Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers - 2017

The Henrico Citizen's seventh-annual ‘Henrico’s Top Teachers’ section profiles 20 outstanding educators in Henrico County.

Readers – including students, parents, grandparents and colleagues – submitted more than 100 teacher nominations last fall, and our staff faced the difficult task of paring those nominees to just 20.

Each of these teachers has, in his or her own unique way, touched hundreds of lives and helped mold the future of Henrico County. We are proud to tell their stories in this special section.

We salute each one – and the many other deserving teachers who give selflessly each day inside – and outside – their classrooms.

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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Stephanie Poxon

Henrico HS, Center for the Arts director
Dr. Stephanie Poxon wears a lot of hats as director for the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School. First and foremost, she’s a director and administrator, but she’s also a teacher, cheerleader, coach, the staff pianist, the stage production manager and even sometimes the nurse and janitor.

The Florida native got her bachelor’s degree in musical education from the University of Central Florida, master’s degree in music from the University of Florida and doctorate in musicology from the Catholic University of America.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Christine Guise

Rolfe MS, English
Encouraging middle-schoolers to become enthralled with English can be about as simple as teaching a family pet how to manage mutual funds.

But Christine Guise takes a simplistic approach to engaging her sixth-grade English students at John Rolfe Middle School.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Carrie Gouldman

Trevvett ES, kindergarten
Carrie Gouldman grew up in a family of teachers but was determined to follow a different career path herself.

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Although she graduated from Old Dominion University with a human service counseling degree and went to work in the real estate field, it wasn’t long before she realized something didn’t feel right.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Alice Robinson

Mehfoud ES, resource teacher
You might say that Alice Robinson lives for this.

For 47 years, she has awakened early, often arriving at Mehfoud Elementary School before the sun does, frequently remaining until there’s almost no one left in the building.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Aparna Harger

Fairfield MS, French
Aparna Harger discovered her love for teaching at the age of 25 in a tiny French town, thousands of miles from her home, in a place where she often was unable to communicate the most basic of questions.

It wasn't quite where she might have expected to end up.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Jehan Gabrual

Dumbarton ES, second grade
Though she grew up in Henrico County, Jehan Gabrual's parents were natives of Egypt who struggled with the English language when they arrived in this country. As a child, she witnessed the way her teachers at Crestview Elementary School – particularly Cindy Harris and Peggy Hart – supported her family and helped ensure that she excelled in class.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Krystal Johnson

Tucker HS, science
Krystal Johnson loves shaping the minds of the next generation and is always trying new things to get her students excited about science.

Johnson grew up in nearby Hanover County and attended Patrick Henry High School. She then graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in environmental science.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Christian Nolde

Deep Run HS, exceptional education
For Christian Nolde, the chance to be a teacher is a privilege, and he considers himself fortunate to be part of a community like Deep Run.

"Every day," he says, "I get to work hard helping kids, and they make me a more energetic, creative, and compassionate person.
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Collegiate wins Green Schools Award


The U.S. Green Building Council Greater Virginia Community (USGBC Greater Virginia) recently held its sixth-annual Connect the Dots for Green Schools Challenge Awards at The Steward School’s Bryan Innovation Lab, and a Henrico County school won one of five awards for implementing an environmental stewardship program.

Collegiate Lower School students won the Merit Award, embodying principles of responsible citizenship and advocacy with a food waste-composting program in the school.
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School Board modifies one redistricting option, schedules June 8 input session


The Henrico School Board last week decided to replace one middle school redistricting option with a modified version and scheduled a new community input session for June 8. The board is expected to make a final decision on the middle school redistricting changes at its monthly meeting on June 22.

Any final plan adopted by the board would take effect for the 2018-19 school year. The redistricting process will not affect current middle or high school students.
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5 Henrico students honored with National Merit Scholarships


National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, and five Henrico students were among the recipients.

The Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, the Scholars were judged on academic record, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the Finalist, and a recommendation written by a high school official.
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Little ‘feets,’ big fun

Special Olympics event showcases inclusiveness

On a balmy Friday morning, Wendy Napier sat in a pop-up lawn chair on the Douglas S. Freeman High School football field with a juice box in hand and a smile on her face as she watched her son, Justin, participate in a standing long-jump competition.

For many parents, the chance to see a child perform in sporting events is a common occurrence. For Napier, watching her intellectually disabled 8-year-old son compete with his peers is a rarity. That’s why she was so excited on that Friday morning, the day of the Little Feet Meet.
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Henrico Schools seeking bus drivers for 2017-18 school year


As the school year comes to an end, Henrico County Public Schools are looking for applicants for bus drivers for next year.

The school system is seeking applicants to train for the position, said Josh Davis, director of pupil transportation for HCPS.

“We need strong bus driver candidates for our summer training sessions,” Davis said. “This time of year we need to fill positions expected to open through summer attrition. We will be training new drivers for contracted and substitute positions for the school year 2017-18. Successful candidates will also be offered part-time work in the summer.”
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