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Steward School gives interim head of school permanent title

UPDATE: NOV. 21, 2:15 P.M. – The Steward School today named Interim Head of School Dan Frank as the new head of school.

The Steward Board of Trustees and Head of School Search Committee conducted a national search but determined that the best candidate for the job was the one who already held it. The board and committee unanimously supported Frank's appointment.

“We are absolutely confident that we have selected the candidate who best fits the needs of our school community," Board Chair Maria Brent Jones said. "Dan is an exceptional leader who brings a passion for innovation and community, as well as a deep understanding of Steward, to this leadership role.”

Highland Springs HS wins Keep Virginia Beautiful grant

Highland Springs High School was one of 30 winners in the Keep Virginia Beautiful "30 Grants in 30 Days" contest, KVB announced Sept. 16.

KVB will feature one grant winner per day on its website (http://www.keepvirginiabeautiful.org) through Oct. 14.

Highland Springs won a $500 grant in the Beautification category.

The grants range from $500 to $1,000 apiece in three categories: Litter Prevention, Recycling and Community Beautification. They are being awarded to 30 different groups, schools and organizations throughout Virginia.

Accreditation woes for HCPS

Twenty-seven of Henrico County’s 66 public schools will not be fully accredited for the current school year, and one other school – Wilder Middle – was denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. The VDOE released its official school ratings this morning.

In order to be fully accredited, a school’s students must earn overall adjusted pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in math, science and history/social studies.

Eleven of the 28 schools to miss full accreditation are new to the list, while 15 of the others will enter their second consecutive year of accredited-with-warning status.

Fairfield MS student market now offering fall hours


Fairfield Middle School’s student-run Community Garden Market is adding fall hours. The market is now open Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Located adjacent to the school at 5121 Nine Mile Road in Henrico County, the market offers fresh, affordable, organically grown produce cultivated by Fairfield students. Grants from Lowe’s, Home Depot, VCU and the Henrico Education Foundation helped fund the project, which aims to educate students and improve community access to healthy food.

“About 4,000 homes in the Fairfield area are on monthly food assistance. There’s a huge need for food security,” said Amanda Hall, coordinator of the garden market and a former Fairfield science teacher.

Henrico’s Saint Mary’s School to celebrate Constitution Day

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.

Fall fatherhood festival planned at Dorey Park

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.

HCPS’ “Un-initiative” asks ‘less’ of employees

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.

Making connections

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.

Henrico middle school earns $100k fitness center


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.

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