Community Conversations: Student Town Hall Meetings with School Board

Members of the Henrico School Board will hold a series of three virtual meetings with HCPS students to discuss a variety of topics. The first two meetings will be held Aug. 6, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and a third will be Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. All HCPS students are invited to attend. Descriptions of the virtual meetings are below, and include links for joining the meetings. Students can ask questions at the meetings or submit questions ahead of time using an online form.

How to join a meeting

Family Learning Series programs take place using Microsoft Teams. No registration is required, participation is free and you can take part without creating a Teams account.

  • If you are accessing the session from a mobile device, you may be prompted to download the Microsoft Teams app, but you can participate using the “desktop version” of a mobile browser instead.
  • If you are participating using a Mac or PC, you can download the Teams app or join using a browser.

For details and more information about how to join workshops and discussions, view instructions for joining a meeting with Microsoft Teams. Only the first 350 virtual attendees will be able to participate and comment during the discussion. The session will also be recorded and posted online for additional viewing.

Join the Google Meet Broadcast

Capacity is 250 participants.

View-Only Broadcast

Use this viewing method if Google Meet is at capacity. Note: This option includes no interaction.

Family Learning Series

Questions about the series?

Please contact Alexis Simms at ansimms@henrico.k12.va.us.

August 2020 Sessions



Previous Sessions

Student Town Hall Meeting with School Board

Presenter: Alicia Atkins, the Board’s Varina District representative

The Henrico School Board wrapped up a series of three virtual meetings with HCPS students August 31, 2020. HCPS students were invited to discuss a variety of topics with Alicia Atkins, the Board’s Varina District representative, and several guests.

 

SESIÓN INFORMATIVA PARA FAMILIAS

Únase a nosotros para comprender mejor cómo será el apren-dizaje virtual durante las primeras nueve semanas, así como para hacer preguntas relacionadas con el aprendizaje en línea, las necesidades familiares y los recursos comunitarios.

ExEd Family Community Meeting

Presenters: Donice Davenport, Katie Smith, Tiffany Young, Kristin Pepper, Maggie Walsh, Courtney Ellis, and Kim Marshall

The Henrico County Exceptional Education department hosted a community meeting to provide updates and answer questions for parents regarding general topics for the first nine weeks of virtual learning.

Community Conversations: Student Town Hall Meeting with Henrico School Board – Part 2

Participants:
Roscoe Cooper (chair and Fairfield District representative) and Kristi Kinsella (Brookland District representative).

Possible topics include student views on fall virtual learning plans. Some student recommendations include training for students and parents, “transition buddies” for students entering a new school and outdoor events to encourage social and emotional connections.

Community Conversations: Student Town Hall Meeting with Henrico School Board – Part 1

Participants:
Marcie Shea (Tuckahoe District representative) and Micky Ogburn (vice chair and Three Chopt District representative).

Possible topics include students’ ideas for effective virtual learning, including keeping students engaged, building a sense of school community and supporting growing connections while not in buildings.

Community Conversations: It Takes a Village

Moderator: Adrienne Cole, director, Department of Family and Community Engagement 
Panelists:
Virginia Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Henrico)
Alicia Atkins, Varina District representative, Henrico School Board
Erica Carson, community member
David Ross, Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services, Prevention Services Team
Kathy Nussbaum, LCSW, Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services, Youth and Family Services Team

Throughout the Community Conversations series, we’ve heard from Henrico County students, parents and staff members. For the fifth installment, we’ll feature voices of individuals and organizations working in our community to support HCPS students.

Trauma and Resiliency

Presented by Tamika Daniel, Greater Richmond SCAN.

Tamika Daniel, behavioral health community organizer for Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) will talk about understanding the effects of trauma and how resilience helps with bouncing back from stressful experiences.

Quality Time in the Kitchen

Presented by Ellen Victoria Luckey, Victoria’s Kitchen LLC.

What better way to spend quality time with your little ones than by spending time in the kitchen! Kids’ cooking school “Victoria’s Kitchen” will host an interactive cooking demonstration while discussing the importance of intentional family time.

Community Conversations: School Insights

Presented by William Noel, director of the HCPS Student Support and Disciplinary Review Office; Monica Manns, director of the HCPS Department of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity; Jentae Scott Mayo, HCPS school counselor; and Ashley Waddell, HCPS school social worker.

These HCPS representatives will provide unique perspectives based on their positions in the school division, their experience and their training. Panelists will address questions submitted from participants at previous Community Conversations sessions, about school discipline, racism and support for staff members, students and parents.

Community Conversations: Parent Perspectives

Moderated by Adrienne Cole Johnson, director, HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement.

A panel comprised of parents from across Henrico County will respond to comments and perspectives of other parents in the school division. They will also speak about their own experiences with HCPS and their commitment to positive change in their school communities.

Quality Time with Yoga Joy

 

Presented by Joy Rush, Yoga Joy Kids Studio.

Have you made time for mindfulness during this changing and challenging time? Join Yoga Joy as she walks us through a yoga session to help center ourselves and enjoy time with one another. All ages are welcome to join.

Community Conversations: Student Voices

Moderated by Adrienne Cole Johnson, director, HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement.

Student panelists from across Henrico County will discuss their perspectives on racial equity and their experiences in Henrico County Public Schools. They will also talk about social change in their schools and in their community.

Supporting English Learners

 

Presented by Nancy Staples and Sarah Modrak, HCPS Welcome Center.

The HCPS Welcome center is a resource for Henrico families who are navigating Henrico schools while learning the English language. Join us to learn about the resources, support and education provided by the Welcome Center!

HCPS Exceptional Education Updates and Resources

Presented by Erin Wells and Tara Pallis, HCPS Exceptional Education Department.

With so many changes it can be hard to keep up. This session will give you a breakdown of announcements, changes and updates to the Exceptional Education Department.

Community Conversations: A Call to Action

On June 8 the HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center hosted “Community Conversations: A Call To Action” to hear from students, staff members and families about the experiences of Black students and staff and what is being done to support them.

Understanding the Difference between an IEP and 504

Presented by Maggie Walsh and Pamela Martin.

This session is for parents who would like to learn more about Individual Education Programs and 504 plans and how you can be an active participant in the process. For more information about the HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center, visit our webpage.

Teens and Vaping Prevention

Presented by the American Heart Association, Henrico Too Smart 2 Start and the Virginia Department of Health.

This workshop is designed to provide parents and guardians information about vaping, including teen use and prevention. For more information about the HPCS Family and Educator Resource Center, visit our webpage.

Download workshop handouts and a copy of the presentation.

Prioritizing, Planning and Practicing Self-Care

Presented by the HCPS school-based mental health team.

This workshop is designed to walk parents and guardians through understanding self care, evaluating your current practices and incorporating guilt-free self-care practices into your week. For more information about the HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center, visit our webpage.

Download workshop handouts and presentation.

Positively HOME! Supporting Behavior and Strengthening Relationships

Presented by Donna Crocker, HCPS PBIS Coordinator. 

This workshop is designed to help families create a supportive environment that strengthens family relationships. Discover strategies for responding to challenging behaviors and celebrating the positivity each day brings. For more information about the HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center, visit our webpage.

The HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center

Presented by Alexis Simms, facilitator, HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center.

You may have become familiar with HCPS’ Family Learning Series but do you know about the center behind the work? Families and educators are invited to learn how the school division’s Family and Educator Resource Center can help them better support students.