 
 
Among the words the 13-year-old Vadakkancheri spelled to win the title were “verisimilitude,” “kielbasa” and “animadversion.”
 
With Vadakkancheri’s win, Moody becomes the second school to host Henrico Schools’ new spelling trophy. The trophy, topped with a whimsical bee, was made possible by a donation from four-time Henrico spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy, now a student at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, donated money for the trophy to the Henrico Education Foundation, which had the trophy made. Each year the winner’s name is added to the trophy and resides with the student’s school until a new champion is crowned. At the bee’s conclusion Tuesday, 2018 champion Joseph Chambers presented the trophy to Vadakkancheri.
 
Vadakkancheri will compete next in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 9 at the Library of Virginia. The regional winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held in late May and televised by ESPN.

Moody Middle School eighth-grader Vishnoy Vadakkancheri (at microphone) and Short Pump Middle School sixth-grader Adam Edwards stand onstage during the ninth round of Henrico Schools’ Divisionwide Spelling Bee Tuesday night at Hungary Creek Middle School. Vadakkancheri won in Round 11 by correctly spelling the word “domiciliated.”

Moody Middle School eighth-grader Vishnoy Vadakkancheri reacts after winning the 2019 Henrico County Public Schools Divisionwide Spelling Bee Tuesday night at Hungary Creek Middle School.

Moody Middle School eighth-grader Vishnoy Vadakkancheri won the 2019 Henrico County Public Schools Divisionwide Spelling Bee Tuesday night at Hungary Creek Middle School, while Adam Edwards of Short Pump Middle School was runner-up. Vadakkancheri (center), stands with Bill Pike, Henrico School Board Tuckahoe District representative; Edwards; 2018 winner Joseph Chambers (holding trophy); and Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent.

National Board certification: 11 Henrico teachers attain profession’s highest mark of accomplishment

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Henrico, Va., Jan. 11, 2019 – Eleven Henrico Schools teachers achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2018, the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment. Six additional Henrico teachers renewed their certifications.
 
Becoming certified is a rigorous process. Teachers must submit detailed portfolios to be reviewed by their peers. The portfolios include videos of the candidates teaching, documented professional accomplishments, reflective essays and examples of student work. Teachers must also must pass an exam relevant to his or her subject and level of instruction.
 
The teachers were recognized in a pinning ceremony Jan. 10 at VCU’s Vlahcevic Concert Hall along with teachers from the city of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield and Hanover. 
 
The newly certified teachers from Henrico County Public Schools are:
– Katie Bookbinder, Henrico High School/Hermitage High School 
– Kiri Evans, Pocahontas Middle School
– Kent Givens, Glen Allen High School
– Michelle Grubbs, Short Pump Middle School
– Katelyn Martin, L. Douglas Wilder Middle School 
– W. Scott Mewborn, Glen Allen High School
– Kristina Mitchell, George H. Moody Middle School 
– Laurel Roeder, Arthur Ashe Jr. Elementary School 
– Diane Sharpe, Arthur Ashe Jr. Elementary School
– Karen Stein, Ratcliffe Elementary School
– Katherine Woodard, Echo Lake Elementary School
 
Henrico teachers recognized for renewing their certification included:
– Christine Gay, New Bridge Learning Center
– Rebecca Hodell, HCPS Central Office
– Joan Hodges, George H. Moody Middle School
– Laurie Kaplan, Douglas S. Freeman High School
– Angela Layne, Douglas S. Freeman High School 
– Nancy Wallace, Jackson Davis Elementary School

Photo caption: Henrico Schools teachers gather Jan. 10 at a pinning ceremony at VCU. Eleven Henrico teachers attained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and six others renewed their certifications. Standing are Christine Gay; Kristina Mitchell; Karen Stein, Kaitlin Bookbinder; Diane Sharpe; Beth Teigen, assistant superintendent for instruction; Laurel Roeder; W. Scott Mewborn; Kent Givens; and Nancy Wallace; Seated are Michelle Grubbs; Kiri Evans; Katelyn Martin; Katherine Woodard; Laurie Kaplan; and Joan Hodges. Rebecca Hodell and Angela Layne are not pictured.

