School briefs - Pocahontas Middle School
The Pocahontas Hawks started the school year off with a bang. Our first marking period was filled with great records from sports teams, awesome assemblies, and even a dodgeball tournament. All of these were excellent ways to start our journey into learning for the 2012-13 school year.
The football team had a great season. It made it to the district championships, losing a heartbreaker to Fairfield, 12-6. The Hawks struggled, but they fought back and almost made a comeback. Their overall record was 5-2.
On Nov. 9, Pocahontas hosted an assembly to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Two faculty members who are veterans gave very touching speeches about their life in the military. The band, orchestra and chorus performances were outstanding. The students and faculty at Pocahontas would like to thank all veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedom and rights.
Hawkball had an amazing turnout. Many students and teachers participated in the fun dodgeball tournament. The winning team was called Hawk Squad and was made up of all eighth-grade boys from Pocahontas. They were Tommy Hongcharti, Jovan Hughes, Malik Deloatch, Hakeem Gaines, Wesley Dugger and Patrick Hailey.
So far, our school year has been great. Much has happened, but there is still plenty to anticipate. As Hawks we are always excited to see what comes next, but we all know that we will never stop learning, in and out of the classroom.
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.
To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.
Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.
The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.
While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.
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.
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.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
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