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HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones.

New Collegiate building seeks to cultivate ‘futurists’

A new facility at the Collegiate School is pairing technological innovation with a forward-thinking educational approach, pushing students and faculty members to look at the world with a different view.

It’s already senior Vivien Fergusson’s new favorite spot on campus.

“I spend all my time in The Sharp Academic Commons,” said Fergusson. “It’s completely changed how I use the space on campus. Before, I spent a lot of time in the cafeteria or upper school but whenever I have a free period I come here.”

Short Pump ‘Stinger Trail’ combines fitness, outdoor learning

At Short Pump Elementary School, collaborative efforts between a group of passionate students and teachers have led to the creation of The Stinger Trail, a nature and fitness trail on the school grounds that is accessible to all members of the community and encourages outdoor learning and community projects.

Judy Fitzpatrick, along with her fourth-grade class from last year, designed the trail that stemmed from her passion for nature and desire to share outside-the-classroom learning with other students.

Quadratic equations


Four children, four majors, four tuition bills – and one university.

The Lomaka family from Henrico made history last year when its four children – three sons and one daughter – became the first set of quadruplets to attend Virginia Tech.

“The quads,” Steve, Kate, Greg and Chris, are now in their sophomore year at Virginia Tech and said they all chose the school for their own reasons and are on very different academic paths.

HFCU opens new branch at Holman MS

Holman Middle School and Henrico Federal Credit Union recently teamed to open the “Huskie Branch,” a student HFCU branch in the school. The branch allows students to work with teachers and parents to develop financial responsibility as well as important money management skills.

School Board receives input on Three Chopt finalists

UPDATED: 7:32 P.M. –– Thirty-three speakers addressed the Henrico County School Board during a 75-minute public hearing tonight, providing input about the eight finalists the board selected as candidates to replace Three Chopt District representative Diana Winston, who resigned last month.

The board interviewed each candidate during a closed meeting last week and is expected to appoint one next week to fill the seat until a special election is called (most likely in November 2014) to fill the final year of Winston's four-year term. The entire board will be up for election in November 2015.

HCPS, Legal Aid Justice Center partner on suspension rate reduction effort

Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) and the Legal Aid Justice Center today announced a partnership designed to reduce the disparities in suspension rates among minority students and students with disabilities attending HCPS middle schools. The partnership is the result of more than nine months of collaboration to further develop and enhance Henrico’s existing efforts.

Montessori School receives $100k

Richmond Montessori School recently received a gift of $100,000, the largest in the school’s history, from Ben Humphreys Sr., a longtime friend of the school.

Humphreys, whose two grandsons attend RMS, gave the gift in honor of his deceased wife, Lynn Humphreys. In the midst of the school’s ongoing two-part Unfold Our Future campaign, the gift will be divided to support three initiatives.

Brain games

Sixteen students from Henrico County middle schools enjoyed the experience of performing “brain surgery” Aug. 9 using realistic Jell-O molds, with colorful and occasionally messy results.

The brain dissection was among the exercises topping off a week of Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Explorers Camp at St. Mary’s Hospital, which also included lessons in CPR and first aid, starting IVs, handling medical equipment, performing lab tests, and casting stuffed animals.

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