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Brothers finish first and second in Henrico Spelling Bee


The Henrico County Public Schools Divisionwide Spelling Bee crowned a familiar champion this week, and he defeated someone pretty familiar to him.

Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy, who won the bee last year and went on to finish eighth in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C, claimed the title again this year by defeating his younger brother, Shreyas, a fourth-grader at Shady Grove Elementary School.

Shreyas Muthusamy misspelled the word “irreconcilable,” which allowed his brother to win the be by correctly spelling the word “jurimetrician,” meaning a person who applies scientific methods to legal matters.

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Currently at the Hermitage Technical Center, instructors are preparing to finish up the curriculum for the year and get students in the mindset for the upcoming school year.

HTC had several state SkillsUSA first-place winners in April. These students will compete nationally in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

The Crime Scene Investigation team of Dzenita Jasarevic, Kellie Jordan and Lyndsey Morris took first place at the state level.

School briefs - Henrico High School

For the IB juniors and seniors of Henrico High School, the past couple of weeks have been a combination of panic and catharsis. It is IB exam season.

IB exams are designed to test everything we should have learned in our years in the Diploma Program. The standard level courses test one year’s worth of knowledge and understanding, whereas the higher level courses test two years’ worth.

School briefs - Rolfe Middle School

May will be a very important month for many of the John Rolfe Middle School students, faculty and staff.

Starting May 22, we will begin our SOL tests. Pull-out tutoring, after-school tutoring, and in-class tutoring will be continuing, and we have started our “Super Saturdays” tutoring sessions as well. They allow the students who need help in a specific subject to get the help they need and also allow students to get structured study time, complete their missing work and improve their grades.

Brain gain

Nineteen students scribbled numbers furiously on their whiteboards while the red numbers counted down from 20 seconds. Then, a buzzer rang, and they excitedly held up their answers, with some even yelling “Three!” to make sure everyone knew they got it right. With that question – “Which digit in 3,098,427 is in the millions place” – the 2012-2013 Battle of the Brains final competition at Lakeside Elementary School on May 8 came to a close.

Glen Allen High School wins ‘Arrive Alive’ contest

Glen Allen High School students will receive a day with the UNITE International Texting Simulator on May 21, after a group of students from the school won the 2013 “Arrive Alive PSA Contest,” sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), UNITE International, and the Virginia State Police Association (VSPA).

Glen Allen’s public service announcement focused on the dangers of texting while driving and posed the question, “Is it worth it?”

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.

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