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Check out these summer reading tips, part of HCPS’ ‘Summer Reading Kick-Off’

Henrico, Va. June 17, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ “Summer Reading Kick-Off” aims to build students’ reading skills – and encourage fun – all summer long. At three interactive webpages for HCPS elementary, middle and high school students, you’ll find reading resources, activities and tips for keeping your students engaged this summer. The colorful interactive […]

Hear student perspectives in the next edition of HCPS’ ‘Community Conversations’ on racism and inequity

Henrico, Va. June 17, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ “Community Conversations” series continues Tuesday at 6 p.m., as an online panel of HCPS high school students discusses issues of racism, injustice and inequity. The conversations are part of HCPS’ Family Learning Series workshops. For details and information about how to easily join the discussion using […]

HCPS will close Monday for Juneteenth observance

Henrico, Va. June 16, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools will close Monday in observation of Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Superintendent Amy Cashwell said in an email to employees Tuesday that she and the School Board hope to encourage reflection and dialogue, and prioritize cultural and […]

Juneteenth: Schools and offices to close in observance on Monday, June 22

June 16, 2020To the Henrico team,Over the past week, I’ve engaged in several emotional and difficult conversations with employees, students, and community members. They’ve shared with me the trauma they are experiencing in light of the recent acts of racism, hate, and bigotry seen across our nation, as well about their personal struggles for racial […]

Grab-and-go meals distribution, other closure-related services moving to summer schedules

Tema: Cambios al servicio de comidas, reparación de computadoras y línea de asistencia telefónica. Henrico, Va. June 12, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ “grab-and-go” meals distribution service will move to a summer schedule Monday, as will its mobile technology hubs and an information hotline designed to help families during HCPS’ closure for the coronavirus […]

Douglas Freeman High School will engage in listening process on future of ‘Rebels’ nickname

Henrico, Va. June 11, 2020 — Douglas S. Freeman High School will solicit input from students, families, alumni and community members on the future of its “Rebels” nickname, the school’s principal announced today in an email message. The process will be about collecting experiences and opinions. A committee of community members, students and staff will […]

Should the 2021-22 school year start before or after Labor Day? Tell us your thoughts.

Henrico, Va. May 20, 2020 — In early March, Henrico County Public Schools introduced the idea of a pre-Labor Day start to the 2021-22 school year. That was before the educational landscape shifted with HCPS’ closure to combat the coronavirus pandemic. At its May 14 work session, the Henrico School Board decided to revisit the […]

Glen Allen High School teacher named Henrico Schools’ 2020 Teacher of the Year

Henrico, Va. May 5, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools employs more than 4,000 teachers, but only one is honored each year with the division’s Teacher of the Year Award. Lindsey Pantele, an English teacher at Glen Allen High School, was named this year’s winner. Lindsey Pantele, the 2020 HCPS Teacher of the Year, stands […]

Henrico Schools distributes Chromebooks to elementary families in need of home computers

Henrico, Va. April 29, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools has distributed almost 5,000 Chromebook computers to elementary students who needed access to a computer at home during the school division’s closure. HCPS’ closure for the year has made digital materials a centerpiece of education efforts, through Henrico Edflix, HCPS’ new digital distance learning plan. […]

Virtual methods get application process back on track for 2020-21 early learning preschool

Henrico, Va. April 22, 2020 — After being halted to help stem the spread of coronavirus, the application process for HCPS’ 2020-21 Early Learning Preschool is back on track with the help of virtual technology. The application window is now open. Early Learning Preschool is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who […]

Citizens invited to submit public comments online for School Board’s virtual work session

Henrico, Va. April 21, 2020 — Citizens wishing to comment publicly at the Henrico School Board’s Thursday virtual work session are invited to submit written comments in advance using an online form. Comments will be distributed to the Board members before the meeting and posted for public view on “BoardDocs,” where all meeting materials are […]

Questions? Call Henrico Schools’ new hotline

Henrico, Va. April 20, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ closure for coronavirus can bring up a variety of questions for parents and guardians. That’s why the school division has launched a new hotline, to address questions from families. While many issues can be resolved by contacting your student’s teacher, counselor or principal, the HCPS […]

