HCPS announces Henrico 21 winners and finalists

Henrico County Public Schools recently announced the winners and finalists of Henrico 21, the third annual awards ceremony recognizing teachers and students who produce lessons and products that exemplify teaching and learning excellence in the 21st century.

Student winners are:

Elementary SchoolBaker Elementary: Keonté Abdul Majid-Surita, Alaya Artis, Reynolds Aryee, Devin Christian, Zoe Gayle, Tiona Hill, Cedrick McDowell, Kristopher Ridley,Joshua Threatt, Jason Williams; Ridge Elementary: Matthew Boyle, Nick Erickson, Alyssa Frankenstein, Bless Jah, Tula Jones, Emma Jordan, Jon Lafoon, Maggie Luu, Elijah Mason, Megan Mason, Alyssa Salmon, Joseph Shibley, Will Turpin; Short Pump Elementary: Ashley Chin, Kiara Holloway, Liam McColley, Andrew Niu, Yianni Spears.

Middle SchoolByrd Middle: Hyeonbin Gil, Yunus Ibragimov, Cameron Regnery, Cameron Yerian; Short Pump Middle: Lauren Grob, Allison Newhart, Andrea Palmer; Elko Middle/Highland Springs Technical Center: Colie Hudgins; Holman Middle: Kylie Lynch; Short Pump Middle: Kevin Peyman; Pocahontas Middle: Michael Retchin; John Rolfe Middle: Andrew Schmitz.

High SchoolDeep Run High: Christian Anderson, Bishal Dutta; Deep Run High: David Bruce, Garrett Hauser, Alex Morgan, Cody Ryan; Glen Allen High: Mitchell Cox; Glen Allen High: D’Marco Jackson; Hermitage High: Elliot Johnson; Deep Run High: Dustin Nguyen; Godwin High: John Joseph Shupp.

Teacher project award winners are:

Elementary SchoolEcho Lake Elementary: Crystal Aveson, Lisa Farthing, Amy Feaver, Janet Givens, Kristina Rilee; Shady Grove Elementary: Dory Doyle; Dumbarton Elementary: Rebecca Kelley; Echo Lake Elementary: Courtney Kendrick; Three Chopt Elementary: Marni Kroeber.

Middle School Short Pump Middle: Janet Deyo; Holman Middle: Vicki Kolar; Moody Middle: Gillian Lambert; Wilder Middle: Judith Lundberg; Hungary Creek Middle: Emily Roberts.

High SchoolDeep Run High: Michael Guyer, Carey McCray; Henrico High: Jacquelyn Hess; Tucker High: Julia Fuller, Andrea Sward.

The teacher finalists in four categories are:

Research & Information Fluency, Elementary SchoolSandston Elementary: Chris Coombs-Patoray; Dumbarton Elementary: Jehan Gabrual; Maybeury Elementary: Janice Locher; Middle SchoolFairfield Middle: Nora Case, Nicholas Olson; Elko Middle: Devon Clark, Carey Ratlief, Joyce Tzavellas; Moody Middle: Nancy Morris; High SchoolGlen Allen High: Andrew Baker, Ryan Conway.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Elementary SchoolShady Grove Elementary: Sarah Arthur; Short Pump Elementary: Kimberly Brooke Carter; Chamberlayne Elementary: Elizabeth Gaglio; Middle SchoolHolman Middle: Justin Brittle, Jennifer Smyth; Brookland Middle: Elizabeth Layne; High SchoolDeep Run High: Joseph Palen; Freeman High: Sabrina Rabon; Glen Allen: Peter Anderson.

Communication and Collaboration, Elementary School Echo Lake: Courtney Ahlberg, Wendy Gilmartin, Allison Koontz, Linda Korpics, Jennifer Rotz; Maybeury Elementary: Daniel Gardner; Crestview Elementary: Claudia Ketcham; Middle SchoolHungary Creek Middle: Michele Barnard, Alison Timm; Short Pump Middle: Linda Morris, Lisa Preskitt, Margaret Robison; Wilder Middle: Megan Parker; High SchoolGlen Allen High: John Marshall, Timothy Towslee: J. Harvey Stone; Academy at Virginia Randolph: Akeela Tyson.

Creativity and Innovation, Elementary SchoolLongdale Elementary: Erin Franklin: Echo Lake Elementary, Jessica Jones; Pemberton Elementary: Caroline Hutton; Springfield Park Elementary: Patricia Waters; Middle SchoolElko MIddle: Stacie Dyson, Carey Ratlief, Joyce Tzavellas; Moody Middle: Gillian Lambert; Short Pump Middle: Valerie Bryant; High SchoolFreeman High: Laurie Kaplan; Varina High: Sarah Billups, JaNee Jones, Caroline Wheeler.

Henrico 21 was sponsored by Moseley Architects and Promethean. Patrons were Ball Office Products, Dell and VALIC.
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Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.

Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.

ACLU urges McAuliffe to veto anti-immigration bills


Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday to veto Republican-backed legislation banning local governments in Virginia from designating themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. They also said they plan to fight federal and state policies that they believe violate immigrants’ rights.

At a news conference, representatives of the ACLU of Virginia and other civil rights organizations criticized anti-immigrant measures passed by the General Assembly. They also condemned the recent spike in deportation raids on immigrant communities in Virginia by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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