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New year, new career? Job fair set for Jan. 16

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Jan. 10, 2019 – Are you sensing an “auld lang syne” from the universe that you should start the year with a new job? Come start a resolution Jan. 16 at Henrico Schools’ job fair at Varina Area Library. Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will […]

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Henrico, Va. Jan. 10, 2019 – Are you sensing an “auld lang syne” from the universe that you should start the year with a new job? Come start a resolution Jan. 16 at Henrico Schools’ job fair at Varina Area Library. Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand and eager to talk with you. We’re looking for full-time and part-time bus drivers, custodial workers and school nutrition workers, along with temporary instructional assistants. 
 
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: Jan 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road, 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. 

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, Jan. 10, 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 during the work session as deemed necessary. The […]

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

Thursday, Jan. 10, 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 during the work session as deemed necessary. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. A livestream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please click http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

“Amy’s Passport” chronicles new superintendent’s Henrico County travels, proposals

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Dec. 19, 2018 – When Amy Cashwell started her new job as Henrico Schools’ superintendent in July, she was struck by Henrico County’s diversity.  “More than 80 languages are spoken in our schools, with families from all over the world,” Cashwell said. “I felt like I could travel the world right here in […]

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Henrico, Va., Dec. 19, 2018 – When Amy Cashwell started her new job as Henrico Schools’ superintendent in July, she was struck by Henrico County’s diversity. 
 
“More than 80 languages are spoken in our schools, with families from all over the world,” Cashwell said. “I felt like I could travel the world right here in Henrico County.”
 
Add that to the county’s geographic diversity – Henrico contains dense suburbs, rural areas and small towns – and “Amy’s Passport” was born. The small, blue passport-themed booklet marks Cashwell’s first six months as superintendent, and is subtitled “Travels, reflections and next steps.”
 
Cashwell presented copies of the booklet to School Board members Thursday at the Board’s monthly meeting, as part of an update on her time in Henrico. She also sent messages about the document to HCPS families and staff members, with a link to the booklet’s digital version: henricoschools.us/amyspassport/.
 
The passport is divided into three sections. The travels section is a Henrico travelogue, with photos and comments as Cashwell connected with families, staff members and community members. The reflections section lists her assessments of Henrico Schools’ strengths and opportunities in HCPS’ four cornerstone areas: safety and wellness; academic growth; equity and opportunity; and relationships. The section on recommendations contains a list of next steps that the Henrico community can expect in the months and years to come.
 
Cashwell will be available for interviews with interested news media outlets Wednesday after 1:30 p.m. Please contact Andy Jenks for scheduling at ajenks@henrico.k12.va.us or 804-652-3724. 
 
The passport began as a blog on Henrico Schools’ website, henricoschools.us.  

Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools superintendent, holds a copy of “Amy’s Passport” at a presentation to the Henrico School Board Thursday.
The small, blue passport-themed booklet marks Cashwell’s first six months as superintendent, and is subtitled “Travels, reflections and next steps.”

Henrico Education Foundation’s Bill Bosher Fund gets major boost

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday: Two additional chances to share your thoughts on HCPS’ 2019-20 budget

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Sharing Henrico Schools will hold two stakeholders’ meetings Tuesday to get community views on the school division’s budget for the 2019-20 school year. The two meetings will be held concurrently in different parts of the county, to provide convenience for people wishing to comment. Both stakeholders’ meetings will feature a short presentation by HCPS staff members […]

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Henrico Schools will hold two stakeholders’ meetings Tuesday to get community views on the school division’s budget for the 2019-20 school year. The two meetings will be held concurrently in different parts of the county, to provide convenience for people wishing to comment.
 
Both stakeholders’ meetings will feature a short presentation by HCPS staff members and will be followed by a chance to comment and ask questions. 
 
The two stakeholders’ meetings, in the Brookland and Fairfield districts, conclude a series of budget input sessions held in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts. Additionally, the second of two public hearings is scheduled to take place before tomorrow’s monthly School Board meeting at New Bridge Auditorium.
 
The stakeholders’ meetings and public hearing are open to the public. If you are unable to attend an input session, you can still offer input by contacting the school division’s budget office at budget@henrico.k12.va.us or by calling 804-652-3633.
 