Ratcliffe E.S. principal receives REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership

Henrico, Va. April 14, 2020 — Joy Reed, principal of Henrico County’s Harold Macon Ratcliffe Elementary School, has been awarded the 2019-20 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The award was announced by HCPS Superintendent Amy Cashwell at a virtual meeting today of Ratcliffe faculty members. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals […]

In response to COVID-19, Henrico County Public Schools will delay redistricting process

Henrico, Va. April 6, 2020 — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Northam’s stay-at-home order, in effect until at least June 10, the Henrico County School Board will delay the school division’s comprehensive redistricting process. The final stages of the process — including presentations, public hearings and the vote which had been scheduled […]

Schools are closed for 2019-20, but HCPS’ ‘Questions’ page will provide latest updates

Henrico, Va. March 24, 2020 — Gov. Northam’s order closing Virginia’s schools for the remainder of the school year raises countless questions for Henrico County Public Schools families and staff members. As decisions are made or change in the wake of the closure, HCPS will post regular updates to its “Commonly Asked Questions” webpage. The page […]

HCPS will extend closure through Spring Break

Henrico, Va. March 18, 2020 — In response to the continued spread of coronavirus, and recommendations by health officials, Henrico County Public Schools will extend the closure of its school facilities through Spring Break. While the situation continues to evolve rapidly, April 14 is now the earliest possible date for a return to school. Monday, […]

Henrico County Public Schools will add 8 more sites for ‘grab and go’ meal distribution

Henrico, Va. March 18, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools will add seven additional food distribution sites Thursday and another Monday, bringing to 14 the sites where students can pick up free “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches during the school division’s closure for coronavirus. Many students depend on school meals as a crucial part […]

Henrico County is supporting families during the school closure. You asked to help: Here’s how.

Henrico, Va. March 15, 2020 — In extraordinary times, the Henrico community comes together like no other. In response to numerous offers and inquiries from thoughtful citizens and community partners, Henrico County Public Schools is answering the question, “How can I help?”  Starting Monday, March 16, the HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement, along […]

Parents and guardians: Come to a Preschool Recruiting Event for Henrico Schools’ 2020-21 preschool program

Note: Because of the school division’s COVID-19 closure, preschool recruiting events have been canceled. More details will be posted on the school division’s preschool page as they become available. Henrico, Va., March 6, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools will host a series of Preschool Recruiting Events in March for families interested in the school division’s […]

March on down to Henrico County Public Schools’ job fair

Henrico, Va. March 4, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools is a special place to work. Come to a job fair March 12 and talk with us about joining our team. The job fair will be held at the Henrico Training Center at 7701 E. Parham Road. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance […]

Interested in working for a progressive, employee-friendly school division? Apply to attend HCPS’ Teacher Hiring Event

Henrico, Va. Feb. 26, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools is accepting applications to attend its 2020 Teacher Hiring Event. The March 27 event is geared toward job candidates in the following critical-needs teaching areas: Math. World languages. Science. English. Career and technical education (CTE). Special education. School counseling. Title-I schools. Henrico County Public Schools’ […]

Your family needs information: Henrico County Public Schools’ Family Learning Series is here to help

NOTE: Because of the school division’s closure for COVID-19, the winter/spring Family Learning Series has been canceled.  Henrico, Va. Feb. 20, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ winter/spring edition of its Family Learning Series includes topics such as vaping prevention, how to incorporate family time into your busy schedule, and providing support for LGBTQ students. […]

Vaping is a growing problem. What can parents and guardians do?

Henrico, Va. Feb. 13, 2020 — At least one in 10 Henrico County young people have reported using an e-cigarette or vaping device, according to nonprofit advocacy group Henrico Too Smart 2 Start — and the popularity of vaping is increasing. Register for Henrico County Public Schools’ Feb. 27 Vaping Prevention Workshop and get the facts […]

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

Henrico, Va. Feb. 11, 2020 – Who is the special teacher in your life? The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools – and give them the means to continue growing. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in […]

It’s almost Valentine’s Day: Are we a match?

