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Freeman students learn to ‘Drive Smart’


Students signed a banner pledging not to text and drive during a Drive Smart Virginia event at Freeman High School May 26. The event helped show students the dangers of driving while distracted or intoxicated.

Below, Freeman student Rachel Marcus attempts to navigate a path of cones while wearing goggles that simulate the impairment of a 0.15 blood alcohol content level. The goal was to show students how harmful drinking and driving can be.

Henrico HS to host benefit golf tournament


Henrico High School will host the first-annual “Building the Dream Scholarship and Warrior Fund Golf Tournament” June 11 at The Crossings Golf Course in Glen Allen. The event is a tax exempt 501 (c 3) foundation. The tournament is held in memory of Sheridan DeShawn Fuller, a 2015 graduate of Henrico High School, who died in October from leukemia.

Last year with the help of many contributors, the nonprofit foundation created to award the scholarships gave 14 scholarships worth $250 apiece to college- bound seniors who overcame major obstacles and challenges in their academic and personal lives.

Henrico student winner in state STEM contest

A Freeman High School student was one of five statewide winners in the 5th Annual STEM Essay Contest, presented by The Virginia Council of Women.

Freeman’s Meredith Wilson was the Richmond/Central Virginia region winner in the contest, which was established to award scholarships to high school junior or senior girls planning to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers at institutions of higher education. Each of this year’s winners received a $9,000 scholarship.

Waggoner, Foster earn HCPS teaching awards


A fourth-grade teacher at Chamberlayne Elementary School and a math teacher at Glen Allen High School earned recognition as outstanding teachers from Henrico County Public Schools officials last week.

During a ceremony at Glen Allen High School, Chamberlayne E.S. teacher Beth Waggoner, an 18-year veteran of the HCPS system, earned the Gilman Teacher of the Year Award as the top teacher among the county's 3,700, while Glen Allen H.S. math teacher Sallie Foster was named the school division’s 2016 First-Year Teacher of the Year. The school division currently has more than 200 instructors in their first year of teaching.

HCPS seeking bus drivers, school nutrition workers


Henrico County Public Schools is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers as well as full-time and substitute school nutrition services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at Libbie Mill Library May 11 to talk with interested candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

“Our bus driver candidates will be paid while we train them to earn a commercial driver’s license,” said Josh Davis, HCPS director of pupil transportation.

Deep Run High School robotics team wins world title


Deep Run High School’s robotics team was part of a four-team alliance that won competitive robotics’ biggest prize Saturday, the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship. The St. Louis event featured 600 of the best teams in the world, representing 24 countries.

The Deep Run squad, “Team 1086, Blue Cheese” teamed with three other robotics teams, from high schools in California, Illinois and Ohio to earn the victory. It was the first time a Virginia team had won the FIRST championship.

The win was particularly satisfying, according to Deep Run physics teacher and team coach Matt Wilson, because this was the last year that a single world champion will be crowned. Beginning next year, the competition will award two titles at different sites.

Citizens urge increased reading focus


Charging that they’ve been lied to repeatedly by public officials, organizers of a community meeting in Eastern Henrico May 2 criticized the Henrico County Public Schools system and demanded changes to the way county schools teach students to read.

At the Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, speakers from RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community) called for immediate action by HCPS to address the struggles of thousands of children in Eastern Henrico schools who they said are not learning how to read. Before an audience of about 500 people, speakers argued that the school system’s current attempts to address the issue are failing miserably.

RISC to host meeting to address reading ‘crisis’ in Eastern Henrico


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.

Board approves Quioccasin Middle School as Byrd’s new name

APRIL 28, 9 P.M. – By a 3-0 vote (with one abstention and one absence), the Henrico County School Board Thursday night renamed Byrd Middle School for the region in which it's located.

The board voted in support of Tuckahoe District member Lisa Marshall's suggestion of Quioccasin Middle School, a name that she said reflects more than just the road on which the school sits.

"Quioccasin is more than just a location," Marshall said. "It's also the name of the community with a rich cultural heritage in the Tuckahoe District. I'm confident that our community will support the name Quioccasin with the same level that they have shown the school to this date."

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