Citizen Staff Reports 04/29/2016 Education
More than 1,600 people are expected to gather May 2 in Eastern Henrico to call attention to an issue they say has reached "crisis" levels.
RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) will host a meeting at St. Paul's Baptist Church on Creighton Road, beginning at 7 p.m., to call for Henrico County Public Schools officials to address reading problems among area students. The organization is composed of faith community members, parents and students. Representatives from each population are expected to speak.
Concerned parents and students will speak on the issue, which the group has been raising for over a year.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/15/2014 Education
The students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s Catholic School will gather at the school’s flagpole to begin the daylong celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17. The annual event features lessons on the Constitution prior to the celebration in each class, a flagpole ceremony with all students attending and participating, a parent reception following the ceremony and special lunch treats for the students.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/12/2014 Education
The 2014 ManUp Fall Harvest Festival is designed to be more than a typical autumn face-painting opportunity. The annual event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will offer plenty of fun, but its goal is larger: inspiring area men to be better fathers and role models to their own children and to the children of the community.
The Henrico Fatherhood Initiative puts on the festival as the kickoff to its ManUp Passport Challenge, a yearlong series of family and personal growth workshops and activities.
In 2013, more than 1,000 men attended the event at Henrico County’s Dorey Park to enjoy food, carnival games and music with their children.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/12/2014 Education
Henrico County Public Schools is asking its employees for less. . . in a manner of speaking.
The school system has launched what it calls the "Un-initiative" as a way to solicit input from employees about programs or actions that they believe the school system can do without.
“We’re asking all employees – teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers – to send us their ideas on things that we’re doing that they think we can stop doing and still be an efficient and effective organization,” Superintendent Pat Kinlaw said.
Rising Henrico High School senior Olivia Faraone knew she wanted to build partnerships and friendships between students across a spectrum of talents, abilities and backgrounds at her school.
So this summer, she launched Camp Connected, a week-long summer camp that paired special needs participants with camp volunteers as part of the Students for Students club that works towards inclusion.
When Faraone began at Henrico High School, she noticed that students weren’t interacting with the special needs students. During her lunch break, she began visiting them in exceptional education teacher Anita Smith’s classroom.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/04/2014 Education
Henrico's Fairfield Middle School was one of three schools in Virginia awarded new $100,000 fitness centers through the National Champion Schools campaign. The announcement was made Thursday by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Chairman Jake Steinfield.
Fairfield, Huntington Middle School in Newport News and Chesterfield Academy in Norfolk each will receive a state-of-the-art PositivelyTM Fitness Center, as the result of their demonstration of new and innovative ways to promote student physical activity and wellness. The new centers will be dedicated this fall with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at each school.
Photos by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 09/02/2014 Education
School returned to session today in Henrico County and throughout Metro Richmond – much to the delight of these kindergartners, who got a sneak peek at their new form of transportation to and from school last month during a county-sponsored safety event at Twin Hickory Library.
The students had a chance to learn about school bus safety and practice getting on and off the bus.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/28/2014 Education
It’s a September ritual: weeks before autumn leaves fall, families of school-age children are blanketed with piles of back-to-school forms. But in Henrico County, paper forms are giving way to an online solution that makes the process easier for parents, students, teachers and school staff – while saving lots of paper.
Last year, Henrico County Public Schools adopted ZippSlip, a cloud-based hub that enables parents to fill out and return electronic forms such as field trip permission slips, medical forms and volunteer sign-ups.
The use of ZippSlip is optional; parents can still choose to use paper forms.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 08/27/2014 Education
UPDATE: AUG. 27, 11:15 A.M. – The pass rates of Henrico County students on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams during the 2013-14 school year dropped from the previous year on 19 of the 34 tests administered, according to statistics released today by the Virginia Department of Education.
Pass rates of county students on 10 other SOL tests increased from the previous year's results, while remaining the same on 4 other tests. One test was administered for the first time in 2013-14 school year.
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