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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

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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