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HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 18th straight year


For the 18th year in a row, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the best communities in America for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has earned the designation in each year the group has given the awards.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and work to ensure that music education accessible to all students.

Divakaruni to serve as ‘All Henrico Reads’ author in April


The Henrico County Public Library, Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library will host internationally bestselling author Chitra Divakaruni as part of its All Henrico Reads program on Wednesday, April 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

Divakaruni's novel, One Amazing Thing, the featured title, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Divakaruni was born in Kolkata, India. She came to the United States for her graduate studies, receiving a Master’s degree in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Oh., and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Four Henrico teachers recognized with R.E.B. awards


Four Henrico County teachers were among 34 finalists for the 2015 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence recognized recently by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation.

Selected from 102 teachers nominated by students, parents and colleagues, the 16 winners and 18 finalists are considered among the best in their field and will receive cash grants totaling $185,100.

Henrico teachers recognized with R.E.B. awards


Four Henrico County teachers were among 34 finalists for the 2015 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence recognized recently by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation.

Selected from 102 teachers nominated by students, parents and colleagues, the 16 winners and 18 finalists are considered among the best in their field and will receive cash grants totaling $185,100. The R.E.B. Awards provide opportunities for area public school teachers to continue their own love of learning as they pursue adventures of a lifetime and collect real-life experiences that will help make lessons relevant and bring subject matter to life for students.

Collegiate to host TEDxYouth@RVA


For the second year, TEDxYouth@RVA will be one of hundreds of youth events happening as part of TEDYouth Day 2015. Beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Collegiate School, a diverse selection of speakers will contribute to the theme “Made in the Future.”

Among the speakers will be Aidan Brown, Moody Middle IB student; Emma Callaghan, Hermitage H.S. Center for Humanities sophomore; Luke Tyson, Collegiate School eighth grader; John Marshall, Glen Allen H.S. administrator; Justin Graves, Virginia Tech graduate; May Donahue, Collegiate senior; Craig Dodson, founder and director of Richmond Cycling Corps; Daniel Bartles, STEM coordinator at Collegiate; Dominic Barrett; executive director of Shalom Farms; Sara Surface, University of Virginia senior; Hillary Zell, designer and printmaker; Garth Callaghan, founder of Napkin Notes; and Joshua Bailey, co-founder and CEO of the Gray Haven Project.

Rayvon Owen performs at Henrico H.S.


American Idol finalist Rayvon Owen, an alumnus of the Henrico High School Center for the Arts, performed two concerts at the school Nov. 7 as part of the center's 25th anniversary celebration.

Owen also attended a special reception for the CFA at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Center in Ginter Park Nov. 6.

Owen, 24, began singing at church in Varina and graduated from Henrico H.S. in 2009. He attended and graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, then skyrocketed to fame with his fourth-place finish on Fox's American Idol television show in 2014.

Adams to seek recount in Fairfield School Board race

UPDATE: NOV. 6, 2015, 5:44 P.M. – Following a 43-vote loss in Tuesday's election, Fairfield District School Board candidate Tara Adams announced tonight that she will seek a recount.

Adams lost to Roscoe Cooper III, 5,095 votes to 5,052 votes, according to the results that were certified today by Henrico Registrar Mark Coakley. The tentative results Tuesday night had given Cooper a 48-vote victory.

In a statement, Adams said that she made her decision to seek a recount after much deliberation.

Filmmaker Ken Burns speaks at Collegiate School


Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and historian Ken Burns visited Collegiate School Nov. 5 and spoke to students about his career. He later addressed a paid crowd at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on the subject "Sharing the American Experience."

Burns' visit was the culmination of the school's year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

"Our centennial offers our school community the extraordinary opportunity to honor Collegiate’s rich history and celebrate the broader Richmond community, by inviting Mr. Burns to share with us," said Steve Hickman, Collegiate's Head of School.

VCU, JSRCC agreement makes social work degrees more accessible


Virginia Commonwealth University has signed a deal with Reynolds Community College to allow eligible Reynolds students who earn an associate’s degree in pre-social work to transfer to VCU and complete their bachelor’s degree at the School of Social Work in as little as four semesters.

The School of Social Work’s new articulation agreement with Reynolds Community College is the second such agreement with a Richmond-area community college. The School of Social Work entered into a similar agreement with John Tyler Community College in 2012, and the first cohort of transfer students from JTCC is currently studying at VCU.

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