Henrico School Board selects redistricting Option E

JUNE 23, 10:30 A.M. – The Henrico County School Board Thursday concluded its latest redistricting process by selecting a plan for middle school redistricting that will impact a number of students in the western and northern parts of the county, as well as a few in Eastern Henrico.

The process sought to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, create room at Wilder Middle School for a gifted academy and address the poverty level disparity among some middle schools. It will impact about 775 students, according to school system officials.

Henrico Schools again named a “Best Community for Music Education”

For the 17th 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 of the 17 years 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. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.

This year the group recognized 476 school systems out of the more than 2,000 that submitted data.

Coming up ACEs

While other students are learning grammar and the Pythagorean theorem, students like Audrie Corral at the Center for Medical Sciences at Mills E. Godwin High School are performing mock western blot tests, which are used to detect the HIV virus.

Corral, a junior at Godwin who wants to specialize in chemistry, is getting hands-on lab experience before she even chooses a college.

“Once we took our own DNA and tried to do our own DNA fingerprint,” Corral said. “That was cool.”

Deep Run Marathon Dance raises $223,093 for charities

The 10th Annual Deep Run Marathon Dance may have exhausted the hundreds of high school students who participated, but it provided a big boost to 12 charities. The 27-hour Deep Run High School event raised $223,093, bringing its 10-year fundraising total to more than $1.7 million. The Deep Run Marathon Dance ranks second nationally in fundraising for such events.

Participating students checked in on Friday night, March 18 and left 27 hours later.

Kindergarten registration scheduled

Henrico County Public Schools will host kindergarten registration Thursday, April 14 for new students entering the system this fall. Eligible students must live in Henrico County with a parent of court-appointed legal custodian and be 5 years old by Sept. 30.

Children should be registered at the school they will attend. To find the correct school based upon your address, visit Registration will take place at
each school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 14. Parents or guardians should bring their child's state-issued birth certificate, proof of residency (a picture ID) and a current house contract, lease agreement, rent receipt, mortgage statement or tax assessment, as well as a current utility bill (dated within the past 30 days).

Henrico Schools’ “Un-Initiative” honored with national award

The National School Boards Association has recognized Henrico Schools’ policy-housecleaning program in its 2016 Magna Awards. The group recognized The Un-Initiative, a contest to weed out inefficiency, with an honorable mention in its annual awards. The HCPS program is now in its second year and a new round of winners is expected to be announced this spring.

HCPS was one of five honorable-mention winners in the category that includes the nation’s largest school systems: those with enrollments of more than 20,000 students. Henrico Schools will be recognized in the April issue of the group’s magazine, American School Board Journal.

HSHS football ring drive underway

The Highland Springs Touchdown Club, a booster organization for Highland Springs High School, is working to raise money to purchase championship rings for the 2015 Group 5A state champion Springers' football team. The "bRing It In" campaign is attempting to raise $38,850 to cover the cost of 85 rings for players and coaches and 14 pendants for trainers and managers, as well as seven gifts for support staff members.

HSHS football sponsor and advertisement opportunities are available, ranging from $10 to $1,500 and custom packages. For details, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Angela Johnson at (804) 852-9107.

Queen of harps

The HARPS Foundation presented Claire Jones, the former Royal Harpist, at Richmond Montessori School March 11 for a school-wide assembly. Jones and her husband, a percussionist, performed and discussed her life in the palace from the perspective of a royal musician including the experience of playing for a royal wedding and the Queen.

Fairfield Middle School principal receives REB Leadership Award

Fairfield Middle School Principal Art Raymond this week was awarded the 2015-16 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing.

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