School Briefs - Pocahontas Middle School

At Pocahontas Middle School, we kicked off the school year with a bang. A mere seven weeks after the start of the Hawk school year, Pocahontas is already milling with activity. Sales of “Pink Out” shirts wrapped up in the bus lobby, preceding our Pink Out Breast Cancer Awareness Day Oct. 24. All the proceeds from selling our Pink Out shirts will be donated to Breast Cancer research. Hopefully, by wearing pink to support breast cancer, it will bring attention to a prominent issue.

Pocahontas has also been busy with the Feed the Penguins fundraising project. It was a massive endeavor to secure the assistance of the student body in this fundraising mega-project. There were miniature penguins, magic thumbs, and bladeless fans given as prizes. The winner for the most number of paper sales was eighth grader Carter Ryder and online sales winner was seventh grader Amy Layton. Both students received a generous fifty dollars for the feat. There were approximately 1,500 sales made by our students.

Fall sports have also started, and so far our teams have been doing well. Boys’ soccer, girls’ basketball, girls’ tennis, football, and cheerleading are all underway with only a few more games before each team wraps up their season. The first pep rally took place early in the school year; the eighth grade class won the spirit flag which will be displayed in their hall until the next rally. Powder puff football has also started up. Seventh- and eighth-grade girls have the opportunity to play flag football while seventh- and eighth-grade boys cheer from the sidelines.

Last, but surely not least, the Hawkball tournament is coming up on Friday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 pm. Teams of six students strong will play dodge ball against each other, and teams are encouraged to wear the same color, or even a costume. As we progress farther into our year, Pocahontas moves forward in leaps and bounds.
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Varina meeting May 2 to address opioid crisis in Henrico


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Tuesday, May 2 to discuss the opioid epidemic in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. Nelson will be joined by County Manager John A. Vithoulkas and members of the Henrico Heroin Task Force for a discussion of heroin and opioid abuse and ways to prevent it. > Read more.

Baker ES to remain closed until fall


Baker Elementary School students will complete the 2016-17 school year at other locations and will return to a restored building in fall 2017, school leaders have decided.

The decision was made in order to provide ample time for repairs to be completed at the fire-damaged school and to avoid additional interruptions to instructional time. > Read more.

Henrico Police arrest 2 Georgia men in connection with January murder


Henrico Police have arrested and charged two Georgia men with first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 18 murder of 36-year-old Lamont Cornelius Baldwin in the 1200 block of Dominion Townes Terrace.

Antonio Tyrone Johnson (above, left) and Santonio Rodrigus Brown (above, right), both 24 and both of Atlanta, were charged. Johnson also was charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon. > Read more.

Man struck and killed in western Henrico hit-and-run

A 24-year-old man died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in western Henrico April 23.

The victim, Emmanuel Isaiah DeJesus, was found lying on the side of the roadway at about 10:25 p.m., April 23 near Patterson Avenue and Palace Way. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. > Read more.

Henrico woman earns national pharmacy fellowship


Henrico County native Nilofar “Nellie” Jafari recently was named the American College of Clinical Pharmacy-American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Virginia Commonwealth University Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow for 2017-18.

Jafari is a 2007 graduate of J.R. Tucker High School.

Pharmacists selected for the fellowship have the opportunity to gain real-world insight into health care policy analysis and development via immersion in the congressional environment. > Read more.

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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will visit the John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area in southern Chesterfield at 10 a.m. The area consists of 87 acres of woodlands and swampland along the Appomattox River with 1.5 miles of trail and over 500 feet of elevated boardwalk. Anyone with an interest in the native landscape is welcome, from novice to expert. The trip may be canceled if there is heavy rain. For details, including carpool information, contact Trip Leader Richard Moss at 748-2940 or 380-7262. Full text

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