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

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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. 
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Family Learning Series continues – register for a workshop

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

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

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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/.

 

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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, 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.

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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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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.

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

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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.
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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.

Meet Amy Cashwell, Henrico Schools’ new superintendent

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

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

Meet-and-Greet Sessions

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about Henrico Schools’ new superintendent and read a brief interview by going to https://henricoschools.us/henrico-county-public-schools-selects-amy-cashwell-as-new-superintendent/

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

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

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

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

Back-to-School Kickoff activities include:

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

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

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2018-2019 Per Pupil Expenditure

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Sharing July 2018 A state regulation requires us annually to make available the average per pupil expenditures (pdf). Shown below is a comparison of average per pupil expenditures for operations.   Sources of Financial Support 2016-2017 State Average (Actual) 2016-2017 Henrico Average (actual) 2017-2018 Henrico Average (Budget) 2018-2019 Henrico Average (Budget) State Funds $3,996 $3,252 […]

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Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meeting

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Sharing The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting: Thursday, August 9, 2018 2:00 p.m.     Work Session The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia.  Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed […]

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

2:00 p.m.     Work Session

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia.  Closed sessions will be held during the 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 652-3724.

Henrico Health Department offering appointments for school physicals, immunizations

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Sharing Henrico, Va., July 26, 2018 – The Henrico County Health Department is offering appointments for school physical exams and back-to-school immunizations in August. Students in preschool through fifth grade can get physicals performed on three days: Aug. 1, 9 and 16. Immunizations will be offered Aug. 27, 29 and 31 to students in preschool […]

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Henrico, Va., July 26, 2018 – The Henrico County Health Department is offering appointments for school physical exams and back-to-school immunizations in August. Students in preschool through fifth grade can get physicals performed on three days: Aug. 1, 9 and 16. Immunizations will be offered Aug. 27, 29 and 31 to students in preschool through 12th grade. Services on these days are by appointment and will be at the Henrico County Health Department’s West Clinic at 8600 Powers Drive. 
 
If needed, immunizations required for school attendance can be given during physicals. The immunization clinics will offer students the Tdap vaccine, which can protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, as well as the vaccine for HPV, which can protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus. The Tdap vaccine, a booster, is required for school attendance. 
 
Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, with a photo ID. Students getting vaccinated should bring immunization records, if available. If a participating student has health insurance, the accompanying parent or guardian should bring insurance or Medicaid cards. There is no Henrico residency requirement for the appointments. There will be no out-of-pocket costs to participating families for school-required immunizations. For physicals, uninsured or underinsured Medicaid clients (eligibility group A) will have no out-of-pocket costs. Other Medicaid clients or clients with other insurance may be charged a percentage of the cost for physicals. 
 
School physical exams (by appointment only)
When: Aug. 1, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16
Where: Henrico County Health Department West Clinic, 8600 Powers Drive, Henrico, Va.
To make an appointment, call 804-501-4651.
 
Back-to-school immunizations (by appointment only)
When: Aug. 27, Aug. 29 and Aug. 31
Where: Henrico County Health Department West Clinic, 8600 Powers Drive, Henrico, Va.
To make an appointment, call 804-501-4651.
 
Appointments can also be arranged at the department’s East Clinic by calling 804-652-3190. The East Clinic is at 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community conversation about planned elementary school

Who: 
Members of the community are invited to attend

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

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

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Rising sixth-graders can get immunized in July at four Henrico County walk-in clinics

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Sharing Henrico, Va., July 17, 2018 – Rising sixth-graders can get vaccinated at walk-in clinics in July at four Henrico County middle schools. The first two clinics are Wednesday. Henrico County Public Schools’ Department of School Health Services has teamed up with the Henrico Health Department to hold the clinics on July 18 and 25. […]

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Henrico, Va., July 17, 2018 – Rising sixth-graders can get vaccinated at walk-in clinics in July at four Henrico County middle schools. The first two clinics are Wednesday. Henrico County Public Schools’ Department of School Health Services has teamed up with the Henrico Health Department to hold the clinics on July 18 and 25. The clinics will offer students the Tdap vaccine, which can protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, as well as the vaccine for HPV, which can protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus. The Tdap vaccine, a booster, is required for all children entering the sixth grade.

In order to be vaccinated, students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If a participating student has health insurance, the accompanying parent or guardian should bring insurance or Medicaid cards. There is no Henrico residency requirement for the vaccinations and there will be no out-of-pocket costs to participating families. If there is a line, those present when the clinic ends may still receive vaccinations.

“This is a huge opportunity for our community and can potentially reduce the number of students not allowed into instruction on our first day or days for failure to have a required vaccine,” said Robin Gilbert, supervisor of Henrico Schools’ Department of Student Health Services.

Walk-in clinics for Tdap and HPV vaccines

July 18
9-11 a.m. at Brookland Middle School, 9200 Lydell Drive, Henrico, Va.

