Henrico County VA

Steward School named Green Ribbon School by US Dept. of Education

The Steward School was one of four schools in Virginia and one of 58 schools in the United States named a Green Ribbon School this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

The schools were honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. Nine colleges and universities also were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award.

HCPS, Legal Aid Justice Center partner on suspension rate reduction effort

Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) and the Legal Aid Justice Center today announced a partnership designed to reduce the disparities in suspension rates among minority students and students with disabilities attending HCPS middle schools. The partnership is the result of more than nine months of collaboration to further develop and enhance Henrico’s existing efforts.

Montessori School receives $100k

Richmond Montessori School recently received a gift of $100,000, the largest in the school’s history, from Ben Humphreys Sr., a longtime friend of the school.

Humphreys, whose two grandsons attend RMS, gave the gift in honor of his deceased wife, Lynn Humphreys. In the midst of the school’s ongoing two-part Unfold Our Future campaign, the gift will be divided to support three initiatives.

Brain games

Sixteen students from Henrico County middle schools enjoyed the experience of performing “brain surgery” Aug. 9 using realistic Jell-O molds, with colorful and occasionally messy results.

The brain dissection was among the exercises topping off a week of Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Explorers Camp at St. Mary’s Hospital, which also included lessons in CPR and first aid, starting IVs, handling medical equipment, performing lab tests, and casting stuffed animals.

UR signs transfer agreements with JSRCC, John Tyler CC

University of Richmond and two area community colleges will sign updated articulation agreements this month, assuring transition for associate degree graduates of the community colleges into bachelor degree programs at Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS).

Students from J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler community colleges who have completed associate’s degrees in applied arts, arts and sciences, or applied science and have a grade point average of 2.0 out of 4.0 from all college work attempted will be guaranteed acceptance to SPCS.

Henrico teachers take students on ‘trek’ across state, nation

These days, teachers are looking for ways to integrate technology into their lessons and make learning more fun for their students. Thanks to the Virginia Trekkers, teachers across Virginia now have a free online resource to help make history come alive in the classroom.

The Virginia Trekkers started in 2007 with a conversation between David Clough and Alfonso Favale, two instructional technology research teachers (ITRTs) at elementary schools in Henrico, about the lack of child-friendly websites for studying Virginia history.

Glen Allen HS honored with traffic safety award

Glen Allen High School recently was honored with a traffic safety award at the 2013 Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Program on July 25 in Lynchburg. The YOVASO Awards Banquet recognized organizations, individuals, and schools from Virginia that had demonstrated exemplary efforts during the 2012-13 academic year to encourage safe driving among teenagers.

Glen Allen High School’s continual efforts to end distracted driving earned them the Distracted Driving Prevention award.

Education Foundation awards grants

In its first grant cycle of the 2013-2014 school year, The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) funded 12 grants totaling just more than $26,000, several of which will allow students to get their hands dirty in the name of learning. Laburnum and Twin Hickory Elementary Schools, along with Fairfield Middle School, have received grants for learning gardens that will emphasize activities from STEM-based projects to service learning.

“We are thankful to have received this grant because it allows us to continue our mission of providing fresh produce to our community,” said Fairfield’s Principal Art Raymond. “The garden (pictured) has been a great way for us to take our gifts beyond the school’s walls and share them with those around us. The grant will provide funds to expand our production capabilities and to widen what we have to offer.”

Russo’s contract not extended

UPDATED: 11:10 P.M. – The Henrico School Board will not extend the contract of embattled Superintendent Patrick Russo, Chairwoman Beverly Cocke announced Thursday evening, and Russo will remain on paid leave as the school year starts next month.

Cocke would not say why the board declined to extend Russo’s contract past its June 30, 2015 ending, but said that the board’s review of the matter will continue.

“The investigation is still ongoing, and it really truly needs to be fully looked at,” she said after Thursday’s monthly meeting.

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