The school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The superintendent’s budget proposal is scheduled to be released in January.
 
Remaining input opportunities on 2018-19 budget:
  • Dec. 13* at 5:30 p.m. (New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.)
  • Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. (Libbie Mill Branch Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va.)
  • Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.)
*Public hearing that will include opportunities to comment before the Board, but no presentations or discussion.
 
To see details about past budgets, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics,” or go to https://henricoschools.us/budget-finance/.

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 special meeting on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at 7:30 a.m., in the Culinary Arts room of the Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center at Hermitage, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.: the School Board will conduct a breakfast meeting with the Henrico General […]

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va. will hold the following special meeting on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at 7:30 a.m., in the Culinary Arts room of the Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center at Hermitage, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.: the School Board will conduct a breakfast meeting with the Henrico General Assembly legislative delegation for the purpose of reviewing the School Board’s legislative goals.

This 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’ve been very good this year: Give yourself a job you’ll love

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Dec. 6, 2018 – Does your job leave you feeling ho-ho-hum? Does your work make a difference, or just pays the bells? There’s snow debate: when you wake up to a job you love, yule prosper all year.  Do a little career shopping this holiday season: Henrico Schools is holding a job fair […]

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Henrico, Va. Dec. 6, 2018 – Does your job leave you feeling ho-ho-hum? Does your work make a difference, or just pays the bells? There’s snow debate: when you wake up to a job you love, yule prosper all year. 
 
Do a little career shopping this holiday season: Henrico Schools is holding a job fair Dec. 13 at Libbie Mill Library. We’d love to talk with you. Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand at the event. We’re looking 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: Dec. 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. 

Holiday plant sales will make the season bright (and green)

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Nov. 26, 2018 – Deck your halls (and maybe deck your deck, if it’s really warm) with poinsettias, greenery and other holiday plants from Henrico Schools students. The horticulture programs at the Academy at Virginia Randolph and the ACE Center at Hermitage will both hold sales of student-grown plants in December. Come […]

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Henrico, Va. Nov. 26, 2018 – Deck your halls (and maybe deck your deck, if it’s really warm) with poinsettias, greenery and other holiday plants from Henrico Schools students. The horticulture programs at the Academy at Virginia Randolph and the ACE Center at Hermitage will both hold sales of student-grown plants in December. Come give your house the gift of holiday plants at great prices. 

ACE Center at Hermitage Holiday Plant Sale

  • 6.5” poinsettias: $7
  • 6.5” jumbo-sized potted amaryllis: $15
  • 4.5” Christmas cactus: $4
  • Fresh green wreaths, swags and more, priced at $15 and up

When: Dec. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When: ACE Center at Hermitage (greenhouse building), 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.

Poinsettia varieties include jingle bells, prestige red, maran, Polly’s pink and snowcap. All poinsettias and amaryllis are wrapped in foil. All items are grown and made by students. For questions or pre-orders, contact Jennifer Mazza at hjmazza@henrico.k12.va.us.

 

Academy at Virginia Randolph Poinsettia Sale

  • 5” poinsettias: $4
  • 6.5” poinsettias: $8
  • 8” poinsettias: $15

When: Dec. 6-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Academy at Virginia Randolph (greenhouses), 2204 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va.

All poinsettias are wrapped in foil and you can add a festive bow for $1. Plants are grown by students. For questions or pre-orders, contact Sunnie Caldwell at sdwcaldwell@henrico.k12.va.us or 804-261-5085.

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10 Henrico County teachers recognized for classroom excellence with grants, awards

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Nov. 14, 2018 – The Community Foundation has recognized 10 Henrico County teachers for outstanding instruction for 2018. Four HCPS teachers won the REB Award for Teaching Excellence and six additional teachers were finalists. The winners received grants ranging from $10,000 to $12,000, which they will use to become even better instructors, […]

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Henrico, Va., Nov. 14, 2018 – The Community Foundation has recognized 10 Henrico County teachers for outstanding instruction for 2018. Four HCPS teachers won the REB Award for Teaching Excellence and six additional teachers were finalists. The winners received grants ranging from $10,000 to $12,000, which they will use to become even better instructors, traveling to places such as Europe and Africa to continue their love of learning and pursue cutting-edge study in their fields. Across the Richmond area, a total of 16 winners and 18 finalists were selected from among the teachers nominated by students, parents and colleagues.
 