Henrico, Va. Feb. 10, 2020 – This Valentine’s Day, make a date with Henrico County Public Schools. Drop by Libbie Mill Library Feb. 14 (no pressure) and let’s see if we click! HCPS human resources and departmental representatives will be on hand. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at www.henricoschools.us/careers. (Unfortunately, our application […]

Prevent the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses

Feb. 7, 2020 Dear Henrico families: Influenza activity in Virginia is widespread and is affecting our community. In multiple schools in Henrico County, children have become sick with influenza (“the flu”) and/or influenzalike illnesses. Influenza is a virus that can live in a person’s respiratory tract. Thus, flu and other viruslike illnesses are usually spread […]

Henrico Schools is growing and becoming more diverse

Henrico, Va. Feb. 4, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools is growing and becoming more diverse, according to enrollment statistics. As of November 2019, K-12 enrollment at the school division’s 72 schools and program centers was 50,406, up from 48,431 in 2010. The school division has also become more diverse in the past decade. The […]

Recommended 2020-21 financial plan includes big wins for Henrico Schools’ students and staff members

Henrico, Va., Jan. 30, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ 2020-21 Recommended Financial Plan includes $19 million in new funding and addresses some major needs of Henrico families, teachers and staff members. The budget proposal focuses on more opportunities and support systems for students and teachers, continued investment in safe and well-maintained learning spaces, and […]

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

Henrico, Va., Jan. 15, 2020 – Ananya Nanduru topped competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2020 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion. The Moody Middle School seventh-grader won in Round 8 by correctly spelling “breviary,” a book of daily prayers, hymns and psalms. The contest features spelling champions from 46 HCPS elementary schools and 12 middle […]

Does 2020 include a clear vision for your career?

Henrico, Va. Jan. 13, 2020 – There’ll be no need for hindsight when you make 2020 the year you find a satisfying job that makes a difference. Come talk to us about joining the Henrico County Public Schools team. Virginia’s sixth-largest school division is holding a job fair Jan. 16 at Tuckahoe Area Library.We’re seeking […]

26 Henrico teachers attain profession’s highest mark; HCPS recognized for supporting teachers’ efforts

Henrico, Va., Jan. 10, 2020 – Twenty-six Henrico County Public Schools teachers achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2019, and three additional Henrico teachers renewed their certifications. Becoming certified is a rigorous process and is the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment. The national board also included HCPS among 11 school […]

Board adopts calendar for school year 2020-21

Henrico, Va. Dec. 13, 2019 – The Henrico School Board voted Thursday at its monthly meeting to adopt a calendar for the 2020-21 school year that includes two full weeks of Winter Break and more student holidays. After getting input from the community through three community meetings and an online survey, the school division’s calendar […]

Deck your halls while you support horticulture students

Henrico, Va. Dec. 9, 2019 – Decorate for the holidays without spending a lot of green when you buy festive plants from Henrico Schools students. The horticulture programs at the Academy at Virginia Randolph and the ACE Center at Hermitage will both hold sales of student-grown plants in December. Come give your house the gift […]

♫ We don’t know if there’ll be snow, but have a new career ♪

Henrico, Va. Dec. 5, 2019 – Sure, turkey, mistletoe and roasting chestnuts make the season bright. But really, there’s nothing like seeing the eyes of our Human Resources representatives light up when they find the right person for the job. Don’t disappoint them. Come to Henrico Schools’ job fair Dec. 12 at the sparkling new […]

HCPS librarians (literally) write the book on leadership

Henrico, Va. Dec. 3, 2019 – For librarians Ann Martin and Kathleen Roberts, a new book on leadership in school libraries was overdue. The two have written a book for school librarians called “Leadership: Strategic Thinking, Decision Making, Communication, and Relationship Building.” Martin retired from HCPS in 2013 and Roberts is the librarian at Rivers […]

And then there were two: Vote for your preferred HCPS calendar version for 2020-21

