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Henrico schools earn state awards

Several Henrico County schools were among the 110 Virginia public schools selected by Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education for the 2011 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.

The award is the highest honor under the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program created by the Board of Education in 2007 which recognizes schools and divisions that achieve excellence goals and far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards.

To qualify for the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieve applicable excellence goals in various areas.

The Henrico schools selected for the 2011 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence are: Arthur Ashe Elementary; Echo Lake Elementary; Glen Allen Elementary; Nuckols Farm Elementary; Pinchbeck Elementary; Rivers Edge Elementary; Shady Grove Elementary; Short Pump Elementary; Twin Hickory Elementary; and Deep Run High School.

"The school board and I are very proud of our schools and especially those recognized by Governor McDonnell and the Virginia Board of Education. These awards represent the commitment and high expectations we have of reaching the next level of excellence and ensuring
a quality education for all of our students," Superintendent Pat Russo said.

In Virginia, 323 schools earned the 2011 Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These schools and divisions also have met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

Henrico schools receiving the 2011 Board of Education Excellence Award are: Chamberlayne Elementary; Colonial Trail Elementary; Crestview Elementary; Gayton Elementary; Baker Elementary; Greenwood Elementary; Jackson Davis Elementary; Maybeury Elementary; Pemberton Elementary; Springfield Park Elementary; Three Chopt Elementary; Tuckahoe Elementary; Freeman High; and Godwin High School.

In Virginia, 289 schools earned the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award for having met all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.

Henrico schools receiving the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award are: Dumbarton Elementary; Ratcliffe Elementary; Ward Elementary; Longdale Elementary; Trevvett Elementary; Ridge Elementary; and Skipwith Elementary School.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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