The foundation’s awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area, and are given to nominees who have distinguished themselves through inspiring performance in the classroom.
 
2018 Henrico Schools REB Award winners
  • Caroline Canning, Henrico High School: $11,500 to study the effects of apartheid, and the impact of Nelson Mandela and the social justice movement in South Africa. Canning will also use the grant to explore the culture and beauty of Zambia in pursuit of literary connections.
  • Robert Meister, Glen Allen High School: $10,000 to study improvisational handpan music and techniques with international musicians from France, Portugal and the U.S. to further enhance lessons in literature and writing.
  • Nichole Gross, Fairfield Middle School: $12,000 to explore the cultures, landscapes, languages and arts that influence world literature and American culture. Gross will travel to England, France, Italy, Spain, Ghana and Morocco.
  • Robin Milwit, Greenwood Elementary School: $11,500 to study emerging technologies that help develop students’ social and emotional skills by visiting schools and educational technology companies in Finland. The grant will also pay for Milwit to attend national technology conferences in Florida and California, and to visit the Fred Rogers Center in Pennsylvania.
 
2018 Henrico Schools REB Award finalists (all receive $750 grants)
  • Sarah Catlett, Trevvett Elementary School
  • Jeannine Chewning, Hermitage High School
  • Catherine Latcovich, Deep Run High School
  • Cristina Lynn, Shady Grove Elementary School
  • Joseph Palen, Deep Run High School
  • Kristen Schemmel, Kaechele Elementary School
More information is available at tcfrichmond.org about the REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, as well as the REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. 
Amy Cashwell, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent (at center in dark blue), joins 10 HCPS teachers for a photo Monday night. Four Henrico Schools teachers were honored as winners of the Community Foundation’s 2018 REB Award for Teaching Excellence, while six others were finalists. 
Amy Cashwell, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent (at center in dark blue), joins 10 HCPS teachers for a photo Monday night. Four Henrico Schools teachers were honored as winners of the Community Foundation’s 2018 REB Award for Teaching Excellence, while six others were finalists. 

Family Learning Series continues – register for a workshop

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Nov. 12, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ fall/winter edition of its Family Learning Series workshops continues with topics such as dealing with holiday stress; homework strategies; and understanding your child’s smartphone. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. Workshops are held at public libraries and school facilities […]

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Henrico, Va. Nov. 12, 2018 – Henrico Schools’ fall/winter edition of its Family Learning Series workshops continues with topics such as dealing with holiday stress; homework strategies; and understanding your child’s smartphone. 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-fall-winter-sessions/.
 
Henrico Schools Fall/Winter Family Learning Series
  • “Anxiety and Stress in Elementary Students: Building ‘Worry Warriors’”: Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Making Great Critical Thinkers through STEAM”: Nov. 14, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Virginia’s Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP)”: Nov. 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Preparing for Life Beyond High School”: Nov. 28, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Managing Holiday Stress”: Dec. 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Managing Holiday Stress”: Dec. 5, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Getting a Tax Refund – Now What Do You Do?”: Dec. 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “The Break You Need”: Dec. 12, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone? Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets”: Jan. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Homework and Study Strategies”: Jan. 9, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Dyslexia Presentation and Simulation”: Jan. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Trauma-Informed Care for Students, Families and School Staff”: Jan. 16, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Positive Behavior Support Strategies to Use at Home”: Jan. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The input opportunities will be:  

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

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

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

 

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, Nov. 8, 2018 2:30 p.m.         Work Session5:30 p.m.         Public Input Session to Receive Input Regarding the Proposed 2019-20 Annual Financial Plan6:30 p.m.         Monthly Meeting The meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge […]

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


Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

2:30 p.m.         Work Session
5:30 p.m.         Public Input Session to Receive Input Regarding the Proposed 2019-20 Annual Financial Plan
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 live stream of School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, henricoschools.us. To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public.  If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

For a career you love, the trick is finding the job that’s a daily treat

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 31, 2018 – Are you haunted by jobs witch seemed a good fit at the time, but were really grave mistakes? While sometimes that’s just the way it ghosts, it is possible to have a job you love. If you care about children and want a job that makes a difference, then a career with Henrico County Public Schools can be a daily treat.
 