Versions reflect staff, community requests for more days off for religious observances   Henrico, Va. Nov. 19, 2019 – Weigh in on your choice for Henrico County Public Schools’ calendar for 2020-21 by voting online for your preferred version. After getting input from the community at three community meetings, the school division has arrived at […]

Henrico County Public Schools teachers recognized for excellence with grants, awards

Henrico, Va., Nov. 13, 2019 – The Community Foundation has recognized seven Henrico County teachers for outstanding instruction for 2019. Four HCPS teachers won the REB Award for Teaching Excellence and three additional teachers were finalists. The winners received grants ranging from $9,000 to $10,800, which they will use to become even better instructors, traveling […]

Fall is the time to leave your “just-OK” job behind

Henrico, Va. Nov. 11, 2019 – Don’t rake the error of staying in a job that doesn’t use your passions – you don’t want to look back and say, “I autumn left that position long ago!” Orange you glad we caught you in time? Leave your just-OK job behind and say yellow to Henrico County […]

With groundbreaking, J.R. Tucker, Highland Springs construction officially underway

Henrico, Va. Nov. 1, 2019 – With two groundbreaking ceremonies Friday, construction formally began on two Henrico County high schools that will replace older structures. School and county leaders tossed symbolic shovels of dirt during a morning ceremony at J.R. Tucker High School, and an afternoon event at Highland Springs High School. Replacement schools will […]

Henrico County Public Schools wins 13 national awards for innovative programs

Henrico, Va., Oct. 25, 2019 – Thirteen Henrico County Public Schools’ programs have been recognized in the 2019 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize groundbreaking county government programs across the nation. HCPS winners were: The ALEX Project (Donahoe Elementary School) Before the creation of The ALEX Project, Donahoe Elementary School had […]

Henrico Schools proposes school construction as part of expanded redistricting process

Henrico, Va., Oct. 24, 2019 – As part of its ongoing comprehensive redistricting efforts, Henrico County Public Schools is proposing to construct a new elementary school in the Fairfield District, and expand one of the county’s middle schools. Both projects would be completed by the 2022-23 school year and would address current and future school […]

We serve Henrico families, and business is BOO-ming

Henrico, Va. Oct. 24, 2019 – Halloween is almost here, and, unfortunately, the Great Pumpkin isn’t going to bring you the job you want. Maybe it’s time to talk with Virginia’s sixth-largest ghoul division! It ghosts without saying that staying in an unsatisfying job is a grave error – one witch your mummy probably told […]

Community meetings: Give us your ideas for future HCPS school-year calendars

Henrico, Va. Oct. 21, 2019 – Because of changes to Virginia law, HCPS now has the option to open before Labor Day, offering more flexibility in how we create school calendars. While HCPS will stick to opening after Labor Day for the 2020-21 school year, we want your ideas for the 2021-22 calendar and beyond. […]

Community meetings: Give us your ideas for future HCPS school-year calendars

Henrico, Va. Oct. 21, 2019 – Because of changes to Virginia law, HCPS now has the option to open before Labor Day, offering more flexibility in how we create school calendars. While HCPS will stick to opening after Labor Day for the 2020-21 school year, we want your ideas for the 2021-22 calendar and beyond. […]

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Henrico County Community Day set for Saturday

Henrico, Va. Oct. 16, 2019 – Come to Henrico County Community Day Saturday at Henrico High School and take in a variety of giveaways, demonstrations, entertainment and more. The free event, organized by Henrico County and Henrico County Public Schools, will offer residents an opportunity to learn more about their local government and school system, […]

Henrico County Community Day set for Saturday

Henrico, Va. Oct. 16, 2019 – Come to Henrico County Community Day Saturday at Henrico High School and take in a variety of giveaways, demonstrations, entertainment and more. The free event, organized by Henrico County and Henrico County Public Schools, will offer residents an opportunity to learn more about their local government and school system, […]

Band Showcase: Kick off fall with all nine Henrico County high school marching bands

Henrico, Va. Oct. 15, 2019 – What says fall more than marching bands, stadium crowds and crisp October weather? Get your dose of autumn and see all nine of Henrico County’s high school marching bands in action at the HCPS Band Showcase Oct. 21 at Hermitage High School’s Chester E. Fritz Stadium. The event is […]

