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School Briefs – Holman Middle School

Sept. 7 was the first day on the job for Holman Middle School. Hundreds of kids piled in as the anxiety-ridden first day began. However, the weeks have run on, and people have started to create friendships, even though we are all from different schools. The schools that filtered into Holman (Hungary Creek Middle, Short Pump Middle, and several elementary schools) have all gotten along and grown together. As Dr. Fellows has said, “The tradition of excellence begins now.”

I think it certainly has begun, from the LEED construction of our school that is environmentally friendly, to the kids’ favorite, a slushie machine at lunch. Another thing that makes our new school stand out is the Promethean boards that have been placed in every classroom. These boards make it so kids can write on the board while the screen is projecting a worksheet from the teachers’ computer, and linking to devices such as document cameras and interactive student devices. Also the boards can perform simple tasks, like playing movies. The fall athletics have also been a smashing hit, with the soccer, football, and tennis teams all earning winning records so far. Many new clubs have been introduced such as the Rubik’s Cube Club, Peer Helpers Club, and Teaching Tolerance Club.

However, at the end of the day, besides the academics and extra activities, we all are beginning to be one big happy family. We all hated to leave behind an old school, but it was certainly for the best as “The Tradition of Excellence” has certainly begun.


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

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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.

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