We’re holding a job fair Nov. 7 at Twin Hickory Area Library and we’d love to talk with you. Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand at the event. We’re looking for full-time and part-time bus drivers and school nutrition workers, as well as technicians with HVAC experience. 
 
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: Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.
 
Questions? Contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed. 
 
Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions. 
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Henrico Schools wins 8 national awards for innovation

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Sharing Henrico, Va., Oct. 29, 2018 – Eight Henrico County Public Schools programs have been recognized in the 2018 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize groundbreaking county government programs across the nation. HCPS winners were: Feeding a Need for Real-World Experience (CTE, ACE Center at Hermitage)Based on employer feedback, students in the […]

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Henrico, Va., Oct. 29, 2018 – Eight Henrico County Public Schools programs have been recognized in the 2018 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize groundbreaking county government programs across the nation. HCPS winners were:
 
Feeding a Need for Real-World Experience (CTE, ACE Center at Hermitage)
Based on employer feedback, students in the culinary arts program Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage needed more on-the-job experience in a real-world setting. A new program lets students develop skills by preparing luncheons and dinners for school and government functions. Students take part in the planning, ordering, preparing, serving and cleanup needed for any event while getting hands-on experience in the fast-paced world of culinary arts.
 
 
“Printing” is More Than Just What You Read (CTE, ACE Center at Hermitage)
Sometimes time and cost are obstacles that make it difficult for schools and county agencies to get important information printed. Through the Graphic Communications program at the Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center at Hermitage High School, items are produced at a fraction of the cost of a commercial printer. Customers get a high-quality product, and students have the opportunity to get hands-on, real-world experience in all aspects of the operation, including customer interaction, design, cost estimates and producing the finished product. 
 
 
Art, Reading, Science and Community: From a Tiny Seed a Garden Grows (Fair Oaks ES)
“From a Tiny Seed a Garden Grows” was a collaborative project that combined visual arts, reading and science at Fair Oaks Elementary School. Through a grant provided by the Henrico Education Foundation, students in kindergarten through fifth-grade received garden books and worked together to plan and paint a hallway mural and decorate rocks and plant flowers in the courtyard. Taught under the guidance of a Richmond artist, the project has created a community atmosphere, increased reading levels and deepened students’ knowledge of art and science.
 
 
Maggie Walker Governor’s School: Remaking an Old-School Application Process (HCPS Operational Technology and Gifted Education departments)
What was a burdensome and inefficient process of for HCPS staff and nearly 1,400 applicants to the Maggie Walker Governor’s School became efficient and far more manageable using a new online portal. Staff members don’t have the arduous manual requirements they had before. The innovative solution to an old process allows them the time to focus on other areas of importance.
 
 
Spreading Goodwill Through Books (HCPS Library Services Department)
HCPS’ Department of Library Services and Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia established a partnership to supply books to Henrico students and families. Goodwill’s Central Virginia support center processes around a million donated books a week, most of which end up being recycled. HCPS Library Services has coordinated a weekly opportunity for HCPS staff members to attend Goodwill and choose free books for school use. The weekly “diving for books” opportunity has yielded books in support of a host of HCPS initiatives.
 
 
The Work-Van Project: Students Upgrade Skills and County Vehicles (CTE, ACE Center at Highland Springs)
While work vans used by Henrico County are in good mechanical shape, the exteriors of the vans show the wear and of constant use and weather. The auto body department at the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs helped its students’ lessons become reality by forming a partnership with Henrico County to paint Henrico County’s fleet of work vans. Students get valuable experience while Henrico County is able to have the vans painted at substantial savings.
 
 
Video Training for Secure School Testing (HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations, Human Resources Department, HCPS Office of Testing, the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School and HCPS Department of Legal Services)
Virginia’s SOLs require a secure environment and consistent procedures to ensure the integrity of test results. HCPS provides all instructional staff members with security training using a video produced by HCPS. The video includes short scenes of common security violations from past testing events and gives staff members standardized training in an engaging and effective way. The video was created in 2015 and updated in 2016. After nine successful quarterly training sessions, a new video is being created for the 2018 testing program. 
 
