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Henrico Schools to participate in USDA summer food service


Henrico County Public Schools, through its Division of School Nutrition Services, will participate in the 2016 Summer Food Service Program administered by the US Department of Agriculture. The program provides meals to students enrolled in Henrico Schools summer programs or in those run by the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Food service will be from Monday through Thursday each week. (All sites will be closed Monday, July 4, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.) Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Michael Jiancristoforo

As a student athlete (swimmer and soccer player) growing up in Pennsylvania, Michael Jiancristoforo was inspired and motivated by a number of coaches and teachers.

At home, he was influenced by family members who were educators as well, and who helped develop his deep appreciation of the impact teachers can have on students’ lives.

Not surprisingly, those positive experiences with school and sports inspired a desire to have a similar impact on others – and motivated Jiancristoforo to become a teacher and coach himself.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Jonathan Gosney

Jonathan Gosney did not begin his career as a teacher, but it seems likely that the desire may have been quietly simmering inside him, all along.

Following his graduation from college, he initially went into the IT industry and worked first as a quality assurance analyst and then as a programming analyst for a local software company. After three or four years, he was ready for a change to something “more personally rewarding,” he said.

As a student at Varina High School, where he now teaches, he had a number of teachers who ultimately influenced his decision to turn to teaching.

11 seniors form inaugural HCPS ‘Teacher Scholars’ group


Eleven high school seniors accepted into Henrico County Public Schools’ new Teacher Scholars’ program will have guaranteed teaching jobs waiting for them when they graduate from college. The program is a way to address the need for teachers in content areas where there aren’t enough qualified applicants. The 2015 group includes:

Steward student wins national science award


Steward School eighth-grader Gracie Goodpasture recently was honored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with the 2015 Angela Award, presented annually to one female student in grades 5-8 from the United States who has a strong connection to science.

The award and a $1,000 savings bond were presented to Goodpasture by NSTA President Dr. Juliana Texley at an award ceremony held at The Steward School.

In the Angela Award application, Goodpsature was required to detail her interests in science. She described her experience working with Perdue Farms on a third-grade class project, which led her to become interested in chickens. She put together innovative ideas about raising them at home and worked with Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, who has remained her mentor and wrote a recommendation for her NSTA application.

Henrico students attend FCCLA leadership conference


Students from Brookland Middle School's chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in a weekend leadership training conference in Virginia Beach. Attendees participated in a weekend of workshops and sessions about leadership through FCCLA. Along with nearly 1,200 other advisers and members, Brookland Middle School’s FCCLA chapter advisers, Amanda Lauritzen and Cherise Cobb, accompanied eight members to the conference April 17-19. Brookland Middle School was one of four schools from Henrico County that attended the conference and the only middle school.

‘Project Plant It!’ visits Glen Allen ES


Glen Allen Elementary School third-graders enjoyed an interactive "Tree Trivia" assembly hosted April 21 by Dominion Resources and Power UP!, an entertainment company that partners with Dominion’s Project Plant It! program to teach students about trees and the environment.

Ranger Spruce Sassafras led students in a game-show style competition during which teams teams tested their knowledge of tree trivia.

More than 44,000 elementary students in six states, including elementary students in Henrico County Public Schools and other school systems throughout metro Richmond, are participating in Project Plant It! this spring.

Freeman HS team places third nationally in Constitutional competition


A team of Douglas S. Freeman High School students took third place in the national finals of the "We The People" competition. The annual contest pits 56 teams – each state’s champions and a few wild-card participants – in a test of in-depth knowledge of the US Constitution. Douglas Freeman’s team was chosen as a wild-card participant and the school’s third place finish was the best ever for an at-large choice in the competition’s 28-year history.

“Historically in the program, there are a handful of schools around the country that are always their state champions and always there, so it’s pretty hard to break into the top ten,” said team coach Robert Peck, head of the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas Freeman. “It was a big deal for us that we made the top ten as a wild-card team.

Federal grant will expand preschool program


Thanks to a $17.5 million federal grant to Virginia’s pre-kindergarten program for low-income children, more than 1,200 additional children will be able to attend preschool in 11 high-needs school divisions beginning next school year.

Henrico County is among the school systems that will benefit from the funding that the U.S. Department of Education recently awarded to the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

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