Henrico County VA

Nominees sought for 2014-15 REB Awards

The Community Foundation is seeking nominations of outstanding principals in Henrico County Public Schools. The foundation will award a $7,500 cash grant to one winning principal and a $7,500 grant to be used for initiatives at his or her school, as part of its annual REB Awards. Similar prizes will be awarded in Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond.

The awards are designed to identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

The Community Foundation is inviting nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a one to two-page typed letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership.

School Board makes new appointments

The Henrico County School Board recently appointed Paul Carper as director of construction and maintenance. Carper comes to HCPS from Hanover County Public Schools, where he served as director for construction, planning and building services since 2003. He also previously served in Henrico as a construction manager and capital projects coordinator. In his new position, Carper’s responsibilities will include a $43 million budget, the school system’s Capital Improvement Plan, as well as all aspects involved in maintaining 6.9 million square feet of building space.

The board also named Thomas Woodward as director of instructional technology; Judith Christoper as educational specialist for elementary science; Katie Grootegoed as educational specialist for instructional technology; and Kim Dupreas as interventionist.

VHBG to open elementary school

To assist the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls as it prepares to open an elementary school on its West Broad Street campus this fall, 150 volunteers from Henrico-based Altria spent time June 14 painting and remodeling the interior of the building and landscaping the grounds.

VHBG currently operates a school for sixth- through twelfth-graders. Its new elementary school initially will serve about 15 children with significant social, emotional and behavioral issues.

Montessori students receive Latin, Spanish exam honors

Five Latin I students at Richmond Montessori School received praise for successful completion of the National Latin Exam, and nine others placed highly on the National Spanish Examination.

Micaela Wibberly and Molly McCue earned a gold medal, with a summa cum laude certificate, while Alex McQuilkin and Asha Iyer each earned a silver medal, with a maxima cum laude certificate, and Jeri Newmann earned the highest honors for honorable mention, with a magna cum laude certificate.

College and career readiness programs recognized

Outstanding CTE programs and partnerships from around the state were recognized June 14 at the Creating Excellence Awards Program, a partnership of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Career Education Foundation (VCEF) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). In the VDOE Secondary CTE Awards category, Region 1 - Future Leaders in Project Management, nominated by Henrico County Public Schools, earned the award for Business and Industry Partnerships.

GRASP awards scholarships to Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit education organization headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 176 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $122,500 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2013.

GRASP is dedicated to helping primarily low income and disabled students overcome financial and social barriers to attending college or vocational education after high school.

‘Arrive Alive’ tour visits Glen Allen HS

Dylan Gordon, a senior at Glen Allen H.S., took the wheel of a high-tech simulator May 21 as the Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE visited GAHS to raise awareness among teens of the dangers of distracted and drunken driving. Storn Olson of UNITE looked on from the window as Gordon, using a video simulator, moved from focused "driving" to driving while texting and while impaired.

Richmond Montessori expanding

Richmond Montessori School recently completed the first phase of its ‘Unfold Our Future Campaign,’ a two-part effort to build an upper elementary and science building and a new full-sized gym. School officials celebrated with more than 600 guests during a picnic and music and arts show on the school's Parham Road campus May 28.

HCPS to stream graduations live online

Henrico County Public Schools will provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at the Siegel Center June 11-13. The stream can be accessed through the system's website, http://www.henrico.k12.va.us Gradu.ations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38).

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