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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.

Scholarship established in honor of late Moody teacher

Family, friends, colleagues and students of George H. Moody Middle School teacher Carol Kenzer gathered May 10 to remember a kind, funny and unforgettable woman.

“Mrs. Kenzer changed my life in a way that she would probably never recognize,” said Charlie Bonner, a junior in the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas S. Freeman High School and a former student of Kenzer's. He noted how her passion and encouragement had led him to work on several political campaigns.

Home schooling on the rise in Virginia

Amy Wilson says she didn’t choose home schooling; her son did.

“My son chose home schooling when he was about 3. I didn’t realize that’s what was happening at the time. We tried having him go to preschool, and it was not a good fit for him,” said Wilson, the government affairs director for the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.

HCPS ‘Teacher of the Year,’ ‘First Year Teacher of the Year’ announced

Henrico County Public Schools recently named Taylor Snow, a social studies teacher at Moody Middle School, as the winner of the 2013 Gilman Teacher of the Year Award, and Alexandra Mendez- Zfass, a teacher at Highland Springs Elementary, as the winner of the First Year Teacher of the Year Award. The two were honored earlier this month at the 2013 Gilman Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony held at Glen Allen High School.

Holman MS TSA wins technology award

Holman Middle School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter recently won the Arvid W. Van Dyke Outstanding Middle School Award at “Technosphere 2013” – the third consecutive year that the group claimed the award. The honor is presented to the best middle and high school TSA chapters in Virginia and is earned by competing in individual and team competitions that explore topics such as digital photography, prepared speech, VEX robotics, medical technology and structural engineering.

Henrico High School to host ethics and leadership conference

Henrico High School's Leadership and Ethics Society will host an Ethics and Leadership Conference and Workshop Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be group discussions, guest speakers and a keynote address from Col. Gerald Massengill, the former superintendent of the Virginia State Police. Massengill served as the chair of the governor's review panel for the Virginia Tech mass shooting and led the Commonwealth's law enforcement response to the September 11th attacks as well as the 2002 sniper shootings.

Let them eat cake

Business leaders from the Henrico Business Council’s Education Committee and Greater Richmond Chamber's Community Affairs Committee were treated to a tour of the Hermitage High School Technical Center April 19 – a treat that included lunch prepared by students in the culinary program. From left, Christy Templeton, Kyra Creek, and Kelley Brown display the dessert that topped off their lunchtime repast.

Students argue before Model Supreme Court

Four students from Deep Run High School participated in the 38th annual Model Supreme Court program April 19 in Richmond. The students are all members of a leadership class led by Deborah A. Carroll (pictured, far left). They argued an appellate matter before a four member “bench” that included Virginia Supreme Court Justices S. Bernard Goodwyn and William C. Mims as part of the Model Judiciary Program sponsored by the Virginia YMCA and the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia State Bar Association.

Destination Imagination teams advance to finals

Two teams from Shady Grove Elementary School, one from Echo Lake Elementary School and the Freeman/Deep Run High joint team, “The Rats,” each placed first in the state in their Destination Imagination competitions.

Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended “Challenges” and present their solutions at tournaments.

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