Yearlong James River grant getting HCPS students onto the water, into environmental education

*Note to reporters and editors: HCPS students will be visiting the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge and James River Ecology School on Oct. 11, 15 and 17, and Nov. 11. The grant-funded trips will resume in March. To arrange for media coverage, please contact Andy Jenks, director of HCPS Communications and Community Engagement. Henrico, Va., Oct. […]

Henrico County College and Career Night: It’s like a buffet for your future

Henrico, Va. Oct. 7, 2019 – Come to Henrico County College and Career Night Oct. 29 at Mills Godwin High School and sample a smorgasbord of possibilities for education and employment. Students of all ages are invited. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and […]

Tuckahoe Middle School to mark 60 years with celebration, tours of renovated campus

Henrico, Va., Oct. 7, 2019 – Former students, staff members and members of the community are invited to Tuckahoe Middle School Nov. 2 to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary. Visitors will get a chance to reconnect with other Patriots, tour the completely renovated campus, and see photos and artifacts from the school’s first 60 years.  […]

Life-Ready Expo will showcase career possibilities, pathways for HCPS students

Henrico, Va. Oct. 3, 2019 – Students in grades 7-12 and their families can find out more about a variety of career and educational pathways Oct. 22 at HCPS’ first Life-Ready Expo. The event will be held at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage. Talk with employers about career opportunities and the total value […]

Nominate an extraordinary principal for the REB Distinguished Educational Leadership Award

Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2019 – 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 […]

Henrico schools achieve, maintain academic gains

Henrico, Va. Sept. 30, 2019 – Information released today by the Virginia Department of Education shows Henrico County Public Schools making gains in some areas and maintaining recent progress in others. All nine HCPS high schools attained Virginia’s “Level 1” status for English, math and science, meaning they met or exceeded state accreditation standards, or […]

10 HCPS schools recognized for environmental efforts with “Virginia Naturally” designation

Henrico, Va. Sept. 26, 2019 – Ten schools in Henrico County have been recognized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as Virginia Naturally schools for their efforts in supporting environmental conservation and stewardship. The state agency recognized a total of 66 schools across the commonwealth. Rivers Edge Elementary School has earned the […]

Fall into a career you’ll love with Henrico Schools

Henrico, Va. Sept. 27, 2019 – Autumn is a time of change. Maybe it’s time to leave your “just-OK” job and fall into a rewarding career with Virginia’s sixth largest school division. Come talk to us Wednesday at Libbie Mill Library about joining the Henrico County Public Schools team. Henrico Schools is seeking candidates for […]

Game on: HCPS Family Game Night set for Oct. 3

Henrico, Va. Sept. 20, 2019 – Bring your family to Brookland Middle School Oct. 3 for HCPS Family Game Night and compete in classic outdoor games such as relays, sack races and tug of war. Attendees can also learn more about opportunities for family engagement in Henrico County Public Schools. The event will be held […]

4 high school early-release days will now be full days

Henrico, Va. Sept. 17, 2019 – Four December days that had been scheduled for early release for HCPS high school students will now be full school days. Dec. 17-20 had been designated for midterm exams at Henrico’s nine high schools, with students being dismissed after they take exams. After getting feedback from families and staff […]

New school year, new school career

Henrico, Va. Sept. 12, 2019 – Students are back in school, and maybe you should be, too! Come be part of the Henrico Schools family, with a great job that makes a difference in your community. Stop by a job fair Tuesday at Tuckahoe Area Library and talk with HCPS human resources representatives, as well […]

Henrico High School’s Gregory Lyndaker chosen as top teacher in Central Virginia

Henrico, Va., Sept. 5, 2019 – Gregory Lyndaker may have to add a trophy shelf to his classroom. The Henrico High School psychology teacher was named Thursday as one of Virginia’s eight 2020 regional teachers of the year. In May Henrico County Public Schools named Lyndaker the school division’s top teacher for 2019. Local, state […]



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