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Godwin student wins in statewide STEM essay contest

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced recently that Morgan Logsdon of Mills E. Godwin High School was one of five statewide winners of the sixth-annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women enrolled in their junior or senior year of high school.

The Council on Women established the contest to award scholarships to high school junior and senior young women who plan to pursue STEM careers at institutions of higher education.

Cooper wins recount as Fairfield School Board member

Following a recount, Roscoe Cooper III has been officially declared the winner of the tight Nov. 3 Fairfield District School Board election, claiming the seat by 42 votes over Tara Adams. Cooper had been declared the winner on Election night – by just 43 votes – and Adams (who had led until the absentee ballots were counted) decided to request a recount.

The recount awarded two more votes to Cooper and three more to Adams.

Montessori ‘PUP rally’ to support Richmond Animal League


Students at Richmond Montessori School will host a “PUP rally” Friday, Dec. 11 from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to complete their weeklong community service project in support of the Richmond Animal League, a nonprofit organization that saves lives and provides help and homes to animals in need.

For the second year in a row, students in grades 4-8 will show their support for Richmond Animal League by wearing animal costumes with posters, pom-poms and cheers as parents drive through the carpool line.

Student seeks new name for Byrd M.S.


Metro Richmond has a rich racial history. One man, Arthur Ashe, has been a point of pride for the region – his statue sits on Monument Avenue in Richmond to commemorate his courage in breaking racial barriers during his unprecedented tennis career.

Another man’s name adorns the front of a Henrico school, but some citizens aren’t as willing to celebrate the history he contributed.

Harry F. Byrd Middle School, part of the Henrico County public school system, is named after the 50th governor of Virginia, who also represented the state in the U.S. Senate for 22 years.

HCPS seeking bus drivers


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair for bus driver candidates at the Glen Allen Branch Library Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Attendees can view buses, chat with bus drivers, enjoy refreshments and be interviewed for bus driver positions

Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the library to conduct preliminary interviews with interested bus driver candidates.

Holiday poinsettia sales benefit two Henrico schools


Horticulture students at the Academy at Virginia Randolph and at Hermitage Technical Center will be holding holiday plant sales on both campuses this month.

The Academy at Virginia Randolph will host sales Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its campus, 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Red, white and pink poinsettias will be available for $7 apiece.

2 Henrico art teachers named best in Virginia


Two Henrico County art teachers recently were named Virginia’s best for 2015 at their respective levels.

The Virginia Art Education Association named Carver Elementary School’s Julz Suder (pictured, left) as the state’s top elementary school art teacher for 2015 and Hermitage High School's Allison Boyd (right) as Virginia’s top high school art teacher for the year.

The two were honored at the group’s state conference in Roanoke.

Steward School to offer merit grant program


The Steward School, an independent coed JK-12 school in Henrico County, today announced a new merit-based grant program for its Upper School. The new program is being funded by a donation from a current Steward family. At the donors’ request, their gift will fund several merit-based grants of up to $10,000 each per year for students who are new to Steward in the Upper School.

“A core part of The Steward School’s mission is to celebrate a diversity of talents, abilities, and cultures among our student body, so that we can provide a rich and well-rounded educational experience,” said Dan Frank, head of school.

HCPS to host job fair for substitutes Dec. 3


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair Thursday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, to find candidates to fill roles as substitutes. The event will be held at the Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico 23223.

HCPS is seeking interested candidates to act as substitutes for teachers, instructional assistants, clerical staff members and nurses. Members of the HCPS Human Resources Department will be on hand to hold preliminary interviews with interested candidates. Department representatives will provide job applications at the event, as well as more information about the school division and the application process.

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As part of the 2016-17 Bryan Innovation Lab Visiting Innovators Program, The Steward School is hosting Leah Buechley, an inventor and educator in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) movement. The program is “Beautiful Technology: Blending high tech with traditional craft to bring programming off of our screens and into our hands.” While on campus, Ms. Buechley will participate in activities that are free and open to the Richmond community, including an afternoon Maker Fair and an evening lecture and discussion. Participants will learn about cutting-edge tools and future trends of interactive wearable technology. Buechley will share her insights as a female entrepreneur developing products that are accessible to anyone interested in designing and building their own inventions. The Maker Fair, a family-friendly event with hands-on activities and guest exhibitors, will start at 3:15 p.m. The lecture and discussion will start at 5:30 p.m. Registration is recommended for all events at https://stewardschool.org/beautiful-technology. Full text

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