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Members of the Glen Allen High School Marching Band perform at Glen Allen High School Oct. 16 as part of the annual Henrico County Public Schools Band Showcase.
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McShin Academy expanding to St. Joseph’s Villa

‘Recovery’ high school aims to rehabilitate, educate

Two Lakeside-area nonprofits are partnering to create what is believed to be the first recovery high school in Virginia.

The McShin Academy will be a joint effort of the McShin Foundation (a recovery community organization based at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside) and St. Joseph's Villa (a 183-year-old nonprofit on Brook Road that provides a variety of services for children with special needs).
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Reynolds CC dedicates student center


Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center, named for longtime supporters of the college who have made numerous investments in it.

Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program.
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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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Henrico School Board to host middle school redistricting hearing May 11


The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing May 11 at New Bridge auditorium to receive input about proposed draft options in the redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. Options under consideration would take effect for the 2018-19 school year.

There are three draft redistricting options under consideration, but HCPS staff members and CropperGIS Consulting continue to explore modifications to existing options and possible new options.
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Four Henrico County high schools named among nation’s best


Four Henrico County high schools have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine included Deep Run, Glen Allen, Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman high schools in its annual “Best High Schools” report.

Deep Run was the No. 11-ranked high school in Virginia. Glen Allen, Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman were Nos. 16, 27 and 34, respectively.
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