 
The Academy at Virginia Randolph’s 100 Men Challenge (Academy at Virginia Randolph)
The program is an effort to provide strong role models for male students at the school. The Challenge invites 100 men from various professions onto campus one day per month to motivate, encourage, and support the school’s male student population. The program aims to provide stability and security that will enable students to view life through a different lens and, ultimately, to empower and enhance their lives. 
 

The Academy at Virginia Randolph’s 100 Men Challenge was a dual winner – the mentoring program was also recognized with an award from the Virginia Association of Counties.

Across all departments and agencies, Henrico County earned 24 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties, plus two Best of Category awards. Henrico’s 24 awards are the most of any county in Virginia for the 12th consecutive year, and were the seventh most nationally. The counties finishing ahead of Henrico, such as Los Angeles County, Calif. and Miami-Dade County, Fla., all have much larger populations. Those counties all contain between 1 million and 10 million residents, while Henrico County has about 328,000 residents.  


Caption: Representatives of Henrico Schools departments were recognized at the October monthly School Board meeting for winning national awards for innovation in county government.

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

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 24, 2018 – Families face challenges; Henrico Schools’ Family Learning Series is here to help. The school division’s fall/winter edition includes topics such as dealing with holiday stress, homework strategies and staying aware of your child’s digital world. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 24, 2018 – Families face challenges; Henrico Schools’ Family Learning Series is here to help. The school division’s fall/winter edition includes topics such as dealing with holiday stress, homework strategies and staying aware of your child’s digital world. 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-fall-winter-sessions/.
 
Henrico Schools Fall/Winter Family Learning Series
  • “What Does my Student Need to Graduate from High School? Understanding the Virginia Graduation Requirements” (presented in Spanish): Oct. 24, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “What Does my Student Need to Graduate from High School? Understanding the Virginia Graduation Requirements” (presented in Spanish): Oct. 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Keeping Up with the Rapidly Changing Digital World in Which Our Children Live and Learn”: Oct. 31, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Monitoring Behavior at Home”: Nov. 7, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Anxiety and Stress in Elementary Students: Building ‘Worry Warriors’”: Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Making Great Critical Thinkers through STEAM”: Nov. 14, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Virginia’s Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP)”: Nov. 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Preparing for Life Beyond High School”: Nov. 28, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Managing Holiday Stress”: Dec. 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Managing Holiday Stress”: Dec. 5, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Getting a Tax Refund – Now What Do You Do?” Dec. 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “The Break You Need”: Dec. 12, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone? Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets”: Jan. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Homework and Study Strategies”: Jan. 9, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Dyslexia Presentation and Simulation”: Jan. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Trauma-Informed Care for Students, Families and School Staff”: Jan. 16, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Positive Behavior Support Strategies to Use at Home”: Jan. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

See into your future: College and Career Night 2018

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Sharing Henrico, Va. Oct. 22, 2018 – Do you have the power to see the future? You could get a glimpse Oct. 29 at Hermitage High School. Students of all ages are invited to Henrico County Public Schools’ 2018 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of […]

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 22, 2018 – Do you have the power to see the future? You could get a glimpse Oct. 29 at Hermitage High School. Students of all ages are invited to Henrico County Public Schools’ 2018 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, as well as about 50 representatives of career options such as businesses and branches of the military.
 
The event recently saw the introduction of a timesaving feature: pre-registration barcodes. In past years, aisles could sometimes be glutted with students and parents filling out information cards to leave with colleges. Students are now asked to fill out a brief questionnaire ahead of the event at www.gotocollegefairs.com to receive a personal barcode. When they find colleges at the event that pique their interest, students can quickly transfer their contact information by having a personal barcode scanned.
 
Henrico County College and Career Night
 
When: Monday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228

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, Oct. 25, 2018 3 p.m.        Work session6:30 p.m.        Monthly meeting All meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, 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, Oct. 25, 2018

3 p.m.        Work session
6:30 p.m.        Monthly meeting

All meetings will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. A 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 804-652-3724.

Band Showcase: One cool night, nine cool marching bands 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where: Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va. 
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Challenger Day will get students with cognitive and physical challenges onto the field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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

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

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

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