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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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. 
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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 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.

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

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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.”

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Henrico Education Foundation’s Bill Bosher Fund gets major boost

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

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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/.
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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 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.

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

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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.

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

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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. 
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall in love with a job at Henrico Schools

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

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 4, 2018 – A crisp fall day makes everything feel new – and so does a job you love. If you want a rewarding career that makes a difference, come be part of the team at Henrico County Public Schools. We’re holding a job fair at Tuckahoe Area Library Oct. 10. HCPS is looking for school nutrition workers to keep students fed and ready to learn, and bus drivers to transport them safely and on time. Our construction and maintenance team is seeking carpenters, plumbers and people with experience in heating and air conditioning, to keep our schools in great condition. Temporary instructional assistants are also needed.
 
Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand at the event.
 
Don’t have bus driving experience? Qualified driver candidates will be paid as they train. 
 
Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at www.henricoschools.us/careers
 
Henrico County Public Schools job fair 
When: Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, Va.
 
Questions? Contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664. Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 804-652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use our computers and get help if needed. 
 
Candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers must: be at least 21 years old; have a valid Virginia driver’s license; obtain a CDL Class B instructional permit or hold a CDL Class B license with endorsements in P (Transporting Passengers)/S (School Bus) and airbrakes; pass a physical and drug test and have no felony convictions. 

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

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

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

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

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

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Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

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

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

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

Where: Please mail nominations to:

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

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

Award recipients will be announced in March 2019.

 

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Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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

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

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 more Henrico schools gain state accreditation

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

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

HCPS schools accredited for 2018-19

(Schools in bold regained accreditation)

Elementary schools:

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

Town hall meetings continue across Henrico County

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Henrico, Va. Sept. 26, 2018 – Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ new superintendent, continues to hold town hall meetings this fall to talk with members of the public. Cashwell will begin the meetings with a short presentation about the school division’s four cornerstones: safety and wellness, academic growth, equity and opportunity, and relationships. She will also discuss HCPS’ new strategic plan  Henrico Schools’ new learner profile; and the school division’s new emphasis on a “deeper learning” model for students. The presentation will be followed by time for attendees to ask questions and share ideas. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions relating to these or other areas.
 
Henrico County Public Schools Town Hall Meetings (all meetings are 6:30-8 p.m.)
 
Oct. 1: L. Douglas Wilder MS, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. (Fairfield District)
Oct. 2: John Rolfe MS, 6901 Messer Road, Henrico, Va. (Varina District)
Oct. 4: Quioccasin MS, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. (Tuckahoe District)
Oct. 9: Hungary Creek MS, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va. (Brookland District)
 
A town hall meeting is being held in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts. The series kicked off with a Sept. 19 meeting at Short Pump Middle School, in the Three Chopt District.
 
The meetings come on the heels of five successful meet-and-greet sessions with the new superintendent held at Henrico County libraries in August. Since starting July 1, Cashwell has met with students, families, county officials and Henrico Schools staff members at sites across the county in an effort to get to know the people and places of her new school division.
 
Keep up with Dr. Cashwell as she gets to know the people and places of Henrico County. Check out “Amy’s Passport” at https://henricoschools.us/amyspassport/.
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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, Sept. 27, 2018

2 p.m.        Work session

6:30 p.m.        Monthly meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highland Springs High School

Highland Springs High School

JR Tucker High School

JR Tucker High School

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henrico, Va., Sept. 19, 2018 – Being a mentor with Henrico HEROES can take as little as 30-45 minutes a week  – but the impact can be huge. The group, named the commonwealth’s top mentoring program in 2014, will hold its first training session Thursday and another Oct. 4.
 
The process is easy. Mentors complete an application, undergo a background check, and attend a training session. The program runs from October to May. Mentors meet with their students once a week for 30-45 minutes and participate in a programwide kickoff and end-of-year celebration. To learn more, contact Leslie Waller at 804-652-3813 or email henricoheroes@henrico.k12.va.us. Henrico HEROES is administered by Henrico County Public Schools.
 
Studies show that mentoring pays big dividends for students. It improves students’ attendance and academic motivation, and students with a mentor are more likely to enroll in college, to volunteer and to be involved in sports and other extracurricular activities. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

New school year, new opportunities with Henrico County Public Schools

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

Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand at the event.

Don’t have bus driving experience? Qualified driver candidates will be paid as they train. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at www.henricoschools.us/careers

Henrico County Public Schools job fair 
When: Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Henrico Theatre (second floor), 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs, Va.

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

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

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

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

The finalists for the seat are:

  • Melissa Dart, a member of the HCPS Special Education Advisory Committee.
  • Bill Pike, former principal of Lakeside Elementary School and former assistant principal at Hermitage High School.
  • Marcie Shea, a former teacher at Douglas Freeman High School and a current PTA volunteer.

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

Henrico County citizens are invited to speak about the vacancy at the 4 p.m. hearing, which will follow the Board’s work session. Members of the public will have four minutes each to address the Board. Citizens may sign up in advance to speak at the public hearing by contacting Debbie Ward, clerk of the School Board, at 804-652-3808 or by emailing dnward@henrico.k12.va.us.

The School Board will select and announce the appointee at a special work session Sept. 20Oct 4

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

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

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

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Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meeting

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

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The County School Board of Henrico County, Va., will hold a special work session on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at noon, specifically for the Board to enter into a closed meeting solely for the purpose of interviewing applicants for the Tuckahoe Magisterial District School Board vacancy. The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. The beginning of the meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend, but please note the only action will be to enter into closed session. To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public. If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

School Board seeks applicants to replace Marshall as Tuckahoe District representative

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

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

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Lisa Marshall announces resignation from Henrico School Board

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

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

Public service announcement: Henrico County School Board meetings

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

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

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

2:30 p.m.        Work Session

6:30 p.m.        Monthly Meeting

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

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

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

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

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