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HEF grant assists student organization through technology

In its first grant cycle of the 2012-2013 school year, The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) funded 21 grants totaling just more than $42,000, one of which will impact 410 of Tucker’s new ninth-graders. This grant funded staff training in utilizing some of the newest online organization and remediation tools for students who are new to the demands of high school.

“The students in ninth grade struggle academically more than any other grade level,” said Jonathan Morris, an assistant principal at Tucker High School.

Morris worked with Andrea Lund, Tucker’s technology resource teacher, to design the project.

During the summer, 20 Tucker High teachers participated in a day packed with learning about new online resources as well as innovative methods to get students up to speed and motivated to learn.

“This grant is a year-long promotion of the amazing and fairly-new resources and tools that are available to enhance learning that are out there online,” Morris said. “As part of the promotion we are dealing with teacher and staff development and with students as well. We did a lot of training on Google Docs and Google Sites, which are huge. We also did a lot of exploration into flipped classroom instruction.”

Throughout the school year, Tucker will also give students incentive to utilize online tools to the fullest. Three students will be rewarded for maintaining the most organized and functional website during a “Best Website Contest.”

“We hope the promotion of websites as well as the ‘Best Website Contest’ will get students to be organized online and will motivate them to use their computers as an organizational tool not just an access tool or a productivity tool,” Morris said.

“We are particularly excited about this teacher development grant as it has the potential to impact students through their high school years and beyond,” said HEF’s program manager, Paula Roop. “The grant, focused initially on teacher training, is a new direction for our grants program and is made possible through a grant from State Farm Insurance.”
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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