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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.

CMoR honors two Henrico teachers

The Children's Museum of Richmond presented its inaugural Central Virginia Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers of the Year Awards to Christine Gay, a preschool teacher at New Bridge Learning Center, and Terry Hill, a kindergarten teacher at Harvie Elementary School, at a luncheon last week.

The awards were developed to highlight the important role early education plays in children's development, and to recognize outstanding teachers who work with preschool and kindergarten students.

Varina HS celebrates 50 years at site

On May 5, 1963, at 3 p.m., officials of Varina High School dedicated their brand new school on Messer Road.

Exactly 50 years later, on May 5, 2013, at 3 p.m., VHS officials and community members will again congregate on Messer Road to dedicate the school and celebrate their sparkling new surroundings – courtesy of a three-year, $30-million renovation project of the facility and grounds.

Myers named assistant superintendent

The Henrico County School Board confirmed Dave Myers as the new assistant superintendent of secondary education for Henrico County Public Schools April 25. Myers, who currently serves as the school division’s director of secondary education, will replace Eric Jones, who is leaving to become superintendent of Powhatan County Public Schools July 1.

In his new role, Myers will become a member of the Division Leadership Team and assume responsibility for 21 middle and high schools, two technical centers, as well as a team of educational specialists.

3 high schools named to US News list

Deep Run, Godwin and Freeman High Schools were named among the “2013 Best High Schools” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and were among the top 40 in the state. Deep Run ranked 12th in Virginia, besting all other high schools in the Greater Richmond area.

CTE ‘Visionaries’ celebrated at event

The Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education Department hosted the Second Annual CTE Visionary Awards Ceremony April 9 at the Torque Club at Richmond International Raceway. Honorees (from left, pictured with Lisa Schaffner of UNOS, master of ceremonies) Patrick Russo, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent, Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, and Richmond International Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier were each presented with Visionary Awards, which recognize leaders in the community who see the need to move career and technical education forward.

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Returning from spring break, many students at Hermitage Tech were eager to finish this year with good grades.

However, many students will be surprised to realize that their grades have dropped because they have not been wearing the appropriate safety attire in the labs and classrooms.

School briefs - Henrico High School

The week of March 25 saw the walkways of Henrico High School lined with flags from the countries of the world. That could only mean one thing: it was Foreign Language Week.

Foreign Language Week is an annual tradition at HHS, and it is one of the most fun weeks of the school year. There are a number of activities in which students may partake.

Henrico student artist named NAWBO Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Annie Ward Love, a sophomore at Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts, was named the 2013 Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Richmond chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Love launched Love Lines Art when she was 12 years old and sells everything from t-shirts and calendars, to note cards and prints.

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