1-3 p.m. at Holman Middle School, 600 Concourse Blvd., Glen Allen, Va.

July 25
9-11 a.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road, Henrico, Va.

1-3 p.m. at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 

Questions? Contact the Henrico County Health Department’s West End Clinic at 804-501-4651. 

School bus drivers now earn more; Henrico Schools also seeking school nutrition workers, skilled trade workers, teachers

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Sharing Henrico, Va. July 16, 2018 – We’re preparing for the best school year ever and we’d love to talk with you about joining our team. Henrico County Public Schools will hold a job fair Wednesday at the Henrico County Training Center to talk about opportunities with the school division. School division bus drivers now […]

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Henrico, Va. July 16, 2018 – We’re preparing for the best school year ever and we’d love to talk with you about joining our team. Henrico County Public Schools will hold a job fair Wednesday at the Henrico County Training Center to talk about opportunities with the school division. School division bus drivers now earn more – $14.18 per hour to start for full-time drivers and up to $14.86 for experienced drivers. Substitute drivers now earn $13.51 per hour. Henrico Schools is also seeking school nutrition workers, plumbers, carpenters and technicians specializing in heating and air conditioning.
 
Henrico Schools is also seeking teachers in some hard-to-staff areas: Spanish, French, special education, math, physics, technical education, and family and consumer science. If you have an expired Virginia teaching license, are a retired teacher in one of these subjects, or hold at least an undergraduate degree in one of these areas, come talk to us. We need you, too. 
 
Representatives from the HCPS Human Resources Department, as well as departmental representatives, will be on hand for the event.
 
Don’t know how to drive a bus? Qualified bus driver candidates will be paid while they train.
 
Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers.
 
Henrico County Public Schools job fair
When: 
July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Where: 
Henrico County Training Center
7701 E. Parham Road, Henrico, Va. 23294
 
Questions? Call 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.

Want to contribute to Henrico Schools’ equity and diversity efforts? There are three opportunities in July

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Sharing Henrico, Va., July 11, 2018 – If you’d like to participate in Henrico County Public Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity across the school division, we’d like your input. Henrico Schools’ Department of Equity and Diversity is holding three opportunity meetings in July. Help create a manual on monthly diversity recognition to give […]

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Henrico, Va., July 11, 2018 – If you’d like to participate in Henrico County Public Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity across the school division, we’d like your input. Henrico Schools’ Department of Equity and Diversity is holding three opportunity meetings in July.

  • Help create a manual on monthly diversity recognition to give school leaders guidance on the best ways to recognize marginalized groups. The manual will include six nationally recognized heritage months: Black History Month, Hispanic-Latino History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian History Month and National American Indian History Month. 
    July 16 from 4-6 p.m., Henrico County Public Schools Central Office (Community Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Give your input on multicultural books being considered for incorporation into middle and high school courses for 2018-19. Open to students and adults.
    July 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Henrico County Public Schools Central Office (Multipurpose Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.  
  • Provide input on the creation of a religious sensitivity support document aimed at helping inform school leaders.
    July 18 from 5-6 p.m., Henrico County Public Schools Central Office (Multipurpose Room), 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.

Questions? Contact Monica Manns, director of the HCPS Department of Equity and Diversity, at mmanns@henrico.k12.va.us or 804-652-3845. Want to know more about Henrico Schools’ efforts to increase equity and diversity? Go to https://henricoschools.us/equity-and-diversity/

Equity, inclusive classrooms the focus as Henrico Schools educators attend retreat 

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Sharing Henrico, Va. July 9, 2018 – A group of educators from Henrico County Public Schools participated in an intensive retreat aimed at giving them tools to develop more inclusive learning communities. The retreat was designed to give educational leaders the chance to focus on eliminating disparities based on race and socioeconomic status in all […]

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Henrico, Va. July 9, 2018 – A group of educators from Henrico County Public Schools participated in an intensive retreat aimed at giving them tools to develop more inclusive learning communities. The retreat was designed to give educational leaders the chance to focus on eliminating disparities based on race and socioeconomic status in all areas of school life and academic achievement. Called the Henrico Educational Equity Initiative, the workshops were facilitated by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. It was held at Sweet Briar College June 25-28 and included participants from five HCPS schools: Glen Allen Elementary School; Holman, Moody and Short Pump middle schools; and Glen Allen High School.

HCPS educators learned about how bias and prejudice can affect learning and teaching. Through interactive workshops and small group discussions, participants designed different approaches to creating a supportive learning environment. At the conclusion of the retreat, educators designed action plans for schools, focusing on closing gaps in opportunity and achievement, and on creating an inclusive school atmosphere.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with businesses, communities and school divisions to achieve success by eliminating prejudice through workshops and retreats. The goals of the retreat align with Henrico Schools’ cornerstones, which include equity and opportunity.

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/.