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Tucker H.S. recognizes graduates of online program

Officials congratulate a graduate of the Education2020 program at J.R. Tucker High School during a June 3 ceremony.


J.R. Tucker High School held a luncheon earlier this month to recognize students who had completed courses online through the Education2020 program during the past year.

Education2020, or e2020 for short, is “a web-based online curriculum that is aligned to Virginia state standards for graduation,” e2020 representative Christine Sellers said. The online program is accessible 24 hours a day and offers more than 80 courses in Virginia, as well as SAT and ACT test prep courses.

The 2010-11 academic year marked the first year that e2020 was used not only in J.R. Tucker, but in all public high schools in Henrico. In total, 550 courses were completed by Henrico County high school students, 109 of which were completed by students from J.R. Tucker. As a result of the credits earned from these courses, 16 J.R. Tucker students obtained a promotion to the next grade level.

Among the students recognized at the June 3 luncheon were 33 seniors who are scheduled to graduate on time with their peers thanks in part to credits earned via e2020 courses. Many of the seniors ended up using the e2020 program to catch up in courses that they had fallen behind in for various reasons.

One graduating senior, Sarah Carpenter, was homebound for about a month and a half due to back surgery on two herniated discs, which caused her to fall behind in her Algebra II class. Rather than try to play catch-up, Carpenter decided to enroll in the e2020 version of the course.

“[e2020] is a very convenient thing for people who get far behind,” said Carpenter, who plans to continue her education online at American Military University. “Without e2020, I wouldn’t have graduated [on time] and would’ve needed to take night school.”

Sellers agreed.

"The individualized instruction [of the e2020 program] is a big help and allows the students to work at their own pace," she said.

The e2020 program is similar to the traditional classroom style of teaching in that students are allotted a class period to work solely on their online courses, and they have 18 weeks to complete the courses.

“The most difficult part [of an e2020 course] for the students is that there is no teacher, so if they don’t know something, they have to either Google it or consult the textbook,” said Terri Kilmer, e2020 Classroom Facilitator for J.R. Tucker High. As classroom facilitator, Kilmer is the closest thing e2020 students have to a teacher, as she monitors students while they work online.

“I try to help them [with the subject matter] as much as I can, but usually I don’t know initially and end up doing some research on the topic to help students out,” Kilmer said.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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